Review: Daily Greens Juice & 4 Day Cleanse Book

** Disclosure: I was sent 3 bottles of Daily Greens Juice and the Daily Greens 4 Day Cleanse Book to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Sean & I love juicing and we even did a 3 day cleanse back in April so when I had the opportunity to try Daily Greens I jumped on it.  I’m always up to try some new brands.

Daily Greens is the brain child of Shauna Martin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago.  She attributes her recovery to drinking a green juice a day along with a healthy lifestyle.  She wanted to share her drink your veggies habit with others.

Daily Greens is manufactured in Texas and is available for sale via their website, as well as some Whole Foods locations, I found 5 locations here in San Diego, and other stores around the country.

They have the following juice lines: Core Greens, Chia Infused Greens & Green Infused Hemp Milks.

I received 3 bottles of juice from the Core Greens collection: Purity, Renew & Elevate.  They were overnighted to me with four ice packs in a cooler bag.

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There are 6 different green juices in the Core Greens line, so there is a lot of variety.  The three I received are what they include in their 4 day cleanse kit.

Purity: 60 calories, 12 grams of sugar, 2 grams protein and includes: Kale, Parsley, Broccoli, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon & Basil

Renew: 90 calories, 18 grams sugar, 5 grams protein and includes: Mint, Spinach, Cucumber, Watermelon, Dandelion Greens, Pineapple, Celery, Lime & Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Elevate: 140 calories, 24 grams sugar, 4 grams protein and includes: Pear, Spinach, Watercress, Cucumber, Lime & Madagascar Vanilla

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Taste wise they were very green, not bad or hard to drink, but just different from what I typically drink, which tends to include apple. The Purity & Renew both tasted kind of thin, but considering they didn’t really have much in the way of calories, that’s not surprising.

My favorite of the 3 was probably the Elevate because it was a little sweeter, the sugar content was significantly higher than the other 2 and the Madagascar Vanilla added a unique flavor to the juice.

I do have to say though, in comparison to the Suja cleanse, that I had so much more energy the day I drank these juices.  I was a bit shocked in fact, because I had a really tough time the first day of the Suja cleanse.  I think I’ll be starting my day with hot lemon or lime water and a Daily Greens Juice more often.  And even Munch wanted to try them too 😉 lol.

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Since I did this “mini” cleanse a few days before the wedding, I didn’t really have time nor the supplies to do a true cleanse, but I am definitely looking forward to doing the seasonal 4 day cleanses outlined in the book.

The Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse book includes a foreword by the actress, Mayim Bialik and outlines four different 4 day Green Juice & Raw Food Cleanses: New Year, Spring, Summer & Fall.  Also included is information for what to do pre cleanse & post cleanse maintenance meal ideas.

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I’m super excited to try one of these cleanses, unfortunately Sean & I have been traveling so much, I haven’t been able to commit to one yet, but I fully intend to as soon as we have a full week here at home so I can have time to prep, etc.  Oh and I need get a juicer, that’s an important part of a juice cleanse 😉

Included in each of the four cleanses is a shopping list for both the juice & the food.  This makes things so much easier because you aren’t just guessing at what you need.

Each day is outlined for you as to what juices & food you should eat.  You drink several juices for breakfast and lunch.  They also give some extra food options if you are still hungry for lunch and afternoon snack, although they say that your need for additional food will decrease the farther you are into the cleanse.  Then you finish up the day with a raw food appetizer & dinner for each day.  It’s nice that there are food options so that you aren’t just drinking all your meals.

I’m looking forward to trying this out and I’ll definitely be sharing my experience.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?

Crewing: TRT100 Recap

This past weekend, as you already know, Sean & I went up to Lake Tahoe so he could run the TRT100 for the second time.

Photos by Tim Hendricks

This race requires you to check in, get weighed and then give them your drop bags the day before the race and there was a mandatory meeting.  Sean ended up winning a new Black Diamond Sprinter headlamp, which is awesome because we had been talking that I needed a new one too.  The meeting only takes about 30 minutes and then we went for a short run, got dinner and Sean got his stuff ready for the next day.

The race has an early 5am start and it was about 30 minutes from our hotel so we left around 3:45am to head over to Spooner Lake.  We parked, got shuttled over and then walked down to the start line where we were quickly met by Sean’s pacer, Tim.  We got a few photos in and then he headed to the start line, where I was able to get another video of the start, check it out at my Instagram, although I was on the wrong side so Sean is a bit blurrier than I would have liked :).

