Sunday, August 20, 2017

Backpacking to Surprise Lake - Grand Teton National Park 7/17/17

Backpacking to Surprise Lake - Grand Teton National Park
Hubby planned our backpacking trip at Teton National Park. He had heard good things about Surprise Lake so he reserved the permits online ahead of time on the National Park Service website here. There are only 3 sites for camping so it is best to reserve early. We were excited to get up in the mountains. It is a nice climb to the to the lake and we even ventured to another lake (Amphitheater Lake). The kiddos did amazing! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

CIM Marathon Training Week 3 & Weekly Wrap: 8/7-8/13

Week 3 of CIM marathon training is in the books and it was a decent one. I got in all my scheduled runs but unfortunately no workouts with the girls due to the boys soccer camp all week. Also no long run this week due to our fun adventure in Lassen Volcanic National Park over the weekend!

Here's a recap of what I did last week following Coach Dawn's plan:

Monday, August 7, 2017

CIM Marathon Training Week 2 & Weekly Wrap: 7/31-8/6

Week 2 of CIM marathon training is in the books and so far so good. I got in all my runs and did some good cross training with the girls. I'm loving the variety of exercises we are doing. It was also a good weekend as we ventured to the coast to explore Point Reyes.

Here's a recap of what I did last week following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bodega Bay Trail Hike 7/1/17

Bodega Head Trail Hike 7/1/17
Bodega Head trail hike was added to our day trip one weekend. Hubby had been wanting to visit Russian River Brewing Company  to check out their beer. He's a fan of Pliny and wanted to get some growlers to take home. It was actually neat to check out the town of Santa Rosa and have lunch there. Russian River is about halfway to the coast and we knew we wanted to check out the coast, so we decided on Bodega Bay. We saw the Bodega Head trail hike online and decided to check it out.

Monday, July 31, 2017

CIM Marathon Training Week 1 & Weekly Wrap: 7/24-7/30

I have started training for my second full marathon! I will be doing the California International Marathon in December and I'm pretty excited. Due to our road trip, I'm starting a little later than I was supposed to, but Coach Dawn said it was ok. Yes, I've got a coach for this marathon. Coach Dawn helped me get my half marathon PR and hopefully she'll help me get my marathon PR. This wasn't a full week of training but since I started on Friday with Coach, I am still counting it as my first week. :)

Here's a recap of what I did last week:

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Castle Peak Hike 6/18/17

Castle Peak Hike, North Lake Tahoe
We have had a tradition of trying to do a hike every Father's Day, so we headed out to the north Lake Tahoe area to hike Castle Peak. Hubby of course picked the hike out and knew there would be snow so we were prepared but didn't expect the snow to start at the trailhead. :p

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 7/17-7/23

Unfortunately I didn't get many runs in last week due to our road trip to two National Parks (Grand Tetons and Yellowstone) but I did get a lot of hiking in. Our road trip isn't finished as we are now in Utah visiting Hubby's mom. It's been lots of fun but I'm looking forward to getting back home and sleeping in my own bed.

Here's a recap of what I did last week:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 7/10-7/16

It's been another good week of runs and workouts. I'm happy I got in two cross-training workouts with the girls and a really good 7 mile run on Thursday! I'm not sure how much running I'll get in next week as we are on a road trip to both Tetons and Yellowstone National Park along with visiting Hubby's mom in Utah. I'm excited for this fun adventure!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts: 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Eagle Rock Hike at Lake Tahoe

Eagle Rock Hike at Lake Tahoe
A friend invited us out to Lake Tahoe for a day trip that included a hike and of course I was up for it. She had actually heard about this hike from another blogger friend of hers, Hither and Thither. We hiked the Eagle Rock trail and it turned out to be the perfect short hike with amazing views.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 7/3-7/9

It was another busy week! I'm happy that I got in some good runs in even while away in Seattle. We took a short trip to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. It was a surprise party so it was fun to see his reaction. It is always good going back to the Seattle area. I don't have any races scheduled until October but I will be running my second full marathon, CIM in December and I will start training in a couple of weeks.

Here's a recap of what I did last week:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 6/26-7/2

Another week is done and I got more running and workouts in as I felt better. I ended up with 79 miles for June so it wasn't my best month but with getting sick and taking it easy I'll take it. The cough is slightly there but it is mostly gone so I'm looking forward to getting at 100%. I finally posted a recap of the awesome waterfall hikes we went on while at Yosemite National Park and you can check it out here

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Awesome Waterfalls to Visit at Yosemite National Park

Awesome Waterfalls to Visit at Yosemite National Park
We were lucky enough to go to Yosemite National Park Memorial Day weekend with good friends. We even got a pretty awesome camp site, thanks to Hubby and his patience on the computer in January months before to reserve the spot. Due to the record amount of rainfall and snow this year, we were very excited about the trip because we knew the waterfalls would be amazing. Let's just say they did not disappoint.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 6/19-6/25

Last week involved a lot of rest due to getting sick. I was tired most of the week and just did not feel like exercising. Good news is that my voice is back and I am mostly recovered. I say mostly because I still have a lingering cough that does not seem to go away. 

