#IAMLIMITLESS Movement & Thoughts on what’s to come in 2018

I’m partnering up with FitApproach & Gixofit to kick off the #IAMLIMITLESS movement for 2018.  This is a sponsored post.

After a rough 2017, I was totally looking forward to a clean slate and starting 2018 on a very positive note.  When FitApproach asked me to be a part of the #IAMLIMITLESS campaign, it was at the perfect time.  I had been floundering at the end of 2017, stuck in a rut where, like I mentioned in my Resolution Run recap, I was sitting on the couch being sucked into iPhone games when I wasn’t working.

I had gone from being incredibly motivated to being lazy, not able to motivate myself to do anything but eat & sleep when I wasn’t working or traveling.  But as Sean & I were hiking up the boulders on New Year’s Eve, I realized that I was giving into my fears.  Somewhere along the way last year, I got sucked into all the drama I was seeing on Facebook and scared myself out of leaving my house.  How did that happen?

As I was climbing up those boulders, some of which were significantly bigger than I was, I knew that I had to push past my fears if I wanted to reach my goals.  One of my biggest fears, the one that most likely let all the Facebook drama win, failure. But fail at what? Running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now why would I say I’m afraid to fail at running.  I’ve done 42 half marathons, 17 marathons, 7 50ks, 2 50 milers & a 100k.  I’ve DNF’d at 4 races so obviously I’m not afraid of not finishing.  But what if I actually worked really hard & I failed?  I was putting all this pressure on myself before I even started.

It was time to put all that and all the baggage from 2017 behind me and push past these limits I put on myself.  Let’s see what happens then.  I’ve already seen that at the end of a long week of running I can almost beat my half marathon PR, with little training, so what could I do if I actually trained.

After seeing Billy Yang’s newest film, The Why, it was important to share my Why (re: Running) with you, my friends and followers.  It was something I’ve been pondering for months, since I got injured.  Why do I want to do this?

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Why? Why do we choose to run 13.1, 26.2, 50 or even a 100 miles? (Long post alert 😉) . . Last night @ultrarunnersd & I went to see @billyyangfilms new movie The Why, about his 100 mile journey at Leadville 100. You’ll definitely want to check it out on YouTube. . . It made me ask the question to myself. And honestly I probably ask myself that exact question during almost every race. Why do we do this? . . I don’t have a grand story of where I started running because I was overweight, drinking too much or doing drugs (I’ve never touched them), I wasn’t abused & I didn’t have a horrible childhood or any of those things that are so common to hear about. I’ve run off and on my whole life. I guess I started endurance running, honestly because maybe I gained 5-10 lbs & didn’t like the way my stomach looked in photos, I was modeling at the time (I still don’t like my stomach in photos but I digress). Then it was the challenge, I’d never gone over 3 miles, could I get to 5, 6, 10 & then 13.1. Then it was could I go 26.2. If I hadn’t met Sean I’d probably have stayed with the marathon, not really knowing much about ultras. . . The Why for me has changed in the 8 years I’ve been running endurance events. At first it was to see if I could do it, then it was to see if I could go faster. When I got injured last year, I lost my Why, I honestly didn’t know why I was doing this. I don’t enjoy the lows, like a lot of people do. Was I doing it because that’s what I always did or because Sean does? I didn’t know. . . After a lot of pondering this question over the last year, I’ve come up with a few reasons. First, no matter how slow it is, there is something magical about crossing that finishline. Knowing that you did it. Second, the places you get to see, explore & adventure in. And finally, the people. Runners, especially ultra runners are such an inclusive, welcoming, supportive group of people. . . What is your why?

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My biggest goals for 2018? Explore, adventure, try new things and enjoy every minute.

Now that I’ve seen that I can almost beat my half PR, I definitely want to crush that.  I’d love to go under 4 hours in the marathon, get a Western States qualifier & do my first 100 miler.  I want to find a group of people to run & to train with (when we are in town).

I have a bunch of races on the schedule for the first half of the year.  I’m looking forward to doing a mix of shorter distances along with ultras as well.  We are working on our summer/fall schedule now that the lotteries are pretty much finished, with hopefully a few new races on the schedule.

I’m also looking forward to visiting some new places while revisiting places we’ve been before.  We have been traveling a lot & we have a tendency to revisit places quite often so we decided to kick off the year with a trip to a new to us destination, Borrego Springs on the edge of San Diego County & home to one of the largest state park in California, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  If the wives tale saying what you do on New Year’s is what you do all year is true, if we visit somewhere new hopefully we’ll visit a lot of new places ;).

And on that note, we’ve already booked our first trip to visit Yosemite in May.  I’m so excited to finally get to visit!

I’ve been dealing with a lot of digestive distress, so I’m transitioning to a vegan diet and completely eliminated dairy & eggs.  I’m looking forward to fixing my gut & getting back to feeling better in that area.

Some of this years goals are more broad than I’ve done in the past but as the year goes on, I’ll flesh them out as I push past my limits.

