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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!




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!

5 Things to Do After a Long Run

5 Things to Do After a Long Run

August 27, 2017

Hey Everyone!

The miles are starting to build up on us, last week I ran enough miles to make my legs double think their strength, but after this routine, I felt like a whole new person. Taking proper care of yourself during this journey is very crucial not just to your physical health, but your mind. We are building and pushing our bodies to their limit, especially as we build miles on our training. This routine is what I do before going to bed after a long run.

Every Sunday night before bed, I make sure that I do these 5 things:Bubble Bath

  1. Epsom salt bath and bubble bath-
    1. I specifically use Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep- Lavender because lavender is supposed to be a soothing scent and used before bed. Filling my tub with hot water, I add  2 cups of the Epsom salt and then allow the salt the dissolve before doing a 20-minute soak. My body really feels so much better after, my muscles are relaxed and feel gelatinous. Just utterly relaxed.
    2. I also add in Foaming Bubble Bath because, why not? If I’m going to take the time to do an entire body soak might as well add bubbles.
  2. Face Mask-
    1. Oh my goodness, after a week of running, working out, running after kids, and just living life our faces need a little cleansing love. I make sure to use my face cleanser and then this Green Tea Wash-Off Mask while I soak in my bath. It says to only have the mask on for 10- 15 minutes, but 5 more minutes can’t hurt too much, right?
    2. As soon as this mask touches my face I can feel the refreshing feel of it working into my skin. There’s just a burst of freshness as it just sits on my face. My husband says I look like a green monster when I do this.
  3. Decompress-
    1. While I’m sitting there just allowing my body to soak, and my face to get cleaned, the stress just melts away into nothingness and I can clearly think about all the wonderful events that are happening or just allow my mind to wander into creative thoughts about my Temperature Blanket, 2018 Financial Goals, gifts to buy for Christmas season (and stay in budget), and quite a few other things.
  4. Audible-
    1. I love listening to stories as well. Even though I really want to clear my mind of all the jumble of life, just laying there listening to Audible will help clear my mind. Right now I’m listening to the Unabridged Peter Pan read by Lily Collins, it is a great story that just takes me to another world. Even though I only listen in 20-minute increments I am able to keep up with the story.
  5. Sleep-
    1. Sleep is one of those important things that we must all experience, otherwise, we become crazy people that randomly start crying at our husband, wait. . . .that might be just me.  I don’t know about all of you but I really need my sleep, 10 hours would be wonderful. Looking at my Fitbit it seems that 7.5 hours is actually what I get each night. During the Federal Open Enrollment (October 15- December 7) it’s looking like I might be getting much less sleep. When you get more sleep after a run it is your body recovering and strengthening itself for your next run.

Start adopting a routine after a long run so that you can recover nicely. Mix and match what works for you, because what works for me will not necessarily work for you. I know some runners that will give themselves an ice bath or will binge on some full body massage. Would love some recommendations in the comments.

See you on the other side!


200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

August 20, 2017

Hey, Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that since the start of this journey on April 22, 2017, I have trained for a total of 211 miles!! I cannot believe it!! So far it has been an up and down journey. I’m still learning all the in’s and out’s of training for such a tremendous race, the saving and incorporating the training into my life. But I am so happy with the improvements that have happened along the way.

The last two weeks have been a little stressful (I’ll talk about why in later posts), so instead of taking my frustration out on my amazingly patient husband, which is usually my go-to reaction, I decided to hit the treadmill instead. This has worked wonders for our relationship.

During this last week, I did try both Body Pump and Body Combat. They are both great classes that are whole body workouts. I will have to try them a couple more times to make a more informed decision. The first time, because the jargon and the techniques used were so new to me that I was a little lost, which should go away the more times I go. The Body Combat was more cardio based because I seemed to get higher heart rate than Body Pump. Also, during Body Pump, I found out my legs are way more muscular than my upper body strength. Might need to work on that.

August 20, 2017August 20, 2017

I am so sorry to admit that I lost my measuring tape so there won’t be any measurements besides weight and miles down. My plan to fix that by next long run (09/03/2017) is to go to Michael’s Craft Store and pick up a soft measuring tape.

Weight: 87.5 pounds

Miles Down: 210!


Today’s run was 9.5 miles. This is the information gathered from my Fitbit Blaze. All I can say is, “Wow”! 614 Calories!! That’s more than a bagel for sure. If someone could show me how I can get my mile times that would be amazing. I get notifications on my Blaze while I’m running what my pace is every mile, but I am not sure how to get that off the Dashboard to share with you all.

08-20-2017 Pace Because I don’t have those automatically given to me I went to a pace calculator and it gave me splits with a pace of 10:18 a mile. Looks like I might need to do some work so that I can do a marathon in under 4 hours. That’s a pace of 9:10 per mile. Wish me luck!

While I’m running I don’t listen to music. I know that there are other people that can only run while listening to music, but I just can’t. I need to hear my feet hitting the ground. After listening to people talk all day long, talking to my kids who are screaming, fighting, yelling (being normal kids) I just need a break from the noise. Running with no noise in my head helps clear the fog and makes life just that much clearer and easier to handle when I’m at the end of a long run.

What is your style of running? Are you a fast and furious runner, or a slow and steady? Do you listen to music, or are you a self-reflection person? Let me know in the comments, I welcome all people on this journey.

See you on the other side!