California Adventures Part 1

Hellooooo my friends! I’m so glad many of you found the guest post on How to Fuel for a Marathon or Half Marathon yesterday helpful! Looking forward to seeing some of you out at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC this coming Saturday. :)

I’m back in DC after a wonderful long weekend out in California with Matt for the wedding of our friends Heather and Mike!


The wedding, which took place in Carmel Valley, California, a couple hours south of San Francisco, was beautiful – I’m so glad we were able to be there to help them celebrate. :)


Isn’t her dress amazing?! Loved the mini net headpiece/veil, too!

heather calcote wedding

Matt was actually the musician during the ceremony! He even learned how to play Canon in D on guitar. :) Sounded great!


We arrived in California on Friday evening in time for the wedding welcome BBQ, and then I was up early on Saturday for a morning run with the bride!


How cute is this tank?!


The whole crew:


Apparently pink, purple, gray, and turquoise are in right now!


We ran down to Garland Ranch Regional Park, enjoying the sunshine. The weather was epic during our whole trip! It was chilly at night and in the mornings, but by afternoon was in the 70s. Glorious!




10k, done! I love this tradition to run on the morning of the wedding day. I’ve been lucky enough to run with a number of my close girlfriends on the mornings of their weddings, and it’s something I did with my friends on our wedding day, too! It’s great to have the time to catch up with the bride before all the madness sets in. :)


After breakfast, Matt and I headed out to explore! We decided on a hike over at nearby Point Lobos State Reserve, which we heard was a must see.


I figured there was no point in getting a new outfit all sweaty. :)



The weather was perfect and the hike was stunning.





One of the highlights was seeing all these cute sea lions!


There were TONS hanging out in one area, soaking up the sunshine, just like us!



We ended up hiking about 6 miles – it was flat and leisurely for the most part, but after a 6 mile run + a 6 mile hike, my legs were smoked, as you can imagine! Worth it, though. :)




On our way back from the hike, we stumbled upon this complete gem: the Earthbound Farm Stand + Café! I <3 Earthbound Farm, and after so much travel lately I’ve been craving lots of fresh veggies, so this was perfect! An organic salad bar, fresh juice, coffee bar… this is my kind of place. :)


I made myself a small salad and also got a cup of their soup of the day, which was organic turkey, sweet potato, and swiss chard. Delicious! Plus an unpictured fresh green juice – the 8oz option, with everything listed above on their juice menu. :)



Also, an Honest Tea!


It fueled us up well for a night of dancing at the wedding! I dropped the ball on photos with the exception of those at the start of this post, but it was a blast, and the food was awesome, too – really good tri-tip steak, which is apparently a local specialty, plus salmon, salad, veggies, etc! Yum, yum.

I’ll be back tomorrow with one more California trip recap before getting back to your regularly scheduled fANNEtastic programming. ;)

Have a good one, everyone! I’m off to get my life back in order: unpack, grocery shop, tidy up, go get Zara from my parents house, etc! We took the red eye home last night – oof. I took a short nap this morning, and am now trying to power through so I can get back on east coast time!

Of interest:

wild blueberry recovery smoothie


  1. 1

    I’m glad you guys had a good time on your trip! I love that “I’m in it for the long run” shirt!

  2. 2

    Do you know where your friend got the wedding tank? I am planning a run for my friend the day of her wedding and that top would be perfect!!

  3. 4

    I am so envious of all the travel you do! Glad you got to soak up some of the CA sun.

  4. 6

    This looks like a wonderful trip! LOVE Carmel!

    I ran 6 solo miles on the morning of my wedding to clear my head and get energized for the day- it was wonderful! Along the way I stopped into the cafe where my husband and his groomsmen would be coming for breakfast an hour later, and left a scribbled out note on a napkin for the staff to give him. He loved the surprise!

  5. 8

    Her dress is stunning!!! Such an incredible place to get married!

  6. 9

    Wow looks amazing! Beautiful bride too :)

  7. 10

    I went to San Francisco for the first time two years ago, and your pictures definitely make me want to head out to California again. What gorgeous scenery and weather!

  8. 11

    The hubs and I love to visit Pebble Beach (#golflife) and always make a visit to Carmel part of that trip. You forget how amazing everything is when you’re away for a while…. thanks for bringing a little bit of it back :)

  9. 12

    That was awesome that Matt was the musician for the ceremony.
    I love that part of Cali. Drove the coast from San francisco to Los angeles in 2013. The seals were the highlight for me. They were so happy and cute. Made me want to pick up and move there someday. I still think about it. Having been an east coast girl all my life there is something magical about the west coast.

  10. 14

    Such beautiful pictures! I am pining away for spring. We are still covered with snow here in CT, although it is beginning to melt.

    Happy Registered Dietitian Day to a fellow RD :-)

  11. 15

    Your pictures are great! I was just in CA a couple weeks ago and the sun and warmth were definitely welcome. That tank is super cute too!

  12. 16

    Aww this post made me all sorts of nostalgic/happy! My husband proposed at Point Lobos and we got married in Monterey :)

  13. 18

    Your weekend looked beautiful! I was married in Laguna Beach and any beach-y, cliff-y sunny pics always take me back to that spot in SoCal.

    Thanks for the S/O about your Inside the Fridge Feature–people really want to know what’s in YOUR fridge! :)

  14. 19

    Amazing! :) Way to re-use our dress, nice work ;) and well done Matt on the guitar-work! Bravo! :)

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