I didn’t know that Tim was going to crew with me before pacing that evening, but it was nice to have someone to hang out with, because crewing for a 100 mile race is a long day for the crew and it’s a lot of hurry up and wait.


Bottom right…photo credit Tim Hendricks

We went over to the Tunnel Creek Cafe where we got some coffee and I had breakfast, the cafe was awesome and stayed open until midnight so all of the crew/pacers could get food throughout the day.  We met up with some other friends who were crewing/pacing for another runner.

I got my breakfast and then we headed up the trail to the Tunnel Creek Aid Station.  This was a 3.5 mile hike up to the aid station with about 1,600 ft of elevation.  It was a beautiful hike up although it wasn’t easy since it was essentially all uphill although it was a much more gradual uphill than Diamond Peak.

 We finally got up to the top only to find out we had missed Sean on his first time thru at mile 11 but he’d be back at mile 17.5 so I hung out with our friend Kat and a few other people I recognized from the SD100 last month.  This aid station was a busy one because the runners would pass thru here 6 times during the race.  It was freezing at this aid station, I had taken my sweatshirt off before climbing up because I knew that I would be sweating by the time I got to the top, but I didn’t realize it would be freezing up there.

We didn’t have to wait too long before Sean came up – we got a few photos, he filled his bottles and then was off.  So we ran/walked down to our car so we could head over to the next aid station at mile 30, Diamond Peak.

 
Diamond Peak aid station is awesome because it’s right at the ski lodge, there’s plenty of parking and seats for people to sit while waiting for their runners.  We hung out for a while, by this time it was starting to get hot so I ended up in shorts and a tank top.  Such a difference from the cold at the last aid station.

We waited about an hour or so before Sean came in.  We got him set up, he changed shirts because he was still in his long sleeve and then we soaked his hat & buff with ice.  He got sprayed down and then off he went running up the hill.
  
Tim & I headed back to Tunnel Creek Cafe to get some lunch before heading to the halfway point. It was 20 miles before he would be there so we knew we had a few hours.  Once we got back to Spooner Lake, it wasn’t too long before the lead runners started coming in.

After one of them couldn’t find their drop bag, I started thinking that it might be down by the start finish.  It was a little confusing at the meeting as to where to drop your bag because there was a start finish section and a 50 mile Spooner Lake section.  I said something and the volunteer asked if I would mind going down.  So down I went, found the runner’s bag and then ran back up to get it to him as quickly as possible.  I saw a bunch more that were down there so I told them and a few other people came down to help me get the bags so that the runners didn’t have to wait when they got there.

I think I went up and down at least 4/5 times but it felt really good to be helping instead of just sitting around waiting.

So a bit later, Sean came in, they were making smoothies so he got some and some other food and picked Tim up and off he went.
  
It was right around 5pm and still pretty light out so I offered to go up to Tunnel Creek again to give him his night gear.  I headed over, and just as I was starting up, Kat texted me to meet her for dinner, and when I told her that I had to go up to give Sean his night gear she decided to come up with me.  It was nice to have some company on my way up.

We got up to the top and met up with another friend and the super inspiring  Catra Corbett.  She was pacing the at the time 2nd place woman, who asked her to stay back and see where the 3rd place woman was at.  We all chatted for a while before Kat & I headed to the other side of the aid station to wait for her runner and Sean.

 
And then they were finally there.  I helped him get some warmer clothes on and then he got some food, got to chat with his friend Noe, who ran Hardrock last week.  He asked if we were staying for their next loop but it was getting dark and I was starving so I told him I’d see him at mile 80.

 
Kat was staying with a few other people from San Diego in a condo near Diamond Peak so she offered me up the couch so I could get a bit of sleep before we would head to the aid station.  Kat was going to be pacing from 80 to 100 and we both could use a little rest.

I got a snack from the cafe and then we headed over.  I was able to charge my phone, brush my teeth and get about 1.5 hours of sleep before we headed out.

The Diamond Peak aid station had some rules at night, they opened up the inside of the lodge so that we could all wait in there, which was warmer as well, but to prevent there being too much noise to disturb the residents.  We got there a bit early, so we hung out with another friend waiting for all of our runners to come in.

