Monday, January 26, 2015

Night Running

Sometimes I wish I was a "go with the flow" type gal... But I am NOT! I am a "stick to the plan no matter what" type gal.

HA! Going with the flow does NOT make me calm!

Normally I would make sure to get my run in as soon as I got off work (in the summer when it is hot I will get in my runs before work) - that way I can shower and have everything done by the time hubby gets home. Today I decided I would check with Ryan to see if he wanted to run with me. (He took last week off after the Star Wars Half Marathon so I thought running together might nudge him to get back into it.) To my surprise he jumped at the opportunity.

Ryan didn't get home until a little after 6:30pm (which is usually dinner time), so that meant we had to bust out the HEADLAMPS for our run (I guess it is good practice for the SoCal Ragnar in April :) ). I had 4 easy miles on the calendar, so even though Ryan originally only wanted to do 3 miles, I bargained and told him since I waited to run with him he needed to do the extra mile with me ;)

My Brooks jacket is AWESOMESAUCE!!
The pin stripes are reflective, so can be seen in the headlights of oncoming cars.

Thumbs up for NIGHT RUNS!

We still don't really get the selfies ;)

Not too shabby for a rainy, dark night!

I'm not sure if any of you saw the Chipotle campaign going on, but if you tried their Sofritas (their organic tofu option) TODAY, they would give you a free entree between tomorrow and the end of February. Ryan and I normally get the Sofritas, so figured why not get a free meal out of it and hit up Chipotle for dinner after our run.

Source: Chipotle's Instagram

Then we saw "THE SIGN" on our way in... THEY RAN OUT OF SOFRITAS! Thankfully while we were waiting in line they brought some from another store! They also tried to make it "right" by giving EVERYONE a free entree on their next visit even if they got meat, since it was their mistake. (PS I hear they ran out at other stores too... Bummer!)

Ryan was a little bummed that they caused such a demand for
"his" choice that they ran out... Thankfully they "found" more by the time we
made it to the front of the line!

I normally go with the salad route, while Ry sticks with the burrito.

Today was NOT a normal day, but sometimes it is good to step out of the routine and mix it up a bit - especially if it includes running with your hubby and ends with eating vegetarian burritos!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hiking Daley Ranch

Who doesn't like a little hiking with their hubby and puppy on #SundayFunday?!

This morning Ryan and I wanted to head out and do some hiking (seeing as I didn't have a run on the schedule). We grabbed Walt, a little water, and jumped in the truck. We had heard good things about some local trails over in Escondido, so we decided to check them out.


We left the house around 9:30am, getting over to Daley Ranch around 10 (the reviews I read on Yelp said that parking can get pretty bad later, not to mention it was supposed to be in the 80s by mid-day, so we wanted to get an earlier start on the hike).

I'll admit that I didn't do much research about the trails before we arrived, but figured checking out the Daley Ranch House might be cool, so we stuck to that path. It ended up being a paved trail to the house, which was nice (especially for Walt's little legs), and then dirt past it. It was rather hilly, but nothing too strenuous. We took a few detours along the way (and quite a few sniff breaks), but we ended up getting in about 4 miles in an hour and a half.

The entrance gate

Daley Ranch


Ryan and Walt walking along the path 

But first, let's take a selfie!

I hope folks leave some support for our local trails!

Taking a load off (or just trying to get a shot with me and Walt)

Didn't realize it was a private residence, so all you could do was look at the outside of it...

One of the old outbuildings

The old barn

Another shot of the old barn

The views of Escondido

The clouds stuck around so it didn't get too hot out

I'm sure if we ever got rain this area would be filled with wildflowers

The paved path was a bit hilly

A decent incline, especially for wiener dog legs!

Passed the Daley Ranch House was a dirt trail that we took for another mile or so

Walt isn't sure why we won't let him eat all the coyote or horse poo...

And why not try to do a mini photo shoot while we are at it!

Walt is too cool for school!


Thumbs up!

The camera just kept on going... Too bad I only have about 4 faces...

We will definitely be back to check out more of the trails. The area is said to have ponds, but with the extreme drought all we saw were some muddy areas that might have had water there in the past...

Are there local trails near where you live? Do you take advantage of them?

Workout Recap - Week 4

Sunday, January 18th Star Wars Half Marathon with the hubbyFoam Rolled & Stretched

Aunt Beru and Darth Vader FOR THE WIN!

