When Adam, the owner of Run Voyages, invited me to attend his running/yoga retreat in wine country this winter, I immediately jumped at the opportunity- a weekend of running, yoga, and wine, a midst a beautiful backdrop with people who also enjoy all the same things?! Sign me up! With the running sessions being led by Magda Boulet (recent Western States 100 winner and Olympic athlete) and the yoga sessions led by Reba Gray (a very well known Bay Area yogi), I knew I was in good hands and happily packed all of my best active-wear and headed to Sonoma for a fabulous weekend filled with food, fitness, and friends.
Unfortunately, I was a little too carefree and careless during a trip to our cabin the weekend prior to the Run Voyages retreat. I went sledding late at night, in the dark, and somehow severely pulled my right adductor muscle- very painful and I could barely walk on it so I knew there was no way I was going to be able to run at the retreat. Boo. Surrounded by fellow runners, however, everyone sympathized and understood (and only laughed at me a little bit- who gets a sledding injury?!?!?) and I was able to still really and truly enjoy the weekend nevertheless! And what a FABULOUS weekend it was!
No matter what controversial color your coffee cup may be, the holiday season has officially begun and just like every year prior, I am committed to getting all my holiday shopping done sooner than later; but for the first time ever, hubby and I have agreed to give gifts just to the kids and not to each other. Why? Because we buy gifts for ourselves throughout the year anyway and only I truly know what I want! Saving stress, time, money, and wrapping paper- sounds like a Christmas miracle!
Hubby was also getting annoyed at my answer to the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” The answer: “You know, workout stuff.” He’s over reading my mind and I’m over never getting the workout stuff that I actually want so this year I made my list, checked it twice, been really nice, and Santa Laura is getting/giving EXACTLY what I want this year all in the name of yuletide fitness! HO HO HO!!! Continue reading →
I am happy to announce that I was selected to be an official blogger for the Hot Chocolate 15/5Krace in San Francisco! Yay!!! I love chocolate and I love running and I love San Francisco so I am very excited to be a part of this team and can’t wait to run this awesome race! (Check out their Goodie Bag– where else do you get the beauty of San Francisco, chocolate, AND a fleece jacket?!)
And it only gets better, my wonderful readers, because this means more perks for you!
The San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15/5K will be held on January 12th, 2014 and starts in the iconic Golden Gate Park. Registration is still at the early bird rate so sign up soon and enter the code RUNNING4MUG at check out and you will get a free travel mug at packet pickup!
On Sunday, my BFF Amy and I headed out to San Francisco to enjoy a hiking yoga class. This was my second time taking “hoga” and I could seriously see myself doing it every weekend- exploring the city, climbing the hills, and enjoying the relaxation that comes with deep breathing and stretching, it’s a great recovery work out after a long run. The lunch/wine/shopping that follows isn’t too bad either.
We took BART to the Embarcadero and met up with our fellow hoginis and instructor for the next 90 minutes, Christiane.