St. Patrick's Day 5k and I Love Dance Competition March 20, 2016


Good morning, and happy Monday. Hope your week is starting out great!

Today I wanted to share my experience of my first BARC (Bay Area Runner’s Club) St. Patrick’s Day 5k which just so happened to also be the day of the second dance competition of the year for the studio I teach at. The competition happened to be in the same city, how convenient!

So for those of you that don’t know, I’m a bit competitive. When I was invited to run in the event with Matt’s family, my first thought was, “Oh it’s on, I’m gonna beat Matt.” Then, I saw everyone’s times from previous years, took a step back, and had second thoughts like, “Oh, I’m going to have to work for this one.” With paces around 8 – 8 ½ minutes I about gave up hope., pretty sure my last few races had me at a pace of 9 minutes or so. At this point, I had about 3 months or so to train, and that’s exactly what I was going to do, train really hard and work on my times. Well, training started out great with running 7:46 miles (which this year still wouldn’t have been enough to beat Matthew) but ran into a speed bump. A knee injury speed bump. (Pun Intended). I tried for WEEKS to run, even just once a week to see if I could get in more that just a mile or so, nope wasn’t happening. Usually when I hit mile one, or shortly after, I got an intense pain in my left knee and it forced me to stop running. Bummer. And trust me, I didn’t take this well. How was I going to run, let alone beat anyone if I had a bum knee and couldn’t train at all?! Well, let’s just say I wasn’t happy at all, even going into race day.

So, the day of, I woke up and started out my day with a yummy avocado. Coffee didn’t sound too great before running, so we stopped and picked up the next best thing, Hydrive Energy Water (if you haven’t tried these yet, I highly suggest you do).


With the race starting at 11:30 we arrived around 11. Parking in the area was crazy, SO many people. I'm pretty sure we made our own parking spot... The 8k that took place earlier that day had about 1,000 entries, the 5k run had just under 3,300 entries (many who ran the 8k also ran the 5k), and just under 1,200 for the 5k walk... What I'm try to say here is that there were A LOT of people in the area, haha.

We arrived and met up with everyone with just enough time to get ready, take a few pictures, and get ready to run!

So remember that whole competitive thing I was talking about? And being all upset because I was injured and would most likely be walking 2/3 of the race... yeah, well... not only did I finish the race running the whole time, I hit a PR for my 5k time. Imagine that. I finished 12th in my age group with a time of 25:40; only 10 seconds slower than Matt's little brother, Evan, and 1 minute and 43 seconds slower than Matt. So close, and with a bad knee! (Still recovering from that and haven't run since... :/ )

Post Race Pictures!

Matt and I both reppin' the Adidas Rocket Boost!  Yeah, we're that couple that has matching shoes...

Matt and I both reppin' the Adidas Rocket Boost!

Yeah, we're that couple that has matching shoes...

I couldn't stay to hang out or go out for lunch because I had a few dancers to go take care of!

Shout out to Matt's step mom, Robin, for most of the pictures so far!!!

I headed over to the hotel where the competition was taking place in order to get changed and find out how things were going.

I had planned to take more pictures of the day, take pictures of awards, have lots to talk about, but honestly, once things got rolling, the day was so fast paced!

Check out some of the photos I was able to take, stole from others on social media, and found on my phone after my students got a hold of it!

The kids did amazing and I was proud of how hard they worked no matter how long of a day they had or what illnesses they had or were coming down with. We have a group of GREAT kids that's for sure!

This was the competition that finished out my first season as an instructor for competitive numbers. I am so proud of what my students accomplished and I am happy to have taken the opportunity to teach them, I learned so much! I hope in the future I am able to create more pieces to have beautiful dancers perform. Until then, we look forward to our recital in June!!


That's all for today! Enjoy your week and stay happy! :D


FitFriday #2: Snacktime Made Healthy

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm chaperoning my little brother's field trip so I made the trip to the thumb last night after school. I planned on going on a run and doing the second set of my challenge, but little did I know I was going to be able to get my whole family involved!

As soon as I mentioned wanting to go for a run my little brother, Brennen (11), chimed in and asked if he could go. He's been on a couple runs with me before and figured he could handle it. Well then little sister, Faith (7), decided she wanted to go running too. I wasn't too confident in her joining us so my mom offered to take her to the end of the road and back while Brennen I started our run. This kid definitely impressed me and helped encourage me to keep up my pace. Wesley (other brother, 18) was our cheerleader riding up and down the road on his dirt bike.


Once we got back I wanted to get the second set of the challenge done for the day and got the whole family (minus my dad who had a meeting) to join in with me!


Speaking of the challenge, how are you all doing?! Only one more day, stay focused and keep moving!

Onto today's topic, healthy snacking. Being fit isn't just about working out and seeing the results on the outside, its about eating right and feeling good on the inside.

When I first started trying to fit healthier choices into my diet I had the hardest time finding snacks or something quick to keep me going or to take on the go. I've come across a few things that are my go-tos these days and figured I would share some of my favorites.


  1. I have to admit fruits are pretty awesome and have been one of my favorite foods, well forever. Some fruits like apples and bananas can be super easy to just grab as you're walking out the door (I do this at least twice a week).
  2. Pictures 2 and 4 go together. First of all, I absolutely LOVE hummus. When I was younger I didn't like the word "hummus" and therefore, never tried the food. (I know, what a weirdo, right?!) Once I tried it, I couldn't get enough. I dip veggies in hummus quite often. And as much as I hate to admit it, I eat chips and hummus even more often. But seriously, this stuff goes on everything, wraps, sandwiches and I even use it to replace salad dressing at times.
  3. Almonds are great to grab on the go. This was my staple snack that I would take to long practices. There are SO many benefits to eating almonds you can read about those benefits here and here.
  4. See number 2.
  5. Oh Larabars! Growing up my parents always had some kind of granola bar in the house. I always thought that all granola bars were healthy snacks, yep, definitely wrong on that one. I took a look at the list of ingredients of the granola bars I was eating, it was a lot longer than I felt it should have been. (How is all of that stuff packed in there?!) When a friend introduced me to Larabars and I saw the short list of ingredients (usually only about three or four items) that were mostly comprised of fruits and nuts and I was sold, plus they're delicious! My personal favorite would have to be chocolate chip cookie dough, mmm-mm.

Just a quick tip whenever you buy foods look for the least amount of ingredients and know that the first few things listed are what the food is mostly made of. 

A new snacking adventure I am embarking on is NatureBox. I just got my free trial this week and I am looking forward to my first full box to come in.


Be on the look out for a NatureBox post in the upcoming month. Have you ever tried a service like this? Does a service like this interest you?

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, and rock that challenge!