Feb 2021 Check-In

Let’s see here – I meant to write a post at the beginning of the month to recap what I wanted to achieve this month but that never happened, oops.

We are almost at 1 year since entering this stay at home period and having our lives turned upside down.  The stress has not gone away and I have found that my mental health has significantly gone downhill as 2021 progressed.  With the vaccine on the horizon that gives hope but without a solid idea of when Sean & I will receive it and no definitive date as to when this will all be mostly over, it just all starts to feel really overwhelming.

So back to the things that I can control, like what I’m physically doing, here’s a short synopsis of my month.

Running – was pretty much non existent this month.  I really struggled with no idea on when races are coming back and honestly I don’t love just training to train.  Running is fun, but I need a goal to shoot towards and these virtual races & time trials are just not cutting it for me anymore.  I want to go after a BQ or a PR or something at all but I don’t have the desire to do it virtually.  I did a decent amount of hiking this month but only ran maybe 2 times a week, if that.  I think I hit around 55 miles for February.

Bike – Being as this was a slightly shorter month, my mileage was a bit down from the last 2 months and I finished up with 191 miles.  I struggled a bit to find my groove as I feel like I’m pushing really hard but my numbers aren’t reflecting that push.  I watched a video today on how to adjust my bike and I think that with a few more tweaks, I should be at a spot where I can actually start to feel like I’m making more progress.

Strength Training – I started the month doing Matty’s #EnCORE28 core challenge.  I made it 3 weeks before I was side-lined with a major upper back injury .  This was my focus this month and I didn’t do as much glute/upper body.

Stretching/Yoga – I still was stretching every day this month, I didn’t get in as many yoga classes but I will try to do more in March.

Hydration – I really slipped up on that this month.  I know I wasn’t drinking nearly enough water for what I was doing.

Outings – We hit up the trails every weekend this month.  Running in the snow near Mount Laguna on Feb 6, out on Coronado Island the next morning, our first road run outside in months and months.  We went to Death Valley for a camping trip for Valentine’s Day/President’s Day. Then out to Cuyamaca Peak & finished the month up with a really nice hike/run on the PCT.

I know technically we aren’t supposed to be traveling & I do feel a little guilty about our camping trip, but guys, my mental health has been so bad these last 2 months, and I needed to get away from my house before I went crazy.  We did what we could to minimize our time around other people and I feel comfortable with what we ended up doing.  I think a camping trip from time to time is just what we will need to stay sane and give us something to look forward to.

Campaigns – I have some really fun new collaborations coming up for 2021.  More about some of them down the road.

I’m excited to share that I’m an ambassador for Sunbeam this year – I worked with them back in 2019 and love their products and a they have an awesome new rechargeable heating pad that I can take anywhere.  I was also selected to be a part of the RunGoodr Flamboyance Team which is so cool – I love their sunglasses!

I worked with Raw Sugar Living to share their new deodorant, which works really well, it might actually be my new favorite natural deodorant. The Raw Coconut Lime smells amazing.

I gave away 2 pairs of Aussie Soles sandals – these sandals are soooo comfortable and good for your feet too.  My favorite are the Indy Orthotic Sport Slides. They are the navy pair at the bottom right of the photo.

I worked with Vertiball, which is a cool massage ball tool that you can attach to your wall, fridge, car, shower and use to get into those hard to reach areas on your back.

I got some new packs from Camelbak to test out.  I already had the Circuit vest from the Trail Sisters Retreat & really liked it.  I got the Ultra Pro, which is an actual vest that requires you pick a size & the slightly larger Zephyr vest that is one size fits all like my Circuit vest.  I have worn the Ultra Pro a few times and I really like it.  I still have to try the Zephyr vest but I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet.  I’ll review once I have the opportunity to use it a few times.

Tomorrow starts a new month and I’ll do my best to make it a great one.

2021 Goals

I know this is a few weeks late but I wanted to give myself time to decide what goals I wanted to do this years.

Every year I try to set goals for the year.  Typically they are related to races & travel but seeing as we don’t have any idea yet where the year will go related to those two things I’m setting different goals this year.

First off laughing is my number one priority for this year.  It might sound silly, but I love to laugh & I know that I tend to forget when I’m having an off day, but it seriously helps with my mental health.

Next we are continuing to work on our kitchen update & I am going to blog it. So far we have gotten a pantry, ordered a new stove, microwave & hood, gotten paint & ordered our back splash tile.  Sean is finished with the counter tops & we finally have our kitchen sink back after what seemed like an eternity :). I got some fancy new frying pans & am on the look out for a new knife set.

