Calling All Beer Runners!

Do you like running, do you like beer, and do you live in or near San Diego? If you answered yes to these questions then you need to stop what you’re doing and go sign up for the  San Diego Craft Classic – actually, finish reading and then sign up (there is a discount code I’ll be providing, so keep reading!). The SD Craft Classic has a half marathon and 5k option, and a TON of great race swag/race day fun:

  • Special Edition Race Shirt
  • Super full, super fun goody bag
  • Free parking on race day
  • Fully supported race route with water, fuel, and aid
  • Medical Support
  • Police Support and traffic control on route
  • One-of-a-kind Finisher’s Medal
  • Commemorative pint glass
  • Knockaround sunglasses
  • Post-Race Party with Free Craft Beer (if 21+), post-race food & entertainment

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The race is Sunday July 17th. The 5k course stops and ends at Green Flash Brewery, and the half marathon starts on Camino del Sur and ends at Green Flash Brewery. If you aren’t a #beerrunner, don’t worry, it is really easy to train for this race. It is basically training for a regular half marathon, then post training run you MUST go enjoy a beer. You can see below that I am very well trained in drinking beers post run. I’ve even placed in the Sac Beer Week 5k at New Helvetia Brewery.

This race is going to be a great time! Go register NOW! You can register here, and be sure to use code BibRave’ for $10 off the half and $5 off the 5k. I’ll see you there my fellow running, beer loving friends!

3 Reasons You Should Be Logging Your Training

Here is my 2nd contributing post on the RunSynergistic blog. If you’re a runner you need to check out this website/blog! So much great info for the running community. Below is my post, you can see the original post at .

Whether you are newbie, or an experience runner, a training journal has many benefits. Until last year, I never logged my training. Sure, I had my Garmin. I knew my distance, speed, weekly mileage, etc. I also had my training plan printed out and tacked to my wall; I would cross off each day as I completed my run. I always thought that was good enough. Maybe you aren’t training for a specific race. Instead you’re training just to stay active and have fun, do you still need a journal? I am of the opinion that, yes you do. I have only trained for one race in 2016 so far (I seriously cannot wait to start training for Fall races!), however I log all of my training. Here are the top 3 reasons I have adopted and continue this practice:

1. Goal Setting 

Setting goals to work towards can help keep things interesting, it keeps you strong, and helps you to continue to improve. Once you reach one goal, set another. Push yourself, maybe even more than you want to.

2. Progress

Feeling discouraged? Do you feel like you’re not improving? If you are keeping a training journal you will be able to look back and find what may be holding you back. On the other hand, training may be going great! If so, you can go through your journal to see what is working for you and keep it up. Logging progress can also help you to determine future goals.

3. Accountability

Having a training journal can help to keep you dedicated when you’re having one of those ‘I don’t wanna run’ days, and we all have them! On days when I don’t feel like running I will read though my training journal. Remember that day you had a great speed work out? Or the long run where you ran negative splits for 15 miles? All of this info should be in your journal. Your ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of training will all be there too, and it isn’t going anywhere. It will be right there waiting for you to complete it. It is like having an accountability buddy with you!

The first journal I purchased was the Believe Training Journal. This journal is AMAZING! It is 12 months, undated so you can start page one at any time of the year. They have everything from training tips to nutrition for runners. You have pages dedicated to your goals and to your races. It really focuses on offering a holistic framework for you to get the most out of your training journal as possible.

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My only issue with this journal is that the pages are too small, or perhaps my writing is just too big. You can see each day I have recorded my training, how I was feeling and recovery. I also like to highlight what I do in different colors. It is easier for me to get a quick view of what I do on a weekly basis.

  • Yellow = running
  • Orange = strength training
  • Blue = yoga, or massage
  • Pink = physical therapy (you can see that one in my new journal since I recently started going to physical therapy)
  • Green = race day

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After recently filling up and retiring my Believe Journal, I purchased a cute notebook from Target. It has bees on it. That is really the only reason I chose it, other than it being bigger. If the Believe Journal made a larger version, I would get one in a second! I am super old school and I prefer writing out my training, but there are also apps like Strava that can easily record your training as well. The only thing I do keep on my phone for training is a notes app to log my shoe mileage. I have each pair of running shoes I own in the app; I log the date and mileage to date so I have a better idea of when I will need new shoes. A few of my family members think I am weird for doing that, but it is all a part of staying healthy and being able to run with out injury.

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Do you log your training? If so what do you include?

This Body Can

This body, my body, can do so much. Much more than I give it credit for at times. Take this picture below for example. This is me crossing the finish line at the Napa Valley Marathon in 2014. This was my 3rd marathon and my first time running a sub 4. I finished in 3:56:51 – based off my Garmin and a course length of 26.41 miles.

