Sunday, October 15, 2017

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Week 3

Week 3 of training wasn't much better than week 2. Unfortunately. :-( My toe was still hurting, plus my road trip was still happening. Since my toe was hurting, I didn't even pack running clothes for my trip. It turned out OK because I didn't really have time to run. Plus, it was quite chilly in central WA. I did manage to get in 10k steps each day, though many of those steps were upper body only. I did manage 2 runs this week, so I think I'll be able to get back on the training track for Week 4.

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Recap

Training Recap Week 3: 10/09 - 10/15

Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Tips For Your Next Road Trip

We love going for road trips and have gone for quite a few pretty lengthy trips. There is nothing like the beauty of the open road whizzing by. Plus, we solve all the world's problems while we're out for a long drive. :-)

This post is sponsored by EatSmart Products. All content and opinions are my own.

Here are some of our favorite tips for a successful road trip.


Pack Snacks

Pack healthy snacks to bring with you in the car. Dried fruits are great for a sweet snack. Nuts for some protein. If you have room in your cooler, cut up some veggies for the beginning of your trip for some crunch. Granola is good, too. Or make your own trail mix to get a variety of sweet, salty, and crunchy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ultimate Coffee Date - October 2017

I'm a little late to the party, but is it ever really too late to catch up over coffee? The Ultimate Coffee Date is one of my favorite times of the month. So, grab a cup of coffee or tea or hot cocoa. Or warm apple cider! Let's catch up!!

Ultimate Coffee Date - October 2017

If we were having coffee, I'd probably tell you about our road trip. We weren't really looking forward to it because it was more of an obligatory trip instead of one just for fun. We hadn't been up to the PNW in 5 years since stopping through on our way to Las Vegas. Jeff's mom wanted us to come up for a visit since it had been so long. It was just the excuse we needed to make the drive up to Jeff's brother's, too. We left a tote with them and it was beyond time to retrieve it.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Week 2

After last Sunday's fall, week 2 of training was pretty much a flop! My right big toe was all bruised and I am still limping a bit. I'm hopeful that I'll be back to training soon, though. I'm almost back to walking pretty normally, so I'll likely try running again once I get back home after our road trip.

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Recap

Training Recap Week 2: 10/02 - 10/08

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September Report Card

Good morning! I'm trying to get life back to normal after the devastating tragic mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas late Sunday night. While I wasn't personally affected, it happened less than 5 miles from my home. I'm still a bit numb that it happened. It still feels a bit surreal. And I imagine it will for awhile. There is still so much we do not know.

But this post is about my September!

September Report Card

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Week 1

As I mentioned in last week's Week in Review post I've decided to actually train for Run Laughlin - instead of just showing up on race day and winging it. I'm excited for the race but also excited to follow a training plan! It's been awhile.

I'm doing a Nike+ training program, which is a mix of recovery runs, speed, tempo, and long runs. There are a few NTC workouts sprinkled in as well, but I plan on adding in additional strength workouts and some yoga (of course). The Nike+ programs adapt to you. As you do your runs, it uses the run data to suggest paces, etc, for the rest of the training program. I've never followed one of their programs to get ready for a race but I have done one of their other plans and really liked it.

Run Laughlin Half Marathon Training Recap

Training Recap Week 1: 9/25 - 10/01

Friday, September 29, 2017

7 Easy Ways to Get More Steps

Do you have a daily step goal? Is it a struggle to get all your steps in? I have no problems on my run days, but those non-run days? Yeah, they can be problematic.

So, I thought I'd share 7 easy ways to increase your steps each day without adding in extra workouts. Achieving your step goal will get easier by making these simple changes to your daily life. No additional trips to the gym necessary.



1. Brush your teeth


Walk in place while brushing your teeth. If you brush the recommended 2 minute minimum, you can get in quite a few steps every time you brush. This is easier to do with an electric tooth brush, but can probably be done with any kind.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week in Review - 9/24

This week was even more stressful/hectic than the week before! Next week will hopefully be better with my co-worker's return on Monday. I'm her backup, so it's been double duty for me while she's been out. I'll definitely be glad to see her tomorrow. :)

I took it pretty easy this weekend. Rest day yesterday. Light yoga today. I just needed to recharge before beginning half marathon training tomorrow. Yep, that's right. I've decided to actually train for my Run Laughlin half marathon in Dec. It's 10 weeks away, so a pretty doable training cycle. If you're looking to add a fall race (Dec 2nd is technically still fall and will still feel like fall in southern Nevada), you can save 15% off registration using code VegasCD.

