Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thursday Triumph: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

It seems like lots of us are really enjoying the positivity of a CELEBRATION post... Helps us focus on how far we've come and what we are doing RIGHT! GO US! Whether the triumphs are large or small, I truly believe it is important to recognize them NO MATTER WHAT! {Link up with me, Smitha, and Linzie to honor what you are currently succeeding at!}


And just in case you didn't believe me about my REST week that I celebrated last week... Here is a snapshot of the week care of my Garmin Connect... Yup, I only hit my step goals twice and one of those days was due to the Eugene Marathon...



Today's Triumph:

Doing things outside my comfort zone!
You could say running is was outside of my comfort zone. When I started about 3 years ago I was NOT a runner. I would say I was "active", but would never even consider going out and running "for fun". A friend challenged me to sign up for the 2012 Disneyland Half Marathon and I guess I haven't stopped since! In the process I found a passion, a community of amazing people, and an acceptance of myself that I would have never imagined (#RealTalk - it is still a daily struggle, but one I am working on continually).

Since I have been running though, I have pretty much just stuck with that. Of course once a week I will do some strength training (YAY for my 5lb weights...) and cross training (normally biking or swimming), but for the most part I am perfectly happy just running until my little heart is content.

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PS Pardon the french ;)

I have always said I wanted to try things like yoga or spin, but with race after race on my calendar I have never found the time to squeeze it in with my already busy training schedule. (More #RealTalk - I am frugal, so shelling out money for classes I'm not sure I will like isn't high on my priority list.)

Last week I changed that! (It also helped that I was taking the mandatory rest week from running so I had time to test the waters a bit.) I took a Yoga for Runners Workshop and even agreed to go with the one and only Smitha to a spin class that StuftMama is teach (Smitha was sick last week {BOO sinus infections} so we had to postpone it, but it is still a BIG STEP just to say YES)!


I am even considering hitting up a free yoga class that is at our local Patagonia on Tuesday nights and maybe even trying out the November Project down in San Diego (the difficult part with that one is it takes 45-50 minute to get there and the workouts start at 6:30am so I really have to be committed).

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Baby steps, baby steps I tell ya! I know me and I know that if I want something to stick I need to make sure I can fit it into my life on a regular basis or it will be a one and done sort of thang. Normally if I go big, I end up just going home and scrapping it all. One foot in front of the other and I will broaden my horizons!

What are you triumphing in lately?! 

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     1. Linzie, Smitha and I will start the LinkUp Post every Wednesday night by 11:59 EST. It will be hosted here, on Sharp Endurance and on Running With SD Mom. You can link up your posts any day of the week but the most common day to do so is Thursday. The post can be about any TRIUMPH in your life! Each linkup will be open for one week only.
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Run With Perseverance Ambassador

I am so stoked to be posting about this today! If you have been around my blog for a while, you know my love for Kathy and her Run With Perseverance Etsy shop. (Here are a couple posts specific to her amazing tank tops: February 2014, October 2014.)

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Anywho, I have been rocking her tanks for over two years now so I am thrilled that we are making our relationship official (she sent me a note that said "Do you like me? Check Yes or No"... KIDDING, but I thought my last sentence sort of made it sound childish like a schoolyard crush).


Just a few of the MANY pictures with me rockin' a Run With Perseverance tank :)

I LOVE rockin' these tanks while out on a training run, exploring with the hubby and pup, during races, you name it... They are comfy tops with fun phrases, what's not to love?! There are tanks for runners, triathletes, general fitness lovers, and even beach goers! She also offers t-shirt and sweatshirt options and even kids sizes!

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I am honored (and thrilled) to be an official Run With Perseverance Ambassador! Be on the look out for a giveaway of one of these amazing tanks coming soon! And in the meantime, you should really check out the Run With Perseverance Etsy shop!

If you could rock any of Kathy's tanks, which saying is perfect for you?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

REVIEW: PROBAR BASE Bars

If you remember, a couple weeks ago I mentioned I was welcomed into the PROBAR Blogger Network (can you say AWESOMESAUCE?!). The amazing folks over at PROBAR made sure to stock me up with tons of goodies and I am attempting to work my way through them to give you my feedback on each of the products.


First up - BASE. This is what the site has to say about this plant-based, protein packed power bar:

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Sounds intriguing, right?! In case you didn't know, I've been a vegetarian now for over 10 years (started eating a plant-based diet in January of 2005). I am ALWAYS on the look out for REAL food (it is funny how many people think you can't have a protein filled or well balanced diet if you remove meat...), so I knew this would be right up my alley.

I received three of the five flavors PROBAR sells on their site - Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Normally I am not a huge chocolate lover (I would much prefer sour watermelon gummies or Starburst to a chocolate candy), but I know a lot of protein bars use it and have come to accept it. Let me say from the get-go, THESE ARE YUMMY! 

The first flavor I tried was the Cookie Dough. Obviously it isn't exactly like eating raw cookie dough out of the mixer (oh wait, you aren't supposed to do that, oops), but the flavor components are definitely there. As I have mentioned before, I have a texture "thing", so sometimes the consistency of protein bars weird me out - but not BASE. It is actually more of a crunchy bar than I was expecting (and I much appreciate that!). 


