Author: Christa

Run, Swim, Walk, Run

Run, Swim, Walk, Run

Last week, I blogged from beautiful Napa Valley! I made a goal to enjoy the rest of our vacation and keep running easy. It was a pretty simple mission and, boom, mission accomplished! Our getaway was the perfect mixture of romance for me and Chris and great family fun for Alex!

Life with a crazy, upside-down toddler!

On Thursday, I had a 3.5 mile run on my training schedule so I got up early and headed to Downtown Napa. (I’m training for my very first 13.1 at the Urban Cow Half Marathon!)

We had eaten at a restaurant in that part of town so I’d had a glimpse of the beautiful historic murals, river views, and interesting street art in that area. I just knew I had to run there!

After my run, we had some family fun in Sonoma and then headed home. We absolutely loved our vacation and I wish it could’ve lasted longer. We definitely need to go on family vacations more often!

On Friday, I had a 30 minute swim at 5 A.M. on the schedule. However, after getting less than 6 hours of sleep three nights in a row, I chose to sleep in. After some much needed rest, I did a half hour YouTube yoga session in my living room! With it being my first week back to running, I was needing the stretch anyway so it worked out.

On Saturday, it was time for my week 1 long run! I suited up and headed out the front door for 5 miles.

How can you not enjoy a run with this view?

I wanted negative splits and I wanted to take things slow as I have been, so I walked a good portion of the first mile to warm up. I continued to take walking breaks as needed throughout the remaining 4 miles. Somewhere between mile 2 and 3, I ate an energy gel and it helped get me in the groove to finish my run strong. I did achieve negative splits going from 13:37 in mile 1 to 11:31 for mile 5. As you can see, I’m definitely taking things nice and slow.

On Sunday, my beautiful mom flew in from Washington to stay with us for a couple of weeks! It’s the last time we’ll see her before we move to Germany later this year so it’s an extra special visit.

Alex and I picked her up in Sacramento and we spent some time in the city. We had lunch at a delicious taqueria and hit up my favorite running store, Fleet Feet Sac!

Alex only had eyes for his Grammy.

I grabbed a basket and loaded up with an assortment of new gels to try in all different flavors.

I’m excited to experiment with these as I train to see what I like for my half marathon! What’s your favorite gel brand or flavor?

On Monday, it was a 5 A.M. swim again and this time I got up and went. Fortunately, I can use one of our local pools for free! Unfortunately, it’s not the best quality. First of all, it was very dark.

Yes, that’s as lit up as it got. There were two lifeguards out there watching me so it wasn’t because somebody forgot to turn the lights on. There’s a second reason it’s not the best pool around. I had been thoroughly warned that because this is an outdoor pool, there would be little buggies from time to time but I was not expecting the little friend that came to visit. A mouse jumped in and wanted to swim some laps! I’m not much of a scaredy cat so I just moved out of the way and let the lifeguards scoop him up with a net. I guess if I want to keep swimming free, I have to accept I’m sharing the pool in the dark with some critters. I’m not exactly thrilled about it but it’ll do for the next 7 weeks.

When we were planning our visit, my mom told me that she wanted to exercise together because she is on a weight loss journey of her own. She has lost 45 pounds in the last year! (You can read about my weight loss journey here!) So after my swim on Monday, we went for a 2 mile walk.

On Tuesday, I headed out for a pretty 4 mile run. Along my route was a giant, beautiful sunflower field so of course I had to check it out πŸ™‚

I definitely struggled with this run. There was quite a bit of walking but I had an overall pace of 11:57 which isn’t terrible for me. I’m used to running very early when it’s cool outside. This run, however, didn’t start until about 9 A.M. so even though it was nice weather, it was a lot sunnier and warmer than what I’m used to. It was a hard run, but hey, I got it done!

I have still felt that feint, dull ache occasionally in my shin that, as I previously posted, has never gone away. It’s not bad yet, but I can tell it has slightly increased in discomfort since I started running again. I’m looking into a new pair of shoes which is a bummer since I just bought the shoes I have back in May. I’m looking at the Asics Gel Nimbus 18s because I’ve worn Asics in the past and they were on a list of shoes good for shin splints. I’d love to hear any opinions on shoes good for this!

This weekend, my mom and I will be participating in the Gone For a Run Run Now Wine Later Virtual 5k with my Moms Run This Town group! I’m really looking forward to doing this with her and it’s going to be a fun time with my MRTT ladies!

