Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Race Discount Codes

I totally realize race registrations can be pricey, so when a race offers me a discount code to pass along to my friends, family and followers, I want to make sure you have easy access to it (because the more you save, the more races you can run, right?! #runnerslogic). Below are some of the current personal discount codes I have. Feel free to leave any other codes you know in the post comments so your fellow runners can take advantage of them. (PS The first list is ordered alphabetically by race name, the second list is ordered chronologically by race date. I wanted to make it as simple as possible. I also hyperlinked the race so you can find all the necessary information and easily register.)


Alphabetical (by race name)


America's Finest City Half Marathon

San Diego, CA
August 19th, 2018
Code: CARLEESFINEST {$10 off half marathon registration}

Avalon 50/50 Benefit Run

Catalina Island, CA
January 19th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off 50K or 50-Mile registration}

Catalina Island Half Marathon

Catalina Island, CA
November 17th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon, 10K or 5K registration}

Catalina Island Marathon

Catalina Island, CA
March 19th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon or 10K registration}

Griffith Park Trail Run

Los Angeles, CA
November 10th, 2018
Code: CARGP {$10 off 30K, Half Marathon or 10K registration}

Mesa-PHX Marathon

Phoenix, AZ
February 9th, 2019
Code: WERUNSOCIAL10 {$10 off Marathon or Half Marathon registration}

Orange County Lexus LaceUp Races*

Irvine, CA
September 8th, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Palos Verdes Lexus LaceUp Races*

Palos Verdes, CA
November 17th, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, 10K or 5K registration}

Riverside Lexus LaceUp Races*

Riverside, CA
December 2nd, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Rock 'N' Roll Series

Various Locations & Dates
Code: RNRRNB2018 {$15 off Marathon or Half Marathon US and Canada registration - some exclusions apply}

Ventura Marathon*

Ventura, CA
October 20th-21st, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Chronological (by race date)


America's Finest City Half Marathon

San Diego, CA
August 19th, 2018
Code: CARLEESFINEST {$10 off half marathon registration}

Orange County Lexus LaceUp Races*

Irvine, CA
September 8th, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Ventura Marathon*

Ventura, CA
October 20th-21st, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Griffith Park Trail Run

Los Angeles, CA
November 10th, 2018
Code: CARGP {$10 off 30K, Half Marathon or 10K registration}

Palos Verdes Lexus LaceUp Races*

Palos Verdes, CA
November 17th, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, 10K or 5K registration}

Riverside Lexus LaceUp Races*

Riverside, CA
December 2nd, 2018
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Race registration}

Avalon 50/50 Benefit Run

Catalina Islanda, CA
January 19th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off 50K or 50-Mile registration}

Mesa-PHX Marathon

Phoenix, AZ
February 9th, 2019
Code: WERUNSOCIAL10 {$10 off Marathon or Half Marathon registration}

Catalina Island Marathon

Catalina Island, CA
March 19th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon or 10K registration}

Catalina Island Half Marathon

Catalina Island, CA
November 17th, 2019
Code: CARLEE10 {10% off Marathon, 10K or 5K registration}

*Complete transparency - I receive a 10% commission on the Lexus LaceUp Running Series if you use my discount code

I currently have the majority of these races (plus some additional local races) on my calendar, so hopefully you not only use these discount codes to save yourself some cash-ola, but hopefully I see you out on the courses! YAY RUNNING!

Is there a race or race series you'd like to see a discount code for?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Workout Recap - Week 28

Sunday, July 8th – 8 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, July 9th – November Project Bridge 5K, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, July 10th – 6.2 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, July 11th – 4 mile run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, July 12th – 1 mile warm-up, 4 x hills, 1.44 mile cool-down, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, July 13th  18 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


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

I'm still trying to juggle my "new" training plan for the Ventura Marathon and the fact that I have the San Francisco Marathon in two weeks (albeit I won't be running the SFM for a PR, but I still need some distance and hill training in my routine before then), which is why my week is off compared to my official calendar, but hopefully it'll work out in the end!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday the 13th! Sorry I've been MIA this week but two friends of ours are getting married today so we've been helping with all of the wedding extravaganzas and blogging has taken a back seat. I promise I'll be back to your regularly scheduled programs soon! Anywho, I couldn't let a Friday come around and not share some of my favorites, so here goes!


