Monday, April 14, 2014

Back from Vacay and Jimmy Fallon's #myworstcar....

Hi All!
Sorry I have been MIA - but I was on a family vacay!
We just returned from a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean. 
It was AMAZING!
I can't wait to share all of the details!
But until then, I will leave you with a picture and a link.

I had no clue that I would be running a 5K race while on vacation.
Me and Mickey on Castaway Cay.

While I was in Dallas waiting for my connecting flight to Orlando last week, I received a text from my aunt telling me that she saw Run Weigh Mom on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon'.
I had recently responded on twitter about #myworstcar and my tweet was one of the ones that was read on the show.
If you are interested, here is the link:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What I've Been Up To....

It's April already? Really?
Am I the only one in shock?
I haven't done a weekly recap in like forever - so I plugged in my iPhone, downloaded the gazillion pictures I have on it and decided to share some of my life via iPhone photos.
Here we go:
As a thank you to my hubby for putting up with all of my crazy marathon training, I took him to his first hockey game. I had no idea I would enjoy watching hockey so much. (It is way more entertaining than baseball.) I definitely see another Ducks game in our future.
I started doing some Jillian Michaels again. Man I LOVE this DVD.
It seems like so long ago when I did this post:
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and Pile on the Miles Challenge
 I've been working quite a bit. Missing the family but enjoying the views.
 I love Trader Joe's Almond Butter and hate when I get to the bottom of a jar.
Instead of letting the last bit of almond butter go to waste -
I put some cheerios in the jar, mix it all up and enjoy an awesome snack.
You're welcome.
 I haven't been running a lot.
But when I do - I make quite the fashion statement.
(Yes, I'm rocking my sorority letters from college. I'm just stoked they still fit!)
I'm going to apologize now to any of you that are in a super cold portion of the world.
Here in So Cal it has felt like summer.
So of course we needed to bust out some water balloons!
(The only bummer about water balloons is that it takes forever to fill them up and only a minute to pop them all)
 I'm loving my birthday present from the hubby.
I especially love the 26.2 marathon charm.
 Soaking up the little moments with my little one.
Why, oh why do I continue to play this damn grocery store game?
The most I have won is a free rental from Redbox.
Anyone else win anything?
 Was kind of in Women's Running magazine this month.
Too bad they put my picture with another woman's story.
Bummer.
My article should be appearing in a later issue.
I've been trying harder to make wiser food decisions.
Salads are always a great option. 
I wouldn't really put Trader Joe's Cowboy Caviar on my list of healthier options;
but since I don't eat tortilla chips with it - I'm not going to feel too bad about it.
Am I the only one who eats salsa out of the jar?
It is soooooo good!
 Another beautiful day at work.
Seriously, if I have to work - I'm glad it is at a place like this.
 Of course I had to throw a photo in from the Hot Chocolate 15K.
 I made some chocolate covered oreos for one of my best friend's bridal shower.
 Thankfully us ladies remembered to have our photo taken when we were all dressed up.
I love my family.
I received a reminder email from the photography company about my marathon photos and was excited to see that they had added some finish line photos. After some thought, I finally splurged and bought the below image.
 I also received a coupon from Shutterfly for a free photo book.
I had just the use for it.
 I have been wanting to put together a race book for a while and this was just the coupon I needed.
You can't beat free!
Lastly.....
I FINALLY registered for a new race.
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half - here I come!

I REALLY needed to sign up for another half marathon. I am definitely one of those people that need something to work towards or else I get lazy. So this is just what I needed to get my butt in gear.

That's a peek into my life recently.

What's going on in yours?

Friday, March 28, 2014

ANOTHER winner selected for Visa Gift Card...

Well unfortunately I never heard back from Sheryl D. - bad news for her :o(.
But good news for another lucky reader....
The new winner for the $25 Visa Gift Card is:
Kellie R. G. with the awesome comment of:
I'm a hummus and veggies kind of gal. It's filling and I can share it with my toddler. I love the individual packs sold at Costco. Quick and easy.
Congrats Kellie R. G.!
Please email me ASAP at runweighmom@gmail.com so you can claim your prize.
(If I don't hear back from you by tonight, then a new winner will be announced tomorrow morning.
C'mon on people!)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another winner selected for the $25 Visa Gift Card...

