Say Goodbye to Boring Lenses

Sponsored by VSP 

Eye health is just as important as working out, and that’s why I’ve teamed up with my friends at VSP for their new SunSync Elite Campaign. SunSync Elite is a revolutionary light-reactive lens that changes from dark to clear in seconds. Talk about life changing!

Ya’ll know our daily lives can be so busy and chaotic, worrying about carrying two pairs of glasses is one less thing I have to think about. SunSync Elite’s longer performance lifespan means you’ll have to replace your light-reactive lenses less often, saving you money in the long run. This is really key for me! I prefer to carry one pair of glasses for my everyday work day, while still remaining fashionable.

I remember the first time I wore my new pair of glasses in front of my friends. Their reactions were priceless! They thought I was wearing a pair of sunglasses since I wore them on our walk to coffee. The lenses quickly turned to clear once we were inside, and my friend said, “Whoa did your glasses just go light?!”

I giggled and explained to her about this new technology. She thought it was so cool and wished her glasses did the same. By returning to clear in seconds, SunSync Elite allows you to immediately step forward with the confidence of clear, attractive lenses, rather than waiting for your lenses to get out of that creepy, half tinted phase for up to 10 minutes or longer.

This was a really important feature for me. I didn’t want to be somewhere inside, and have my glasses a dark tint and still appear I was outside. I love how convenient these glasses make my life! I highly recommend to anyone wanting to simplify their daily routine!  

If you’re interested in investing in a for yourself, check out the links below to find a VSP doctor near you!

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SunSync Elite Video: https://youtu.be/H2S4HHsNVzo

#Sponsored #SunSyncElite

Race Recap- American River 25 Miler

RACE RECAP: OMG what a day!!!

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I learned so much from this race, and it was really great experience for my 50k! The start of the race I was feeling really good — mentally and physically. I started in the back of the group and wanted to take the first 10 miles easier, since I knew I would need my energy for the last half.

I stopped at the first aid station to see my friend Amanda (she’s the best crew) and loaded up on nutrition. My goal was to have 400 calories/1 bottle of water per hour at least. After leaving the first aid station, I wasn’t going to see Amanda for another 8.5 miles. I made the stupid mistake of taking a smaller water bottle. 😩I ran out of water and no electrolytes until about mile 13.

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At mile 13 I was still in good spirits and chugged some tea eletrolyte crap at the aid station and filled up my water. My stomach was feeling pretty off. I was burping up my nutrition, but I kept telling myself I was fine and that my stomach was totally fine. Apparently, we had been through the hardest part of the race known as “the meat grinder” and I didn’t even realize it. During that part, we had to climb a lot and it was really rocky. I was actually really enjoying it!

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I felt really strong and hiked as quickly as I needed to conserve my energy for later. After mile 13, my tummy felt terrible I felt like I was either going to throw up or 💩 myself. I really had to have a coming to Jesus moment and tried really hard to stay positive and just breathe. I kept forcing myself to eat, even though it sounded terrible and my stomach was very upset. I kept trotting along and stayed strong.

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Once I got to mile 16 and saw Amanda again, she knew I needed to eat. I took an electrlyte pill and had a waffle. I felt like a new woman after that! I was mainly running alone, which was the hardest part for me. Being completely alone in my thoughts, with no one to talk to. lol I’m such a talker while I run, and I was having to talk to myself out there.

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Mile 21, was the hardest. I literally had ask Jesus for help. 🤣 I didn’t think I was going to make it! I had to hike some parts because my energy was so low. My tummy continued to feel bad. I started to force feed myself again and just tell myself one foot in front of the other. It was really muddy around this part and my legs were working extra hard. Once I got the final and last aid station, I knew I was going to have a climb for the rest of the race.

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The last 5 miles were basically ALL up hill. I drank loads of water, took more electrolytes and even ventured off my norm, and ate fritos! They tasted amazing!! The last two and half miles were all road/rocky road. You have no idea how happy I was!!! I was like, this is just like the workout you did weeks ago. I told myself I couldn’t stop. I never stopped running once. I just kept pushing and pushing. I felt really mentally strong at this point, mainly because I knew it was about to be over. I was also very emotional. I couldn’t contain my tears. I had never in a million years thought I could run this distance on trail. I use to be the kind of person who said they would NEVER run trail. I use to hate getting dirty. This experience was incredible and one I will always remember. I learned so much! I really can’t wait to get back to training and find better ways to improve for the 50k!

The Power of She

Sponsored by Athleta 

I remember when I first started running. It all began with gradually building up. Slowly but surely, I would eventually make my way to a full mile. No watch, no fancy running gadgets, just a pair of clearance shoes I bought from the store, and the determination to comfortably run what I was hoping was a mile. I’d try for two weeks to run around the neighborhood, and sometimes I’d come back completely exhausted laying on the floor, not sure why I decided to start. But, that’s the thing about never giving up, one day, it all clicked. I DID IT! I actually did it.