Jason Mraz - Have It All


I love Jason Mraz and his new song, Have It All, makes me smile. He always seems to know exactly what to say to spread love and joy. We need more songs (and people) like this in the world! I mean, really, do we need more songs about getting drunk or failed relationships?! I'll say it... we have plenty, let's get some positive vibes coming through the radio waves! I realize not all of life is rainbows and unicorns, but a good deal of it is... and if we do our darnedest to focus on the positive then we tend to see more of it around us!



The Great Cut


Because I have donated my hair to Children With Hair Loss in the past, I am on their email list to received periodic updates. I saw in this recent email that The Longhairs are having an event in March that I am STOKED about. I normally try to donate my hair every 18-24 months so was getting the itch to chop it again, but with this upcoming event I think I can hold off till March. I mean, not only will they donate the hair to CWHL, but there's a possibility to be a part of a World Record! If you will be in the San Diego area and have at least 8 inches of hair to donate, consider The Great Cut.

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Macklemore featuring Kesha - Good Old Days


I'll be honest, there isn't much that Macklemore does that I don't like, but this song has been on the radio a bit lately and I am digging it. Maybe it's because lately I have been realizing more and more how fleeting time is and how often we look back and realize that those activities we were doing (what felt like yesterday) are now memories, but this song strikes a chord with me. And having a VW van in the video doesn't hurt the parallel in our life either ;)



The Staircase


When the hubby was at a work event a couple weeks back someone mentioned the series on Netflix called The Staircase. They told him it was similar to the Making a Murdered series so Ryan was excited to get into it. There were 13 episodes (plus a couple quick extras) and we ended up finishing it last night. I wouldn't say I was as invested in it as Making a Murderer, but it still had us sucked in. Obviously you have to realize the people putting the documentary together are coming at it from one side and pushing their agenda, but even still, it's crazy to think how unjust our justice system can be. Sometimes it makes you want to shake your head, other times it makes you want to scream. Once you watch it, I'd love to hear your take. No spoiler alerts from me, but I'm still trying to decide which way I'd lean on whether he did it or not.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Workout Recap - Week 27

Sunday, July 1st – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, July 2nd – 7 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, July 3rd – 5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, July 4th – 4 mile trail run with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, July 5th – 2 mile warm-up, 4 x 800 (with 2:00 rest) {2.92 miles}, 2 mile cool-down, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, July 6th  20 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


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


Okay, so normally I don't have two rest days, but Sunday I was cheering at the Special Olympics USA Game with Brooks and then flew back home so didn't have much time to run (not to mention, I ended up running 13 miles the day before instead of the original 3-5 I was expecting). With that said, I was still able to get in almost 43 miles for the week. For my first official week of training (for the Ventura Marathon), I will consider that a win!

How were your workouts this past week?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Favorites

It's been a couple weeks since my last Friday Favorites post, but that's what happens when the last day (or two) of the month falls on a Friday (getting my movie and book recaps up on the last days of the month is a higher priority). Anywho, without further ado, let me share some of the things that have caught my fancy lately in case you are looking to buy me a gift anytime soon (okay, okay, that probably won't happen, but maybe you would like some of these goodies for yourself!).


New Brooks Hats


As I mentioned in my post yesterday, when I was in Seattle with the other Run Happy Ambassadors, we were treated to a little preview of the upcoming Brooks Fall line. Although there were some awesome apparel pieces, I think my favorite items were actually the accessories... specifically the HATS! I am loving the new trucker hats and pom beanies - I think I need them ALL! And, guess what?! They went live on the website as of July 1st, so you can order yours today!

Booster Pom Beanies and Discovery Trucker Hats!

