Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meditrina Salt Lake City, Utah: Small Plates and Wine Bar

 First off, let me admit.  I have never been a fan of "small plates".  Why? I don't know, I guess I just really love BIG plates.  I love having a yummy honkin plate of food in front of me to devour (Remember- this is why I run- mostly why).

I will say though, small plates are starting to grow on me.  I first gave them a shot here in Salt Lake City at Eva's downtown and was impressed.  The small plates were unique and fun to share.  My sister Ashley gave me a Living Social deal to a place called Meditrina, a Mediterranean restaurant about 5 minutes away that serves Small Plates and Wine.  With my busy life and love of cooking, I waited until  the day before it expired to use it, only to find out that Tuesday, the day I tried was the one exception due to "Endless Tapa" specials that day.

Okay, so we went back Wednesday instead and oh I will definitely be back for endless tapas.

Really delicious, but a little overpriced at $15 for that small amount of cheese and a few slices of bread. 

Heaven-  That sauce those onions those potatoes.... heaven.

Sorry for the fuzzy picture but blueberry and perfectly cooked charred octopus together.... my favorite dish of the night! 

All the food was absolutely delicious.  We were really excited to find out about "Endless Tapas Tuesday".  For 25$ you get endless tapas (with an extra charge only on the duck and octopus - which was my favorite!).  By all that yummy goodness for 25$ sounds like a steal I need to be a part of! Don't forget to look for their Living Social deal too, good for every night BUT Tuesday.  This would be a really great place to come with friends, especially on a Tuesday.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How I manage my crazy hectic beautiful life and TIPS FOR SUCCESS!

"How do you do it all" 
I get this all the time.  
School, work, cooking, blogging, running, friends, travel.. 
how do you fit it all in your schedule?

Well my friends. It isn't a secret.  We all have the same 24 hours a day.  Unforunately I was just blessed(often cursed) with the inability to relax.  I am an impatient go getter do everything and do it all right now.  It is my personality more than anything.  Okay so that wasn't really helpful advice was it...  

Let me walk you through a day in the life of Katie Arruda-
  Lets use Thursday as an example. 

5:45-  Alarm goes off.  Hit snooze until 6:00.   
6:00-  Out of bed, throw on my running clothes, grab the dog and coffee and meet the girls for our run
6:15:    Out the door driving to our running meetup spot
6:30:   Off we go- 4 mile run
7:20:    I am back in the car and heading home
7:35:    Quick shower, make breakfast, clean up kitchen
8:00:    Sit down behind my desk and spend 30 minutes on the blog 
8:30:    Leave to grab the train for class at 9:10
9:10:    Class until 10:30
10:45:   Meeting with a professor for some advice on an upcoming presentation
11:30:   Catch the train home, grab the car and head out to a lunch meeting 
12:00:  Meet my co-captains for lunch to plan our first session for Girls On The Run
1:30:    Home-  Walk dog again
2:00:   Put in a 3 hours of work for the consulting firm
5:00:   Start getting ready for night class- pack my bagpack, water, and a snack
5:30:    Leave to catch the train to campus
6:00:    Class until 9
9:00:   Bike home or grab the 9:05 train
9:30:   Quick dinner
10:00:  BED! 

I am exhausted just typing that!  Not every day is like this obviously.  Some days I have a ton of homework I need to do, or I need to babysit for 7 hours.  Some days I can find a few hours to drive south to go ride, but sadly this is usually the first thing I have to give up on busy days. 

FIVE Tips For Busy Bodies: 
1. PREP!  I start the night before.  I lay out my running clothes, the dogs leash and harness, put socks and my sneakers by the door, and put fresh grinds in the coffee maker so its just a push of the button while I throw on my running clothes.  

2. SLEEP!  I go to bed early the night before.  I am often in bed by 10:00 and asleep by 10:15-10:30 (sometimes sooner sometimes later!).

