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Where Have I Been?

Where Have I Been?

Hello! I know I’ve been a stranger lately, but I’m back! After my (very first!) half marathon at the Urban Cow Half, I took a little break from blogging. (You can read about my race here!) I also took a break from running for almost a week so there really wasn’t much to blog about anyway. Then, the break continued because I honestly felt a little lost post-half. Having no direction after 8 weeks of training had me feeling unmotivated and wondering what to do next.

My first ever 13.1 sticker to show my half marathon pride!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you know I finally got around to doing some onesie or twosie runs. I even threw some 4 mile runs in the mix. Overall, I feel good running regularly again! On the flip side, I’m still a little lost haha but it’s all good! So I’m gonna break down what I’ve been up to lately:

Moms Run This Town

My local MRTT chapter did a couple of special events this month and we had a lot of fun together! First, we got together for Love Your Body Day and ran in our sports bras to celebrate body positivity! This is something I’m really passionate about since choosing to love my body 2.5 years ago led to me losing over 100 pounds. (You can read about how my mindset changed here!) I love how empowered, strong, and beautiful these women are. We were all so happy to be a part of this event!

Loving our #beYOUtiful Momentum Wraps

Later in the month, we got together again for a Halloween run for the “Live Love Run” Virtual 4 Miler! Everyone dressed in costume – we had a cat, football player, storm trooper, Steampunk Ariel/Little Mermaid, and I was a ninja! I have to say…my costume choice wasn’t the smartest. It was really hard to breathe through that mask. It sure was fun though!

After our 4 mile run, we all enjoyed tasty treats! There was a whole spread with coffee, donuts, baked goods, bananas, and water. We got to hang out and chit chat and laugh and I love these ladies so much! I say it so much because it’s true. I can just pack them all up and take them to Germany, right? Our friend Misty (@disney_princess_on_the_run on Instagram!) is famous for her finish line jumps so we all knew we had to get a jump photo before the day was done. Behold, our glorious, gravity-defying leap!


Eating Vegan

I’ve been vegan for almost 9 weeks now! I really like it. I won’t say it’s not trying at times, especially when trying to eat out, but it’s pretty easy! I get a lot of questions about it which I enjoy. (You can read about how I came to be vegan in this post.) I’ve been photographing my meals because I’m constantly asked “what do you eat?!” and I’m going to make a post all about my new way of eating and hopefully show that vegan food is delicious and nutritious because it is!


After my half marathon, we basically dove into the deep end of Germany move preparations. For those who don’t know, my husband Chris got orders to Germany and we move in January. Time is flying! We had about a zillion appointments, passports, medical, dental, etc. Plus other preparations like buying entire winter wardrobes and overseas house-hunting. I’ve also been trying to learn German? That’s a question mark because I feel like I’m doing a terrible job haha. It’s hard! Plus, I’m using the Duolingo app which I like but it’s not very thorough. If anyone knows a better free/cheap app I can use…I’m all ears!


Speaking of winter wardrobes, all of my warmer clothes from last year were too big. That is always like a 70:30 ratio of YAY:ugh. I don’t like having to spend the money on the clothes but obviously, being a healthier me is a great celebration! I had a little “Is this real life?” moment a couple weeks ago in the dressing room at Target because all the size Large tops I had grabbed were all too big. I had to go back and get Mediums! After being overweight since…forever, and previously wearing size 2/3XL shirts, this was like a dream. It still blows my mind! It was a nice non-scale victory!

One of my new medium tops in all its glory

Turning 31

I had my 31st birthday on November 1st! We celebrated a little early during Chris’ days off work. First, Chris baked me a vegan chocolate cake!

It was so yummy, we were all scarfing it down! My son Alex was asking for birthday cake all week long after that haha.

Later that evening, my friend Katharine was kind enough to come stay with Alex while Chris and I went for a night out. He took me to this great restaurant, Hook and Ladder, in Sacramento where they had their regular menu plus a whole vegan menu! I had a couple of tasty cocktails and the most amazing vegan mac and cheese!

It was a delicious dinner and then he took me to see the movie IT…just in time for Halloween! We never get to go to the movies (#parentlife) so it was soooo nice! He knocked it out of the park with my gift too. He got me these Jaybird bluetooth earbuds for running!

