August Workout Playlist

So I totally failed at getting both my June and July workout playlists posted. BUT I realize now that’s largely because I just didn’t love them enough to get excited about sharing them. This month is a totally different story. I LOVE this workout playlist.

I hope you do too. :) …

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Indian Curry Sweet Potato Soup {Weekly Workouts + Menu}

mahi burger

Happy Tuesday, friends! Back at you with a menu and workout list. It’s genuinely a really sad list because of my really sad JAW injury :( but I am feeling a LOT better so the workouts will resume, and I at least feel motivated to make some more interesting things to drink for my meals….

me + Preston

long evening walk for a workout!

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Couch to Half Marathon in Six Weeks | Training Schedule

shoes

I’m doing something really stupid. I’m trying to go from nowhere NEAR my usual jogging shape to doing a half marathon in six weeks…. Couch to half marathon in six weeks!

I’m actually SUPER excited.

My mom emailed me Thursday asking if I wanted to join her on October 4th for a half marathon, and my gut reaction was “BLARGH” but the idea quickly grew on me… I have been wanting to run another half marathon (mostly as redemption for my utter failure that was training for my last one), and I really could use the motivation and challenge of doing something so spontaneous and so quickly! Even though I’m definitely not in good running shape, I know I could jog/walk 13 miles tomorrow if need be and I’d get through.

So yesterday morning I emailed back that I’m in, and at lunch I put together a training plan for myself, and I start tomorrow! Actually today, I’m sneaking in a 3-mile jog that’s not on the training schedule.

I’m really curious and excited to see how this goes. My last (and only) half marathon, I tried to follow a strict training schedule, but life got in the way big time. I met Preston and started blowing off runs for dates ;) and then I got the world’s worst cough. Like, “get sent home from work at 9:15 in the morning because you’re scaring your coworkers” kind of cough. And hey, I did okay on that race.

Let the record reflect that I am in NO WAY going for speed at ALL. I will seriously be proud if I average a 12 minute mile. I will be CRAZY proud if I don’t have to walk. (This means no tempo runs on my training schedule.)

If anybody wants to follow along or try this out later, I’m providing my couch to half marathon training schedule here. But beware: it’s not tested. It’s not created by a trainer. It’s just my personal goal for myself. Right now, I can maayyyybe get in a 3 mile jog (feeling really crappy) IF it’s not too hot outside and IF I don’t have too much food in my stomach. So not 100% starting from the couch, but about as close as you can get and still feasibly jog 13 miles in 6 weeks without stopping.

Let’s give it a try! I’ll be sharing updates here and there (maybe weekly?) and Instagramming tons of pictures of running shoes #LesliesCouchToHalf!

couch to half marathon training schedule:

couch to half marathon in six weeks straining schedule

Seriously, how pretty did that turn out? I’m proud.

A couple final notes about the couch to half marathon training schedule if you give it a shot: the rest days mean complete rest, maybe some easy walking in the normal course of your day, and of course stretching and foam rolling are welcome. The yoga days are similar, but at least 25 minutes of yoga or stretching is mandatory. I also intend to foam roll bare minimum 3 days a week, and preferably more like 5. The strength training days I’ll mix it up, focusing mostly on core strength (because HELLO, affects everything…) and making sure to get some leg strengthening in (without being too hard on my knees, delicate balance.)

happy running!

Ouch

ouch

So, I have whiplash. In my jaw. On my test driving outing on Sunday, one of the salesman decided to show me how well a car handled by swerving suddenly with no warning. I smacked my head so hard on the side of the car. I had a bit of a headache for the next…

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I Need Your Help!

quiche

I am really struggling to decide something, guys, and I realized that I want it to be up to you! I can’t decide if I should start posting recipes for some of the non-vegan food I’ve been making now that I’m eating eggs and fish again. I gave a quickie recipe for a leftover pasta…

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Leftover Pasta Frittata {Weekly Workouts + Menu}

leftover pasta frittata

Hi my lovely friends! What have you been up to this weekend?! As I write this post, I am sitting on my couch sipping a beer completely exhausted from spending the last several hours car shopping(!!!) It’s really exciting, but my GOSH it’s a stressful, confusing, and tiring process. Not to mention it’s 100 degrees…