You can see there is a layer of "cookie dough" on the top and them some
crunchy goodness on the bottom. They are like little flavor pebbles. 

I ate the Cookie Dough BASE bar before heading out the door the morning of the Carlsbad 5000. I knew I was going to be out of the house for a while (1 mile warm up, watched a couple of my friends race, race a 5K, and a 1 mile cool down) so I needed some energy, protein, and to keep my tummy full! It did all of that and more! I know I didn't run away with a PR that morning, but my stomach definitely wasn't the reason for that. 

You know me, I am all for "character" stops!

Next up - Peanut Butter Chocolate. This is my hubby's FAVORITE flavor combination. It's like Reese's hit the yummy lotto when they put the two together, am I right or am I right?! I know the bars are great for pre- or post-workout, but one morning while working I was hungry and decided to reach for my PROBAR. It was scrum-didily-umptious and definitely kept me full until lunch. 

My hydration game is also strong!

Just like with the Cookie Dough flavor, you can see a layer of peanut
buttery goodness on the top and then more protein packed yumminess on the bottom.

I'm not sure why the Mint Chocolate was the last flavor I tried, since I do enjoy me some mint chocolate chip ice cream (although froyo is more my jam - ice cream is just too creamy for me... {And YES, I am well aware of how weird I am, but hey, more ice cream for you, right?}), but all three flavors were bomb! 

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I wanted to go hiking with her while she was in town at the Mushroom Caves - DUH, sign me up! The only issue was I had a 13 mile run on the calendar for that morning. I went out for my run early in the morning to make sure I could get it done before our hike and made it back to my car to wait for her to pick me up. While I was waiting I broke into the Mint Chocolate BASE bar. It was a great way to refuel after the morning's run and keep me energized for the hike we were about to embark on. {PS If you are interested in reading more about the run or hike, check out the post here.}

Excuse the funny face, the sun was BRIGHT in my eyes!

Some of the shots from our hike - so fun and I didn't have to worry about
my stomach growling or a lack of energy after my morning long run.

My official consensus? THESE BARS ROCK MY SOCKS! The flavor is great, they are full of protein, they are made of REAL food (ingredients that you can pronounce and know what they are), the consistency has a crunch to it while still being creamy, they sit well in your stomach, they keep you full whether pre-workout/ post-workout/ or just working, and they are gluten free! What more could someone ask for?!

The only issue? I haven't seen them in many stores near my house. THANKFULLY the good folks at PROBAR have a fully stocked website (and even offer my friends, family and followers 15% off with code "MCCLURGC15"). 


Have you ever tried the PROBAR BASE bars before? If so, what did you think? If not, which flavor would you be most interested to try?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Workout Recap - Week 20

Sunday, May 10th Eugene Marathon, Foam Rolled & Stretched 


Monday, May 11th – REST DAY (Travel), Foam Rolled & Stretched


Tuesday, May 12th –  REST DAY, Foam Rolled & Stretched

Wednesday, May 13th –  REST DAY, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Thursday, May 14th – REST DAYFoam Rolled & Stretched

Friday, May 15th– REST DAY, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Saturday, May 16th – Yoga For Runners Workshop, Foam Rolled, & Stretched


Can you believe it?! I went a FULL week with no running and I didn't go crazy or die (although it was questionable some days ;)). In the past, I would take a day (or, at most, two) after a race for rest/ recovery. Now that my final full is off the calendar (for the time being at least), I knew my body needed some extended rest. Hubby and I have a 10K this weekend and then the following weekend it is going down for Rock N Roll San Diego (I'm doing the Remix Challenge - 5K on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday). Hopefully the rest has done my body some good (since I don't think it necessarily helped my head space ;)).

How were your workouts this past week? 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yoga For Runners

Yesterday morning I stepped out of my comfort zone and went to a workshop at our local running store. Don't get me wrong, I am not the anti-social type, but for some reason I've never gotten up the balls courage to go to a scheduled group run or class... Well, I guess I wasn't that outside of my comfort zone because I talked hubby into coming with me, but HEY, it's a step in the right direction ;)

A few weeks ago I had received an email from the Running Center that we frequent (gotta stay on those email lists to learn about the sales - DUH!). It mentioned there was an upcoming Yoga For Runners workshop. I am always "saying" I want to try out yoga, but either due to my training calendar, frugal-ness, or lack of wanting to remove a run for the day and actually trying something new I have been pretty good at avoiding yoga like the plague.


The workshop started at 8am, so hubby and I got over there around 7:55 to find a spot and throw our yoga mats down. (They suggested we RSVP for the workshop {which we did} so I wasn't sure how many people to expect.)




There ended up being 7 of us, along with the instructor. It definitely seemed like a perfect size group. Deb, the instructor, knew all of our names and was able to walk us each through poses to make sure we had proper technique.



