Angwin to Angwish 2017

Angwin to Angwish 2017

September 5, 2017

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve signed up for my first race towards the Dopey Challenge Adventure. I am super excited!! The race itself is in Angwin, CA, a little town in the middle of Napa Valley that happens to hold my College Alma Mater, Pacific Union Collge (PUC). I graduated in 2015. So I did get a slight discount being an alumnus. Included is a link to register for Angwin to Angwish 2017 race, it is not affiliated so I do not make any money on any of the tickets purchased.

The event itself is a half marathon trail run. It is minutes from St. Helena and Calistoga, CA. You get to see beautiful scenes and meet some amazing people along the way. For some reason though, this race is not as commonly known as the others, the only way I knew about it is because I went to PUC. And it’s not on a common enough running site that makes it easy to find.

Angwin to Angwish

I have been a lucky enough person to race in 2015 the Angwin to Angwish race that was a 10K. It was one of those races that I wish I had passed out after. I trained for maybe 3 weeks before the race, and then went straight for it, and then I couldn’t walk straight for a whole week because I was not prepared. I still finished in 1 hour 45 minutes.

I really want to make this race an annual event because then I can go visit my old college campus, visit with professors that I really miss, and just enjoy the experience. Maybe even experience some of the sights that my family couldn’t experience the whole 4 years we were there because we were poor college students living on student loans, and less than minimum wage jobs. Maybe even eat at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), but not likely (in 5 years, maybe). Even though we didn’t see too many of the sights while we were there, the best part of being at the college was the atmosphere; the people are genuinely happy and interested in your well being.

This year is going to be completely different because I am training towards the event so I shouldn’t feel like dying after. Will post an update after the race. Would love to see you all there, I believe there are quite a few different races for the different levels, and there is plenty of time to train for a race so sign up and just go for it!!

See you on the other side!



2017 Labor Day Run

2017 Labor Day Run

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Let me just say that the last two weeks have not been easy. There was lots of stress and frustration for both Husband and me. But we made it!!! September is here and we are going to make the most of it no matter what it takes.

It’s Labor Day Weekend, and lots of people get a three day weekend. Yay!! That’s exciting!! Please, everyone, be safe and don’t drink and drive, or set off illegal fireworks.

This morning I was almost going to skip my long run because I stayed up way too late after having friends over for games (never ever play trivia games with my husband, you will lose badly), ate way too much pizza (6 slices) and soda (3- 8 oz cans of 7-Up), and then staying up even longer because I started a mini- weekend project because of the 3 day weekend.

I still did it!! 11 Miles today. And because people seemed to like my pictures, here’s the proof.

09-03-2017 11 Mile run

09-03-2017 11 Mile Pace

As you can see, I started at 7:33 A.M. PST and I rocked it. I’m still slow and steady at a 10:13 min/mile pace. Looking at this picture, you’re probably wondering what that dip is for. No, I did not suddenly die and come back to life. As amazing as that would be to happen. For the love of my husband when I hit the halfway point/I’m coming back home I send him a quick text of the address and that I’m coming back home so that if anything were to ever happen to me, or he was to worry there would be some information to reassure him. By taking the time to do that, it causes my heart rate to drop. I wonder if my heart rate dropping that fast after being elevated for such a long time is a good thing or a bad thing?

I do know that according to my Fitbit information that my VO2 Max is 50-54 which is considered “Excellent” but I’m not a medical professional so I’ll have to trust the information given to me.

After that run, my body feels like it got hit by a cannon filled with cement, especially my hips. My stomach is screaming at me to fill it with sour cream and onion chips smothered with gravy and salt. For some reason, I have a craving for straight salt.  Totally gross. It could also be that I didn’t eat anything before I ran, so I’m at -1,065 calories for the day.


Looking at my face after my long run, I had that look of I just ran 11 miles, I forgot how to speak, so do not ask me.

I am really starting to see some definition in my abdomen, upper arms, and upper back muscles. And every Thursday I’ve been going to Body Combat at my gym for the last couple of weeks so that’s some great cross training going on to add to my overall fitness routine.

For the entire month of September Husband and I planned out what meals we are going to have, including leftover days. It is a lot easier than doing a long run on Sunday, blog post, planning a list for food for the week, shopping for the food, meal prepping for the week and still managing to do all the laundry at the laundromat all in one day. Much easier this way because the list is made Saturday night. Plus, I’ve added a surprise that’s going to happen in a couple of weeks when it comes to food. Something about buying large quantities of food. . .

If you are just starting on this journey with me, or have been with me from the beginning, it’s never too late to join in. The Dopey Challenge isn’t going to be until January of 2020, so you have a bit of time to prepare yourself. Also, you do not have to do all four races by any means. You could set your goal to do the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or have it be your very first Marathon. Any and all fitness levels are more than welcome to come along. We can all learn from each other. Let’s all be Dopey together!

Laundry is calling my name.

See you on the other side!


September 2017 Training Calendar

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can see this picture clearly. I am not savvy enough on how to figure out how to get a document to come up with one month on one page. For some reason, I end up with a PDF of my whole possible training schedule.So I do it the hard way, take a picture with my iPad mini of the month I’m going to be working on, then upload the picture to the blog. If you know how to help me, I would be much obliged by your helpfulness.

