Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon

Running season is upon us and I  love it.  I have a bucket list of races {half marathons} I am wanting to get done this year one of them was  is the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon.  For the most obvious reason, the race ends right here in Sonoma on the plaza literally just blocks away from our house.  This is one of those races that opens for registration and instantly sells out, so getting myself a spot has been pretty much impossible and I just assumed it might never happen for me.  Someone in the race heavens must have been listening to me, I was contacted by Destination Races and invited to run this particular half marathon.  I had to pinch myself and read the email again {insert happy dance}. I don’t have much time to get ready since race day is July 19th.  However, I am just two…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date May

Happy Spring and happy May.  We are here with another Ultimate Coffee Date link up.  Take some time this weekend and join us, link up, comment and share.  Please remember to visit my co-hosts Deborah and Coco.  Meeting new bloggers and re-visiting familiar ones is always fun.  Let’s have some coffee {or tea}. While we are having coffee, I would tell you that I have some pretty cool posts coming in the next week.  A great “summer series” is going to start {I have a few other fun bloggers involved} and there will be some really great giveaways.  Think summer skin and hair care. Are you a fan of GoPro? An exciting giveaway and post coming next week.  Keep your eyes tuned for some great things happening. While we are having coffee, I would tell you that I am enjoying running so much.  I have finally stepped into a new…  Read More…

Breathing While I Run … Mouth or Nose

Lately I have been much more focused on my running and breathing, more so than before.  Maybe because I am taking my running more seriously, I am really enjoying it and I want to make sure I have the right technique down.  After reading and researching, I realized that this topic is huge.  There is so much information out there on the right breathing, how to do it, the timing of it, the mouth or nose and so on.   I assumed I had it all “figured out” until I got deep into it.  Is it not hard enough to worry about our form, the swing of our arms, the steps {heel or toe}, the gait {are we over pronators or under pronators} maybe we are a neutral runner, that we must think about breathing also?  With all this involved it makes me wonder why even bother with such an exercise? …  Read More…

When A Training Run Turns Into A Walk

*Note* The winner of the Ultimate Runner’s Giveaway has been chosen and is announced at the end of this post. We have all been there, we have all had them.  You know what they are, the days that we head out to train for an up-coming run and end up just not getting it done.  Instead of just throwing in the towel when a bad “running” day hits, we can just walk it out or like Taylor Swift sings “shake it off“.  This is exactly what I did while out on my latest run.  I had every intention of topping my 5 miles and going further.  I had just come off the weekend of back to back GREAT runs and some Pure Barre classes, however Tuesday morning had me finding out that my legs were just not into it {my calves to be exact}.  I found myself turning off my…  Read More…

The Ultimate Running Giveaway

Happy Spring everyone!  I have got something so cool to share.  This is the Ultimate Running Giveaway in honor of running season and all of us who are out there training our booties off, I am hosting this very special giveaway for you. ♥ Hint Water {One variety pack of HINT water} Feetures Socks {One pair of High Performance and one pair of Elite socks} New Balance {One Pair Women’s Running Shoe – Size 7} Zooma Race Series {Running Hat} Fit Approach {Sweat Pink Laces} I Tunes {$15 gift card} Shower Pill Athletic Wipes {Box of 10 individually wrapped wipes} ProYo Frozen Yogurt {One carton of each flavor} Do you want to run a race? Dionysus Dash {One free entry for the following race locations …} San Martin, CA – Clos Lachance Winery {May 3rd} Napa Valley – Hess Winery {August 16th} Phoenix, AZ {September 20th} Temecula, CA – Mount…  Read More…

Easter Recap in Wine Country

Easter was this past weekend and we finally had some rain here in Northern California.  I know most of us tend to want a warm sunny day for the egg hunt, but I have to say that being outdoors with rain boots on and racing to find eggs while dodging raindrops was rather fun.   To recap the day … I set my alarm the night before to make sure I would rise up for an early morning Easter run.  I just really wanted to be out that morning and embrace the peacefulness and reflect on things. I was not disappointed, the town of Sonoma was so quiet at 7:00 a.m. and the sky was a light gray as the rain was on its way.  The smell in the air was that of an early fall morning, you know right before a storm is to come.  My running was on task…  Read More…

#whatslovely WORKING OUT

It’s day three of #whatslovely is upon us and this brings us to WORKING OUT.  It is suppose to be about stepping out of our comfort zones and trying something different.  I however will be totally honest with you … I am just back to my Pure Barre classes after being sick for about four weeks and I have no desire to try something new or different.  I am just happy to be back at class.  So with that said … I enjoy staying fit with Pure Barre classes. I love to run and enjoy training for half marathons. I am not obsessed with being “skinny” {I can’t stand that word}. I know that being active at my age and years to come will help me keep up with my kids. I know that exercise {along with good eating and lot’s of water} is great for our complexion. I know…  Read More…

Fit Approach and #Noexcuses 2015 Challenge

I am so super excited to be joining my Fit Approach family and SPA {Sweat Pink Ambassadors} this month for the #noexcuses #sweatpink 2015 challenge.  This is super easy, and very motivating.  No rules, no difficult guidelines to follow.  Just challenge yourself every day in January to move.  Anyone can join in and share the workout of the day {each week there are new prompts} via social media and using the hashtags #sweatpink #noexcuses.  That’s it, easy peasy lemon squeezy. Now it’s time to kick this off with a fun mad lib… Do you want to join in? Copy the questions below Fill in the blanks with your own answers Tag 3 friends to share how they’ll make 2015 the year of #NoExcuses! Hey 2015, it’s me Lynda {super fab mom} (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name) This year I would like to Run More, Tone up my Bat…  Read More…

Napa Valley Turkey Trot and Lot’s Of Rain

The 2nd Annual Napa Valley Turkey Trot was this past weekend.  Faith and I have been so looking forward to running this race again for our second time.  A beautiful morning in the Napa Valley, the cool crisp,  late Fall air and the sun coming up and shining down on us as we run 3.2 miles.  WAIT … what?  Hold on, let’s back this up. If you live hear or have been paying attention to our California rain situation, you would know that we are in dire need of water and a good hearty rain season.  Did we think that on the day we were to get up early and head out for this event, that it would be that particular day the good graces of mother nature would pour down on us?  {Literally}. Well, she did.  Waking at 5:3o a.m. to make coffee, I stared out the window trying…  Read More…

The Zooma Napa Valley Half Marathon Is Back 2015

  I have some exciting news to share this morning!  The Zooma Women’s Race Series  is back in Napa Valley  and I could not be more excited.  Last year was the inaugural year for this race and it was such a huge success, they are doing this again.  I had the opportunity to be a race ambassador  last year and had an amazing time.  I was working with other great women {fellow ambassadors}, I was training hard, meeting new people and just enjoying and embracing being a runner.  I had low expectations for myself as it was my first half marathon, but to my surprise {and my hubby’s}, I actually did pretty well. The race date this year is June 20th, 2015  and you have the options running a 10k or half marathon.  This makes for an amazing get away weekend with girlfriends.  Napa Valley has so much to offer,…  Read More…

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