Friday, September 30, 2016

This Californian Loves Colorado!

Almost two weeks ago I went on a little vacation to the beautiful state of Colorado. I was in awe of how active everyone was and how many hikes and trails were available. I pretty much fell in love with Colorado from the second I arrived. Before this trip I had only been to the Denver airport for quick connection flights. This time around I was actually able to set foot outside the airport and enjoy five days/four nights in beautiful Denver.  Initially only my husband was going on this trip since it was for his work, but I pretty much invited myself to tag along. Since the flight was going to be free (Southwest Airline points), the hotel was going to be paid for (company trip), and he would have access to a rental car...I really didn't see a reason not to go! 

Our flight from San Diego was a short two hours. We only lost an hour so the time difference didn't even hit us. We arrived right at lunch time so we quickly unpacked and headed out to find something to eat. We were conveniently staying in downtown right by the convention center. There were so many restaurants to choose from which made it easy to pick something. Afterwards we walked around their downtown.


On Saturday night my husband's work had free baseball tickets for their clients. I (of course) once again invited myself to this event. The Rookies were playing the Padres and unfortunately the Padres got creamed. The stadium was really nice though. We had great seats and were even in faul ball territory. 




On Sunday, my friend took me to see the Red Rocks. It is only about a 30 minute drive from Denver. Don't ask me in what direction because I was turned around from the get go. The Red Rocks have this pretty amazing amphitheater that is world renown for their acoustics. If I had more time I would have loved to check out a concert there. Around the Red Rocks you'll find really nice hiking trails. Unfortunately I was out of breath as soon as we started walking. The high elevation really got to me. Made me feel so out of shape! I kept telling myself, "Just think of it as altitude training for the Chicago Marathon." haha!





On Monday, I took the rental car and drove up north to check out the Rocky Mountain National Park. On my way there I stopped at Estes Park for breakfast and walked around the cute little town. I couldn't stay long since I wanted to spend as much time as I could at the park. Let me just say that the Rocky Mountain National Park did not disappoint. I was able to do a 5 mile hike and drove around enjoying all the views. I took so many pictures! Here are just some of the few I took from my GoPro or phone.



















On Tuesday morning, I ventured out to go on a nine mile run in downtown Denver. Like I said, the altitude was truly kicking my ass but somehow after the first mile, my lungs just kind of caught on. I was able to finish my run with negative splits so can't really complain. I ran on the Cherry Creek Trail. This trail is actually very popular for bicyclists to get to work during the warmer months. The trail runs through the downtown canal system and then heads up to the suburbs. Well that was the route I took anyways. Even though I was right in the middle of downtown, it didn't feel that way. The run was actually very enjoyable.


And as if my nine mile run wasn't enough, I decided to rent a bike and see the city. I went all over downtown, Chessman Park, City Park, the State Capitol, Civic Center Park, rode by the Zoo, the Museum of Nature & Science, and the Botanical Gardens. I also got to check out the different neighborhoods around those surrounding areas. The best part about it was that I was able to see all that and it only cost me $9! What a bargain right? If you ever get a chance to visit Denver I highly recommend renting the B-Cylce bikes. They are conveniently located throughout the city.


The last day was just about sleeping in, catching a good breakfast and buying a last minute souvenir. I like to collect coffee mugs from every place I've been to. As you can imagine, I have quite a collection already. As I was packing, I was actually getting kind of sad to leave. I truly had a great time there and just wasn't ready to leave quite yet. During my five days I was able to see so much and luckily I was able to visit with old friends that live there now. One of them happened to be a friend I meet in Ecuador back in 2011! I ate great food, was able to continue with my marathon training, and went on some unbelievable hikes. If you ever get the chance to visit Colorado...GO! I would go back in a heart beat that's how much I loved it.


Have you ever been to Colorado?


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Just Netflix And Treadmill


I used to hate the treadmill. I mean really hate it! The thought of running more than twenty minutes was absolute torture. Naturally most of my runs were outside. Every now and then I would run three miles on the treadmill but it was because all the stars aligned somehow. When we moved down to San Diego, my brother gifted me with his old treadmill. At first I was not really sure about it and truly thought it was going to be a waste of space in my garage. To my surprise, this treadmill has been an amazing asset to my training!

So what changed? Well for one I was kind of forced to like it. Early on in my move back home to San Diego, I realized I wasn't going to join a gym. Even though I was still trying to find great running routes around my lovely city my schedule was making it hard to run as much as I wanted to. I was used to going to a gym after my 12 hour shifts and getting at least some cardio but working nights made it hard to find the right time. I love my neighborhood but I live on a hill and I dread running hills. So you can see I was having some running withdrawals until my treadmill came into my life.


I decided to finally give it a try and it was seriously the best gift my brother has ever given me! I know some people who read while they run but I would get dizzy and loose my place. I listened to music and even with a great playlist I was barely up to running my typical three miles. Then I decided how about I watch some Netflix while I run? Man did it make a huge difference! Not only do I watch great shows but I get a great workout done!

With training for my marathon, I used the treadmill for not only my speed work but my tempo runs. Having the controlled pace makes it so much easier. I have been able to dial what speed I want and just run! So my track days are in my garage while watching some good Netflix shows. Right now I am watching the second season of Narcos and getting my sweat on. I literally get lost during my tempo runs when I find a good movie or watch a great episode. Before I know it the show is over and so is my run.

