Warriors, stars, and a whole lotta crabs

Posted by Lauren

Hellooooo… I took those orange vanilla + chocolate coconut cupcakes over to my mom’s house Sunday afternoon and then my mom, David, Nicole, and I drove to Kirigan Cellars in Gilroy to deliver and say “Happy Birthday!” to Sarah’s mom, Sylvia. Everyone was wearing festive head gear and enjoying the 6 pours per tasting.


We stayed for about an hour, and had a chance to catch up with everyone before we hit the road for Oakland!


For Christmas, our parents gifted us tickets to the Warriors v. Celtics game. We had no idea that we would be Row 2!!!! You wouldn’t know it because Nicole stopped (paused?) blogging back in the day but she is a big Warriors fan. She roped David into rooting almost exclusively for Golden State and he was definitely excited to be this close to the action.




The Warriors won with 114 points to the Celtics’ 111 points. We missed Klay’s kickass game by two days (darn!) but still saw a great game with a pretty nice dunk by Steph Curry. After the game we walked down to the floor and took a family selfie. :)


Fast forward to Thursday… Nicole stayed over and we went out to dinner at Pizza My Heart. I worked in a different location when I was in high school so you could say that a piece of my heart belongs to Pizza My Heart. <3 Plus, their D’Lex is my fave.


Friday I went to the 5:30 bar method class (in an effort to break my 2-week streak of closin’ up the office :( on Fridays). It worked! I was home and on the couch at 6:30 and it felt so, so good to just chill. On Saturday I went back to BM (basically my second home) and added another star to my name. There’s a gold star challenge going on and I’m now at 12 stars. :)


After BM I usually go to Starbucks but 1) it was crazy crowded and 2) Krizia texted me saying she was in downtown Palo Alto grabbing brunch at Coupa Cafe. I asked her if I could crash and she obliged! I swear I took a photo of our cappuccino, espresso, crepe, and quiche… but it’s nowhere on my phone! (So you get this gif :) We had a much needed girl talk sesh and strategized for Ragnar So Cal …yup, it’s relay time again!

I made sure to get in my tempo run of the week (details below) before showering and heading out to a crab feed with my family. Last time (2013) I ate waaaayyyy too much so this year I tried to keep things under control. It’s a charity event that David loves to support, and we were game to get our hands dirty (literally). Nicole and her bf were also there! I told him to tell her to blog again, fwiw.



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They are so cute together :)

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, I’m making sure to get my long run (7 miler) in before the festivities. Details on that next post!

Day: {{Week 4 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: strength >> bar method
Tuesday: short run >> 3.5 miles (slow! 9:11 pace) + bar method
Wednesday: 35-min tempo run >> went for a walk? moved tempo to Saturday
Thursday: strength + run >> bar method (no run)
Friday: rest >> bar method
Saturday: 3 mile run >> BM + Thursday’s tempo:
….10 min @ 8:53 avg pace, 20 min @ 7:59 avg pace, 10 min @ 8:37 avg pace
Sunday: long run >> bar method + 7 mile run (scheduled)


What are you doing for Super Bowl Sunday???? Any miles pre-game?

Treadmill desk is ready, making cupcakes, and bowling like a pro

Posted by Lauren

Whoopsies, I totally didn’t post last week!

So instead of talking about this weeks’ haps I’ll just back it up to where I left off, Milad’s bday get-together and tandem bike ride for ice cream… that was Saturday/Sunday. Monday was pretty typical, except for the late night prepping for our company’s big announcement on our upcoming conference. We revealed the keynote speaker (Moneyball author Michael Lewis!) on Tuesday and had some good buzz, which was nice.


If you have friends in the Customer Success space, you gotta tell them to go to Pulse!

Last week I finally used this long skinny box to make my treadmill more desk-friendly. It’s amazing how far you can walk, at a comfortable pace, while responding to emails and finishing small tasks. I had the TM at about a 3.0 mph / 3.0 incline and covered 3 miles in 1 hour. Wait, is that actually slow? In either case, the time flew by :)


Every Wednesday we’re now getting catered lunch at work. Last week it was this amazing spread of massaged kale, quinoa/rice, cauliflower/sunchokes, chicken, roasted carrots, and kabocha squash. This week we had thai food. Luckily, we usually have leftovers so that means 2 lunches are covered each week!