The workshop was a little less than an hour long. Although I was hoping to grab a couple more pictures throughout the class, I was really trying to experience what was going on (not to mention I told Ryan to take pictures and he totally forgot).


I am really not sure why I have put off yoga for so long - it is great! For me, I don't think I would consider it to be a main focus of my fitness program, but the stretching is AMAZING. Deb mentioned something that really struck a cord with me: "In life, you can only grow by stretching yourself". SO TRUE!

Afterwards the amazing folks at the Running Center extended a 20% sale to the participants of the class. Hubby decided to finally take the plunge and get a pair of Hoka running shoes (his current pair is about ready to be retired and he has been eye ballin' them for a while, so why not buy them with a discount?).




We also were given a free pass to our first class at the local yoga co-op that Deb is a part of (the premise sounds awesome - more of a space for everyone to showcase their talents and specialties instead of your traditional studio). I am thinking Ryan and I may try out the Black Light Yoga in a couple weeks!

When was the last time you tried something new?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sharing Saturday - LUNAbars

Sharing is caring and since I care about YOU I thought I'd also share with you! I have been beyond blessed lately and I want to spread the wealth!


Instead of stock piling goodies I have received but have yet to use, I figured why not bless others and do some giveaways! I wish I could say this will be a weekly occurrence, but my current stash won't last that long. I promise I will try and keep it going for as long as I can though.

Up first - 1 box of Chocolate Salted Carmel Luna Bars.

I posted a couple weeks back about my surprise delivery. If you missed it, make sure to check it out here. Anyway, obviously I devoured the first box of Chocolate Salted Carmel Luna Bars, but the second box is still sitting unopened in our cupboard.


**This giveaway is not sponsored or affiliated with LUNAbar in any way - I am simply giving away an extra box of 12 Chocolate Salted Carmel LUNAbars that I haven't busted into yet.**


Entering is easy-peasy, super breezy! Use the Rafflecopter below and put your name in the hat! Giveaway ends Friday, May 22nd at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond and claim the prize. All entries will be verified, so please make sure to follow through or the entry will be disqualified. Void where prohibited.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Five Things Friday

I am on a roll with this alliteration thang... What's Next Wednesday, Thursday Triumph, and now Five Things Friday (and don't you worry, it will continue tomorrow as well and you don't wanna miss it - there will even be a GIVEAWAY!)! Anywho, on to the main event...

1. 25% off on Momentum Jewelry ENDS TODAY!


Today is the last day to save 25% on your orders from Momentum Jewelry by using my ambassador link: "http://www.designsthatmoveyou.com/friend/carlee". After today the savings will be 10% (still awesome, but if you know you want something, why not order today and save EXTRA! It just means you can order MORE without the guilt, right?!).

2. Pavement Runner's Store is NOW OPEN!


I know I get a ton of questions about my Run All Day and #Runner tops... They are from the one and only Pavement Runner. He just re-opened his store yesterday (which only happens a couple times a year). Everything normally FLIES off the shelves, so get it while it's hot!


New designs and products have been added, including the #WeRunSocial gear! You know you want in, so order TODAY! (PS I've heard from friends that some sizes and colors are already sold out, so I would recommend not waiting... No... Really.... GO NOW!)

 3. Running Wiener

If you follow me on Instagram then you have probably already seen it, but it is too cute not to share ;) I recently found that if Walt is lagging on our walks all I have to say is "Do you want to run?" and he TAKES OFF! It's like he wants to race me or something. #HeGetsItFromHisMama He normally doesn't last long, but don't let those short legs fool ya... He is a sprinter!


4. Sparkly Soul Spring Cleaning Sale


Sparkly Soul is cleaning out their closets and WE WIN! You can now order 6 surprise headbands for $30. You can't choose which colors or options you get (may include thin, wide, sparkle or satin), but $5 per headband when they normally retail for $15-$17 a piece is a STEAL! Offer is valid through 5/21. Now the hard part is deciding how many packs to order ;) (Golly gee, it seems like all of my posts today are about ordering things... by this point in the post you may have spent your whole paycheck #SorryNotSorry.)


5. FindMyMarathon.Com

Sweet Harmony clued me in on this fun tool - FindMyMarathon.Com. (I don't know if I am late to the game on this one, but I just found out about this site a couple days ago.) You are able to put in a recent marathon finishing time and course and compare it to other races. It runs numbers (based on elevation, weather, crowds, etc) and gives you an estimate of what your finishing time would be. Let me tell you - this site can be addicting! [Like Alicia said, "You just have to run one marathon and can estimate all the rest" :)]


I put in my PR time from the Phoenix Marathon. I compared it to Eugene and it looks like I actually did better than I should have (it estimated me with a 3:52 finish time), so maybe I am faster/ stronger than I was in February. I also tested it with Revel Canyon City and it shows an estimated time of 3:30. OH MAN... I very well might need to sign up for this one... I mean it is fairly local (in LA County) and is estimating me with a BQ time?! Like I said, a fun, but dangerous tool :)

What are you planning to do to make your Friday FABULOUS?!