I had such a great weekend in Sunriver, Oregon. As many of you remember the half marathon I had planned for Memorial Day weekend was canceled. As one of my goals for the year is to finish 4 half marathons, … Continue reading
I was really sad when my half marathon memorial day weekend was canceled. I had trained so hard and was so excited to do back to back half marathons. thankfully I had already signed up for the See Jane Run … Continue reading
A Couple weekends ago, I went to meet my parents on the Sonoma Coast. They came up to do the Monte Rio Olympic distance triathlon. I drove out Saturday night after my shift. The drive was dark but was beautiful … Continue reading
Did you know you can send a kid in Cambodia to School for a Year for only $13.25? As most of you know I love being barefoot. It is freeing to feel the ground beneath your feet and to just … Continue reading
This will be my third Ragnar So Cal! I’m so excited this year I am on the Ragnaliens team! My dad has been on it every year while my mom and I have been part of team tough chik. This year we are all on the same team.
This week has been all about packing and getting my stuff ready for the race. So here I am about a week early with everything I need. I added some fun stuff too! As we are the Ragnaliens I had to find some glowing, alienish stuff to bring and wear, plus all the normal Ragnar essentials!
Clothes for each leg in a separate bag:
Shirt, shorts, socks, sports bra, skirt, and calf sleeves
Clothes for between legs:
Strapless dress for changing
Comfy sports bra
Extra fun lights
Wonder woman onesie
Chargers: phone, garmins, car charger
Ok I admit! I have been wanting some kind of subscription box for so long. You know where you sign up and you get a surprise box every month! I love mail especially when it’s unexpected! Most subscription boxes are … Continue reading
My birthday this year finally fell on a Sunday! Which is race day!!! So of course I decided I had to do a race on my birthday. I searched around and finally found the mud factor mud run in Sacramento! A mud run, how can I say no!?
So I registered and started thinking about what I would wear! Of course I had to represent some of my teams and had to show people that it was my birthday. So I put a green band on my arm to keep my key and my garmin safe and represent slytherin! I also wore my Ragnar ambassador headband. I usually don’t wear orange, but for a mud run it was the perfect splash of color. I also wore a sash that said “it’s my birthday” It was fun having people say happy birthday the whole time!
sadly my friend Sam wasn’t able to go and we looked for someone to take her spot. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anyone and I was worried I would have to run by myself 😥 thankfully one of the girls from one of my running groups signed up and agreed to let me run with her.
I was worried about the obstacles and worried I wouldn’t make it over the walls. I figured I would just take them one at a time, attempt everything, and try my best.
I was able to conquer every obstacle. Even the big wall I was most worried about. It felt so good to accomplish it.
The race ended with a huge slide and a mud crawl. We got covered in mud and had great after pictures.
After we finished we went over the the creek we had waded through to rinse off. It was perfect and way better than waiting for showers. It was like a giant pool party!! I always wanted a pool party for my birthday!
Before the race I had looked around on pinterest and asked people tips about mud runs. Here are the biggest tips people gave. Some I followed some I didn’t
-wear pants or socks to cover shins and knees (great idea for knees when you crawl through gravel)
– wear gloves (didn’t do this… maybe for a more intense one)
– tape your shoes on (I just tried my shoes really tight… I don’t mind barefoot if needed)
– put your hair up (duh! )
– put your phone in a bag ( I didn’t want to risk anything so I didn’t bring my phone)
– bring a wet towel/wet wipes for after (definitely needed! I put a wet towel in a baggie, it was perfect. I wish I had brought 2)
– bring sheets or something to change in (I do this for Ragnar relays! I have a strapless dress I use for changing its perfect!)
– bring bags for your wet/ muddy clothes (yes!! And for your shoes. I used three grocery bags)
-bring a squirt top water bottle for hard to reach areas ( didn’t use it because we were able to clean off pretty well.)
-roll in the mud and don’t be afraid of getting covered! (Yes! It was great to be covered)
That is all I can think of for now.
It was a great race! We had so much fun and I look forward to my next one!
Ok well it was a weekend for me.
My sister and her friend Victoria decided to fly up to San Francisco for a few days to hangout. Victoria had never been to San Francisco so they planned to see it all. As I don’t live that far from SF I decided to drive down and spend a few days with them.
The Sunday we walked around a lot of tourists spots.
We took the BART to the city and walked from there.
The wharf and ferry building.
We walked to coit tower. And around the streets and houses. It was a beautiful day.
Monday we took BART to the city and decided to start in the mission district. Sera really wanted sightglass coffee and a specific bakery so those were our goals.
We walked all over mission district to a lot of coffee shops and even found a tea shop.
We also walked around the maritime museum and area.
Tuesday, I started the day with a run. I planned to run 6 miles but did not really know the area. I ended up running 9 beautiful miles.
I ran around bay farm island and it was beautiful.
After breakfast we drove into the city to the golden gate bridge.
It was a beautiful day. I have never seen it so clear in san Francisco. We walked the bridge and then headed in to Sausalito for lunch.
After lunch we drove golden gate park to find the windmill. I had never been to the windmill before. It was beautiful.
We then drove back to the city to go to the palace of fine arts.
Then we drove down Lombard street.
Wednesday we spent walking around alameda and just hanging out.
The whole trip was great. I enjoyed getting to see my sister and hangout in San Fran for the weekend.
It was exhausting but so worth the adventure.
I even got some hammock time!
*This picture was from our first surf city half marathon! Many of you know that around 5 years ago I ran a half marathon. Before that I never thought of myself as a runner. I barely trained for that race … Continue reading
Ok one day very soon I promise to update my blog from Hawaii and other adventures! It has just been so crazy lately! I keep moving because I am house sitting and then my heater went out so I had to move again to have somewhere that was above 50 degrees to sleep in.
For now I wanted to say Happy New Year and write about plans for this year!
I was recently offered and accepted a ambassadorship with Ragnar Relay Napa Valley! I am so excited about this! I have been wanting to be an ambassador for something and since I already talk about and write about Ragnar all the time it feels perfect!! Ragnar is freaking AWESOME! If you haven’t already read my blogs on it you can check them out HERE and HERE. Oh and you can see my VIDEO! If you are a runner or want to be you should definitely run a Ragnar! We are putting teams together for Napa and Socal right now!
Which brings me to my next point: Race Schedule this year!
Last year I didn’t do very many local races and 5ks because I moved! (I mainly did virtual races) This year will be different! I plan to do a lot of 5k events and runs! Redding has a lot of local 5k and 10ks (almost ever week) so I am going to try and do atleast 1 a month.
I am also planning to do Ragnar Socal again and Ragnar Napa Valley again! (double medal again!!)
I want to get in atleast one half marathon hopefully redding and possibly another one! Last year I trained for the redding 3 bridges but was unable to do it because I helped with a birth the day before. This year (SO FAR) no one is due that weekend! YAY! I may even do a sprint triathalon this year?
My mantra or motivation this year for running is FOR! I plan to run every run for someone or something! I want to run FOR people that can’t, FOR people that don’t, FOR myself, FOR organizations, FOR things! I plan to run and pray for that person or thing every run! If you have something or yourself you want me to run for please comment and I will add it to the growing list!
This month has been focused on human trafficking. Running for the survivors, running for those still out there, running for the pimp and the jons, running for organizations that help fight it…
Vacation plans: So far I have no vacation plans. I plan to make a few trips to Southern California, San Fransisco area, and Sonoma but no real trips planned. I really want to do some kind of travel this year maybe an east coast trip or possibly even further? I don’t know yet. Any suggestions?
I guess that’s it for now! What are your plans this year?