Exercise is always a big focus in my life, running especially.  Last year with the addition of our Peloton bike I actually rode more miles than I ran last year.

My exercise goals are: Run 3-4 x a week & create mini monthly goals so that I don’t get bored or overtrain.  I’m starting out with a 5k time trial at the end of January.

Peloton – 4-5 x a week.  Do warm up & cool down classes & start Power Zone Training – kicking that off with the challenge coming up in a few weeks

Strength Training – 3x a week minimum.  I always say, I want to strength train & I start but because I go too hard to start, I ends up being too much & I drop it.  So I’ve already started and I’m doing shorter classes 5 – 10 minutes to start until I build up to longer and longer sessions.

Stretching – every single day.  Stretching is one of those things that I do occasionally after a big run or if my legs feel too tight but I haven’t done on a consistent basis probably ever.  Big focus with this is going to be the hips but I will be doing a lot of full body stretching as well.

Recovery – taking recovery rides/runs and just recovery in general more seriously.  I don’t like thinking about it but I am getting older and that means it takes longer to get over bigger efforts both physically & mentally.

Hydration – this is always a goal of mine but I really want to work on this this year.  I’ve already started to incorporate more hot green tea into my days & I’m going to come up with a plan to drink more regular water as well.

Blogging – I know some people say it’s a dying art & I don’t spend as much time on here anymore, because it is a process to write, add photos, etc. but I do want to share more on here, and since we aren’t racing/traveling right now I am committing to sharing more recipes & our minor home remodel with you guys.

Cooking – I am really started to come into my own cooking wise this year.  Being forced to stay home has really helped me to come up with some yummy meals and I enjoy it.  I’m hoping to come up with some new recipes & use my updated kitchen to it’s fullest.

Travel & Racing – when it’s safe to start thinking about doing this on a more normal basis, I’ll create my travel & racing goals but until then I’m going to focus on the things above because they will definitely keep me busy.

Do you create goals at the beginning of each year?  Do you do mini goals or big ones?  What are you going after?

How Breathe Right Nasal Strips are changing my workouts

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Breathe Right

I’ve been endurance running for a little over 10 years now and I’ve been struggling with allergies for about as many years. The last few years it’s been so bad and I feel like I’m sniffling all the time. Especially when I’m running – and that makes me feel a little uncomfortable these days when you don’t want to appear sick when around others. I have seen Breathe Right® nasal strips and I think I’ve even gotten a sample at a race or two over the years but I honestly never thought that they would help me.

When my friends at Babbleboxx reached out to me about partnering with Breathe Right I was definitely intrigued because my allergies have been driving me crazy lately and I was interested to see if they would help me to be able to breathe better, especially while I’m exercising.

Well spoiler alert…they are amazing.  The first time I tried a Breathe Right nasal strip out, I had been inside most of the day and I distinctly remembering that I had been sniffling all day. I put a nasal strip on and BAM, I could breathe easier and with less sniffling! I was shocked, I remember telling my husband how incredible it was.

So I starting wearing Breathe Right while running, biking and during yoga/strength training and I can definitely tell a big difference. I don’t feel like I’m sniffling every 2 seconds because of congestion and I can actually breathe out of my nose. Even as I write this, I’m still shocked at how amazing it is. As someone who has suffered with allergies and nasal congestion for about a 1/3 of my life, this is groundbreaking for me.

In order for them to work well, you have to make sure that your skin is really clean and dry. Don’t make the mistake I did and put sunscreen on your nose and then try to put the strip on, it won’t stick, LOL.

The package with the strip in it is nice because it gives you tips on where to put the strip on your nose, it needs to be positioned properly so that it works.  The tabs should be right above the flaring part of your nostrils, and then you just press down! I know I could tell a difference immediately.

Have you ever tried Breathe Right nasal strips?

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ReSOLElutions – How Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair fixed my feet

This post is sponsored by Kerasal via Babbleboxx. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s start this off by saying 2020 was not good to my feet.  As a runner, I rarely touch my calluses & I haven’t had a pedicure in probably 2 years. When my friends at Babbleboxx approached me to test out Kerasal’s Intensive Foot Repair  & their Multi-Purpose Nail Repair, I took a look at my feet with their cracked heels (so cracked that they  were starting to form sharp edges that scratched me when I rubbed my feet) and I knew the Foot Repair was a product I needed to try.