Week in Review 9/24

Week in Review 9/18 - 9/24

Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Things on My Fall Bucket List

This post is sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach. 
All opinions and images are my own.

Happy first day of Fall!


Growing up, spring was always my favorite season. It brought new life after the harsh Minnesota winter. It was a sign that summer was just around the corner. You could feel the excitement as the days grew longer and the end of the school year drew nearer.

Now that I am living in Las Vegas, I still love spring, but fall is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons. I love the summer heat, but I also love the crisp, cool fall mornings. The flavors of pumpkin and apple are in abundance. The return of sweaters and long pants. It's all so comforting, like a hug from an old friend.

Fall Bucket List

It's no secret that I've been looking forward to fall for several weeks now, so it's about time I came up with a short list of things I want to be sure to do now that fall is here.


My Fall Bucket List

Jeff and I are heading out for a long road trip in the beginning of October. We're heading up to the PNW to visit his family and to pick up a tote we left with his brother when we moved here 5 years ago. I'm pretty excited for the road trip and to cross the first two items off my list. :-)

Golden Gate State Park

We've been to San Francisco before and even walked halfway across the Golden Gate bridge, but it was Christmastime and cold and dark. We're planning this stop in the early morning. Perhaps we'll be able to catch the sunrise.


Cathedral Gorge State Park

I've been wanting to visit this NV state park for a few years now. It's less than 2 hours from Vegas, but we've never made the time. It's a short detour along our route back from Washington, so it seems perfect to include it as a stop on this road trip.


Bellagio Conservatory

One of the things I love most in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Conservatory. They change the display with the seasons, and it's always fun to see the new theme. This summer it was a tour of Italy and the fall theme is Proud as a Peacock. I'm excited to see all the beautiful flowers.

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Las Vegas Balloon Festival

A few years ago, I stopped at this festival before heading out for an 18-mile run. It was fascinating to watch the balloons take off. They have an evening Glow Show which sounds fascinating. There are lots of other activities as well, and I hope to spend a bit more time at the festival rather than just a few minutes before a long run.


Gilcrease Orchard

A Vegas gem that I've not yet experienced! They have a variety of fruits and veggies to pick yourself, but I'm most excited to try their apple cider. It's their signature item and perfect for a fall day, right? The pumpkin patch opens Sept 30, and I've read that apple picking starts sometime in Oct. I'm excited to get up early one Saturday morning to check it out.


In addition to these bigger items, I also plan on taking more walks with Sallie and maybe even Jeff. We also really want to get back on our bikes because it's been months since we've gone for a bike ride.

And, of course, there will be plenty of Starbucks fall treats.


Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Twitter so I can share my adventures with you!

Many thanks to prAna for the amazing Harlene Top and the comfy London Jean from their new fall collection. These will be perfect for my road trip and many of my other fall activities.

No matter what's on your list for the fall, you'll find something to love at prana.com.
Use code FACD15 to save 15% off your order now through Nov 22.


What are you looking forward to this fall?
Any local events that are unique to where you live?

I'm linking up today with Running on HappyFairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0. This week's theme is Fall Activities.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Race Recap

As I mentioned in my week in review post, I ran a virtual half marathon last weekend.

The Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Race.

The beauty of a virtual race is that you can run it anytime anywhere. Well, within the specified time period. For this race, it was between Sept 17-23.

Sea to Shining Sea Virtual Race Recap

Sundays have been my long run days lately, so I decided the 17th would be the best date for me to do this race. I signed up with plenty of time to train for the race, but well, I never started. I did get in a couple 10ish mile runs, so I was semi-confident in running a 13.1.

Until race weekend, when I started to get pretty nervous about it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week in Review - 9/17

In the history of weeks, this certainly won't go down with the best of them. :( Lots of stress at work; not enough working out. But it ended (spoiler alert) with a pretty kick-ass half marathon, so I'm happy again. Fingers crossed next week will be a little better on the work front.

Week in Review 9/17

Week in Review 9/11 - 9/17

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This post was written in collaboration with ConsumerSafety.org.

Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month? Here are a few facts about Ovarian Cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Did You Know?

I was really surprised by the numbers affected by ovarian cancer. Not only does it rank 5th in cancer deaths in women, but women have a 1 in 75 chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

Because of where it is in the body, it's a more difficult cancer to diagnose, which is why only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed in stage 1.


Are You At Risk?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week in Review - 9/10

Looking back at this week, I'd have to say it was a pretty good one! Maybe it was the 2 long runs. Or the slightly cooler weather. Or the super short work week. There were a few issues that I'm not going to mention because I don't want to dwell on the negativity. Let's just focus on the positive, okay?

