Birthday In Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a city in California’s Los Angeles County. Home to many Hollywood stars, it features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive. The expansive Beverly Gardens Park has fountains and rose gardens, plus an illuminated Beverly Hills sign. Beverly Hills is the place in LA where celebrities and the fabulous local residents come to do their normal every day-to-day errands, what better way to celebrate my 31st birthday and “celebrity watch,” in their neck of the woods!!

Two weeks ago, the family and I took a trip to Los Angeles. Being a California native, born and raised in the Bay Area, SoCal has always been one of those locations you always want to visit once a year. Los Angeles has so many cities just within in 502 square miles alone! That’s a perimeter of the city of 342 miles!!!

Having done many trips within mine and my husbands lifetime, this would be the first for our children to remember the city of entertainment and cinema. Before this trip was made, I remembered my older son saying “I want to go to Hollywood mommy.” He said that for about a week straight. It was probably a commercial of Universal Studios Hollywood that got his attention. So, when it came to deciding where our summer road trip would be, it was no surprise that LA wasn’t a bad idea.

As always Airbnb is our go to for our travel accommodations. The online marketplace and hospitality service, enables travelers to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, or homestays. As mentioned before, the husband and I live through Airbnb on a monthly basis for business and for holiday.

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Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of leading light film stars and vendors selling maps to stars’ homes.

We stayed in Beverly Hills, as it was centrally located within the heart of LA. West Hollywood wasn’t to far, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach, to name a few. Just like any major large city, our stay was a cute apartment walking distance to Rodeo Drive, and easy access to Wilshire Blvd & Beverly Drive, which include many boutique shops and eateries.

 During our stays in different cities, the family and I love to stick with every day happenings, vs. the major touristy spots. BUT, with the exception of first timers for our children, (and since we were so close to many of these Hollywood things,) we did manage to take them to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood sign, and of course a family day trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, which was covered by CHASE SAPPHIRE RESERVE , giving us Elite travel benefits! Thanks CHASE!
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After the checking out the happenings all throughout Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Universal City, the family decided to drive out towards Pasadena. Northeast of downtown Los Angeles, in the center, Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district known for its Victorian and art deco buildings. The Rose Bowl is a sports stadium known for hosting the Rose Bowl Game, an annual college football clash, but besides the football, they also host the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market!!!  To any flea market goer in California, or anywhere else, this is one flea market to check out in your lifetime. Unfortunately, we were a week to early.

But no worries! I was recommended to the Pasadena City College Flea | PCC Flea Market, which is open every Sunday! So, we packed our cooler, with fruit, water bottles, and sandwiches and called it a flea market/Pasadena day! Oh, the PCC Flea was filled with an eclectic array of crafts, apparel, antiques & other goodies! My husband even managed to fine tons of vinyl records, and my boys found some awesome HotWheels, gem stones, and Pokemon cards!!

When visiting Los Angeles, you have to check out the beaches. Of course, Southern California is known for their amazing beaches, so why not check one out. We brought the boys to Santa Monica beach. Leaving nothing but footprints, and time to kill, the family and I relaxed in the sand. Admiring the beach waves, listening to the laughter and screams coming from the roller-coasters off the pier. Summer was happening, and it was also my birthday. 6 days spent in Los Angeles. Hollywood, food, celebrities watching, people watching, coffee shops, boutiques and burgers, and playing frisbee under the Hollywood sign.

It was a perfect visit to LA. And I’d always come back for more. Thanks LA, good times.

 

Half Marathon Realness

I’ve been saving a blog post for my experiences with my first half marathons. I wanted it to be inspiring, and very real. I was so fixated on being inspirational, but also had to balance my mental toughness to share. Weird? I don’t know why I put that pressure on myself for my blog posts. But after talking to my high school sweetheart, Derrick. He told me to just simply share your experience. Don’t lie. Be truthful. Be real.

So here it is folks. As you know I’ve been running thoughout 2015, while training with a personal trainer, getting down to a healthy weight, and stablizing a runners schedule. I’ve done 5Ks, 10Ks, and ended 2015 tapping into Half Marathons. Half Marathons are hard. It’s double the distance for a 10K. Pure intence training is definiety needed for Half Marathoners. My goal was to at least try a Half out, complete it, and cross that finish line. I did. But it was definietly tough. Mentally, and phyiscally.

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This was my second Half Marathon I scheduled purposely short after Christmas Day. It was the ‘Almost New Years Eve Half’ hosted by my favorite Bay Area running community Brazing Racing. I’ve been running with them all year long, and will continue to do so with my children.

