Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rock My World + Parq Nightclub Sunrise Workout

I received an email last week (while we were still off the grid) from Rock My World. You see, I have worked with Rock My Run (a running playlist app) on occasions with Sparkle Athletic and they apparently have liked what I've done with them (YAY!). They were having a beta launch "party" and invited me to join. The event would be a morning workout inside San Diego's #1 nightclub, complete with live DJ, awesome trainer and sponsored by Suja and Kind Bar.

When I clicked on the link for more information I saw that one of my sweet friends, Sheri, was actually going to be the AWESOME trainer for the day and knew right away that I needed to sign up! #FriendsSupportingFriends


They offered two class times - 6:30am and 7:30am. Since I live about an hour away from downtown San Diego and I knew the commuter traffic would get worse the later in the morning I waited, I thought I'd pick the earlier class. 


You know I've always gotta #KeepItReal, so let me be upfront with you all and say I'm not (and never have been) a club girl. Maybe it's because this white girl can't dance or maybe it's because I'm too frugal to spend boo-coo bucks on drinks and cover charges or maybe it's because I'd prefer to be in bed at 8pm rather than starting to get ready to head out - but whatever the case, I've never been big into that scene. Nevertheless I thought it'd be cool to experience the excitement of a nightclub sweat session without the morning headache.

My alarm went off at 4:45am so I could wake up, check social media (#priorities), eat a little breakfast, get ready and leave by 5:30am. [Please tell me I'm not the only one who wakes up earlier for running/ workouts than for "real life".]

Thankfully there was little traffic on the roads at that hour and I was able to get downtown with no issues. Parking on the other hand... well, let's just say parallel parking isn't my strong suit, but I was able to find a spot fairly easily. The folks from Rock My World had emailed us a waiver the night before, which helped to speed up the check-in process. 

Jokes on YOU, Google, they are open
and waiting for me to arrive ;) 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised when I walked in. After a friendly welcome from the crew, we were led back to the nightclub portion (there is also a restaurant up front). There were yoga mats set up all around the main stage with mini water bottles (super helpful since I forgot my water in the car). I grabbed a mat in the middle and walked around a bit to snap a couple pictures. #BloggerLife

The view when you walked back into the "club"

Thanks to the sponsors for making the event possible!

Suja brought some of their new line (Drinking Vinegar) - think ACV but yummier

I didn't realize there would be a "character stop", but you know
I was all about it! 

Once we got closer to 6:30am it was time for Sheri to introduce herself and give a little welcome. Although I've run with her before, I've never taken a group fitness class of hers so was pumped to see her ROCK it.

The class was approximately 40 minutes long (I forgot to stop my watch until I got back to my car and it had 50 minutes of "workout" time). It was more of a bootcamp type class - with short bursts of exercises ranging from planks and push ups to squats and lunges. Sheri would explain the upcoming move(s) while we stood in a squat and then start the timer. Some of the exercises were partner based (lots of smiles and high-fives), while others were pushing us personally to our max. She would always show a "standard", "advanced" and "modified" option. Seeing as my legs were still feeling the previous day's hill repeat workout (and knew I still had a run afterwards) I stuck with the standard option on most moves. I definitely got my sweat on and walked away with a huge smile on my face, ready to tackle the day.

Robin, myself and Sheri after getting our workout on.

Obviously with a class coming in right after ours, there wasn't much time to chat and socialize, but the crew did a great job on letting us mingle and grab a couple snacks from the sponsors before most people left.

Poppin' bottles... of Suja that is ;) 

Although there was a little traffic on the way home, I was still able to get back by 8:30am to make the hubby and pup breakfast before waking them up and heading out for my run. I'd say that is productive Hump Day!

Thanks again to Rock My World for the invite, to Sheri for always encouraging positive and healthy lifestyles, to Suja and Kind Bar for sponsoring the event and to Parq for opening their venue for a different kind of "party".

Where is the strangest place you've ever taken a fitness class?

Wednesday, June 21, 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...


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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

REVIEW: Knockaround Sunglasses (& GIVEAWAY)

If you know me, you know I love my sunnies. And let's just say, THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER! #BangarangRufio

These are just a few of the pairs of sunnies I have around the house...