#SuckOnThis Campaign


I shared a couple weeks ago about how I was ditching plastic straws. Hopefully you read that post and have even given up the single-use plastic straws yourself. Anyway, I received an email from Keep It Wild (the brand I was a "Wild Keeper" for last semester) about their new campaign - #SuckOnThis! For every order placed in July (while supplies last, of course), they will include a reusable silicone straw. They're hopeful that providing an alternative to the single-use plastic straws will help folks make a positive impact in their daily lives and in the environment. #SmallChangesBigImpact


Parks Project Summer Camp Out Collection


I feel like I am sharing new gear from Parks Project all the time, but they keep releasing new, amazing stuff! Their Summer Camp Out Collection has some pretty amazing pieces in it (my faves being the Leave It Better Limited Edition Enamel Mug, the National Parks Repeater Tee, the Road Trippin' Sticker Pack and the National Parks Hotline Tee). Now if only I could win the lottery (or find a sugar daddy) so I could buy one of everything to fill my closet ;) #DearSanta


Corny Jokes


I'm all about corny jokes (some may call them lame, but I normally consider them hilarious). In fact, telling silly jokes is a great way to pass the time during races... just ask some of my running buddies ;) And puns are also my jam! So make sure to leave your best joke in the comments so I have some more material to share during the San Francisco Marathon!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Run Happy Ambassador Weekend in Seattle

Remember when I mentioned I'd be traveling to Seattle with the Brooks' Run Happy Ambassadors (RHA) and would be volunteering at the Special Olympics USA Games?! Well, the epic event went down last weekend so I wanted to recap it.

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Friday

The hubby and pup dropped me off at the San Diego airport on Friday morning. My flight was scheduled to leave around 8am, but since the hubby needed to head back home to walk the dog and get a few things ready before heading into work we made our way to the airport a tad early. Ain't no thang, just meant I had an extra few minutes to start reading my book.

I'll be honest, although this is a YA book I felt a little scandalous
reading this one, especially in public, due to all of the sex in it. 

The flight was easy breezy, getting into Seattle a little after 11am. I met some of my fellow RHA at baggage claim and found our ride over to Brooks HQ (am I the only one who feels extra special when a driver is waiting for you?!). The game plan was to check out the trailhead store, catch up with friends we hadn't seen in a while and wait for the rest of the crew.

The first round of Run Happy Ambassadors have arrived!

The store is pretty amazing... I mean, I'm thinking I need a wall of rainbow shoelaces! 

To try to take our minds off of the fact that our tummies were rumbling, we took a quick walk to Gas Works Park to see the city and get our legs moving after our flights. The sky was overcast, but what do you expect in the Pacific Northwest ;)

The view from the park wasn't too shabby... 

Once everyone arrived at HQ we got down to business... and by business I mean eating ;) The Brooks team surprised us all with a ton of goodies that we were stoked to check out (after we ate, of course). They definitely spoiled us rotten!

Love the bag some of the goodies came in too!

After we ate it was time for a tour. We got to see the Makers Lab (where all the prototyping goes down), the machine shop (where they can create 3D models of shoes or cut them apart to see the inner workings), the biomechanics area (where they test shoes to see how they work IRL), etc. Let's just say there's A LOT that goes into making a pair of running shoes!

As soon as I saw this wall I knew the hubby would LOVE it!

Left: I'm sure there is a technical term, but I called it the shoe squish-er... where they test the foam ;) /
Right: Who wouldn't love working somewhere you can use power tools to cut apart shoes?!

Eventually we regrouped in our conference area to get a sneak peak of the upcoming lines - both footwear and apparel. Some of the products were hush-hush, but I'll let you in on a secret - YOU WILL LOVE EVERYTHING THAT'S COMING! 

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By 5pm it was time to wrap up our time at Brooks HQ and make our way to the hotel (EVEN) - which was pretty spectacular if you ask me. We had a few minutes to check in to our rooms, relax and get ready before heading to dinner.

Drinks in the hotel bar with some of the ladies before heading to dinner

The crew!

Before we knew it we were hopping on our shuttle and hitting the hay because we had a full day planned for Saturday.

Saturday

Technically we only had a 3-5 mile run on the schedule, so some of us chatted to see if anyone wanted to get in a few miles prior to the group run we were leaving for at 7:45am. A small group of us decided on an extra 3 miles, meeting in the lobby at 7am. Brian, Gina and I figured we'd get in even more miles and ended up meeting in the lobby at 6am. The three of us got in 5 miles and found the Fremont Troll (which was in 10 Things I Hate About You and Once Upon A Time).

SURPRISE! Look who we found!

When we met up with more folks we made our way around the other side of Lake Union for a few photo ops (because, let's be real, if there are no pictures, did it even happen?!) before heading back to the hotel for our "actual" morning run ;)

You better believe we #RunHappy! 

