Thursday, December 14, 2017

San Diego Santa Mile Race Recap

This past weekend was the 5th Annual San Diego Santa Run!

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The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other! The event consists of a series of runs that take place down in Pacific Beach, featuring a 5K fun run and 1 Mile waves [including a dog run, kids run and competitive waves]!

This is the third time we've been lucky enough to take part in this event. I said "we" because not only have the hubby and I participated, but so has Walt! If you haven't done so already, you should read about our 2013 and 2015 experiences. 

After the 2015 race (the hubby ran the Santa 5K, the pup and I did the Santa Mile)

Originally I wasn't sure if we would be available, but once our calendar was set and we had an opening for Saturday afternoon, I knew we HAD TO register again. I have been lucky enough to work with the guys who organize this race in the past, so they offered to hook Walt up with a FREE bib! HECK TO THE YES! (But, before you start thinking to yourself that this race recap will be bias due to the fact we didn't pay the $25 entry fee, please know I always gotta #KeepItReal!)

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I figured the least they could do for using our photo in their marketing material was to give us a free entry... JOKES!
But isn't it awesome that Walt and I are in the center of this shot?! Walt even looks like he is flying in this picture!

I don't know if there are a lot of races near you that allow dogs, but as far as I know, there aren't a ton by us... At least not ones that would be doable for a wiener dog ;) With that said, I may get a little extra excited about this event... So much so that I enlisted the help of the hubby and a friend to help make a shirt for the occasion ;) I'm pretty stoked about it!

This #FlatCarlee was all about wiener dogs and Christmas!
Vintage PRO Compression socks (maybe 2014?), red Handful bra, green Sparkle Athletic skirt, baseball tee that I made (grabbed a
blank one from Dick's Sporting Goods, then the hubby mocked up a "Dachshund Through The Snow" graphic and my friend printed it
out on her cricket so I could iron it onto the tee), a Wienerschnitzel hat a friend just happened to gift to the hubby a week prior (it
says "World's Most Wanted Wiener"... can you say perfect?!), white and red QALO silicone wedding bands, red Momentum Jewelry
wraps
, green RoadID, my Garmin Forerunner 735XT, and Brooks Ghost 10.

I'll be honest, Walt isn't much of a runner. His short legs and tiny stride aren't super conducive for long distances (even though TruMan, @dirtdiva333's dachshund, runs ultras). I knew from past races not to expect much (let's be real, neither Walt or I will be winning races anytime soon), but our game plan was to have a blast and give it our best shot. 

Stoked to head down to PB!

With the "Santa's Little Helper" Wave starting at 12:30pm, we packed up and headed down to PB around 11am. It took us about 35 minutes to drive down there and then another 10-15 minutes to find parking (unfortunately, since we were the last race of the day, everyone else was already there and apparently had gobbled up all the street parking). Once parked, we made our way over to the registration booth and grabbed our bib {I would wear it for the pair of us}.

SANTA! WE KNOW HIM!

The hubby decided to sit this one out (we had a half marathon on the calendar for the following day and one for the following weekend), but played paparazzi and cheerleader for the pup and I. Of course we had to stop and snap a couple pictures before making our way over to the starting line... I mean, if Walt only runs one race a year, I am going to live it up and make sure to capture the moment (although, as you can tell from Walt's enthusiasm, he is too cool for school)!

Ready to rock and roll!

Walt never wants to look at the camera... It's sort of like he does it on purpose... 

Once the kids race started, they called all of the dogs and their owners over to the starting line. The wave is limited to 125 people, many of whom walk the mile, so Walt and I meandered up towards the front of the pack. There were some super cute dogs out there (and it reminded me that we need to grab some festive accessories because Walt definitely did not appear to be in the holiday spirit!).


Since the race didn't start till 12:30pm, it was already pretty warm out and I could tell Walt was "over it" before it even began. He was too interested in checking out the other doggies or sitting in the sun to get pumped up for his run.

Getting ready to go!

Can't you tell he is ready to run?! HA!

Well, the announcer counted us down and soon we were off. Walt took off sprinting as soon as the other dogs started going. He also barks the whole time (I think it is because he is excited and trying to tell the other pups to slow down, but who knows what's going on in that doggy brain of his...).

Not sure if you can see Walt, but I don't think any of his legs are touching the ground at this point!

Maybe if he learned to pace himself he could last a little longer... 

Walt was so focused on chasing down the other dogs that he didn't even see Ryan when we passed him. Shortly after we flew by Ryan, Walt's energy plummeted and he got bored with the whole thing. We probably ran for a good quarter-mile or so before he started slowing down (if only it was an 400 meter dash...).

