Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Summer Vacation in Palm Desert!

Ever since I got back from vacation I have been having issues with my computer. It is super slow to load ANYTHING! It is beyond frustrating and the thought of buying a new one right now is just not in the cards. So this post was meant to be uploaded on Monday morning but of course my computer wasn't in agreement with my plan. Anyways, here it is!


Last week I was able to visit Palm Desert, CA. Have you ever been? It was my first time visiting so I was pretty excited to check out a new area from my wonderful state. Palm Desert is basically a desert with many palm trees, golf courses, resorts, time shares, and a pretty large retirement community. Oh and since it is a desert you can imagine how high the temperatures get during the summer. We were lucky and only had temps in the low 100s. I guess about a month ago they were as high as 120!


Our friend had a free, week long time share that was given to her from her parents. She invited my husband and I to join her and her hubby and we just couldn't pass up the opportunity. I honestly would have never thought of heading over there during the summer but I figured staying at a nice resort would have its perks. We stayed at the JW Marriott Villas. The villas we stayed at had absolutely beautiful views of the golf course from our balcony. We pretty much tried to eat outside and enjoy the views as much as possible.


I really wish I would have taken more pictures of our villa. Our villa had a full size kitchen, laundry, two bedrooms, a beautiful balcony, a dinning table, spacious living room, and two master bathrooms. One of the bedrooms even had a tiny kitchenette. We had free internet during our stay and were able to enjoy over 7 pools. Of course since it is a resort they had a calendar of activities, a club house, two gyms, two golf courses to choose from, and access to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa (which had restaurants and the spa). Some of the activities were free while others had a very tiny free. You better believe we made it to their free wine hour!




Of course since I am in full swing with my marathon training, I made sure to find out where the gym was right away. I knew that running outside would be quite a battle for me, so I had to make sure that they had enough treadmills. The treadmills were super fancy and were touch screen. The longest run I did was 10 miles (5 outside and 5 inside). Even though I woke up early to run, in the end the heat won and I just couldn't hang. Much respect for those that have to train in this weather! I mostly worked on speed and did some cross training with their free weights.



I was the only one that was truly on vacation. The rest of the bunch were working from our villa. My week consisted of working out, laying out by the pool, playing my ukulele, drinking many cocktails, and eating. Yes, I ate a lot! We grilled every day that we were there and I can say with all honestly that all meals were delish! It was a perfect week of relaxation!




There were a few things that I guess I didn't really care for. They have a shuttle to take you to different places of the resort but the times were funky. And even when the shuttle was near us they never once offered to just give us a ride. We found that kind of annoying. Since the resort is pretty large we thought that maybe the bikes they had were free for us to use. Unfortunately they were not and the rates to use were not very reasonable. So we walked a lot...in the heat. The ladies never made it to the spa because their prices were very steep for a massage. That's really all I wanted to do when I was there but I just couldn't justify paying over $150 for a one hour massage (not including tip). So all in all those were the only things that I didn't like about the place. Other than that...I had an amazing time. My hubby also really loved it there and said he would be willing to come back again next year! I'm not even sure how much it is to own a time share with them, and frankly we didn't want to find out.




Have you ever been to Palm Desert?



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Monday, August 15, 2016

What Do You Mean I Still Need To Run 8 More Miles?!!?!?

This past Friday I did my long run, 18 miles to be exact. I had been doing really good on my marathon training. I mean I was really sticking to my training plan and honestly was starting to feel like a much stronger runner. It was awesome to see my times get faster. It was giving me the motivation to keep up with all my weekly long runs. I was ready for this 18 miler. I got some good sleep the night before and I was mentally prepared for the run in the early morning...or so I thought!


San Diego has been having this heat wave with some unwanted humidity. I knew I had to wake up early in order to beat the heat so I started at 6am. It was overcast on Friday morning which you would think would be a great start right? Well even with it being overcast I was sticky as soon as I got out of the car. I can't even begin to tell you how much I hate humidity. I hate feeling sticky and don't get me started on what it does to my hair!