My goals for the week are to keep running easy, be extra diligent with stretching and foam rolling, make sure I get up for my 2 swim sessions, and I have my long run of 6 miles on Saturday! What are your goals for the week? Comment below! Have a great one!

Running and Wine-ing

Running and Wine-ing

I finished up my resting this past week and prepared to run after taking 3 weeks off. I was still feeling feint, dull aches in my shin at random but the pain was pretty much gone.

On Saturday, I ran in the EMPOWER Race 5k near San Francisco. You can read all about my fun experiences at this event in my Race Recap! It felt so great to run again! I was a little out of shape and had to walk here and there but being back out in the fresh air and getting that runner’s high again was amazing! I was worried my shin splints would flare right back up but they didn’t. Yay! I’ll only be running 3 days a week on my training plan so hopefully they’ll stay subdued or even go away completely now that I’ve given up the streak and I’m not running or walking every single day.

Sunday was officially day 1 of my first half marathon training! It was a rest day so I used it to pack for our vacation to Napa.

Hey…I have my priorities straight.

On Monday, Chris, Alex and I loaded up the car and made our getaway to wine country. We’ve been having a great time here (yes, I’m blogging from Napa this week!) That evening, I did my first cross training session. I went for a 30 minute swim in the pool where we’re staying and it was tougher than I thought it would be! At the 15 minute mark, I was ready to quit haha but I made it through my full 30.

I’m already an OOFOS addict!

On Tuesday, I went on a gorgeous trail run by the river.

It was an easy 3.5 miles because I’m taking things slow and not jumping back into running head first. I’m trying to stay injury-free. I just enjoyed the beautiful views, fresh air, and feeling good running again!

Later that day, a nanny came to watch Alex while Chris and I went out kid-free for the first time in almost a year.

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in style, heading to Stags’ Leap Winery first, grabbing a delicious pastry at Bouchon Bakery next, and finally to a fantastic dinner at Brix restaurant!

My goal for the week is to enjoy the rest of our vacay and easy runs. I have a long run of 5 miles on Saturday and my mom will be in town to visit starting Sunday! What are your goals this week? It’s prime training season for fall races! I’m training for the Urban Cow Half Marathon. Are you training for a race? If so, which one? Comment below!

Race Recap – EMPOWER Race 5k

Race Recap – EMPOWER Race 5k

Since I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador for Fit Approach, I had registered for this race all the way back in April. Needless to say, I had been looking forward to this race for quite some time! It was held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA across the bay from San Francisco. Right next door? The Rosie the Riveter Museum! She is the ultimate symbol of empowerment and was the mascot for the race!

This was my first time running since the Peach Festival 5k 3 weeks ago. I took a break due to shin splint issues in my right leg. I was nervous it might flare up again but overall, I was so ready to get back to running! On Friday, the night before the event, I put together my Flat Christa!

I slipped into bed at 9 P.M. with my alarm set for 4 A.M.. I had a long drive ahead of me to be there at 7 for bib packet pickup. On Saturday, I started my morning with coffee and getting dressed. I hit the road at 5 and it was an easy, traffic-free drive to the event!

As I was driving, I kept checking the dashboard to see the temperature slowly dropping as I got closer and closer. I went from 75 degrees at home to 60 degrees by the bay! It was foggy and windy too so I was definitely freezing in my pink tank top.

That view is worth freezing for!

I should’ve known better since I’ve been to the bay area countless times. It may have been fate though because I was standing looking out at the water and a woman asked “Aren’t you cold?” I told her that yes, in fact, I was freezing and we laughed. She said that she’d also shown up in a tank top but luckily for her, she’d brought long sleeves in her car. This woman was Tara (follow her on Instagram: @medicineandmarathons) who is in SF for a short while for med school! Yes, that’s right, she’s going to be a doctor soon. How impressive is that? I’m also blown away by the fact that she’s doing all of that and still running races and keeping a healthy lifestyle.

We bonded over being cold, took some photos, and got to know each other while we waited to run. She is a really sweet person! When it was time to line up, I followed her to the start and she planted herself right in the front. I had to tell her “Well…I’m going further back because I’m not this fast!” We laughed and I headed to the middle where I belonged. I always love the starting line because everyone has that nervous or excited energy buzzing through them. We’re all stretching, moving, shaking out, ready to go! We can’t be still. I love it.