I love what Brazen Racing has created. Hosting races across the Bay Area in Northern California, catering to any running type. Fast or slow, the community of fellows runners is hands down very welcoming. Their mission of getting every possible person active and enjoying the outdoors. That spoke to me. Before my ‘JourneyTo 30‘ I was such in dark place, not knowing my calling, not having an outlet, a positive active recreational sport to enjoy. Something freeing. For my soul.

Check out more about Brazing Racing HERE.

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There was a point in my training, where I was getting bored of the 5Ks and 10Ks. I wasn’t the fastest. But that wasn’t my goal. The finishing numbers when I did try my best, was good enough for me as I typically would be top 10 within my age group. My trainer at the time highly suggested doing Half Marathons. So I signed up for 2 towards the end of 2015.

My first Half Marathon was a struggle. Read more about my experience HERE.

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I’d like to call myself still a beginner runner. Well, at least for Half Marathons.  Something to know, about this beginning journey is I’m doing all this by myself. Yes, I did have a personal trainer, but that was all for the good foundation of weight loss trimming, and toning my figure.

Overall, all my running has been done by myself. Running dates, happened very few times. It was usually, a casual morning jog around the lake with a girlfriend turned coffee date. I never had really anyone to push me, but myself. And that was a challenge. I told myself I could do it. 13.2 miles is nothing. Keep a steady pace. Train hard. Run everyday.

I’m not here to make excuses, about my not to par running schedule and training system. It’s only my, myself, and I to get my butt across the finish line. And that’s part of my JourneyTo30.

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The struggles of pushing yourself, getting up, and telling yourself you have to run. Something I’ve been telling myself is, “Even a bad run is better than no run at all.” I’m not here to compare peoples situations, but only myself on days I’m super lazy. There are crazy days where I am super motivated to run, other days, I don’t even feed my soul by running.

Throughout the autumn season, I felt like I was always motivated. But one thing I did fail at was learning to be disciplined. In order to achieve your goals in the gym, running, loosing weight, toning up, bulking up, learning a new language, a new skill, whatever that goal is…It’s all about disciplined. You can never be always motivated. It’s all about disciplining yourself, and having consistency.

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To many many runners, it’s not about the medal. It’s about the experience and journey. The medal is just a token and memorabilia of the event. To anyone out there, following my JourneyTo30, let’s stay on track. Starting something new is easy, but staying consistent is what differentiates successful from the average.

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It’s a process. It’s a process. It’s a process.

Change takes time.

I plan to crush is in 2016.

Goal set for Half Marathons 2.5 hours.

 

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First Half Marathon

Just two days after my Thanksgiving Nitro Trail run, I had my first ever first half marathon. After a 10K, without any major training besides the casual neighborhood runs one and twice a week, my body was already completely sore. Coming into a half marathon after my Thanksgiving run, being sore was a struggle. If I had the body 2 days ago on Thanksgiving besides running a 10K I would have preformed well, but that just wasn’t the case. This was a great example for myself to learn off of mistakes, hanging onto youth, and acquiring a sluggish, slow, stagnant routine what I thought would help me get through the race. I was so wrong, and it totally bit me in the ass.

The morning started calm and bright like any usual race day. Chilly, cold, windy, but always beautiful. The cold wind, is never really something to complain about on race days. Take a look at that morning sunrise. My half was held at Quarry Lakes. Basically my backyard. A flat terrain, trail perfect for beginner half marathoners, and runners. That’s a major reason why I signed up for this half. Flat and oh so local.

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I woke up the morning feeling terribly sore, and in discomfort. I knew had to complete this half marathon. As much as I was in pain, and was not in my 100% tip top shape, it was only myself to blame for my flat and lax attitude towards a hefty challenge. The 13.2 miles, was going to be a challenge  for me. I knew I gad  to complete it. Weather walking, light jogging, or running…Whatever my legs were capable of doing. My main goal was to finish. At the beginning of the start line (corral) I tried my best to stretch, warm up, and get my legs ready for the upcoming miles. A simple leg lift was difficult for me to accomplish. I knew I was in trouble.

As the gun went off, the light jog began. I knew I had to reserve my energy, and not only that — but gage exactly what my legs were able to do. The pain was horrible. Throbbing, stiff, IT bands hard, and just heavy. No sugar coating, but my mile 1 I was worried. The MC made an announcement before the gun went off, that at 10:45a if you are no wear near mile 9, you may just need to call it a day. I refused to there. I told myself, if its one thing, I need to finish this half marathon at a good time, under the 3.5/4 hour max point. There is no need to walk this whatsoever especially in my condition.

