Global Running Day 2018

Earlier this month, on Wednesday, June 6th to be exact, was Global Running Day! What is Global Running Day? The Global Running Day website  say's "Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you." 

This is something I can totally get behind and this year I helped organize a fun run event in Las Vegas for the Rock N Roll Marathon series.  As most of you know, I am an ambassador/Rock N Blogger for them and I was so excited when they reached out to me about putting together an event in my town.  I contacted my favorite local running store, Red Rock Running Company, and they were totally on board to having us host the event in their store.  YAY!!

The event was a huge success! We had a nice turnout and after everyone ran the 5K course, they came back to the store for pizza (because runners love pizza!!) and some Rock N Roll swag to make it a true celebration! I was there to answer any questions folks had about any of the Rock N Roll races, and especially the epic Las Vegas, Rock the Strip at Night race! It was nice to chat with the other runners about their past Rock N Roll marathon and half marathon races they'd ran in various cities and share our experiences! Rock n Roll was also having a great sale on all races just for Global Running Day and so of course, I talked about that and was ready to get folks registered right on site! 

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I gotta say, one thing I truly love about running is the awesome community! They build each other up, give advice, and never make you feel like you aren't a true runner.  If you run, you're a runner.  It's not about how fast you are, it's about getting out there and doing it! And hey, if you missed out on the Global Running Day Sale and still want to take the plunge and run a marathon or half marathon, here's a little motivation for you to get started! Nothing like a little savings, you know, so you can go snag those new running shoes too ;) 

Rock n Roll Half Marathon Nashville : Race Recap

I can summarize my trip to Nashville in two words: running + eating! What could be better, right? 

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If you read my last post, you know that I was nervous about running the Nashville Rock n Roll Half Marathon because the course promised to be hilly and I am not a fan of hills! Plus, my friend was running it too and it was her first half marathon, so I was nervous I wouldn't be able to support her like I wanted to. Well, to make a long story short, we rocked that run! I felt strong throughout the entire race, which I was nervous about due to the hills. Plus, I paced my friend and we made it right under her goal time! I was so happy I felt good running those hills and it was proof that you have to trust the process.  I made it a point to train hills and it paid off! 

My flight to Nashville was super early in the morning, but it gave us the opportunity to grab some yummy lunch at Husk when I arrived and still make it in time for packet pickup afterwards! As usual, the process was smooth and easy.  There were all the usual, easy to follow signs and awesome volunteers.  The actual expo didn't seem as big or as busy as some other cities, though.  I didn't mind this, as we don't stay too long at the expo.  We got our beer wristbands for our free post-race beer and picked up our parking pass, that I prepaid for online.  Since we were driving ourselves in the morning and this was my friend's first experience, I didn't want her to feel overwhelmed with having to search for parking and deal with the traffic too! It was a great option and one I think I will use again for sure if I plan to drive and park for a race and not get dropped off.  

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After checking-in to our hotel and relaxing for a bit, it was time for our carb loading dinner! I traditionally have pizza before a race so I looking for some Yelp suggestions and found Slim + Husky's .  The reviews were amazing and it did not disappoint! They have local, fresh, ingredients and all the pizzas are made to order.  They also carry local craft beers, which is also part of my carb loading dinner ;) 

Like I mentioned above, the race itself was amazing! It was fun and we enjoyed the music, the scenery, and all the folks who came out to cheer us on! Running through some of the neighborhoods and seeing the residents making a morning out of it reminded me of the vibe from the San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon last year.  They too were out cheering us on, drinking mimosas, and even handing out drinks and snacks to us runners too! 

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After the race, we spent our day exploring some of the neighborhoods and of course, eating some delicious food to celebrate our race finish!  I highly recommend this race for it's fun atmosphere, challenging course, and who doesn't want to enjoy all the Nashville has to offer both before and after the race!

February 2018 Fitness Goal

In my attempt to keeping accountable, let me start of by saying January was not my month.  I'm really hoping it's not an indication of what the rest of the year is going to be like for me because, well, I won't stand for it! But, I do need to be more strict with myself because I really need to meet my goals.  The month started off ok. I was meal planning and prepping what I could but getting to the gym was not happening.  And then I hurt my foot during the Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon and it all went downhill from there.  Not able to run or workout much has made me cranky and sad.  And do you know what happens when I get cranky and sad? If you guessed eat you would be correct. So now that January is over and my foot is feeling better, it's time to let go of the excuses and make some drastic changes.  

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Welcome February!!! I am so ready for some structure and focus in my life, especially when it comes to self control on the weekends!!! So, I chose February to be my month to start Whole 30.  I'm actually starting on Monday, Feb. 5th because Super Bowl! I know, I know, talk about not having self control!!!! I'm actually really looking forward to starting Whole 30 and I've got all my meals planned for the 1st week.  This weekend I'll be going shopping and Sunday I plan to spend my morning prepping for the week, right after my first run in 3 weeks! I seriously cannot believe I haven't ran in 3 weeks!!! I've got the Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon coming up in April, so I want to get back to running (pain free) and start training correctly and consistently! I've got my BFF running it with me and it's going to be her 1st half marathon ever, so I gotta represent and be there for her!! And in an effort to stay injury free, I need to do some cross training, so going to the gym at least once a week should be totally doable, right?

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How did you start off your year? Were you on track or like me and needing a re-do?! What are your goals for this new month? No matter what, don't stress out and just keep moving forward and don't be too hard on yourself. XO