We finally heard the countdown and we were off! I started very slowly just to feel out my shin and make sure I didn’t overdo it. The course was gorgeous. We ran all along the water and there were boatyards and beautiful parks. I wish I could run on that path every day!

My first mile was a little under 12 minutes so I was fairly pleased with that time.

I kicked it up a little bit with each mile after that for negative splits. I did have to take several walking breaks but I was fine with it. I was just so happy to be running again and I kept waiting for my shin to hurt but it didn’t.

I came around the final corner and crossed the finish line with a smile on my face!

I was handed this beautiful Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap as a finisher’s prize.

“Sweat. Run. Empower.” Could there be a more perfect quote for me? That could be the Sweating Awesome motto. Working hard, exercising, and motivating others to get healthy is why I started this blog! I think this wrap will hold a special place with me always. My second finisher’s prize came in the form of the cutest pancake ever.

It was tasty too.

I wandered around a while, took a lot of photos, watched people crossing the finish line, and then headed into the Pavilion to check my official results. It wasn’t my best race but considering I hadn’t run in 3 weeks, I was feeling really good about my time!

After seeing that, I headed upstairs to browse the vendor booths. As I walked about, I had a few different ladies ask me if I was going to yoga. I had totally forgotten that my race registration included access to a Flex and Flow yoga class! I changed my clothes, found Tara, and we grabbed some spots right in front.

The class was intense with some challenging moves but I felt so relaxed, stretched, and refreshed afterward! It was pretty amazing getting to do yoga with the women of Fit Approach! If you follow them, they do yoga all over the place and it was so cool to see that in person!

Photo credit: instagram.com/fitapproach

I don’t think my words can adequately express what a wonderful race this was. The feeling of empowerment seeing females supporting each other, the cool ocean air, the beautiful course, the feeling of doing something I love after taking a long break. These feelings are priceless and this event was simply amazing!

10 Years

10 Years

This week was all about resting and planning my upcoming half marathon training! I can’t run but I can fantasize about running πŸ˜€ To prove how good I’ve been resting, here’s my weekly recap:

This is a photo I took on the way to Lake Tahoe! More about that coming up…

On Wednesday last week, my friend Stephanie (from runstrongrun.com!) invited Alex and I for a walk together.

We had a great 5 mile speed stroll and I loved catching up with her! We don’t get to do that very often. We were even twinning in our matching “I Run This State” shirts!

Later that day, my friend since 8th grade (AKA 17 years ago!) Michelle came to visit me! On Thursday, she kindly walked my final miles for July with me!

It felt great to finish my goal mileage for July!

I’m going to echo my posts from Facebook and Instagram a little bit right now because I think it’s important. I had to walk about half of these miles. As much as that sucks, I’m still so proud of them! I would rather have run them but guess what? It takes effort to get out of bed and get dressed and go walk too! A mile is a mile no matter how you get there. It’s better than not moving at all!

In last week’s post, I revealed my plan to walk out all my July miles as fast as possible and then rest. Once my miles were done, I started my 9 day rest period in style with a day trip to Lake Tahoe! Talk about relaxing πŸ™‚

This was my first time since childhood wearing a swimsuit in public. I had a split second of insecurity before walking down to the water where everyone could see but I chose to not care what anybody thought of my legs because they are amazing whether they look it or not! I’m telling you, loving your body is so much better than hating it. It’s so freeing!

Alex LOVED the beach!

I’ve been resting, icing my shin, and stretching a lot in between mom duties the rest of the week. I’ll be going on my first run in almost a month this Saturday at the Fit Approach EMPOWER Race 5k! After that, next Monday, my husband, my son, and I will be heading to Napa! Chris and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on August 13th so we planned a few days in beautiful wine country.

Our wedding day 10 years ago.

While in Napa, I’ll officially be starting my Urban Cow Half Marathon training!

There is a river trail right next to where we’re staying so I’m hoping that’s a good trail to run on! If not, there’s also a gym with treadmills (not as exciting of an idea…) Once I’m back home, I’m excited to get back to running with my Moms Run This Town ladies. I’m also nervously excited to do some cross training in the form of swimming! I’ve never swum as exercise but I love swimming so I’m excited πŸ™‚

What are your goals this week? I’m going on vacay so mine is to enjoy Napa! I’m very excited to start running again but also really nervous about these shin splints not really being gone. So aside from enjoying our vacation, I’ll be listening to my body and easing back into exercise and training. Have a wonderful week!

