Weekly Mileage: 5/5-5/11

South Carlsbad State Beach.

I'm trying to revive my weekly mileage/adventures post, but we'll see how long that lasts. I really have to hand it to bloggers that post daily and sometimes twice daily. How do you do it? 

I can only sit in front of a computer for so long...which is probably why I hated working a traditional 9 a.m.-5 p.m. but for those that have the focus and discipline to post frequently, my hat is off to you. 

With that said, here are my running stats for the week and a short synopsis of our travels. I swear we actually work too, but I've spared you from listing all of our retail events.

MONDAY 5/5: 8 miles at South Carlsbad State Beach. We were lucky this was in close proximity to our hotel, so we made a few trips to either run or walk along the beach. I have to say, there's nothing better than a nice run on the sand followed by an ice bath in the Pacific. The water is still pretty cold so it feels amazing and does wonders for muscle recovery. 

In other news, we rented a car to use on our off days instead of driving around in our branded vehicles and decided to finally hit up Pizza Port Monday night. We've been wanting to go to this place for quite some time and finally made the effort to do so. Casey opted for a flight in which he chose four beers (all brewed by Pizza Port) and I chose their Mangosaurus. He wasn't too impressed by his selection but I was diggin' my brewski. It greeted my tastebuds with a fruity punch and finished with the standard bite of an IPA. Some fruit flavored hefeweizens can be too much and too heavy, but this mango laced IPA was just right.  

My kind of fun.
Pizza: green pepper and pineapple.

TUESDAY 5/6: 10 windy miles at one of my favorite places in San Diego, Mission Bay Park. Afterward Casey finally tried a double cheeseburger from San Diego staple, Hodad's. He didn't realize how big the double chee was going to be and immediately wished he had ordered a single. Also, the fries were ridiculously awesome. There's your tip: start small and leave room for the potato wedges.

Later that evening, we dropped in at Petco Park to watch the Padres dethrone the Royals. This ballpark probably sits in our "top 5" (I've currently been to 18 parks, and Casey: 19). This year the stadium has added more local beer and craft breweries which is always a great addition and a huge draw in my book. The only problem is that they're team is still terrible and they have no marquee players. We had great seats in the second row for $25/pop which was nice and easy on the wallet, but it was one of the most boring games we've ever seen. We left early before it went into extra innings. Moral of the story: I'm a spoiled Cardinals fan and if I'm going to attend a game, I'd rather pay a higher price (I'm talking $$ not $$$) for my ticket to see a winning team on the field. It's a give and take. However, Petco Park is definitely a must-see if you're a baseball fan or visiting stadiums is your jam.

Cliff's Notes version of why you should visit Petco: fantastic seats for an affordable price, perfect weather, great location near Gaslamp, craft beers and the widest and albeit healthiest selection of food you've ever seen. I even had a veggie hot dog!

Baseball and boys. I'm always in good company with Casey and Sal. 
The view from our seats. 

Wednesday 5/7: Rest. Wednesday rocked because we started it off with breakfast at one of our favorite places. If you're a regular reader you know this is one of our top spots from when we lived in Denver. Snooze now has additional locations outside of Colorado in San Diego (Hillcrest), Del Mar and we found out on this visit that they just opened a location in Phoenix!  

Snooze Del Mar.
Just LOOK at those Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Thursday 5/8: 6 miles at South Carlsbad State Beach. 

Sometimes you just have to stop and take it all in. 

Casey has many hidden talents, one of them is that he is a master at finding amazing places to eat on Yelp! I can search Yelp! for hours and never come up with the places he does (and yes, I use the 'most reviewed' filter). He's a stud and he picked out this incredible place called Pure Burger for a fast casual meal after work. Case ordered the veggie burger and I ordered the vegan burger. You could pick your own bun, toppings, etc. It was DELICIOUS. As both of us were eating we kept exclaiming mid-bite "this is so good!" If you're ever in Carlsbad, hit up this joint for a quick, delectable and healthy meal.

Friday 5/9: Rest. Another stellar day because I had my favorite dish (for the second time) from CBW. Crazy Bowls and Wraps is a Missouri chain with two locations in Illinois, one being close to my mom's house, and a handful of random locations in California (one of which neighbored our hotel). I frequent this place more than I'd like to admit when I'm at my mom's, so it was nice to feast on one of my fave meals and get a little reminder of home. 

Organic (non GMO) tofu vegetable bowl with quinoa and teriyaki sauce.

On top of that, I added another half marathon to the race schedule! We'll be working in Salinas, CA next Sunday afternoon so I was able to find a race in Santa Cruz to squeeze in beforehand. 

Saturday 5/10: 5.5 miles + The Flower Fields. On our last day in Carlsbad, I ran to The Flower Fields and back before we had to check out of our hotel and get to work. We had passed them every day and I had wanted to go, but Casey wasn't too interested. Admission is normally $12.00 for adults, but I had a coupon from a magazine in our hotel room for $2.00 off. I knew I would regret it if I didn't go, so I packed my coupon and some cash in my water bottle and hit the pavement to visit the fields. I love the outdoors and I have a serious crush on Mother Nature. 

I mean c'mon, is there anything better than this? Here are just a few of the million pictures I took. I only wish I could have bottled up the smell and taken my mom to this magical place. If you're ever in Carlsbad when the fields are open, you HAVE to go! 

On the run home, I picked up a few golf balls from the side of the road overshot from the course nearby. Casey threw two of them away but I found at least one winner!

Running can lead you to some of the best places. 

The Titleist ball was the clear winner.

SUNDAY 10/11: 10 miles after reuniting with this babe in Santa Ana. 

Side note: We were definitely missing our moms on this day. Casey and I were both raised by two very special women and it's definitely tough when we can't pamper them and spend time with them in person. Happy Mother's Day Mom and Cari!

TOTAL MILES: 39.5 Miles + 3 cities (Carlsbad, San Diego and Santa Ana) 
Tip: I was able to alleviate some of the pain in the ball of my right foot by picking up these pads from Road Runner Sports. The adhesive doesn't last very long, so if you have a sewing kit I'd suggest hand stitching it to your insert. 

Now we're off to San Francisco and Northern California for the next two weeks! 

I have to say the last seven days were pretty incredible and I am so genuinely grateful for the opportunities Casey and I have been given. We chose to ignore our fears and society's standards, and we've made this beautiful nomadic life together. We are so very, very, blessed. 

"Success is doing
What you want, 
When you want, 
Where you want, 
With whom you want, 
As much as you want." 
-Tony Robbins


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