Nov 29, 2012

Meet Dear Kate

A few months back, I had the opportunity to meet the team from Dear Kate at the Getting Gorgeous event in NYC. I immediately thought what a fantastic product they created for active and busy women! Their "underthings" are made using performance fabrics and have three absorbent and leak-resistant layers.

I don't know about you, but I am one of those ladies who has a secret stash of undies (aka granny panties) for that time of the month. I've always wished I had the confidence to wear pretty underthings and not be stressed about ruining them. Now I can...with Dear Kates!

Dear Kate was created by women for women. The founder utilized her chemical engineering background to develop this new line of undergarments.

I recently tried out a pair of Dear Kate's Friday Night Fabulous Bikini with mini lining. Conveniently, I also had the perfect occasion to sport them to: my brother's engagement party! This style is made with microfiber and trimmed with black lace. I loved the super soft fabric, making for a comfy, functional and sexy pair of undies! This style is also available with the full lining. 

Other available cuts include: hipster, thong, cheeky and high-rise. Pre-orders are now being accepted for shipping on December 5th. Dear Kate is also generously offering $10 off to readers until December 31st. Just use this coupon code.

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Disclosure: I received a pair of underwear from Dear Kate for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here

Nov 28, 2012

Run Recap: 30th Annual YMCA Bethesda Turkey Chase 10K

On Thanksgiving morning, I ran in the 30th Annual YMCA Bethesda Turkey Chase. This was my first 10K and the longest distance I have ever completed. For the Princess Half Marathon, runners are required to submit a proof of time in order to be placed in a starting point other than that last corral and the proof of time also needs to be from a 10K or higher. So running this race served a purpose other than trying out my pink running skirt, which I previously told you about.

My hope for the run was to beat a time of 1:15.

On Wednesday night, I laid out my race outfit, which Raisin Bread found quite amusing.

Originally, Raisin Bread was slated to run with me but he has not been feeling well for two weeks now. He was there to cheer me on though.

We didn't arrive very early so I had just enough time to pick up my race bib, tie on my running chip and visit the bathroom before it was time to line up.

Pinning on my race bib
There were some turkeys getting their gobble on.

Then we were off!

The course was extremely hilly and not very scenic, which made for a challenging run for me.

So how did I do?
1663 241/278 2021 Irene Stirling 32 Arlington VA 1:24:22 1:10:30 11:21 

I beat my goal time by 4:30! Woohoo! And I went home with a tech shirt in women's large. When will race organizers realize that they need to order more small sizes?

Nov 26, 2012

Week 4 Training Update

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to take a break! I am back to the grind today with 3 weeks left of this semester. Then it's four weeks of winter break (can't wait!) before I enter the final stretch of business school. 

Not much to report on the training front this week. My breakdown was:
Wednesday: Ran 2.8 miles
Thursday: Turkey Chase 10K
Sunday: Ran 3 miles

On Saturday, I met up with a friend for lunch at Georgia Brown's. The restaurant was weirdly empty almost the entire time we were there. On the other hand, it made for a good environment to catch up! I went all out and got the fried chicken with mashed potatoes, collard greens and gravy. The chicken was moist and the skin was crisp, which makes good fried chicken in my book! 

Georgia Brown's
950 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Nov 22, 2012

Week 3 Training Update #sweatpink

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I know this update is slightly late, but better late than never, right? I was in Los Angeles for a few days, celebrating my brother's engagement, so that wonked up my schedule a bit. While I was there I was able to procure my favorite fruit, persimmons. How I love thee! Thanks, Shirley!

Anyhow, I am happy to announce that I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador! What is a Sweat Pink Ambassador? you ask. In a nutshell, Sweat Pink Ambassadors "sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves." I am super excited to be a part of this program and can't wait to see what opportunities are ahead for me to get connected and learn from this community of women. 

I also got me some pink swag. If anyone needs a pair of pink shoelaces, hit me up. They make you run faster, really. 

My breakdown for the week was:

Wednesday: Ran 2.27 miles
Thursday: Ran 2.38 miles
Saturday: Ran 6.12 miles

For my Saturday training session, I had the chance to run with my sister who was also in Los Angeles for the celebrations. It was awesome since we will be doing the Princess Half together, plus the scenery was beautiful as we ran towards the ocean and the weather was gorgeous!

Today, I completed my first 10K race so stay tuned for that!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Nov 14, 2012

Farewell, Cape May

For the past three years, I have been attending Raisin Bread's annual family trip to the Jersey shore. This year marked what will likely be their last trip, so we made an extra effort to go this year even though it was only for one day.

First, we celebrated a wedding in the Poconos. The next morning, we had breakfast at the piggy-est restaurant ever: Hickory Valley Restaurant in Swiftwater, PA. Everything was pork-tastic and there was quite a collection of pig paraphernalia.

Then we went to pick up my brother from Philly and finished the drive to the shore. The shore season had ended by this point in September so it was much less crowded than other years when we had gone in August, but still as beautiful and tranquil as ever. 

We saw some old favorites, like Congress Hall, and some new sights as well, like the sunken ship.

I will miss you, Cape May but I am glad I got to spend time there with my husband, his family and my family!

