March Focus: Consistency

We are a week into the new month and I must be honest, I am still struggling with motivation and consistency. I am feeling better about some things and slowly working my way back to finding joy and contentment in things that used to make me happy. They’re baby steps, but steps nonetheless and I hope to look back in a few month’s time and see some changes and how far I’ve come in these baby steps.

I’m excited to be running the Trail Trashed 10K with the hubs this Saturday! We haven’t ran a race together since last January, so this will be fun! I’ll be sure to share a race recap next week! I’ve also signed up for a local half marathon in April to help me get my running groove back and prepare for Zion Ragnar in May!

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So, to help this process along, I’ve made a list of 4 things to help me stay consistent this month. Check them out and see if they can help you too! We’re in this journey together!


  1. Put all Workouts in my Calendar

    This is nothing new to me. I have been putting my workouts on my calendar for years. I even color code the workouts/runs in red. However, I’ve also been deleting or ignoring them for awhile now. Just always have some excuse, as to why it doesn’t get done. So, this time, I am being really purposeful and mindful of my days and ensuring that I plan my days out accordingly and that I am realistic of what I can do each day.

  2. Get dressed to workout first thing in the morning

    This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s been a huge help to me! My mornings are busy with getting the kiddos off to school and cramming in some work in between, so I don’t get to workout or run first thing in the morning. But, if I just get dressed in my workout clothes first thing, then I’m mentally preparing myself to get out there and take that Body Pump Class or to get out there for my run!

  3. Meal Plan + Prep

    I’ve been slacking on this one for awhile. I’m usually pretty good at planning dinners, but I’ve gotten lazy with planning and prepping breakfast and lunches. I tell myself I don’t need to do it because I work from home, but I know that when I don’t plan/prep, I’m more likely to graze and snack.

  4. Set Small Attainable Monthly Goals

    I don’t want to get overwhelmed with how far I still have to go, so setting smaller goals to work on throughout the month is supper helpful. By focusing on these reachable “mini goals”, I’ll be one step closer to where I want to be and how I want to feel! For this month, these mini goals are to do 30 burpees a day + drink 64 + oz of water daily!


I’m certain that if I stay consistent and focused this month, I will see results and those results will help me keep going!! I’m sure it will work for you too! Let’s stay focused and consistent together, shall we!

An Open Letter to My Son : Running Your First Half Marathon

At 13 years old, you're just one day away from running your first half marathon.  You've always been an overachiever.  Potty trained before you were 2, skipping the baby babble and going straight to complete sentences.  You can't just solve a rubix's cube, you can solve it in under 30 seconds.  Kendama, guitar, card tricks, algebra, reading, drawing, the list goes on and on.  You've excelled in all you set your mind to do. 

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Except running. Because all those other things have come easy to you, but not running. Running has been hard.  It's been slow.  It's been chock full of complaints, struggles, and failures.  Running has beaten you down.  It has irritated you.  Running has made you hurt.  It's frustrated you.  Running has made you feel less than. It's humbled you.  And for this I say, thank you, to running.  I thank running for teaching you that it's not always easy to reach your goals.  Running requires discipline and endurance and grit.  These are all things I hope you've learned through running.  

You complained about waking up early during summer break to run, but you did it anyways.  We argued along the road many mornings, but it never stopped you.  During moments of frustration, you still endured.  So many times you wanted to give up, to turn around, but you never did.  You kept going.  May this be a lesson you take with you always.

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I hope that running will always stay with you.  I hope you find a love for running, as I have.  But, if you don't, that's ok too.  But I do hope you never forget the lessons learned during your training.  Because, whether you realize it or not, running has taught you so much about life.  It's taught you to never give up.  Wether you go fast or slow, what matters is that you are moving forward.  Never forget that.  Never forget that although there may be pain and it may be difficult, chasing your dreams is always worth it.  Life won't always be easy, but sticking to your goals and being true to yourself will always be worth it.  Never forget that feeling of accomplishment you get after a long or difficult run.  Let that stay with you and let that guide you. There is power in perseverance.   

Running alongside you all these weeks has not always been easy, but neither has being your mom and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. I am so proud to be running with you tomorrow and sharing 13.1 miles with you.  Crossing that finish line together will be a moment I never forget. I love you beyond words.   

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PS. I can't forget to give a shout of of thanks and appreciation to the hubs for all those early mornings of driving him up to meet us at the mountain so he could get his long runs in.  And to Valerie for all the rides up the mountain and encouraging him and me along the way.  To all our friends and family who've also encouraged him, it doesn't go unnoticed! XO 

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!