Hello again, 13.1!

NWM 2013

My thighs are burning…. Every. Single. Day.

With just 50 days left, I can feel my second half marathon go from creeping on me to full-on “let’s rip her thighs out and crush her kneecaps”. I will be running San Francisco Half Marathon this year, and this will be my second 13.1.

Am I nervous? Not quite.

I don’t think I was nervous about my first marathon, which took place just 8 months ago. I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon in October 2013 and absolutely fell in love with running. It was refreshing to have the opportunity to see my hometown in a whole new way; my legs were definitely the best vessel to appreciate and take in the saltiness of Embarcadero, endless hills of Mission, squawking birds of Chrissy Field, and the breathtaking cliffs of Lands End. I had been to these destinations multiple times throughout the years, but this was the first time I saw all of them in the span of 2 hours and 17 minutes. And only the gorgeous parts. I rediscovered my city, and fell in love with my city once again, through Nike Women’s Marathon.

Not to mention, my boyfriend and I started dating on the afternoon of the marathon – on October 20, 2013. Overwhelmed with what I had accomplished earlier that day – and the beginning of this courtship – I decided then and there that this guy was SO doomed next year. We were going to share the incredible experience (and the painstaking 2 months of training) of running the hills of San Francisco.

So here we are! We are officially signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 27, 2014.

I’m excited – STOKED, actually – to rediscover my love for SF again.

Thighs, you may feel like you’re trapped in a torture chamber for now… (especially during Power Yoga on the days after long runs) – but brighter days will be here soon!!

This is kind of hard.

Blogging is kind of hard. I wanted to commit so badly in January when I started this project, but I just couldn’t keep up. Throughout the past five months, I’ve been stuck in a limbo of what I wanted vs what I could really achieve. But I was finally able to get out of this stillness when I saw an inspirational TEDx video on YouTube – about how to get what you truly want.

This TED talk features Mel Robbins, an Ivy-educated criminal lawyer turned career/relationship counselor. She tells everyone that the reason why we cannot get what we want is because of complacency. It’s because we tell ourselves that “It’s FINE”.

Well, it’s not fine. If you find yourself dreaming about something more than what you have now, you’ve got to get out of this state of complacency and start grinding. To achieve this, you must have the drive and motivation to do what seems to be the “impossible” – and the only way to practice doing the impossible is to conquer it.

And it all starts with the most difficult task in the world. If you can do this, you can do anything.

You must get up at the first obscenely loud alarm. Every. Single. Morning.

You must get up at least 15 minutes before your first alarm, because this golden 15-minutes will work wonders for you. You will be able to find the time you never thought existed – and you can use this time to (1) map out your day, (2) start refreshing with a cup of tea, (3) cycle through a few sun salutations to a happier you.

I’ve been working on this for two weeks now. I started with snoozing only once last week, and have moved onto getting up at the end of my alarm (I absolutely love “Waiting For You – Valentin Remix”!). Getting closer and closer to my goal of waking up early and loving it is making me anxious to start conquering my other goals:

(1) Stick to a running schedule – Half Marathon is on 7/28!
(2) Score big numbers on TEAS
(3) Sweat every day

I’m gonna do them all!

Online Dating: That’s how we met.

love

We’ve all heard of online dating. To many – who clearly haven’t experienced all the fun – it’s a glorified phrase for sketchy hookups filled with unimaginable horror stories from awkwardly bumping into each other few days later to just having terrible sex.

I’m not going to lie. I totally signed up for an OKC account for all the horror stories.

In September 2013, I was at a good place. I had finished most of the grunt work to apply to nursing schools, the volunteer season had ended (hence weekends were free), and I finally had a regular (although menial) income. What better idea than to throw boys, alcohol, and awful hookup stories into the mix?! It’s a great conversation starter and I might never have this chance to go crazy again. I was, after all, a recent college grad. The term “alcoholic” didn’t apply yet, so why the hell not?

What I never thought I’d get out of this was a  boyfriend.

My boyfriend and I met on OK Cupid, texted for almost two weeks, went on three dates (two involving alcohol and one sober attempt to flirt the waters), embarked on an overnight trip to the city, chatted on the phone for 3 hours at a time, were separated by 12 states for a week (work on his end), and became exclusive.

All in 4 weeks.

Rush much? Seems that way to most people, but to us, it felt right. I guess it’s true that things happen when you least expect it, because I least expected to find a stable, romantic relationship – and a guy who fits right into my lifestyle, personality, and ambitions – off online dating. In a month. Online dating was supposed to be for kicks and giggles. Instead, I found something much more than that: love. Since our first meeting 3 months ago, I have been on a fucken cloud.

With him, I am beautiful, I am alive, and I am moving.

And I won’t have it any other way.

What I love about what I love -

This video is the epitome of commercialism-meets-fancy-advertisement-and-gorgeous-media. Great money-making strategy to transform a simple clothing line into a gorgeous, happy-and-healthy lifestyle everybody covets… But not so good for the burning wallets of many. Regardless, this video makes me happy and inspires me to live everyday like a rave:

Live on a high, smile sin reason, and sweat my worries away.

I’m still working on hitting these three points every day, but I can do it. Speaking of which – 2014 has finally rolled in and it’s time to make some commitments. I’m ready.

(1) Join a run club

Ever since completing my first half marathon last year (Nike Women’s 2013!), I’ve been obsessed with running – and it’s become a close first place for my ultimate favorite way to sweat.

(2) Keep a blog on things I love

I love finding new ways to sweat, discovering sweet vegetables at the farmer’s market, sharing my obsession with J Crew/Nordstrom/VS PINK/KSNY, and harboring a secret interest in dermatology.

(3) Run another half marathon

I absolutely loved NWM last year. Yes, it was well organized and yes, I loved the tiffany blue color-theme… But most importantly, I absolutely loved running by the pier. The sea breeze, salty air, and the feeling of taking off in the middle of the road without any cars… It was a breathtaking experience. That’s why shortly after I ran my first 13.1 miles, I signed up for another one in San Francisco. Except this time, I coaxed and successfully recruited my then 10-days-old boyfriend. I wanted to share this experience with someone – Good thing we’re still dating!

(4) Read one book a month

Who doesn’t have this on their list?

(5) Take hobby classes.

Ceramics, jewelry making, salsa, community projects, tennis…

Since Day 1 of this year, I’ve decided that my 2014 will be amazing – full of sparkles. My vie will be out of this world. And I will make it that way.