Sunday, January 15, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 2

Sunday, January 8th – 3.5 mile on the trails with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, January 9th – Strength Training (abs, back, legs and arms), 5 mile progressive run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, January 10th –  6.5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, January 11th – 45 minutes of yoga, 4 mile walk, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Thursday, January 12th – 3 mile run with the hubby

Friday, January 13th –  8 mile run

Saturday, January 14th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

My runs were a little off this week because I was swapping my long run on Friday with my race (plus a few miles) on Sunday. It's always hard when races fall on Sunday because they don't technically count on the current week, but ah-well, as long as I get in the mileage, right?! 

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

I love hearing what my friends are loving because I know they are legit endorsements (and not just ones that are being forced in my face by advertising money). With that said, I hope you enjoy my Friday Favorites series - where I share a few of my current favorites (whether that is an event, a product, and activity, etc). Feel free to link up and let me know what you are digging lately!

Ivie's Chipotle Hack

Maybe other people have mentioned it before, but I feel like when I saw Ivie's Instagram post about her Chipotle hack my mind was blown. She suggested getting a bowl to go, and when you get home, adding half of it to a salad and saving the remaining half for a SECOND MEAL. Um... HECK TO THE YES! I don't know how I've never thought of it before, especially since 95% of the time I get a salad when I am there anyway, but now that I know this little tip my Chipotle ordering may never be the same ;)


The Running Community

Okay, okay, this is nothing new, but when I watched the running community come together when the Walt Disney World Half Marathon was cancelled due to weather this past Saturday and RALLY... Oh man, I mean, tears, pride, overflowing love, the emotions were HIGH! I loved seeing all of the posts on social with runners taking it to hotel treadmills or running around their resort (after the unsafe weather passed, of course) to get in their 13.1 miles and "earn" that Donald bling. And to see all of the spectators and volunteers that got out to encourage everyone was BEYOND AMAZEBALLS! There were aid stations, cheer squads, what seemed like a billion and a half high-fives... I wasn't at WDW to experience it firsthand, but that doesn't make my love or appreciation for the running community any less.

A video posted by Sharp Endurance (@sharpendurance) on

In case you haven't read Sharp Endurance's recap of his "race", you should do it NOW! (And make sure to read all of the stories folks have added in the comments - PURE AWESOMESAUCE!) And HUGE PROPS to runDisney for everything they did to try and compensate for the ever unpredictable Mother Nature! YOU ALL ROCK OUR SOCKS! 

Sparkle Athletic Running Capris

These were officially released earlier this week and are AMAZING! I was actually lucky enough to go up to Orange a few weeks back to help the ladies with a photo shoot and was able to try the capris out. They are quick-drying, stretchy, breathable, and they have POCKETS! Quantities are extremely limited (I believe the XS in all three patterns are sold out), so act quick to be one of the first to get your hands (or should I say legs) on a pair. [In case you are wondering for sizing purposes, I wore a size S for the shoot, but could fit into an XS if need be. I normally wear a size 6ish in bottoms.]

PS Yes, those are my legs in the mermaid capris for the website!

The Library

If you read my Goals for 2017 post earlier this week then you saw one of my goals for the year is to read at least 17 books for the year. Let's just say I am WELL on my way - I just started my FIFTH book in under two weeks. I realized that I normally only read books once (and then they just sit on the shelf), so last week I started gifting some of the books away (as long as the recipient promised they would then pass the book on to someone else). Well, instead of paying for books, I thought, "Why not go the FREE route?!". The library and I have now become BEST FRIENDS! I currently have six books checked out with another three ready to be picked up (and a whole heck of a lot more saved).


What are you loving lately?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Goals for 2017

I might be a few days late, but, hey, better late than never, right?! Anywho, I started thinking about a few goals that I had for the year (I don't "do" resolutions... I think the connotation of the word itself tends to set folks up for failure, but I'm all about chasing down goals) so I thought I would share them with you (putting goals in writing helps make them "real").

