July 4, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} June 28 – July 4

Happy Friday and happy 4th of July! I’m FINALLY up in Tahoe, but wanted to check in quickly with some of my workouts this week. I spent a lot of the week taking it easier on cardio to rest my foot, and am feeling almost back to normal (yay!). So, this week is a little lighter on RunKeeper screenshots than usual :)

Saturday and Sunday
Off. Rested my foot and enjoyed a fun weekend in SF!

Monday
Started my week with a series of toning moves from Tone It Up: the Bikini Body routine, Bikini Abs from Tone It Up’s DVD and a 4th of July workout.
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Tuesday
Went to my favorite Nike Training Club class in the morning. I love that this class changes every week! We used a jump rope for the first time, and I upped my weights to 7.5 lbs.
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After work, I took my brand new Brooks Adrenalines out for a short run to the nail salon :) Unfortunately, my foot started hurting again a little afterwards, so I decided to take it easy on Wednesday since I knew I wasn’t going to be working out the rest of the week and weekend.
Wednesday
Morning toning: abs, inner and outer thighs and yoga.
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Thursday and Friday
Off.

 

July 2, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} Meal Prepped and Ready

I don’t know about everyone else, but this Wednesday is feeling pretty great already. Only one more day of work, then it’s three days off to celebrate the 4th! I’m heading up to Tahoe tomorrow afternoon with a group of friends and can’t WAIT. Three days of sun, food and drinks with friends, here I come! But before that happens, it’s WIAW time, this time with Monday’s eats and workout. I wanted to keep this week as easy as possible since I’m pretty busy at work, so almost everything I ate today was pre-prepared on Sunday. Easy meals all week long.

Workout
Even though my foot felt a lot better than it had, I decided to give my plantar fascitis an extra day to clear up and stuck to toning workouts in my living room. I went through the Tone It Up Bikini Body routine, popped in their DVD and did Bikini Abs, and finished with one round of a TIU Fourth of July workout. No cardio, and I was still sweaty by the end of the workout :)
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Breakfast
Switched up my usual chocolate chia seed pudding for PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Protein Chia Seed Pudding. It was good, but I’m definitely more of a chocolate girl!
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Lunch
I had my Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad on a hamburger bun with string cheese on the side. I had to raid my office fridge for the last two items!
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Snacks
I made myself an afternoon snack plate: peaches, hard boiled egg white, and turkey wrapped avocado slices. It was really filling, and nice having variety in my snack!
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Dinner
I had some leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup. Check out the recipe here!
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Questions:
What are your 4th plans?
Does anyone else raid their office fridge to add to what they bring into work?

July 1, 2014
by Brittney
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{Recipe} Skinny Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe all started a few weeks ago when my boyfriend had a sore throat and was craving soup for dinner. After a few Gchats back and forth, we settled on Chicken Tortilla Soup, and started looking at recipes online. Almost every recipe I found had canned tomatoes, corn starch, or some complicated cooking method involving pre-cooking chicken. I wanted something simpler and healthier, and came up with this recipe.

I’ve made the soup twice since, making slight tweaks each time. It makes great leftovers (it tastes even better after sitting!), and each serving comes in at around 250 calories, 21 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 34 grams of carbs without the toppings. And finally, before I share the recipe, a warning I unfortunately learned the hard way: after you dice your jalapeños, make sure you wash your hands right after to get all of the oils from the pepper off…or you’ll accidentally touch your face and have a very painful few minutes :( .
Skinny Chicken Tortilla Soup

Skinny Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
8 oz. chicken (about two chicken breasts), cubed
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 – 1 whole jalapeño, de-seeded and chopped
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 box (32 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 C. frozen corn kernels
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 C. chunky salsa (I used pico de gallo from Trader Joe’s)
Optional toppings: Mexican cheese, cilantro, tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream, hot sauce…

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in chicken, garlic, onion, jalapeño and cumin and stir together. Sauté until chicken is just cooked, about 8 minutes.
2. Add the chicken broth, corn, black beans, chili powder, lemon juice and salsa and stir to combine.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and serve with whatever toppings you’d like! I like tortilla chips, cheese and avocado on mine.
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Adding this recipe to the Buns In My Oven link up party! Thanks for hosting, Karly!