It’s great to have these because I was constantly pulling the cord of my old earbuds out of my phone or ears while I ran. He also got me a mobile charging pod for them. He said he was thinking of the future when I train for more distance races and I’m far from home for long runs. I thought that was so sweet! All in all, a fantastic birthday!


It’s hard to find your groove again after being on a scheduled training plan but it’s been nice running little short runs again. I do want to be more scheduled about my workouts and incorporate strength training and speed work more often. I do best when I’m working toward a goal so I want to make a goal of a sub-30 minute 5k but it seems like I’m far away from that kind of time. Speed work would help me get there, it’s just a matter of committing and doing it.

Strength training would not only make me a better runner, but it would tone up my body. I keep hitting this wall with weight loss and I don’t think it could be nutrition because I am doing so well with food. I believe strength training would burn the excess fat and pull in the…for lack of a better word…flabbier parts of me. Women who have had a baby or anybody who has lost a considerable amount of weight knows what I’m talking about! I finally got motivated enough to do a strength workout this week and I’m trying to hammer out a schedule and get into a new routine!


I have a few races coming up! Some shorties to keep me occupied until Germany weather allows me to train for another half. I might be doing the Hands of Hope Turkey Trot 5k but I have yet to hear back if it is a stroller-friendly race. I hope so! I have another Turkey Trot that I will definitely be running on Thanksgiving Day. It’s sponsored by my MRTT chapter and participants will bring non-perishable foods to donate! I will also be doing the Running with the Elves 5k in early December. It was my second ever 5k last year so I’m excited to run it again! Finally, I may be doing the Yuba Sutter Tri Club River Run 5k/10k. My in-laws will be in town so I’m not sure if I will have time to run it but I’m hoping I can! You can take the links I have here or see my Races page to see the events I’ll be running and hopefully join me!

So now you know I’m still here and still working on myself and setting goals and I hope you are too! Tell me what you’ve been up to in the comments below! Have a wonderful weekend!

Runner Rebooting

Runner Rebooting

Happy Sunday! I’m a few days behind on my weekly post so apologies! Things have been hectic in our household because the Germany move is coming up fast and we had a few appointments. Juggling those, regular mom duties, and running took all of my time 🙂

I’ll start by talking about how on September 4th, I celebrated my 1 year running anniversary! I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity and encouragement to start running last year because it has changed my life immeasurably! Long story short, I’m healthier, more fit, more self-confident, and more ambitious. I feel so fortunate that I’m able to run!

In my last post, I talked about how my 7 mile long run hadn’t gone all that well thanks to tummy issues. My week 4 long run on Saturday Sept 2 went much better! I skipped my morning coffee and ran 8 miles fueling with a peanut butter GU gel. I did 4:1 intervals (run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute) and it helped a lot! I was able to run more consistently with set walking breaks. I ran it with my Moms Run This Town group and I was able to pull a 12 minute per mile pace so it was a great run through and through.

I love these ladies!

I also used this run as my #RunForTexas Virtual 10k! The ladies who started it (Follow them on Instagram! @moremilesmorefun and @live.love.run.repeat) did so hoping to raise a few hundred dollars and ended up raising over $50,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey!

Here is a rundown of my workouts for Aug 30 – Sept 9:

For my short runs this week, I had a really random mental block. The thought of running 5 miles was overwhelming and I struggled with both runs. I still don’t understand where it came from but thankfully I was able to muster up the mental fortitude for my week 5 long run. I had 9 miles on the schedule so my strategy was to set my Garmin watch for intervals and then I wouldn’t look at my watch again until I thought I was at my halfway point (to turn back). I ran totally based on feeling and my strategy worked! I had some toe pain that I had to keep stretching out in the last 2 miles so that slowed me down and I ended up with a 12:54 average pace. I’m glad because my goal is to keep my pace under 13 minutes for my half. I’m feeling confident that I can do that!

I had done a couple of test runs in the Asics Pursue-3 shoes I’d gotten but the toe box was definitely too small so I returned them. An employee at Fleet Feet Sac re-measured my feet and we tried several pairs of shoes and I finally ended up with the Brooks Addiction 13’s! The difference is amazing and nothing beats having the right pair of running shoes.

