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FitBloggin ’13 – I’ll be a LIVE Blogger!

3 May

So the good news keeps coming! I have been officially selected as a Live Blogger for FitBloggin ’13! WOOT WOOT!

WHAT is FitBloggin ’13 you ask?! Wonderful question! Let me tell you about it!

About FitBloggin’ (From the FitBloggin’ website)

The FitBloggin’ Conference is for anyone who blogs about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle–regardless of where they are in their journey. Our attendees are a melting pot of fit-minded people. Some of us are on a mission to lose weight. Others are training for triathlons. We have gym rats and folks learning to run. We welcome vegetarians, vegans, and convenience food junkies alike. We may all be in different stage of fitness, but we all share one passion: To live a happy, healthy balanced life.

More than just another blogging conference, FitBloggin’ is all about the desire to use technology, blogging and social media to motivate, inspire and foster a culture of health and wellness. We strive to bring together bloggers from all walks of life to create a tightly connected group of men and women who care deeply about and are committed to spreading this passion for fitness.

To be chosen to be a part of the live blogging crew is such an honor. There were 30 assistant spots available…Again, I really didn’t think I’d be chosen but when I got the email I was like HECK YES (except in a much more non-PC language…I’ve censored it for your sake…you’re welcome)!!

FitBloggin’ 13 will be held in Portland this year. So I get to make my way back to the beautiful PNW (Pacific Northwest) and enjoy a weekend full of amazing workouts and sessions on health, fitness, and blogging. Plus I get to meet a ton of amazing bloggers and interact with people who have similar stories of getting back to health and happiness. Below are a few friends and favorite bloggers who will be in attendance this year…

These are just a FEW of the Bloggers I’m excited about…who else will be there?! Check the list out HERE!

I’ll get to Live Blog one of the sessions I take and there will be PLENTY of other tweets, posts galore about the weekend. What could be better than a weekend about living the healthy, happy life?! I mean it is what I try to do every day and have strived for over the last 3 years. I see this as a tremendous opportunity to move forward with my goals of health and fitness, as well as to meet and learn some amazing things about blogging and just LIFE. Each person at this conference has their own story and I am beyond excited to hear them.

Portland….here I come!

What do YOU want to learn from FitBloggin ’13? What can I share with you as a reader?!

La Jolla Half Marathon {Race Recap} – #5 of 2013

30 Apr

Greetings! I have returned! I have been MIA of late and that is due to the insanely CRAZY schedule that is my life this month. It doesn’t seem to be getting any less crazy over the coming weeks/months so I’m just going to have to find additional time/motivation/energy to make sure I keep being consistent. Consistent in ALL things, training, running, being social and posting HERE!

Ok – So I’m back and well I’ve returned with a vengeance! Today was the La Jolla Half Marathon (#2 in the Triple Crown Series). And as inconsistent as I’ve been with posting here, I have been JUST as inconsistent with my running. I’ve had  5-10 runs since my last Half Marathon (SD Half on March 10th). Ranging from 3-7 miles….and NO hill training….Yeah well THIS is the elevation map for La Jolla


Needless to say I felt ill prepared. But I wasn’t worried about time. Just finishing it. Going in and kicking those hills in the BUTT. I wasn’t about to let them beat me. After classes on Saturday I headed to the race expo to meet my good friend Melissa. We grabbed our bibs and walked around the expo. Very small since it was right outside Road Runner Sports and since it is a smaller race itself. I mean who needs a ton of expo booths when you have a running store right there? Kinda sad because I like getting all the free samples and seeing new things, but given the chaos of my schedule it was nice to just go in and out. Parking was a bit chaotic and I ended up spending more money at RRS then I should’ve but since I live and work in workout gear I see it as an investment. 🙂

We also hit up one of the booths for some free stretching and pain assessment…I think the picture says it all dontcha think?! {Sorry Melissa!!)



I also thought it was pretty awesome that they had this Run for Boston sign with markers for every runner to stop by and put a message on. Given the chaos of my schedule I haven’t been able to voice my thoughts on the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Needless to say I was shell shocked the days after it. Found myself crying for the friends I had in Boston, for my cousin who just happened to be visiting the city that weekend. Even if you weren’t running, weren’t qualified, weren’t there…..we as a running community felt it. But we have struck back with more love, faith and persistence then I could ever have hoped. Makes me truly proud to be part of this community. Worldwide we are ONE.