Well unfortunately I never heard back from Susan C. - bad news for her :o(.
But good news for another lucky reader....
The new winner for the $25 Visa Gift Card is:
Sheryl D. with the awesome comment of:
I love to have a cup of Greek yogurt (Fage and Chobani are the best!), carrots or celery, a sandwich with Panera whole grain bread, lettunce, sliced turkey, tomatoes and some reduced fat mayo, and a fruit (clementines, Fuji apple, etc.)
Congrats Sheryl D!
Please email me at runweighmom@gmail.com so you can claim your prize.
(If I don't hear back from you by tonight, then a new winner will be announced tomorrow morning)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K Race Recap...

First let's start off with the winner of the $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway......
Susan C. you have won! Congrats!!
Please email me at runweighmom@gmail.com so you can claim your prize.
(If I don't hear back from you by tonight, then a new winner will be announced tomorrow morning)

Now that that is out of the way, let's talk about the San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K that the hubby and I ran with friends over the weekend.
A good friend of mine and sorority sister (shout out to any Alpha Phis out there) texted me a couple of months ago (in the middle of marathon training) asking if Jerald and I would be interested in running the SD Hot Chocolate 15K with her and a friend. My friend lives up North, so the thought of hanging out with her for the weekend had me immediately saying yes (not to mention the fact that at that point in time - a 15K was nothing compared to the mileage I had been logging on a weekly basis). Then I realized that I had better check with the hubby (since he is not a runner and has only ran a 5K or two, like 8 years ago). My friend, Angela, quickly assured me that her and her friend were planning on run/walking the entire race, and that Jerald would be just fine. Once Jerald heard that, he was totally up for a weekend getaway (with a 9.3 mile race thrown in).
Flash forward a couple of months and this is where we stood:
I have pretty much been 'blah' about my running these past 7 weeks. (Unfortunately marathon training really took its toll on me and lately running has felt more like a chore than something I look forward to doing)
Jerald hasn't been running at all (not that he was ever running before).
Long story short - we were scared!
But the idea of a weekend away pushed aside any fears we had of dying on the course!
So we packed up our stuff for the weekend and headed down to San Diego.
 Unfortunately the traffic was HORRIBLE!
It took us forever to get to the expo.
 But once we were there it was a quick and painless process.
We took some pictures and grabbed some chocolate.
I snagged 4 pieces - since I told the guy I was picking up my friends' bibs as well.
(Angela or Melissa - if you are reading this then I have to apologize for eating your chocolate!)
There were no lines to pick up our bibs and goody bags.
After we picked up our stuff, we headed into the expo to check out the vendors.
I of course had to stop by my favorite booth, Pro Compression!
After packet pick up I was starving and ready for some lunch.
We had seen a Yard House on the way to the expo, and since I wasn't sure what we were doing for dinner with everyone, we decided to have my pre race meal for lunch.
 Chicken nachos to share - yes I am a creature of habit.
Although I did mix it up a bit by getting shrimp pasta with vodka sauce.
Next we headed to our hotel (we stayed at the Omni since it was right next to the race).
The hotel was awesome, but $38 to valet park for the day seemed a bit extreme.
Of course I had to try on the jacket that we received at the expo.
I love it!
Way cooler than the shirts that you normally get with your race registration.
We decided to try and get a little sun before it got too late.
It was nice to hang out by the pool and just relax for a bit.
Don't get me wrong, I missed my kids, but am so thankful for the little break from being 'mommy'.
After our time at the pool, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner.
We met everyone at the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.
It was so nice to meet new people and catch up with an old friend.
The night flew by and around 11pm we called it a night.
Of course I set out all of my race day stuff before heading to bed.
 Running items (from head to toe):
~ Hat
~ Headphones and ipod
~ Chap stick
~ Sports bra
~ Tank top
~ Race bib
~ Running Belt (to carry my phone)
~ Garmin watch
~ Capri running pants
~ Pro Compression Socks
~ Asics shoes (not shown)
~ Luna Bar and a bag of Jelly Belly Sport Beans (for before the race)
We were up the next morning at 6:30am and met Angela and Melissa at 7:15am.
We had plenty of time to take pictures before the race started.
 It was so cool to be running the race with my husband and friends.
 I love this chick!
We actually spent so much time taking pictures and BSing that we didn't realize that the race was about to start. We weren't anywhere near our assigned corrals and had to rush to try and make it there in time.
Like I mentioned before - when I originally signed up for this race I was in the thick of marathon training and was planning on 'racing' this race for time. However, after talking to Jerald we decided awhile back that I would just have fun on this race and hang out with the group. So although I was assigned to corral K - I ended up in the back of corral L with everyone.
I have to admit that being that far back made me a bit anxious; but I reminded myself that this was just an 'easy' run and to not worry about how far back in the pack I was.
As soon as we got in our corral the crowd started moving and it wasn't long before we crossed the start line.
I had read a race recap about this race; so I wasn't surprised by the amount of hills along the course. I was actually pretty worried about them at first, but I quickly realized that they were not as bad as I thought they would be. The goal for the group was to 'leave no man behind'. We would run as much as we could and when one person had to stop and walk; we would all stop and walk.
We ran the first 2 miles without stopping and I was super proud of everyone.
As I mentioned, Jerald is not a runner and only ran a couple of times prior to the race (and nothing over 3 miles). Angela was pretty much in the same boat, Melissa was a more consistent runner and I have only ran a handful of times since the marathon (nothing over 3 miles).
After that we ran/walked the rest of the race and had a really good time.
I have never had a chance to talk to someone during a race, but talking to Melissa really made the time fly by.
As soon as I saw the Finish line I sprinted ahead so that I could get a picture of everyone finishing the race.

