Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! Favorite Songs of October

Happy Halloween! I know I have been MIA lately, but I do have my reasons. I have been dealing with some appointments/procedures that have taken up a bit of my time. It has kind of taken a toll on me. Lately all I have been wanting to do is rest and not think about blogging. Also I have been battling my plantar fasciitis again so I haven't been running. Since I have a race coming up in two weeks, I thought it would be wise to rest now in order to be able to even run in my next half marathon.

I have been a bit bummed out about not running. Since running is my stress reliever you can imagine how bad timing this whole situation with my plantar fasciitis has been. Either way I have still been on the look out for some good music to add to my playlist. Here are my favorite songs for this month:

 


 
 


Enjoy!

What are your favorite songs right now?
Did you dress up for Halloween?



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Friday, October 23, 2015

Things I Am Loving: My Erin Condren Planner


I guess I should start off by saying there are many things that I am loving lately. I actually have a few things that have been making me happy lately, but the one thing that I am absolutely loving is my Erin Condren Life Planner. My new 2016 planner came in the mail on Monday and since then I have been like a kid on Christmas morning.

I first started buying it after seeing my friend's planner while at work. It was love at first sight. Since then I have been getting the life planner every October (for the following year). It is going on four years now. Now I know that many people are all about using their phone as their calendar, but that was just never for me. I have always liked putting things down on a planner and seeing it all layed out. I've had both an Iphone and a Droid phone but neither one of them worked for keeping my life on track, regardless of all their user friendly apps. My husband made fun of me for purchasing my planner. He said that it was a waste of money. Boy was he wrong!



Erin Condren prides herself is creating stylish organizers to fit every person. When she first started selling planners she was also told no one would buy them since we live in a technology world. But she kept at it and boy am I glad she did! Not only does she have life planners, but she also sells address books, notebooks, wedding planners, teacher lesson planners and many, many accessories. You can personalize your planner with photos. And if you get really crafty, you can get stickers and colored pens to personalize your planner even more. You can get lost looking at all that the website has to offer. When you receive your planner, it comes in beautiful wrapping and she always places a few extra goodies as a thank you.


I like to have my life as organized as possible. Having it all in front of me, makes my life so much easier. From my work schedule, different appointments, birthdays, and even my running training schedule...this planner just keeps me in control. Even my husband now says it was a great purchase.  


Each year I choose a different cover from the dozen of covers there is to pick from. Sometimes choosing the cover is the hardest part! This year they offered both vertical and horizontal weekly layouts. I opted for the vertical layout. I personalize my planner by using both stickers and bright colors. I even just ordered some more stickers from Etsy. Can't wait for those to arrive! If you could see the inside of my planner you would automatically think this person is a total type A personality.


The planner can be a bit pricey compared to other planners out there. But the way I see it, you will use it for 365 days so the price is fair. And if you are considering buying one, I have a referral code that can get you $10 off. 




Do you have a planner?
What are you loving lately?
Any plans for the weekend?



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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Easy Speed Workout For Beginners!


Now I have said before that one of the best ways to gain speed and endurance are to incorporate both sprint and hill running workouts. Lately I have been doing them at least once a week for about a month. Since then I've noticed my pace has gotten a bit faster. Granted, the weather has cooled down a bit too so that's helped. But to be honest, I actually look forward to Speed Day (as I like to call it). Hills I am still not really fond of but sprints are very much do-able. 



Benefits of Sprint Workouts:

  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Great for fat loss
  • Burns calories long after your workout is complete
  • Builds lean lengthening muscle


Now if you are a beginner to running starting off with sprints may be a bit intimidating. I am not new to running but I hadn't really done them in maybe two years? So I came up with an easy way to transition into sprints. For beginners I would recommend sprinting at 50% speed until you feel comfortable and gradually increase your speed after every sprint. As for where to run sprints? Well you have a few options. Many people either choose the treadmill or an outdoor track. These locations make it easier to keep track of your distance. You can also choose to run in a flat open area. My Garmin allows me to still keep track of my time and distance while out on my runs so I choose to run outside in an open area.




The best part about running sprints is that even if you have a limited amount of time you can still get a good workout in. For example, my Sprint Workout for Beginners is only 24 minutes and it will still get the heart pumping and your legs feeling like jello at the end. It is not too daunting and completely manageable. Enjoy!