*Run 1700 Miles*

I added up my mileage from last year and ended 2016 with 1,658. I was running significantly fewer miles between October and December than normal because of all my issues (hip, stomach, back), so I am hoping that increasing what I did last year is totally doable. (I was originally thinking 2017 miles would be AMAZING, but that averages about 39 miles a week and I'm not sure my body would be happy at that level for an entire year, but I guess we'll see as we progress through the year.) I've never had a mileage goal before, but I thought it might be 'fun'.

*Self Acceptance*

#RealTalk: Most days I still have TERRIBLE self esteem. I know that saying a couple positive things about myself in the mirror will probably never fix that, but I've gotta start practicing some self lovin' somehow. I think this one might be the hardest one for me to complete (not only because my self hatred runs deep {I've had 31 years to perfect it, I'm pretty great at it}, but also because the goal is hard to quantify).


*Read 17 Books*

I've gotta say, I'm already off to a great start. Within the first week and a half of the year I've already tackled three titles (and I'm half way through my fourth). Also, I added FIFTEEN books to my queue at our local library (I range from being first in line to being ninth for the different books, so it'll probably take a while to get a turn, but I can wait patiently!). The hubby and I recently started trying to add some additional non-electronic time into our weekends {whether that's more reading, hiking, walking, napping, etc}, so I gotta get a stock pile of books to tackle!


*Give Back*

Often times we get busy and with that busyness comes being occupied with our own stuff. I want to make a conscious effort this year to focus on others and give back to those around me. It doesn't have to be something huge like selling all of our possessions and moving to a third-world country, but taking the time to hold the door open for a stranger can remind us to step outside of our world and reach out to another. Do what you can when you can with what you can!


*Run 17 Races*

Last year I ran 23 races (you can check them all out HERE if you are interested in reading the recaps for any of them). The breakdown was: two 5Ks, five 10Ks, one 8-miler, ten Half Marathons, four Full Marathons and one ultra relay race. Thus far in 2017 I currently have 9 on the calendar (that I am registered for) - the Carlsbad Half, the Pasadena Half, the Phoenix Full, the Los Angeles Full, the Carlsbad 5000, the Fontana Half, the Disneyland 10K, the Disneyland Half and the Chicago Full. I don't know that I am shooting for any PRs in 2017 (although I wouldn't be mad if they happened), but I love the running community and racing environment (even when I'm running for fun), so I've gotta keep some races on the schedule! Not to mention, keeping races on my calendar keeps me motivated and gets my booty out the door!

*Travel More*

I'm sure to some, when they look at our calendar, it may seem like we travel a ton (and we do!), but I want to do more! But it doesn't have to be trips to Hawaii or Bali, short weekend getaways in our Adventuremobile are just as awesome! We live close by some FANTASTIC locations, yet we don't take advantage of them... This year we will change that!


Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other goals I'd love to tackle this year, but I figure that this was a great jumping off point. 2017 is gonna be AWESOME! Let's make this the best year yet, k?! Who's with me?! LET'S DO THIS!

What goals do you have for 2017?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Workout Recap - Week 1

Sunday, January 1st – 5K with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Monday, January 2nd – 45 minutes of yoga, 3 mile walk, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Tuesday, January 3rd –  8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Wednesday, January 4th – Strength Training (abs, back, legs and arms), 3 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Thursday, January 5th – 90 minutes on the trainer, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Friday, January 6th –  17 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled

Saturday, January 7th – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled

The first week of 2017 and I got in 31.1 miles! It isn't where I "should" be for this round of marathon training (I have the Phoenix Marathon in February and the Los Angeles Marathon in March), but I'm doing what my body allows and trying to enjoy the ride! I have races on the next two Sundays, so my long runs are going to be swapped around a bit, but hopefully I will be able to get in all of my workouts (especially with the storms that are headed our way).