Kerasal’s Intensive Foot Repair doesn’t just cover up your dry skin with moisture, it exfoliates to loosen & repair hard dry skin.  The exfoliating ingredients remove the dry skin, which allows the products softening & moisturizing ingredients to penetrate deeply & visibly repair your skin.

So what was my experience?

As I mentioned earlier, my heels were in pretty bad shape & I wasn’t sure if it would help much.  After the first session I did notice that my feet were a little softer, the cracks maybe not as bad but they were still very noticeable.

I started using the Intensive Foot Repair every day for a week & covered my feet in cotton socks, like they recommend.  I did use a buffer before I started the week to try to really get rid of some of the excess dry skin because it was pretty bad.  Kerasal says that you can see visible results after just one day & I did see slight improvement.  It took more than a few days for me to see more substantial results. After a week of using the ointment every day, I can say that while I think I’ll need to stick with it throughout the winter, the deep cracks in my heels are definitely improving.

Here’s a before & after photo & honestly, I was a bit surprised to see how different my heel looks, I didn’t think it was that different until I saw the photo and it’s a very noticeable change.

While my heels were in horrible shape, but nails actually had time to recover with not as much downhill/trail running.  In past years, I’ve had black, purple & very discolored toe nails for what seems like years.  The Multi-Purpose Nail Repair helps to repair nails (finger or toes) that are are damaged from gel manicures, aging nails, nail psoriasis & fungus damaged nails.

I wish I had know about this product when I was dealing with super thick nails on my big toe & so much purple/yellow/black from kicking rocks over and over again because Kerasal’s Multi-Purpose Nail Repair does just that, it reduces discoloration & normalizes nail thickness while smoothing & hydrating the nails.  It’s kind of like a clear nail polish, but unlike polish, it’s odorless which is pretty cool.

My nails are currently in good shape so I didn’t use this consistently like it they recommend.  I am keeping it on hand though for the future when I inevitably kick a bunch of rocks or when it’s safe to get gel manicures again.

If you too have crazy dry heels & feet that are in need of some extra help, you can find coupons on kerasal’s website that can be redeemed in store or they are sold on Amazon as well.  They also have a multi-purpose nail repair that’s like a nail polish & fungal nail renewal too.

2020 Recap

Wow, what can we say about 2020?  It wasn’t the year any of us imagined at this time last year, was it?

Well, I’m still going to do a quick recap of my year & overall it was quite good.

I did a few in-person races in the first few months of the year.

Coldwater Rumble 20 miler, the First Watch Sarasota Half in early February, where my boss ran his first half marathon!!, Mermaid Half in San Diego, the Black Canyon 60k, where I finally conquered that course and got a finish!! and the 35th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon.

Some tidbits from these races.  I started the year after a 2 month break/burnout last year.  Coldwater was just a fun run, where I did only one loop to get in a long run for Black Canyon.  Sarasota, not my favorite race, mostly due to race organization, was beautiful & a great race to share with some co-workers.  Mermaid Half was a gorgeous day out at Mission Bay, Sean & I ran together and had a great time.  I remember that I ran the first 8 miles without stopping which was pretty cool especially considering where I was fitness wise at that point of the year.  Black  Canyon was super chill, my only goal was to finish the race,  I had a DNF & DNS and really just wanted a finish.  I finished right at sunset which was incredible.  LA Marathon was our last race before everything locked down. I was super close to a course PR and ran the first 16 miles without stopping, which was huge for me, I ran 15 miles straight at Chicago last year but at a slower speed & no hills so this was a big confidence booster.

After LA, I did a bunch of virtual races, including the Limitless Challenge with Aravaipa Running where I managed to secure the fastest treadmill female to climb the equivalent of Mt Everest.

My coach, TJ from Run Doyen, helped me train for mile time trial in August & I ran a 5:56 mile!! That was pretty exciting.  If you are looking for a coach, I can definitely recommend RunDoyen – they have a bunch of different coaches and I’ve been working with TJ all year and we’ve had a great time!

I took a little break from running again after this and barely ran in Sept – Nov.  This month, I kicked it up a notch and ran an unofficial PR of 1:42 in the half marathon for my virtual Holiday Half.

I partnered with NordicTrack this year & we got a new X32i treadmill which is incredible.  I have already run over 500 miles on it & am loving the huge screen that makes you feel like you are on the trail/path with the trainer.  Want to learn more about the NordicTrack Incline Treadmills head here.  Over the whole year, I’ve run more than 900 miles (up to 34 miles in one go) on the treadmill, which is crazy to me, but it’s been helping me so much to build up endurance, control my breathing & stay consistent.