Here's a recap of what went on last week:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival 5K Race Recap 6/4/17

Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival 5K Race Recap
It had been a while since I raced a 5K so when my friend Lenora asked if I wanted to join her in a local 5K, the Kaiser Permanente's Women's Fitness Festival, I was up for it. We signed up about 2.5 weeks before the run. I didn't have any type of training plan but tried to get a couple of speed workouts in. I was in hopes of getting a PR but I wasn't sure I would get it when I decided to go out with friends the night before the race. :p

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 6/12-6/18

This week was the kiddo's first week off of school! There were no camps for them this week but I still kept them busy. As for workouts, the week started off great with tennis, running, and cross training with the girls, but I didn't get in a long run over the weekend due to getting sick. I'm still not 100% as I've got some coughing and I even lost my voice. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mizuno Wave Sky Neutral Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Sky Neutral Shoe Review

This post is sponsored by Mizuno in partnership with Fitfluential. All opinions are my own.

Mizuno has come out with a brand new Neutral shoe, the Mizuno Wave Sky. I've tried Mizuno's before and thought they were decent shoes. The styles I tested out were the Enigma and Wave Rider 20's. The Wave Riders were a less cushioned shoe and the Enigma a max cushion shoe. I had heard that the Wave Sky's were also a max cushion shoe and with another marathon coming up in the future, felt these would be great to try for longer runs. 

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 6/5-6/11

Another good week of runs and workouts is in the books. It was a busy and fun week with school ending for the boys and birthday parties over the weekend. I did get my recap of Bay to Breakers up and you can check it out here if you have not already.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bay to Breakers Race Recap 5/21/17

Bay to Breakers Race Recap 5/21/17
This year was the second time running Bay to Breakers. You can check out last year's recap here. This is the best race to do with friends and have a fun time. No need to worry about pace or time for this run. It's all about the experience and seeing all the costumes. We even went with matching outfits this year. :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 5/29-6/4

This week was a busy week. The school year is winding down and there are lots of end of year activities and field trips going on. We also celebrated my older son's birthday. I didn't get a long run in this week and no cross training but I ended the week with a personal best in the 5K at the Kaiser Permanente Women's Fitness Festival race.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 5/22-5/28

It's been a busy week which explains the very late post. I got in some good runs and workouts last week. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! Mine was a blast exploring Yosemite with good friends.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lynch Canyon Trail Hike 4/9/17

Lynch Canyon Trail Hike
This post is long overdue but I'm happy to recap this hike, since it is always better late than never and I love posting our adventures. Our main goal on this day was to look for wildflowers. We started off our search by car. We drove on Bear Valley road hoping to see fields of wildflowers but came out with not much luck. We did see a small field and that was about it. The road also became very muddy so we turned around in fear of getting stuck. However Hubby had a hike planned on the Lynch Canyon trail as a backup. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 5/15-5/21

Last week was another good week of workouts! I got in some good running and a good variety of cross training. It was a busy but fun weekend. The spring soccer season came to a close and I ran Bay to Breakers with friends on Sunday which was a blast!

Here's a recap of what happened last week:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 5/8-5/14

It was a great week of workouts. I can't seem to take more than a day off from running and when friends want to go run I can never say no. I got in some good runs and even got in a T25 workout. I forgot how hard T25 can be and I'm hoping to do more of those types of workouts while not having a training schedule right now.

Here's a recap of what I did last week:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Last Week's Workouts and Weekly Wrap 5/1-5/7

Last week was my first week free from any type of training plan after the American River Parkway Half Marathon. If you didn't see my recap, you can check it out here. I still got in some good runs and even got a good Tabata workout in with the girls. It's nice just running for the heck of it. I do have Bay to Breakers coming up on May 20th but it's going to be a fun run with friends. 

Here's a recap of what I did last week:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Race Recap 4/29/17

American River Parkway Half Marathon Race Recap 4/29/17
It was my first time running the American River Parkway Half marathon and it was a beautiful course. I had run along the trail for a long run once before and didn't know there was a race on the exact trail until I had to look for a backup race when the Pony Express Half marathon was cancelled. So glad I found this race because it is one I would do again. This race was also my first goal half marathon of the year and I did my best to shoot for a PR.