Plus, that way we get to laugh, eat, hang out during the “lunch” hour that no one ever takes.


Later that evening, Nicole came over for her weekly sleepover. :D But first, dinner. We went to the trusty Curry Up Now brick and mortar in downtown Palo Alto. She had her veggie burrito and I had a naan smothered in tikka masala. We were both bundled up in Cal Poly sweatshirts, the picture of sexiness. 2015w3jan06

After dinner, we stopped in CVS for candy. I have a problem. And Nicole called me out on it, via snapchat.


On Thursday of last week, we had a fun company happy hour at the nearby bowling alley, Bel Mateo Bowl. Almost everyone who was in the office that day made it over, including a few faces that used to work at Gainsight. Everyone that I’ve worked with at this company is so special, it warms my heart to know that ex-coworkers still hang out with us on the reg.



After bowling, Kyle and I went out for a lil dinner date in Palo Alto. We revisited the ever-so-popular Oren’s Hummus because, for some reason, there was only a 10 minute wait. We ordered the shnitzel de noir (breaded chicken breast, mashed sweet potatoes, and garlic green beans), a side of the babaganoush eggplant, and the hummus triangle (classic hummus with slow cooked fava beans, garbanzo beans, and tahini). Everything was soooooo good. Oren’s you are busy for good reason.


And then it was Friday! This is where I point out to you what my life looks like at my desk. 3 Cups. Water, maybe fill it once a day (I know, so bad). Coffee, up to 3 cups per day. Chocolate covered raisins, easily go through 2 cups worth. I mean, I hope not… but that’s what it feels like. THEY ARE MY KRYPTONITE.


I stayed a little late at work on Friday… and then drove straight to Antonio’s Nut House to meet Kyle and his soccer buddies. One of them even gave me this cute cupcake from Kara’s! So nice.


Saturday morning I woke up for 9:30 bar (as usual) and then went grocery shopping for cupcake ingredients….


My high school bff Sarah asked me to make some cupcakes for her mom’s birthday party and I was more than happy to get busy in the kitchen. I made 2 dozen orange zest + vanilla cupcakes and 2 dozen chocolate coconut cupcakes. I made a giant batch of Italian meringue buttercream (plain) and then decided to frost them on Sunday.


I remembered how fun it was to bake, but also how tiring it is to stand up for multiple hours in a row. Dang, I’m lazy.

For dinner, I combined some of our leftover Oren’s hummus with hummus in our fridge, from Safeway. I plopped it all into this beautiful bowl my mom gave me as a present. Then I added toasted pita, sliced carrots, and a slightly modified version of The Kitchn’s mediterranean turkey meatballs.


The meatballs were seriously good! I made quite a few substitutions, and the recipe still held up!

On Sunday, after morning bar method, I frosted these beauties….

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I love the part of piping on frosting and decorating with “toppings” – it’s so satisfying to see the final product.


And that’s where I’ll leave off for now since it’s getting late!

Here’s a run down of week 3’s workouts. Spoiler alert, I actually did every workout as planned!!

Day: {{Week 3 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: strength >> bar method
Tuesday: short run >> 3.5 miles (+ 4 miles treadmill desk walking warm-up)
Wednesday: 6 x 400 intervals >> interval pace 7:08, cool down pace 8:49
Thursday: strength + run >> 3 miles (slow, 8:52 pace) + bar method
Friday: rest >> bar method
Saturday: rest >> bar method (+ 3 miles treadmill desk walking)
Sunday: 5k race >> bar method + 3.1 mile fast run (avg 8:00 pace) with cool-down run to complete 4 miles total

So, the plan had a 5K race on Sunday but I didn’t have a actual 5k race on my schedule. That’s why I didn’t feel the need to actually rest on Saturday as suggested. I decided on Sunday to just run on the TM at a comfortably fast pace and see how far I could push the mph without dying. In some ways it was like a 5K progression run.

I loved the intervals I did on Wednesday, especially when my bff Krizia ran up next to me when I was on my final cool down! Intervals are one of my favorite things because it feels like you’re gonna pass out but you only have to maintain the pace for a short amount of time. Anything is possible for 400 meters!