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Mile 8 arrived and I was still a bit worried. Typically, I never look at my phone while I run at races. I have my own mental clock, because I know a current pace I can withhold. But since my body was in a worry-some condition, and performing at my usual normal pace was such an unknown. I had to repeatedly take a look at my phone every 30mins or so. Thats about every 3.5 miles for myself.

At every Aid Station, I took advantage of the aid. I drank water, snacked on a few things, get in some sugar, and salty snacks. Just a nibble on one potato chip made my energy spike up just a tad. I knew I was going to finish. Not at my ultimate best time, but I knew I was going to finish. Every mile after mile 8 was such a struggle. The sun got hotter, the distance seemed longer. The turn around point was shortly after mile 8, and reaching mile 10 was torture. The race was extended to Alameda Creek Trail, with connects Fremont and Union City, and crosses along the 880 freeway. The turnaround was around the freeway underpass, and you’d have to make your way back to the Quarry Lake Regional Park. It felt so far during the time coming back to the regional park. At one point, I did feel like giving up, and going to my parents house. (They live quite close to Quarry Lakes, and was only a block away from one of the aid stations.) As tempting as it was, I didn’t. I needed to finish.

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About 3 hours since the gun, I crossed the finish line. In pain, but relief, I couldn’t believe I finish. A part of me felt like crying… I received my medals (medals because I completed both Thanksgiving runs hosted by Brazen Racing), and I downed a water, and ate as many orange slices as I could. I finished. I can’t believe I did it.  13.2 miles done. It wasn’t easy. It never really is. But I was disappointed. With myself, and careless, overconfident self. I spent about 30 minutes relaxing, on a bench reflecting on my performance, and also people watching.

 

Here are my (poor) results of my first half marathon. It kicked my ass. I didn’t really want to post this, being in embarrassment, but you know, this is a document, and memory of my performance. Good or bad, I this is my Journey To 30It’s life, and this is how life is. It throws you curve balls, and obstacles. God won’t throw you anything you can’t handle. I knew I was capable of this half marathon. Although, I approached it with a careless, casual, and lackadaisical way….I was able to finish it. I’ve learned from my mistake of taking training lightly, and now I know how to approach these half marathons.   

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Take a look at these results. I plan to improve. Drastically. This is a promise I’ll give to those readers who follow my JourneyTo30. And also a promise to myself. I have plans for 2016. And completing a Half Marathon isn’t one of them. It’s stabilizing my health and fitness regimen, and  immensely improving. I plan to crush is enter my 30’s. And just not in my 30’s……Forever on as I’m alive. To me, overly exceeding in being happy with yourself, including family and health is success. And….boy, oh boy, do I already feel rich in it. I’m only getting richer.

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My next half marathon is 2 days after Christmas. I’ve been training pretty hard. I don’t ever want to flatline, and fall into a sluggish mode during training ever.

Aim to improve. Everyday. And learn from your mistakes………….

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(Sorry for the split notes. Side tangents. And motivation “go-getter” attitude. It’s my mind telling me to type it for myself. And to re-read and engrain into my head. #GetIT)

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This past Thanksgiving, I celebrated my morning being Thankful to have two legs, feet, and the strength to push myself to run 6.2 miles. If you’ve been following my JourneyTo30, running has been a major part of journey to be healthy and happy. Races have been what have been keeping myself accountable to my weight loss and health. Originally, I had planned just to do a Half Marathon during the Thanksgiving weekend (which happened today!) But I’ll post a separate blog post on my reflections of my first half later. This post, I’d like to center focus on training, aging and being thankful for my health.

I’d like to be honest, as motivational as I’d like to be, and to be sharp on my fitness goals, sometimes I’m not always able to run everyday. I’m only human, but I do take note of my slack. If I’m not able to put in my miles, I’ll replace it with a at home work out, weather it’s 2 minute drills, squats, weights, yoga ball workouts, and an intense foam rolling session to loosen my IT bands and other knots. For this 10K, which I signed up for, just about 3 weeks before, I was feeling a little over confident about throwing in a 10K a day and a half just before my first Half Marathon. But I wanted to get it done!!! I enjoy the feeling of running races, its just so raw, and pure to me.