We took a shuttle to meet up with some of the Brooks Beasts so we could go for a run and strength training session. It was awesome to run with some of the Brooks athletes (even if their "slow" pace was still a tempo run for us). By the time we got back to the gym we had collected another 5 miles (so at that point I already had 13 miles tallied on my Garmin).

Apparently the Brooks Beasts were too fast because we didn't even catch them in our photos ;)

Once we got to the gym we broke into smaller groups and were teamed up with a Beast so we could learn a little more about what they do in the gym. We were all able to try out and ask questions about an abbreviated strength training workout. It reminded me I DEFINITELY need to reincorporate strength workouts back into my training.

At least I gave it a try, hehe.

By this time my stomach was grumbling (I had a PROBAR BASE bar when I woke up, but 13 miles plus some gym time was leaving me a bit famished), so I was STOKED to jump back on the shuttle and head to Cactus for a yummy brunch. Two words - CHURRO WAFFLES! The cactus fruit margaritas weren't too shabby either ;) #WhenInRome #OrSeattle

This is a stock photo, hence the bacon... I inhaled mine before I could snap a pic.
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After filling our bellies we had some free-time before we needed to meet up with everyone for a dinner cruise. A few of us decided to do some of the touristy things - like seeing Pike Place Market, visiting the Gum Wall, hitting up a Starbucks Reserve, meandering in the rain, etc. The only thing we missed was seeing the Space Needle up-close and personal.

Wouldn't be Seattle without a little drizzle, right?!

Eventually it was time to get all dolled up and ready to cruise around Lake Union. The boat cruise was scheduled for 2.5 hours and included dinner. Fun times were had by all. We were even able to check out the homes of the TWO RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD (who happen to live within about a mile of each other) - Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

We chuckled and said our hashtag should have been #BabesAndBrian ;) #OnlyOneMaleAmbassador

I guess I can never fully get away from my running gear... (Garmin watch, Brooks Heritage shoes, etc)

The skyline was pretty fantastic! 

A few of us went to a nearby tavern to hang out, but Gina and I cut out early so we could walk to Whole Foods for snacks.

Sunday

We had to check out of our rooms by 7:15am, but seeing as I am normally awake by 5am that felt like sleeping in to me ;) The game plan was to meet everyone in the lobby, get our luggage stored and then head over to the University of Washington's campus where the Special Olympics USA Games were being held. We were signed up as part of the cheer squad along the route the 4,000 plus athletes would take on their way into the stadium for the opening ceremonies.

Getting ready to jump on our shuttle and head to the games

Originally we were told we needed to be there early so we could sign some waivers from ESPN (they were televising the games and would need us to okay the use of any video if we were potentially filmed) and claim our spot. Well, let's just say we were there for what felt like 2 hours early with not much to do other than try to stay dry and warm.

#Squad

#TwinningIsWinning

You can always find my shoes ;) #ShwingsMakeYouFly

The soggy weather made us pretty chilly pretty quickly.

Eventually the athletes started making their way to us and we were PUMPED! Apparently there were two different ways the teams could get to the stadium, so I would say we probably only got to cheer on about half the athletes, but it was still pretty amazing! I'll be honest, my arm got a little tired from all the high-fives, but you couldn't wipe the smile off of my face!

I was too busy giving out high-fives and cheering for all the amazing athletes that I didn't take any
pictures during the cheer line... But Brian snapped this picture of my arm, hehe.

After the competitors had all gone by we had about 45 minutes before we needed to grab the shuttle. It was cool to be able to walk around the "expo" area and see the excitement surrounding the games. If we had more time I wish we could have had the chance to do more (whether that be volunteer in other aspects or even watch some of the events).

Hopefully you can read some of the responses that folks wrote on the board.

Brooks had a big booth outside of the games

And just like that it was time to jump in the shuttle to go grab our luggage and head to the airport. It was definitely a whirl-wind of a trip (only about 48 hours total in Seattle), but an awesome time! It was great getting a chance to hang out with friends (and make new ones), meet the Brooks team and be able to give back to the running community.

"San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina"

A HUGE THANKS to Brooks for putting on this wonderful weekend and for inviting me along (in the past I've had conflicts with the events, so I'm stoked this one worked)! It's an honor to be a RHA and you better believe I'll always #RunHappy!


How do you #RunHappy?