Monday, January 19th – 4 mile (easy pace) run, Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Tuesday, January 20th –  Strength Training (abs, back, arms and legs), Foam Rolled & Stretched 

Wednesday, January 21st –  5 mile (easy pace) run Foam Rolled & Stretched

Thursday, January 22nd – 19.5 mile bike ride, Foam Rolled & Stretched

Friday, January 23rd – 10 mile (long pace) run 

Saturday, January 24th – REST DAY, Foam Rolled & Stretched

We get dressed up like twice a year, so when it happens, we HAVE to record it!
Ryan and I got to celebrate the marriage of two friends last night!

Now that my runDisney races are out of the way (I ran 5 of them in the first 2.5 weeks of the year), I can really focus on the Phoenix Marathon. And since the Dopey Challenge is over, I don't have to train with back-to-back long runs for a while - WHOOOO HOOOO!!

How were your workouts this past week?  

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Shoes & Amazing Views

I love Fridays! I don't have to work (I have been blessed to be able to work part time, so I have 3 day weekends every week - whoooo hoooo!), so normally I try and get in my long runs Friday mornings that way I can spend more time with the hubby on the weekends when he is off.

This morning I woke up around 7am. I looked at the weather and thought I would rather wait a bit.

How can it be 39* out, but the low is 46*? 

I checked blogs, Instagram, my email, etc and around 8am woke Ryan up so he could get ready for work. Walt was still snooze-y (honestly, though, when isn't he?!), so I decided to crawl back into bed with him for a little bit (we crate him at night, but once I wake up I normally let him out and he runs straight into the bedroom to sleep with Ryan). Oopsy, I ended up falling back asleep until about 9am. Guess my body needed a little extra rest.

After the 8am nap, Walt and I got up, went for a walk, put away some laundry, ate breakfast, and then I got ready to head out for my run. Walt posted up in the sun and decided to wait for my return.

With a face like this, how can anyone say no to extra snuggles?!

I had 10 miles on the calendar, so laced up my sneakers and made my way outside. (I should probably mention that I am breaking in a NEW pair of Brooks Ghost 6. Yes they look the same, but that is only because I have been wearing the same model (in the same color) for the last year. I mean, when you find something that works (and they are on sale), why not stock up? No need to reinvent the wheel if you ask me! Unfortunately this was my last new pair in the closet.)

My Pro Compression Low Trainers work GREAT with my new shoes!

My long run pace is supposed to be about 9:42/ mile. Today's run was a little faster than that (most of my miles ended up being between 9:00-9:30 pace), but my body is still feeling great! Since it was so gorgeous outside, I made sure to snap a couple quick pictures of the amazing views I am blessed to witness every day!

I love running towards the mountains. You are even able to see the snow on
Big Bear on a clear day (not pictured, but it is behind the trees on the left of the picture)

Running the Strand is one of my FAVORITE places to run!

Heading into the Harbor. The water was FLAT today!

They added a Rail Trail in Oceanside so I run on it whenever I can.

I saw this on one of the porches on the Strand and thought it was such a
cute idea I just had to grab a photo. Wonder if they saw it on Pinterest?

I added on an extra .44 miles at the end of my run for RunEMZ. She is tackling another 100 MILE race this weekend (can you say AMAZING?!). I was even able to get the pace at 8:44. #AllThe44s

Wore my HIGH VIS today ;) 

A little toasty by the time I finished, but this is more
my speed than 30s

And with that, I think I am earned a pretty low-key rest day tomorrow! Now it's time to shower and head to a JV basketball game! Have a WONDERFUL Weekend! And try to be the reason someone else smiles today!!

When do you normally get your long runs in?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacle Fun Run

I heard a quick blurb about the Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacle Fun Run on the radio last week.


As many of you know, I had 5 races on my calendar within the first two and a half weeks of January, but what you may NOT know is that after the craziness of those races, my calendar was pretty sparse (meaning only FOUR races and those are between now and April)!

Ryan and I have done a couple obstacle course runs in the past, so I thought "WHY NOT?!". It is super close to home (it is at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which is actually just across the street from our church) and who can say no to INSANE FUN?!

The run is on February 7th (for the San Diego race, but check out their website for more locations). They have waves starting at 9am through 1pm, running every 30 minutes. [I am signed up for the 9am slot. I like having the rest of the day to hang out with the hubby, puppy, and take care of business. Also, there tend to be shorter lines at the obstacles in the earlier waves.]

And in case you want to join me (and why wouldn't you?!), I was able to get a 10% off discount for YOU - my friends and followers! Just use "CMCDOT10" during registration and save some green!

PS I checked out the obstacles for a little sneak peak of what I should expect... Ummmmmm HOLY FUN-NESS! I will obviously take them easy as I don't want to hurt myself before the Phoenix Marathon, but man it looks like a BLAST!