I’ve mentioned this before in earlier JourneyTo30 posts, but I truly enjoy the feeling of running, by myself, at runs, around the neighborhood, and within a community. Many of my elite running friends and family have suggested to do more well known runs, such as the Disney Half, and Nike Women’s Half Marathon, but I have no interest in that at the moment. I like the local runs. They’re not to crowded, trails offered are amazing, and I’m accomplishing the same distance anyways. Plus, I’m not looking to shelf out $120+ for registration fees for a race. I’d rather save that money for a personal trainer right?? Am I right? I don’t know.

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Running, isn’t always about the registration fee, or the medal. Everyone is running for something, and with the same initial goal. It’s a very powerful feeling, and a positive one too. It’s definitely a liberating and freeing feeling, especially once you cross the finish line! Unfortunately, as I’ve said these runs are to hold myself accountable. And boy did it!!! I’ve lessened my running load from everyday to maybe once to twice a week…… Yes! I’ve taken it easy, and became a little soft the past few months! And what a slap in the face this was for me this Thanksgiving weekend! I’m really feeling it in my legs.

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As I compare my other results, from earlier this year, and late summer, my numbers are nothing compared to my last 10K. I’m regressing! It is something I am saddened about, but I know myself, I haven’t been training as hard. Even the boyfriend has mentioned that I’ve gotten soft with my training. I may be on point with water intake, sleeping habits, and dieting, but when it comes to physical fitness, this past fall, I didn’t get fluffy……But just soft with my intensity and training.

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Goals don’t come easy. That’s why I created this blog, to document my health journey, and reasons why I keep signing up for races all throughout the year. What was is for my lack of? Being overconfident? Laziness? Thinking my health, and strength will always be by my side? Probably. But I was wrong. Seriously, getting older, everything not only becomes harder, but there are tons of health points to address if you want to keep your youth. Let’s face it. We’re getting old. And it takes a lot to stay healthy. Lifestyle choices have to addressed. Gaining new routines, new regimens, and that extra time and effort to restore our health is important. I’m glad to know I have the legs

 

Here are my results of my 10K. It’s ok. But comparing it from my Summer Breeze and Nitro Trail in July…..One minute could have been easily avoided. I am happy I crossed, but now, I want to keep signing up for another 10K to beat a personal record for myself. It’s this competitive game I like to play with myself. Call it silly and a waste of money, but I really enjoy it. It’s a fun factor, plus all next year for 2016, I’m including my son 8 year old son. 5Ks & 10Ks will be our thing. He see’s me after every race, and I could tell he’s drooling over my medals. I told him he could get one, but there’s no walking to the finish line. Surprisingly, he’s accepted.

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Have you started running like me this past year? How do you keep yourself motivated and hold yourself accountable to your weight and fitness goals? Comment below!

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Calmer State Of Mind

While we love spending time with extended family, sometimes (or often) it’s also a big time of stress and conflict. Stresses like these dealing with family and friends can happen more often during the holidays, but also in other instances such as other events and weddings. The Holiday disagreements happen. But if it’s one thing learned over the years, that keeps me cool during this stressful season is having my partner and I being on the same page specifically for the holidays. Stress tends to build up and there are times when family members can lose their cool, so the next time you argue with your partner during the stressful holidays, consider this calm down  themes/points:

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Be On The Same Team

With your husband, spouse, partner, boyfriend, fiance, approach the seasonal holiday party(parties) with a game plan.  Anticipate the issues, issue spots on what’s going to happen, and address them before they become issues. We know our families, so addressing the hot button topics with your partner. Between each other as couple, fill each hother in on day-to-day going’s on whats currently happening within each other’s extended family members.

Sit down for a few minutes and discuss in preparation for the family party. Usually, my boyfriend and I discuss our plan during the commute to the party. Our drives to family parties are usually 30-45minutes, so we’re able to catch up on “who’s not talking to who,” or “don’t bring up that..” 

One thing to remember at the end of the night, is although you’re dealing with friends and extended family members, whatever happens during the party, at the end of the night you’re going home with your significant other. It’s all about supporting each other, and even if you disagree with whatever’s happening within the family, present yourself as a unified friend. Deal with it at home.

Find The Humor 

When at the family party, however the situation presents itself, go there with a smile, and just find the humor it in all. Weather it’s your teenage brother fighting with his girlfriend in the other room, or your mother complaining about why your children don’t want to wear a bow-tie, or your little nephew crying during prayer. Whatever it is, find the humor. Remember, this is a time of gathering, you don’t meet with these people on a daily, nor live with them on a day to day basis, so if you’re on vacation seeing family, don’t push anyones buttons, accept other peoples behaviors, and just take a step back, smile, and find the humor in it all.