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Linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama and
Amanda from Running with Spoons

Monday, October 19, 2015

When Life Gets Complicated: You Pause & Reflect

 Every now and then when life gets a bit too complicated, I tend to reflect on what really matters. For example, this past week my husband and I had an important appointment that kind of took a toll on me. I broke down shortly afterwards, was emotional, and overwhelmed. I decided that blogging was just not going to be a priority last week. Other than Instagram, I was pretty much MIA. I really just needed that time to myself.

Blogging is something I do as a hobby, but when life gets in the way I have no energy or effort to post. And rather than write about absolutely nothing, I just choose to take time off. I actually took a break from even reading other blogs. As the week progressed, I realized the time off was exactly what I needed. I read, I colored, I ran, I spend time with my mother, I spent time with friends, and of course I worked to keep myself busy.

One of the best things I did this past week though was visit where I raised, Mexico. Since we live in San Diego heading to Tijuana is not a big deal for us. Yes I understand that many people would be scared out of their minds to cross the border due to the crime there, but it is my first home. I feel surprisingly safe there. My mother needed to run a few errands and I chose to tag along since it had been awhile since I had gone. One of our stops was to visit our old house. Yes the very house my mother was raised and where she raised us as well. 


It was completely surreal to see this house after so many years.  Every time I go back the house seems smaller and smaller. We actually lived in the very front house. My parents built the house in the back a few years ago. Nostalgia was the best way I could describe being there. 


Our house is actually incredibly close to the border. From our back yard we could see people trying to cross and then see the border patrol chase them down. It was our free entertainment I suppose. The house is pretty much the exact same.  Being there, all I could think about was the memories my brothers and I shared there. 


This past week I also hit the pavement a bit more and logged in some miles. I did some hills and sprints along with some decent runs. The weather is finally cooling down over here so it felt amazing! My pace dropped almost 45 seconds as soon as the weather dropped. I am not one who likes to run in temps greater than 70. Anything higher and I am miserable and just too hot. So imagine my surprise when moving down to San Diego and the temps are in the 90s! This week I took advantage of the fall weather and got lost in my thoughts during my runs. I don't care what people say, but running has and always will be my form of therapy.

I have a race coming up in less than a month. This will be my last half marathon of the year due to how busy the end of the year is panning out. I wanted to do seven half marathons, but I suppose six will do.


Sometimes just hanging out with your friends is just what the doctor ordered. Friends (good friends) just seem to make things better. This past Saturday a few of my coworkers and I went to see Janet Jackson!! She was amazing!!! I can't even express how great she was. It was just what I needed too. The concert came at just the perfect time. Obviously it wasn't planned, since we purchased the tickets months and months in advance. There was no way of knowing the concert would have been the same week as my appointment.


The entire concert I was either dancing, singing, or screaming for Janet. Some times I was doing all three. Our seats were actually pretty good but I wish I had a better camera to take better pictures. She sang for close to two hours with some new but mostly all her old stuff. Oh how amazing it was to see her live. She looks great for being 49!


On Sunday, I kind of decided to take everything in. Yes my week had been a bit overwhelming but then I started to think of how great my life really is. The best is yet to come! That's how I am going to keep looking at things. So my week long blog hiatus is officially over. Guess you guys are stuck with me for a bit longer. Remember the best is yet to come! :)



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I am linking up with Amanda from  Running with Spoons,
 Healthy Diva Eats and Her Heartland Soul

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekend Shenanigans Plus My Monday Pep Talk

 If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that this weekend I was all over the place exploring all that my city has to offer. Honestly San Diego has so much to offer that we will NEVER run out of things to do. This weekend I had my eyes set on two things to do: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival and Little Italy Festa.
 
On Saturday we took the dogs to the Fiesta Island dog park. You may remember this place from the Places to Run in San Diego post. This dog park is awesome! It's gated and it is so big. The dogs have their own beach and they have so much room to play and around in. They went crazy as soon as we let them loose. It was great to see them so happy. My husband and I agreed we need to take them out here more often.
 
 
Afterwards we went home and got ready to head out to the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. We have been in search for the last little touches to finish decorating our house.  So we were very excited to see what the festival had to offer. The best part was that it was free to enter.
 
