My favorite running products

There are three necessities that I have to have while running!  Not only three things overall, but three that I truly cannot live without and that have proven to be so freaking awesome!!

First, is my Supcase Armband for my iPhone 6.  I’ve used tons of armbands and so many of them would slip off my arm, get all gross and sweaty, or my phone would get stuck and I couldn’t press anything on it because it was under plastic.  Once I found the Supcase armband I fell in love!  I bought mine on Amazon here.

 

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Second, is my Garmin Vivoactive.  I looked long and hard for the right watch and I knew I wanted Garmin, but which one to choose was a little more difficult.  I wanted something that looked sleek and pretty, I also wanted something that was waterproof which this one is (yay) and it can track lap swimming.  I love being able to see my pace on my wrist and that it vibrates to let me know when I’ve reached a goal and hit each mile.  I bought mine on Amazon, here.

 

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Last but definitely not least is my handheld water bottle.  I never run without water.  I don’t understand how some people can but I have to constantly stay hydrated.  I also really don’t like waist bands, they bother me and I like to feel weightless when running.  There is also a little zipper pouch on the bottle where I keep my key and my pepper spray (safety first).  🙂  I have a few different bottles but I love the Amphipod Hydrafoam Handheld Bottle, found on Amazon, here.

 

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Running buddies!

I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t always like to run with other people.  Most of the time I like my running time to be my “me time” and I like to zone out with my music and just go.  But, I really do love running with friends too!  Here are my reasons why running with a buddy can help you be a better runner:

1. Run with friends who are faster than you and can push you!  Sometimes when you run alone its easy to shorten your run, or run slower, or take a walk break… but when you have someone else with you, it forces you to perform at your best.

2. If you’re an early morning runner it is always better to run with others if its still dark out.  I always believe in safety first!  🙂

3. Running with friends can break up monotony.  If you’re stuck in a rut, ask your friends to run with you in a different area.  Also, sometimes its fun to talk while you’re running and can make an hour feel like 15 minutes.

4. Races are always fun with buddies because you can cheer each other on!  You don’t always have to stick together and run the same pace to know that you’re there for each other.

5. You always have someone to relate to.  You never want to feel alone in the hours of training, blisters on your feet, toenails falling off, needs to eat a thousand carbs, and all the joy and excitement!!

 

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Rise and Run!

One of my favorite times of the day to run is early in the morning!  I love starting my day right and having the whole rest of the day free to do other things I need to do, or to do other workouts like swimming, biking, weight training…. Here are some tips for those not-so-early risers to get up and run!

1. Go to bed early!  See my Dream Cream recipe if this is something that is hard for you.  If I’m getting up before 6am I have to go to sleep before 10pm.

2. Set a few alarms just in case you snooze the first one.  I set three within 10 minutes of each other.

3. Wake up at least 30 minutes before you are set to go for your run.  Hydrate, eat a little something and stretch before heading out.

4. Plan to run with a friend.  This will keep you accountable so you won’t skip out on your morning run.  It is also so safer if you’re running before the sun comes up to have a friend with you.

5. Lay out your clothes, shoes, headphones, Garmin, and anything else you need in the morning the night before.

6. Make a great playlist and get out and go!  There is nothing that will charge up your day like good music and a great run!

ENJOY!

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Ouch Away Spray with Essential Oils

As a mom of three boys, you can imagine we have plenty of scrapes, bruises, burns, and blisters!  My go-to oils for soothing their boo-boo’s are lavender and purification.  These are amazing!  I made a little spray to keep with me at all times.  I used about ten drops of jojoba carrier oil and 6 drops of lavender, and 6 drops of Purification.  You can adjust the amount of drops based on the size of your spray.  My little model, Gavin loves this stuff and loves being my tester!  🙂

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Burrito Bowls

Want a quick and easy weeknight dinner?  These Burrito Bowls are seriously one of my favorite things to eat and make!  Check out the recipe HERE

 

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Dream Cream – Made with Young Living Essential Oils

Sleep is one of the most important components of your health.  Check out the many benefits of getting a good nights sleep here on Health.com.  I have always been the type of person to want to stay up very late because it was difficult to wind down, but I also have to get up very early for my kids or when I have an early workout.  When I learned that there were oils that could actually help me to fall asleep easier, stay asleep without waking in the night, and also help my kids wind down and sleep better I knew I needed to try them!  One of my nighttime rituals with my kids is to rub this Dream Cream on their backs and feet.  Its relaxing to get the massage and they know that means bed time, also the calming scent immediately puts them into a serene state of mind.  They are asleep within minutes and since starting they don’t wake in the night anymore at all.  I use the same oils on myself by applying to my wrists for the scent and behind my ears.