After slacking on my eating this summer, I was finally able to summon the motivation to crack down and get my nutrition back on track. I’ve been doing well for about 2 weeks now so I’m hoping for some weight loss soon. After my half marathon (I’m running my first half at the Urban Cow Half Marathon!), I’m planning to reduce my mileage, cross-train more, and really zone in on fat-burning and weight loss!

What goals are you currently working on? Leave a comment below and be sure to subscribe as well! Have a wonderful week!

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 😀 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!



Happy Tuesday, everybody! I usually post on Monday but I’m thinking Tuesdays will be better. It’s honestly just hard for me to take the time to write on Sundays after having a busy weekend. I need a day to just chill, who feels me?

Anyway! What a great week I’ve had! First of all, I started that clean eating plan. I stuck to it for 3 days before kind of stopping. I won’t say it failed because it definitely helped me stop snacking and got my head right with food again. I eat pretty clean as it is (when I’m on track) so I’m sort of doing a halfsies thing with the plan. I’m still making some of the recipes half the time and then eating like normal half the time. I didn’t like having to make complicated meals 3 times a day plus making separate food for my son and husband. I also couldn’t kick the caffeine. Those 3 days were the most tired I’ve ever felt in my life I think haha. I have cut the coffee down at least from 2-3 cups per day to 1-2. What’s my favorite saying? Small victories. So, maybe the plan didn’t work out but I’m feeling excellent! Plus, I got back down to my lowest weight of 197 pounds (after being up 3 pounds last week). Hopefully I’ll start losing again. 🙂 For now, I’m still at a total loss of 108 pounds!

Next on the list of why my week has been great: I’ve been able to run consistently and pain-free!! This is huge for me because I was getting worried that I’d have to take a break. I was even nervous that I might not be able to train for my half marathon. Okay, I was getting overly paranoid haha. As a somewhat new runner, I think it’s understandable that I don’t really understand how injuries work. Thankfully, I followed the RICE method and did stretching and foam-rolling every day and the pain went away. In fact, I’m still doing this daily as a preventative measure.

Sometimes a certain someone doesn’t want to let me 🙂

Here’s a breakdown of my runs this week:

I had lost a little stamina from having to walk for a week or so but I’ve been slowly building it back up. Yesterday, Monday, I ran 3.1 miles with my Moms Run This Town chapter and though I had to take a few walk breaks, I kept a 10:36 pace! That’s pretty fast for me so I was feeling really proud and strong after that run.

Have I mentioned that I love running with this group?!

Speaking of moms running this town, this mom (#motherrunner!) had to do a lot more stroller miles this week than normal. It’s harder than you would maybe think! It’s an extra 35+ pounds that you’re not used to and my pushing hand always starts to hurt after a couple of miles. I’m actually trying to sell my current stroller to afford a jogging stroller to hopefully get a little relief. That’s mom life, though, right? We do what we have to do! At the very least, my son LOVES riding in the stroller, enjoying the sights and sounds, and talking about everything he recognizes.

Another great thing this week (I know, there are a lot of them…) is I won the MRTT Scavenger Hunt!

Park bench, pine cone, a person on a cell phone, and me creeping on someone on a bike haha!

We had a tie breaker and I was feeling very competitive so I set out on the first day and got all 15 items which snagged me the win! I still don’t know what prize I’m getting but just the bragging rights are good enough for me. I know I keep saying it but man, that was just SUCH a fun challenge! I look forward to more in the future.

As opposed to the scavenger hunt, I was faced with an unexpected challenge this week. I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Maybe you know who Kelly Roberts is and maybe you don’t. I’m only just recently learning about her. I had already fallen in love with her message of body positivity when she announced Global #SportsBraSquad Day. On June 24, she empowered female runners to run in just a sports bra because “strength comes in all different shapes and sizes.” While I LOVE this message, I was still not planning on running in a sports bra. The thought of going down the street like that absolutely terrified me.

Throughout the day on Saturday, it seemed like every female runner I follow on Instagram was joining the #SportsBraSquad! So many AMAZING and beautiful stories of body positivity and self-love were popping up and I was so inspired. I was still too scared to do a full run sans shirt BUT I did find a nice area for a photo, lost the shirt, and ran around for a few minutes to get a picture.