They came in and then about 20 minutes later Sean did too.  He was starving and craving pancakes, which unfortunately they didn’t have.  I got him some soup, a half of a chicken & bean burrito and a quesadilla.  He drank an ensure and some water and then got ready to head out for his second round on Diamond Peak.  I know he has a lot more problems with running at night vs running during the day so I told him that by the time he got to the next aid station the sun would be coming up and he would be able to get pancakes at the next aid station (I hoped!).

  
It was about 3am at this point so I made my way back to the finish area.  I wanted to head back to the hotel but I was too tired to make the 30 min drive back to Carson City, especially in the dark so I decided to just take a nap in the car.  I think I slept off and on for about 2 hours before my alarm went off at 5:40ish.  I snoozed for a few minutes before trying to check Sean’s status and saw that he had just passed 85.5 so I knew I had time to head back to the hotel, pack up our stuff, just in case, and take a shower.

After all that I made the drive back to Spooner Lake to wait for Sean to come into the finish.  I saw the running skirts girls, Christy had come in around 26 hours and we all chatted for a few minutes and watched some more of the runners come in.  Of the races I’ve been to, they all seem to finish by a lake and have a spot where you can see the runners pop out of the woods and then it seems like forever before you see them again.

One of the other runners were were following came in and then probably 25 minutes later I saw Sean’s pink hat with Tim, his pacer about 20 feet ahead of him, I was like what’s going on, why’s Tim ahead of him and this lady next to me was like, the pacer is probably trying to push him.  A few minutes later, I see them coming and Sean is pushing it, practically sprinting.  I looked at the clock and I knew that he was trying for sub-29 hours.

 
And then after a little over 29 hours, it was done.  But my job wasn’t done. I needed to get him fed and then back to the hotel so he could sleep and then back to pick up his buckle and his drop bags.

We were so fortunate that the hotel we were staying at, the Holiday Inn Express Carson City, let us have a late check-out until 3:00pm so Sean was able to get a few hours of sleep. I helped him stretch and then we headed back to Spooner Lake to get the drop bags.  They had a nice ceremony to give out the buckles and because Sean came in under 30 hours this time, he got a different handmade & etched buckle than he got last year.  As he said, now he just has to run it under 24 hours and he’ll have all 3 styles :).  We’ll see what happens with that. lol.

This was a relatively easy race to crew.  There were 3 sections that the crew could go and because it was a 50 mile loop, we were able to go to those spots twice.  Now, the Tunnel Creek aid station was probably the most challenging to get to, because it did require a 3.5 mile uphill hike, and it was significantly colder at the top, but you could stay there for a few hours (outside the aid station since it was so busy) to see the runners come thru once at 11/61 and again at 17.5/67.5.  They also came thru there at 35.5/85.5 but that was too tight of a turn around for most people to get from Diamond Peak back up.

Diamond Peak was the nicest aid station because it had seats and real bathrooms.  And at night they let (made) us sit inside the lodge so there wasn’t a lot of noise to disturb the nearby residents.

Spooner Lake wasn’t bad either, they had some seating around the 50 mile aid station and then a small set of covered bleachers at the finish line.  The only negative about Spooner Lake, no cell signal for internet.

Lake Tahoe is beautiful and I’ll look forward to going back again in the future. 

#TeamSeanandJenny: Lake Tahoe Food: Bite American Tapas

As most of you know, Sean & I are serious foodies and we love to try new places.  We found a super yummy Tapas place in Incline Village, NV called Bite American Tapas.  We ended up eating there twice, mostly because it was so yummy, but also because it was close to where we were each night.

We tried a bunch of different foods over the 2 days, although there was one thing that was sooo good we had to have it twice.  What was it?  You’ll have to read down to see. 🙂

The menu is broken down into 5 sections, snacks, soup and salad, sliders, share plates & sides.

We didn’t try any of the snacks but we tried at least one thing from each of the other sections.