Week in Review 9/10

Week in Review 9/4 - 9/10

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Getting Ready for Fall Training

If you caught up with me on Saturday over coffee, you'll know that I am ready for fall! Bring on the cooler temps, all things pumpkin and apple, sweaters and boots.

Don't get me wrong. I love summer. I love the heat and the cold brew. Tank tops & shorts. This summer was all about turning 40 which I loved as well. But I'm ready to move on to the next thing.

Even though I'm not quite sure what that is yet.

What I do know...
  1. My weight is slowly climbing back up.
  2. My pace is slowing down.
  3. My trail runs have all but disappeared.
Despite having finished RW Run Streak and the #ClarindaTurns40 fitness challenge, I've felt like my training lately has been floundering a bit. What am I training for? LIFE! :-)

Time to set some goals for Fall!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Week in Review - 9/03

Remember last week, when I said it's always something? Well, today, my phone decided to go kaput. Out of nowhere, it just attempted to restart and got stuck on the Google logo. Over and over again. I managed to log in for a few minutes, and then it happened again. After troubleshooting a couple more things, I hopped on a chat with Project Fi Support. Pretty painless and a new phone has been ordered and will (hopefully) ship tomorrow. It says it will ship tomorrow, but I'm not 100% convinced since it's a holiday and all.

Week in Review 9/03

Since it's a new month and new season (fall unofficially starts tomorrow, right?!), I'm switching up the format of these weekly posts. Hope you enjoy!

Week in Review 8/28 - 9/3

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ultimate Coffee Date - September 2017

Can you even believe it's September already?! I swear this year is flying by faster than any other. Ok. maybe that's an exaggeration, but it does seem crazy fast. You know what today is, right? It's one of my favorite days. It's the first Saturday of the month and time for the Ultimate Coffee Date.

Ultimate Coffee Date - September 2017

August was such a fabulous month, so I have lots to share. Let's get right to it.

Friday, September 1, 2017

August Report Card

My 40th birthday came and went in August! It was one of the best birthdays I can remember. It really made this month so amazing - despite some apartment woes and other things. Come back tomorrow for the Ultimate Coffee Date and I'll share a lot of the details (in case you missed them in any of my other Week in Review posts).

First, it's time to check in with my 2017 Goals.

August Report Card

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Week in Review - 8/27

With new carpet being installed this past week, our apartment was a bit disheveled. My workout clothes were inaccessible a couple of days. 😲 So, most of the week I felt a bit like a schlub. I'm starting over and next week is going to be a good one!!

Week in Review 8/27

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week in Review - 8/20

After last week's post, this one is gonna seem pretty tame. It took me most of the week to fully recover from all the birthday fun. I was pretty tired all week, so my workouts were, let's just say, lackluster. 😊

Week in Review 8/20

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week in Review - 8/13

I know, I know. I normally post my Week in Review post on Sunday, but it was the last day my sister was in town and I was still having too much fun celebrating my birthday. My 40th birthday is definitely one I will always remember. It was so special to have my family come to visit, and we had a great time!

We crammed in so many fun activities! Walking the Strip {a lot}, a helicopter tour, a pool day, hiking in the mountains, Hoover Dam. There were some very, very late nights and some early{ish} mornings. But mostly, there were good times catching up with my family that I haven't seen in way too long. Read my highlights below. 😊

Week in Review 8/13

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week in Review - 8/06

This past week started out very stressful with some plumbing issues in our apartment. Sparing you the real gory details, because of where our apartment is situated in the building, if other apartments get clogged, it causes back-ups and issues in ours. This isn't the first time it's happened. But, it was the worst time it happened. It was bad enough that we secured a hotel room for the night.

If we hadn't been dealing with a lot of issues in our complex this year, it wouldn't have been so stressful. But, it was kind of a last straw type of deal. The stress came because we were fed up and we really wanted rashly break our lease, find a new apartment ASAP, and move this weekend. It wouldn't have been ideal with family coming in soon, but I was just so tired of dealing with all the shit (pun intended). So, we kinda made it a bigger deal than we probably should have. Ultimately, we calmed each other down and decided against such a rash move.

Despite all that, it was still a decent week! I had to skip a few workouts, but there were definitely some highlights, so be sure you read on to find out what they are. :)

Week in Review 7/30

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ultimate Coffee Date - August 2017

Happy August!! I've been looking forward to August pretty much all year, so I'm super excited that it's here. :) Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it's time for the Ultimate Coffee Date! Grab some coffee, tea, or whatever your favorite beverage is and let's catch up!