Confession: The majority of my sunglasses are freebies from race events (I literally think I only bought one of the pairs and they were maybe $15 from Target). Seeing as they're mostly cheap, I don't worry about losing, scratching or breaking them. They're sort of like chapstick... They're a necessity, but I'm shocked if I can see 'em through till the end.

So when the kick-butt (and local - YAY for San Diego companies) folks at Knockaround offered to send me a couple pairs of their sunglasses to try out, you know I didn't even have to think about my answer. #HeckToTheYesPlease

As you can see from the pairs they sent, it's like they knew my style! I may have gasped when I opened the box (not only because of their kindness for sending me SIX pairs, but also because they were just so purrrrrty!). When I opened the package from Knockaround the hubby noticed how generous they were and asked which pair(s) he could have. I reluctantly offered him a single pair (but at least I was kind enough to give him first choice ;) #BestWifeAward).


Living in SoCal, we wear sunglasses the majority of the year (in case you didn't know, we occasionally have to deal with some sub-par weather - mostly "May Gray" and "June Gloom - but 90% of the year it's in the 60/70s and sunshiny). As opposed to the HIGH sunshine tax we're forced to pay, I see wearing sunnies as a small price to pay for paradise.


We have been rocking these sunnies for the past couple months and we each give them two thumbs up. I'd say on any given day, there's a 95% chance we are rocking Knockarounds. They've been used while hiking Half Dome, working out in the rain, walking with the pup, running to Yosemite Falls, lounging at the pool, racing and just living life.

May Gray brought some drizzle during one of our runs. Wearing sunnies helped so I wasn't getting pelted in the eyes by the drops!

If you follow me on Instagram {@CarleeMcDot}, then you've probably seen these pics, but they're too good not to share! #KnockFan

I think my favorite model are the Classics (I like the thicker arms, they seem to stay in place a little better while running) and the hubby loves the Polarized feature. The colors are AMAZEBALLS and the fact that you can customize your sunnies (you can get as cray-cray as you'd like) is FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! The possibilities are literally ENDLESS!


PS I love how the founder came up with the name... It totally sounds like my dad (and I can smell the fresh cut grass)!


And because I love you, I was able to sweet talk my contact at Knockaround to give THREE of you the chance to win a pair - just in time for summer! Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then cross your fingers (and maybe toes... but not your eyes... never your eyes... my mom told me if you do, they could stay like that ;))! Each winner will be able to select any pair of sunglasses currently in stock as their prize (not including custom orders).
This giveaway will run through Monday, June 26th at 11:59pm PST. The winners will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected in your place (I don't want you missing out on a technicality).

How do you normally protect your eyes from the sun?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Global #SportsBraSquad Day

I've mentioned it on my social media channels, but I haven't shared a specific post about it here yet... so here goes!

Saturday, June 24th is being deemed #SportsBraSquad Day! Kelly Roberts has been working with Oiselle to make it "official" and I'm stoked to be able to have a tiny role. The idea behind the #SportsBraSquad is to redefine STRONG! {PS For more on the #SportsBraSquad, check out Kelly's post on Women's Running or an old Friday Favorites post.}

The National Eating Disorders Association found that 70% of women report they don’t like their bodies, and that 89% of women have dieted by age 17. Those numbers should outrage you (whether or not you fall into one of those statistics). So many of us are ashamed of how we feel because society is constantly bombarding us with messages that we aren't skinny enough, we aren't pretty enough, we (as a human being) aren't enough. Well, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Obviously running without a shirt on isn't going to change the world over night, but hopefully it will be the first step in shedding our insecurities and realizing that WE ARE STRONG AF! We can do hard things! We may not look like what the media is constantly portraying, but, you know what?! WE ARE MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL! 

Our weight doesn't define us. Our fastest race time doesn't define us. Our pant size doesn't define us. WE DEFINE US!

I realize running in a sports bra can be super scary (don't get it twisted, it's taken a VERY long time to be comfortable running in mine... and I'm not even 100% confident most days), but that's what we are here for! We can be each other's #BadAssLadyGang! Let's encourage one another, lift one another up and remind one another that WE KICK BOOTY! 
I put together a local run, in case any of you are interested in joining me for a fun 3-mile this Saturday. It will be in Encinitas (I thought that was more of a central spot for some of my San Diego friends) at 8am. We will meet at Swami's State Beach (there is plenty of free parking nearby) and run to the Cardiff Kook, then spin around and run back.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Come one, come all (all ages, all paces)! Adults and kids (fur-babies too). Men, we need your support as well (my hubby will be there so you won't be the only one). This isn't just for ladies. Show up for your friends, wives, moms, aunts, grandmas, daughters, godmamas, girlfriends, bosses, coworkers, and women in general.