I ran at Mission Bay, which happens to be my favorite place to run around here. They have drinking fountains and bathrooms that are relatively clean. It was around mile 6 when I realized that I needed to drink more water. I was sweating like crazy and I was starting to feel really dehydrated. I knew if I didn't tackle this early on, the remainder of my run would suck. Mile 8 came quicker than I thought, but then it dawned on me that I needed 10 more miles, ugh! That's when the mental game started to take over. I was so tired, my legs felt heavy, and even with eating my GU gels I felt like there was no way I could finish. I started questioning why I even signed up for a marathon in the first place.


Even with all the negative thoughts in my head I still carried a pretty good pace. That was literally the only thing that carried me to the end. When I was done I was elated and overwhelmed with emotions. I was very proud of myself for sticking it through the end, but then I realized I still have 8 more miles to complete a marathon.  I am seriously going to have to better mentally prepare for my 20 miler this week. Physically I think I can handle it, but that damn mental game is killing me!


After my run I made an even worse mistake. I burned quite a bit of calories and somehow I was still calorie deficient after eating post run. My body felt it. I was weak and had absolutely no energy for the next two days following my run. I was to the point where the smell of food just made me nauseous. So not only was I calorie deficient but my body couldn't handle any food this past weekend. Most people would take it easy after a long run but I decided to paint my living room and be on my feet for longer than I should. That definitely was a contributing factor to why I felt like crap. So this coming week I am definitely taking it easy after my long run. Live and learn!

Marathon training is hard on the body. Not only does it physically drain you, but mentally it can be exhausting. I don't regret signing up for this race...yet. But I do know that this is a challenge I really needed in my life right now. With everything that I have been through this past year, I needed something else to focus my mind and energy on. I have a little under two months left until this race. I can say with all honesty that this training has been hard on me, but I love a good challenge. If it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger right?





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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Traveling to Mexico: Part 2



I love to travel. I love seeing new things, learning new cultures, and just experiencing life from a different perspective. I have had the opportunity to travel to a few countries in the last few years and it has only increased my love for it. In a perfect world I would win the lottery and just see the world! A girl can dream right?

So lets talk about the elephant in the room, traveling to Mexico. Is it safe? We went a few weeks ago and had many friends question why would we ever want to travel there. Well for starters the country is beautiful but it does have a bad reputation. I lived in Mexico as a child and I have very fond memories of my time there. We go back and visit but now I am more cautious of my surroundings. I can fully understand why someone that isn't Mexican would be scared to travel to my native country.

 Lets talk about the main reasons people are scared to travel to Mexico:
  1. Drug Cartels
  2. Crime
  3. Zika Virus
I can understand the fear of traveling to Mexico because of the drug cartels. I see the news and I read the stories of how crazy it has gotten. Unfortunately the cartels are out there and in some parts of Mexico they have taken over cities. So in turn, the violence and crime has gone up making certain parts of the country unsafe. But this is just certain parts of the country.  The Mexican government dedicates many resources to protect tourists at the major destinations. Luckily according to the U.S. Department of State, there is no evidence that organized cartels have targeted U.S. visitors based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes like Sinaloa and Michoacan. Here is a helpful link from the U.S. Department of State for more information: Mexico Travel Warning

Now as for the Zika Virus, honestly I don't think there is any country that isn't safe from it now (which is kind of scary). Even here in the United States there have been cases about people contracting the virus and one known death. So little is known about it since it is so new but we have already seen babies born with birth defects. The CDC recommends avoiding mosquito bites as much as possible and to check travel notices prior to traveling abroad. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant then traveling to a country where the virus is rampant should be avoided.