We got a Peloton bike in late May & while I love the treadmill, the bike has changed my life.  I love having another lower impact cardio option, riding with friends & just being on the bike.  It’s definitely changed my way of training.  After only 6 months, I’m almost at 250 rides and just love hopping on the bike almost every day. I’m super excited to be doing my first Power  Zone challenge in January with a few friends.  Thinking about getting a Peloton for yourself? Use my code Y87NQW to save $100 on accessories (mat, shoes, weights) and after 10 rides you’ll get your own code to share with others!

Food:  One of my favorite places that we ate this year was Laduree x MK in Beverly Hills.  It was incredible & all 100% plant based.  Probably one of our most expensive meals, outside of Harry’s Bar in Venice LOL but so worth it, especially since it would be one of our last dine-in meals of the year.

I started cooking a lot.  I’ve come up with some fun new meals, one pot pasta, all the wraps & sandwiches. I’m loving creating lots of fun new meals every day.

We have been getting boxes from a company called Hungryroot since March & I absolutely love them.  We also get fresh veggies from Imperfect foods.  We’ve tried meals from Green Chef, Territory Foods & Factor Foods as well.

After being home most of the year, we have decided to update our kitchen and have been spending a good portion of November & December coming up with a plan on what to do.  We got a new pantry cabinet, a new stove & range hood on the way.  We’re going to paint the walls, update the counters & backsplash tile.  It’s pretty exciting and I’ll be updating our progress on here as we go along.  We may update the flooring too but that will be a decision for after everything else is done ;).

We did go on two trips this fall, once to Arizona so Sean could run the Mogollan Monster 100k in Pine AZ.  We camped out and stayed as far away from others as we could.  I couldn’t even crew Sean because their permit only allowed for 50 people total including volunteers/runners.  I basically hung out near the camp ground and read/played computer games & did a little hiking.

Then in October we went on a road trip to Moab so Sean could run Moab240.  This one was a bit more nervewracking for me and honestly it was a game time decision to even go.  I am super glad I did but I was really uncomfortable being around other people.

We decided to make this a vacation and hit up a bunch of our National Parks.  We started at Canyonlands, which was incredible.  Then we hit up Arches, which is nice, much smaller & waaaay more crowded. Then made our way to Bryce Canyon which was so much nicer than I was expecting and finally on to Zion where we got to go to Observation Point & stay in a Conestoga Wagon, which was pretty cool.

We’ve spent a lot of time exploring our local trails, hitting up various sections of the PCT & Mount Laguna areas.  We hung out with the cows & climbed Cuyamaca Peak a half dozen times.

Honestly, after all the travel that we did last year, it was kind of nice to be home & have quality time with Sean.

All in all while being stuck at home for the majority of the year was a lot different for us & I got super frustrated at times not being able to just do what we want, it wasn’t a horrible year and I’m super grateful for a work from home job, a backyard, nice weather and for my health & ability to be able to stay home.

Here’s to a new year, new goals, new adventures & a new kitchen!

 

 

 

 

#ditchdisposable CamelBak MultiBev Review

This post is sponsored by CamelBak but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’m sure you have a lot of water bottles that can keep liquids hot and/or cold, right? Yeah, so do I.  But do you have a bottle that can keep your liquids cold & allow you to have a hot beverage as well?

CamelBak came up with the MultiBev travel bottle, which is a 2-in-1 stainless steel bottle & removable cup that comes with a roll & fold silicone lid that you can hide in the bottle lid until you need to use it.

Not only does the MultiBev keep liquids hot or cold, it creates less waste as it is a sustainable solution to disposable bottles & cups.  It means you’ll always have a cup ready to go and if you are making coffee for the road, you can share with someone else as well.

The non-slip silicone base helps to prevent tips and scuffs. Just like with the Horizon collection that I reviewed last month, the MultiBev is super easy to clean, it is dishwasher safe & BPA, BPS & BPF free.  The MultiBev Bottle comes in 4 different colors, Moss like I have, Black, White & Terracotta Rose.

As far as how long the MultiBev keeps liquids hot or cold the 22 oz bottle stays hot for 16 hours, cold for 24 hours; and the detachable 16 oz cup stays hot for 4 hours & cold for 12 hours. I can definitely attest to how cold the bottle stays, I had a drink with ice from the 22 oz bottle overnight and the ice was still frozen then next morning.  And interestingly, each time I’ve put a drink in my bottle, it somehow seems colder in the bottle than out.