PS Running in only a sports bra is NOT required. If you don't feel comfortable rocking it, that's totally fine (although I urge you to step outside your comfort zone and leave those insecurities behind) - still come get in a few miles with us! 

Oh yeah, and in case you need a new sports bra - make sure to check out Handful! I love their bras (I wear them while running, swimming, laying out, living life, etc). Use code "CARLEEMCDOT" to save 10% on your orders!

In case you want to invite friends, I created a Facebook Event for easy sharing (thanks for helping spread the word).

UPDATE: Women's Running will be joining us for our run (and will even have a few copies of July's issue with Kelly talking about the #SportsBraSquad to give out)! Hope to see you all there!

Will you be celebrating #SportsBraSquad Day on Saturday?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 24

Sunday, June 11th – 4 mile run with the hubby, 4.3 mile waterfall hike

Monday, June 12th – 6 mile run

Tuesday, June 13th – Rest Day

Wednesday, June 14th – 6 mile run with the hubby

Thursday, June 15th – Hiked Half Dome

Friday, June 16th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, June 17th – 4 mile hike with the hubby and pup (#Active4Asher), Stretched & Foam Rolled

Even while on vacation we managed to get in some mileage (16 miles of running, 20+ miles of hiking and tons of walking). Like I've said before - you either make time or you make excuses. But now it's time to buckle down and focus on the Chicago Marathon (I was technically using these last two weeks to "recover" from the Fontana Half and the RnRSD Full, but now it's time to get back on an official training plan and put in some work). I've got goals to chase!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, June 16, 2017


I bet you were all expecting a "Friday Favorites" post... and, ya know what?! It sort of is...

I don't know if you know the FitFam6 crew, but if you don't, you should - they're one of our FAVE families! Like legit, the hubby was just trying to talk Dave (the hubby and dad) into adopting him so he could become the seventh in the crew! This family is PURE AWESOMENESS! I literally can't say enough great things about them - they ROCK OUR SOCKS!

FitFam7... it's got a good ring to it, right?! 

A couple years back they wanted to help educate those around them on Rare Chromosome Disorders, one of which their youngest suffers from, so they started a tradition of being #Active4Asher. Asher, who's turning four years old, was diagnosed with Chromosome 13Q Deletion - a deletion that is limited to only about 250 reported cases. With so few people affected by this deletion you can imagine that there is very little research done, studies being run or knowledge being shared. It is this family's desire to spread the word and get people educated on these issues. They want to show others that rare is beautiful, that everyone has their own hard battle despite the appearance on the outside, and that acceptance of all abilities and talents is a wonderful thing. (Can you say A-to-the-FREAKIN'-men?!)

Some recent pictures of Mr. Asher Man from @fitfam6's Instagram feed

It is their hope that on Saturday, June 17th, runners and non-runners alike would get up, get moving and get #Active4Asher! Whether that's taking the pup for a walk, going to the playground with the kids, heading out for a run on your lunch break or hiking with friends - take the day to be grateful for your ability to be active! Let's make this a day dedicated to encouragement, support and understanding. Be kind and be inclusive (not only tomorrow but EVERY DAY!). Be #Active4Asher not only through physical activity but also by celebrating everyone's strength and uniqueness.

If you are in the Elk Grove area, they are having a quick, kid friendly fun run (complete with snacks and giveaways)! Don't worry if you're not local, you can still participate! Use the hashtag #Active4Asher in your posts to join in on the fun! They're even offering three giveaways to motivate folks to participate! For more details on the giveaway, head over to their IG post (SPOILER ALERT: Entering is super easy! Use the hashtags #Active4Asher and #Active4AsherGiveaway on your posts and you could win goodr sunnies, a lululemon $75 gift certificate and more!)

Source@fitfam6's Instagram Feed

Obviously Ryan and I are STOKED and can't wait to participate! If you're in the Oceanside area and want to get active with us (maybe we could play a giant kickball game or do intense hopscotch), let us know and we'll make it happen!