I ran an entire mile, and I didn’t feel like dying. This was success in my eyes. I think it’s important to remember why you started and to celebrate how far you’ve come. Although, running for me has evolved so much these past years, the love of running free will always live within me. Running has ignited a love of the sport that has fueled empowerment within me to constantly strive to achieve the impossible. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, celebrate your passion and the desire to achieve the impossible.

As much as I love sharing pieces of my running journey, I wanted to start sharing more about running apparel since I absolutely LOVE clothes. I plan to start reviewing more apparel pieces and giving an honest review. For my first review, check out the Run Free Collection from Athleta. I love a brand that wants to empower women to reach their full potential and for creating apparel that works for all body shapes and sizes. This collection is stunning and I’m sharing with you some of my favorite pieces.

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Run Free Jacket

This jacket is straight fire! It’s super lightweight and the right length to compliment your shape. I’m always cold, so for me, it’s a really great light layer heading into fall. It’s definitely going to be a staple for my early morning runs.

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Feels like butter to your skin and provides a nice high waist. I love anything high-waisted, especially because your girl has hips. They also have pockets on the size which hold my BIG iphone and a pocket in the back for nutrition and/or keys.

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I’m rockin’ @athleta‘s Run Free Bra + Run Free 7/8 Tight. With breathable materials, quick drying capabilities, and UPF protection — I knew this line was a WIN! I love running apparel, and LOVE that the entire Run Free system is made with recycled plastic bottles! So, not only do you look good on your run, but you feel good knowing your outfit is super sustainable. Check out my stories for more outfit details! 🏃🏾‍♀️

How fly do I look and feel in @athleta’s Run Free Short + Bra?! SO CUTE! The shorts have a high waist band, which Is my favorite! There are so many cute color combos and prints. The bra fits TTS and I sized down in the shorts.

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Run Free Bra – White

How beautiful is this bra?! I mean, seriously it’s one of the best looking bras I’ve seen this season. I’ve always steered clear of wearing a white bra, because hello a white bra. But, this bra provides great support and removable pads to keep everything looking seamless.

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Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more fun reviews!

#PowerofShe #Sponsored

Rambling Runner Podcast

OMG, Guys!!! I was on a podcast with The Rambling Runner Podcast! It just came out, and I couldn’t be more excited to share with everyone.
I talk about my running journey from a 4:57 marathoner, to a Boston Qualifier. My love for Fleet Feet Sacramento, and all things running, and of course, CARBS!
Please download and let me know what you think!
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“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.” – Paulo Coelho
 

Why I decided to not run CIM

Alrighty, well here it is. I can’t avoid it any longer. I’m NOT running CIM. “Oh no, what happened?!” is what you’re probably wondering. Nothing, nothing happened. For over a year now, I have been pushing my body to its limits and bottom line, I’m exhausted. After working for years to finally meet my goal of qualifying and getting into the Boston marathon, it left me in this weird space of, “what’s next?” For us runners, it’s always more, more, more! Faster times, new PRs and another race to conquer. For weeks during training I could tell that my runs felt “different.” I didn’t want to give up and feel like a failure because I’ve had hard training cycles before, but this was different. I didn’t want to listen to the voice deep down inside that told me my heart wasn’t in it. Quitting wasn’t an option! Until one day I set out to run 10 miles with my husband biking next to me and he could tell I was struggling. I ran 8 and he said it was time to go home. I was pissed. The schedule said 10, and if it says 10 you HAVE to run 10. He looked at me and said, “if you could tell yourself three years ago you were going to qualify for the Boston Marathon twice, would that be enough?” “Of course,” I responded. “Let it be enough.” I realized after this conversation I was avoiding the truth within myself. My heart wasn’t in it. I didn’t want it that bad and it showed in my runs. Running wasn’t fun for me anymore, and every time I headed out to run mile after mile, a little of my happiness seeped away. I finally decided to stop marathon training and stop running altogether. YES, I stopped running for over a week! And guess what? I survived! I actually didn’t miss it. I would feel like a complete hypocrite if I always preach about, “listening to your body & always RUN HAPPY” yet I wasn’t doing either. My body needed a break and it became very obvious when I didn’t miss going out for runs. Taking a well deserved off season from now until January is just what I need to get ready for the Boston freakin’ Marathon! Don’t get me wrong, eventually I’ll start running again, but when my body feels it’s ready. I will still be joining in on all the CIM festivities and spectating so HARD! So from one runner to another, always take care of yourself first and listen to your gut! Your instincts are there for reason. Races will always be there, but your health and happiness can never be taken for granted.

Years in the making.