  I’ll never forget this marathon. I felt great, and I felt strong; I was so proud of myself. Don’t get me wrong, running a sub 4 marathon was hard AF. Before this my previous marathon times were a 5:44ish and 4:18ish. So this was a HUGE goal and accomplishment for me. Yet, I still saw so many flaws when I looked at my race pictures. I went from such a high to such a low; even thinking “I don’t look like a marathon runner” and “I am not a ‘real’ runner” because of how I looked. Something, I hate to admit, I sometimes think to this day. In my heart I know this is so far from the truth. But sometimes the voice in your head takes over and makes you feel like you aren’t good enough. You aren’t fast enough, your body can’t do what you want it to do, you don’t fit the image in your head of what you should look like if you are active/athletic/a runner…you get the point.

This past year I also started incorporating strength training and yoga into my training regimen. Through these practices I have met some pretty amazing people. People that are telling the truth about exercise – or how I like to think of it, movement – and why we should be doing it. It isn’t to fit into a certain size, or have 6 pack abs. Rather, we should do it because we want to, because we can, because it helps us to grow and learn about ourselves. I think there is a movement  happening and people are starting to realize this. People are becoming fed up with the bullshit we read in fitness magazines or posts we read on social media. People are starting to realize that movement is what we need in our lives to live. What your body looks like does NOT determine what it is capable of.

This body can lift. Lift really heavy stuffs and it is FUN!

This body can do what some can’t. Move. Which is always my number one motivation when it comes to running. When you focus on taking care of yourself, loving what your body can do, realizing and understanding what it can do, you then realize that focusing on your perceived flaws is stupid and a waste of energy. About a month ago I read this article: Do You Hate Your Body? (do yourself a favor and read this now). Talk about perspective. I couldn’t stop thinking about how true this article was and it got me thinking. I know so many amazing, inspiring, strong women. They all look different. They are all capable, and they have all accomplished amazing things with their bodies. So I reached out to some of them, and asked them to share their stories. I am happy to say I got very excited and positive responses. So starting June 1st I will be starting a series on my blog called “This Body Can” and I will post 1-2 stories a month. I am honored to share their stories, and show that there are many body types and one isn’t necessarily better than the other. If you are interested in being a part of this series you can reach me via my Contact page. I look forward to sharing stories, building a community of support, and being a part of a movement that empowers us all.

Manda Bees Headbands – A Review

I was contacted by Amanda with Manda Bees Headbands back in February. She emailed me about her company and told me she makes the best headbands – guaranteed not to slip off, cause headaches, or roll up when over-stretched. Also 100% hand-made in america by women – Amanda’s own words. Obviously I was super excited to try out her headbands.

Here I am sporting the Lunar headband.

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And most recenlty, I ran in the Slate antimicrobial headband. I love that she makes antimicrobial headbands because I when I work out I sweat like crazy! According to Manda Bee’s website antimicrobial agents have been incorporated into the fibers of this fabric which inhibits the growth of bacteria, germs, and viruses.

As a runner, there are a few things that I look for in a headband. Manda Bee’s headbands cover them all:

✔ NO slip. Guaranteed.

✔ NO headaches, ever.

✔ NO hair damage

✔ moisture-evaporating technology

✔ machine washable + dryer safe

✔ barely there

✔ NO ROLLED EDGES [This is a feature exclusive to Manda Bees – all other single layer headbands’ edges will roll when overstretched.]

Not only have I found all of these claims to be true based on my wearing her headbands while running, lifting, yoga, and just lounging around the apartment, but they also come in some pretty cool patterns. Other than the Luna and Slate headbands I also got the Merlot. While I didn’t really get any of the fun patterns, I love my choices. How beautiful is the Merlot band!? They even look good when you have a pixie cut.


This morning I once again tested the antimicrobial headband during a run and then at yoga on the right ocean. Run and yoga with amazing ocean views, perks of living in San Diego.

And finally, here I am in my #garagegym strength training. I really liked having a headband for this, because I usually just wipe the sweat off my face with my shirt or hand. It is nice to have a headband that is comfortable and keeps the sweat out of my face.


A headband may seem like a simple thing to some, but if you like to wear them while being active you know that it isn’t as simple as it may seem. They can slip off when you’re running, they can hurt your head because of too much pressure, or may even feel too thick and make you hot…etc. With Manda Bees headbands it will almost seem like you aren’t wearing anything on your head. Which is kinda the point, right?

Thank you Amanda for having me try out and review your headbands. Definitely runner approved!