Up next: delivering the cupcakes, a Warriors game, and more :)

What’s your favorite type of run? Long, fast, tempo, track, hills, fartlek, yasso… slow?


Chocolate cake, my new haircut, and sweet potato ice cream

Posted by Lauren

Another day, another post… It’s got me feeling all like:

Monday. Coffee. First thing I do when I get in the office.


You know what else happens on Monday? #PrinceFarming hahaha…. this season of The Bachelor is so ridiculous already. But it’s a great excuse to get together with Sarah and Cindy (and Mike and Mark) for dinner, dessert, and laughs. Cindy tempted us with a picture of this chocolate cake earlier in the day and I could not WAIT to dig in.


For dinner we had slow-cooker braised short ribs with noodles and biscuits. I’ll admit I went back for seconds, it was unreal.


After dinner we watched the college football championship game and skipped the Bachelor. JUST KIDDING! (btw, go Buckeyes) The tractor race in bikinis? You’ve got to be kidding me. And keeping Miss Crazy Pants? Ugh.


Nothing interesting happened on Tuesday, but on Wednesday I met up with Nicole after work to go get our hair done! We drove to the neighborhood we grew up in and had the fabulous Kalee make us pretty again. Nicole and Kalee were BFFs in 2nd grade and when we reconnected on Facebook we saw all of her awesome hair magic.


We both cut our hair shorter (#twinning) ….I lost about 10 inches at the longest point. I’m loving the change!


Thursday morning I woke up suuuuper early (at my mom’s) and carpooled with Nicole to Redwood Shores and then drove the rest of the way to San Francisco for our team’s offsite. You know what’s fun? Parking in the Tenderloin. And then finding the nearest [hipster] coffee shop (Machine Coffee) to get a red eye and blueberry scone.


We spent all day in this cool coworking space run by wework. I love it when our whole team gets together! :)



After dinner we walked a few blocks to Farmer Brown for drinks and apps. I ordered their grand gimlet ($11) – blue coat gin, lime, pavan muscat liqueur, muddled sage & celery. WOW… this is a drink I want Katie to try. We shared their fried pickles, sweet potato fries, shrimp & okra hush puppies, and pork sliders. Everything I tried was great and I’ll definitely remember this spot next time I’m near Union Square/Market and looking for a “cool” spot. (Katie, it’s across the street from Mikkeller Bar!)


Friday I worked late and then had no motivation to work out once I got home. Pretty sure I fell asleep early. After a 9:30 am bar method class on Saturday, I treated myself to Philz Coffee. I wish they had a rewards program so that I could rationalize choosing Philz over Starbucks (damn you and your gold star rewards).


I spent all day watching the Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce episodes stock piled on the DVR. That show is actually really good! Later that night, Kyle made us a healthy dinner of panko-crusted baked chicken with brussels sprouts and leftover quinoa/beans. I was about to go out and celebrate a coworker’s birthday so a solid dinner was necessary.


Milad’s birthday celebration in Mountain View was fun!!! I love this little Gainster crew. Full details made it to my snap story, but not the blog ;)


Ah, Sunday. First a L2 bar method class (semi painful due to lasting effects from said night out), then starbucks (per usual) for coffee + spinach egg wrap, then football watching (damn you, seahawks), then a nice tandem bike ride for ice cream. :)


Tin Pot Creamery is in the same shopping center as bar method. Every time I go to a night class I have to hold back from getting 10 scoops of everything. It’s not the cheapest craft ice cream shop in the neighborhood if you know what I’m saying. But their flavors are unique and delicious.


I got a scoop of purple sweet potato with cinnamallows and a scoop of peanut butter fudge brownie. Yum!!


After eating pulled pork for dinner I worked up enough motivation to do my “long” run of the week (only 6 mi since it’s week 2 of the plan). Speaking of … here’s my recap from this week’s workoutzzz

Day: {{Week 2 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: strength >> bar method
Tuesday: short run >> 3 miles @ home 8:15 pace
Wednesday: 30 min tempo run >> 10 min @ 9:05 pace, 15 min working up to 7:35 pace, 5 min @ 8:15 pace
Thursday: strength + run >> NOPE. I blame the SF offsite.
Friday: rest >> bar method
Saturday: pace run >> bar method + 3 mile run at half marathon pace (7:50 pace)
Sunday: long run >> bar method + 6 mile run (8:44 pace)

BTW, Wednesday’s tempo run was brought to you by the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.