Accept It

There’s a reason why you showed up to Thanksgiving. It’s your family. They may be far from being perfect, but you oviously accept them for who they are, and they accept you for who you are. People are not going to change, you will not change for your family, nor don’t assume they want you to be a certain way. Your family isn’t going to change into the way you want them to be.

Level set your expectations. The internet, social media, and TV  portrays the holidays as a perfect family gathering. So your expectations don’t always have to be so ideal. You got to get realistic with what your expectations are with your family especially during these times of events such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

One thing my boyfriend has taught me, which has some harsh truth to it is “Set your exceptions low.” Although there is some level of truth to it, it works. When gathering together, you know exactly the personality traits in which your family members have, so accept it, and leave that level of expectation there. That way you know how to handle their behavior and any sudden occurrences. At most times, you find out you’ll end of having a good time.

Leave At It’s Peak

While at the party, when everyone is having a good time, that is honestly the best time you can leave. It’s a common trick to practice during family events. I’ve been practicing for quite awhile, because of the crazy amounts of family holiday parties my family is invited to, somehow we’ve managed to show face to each one in previous years. (One year we did 4 Thanksgiving Parties!!! In one day!!!!!) Yes. It’s exhausting, but if you follow the common tips above it helps me deal with the overload, in dealing with extended family, and family gatherings. Leaving on a high note, keeps that engrained memory of family fun fresh in your head. As you leave the party, and drive off, it’s the last memory you and your family will have. It is a little heart breaking to leave, but trust me, it’s the best way to avoid the low, after all the partying, the food coma, and then grumpy children.

 

How do you deal with holiday stress and what keeps you calm? Do you sit with your significant other and plan ahead? Or do you deal with the crazy in-laws and extended family, knowing something always erupts? Holiday traveling is a lot to deal with, especially with having children. Do you avoid the parties, and just take a vacation away from it all? Let me know you’re thoughts, and how you manage to deal with the holiday season!

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

 

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Thanksgiving Runs

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While some may be preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, my main focus this week are my two upcoming Thanksgiving races!! Earlier this year I signed up for a back to back Thanksgiving runs –The Nitro Turkey, and Quarry Turkey hosted by Brazen Racing. As I’ve sticking with my new years resolution of becoming a healthier and happier me, I like to put my new evolved body to the test. Pushing it in something performance wise, in a community of others with similar goals. I love the atmosphere and energy races bring. It’s a great positive gathering who are all running for something or another.

I’ve strategically planned out my races all of 2015. The turkey races are the third and second to last races of the year, and I plan to crush them completely! I’ve been pushing myself so hard this year to keep a healthy mind and body, and I’d like to thank my success to that to my dedication and focus to running. The planned out runs holds me accountable to my fitness goals, and training. This Thanksgiving will mark my last 10K before entering the world of Half Marathons. I can’t be anymore excited. I’ve ran 10Ks well enough everyday that I know my body is able to handle the entire 13.2 miles.

If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle this year I applaud you in your achievements!! It’s very hard to stick with your fitness goals because of all the temptations of sweets, carbs, and all naughty foods out there! Especially now, during the holiday season — which is the primary reason I planned out my races during this time!! Once you block out all the temptations of naughty foods, stress, and control a strict sleeping schedule, you have everything in the bag..

Good luck to those who have upcoming races this holiday season! I digitally cheer you on, your focus to a healthier and happier lifestyle!

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Put In More

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I currently have one full week until my first ever half marathon. Am I scared? No am I prepared? Kinda. Not really. In all honesty, my goal is just to finish. I’ve been running the entire year since I’ve changed my mindset on how I look at life. I’ve told my myself this year forward, is to focus on my and making myself a healthier and happier me. Basically, like everyone in the beginning of the new year, I decided to put more happy in my year, in which I created my JourneyTo30. But unlike others, who make healthier and better resolutions for the new year, I’ve actually stuck with it. Every day of the year, I’ve treated each morning like it was the first of the year. Brand new day, a new set of a fresh 24 hours to make yourself a better you, than what you were yesterday. #LevelingUp

There’s a reason only 8% percent of folks who make New Years Resolutions actually achieve them. There are some alternatives that have all the pay off but one of the punishment.

#1 Make A Bucket List

If you reframe goals as fun, can’t miss activities, you’re going to want to cross them off. Instead of “Exercise more,” write down “Do the Disney Princess Half Marathon. or Wear a bikini while celebrating at the pool.”