Since Sean & I both work from home, I don’t use my MultiBev as much around the house, but I do use it when we are heading out to the trails and on road trips/camping.  I have taken it on multiple hikes & on our road trip to Utah and absolutely love it.

Ditching disposable has never been easier with the CamelBak MultiBev bottle!

Learn more about MultiBev here!

Beyond The Horizon – CamelBak Horizon Drinkware

This post is sponsored by CamelBak but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Did you know that CamelBak sells more than just water bottles and hydration packs that keep you active?  The new Horizon Drinkware Collection, with a color palette that is inspired by the sunsets at Joshua Tree National Park is a collection of drinkware that will take you from The Thrill of running, biking, hiking to The Chill, sunset dinners, early morning coffee & just relaxing with family & friends.

There are a variety of products including a camp mug, tumblers of various sizes, wine tumblers & even a wine bottle.  They come in a variety of colors like White, Black, Moss, Terracotta Rose & Larkspur, a very pretty blue.

All the products are made of insulated stainless steel and are BPA, BPS & BPF free.  They are spill resistant and have a non-slip silicone base.  The heavy duty power coat is scratch resistant and the reason why these products are all dishwasher safe, both the vessel & the lid!  That’s not easy to find in an insulated product.

I received the following products to review & test out.  The Horizon 12 oz Camp Mug, the 10 oz Rocks Tumbler & the 20 oz Tumbler.

Originally I thought the Camp Mug would be my favorite because it’s got a handle & is the most like a coffee mug, so perfect for a coffee/tea break, but I found that I love the 20 oz Tumbler.

The 20 oz stainless steel insulated tumbler is the perfect size to hold most drinks, both hot & cold.  It keeps drinks hot for up to 7 hours & cold for 14 hours.  I tested it out and I can for sure tell you that I had coffee in the tumbler for over 2 hours and it was hot the entire time.  On the cold side, I put cold water from the fridge into the tumbler before we went on a run/hike several times and it was still cold when we finished our run/hike.  In fact the left over water was still cold the next morning when I took a sip.

The Rock Tumbler is half the size of the bigger tumbler and stays hot for 3 hours & cold for 5.  They advertise it to be used to keep cocktails or mocktails cool, since we don’t drink, we just used it for juice/water.  The 12 oz Camp Mug keeps hot for 4 hours & cold for 6.  All of these numbers are with the plastic lid on, which is amazing to me because most of the insulated products I’ve used in the past have had caps that you twist on.

I took the tumblers & mug on a hike with me, I tied the camp mug to my pack for easy access and put the tumblers in the back gear storage pocket.  They both fit into my CamelBak Circuit vest, which isn’t that big & it didn’t bother me to carry around.  I had water in the large tumbler and I didn’t notice any spillage even when I ran for a few minutes.

Another nice thing about the Horizon Drinkware collection is that the Camp Mug & Tumblers stay cool to the touch & don’t sweat.  I had both hot coffee & hot tea in my Tumbler and I didn’t feel any heat from hot liquid inside.

My only comment for improvement would be that the mouthpiece on the lid is a bit awkward, I spilled water on myself a few times so I started using the reusable straws to drink from or just took off the lid while drinking.

Perfect for those post run/hike/ride meals, while camping or even just hanging out in the backyard, the Horizon Drinkware collection is a perfect fit for both hot days when you know you are going to need a cold drink or those early mornings/late nights when you need a little warmth.

Learn more about CamelBak’s Horizon Drinkware Collection here!

 

Focus on Fitness 2020

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.  Opinions are my own.

As we all know, 2020 has been one heck of a year.  Our lives have changed so much.  In some ways for the better, in others not so much.  In our case, our life slowed down, we have been home, spending quality time together, doing things around the house & actually following training plans since we aren’t running races every weekend.

I’ve had the opportunity to focus on my fitness this year, like really focus on it. I run consistently, I spin, I occasionally do strength training (that I need to do more of, LOL) and more importantly, I’m eating much much better now that we are not eating out every day.

On that note, my friends at BabbleBoxx sent me their summer Focus on Fitness box with some cool things to complement that training.

Here’s what I got:

Some meals from vegan meal service, Veestro, leggings from No Nonsense, RingHero pouch, Nature Valley Sustained Energy Bars, Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein & Zinc & Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck & Guide Book.

Let’s get a little deeper into each item.  Full disclosure, I wasn’t able to try the Nature Valley Sustained Energy Bars or the Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein as they are not vegan.