Photoshop Free ;) Some of my faves at one of my fave places! Doesn't get much better than that!

How will you be #Active4Asher?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

GUEST POST: Summer Training Tips by Jenn

With summer right around the corner I thought a post with some tips and tricks for warmer weather running would be great. And who better to share than Jenn (@Jenn13.1) who just hit ONE YEAR in her running streak?! Even though we don't have a ton of changes in our weather here in San Diego, she's trained through it all so I thought she'd be perfect! 

Jenn and I last year at the Fontana Run Days Half Marathon, where
it was over 93* at the finish line... #TwinningIsWinning

Tips for Warm Weather Running

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but if the weather where you live is anything like Southern California, it’s already warm. With so many races in the Fall, training can’t stop just because it’s hot outside. Here are few tips for running in warmer weather.


When You Run

The hottest part of the day is usually between 12:00pm and 3:00pm, so early morning or evening runs are my favorite during the warmer months. Setting your alarm for an early wake up or running after a long workday may not seem appealing, but it can make all the difference in your run. And you get the added perk of catching a sunrise or sunset.

Where You Run

You might not always have the opportunity to run during the cooler parts of the day, so where you run might be as important as when you run. Pick routes that offer some shade or areas that are known for having a summer breeze. If it’s really warm, you might decide to take the run inside and run on a treadmill. I also look at the hydration possibilities — are there drinking fountains or places to stop for water? If you’re running near a park or recreational area and not sure where the water fountains are, you can usually find a map online that will list them all. There are also apps available, such as WeTap, so you can find hydration options on the go.

As someone who runs on trails, I know where I run is impacted by the warmer weather not only by the temperature but also by the elements. If you hit the trails, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. This is the time of year when snakes and lizards are more active and bees are having fun with all the spring wild flowers. Also, be aware of plants like poison oak because wearing tanks and shorts means you may be more likely to touch brush as you're running.


As you transition from winter/spring running to the warmer months, you might find you are running differently. Keeping it real, I know I sweat a lot more in July than I do in January. This means I need to stay on top of my hydration game. A run that may not have required water in February may in June. For me, my threshold is three miles — any run over that, I carry water with me. I may not always use it, but I’d rather have it with me and not need it. I also keep an extra bottle of water in my car so I have it waiting for me at the end of my run. It’s also important to stay hydrated even when you’re not running — don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking water. This is a huge struggle for me so I start by setting goals and finding accountability groups — it’s a great way to stay hydrated and have fun.

What You Wear

As I said, I sweat more during the summer months than I do in the winter and spring. Because of this, some running clothes may not be as comfortable during these months. Find clothes that breath and are moisture wicking. I avoid cotton as it absorbs the sweat and gets heavy over a run. My PRO Compression marathon socks often get switched to the PC Runners or lows. Sunglasses and trucker hats are also a must for me — your run will be easier if you’re not squinting into the sun. There are also products such as the Running Skirts' Keep it Chill™ neck gaitor that are designed to help keep you cool during a run. And don’t forget your anti-chaffing agent and sunscreen — not only will they help keep you comfortable during your run, but after too. You may need to try a few things to find what works best for you and like with most things running, finding the right gear for your summer runs will be a little bit of trial and error.

Listen to Your Body

No matter how many tips you have and how prepared you might feel to run, my biggest go-to advice is “listen to your body.” No one knows better than you how you feel when you run, so if something feels off, it probably is. A couple of years ago, I ran a race in Chicago during July that was not only hot but extremely humid. As much as I wanted to go out and PR the course, my body wasn’t trained for those conditions. I knew early in the race that the PR wasn’t going to happen and I was right — I struggled more that race than I have in any other race. But it was also a great lesson in learning how my body reacts to heat and humidity so that I can be better prepared for future runs.

I don’t think I will ever truly enjoy running in hot weather, but I know with a few tips I can be better prepared and have as much fun as possible while I’m out there. Do you run in warmer weather? What are some of your suggestions?

Thanks to Jenn for sharing her tips on handling the warmer weather. I know I have another goal race coming up in October so I will be in the thick of my marathon training during these hot months and appreciate any advice I can get.

What do you think the worst part of summer running is?