Virtual Coffee Date III

by Hillary on January 27, 2015

Hi friends!

I know I haven’t been around these parts since early last week, so “cozy up” in your comfiest yoga pants and pour yourself a warm cup of coffee (or tea) – let’s chat!



If we were having coffee this afternoon, first, you might notice that I am drinking hot coffee! How odd, right? You all probably know about my strong relationship with iced coffee; but, after my most recent acupuncture appointment, I’ve decided to give hot coffee a chance in the morning to see if it has an effect on my digestion. It’s been almost two weeks, and I like the improvements I am noticing already. Come summer and triple digit temps… I don’t know what this girl’s gonna do!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I’d tell you that I am quite excited about the new piece of paper hanging in my office. I am really enjoying coaching and supporting my clients in learning to trust their bodies and to eat/exercise intuitively. If individualized coaching is something that interests you, please email me to schedule a complimentary consultation.


If we were having coffee this afternoon, I’d say that I want to run another half-marathon. It’s been almost three years (!) since I ran my last (and fastest) half-marathon.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I’d invite you to have a fresh grapefruit Moscow Mule with me. This unusually warm “winter” is bringing out the summer cocktail cravings.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I’d be giddy with excitement about seeing Sam Hunt in concert this Saturday night with P.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would invite you over for dinner because I actually have food in my fridge (often a rarity) and I’ve been cooking – a.k.a. cereal dinners aren’t nearly as frequent. Now that I think of it, it’s been a sequence of Cookie & Kate recipes (one of my favorite veg food blogs).

kale hemp pesto / spicy sweet tater + green rice burrito bowls / roasted brussels sprouts and crispy baked tofu with honey-sesame glazeblack bean sweet tater enchiladas (+ kale!) …plus orange cashew chocolate chips cookies and homemade kind bars

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If we were having coffee this late afternoon, what would you tell me?

Virtual Coffee Date I // Virtual Coffee Date II


My 1st Marathon [Relay]

by Hillary on January 19, 2015

Yesterday I ran my first marathon… relay. It was a lot of fun! Despite the constant rain all morning, my two girlfriends and I enjoyed ourselves out on the course — running from the Shasta Dam and finishing on the Sundial Bridge at The Redding Marathon.

I ran the final leg, from mile 19 to mile 26.2. My section of the course was relatively flat – making a loop around part of the Sacramento River – but the baby rolling hills definitely got me. I should have known, considering I hardly trained for this event.

I started off a bit too fast, I suppose, since my splits crawled up from a 7:20 pace to an 8-minute per mile pace. I hadn’t planned to race this event, anyway, since my training efforts were measly; my longest training run was a flat, slow 9 miles. I finished the 7.2 miles under one hour, with an average 7:59 pace. I ran without any music. A pathetic excuse it is, but I am guessing some tunes would have shaved a few seconds off my pace.

Our total marathon time was 3:41:23 [8:27 average] — not too shabby for our first “marathon”!


Workouts | Week of January 12


Tuesday – 60 min. gentle yoga class + Dumbbell Superset Workout (4 sets each, 10-15lb.) + 5 x 60 sec. plank

WednesdayWREC play date:

  • 1 mile indoor track run
  • Lovely Legs Lunge Workout (only 5 rounds with 15lb. dumbbells)
  • (3x) 10 sumo squats @ 35lb. / 10 windmills (each side) @ 15lb. / 10 swings @ 35lb.
  • 12 minutes treadmill intervals (1.5 miles)
  • 6 minutes step machine
  • 30 ab chair crunches / 20 assisted pull-ups / 10 squats @ 40lb.


Friday30 min. Full Body Burner10 min. Cardio + Strength Workout

Saturday – easy 3 mile run

Sunday – Redding Marathon Relay [7.2 miles // 7:59 avg. pace]

Have you ever ran a race/marathon in the rain?

Do you listen to music while racing?


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