September 2017 training Calendar

September is starting to ramp up for me because it is the month before the Federal Open Enrollment that starts in October. I will touch on that a little later.

Sundays in Red (09/03 and 09/17) are my super long runs: I will go out on the streets and


take a run. Included is a street route that I’m going to take. I know that the route shows that it is already only going to be about 10.4 miles (down and back) but this route has some corners. I don’t take the most direct route because unfortunately, traffic is a thing.

Sundays in Blue (09/10 and 09/24) are my recovery weekends where I hit the street and take an easy pace and just relax.

Tuesdays in Green are my speed days where I work on my pace work, I might even try some cross training class at my gym. It’s supposed to be a whole body cross training class that uses nothing but my body as weight, and I am most likely going to be exhausted.

Thursdays in Purple are my Hills. The day of the week where I push myself to my limits. And oh my goodness do my legs hurt after those hills. Who knew that the treadmill could go at a 15% incline? I found that out two weeks ago.

Fridays in Yellow are my variety day where I set the treadmill up for variety and just go at the best pace for the incline, I also try to push my race pace, to be fast than usual so there is some resistance.

This is the tentative schedule for September. Sometime during this month my oldest child is going in for a much-needed eye surgery and will need some of my Mommy’s TLC for a couple of days. When that happens, I will try to stick to my schedule, but my kids are always a priority. What might happen is that when it comes time to do my workout I will take my youngest to do his swim lessons (I will do my workout), and my husband will stay home with our oldest. It’s a strong possibility, but we shall see what happens as it comes to pass.

September is also the month before I do a race!! Dun, dun dun. . . I will also be talking later about my first official Dopey Challenge race that is in preparation for the Dopey Challenge in January 2020.

If you are just joining me for this Adventure, congratulations!!! I am so glad to have you here!! This journey is not going to be easy. It’s going to be long, strenuous, and just plain crazy, but no one ever said pushing one’s body to the limits was sane.

See you on the other side!




What’s to Eat?

August 29, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Yesterday was the 6 year anniversary of my wedding, such a short amount of time and so much has happened to us that I am very grateful that we’ve made it. Congratulations to us!!

Some of you were wondering what we exactly eat. Here’s a list:

Food List

This is just a basic clean eating food list found on the internet that I’ve edited to not include those things that I know for sure we don’t get/eat. This list does not include those things that we just refuse to live without. Down below I have included a more inclusive list of all the things that we will eat.


One basic consistency is that we do not eat anything biblically unclean. This is a personal choice that we have decided to abide by if you eat those things, I do not care or think of you in a different way. That is your personal decision and I have nothing against your choices.

Also, we eat donuts occasionally. With that in mind, I mainly stick to the clean eating list and eat three adequately sized meals throughout the day. Since I have to make my own meals with limited time, with a limited budget, I don’t always get the option of eating what I plan on making in the size I plan on having it. My eyes always seem to be bigger than my stomach.

With that in mind, it seems that with the way we eat we only seem to spend around $150 on pay weekends, then $50 on non-pay weekends during the hot months of the year, while in winter the budget is $200 for pay weekends, and $75 for non-pay weekends. For a monthly food budget (not including going out to eat) of around $400 ($550 during winter). We live in Reno, NV so in comparison to some major cities our food is pretty cheap and affordable depending on what we purchase.

Because we are on a limited income we maybe go out to a nicer place to eat maybe once every 6 months. With my husband and I hardly ever going to a nicer place like Red Robin, we really know how to eat. Just my order would consist of:

  •  Bruschetta Chicken
    • 630 cal
      • 260 cals from fat
    • 29g total Fat
      • 8g saturated fat
      • 0g trans fat
    • 125mg Cholesterol
    • 1480mg Sodium
    • 46g Carbohydrates
    • 3g Fibre
    • 5g Sugar
    • 42g Protein
  • Sweet Potato Fries
    • 570 cal
      • 270 cals from fat
    • 29g total Fat
      • 5g saturated fat
      • 0g trans fat
    • 0mg Cholesterol
    • 810mg Sodium
    • 70g Carbohydrates
    • 9g Fibre
    • 24g Sugar
    • 6g Protein
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup- Bowl
    • 380 cal
      • 180 cals from fat
    • 19g total Fat
      • 8g saturated fat
      • 0g trans fat
    • 55mg Cholesterol
    • 1520mg Sodium
    • 31g Carbohydrates
    • 4g Fibre
    • 4g Sugar
    • 22g Protein
  • Total for everything- We eat everything that we order. This meal blows my whole day out of food control because I love eating too much. Especially when I don’t have to cook the food.
    • 1580 cal
      • 710 cals from fat
    • 77g total Fat
      • 21g saturated fat
      • 0g trans fat
    • 180mg Cholesterol
    • 3810mg Sodium
    • 147g Carbohydrates
    • 16g Fibre
    • 33g Sugar
    • 70g Protein

When you go out to eat, do you tend to order more food than you typically eat on a daily basis? Where do you usually go? I would love to hear from you, or even hear some advice on what I should order when I go.

See you on the other side!