I won’t lie, I was ready to put my shirt back on. I’m just more comfortable that way, but I’m proud that I took it off in the first place. It proved to me just how far I’ve come down the road to self-acceptance! Who knows, maybe by this time next year, I’ll have no problem doing it for real. Did you join the #SportsBraSquad?

While we’re on the subject of empowerment, I received an email with a discount code for the Fit Approach EMPOWER Race that I’ll be running in August.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to register and join me! I’ll be doing the 5k but they also have a 10k and half marathon at the event. The code (“SUMMER”) is only good for today so act fast!

My goal this week is to finish June strong by completing my streak for #streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS, hit my goal of 65 miles this month, and do a long run of 5+ miles one day. I’ve also been trying to plan a special run for Independence Day. I was going to do the We Run Free Because of the Brave Virtual 4 Miler but it was sold out when I went to register. Major bummer! I’ll have to think of something else. What are you planning to do to celebrate 4th of July? Have a wonderful week, stay hydrated in this summer heat, and I hope you hit some goals!

Pushing for Those Goals

Pushing for Those Goals

Happy Monday, everybody! I hope your week is starting off great! 🙂

I went into this past week still dealing with foot pain thanks to my 6.2 mile trail run I mentioned last week. It was a little frustrating not being able to run but I didn’t want a small injury becoming a big one. Instead of running, I just made sure to get out the door and walk a mile each day to continue my my streak for #StreakingwiththeCOOLKIDS.

My foot felt a little better each day until I was able to run pain-free on Wednesday. It was so nice! I was able to run for a few days and then my knee started bothering me again. Today I will be calling my doctor in hopes of getting a referral to physical therapy. It’s been a couple of months of this on and off knee issue and nothing I’m doing is making it go away. I’m looking forward to getting some medical help with it so I can keep running! Here’s a rundown of my workouts this week:

After taking a break from the scale last week, I did end up weighing myself this week out of curiosity. 200 pounds, a 3 pound increase. Not surprising thanks to all the carbs I was eating combined with the diminished amount of exercise I was able to do. I won’t lie, I still snacked a lot this week but not as much and I did a lot better with balancing it by eating really healthy meals like salads. The difference this week was I didn’t feel bad about snacking. I got a lot of encouragement both here and on Instagram in response to last week’s blog post and I was reminded that this is a journey. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. So I thought “it is what it is” and made what changes I could and just kept going.

I got my grocery list ready to go and hit the Commissary yesterday to start my clean eating plan! Yesterday was day 1 and I have to say it was such a mixture of feeling great and rough at the same time! Eating well always makes me feel great. The rough side was caused by lack of caffeine because I’m not drinking coffee during this plan. I haven’t been pleased with the fact that I need 2 or 3 cups just to make it through the day so I’m giving it up. What else did I give up? All those yummy, carby snacks! So not only was I seriously tired and on the verge of falling asleep all day, but I was HUNGRY. But…I made it. I stayed awake somehow and I didn’t eat any extra snacks or junk. Small victories!

Speaking of small victories, I completed my Moms Run This Town scavenger hunt and I’m now in a tie breaker round!

Just needed this golf course!

I have to find 15 items while out exercising before this Wednesday the 21st. The competitive side of me is definitely coming out and I’M BRINGING IT. Okay so I really want to win but aside from that, these scavenger hunts have been incredibly fun! I’ve loved the challenge of deciding where to run in hopes of finding an item. I hope our group continues to do this event from time to time!

My goals this week are to win the scavenger hunt (ha!), stick to this clean eating plan and feel amazing, and hopefully RUN! I’m still trying to reach my goal of running 65 miles in the month of June.

What are your goals this week or this month? Have a GREAT one!

