If We Were Having Coffee…

Hello, my little long-lost blog… it’s been a while!

After being blown away by all of your support about my half marathon, then getting my act together and posting my first recipe in months…..I went radio silent.

I’m not one to post religiously regardless of whether I actually have anything interesting to say; I like to go for quality over quantity, you know?

Sometimes, a girl is just busy. Said busy-ness can take shape in the form of working late, or running around to different meetings every other night…And sometimes after a long day at work, being ‘too busy to blog’ just means I need to veg out while watching How I Met Your Mother and Parks & Rec for 4 hours.

Let’s catch up, shall we? Let’s go on a virtual coffee date.

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If We Were Having Coffee…

…I would tell you about the afterglow of my half marathon.


Even weeks later, I’m still trying to hold on to the feeling of accomplishment and elation that I had after the race. This is the best solo picture I got from the race photographers- can you tell I was approaching mile 13 and desperate to finish? Ha! I was super impressed that there’s even video of me finishing – I come in on the right side of the screen around :20 then cross the finish line and pretty much bounce right back off screen.

…I would tell you how excited I am for spring & summer.

Although I got really lucky that I trained for my race from December-March in mild conditions with barely any rain, I am more than ready for some spring weather! During race weekend and the weekend after, we had beautiful 75 degree days, but it’s been rainy and cold ever since.

I’ve been pretty lucky with my seasonal allergies this year (knock on wood)…Sacramento is NOTORIOUS for being terrible in the allergy department. Hopefully my luck holds up, because I’m making the switch from indoor Dodgeball to outdoor Ultimate Frisbee next month and I can’t wait to run around outside!

…I would admit to you that I totally went over budget last month.


Just like in February, I was really close to breaking even during March. However, my monthly budget is actually $300-$400 less than I make each month, so ideally I should be saving that much. I spent a little bit more this month than last…Regardless, I am still $1,000 less than the levels I was spending in November-January.

Hosting Tyler during race weekend definitely meant dining out more often than usual. Plus, I have been really busy at work, which means that some days I don’t have time to go home for lunch. ALSOOO, the rainy weather has made taking Lyft a much more desirable option than walking or biking in the rain lately. Good thing it’s affordable! (especially if you sign up using my code 😉 )

I’m hoping that cutting out one night of dodgeball from my weekly routine, as well as drinking less and avoiding more than one Chai Latte splurge per week will keep me on the straight and narrow budget-wise!

…I would ask you which race I should run next!
rainy 9 miler / sunny 8.5 miler!

rainy 9 miler / sunny 8.5 miler!

I have been keeping up with the same running routine as usual- I run 3-4 miles on Tues/Thurs, and I don’t know if I will ever give up my Saturday morning long runs! I ran 8.5 miles last weekend, and 9 rainy miles this past weekend.

I want to run another half marathon in the fall, and the top contenders at the moment are all in October: the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF, and two possible Rock n’ Roll Half Marathons – in San Jose and Los Angeles. HMMM!

The only downside of doing a race in October is the fact that I’ll be training in the Sacramento heat in August and September. Typically, we get a good dozen or so 100+ degree days during the summers here…training in that heat would definitely present a challenge!

…I would probably talk your ear off about boys.

I’m not gonna lie – I talk about boys a lot. (Just ask Carly and Becky!) But for the sake of my own privacy, and that of any guys I date, the most personal details you’ll get on this little bloggy blog are about my black toenails from running or how much I pay for rent each month. 😉

Anyway, I had a realization last week: I have been single for 9 MONTHS now. For the first year+ that I had this blog, I was in a serious relationship. My ex was a big factor in why I started blogging, and a lot of my early posts involved meals I made for us.

I’m proud to say that I’ve achieved a lot of personal growth in the last 9 months. However, like any single girl in her mid 20’s, I often have frustrations about guys and dating…

Why do they ALL send mixed signals? Why is every guy on Tinder revolting? That text was totally flirtatious, right?! I mean, he used a winky face and everything. Is there a real Ted Mosby out there, and if so, why haven’t I found him yet?



So that’s a little of what’s been running through my mind lately.

If we were having coffee, what would be on your mind?

18 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee…

  1. I’m still so impressed by your restraint with your budget.. so awesome. And I am a VERY firm believer that the whole finding-a-guy (the right guy.. not just A guy) thing happens exactly when you least expect it.

  2. I know I say this every time but I am so impressed with your newfound running fierceness! A few things: 1. budget smudget for March 😉 2. Boys- I wish I could offer advice on that one but I will never understand anyone but the hub and 3. My heart skipped a beat when I read “rock and roll marathon” because you KNOW the rock and roll hall of fame is in Cleveland. That is all. 🙂

  3. If WE were having coffee I would ask you a thousand questions about your running quirks, your blend experience, and beg you to go to Lulu Lemon afterwards so we can try on outfits for races 🙂 Oh, and regardless of what coffee you think you want, I would force you to try a black widow.

    Gee, I sound like a load of fun right?! haha 😉

    • Your black widow actually sounds right up my alley!! I love the taste of coffee but can’t handle the acidity so my tummy prefers tea… but the 2 together = LOVE.

      Haha and I must be an equally fun load, bc those all sound like completely normal conversation topics to me!!

  4. Such a great running pic of you! Every official race photo I’ve ever gotten back has been severely unflattering, hah. And I totally think you should run the Other Half in Moab, UT in October with ME! A little different from a Rock n Roll half, but so beautiful and so much beer at the finish line. Last but not least, I am extremely impressed by your budget. I am pretty sure my grocery bill would add up to more than you spent total! Oops 🙂 Love the coffee date post!

    • Thanks Erica! I dunno if I’d say that I’d use it on my online dating profile, LOL, but it’s not the worst race picture ever taken! The Other Half sounds so interesting! Who knew there were so many half marathons taking place in October…..

  5. Cough – Chicago Marathon – Cough… What was that?! 😉 And keep those texts coming, girlfriend! I love them and they always make me smile as we try to decipher WTH your most recent man meant 😉 MISS YOU!!!

  6. I love all these awesome comments convincing you to join in on everyone’s races. It looks like we need to host a Blend 1/2. I mean, seriously, how amazing would that be?! And as far as boys go, much harder to read than girls if you ask me 😉 I could never tell how Dan was feeling when we first started dating.

  7. I love this virtual coffee date, but a real coffee date would be a hell of a lot better. We need to get on that.

    I love that half marathon pic of your, and I’m so freakin’ proud of you for doing that race!

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