Walking the Walk

Walking the Walk

In last week’s post, I talked about the bane of my current existence, shin splints. I have been practicing active rest by walking instead of running.Β They are doing much much better but I still feel some aches here and there. I did finally break my streak after 48 days straight of running or walking at least 1 mile every day.

The streak was SO FUN while it lasted but I feel like I need the rest to heal completely. Plus, I’ll be taking rest days during my upcoming half marathon training so the streak couldn’t have lasted much longer. Here’s a rundown of my week:

I’m still going for my goal of 75 miles in the month of July so my strategy is to walk out the remaining miles ASAP and then rest until the Fit ApproachΒ EMPOWER Race 5k on August 5th.

Speaking of races, I changed my mind and signed up for the Urban Cow Half Marathon to be my first half!

I was previously going to do the Healdsburg Wine Country Half but decided Urban Cow overall works better for me. The biggest reason is that my dad will be in town from Colorado for my son’s birthday and I think it would be really special for him to be at my first half marathon! In fact, Urban Cow is on October 1st which is the day my son was born 2 years ago πŸ™‚

Look at this nugget!

This does give me a few weeks less to train but I think it will be fine. The race has a generous time limit so I could even walk it if I had to. Don’t worry, I will definitely not be walking my first half!

My goal this week is to REST. I have a friend visiting over the weekend who can walk my last few miles with me! After that I’ll just be lazing about and hopefully healing and ridding my leg of these shin splints for good! What are your goals for the week? Comment below!

Those Dreaded Shin Splints

Those Dreaded Shin Splints

Happy Hump Day!

I went from my BEST RUN EVER last week to taking it easy this week. Running 6.26 miles irritated some minor shin splints in my right leg that I had already been battling for a couple of weeks. Then, to add the cherry on top of the ouch sundae, I did 2 miles of speed work a few days later (read: running about as hard as I can!) My shin was hurting quite a bit more so I knew I had to take it easy this week. I even went to see my doctor just in case and she told me to rest. I’m currently trying active rest by walking and I can tell it’s working.

Run to your nearest doctor’s office for these couture shorts! Pay no mind to how pale my legs are…

One week ago today, I almost broke my streak. Knowing I needed to rest didn’t help, plus I’d had a busy day and put off my walk until the afternoon. At 7 P.M. it was do or die time because my son had to be in bed at 7:30 and I couldn’t leave the house after that because my husband was at work. FINE FINE – I kicked my butt in gear and went for a 1 mile walk. Alex was raring to go!

This is how the stroller works, right?

I’ve kept the streak alive walking or running at least 1 mile every day since June 1st (it started with Streaking with the COOL KIDS) and I’m on day 49! Here is a breakdown of my workouts this week:

Saturday was the Marysville Peach Festival 5k!

It was my first time pushing my son in the stroller in a race and it was really fun. You can read all about my experience in my Race Recap!

I’d say I’m not super thrilled to be walking because it’s kind of boring BUT it’s a lot better than laying on my back not being able to move! So…I’ll be positive and say I’m thankful for walking! Plus, I got stroller miles every single day this week! Alex loves going on these walks, eating snacks, snuggling a stuffed animal, and chatting about everything we see πŸ™‚

Could there be a cuter walking partner?

My goal this week is to focus on healing! I need these shin splints GONE before I start half marathon training on August 6th! When I first set that date, it seemed so far and now it’s only about 2 weeks away!

What are your goals for this week? Comment below! Have a wonderful, health-filled week!

Race Recap – Marysville Peach Festival 5k

Race Recap – Marysville Peach Festival 5k

The Marysville Peach Festival 5k is a small event benefiting the Feather River YMCA. The race is put on by my former gym Training Zone and is attached to the popular local Peach Festival held every summer. The night before the race, I picked up my bib packet and sorted through all the goodies.

Then it was time for my favorite part – Flat Christa πŸ™‚

I must say it was nice to be running in an event only 10 minutes away from my house for a change. I was able to “sleep in” until 5:30 A.M. when I usually have to be up at 4 for races. I got myself and everything ready to go and grabbed a few of these healthy oatmeal cupcakes I had made.