Why I Didn’t Step On The Scale This Week

Why I Didn’t Step On The Scale This Week

It all started with giving into my runger (intense hunger brought on by a run!) on Sunday after I ran hard at the Women’s Fitness Festival 5k. It just kind of never stopped all week. Everything I ate was technically healthy but my calories consisted of mostly carbs such as crackers, pretzels, bagels, and breads. This led to me being a bloatmonster all week. I say that as light-heartedly and jokingly as possible 😀 Honestly though, I was seriously bloated and it effected my runs and emotions. On my runs, I couldn’t even make it 1 or 2 miles without taking walking breaks and I just felt sluggish. My emotions were up and down. I’d feel great after running but around the mid-afternoon point, I’d feel really down. In these down moments, I would start doubting myself, my weight loss, my running abilities, my blogging abilities, my parenting even! What boggles my mind is how FOOD can make me feel this way. I’m proud to say that when I had these doubts, I would think about kind words people have said to me, accomplishments I’ve achieved, how far I’ve come on this journey, etc. I refused to give in to these self-doubts. Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. To take care of myself in that way, I did myself a favor and didn’t step on the scale all week. Here’s a rundown of my workouts:

Instead, I tried to focus on non-scale victories. For one, I kept up on my run streak for #StreakingwiththeCOOLKIDS! I may have felt sluggish on some of those runs, but I still got out and did my miles! I changed up my running locations a lot to get different items for my running scavenger hunts!

Public art, yard sale, sports field, sunset…check!

I even finished the @therunchat and @RoadID‘s #RunChatHunt!

I’m also only one item away from completing my local Moms Run This Town chapter’s scavenger hunt! I need a golf course so I’ll be heading to the Air Force Base here in the next few days to run there and get it. Running is going to be so boring when I’m not tracking down sights haha!

One milestone I achieved this week was my furthest run to date at 6.2 miles. I had known a week in advance that I wanted to attempt this distance so I created an event in the Moms Run This Town Facebook group inviting women to join me on Saturday morning. Despite the bright (well…dark) and early start time of 5:00 A.M., five of my fellow running moms showed up!

I don’t think I would’ve run the whole distance if not for them. During mile 2, I kept considering turning back and only doing 3-4 miles because, once again, I was feeling sluggish. I pressed on and I’m so glad that I did! I ate an energy gel packet during mile 4 to be sure I had enough fuel to finish the run. I didn’t expect it to have the great effect that it did which was adding a pep in my step during the last 2 miles! I seriously felt a jolt of energy and ran miles 5 and 6 the fastest. Here are my splits:

My goal had been to keep a 12 minute per mile average pace and I ended up with 11:35 which made me feel great! This run made it clear that I’ll have no problems training up and running a half marathon in October!

Unfortunately, part of this amazing run was on an unpaved trail and I took a weird step that has caused some foot pain. I’ve been taking measures to heal it so hopefully it will clear up fast and I don’t have to take a break from running. I really don’t want to jeopardize my run streak or my goal of running 65 miles in June.

Another non-scale victory I celebrated this week was being featured in the online magazine Allegory Ridge! They reached out to me on Twitter saying they had found my blog and wanted me to write a personal essay about my weight loss for their website. I was honored and excited to have this opportunity to tell my story! If you haven’t seen it, take this link and give it a read.

Overall, it was a week full of things to feel good about! It’s unfortunate that my eating caused me to feel the opposite but I’m taking charge. I refuse to give up and let all my hard work go to waste. We all make mistakes, fail, and fall down and I’m going to get back up, brush myself off, and keep going! As I’m writing this, I have a notepad ready to make a grocery list for a clean eating plan. I need a nutrition overhaul! I think I’m going to try this 31 Day Plan from FitFluential. What do you think? What’s your favorite clean eating plan or recipe? Share in the comments below!

Have a great week, everyone!

We’re Going Streaking!

We’re Going Streaking!

Happy Monday, Friends! As opposed to last week, I was ready and willing to write my post for today! We all have good days (or weeks) and bad but I’m definitely happy to be back to feeling good! I also mentioned last week that I would be starting a month-long run streak for #streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS on Facebook and Instagram.

I have also set a goal to run 65 miles this month.

My streak and my goal are both off to a strong start. As of day 4, I’ve already gone 11 miles! Here is a rundown of my workouts:

I ate pretty well all week with no big cheat meals. I finally dropped under 200 lbs for the first time in my adult life! I lost 3 lbs this week dropping me to 197 for a total loss of 108 lbs!

On Thursday, it was day 1 of my run streak and I was itching to get a good long run in. I texted my running friends Kelsey and Katja because we had been wanting to run together and we met up that evening!

We ran/walked 4 miles in the 90 degree heat! I had been hydrating all day long in preparation but it wasn’t quite enough. I felt a little nauseous and woozy when we got back to our cars. These women came to the rescue giving me some of their water and electrolyte drinks! I think I’ll stick to running early in the morning. Those temperatures are killer!

