Author Archives: Maria

Current Reads

Since I find a decent amount of time to myself in the evenings while narco (just one of the baby’s many nicknames, this one being short for narcoleptic) sleeps, I’m getting back to reading. I am currently enjoying two Michael Pollan ebooks courtesy of my local library: Cooked

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and The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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I’ve never read any of his books but I did watch the documentary Food, Inc, as recommended by Maria, in which he served as a collaborator. I found the documentary totally interesting (available on Netflix), but if you do not like knowing where food comes from (not a judgment ) I would not suggest you watch it. My husband is squeamish and does not enjoy that kind of thing. It’s not a PETA-like campaign if that’s what you’re thinking, but it is informative view of the food industry in the United States! If anything, it inspired me to branch out and try farmers markets this summer. Just yesterday, I picked up some local peaches and tomatoes at this great farm stand my neighbor told me about!

I’m learning in my old age (coming up on thirty in January!) that I’d rather read nonfiction over fiction any day. Nonfiction I can eat up quickly and move on to the next one. Fiction and especially the kind I like to read (aka nothing written in this century), takes me ages to tackle. The last fictional book I read was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Took me MONTHS to finish. It’s not to say I didn’t like it! It just takes me forever. I’m weird, I know.

In addition to these, I’m also finally reading the second edition of Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

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I bought a used copy LAST summer and I’m only just now cracking it open. Why I didn’t buy the latest edition is beyond me, whomp whomp. Anyway, I’m only a few pages in but it’s definitely helped me grasp photography concepts way better than any blog or infographic I’ve read thus far. Hopefully by the end of it, I can finally feel comfortable rocking the manual mode on my dslr. I already have a cute subject, now I just need the skills to best capture her adorableness!



Return to the Races

This past weekend, I ran my first post baby 5k with my good pal Lucy. It was an all-female race held on big open pavement through nearby neighborhoods. While I usually shy away from races geared towards women, this one rocked! Not a drop of “diva” or bubblegum pink to be found. If that floats your boat and gets you running, more power to ya! It’s just not my stick.

Word to the wise: whenever possible, find out the course terrain before signing up. Last December, I signed everyone up for a 5k that was around a lake and it made for a less than fun experience. Trails are great for 1-2 people but any more than that and you can’t run with your friends shoulder to shoulder, it bottlenecks, and sometimes you end up running in mud. Trails=uneven paths=fear of rolling ankles with every step.

The race swag was pretty spectacular! In fact it’s my second favorite race premium, my first being a Brooks long sleeve and coffee mug from my second 5k ever. We received a short sleeve cotton-like women’s cut tech tee (think American Apparel soft) and a large Lululemon tote! I kinda want to live in my tee, it’s so comfortable!

race premiums

Lucy and I did great! We finished right under my goal of 40min by a few seconds. We had a blast catching up and getting our sweat on! We of course enjoyed some celebratory mimosas and huevos rancheros at brunch. Talk about the most productive Sunday morning! I seriously need to design a “will run for brunch” tee. Hmm….

Anywho, I’m off to search for our next race! BYE!

Post Pregnancy Workout

Let me tell you what I’m up to now that I am no longer toting a gigantic belly around and do not rock the same night owl habits I had pre-baby. The short version: I’m all about quick and efficient these days!

Before our move and my pregnancy, I use to go to the gym at 9 or 10 o’clock at night and run 3-5 miles on the treadmill. I’d maybe throw in a couple of strength training moves if I was feeling up to it. I got a list of sets from when I did a modified version of Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer when I was getting ready for the wedding. It was nice because the gym was only 2 miles away from our condo and closed at 11p. My sleep wasn’t interrupted from the late night sweat session and actually helped me sleep better.

I cancelled my gym membership when we moved because the closet location was 10 miles away and totally out of the way. When we moved, it made me commute hella long and I was already pregnant, so there was no motivation to work out after 9p.

So that leads us to my present day routine: I try to hold myself accountable every other day. I try to go for a run in the morning, in between baby’s morning feeding at 5a and when Ale leaves for work at 8a. Lucky for me, we have some great running paths right outside our door:

trail running

I’m currently tackling 2 miles each time which takes me about 25min to complete. And if I’m feeling quite energized and ambitious (and still have time before the baby wakes) I squeeze in a 15min total body Tone It Up strength training video. Those girls are no joke. You are left feeling like jello (in the best way possible) after each session.

If I can’t get in my ideal workout (run+strength), I make it a point to complete at least 1 10min popsugarfitness video during naptime. You wouldn’t think a 10min video would do anything but you’d be wrong, so wrong! It hurts so good!

And as far as my running and love of races, I’m currently planning to do 3 more races before the end of the year. I’m thinking 1 5k in September and December and possibly a 10k in November. The way I see it, signing up for these races is like paying a monthly gym membership as well as a great motivator to lace up my sneakers and get out the door!

Come back later this week when I recap my latest 5k. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

Now I hear a baby stir, g2g!