I was going to be racing with Alex in the stroller for the first time ever and I needed some breakfast to go. Best of all, Alex really liked them! He’s a somewhat picky eater so I call that a win. Here is a link to the recipe (side note: I skipped the chocolate chips and added cinnamon and chia seeds instead.)

We made the short drive over to Marysville, parked, and made our way to the Bok Kai Temple where everyone was meeting outside for the race. I found a couple of my Moms Run This Town friends there!

We caught up, talked about our goals for the race, and discussed how awesome Pro Compression socks are in both cuteness (that’s important, right?) and running benefits.

We headed up to the starting line and found another MRTT friend of ours!

We started chatting with her but we soon heard the announcer say that all walkers and runners with strollers had to head to the back of the pack. Off Alex and I went. I kept looking around through the crowd trying to find my friend Kelsey who was supposed to be at the race but I couldn’t find her. Before I knew it, the race was starting.

Alex wasn’t feeling the sun

I wish I would have ignored the instruction to stand in the back and stood in the middle like normal. When the race started, it was a slow shuffle like every race to get going. The problem was that the road was very narrow, only about 3 runners wide. I was unable to pass people in the grass like I normally would since I had the stroller. It took over half a mile to finally get my own space where I could run freely.

I had gone into this race knowing I was going to take it slowly. First of all, I was pushing the stroller. My 26 lb son + stroller + a bag full of toys and snacks = probably 40+ pounds. Second, it was hot! We didn’t start until 8 and the temperature was already pushing 90*F with little to no shade on the course. Third, hills. Eww hills. I’ve run this course once before so I knew there were a few steep ones. Fourth, I have a minor case of shin splints in my right leg that needs to heal before I start Half Marathon training. For all these reasons, I was in no way expecting to set a personal record.

Crossing the bridge

The course is slightly longer than a true 5k at 3.4 miles in length. We started on a levee, ran downhill past a park, uphill and across a bridge, down another levee, turned around and went back. Taking it slow was nice! I just enjoyed the views of the river, ran when I could, and walked when I couldn’t. The heat definitely got to me and I walked more than I thought I would. The hills were rough and I blame that mostly on the weight of the stroller. The final hill going back up to the first levee was the worst! I even took a picture to commemorate the horribleness haha. This photo does it zero justice…it looks so flat but I promise it was a big one!

Once I made it to the top, everything was great! Having zero pressure to achieve any sort of time was nice. I was pressing on and along came Kelsey running the other way! I had assumed she didn’t make it so I was happy to see that she had. I kept creeping along, crossed the finish line, and felt completely satisfied with my effort. There was no chip timer and I forgot to stop my Garmin when I finished so I have no idea what my time was and I’m totally fine with that. I was expecting a fun run and that’s exactly what I got!

I found my MRTT friends at the end and a couple of them had set some new PRs! I congratulated them and we got to talk for a bit while I waited for Kelsey to finish. I knew I wanted to say hello to her before I left. I don’t know what her time was, but it must have been fast because I feel like I wasn’t done long before she came speeding through the finish line!

After she got some water and caught her breath, she explained that her bib had been given to someone else so she had to go through a whole ordeal to get a new one and started the race 10 minutes late. In an unexpected twist, we got to spend the rest of the morning together enjoying the Peach Festival! She even treated me to a Sonoran Hot Dog which was SO GOOD.

SO. GOOD.

We meandered around for a couple of hours browsing the booths and sampling all the tasty treats. Alex enjoyed all the people, looking at toys, and playing with a balloon Kelsey got for him!

All in all, it was just a great day with a fun race and I loved having Alex with me. It was especially nice getting to see a lot of friendly faces! Plus you can’t beat devouring ALL the food after a hard run, right?

Best Run Ever!

Best Run Ever!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Last week I wrote that one of my goals this week was to have a long run of 5.5 miles. On Saturday, my alarm rang at 3 A.M. and I got ready and hit the pavement.

This was the best run ever! I just. felt. good. I think I’ve found my happy pace at about 11:30 per mile for distance running. I listened to my body and if I started feeling too fatigued, I’d just slow down. I kept checking my Garmin when this would happen and noticed that when I stayed around 11:30, I felt like I could run forever. (You can read about all the reasons I LOVE my Garmin watch here!)

