Let’s Run July Challenge

It’s July and I am in the mood to challenge myself … guess what that means?  Yep, I am going to share the challenge, keep track of it AND invite you {or challenge you} to join me.  I have just recently completed my first half marathon and I am not done.  Nope, I got the bug and I am taking on more.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the mud runs, color runs and 10k’s, as I enjoy doing those with our daughter.  But this mamma runner is putting her big girl running gear on and getting it done. I am currently training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon {October 19th} in San Francisco.  I know, I have plenty of time right?  Wrong!  I need to get my body in the best running shape I can.  That half marathon will include hills and ups and downs that I am…  Read More…

Napa Valley Zooma and My First Half Marathon

It is official …. I am a Half Marathoner!  I can actually call myself a “runner“.  Well okay, I have been a runner, only I guess my head never let me believe it until I completed something as big as a half or full marathon.  This past weekend I ran the Zooma Womens’ Race Series Half Marathon here in Napa Valley, CA.  This was the inaugural race for Napa and is actually right in my own back yard {I live in Sonoma}. I could not have been more excited when Zooma had notified me that I was one of the women who would be an ambassador for their race series.  The experience has been awesome, they take care of their runners and have a great time doing it.  The support is amazing, the other ambassadors are wonderful and the brands they work with are just superb. The race morning had…  Read More…

Dionysus 5k Run In The Wine Country

Oh my goodness, it has been too long since my last post and I am not lacking anything to write about, just trying to find the time to get it done.  This is the time of the year when most of us are running, training, or prepping for a race of some sort.  We are outdoors more, we are focused on goals and want to stay motivated.  I have something super cool to share with you today {for anyone traveling to the wine country OR living near by} check out this latest giveaway and fun event … The Dionysus Dash 5k Run at Hess Winery The Dionysus is known as the “God of the grape harvest“,  the “God of wine“.   The Napa Valley wine country is the perfect place to have such an event and Hess Winery is the location. Join us on Sunday, August 17th  for a run through…  Read More…

Wednesday Wonderfulz #4 Race Edition

Happy Wednesday everyone.  We are back with another #wednesdaywonderfulz link up.  Join my fellow host miss Sarah at How My World Runs and share with us your link.  This time around we are sharing our favorite races and race memories.  It is that time of year where most of us are outdoors and training for all the amazing runs we sign up for.  So let’s share the runs/races we have on our favorites list and one’s that we want to do.  Let’s begin … My most favorite runs/races are the ones that I have done with our daughter.  She is such an amazing runner and it just comes easy to her.  We are looking forward to her joining the track team and most likely cross country, distance is her thing.  Here are just a few of the random runs I have done … The Napa Valley Turkey Trot The San…  Read More…

Running Thoughts and Wedgies

Another “Runner’s Thoughts”  blog post.  Why? Well because when I did this a few weeks ago, it seemed to have been a hit and was fun.  I just laid it all out there and shared what went through my head while running.  If you have been so kind enough to follow and read my ramblings, I must thank you ♥.  If you have been following along with me via facebook, twitter and here, then you know that I have been getting myself {mind and body} ready for my very first half marathon. I know, I know.  I have gotten advice and wisdom from MANY of you wonderful runners out there and it seems that the most popular of advice is to “just have fun” and “don’t worry about your time”.  Well, if you knew me personally, then you would know that I am goal setter and goal getter.  I raise…  Read More…

Napa Valley Zooma Runner Spotlight #5

The Napa Valley Zooma Race Ambassadors are excited to bring you our “Runner Spotlight Series”!  Each week we will be featuring a Zooma Napa Valley half marathon or 10K runner on each of our blogs.  As women runners, we want to use our role as an Ambassador to highlight and share the stories behind the incredible women preparing to run Zooma in June.  Each runner has a special and unique story and we invite you to learn about them through this series.  Please feel free to click through the links at the end of each post to read about additional Zooma Racers. Click here to meet our Napa Valley Ambassadors     Meet Runner Sarah Name Sarah Kurth Age 38 Current City  Oakland Race   Half Marathon   Why are you running ZOOMA Napa Valley?   Napa is such a beautiful part of the bay area, I never pass up an…  Read More…

It’s Wednesday Wonderfulz #3 The Running Edition

Happy Wednesday everyone.  We are back with another #wednesdaywonderfulz link up.  Join my fellow host miss Sarah at How My World Runs and share with us your link.  This time around we are sharing our favorite running gear/products.  Summer is coming and most of us are outdoors and training for all the amazing runs we sign up for.  So let’s share the newest, latest, coolest or maybe the oldest products we love.  Let’s begin … {this post may contain affiliate links} Since becoming an Ambassador the Napa Valley Zooma Race, I have been given some great new products to use/try while training. I have been introduced to Cytomax and their sports performance products. Vega has come out with their new bars and I LOVE them!  Seriously no joke.  The Dark Chocolate Mixed Nuts and Sea Salt snack bar is crazy good and the Chocolate Mint Protein Bar is heaven. You…  Read More…

Napa Valley Zooma Runner Spotlight #4

The Napa Valley Zooma Race Ambassadors are excited to bring you our “Runner Spotlight Series”!  Each week we will be featuring a Zooma Napa Valley half marathon or 10K runner on each of our blogs.  As women runners, we want to use our role as an Ambassador to highlight and share the stories behind the incredible women preparing to run Zooma in June.  Each runner has a special and unique story and we invite you to learn about them through this series.  Please feel free to click through the links at the end of each post to read about additional Zooma Racers. Click here to meet our Napa Valley Ambassadors   Meet Runner Haley …   Name Haley Gonzalez Age 29 Current City Sacramento Race Half Marathon Why are you running Zooma Napa Valley?  I love Napa. I was born there and I will always consider it home. And being…  Read More…

Let’s Check Out The Napa Zooma Run

Hey everyone, in case you did not know, I am an official Zooma Race Series ambassador  for the Napa Valley run this June and I am so super jazzed!  The Zooma family has been amazing and my fellow Napa ambassadors are top notch.  I have never been so excited for a race and this will be my very first half marathon.  In case you are planning on attending the run this June, here are some photos and info that might come in handy …  Let’s start with Registration … A discount is available until June 25th, 2014 NAMB7 for 10% off your registration either distance {10k OR half marathon} The host hotel is the  Napa Valley Marriott and rooms are booking up The weather in wine country that time of month will be hot, so be ready for some heat The actual course is flat and has a beautiful setting…  Read More…

Napa Valley Zooma Runner Spotlight Series #3

The Napa Valley Zooma Race Ambassadors are excited to bring you our “Runner Spotlight Series”!  Each week we will be featuring a Zooma Napa Valley half marathon or 10K runner on each of our blogs.  As women runners, we want to use our role as an Ambassador to highlight and share the stories behind the incredible women preparing to run Zooma in June.  Each runner has a special and unique story and we invite you to learn about them through this series.  Please feel free to click through the links at the end of each post to read about additional Zooma Racers. Click here to meet our Napa Valley Ambassadors Meet Runner Deborah … Name:  Deborah Atkins Age:  48 Current City: Los Banos, CA Race:  Half Marathon Why are you running Zooma Napa Valley?  I’m running to be with some of the best people I know. We are scattered across…  Read More…

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