I wasn’t into sports in high school and even talked my way out of PE because I couldn’t be bothered to exercise. I hated running and avoided it any chance I could get. When I went into to college, I partied my a** off and lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. I drank a lot, ate terrible, and didn’t care about my overall health. It was later in life that I found running, or how I see it running found me.

In 2014 I decided to sign up for my first marathon. With very little training and not a clue of what I was getting myself into, my only goal was to finish. It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever ran. I remember saying to myself, “I will NEVER run a marathon again, why the F did I sign up for this?!” After completing the race, I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in myself I had never experienced before. In those moments when I was walking and thought there was no way I could finish, something deep down inside me continued to persevere.

The following year I signed up for my second marathon and made it a personal goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I was more determined than ever and wouldn’t give up trying. I ended up getting injured weeks before the race due to poor self-care and changing jobs took away from training. But still, I felt I was going to BQ. On race day, I decided to try a new GU flavor, new long sleeve thermal (because it rained and I freaked out) and last but not least a new ankle wrap. Yup, I was THAT person. During the race I was a sh*t show. Not because of my time, but because I made a lot of mistakes along the way that I could have prevented. Even though I didn’t get my BQ, I never felt defeated. I took it as a lesson learned and decided I wanted to keep trying.

I went on to sign up for two marathons in 2016, still determined to work as hard as possible to earn my spot at Boston. On my third attempt at BQ’ing (Big Sur I ran for fun) I FINALLY qualified!!! I was literally throwing up as I crossed the finish line, and tears of joy fell down my face. Everything I had worked toward at this very moment had come together. After celebrating and enjoying a huge personal improvement, I then realized I most likely needed a bigger time cushion to assure my entry. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I felt crushed. I was burnt out. I didn’t want to run another marathon. After not running for a month, I decided once again to attempt another marathon with an even faster time. This training cycle came with many obstacles along the way. Throughout the years, I faced so much self-doubt, fear and other people trying to bring me down, telling me I wasn’t going to do it. And at times, I thought I wasn’t going to either.

At Mountains 2 Beach marathon, I ran the best race of my life. I felt strong, collected, and knew that nothing would stop me from achieving my dream. As I crossed the finish line, all I could say was, “I did it, I did it, I did!” Every single mile, every bad run, every workout helped me achieve a huge accomplishment. It finally happened. You can never understand the power of self motivation, inner strength and persistent heart until you give something your all. Good things take time, and when it’s meant to be, it will happen. Stay patient and enjoy the ride. It WILL happen, because it happened to me. Above all, NEVER EVER give up. Tomorrow morning at 7 am, I get to register for the 2018 freakin’ Boston Marathon!!!!! Nothing is guaranteed but I know I have given it my all and feel content with where I am. ❤️

Put me in, coach.

 Running for Carbs blog just turned one! A year has flown by so quickly and it slipped my mind that I’ve had this blog for an entire year. At the start of 2015 I made it a personal goal to start a running blog and try and post at least once a month. Some months it’s easier and some months it’s harder but with the ongoing love and support it’s kept me motivated to keep writing. With that said, I will be celebrating by fundraising $2,500 for the charity Water For People and running the New York Marathon in November!!! To celebrate Running for Carbs one year anniversary it was only obvious that I would try to achieve a goal I thought would be impossible. That’s the beauty about running, it allows us to reach the impossible and motivate ourselves to reach for new goals.

Team Water For People will be running all of NYC’s 5 boroughs to support Water For People and mirror what millions of people around the world do everyday–walk long distances to collect clean water for their families. Not Everyone runs a marathon, but Water For People believes that everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation Forever.

Your donations go directly to Water For People to finance their water and sanitation programs in Africa, India, Central America and South America–programs that grow out of their belief that Everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation Forever.

Water For People is an international nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to creating reliable, safe drinking water resources, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in the developing world; it currently operates in 10 countries: Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia & Peru. The organization’s unique business-oriented approach works to establish partnerships between local and national government institutions, nongovernment organizations, private enterprise, and entrepreneurs to enable local communities, districts, and municipalities to plan, build, finance, maintain, and operate their own safe water and sanitation services. Water For People puts long-lasting solutions and 100% coverage of a region with safe water access for everyone at the forefront of its strategy. It fosters innovative solutions to water and sanitation problems that are adaptable worldwide, and through monitoring and evaluation of its program impact for at least 10 years post-implementation, Water For People ensures that its work is sustained by local partners.

I am asking all of you to please donate $26.2 dollars to help me achieve my $2,500 goal. If you are unable to donate 26.2 please donate whatever amount you are able to afford. Any donation will be helpful I achieving my goal. On top of working full time (40 hours a week), being a student, and training for marathons, I have taken on a second job to help me pay for the expenses of my trip to New York. I truly believe in this cause and will do everything in my power to meet my goal. Thank you for your support!

#RunningforCarbs #TeamWaterforPeople