My preparation the night before the race was needless to say just as out of it as the rest of my ‘training’ (aka non-existent). I babysat for one of my little dancers and her brother and sister. Didn’t get home and into bed until midnight which meant that there was no laying out of my clothes for the next morning or any other kind of preparation. I DID however make the command decision to sleep in an extra hour on race morning and trek it up to Del Mar to the start line. The race goes from Del Mar down to La Jolla so you either have to park at the start and shuttle back from the finish, or  park at the finish and shuttle to the start. I’d originally planned to do the latter, but that meant getting up at 4am and that was just NOT gonna happen.

Race day morning I got up, laid out my clothes and got prepped to go. Wearing yellow to rep for Boston. The extra hour of sleep was a blessing and the trek up to Del Mar to park was WAY easier than I anticipated.


I had about an hour to spare so sat and stayed warm until race start, then met with Melissa to get into our corral. We got a couple pre-race photos at the start line and with some super cool spiderman outfitted runners…


Then the waves went and we were off. I ran into quite a few friends along the way, which helped in the motivation arena. They kept me pumped, especially on the hill. I caught my friend Kristina’s husband at multiple points along the crazy hills. And by multiple points I mean I would see him, I’d run past him where he was waiting for Kristina, then he’d run past ME to get to his next point, and I’d see him again. Crazy Kenyan-like man. WISH I had his energy and speed!

Here are some of the sights along the route….


13.1 miles of beauty



far away view of the downhill trek into Torrey and the impending hill of doom


bottom of the Torrey Pines hill

Along with some of my favorite participants and signs!


Right after Mile 7…if you’re over halfway might as well finish!


Sole to Soul on course support!


Bad ass…barefoot and in traditional Hawaiian gear!

I somehow managed to survive all of the hills and pulled into the finish at 02:16:51. Not my best time, but not my worst. AND considering my lack of training I’ll take it! I’m sitting at the fam’s house in Poway enjoying a relaxing evening and delicious dinner and the legs feel much better than I anticipated. Also reflecting on the fact that my La Jolla time is only 3 minutes slower than Carlsbad (#1 in the Triple Crown series). Shows you how HORRIBLE my stomach issues were at that race. I added TONS of hills this race and somehow pulled about the same time. Yeah. Moving on.

I snagged a couple post race photos with friends..


Me and Guns


Kristina and her Kenyan husband



Finisher buddy!

Then got in line to get shuttled back to the start line. Only part of the day that sucked. Thirty minutes of waiting, thirty minutes back to the start and then 30 minutes home. An hour and a half of my life I want back, but there were TONS of shuttles so I can’t really complain about it. They seemed to be very organized and used the big buses to do it to get as many people back as quickly as possible. Props to the race organizers.

Overall a great race for being so unprepared. Next race on the schedule is Beat the Bridge on May 19th. A 5 Mile race in Seattle benefiting JDRF and then R&R San Diego in June. Goal…be better prepared!

Have you ever had a race where you just were NOT ready?  How did you survive it?

When Life Takes Over…

17 Mar

Well greetings readers…are there any of you out there?! {Fingers crossed for a YES!}

I know I’ve been MIA of late…well that is actually the understatement of the year, but I’m back and working toward consistency! To say that the last month has been chaotic is yet ANOTHER understatement (let me catch my breath while I’m sitting here…)! With travels to Austin, Seattle, and Las Vegas, 3 races, the addition of 9 new classes to teach, the culmination of USD Basketball season and the WCC Tournament play, Benjamin (Youngest Nephew) turning 1 year old…and just life in general, my life has felt like its been turned upside down for most of the last 4 weeks.

This week has been just as chaotic with Parent Observation week in the majority of my dance classes…BUT it was also one of fulfillment, appreciation, and epiphanies (yes that is plural).

So where to start? Let’s start with how BLESSED I feel right now. I always say I am one of the lucky ones. To live my dream day in and day out. Yes there are struggles (both physically, mentally and financially), but at the end of the day I get to see THESE beautiful faces every day.