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Favorite Things | August

dahlias

Happy Friday, loves. How was your week? I am coming at you today with a few of my favorite things lately! Tribal Sweater | While out shopping, my mom saw a crumple of tribal black-and-white fabric on the ground and said it looked like me. I grabbed it and lo and behold this beautiful tribal…

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Simple BBQ Honey Habanero Corn

honey habanero corn

GUYYYYSSSS! This. recipe. Honey habanero corn! I teased you with it on a couple Weekly Workouts + Menu posts, but I really wanted to wait until I could take some legit pictures and get a nice post up because this corn DESERVES it. Seriously.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta {Weekly Workouts + Menu}

BBQ dinner

Heerrrooooooooo! Happy Sunday! I did a super crappy job of working out this week :( boooooo! But I still tried to get in an acceptable “bare minimum” and I’m happy I did. I love doing these posts because (a) I just love tracking stuff like this, but also (b) it’s always in the back of…

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Summer Reading List

spa read book

Happy Friday, loves. I am finally coming at you with a new occasional series that I wanted to start posting like a year ago, BUT I didn’t read enough before finishing my giant bed spread to make this worth my time or yours. Soooo now that I’ve rediscovered books, it’s time to share! Here are…

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WIAW

WIAW

Hump daaaaaaay! Hooray! :) How goes your week so far? Mine is going quickly, which is good because I’m weirdly giddy and excited for the weekend….despite not having a single plan for the weekend. I don’t really get it buuut that’s just how I feel this week! This just might be the last “traditional” What…

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Summer Sparkling White Sangria

sparkling summer white sangria

August screams for SANGRIA, right?! Icy, sparkling, white, light sangria filled with fresh summer fruit! Perrrrfect. I made a red sangria a couple years ago (totally underrated recipe, by the way – I may need to remake that and feature it again!) So now it seemed time for white sangria, which typically is the only…

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Weekly Workouts + Menu

baked eggs

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend! :) Let’s get right to it and tackle what we’re here for – a weekly menu and workouts post! It was (finally) a good week for both around here, and I’m hopeful this week will be even better (my plans sure are.)

Little Goals | August

sunset

Welp, it’s August. If it weren’t for the blistering heat the last few days, I probably wouldn’t believe it. But here we’ve come again. I also noticed something very distinctly August the last few days (no coincidence that it coincides with the blistering heat): I’m starting to crave fall. Not much, not the way it…

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WIAW

lunch

Yello! Happy hump day!!! Here’s a day of eats! Actually, this is from like two weeks ago ;) I had all my pics ready to go for last week, I just didn’t find the time (or energy) to actually TYPE what it was I ate. SO I’m posting what I ate two Wednesdays ago! Hooray…

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Thai Red Curry Pasta Sauce

thai red curry pasta sauce

I promised y’all this post awhile ago, and I’m finally here to share! This is SUCH a fun pasta that I absolutely love. It’s basically Thai red curry, but thickened and used as a traditional pasta sauce with tons of ribbons of fresh Thai basil tossed in. It’s flavorful and fun and colorful!

Weekly Workouts + Menu

sun dried tomato salad

Hellooooooo! How goes it, friends? It’s time for my weekly workouts and menu post! Just on Week 3 of posting the “what really happened” version rather than the plan. What really happened were some spectacular dinners, but a pretty sad showing of workouts thanks to the whole no-sleep thing I whined about on Friday. But…

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Instaweek

spa read book

Hello, my lovely friends! I am TOTALLY failing at getting posts up more often and I’m sorry. I’m getting really good at gathering material for posts, but I just am struggling with getting them up lately. I’m so sorry. This week I really felt like I’d get it down, it’s my second week and my…

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Weekly Workouts + Menu

latkes

Happy Monday, friends! I kept decent track AND took some good pictures this week for my weekly workouts and menu! I’ve been trying to post a lot of daily meal and workout pictures on Instagram, so if you follow me there you’ve seen a lot of these. But if you like it and want more,…

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WIAW

beach

Hey everybody, happy hump day! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! Geez. So far the new job seems pretty good (though I’m totally waiting awhile longer to pass judgment…), but even after less than two weeks off a full workday sure seems awfully long ;) Mine are going by quickly and I really love the…

