(Why me)T BAND

Two weeks out from my first ever marathon and this is what I’m dealing with.

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ITBS. Yeah, it sucks. I felt in last week 10 miles into a 23 miler so I cut the run short ASAP. I’ve been letting it chill since then with a few easy runs thrown in during the week — which was a mistake.

Today I ran 4 miles on campus and felt pain-free… Until afterwards. My legs must have really tightened up and now I’m seriously feeling the pain.

So here’s the game plan: rest. Ugh, yeah, not really my thing but it has to be done. Also, icing, foam rolling, and I have a massage scheduled for Monday.

I’m trying not to freak out but it’s pretty difficult…

At least I have fuzzy pink socks and New Girl to keep my spirits up.

Good, healing vibes are much appreciated.

Love,
Juliana

P.S. Hill on Dean Keeton, I see you and I WILL take you down on Feb. 15. Mark my words.

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Coffee Date!

Hi πŸ™‚ happy Wednesday!

Let’s pretend we are having a coffee (or tea or HOT CHOCOLATE) date! We need to catch up.

So, if I was sipping an almond milk latte (with an extra shot):

I’d tell you: The temperature has significantly cooled down here in Austin and the wind has picked up in strength. Ultimately, the weather is beautiful and it feels like fall!

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I’d tell you: I have an organic chemistry test tomorrow that I haven’t studied yet for, so I’ll be up late tonight working on that. Nonetheless, I don’t feel too stressed. Life is good. Really really good.

I’d tell you: Today I had running class in the freezing cold, but I felt strong and happy the whole time. (We did 800 sprints… In case you were wondering!) Afterwards, I put on a funky, colorful sweater that I got last year, my favorite pair of jeans, and some riding boots. Then my roommate braided my hair in a fancy way, so I felt like a princess!

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I’d tell you: Also, I was recently inspired by the beautiful, wise, talented, and overall amazing Marissa Stutz to try to disconnect from the amount of time I spend on my phone. Last night I turned off push notifications for all my social media apps and it’s been pretty peaceful. It’s only been a few hours, but I’ve already started to forget about checking all my various accounts. Try it!

I’d tell you: Another random tidbit: Yesterday my roommate and I made a winter vegetable soup in the crockpot and it was so fun to come home to after a long cold day! We don’t have many spices, so it wasn’t as flavorful as can be, but that was easily remedied by eating it with toast slathered with Earth Balance “butter”!

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The soup had white potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, red bell pepper, kale, delicata squash, cauliflower, and vegetable broth! I had considered throwing some tofu in there, but in all honesty, I was too lazy to cut up the block. πŸ˜‰

I’d tell you: My dad is coming to Austin this weekend! We’re going to adventure around and enjoy the weather. (Fathertron, if you’re reading this, make sure to bring warm clothes so that we can play outside.)

I’d tell you: The semester is nearly over! Whaaaaaaat! After this week, we have 2 weeks and 3 days of class left… I’m so looking forward to winter break (helllooooo PORTLAND) but I’m going to miss this semester! I love my classes and my undergraduate assistant position.

I’d tell you: I sent in my resume for an internship, but I’m going to keep what it actually is on the hush for now. Let me just say, it would be AMAZING.

I’d tell you: Marathon training is going swimmingly! Saturday morning is a 13 miler, so cross your fingers I don’t turn into a Popsicle!

I’d tell you: I feel alive with passion as of late. I can’t keep a smile off my face either. It’s the best.

I’d tell you: I really really want to get Malala Yousafzai’s book to read on my way to Portland.

I’d tell you: I’m glad you have spent the time to sit down with me πŸ™‚ and then I’d invite you over to see my apartment because it’s already decorated for Christmas.

If you were sipping your favorite warm beverage, what would you tell me?

Love,
Juliana

Greenbelt Adventure Run

Holy guacamole guys. I just had so much fun! Yesterday I headed to the Greenbelt here in ATX for a trail run, but I was getting eaten up by mosquitoes so I called it quits after only 1.8 miles. So today I headed there again covered head to toe in sunscreen and bug spray (welcome to TX)!

I ended up getting pretty lost, running into some obstacles, stumbling onto some homeless camps, seeing some beautiful stuff, and STILL getting attacked by mosquitoes…

Nonetheless, it was awesome and I swear I will know the trails like the back of my hand by the time I graduate UT.

