Thursday, April 13, 2017


Happy April, everyone! I know, I know.  I'm a horrible blogger.  This year has been a bit of a doozy but despite everything going on both personally and professionally, I still think it's already been a much better year than 2016.  Someday I promise to share more about what's going on but for now I'll keep those details private out of respect for those that are impacted.  I hope you all understand!
I do have something exciting that I'd love to share with everyone.  As you all know, every year I try to find a philanthropic cause to dedicate my time to. This year I've joined the #100MilesofCourage campaign as an Awareness Leader and I have committed to run/walk/hike 100 miles in the month of April for National Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. I even had the opportunity to work with some of the amazing team members on the campaign's promotional video.  No speaking parts for me because I'm incredibly shy and the idea of any kind of spotlight or focused attention gives me anxiety, but I had a ton of fun participating.
I may/may not have squealed in excitement when the promotional video was launched.  They did a great job on it and it's been amazing to see how much engagement and participation it's helped to bring to the campaign.  If you're interested in seeing the promotional video, click here.  I'm apparently not tech savvy enough to figure out how to embed the video without completely distorting the quality.  I'll figure it out one day.
So far I've only ran 16 miles for the month so I have a lot of catching up to do but I'm determined to get in the 100 miles that I committed to at the very least.
Please consider joining me on the #100MilesofCourage team to help bring awareness to such an important cause.  If you're not interested in committing to the miles, please consider supporting the campaign with a donation to the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. 
 Every penny counts and every donation makes a huge difference:
Thank you!
Do you have a philanthropic cause that is important to you?  What do you do to support your cause?  Any tips on increasing engagement, participation and/or donations?


Monday, February 6, 2017

It's February!

Happy February everyone!  I had grand plans of kicking off the new month with some killer workouts, runs and hikes but California weather has been very uncooperative lately and it turned out to be another wet weekend.  Nonetheless, I still got in a fun adventure with Michele and Chyrl on Saturday.
The three of us decided to take a trip up to Nisene Marks State Park since none of us had been there before.  Even though the weather was predicting some rain we decided to go for it anyway.  The skies were overcast but stayed dry for the most part.

We took a pic of the trail map
to make sure we didn't get lost
I would tell you what trails we hopped on but I honestly can't remember.  In fact, I'm the most directionally challenged person on the face of the planet so even if I did tell you where I thought the trails were, I'll probably just get you lost. Sorry!
We started off by jumping onto a trailhead right off of the first parking lot after the entrance kiosk.  It was just so scenic out there and I was immediately in my happy place.  It was also very muddy so we hiked pretty much the entire time. 

Travel the road less taken

Sooo pretty. The single track was my fave.
Three happy girls

About halfway through, it started raining so we made the executive decision to turn back.  None of us wanted to risk getting sick or twisting an ankle in the mud.  I will say, I was surprised by how many runners, hikers and even cyclists were out there.  It was so nice to see!  It was refreshing to see so many new faces who were equally passionate about spending time in nature being active.  We'll certainly be back again for a more extensive hike/run trip...preferably, when it's warmer and drier. 

Love that there's so much water in the river
Run happy
After all of our trail shenanigans, we headed over to New Leaf Community Market to grab some brunch and do some shopping.  New Leaf Community Market is like a local Whole Foods/Trader Joe's.  Really cute with lots of unique food items that I've never seen elsewhere.  I wanted to buy everything and somehow left with a bag full of stuff and a $70 bill.  Still not sure how that happened.  
Happy ladies ready to grub

If you've never been to Nisene Marks, I highly recommend it.  And while you're out in the area stop by New Leaf Community Market.  Completely worth the trip!
What did you do this weekend?  Did you do anything new to ring in the new month?  Were you watching the game on Sunday?  Or are you non-Superbowl fan?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 2017 Update

Hi everyone!  It's February!  Is it just me or does this year seem to be flying by? 

I'm finally well enough to be back running and working out so I'm sooo unbelievably happy! Instead of boring you all with a long drawn out blog post with my January updates, here's a fun (and short!) update via pictures.  Enjoy!

Saturday, 01/21 - Trail run with the Treadmill Tribe!
Photo Credit: The Treadmill
Happy faces at the summit of the Treadmill run
after running in down pouring rain and hail
Tuesday, 01/24 - 5:00 AM Body Combat to start the day!

Wednesday, 01/25 - I tried Rocket Yoga for the first time. I died.
Thursday, 01/26 - Body Combat to end the day and release some work stress
Friday morning alarm situation

Friday, 01/27 - Super early run at 4:50 AM with Michele
Saturday, 01/28 - Easy paced morning run with Liz
Sunday, 01/29 - Hills and more hills on the trails with Darlena

I'm starting February off on the right foot and can't wait to continue to get more consistent with my running and workout schedule.  So far 2017 is off to a great start!

How was your January?  Are you on track to reach your 2017 goals? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Back At It!

After two weeks of being sick and completely inactive, I am finally better! Hallelujah!  I cannot tell you how cranky I was getting about not being able to workout and run.  It was horrible.
On Thursday I still had a lingering cough but I couldn't take it anymore so I attended a HIIT the Barre class at the Carmel Barre studio.  The instructor, Gracie, killed me with burpees, push-ups, planks, crunches, various squats and lunges, etc.  I loved every torturous second of it!
On Saturday I woke up with full-on soreness from the HIIT class but I still decided to attend the #BODYPUMP100 launch at our local gym.  My friend was co-teaching it and I had never tried a BodyPump class before so I was really excited (but scared) to give it a try.  It was awesome!  I readily admit that I don't lift weights and I have absolutely no upper body strength so it was really challenging for me. It was a good challenge though and I'm looking forward to incorporating it into my cross training schedule.
On Monday my friend Sarah invited me to join her for a run on the trails in Fort Ord.  You guys, I was so deliriously happy to be able to run again!  Yes, my pace was much slower than it normally is and yes, my lungs were still compromised.  But I ran!  I was literally on a runner's high for the rest of the day.

So happy!

Look at those smiling faces
I am so relieved to finally be feeling normal again and can't wait to continue hitting my runs and workouts hard.  This girl's got some goals to smash this year!
What did you do over the weekend?  Did you do anything fun for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 2017 Update

Oh 2017, I still love you but man you've given my new year a rough start.  I came back from Vegas and immediately came down with the gnarly cold that's going around.  Me being the typical stubborn runner that I am, I insisted on still toeing the start line at the 2017 Rio Resolution Run because I refused to let some cold keep me from starting the year off doing what I love.
Smiling but miserable
I finished the race but holy cow it was one of the most miserable experiences I've ever had, with non-stop coughing and difficulty breathing.  In fact, I made an mid-race decision to downgrade to the 5k instead of the 10k I was registered for because I was struggling so much.  At one point I swore I was going to throw-up because I was coughing so hard.  Not cool!
Needless to say, I probably added several days to my recovery and have been homebound since.  No running, no working out, no doing anything.  At all.  To say I'm in dire need of some kind of physical activity is an understatement.  Talk about cranky!
I have my fingers crossed that I'll be back to normal soon.  I'm feeling better but I still have a residual cough that's driving me nuts and some congestion.  I need to do something before I go crazy from inactivity.  Literally.
How has your 2017 been so far?  Have you managed to avoid getting sick?