Have you ever imposed limits on yourself?  How did you push past them?

Prana Fall Style, a discount code & What I’ve been up to

I’ve been fortunate to participate in prAna‘s fall and spring style campaigns for the past few seasons and have reviewed several of their pieces.  This season I’m super excited because I’ve have the opportunity to try out some pieces that fit into my athleisure/athletic fashion style ;).  I was sent product to test out, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This season, I tested out the Roxanne Printed Legging in Indigo Garden, a pretty mix of blues, grey and purple.  I had a lot of tops that matched nicely in my wardrobe already so these colors were a perfect fit.

On top, I tried out the Sway Tank Top with a built in bra in Heather Grey.  Interestingly the bra matches another color of the Roxanne printed leggings.

This summer has been a bit of of struggle for me running (& blogging) wise, I’ve lacked motivation and continued to struggle with lingering pain in my hamstrings.  I have taken more time off running than I have in years but in the interim, I’ve incorporated more strength training, HIIT & yoga.

I’ll be honest, I am wearing the Roxanne leggings way more than the Sway Tank.  The leggings are so comfortable.  I’ve worn them for HIIT, yoga, hiking & even a short run (I don’t recommend them for running, but in a pinch they will work).

This year in Tahoe it was a little cooler than it has been in the past the first day, it even HAILED!  I wore the Roxanne leggings the whole first day, alone and then under my Lululemon camp pants when it got colder at night.

One of the things I love about prAna is how much they care about the environment and protecting it.  They use a lot of recycled materials for their products, the Roxanne leggings are no exception made from 87% recycled polyester and are bluesign certified.  I talked a bit about bluesign in a previous post, but it’s a way to create vibrant colors without polluting our oceans & rivers.

Now onto the Sway Tank.  I got a size small and it fit me perfectly in the bra, I found the back of the shirt to look a little off on me unless I really finagled with it.  I love that it too is made recycled polyester (88% for the shirt part/90% for the bra) but I wasn’t a huge fan of the feel of the shirt material.  It was a little rough & honestly I felt like it would show a lot of sweat.  I have been wearing it casually and it’s fine, but I don’t know if I would work out in it.

That being said, if I could separate the bra from the rest of the shirt, I would totally wear that all the time, it was so soft & comfortable.

Have you ever tried prAna?  What are some of your favorite pieces?

Want to try prAna or get some new pieces?  Use code FAJN15 to save 15%.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium is #AwareWithPink

If you remember a few months back I had the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones as a BibRavePro – you can read a full review of the Trekz Titanium here.

Now AfterShokz has now gone PINK!  And I’m happy to be collaborating with them and FitApproach!

What does it mean that AfterShokz has gone Pink?

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They literally have gone pink, with new Limited Edition bright pink colored Trekz Titanium headphones.  These seriously are my favorite wireless headphones because they allow you to be aware of your surroundings because you don’t wear them in your ear, but instead they sit on the bone in front of your ear.

They are sweat-proof, light-weight and stay put pretty much no matter what.  I’ve got about 10 hours on one charge when I wore them at Nanny Goat 12 hour listening to audio books.

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With the purchase of every pair of the Limited Edition Trekz Titanium headphones from now until the end of October 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of the proceeds to an organization called Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is a non-profit organization that brings awareness & action to breast & ovarian cancer.

I’m excited to see AfterShokz partnering with a non-profit like Bright Pink, because I truly believe that being proactive and advocating for your own health is super important. Especially in light of my brother-in-law’s fight with cancer right now as well.  As they say, hind sight is 20/20 but if he had sought a second opinion in the early stages, his treatment might be very different right now.

AfterShokz’s open ear design was created to allow users to be more aware and this campaign brings that full circle.  They are not only bringing awareness of what’s around us, but also bringing breast & ovarian cancer awareness to the forefront.

So what does that mean for you?  First off, if you are interested in purchasing a pair of the awesome Trekz Titanium Pink, you can receive an awesome storage case.  I absolutely love mine.  It’s so much nicer than the original case that came with the yellow/blue Trekz Titanium.  I took it with me to Europe and it was jam packed with cords, cables, jewelry and of course my new hot Pink headphones.

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The Titanium Pink headphones retail for $129.99 which is comparable to similar wireless headphones and if you use code PinkGift you’ll receive a small portable storage case ($11.95 value).  **To receive the case for free, you’ll need to add it to your cart and then use code PinkGift which will apply the discount.  The code won’t work without the case in your cart.**

And from here until the end of October, use the hashtag #AwareWithPink on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink everytime the hashtag is used.

Pink is not only one of my favorite colors, it’s also a way to give back and I’m happy to be partnering with an company that cares in so many ways.

prAna & the #WeirdWorkout

I’m super excited to be partnering with prAna and Fitapproach as they debut their new fall line.

