July 21 Recap

While June was an awesome month, July not quite so much.  This emotional roller coaster I’ve been on for the past year is continuing to derail me but I’ve made some decisions to start making some changes to get off this coaster so hopefully August will come with some clarity & peace.

July kicked off with the Crown City Classic 12k on July 3.  The first race back in San Diego since early 2020.  It was nice to see my Arete teammates & cheer them on.  I had a decent race considering how little I have been running.  It was about a minute slower per mile than last time I ran this race, but considering, I’m happy.

I tried a new pair of shoes for this and the San Diego Half that I ran later in the month.  I have really been liking New Balance lately and got a pair of the New Balance RC Elite 2 which I really like!  To me, they feel a little stiff as you are putting them on but once you stand up, they are like little clouds on your feet.

After the race we went home and got ready to drive up to Bishop so we could hike White Mountain & then hit up Death Valley NPS so Sean could do an hour or so of training in the heat.

White Mountain – well – it’s a very easy hike outside the altitude – the part that makes it the most challenging is the drive to the trail head.  16 miles of super sharp, rocky trail.  My friend Catra told us to drive very carefully because a lot of people get flats which made me quite nervous because my new Crosstrek has run-flat tires which are expensive to replace LOL.  So each way it took us over 90 min to get to/from the trailhead to the main road.

The nice things about White Mountain are 1) you don’t need a permit, 2) it’s a pretty easy trail to actually hike outside the elevation & 3) because of the crazy drive there weren’t too many people there.

Cons: It is a really long drive & there is a potential to get a flat so make sure you have a spare, etc. because there is minimal cell service.  It’s also beautiful but there is a lot of cover so you are exposed the whole time unlike when we went to San Gorgonio and were in the forest a good portion of the time.

I did not go to the summit. I went up to about 13,000ish feet and then decided I was done.  I’m not sure why I quit, maybe it was the slight headache I had, maybe it was that I’m not in my best physical or mental shape right now, I don’t actually know, but I was done and after a few minutes of pouting I turned around and headed back while Sean went to the top.

The next day we went to Death Valley so Sean could 1) get an idea of the course and 2) so he could do a run in the heat as prep for Badwater 135.

Back home again, we hit up Cowles Mountain for a few hikes the next week, I went to Phoenix for work and I decided that I wasn’t going to crew Sean at Badwater.

I ran the San Diego Half Marathon, which is normally in March, while Sean was gone and had a fun time even though it was really hot out!

Now for my July stats:

Running – I did 2 races, the 12k and the half and this was a good portion of the running I did last month.  I think I came in at around 40ish miles for the month?

Peloton – I biked more last month than I ran – 29 rides for 122 miles including a 2021 PR in Kendall’s Gwen Stefani ride.

Strength – I probably say this every month but it’s really the only thing I’m consistent on right now.  I think I missed 2 days due to work because it is really hard to do anything on the days when I’m getting up super early & am on all day long.

Campaigns – I probably have never shared why I do a lot of ads on here and on my IG, but I honestly love trying new things and sharing with you all.  Some things are more athlete driven, others are food related, because I love food and some are for things that I just want to try.  I do get paid to post about some products, others it’s just a product exchange, but I do try my best to share my personal thoughts but also keep in mind that just because something doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.

So that being said in July I shared posts about Silk Oat Milk, which is super yummy!! Ultima Replenisher’s new Mocktini flavors.  I gave away some products from Sideaway Foods, I also gave away a super cool Rumpl x All Trails blanket.  I shared Oofos Woodland Camo sandals that are perfect for post run/hike.  And the FlexTemp™️ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap from Sunbeam.

I’ve got a few new projects coming up in August and we have a few trips planned which will be really nice.  Also, NYC Marathon training kicks off.

How was your July?

June 2021 Check-In

I wrote my May check-in and then for some reason never posted it but May was a rough month & June was much, much better so let’s just start there.

Kicked off June with a with a bright, shiny new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid which was a nice surprise.  We went in just to take a look but found the perfect car and took it home with us.

We celebrated National Running Day by running 8 miles down by the San Diego Harbor.  It was a little cloudy but it was so nice to be down there and wow, I could still run 8 miles with minimal pain.

I took my first plane & work trip since Feb 2020 to Miami.  It was fun to see all my co-workers and be back at an event, I hadn’t talked that much in over a year and it was awesome!  I would say that I am an extroverted introvert and while I am fine being by myself, I love being around people and talking to everyone.

When I got back from Miami, Sean & I headed to LA for a pre-birthday weekend.  I splurged using my Marriott points and we stayed at the Ritz Carlton downtown where they upgraded us to an incredible suite with an incredible waterfall shower & huge tub.  We hiked around the Hollywood Sign & got donuts from Donut Friend.

We got our infrared sauna built and started heat training for Badwater.  I’m loving the sauna, it’s so nice.  I will say though that I don’t need to go over 135 or so, last night I went up to 145 and even though I was hydrating like a boss I didn’t feel good all night so I think I’ll stick to the slightly lower temps.

We went up to San Gorgonio and did a hike halfway up – I haven’t been running a ton so I wasn’t prepared to go the  whole way up but it is an absolutely gorgeous trail and we had a great time.

I’ve been running with my run group, the San Diego Arete team and it’s been so nice to run with other people again. I’m looking forward to seeing them at my first race this weekend.