Then it was time for some more pictures.
 So proud of my husband!
Then it was time to pick up our chocolate.
 I personally would rather have a medal at the end of a race, but if you don't get a medal, the next best thing is chocolate. So instead of a medal you receive a plastic mug. In the middle of the mug is a cup of hot chocolate. Then there is melted chocolate with an assortment of items to dip in the chocolate. There was a banana, graham crackers, pretzels, a rice krispie treat and a marshmallow.
Thankfully there was a wet wipe as well - because it was pretty messy.
I had read online that the chocolate wasn't that good; but apparently it doesn't take much to please me - because I was completely happy eating my chocolate and drinking some water. I didn't try the hot chocolate so I'm not sure how that tasted.
Jerald and I decided to toss our mugs but Angela and Melissa wanted to keep theirs and were able to grab plastic bags to wrap their mugs in.
Once we were done, we all headed back (us to our hotel and Melissa & Angela to their car) to freshen up for breakfast.
The hotel recommended a place to eat called The Broken Yolk; and upon arriving, we were happy to hear that there was only about a 20 minute wait.

I ordered a short stack of pancakes with a side of Nutella and home fries.
Everything tasted great and the company was the best.
During breakfast I told everyone about some upcoming races. It's looking like the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego half is a possibility.
But most excitingly - it sounds like EVERYONE is up for doing the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas half with me in November.
That would be sooooooo much fun!
Once breakfast was over it was time to say goodbye to everyone.
At first, Jerald and I were planning on hanging out by the pool at the hotel for the afternoon, but the weather was pretty crappy for that. So we decided to head home, and if the weather was better up in Laguna we would stop by the beach for a little bit.
Thankfully the traffic was much better on the way home; and by the time we hit Laguna the sun was out. So we stopped by a CVS and picked up a blanket, beach mat, book and some chips to take with us to the beach.
We spent the next two hours hanging out here:
It was the perfect end to a fabulous weekend!

Question: How was your weekend?