Rather than try to ramble on what I can remember, I’m just going to throw a bunch of pictures at you and comment on them!

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The Greenbelt! The way you access it is important because it’s different everywhere you go!

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Awesome rock painting!

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Rock face.

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Lost selfie. I had just climbed up that “path”… And by climbed, I really do mean climbed! It was way steep.

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Not 100% sure what this was, but I think this is what I free climbed for a bit.

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THIS BRIDGE. Oh my word. Okay, I was seriously lost on what I thought were trails Β – word of advice: Just because it looks like trail DOES NOT MEAN IT IS ONE. πŸ˜‰ I crossed it once, ran for about a half a mile until I dead ended at a homeless camp. I filmed it the second time I crossed it but the video is blurry because it was on my phone. The smart thing to do would have been to climb down into the ravine and then climb back up the other side (it was about 4-5 ft down) but instead I did what any reckless adventurer would do and decided to cross the dang bridge. It rocked.

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Some flowing water yo.

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I LOVE seeing these things! They crack me up.

It was an awesome time! If you’re ever in Austin and want a Greenbelt adventure buddy then just hit me up! We can run or hike or whatever! πŸ™‚

Love,

Ju

Endorphin High!

Yo wazzup! Remember that time I was freaking out about my running? πŸ˜‰ Well, I mentioned that I should pay more attention to my mile splits and blah blah blah.

Today I went on a run and did exactly the opposite. I didn’t track it whatsoever. I just listened to the music on my phone. Not even my running playlist! It was so amazing.

Seriously it reminded me why I love running so much ❀

The weather was perfect and my legs felt so fresh! I got pretty hungry about halfway through but I managed.

Also, I live in Austin and I was passing by ACL while Iggy Azalea was performing and it was SO AWESOME. It put a huge smile on my face!

I ended up running 10.5 miles when I thought that I had maybe done 9!

Then I ate this dinner again while typing this! πŸ™‚

It’s been a ridiculously good day.

Thank you carbs, legs, and running shoes. ❀

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Love,

Juliana

#1

Remember that bucket list? I’ve been knocking things off and not blogging about them. Maybe I’ll catch up this week?

Anyway, I knocked one off today. The one that has been on every bucket list I’ve ever written: go bungee jumping.

My brother and I drove three hours to Dallas just to do this. He ended up jumping too and it was so worth it.

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There are seriously no words to describe it.
I spent so much time trying to imagine what it’d be like once I got up there and I was still so blown away.
It was beautiful and amazing and terrifying and high and windy and exhilarating and freeing.
I knew that if I second guessed for even a moment I may panic, so the jumpmaster counted to three and I went.
I would do it a thousand more times.
People, I’ve been afraid of heights my whole life. It feels so amazing to punch that fear in the kidneys.

Any of my friends/family reading this that has ever had an inkling of desire to bungee jump: I WILL GO WITH YOU. And we will laugh the fear of it in the face.

Soar my friends.
Love,
Juliana

McKinney Falls

I went to McKinney Falls State Park today! I came home from work, had an early lunch, then spontaneously threw water and an apple into my backpack and hit the road!

Oh and guess what, I live like 10 minutes away from the park. And I also put on some sunscreen and bug spray! πŸ˜‰

I brought my swimsuit because the falls are open for swimming but I decided to hike a trail instead.

I wore my fakeos. Fake chacos.

Here’s some pictures!

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When I got home, I took a really intense nap. Seriously. I didn’t think I was going to fall asleep, but I ended up passing out for almost two hours. And I’m still so sleepy!

Tomorrow morning I have work and then my brother and I are driving to Dallas to go bungee jumping! πŸ˜€

Wish us luck!

Ramblings of A Procrastinator.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!

You are so so so appreciated and loved.

Well, that goes for everyone else too!

This morning I had work, in a little while I’m going apartment hunting, and later I’m getting my workout on!

20 mile bike ride and a 1000 meter swim. Wahhooooo!

As you all probably know already, my last final is Tuesday morning… I’m a little nervous.

Tomorrow I have another long ride and a run, but I’m going to knock that out in the morning so that I won’t feel stressed while sitting around all day studying acid-base theory. Ohhh, the struggle.

Anyway, I was just popping in to say hello!

It is a b-e-a-utiful day outside and I can’t wait to enjoy it.

Also, I’ve been working on weaning myself off of caffeine and it is going smoothly. When I’m working, I have access to unlimited iced coffee and sometimes I would suck it down like there was no tomorrow… Even when I wasn’t tired!

So my goal as of late, which is working out pretty well, is a cup of coffee in the morning (just one) and then hot green tea in the afternoon if necessary!

Also, I’ve been cutting down on meat and dairy quite a bit (except for the gelato festival… whoops!) and I’ve had SO much more energy. It’s odd.

I haven’t been hitting the afternoon slump like I used to. Seriously, around 1:30-2:30 I used to just DIE. And now I feel so great! Sometimes if I do get sleepy I drink the tea and/or take a 20 minute nap. I’m fine with that. I am not okay with total caffeine dependence!Β 

Since I’ll hopefully get in the study zone, I’ll be back after I take my chem final! Wish me luck!

Summer is so so close! HUZZAH! πŸ™‚

So much time for running and biking and swimming and baking and playing and fun and LIFE. ❀

See y’all later! πŸ˜‰

Love,

Ju

P.S. I could totally be studying right now.

The Best Person I Know

Happy Saturday!
How are you?

Today I:
Ran a wonderful, music-less 4 miler
Went to lunch with my family for an early Mother’s Day celebration
Took my 116 question biology final
Went to a gelato festival
And now I’m writing this and gearing up for a nap!

I have one more final on Tuesday morning, but then I’m freeeeee!

I’d really like to play tennis right now for whatever reason… But I’m pretty pooped AND I don’t have a tennis partner!

Speaking of partners, I’d like to talk about my duet partner. My best friend for my whole entire life. My sister. My other half. My soulmate. Eileen!

I’m not quite sure if she reads my blog, but if she does then hey bb!
Today she had her last dance recital at the studio since she’s a senior this year! I didn’t get to to go because of my dumb final and to be 100% honest! I cried when I found out I wouldn’t be able to go. Nonetheless, even without seeing it with my own eyes, I know she brought everything she had to the table. Because that’s what she does. Not only in dance, but with her whole life.

Eileen will wax poetic about how I’ve changed her life, but the thing is… She does not realize how much she’s changed mine! She’s my guidance counselor, my therapist, my mom, and my sister. She knows me better than anyone else in this world and I can guarantee that.

She’s beautiful inside and out and has a heart of absolute pure gold. Not to mention, she’s tough as nails. Life has knocked her down more than enough times, yet she still stands up. Stronger and stronger every time.

She’s my role model. Truly.

I had the pleasure of dancing with her for nearly 14 years. Being her duet partner as well! I would do anything to get to do that again. Even when we argued about choreography or about whether or not to go to Sonic for kids meals, we were always in sync. And we still are.

And that’s how I know our friendship isn’t like others. We don’t feel the need for shallow acts of “friendship”, because we know it’s there. No need to prove it to others. Not only that, but no matter how long we go without seeing each other, talking to each other, or being in a fight (hahaha!) we always pick up the pieces.

Nothing is ever awkward.
I don’t say this often, but I do know that I am blessed to have her in my life.
All the way since elementary school.
And I’ve known that for a while, but today I was reveling in the greatness of having someone that is more than just a best friend. She’s my other half!
She’s helped me through my darkest times and she’s seen me when I’ve swallowed the sun!

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Stay pausal, Eileen.

Love,
Ju

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Triathlon Thoughts in My Car

Oh hey!
I’m coming to you live from my car because my transition area is set up already and it’s cold outside!

It’s not actually cold, but when you’re wearing a swimsuit and sandals it’s pretty chilly.

Anyway, my transition area:

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Oh yeah, and I got marked up too!

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My number is written on both my thighs, arms, and my age is written on my right calf.

πŸ˜€ I’m getting a little nervous! But it’s a good nervous that’s full of excitement!

I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel for the Oilman Tri in November! :O

This morning I woke up to serious abdominal and back pain and I was pissed.

Luckily, through the power of positive thinking, I willed it away!

Also, if you were curious, my pre-race breakfast looked like this: (I eat this before every race!)
Oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds! Today I threw in some pumpkin because I’m a wild child it’s delicious.

Sabrina and Mathew are coming to watch today and I’m excited to have someone to cheer me on!

Wish me luck and happy Sunday!

Love,
Juliana