Weekly Mileage: 5/19-5/25

One of our many gorgeous views during yesterday's drive from Sacramento to Los Angeles.

Note: I wrote this post yesterday, but did not publish it until today...

We are currently en route to Los Angeles from Sacramento, so I am using the Blogger app. to write last week's mileage post. In the past 24 hours we've been in San Francisco, Sacramento and soon to be Los Angeles. The life of a roadie, I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

I took it easy last week in preparation for upping my mileage this week...

Monday 5/19: Rest. We had a lazy day and did absolutely nothing. It felt amazing.

Tuesday 5/20: Rest. On Tuesday, I had a phone call where I received some really exciting news. So exciting that I hopped around with a big cheesy smile on my face more than Tom Cruise hopped around on Oprah's couch. Unfortunately, I'll have to keep this information secret until I can announce it late June or early July. Stay tuned...

After my personal call and a work conference call, we cruised on over to Palo Alto to check out Zombie Runner, a coffee shop AND a running store. Believe me, it's just as awesome as it sounds. I heard about it via a half marathon I signed up for and raced on Saturday. They're the primary sponsor and put on several events in the Bay Area, so I Yelp!'ed the store and couldn't believe what I was reading/seeing...COFFEE...running store...under one roof? Is this heaven?

Yes, yes it is.

You have to scroll through some pictures on Yelp! to check out their latte creations. Foam art.

If I lived in Silicon Valley, I would never leave this store. That couch would be my go-to spot to leave an imprint. The Central Perk couch for runners. I'd also be poor. 

Afterward, we walked to nearby Stanford University to check out their campus. We love strolling through college campuses and Casey (a former collegiate baseball player and coach) loves scoping out college baseball fields.

We saw the U.S. soccer team practicing and getting interviewed.
We didn't realize it until later that night when we saw the story
(and the player we saw getting interviewed) air on ESPN. Crazy!
As you can imagine, the campus was gorgeous. We stumbled across Cobb Track and Angell Field and watched a few runners practice. And as a major fan girl, I posed like a run nerd for a photo with Lauren's Fleshman's Standford track records. She's kind of a big deal.

Let me tell you, Tuesday was like the ultimate day. One of those days that felt like it just couldn't get any better. Once we left Palo Alto we cruised on over to catch the Off the Grid food trucks which are pretty notorious in San Francisco. Our favorites were, Koja Kitchen and The Chairman. They were set up in a Whole Foods parking lot with tables, chairs and live music. It was a bigger production than we were expecting which was a nice surprise. We had a tactic where we tried something from three different trucks and then we went back and ate more from our top two.

From Casey's Instagram: @cagarms

Koja Kitchen
The Chariman.
Steamed Crispy Miso Cured Tofu with Garlic-Tofu Mayo and Baby Choy Sum.

You NEED to hunt down these food trucks and taste test these ridiculously talented chefs' concoctions.

You can find out where Off the Grid is going to be by peeping their schedule here

Wednesday 5/21: 5 miles. Went for a 3.5 mile run with Case, then rounded it out to five. Later in the day we stopped by an REI where I found these Hoka One One Kailua Trail shoes for $85 (they usually retail for $130). WIN.

Sure they may be a snot color but these kicks are nothing to sneeze at.
Running on clouds. 

Thursday 5/22: Rest. We were staying in San Francisco with an event in Sacramento. Post event we hung out and had dinner with our good friends Amy and Clint at the grocery store we were working at and made the drive back to SF. 

Friday 5/23: 3 miles. A last minute event was added in Sacramento. Literally we found out less than 24 hours in advance. So it was SF>Sacramento>SF again. 

Saturday 5/24: Zombie Runner Half Marathon San Francisco. All you need to know is that you should do this race. It was hard as hell and kicked my tail, but it was only $40, had the most breathtaking views and even though there were times I wanted to quit...I know it's courses like this that make me a stronger runner. 

Who needs race photos when your boyfriend snaps an excellent pic like this?
Thanks, babe! 

Better yet, just run/hike this section of the California Coastal Trail for FREE. Mix in some trails and run across the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Sunday 5/25: Rest. SF>Sacramento. We had an event in Roseville so we checked into a hotel in Sac town, worked our event then went out for a real dinner and good times with Amy and Clint. We hit up one of our favorite Sac stops featured on "Diners, Drive ins and Dives," Golden Bear. In fact, you can see Amy and Clint in that episode! It's hilarious. 

Then we tried to stop at the brand new Biergarten (next door to Golden Bear), but beware of their early closing hours. We've moved it to the top of our "to-do" list for the next time we're in Sacramento.

Casey was so bummed the Golden Bear was out of their signature 'Slaw Pizza, his favorite!

We ended up at Henry's Lounge. This stellar dive had a handful of regulars, all twice our age, saddled up to the bar. This...THIS was our kind of place. Even better, they sold PBR, Hamm's and Schlitz. 

Let's just say it was a hilarious night with so many new memories and inside jokes. Always a great time with these two. Thanks again A and C for the incredible hospitality!

TOTAL: 21.1 miles


"You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself
in any direction you choose.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." 
-Dr. Suess
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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