Sunday, June 25, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 25

Sunday, June 18th – 10 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, June 19th – 7 mile run (Goal pace 9:35/mile), Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, June 20th – 7 mile run {1 mile warm-up, 8 x .25 mile hill repeats, 2 mile cool-down}, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, June 21st – Sunrise Workout @ Parq Nightclub, 3.77 mile run {30 minute run (Goal HR 150)}, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Thursday, June 22nd –  8 mile run {1 mile warm-up @ 9:30, 6 miles @ 7:35, 1 mile cool-down @ 9:30}, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, June 23rd –  6 mile run {1 mile warm-up @ 9:30, 6 miles @ 8:40, 1 mile cool-down @ 9:30}, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, June 24th – Global #SportsBraSquad Day [recap coming soon], Stretched & Foam Rolled

My run on Tuesday was supposed to be 10 hill repeats (I cut it to 8 and added an extra mile of cool-down to make up the distance), so I'm bummed I couldn't hit it... but that just leaves room for improvement, right?! Not sure if it was my legs were still fatigued from climbing Half Dome 5 days before (16.6 miles and 6,300 feet of elevation gain) or if it was the humidity (we were in the upper 90% when I went out) or if it was a mental thing (I took a quick break around repeat 4.5 and after that it seems MUCH EASIER to tell myself it's okay to take a break)... Oh well, gotta put it behind me!

Although I appreciated the mini break I got after the Fontana Half and RnRSD Full (especially since we were camping), we're about 16 weeks out from the Chicago Marathon and it is time to get focused and down to business! #DoWork

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites

The week after vacation is always the hardest, right?! Normally I would say that it drug on and felt like forever, but with being "off the grid" for 10ish days, both the hubby and I had a backlog of things to take care of (in what seemed like less time than ever to get it all done). I'm STOKED that it is Friday and that maybe I will be able to take my foot off the gas peddle for a few moments this weekend! But, enough about me, let's jump into some of the things I'm loving lately!

REI Camping Hacks

I received an email from REI a few days before we left for our camping trip and I loved it. It had a link to a blog post that contained some AWESOME camping hacks. Since we do mostly "car camping" not all of them were necessary, but there were a few gems that we are stoked to add to our adventure toolbox.

I started calling them my "nighttime socks"

This came in handy (ha, get it?!), especially when it was BELOW FREEZING!

We didn't use them on our trip, but you better believe we will be stockpiling them now!

Hello Apparel "Adopt Don't Buy" Tee

If you look in my closet you will see a TON of tees from Hello Apparel. I love their stuff! One of their newest shirts is DEFINITELY my jam! $5 from each sale goes to @peta2 (the largest youth animal rights group in the world). I ordered a similar shirt a couple years ago and LOVE that a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold goes to help animals!


What The Health Documentary

The hubby and I have been vegetarians for years (over 16 years for me and close to 11 years for the hubby). We do our best to not push our personal decisions on to others (vegetarians and vegans often get a bad wrap that they're trying to "convert" everyone to their lifestyle). Hopefully you won't take this like I'm trying to guilt you/ brainwash you/ etc, but just as some information you may have been unaware of. Everyone is free to make whatever choice they would like - I just hope it is as informed as possible! What The Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that's costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. [You can watch the full film HERE, below is the trailer.]

What are you loving lately?

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?