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Treadmill Climb Workout

treadmill climb workout

Herrrooooooooooo, gym rats! Or not-so-gym-rats! :) I just have a super quick post for you today but it’s one I’ve had on my list to do FOREVER. A treadmill climb!!! I have done treadmill climb workouts for a pretty long time. I’ve really lucked out in recent years without having too much knee pain, but…

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Weekly Workouts + Menu

quiche

Hey everyone! I hope you had a SPECTACULAR weekend. I sure did, since it was the last couple days of my twelve day hiatus ;) Tomorrow I start my new job and I am a big mix of emotions. Soooo we’ll just push right through those and get on with a post! Welcome to the…

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Raw Thai Veggie Salad

raw thai veggie salad

Happy happy Friday, internet friends!!! I am SO bummed that my awesome time off is already coming to a close. But I’m excited to start my new job on Monday, and I’m really happy that I actually am going to finish the gigantic to do list I made myself for my time off. I tend…

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WIAW

quiche

Hey there, guys! So I guess I’m already failing at getting a post up every other day! Blargh. I thought I had scheduled my weekly workouts + menu post, buuuut didn’t notice until this morning that I didn’t. Sorrryyyy. But I’m going to hold it until next Sunday and start posting not my plans for…

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Little Goals | July

shoes

Helloooooo, friends! Guess WHAT?! I am back. I am getting lots of awesome content together. I will be here more. Because I am on VACATION! Well, staycation really. In between jobs :) It’s just the best. I’ve got a handful of updates and posts to get up soon, but I wanted to start with addressing…

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WIAW

salmon cake slaw

Hey guys! Haaaaappy hump day! Cutting right to it today – Here’s what I ate last Thusrday when I was at a continuing education course all day! Sprouted bagel w/ cream cheese, peach, + caramel soy latte | Heck yeah. Good breakfast :)

Weekly Workouts + Menu

Yosemite

Happy Sunday, friends! How has your weekend been so far? Mine has been great and busy and super productive. I took a class all day Thursday and Friday, which was in some ways a nice break from the office but was also a bit more grueling and tiring. At work, I theoretically sit at a…

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The Cat Saga Continues

river

Hey friends, I didn’t get a chance to get my WIAW post ready for today, so instead I’m stopping by for a random update! More of these to come, given the way things are going lately! I have BIG news. I already mentioned it on Instagram, but yesterday I put in my two weeks’ notice…

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Favorite Things

hydroflask junior

Hey everyone! How is your Sunday so far? Mine has been lovely. I got up on the early side to head off to an antique fair with my friend Maria. I wasn’t really looking for much, but Maria found a couple gems and I snagged an awesome old water bottle crate that is going to…

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Spicy Mango Basil Mojito

spicy mango basil mojito

Hey friends, look! A recipe! Cool beans. It was all I could do to get these pictures finished and uploaded for today’s post – I. am. tired. That dang (adorable) kitten likes to attack all night long. Teeny claws climbing all over us, little bites to our feet all night long, and tugging on my…

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WIAW

pasta picnic

Good morning, lovelies :) Is it Friday yet? Le sigh. Let’s get through Wednesday by posting a bajillion pictures of food, eh?! Okay. Here’s what I ate LAST Monday and was supposed to post last Wednesday but then…. I didn’t. Blueberry Muffin Protein Smoothie | I think it will always be my favorite. I also…

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Weekly Workouts + Menu

pizza roll salad

Hiiiiii, lovely internet friends! So I’m starting to develop a pattern that I’m not happy with. I get some pictures, draft posts, maybe a workout or research for a health post done on the weekends. Maybe I get a couple posts scheduled. But then Tuesday/Wednesday comes and I already feel so stressed and swamped and…

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Pizza-Seasoned BBQ Corn

pizza-seasoned bbq corn

It’s finally CORN SEASON, guys! I am so excited :) Plus, this is my first corn season with my own barbecue, so that’s just awesome. I really wanted to do some kind of fun seasoned corn, preferably something dripping in sauce or blackened with spices or something awesome to dip it in. I hadn’t figured…

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