Hi there! First off, I apologize if you had problems commenting on yesterday’s post. WordPress needed an update, which immediately resolved the issue. Of course, living on the West Coast, by the time I woke up and realized the blog needed an update, it was already well into the morning for many of you! That’s the one downside of living in Seattle – even when you wake up at 5 AM, people in the rest of the country have been up for hours!
Other than that, let’s catch up with life lately!
September is an exciting month for us: we celebrated my birthday on Labor Day weekend and next week is both our two year wedding anniversary and Ryan’s birthday!
The Martian. My sister gave me books for my birthday and this was one of them. I love the Matt Damon movie adaptation of this book and I’m already enjoying it.
To be honest, I lost my taste for fiction for a while. I studied literature as one of my majors in undergraduate, and after analyzing enough fiction I temporarily lost my ability to read a book without thinking about literary theory, symbolism, and all that fun stuff. I’ve resolved to get back into reading fiction, and new books (rather than the ones I’ve already read several times) are what I need.
Fall is the quintessential beer season for me. Granted, I drink craft beer year-round, but there’s something extra delicious about a crisp beer in front of a fireplace on a cool fall day. I shared a similar photo on Monday, but this is pretty much what fall weekends will look like when we’re not running or hiking!
I go through phases and right now my favorite treat is Redhook beer, especially their pale ale, ESB, or IPA. The hoppier, the better. Their brewery is located in the wine valley, so you can smell it wafting down the trails even in the morning.
And yes, that is a little bit of a puggle tail in the bottom of the photo! Charlie may love to run and hike, but he is also the definition of a lap dog.
I am obsessed with falafel right now. Currently, baked falafel is my favorite vegetarian dinner. It’s so satisfying and simple to make. I started making it with soaked dried chickpeas (rather than canned ones) which made the texture even more like falafel from a restaurant or Whole Foods bar.
And yes, that is a whole russet potato worth of baked fries. All that running, Pilates, and hiking has revved my appetite!
I also made sauerkraut for the first time in months last week. Have you ever made homemade sauerkraut? It’s simple to make, tastes so good, and provides all those probiotics we need for healthy digestive systems.
Fall means cool temperatures in Seattle – which means chilly temperatures in the mountains. I love fall hiking: the cold, crisp air of the mountains, the changing colors of the trees (except the evergreens), and the less crowded trails. As with running, several hour long hikes just feel even better in the fall!
My Pilatesology subscription gives me access to hundreds of Pilates videos and I’ve been trying a new one each time I do Pilates. The advanced workouts have definitely elevated my Pilates practice to a new level!
The deeper I get into marathon training, the more I mentally and physically crave low-impact cross-training like Pilates. It’s effective without being too wearing on the body. I’m still keeping up with my goal of lifting weight at least once a week, but the more I run, the better Pilates feels over other strength workouts.
As a Runkeeper Ambassador, I received some gear from their partner brand, Asics. One piece I received was an Asics Lux Hoodie and it’s already a cool weather staple in my wardrobe. It’s soft and cozy and it even has a small pocket on the bottom front hem for keys and IDs. I actually haven’t worn it for running yet, because I like it so much for everyday wear and I don’t want to stink it up with sweat.
If you use Runkeeper, you will receive special discounts on the gear in their store with new accomplishments in your running! It’s a win-win because it encourages you to train hard and then you get a discount on some awesome gear.
To foam roll! I feel it if I skip foam rolling for a week during marathon training. My calves will morph into a bundle of knots without extra TLC – which then leads to achy feet.
At the end of this month, I’ll be taking my first trip to New England and meet many of my blogging friends at the Rise.Run.Retreat. I’m excited to visit Vermont, especially in the fall when the leaves are supposed to be so vivid!
Linking up for Thinking Out Loud!
What’s up with your currently?