3.  WAKE UP EARLY!  I hate to say it but this is the most important for me.  Before 9 I have run 4 miles while simultaneously tiring out the dog, showered, had breakfast, cleaned up the apartment quick, blogged, packed for school, and on the train and on campus-  This is all before most people have gotten to work.  I hate to say it but the key is to wake up early and conquer the world, and you can only do that if you go to bed early. By waking up and working out you take care of your body, set a positive mood for the day, and don't have to spend the entire day dreading a workout after a draining day in the office-  I have dinner on the mind after 5, not running.  

4.  ROUTINE!  I get in a routine that helps-  prep night before, run tuesday thursday mornings, tabatta monday wednesday, trails friday.  This routine and structure is what I crave and its easy to go through the motions even with a busy schedule.  

5.  LISTS!  I think making lists and keeping my wall calendar updated is the only way I manage to show up at the right places at the right times.  My magnetic notepad on the fridge saves my life for making sure I don't go to the grocery store 10x in week and my wall calendar lets me not "over book" myself.  Ill write out my busy days schedule in list form and make TO DO lists for the day or for the week.  


And now for someone elses opinion: Full article here 

20 Habits That Will Make You A Success

1. Don’t define success with a dollar amount, but in relation to your happiness.

The habit of defining success with a dollar amount will lead you to constantly chasing a higher price point. It’s a chase that will never end, and a view of success that will never be attained. Get in the habit of seeing your success and your happiness in the same light.

2. Read before you write or work.

Reading a good book will get the creative juices flowing, the brain learning, and your knowledge base growing. Try reading for 30 minutes to start your day. 

3. Wake up at the same time everyday.

Having a good sleep routine will help you have more energy to do more work during the day.

4. Always finish your to do list.

Get in the habit of never leaving anything that you wanted to finish at the beginning of the day, incomplete at the end. If you simply do what you set out to do, it will be hard for success to elude you. 

5. Keep your to do list small and scaled.

Have 1 or 2 things that are important to finish, and make sure you finish them first. The rest of your tasks should be tended to only after your most important ones have been completed. 

6. Keep two journals; one for your planning, scheduling, and work.

The other for your big ideas, thoughts, and goals. Writing stuff down makes it real and tangible. A to do list, a goal, or a dream, that isn’t written down isn’t yet real.

7. Measure everything.

Every goal you set needs to be measured. Every sales page you create, needs to be measured. If you measure everything you’ll have a blueprint for exactly what does work, and what doesn’t.

8. Stick to 90-minute work sessions.

Few people actually work as much as they say they work. Their time is usually made up of distractions. They Facebook, Tweet, and surf the interwebz. Time your work sessions. Keep a stopwatch. Focus for 90-minutes, take an active break, then get back to the beautiful grind.

9. Take active breaks.

A work break should enhance your working experience. It can’t – at all costs – take away from it. So do something active that will get your blood pumping and your mind working as effectively as it was when you first started working in the wee hours of the morning.

10. Wake up early.

The list of successful people who wake up before the rest of the world is far too long to list. This isn’t a coincidence. Get up before 6 am, 7 days a week and get a head start on your day and your dream.

11. Put your family first.

Success can’t exist without family – even if that “family” is simply loved ones and friends. You need to be working for a greater purpose than your own monitory gain if you’re going to accomplish true success.

12. Work harder than your competition.

If you work harder than everyone else, success can’t hide from you. You will find it. And you will enjoy it.

13. Use a board.

Use a big white board to keep your goals visible and close.

14. Share your dream.

Get in the habit of talking to others who have a similar dream, even if the similarity is the enormity of your goals, and the audaciousness of your plans. Napoleon Hill coined this relationship “a mastermind”, and it’s one of the most important factors in your eventual success.

15. Only surround yourself with successful people.

That is, don’t have “suckers” in your midst – people who will tear you away from your work, and destroy your dream. If you have friends that do this, stop hanging out with them. Are they worth you living a mediocre life when greatness can be in your future?

16. Keep a healthy body.

Without a healthy body it becomes evermore difficult to maintain a healthy mind.

17. Spend your money only on things that will propel your dream.

Cars, “things”, are only good for boosting your image in an effort to impress people who you really don’t want to impress. Spend money, instead, on your own development and your business to fuel your growth.

