My Warrior Dash Experience Nor Cal

The Warrior Dash,  yes this was one of those events on my “to do” list.  Well I did it and my experience was memorable.  *This event was done last October and with the next one coming up, I figured what a great time to share this.*  As usual, I had the hubby up at the crack of dawn to join me on the day’s venture.  This day was different than other race/event days, today I had our oldest son and his {then} girlfriend join us.  Trying to get two 20 something year old kids up before the sun rises is a task in itself.  We managed to wrangle ourselves into the car with breakfast bars and coffee and we were off.  The drive to the location was about 2 hours from the house, so we were settled in. A quick stop along the way to pick up a gal friend…  Read More…

Cross Country My Heart Is Happy

When Miss Faith had decided to get out of the pool and hang up her swim fins two years ago, I was so bummed.  She just had the most natural way about her in the water and picked up on swimming as a competition right away.  Her butterfly stroke was AMAZE balls!  However, as kids will do, she just decided to stop that sport and give something else a try. I know, I know, we are to be nothing but supportive when it comes to our kids.  Don’t push them or force them into something that they will in turn end up hating or even resenting us for, but I can’t help it, I just loved going to swim meets and hanging out all day.  The water, the smell of the pool, the bags of towels and clothes, the locker rooms, the waiting in between events, the “cups of sodium”…  Read More…

AMRAP Nutrition Bars and Giveaway

Have you heard of them, have you tried them?  AMRAP Nutrition bars are a great source of healthy and clean nutrition.  Whether you are a cross fitter, runner, swimmer, dancer, cyclist, or any endurance athlete, AMRAP bars are a perfect go to for energy.  They are … 100% Paleo non GMO gluten free dairy free preservative and artificial anything free high protein bar Thanks to Fit Approach and AMRAP, I  was sent the three latest flavors of their bars to try out and share with you. Cashew and Vanilla Made with egg whites and packed with protein to help increase muscle mass, while cashews and coconut work together to help maximize energy, aid in muscle synthesis and provide you with macro nutrients. Almond and Honey Sea salt, cinnamon and raw honey work together to provide essential micro minerals to re-balance electrolytes, limit a rise in blood sugar and maintain glycogen…  Read More…

I Am A Runner

Since the kids have been back in school, my early morning 5:30 a.m. run schedule has been moved to the 9:00 a.m. run schedule.  I knew this was going to happen, I actually caught myself coming up with excuses as to why this would suck {okay maybe a bit harsh, but I was bummed out}.  I knew that the later the morning got, I would have more reasons to talk my way out of going.  I would get caught up on my computer, posting on facebook, tweeting, reading fellow bloggers, going through both email accounts, getting hungry since I had not gone early, knowing that the weather was getting warmer the later it got {I loved the early morning run with the cold chill}.  Then I would start in on the things that needed to be done around the house, laundry, breakfast dishes, well you get it.  See how quick…  Read More…

The Wicked Wine Run Is Here

Well holly running and wine, how on earth have I never heard of this before …. The Wicked Wine Run!  Yep, there is such an event and one is located right in the Napa Valley {as it should be}.  I was able to meet Anthony last week while running the Dionysus 5k here in Napa {more on that later} and through him, I found out about this totally awesome run. It is a fun 5k that starts in the late afternoon and has everything from costumes {optional} live music, food and WINE!  Hello!  You have two options to pick from … A 5k Wine Run with celebratory wine at the finish line OR A 1K Tasting Walk with 4 wine tasting stops along the route … move over sports drinks, the wine is taking over. OR pick both options Grab your friends and come on out to join us this…  Read More…

The Ulitmate Coffee Date 5

Good Morning and thank you for joining us for coffee and chat time. Let’s dish shall we?  If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that I am getting ready for my next half marathon.  I have two options coming up quickly one in September {the Lake Tahoe Marathon} and one in November {the Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon}.  I assume I could pull them both off, but running in Lake Tahoe by September seems a bit aggressive, since I would be running in a different altitude and would have many hills.  I guess I could pull them both off, but that might be a bit nuts.  Make sure to check back here next week as I have discount codes for both of these races.  You never know, maybe you or some friends might want to make a trip out this way and run them. ♥ If we…  Read More…

Runtastic Orbit Has Arrived

I am so super jazzed to be sharing the latest with you.  Okay listen, I am not the most tech savy gal out there and I am NOT really into gadgets or the newest and latest {I still have my Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the original IPod shuffle} so yeah, I am sort of behind.  However, I am up to speed with the app Runtastic Orbit and the Me App.   Thanks to Fit Approach and Runtastic who so kindly reached out and sent me this newest gadget.  I was a bit overwhelmed at first, as with most new things that require downloading and connecting, etc.  With easy step by step instructions, I was able to get my Runtastic Pro and Me App up and running on my Android Phone. The timing is perfect, as I am getting ready for my next half marathon and training is under way. …  Read More…

Paleo In Our House Week One

We all have heard of it, we have googled it, read about, researched it.  Wondered why anyone would do it, thought about it, questioned it, tried to understand it.  Well, we are DOING IT … Paleo.  The “Caveman Diet“.  My hubby could not have been more thrilled when I happily announced to him that WE were “going Paleo for two weeks” and it would “be fun”. Sure we eat very healthy, and we are aware of what we are shopping for, we prepare all of our meals, snacks, here at home.  But we were not being strict about Paleo.  What was I doing before this? Stand in the kitchen and eat some chips from the bag. Enjoy a cookie from the jar. Eat chocolate pudding when I made some for the kids.Down an energy drink when really needed one. Have cereal at night when I could not sleep. Woof down…  Read More…

Pro Compression Giveaway

Yes, yes we know I have my running “mojo” back and I could not be more excited.  With my first half under my belt, I am gearing up for the next one {Nike Women’s} speaking of, I could really use YOUR help in getting to my fundraising goal … any amount is so appreciated. ♥ With that said, I have to share my newest Pro Compression product … Pro Compression … I think most of us have heard of them and/or have some of their products.  They do everything from long, mid and low socks, to calf sleeves, arm sleeves and even active wear.  I love wearing my bright pink socks to make my mood better when running {okay it’s a mind thing} and I just recently was sent a pair of calf sleeves which I used for my training the last month before my half marathon.  I really noticed…  Read More…

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…

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