My bucket list was a list of marathon runs I wanted to accomplish within each years season. During the Spring I focused on 5Ks, all Summer were 10Ks, and now Fall/Winter my focus is Half Marathons. That so the years worth of races and training has prepared me for the hardest and longest races. As each year passes, my goals will obviously grow into deeper and serious races such as Triathlons, and running a full marathon. Which is my ULTIMATE GOAL for reaching WHOLE 30.

#2 Do One Thing Each Month

A yearlong project is daunting. Just fix some part of your delivery/approach. Change your diet every 30 days – cook at home more in November, eat slower in December, fill in on extra greens in January. That’s 12 opportunities not just to “lose weight, but to get healthier too!

Along with diet, focus in on core muscles and other aspects of health. In the start of working out, I noticed each month as I got into heavy serious work-outs, pain in my knees and back, and other aches and problems would appear. Of course, I can blame the high intensity of my health regimen  but I wasn’t foam rolling, getting in the right massages, and also ALSO I was not taking in the right vitamins. (I hate pills. Horse pills too!) But I needed to treat my body right, if I was going to treat my body like an athlete. Slowly, I learned and adjusted to my health regimen. Sports massages, foam rolling everyday, getting enough sleep, and taking my vitamins. It’s a lot of work, on top of exercise and dieting. But it is worth it!!

#3 Try A Yogi Trick

Rather than goals, set one – or two-word intentions. To get more sleep, you could focus on calm mind (not “go to bed earlier every night.”) Then take the steps – sip tea, listen to soft tunes, do some gentle stretches – to get there.

In getting healthier and happier, its all lifestyle changes. Little aspects such as calm mind, playing soft tunes are all things that can help contribute to a better and happier you. As simple as it is, being a mom rushing myself and the boys never turns out great for any of us. I want to avoid the “witching hour” of rushing from school to homework, so I have relaxing recess it a 30 minute rest period winding down form school, freshening up, and getting ready to do homework.

Have you stuck with your New Years resolution goals the entire year? Or are you approaching the big 3-O and have a goal you’d like to accomplish before then? Let me know! I’d love to hear your stories and cheer you on!!

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Mommy & Me Exercises

One of my main new years resolutions was to train to being a healthier and happier me. I’m happy to say I’ve been sticking with my goals and have incorporated a morning mommy workout routine that I do on the daily. With a pre-kindergartener  that is only in school half days, I include my 4 year son into my morning works outs using a jogging stroller. Watch my video as I share my warm up run routine, a few stretches, and some fun Mommy & Me Exercises to do with your little one! Check out my latest video I posted on YouTube! I’ll try my very best to start a new schedule of YouTube posts and blog posts! I’m only human and my mind in particular races so fast, I want to do so many things at one time but I honestly can’t. Sometimes I run and work out all days, the others I craft all days, and many days more than others, I stay home cleaning and catching up on laundry! 

I hope you enjoy my Mommy and Me Exercise video! With any luck with those moms out there reaching new healthy goals of being fit and happy, I hope you can find joy and encouragement as we can celebrate together on our healthy journey! Cheers to those training for their first 5K, 10K, fun run, or even Half Marathon like me! We all have to start somewhere!

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READ MORE on TIPS For Running With A Stroller HERE.

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Remember, you don’t need to wait until the new year to make new goals! Start now!!

Happy running!

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Tips For Running With A Stroller

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I love running with my jogging stroller. I’m able to get a full body work out, put in my miles for the day,  all at the same time of being with my son, without paying an arm and a leg for daycare a sitter, a personal trainer, or even gym membership. You just need to be motivated, a little educated on exercises, and have a good pair of running shoes, along with complimentary jogging stroller.

I purchased my jogging stroller about 4 years ago on Craigslist, by a mom who barely used it. It was in mint condition, and I was able to get it from her for $75! It’s the Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller with Front Fixed Wheel. Yes. Fixed Front Wheel. This ties in with my upcoming tips below,  but since purchasing the stroller, I’ve put in hundreds of miles in, have replaced the tubes of the tires, after normal wear and tear, managed to drop the baby weight, and have seen amazing sunsets and sights with my son everyday, who is now turning 5 in November, and I still continue to push his little 37lb body!! (It’s actually really great weight resistance for me!)

 

Check out my Journey To 30. I have ton’s of posts on my weight loss journey and other running posts!