The course is a simple out-and-back run (half mile down the street, chuck a u-ey, half mile back). I was hoping we could make it to the half way point on our own accord and then I could coax Walt to the finish line by telling him that Ryan was "right up there". Well, let's just say it was more of a run/ walk/ sit sort of strategy we had going on ;)

Mid-run rest break

I was telling the hubby that maybe if there were more running dogs around us he may have "stayed in the game" for a longer time, but once the fast ones sprinted away and we were left behind the lead pack he called it quits.

Eventually we finally made it back to where the hubby was and took a quick pit-stop for a picture and some water (who knew that Walt needed an aid station on a one mile run?!). I thought the drink would perk Walt up, but once he knew Ryan was nearby he didn't want to continue on until he was with us... Yup, that meant Ryan had to jog on the sidewalk where the spectators were to try and get Walt to the finish line... Oy vey!

Slowly but surely we will get there...

Aid station

When Walt is panting, I always think he looks like he's smiling. 

We crossed the finish line in 15:51... Apparently the older Walt gets, the slower he goes. In 2013 we finished in 8:31 and in 2015 we finished in 11:45. But, if you think about it, there's 14 years (in dog time) between races so it makes sense!

WE DID IT!

Well, it could have been worse!

Apparently the 1 mile run AND the walk to the car was just too much for this pup... 

Yup, on the way back to the car I had to give Walt a lift... 

Although I know some runners "run for the bling", I'm totally fine that this race doesn't have a medal (and I'm not just saying that because I've been donating my medals recently). I still think this event is a steal (fees range from $20 to $50 depending on the wave and when you register)! Not only do the 5K participants receive an official sunny Santa suit, Santa Run sunnies and drink ticket (for runners 21+), but the San Diego Santa Run benefits the Pacific Beach Holiday Parade and ensures it'll continue for years to come! They also partner with San Diego Food Bank, donating hundreds of pounds of non-perishable items every year. {The 1 Mile runners receive a Santa hat, Santa Run sunnies and drink ticket.} 

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PS Can I say how AWESOME it is to see 3,000 runners ALL DRESSED AS SANTA taking over the streets of PB?! AMAZEBALLS!

Okay, so maybe it wasn't Walt's best performance, but we all had an AWESOME time! And if we're around next year, you better believe we'll DEFINITELY be back for redemption (Walt might even do a little training... but I can't guarantee it)!

THE CREW!

Walt was so over us at this point that we let him off the hook on this shot.

Have you ever run a race with your pet?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Walt Wednesday

Some people do a "Wordless Wednesday" post, where they simply share a photo or image, but I thought I'd make a little series out of my Wednesdays. And since I love alliteration so much, why not go with Walt Wednesdays (obviously everyone can use a little break from the seriousness, scariness and sassiness of life - and what better way to help put a smile on your face than with a cute wiener dog picture, am I right?!)... So, without further ado...

WALT WEDNESDAY!


When life gets overwhelming, how do you de-stress?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 12 of #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog OVER ELEVEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 12 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 3 Garmin vívoactive® 3.


For today, DAY TWELVE, three winner will be selected, each winning a Garmin vívoactive® 3 of their very own.

I am a numbers girl. I'm sure it wouldn't surprise you to find out that I started college thinking I was going to be a math major (and only switched to Economics when I found out I 'only' needed 4 semesters of Calculus for Econ instead of the 6 for Math). So when I started running outdoors I knew I needed some sort of watch that would help me track my data.

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Let's be real, I am frugal and since I wasn't sure if running was going to 'stick' I decided to opt for a refurbished watch I found on eBay. I ended up with the Garmin Forerunner 110 and loved it. It was one of my first running purchases and I had it for the first 2.5 or so years of my running career.


When I realized running was here to stay (and I found a great deal on a new watch so I could "splurge"), I upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 220. This watch offered many new features (bluetooth connection to Garmin Connect, the ability to set up intervals, a less chunky appearance, etc). I kept this watch for about 2 years until I recently upgraded again.


My current GPS watch is the Garmin Forerunner 735XT (sensing a pattern here?!). This one allows for multi-sport (so instead of everything recording as 'running', I can choose my activity before I begin to include things such as hiking, biking (both indoor and outdoor), swimming (both indoor and outdoor), trail running, strength training, etc). I'm loving my watch, and, if the pattern holds true, will probably have it for another 2 years before upgrading to another Forerunner ;)


Anywho, because Garmin is AMAZING (I have been beyond blessed to have been on their ambassador team for a while now), they offered up not one, not two, but THREE of the new vívoactive® 3's for YOU!

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From playing to paying, vívoactive® 3 is the smartwatch for your active life. Make contactless payments with ease, right from your watch, and with more than 15 preloaded sports apps — you can choose how you like to get fit. Built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities.


Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

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Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winner being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this specific giveaway, it will end on December 18th at 11:59pm PST and the THREE winners will be chosen on December 19th.