18. Make a sacrifice.

Get in the habit of sacrificing things that you may like in your life, for things that will help you become a success. The road to greatness isn’t one of excess spending and easy living. Hustle. Focus. Sacrifice. Succeed.

19. Review your journals every month.

A journal can bring you clarity when you write in it, but it’s far more powerful when you get in the habit of reviewing it.

20. Write down 3 things you’re thankful for every day.

What you’ll find is that success is often in your midst if you look at it from the right perspective. And study after study has shown that happy people achieve far greater things than pessimistic, unhappy individuals. This habit, combined with hard work, is as simple a recipe for success as you can create. It’s also an effective one.
I really loved these tips and I am going to adopt some of these as well.  
Especially this last one. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Motivational Monday: 2/23 to 3/1 and replacing your shoes

Hello!  New Week New Recap! 
 Lets take a look at last week:

Monday:  Tabata
Tuesday:  4 miles Sugarhouse Park am, 3 mile hike pm
Wednesday:  Tabata
Thursday:  4 miles am Liberty Park
Friday:  4 miles trail run Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Saturday:  Ski Solitude
Sunday:  7 mile hill run up City Creek Canyon and 45 minute Spin Class

Weekly Total:  19 Miles

Friday's Trail Run 

Saturday Ski

Sunday Seven 

And now, for today's tips tricks and motivation.
New gear and replacing shoes!

New gear really gets me out the door when motivation is is low low low.  Sometimes you just need a new reason in neon to get out the door and get your run done.  Not only was I excited to have something fun and new to run in, but my shoes were long overdue for a replacement. 

Of course, I got another pair of Newtons (5th pair, I am devoted- these are the only shoes that have kept me shin splint free and have a nice wide toe box for my awkward feet).  As you can see by the treads on my old shoe (especially the toe area), these puppies were LONG past their prime.  I track all my miles on Daily Mile but I did not have to look at the log to see they were done.  I could feel it in the shoe and I definitely saw it on the bottom of the tread.  I also felt it in my body.  That tendinitis ankle that took me out of my first marathon attempt was starting to feel a "tweak" when I ran.  

I got these new newtons for $65 (insane bargain for Newtons) off of and I knew that new sneakers were essential for injury prevention.  I can't tell you how many times I hear new runners tell me they are running in their Adidas sneakers from middle school track. Oy.  Time to let those go and upgrade my new running friends.

When Should I Replace My Running Shoes?

Running in old or worn-out shoes is a common causes of running injuries. Your running shoes lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability over time. Continuing to run in worn-out running shoes increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints, which can lead to overuse injuries. The easiest thing you can do to prevent those types of injuries is replace your running shoes when they're worn-out.
So how do you know when shoes need to be retired? Don't use the treads of your running shoes to determine whether you should replace your shoes. The midsole, which provides the cushioning and stability, usually breaks down before the bottom shows major signs of wear. If you've been feeling muscle fatigue, shin splints, or some pain in your joints -- especially your knees -- you may be wearing running shoes that no longer have adequate cushioning.
A good rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles, depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run. Smaller runners can get new running shoes at the upper end of the recommendation, while heavier runners should consider replacement shoes closer to the 300 mile mark. If you run on rough roads, you'll need to replace your running shoes sooner than if you primarily run on a treadmill.
Mark your calendar when you buy a new pair of running shoes so you remember when to replace them. If you use a training log, be sure to record when you bought new shoes -- it will help you track how many miles you've run in them. Writing the purchase date on the inside of each shoe's tongue is another good way to help remember when you first started running in them.
About halfway through the life of your running shoes, you might want to buy another pair of running shoes to rotate into your runs. Your shoes will last longer when you allow them to decompress and dry out between workouts. Also, having a fresh pair of shoes as a reference will help you notice when your old ones are ready to be replaced.
Although you should replace your shoes every 300 to 400 miles, there are ways to make sure they last until the higher end of that range. Follow these tips for making your running shoes last longer. Once you've bought a new pair of running shoes, you can donate your old ones to one of these organizations that collect used running shoes .

Friday, February 27, 2015

Instructing and Marathoning

Happy Friday!
We made it!