Monday, May 1, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 16: 4/24-4/30

This was it. This was the week for my goal half marathon. Week 16 is in the books and I finished the American River Parkway half with a PR! I'm happy I got it but I'm not going to lie because I was actually a little disappointed since I was hoping and targeting for a faster a time. I believe the weather and not hydrating enough was a factor and I will have more details in my race recap later this week. Even though I did not get the time I was targeting, I am happy and very appreciative that I got it especially because I knew I tried my best. There will always be other half marathons to improve so I'm not too worried.

Here's a recap of what I did last week following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Russian River Mud Run 10K Race Recap

Russian River Mud Run Race Recap
I had always been interested in doing some sort of obstacle race so when a friend asked if I wanted to do one, I was totally up for it. She had done the Russian River Mud Run before and liked it a lot. I was skeptical at first because I am on the weaker side when it comes to strength, especially upper body, but saw that this mud run had obstacles that were doable for all. It looked like the perfect mud run for a beginner like me.

Monday, April 24, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 15: 4/17-4/23

Week 15 of training for the American River Parkway Half Marathon is in the books and went well! I did all my running workouts and felt good about them so I am happy about that. I can't believe that the half marathon is this weekend! I am excited and a bit nervous. I just need to trust my training and hope that race day goes well!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lake Clementine Trail to the Dam Hike

Lake Clementine Trail to the Dam Hike
It's been more than a couple of weeks since we hiked the Lake Clementine Trail to the Dam. This post is long overdue and I didn't want to skip it because it was such a beautiful day and the pics I took are definitely worth sharing.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 14: 4/10-4/16

Week 14 is peak week of training according to my coach and it went great! Got in all my running workouts in and did fairly well. I pretty much hit all my paces except for the speed workout on Tuesday. I am trying my best and that's what matters. Less than two weeks before my goal half marathon!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trail Running at Runyon Canyon

Trail Running at Runyon Canyon
While in the Los Angeles area during the kiddos Spring Break, me and my sister wanted to get a run in and we didn't feel the streets around our hotel were very safe especially if we went early in the morning. I turned to the Rungo App for some route suggestions and found that Runyon Canyon wasn't far from where we were at. I did a little research on the place online and read good things, so we decided to check it out. We definitely weren't disappointed. The views we got were amazing!

Monday, April 10, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 13: 4/3-4/9

Another good week of training is in the books. After being a bit upset in my first speed workout on Tuesday, the second speed workout went great! My long run was so so. Even with the not so great long run I think I'm getting faster even if I don't always hit the paces. Last week I did get around to writing up my Rock'n'Roll San Francisco race recap and you can check it out here. Overall a nice week and even got in a hike with the fam, so all is good!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

San Francisco Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon Race Recap 3/26/17

San Francisco Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon Race Recap 3/26/17
This year was my second year running Rock'n'Roll San Francisco's half marathon. You can check out last year's recap here. It was a blast then and this year was even better! Not only did it land on my birthday weekend but I also got my sister to come out from Oregon and my friend Lenora to run it as well!

Monday, April 3, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 12: 3/27-4/2

 
It was a great week of running! Got to hang out with my sister most of the week and participated in my first mud run on Sunday. The mud run was so much fun! I'm pretty happy with the runs this week even with having to cut one of the runs short due to traveling and being in L.A for spring break. Even got a hike in with the fam on Saturday so it was busy productive week. :)

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Monday, March 27, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 11: 3/20-3/26

Another great week of training for the American River Parkway half marathon next month! I got in all my workouts and this week was even better because this weekend was my birthday and also the Rock'n'Roll San Francisco Half marathon. My sister came down to run it and my friend Lenora also joined in the fun. 

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hiking Mt. Diablo Falls Trail Loop with the Fam

Hiking Mt. Diablo Falls Trail Loop with the fam
It was great to get out hiking with the fam. Having been busy with basketball and Hubby finally better from being sick, we finally had a free weekend to hike. It was even better because we went with some friends. The hike we decided on was the Falls Trail loop hike at Mt. Diablo. I had no idea there were waterfalls there so we thought it would be great to check out especially with the rain that we've been having in Northern California.