I was going to write about future races and whatnot, but I think I’ll save that for next week. Have a good week!


My first experience flying a plane, and running stuff

Posted by Lauren

I apologize for the 30+ photos in the last post about New Years. Hopefully you don’t mind :)

Now that I’ve covered the holiday season, I want to settle into a regular post cadence to sum up the highlights and workouts from the previous week. Then, when I get bored on Friday nights I can go back into my iPhoto library and find random things to flashback recap (like Katie’s wedding, and Oktoberfest, last year’s races, etc).

Headed back to work + kicked things off with our global all-hands.


A few hours later a food truck rolled up to our door, courtesy of one of our investors, congratulating us on a strong Q4. It’s the little things :)


Wednesday night we hosted a block party for the neighboring offices. It was random, but pretty fun.


On Thursday a few of us went to lunch at this memorable pastrami spot, Refuge, in San Carlos. I need to go out to lunch more because 1)  this was really tasty and 2) it was good to get out of the office midweek.


Friday night Kyle made this fine looking dinner for us. My one job was to put spinach in the quinoa and I totally forgot. Whoops. We had cookie dough ice cream for dessert. MMMmmm


And then, it was Saturday.

I went to bar method, and then went for a short run, and then showered, and then curled my hair… I felt a little bit Texas afterwards so what else are you going to do but Snapchat it?


For Christmas this year, Kyle told me to keep Saturday afternoon free for a surprise. Around 1 pm we drove towards SF and then got off the freeway near the San Mateo county airport. Turns out that we were going flying in a small plane… Wanna know the twist? Once up in the air, the pilot lets YOU fly.


We signed some forms and walked out to the little plane. I’ve always had a thing for Amelia Earhart so this experience was ESPECIALLY COOL. We got inside the plane and the pilot when through a lengthy “cross-check.” Now I see why it takes so long in the big planes.


And then we took off! We basically flew right over my office (one of those white buildings below)….


We flew south towards Palo Alto, and then west towards Half Moon Bay. The pilot told me to take over shortly after take off, and I maneuvered us towards the ocean, turned us around, and back towards the airport.  201501w117

The whole thing was amazing… maybe one day I’ll be able to get a pilot’s license :) Like, if I win the lottery.


Yes, I’m wearing aviators (how perf) and my Amelia Earhart inspired hat.


Thanks, Kyle!!!!


That night we went out to dinner in Palo Alto (the other downtown) at Anatolian Kitchen. We shared hummus, moussaka, and a gyro dish. Everything was really good, but I especially loved the moussaka.

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After dinner we watched Snowpiercer on Netflix. Talk about a weird movie.

On Sunday I did what I always do, went to bar method in the morning and then Starbucks to catch up on work. I made it back in time to catch some football but I’ll be honest with you…. football is way more interesting when fantasy points are on the line.



Look! Proof! I can still sorta run…


But only when there’s some sort of stimulation….. PLL is BAAAAACK :)


Who can name all 4 shows? Bottom right and top left are my favorites. Bottom left I’m *trying* to get into. Top right I just, don’t even know why I was sucked in.

Day: {{Week 1 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: strength >> bar method (that counts, right?)
Tuesday: short run >> 3 miles
Wednesday: strength + run >> didn’t do anything due to Block Party :(
Thursday: speed work >> 4×800 (paces 7:03, 7:13, 7:13, 7:08)
Friday: rest >> bar method
Saturday: short run >> bar method + 3 mile run
Sunday: long run >> bar method + 5 mile run (week 1 of plan so starting small :)

I’m following [a sometimes modified version of] Hal Higdon’s plan (AGAIN) because it’s not too time consuming, allows for bar method classes to layer on top easily, and it forces me to do speed work, tempo runs, and pace runs. I need to start those again!!!! I mapped out my running goals for the year (including training and races) which I’ll talk about in my next post!