And, finally, the winner must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winner must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! I hope you have enjoyed each and every one of my giveaways (and have been lucky enough to have been selected as a winner)! A HUGE THANKS to all of the amazing brands who offered up their products for this series. If you don't follow these companies already, I highly urge you to - they're good people (with awesome products)! You will not be disappointed in any of them!

Here's to 2018's #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas being even better! 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11 of #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog OVER ELEVEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 11 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 11 boxes of PROBAR goodies.


For today, DAY ELEVEN, eleven winners will be selected, each winning a box of PROBAR goodies.

To say the hubby and I are #FueledByPROBAR would be an understatement. I'll have a BASE bar for breakfast before workouts, the hubby takes a MEAL bar with him to work for lunch every day, we both snack on FUEL bars when we're out and about, and I fuel my long runs with BOLT chews. Once you find something that works, stick with it, right?!


And now they offer Nut Butters, oh, say it ain't so! I was able to try them all and they are DELISH with a capital D!

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We love PROBAR for oh so many reasons. Just a few of them are because they create delicious, convenient, healthy food products. Their ingredients are plant-based, coming from sustainable sources which have a small impact on the earth and a significant and positive impact on our bodies. PROBAR doesn't compromise when it comes to quality, and their Non-GMO Project Verified products are proof that packaged food can maintain quality, sustainability, purity and taste. Not only that, PROBAR uses certified organic ingredients in their products.


Because PROBAR ROCKS MY SOCKS (and because I was able to sweet talk my contact into hooking you up), eleven winners will grab a case of WHATEVER PRODUCT they want! You could pick a tried and true fuel for your runs, the new live probiotic nutritional bars or even a variety pack to try multiple options at once - the possibilities are endless!

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Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

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Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 17th at 11:59pm PST and the ELEVEN winners will be chosen on December 18th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

PS Just in case you aren't one of the ELEVEN lucky winners, you can still use coupon code "CARLEE15" for 15% off your order (because EVERYONE is a WINNER in my book)! So get your shop on and save a few dollars in the process!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 49

Sunday, December 3rd – 7 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, December 4th – 13.1 mile run


Tuesday, December 5th – 60 minutes on the stationary bike, 3 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled



Wednesday, December 6th – 10 mile run


Thursday, December 7th – 120 minutes on the stationary bike, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, December 8th – 3.5 mile hike with the hubby, 3 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Saturday, December 9th – San Diego Santa Mile with the pup, Stretched & Foam Rolled


I may not have gotten in as many miles as last week, but the miles I did manage were all pretty fantastic. Next week the hubby and I have two half marathons (one on Sunday and one on the following Saturday), so the mileage will look high again, but hopefully we will steady out soon. PS Recently I have been dealing with an allergic reaction on my feet (the doctor wasn't sure what it was from, so has just been trying to treat the symptoms) which has sort of hindered my running {my feet itch like crazy and I have gotten a max of 45 minutes at a time of sleep due to the issue}, as well as the Oceanside wild fires that have given us less than ideal air quality. With those two LARGE hinderances, I'm still happy with the week.

How were your workouts this past week?

Day 10 of #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog OVER ELEVEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 10 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 10 classic MudLOVE bands.


For today, DAY TEN, ten winners will be selected, each winning a classic MudLOVE band of their choice.

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If you know me, hopefully you know that charity, giving to others, being a light, and helping those around me makes my heart SMILE! Also, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love a #WristParty. Give me a bracelet and I will wear it until it falls off, but give me a bracelet that gives back to those in need and not only will I rock it I will spread the word to everyone I know about it! And that is EXACTLY how I feel about MudLOVE!


MudLOVE was started as a way to support clean water projects in Africa. They partner with Water for Good and every product purchased provides one week of clean water to someone in need in the Central African Republic. Along with providing clean water to a country in desperate need of hope, love and basic necessities, their products are an every day instrument of encouragement and inspiration. Can you say MAJOR WIN-WIN?!

I LOVE to rock my MudLOVE bands as often as possible!

Not only are the bracelets AMAZING, but they give a portion of the proceeds to help build wells in Central African Republic. How fan-freakin’-tastic is that?! And not only do they give back to those in need of clean water in Africa, but they're also giving to YOU because they wanted to team up for my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas!


Yup, that’s right, the MARVELOUS MudLOVE folks are offering up TEN of their classic bands to YOU! There will be 10 winners - each able to select the word and color of elastic on their own MudLOVE classic band.

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Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this specific giveaway, it will end on December 16th at 11:59pm PST and the TEN winners will be chosen on December 17th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

PS Just in case you aren't one of the TEN lucky winners, you can still use coupon code "CARLEE" for 20% off through 12/31 (because EVERYONE is a WINNER in my book)! So go get your shop on and save a few dollars in the process!