Ultimate Coffee Date - August 2017

I sure hope that you've been enjoying a fabulous summer! Summer starts early here in Vegas, and the first couple months were glorious. July was a bit more humid than I like (nothing compared to my Midwest and East Coast friends, of course!), but overall this summer has been amazing! It's certainly not over yet and I plan to keep on enjoying it as much as I can!

Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Favorite Half Marathons

Today's Friday Five 2.0 topic is Favorite Races. A blogging friend, Jennifer at the Fit Nana, visited Valley of Fire when she was in Vegas for BlogFest. Her post on IG reminded me of the half marathon I ran through that park back in 2013. It definitely ranks as one of my favorite races.

I love the half marathon distance! There are some really gorgeous courses out there!! I've actually only run 12 halfs since my first back in 2002. I relived each race preparing for this post and want to include each of them as a favorite, but I'll limit myself to 5. 😃


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July Report Card

I had grandiose plans of writing up this post Monday night, but I was thwarted by some disgusting plumbing issues in our apartment. It was so bad that we had to get a hotel room for the evening while our apartment aired out. We're still working through some issues. Ugh!

So, August is kinda off to a rough start, but I'm trying to stay positive. I've got family coming in next week to celebrate, so I'm trying not to let these apartment issues get me down!

July Report Card

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week in Review - 7/30

Most of the week was kind of ho-hum. I had a little trouble recovering from BlogFest. I was so tired all week. It was a week that normally order Bountiful Baskets to pick up Saturday morning, but the thought of waking up at 5 AM was just too much for me, so I skipped it this week. It felt so good to sleep in until 8AM yesterday.

I'm feeling a bit more refreshed after sleeping in yesterday and kinda taking it easy. Plus the weekend ended pretty great with a Saturday evening hike and a super fun Sunday morning.

Week in Review 7/30

Friday, July 28, 2017

5 Things I Didn't Expect at BlogFest

I can't believe it's been a week already since BlogFest! This week flew by. Probably because I'm still so tired. I've been looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday all week long. 💤

BlogFest was amazing, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend. It was my first year so I wasn't too sure what to expect. Instead of doing a day-by-day recap, I thought I'd share 5 things that I didn't expect going into BlogFest.


How Exhausting It Would Be

Well, I did kind of expect this. I knew I was going to lead a group run and that there were going to be workouts, so this was kind of on me. I didn't exactly prepare for this conference, physically. I hadn't eaten, slept, or hydrated very well the few days leading up to the BlogFest, and I definitely paid the price on Day 1.

I had to skip the big Welcome Party dinner Thursday night because I was so exhausted! As well as the Friday morning workout. I was so bummed but knew I needed some sleep if I was going to make it through the next few days.


The New Way to Take Notes in a Seminar

I learned so much during the seminars. I'm a pretty terrible note taker, though. Always have been. That's where my phone came in so handy! The new way to take notes? Snap a picture of the presenter's slide! I did take some traditional notes as well, but snapping a picture was so quick and easy. I still need to go through all my notes/pictures and definitely plan on using some of what I learned in future posts.

A few of the "notes" I took


The Brand Connections

Oh, the brands! There was so much more emphasis on the sponsoring brands than I expected. It was called BlogFest, so I thought there would be a bit more emphasis on blogging tips and tricks. Best practices. That kind of thing. While there were a few seminars on blogging topics, it seemed there was more emphasis on learning about, and connecting with, the sponsoring brands. And working with brands, in general. Working with brands is pretty exciting, and I hope that I can do more of it in the future.

We were well fed throughout the conference!


The Swag and Samples

As bloggers, we were definitely hooked up! I brought home a big bag of swag the first night with so much fun stuff like a Takeya water bottle, a shaker bottle and other fun stuff from Great Lakes Gelative, earbuds from Larabar, wrist sweatbands from STRONG by Zumba, resistance bands from TRX and GymGo and so many goods to eat like dried California figs and Mariani dried fruit and SO MUCH MORE.

And that was just what the SweatPink/IDEA World team put together for us.

I snagged a lot more walking around the expo. :-)



How Much I'd Love Figs

I'd ever tried figs before BlogFest. Well, expect in a Fig Newton. I was so surprised at how much I fell in love with this little power fruit. I now love figs fresh and dried. Alone, on toast with cottage cheese or peanut butter, paired with cheese & crackers. I'm really excited to experiment with more ways to eat figs.


