3 Health Benefits of Coffee

I haven't always loved coffee, but thanks to Starbucks and The Coffee Bean and their yummy flavored coffees, I became a full fledged coffee drinker.  I don't really drink the caramel lattes and macchiatos anymore (too much sugar & calories!) but I do enjoy a nice cup of regular coffee in the morning with a splash of almond milk.  No sugar needed, I'm sweet enough already ;) 

Today is National Coffee Day and lots of places, such as Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme are giving free cups of coffee!  Check out the list of freebies on USA TODAY

So, in honor of National Coffee Day, I thought I'd share 3 benefits of coffee with you all today so we don't feel so bad about our little caffeine addiction!

  1. Tons of health benefits! Moderate coffee drinking—between 1 and 5 cups daily—may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, and type 2 Diabetes, liver disease, and heart failure.
  2. Coffee can help you burn fat..well, not if you order a venti mocha frapuccino with extra whip but, caffeine can help to boost your metabolism. One or two cups a day can increase your metabolic rate by up to 10 %
  3. A cup of coffee can sharpen your memory and keep you alert! But, you knew that already, didn't you?

Are you a coffee drinker? What's your favorite coffee drink?  Leave a comment below :) 


Wine Tasting | Temecula, CA

What do you do when your Spartan Sprint Race gets canceled in Temecula?  You go wine tasting, of course!  At least, that's what we chose to do and it was a ton of fun.  Not as much fun as running a Spartan Race, but a very close second ;) 

Paleo Breakfast Bowl for the win! 

Paleo Breakfast Bowl for the win! 

Jason and I started our day off with a yummy breakfast at E.A.T. Marketplace in downtown Temecula.  I was very excited to finally get to try it out.  I'd been following them on Instagram and swooning over their yummy organic, locally raised foods.  I especially loved that they offer Paleo-friendly options!  We met up with our teammates after breakfast and since we were all still bummed out - them about not being able to race at all that weekend and me about not getting my trifecta like I planned -we drowned our sorrows in wine tasting!  

We started at the hubs and mine's favorite winery in Temecula, Wiens Family Cellars.  They did not disappoint and we even became wine club members (again!).  Our next stop was Lorimar Winery, which we had not visited before.  The grounds were so pretty and the tasting was a ton of fun there too!  At this point, we all agreed some food was needed so we made our way to Ponte Winery's restaurant and ate al fesco & enjoyed fun conversation and a beautiful view!  Of course, we couldn't leave without trying some of their wines too :) 

Forgive the blurry picture, our wine pourer maybe had a few herself behind the counter ;) J/K hubs had the camera set on manual focus- FAIL! 

Forgive the blurry picture, our wine pourer maybe had a few herself behind the counter ;) J/K hubs had the camera set on manual focus- FAIL! 

This was definitely our motto for the day! 

This was definitely our motto for the day! 

Flor, how was that mediterranean wrap?!!? LOL 

Flor, how was that mediterranean wrap?!!? LOL 

Our last winery visit was Mount Palomar.  This of course, was after a lovely nap and freshening up for dinner afterwards.  We spent a long time in their cozy tasting room and were starving when done, so we made our way to a yummy Italian restaurant, Trattoria Toscana.  Thanks To Yelp for all the great reviews, this place was delish and the perfect way to end the day!  

Not Paleo. Not Sorry. So worth the indulgence!  Homemade pasta & pasta sauces!  Mmmmm

Not Paleo. Not Sorry. So worth the indulgence!  Homemade pasta & pasta sauces!  Mmmmm

So, yea we totally made the best of a not-so-good-kinda-crappy situation and we've got lots of wine to prove it!  It's not a Spartan Trifecta medal, but that will come soon too, I'm sure of it :) 

How I Feel about the SoCal Spartan Sprint being Postponed

After completing the Spartan Beast in Temecula on Saturday 9/13, I was ready to complete the Spartan Sprint the next day.  I had been training hard and was feeling good about leaving the shortest distance race for last.  On our way to the hotel room to freshen up after the Beast, we met up with our teammates who had driven from Las Vegas to Temecula to complete the Sprint with us on Sunday.  We were all excited and ready to run together the next day and then that night we received this email:

The disappointment I felt from reading that email is beyond words.  Reading it now makes me ill.  I was so ready to have my trifecta medal.  I planned an entire trip around it.  Like I wrote in my blog post before I left, I sacrificed so much to be there and to come back incomplete was just a huge let down.  I've seen images of Spartan racers running in the rain and in the snow, I never imaged they would cancel a race because it was too hot, especially because they have this posted on their website:

I honestly believe Spartan Race did their due diligence before & during the race.  We received emails from Spartan before the race with warnings about the heat and giving straight-forward advice on how to prepare for it.  I heeded the warnings.  I prepared.  I hydrated the week before the race.  I took electrolytes, a hydration pack, and waterproof sunblock.  My husband wore a wide rimmed hat and carried a hydration pack too as a spectator.  He carried coconut water for us, too.   Was it hot? Yes.  But, in my opinion, it was bearable with preparation.  Those who didn't prepare paid the consequences.  They weren't able to complete the race, they became sick or injured.  Do I feel for them?  Of course I do.  I do not wish anyone pain or defeat.  I know it was tough, but the Spartan races, especially the Beast, are designed to be tough, right?  

Obviously, I wish they hadn't postponed the race until January.  The goal of a trifecta is to race all 3 distances within a calendar year.  Running the Sprint in January isn't an option.  I've worked too hard for this to not complete it now.  I'm working on getting to run the Spartan Sprint in Malibu in December.  But I'm still sad.  Not only am I sad for myself, I am sad for my teammates who traveled 5 hours to be there and left empty handed.  I'm sad for the friends I made along the course of the Beast, who like me were prepared to come back the next day and earn that Trifecta medal.  I'm sad for the folks I met while training at Camp Rhino who were all excited and worked so hard to complete their first obstacle race.  

We haven't heard anything else from Spartan except that we've been automatically registered to a new Sprint event they've added for January 18, 2015 at the same location, Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA.  This will be the weekend before their already scheduled events the following weekend there.  The email was sent Sept. 14 and said more details to follow, but we haven't received any new info yet.  I'll assume they will accommodate transfers without charging transfer fees as they must know not everyone will be available that date.  I'm waiting anxiously to see what other, if any, compensation they provide their athletes.  In the meantime, I'll keep training! 

- Has a race you've registered for and trained for been canceled before?  I'd love to hear how you dealt with it and how the event company handled it!  

One piece missing...will I get to complete my trifecta in 2014?!? 

One piece missing...will I get to complete my trifecta in 2014?!?