Questions:
What are you making this week? I’d love some new recipes!
Anyone else ever have a jalapeño spice-in-eyes-incident?

June 30, 2014
by Brittney
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{Weekend Recap} Cooking Class!

More than anything else this week, I’m most excited about celebrating the Fourth of July in Tahoe this weekend! We rented a house with a few friends, and have plans to float down the river, hang out at the beach and maybe get in a hike or two. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s independence. But before I get too much into next weekend and my fourth plans, let’s recap this (much more low-key) weekend.

Friday
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my company is amazing (really it is), and one of our perks are Summer Fridays. Every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day we’re free to shut down at 3 if we’re done with work. It’s so nice to get a jump start on the weekend!

This past Friday, my boyfriend also happened to wrap up early too, so we met for a drink around 5 at Harper & Rye, a new bar that just opened by our apartment. The bar has a pretty typical design scheme for new bars in SF – wood everywhere, with metal accents and some shabby chic-ness going on. We got a few different drinks, but my favorite was the Tom & Diane (the pinkish drink in the pic below). It was a mix of gin, lemon and raspberry gum.
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Later on, a few friends joined us and we headed down the street to Gioia for pizza before calling it a night.
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Saturday
Saturday morning I met a few friends at brunch at a new restaurant in the Marina called Palm House. We had ceviche, huevos rancheros and the best tasting cheddar biscuits ever. With honey butter. So good that I forgot to take pictures. Oops.

Saturday night was the highlight of the weekend – a cooking class! For my birthday this year, Rick got me a gift certificate to a cooking class, and we finally went this weekend. It was SO MUCH FUN. We made watermelon “Greek” salad, grilled Monterey Bay squid with salsa verde, harissa and dill rubbed Tri Tip with mixed summer squashes and Marcona almond pesto, and finished with a whipped honey and vanilla frozen yogurt with marinated strawberries and candied hazelnuts.
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In addition to learning how to make all of the above dishes, we also learned some knife skills and general cooking tips. We also finished two bottles of wine between the two of us over the course of the class. Cooking and wine just go together :)

Sunday
We kept it low-key on Sunday and got a ton of stuff done. Grocery shopping, laundry and meal prep for me! Not much to look at in this pic, but I made pumpkin pie chia seed pudding, skinny chicken tortilla soup (recipe to come!), my Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad and hardboiled eggs.
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Questions:
What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?
Any fun Fourth plans?!

June 28, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} June 21 – 27

Good morning! I had quite the week in workouts this past week….starting off with a 10K on Sunday, finding out I made it into the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (!!!) and ending, unfortunately, with a minor return of my plantar fascitis.

Long story short, I ran a longer distance than I usually run (6.2 miles, followed by a 5 mile run on Tuesday) at a much faster pace than I usually run, and woke up on Thursday with a sore arch on my right foot. I flipped my running shoes over and found the third injury creator – completely worn down shoes. I ordered a new pair of running shoes and spent some time Thursday rolling my foot out on a frozen water bottle and woke up Friday feeling much better, so I went on a run/jog/walk for a couple miles. Bad idea. It’s now Saturday, and I have slight limp, so I’ll be (really) resting it this weekend and not running until it truly is better.

The timing of my plantar fascitis recurrence was impeccable though. It showed up the same day I found out I’d made it into the random draw for Nike Women’s and just in time to teach me a lesson about under-training, good shoes and listening to your body. All things I’m considering as I plan out my training plan for the race :)

Saturday and Sunday
Last Saturday was a rest day before I ran a 10K on Sunday. The 10K was so much fun – I pushed myself, ran faster than I ever have, and PR’d! You can check out more about my 10K PR here.
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Monday
I headed to the gym after work and did one of my favorite non-running cardio workouts, the Tone It Up Jump Your Heart Out workout.
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Tuesday
Checked the Tone It Up schedule and decided to do the Bikini Cardio routine, thinking it might help out some of the post-race soreness in my legs. I completed 5 miles at an even speedier pace than I expected to. I think Sunday’s 10K made me realize I can run faster than I think I can, which is both good and bad – I definitely need to build up to longer distances at that pace!
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Wednesday
My legs were still feeling sore from Sunday’s race, so I started my morning with a toning routine and some foam rolling.
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Thursday
Nike Training Club class for the win :) I seriously love this class, even if it is at 6am.
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Friday
The run where it all got worse…I did the TIU booty shorts cardio routine for just about 3 miles, a great workout until I realized my arches hurt A LOT more than they had on Thursday.