What I  was most excited to try in this box were the meals from Veestro.  We have been using other meal delivery services this year but I have been contemplating getting Veestro for months now & just hadn’t pulled the trigger yet.

Veestro is the #1 Plant-Based meal delivery service in the US, (I’ve seen it on the top of many, many lists that I have looked at for vegan meal delivery). The meals are fully prepared so you just heat & serve, you can also keep them in the freezer so they don’t go bad before you can eat them and there are a lot of different options to choose from.

I got 5 meals including 1 breakfast option.  The meals that I got with the exception of pasta Bolognese are not necessarily the meals I would have chosen myself.

At first I thought the meals looked really small, I’m used to eating a lot more food, but surprisingly I wasn’t hungry after lunch so that was a pleasant surprise since the calorie counts were on the lower end. I really liked the chicken in the Country Fried Chicken & the Breakfast Burrito was really yummy too.

Want to try Veestro for yourself?  Use code BABBLE25 to get 25% off now through Oct 31, 2020.

The item in the box that really surprised me was the No nonsense Wide Waistband Sport Legging.  These leggings were so comfortable.

They have a nice wide waistband that was super comfortable, I’m really picky about waistbands and I didn’t have to move this one around at all.  I wore the leggings for a 60 minute ride on the Peloton and had no issues at all.  They didn’t move & the lightweight fabric wicked away the sweat.

Best of all the no nonsense leggings are super affordable at $20 a pair.  And you can use code Sport25 for 25% off, which knocks them down to just $15 a pair!

Next up is a unique product called RingHero.  It’s a super cool idea if you are able to get your engagement & wedding rings off ;).

RingHero is a small 2 way stretch wristband pouch with a zippered pocket that you can use to protect your engagement/wedding and other rings while working out.  RingHero keeps your rings safe and on your body so you don’t damage or lose them.

You could also use RingHero to keep keys, ear phones, earrings, pills or even coins.  It’s super lightweight, felt comfortable on my wrist and is made with an odor controlling yarn so it’s unstinkable & sweat wicking.  I got an animal print version but it comes in a lot of different colors/patterns.

You can save 10% on RingHero by using code BabbleBoxx10.

Next up are Nature Valley Packed Sustained Energy Bars. I used to eat Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars all the time so I was excited to see these.  I was disappointed that they aren’t vegan because they have both honey & whey protein in them but for those that aren’t vegan, I think they would be a good option for a yummy snack. They sound delicious.

These Nature Valley Packed Sustained Energy Bars are packed with Almond or Peanut Butters, sunflower & pumpkin seeds and either dried cranberry or blueberries.  They give you long lasting energy and are and all in one creamy, crunchy & chewy bar.

Next is the Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck and Guide Book: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World by Jennifer Sodini, Illustrated by Natalee Miller from Running Press Books.

The Amenti Oracle Feather Heart Deck includes an Oracle deck of 42 unique oracle cards and brings the wisdom of Ma’at, an ancient Egyptian concept of truth & balance to the modern world.

It’s a perfect gift for any modern mystic and pairs well with tarot cards.

And last but not least is the Ancient Nutition Multi Collagen Protein & Ancient Nutrients Zinc + Probiotics.

Again because this Collagen isn’t vegan, I wasn’t able to try it out but Collagen is quite popular and supports a healthy gut, skin, hair, nails & joints.

The Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein features Collagen types I, II, III, V & X, these multiple sources of collagen come from both bovine, marine & it looks like chicken sources.  It’s also gluten free & dairy free, has 9g of Protein and only 35 calories per serving.

The Zinc + Probiotic capsules are listed as being vegetarian, not vegan so I didn’t try these either. It’s a unique formula of Zinc plus probiotics,  each capsule contains 20mg of enzyme activated zinc & 2 billion CFUs of probiotics, which supports healthy immune defense & healthy digestion.

All in all I’m pleased with the products in the box that I can use.  The Veestro meals were yummy, the No nonsense leggings were super affordable & super comfortable and the RingHero is a cool idea and the perfect place for my house/car key.

Anything in this box catch your eye?

#StayAtHome Virtual Races

It’s been months now since our last in person race, the Los Angeles Marathon on March 8.  I never actually recapped that race, maybe I’ll do it soon.  In any case since that time, like everyone else, we’ve had all of our races cancelled for the year.

So what does a serial racer do?  Sign up for a bunch of virtual races, that’s what!

So what races have I done or signed up for?

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k became a virtual run so I ran my 5k virtually on the treadmill back in March.  They sent our entire kit to us in the mail so it was just like if we had been there, except no bowl of chocolate at the end ;).  Although I have a feeling it’s not vegan so it’s probably for the best LOL.