 One of the local Moms Run This Town chapters that I’m part of is having a running scavenger hunt this month! For example, one of the items is a picture with another runner that’s not running with you. So while I was out with Kelsey and Katja, I asked a girl we saw doing hill sprints (ow!) to take a selfie with me!

Kelsey got in on our picture too haha!

It’s been an entertaining challenge trying to get pictures of everything on the list while I’m out running. I even accidentally ran an extra mile on Friday roaming around finding things.

Sprinklers, American flag, body of water, and sunrise. Check!

#RunChat on Twitter (@therunchat) is also having #RunChatHunt this month until June 30th so you should all join in on the fun! You can even win a prize 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Instagram thrown by @runner_jess_I received my winnings in the mail this week with a cute note written on the bag!

I have already used both of my nuun hydration performance packets and loved them! I drank the first one to recover from the 4 mile run I talked about before. I drank the second one before my Women’s Fitness Festival 5k and I could tell a huge difference during my race. I didn’t feel dehydrated mid-run which is an issue I have that I’ve been meaning to address for a while. I definitely need to invest in some more! I’m saving the huma gel packets for when I try some longer runs soon. More specifically, when I start my half marathon training!

Yes…I have officially registered for my first half marathon!!

I have previously mentioned I was interested in doing the Golden Gate Half Marathon but have since changed my mind. I decided to take a friend up on her offer of free entry to the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon! (You can see this and other events I’ll be running on my Races page.) I’m scared but hey, if a goal doesn’t scare you a little bit, you’re not dreaming big enough, right? I’m very excited and ready to face this challenge! Thankfully, I still have about a month before I really start training up. For those of you thinking “wait, what about running the Golden Gate Bridge?” I will be running the bridge at some point before we move to Germany! Possibly when I’m in San Francisco for the Fit Approach EMPOWER Race.

I received another awesome package in the mail this week on the same day as the nuun and huma gel: my first ever Pro Compression socks!

I have had my eye on Pro Compression for what feels like forever. They have such cute socks and I love a good matching running outfit. However, I never wanted to spend the money because I don’t run long distance. I think the stars aligned and I was destined to have these because within a few days of registering for my half marathon, Pro Compression had a grab bag sale! I finally had a long distance race in my future so I bought a mystery pack of 3 pairs of socks for only $36. They are usually $50 a pair. The catch was that I had no idea what colors were coming my way. I have to say I feel very lucky because the 2 on the left were ones that I’ve been wanting.

I wore a pair for the first time at the Women’s Fitness Festival and loved them. Usually when I run 3+ miles, a few toes on my right foot go numb and that didn’t happen with these socks. Also, my calves weren’t burning like they did in my last 2 races even though I was running my fastest 5k to date at a 10:30 pace!

I definitely earned my mimosa!

The Women’s Fitness Festival was my favorite event I’ve run so far! It was SO FUN! Read my Race Recap here! I also wrote a review of the race on BibRave.com. Read it here!

This week will be more streaking for me including attempting a 10k on my own this weekend! What are your goals for the week? Comment below!

Getting Over Myself

Getting Over Myself

I don’t know why, but I’m not super enthused with how this week went. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t particularly good either. When I sat down to write this post yesterday, my heart just wasn’t in it and I honestly planned to skip posting anything new for the week. However, I went for a run with Stephanie (RunStrongRun) this morning and told her all about it. Talking it out with her helped me talk myself into posting anyway.

I just needed to get over myself, suck it up, and own up to what went wrong this week.

Let’s start with Monday. I didn’t run because we spent the day in San Francisco with my dad. I had a “when in Rome” slip and ate a customized ice cream sandwich at The Baked Bear. It was soooo goooood!

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies filled with salted caramel fudge ice cream and topped with warm caramel sauce. Delicious to the extreme.

Monday had been the last day of the Sweating Awesome Facebook Accountability Group. So naturally, I ate terribly on Tuesday 🙂 It was my dad’s last day in town so we had to go to our favorite local taqueria for lunch.

We also always have sushi together when he’s in town so I had a giant Dragon Roll and some pot stickers for dinner.