Questions:
Anyone else ever get plantar fascitis? Aside from rolling it out, what else has helped?

June 25, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} Summer Smoothies

Good morning! San Francisco weather has been nice and summer-y lately and it’s getting me pretty excited for my the trips and events I have lined up for summer. The highlight is definitely a trip to Europe in July, but we have weddings, Tahoe, Vegas and San Diego trips planned too that I can’t wait for. Since last week I was on a “slim down” with Tone It Up and some co-workers, this week has been all about keeping some of those healthy changes (like snacking less and eating more protein) while still having a normal life and going to happy hours and drinks with friends.

That being said, on to Tuesday’s workout and eats!

Workout
I started the morning off with a 5 mile run down to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. It felt good to stretch my legs a little after Sunday’s 10K, but I think some foam rolling is definitely in order (eeeek! Foam rolling sounds a lot more pleasant than it actually is….) Also, I’m still slightly surprised every time I wake up early to workout and it’s light outside. It’s great, but for some reason I still haven’t gotten used to starting and ending my morning workout in the sun.
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Breakfast
I was hot and sweaty by the time I made it back to my apartment, so I made myself a delicious beach-y tasting smoothie: almond milk, vanilla protein powder, mango, banana and unsweetened coconut flakes. Summer in a jar!
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Lunch
My boyfriend mad an Asian-inspired chicken pasta salad for dinner on Monday, so I brought the leftovers with me to work the next day. I love cold pasta salads, and this one made a pretty delicious lunch.
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Snacks
I snacked on a pear and some turkey/avocado roll-ups throughout the day.
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Dinner
My boyfriend was feeling sick all day Tuesday, so he suggested making tortilla soup for dinner when I got home. We combined a few different recipes and the result was sooo good! I forgot how much I like tortilla soup :) I ate mine with lots more chips and cheese.
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Question:
What are you looking forward to this summer? Any trips or fun plans?

June 23, 2014
by Brittney
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{Weekend Recap} Scampering & Lolo’s

Hello! I’m trying something new out and linking up to Healthy Diva Life with my first Marvelous in My Monday post. I figured what better way to make a Monday marvelous than to recap a fun weekend?

We have a pretty busy summer lined up (like not being in SF any weekend of July OR August…yikes), so I wanted to keep this weekend pretty low-key. That worked for the first half of the weekend, until I started getting antsy Saturday night. There’s just too much to so in SF to stay in I guess :)

Friday
My goal for Friday was simply to relax, sit on my couch, and do nothing. After work I headed for a quick trip to Union Square to run some errands (and scored $7 bathing suit bottoms from Victoria’s Secret!), then came home, made dinner, and started a new book. Goal accomplished.
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Saturday
I knew had a race planned for Sunday morning, so I spend Saturday morning and afternoon grocery shopping and cleaning our apartment up, like the grown-up that I am. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, I was definitely ready for some fun so I met my friend Alexa for dinner at Lolo’s, a Mexican fusion restaurant in the Mission. We didn’t have reservations, so ordered drinks at the bar while we waited. I ordered a Mezcal Mule – their spicier take on a Moscow Mule (pic from SFist – it looked so cool when it came out I had to find a pic to post.)
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Once we sat down, we ordered more drinks, ceviche, brussels sprouts and veggie quesadillas. The ceviche was amazing! So fresh, and definitely both of our favorite dish of the night. After dinner, we both called it a night so we could get some sleep for our 5:30 am wake-up call Sunday.