To kick off fall, prAna has teamed up with Organic Valley for a super awesome contest surrounding #WeirdWorkout.  You’ve probably seen a few of my photos on Instagram and some other on Instagram & Twitter.IMG_5429

So you say you want a chance to win $300 worth of prAna gear & a 2 month supply of Organic Fuel?

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Head over here to enter.

There are six ways to play and 10 people will win.  The contest runs from August 15 – 31, 2016.  Ten winners will swing away with some awesome Organic Fuel swag, a two month supply of Organic Fuel and $300 in credit to use on prAna.com.

Don’t forget to post your #WeirdWorkout photos on Instagram – we want to see too!  Use the hashtags #WeirdWorkout, #SweatprAna, #sweatpink AND #prAnaFallStyle.

In September, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on 2 new fall pieces, both of which are made with organic cotton, the super cute Yarrah dress that I’m excited to wear it for work & London Jean (shown on the far left model in the second photo) if they are anything like the Meme Pants I already own, I’m going to be super happy.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you might remember that I’ve had the opportunity to review the Meme Pant & the Prism Capri, both of which I really like.

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Want to get some pieces from the new fall line?  Use code PFS16LEGS to save 15%.

Don’t forget to enter the contest and tell me what’s your favorite #WeirdWorkout?

Gerolsteiner #SparklingDetox

I am super excited to be partnering with Gerolsteiner & FitApproach for the #SparklingDetox Challenge in mid September.  I received a free case of water for the challenge, however as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  All information on the actual water is from Gerolsteiner.

First let’s talk about who Gerolsteiner is.

Bottled in Gerolstein, Germany directly from the Volcanic Eifel since 1888, Gerolsteiner is know in international markets as the “World’s No. 1 Sparkling Natural Mineral Water”.  It is sold in 40 countries.

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What makes Gerolsteiner mineral water so special?

From Gerolsteiner: With many waters there are two criteria that are mutually exclusive. Either the water tastes neutral but contains only a small amount of minerals, or the water is full of minerals but tastes salty or bitter due to the sodium chloride or sulfate content. Gerolsteiner mineral water combines the best of both. It has its origin in the Volcanic Eifel – an area that offers soil conditions unique throughout the world: Gerolsteiner’s well-balanced water is the result of the carbonic acid of volcanic origin and the region’s dolomite rock, which is exceptionally highly mineralized. Thus Gerolsteiner neither tastes bitter nor salty – but pleasantly neutral and refreshing naturally. Not many waters contain essential calcium and at the same time essential magnesium as well.

The unique source, the Volcanic Eifel, with its naturally high mineral content means Gerolsteiner has almost 2,500 mg of mineral content per liter which is quite a bit higher than other brands.

Interestingly, the mineral water is bottled with carbon dioxide from natural springs.  This means there is no need to artificially carbonate the water.

Now that we’ve introduced Gerolsteiner Sparking Natural Mineral Water, I know you are interested in what the #SparklingDetox is.

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It’s super simple, which is great for someone like me.  I love pre-packaged juice cleanses & trying new things that are easy.  Between all the travel, work and running, I just don’t have time to do anything complicated.

So basically all you need to do is, commit to drinking Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from September 12 – 16.  You can eat your normal meals, exercise like normal, but you’ll give up soda, juice, alcohol and coffee (insert crying emoji here, lol) &/or tea.

When I first saw the info on what was required for the #SparklingDetox I almost started crying because I’ll be in Tahoe crewing Sean at Tahoe 200 and I was like oh, no! I’m not going to be able to eat for 3 days I’m there? But then I read a little further and found out I can eat whatever I want, I just can’t drink anything else, super easy :).

Why do I want to do the #SparklingDetox?  It’s so easy, just drink Gerolsteiner water then eat & exercise like normal? How can you go wrong?

As an added bonus, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water not only tastes good, it also contains 33% of our daily requirement of Calcium and 25% of our daily requirement of Magnesium (per liter), which means for all of us that don’t really drink a lot of milk or don’t want to take a supplement, we can get a good amount of calcium just from drinking Gerolsteiner.

I have always been a fan of mineral water and have always known that not all waters are created equal.  It’s fascinating to me that depending on what region, what type of bedrock the spring comes from, can really have an effect on the taste.  And let me just say, I am super picky about my water and always have been.

Partnering with Gerolsteiner has really educated me on how different water can be.  There are 3 different types of water, mineral, sparkling & purified.   So what does that mean?

Want to join me in the #SparklingDetox?

A How To in 3 easy steps.

  • Check out the store locator to find a store near you that sells Gerolsteiner so you can make sure to have a minimum of 1 case to drink during the week or sign up get the chance to win a free supply of Gerolsteiner Water http://bit.ly/SparklingDetox.
  • Commit to drinking only Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water for 5 days from Sept. 12 – 16.
  • Join the Sparkling Detox Facebook Group to meet others participating in the detox and hear their experiences.

How much easier can it get?  I’m so looking forward to how easy this detox will be and how good I will feel drinking a lot more water!