A Great Day to Ring in 23!

Hello everyone! I’m officially 23 and I have got to say, Blink 182, what were you talking about? Plenty of people like you when you’re 23! I’m so thankful for all my wonderful friends and family who messaged, emailed, texted, or called me. Makes you really appreciate all the wonderful people in your life even more! FullSizeRender (5)Since it was a work day, I was spent most of the day answering emails but took a short lunch break to go to Cody’s La Jolla, a delicious brunch place in Downtown La Jolla with my roommate. They had the best hand cut onion rings to start with. IMG_0021For the main dish, I got their chopped salad. It’s one of the first times I’ve ever gotten a salad for brunch but I knew that I would be indulging a lot the rest of the day and weekend to celebrate. If you are ever in San Diego and need a good brunch place, let me know! I am your girl. FullSizeRender (6)After lunch, I worked until 4:30 and started getting ready for my first track practice back after my injury. I was really nervous because I know that I get really competitive, especially at group practices but had no idea where my fitness levels were in terms of track workout paces. Happy to report that I am not completely out of shape and was able to keep up with the majority of the team throughout the workout. IMG_0024It was a beautiful day to run. Anthony and Elle came as well because Anthony wanted to do a mile trial time. Don’t tell him I’m telling you all, but for someone who does not run very often, he had an incredible time for his mile- 5:54 min/mi! Now we are slowly but surely trying to convert him to the dark side, I mean light side, of running and triathlon ;) FullSizeRender (7)My coach is awesome at taking action shots. Do not let this picture fool you though. I was dying on the inside and struggling to keep my 6:30 min/mile pace. Surgery and injury really takes a lot out of you! You just have to remind yourself that you have time to get back into it and you are doing this for fun. There is no rush and you’ll be back in no time. IMG_0025We were nervous to take Elle to our workout because we didn’t know how she would do tied up. She cried a couple of times but there were enough people on the team like coaches and friends, who gave her attention and eventually, she was just having fun chewing sticks on the sidelines. We can’t wait til our little sidekick can run too. As a reward, we let her dig a huge hole near the track after… Don’t tell the school! IMG_0029After track, I figured the best way to refuel was with Sprinkles Cupcakes… I definitely used my birthday as an excuse;) Somehow forgot to take a picture of my cupcakes but remembered to take one of Elle with hers. Love that Sprinkles makes cupcakes for dogs as well. IMG_0037Ended my birth date night with a cup of Yogi tea. I love the little quotes that come with their tea packets. I definitely needed that. IMG_0034Oh and on the topic of celebration, my sister one uped my birthday yesterday with a middle school celebration! She is graduating and going to high school in a couple months and one of 14 who got straight A’s all throughout middle school! She got a special trophy and everything. So excited for her and love watching her grow up, even if it’s from afar as she is in Florida right now.

Spending the rest of the weekend celebrating with Anthony, friends, and family. What do you have planned?

Thursday Things and I’m 23!

Hello everyone! I’m 23 today! Happy birthday to me! I am excited to celebrate with friends, brunch, workouts, and drinks this weekend. This includes a track workout with my team tonight and the first track workout since my injury. Can’t tell whether or not to be excited or scared. IMG_0007Let’s rewind to the rest of our Wednesday. Elle has become quite the couch hog. Nothing better than catching a sleepy pup about to wake up. IMG_0015During my lunch break yesterday, I took Elle to the dog park again. I’m trying to teach her how to play fetch but so far it’s been a game of “I got the ball and now I’m going to run away with it.” Turned out to be more of a workout for me!IMG_0008 (1)Anthony went to do a couple of errands for his sister yesterday and came back with an acai bowl for me. I am really liking this whole celebrate your birthday for a week thing ;) IMG_0017I’ve been working from home the past couple of weeks since my injury since I don’t feel comfortable driving with one arm yet. However, Anthony has been taking me into the office to get caught up every now and then since and I walked into my cubicle to see my desk all decorated for my birthday. Seriously, the sweetest of coworkers. Can’t wait to spend the rest of the day celebrating!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

Celebrating 85 Years of Life!

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE! I have a list of resolutions running in my head right now… about running (pun not intended) and can’t wait to write them down, then share them on the blog. 1,015 miles to finish up 2014 :) IMG_2097Part of dinner two nights ago. Sweet potatoes is one of my favorites. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, slice up two sweet potatoes, toss with olive oil and spices of choice, then bake for about 25 minutes. Half way through, flip over the potatoes so the other side can back. Then voila! The perfect pairing with the rest of your dinners.  IMG_2107It fueled me through my strength training workout yesterday. Shoulders, back, chest, and abs. I woke up this morning and couldn’t even reach over myself to grab my phone. That’s how you know it was a good one!


3 sets, 15 reps of:

Bicep curls

Tricep Dips

Chest Press

Shoulder Press

Abs: 3 sets, 25 reps


Russian Twists

Leg raises

Butt kicks

Hip Raises

IMG_2123Last night was a special night for the Medina family! We were celebrating his grandmother’s 85th birthday at Black Angus! Anthony’s cousins, sisters, nieces, and the whole crew showed up to surprise her last night during dinner. IMG_2130 85 candles!… Just kidding, just 5. We didn’t want to be a fire hazard at the restaurant. IMG_2122This was the cake pre-candles. Anthony’s cousin, Jaimie, loves baking in her free time and she made this marble cake completely from scratch! The top of the cake was an old photo of Grandma back when she was a teenager. IMG_2132It was so heartwarming seeing the family together to celebrate 85 years of life. Grandma Mary, you are my inspiration and I hope I live as long and happily as you.