Travel

Vancouver Travel Guide

I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver so when I scored a spot in the SeaWheeze Half Marathon I was thrilled to finally have the perfect reason to head North.

Vancouver truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It sounds kind of cheesy but the city is just magical – there’s something so special about being able to go from the busy city to the top of a mountain in 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, while we were in Vancouver there were terrible wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest/Canada so there was so much smoke in the air that obstructed a lot of our views for the first few days. Thankfully, by the end of our trip the smoke had cleared and we got to see the true beauty Vancouver had to offer.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts, Running Tips

How Much Recovery Time Is Needed After A Half Marathon?

I ran the SeaWheeze Half Marathon a little over a week ago and just today went on my first run…10 days later.

Immediately after the race I felt great and even the day after wasn’t super sore so I figured maybe my body didn’t get too beat up during those 13.1 miles.

Uhhhh…WRONG!

Stupidly I jumped right back into my routine of doing yoga sculpt at Corepower Yoga and attempting to run… OH MY GOODNESS my muscles felt so weak I could hardly function. I was so sore and my body just didn’t feel right so instead of forcing myself to workout I laid low and stuck to walking and more gentle yoga.

This experience really got me thinking about how much recovery you really need after conquering a half marathon. Obviously everyone is different but I did some research Googling and wanted to share with my fellow runners that way we can all run our hearts out then return to normal training without putting ourselves at risk for injury.

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Fitness, Race Recaps

Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon Race Recap

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Before I start this race recap I have to give a HUGE shout out to Lululemon for putting on the best half marathon experience EVER. SeaWheeze far exceeded my expectations and I completely understand why this race sells out in minutes.

The course was beautiful, there were plenty of aid stations, tons of cheering sections, you got an actual breakfast after the race, freakin’ Lululemon shorts with registration, access into the SeaWheeze Showcase Store for exclusive SeaWheeze Lululemon apparel, entry into the post race Sunset Festival to see Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, yoga sessions and so much more.

What more could you ask for?

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Quick Tips

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training: Week 5 + Race Goals

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Ready or not SeaWheeze 2017 here I come!

I honestly feel like I blinked and 5 weeks of half marathon training went by. While my training didn’t start out the best these past couple weeks have been some of the strongest training weeks I’ve ever had and they’ve given me so much confidence going into this race.

Not only have I had some awesome training weeks I truly do feel like I’ve fallen back in love with running during this training cycle. I love the way running makes my body feel, I love the challenge, I love being able to disconnect from the world, I love having the opportunities to travel to beautiful places for races and so much more.

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Dinner, Food, Lunch

Crock-Pot Jerk Chicken Tacos With Mango Salsa

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Cooking during the summer is THE WORST!

It’s legitimately 85 degrees here in San Diego with 90% humidity and a chance of thunderstorms. SAY WHAT?!? Considering I can hardly sit on my couch to write this post without sweating there is no way I’m turning on an oven or standing over a hot skillet to cook dinner. 

Enter my favorite cooking invention ever…the crock-pot.

You guys, I don’t think I could survive without a crock-pot. It takes all the fuss out of cooking meat, doesn’t make your house 983457984 degrees and anything you cook in a crock-pot is delicious.

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts, Running Tips

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training: Week 4

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It’s crazy to think I only started training for the SeaWheeze Half marathon 3 weeks ago.

I was terrified going into this training cycle that I simply wouldn’t have enough time to prepare to run 13.1 freakin miles but sitting here writing this post I actually feel pretty darn confident about it. 

Even while I was injured and taking a break from running I was still staying active doing yoga, lifting weights and a lot of walking. I think the fact that I didn’t just sit on my butt has made transitioning back into running way easier. Also, I truly believe when you’ve been running consistently for awhile (for me the past 2+ years) your body develops some kind of muscle memory with running and you’re able to get back into shape faster than say someone who has never ran in their life…maybe not but hey it’s just my theory and I’m going with it.

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites: Cookie Butter Bites, Mango Salad, Beet Chips & More

I’m long overdue for a Friday Favorites post and am SO EXCITED to share some of the things I’m currently obsessed with.

Obviously, they’re all mostly food related but c’mon you should all know this about me by now.

Oh and for the record non of the products mentioned in this post are sponsored. They’re simply things I love and think you will too.

Let’s get right into it!

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Fitness, My Weekly Workouts

SeaWheeze Half Marathon Training: Week 3

I’m a little late getting my usual Monday running post out but I felt so passionately about sharing my thoughts on the ‘What The Health’ documentary I just had to vent and get that out early in the week.

Moving on…

Week 2 of SeaWheeze Half Marathon training is officially in the books and I’m thrilled to report that I had an awesome week. I realized that after having such an awful first week of training that something needed to change. After a lot of thinking it came down to simply changing my mindset and just like that my passion and joy for running came back.

I ended up doing a 6 miler, 3 miler, 5 miles of speed training then 7 miles of trail running for a grand total of 21 miles WOO HOO! Along with all that running I took 3 yoga classes which helps stretch out my sore muscles so much. 

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Food, Nutrition Tips, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Reviews

My Thoughts On The Documentary ‘What The Health’

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Everyone has been talking about this new Netflix documentary called “What The Health“. I finally took the time to watch it this past weekend and I have so many thoughts I figured I’d just do an entire blog post going over what I agreed and disagreed with in the film.

Before I get started let’s just make things clear- I do not subscribe to any specific diet. I’m not vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole 30, keto…or whatever other diet there is out there. I do my best to eat REAL, whole foods and in doing so I eat a ton of veggies, healthy fats, meats and guess what sometimes eat 5 slices of pizza and a bowl of real ice cream when I’m feeling really crazy! 

That being said, I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a plant based/vegan diet. It’s not my thing but heck it’s 98459984 times better than the standard american diet that’s filled with sugar, processed foods, booze…etc.

Getting back to the documentary…

I did a little research on “What The Health” before watching it since a lot of these types of films are simply propaganda for a cause. And welppp…”What The Health” is absolutely a biased film about the benefits of a vegan diet. 

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