I understand the treadmill isn't for everyone. I mean I was one of those people who hated it, but I gave it another shot and I am glad I did. I can honestly say that it has been a big part of my marathon training for Chicago. It's helped me get more speed work in even during my long night shift stretches. I love being able to just go to my garage for a quick run. I still love running outdoors but having this treadmill has been so convenient. I now understand how people in the east coast run and train during their crazy snowy winters.



Do you like running on the treadmill?



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Monday, September 5, 2016

Product Review: Trekz Titanium Pink


I wanted to share with you guys one of the things that has kept me motivated during my marathon training. I've made it no secret that I love running while listening to music. I have even let you guys know what my current favorite music playlist is from time to time. When I listen to music while I run, it kind of puts me in a trance. The beat of the song pretty much determines my pace. So I tend to like songs that are fast and loud. Having a good pair of headphones makes all the difference too. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to test out the Pink Trekz Titanium headphones from AfterShokz. I received them about two weeks ago and I have been using them ever since on all my runs, workouts, and even phone calls!


The company AfterShokz has a patented bone conduction technology that delivers premium stereo sound with a promise of safety and comfort that is second to none. Every other pair of headphones I have used have covered my ears making it difficult to hear anything else. When running this can be a bit dangerous since we really should be aware of our surroundings at all times. While running outside we have to be alert of other runners, cyclists, cars, and any other dangers that may be around us. The Trek Titanium headphones allow you to hear it all with their open ear design. You listen to music through your cheekbones, ensuring your ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.



These headphones are the first pair of wireless headphones that I've ever used.  The concept to me still seems unreal but hey it works. They are super light weight and sweat proof which is a huge plus! San Diego has been having an excessive amount of humidity for our standards and boy have I been sweating a lot.  I had to charge them as soon as I received them and that took about an hour and a half. And with one single charge the headphones can last for up to six hours with continuous music or calls. Turning on and off is super easy and once you pair it with your phone you are pretty much set to go! The first run I did in these bad boys, they didn't move or budge. I'll be honest, I was skeptical of the design. I thought they wouldn't stay put but I was most definitely wrong. On my last long run they died on me but I knew it was coming since the voice prompt had warned me that my battery was low. I did have a second pair with me in my car but those felt weird. I guess I am already used to how my wireless headphones feel. 


As you can see from my pictures, I was given the pink Trekz Titanium headphones to try out. Why pink? Well for every unit sold through October 31st, 2016 on aftershokz.com, AfterShokz will donate 25% of proceeds to Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a non profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and education. How amazing is that? Also, every time you use the hashtag #awarewithpink on any form of social media AfterShokz will donate 25 cents.  Not only does this company provide you with great products but they are giving back to such a great cause. 

One thing I did forget to mention is that these are a limited edition so get them while you still can! Honestly I would highly recommend these headphones. They feel great on and I feel safe when I run in them. I can now hear my favorite tunes and everything that is around me. Oh and there is one more thing...when you order these headphones you are able to get a FREE case with the purchase of the Aftershokz Pink Trekz. When checking out just make sure the small case is in your cart and apply the code PinkGift. The code won’t apply to the order with no case in the cart. So go online and purchase these bad boys!



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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Another year older, another year wiser? The wiser part is highly debatable but turning 33 does feel a bit odd. This birthday was supposed to be different. I had visions of what this birthday would be like and seeing it unfold differently is disheartening. Right after my last birthday, my husband and I ventured into one of our craziest adventures, preparing for IVF. We were ready for this and we did everything that was asked of us. We did the tests, we ate healthy, I injected my body with MANY hormones, we attended multiple doctor's appointments, many labs were drawn, but we knew doing all this would be all worth it. By this time, I thought I would either be ready to pop or already have my baby. Unfortunately none of those dreams became a reality. It has been a few months now since we found out the horrible news of our failed IVF (9 months to be exact). Some days are easier than others, but today it is a bit hard for me to deal.


You ever want something so bad that when you get told you can't your heart just breaks? Well that is how I felt when we got the call in December of 2015 that all our embryos were not viable. It absolutely shattered me! Since then I have been working on repairing my broken heart and it hasn't always been easy. This birthday was supposed to be different. Today, that is all I keep telling myself over and over. It plays like a broken record player.

"Why did this have to happen to us?" That's the million dollar question right there. I must have asked myself this a thousand times and yet I still don't have an answer. I don't think I ever will but I at least have come to terms with the fact that my husband and I are infertile. At first it was scary to say it out loud but now...oh who am I kidding! Saying it out loud still royally sucks. It's just a reminder that I will never be able to get pregnant or experience child birth. I know it sounds like I am not over this but I am...kinda. Personally I think that knowing I can't get pregnant will always hurt. But over the last few months I have realized that my ultimate goal was always to be a mother and I can still do that. It may not be the way I had hoped for but I do have other options.


This post wasn't meant to be a downer but more about being open and true to myself. Throughout this entire year I have been blessed to have an amazing husband who has been so understanding. I am not alone in this. He and I have only strengthened our marriage by going through this. My faith has also been tested but I truly believe that this is all in God's hands. If we are meant to be parents then He will guide us towards that. All I can do is keep staying positive and remember that whatever outcome happens, I have a great support system. Currently, my husband and I are in the application process of adopting through San Diego county. It's been many months since we started all this and not really sure what our timeline looks like to be honest.  We are fully aware that at any moment the county could call us to tell us we have been matched. We are also aware that we may wait for years until we hear something. Not sure what next year will bring us but as long as we have each other, I'll be a happy camper!



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