 
 
 
We looked around for a bit and then we realized how hungry we were. We actually ate at this really cool little Mexican place right off the main street of the festival, Puesto. We just ate at the bar and had a few drinks to cool down from the heat. I can't believe how hot it has been for being October!Any ways the drinks were tangy (our favorite type) and the food was delicious.
 


 
 
 
Once our bellies were full, we continued on. Dario got to participate in the art of tagging. He definitely shouldn't quite his day job BTW. Oh and this festival even had a Beer/Wine garden. So we stopped there right for a few drinks before we headed home. That was our Saturday.
 

 
 
 
On Sunday, I started my day with doing a speed workout that left my legs feeling like jello. Afterwards I went home and got ready to check out the next thing on my agenda for the weekend: Little Italy! My husband and I love Little Italy. We originally considered moving there but having two big dogs just didn't make it possible. So now we just try to go as often as we can. One of my friends was here from Fresno visiting so I suggested we meet there for the festival. Oh my goodness was it hot there! We opted for eating inside at a restaurant that luckily had air conditioning. We were able to catch up over a good meal. Then we found ourselves walking around and seeing all that the festival has to offer. There were live performances, tons of food options, art/chalk sidewalk competition, and a beer/wine garden. We of course found ourselves there too! If the weather would have been at least 10 degrees cooler I would have been much happier. Over all though, I really enjoyed my time there. We left earlier than I wanted just because of where we parked. Next year we will definitely use public transportation to get there!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When we left, I couldn't help but think how lucky we are to be in San Diego. I just love my city and seem to fall more in love with it every day.
 




 
 
But today I had to give myself a little pep talk. Just too much fun this weekend!
  
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Why You Shouldn't Date A Runner

It's funny the things you think about when you run. Seriously my mind wanders so much when I am out there hitting the pavement. This past weekend during my race, I had over two hours of some pretty random thougths. I mean my thoughts ranged from what I was going to eat post race to what nail polish color I was going to choose for my next pedicure. The pedicure thought then took a turn. I started thinking of how ugly my feet have gotten since I started running.
 
 

Well then that made me think...why would anyone want to date a runner? I mean seriously we are a different type of breed. Many don't get us, many think we are freaks. And now that I think about it...I can see why. Here are some reasons I thought of during my run that made me question why people would want to date us:
 
  1. We will spend all our money on running. This entails race entries, shoes, running clothes, and running accesories such as expensive running watches. We'll pay for running coaches in order to get that PR. We'll spend money on massages and PT to fix us when we are ailing. We will find any excuse to spend our money on the latest and greatest running gadget. So if you are the type of person that expects expensive gifts, forget about dating a runner.
  2. We have our own language. Yeah for those that are not in the loop it can be bit daunting. We like to throw acronyms at non-runners and expect them to know what we are saying. Here are just some of the acronyms we like to throw around: BQ, PA, DNF, DNS.
  3. We have disgusting feet. We may or may not have all our toenails. Or we may have all of them but some are black (on the verge of falling off). Oh and forget about playing footsie with us. Runners have bad callused feet. And when runners are in full training mode, expect many blisters to follow. Yeah...our feet are disgusting.
  4. We tend to be very vocal about our bodily fluids. Yeah we have no shame about discussing when our last bowel movement was, how much snot we shot out of our nose, or even how much sweat we had on our last run. Oh and I forgot to mention we may have some bad body odor after our runs. We just have some pretty disgusting habits.
  5. If we can't run, we are not happy. Part of being a runner means being at risk for injury. When injuries do occur it sidelines us from our number one passion.  So you can definitely expect us to not be happy during this time. We may be bitter, angry, or get depressed. We tend to have extreme mood swings when we get injured and unable to run.
  6. We will try to convince you running is fun.  If after all these reasons, you still decide to date a runner...well bravo to you! But beware we will try to convert you to the dark side. We will try to convince you that running is the best thing...EVER! We'll lure you by saying things like:
"Just think of all the time we can spend together."
"We can travel together to different places for races."
"You'll love it, just watch!"
"We can train together and make it special."
  

