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Firday Five: Five Random Things About Me

Happy Friday.

This should be fun

Friday Five: Five Random Things About ME

1- If you have not figured it out I love Professional Wrestling. Please no jokes about how its fake, to me it is the best drama going and one of the few forms of drama that does not bore me.

2- I could eat Lucky Charms all day. For some reason the kid in me will never grow up. Lucky Charms are my weakness. I know how unhealthy they are but dang it they taste good.

3- If I could live anywhere it would be Long Beach WA. I spend my summers there and it was always a special place to me. I cant describe it unless you are there, its just a wonderful peaceful beach town.

4- I have been mistaken for a Canadian a few times. I know a lot and have a tendency to let the Canadian verbiage sneak out.

5- Relating to Number One: I am the Social Media Director for the PWF (Premier Wrestling Federation) a small indy group out of NC. I have a lot of fun working with Steve Corino and the wrestlers who are working their tales off to make a name for themselves.

Happy Friday!!

@PDXGym Expresso Team Captain in the House: June/July Challenge

Because for some reason I am overly addicted to our Expresso Bike in the gym, I am now also a Team Captain for West Coast Fitness.

Every month I will be posting the global challenge here so you can see them.

Drum Roll

July Challenge

If you have questions: Feel Free to Ask me when I am there, being I am still in the midst of SF Marathon stuff I may not be at the gym all that much in July.

Pebble Watch Review: A Busy Gals Best Friend

Disclaimer: I received a Pebble Watch in conjunction with being a Ambassador with the San Francisco Marathon. No other compensation was provided.

As someone who is always on the go; trying to help my family, build a business and just trying to keep control over a crazy life. I am always on the lookout for something that will help me stay connected and help me with my running, so when I was offered the chance to try the Pebble I was curious.

First off let’s address running.

I am an interval runner. When I run, I take the run walk approach so one of the first things I looked into was something to help me keep track of intervals. The Pebble has a run/walk timer that keeps track of your intervals and alerts you to changes by vibrating on your wrist. For me who has a tendency to be into my music or into the scenery around me during races, I can sometimes space out and having that reminder constantly vibrating on your wrist is awesome. It will also keep a running time to tell you how long you have been on the road.

Outside of running, I do a lot of work with social media, not only working on my own brand but helping several Twitter Feed on Pebbleothers. I love how connected it keeps me. My clients on the other hand, not so much as it has allowed me to see tweets I would not normally catch. Being able to keep my eye on my clients and my own social media through the Twitter and Facebook is essential. It also has calendar functions that will keep you tied into your Facebook or whatever your phone calendar is which I know in my case keeps me more organized. That is never a bad thing.

Also, as I start life as a Zumba instructor, I love the Bluetooth music controls. It allows me the chance to practice without having to run back to either my phone or IPad to restart a song or rewind. It has helped me a lot with being able to not only control music during my practice but during my runs as well.

Hunger Games WAtch FaceI have just started to learn watch face making. Making your own watch face is easy but I for one love picking through the ones others have built. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games and I love the Mockingjay watch face. You can also change your watch faces based on your mood, as I will often go between that, my second home of Seattle, and even a Minnie Mouse Watch Face. There are multiple interfaces available to help you make your own.

I am still learning more every day on how much this watch can help me. As a runner it has helped me with intervals; as a social media specialist, it has kept me connected to clients. For those who have lives that are non stop, this is a must have.

You can check out more about the Pebble at getpebble.com

Dear FitBloggin 14

Dear FitBloggin 14-
I figured when it was announced that FitBloggin was heading to Georgia, I knew it was going to be a fight to be able to make it. Then as we went down the road with my dads ever challenging health issues, I realized there would be no end in sight, and I needed to make some decisions. The truth of the matter is as much as I want to no only go to FitBloggin, but do more races, ect. The resources aren’t there, and as long as my dad is not home, the resources are going to stay tight. So sadly, I will be enjoying it from the distance of Portland.

To new Fit Bloggers: I know how scary it is. When I went to FitBloggin in 2012, I was shell shocked. So many bloggers that I loved had been there and at this point, The Zombie Running Princess had not even been born yet. I did not even know if I had a story to blog. I honestly at points did not know what I was doing there. I tried to stay in a corner as much as I could and make myself as unnoticeable as I could, but around these people it is impossible. Once you come to FitBloggin you are part of the family. Even if you are a new blogger like I was at the time, they make you realize you can do it. They also help you realize that I indeed had a story to share. Yes, I was still a wall flower, but the people I connected with truly touched my heart. For me, FitBloggin 13 was my year to come out. I finally popped my Zumba bubble and taught on stage, I did my Ignite presentation even though the slide show died on me and I forgot my speech all at once. I took a whole ton of friends to Paddy’s and we overtook the back room. I really felt like I was sharing a bit of home with my family. The bottom line, is you will be fine. You will make friends that will stay with you. You will do things that scare you.