Mexico is still considered a third world country but it is so rich in many other ways. The country has a vibrant history, beautiful beaches, and many historical landmarks. Yes, I may be biased since I am Mexican but I honestly believe that visiting Mexico should NOT be avoided. If you stick to the main tourist destinations and read the recommendations from the U.S. Department of State then your visit should be an enjoyable one. Remember Mexico thrives on tourism so the government will try to make your stay as safe as possible. Another way to stay safe is by registering your travel plans with the U.S. Embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Moral of the story is traveling to any country can be scary but if precautions are done then touring a new country, like Mexico, can be a very memorable experience. So I guess what I am trying to say is, time to get your passport and see the world!



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Monday, August 1, 2016

Traveling to Mexico!

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took a trip to Mexico. It was our second trip in the last two months. Our trip was very short but worth every second! Due to my husband's schedule four days was all the time we could spend over there. It had been eight years since he had been back to visit his family/grandparents in Mexico, so this was my birthday present to him.  His grandparents live in the outskirts of Guadalajara in the small town of San Jose de los Reynoso. The town is ridiculously small so we decided to stay in San Miguel, a nearby town with a little more stuff to do.


Since we live in San Diego we have the option of either flying from our airport or cross the border and fly from Tijuana, Mexico. At first we were looking for international flights from San Diego but we were able to get a really good deal if we flew from Tijuana. Here is the perk of flying from Tijuana: the prices, and the bridge. The bridge that I am talking about was just built a little over a year ago. It starts in the United States and takes you directly to the airport in Tijuana. It is super convenient and fast. You go through customs at the beginning and then voila! There is a $15 charge for each way but it was completely worth it for us. If you want more info on the bridge check our this link.


As soon as we arrived in Guadalajara we picked up our luggage and went to get our rental car. Since the town we were heading to was about 1h30 minutes away, we knew the only real option was to rent a car in order to get around. Driving in Mexico was a bit scary (even for us). The GPS in the rental didn't even work but luckily my prepared hubby had downloaded an app that only used GPS and had printed out directions to a few of the places we were headed towards on MapQuest before we left the states.  We still had a few hiccups at the beginning but we got to our final destination which is all that matters.


Our hotel accommodations were extremely cute. The courtyard was so green and absolutely lovely. The food from the restaurant always smelled amazing but we never tried it. The room was okay but needed new carpet. Who knows how long that carpet had been there! For the price, we really couldn't complain. There aren't really that many options near by so we got the best that the city had to offer. We had warm water and Wifi so honestly there really wasn't much for me to complain about.




The first day was spent getting settled and going to visit family. The second day was all about visiting the ranch. As a kid my husband spent most of his time there. Ever since we started dating he's been talking about his grandpa's ranch.  It was absolutely wonderful seeing him with his grandpa and just reminiscing on good times. We were able to go on a great hike on the land and see them milk the cows. We spent a few hours there but could've stayed longer! I will tell you this, I was most impressed with his grandpa. He is 84 years old and still managing his land!








The third day was very special to me. We drove a little further away to visit a very famous Basilica in San Juan de los Lagos. People from all over the world come to visit this place to see the Virgen. She has been known to grant many miracles. People make pilgrimages to this church in hopes of getting their prayers come true We were lucky enough to see her up close and I was able to pray in a bench right at the front. I saw people walk on their knees to show their respect which just blew my mind. It was an over all very emotional day for me. I prayed for many friends that are hurting and sick. I also prayed for me and my husband. There is a lot to be said about the power of prayer. 






The last day we were both pretty sad. We weren't quite ready to go but our little vacation had come to an end. We left with both our hearts and our bellies full. We have plans to come back and visit again real soon. I will say that the best part of the trip was seeing my husband so incredible happy with his family. His grandparents helped raise him to be the man he is today.



I've always loved to travel, but traveling with your best friend is so much more fun and enjoyable. I love being able to share my love of travel with someone else now. I'll sign off with a beautiful picture of our sunset from the second day at the ranch. There were these beautiful thunderstorms while we were there but I was able to catch the sunset in all it's beauty.




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