So now on to the stats portion of this recap:

Running: 67 miles which doesn’t seem like a lot but I’ve been doing some decent length runs and I am feeling stronger and happier about running.

Hiking: 12 miles including the 10.25 up & down Gorgornio.

Peloton: 117 miles which is low for me but I finally feel like in the last few weeks I’ve turned a corner & I’m not feeling any pain  on the bike so that’s a huge plus!  My Team Wilpers bike fitter checked in with me last week and when I told him it took about a month to feel better with the new settings he said that he was the same way and that it took him more than just a week to acclimate to new settings.

Strength Training: Again, this is one area I feel like I’m really nailing.  I’ve been working with Nicole from Heart and Sole Running since March and it’s really helping.  I’m really feeling like I’m getting stronger & this month, adding in some more running & biking seems to going to well.

Stretching: This is one that I fell off the wagon on so I’m starting over and boy do I need it!  I’m really tight, especially in my hips so goal for July is to do 45 stretch classes.

Campaigns: I worked with a lot of companies this month & gave away a bunch of products, like a Garmin Enduro like I have, RXBAR  Plant Bars & a Sunbeam heating pad.

I shared how RXBAR now has Plant Based bars, Quorn Foods vegan options, started & ended the month with CLIF Builders Minis, Jaybird Sport gifted me a pair of their new Vista 2 headphones, I teamed up with Aleve to share their new AleveX™ Pain Relieving Massaging Stainless Steel Roll-On, I got to try the new JustEgg Breakfast Sandwich at Peets and I shared how I use my Sunbeam GoHeat™️ USB Powered Heating Pad while out and about.

June was a good month!  Here’s to an even better July!  What did you all accomplish/do in June?

Mar 2021 Check-In

I think I’ll try to do these every month to give you a little recap on what I’ve been up to.  March started out great and then I struggled as the month went on.  Without any races on the schedule yet, my relationship with running has been complicated.  I like to run, but I really like it when I’m training for something & have lots of races on the schedule.

Again, I started April off in a funk – we are soooo close to being able to be get vaccinated and then hopefully able to move forward with some actual plans.  This whole year I’ve struggled with nothing to look forward to, to not having a real goal and just in general.  I have tried to keep myself busy, but a slight issue with my knee that just keeps getting worse has cut my running & biking down a little more.  Fortunately I have a dr. appt on Tuesday to get that looked at.

So what did I accomplish in March.

Strength Training: I started working with a trainer for strength training after my issue with my back last month & I have consistently done strength training all but one day of my plan.  That’s a huge thing for me, I have rarely if ever done a consistent strength plan.

As we move into April, I’ll  be upping the weights and doing some new to me exercises so that’s exciting.

Running: I was doing so good with running at the beginning of the month, hitting all my workouts, running hills, etc. then I started to get some shin & knee issues and I started not enjoying it as much.  I’ll say it again miss having races to train for & run.  There’s nothing like being out there on course with other people and running in beautiful places.

I think I ended the month at 55 miles running which isn’t a lot but better than nothing.  I did do a fun survey about race swag that I’ll be posting next week that was exciting.  I really enjoyed hearing about what people think.

Peloton: I was slightly down on my bike rides for March, I think I ended the month at around 167 miles which is a bit down from the 191 I did in February.  Part of that was because I actually followed my plan and did one complete rest day a week so I didn’t add on the extra sessions like I have been.

I am struggling with the fit of my bike, I moved the seat down, but now I am getting shin pain when I ride at higher than 40 resistance.  I need to get fitted for my bike because this is getting ridiculous & I’m getting really frustrated and then don’t enjoy riding.

Hiking: We went out every weekend this month & did at least a few miles.  We got to play in the snow, be out on the PCT a few times, go to Mt. Laguna Meadows for the first time in a while & climbed Cuyamaca Peak for the most beautiful of views, with no fog/smog for the first time!!

I think I ended up with about 30 miles of hiking for the month.  I’m contemplating a long hike over the summer.  I would love to be able to go to Chamonix & do the Tour du Monte Blanc but that won’t be happening this year so maybe TRT or Wonderland Trail?  I have to think on that  but I’d love to go to a really cool spot and just hang out in the wilderness for a few days.

Kitchen Update: We finally got the new tile backsplash up and it looks incredible.  We have one step left to do & that’s seal it up but I’m really excited with how awesome it looks.  Next up, do the tiling behind the stove & put up the hood.

Campaigns: I announced a really exciting collaboration with Garmin Outdoors as one of their newest ambassadors.  I’m testing and using the new Enduro watch which gets up to 80 hours (with solar) of GPS/HR for long distance runs, hikes.  It’s pretty amazing!

I shared more about why I love the Sunbeam GoHeat portable heating pad.  Sean has ‘borrowed’ it and literally uses it every day!

I started using and shared a great vegan Omega 3 supplement from iwi.  I’ll have a blog post up next week to share more about it.

I shared a new product from Luna bar, their new prebiotic bars in two super yummy flavors, Wild Cherry & Zesty Tangerine.

Lots of fun stuff coming up in April including a few reviews, some new to me products, Earth Day, a giveaway & a running challenge that I’m excited to share with you guys.

We’ll be eligible to get the vaccine on Apr 15 so I’m looking forward to that as well.  I am hoping that we can get out on some different trails this month, maybe plan a trip or two and I’ll be looking at my relationship with running to see what I really want out of it (well outside of races coming back;)).

What were you up to in March?  And what are you looking forward to in April?