I am really excited to share some fun "big" news with you all.

  First, I signed up for Instructor Training to teach gym classes here at the U!  I am currently taking Tabata Monday Wednesdays at the U and loving it, so I am really excited for the opportunity to teach!  It was only 75$ for a 6 week course that meets from 4-7 every Sunday.  I will be able to teach classes this summer.  I really want to teach Body Pump or Tabata or some kind of HIIT!

Second.  I signed up for another marathon. 
I know I am as shocked as you are.  I said one and done. BUT.. after months of complaining I didn't have any friends, and wanting to continue running and stay in shape, I have finally made some friends and some of them are runners.  They all meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings to run and I joined their group.  Seeing them all train makes me want to run more, and has me running more and faster than ever.  I am already running with them and KNOW that I need some motivation to run so I figured this would be perfect.  Motivation, Friends, Hot Bod for summer- Check! 

So why Utah Valley Marathon?
Like I said, a few of the girls are running it and running with them is putting me in the best shape! It is also fun to have a group of running friends out here, and we already have a hotel booked for a fun lady race!

This race is rated as one of the best marathons for 2014 by Runner's World Magazine. It is only 45 minutes away and only $100 to enter. 

I have a training schedule I made/altered that I will share with you all but basically my plan is: less is more for me- I run 4 times a week and that's it.  My rest days are usually active rest days where I cross train with tabatta weights skiing or hiking.   

I basically run Tuesday Thursday am 4 miles, Friday trail run 4-5 miles Monday Wednesday Tabatta class, and Saturday off or ski, Sunday long run 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I got "catfished" -- How you can prevent it!

I really enjoy blogging.  And I really hope you all enjoy reading this blog.  It has been a great way to document my travels, my training, and my move out west.  It is an awesome way for my family and friends back home to enjoy my pictures and stories from my "new life" out here in Utah.

However, sharing (some) of your life publically, has a few negative aspects.  Mostly, your information and pictures are out there for everyone to see.  I realize it is time to start "watermarking" my photos so that is one change I am going to have to start making.

Well, this change came about after an anonymous blog reader (no idea who you are or how you found this information but thanks) notified me that either I had moved to North Carolina and didn't tell anyone, or someone was using my blog as a way to get pictures and information to "catfish" on OK Cupid.

Well, I was pretty confused and felt pretty old when I had to ask a friend what catfishing even means.

My information, details of my personal life, and information about me was slightly altered and posted on OK Cupid (a dating website).  I am not sure the end result but I am assuming basically, someone uses my pictures and information to attract men online.  A friend was telling me how someone had just been scammed $10,000 when she "fell in love" with someone catfishing and for who knows WHAT reason.... sent them $10,000.  Unfortunately online romance scams are really a thing, and in 2011 alone it was estimated $50 million were lost due to online romance scandals. 

I am not sure what Miss Kelsers wanted my account for, but it was insanely creepy.  There were even about 10 of my personal pictures on there (all from my blog), and one was even of me in shorts and a sports bra after a run.

Like I said...... REALLY creepy. 

After about ten minutes of my discovery from my anonymous reader (how did you find this?)  the profile was taken down. 

So, while having a blog is a lot of fun, and great in many ways, it can suck in a few ways... and this is one. Sorry to all the men falling in love with me on Ok Cupid (in my dreams) sorry but I am not taking applications for potential suitors.  

Here are some tips to avoid being catfished: 
1.      Social Protection/Prevention
a.       Private setting on social media accounts
b.      Accept only friend requests of people you know
c.       Video chatting to prove identity
d.      Watermarking photos
e.       Google search and alert for your name
            OR: - free service that helps manage your online profile—you will receive regular updates to any changes to your online Google presence
f.       Reverse image search:  Lets you upload your pictures or provide the URL for your pictures and will tell you where else they are showing up. 

2.      Traditional identity theft prevention
a.      Checking statements
b.      Checking credit score
c. – use this, avoid knockoffs
d.      Pay with credit card vs debit card 

Anyone ever have their identity stolen somehow or found themselves on an online dating site?

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