They sent us our whole kit with bib, medal, goodie bag sweatshirt & some treats.  I was signed up for the 5k & ended up running a PR race on the treadmill.

Next up was the Aravaipa Strong run in mid April.  I decided to just go for the half marathon & managed to pull out a nice sub 2 half!  It was hard but I did it!!

Then I did the Hood to Coast Movement 10k that started on May 1. I didn’t go too hard on this one but knocked it out the first day as soon as I woke up so it was fun. Photo from the first time we visited Mount Hood ;).

The biggest race/challenge that I signed up for was the Great Virtual Race Across Tennesse 1000k.  Put on by the Laz of the infamous Barkley race.  Around 20,000 runners signed up for this one!!  It started on May 1 and continues until August 31.  I’m on the back end, after 2 months of incredible miles (May: 184 & June: 191) my body needed a break in July.  I think I’m about 150 miles from the finish.

At the end of May, Sean & I did the Aravaipa/Run Steep Get High Limitless Challenge where you pick an mountain that you want to climb to & then go as fast as you can to get there.  We were super lucky having a Nordictrack Incline Treadmill because it goes to 40% incline!  Sean was the overall winner with just over 150,000 ft!!! I was the female & I think overall indoor winner of the Everest level (29,029 ft).  It was a blast and we had such a good time doing this challenge.

You can still sign up for this one as people had such a good time with it that they opened it up for a second summer session.  I will say this was probably the most fun of all the challenges, probably because it was different.

I also signed up for some of the Aravaipa Insomniac Series virtuals in June & July.  In June I did the Hypnosis Dawnbreaker Challenge where I did 5 races over 7 days for a total of 128k!!  I’ve never run that many miles in a week before so it was tough!  I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it but I pulled it out & finished the whole thing!

We also did the 100 miles to Auburn run in June to help support the Western States 100 organization.  It was fun and we got a cool buckle for finishing 100 miles.  It was one of those challenges that you can complete over the full month, not necessarily in one run.

In July, I signed up for the Aravaipa Stunner Dawnbreaker challenge as well but when it came time to actually run last week, I was burnt out and not at all excited about it.  I ended up only running one of the 4 races, the 12k & taking the majority of the week to recover from all the miles I’ve done the last 2 months.

I’ve signed up for a few other virtual races for the coming months.

July: The Running is Not  Cancelled 461 mile race from the start of the Sean O’Brien 100k to the start of the Lake Sonoma 50 mile – this one goes until early October so I can keep my mileage & motivation up.

Wharf to Wharf 6 miler to be able to run virtually with my Arete teammates.

August: The SeaWheeze Half Marathon – Aug 15 – 23 which I did last year and would have been running in person. For the first time they have a 10k as well!  This one is always fun!

September: The Santa Monica Classic on Sept 13.  I’m an ambassador for the Los Angeles Marathon so if you sign up for this one or their other races, you can save 10% using JENNY2021.  This one is going to be really fun & unique because it’s going to be a live virtual race where we can all run together virtually on the LA Marathon & Santa Monica Classic Facebook pages. I’m super excited because I’ve never run the Santa Monica Classic before because I’m always in Tahoe for Tahoe 200 the same weekend.

The Head Up, Heart Forward 10 miler with my Arete Teammates on September 19.

The Big Surreal Virtual Challenge from the Big Sur Marathon.  This one looks really fun.  You can choose to run 1 to 5 events (5k, 12k, 11 miler, 21 miler & marathon) from Sept 1 – 30 and the more you run, the more swag you get. The medal you get corresponds to the longest race you finish as well.

I don’t have anything picked out for October or November yet, but I’m sure something will come up ;).  Maybe we’ll do the NYC Marathon virtual since we were supposed to race it this year.

Of all the virtual races, my favorite are the ones where there is a specific distance (typically a shorter distance) or time that you have to finish in. Like the Limitless Challenge, that was a lot of fun & I would do another climbing challenge. I’m also really excited about the Santa Monica Classic because it is going to be streamed live & that’s super cool.

Are you running virtual races?  And if so which ones have been your favorite? What would you recommend?

#StayHome What we are eating these days

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It’s been a crazy last 2 months. Sean & I ran the LA Marathon back on March 8. We got home and then the Global COVID 19 pandemic got real pretty quick. As I was scrolling FaceBook, getting NY Times news alerts, etc. things were quickly escalating and my anxiety was through the roof.

