California Adventures, Part 1

Good morning, my friends – I hope you had fun and active weekends! As you already know by now if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, I was in southern California over the weekend on a fun trip with the California Strawberry Commission!

Sunshine and strawberries? Sign me up!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap of our day on the strawberry farm (so fun), but for now I wanted to recap the rest of the weekend – Friday night and my workouts. The CA Strawberries crew put us up in beautiful Ventura, CA, about an hour and a half north of LA.

I’ve actually been here once before – back in 2010 on an adventure road trip with my cousin Willow! 🙂 It was fun to be back – just as gorgeous as I remembered it.

Once all the bloggers arrived on Friday night we were treated to cocktails and dinner in the outdoor patio area of our hotel. I felt like I was on vacation! Strawberry basil mojito? Don’t mind if I do…

I was really impressed with the food – delicious and healthy, too! My favorite combination.

My date for the night was my buddy Monica – so good to see her again so soon after the LA Marathon! After dinner, we were hanging out in her hotel room catching up and all of a sudden I felt like the bed started moving – turns out there was an earthquake!! Welcome to California, apparently!

My entire outfit (jeans, tank top, cardigan) is from Stitch Fix (<—still obsessed).

On Saturday morning, Monica and I met up at 6:45 to get in a run! A much shorter one than the last time I was in LA area and running. 😉 Love being on trips with active buddies.

It was SO beautiful out.

Ridiculous, right? Love that pink sky.

Monica and I did a nice 4 mile out and back, chatting away the whole time.

We did take a quick stop in the name of love, though…

4 miles, done!

On Sunday morning, I got in another workout, this time solo since Monica had already headed out. I headed out around 6:45 again and made up a fun sprinting/boot camp combination workout for myself while enjoying the ocean views. I ran 2 miles total at a good clip, but stopped a bunch during it for side shuffles, walking lunges, and pushups and dips on benches. I was out there for about 45 minutes or so. Fun and sweaty and felt good to get in some movement on such a beautiful morning before sitting in cars and planes the rest of the day.

Stay tuned for the main event recap: a trip to the strawberry farm and an epic food truck lunch. A big thank you to CA Strawberries for having me out and covering my expenses for this trip!

What sort of workouts/adventures did you get in over the weekend?

Of interest:

  • “Why We Got Fatter During the Fat-Free Boom” – via NPR News. Yes, yes, yes. See also: my guest post on this topic from last month, in case you missed it.
  • Runners: On April 4, Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray is hosting a live, interactive video chat for runners and running enthusiasts, sharing his experiences from some of his most impressive feats and providing insight on what’s allowed him to be so effective at running so many miles. The event will raise money for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, which honors 7-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings. Use the code FanneTastic at checkout to get a free admission to the chat; donations to the fundraiser are optional but encouraged, obviously. For more info:
  • DC Area Runners: Nike is looking for people to work at their expo + race over the Nike Women’s Half Marathon weekend festivities from April 24-27. You’ll be paid hourly and will get free Nike gear and meals, too. If you’re interested, contact [email protected] for more info!

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