When I was feeling seriously amazing around the 3 mile mark, I decided to upgrade my run to a 10k. I did start to hit a wall at 6 miles because I didn’t eat an energy gel or any other mid-run fuel. Thankfully, I could see where I was parked from that point and that helped me push myself and finish strong. I felt so great for running that entire 6.26 miles without stopping!

I got to go on not one but two runs with my Moms Run This Town ladies this week! (Including Misty from DisneyPrincess_On_The_Run.Β Her first triathlon is this Saturday so go follow her on Instagram and wish her lots of luck!) On Thursday, I ran 3 of the 5 group miles but had to take off early to get home before my son woke up.

On Tuesday of this week, I did my first track run ever (unless you count middle school?) and learned about speed work from our chapter leader. It was hard work and I really didn’t enjoy it but I will be doing tempo runs in my upcoming half marathon training so it’s something I need to adapt to.

As usual, meeting with MRTT was great and I think running with these women really keeps me refreshed!

Here’s a complete rundown of my workouts this week:

I mentioned before that one of my goals was to run 5.5 miles this week. My other goal was to lose 1 pound. That didn’t happen. I won’t even say unfortunately. No, I’m not at my goal weight and I do want to keep losing and getting in better shape. However, I’ve never felt better! I’ve been on track with eating but my caloric intake has been higher due to my increased running mileage. I have peace of mind knowing that I’m being my healthiest self and the number on the scale isn’t my top priority right now.

My goal this week is to take it a little easy and have fun. I’ll be running in the Marysville Peach Festival 5k on Saturday! It will be my first race running with my son Alex in the stroller. Really wishing I had a BOB jogging stroller right now haha! That’s okay though. I plan on just taking it slow and enjoying the run. Plus I’m looking forward to at least 5 of my running friends being there! It’s just going to be a really fun event.

What are your goals this week? Comment Below! Have a good one!

Garmin Forerunner 235 Review

Garmin Forerunner 235 Review

I wrote last week that I would be writing a review of my recently purchased Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running watch. I had started to include my thoughts on this watch in my weekly post but it was clear right away that there are just too many great things to say about this awesome accessory!

Photo from Garmin.com

As some of you may know, my husband got orders to Germany and we will be moving later this year. Now, I had been selling assorted items we no longer used and saving the money to buy this watch for running. These Germany orders opened my eyes to even more things around the house that we could purge before heading overseas. I decided to have a big garage sale and it was a success. After my husband and I split the earnings, I had enough to get my Garmin! πŸ˜€ To save over $100, I purchased a refurbished Forerunner 235 instead of a new one. It has worked perfectly so far and I’ve had zero issues. I purchased it on Amazon and they cover it for the first 30 days. I also purchased a 3 year warranty just to be safe since it is refurbished.

One feature I like with this watch is that you can personalize it! I’m a huge fan of being able to make something my own and have it reflect my personality. I’m able to change the watch face with dozens of choices through the Garmin Connect IQ store on the Garmin Connect app.

Mario here was taking up too much battery power with all of his pretty colors so I changed it to this Star Wars ship πŸ™‚

Sorry for the quality but my phone doesn’t like focusing on this watch!

You can also buy different watch straps in other colors. With how much I enjoy being runmatchy, I know I’ll eventually be getting some of those in the future. I know these personalizations are very small cosmetic details but I had to mention them because I love that kind of stuff. Now, on to more important features!

The main reason I adore this watch is its convenience. It is so much better than my previous method of tracking my runs with the Nike+ Running app on my phone. For one, it’s on my wrist. I no longer have to reach into my SPIbelt every time I want to check my distance or pace. This has the added bonus in that I don’t risk my I.D. falling out when I check my phone which has happened! (Thankfully some kind soul found it and left it under my windshield wiper.) I have also dropped my phone A LOT fumbling with it while trying to run. I think my poor, banged up cellular device is just as thankful for this watch as I am. If I want to take photos or videos while running, I can pause my watch with a quick push of a button. With the Nike+ Running app, I would have to actually stop and save mid-run, take my photo/video, then start a “new” run. If I only paused the app, it would bug out and stop tracking altogether. This watch takes all of these little annoyances away and my life is just a little bit easier!

The watch is really easy to use and you can track a few different workout types aside from running such as walking or biking. I like this because I can track my walks separately from my runs when I was not able to do that on the Nike+ app. This was a problem because my average pace across my workouts was brought down due to my walks. Now I will have an accurate count!