Nov 12, 2012

Week 2 Training Update

What a week! I'm sooo happy that the election is finally over. This was my first presidential election cycle living in a battleground state and it was super annoying, with the ads on the internet and television constantly, but also knowing how much money was being wasted on the election was extremely aggravating. Now, can we all finally move on?

I had a long weekend for Veterans' Day so I had some free time to cook. I decided to make some kimchee after attending a kimchee making class. I went with spring onions. It will still be a few days so I am still waiting patiently to see how it turns out!

This week was kind of rough for me on the running front. My body just felt so tired so I'm glad I didn't have to up my distance this week.

Tuesday - Ran 2.82 miles
Thursday - One hour Circuit class focusing on arms, glutes and inner thighs plus ran 2.15 miles
Saturday - Ran 2.67 miles

Nov 7, 2012

Easy, breezy in Puerto Rico

Well, it looks like fall is finally upon us. The colder weather has me thinking about warmer climates so now seems like a good time as any to share about our trip to Puerto Rico this past January. Raisin Bread and I spent two days on our own and then met up with a friend from NYC. 

We arrived in San Juan very late on our first night and simply picked up our rental car and drove to the hotel in the business district of San Juan.  

Our first day was packed with lots of activity. Unfortunately, over the last nine months, we managed to lose all of the pictures that we took using our underwater camera. Our first stop was Pelayo's for breakfast, where we had a difficult time communicating and, yet, were able to procure some yummy sandwiches, flan and coffees!

Next, we drove an hour to the east to visit El Yunque National Forest. We climbed to the top of Yokahu Observation Tower, which gave us amazing views of the forest, and we visited two waterfalls, La Coca Falls and La Mina Falls. There seemed to be a taekwondo club doing a photo shoot the entire time we were there. We went to La Coca Falls first and when we came back, they were still there!

We continued our drive east to Luquillo Beach and found ourselves a nice piece of sand for a short nap before we had a late lunch at the kioskos. I wanted to sample every stall along the beach but we finally settled on ceviche! So delicious!

We kayaked in the bioluminescent bay, which was my number one must-do for this trip. It did not disappoint. The moon was bright and after making our way through the mangroves, we were transported to another world of dinoflagellates. 

Our grand plan for the evening was to attend the San Sebastian Festival in Old Town San Juan but it was not meant to be. We gave up on the public transportation and everyone we talked to urged us not to drive downtown. Instead, we found ourselves a pile of chicken wings and a mountain of mofongo at Waiter's Bar and Grill. 

The second part of our trip was spent in Rincon, where the surf rats go to chill. While we aren't surf rats, chilling sounded like a good idea. 

Along the drive from San Juan to Rincon, we stumbled upon an extremely popular empanadilla truck and were treated to beautiful views of the coast line. 

Once in Rincon, I believe we spent entirely too much time at Tamboo, where I will admit to having at least one pina colada, and proceeded to purchase the "Pirate Special" at Villa Cofresi. But hey, it came with a free sunset. 

After dinner, we headed back to our vacation house to settle in for the night when, lo and behold, there was a birthday party at the clubhouse! As we were walking past the sliding glass doors, the birthday boy waved us in. That is how we ended the night with some super fun locals and Banda Kamaleon

The next morning, my ears were still ringing. This iguana we found laying by the pool seemed to have the right idea. 

Instead, like any reasonable person, I decided to follow through on my original plan to go to a detox yoga class. I'm happy I did. It was the first time I've done a yoga class outdoors. Being outside on the beach, where it was peaceful and quiet, was just what I needed. 

We eventually made our way back to San Juan, where we had a few hours to explore Old San Juan before heading home to D.C. 

Nov 5, 2012

Week 1 Training Update

I thought that it would probably be a good idea for me to keep track of how my training for the Princess Half is going, so I will be providing a weekly update of where I am. Things so far have been going great. I'm lucky that Raisin Bread has agreed to go running with me whenever I want. He's a great running buddy! 

Before I give you the update, I went the Hurricane. As I said before, I'm pretty new to running. Therefore, I had no idea that running skirts existed. Of course, I had to buy one when I found out about them though. Cute and functional! I bought this pink skirt. There are shorts on the inside with side pockets and a cable outlet. I'm pretty set on wearing this during the half marathon, but first, I will have to take it on a test drive. 

My second purchase was a fanny pack. I've been using this Nike Running Shoe Wallet for years now to hold my house keys and carrying my cell phone in my hand. It finally dawned on me that I would be extremely unhappy if I dropped my Samsung Galaxy S3 on the ground. Something like that was bound to happen eventually so I decided to get the waist pack. 

So far, I have only attempted to put my house keys and my phone in the pack and both have fit fine. I've been on two runs with it so far and haven't found it to be uncomfortable. It also doesn't bounce around much, which I was afraid it might do. 

Now for the update:

Sunday - Ran 1.36 miles
Tuesday - Ran 2.19 miles
Thursday - Ran 2.26 miles
Friday - One hour Reformer class focusing on upper back, obliques and thighs
Saturday - Ran 5.38 miles

Hooray! Super proud of my progress so far!

I'll leave you with a photo of me all bundled up for Saturday's run! It's gotten very chilly.

See you for next week's update. Until then, keep moving!