We did a few quick trips to the store & I got my car smog tested on Mar 14 and we have not left the house since. We’ve literally done all of our runs, meals, everything at home.

We haven’t gone to the grocery store or really done anything since Mar 14 so we’ve relied on the amazing delivery people who are out there. I wanted to share some of the food services that we have been using, tried, etc. in case anyone else is interested.

And as you might know if you follow me online, I’m a huge foodie & that doesn’t change when I’m quarantined at home.

So you might know from following me that we are vegan so all of the things I’m going to mention below are vegan.

I’ve been a follower of a company called Hungryroot for quite a while now & just never had the opportunity to try them out with all the travel that we do. So the first week we were home I gave it a try. I put in my requirements, a few lunches/dinners & the occasional breakfast.

Hungryroot picks a menu for you and then you can customize based on your likes/dislikes. Based on the plan that you select you are given credits & then you choose meals &/or grocery items that add up to the number of credits you have.

There are a ton of meals to choose from, from sandwiches, tacos, grain bowls, pastas & more. Everything in my selection is vegan but they do have some vegetarian options, I know this because we accidentally got some egg product by mistake one week.

Everything can be made in about 10-15 minutes and you get fresh veggies, rices/grains & protein (either tofu, beans or beyond products like the brats or burgers) along with a sauce to go with it. They give you recipes that are super easy to follow and I am really enjoying the meals. I have been eating more and more healthy since we started getting Hungryroot.

If you’d like to give it a try use code 25OFF2JENNY to get $25 off your first 2 orders (a total of $50 off).

Next up, we got the opportunity to try a weeks worth of meals from Territory Foods.

Territory Foods are ready made meals that are made in local restaurants using sustainably-sourced real ingredients. They have a variety of different menus so depending on what kind of diet you follow. Choices include Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto Reset, Mixitarian, Whole 30, Low fat, low carb & Mediterranean.

I selected 4 different options for Sean & I to try. We had a few meals from Cafe Gratitude which is a plant based restaurant that has a location near us in downtown San Diego.

Territory can send meals twice a week and they recently started selling a one time delivery Grocery Box that has tons of fresh produce in it. I’m really excited to try this since fresh fruit & veggies are one thing I miss from not going to the store.

If you would like to try out Territory Foods, you can use my code RUNNYLEGS to save $25 off your first 2 orders so again a total of $50 off.

Next up, we ordered from Postmates a few times here in San Diego. I got pints of vegan ice cream from Stella Jean’s ice cream one week.

Another week we got Popcorn Chick’n (fried cauliflower bites) & vegan Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from another of our fav San Diego restaurant Grains.

Another time we had a super yummy & huge pizza from Urbn Pizza.

I ordered from Plant Power Fast Food to get a little fry action!

A few weeks ago, I discovered that Tender Greens, a restaurant that we actually hadn’t been to in a while because while healthy, they don’t have a ton of vegan options, was selling grocery boxes! I’ve ordered boxes of fruit & veggies from them, along with loafs of sour dough bread & flour.

You can order directly from their app or website and have the boxes delivered right to your door.

Other fun things I’ve ordered. Cookies from Maya’s Cookies here in San Diego.

Vegan Peanut Butter cups that taste just like reese’s from HeroCup.

Grocery supplies including vegan marshmallows & chocolate chips from Thrive Market.

Last week we got Acai Bowls from Everbowl, another local chain in San Diego. They are selling later bowls, which are frozen bases (they have 4 different options to choose from) along with granola & then you can add on goji berries, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds & cocao nibs. They sell them in either a 7 pack or 15 pack box & you can pick your flavors. They have also just started shipping overnight in the continental US and have local delivery (free with orders over $50) in San Diego County on Tuesday’s & Friday’s.

I tried to get ice cream from Van Leeuwen but they use a service called Goldbelly and it was a total mess. Apparently they ran out of 75% of the ice cream flavors and I was given a choice between 3-5 flavors that I wasn’t really interested in or a refund. Mail order ice cream is expensive so I took the refund because I didn’t really want to spend that much on something I didn’t really want.  I am giving Van Leeuwen another shot when they opened up shipping through them directly vs going through Gold Belly.

We also treated ourselves to box of yummy vegan pastries from a company called a bakery called Split Bakehouse here in San Diego. I’m was so excited for bagels, croissants, pop tarts & some other fun treats. Their delivery area includes all of San Diego, North to Oceanside, east to El Cajon & South to Chula Vista.

Are you ordering more food online during this stay at home time? What are some fun things you’ve gotten?