Free Challenges with Challengeville

I love a good challenge!  Joining a challenge helps give me that drive and focus I need to workout consistently.  I find it difficult to workout without having a goal in mind. I would love to sign up, travel, and participate in different road races every weekend, but this is not financially feasible.  (Anyone want to hire me to travel, run, and review road races?) Fortunately, I have found Challengeville.

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Transformation Tuesday #21

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It’s time for a Transformation Tuesday post (my last one was over a month ago). As stated before, these side by sides help remind me where I’ve come from and where I’m going. The journey of health is just that, a journey. There’s no end game. Instead it’s one day at a time, one decision at a time.

Can you believe I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary as a No Meat Athlete?! Yes, 5 years of rethinking meal options. 5 years of trying to eat more plant-based foods. I’ve thought about reincorporating meat back in my diet, but for now I am happy continuing on the journey of meatless eating. (For more about my journey becoming a No Meat Athlete, read THIS post.) Trust me when I say I still struggle with food. I have a monstrous sweet tooth as well as a big problem with overeating. But again, I am on a journey. I have to remind myself it is not perfection I seek, but progress. One day at a time, one choice at a time and all by His strength.

Race Recap: Frost or Fog 10 Mile Trail Run

One of my favorite January races is the Frost or Fog trail run located in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California.  It is a fantastic race to help show me my level of fitness at the start of a new calendar year.  This year I had the great privilege to run “virtually” with runner Jenna Powers of 40bibs.com as she ran the Dubai Marathon. She is running 40 races this year to celebrate her 40th birthday.  She is also gifting 40 bibs to fellow runners in the running community.  I, fortunately, am one of those runners.

As a runner, every year you hope to get faster.  I am slowly realizing, however, that if you don’t put in the work, then you can’t expect to get faster. (One of my goals for 2017 is to finally add in speed work.) With that being said, this year’s Frost or Fog 10 mile trail run was three minutes slower than last year’s run.  I will, however, accept my slower speed and walk confidently knowing that I gave it my all, got out there, and moved my body!

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Race Recap: Hot Chocolate 15k San Francisco

The first race of 2017 was the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Francisco!  This was my first Hot Chocolate run and I had the privilege of pacing this race with Beast Pacing.  My 4:50am running partner, Kelly, joined me in San Fran for this weekend of fun! Our first stop after a 2.5 hour drive to the City by the Bay was the expo at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

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2016 Year in Review

The first thing I had to do as I began to write my 2016 Year in Review, was to calculate how many races I ran in 2016.  I opened up an Excel spreadsheet, looked through my Instagram feed, and began adding each race date, name, and distance. I was shocked when I concluded with this:

Distance # of races
5k 5
10K 5
9 miler 1
10 miler 2
Half Marathons 8
14 miler 1
20 miler 1
Marathons 6
TOTAL 29

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Race Recap: California International Marathon (CIM)

The California International Marathon (CIM) is most certainly “a marathon organized by runners, for runners,” as stated on the runSRA website.  I’ve run a total of 12 marathons and this course / experience was one of my top favorites!  From the expo to race day, everything was well organized, enjoyable, and made me want to run CIM every year! img_3894

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Transformation Tuesday #20

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss now for 5 years. My journey began, however, 7 years ago. These pictures, therefore, help remind me of how far I’ve come. Can you believe that sometimes I forget how big I once was? I was over 200 pounds, a junk food junkie, and my favorite phrase was, “This body doesn’t run.” Fast forward to today… I’ve maintained a 60 pound weight loss, I’m a vegetarian, and in 12 days I’m running my 12th full marathon. All by His strength!

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The Inaugural Bakersfield Marathon

The Inaugural Bakersfield Marathon was on Sunday, November 13, 2016.  This was my 11th full marathon and my 3rd full marathon to pace.  I’d love to say that the race was wonderful and I came in right on time, but sadly, that is not the case.  Was it the delayed start?  The weather?  My fuel / hydration intake?  Or did I simply not train enough? Continue reading