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This Dream Cream was made with coconut oil, shea butter, Peace and Calming oil blend and Lavender oil.  I also love the Gentle Baby oil blend and Cedarwood oil at bed time.  If you have any questions please comment and I will reply to you as soon as possible.  Hope you all have a wonderful night sleep!

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My first Marathon! The LA Marathon 2015

When I moved to Southern California in 2003 I drove past an advertisement for the LA Marathon and I thought to myself, “one day I will do that!”  I wasn’t a runner then, and I really had no idea how difficult it would be to actually run 26.2 miles.  After becoming a runner and finishing my first Half Marathon in 2013 I said to myself and my friends who I had been running with, “I will never, ever, ever do a full marathon!”  Well…. that lasted about a day because once I recovered from the first Half, I was on to looking for the next race… because that’s what we runners do, right?!  Its addicting and its what keeps us going, all these races!  I started planning to just get my time better at Half Marathons, which I did, and then I began training for my first marathon, the LA Marathon!  I was soooo excited for this race!  I had anticipated so much emotion and accomplishment.  The training alone was emotional and after every long run I felt huge accomplishment.  I remember some of those long runs I would feel like fainting, puking, crying and screaming.  But, I actually only screamed (and groaned), a lot!  But I made it through the training!  Wooo Hoo!!  I should have received a medal just for that!

Finally race week was upon us!  My friend and I would be doing this race for the first time together.  We had trained mostly together too, and did a lot of races leading up to this one together.  She and I decided it would be smart to drive the course to get an idea of what we were dealing with.  That was a very bad idea, because not only is LA traffic incredibly slow and it took us hours to drive the course, but it also scared the daylights out of me.  I was able to sense how far 26.2 miles really is!  For some reason, driving it makes it feel so much farther than running it does.  We did this two days before the race, right after packet pick up.  The day before the race I photographed a wedding until 7pm and then went to check into the hotel, get some dinner (lots of carbs) and go to sleep.  I stayed with my husband and two of our kids in the Sheraton Hotel which had a shuttle that took us right to the starting line and Dodger Stadium.  The best decision for the morning was that shuttle because it was great not dealing with traffic!  🙂

Getting to that starting line and lining up with everyone is such an amazing feeling!  You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever raced!  Its such a mixture of fear, excitement and adrenaline.  There’s nothing quite like it!

Once we were off we held a good 10 minute mile pace and the first six miles were so much fun running through LA!  I loved every second!!  After mile 8 on Sunset strip we had to use the restroom (lady time)…. this was a HUGE mistake.  We trained with no stops (or very few stops) and stopping to use the restroom this early made it very hard to gain momentum again.  We were also dealing with record breaking high temperatures and many people were actually passing out on the course.  The Asics LA Marathon people took amazing care of everyone though with plenty of water, gatorade, and even fire trucks hosing us down as we ran.  We were able to gain a pretty good pace again until mile 17, which was when the heat really started to get to me.  My head was throbbing, my legs were tight and I just couldn’t get enough water.  I had to stop again to stretch and starting back up again was really slow.

The last 6 miles of the race was very slow for me and I was very discouraged and angry at myself but I didn’t give up and I completed the marathon at 5:45.  I was super bummed with that time because my goal time was 4 hours and 30 minutes.  I know that there was a lot of factors that made my time slow, but it was still very disappointing.

I’m excited to run this marathon again and kill that time!  I will be better prepared and will not be stopping for the restroom no matter what.  All in all, I was very happy to complete my first marathon.  Even though my time wasn’t what I wanted I know that its still something that most people haven’t done and I am very proud of myself for completing!  My family was waiting for me after the finish line, unfortunately they couldn’t come right to the line for security purposes.  When I saw my husband, kids and my mother in law I burst into tears.  My kids made the cutest posters!  I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful support system.  🙂

 

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