 

Let’s be real. Going to the gym is nice, but it doesn’t always work out. (No pun intended!) Sometime virus is floating around, and you don’t want your child to catch it being at the gym’s daycare. Also, being on the treadmill isn’t the same as being outside. Running with a stroller sounds easy, but there are a few things you need to know for safety. Now, back when I purchased the stroller in 2011 (when my son was 9-10months old), the realness had definitely faded on wanting to run. The jogging stroller literally sat in our garage for a good year and half, with occasional neighborhood strolls (no even a run!), or just a visit to the park. It really wasn’t until THIS YEAR!! I had started running everyday with my now 4 year old.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is all my opinion, based on my experience. I’ve been able to achieve positive results towards my goals
with this jogging stroller by pushing a well sized toddler, not a baby.

Tips still hold good value .

Please note that I am not a professional and that all doings on my blog must be completed at your own risk. I do not take responsibility for any harm or injury that may occur. Be safe!

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Here are 10 Tips for Running with a Jogging Stroller!

1. Research:

Research, research, research!! A mistake made when purchasing my jogging stroller (BUT ended up loving it anyways!) I barely did any research on different kinds of strollers at the time of purchasing my Jeep Overland. Because I was working on a budget and was limited to Craigslist availability. The stroller was in great condition, used once, and was at the max price point I could do! The only reason the couple was getting rid of the stroller was because they were moving out of the country.

If you plan on purchasing on a used jogging stroller here are a few things to look for:

  • Size & Weight
  • Materials
  • Wheel Size
  • FRONT Wheel Style (Obviously, which I failed to do. BUT love my stroller anyways!)
  • Easy Opening & Folding
  • Brakes
  • Wrist Strap
  • Condition of tires
  • Seat Belt Harnest
  • Accessories & Extra Features:
    • Reflectors (Be seen on the road! My stroller includes reflectors on within the fabric of the canopy which outlines the stroller)
    • Leg Holes
    • Canopy
    • Handlebars
    • Play Tray
    • Parent Tray
    • Basket Storage
  • DON’T SKIMP ON THE STROLLER. If you are going to be running often with your baby, you need to invest.
    Here is a great article from Runner’s World about finding the best jogging stroller to fit your needs.

2. Safety

Locks, brakes, handles, wrist strap. Check all, know how to use them and you’re good to go!! The wrist strap is pretty important! I jog in the hills, and most of time near water, you wouldn’t want anything to happen where you loose control and the stroller goes off to danger. Keep that wrist strap on you!

Most manufacturers of baby equipment like strollers all have certain standards. The restraint system should be a five-point harness. It secures the baby above the shoulders, waist, and in between the legs. This keeps the baby from climbing or falling.

The buckles on the harness should be easy for an adult to use, but difficult for a little one to unfasten. Be sure your child’s straps are secured, attached to the strolled and adjusted at a snug and comfortable fit!

Terrain

Along with safety, Choose a nice path, trail, concrete  or pavement your stroller can handle. I personally, take straight trails.

Stay on a leveled path, something you and your child can and enjoy!

3. Shoes

I love trail running. I love the feeling of gravel and dirt pebbles at my feet, and it’s always in the most beautiful areas, and it compliments my particular stroller. Having great shoes that fit, and that are made to cushion or stabilize your feet are important. I for instance, need trail-running shoes. They’re designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles.

This all depends on your style of running. Assuming you’re a mom that just sticks with road running with the jogging stroller within your neighborhood, and park pathway, you’d need road-running shoes which are designed for pavement.

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4. What To Pack

Have everything in a small gym bag,  rope drawstring bag, or small diaperbag that would that be perfect for work-outs that are on the go. You don’t need everything, just the essentials. You’re not running for 3 hours, so you don’t need to pack like you’re going to the amusement park. Keep things light!

Here are some things to pack for you:

  • Water Bottle
  • External Phone Charger +Cord
  • Phone
  • Granola Bar
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block
  • HatAfter workout: I usually have these in the car waiting for me after a work out.

Things to pack for your child:

My son is now 4, so if you have a baby you can pack whats needed for his/her age. (Diapers, milk, bottle etc..):

  • Snacks
  • Toys (Cars/Action Figures)
    • A few sandtoys (If you plan to stop by the sand park play structure)
  • Juice/Milk
  • Pack-It Travel Cooler
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Small Blanket (I run in the mornings, and it tends to be really chilly, but I love the morning AM air, so I need to make sure my son is warm and cozy!)