How were your workouts this past week?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Running in Peace

In just over a week I've been the recipient of two vulgar/ obscene screams from passing vehicles while running. I posted briefly on social media when they happened, but haven't actually shared my thoughts since then.

The first incident occurred the evening we got back from Michigan. The hubby wanted to go rock climbing, so I decided to run from his gym to the beach and get in 8 miles. Everything was fine and dandy (and the weather was AMAZING, especially compared to the frozen tundra we had just returned from), that is, until I was running back up the street to the climbing gym. As I was crossing a set of train tracks a vehicle with two guys in the front was driving at me (I was running against traffic, on the sidewalk). The passenger leaned out and yelled "D*mn girl, you can sit on my face any time."

My view on that run was EPIC... The comments I received on the way back to
meet the hubby were anything but that... 

Okay, let me stop you right there. First off, even if I wasn't happily married (FYI we have been married for over 8+ years and together for 13+ years), I do not know a single female who has heard a cat call and thought to themselves "Wow, that is the type of guy I want in my life, let me chase that car down and go get me that man." Next, I do my best to run in well traveled areas. I am lucky enough to say that I have never felt physically or personally threatened (meaning I don't think any of the douche bags who have yelled at me would do anything - but that may be me being naive) while running, but even still, that does NOT give men (or anyone) the right to say whatever they would like to me (or anyone).


The incident left me a little shaken and actually a bit dirty feeling. Runners (male or female) should have the right to run in peace, not having to worry about what passing people may say or scream at them. We are not running so that you will oogle our goodies. We are not running for your viewing pleasure. Most of us run as a stress reliever, as a way to center ourselves and as a way to stay healthy (both physically and mentally). No one should have the right to take that sense of peace and security away from us, NO ONE!


The second incident occurred while I was out on a 17 mile run yesterday afternoon. My body has been acting a fool lately (thanks to my fibromyalgia) and I have had to cut my runs short and keep my workout intensity low. I was stoked when I was able to head out and tackle a legit long run. My turn around point ended up being a block from the hubby's new office, so I went over and said "HI" (and refilled my water) before chucking a u-ey and heading back to the car.

About a mile back into my run I was stopped at a traffic light. A vehicle was turning left in front of me, looked out his passenger side window and screamed "You ugly, b*tch" as he drove by me. Again, I was taken back by the comments. All jokes aside, I realize that I do not look my best when I am running. Shoot, if you still look cute at the end, you aren't running hard enough, right?! ;) I can be a haggard mess, and I very well may even have had a little "resting b*tch face" going as I waited for the light to change, BUT EVEN STILL... KEEP THE COMMENTS TO YOURSELF!


Wasn't it Thumper who said "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"? I mean really though! Why is it common place for comments like that to be said to others and thought that it is okay?!


Unlike the first incident, the second left me feeling a bit differently. First I got self conscious. I started getting down on myself and feeling a bit defeated. Thankfully that didn't last long because when I got to the end of my run I looked at my watch, did a scan of my body and felt STRONG AF that I had just smashed my workout!

I knew deep down that the comments made from the 'man' as he passed by said more about him than the did about me. Hurt people hurt people. Happy people don't go around putting other people down. I pray that he finds joy (because from the way he deals with others it seems as though he may very well hate himself as much as he hates the world).

Although incidents like these have the ability to taint the world, I will do my darnedest to continue being positive and trying to be a light to those around me. I will not give those creeps the power to dull my sparkle and change my view of the world. I will continue to try and spread joy and kindness to a world that is in MAJOR need of both.


Even though I am taking the higher ground and not giving these comments the ability to change me into a cynical person, that does NOT excuse the behavior or make it okay. We need to stand up against these types of actions. I may not be your cup of tea, but that doesn't mean I don't have the right to live life and enjoy the world just as much as you do. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RUN IN PEACE; WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE IN PEACE! 

{steps down off my soapbox}

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's that time again... That day of the week where I put together a blog post with an assortment of my recent favorites (whether it's an event, an activity, a product, a race, etc). Feel free to link up and share what you are digging lately too!