I felt okay with these choices because I had been really disciplined for 2 weeks and I was ready to continue eating healthy after my dad left town. And I did… and I ran my butt off… and I didn’t lose any weight. So I am living proof that losing weight is more about what you eat than how much you work out.

Here’s the rundown of my workouts this week:

So…not much else to say except I plan to do better this week! I might be at a point in my weight loss where I can only have a cheat meal once or twice a month instead of every week. Maybe some people would stop having cheat meals altogether but they seriously keep me sane! Plus, having one big special cheat keeps me from giving in to lots of little cheats. I just stay balanced better this way.

This Sunday will be the Women’s Fitness Festival 5k in Sacramento! I’ve been told it’s a huge race so I’m excited to see the biggest crowd I’ve ever experienced at a running event!

I’m also starting this challenge in the month of June!

Here is a link to the group on Facebook. You walk or run at least 1 mile every day for 30 days. I think it’s a great motivator to get out and get moving no matter your fitness level! Please take the link and join us!

What are your plans this week or weekend? Comment below! Have a great one! 🙂

I’m Just 1 Pound Away…

I’m Just 1 Pound Away…

Happy Monday!

This was the 2nd and final week of the Sweating Awesome Facebook Accountability Group. I loved this group because we lifted each other up and they helped me A LOT. I stuck to my goals, got back on track with eating, and I lost 2 more pounds this week for a total of 4 pounds lost during the group. I hadn’t lost weight for 2 weeks before we formed up so they really turned me around!

I weigh 200 lbs for a total weight loss of 105 lbs! I wanted to hit 199 and enter “onederland” but that’s okay. I’ll get it next week for sure! I may have gotten there if I’d exercised more but I was dealing with foot pain waiting for my new shoes to arrive and resting up for a 5k. Here’s a rundown of my workouts this week:

I had a special challenge during this second week in the form of my dad being in town for a visit. I don’t know about you, but anytime we have a visitor or we go on vacation, I eat pretty horribly. We always go out to eat a lot and it’s not always easy to find a healthy dish to order. Or, if you’re like me, it’s not always easy to pick the healthy dish 🙂 Thanks to the Accountability Group, I made the extra effort to make sure we always ate somewhere with healthy options and I ordered them! There were a few times that I felt bad that we couldn’t eat at some of the less nutritious places my dad and I like to go to (Hello, In N Out!) The group helped me get more comfortable with the idea of making sure I’m taking care of my health no matter what. I know 100% my dad didn’t mind where we ate, but I feel bad or less fun in situations like that. But guess what…we all ate and had a lot of fun and it didn’t matter! I need to take this lesson forward with me when I don’t have a group to fall back on.

My dad rode his motorcycle from Colorado here to California for this visit. Then, something happened that hadn’t happened in 10 years: I got to ride on the bike with him! This is significant to me because I used to be too big to ride with him. He never said it and I never asked but I knew. He rides to military memorials and monuments for the Tour of Honor which benefits veterans. So we set out to visit 2 sites in my local area.

These memorials were beautiful and well-kept. I appreciate the fact that my dad honors fallen heroes like this.

We also kept seeing rooster/chicken art everywhere we went!

We found a great restaurant in Woodland, CA called Chick Peas for lunch.

I had a chicken hummus plate with yummy veggie toppings and pita! I was happy to find this gem among the more convenient unhealthy food joints around.

It felt great to go out on the bike again. I feel more connected to nature and my surroundings than I do in a car. I feel the same way when I run outside. The reminder of how far I’ve come with my weight loss was a nice cherry on the sundae.

On Tuesday, my shiny new shoes arrived on my front door step! On Wednesday, I took them out for a 2 mile run and they felt amazing. It was like running on clouds!

I was running a little slower and pacing myself for an easy run. With my old shoes, that would’ve had me at about 11:30 pace per mile. These shoes made a huge difference with an average pace of 10:54. That pace would have been me pushing myself in my old shoes. Crazy! My knee problem also seemed to disappear once I made the switch. My foot is still healing from feeling like it has no padding. I have to wear sandals around the house because I stand on the hard floor in the kitchen a lot. Anyway, these shoes are fantastic! I will definitely be more mindful about when to upgrade from now on.