Salads:
Butter Lettuce Salad
Beets, Grapefruit, Fennel, Red Onion, Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, Rice Wine Vinaigrette

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I thought this was a great salad, I’m not normally a fan of beets but these were amazing! Super soft and didn’t taste earthy like they normally do.  The only thing I didn’t really like was the fennel, not really my thing.
Chinese Chicken Salad
Fulton Valley Chicken, Mandarins, Crispy Wontons, Five Spiced Cashews, Carrot, Ginger Vinaigrette
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This one, I didn’t like very much.  I ate a little of it, but not my favorite.
Sliders:
BLT Sliders
Bacon, Maine LOBSTER, Roasted Tomato
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This is hands down the best thing I ate all weekend.  Wow! The combination of super crispy bacon and the Maine lobster was amazing!  I could have eaten a dozen of these.
Share Plates:
Grilled Wild Fresh Catch Silver Dollar Tacos – Mahi Mahi
Cabbage, Radish Slaw, Chipotle Aioli, Lime
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They used Mahi Mahi that night and they were yummy, but I think the fact that I had just eaten the amazing BLT before made them not as remarkable.  There were enough though that Sean & I were each able to have 2.
Sides:
House Cut Sweet Potato Fries – Creole Maple Mustard
Yum! These had some spices on them that really gave them a nice & different flavor
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House Cut Paper Thin Onion Rings
These were so paper thin they were almost see-thru.  They were also yummy.
 Bite American Tapas, Onion Rings, Tapas, Lake Tahoe
Dessert:
Warm Apple Turnover Bites with Crème Anglaise
These were ok, I had much higher expectations but they were warm and made in house.
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Bite Ice Cream Sandwiches
I actually like these better, but I wish the cookies were warm vs. cold
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Overall this was a great place and I fully recommend it.  We really enjoyed our meals there and if you have a chance to check it out definitely get the BLT Sliders!

 

#TeamSeanandJenny Travel: Lake Tahoe

This past weekend Sean ran the Tahoe Rim Trail 100m race for the second time.  He ran this race last year as well and since I’m able to work remotely, I headed up to Reno/Tahoe to crew for him.  This started a 3 week stretch of races for us, TRT100, The SF Marathon & most importantly our wedding!! followed up with Sean running the Angeles Crest (AC) 100.

This is my first visit to Lake Tahoe so we found a few Starbuck’s for me to work out of today but still managed to get in a little site seeing :), most of which we did after 4pm and when I was essentially off the clock.

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We got our run on at Diamond Peak, where we went all the way up the mountain to 8,540 ft. about 1,700 feet of climb within 2 miles.  Sean ran pretty much the entire way up, such a beast!! I’m so proud of him, while I hiked up.  It was tough and probably made even tougher by the fact that my asthma does not like steep hills or altitude.  Things to work on, I hope that if I do them enough, it’ll get at least a little easier. Although in my defense, we were at altitude, at 8,500k so that didn’t do me any favors either.  But if nothing else, it’s great training for my next 50k, TNFECUT in late September.

The views were so amazing and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go up the mountain.  It was definitely a challenge and I can’t imagine having to go up it twice, once after 30 miles and a second time after 80 miles!

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We were fortunate that it was cloudy when we went up so that it was a bit cooler, as we got closer to the top, it got even colder.

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We jogged down, which wasn’t as easy as it seems, with it being so steep, it was a lot of slow running almost sideways so not to slip and fall down the mountain.  The next day, my quads were quite sore from the downhill.

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And then we were down at the ski lodge again, it was time for some food and then a beautiful sunset!

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It was an awesome day & I’m glad that I got to see the place where Sean has done a lot of running.

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Runny Legs Bridal Bootcamp Week 2

So after trying on my dress, I realized I didn’t need to go too crazy or my dress would be a bit too loose, what a problem to have, right? I decided to continue rehabbing my hamstring and just eating well.

So what did I do last week?

Food wise, I continued with limiting my salt intake as well as drinking lots and lots of water and eating more fruits & veggies.

One of my fav new breakfast meals is to mix grapefruit & avocado with some jicama and cinnamon.

Grapefruit,Avocado, Jicama, Breakfast Salad

Lots and lots of hip exercises.  I spent a lot of time doing a series of about 12 different hip exercises to really strengthen that hips called the myrtl routine by Coach Jay of Nike.  I’m not sure if you have to do the exercises in order but here they are.

Clam shells
Lateral Leg Raise 3 ways: neutral foot, foot pointed up and foot pointed down
Donkey kicks
Donkey whips
Fire Hydrant
Knee circles, forward
Knee circles, backwards
Hurdle Trail Leg, forward
Hurdle Trail Leg, backwards
Lateral Leg Swing
Linear Leg Swing
Linear Leg Swing with bent knee

I also found some yoga poses that help with sciatica so I did those several times as well.