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5. Warmup

Warming up should gently be included before going out for a run. Even if you’re planning to drop off one of your kids to school, taking the jogging stroller! Prepare you body with exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.

I’ll be posting a warm-up routine I usually do when I run. 2 minute works out, easy and painless. (Insert evil purple emoji here.)

6. Hand Placement

In the early stages of my weight-loss journey my trainer would always push me to take my son out with the jogging stroller, and to try to push with one arm and swing the other arm. Switching often. This will help create a more regular stride. This is another good reason to keep that wrist strap on!!

Adjustable Handle – This feature makes the choice pretty clear for tall parents or serious runners. Normally, strollers make it exhausting for taller people to bend to push the stroller around. It’s great when you can lift it to your personal height and then lower it back.

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7. Infuse Workouts

To keep things interesting besides running, pull over with your stroller take out your child and do some mommy and me work-outs. My son loves trying to attempt planks. He’s really good at it! Squats, jumping jacks, step-ups and toe taps are other exercises you can try together! Try doing these little workouts for about 5 minutes, then buckle up and continue on with your run!

 8. Break

It’s important to take a break. Stop your run at the park or just let your son our and play for a little while. During this time we hydrate, I pull out any requested snacks, and we talk about our surroundings. What kind’s of animals he can spot. Other times, this is when he collects twigs, stones, feathers, and other pieces of nature.

9. Music

My jogging stroller includes a music-on-the-move speaker located in the parent tray placed between two cup-holder. Don’t pack your headphones, and just plug in your phone or iPod or iPod touch for music both you and your child can enjoy!

10. Time Frame

I keep my workouts at a max of 2hours. It’s usually a time frame in my daily schedule that works both for me, my son, and also the weather. I  pack the stroller in the car, drop off my older son to school, and then we head straight to a regional park in our area. It’s like clockwork. I’ve kept this new system within my schedule for about 8 months now. Running or no running, with or without a jogging stroller –working out, you should keep it consistent, Everyday to 5 days a week, or by mileage. 13miles split within 5-7 days. It’s doable. It all depends on how important your fitness goals are, and of course if your schedule works out with your child to run! !

Getting out and be active with your kids!! It helps teach them healthy happy habits!

Do you have any good tips for running with your stroller? Where are your favorite places to run?

Was your stroller purchased new or used like mine? Submit a comment below!

 

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Summer Breeze (My Last 10K!)

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I’ve been asked quite a few times, aren’t I wasting my money registering for these 5K/10K races. My answer:

It’s not a waste of money. I’m not here to show off. The medals and bibs I display in my home are to inspire my children. I want them to say, “If mommy can do it, I can do it too!”

For those who clearly do not have children, or have no desire to inspire, I get it why you would think it’s a waste of money. On my behalf, I’m proving myself my body is capable of doing something great, not just crossing the finishing line. My mind, body, and soul are all in tuned, and coming home with a fantastic glow on my face, with a shinny medal is just a prize. The LARGER prize I receive is when I arrive home from my race, and sharing my race with my children. And that is definitely something you can’t buy. For those who like applying a dollar amount on everything. There you go, literally, my registration fee to my race is to the bib and medal I can show to my children. Happy? (Pffft. SMH) 

With that said, I can run continue running everyday, working hard, waking up early E V E R Y D A Y, eating right, stretching, foam rolling and THEN come home hot and sweaty, miles are documented on my running app, my body and mind are fulfilled, but my children won’t care. They witness mommy running everyday, and see me collecting these medals.

Now lets breeze to my results of my last 10K!!

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Can we all giggle a little because I am again in the top 10 of my age division?! Celebrating and embracing my ability to keep the same position, I also improved my pace time by a minute, within a week from my last lace

(Click here to read about more from last weeks 10K!)

Top 1o Female 10K 25-29

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I’m very satisfied and content with the end result. Too be absolutely honest, I was not able to run at all that much this week due to a family emergency. I stuck with other at home routines (abs, knees, legs) all at home. SO it’s surprising to me I was able to still stay within the top 10 in my age division. Very proud of myself.

Here are some photos from the race! Enjoy!

(Photos provided by Brazen Racing)

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The race was held at the San Leandro Marina (about 50 minutes from San Francisco).

Located off Monarch Bay Drive, this 30-acre regional park that borders the beautiful San Leandro Shoreline.

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Look at the intensity… And the bayshore view.
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Continue to follow me as I train for my first Half Marathon later in the year!! I’m very excited to share my journey, and hope I can inspire anyone else out there!!!

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