Yeah the list can go on, but you get the jist. Runners are unique in their own special way. Yes we have disgusting habits but we are loyal. We are determined individauls and we value hard work. Maybe that's why my husband fell in love with me. From the start he knew running was a passion of mine. He was willing to over look all of the above reasons and love me unconditionaly. I got very lucky with him. By the way even though my husband hates my feet, he will still massage them if I ask (without gloves!). Now that is true love right there.

Oh before I forget, I wanted to take the time and say thank you for all who participated in the PRO Compression giveaway. The lucky winner was:
 
Ruth C
 
Please email me at fitwanderlustrunner@gmail.com


    Can you think of any other reasons
    why you shouldn't date a runner?
    (all in good humor of course)
 
 
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Judgement Day Half Marathon Recap

Happy Monday! I have been pretty much trying to recover from my race yesterday. I did manage to get a walk in with my dogs. But other than that I decided to not do anything else. Tomorrow I will get back at it since my next race is a little over a month. 

Yesterday I finally finished the Sole 2 Soul series by completing the Judgment Day Half Marathon. I started this series when I was still living in Fresno and I had every intention of finishing it. The series is run by my favorite running store, Sole 2 Soul. They have three different locations throughout the Central Valley (Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield).


I picked up my race packet the day before at their Bakersfield location. Since it is a local race, there was absolutely no wait and everyone was so friendly and nice. Part of the reason I like the store so much is because of how well they treat their runners. They offer so many perks! I have never done any other race that offers as many free stuff as they do. I had a $25 credit and a gift certificate so I purchased a few extra things. 





On race day, I was a bit nervous and excited. I was on a mission to find my friends and my niece. I found only one of my friends. He drove that morning from Exeter to the race. Yet another perk is having free race packet pick up on the day of the race.  I got there about half an hour before the race. Plenty of time to use the restroom and stretch. If you came late though, the bathroom line was super long. My niece later told me she started late because she was waiting in line.


I couldn't have asked for better weather. It was a cool morning in the mid 60s. I had been training in a lot warmer weather so this was a breath of fresh air. It actually sprinkled in the beginning and the end of the race. The race started at exactly 7am and my goal was to be done close to 9am.


The course was surprisingly beautiful and relatively flat except for two very noticeable hills. Hills that I was not prepared for...at all!  I had studied the course and saw the hills but honestly it's Bakersfield so I couldn't picture the hills being that bad. The first four and a half miles I was doing great. I actually was averaging a 8:59 pace but then all of a sudden I felt my calves tense up and the cramps slowly started to follow. I had to walk and stretch them out quite a bit. It was pretty bad and I was starting to get bummed. I had such a great pace and then this happened. Then the first hill came and I had to run/walk it making my pace even slower. All I could do was just try to enjoy the run given the circumstance. I started thinking to myself of all my running accomplishment this year and that seemed to help me. I started to say my running mantra over and over, "The body achieves what the mind believes."

I knew I was physically fit to finish the race. It was just my head that was messing with me. My goal was to not get a PR but to enjoy the run pain free. So that's what I did. I found a happy running pace and got in a groove. Yes the next hill came around mile 10, but I knew as soon as that hill was over it was all downhill from there. The hill was tough, and yes I walked some of it...but I got over it. Once I saw the banner for 13 miles I started to pick up my pace with what little bit of energy I had left. I turned the corner and it was great to see my husband, our friends, and my family. I had such a huge smile knowing I had so many people there cheering me on.


My niece and my friend Andres did great! Both of them placed in their age group. My niece Erika got first and Andres got 2nd. Both of their times were beyond impressive. I can only dream of ever being on their level. 



Each finisher received a warm breakfast, chocolate milk, a very nice medal, and a hooded sweater. For those of us that were Sole 2 Soul Series finishers, we received a really nice jacket, access to massages, extra fruit/food, and a race medal hook display. Seriously the perks are amazing!  Oh and I forgot to mention the perks you received at race pick up. You not only received a race t-shirt, a headband, and a Fluid recovery bottle.  I came back from this race with quite a bit of goodies.


There were a few things that could have made the race a bit better. There were not enough potter potties throughout the course. I actually didn't see one until maybe mile 5. The start line could have also used a bit more bathrooms. But to be fair, I feel that way about every race. There is just never enough. Also at the finish line there were not enough people helping out to give out the Sole 2 Soul series extra gifts. I waited quite awhile which was frustrating since I wanted to just hang out with my Bakersfield family. 