Monday, March 20, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 10: 3/13-3/19

Another good week of training done! Seemed like an easier week with only one speed workout but I did get in 14 miles on Sunday making it 34 miles for the week. I got to relax some this weekend with Hubby and the kiddos watching some of the March Madness basketball games in Sacramento. Overall a good week!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Davis Lucky Run 10 Mile Race Recap 3/4/17

Davis Lucky Run 10 Mile Race Recap 3/4/17
My second race of the year was another local race, the Davis Lucky Run. Last year I did the half marathon but they did not offer it this year so I went with the 10 miler which was the longest distance they offered. There was also a 7K and 7 miler which is great for those that want to run something shorter. My plan was to follow Coach Dawn's paces for the race, which I tried for the most part, but I felt pretty darn good and went faster than I probably should have, especially in the last few miles. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 9: 3/6-3/12

Week 9 of half marathon training is done and it went well! I was unexpectedly sore after Monday's cross training workout (we did a lot of leg work) and I ran afterwards which probably wasn't the best idea. But other than changing a couple of workouts due to being sore (Tuesday & Wednesday's) , I got all my workouts in and met my paces in my plan. We even got a family hike in on Saturday which was great!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 8: 2/27-3/5

Last week was a great week! Got all my workouts in and ran a race on Saturday, the Davis Lucky Run 10 mile race and it went really well! The weekend was a busy one and I'm happy to say that Hubby is feeling a lot better. Maybe we will get in an outdoor adventure with him next weekend.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Alpine Dam Trucker Hat Review & Giveaway

Alpine Dam Trucker Hat Review & Giveaway
I was provided the opportunity to receive this product without charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

I'm a big fan of hats especially when I'm running. They help keep my head dry especially with the rain we've had in NorCal along with helping protect my head from the sun. It also helps keep my hair away from my face. When Alpine Dam contacted me about trying out their hats, I loved the look and the fact that they were a local company in Marin, CA was nice. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time to #Spring4Prana! prAna Review & Discount Code!

#Spring4Prana! prAna Review & Discount Code!
This post is sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach. I was provided with free product from prAna. All opinions are my own.

I think that Spring is finally here in Northern California. We've had sunshine and dry days the last few days and it is a nice change from the constant cloudy and rainy days we've been having. I've heard we've had the most rain in 10 years in our area! The lakes and rivers are fuller and it looks like we don't need to worry about drought this summer so that is something to be happy about. Something else to be happy about is some new clothes! I am a big fan of prAna and I was happy to be chosen to receive a couple items of their spring line to share with you.

Monday, February 27, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 7: 2/20-2/26

Week 7 of half marathon training went really well! I got in all my workouts in and pretty much hit all my paces in the schedule. Unfortunately Hubby started to feel crummy again on Wednesday so no new outdoor adventures for a while until he is better. However, I am fortunate to to still have running as my "me" time during such a busy week.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Davis Stampede 10K Race Recap 2/12/17

Davis Stampede 10K Race Recap 2/12/17
My first race of 2017 was the Davis Stampede 10K. I had done the race last year, but I remember being sick and was unable to really race it. This year, I again didn't actually "race" it since I didn't go all out but it was a good scheduled training run. Coach Dawn set the paces and I pretty much followed them. It was also a fun run because I got to run with my running buddy Elizabeth

Monday, February 20, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 6: 2/13-2/19

Another decent week of training for the American River Parkway Half marathon is in the books. I got in all my running workouts but missed a cross training day due to my son's 6th birthday. It was also a busy weekend with his birthday party and both boys basketball games. 

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Monday, February 13, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 5: 2/6-2/12

Week 5 of training went really well! I ran my first race on Sunday as a training run and was very happy with how it went. I got in my cross training workouts along with all the scheduled runs so I'm happy. The only bummer of the week was Hubby getting sick, which ruined our plans for any outdoor adventures over the weekend. 

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's training plan:

Monday, February 6, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 4: 1/30-2/5

Week 4 of training has been good! I was worried at one point since I missed a workout due to a sick kiddo but thankfully I made it up the next day. I'm happy I hit my paces and also got in two days of cross-training.

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan:

Friday, February 3, 2017

#BuildYourBestBody with a Friday 5 Workout w/ the Surge/Kamagon Ball

#BuildYourBestBody with a Friday 5 Workout w/ the Surge/Kamagon Ball
This post is sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness in partnership with FitApproach. I was provided with free product from Hedstrom Fitness. All opinions are my own.

Happy Friday! Today I'm bringing you another five moves you can do with the Surge/Kamagon Ball. If you missed my review that I posted last week, you can check it out here. In short, I am really enjoying working out with these products from Hedstrom Fitness. Hydro inertia training makes for a great workout.

Monday, January 30, 2017

American River Parkway Half Marathon Training Week 3: 1/23-1/29

Week 3 of half marathon training has been good! If you missed my 2017 Running Race Schedule post, I mentioned that my goal half marathon race was cancelled (Pony express Half) but luckily I found a backup race that was the same weekend, the American River Parkway half marathon. I'm on track for training for that and still hoping to PR! I'm happy I got all my workouts in this week and met all of my scheduled paces!

Here's a recap of last week's workouts following Coach Dawn's plan: