Long Run Sundays: Turkey Weekend Recap

Hellooooo! Thanks for bearing with me while I’ve been totally MIA from the blog world. I don’t go home very often (maybe 5 times a year) even though it’s only a little over an hour away, so it’s always busy busy when I do head down to Colorado Springs to see my mama and siblings. This long weekend was no different, so I didn’t really get the chance to sit down and read or write blog entries, but I’m back!

Recap Eats

Honestly, I didn’t bother to take pictures of anything from Thanksgiving because I’m sure most of you ate the exact same thing. My family does some Korean dishes in addition to the traditional American fare, but I was too busy chowing down on my mom’s authentic dishes to remember to take pictures of them. Next time!

On Wednesday night before I drove down to Springs, however, I stopped by a friend’s house to join in on their spring roll feast. Vietnamese spring rolls consist of rice noodles, grilled meats/seafood, and fresh veggies/herbs all wrapped into a roll. You can serve them with a peanut hoisin sauce, but I prefer mine with the sweet and citrus-y fish sauce.

spring rolls


spring rolls

all wrapped up

Recap Exercise

I tried to start off my break on the right foot by heading to a TRX class on Wednesday night before my spring roll feast. I finally got Thao to go with me after a whole lot of convincing 🙂 She did a great job hanging in there through the extra tough workout (our instructor made it more intense because of Thanksgiving haha). Way to go, Thao!

I went to class early because our instructor is offering free body fat and inch measurements for the winter to encourage us to continue working out. Hopefully I see those numbers go down as my half marathon training continues. We repeat everything on the list twice with sprints/jump rope racing/high knee skips in between and 2 rounds of abs + stretching at the end. Here was our workout for the night

Daily Workout

KB- kettle bells; MB- medicine ball

I was supposed to run 3 miles on Turkey Day, but I woke up too late (our family does lunch instead of dinner), and I felt like a stuffed turkey myself after the fact. So, I went with my mom and Mochi on a 1 mile walk at a local park.

Instead of doing the 5 mile run I moved from Saturday to Friday, I upped it to 6.2 miles and made it a HIIT workout with hills, sprints, and everything in between. It felt amazing, and I finally ditched my tryptophan-coma self. Oh, and I did it all without music because the Zip Buds I ordered would NOT stay in my ears because they were so heavy. Not a fan, but I didn’t notice the lack of tunes because I was so focused on the changing speeds and inclines during my run. I finished the “10K” in 1:05, which is super “fast” for me lol.

Saturday was the day I’d been looking forward to all week! The reason I moved my Saturday run to Friday was so that I could go with my sister to hit the slopes. BEST.CROSS-TRAINING.EVER. We went to a dinky little resort (Loveland) because she and her friends are all beginners, and it’s cheap. At least I got to get the first-day-of-the-season jitters out of my legs and tore up the (tiny) mountain.


little sister and I

After doing a couple of runs with the youngins, I split and did a few runs by myself before calling it a day, and heading back to the lodge. It was so freakin cold, and the wind was blowing like crazy. Not to mention the snow sucked because it’s still really early in the season. I’ll save my snowboarding energy for peak season 😉

warming up in the lodge (it was only 14 degrees!!)

teaching the newbs how to do some turns

My sister laughing at her bf after he fell. She fell shortly after lol

Aside from all of these things I did, I also took some time to catch up with some relatives and old friends I rarely see. It’s nice to be able to sit down with a cup of coffee and just start up conversations like you never left. I also spent a great deal of time with my mom and siblings because I rarely see them. My darling mother hemmed three pairs of jeans for me and cooked up a storm of different Korean soups for me to take back home 🙂 My little brother (who is not so little at 6’1″ haha) is only 16, so we have a hard time bonding, but we got to talk and catch up a bit as we went Black Friday shopping, and I toted him around to b-ball practice. My little sister (22) and I just started getting along about a year and a half ago after she joined my sorority, so it’s nice to catch up with her instead of being at each other’s throats 24/7. Overall, it was a great and lazy time with loved ones.

Long Run Sunday

Ok, now it’s back to the real world again. To get back on track with my training schedule, I needed to get in an 8 mile run. I was quite excited for my run today because my SPIbelt just came in the mail!


No more running with GU gels stuffed under my watch, cell phone in one hand, handheld water bottle in the other hand, and key wrapped around my wrist (more on the key later)! I got to stuff everything in the stretchy little bad boy and take off with only my handheld. It was so nice. I couldn’t feel it at all, and it rarely bounced. I’ll have to make it a little bit tighter next time, which should get rid of the almost unnoticeable bounce. This is probably something I should have gotten sooner, but I’m a believer now!