The volunteers were awesome. This is something I always encounter with their races. They are always so cheerful and so encouraging. Unfortunately due to the course, there weren't as many as their last race. And honestly I can't say enough good things about all their parks. If you happen to live around the Central Valley, then I would highly recommend these series. The courses are challenging but worth every penny.

Last but not least I want to take the time to thank our friends who let us stay with them over the weekend.  Living in San Diego has definitely made it harder to see our good friends so we were delighted to spend some quality time with them. They also woke up early to cheer me on yesterday. 



There were a lot of races this past weekend and I would love to hear how everyone else did! I know many are in the final stretch before Chi Marathon. Maybe one day I'll make that leap again but for the mean time I am sticking to my half marathons. I have one more for the year so training starts again this week. 

Also don't forget you still have time to sign up for the PRO Compression giveaway. One lucky reader will win a free pair of compression sleeves or socks. Click the link for official rules. It's super easy!


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I am linking up with Healthy Diva Eats and Her Heartland Soul





Friday, October 2, 2015

Race Day!

I can't believe race day is finally here. After today this will be my fifth half marathon of the year (the most I've done in a year). And it will be the completion of the Sole 2 Soul Series I started back in March. I am pretty proud I've been able to run so much considering all the set backs I had this year with my feet. There was a time when I contemplated even continuing running. Glad I have really stuck it out. I am pretty excited about this race since I have a few friends and my niece running it. Hopefully everything turns out great and I have a great race day. I am not not looking to PR but just enjoy the run without any pain.

A race recap to follow tomorrow. Good luck to all the runners this weekend. I know there are a ton of races this weekend. It seems to be a popular fall running weekend. With cooler temperatures I can see why.

 Also don't forget you still have time to sign up for the PRO Compression giveaway. One lucky reader will win a free pair of compression sleeves or socks. Click the link for official rules. It's super easy!


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I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons

Thursday, October 1, 2015

PRO COMPRESSION FREE GIVEAWAY!!

Today on the blog I have a great giveaway! A few weeks ago I was approached by the wonderful Skinny Runner. She used to have a blog (that I loved!) but has since shut it down for personal reasons. She is still running and has her Instagram and Twitter accounts that I follow religiously but she is also working for PRO Compression. Those in the running community may have seen this company throughout social media. I actually first heard of them through Skinny Runner. Then I slowly started seeing them at race expos and then being worn by other runners.


I was given a free sample from the company for an honest review. I jumped at the opportunity since I love their products. I have purchased quite a bit of their products: the compression socks (long and short) and their leggings. All PRO Compression socks and sleeves are designed and manufactured in the USA. This allows for them to have complete control over the quality of every sock they ship.

What makes their compression socks better than the rest out there? Their socks are specifically designed to give you an edge and help you perform at the highest level possible. These socks can be worn before, during or after a workout. They help with reducing inflammation and promote efficient blood circulation. This allows your body to recover more quickly.
 

Their motto is: "Feel Better, Perform Better!" With that said they focus on four main components to achieve that goal:
  • Increase blood flow
  • Maximum Comfort
  • True graduated compression
  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
You will feel the difference the moment you put these socks on your feet. I not only wear them for training purposes, but I also wear them for work. Yep, that's right! I work long 12 our shifts and I am up on my feet the majority of that time. Since wearing them for work I have noticed my feet less swollen and in less pain.


There are so many colors and designs to choose from as well. Wether you prefer patters, bright colors, or just plain colors PRO Compression has the sock or calf sleeve of your choice. One lucky reader will get a chance to win a pair! All you need to do is go to their website: PRO Compression and tell me which sock or calf sleeve you would like and leave a comment on the blog down below. Unfortunately all entries are only for US Residents due to shipping costs.


They are also are having a promotion for all FWR readers. Just enter PRO15 when you checkout and receive 40% off all compression socks and sleeves!  Good luck to all participants. You can also increase your chances by posting on my Instagram account. I'll announce the winner next Thursday. So you have a week to put your name in the running. 



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Do you like compression socks?



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