Halloween and Healdsburg Wine Country

Halloween is next week and the wine country has something special going on.  The Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon presented by Destination Races.  If you are familiar with any of the DR races, you know they produce some amazing weekend events.  Come on out the weekend of Halloween and join us for a 5k or half marathon. Are you looking for a fun way to end your race season?  Do you like running in costume?  What a fun way to do a family activity, bring the kids.  Dress up in your favorite costume or not.  Come trick or treat adult style and sip wines from the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley, while getting your groove on to live music at the finish line. Destination Races is offering some spooktacular deals on registration. Save $15 on the half marathon with discount code …..HRCHB15  Save $5 on 5k registration with discount code…  Read More…

Wine Country Salad

It’s always a great time for a spinach salad and when it is your main meal for a summer night’s dinner, adding some healthy extras to the mix makes it filling and satisfying.  Our latest addition to our salad menu … Wine Country Salad Ingredients Fresh spinach leaves Sweet Potato Feta Cheese Red Onion Bacon Hard Boiled Egg Filet Mignon Homemade vinaigrette *This recipe used Sonoma Harvest D’ Anjou Pear White Balsamic Vinegar Directions Rinse spinach and pat dry.  Cook bacon and let sit to cool then break up into pieces.  Cut sweet potato into thin slices and grill.  Saute mushrooms and let sit.  Once all ingredients are ready, place into large bowl and toss.  *Optional* Slice and grill filet mignon and add to salad. Add your vinaigrette, toss and serve.  The sweet potato and grilled filet make for an entire meal.  Enjoy ♥ As always, I love hearing from…  Read More…

Wine Country Lasagna

My kids could eat pasta every night of the week {wait … taco night is pretty high up there}.  Not only is pasta super easy and fast, it is affordable and I love having enough of it in the house to make something different as often as possible.  With all the activities the kids do, feeding them all these carbs is totally okay, they are burning them off like crazy.  Since it is like pulling teeth to get my kids to eat cooked or steamed veggies, I have to get really creative when it comes to dinners.  Pasta is one of the best ways to sneak in as many veggies as possible.  I love it ♥ Wine Country Lasagna Ingredients 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 1 cup cut fresh carrots 1 cup fresh mushrooms fresh garlic cloves {as many as you prefer} 1 tsp garlic powder 1 lb ground turkey…  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…

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…

Pretty Muddy Run 2015

The Pretty Muddy run is back for the 2015 season and they have added a NEW location to the itinerary.  I am so excited to see them head to the wine country as they bring their event to Calistoga, CA.   Ladies, get your girlfriends together and join the fun as you spend the day running this “ladies only” 5k obstacle course. What a great reason to come spend the weekend in wine country.  Not only can you run and dive through mud, but you can relax and stay a few days, taste some fabulous wine and even enjoy a spa day.  Click here to find out more about the weekend in Calistoga and make your reservation to stay in wine country. Calistoga, CA {Napa County Fair Grounds} Saturday, March 28th 2015. Click here for detail and registration Sacramento, CA {Granite Park} Saturday, May 2nd 2015. Click here for details…  Read More…

Napa Valley Turkey Trot 2014

It’s back and it’s in the wine country.  The 2nd Annual Napa Valley Turkey Trot.   So excited, I loved running this 5k with daughter last year.  It is located at the Napa Valley College.  The route is great, just enough flat, with a touch of hills and slope {not too many}.   Last year they had walkers, runners, strollers and dogs.  Everyone is welcome to join in and the morning is full of great energy. The Turkey Trot and Salvation Army work together to feed 100 Napa families {or more}.  This run is not only fun, but a great way to support around holiday season.  Families and runners can donate turkeys and/or food for the drive. The event is Saturday, November 22, 2014 and there is a discount code you can use for $5 off your registration TROTTER So are you going to be heading out for the Turkey Trot? Have…  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…

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…

Yountville, Ca….Have You Been There?

When I created my site and blog and named it Fitnessmomwinecountry  I knew it was the perfect name.  We live right here in the wine country and honestly could not be more blessed.  One of the great things about being a blogger from this area is that I can virtually take you around and show off some beautiful locations, share some good food, wine and just amazing sites.  Someone pinch me please, because there is not a day that I wake when I am not most grateful for being able to raise our children in such a wonderful place. Let’s go to Yountville, CA today, shall we? I had to have the Pumpkin Spice Latte and my first ever Espresso Macaroon…Oh and the dog treat for Stryker from Bouchon.  The macaroon was so sweet and wow, I had to share with my hubby..too much for one person I met this…  Read More…

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