Sunday
Race day! A good friend of mine puts on a charity 5K/10K every year benefitting the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, so a group of my friends and I all signed up to run. We drove down early, picked up our packets and found a spot in 8:30 or so pace group. I haven’t been running a lot, and definitely haven’t been running longer distances or at that pace, so I was a little nervous. I figured I could start with my friends and break off if I needed too. At 8am sharp, we were off!
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I stuck with my old roommates, Anne and Rachel, for the race, and the first few miles went by pretty quickly. None of us had ever ran around Stanford before so all the trees, houses and scenery were new to us. Plus, we were talking for most of the race so that helped to pass the time. As we neared the last mile, I started to feel the lack of training in my legs, but decided I’d rather stay with my friends than run alone so I kept pushing and told myself to just watch Anne’s shoes and keep her pace until the end. And finally, we were there!

We finished in 51:46! I beat my first 10K time by just under a minute! I was super excited to PR when I wasn’t planning to, and pretty proud to stick with my speedier friends. After the race, we headed back to the city for brunch and drinks. Great end to a great weekend!
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June 20, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} June 14 – June 20

Woo! It’s Friday! And tomorrow is the first day of summer, meaning the Tone It Up Bikini Series is coming to an end. I’ve been tracking my “workout miles” every week for the past eight weeks of the challenge, with the goal of getting to 150 miles by June 21. If you check out my tracker at the bottom of this post, you’ll see I fell a little short, finishing at 130 out of 150 miles. But, I’m happy with that! Here’s why:

  • I walk a ton – six to 12 miles a week just to work and back, and for most of my errands, and those miles I didn’t include in the countdown
  • I did a lot more toning than I usually do, and I definitely am noticing more muscle tone, which is awesome!
  • I had a few hiccups in the plan, like an unexpected trip to the East Coast for a family emergency
  • I tried new things! Mountain biking, went back to the November Project, and challenged myself to more toning

Anyway, onto the workouts I got in this week to close out the Bikini Series.

Saturday and Sunday
I had grand plans to go on a run with a friend on Saturday morning, but ended up taking the morning off and walking to Whole Foods to get breakfast groceries instead. Same thing. I ended up being pretty happy I took Saturday off though, because Rick and I decided to go mountain biking on Sunday!! You can check out a recap here if you’re interested :) We went for 10 miles in just under 2.5 hours, so I’m adding 6 miles to 150 by Summer countdown.
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Monday
I did what Tone it Up calls a triple threat for a morning workout: abs, arms, and inner and outer thighs. I also went on a quick 1.5 mile run after work.
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Tuesday
Did a double workout! Sunkissed abs and an arm routine in the morning, then took a Nike Training Club class after work.
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Wednesday
Finally met up with my friend for a pre-work run. We went for just over 3 miles plus did a quick abs workout after.
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And…that’s it for weekly workouts. I got a keratin treatment done in my hair (testing it out!) and can’t get it wet or sweaty for a few days, so I won’t be exercising again until my 10K race on Sunday. I’m hoping the rest days will make my legs feel nice and fresh for the race – I’ll report back with a recap!

Mileage Totals:
Week 1 (April 28 – May 2): 7 mi running + 6 HIIT = 13 miles
Week 2 (May 3 – May 9): 14.7 mi running + 6 HIIT + 3 mi hiking = 23.7 miles
Week 3 (May 10 – May 16): 12.4 mi running + 4.6 HIIT = 17 miles
Week 4 (May 17 – May 23): 14.3 mi running + 3 HIIT = 17.3 miles
Week 5 (May 24 – May 30): 8.5 mi running + 2.5 HIIT + 2 walking = 13 miles
Week 6 (May 31 – June 6): 8.6 mi running + 2 HIIT + 3 mi hiking = 13.6 miles
Week 7 (June 7 – June 14): 9.3 mi running + 4 HIIT + 2.1 stair mill + 1 mi hiking = 16.4 miles
Week 8 (June 14 – June 21): 6 mi mountain biking + 4.7 running + 5 HIIT = 15.7 miles
Total: 130 out of 150 miles

June 18, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} Mountain Biking Adventure!

Happy Wednesday! I for one am pretty excited to be half way through the week and closer to the weekend. Today’s WIAW post is full of my day’s eats from Sunday, when I went mountain biking with my boyfriend. He’s been realllly into the idea of mountain biking lately, so I finally caved, faced my accidentally-biking-off-the-side-of-a-mountain fears and agreed to join him on Sunday afternoon.

