Weekly Workouts: 7/21 – 7/27

by Kristine on July 29, 2014

Look at that. I almost forgot (truth: I did forget but then I remembered so it’s a moot point), but the Weekly Workout recap lives on!

I know, I was pretty stressed out thinking I may miss it this week too. Don’t worry, I won’t let you down.

Monday - I went to a Core40 class (full review to come) and walked a mile home from it. Core40 is a 40-minute SPX Pilates-esque class on the Megaformer. And it’s hard as all get-out. I can hold a plank for like 3 minutes. WHY CAN’T I HANDLE 60 SECONDS OF ONE ON THIS MACHINE? I thought about running afterwards but then… I didn’t. Cabo tired me out, what can I say?

Tuesday - I miraculously made it to the gym in the AM for 3 miles on the treadmill (at a 8:13/mile pace thank you very much) and then hit a Core40 class after work. I hate the classes but then my muscles burn SO good that I’m willing to muscle through it.

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Wednesday - Core40. Nothing else happened. The end.

Thursday - Gym after work – I decided to run for 30 minutes and made it 3.6 miles. Which I was pretty excited about.

Friday - Hoofed it 2 miles uphill to Core40, took class, then walked home. It was hot out. Very hot. And not even San Francisco hot. It was like 85 degrees. That said – I’m LOVING Core40 and it feels so good to get back on the reformer.

Saturday - After crashing into bed around midnight on Friday after a birthday party, I was up at 8am Saturday ready for a stairs workout. I had to be at a Bridal Shower for one of my best friends in the ‘burbs later that morning so I made sure to get my run in. I ran 1.5 miles to the stairs, did the stairs (5 up/5 down), and walked the 1.5 miles home. Mission accomplished. My legs were beyond heavy and not happy but they made it.

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Sunday - Boyfriend and headed down south a bit to Santa Cruz for an event on Saturday night so after driving back, stopping for Acai Bowls at Judahlicious (currently in first for the best Acai Bowl in SF) on our way home and telling myself it was indeed a rest day, I walked 1.5 miles to the Lyon St steps, went up and down twice (skipping a step each time – OH THE QUAD BURNING), then walked home with boyfriend once he was done his workout. Rest day semi accomplished.

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And with that, we’re done with another week of workouts. I feel like some Core40-ing this month is really working with my “get lean muscle” goal. But this week I’m feeling the need for some fast miles. Stay tuned…

 

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CABO

by Kristine on July 28, 2014

Ah yes, that time I went to Cabo and Instagrammed the sh!t out of it all weekend but have yet to post about it.

Here we go friends, here we go.

The bride-to-be is one of my oldest and closest friends in the world. Family would be a more accurate description. Her parents are my second parents, I usually forget that her brother isn’t also my brother, and I’m pretty sure most of my memories growing up include her in them.

This past weekend, we showered our favorite almost-Mrs.

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But right – CABO.

I for one was thrilled Cabo was the location of choice – beach, margs, tacos, guac, warm weather, and lounging poolside with friends that I’ve known for 10+ years? Done deal.

We spent the days laying out by the pool (in case you’re wondering the Weather Channel is correct when they tell you 90 degrees will feel like 104), eating our body weight in guac, applying multiple bottles of sunscreen and our evenings dancing our faces off, drinking adult beverages, and having an amazing time.

Hotel:

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

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Overall:

The only other time I’ve ever been to Cabo I stayed at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, which I loved. The Pueblo Bonito is part of a larger group of hotels within Cabo, and this was my first time staying at any of them. We also opted for the all-inclusive package. First off – the grounds were gorgeous (and HUGE – a golf cart is almost required to get around anywhere), the pools were beautiful and the rooms were really large. We stayed in 2 Executive Suites that had a kitchen, family room, massive deck, private hot-tub, 2 bathrooms and a bedroom. We only received these rooms because the first rooms we were put in had malfunctioning air conditioners. Not something we were willing to gamble with when the LOW is 85.

Service wise? I realize that the hotel was fairly busy the weekend we were there, but the service was a solid sub-par. We waited at least an hour for our room-service, an hour for a table at breakfast, and at least 30 minutes for a table at the breakfast buffet… when the majority of the restaurant was empty. It also took forever to get a ride in a golf-cart to/from the lobby. We ended up just hoofing it up/downhill each way. Not going to nit-pick but if you choose to stay there, just be aware.

Food:

The food at the hotel was pretty good. We had omelettes and smoothies in the mornings, street tacos, guac and chips, and a surprisingly good Thai Salad. We were absolutely not hungry in the second picture of dinner on our first night either. Not at all.

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Fitness:

I (shocker) worked out two of the three days we were in Cabo at the hotel gym. I would have loved to have run on the beach but it was, no joke, 80 degrees when I woke up each morning. So an air-conditioned gym won out. Both times I ran a mile to warm-up (I’m choosing to blame Cabo treadmills for being way, way harder than SF treadmills so just go with it), and then did a circuit based full-body workout with weights. I was drenched with sweat, endorphin wasted, and it felt so good to get a couple of good workouts in.

Restaurants:

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Mi Casa

Since we had an all-inclusive we chose to only do 1 dinner downtown. I’ve been to Mi Casa before and it’s always a favorite. The queso is TO DIE FOR (and I don’t even like queso… aside from this one), and the atmosphere is fun, lively and entertaining. The skinny margaritas always help to seal the deal. They make their corn tortillas fresh on site out of 100% corn, and the Catch of the Day which I ordered grilled was cooked perfectly, beyond fresh and an amazing piece of tuna steak.

Bars:

Nowhere Bar

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We started each night at Nowhere Bar (well – Thursday and Friday, Saturday we opted to stay in and relax) and with that came a free bottle of top-shelf liquor, mixers, water bottles, and a great table on the patio. It was fantastic (obviously). Nowhere Bar plays the BEST music and we danced for HOURS. I love that it’s part indoors/part outdoors, right on the Cabo marina and doesn’t feel too clubby.

El Squid Roe

Your typical Cabo bar – we didn’t stay long, but it’s kind of a must-hit.

Overall it was an amazing weekend with great friends celebrating a wonderful friend on her upcoming wedding. I also watched my first ever The Good Wife episode on the plane on the way home (bless you Virgin America) and now I’m like 13 episodes in on the first season wondering why Alicia and Will won’t just get on with it already. It also makes me slightly depressed to have seen the episode (Good Wife fans you know what I’m talking about) because now I just know… and I can’t un-know, you know? Wow, quite the sentence.

Oh we also saw Jason Segal in the Cabo airport before our flight on Sunday. Naturally he was in Cabo for Adam Levine’s wedding. Surprisingly none of us were invited. I refrained from asking for a picture and instead just stared at him and followed him around for a solid 5 minutes (at a safe distance). Celebrities I can’t quit you.

Adios Cabo – Can’t wait for the big day in September!

 

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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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The past month, I’ve been busting my ass at the gym. Like harder than I’ve worked in quite a while. Maybe because it’s summer (aka bikini weather), maybe because I have the world’s most amazing gym in my neighborhood (welcome Equinox) or maybe I’m just there, but I’ve been pushing harder and going further. Before I […]

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