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Whether they are my young dancers, my beautiful USD team, or Burlesque girls at Culture Shock Dance Center, I get to spend my days teaching dance. Spreading my love and passion for it to others. There are no words to describe how rewarding that is. No amount of money could take its place. Period. End of Story.

This week I was reminded even more of that as I received some very kind and wonderful words from my kids’ parents during Parent Observation week. I love when my kids tell me and SHOW me how much fun they have in classes, but its phenomenal to hear parents tell you as well. To let you know that their kids go home and practice what you teach them. To tell you how they talk about you at home. I am blessed. 100% Blessed.

Another reason I’ve been MIA of late is because I’ve felt less than at my best, physically and mentally. I haven’t been working out (at all) and my eating habits of late have sucked (lets just be honest). And for me I felt like if I wasn’t being at the top of my game in my own life, how can I come here and write about it. But then I remembered it is part of my journey. Even the ruts should be shared. Because we all fall into them. It happens. The sooner we learn to accept that, the more successful we (including me) will be.

What was at the root of the rut? I kept finding myself restarting every couple days with my meals. I’d do really well and then BAM, I’d have a bad day and decide to indulge, or go out of town and say ‘what the heck?’, a birthday celebration would come up, friends would come in town…All the reasons I KNOW I shouldn’t give into. But I just kept feeling like I was failing. So I let myself fail. Stupid. Completely. Utterly. Stupid. The workout regiment went down the hole too. With adding 9 new classes and then the Austin Full Marathon my energy levels dropped, and I knew I couldn’t afford getting sick like after the last marathon. It put me out of teaching for nearly a week and a half. Yeah….financially I can’t afford that right now. THIS girl is slightly on the broke side thee days. So I played it safe and stayed away from pushing it too hard.

This week though I finally decided to get back into it. I felt like I was getting back to me and that needed to include me getting my butt in the gym. Don’t get me wrong, my days were still exhausting, but I can’t keep making excuses. I can’t keep saying TOMORROW. I said TOMORROW, YESTERDAY. So, today I finally decided it is time to get back at it. I went to the gym to try a training session with one of my very best friends and HER trainer. Leg day…OH. MY. GOD. I. LOVED. IT. Felt so good to actually PUSH myself. Do strength training. Because while I haven’t packed on any weight, I can FEEL my body is different. Body composition is everything people.

In the last few months all I’ve done is running and cardio work really. A few weight lifting sessions here or there, but with prepping for a marathon I knew I needed the running in and then I teach. So energy levels for weight lifting were not so great. Which caused me to get a little softer than I like. So I hit the gym. Hard. Barbell squats, more squats, lunges, and then 10 minutes of stair running. OOF. My legs were jello, but I’d MISSED how having my legs feel like they’d done WORK felt.

After much mulling this over the last couple of day, talking with my moms, my friends Katie and Amy, I realized something….I can’t do everything! Go figure…ha. I like to PRETEND I can. When I set goals I go 110% balls to the walls or I flake and do 0%. It is my standard operating procedure. Good that I know this, so hopefully I can now work to find some kind of balance. I have to figure out the things that are MOST important to me and do them. No excuses. Because I kept saying “once things settle down” or “this week was crazy. next week” and then I realized I’d been saying that for the last two months. Guess what? My life is crazy. It always has been. Always will be. And if I wait for it to slow down I’ll be waiting forever. Eff. That.

While I LOVE my marathon training and the way it pushes me to pack on the miles, I don’t love how it has drained me of energy for other things (Specifically weight lifting) in my life. So while I will continue to run and do the shorter half marathon distances (I love that I think 13.1 is short) I’m going to limit the number of fulls I do in a year. Because I want to be fit, fast and strong. And that means being able to weight lift. I’m not super human and my energy levels currently don’t allow for me to train for a marathon, teach full time, strength train and live a life outside of work and working out. One day I hope to be able to do that, but its something to work up to.

For now….I’m going to get back to my strength training. Get back to training for speed in my runs (shorter distances at a faster pace). Get back to a happier me. Strong. Fit. Fast.

What fitness goals have you been putting off till tomorrow? 


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