Breakfast
Rewinding to the morning, I joined a few of my co-workers (and a lot of the Tone It Up community) and started a 7 Day Slim Down. The slim down is part of the Tone It Up nutrition plan and involves a combination of exercise, super healthy eating and lots of water drinking. This is my first time doing it, so I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel Sunday morning post-slim down!

For my first meal of the slim down, I made an egg white slim down scramble.
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Snacks
After breakfast, Rick and I headed up to San Rafael and stopped at a bike rental shop to get fitted for our bikes, then over to China Camp State Park to try out a beginner/intermediate trail we’d found online. On the way there, I snacked on some grapefruit.
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From there, it was onto biking! We did this loop around the park – it was 10 miles and started off with a pretty steep (for me) uphill climb, before it was mostly downhill. The uphill part, while pretty short, was tough. My lungs and quads were burning, and my heart rate was definitely way up. Plus, I was still getting used to being on a bike for the first time in awhile, so this wasn’t my favorite part of the ride. About 3 miles in, we started going downhill, which was pretty scary at first. Once I got used to navigating the bike around rocks and tree roots, I started feeling more comfortable and began to really enjoy it.
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We stopped a little over halfway through the ride for some selfies and snacks. I tried a Think Thin protein bar for the first time and loved it! Brownie flavored anything usually wins me over though :)
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After our snack break, we finished out the ride, covering the 10 miles in a little under 2.5 hours.

Lunch
By the time we returned our bikes and got home, it was close to 3:30, so we were pretty hungry. I pulled together a quick slim down approved lunch salad with sautéed shrimp, arugula and tomatoes.
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Dinner
We finished out the day with asian-seasoned broiled salmon and green beans (plus some potatoes for Rick ;) ).
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Have you ever been mountain biking? Any tips?

Any Tone it Up girls out there doing the 7DSD with me?!

June 16, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} June 7 – June 14

This past week has been a GREAT week of workouts! I got back to an old favorite class that I hadn’t taken in awhile, did double stairs (inside one day and outside the next with some great people) and got to work out with one of my Tone It Up friends :)

Saturday and Sunday
I went phone-less for the weekend and headed up to a cabin with friends. We did a short hike to a mini-waterfall and stream, but mostly took it east with lots of drinks and great food! Unfortunately, phone-less also means picture-less.

Monday
Rest day. After a long weekend and lots of over-indulging and little sleeping, I called Monday a rest day.

Tuesday
Got back at it Tuesday with an after-work Nike Training Club Class at the gym. I took the class with a coworker – it was great to have some workout company!
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Wednesday
Went out for a tough solo run before work. I hadn’t ran or woken up early to workout in 5 days, so this one was hard! But I finished and was able to squeeze in a round of TIU’s Pura Vida arms workout.
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Thursday
Headed to they gym for a morning Stairmill workout. I used to love this machine, but haven’t used it in forever! I think it might have to start making regular appearances again.
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Friday
Met Kara at Coit Tower for a workout with the November Project SF crew! I first did a November Project workout back in January, and loved how friendly everyone was and how much more motivated I was to do hills/stairs. Friday’s workout alternated running the Filbert steps with sets of push ups. After Thursday’s step mill workout, I was definitely feeling the burn from this one. As you can see, we were both quite sweaty after!
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Question: Would you rather…workout solo or in a group?
If it’s convenient enough for me, I almost always would choose working out with a group or in a class over working out alone. I need all the motivation I can get!

Mileage Totals:
Week 1 (April 28 – May 2): 7 mi running + 6 HIIT = 13 miles
Week 2 (May 3 – May 9): 14.7 mi running + 6 HIIT + 3 mi hiking = 23.7 miles
Week 3 (May 10 – May 16): 12.4 mi running + 4.6 HIIT = 17 miles
Week 4 (May 17 – May 23): 14.3 mi running + 3 HIIT = 17.3 miles
Week 5 (May 24 – May 30): 8.5 mi running + 2.5 HIIT + 2 walking = 13 miles
Week 6 (May 31 – June 6): 8.6 mi running + 2 HIIT + 3 mi hiking = 13.6 miles
Week 7 (June 7 – June 14): 9.3 mi running + 4 HIIT + 2.1 stair mill + 1 mi hiking = 16.4 miles
Total: 114 out of 150 miles