Where I’ve Run Wednesday: Cowles Mountain

The first time Sean took me to Cowles Mountain was on Labor Day 2014.  We had just run the 6 mile out and back at Lake Murray and then climbed up so we could see the city.

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Since then we’ve gone to Cowles Mountain quite a few times, it’s a moderately challenging climb up and then a nice run down. The whole up and down is about 2.75 miles – I’ve done it 3x in a row and it’s definitely a work-out.

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Cowles is a popular spot in San Diego for all levels.  It can get very warm though so definitely make sure to bring water and if you bring a dog, definitely have water for them.  There are signs as you start the hike talking about how hot it can get and being safe.

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At the bottom there are restrooms, a water fountain and a soda machine.  Parking can be tricky since it is so busy – most  of the time the small lot is full which means parking on the street.  If you park on the street make sure to cramp your wheels in the proper direction or you will get a ticket.  There are signs everywhere and I’ve seen cars with tickets on the windshield.

The views are the reason why everyone visits Cowles, in my opinon :).F8AD4061-0536-4524-B6B8-48921C3C4772

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Yoga as Cross Training & Prana

 

Yoga used to be a huge part of my life and I consistently went to class 2 – 3 times a week.  When I lived in Orlando, I followed my favorite instructor, Christine Northcote around from RDV Sportsplex to her own studio, Full Circle Yoga, which has grown so much since she first took over.  In Phoenix, I would walk out of Alex Austin’s classes at The Madison freezing in the 112 degree weather from sweating so much during class.  And then my hamstring issue happened and my time on my mat dwindled because the stretching caused more pain than it helped.

So all that being said, when my friends at Fitapproach asked me to be a part of the #pranastyle #poseoftheday challenge in early February and test out a pair of Prana’s Prism Capri I thought about it and decided that maybe it was time to see if I could add yoga back into my routine.

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So how did it go?  Well I remembered how much I love yoga and how much joy it gave me, but I realized that probably about 15 – 20 minutes is the most that I can comfortably do right now and that it shouldn’t be every day.  I think I’ll start by incorporating it into my schedule 2x a week.

Now for my review of the Prana Prism Crop.  First off let me say these are the first pair of non-Lulu crops that I own, mostly because others that I’ve tried don’t fit properly or I spend all day tugging them up.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like the Prana crops.  They are made of a nice thick compression material that is moisture wicking, there is no sheerness when you bend over, they don’t move around while working out.

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After a lot of going back and forth, I picked the Rich Fuschia color in a size small (I’m 5’8 approx. 135lbs).  The crops fit me perfectly and I think I wore them the entire weekend of the LA Marathon outside of the actual marathon & again on my adventures at the Magic Kingdom with Sean, they were that comfortable.

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One of the things I love about Prana is their sustainability practices including (from their website) their partnership with bluesign® systems since 2012 to ensure that the fabrics they use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.  This means that you don’t have to worry about their bright colored fabrics polluting the water or air with chemicals.

So their products are high quality and good for the environment, which is a win-win in my book.  Want to try prAna new spring line for yourself?

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Review: Smarty Pants Vitamins #TheGoodGummy & GIVEAWAY

The awesome peeps at Fitapproach gave me the opportunity to try & review SmartyPants Vitamins #TheGoodGummy the last few weeks.  I received a monthly supply of the Women’s Complete Multi-Vitamin for this review.

It was actually quite fortuitous that this review came up because I’ve been working on my running goals & nutrition in particular, which also means working on my overall nutrition.  I’ve never really taken vitamins because they always make me feel weird, like I’ve had way too much caffeine and who wants to swallow a pill the size of a quarter, lol.

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Smarty Pants has found a way to make taking your vitamins fun.  They come in some super yummy flavors including orange, lemon creme and blueberry.  They are an all-in-one multivitamin with Omega 3s, Vitamin K2 and CoQ10, which makes SmartyPants the first gummy vitamin to include all 4 vitamins in one.

Most importantly they don’t have any synthetic colors, artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, gluten, tree nuts, peanuts or dairy.  I think all of these things in combination with the fact that they are a super flavorful gummy has made it so I feel good taking a daily vitamin.

As a runner and a frequent traveler, it’s really important to me to get the appropriate nutrients on a daily basis and I know don’t always eat perfectly.  French fries are a vegetable, right?

I’ve only been taking #TheGoodGummy for the last week since we got back from Florida and I am already noticing a difference.  I feel like I have more energy and am recovering well from my long & hard runs.  And most importantly I haven’t gotten sick even after the #TeamNakamura Coast to Coast (LA Marathon & Gasparilla 1/2) & 2 weeks of travel last month.

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With 7 races & a few flights coming up in the next 2 months including two 50ks (What was I thinking lol) I can use all the help I can get.  In addition to eating more vegetables and drinking a lot more water, I’m going to be incorporating #TheGoodGummy into my daily routine.

Want to try SmartyPants for yourself?  They come in women’s, men’s, kids, adult and prenatal versions. I’m giving away 1 bottle (30 day supply) of SmartyPants #TheGoodGummy vitamins to a lucky winner.

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Where I’ve Run Wednesday: Mount Woodson Trail

It’s time for the 2nd edition of my Where I’ve Run Wednesday series and this month I’m going to continue on with some of our favorite spots here in San Diego.  Today I’m talking about Mount Woodson Trail at Lake Poway.

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On Christmas Eve, Sean & I were looking for some new trails to run and we decided to head over to Lake Poway and head up Mount Woodson Trail to Potato Chip Rock.

Be prepared to pay a $5 entry fee to get in. We got an early Christmas gift on Christmas Eve because there was no one at the gate, but the next time we went they did charge us $5. We asked and you can pay with credit card if you don’t have cash.

The trail starts out nice and relatively level with some small uphils and nice downhill before you make a turn to head up the Mount Woodson Trail. And here is where you start heading up, according to my Garmin there is about 1,300 ft of climbing in mile 2 – 3. While Sean can run up the whole thing, I typically hike up this area because I’m huffing & puffing a lot.

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There are a lot of really cool huge boulders that you will pass and some of the areas are a bit narrow. Once you get to the top, you’ll see Potato Chip Rock. I have to say, I was expecting something a bit different the first time I went up. I really thought it was going to be a lot bigger.

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On Christmas Eve, there were only a few people waiting to take photos so we didn’t have to wait long to get our photos taken. I started up and then got a bit nervous to jump over to the rock but I eventually made it and Sean got a few cool photos. The sky was kind of ominous but was pretty.

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Side note: The second time we went up, it was a Saturday and we got up only to see a long line of people waiting for their photo op. I’d estimate it was at least an hour wait if not longer and it was already after 3:00pm and the park closed at 5pm so definitely allow enough time to get down if you are going for a photo.

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The way down was amazing though, after running through the boulders and by a lone tree, there is an amazing view of Lake Poway as you fly down the trail. This is where Sean took one of my all time favorite photos.

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About 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, Mount Woodson Trail is a must see. Just make sure to bring lots of water as it can get really hot and dry.