That said, if there is one thing I would change about the belt, I would have put the stupid zipper at the top of the pouch and not the middle. At some point during my run, my house key fell out of it (probably while removing my GU). Next time, I’ll just put the key elsewhere. I got lucky because my apartment office is open on Sundays, and they actually made me a brand new copy for free! I thought they would try to charge me, but they must have been in a good mood or something. Either way, I love the SPIbelt, and I didn’t lose anything valuable. I’ll just be more careful next time.

Okay, this is a freakishly long post, so I’ll end after one final note. I’m a little sad today because Mochi won’t be with me for the next month. My mom misses having him around, so I let her keep him until Christmas. I’m happy because he’ll get a lot more love and attention than he gets with me due to my crazy work and running schedule, but I miss hearing the jingle of his collar as I move around the house. I even miss having him roll around on my face in the morning to try to wake me up. Dramatic much? I know hahaha.


Question of the Day: What was the most memorable part of your long weekend?


What A Weekend

Hello! I how that you all had an awesome Thanksgiving and black Friday. I promise I’m alive, but its been a busy Thanksgiving weekend back home.

I’ll do a full recap later today or tomorrow since I’m about to head up and hit the slopes! I just got my board waxed and sharpened last night, so I can’t wait 🙂

I hope you have a great day!

Please Yield to the Cow

Happy Humpday aka my Friday! This day just can’t seem to move fast enough, but I guess that’s how it goes when you’re stuck somewhere knowing you get a few days off when you leave.

Moo-ve Over

Every morning on my way to work, I listen to a local morning show on the radio. It’s your typical ramblings, news, weather, and traffic. I’m usually still trying to wake up as I drive to work, so I only half pay attention to what they’re talking about. Today, however, the traffic report really caught my attention and brought a laugh to my morning.

First, let me explain something about first-time visitors to Denver. While I was an undergrad at CU-Boulder, I often helped to pick up visiting sorority sisters from across the country. Unless they had visited at some point in their lives, our conversation would go something like this:

Visitor: “Wow! It’s actually a city!”

Me: *dumbfounded silence and confusion*

V: “I always thought this place was like in the movies, and a lot of people would walk around in cowboy hats with cows everywhere.”

M: *continued silence*

V: “It’s actually really nice here.”

M: “You do realize this is one of the 30 biggest cities in the US right?!?”

V: *dumbfounded silence and confusion*

Now, before you go cracking sorority jokes, this applies to A LOT of people I’ve run in to in Denver, especially since I work downtown and get asked random questions from tourists. Honestly, Denver is definitely not a mega-city, and the metro area is quite spread out, but it’s still a big city.

Real Denver- source

Perceived Denver- source

To be fair, the drive from Denver International Airport to Boulder doesn’t visibly pass the downtown center of Denver, so it does look pretty rural at times. Along the route there are some (maybe just one big one?) cattle ranches after you pass Broomfield, which is about 2/3 of the way to Boulder. Several people find seeing the cows amusing and want to take pictures because a) they have never seen one, and b) it confirms their perception of Colorado/Denver (until I take them to Denver).

Now, you’re probably wondering why this all matters and what it has to do with traffic, so I’ll get to the point. The traffic report this morning went something like this: “Traffic is moving rather smoothly thought the downtown corridor with your usual pockets of congestion. Please be advised that those  on Westbound 36 from Boulder to Denver will see heavy traffic near the McCaslin Blvd exit due to a stray cow holding up traffic. Please use cation when driving around the cow.”

I’m not even making this shit up LOL. There was a




I literally burst out laughing because it’s exactly the kind of news that would make people think that we live in a modern-day Western film. Traffic gets held up due to a cow on the loose! Watch out now!


I’ll be heading out to my TRX boot camp class later this evening before embarking on my hour and a half drive back home for Thanksgiving.

Hopefully I don’t zonk out because Mochi isn’t a good passenger; he just falls asleep on me instead. I hope that tomorrow is full of tons of delicious food for everyone!

Be Thankful Challenge

Today I’m thankful for bi-polar Colorado weather. It’s a beautiful 65 degrees for the next couple of days!

Question of the Day: Are there any funny stories that you’ve heard today, or have you ever had any major false impressions about a place prior to visiting?