To FitBloggin Vets: There is no way to thank you enough for bringing me into the family. I learn from all of you each and every day, and each one of you have a very special gift and magic that you are brave enough to share in the hopes it inspires someone. So many of us are in awe of you and feel like we are meeting our heros. Never forget the impact you have on people. Even to this day, I feel like I don’t belong in your company. Keep sharing your magic, and keep making the world better.

Always in love.

Friday 5: Strong is

I got inspired by one of the Friday 5’s I saw with another blog. To me this is one of the better ones and this is one that really made me thing

Here it is.

Strong is

Strong is confidence: Being able to hold your head up high no matter what life may throw at you.

Strong is trusting yourself: I was honored to be able to share my story with Skirt Sports about how running has changed me, and one of the themes that kept coming across is trusting myself and trusting in my abilites. That is what started turning things around for me

Strong is focused: Sometimes goals need to be reevaluated, a lesson I keep learning. But to me being focused on a a goal and being willing to through everything you have at it.

Strong is: Being real. Being your real authentic self. So many times we are afraid of showing it.

Strong is: Believing that everything is possible. This is actually on the t-shirt I am wearing right now.

#VegaSport Performance Protein Review

Disclaimer: Through my ambassadorship with Sweat Pink I was provided a samples of the Vega Sport Performance Protein and their hydration drink. No other compensation was provided.

I will freely admit it.

I am picky about supplements and protein.

When the opportunity came up to review, I originally asked to review the hydration drink because I am always on Vega Sport Protein the lookout for good marathon hydration options. The problem is my tummy is super particular about what it likes and what it does not like, especially on long runs. The hydration drink did not work for my tummy. But I let multiple friends sample my package and they loved it. So for those looking for a good hydration option, you might want to look at this.

Being I was still on the lookout for a good protein option, I asked them if I could try the Performance Protein drink, which they had been kind enough to provide.

Nutrition Specs:

What I really like about this, it is a simple no frills protein, there are not extra chemicals or additives. With my PCOS one of the things my doctor has wanted me to stay away from in Soy. This is has zero soy which makes me feel like it is something I can use on a day to day basis without having to worry about the fact that it might be messing with my hormone balance. I also like the fact it is lower in calories. Especially after I do a hard run or a hard bike workout I do not need the calories, but I need something to help me recover.

Taste: It is not bad. It does not taste like ice cream but the vanilla flavor tastes like a really good quick smoothie. As someone who loves smoothies, this is a good thing.

Recovery: I have been using it after the hardcore bike workouts that I do at the gym. These workouts have a tendency to drain me of everything after and I need something quick and easy to have after. Sometimes I go so hard that I make my tummy rocky after and this has been a perfect solution.

Final Opinion: For me who is a complete sync when it comes to protein I am really happy to have an option that will work for me without all the worries that come with the hormone issues, calorie issues, ect.

Run Like A Girl 10K Recap: 10K’s are getting better

So let me just state it.

I do not like 10K.

It has been the thorn in my side for a long time in terms of distances. I never seem to find my footing. But one of my small goals this year has been to work on getting over my 10K issues

On June 1, I made my way across to Vancouver to help support Second Step Housing (which raises funds to help those needing housing assistance.) The 10K started at Pearson Air Museum on the grounds of the Historic Fort Vancouver, That in itself provided for some amazing views as I walked from the bus stop to the start. WP_20140601_004
Packet pick-up was a quick painless process. Bag check was easy to find right in front of the museum. I decided to hang out on the grounds of the fort to watch the kids race which is always an amazing thing to watch. I am glad to see so many races trying to get the kids involved and make it affordable.

The runners got called to the start line, and they had asked for faster runners to come to the start line and the rest of us to fall in in back. Being I am still coming off of the marathon 5 weeks ago, I had no desire to push the pace, I wanted something solid that I could work on going into SF in 8 weeks.

This race takes a different route then any of the events in Vancouver. You start going through Fort Vancouver and take the land bridge in reverse. Anyone who has ran the land bridge will atest to it. Its just one big old nasty up hill either way, and then a down hill. But it gives some of the most amazing views of the Columbia River and Vancouver.

Once we came off the bridge, we went down to the water front and ran the water front trail which is traditional for Vancouver races. The 5K’s turned around at the end of the waterfront, while those of us running the 10K, wound our way through a couple parking lots and made it back to the main road.

I was cutting a pretty nice, but something really sustainable. The water stops had been small because this race had been really small to begin with. Water was at the ready and had great volunteers.

The bad news about the land bridge is you had to do it twice. But I was lucky that my interval was that I was walking the uphill coming back.

The race was an absolute delight. It was such an amazing peaceful morning. The finish line was well stocked with fruit and chips for post race.

After the race, they did awards. But people kept leaving the race early, so when they finally got to the raffles, they ended up giving things away to the person closest to the number which was cool for me because I ended up winning a basket of supplements from the local health store.

This is a great race, and the first time I have ran it. This will probably be one I find a way to put on my calendar next year.