Yoga for Sciatica

As far as running, I ran 3 times last week and then Sean & I ran/hiked in the Cleveland National Forest on a portion of the San Diego 100 course.  We had a great time out there.  It’s a very beautiful place to run.

Cleveland National Forest Uncle Tom's Cabin - SD 100 course

Less than 2 weeks to go and I’m super excited.

Nuun Hydration Virtual #runridehydrate 10k Race Recap

As a nuunbassador I was given the opportunity to participate in the inaugural #runridehydrate virtual race put on by Nuun Hydration.  You could either run a 5k, 10k or bike 15 miles over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Runners/cyclists could participate anytime from Jul 2 – 5.

The virtual race cost $31.50 + a small fee and included an awesome gender specific T-shirt, a medal, race bib (with pins), a sample of nuun, tattoos and a cool sticker and benefited Girls on the Run.

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They set up a private Facebook page for all the participants to share photos and their experience and used Gametiime to for tracking.

Nuun sent us our race packets in the mail, they were really good about sending us an email with the tracking information and sent emails to let us know when to expect our packets.

I got mine right on schedule and I have to say that was the easiest packet pick-up ever.  I opened it up and took everything out and then realized that they even included safety pins with was awesome!

So what was I going to do for my race?  That was the question I was asking myself as well, especially when 2 days before the race, I could barely run 2 miles.  I was anticipating just going out and hiking or walking the 6.2 miles.

On Thursday, Sean & I decided to meet up at Mission Bay, a nice flat place to run, and it was a beautiful evening so we set out for what I was expecting to be a short 2 mile run.  We got to 1.33 miles and decided to go to 1.5 before turning around.  Then I was like let’s go to the bridge and I should be able to get at least a 5k in for the race.  Sean was like well do you want to just keep going and do the full 10k tonight so you can get it over with?  So, off we went.

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It was an absolutely beautiful night and there weren’t very many people out there to have to weave around.  I just kept running, even when it was a little painful in my hamstring/glute.  We kept going and then eventually I asked Sean to take a few photos while I was running, because of course I had to document the race ;).

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We passed by the boats, then came up on the bridge, and then we were almost to the finish, or the parking lot where we started.

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And then we were done! And I’m super super proud of myself for running the whole race/run without stopping.  I definitely earned this medal.

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Have you ever done a virtual race?  Why do you? Or what would make you want to do one?

#1MillionMinutes Mad Lib with Puritan’s Pride

fitapproach, puritan's pride, sweat pinkI’m so Fired Up [adj] to fuel my #1MillionMinutes goals with Puritan’s Pride! All summer I plan to run, stretch and eat [verb] my way to a healthier, fitter me, and I’ll need help staying hydrated and fueled during all my traveling [adj] adventures!

I will make sure I stay on track and will rely on  water, fruits & veggies and lean protein [noun] to keep me well fueled before, during and after workouts, and my fruit infuser water bottle [noun] to keep me hydrated!

I’m most excited to try All Natural Veggie Protein in Vanilla (product) and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (product) from Puritan’s Pride because they look like they are super clean(adj).

One supplement I’ve never tried but am curious about is D-Ribose [noun]. I think it might make me have a better recovery after long & hard runs![adj].

Bring it, #1MillionMinutes! I’m ready to go!

 

This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. All opinions are my own. We so appreciate you supporting the brands who support Fit Approach and the #sweatpink community! 

RunnyLegs Bridal Bootcamp Week 1

Last Monday was 4 weeks until #TeamSeanandJenny become #TeamNakamura and I haven’t been entirely happy with my body in the last few weeks.  Now, I’m not saying that I want to loose a ton of weight and go crazy, just tone up a bit, especially since I haven’t really been eating as well as I should be.  I’ve been eating a lot of french fries lately ;).

So I decided to use the wedding as a way to get myself back on track. When we were at the beach last weekend, I got out my 21 Day Fix & Suja Juice Solution books and read them both over.  I purchased the 21 Day Fix way back in March but have never officially done the program, mostly because those containers are so freaking small! and I’m not sure I like the idea of being so restricted in the portion sizes.

But I took a little from each of the books and here’s what I’ve come up with that will work for me.