There is so much more I want to say about the things I learned and tried at BlogFest, so look forward to more posts to come. :-)


I'm linking up today with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week in Review - 7/23

Wow! Today flew by!! I enjoyed sleeping in, went to a seminar on Minimal Running, took a nap, and then put away my haul from Blogfest/IDEA World Convention. It doesn't seem like I got a lot accomplished, so it's crazy that it's already time for bed.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week in Review - 7/16

This past week kicked off the 30-day countdown to my 40th birthday! I may have complained to Jeff a couple months ago about being disappointed in my 30th birthday celebrations, so we are definitely making this milestone birthday THE BEST!

It's still several weeks away, but I'm embracing every day and looking forward to the big day! It's going to be epic fun, and I hope you'll follow along on my adventures.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to Successfully Complete a Fitness Challenge

Tomorrow is THE Day! The beginning of the 30 day countdown to my 40th birthday. I'm beyond excited.

I can't wait to celebrate with all of you with a 30 day fitness challenge.

I've gotten some questions about the exercises and participating in the challenge, so I thought I'd share some tips on how to successfully complete a fitness challenge. Any fitness challenge, not just the one for my birthday.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week in Review - 7/09

I took Monday off this past week, so I could have a nice 4-day weekend! It was so nice to have a couple extra days off. I'd like to say to sleep in, but... those were the last 2 days of the RW Run Streak. Soooo, no sleeping in. Instead, early morning runs to beat some of the heat. 💦

At least I didn't have to worry about getting back in time to get ready for work. That was nice!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Celebrate with Me!

If you've been around for the past month or so, you might recall some casual mentions of a birthday challenge. The time is finally here to share all the details!


My 40th birthday is August 10th, and I really hope you'll celebrate with me. What better way to celebrate than with a good old fitness challenge.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week in Review - 7/02

Nothing too special or exciting happened this week. Just running every day with a few other workouts thrown in. Oh, and a run with Katrina. It took us 2 years, but we finally made it out for a run together. :-)


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ultimate Coffee Date - July 2017

Happy July! This year is FLYING BY! Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it's time for the Ultimate Coffee Date! I love catching up with some of my favorite bloggers over virtual coffee each month.

Since June was over before I even knew it, I don't really have a lot to share. I already talked about all my summer plans in June's coffee date.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Report Card

If it's possible, June flew by even FASTER than April or May!! 2017 will be over before we know it. Or maybe it will slow down after I turn 40 in August. LOL.

June Report Card

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week in Review - 6/25

This week was all about YOGA!


After 8 weeks of the Bikini Series, I needed a break from running and regular strength training. I still kept up with the RW Run Streak, but kept each run to 1 mile in order to focus more on yoga.

Workouts:


M - 1 mile run + Healthy Energy Flow (36min)
T - 1 mile run + Power Yoga: Lines, Angles and Loops (49min)
W - 1 mile run + Yoga for Core (and Booty!) (28min)
Th - 1 mile run + Hatha Yoga Happiness: Gratitude (35min)
F - 1 mile run + Compassion Yoga (58min)
Sa - 1 mile run + Power Yoga with Crista Shillington: Up, Down and All Around (1h 13min)
Su - 7 MIN Pre-Run Yoga + 1 mile run + Post-Run Cool Down Yoga + 6-Min Yoga for Hips + Perfect Stretching Routine

I tried to get in some longer yoga videos this week. Saturday's was particularly good. It was really tough and I had to do some modifying, but at the end, I was so happy.

I really love the heat; it's one of the reasons I live in Las Vegas. It's been over 110°F this past week. While I think it feels fabulous, I've been doing my runs before work. The thought of running in the sunshine and heat after work just didn't seem very smart. :-)

Highlights of the Week:


Moon Valley Nursery
I played hooky from work on Friday (pre-approved, of course), and we made a little visit to the Moon Valley Nursery. Jeff had gone earlier in the week to look at their lemon trees and discovered they have a lot of tropical birds, so he wanted me to see some of the wildlife at the nursery. It was really fun!

There was a toucan that was pretty noisy and a ponds full of turtles.


I think there were some koi in the pond as well. :-)

There were quiet a few other birds in cages throughout the nursery. My favorite was Cool Whip.


It was a fun little excursion.

Stanley B Spring Trail
Today, we headed up to Mt Charleston to beat the heat and cross off June's new trail.


I think this is one of my new favorite trails! There were lots of interesting things to look at - trees, caves, bushes, etc. It was a pretty easy trail to navigate with quite a bit of shade (compared to most Vegas trails).

The views were spectacular!


There is a spring at the end, but we didn't make it all the way. Sallie was getting too hot and too tired, so we decided to turn around.

I'll try to write a whole review post on the trail. It's definitely one that we want to do again.

How was your week?
Do you ever just take a break from your regular workouts to focus on one thing?


I'm linking up today with Tricia & Holly for the Weekly Wrap.