Paul's Boots

I had heard about this story from my hubby, who learned about it from a podcast he listens to [The Dirtbag Diaries]. I don't want to ruin it for you, but the quick synopsis is Paul always had a goal to hike the Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately he passed away before he could see that dream become a reality. His wife decided to reach out and see if she could at least get his BOOTS to hike the trail. The film captures some of the adventures that his boots made along the way.

Unicorn Pajamas

I don't know if any of you follow me on other social media platforms, but I mentioned this story briefly a couple weeks ago. The hubby and I share an Amazon account - which has never been an issue before. Well, he wanted to surprise me with a Christmas gift and ended up buying it on our joint account. I accidentally saw it when I was checking the shipping status of some gifts we had mailed to his mom's house and had to fess up that the cat unicorn was out of the bag. Although he was a little bummed the surprise was spoiled, he was still super pumped about the gift (as was I)...

The magic of Christmas may not last year round (we will be taking down all of our decorations this weekend - sadness), but UNICORN MAGIC IS FOREVER!

Running Beyond Empty by Ben Kruser

I was contacted by the publisher of this book a few weeks ago. They wanted to know if I'd be willing to give the book a read and pass along my feedback. I'm always down for a good story and since I'd be flying to (and from) Michigan for the holidays I figured I'd check out the novel on the flights. It's a fictional story set in the Catskill mountains of NY State.

It is an easy read (I got through the 365 pages in about 6-7 hours) and very entertaining. I won't give the whole plot away, but the premises of the story is a mother and daughter who are working through the challenges that life has thrown at them with the sport of running (along with some colorful characters) helping them persevere. It definitely kept my attention and I'd totally recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.

What are you digging lately?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

PRO Compression Ambassador [4 Years Strong]

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I am so stoked to let the cat out of the bag... PRO Compression has decided to keep me around a little longer and offered me a spot on their 2017 Ambassador team! This is actually the FOURTH YEAR I've been honored to have been part of the crew (and what a crew it is!).


Hopefully, if you've been around long enough, you know that I only support businesses I love to my core. PRO Compression is no different. Not only are they local (they're down the street in Carlsbad - literally, Ryan used to walk from his old office to pick up my orders), but they design and manufacture their products in the USA, their stuff has the perfect amount of graduated compression, the colors are bangarang (and go with every and any running outfit you can think up), and who's legs couldn't use an extra hug every now and then?! I mean, I have a whole drawer dedicated to my PRO gear. (At last count, I had over 60 pairs of socks in my collection - and I swear it grows daily.)

Top: The drawer with only my Marathon Socks and Calf Sleeves ///
Bottom: Low Trainers and PC Runners included
*Not pictured: Socks in the laundry basket, socks currently hanging on the drying rack, etc*

PRO's compression gear has helped me tremendously throughout my running career. I wear the Marathon Socks during long runs, after hard workouts, etc. If it's too hot or I'm doing a shorter, lower intensity workout, I rock the Low Trainers. Even if you don't run, but are on your feet all day or are traveling for long periods of time, they are amazing!

Some of the recent pictures on my phone of me rocking some PRO socks

Being an ambassador means I get to be part of an AMAZING crew of like-minded, PRO Compression rockin' athletes and have the opportunity to spread the word about their awesome product from the mountain tops (okay, it's not like PRO is sending me to the mountain tops, but if I get there somehow, I can spread my love for their socks up there too!).

Just a few of the 2015 PRO Ambassadors hanging out after the PHX Marathon
PS If you wanna join us at the race this year, use WERUNSOCIAL to save 10% on
the half or full distances (I'm in for the full and hubby's running the half)

Not only that, but I get to spread some lovin' to YOU! Today I've got a 40% OFF coupon code for my friends, family and followers (THAT'S YOU!). 'PRO17' will take 40% off your entire order, so whatever Santa forget, it's time to STOCK UP!

Here's to 2017 being the best year yet!