I also got my first Momentum wrap bracelet that you can see in the photo above. It says “She believed she could so she did” which I felt was the most perfect quote to sum up my weight loss and running journey. These bracelets are cute and when I struggle with a run, now I know I can look down and there will be a reminder of my hard work to push me!

On Saturday, May 20th, I participated in the Run Around the Rice 5k in Richvale, CA! I will be posting a race recap soon but let me just say, it was a hard run. Overall, it was a fun event and great learning experience and I’m glad I ran it!

Remember last week when I said I was thinking about running the Golden Gate Half Marathon? I’m probably going to do it. I was offered free entry into another half marathon which was tempting but I kept thinking about how we’re a military family and this could be my only chance to run the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s funny how life works because that’s been on my mind all week and then we actually got orders this weekend. We’ll be moving to Germany soon! It’s going to be an exciting new adventure. Being a runner, of course, one of my first thoughts was about finding beautiful places to run haha 😀 BUT…back to my main topic here, this is just one more thing pushing me toward this half marathon!

Do you have any advice for training for a big race? Comment below! Also take a look at my Races page and join me 🙂

My Perfect Runner Mother’s Day

My Perfect Runner Mother’s Day

I’m starting Motivation Monday by appreciating my calf muscles in this photo! I’ve always been very self-conscious of my legs. It feels so good to see them getting leaner and getting stronger!

It was week 1 of my accountability group on Facebook. These ladies have helped me immensely for the past 7 days! I was really struggling to get back to good habits after my super feast but my accountability buddies turned me around. I had the same usual temptations: Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer, bag of chips on top of the fridge, uneaten portions of my son’s meals, etc. Knowing that I was telling other people everything I was eating helped get me back to healthier eating and I lost 2 lbs for the week!

I’m SO thankful for the women who joined 🙂

I didn’t run much this week thanks to my old Asics running shoes. My (still) sore knee and occasional foot pain (think bone-hitting-pavement level ow) made me less and less inclined to get out and run. I didn’t want to make things worse before I got new shoes for Mother’s Day.

Here’s my workout rundown for the week:

Speaking of Mother’s Day, I hope you all had a great one! My husband and son treated me to a nice day 🙂 When I woke up, the house was totally cleaned and they had made me breakfast and a homemade card. The card was even interactive with coloring pages for Alex to color as we read it. After breakfast, I got a quick 1 mile run in, then we all got ready and headed to Sacramento to Fleet Feet Sports to buy my new shoes! I had been waiting for this day for about a month so I was very excited!

This store was everything I had been dreaming of! Walls filled with shiny new running apparel, shoes, and accessories.

They also had a kids table full of toys to keep Alex entertained. What a great idea! He absolutely loved it and my husband didn’t have to chase him around to keep him from making a mess of the store while I was getting fitted.

An associate named Garrett helped me and he was so friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful! If you have a Fleet Feet store near you, I highly recommend them. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size in stock in the color I wanted so I didn’t get to take a pair home. Luckily, though, they were able to order them from their website and ship them directly to my address. They should be here in 3 or 4 days!

After Fleet Feet, we went out to lunch and then headed home and played in the back yard. It was a perfect Mother’s Day 🙂

This morning I walked out the door at 5 A.M. and ran my One Awesome Mother Runner Virtual 5k. I had never run a virtual race before but it was kind of nice to do it on my own time! I was able to participate because I’m part of the Moms Run This Town community. I ordered my bib packet on goneforarun.com and it came with a cute medal! After my run, I posed with Alex because without him I wouldn’t be a Mother Runner and he’s the reason I keep going on my fitness journey!

With the prospect of new shoes and no pain, I’ve been getting the itch to increase my running distance. First, I was looking into what 10k races I could do but then I happened upon a link to a review of The Golden Gate Half Marathon. The idea of running The Golden Gate Bridge instantly appealed to me. The entire 13.1 miles would be beautiful! It would be quite a challenge, especially because there are a lot of hills, but it wouldn’t take place until November 5th giving me plenty of time to train. It just seems like a dream race that I don’t think I can pass up!

In the meantime, I’ll be running the Run Around the Rice 5k this weekend! Check out my Races page to see what other events I’ll be running! What are you looking forward to this week? Comment below and be sure to subscribe to my blog via email to see future posts! Have a great week!

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