Friday, July 29, 2016

Favorite Songs of the Summer!

I am currently knee deep into my training for the Chicago Marathon. It's been getting a bit tougher since the mileage keeps increasing every week. This week my long run is fourteen miles, the most I've ran in over eight years. Psychologically, I am not quite ready for it but physically I think I can totally handle it. I've been sticking with my training plan, listening to my body and have truly noticed a difference in my times.

I had all these great plans of blogging about my training. You know like recap my weekly runs? Well it was all good in thought but let's be honest...I got lazy. Training for this marathon has taken up a lot more of my free time than I thought it would. I guess I was just so used to training for half marathons that I really didn't estimate the extra mileage. Whoops! The long runs are obviously longer but having the right mind set and constant motivation has really helped pushing through.

You know what's helped the most though? MUSIC! I know that it's frowned upon to run with music in the elite world. But since I run for fun, then I can totally justify it. Here are some of the favorite songs that have really helped me get through the mental aspect of running. These songs can also be used for any workout. I also blast them in my home gym when I am cross training. Enjoy!





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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tips to Living a Healthy Lifestyle with Cotopaxi

I am constantly trying to find ways to stay healthy. Wether is it changing my workouts, changing my eating habits, or simply making sure I get more sleep, I am always in search for ways to be the better version of myself. If I look back in all my years of life (we won't mention how many years) I can honestly say my college years were when I was the most unhealthy. I partied hard, consumed lots of greasy food, and had horrible sleeping patterns. I gained 30 pounds and honestly felt tired all the time. Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of fun but I was living a very unhealthy lifestyle that eventually caught up to me. It wasn't until after I graduated that I really started to take note of how my actions were affecting how I felt.


Since then I have realized that being healthy is a component of both mind and body. This summer I have taken on the task of training for the Chicago Marathon which is a lot to take on when you work full time and have many other commitments. It's been overwhelming at times, but rewarding to see all the positive changes that my body has taken. So what's different this time around? I'm listening to my body, enjoying my workouts, watching what foods I consume, and finding better ways to destress.

Right now there is only one aspect of my life I need to correct and that is my sleeping pattern. Since I work nights, I am currently having trouble sleeping during the day. Working the graveyard shift forces the body to operate counter to its circadian rhythm, the internal clock that tells us when we should be sleeping and when we should wake. Few people adapt easily or completely to such schedules. I guess I am one of the unlucky ones then. This has now become a top priority to fix though.


It's never too late or the wrong time to change your lifestyle for the better.  It honestly starts with the commitment to make a change. Taking simple steps towards your health is all it takes to start seeing results. I am grateful I made the change and I am constantly trying to improve my health, striving for the best version of myself. One of the easiest ways to start is to just be active! Get outside and go for a hike, a run, a bike ride...do something to get the endorphins going!

Have you ever heard of the company Cotopaxi? The people at Cotopaxi asked me to share some of their tips to stay healthy especially during the summer.  Here is what they stand for:

"Adventure helps people see the world and drives them to improve it. That’s why we’ve created Cotopaxi—a new outdoor company that funds sustainable poverty alleviation, moves people to do good, and inspires adventure through innovative outdoor products and experiences. Our unique business model enables our grantmaking in developing countries and represents a commitment to sustainable product design and charitable giving.
learn more."

They create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. Cotopaxi has made a commitment in creating a positive social impact. Their mission is to alleviate global poverty, advance health, education, and the livelihoods around the world. They are true believers in living a healthy lifestyle by sharing tips they've learned from different places around the world. Enjoy!





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Monday, July 4, 2016

Running While Traveling: Visiting San Jose, CA


I love to travel. I love to explore new places and see new things. This year I am traveling every month from June through October. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for each and every trip I have planned. I got back from the first trip a few weeks ago but you know life gets in the way and I kind of just keep forgetting to blog about it.  My husband and I went to San Jose, CA. I know you may think well that doesn't sound very exciting but we had a blast. We went for a wedding and made a four day weekend out of it. Honestly it was just enough time to visit with friends and check out their downtown. Of course since I am in full marathon training mode, I had to get some runs in.


The main problem while running when traveling is obviously not knowing where to go. I always try to run around the area that I am or look for a nice trail. Sometimes though, finding a trail can be hard in a downtown. I had asked a friend for suggestions. I even had a rental car so I didn't mind driving to a location. Luckily I was happy to find out that the Guadalupe River Trail happened to be only one black away from my hotel.


The trails runs underneath some freeways which was an experience. Here is a question for you...if you happen to be running under bridges in a downtown setting, what do you think you will encounter? Bums... yep, right off the bat I ran into a few of them. Luckily it was just at the beginning so it just made me run a little faster. So my suggestion would be to run with a partner or to take some pepper spray for protection. Safety first! 


The trail is very pretty though. You'll find drinking fountains and signs for restrooms along the way so one less thing to worry about. Honestly once you passed running under the bridges you forget you are in downtown San Jose. There is pretty foliage around the entire trail which makes you feel like you are out on the real trials instead of where it is located. 



Overall I had a great time finding this trail. The temperature was a bit hot for me but I was still able to get in my miles for my marathon training. I ran two days on the trail: one by myself and the second with a friend. The second day my friend really pushed me and I was able to really drop my time. 

My next trip is in less than two weeks. We are heading off to Mexico to visit my husband's grandparents. This trip might be a bit more tricky to get my training done but I always love a challenge!



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