* As soon as I get out of bed, I drink about 8 ounces of water.  Then drink my coffee, no sugar, just a little soy milk.
* Smoothies.  I got a basic blender for my birthday, I’d love a Vitamix but they are a little out of the budget when you are planning a wedding so I’ll make due with this Oyster one that works really well.
* Eliminate most dairy.  I haven’t used real milk for years because of a minor lactose issue, but I love cheese and yogurt but they don’t love me.
* Cut out most processed carbohydrates.  I am eating bread or pasta at one meal, but trying to not eat it at every meal & snack.
* Eating more fruit & vegetables
* Add in more healthy fat
* I haven’t been eating a lot of dessert lately, but definitely limiting the treats.
* And most important, drinking way more water

On the exercise side…

I joined a gym so that I was able to do more cross-training on the bike and possibly start swimming as well.  And while I’m not a huge fan of heights, this gym has a rock wall and I’m really excited to try that out as well.

So starting on Monday, I got back into the plank challenge, it was a bit tough that first day and I only made it 3 minutes, but by Thursday I was at 10 minutes.  I incorporated more core/ab work as well as adding in some arm exercises with weights and short yoga session.  In the afternoon I did 40 minutes on the bike and then an Insanity Max30 session.

Tuesday, I did 2 miles of run/walk with Sean and plank.

Wednesday was a little slower as I was having a massage so I didn’t want to ruin all the work that was done.  I did an 8 minute plank, 100 squats and some stretching.

Cupping, United Rehab, San Diego

Thursday, I started off with a sweaty 10 minute plank, the myrtle hip routine, arm exercises with weights and 100 ab exercises (20 crunches, 40 bicycles, 20 single leg scissors, 20 double legs up and down.

Thursday evening, Sean & I hit up Mission Bay where we were just going to do a quick 2 miles but I needed to do a 10k at some point over the weekend for my Nuun #runridehydrate virtual race, which I’ll be reviewing in a separate post, so after 1.5 miles we made the decision to keep going.

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Friday, both Sean & I were off so we decided to go out to Cowles Mountain to get some hill training in, I went up twice before I decided to call it a day. 5.5 miles, 1,700 of elevation.  5 mins of plank, stretching my priformis and hip myrtle routine.

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Saturday, we did 6 miles at Lake Murray and then hit up the beach.  I planked twice, once for 3:55 when Purrums, one of my kitties, started attacking me, unprovoked I might add, and when a 16lb cat starts biting your biceps you stop planking ;).  I did another 7:30 before I couldn’t handle it any more. Hip myrtle and arm weights called it a day.

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Sunday, we had a lot to do yesterday so we just did a short run with some faster strides at Balboa Park.  I took a rest day from the rest of my exercises and will get back on them tomorrow.

Balboa Park, San Diego, runnylegs

I will say that I’m feeling a lot better and I tried my dress on Wednesday and I don’t really need to do much because I don’t want my dress to be too big, but overall just making these small changes, especially eliminating grain/potato carbs at every meal and drinking a lot more water has started to make a big difference as far as bloating and feeling tired all the time.

On to next week!

2015 Mid-Year Review

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already half over.  It’s been quite a year so far with a lot of exciting things happening, but also marred with the pain in my hamstring that has been plaguing me for most of the year.

Healing my hamstring is going to be my main focus for the rest of the year.  We also have a few other very exciting things happening in the next 6 months, a wedding!! a second post wedding party and a bunch of travel and races.

As for those goals I set back in January, let’s see how I’ve been doing.

1) Run Nutrition – so so, ok well really not so good.  I still need to work on this.
2) Running straight – This one when my hamstring feels good is actually going pretty well.  I did really well during the Rock n’ Roll SD half and didn’t walk much.
3) Mental Toughness – still a work in progress – my hamstring pain is making this difficult, but…I am determined and I will finish even if I have to walk or crawl through that finish line!
4) Trail/Hill Running – we have done a lot more trail, but again due to the hamstring, hill running has not been happening
5) Cross Training – I feel like this is going pretty well
6) Core work – I’ve been really good about doing core exercises and I think I’m ahead of the game on this one
7) Eating healthy & drinking more water – again this is a work in progress

My favorite things from the last 6 months.  It’s been a really busy 6 months.

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January – Going to to Hawaii with Sean
February – Valentine’s Day in San Diego
March – LA Marathon & Moving to San Diego!!
April – Leona Divide 50K, my first ultra & cake tasting for our wedding!
May – One of the few non-painful races this year at Rock n’Roll SD
June – Crewing for Sean at the SD100 and the San Francisco Summer Solstice

I can’t wait to see what happens next…