I sync it to the Garmin Connect app on my phone via bluetooth. There, I can view all of the details of my run from mileage to elevation gain to heart rate. Over time, I’ll really be able to use all of that information to see how I have improved! Outside of running, it counts my steps over the course of the day and it even shows my sleep patterns when I wear it to bed.

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is easy to use, customizable, versatile, and most of all, convenient! I will be treasuring it for a long time to come. Do you have a favorite GPS watch that you wear or hope to get? What do you like about it? Comment below! Thanks for reading!

More Miles Means More Hunger

More Miles Means More Hunger

First things first, I did something this week that I haven’t done in nearly a month – I lost weight!

Only 1 pound but I’m so excited for that pound haha. I’ve now lost a total of 109 pounds. I’ve been eating pretty well and trying to stay balanced. I’ve been running a lot though and more miles means more hunger so it can be tough. Let’s hope the number keeps dropping! Here’s a breakdown of my runs this week:

I’ve been saving up money for a few months to be able to afford my very first Garmin GPS running watch. I finally got it this week! I bought the Garmin Forerunner 235 and I’m so in love with it. I wrote a separate review post because there are so many reasons why this watch is awesome! Read my review here!

Where I live, there are several Moms Run This Town chapters so I am actually a member of 3 different ones! I’ve been running with the closest nearby chapter since April but schedule conflicts have been preventing me from running with the other 2 chapters thus far. On Thursday, I was FINALLY able to make it to another chapter’s run! It was so nice to meet this group of ladies face to face after knowing them online for a few months!

We ran 5 miles at our own pace. The member on her bike is Misty who is a bada** (sorry there’s just no other word for her!) heavy weightlifter, Spartan racer, and marathoner! She’s bike training because she’s going to be adding Triathlete to that long list of accomplishments! (You can and should follow her on Instagram under the tag disneyprincess_on_the_run!) The chapter leader and I ran together and got to know each other. She’s training for her first full marathon! All along the 5 miles, she was giving me tons of great half marathon tips and advice. She really got me pumped up and excited to start training! (Is it August yet?) She helped me hit an awesome milestone as well: I ran the entire 5 miles without any walking! I had never run more than 3 miles without a walking break before. That felt pretty amazing!

It’s a little tough to make it to the MRTT events with my husband’s constantly-changing work schedule but I’m going to keep going to all the group runs I can because these women are awesome!

Another milestone I hit this week was setting a new personal record for my fastest mile. I did it for the #MyMile challenge for Strava and ran a mile in 9:22! I was expecting around a 10 minute mile so I was really surprised at my time. Basically, I sprinted as hard as I could until I felt like laying down and dying, walked for a few seconds, and then sprinted some more. Rinse and repeat. I was drenched in sweat and had to lay on the floor twice as long to recover haha. I felt super accomplished though!

Tuesday was Independence Day so to celebrate, I put together the most red, white and blue outfit ever and set out for a run.

I had Alex in the stroller and we ran 4 miles to celebrate the 4th! We headed across town to run near the river and enjoy the sights. It was a bit warm and muggy but overall a really nice, easy run!

Independence Day means it’s July which means the end of June and therefore the end of #streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS.

Three lucky runners won some amazing prizes and unfortunately I wasn’t one of them but this streak was really great! 1. I made some new online running friends. The more the merrier! 2. I managed to get up and get out the door every single day and walk or run at least a mile. There were a few days that I wouldn’t have done so without this streak to motivate me. By the 3oth day, it just felt like a habit! The streak may be over for some but I’m still going! In my wildest dreams, I’ll make it all the way until next year’s event. We’ll see πŸ˜€ With the help of the streak, I was able to surpass my goal of 65 miles for the month of June!

I’ve set the bar for July at 75 miles! I was going to set it higher but half marathon training starts in August and I don’t want to do too much too soon and risk injuring myself and compromising my training. I’m not letting anything stand in the way of me and that Half!

I’m doing the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on October 28th. Who’s coming with me? We can train together – in person or virtually. I would love to see you jump in on this journey! Here is a link to my newly revamped Races page where you can now find links to my Race Recaps and BibRave Reviews!

My goal this week is to lose at least 1 pound and do a long run of 5.5 miles. What are your goals right now? Comment below!

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