Olympic Track & Field Trials 2016

How was everyone’s weekend? In Dallas, we are all just surviving right now. August is the WORST month to live here, it is so hot and it just seems like it isn’t ever going to end. All runs are hot and sweaty no matter how early you get up but fall will be here soon (at least that is what I keep telling myself).

I thought it would be fun to write a little about our trip to Eugene to watch the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials! This trip is one that my mom and I have always said we have wanted to go on. So, when the tickets went on sale last summer, we went ahead and bought them and rented a house in Eugene, OR. It seemed so crazy when the trip finally got here and it was even more fun than we thought it would be!

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We are at Hayward Field! The ergo was the BEST for this trip!

We flew in on the first day of the trials and managed to make it just in time to see the races that evening. Hayward Field is just an AMAZING place to watch track and field. All the fans seem to know what is going on on the track and really appreciate what all the athletes are doing. My favorite races were the women’s 800 (go Fast Kate), the men’s 5K (LAGAT), the women’s 3K steeple and both 1500 finals! It was so fun getting to watch all the rounds of races and Jim and Mackenzie really enjoyed watching the pole vault! We were so sad when the races were over. As a non-track fan, my husband really enjoyed the trials! It was fun seeing the track fan come out in him and see him get excited for the different events. It is inspiring watching people accomplish a dream they have been working years to accomplish. I also love how it is all about how well you do on that DAY — there is no judging, it is who ran to the finish line the fastest, jumped the furthest or threw the furthest.

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Watching some track! Mackenzie somehow fell asleep during the action.

What is great about the trials is that it is broken up into 8 days of competition, most days only last a few hours which was great. We didn’t feel like we spent our entire day at the track and we were excited to go out there every day. 6 of the 8 days we managed to go to Prince Picklers for Ice Cream before the trials. Prince Picklers is a MUST DO if you are ever in Eugene. My favorite flavor was mint oreo.

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Mackenzie LOVED Prince Pucklers

What I would highly recommend if you are thinking about going to the trials:

  • Rent a House — you have to be there for awhile if you want to see all the events, so having a house to stay in is key!
  • Get tickets in one of grand stands — this way you are in the shade if it is super sunny or covered if it is raining (both of these things occurred while we were in Eugene)
  • Go to social runs! It is a great way to meet other runners and have someone show you were to run!
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We “ran with” Lauren Fleshman

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Mackenzie and I met Nick Symmonds!

Since the track races were typically in the afternoon, we would go run in the mornings – it was so great running in the cooler weather. We did a couple runs from the house that we rented, went and ran on Pre’s Trail one morning, the Adidas Amazon trail, ran to Pre’s Rock and we did a Picky Bars social run (met Lauren Fleshman SO COOL) and a Brooks social run! Lots of running was done!

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Pre’s Rock

We also ran a 10K on the Fourth of July called Butte to Butte, it was really fun and there were SO MANY Oiselle singlets out there. My husband was a rock star and pushed the baby the entire race! I would definitely recommend this race to anyone traveling into Eugene over the Fourth of July. We just ran it “for fun” but it is definitely a competitive race if you want to go for time. Traveling with our bob stroller was definitely mandatory for this trip — the baby lovesssss to run!

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Me and my Wee Bird after the Butte to Butte 10K

I had the opportunity to meet a few of my Oiselle teammates while we were there! So fun meeting people that I feel like I have known for awhile in real life and not just on social media. Oiselle really brings together an amazing group of women from all over the United States of all different ages, running abilities and professions. My mom and I had the opportunity to attend the Oiselle Power Hour and their Track Town USA party. Oiselle knows how to throw one heck of a party! I also got to meet Kate Grace which capped off an amazing week at the trials.

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Mom and me with Kate Grace – 800M champ!

We also had two days without any track where we went wine tasting! We met up with friends from Dallas that happened to be in Oregon at the same time as us and took our daughters out wine tasting. It was actually a good activity to do with a 1 year old – she was pretty entertained with being outside and crawling around. Oregon wineries are beautiful and it was a fun activity to do while we had some “down time” in Eugene.

Finally — our favorite places to eat in Eugene were:

  • Off the Waffle — OMG — AMAZING. The waffles themselves were incredible and then were topped with amazing toppings. My personal favorite was the waffle topped with an egg and bacon. Jim’s favorite was the waffle topped with a granny smith apple and havarti cheese.
  • Vero Espresso –Really great coffee (I have have had 2 lattes both times we were there) and they had a good little breakfast of french toast and bacon!

 

What is your dream vacation??

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2015 – What a Year

2015 was definitely one of the most memorable years of my lie due to the birth of my daughter! In the haze of being pregnant and in school and then with the birth of my little one, I completely stopped blogging. I am definitely hoping to start up on this again and can hopefully start blogging once or twice a week consistently (maybe more!). I thought I would follow what I have seen other’s blog about and do a year in review of 2015!

January – Ran the Houston Half Marathon 20 weeks pregnant with my husband! We had so much fun and were on such a high after a race. Running a race with no time pressure and not allowed to really push yourself is a blast!

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After the Houston Half Marathon

February – Traveled to San Diego where my in-laws through me a wonderful baby shower! It was fun catching up with family friends and celebrating the fact that Baby KJ was coming! We also had SNOW in Dallas!

March – Ran the last half marathon of my pregnancy – it also happened to be my first trail race! I will need to do a separate blog post on this (and trail running in general) – it was slow but fun and my mom ran the whole way with me. I believe I was 29 weeks pregnant at this race! My husband and I also went to Spring Training in Phoenix, AZ on our last vacation before the baby arrived!

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Meeting my favorite baseball player at spring training! Kyle Seager!

April – Ran the last race of my pregnancy – a 5K (under 30 minutes!) with my mom. I also had another baby shower thrown by my best friends and mom and sister!

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5K in 26:52 around 31 weeks pregnant!

May – Finished the semester of school with a week to spare before the birth of my little girl! Mackenzie entered the world on May 27! I also was thrown another baby shower a couple weeks before Mackenzie was born. Mackenzie was one lucky little one even before she was born.

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Sweet Mackenzie

June – The haze of having a newborn! I don’t really remember anything about this month besides being extremely sleep deprived and taking in what being a new mommy.

July – July looked a lot like June! However, I was able to start working out again which made it a little better. We also had our first holiday as a family of three!

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July Fourth with one of our favorite families!

August – Celebrated 3 years of marriage with my husband and started school again! Towards the end of August was when my husband and I started to emerge from the haze of having a newborn and slowly get into a new routine of what our new normal is.

September – Ran my first race (a 10K under an hour woot woot) since having the baby and began the Whole Life Challenge to lose the rest of the baby weight and work on getting back into shape! I will do another post on this challenge as well! This month is when the baby started sleeping – it was pretty life changing when that occurred.

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We love family running!

October – Nothing too exciting occurred this month – just continued on with the Whole Life Challenge and participated in another 10K – this time maintaining a pace under 8 minute miles!

November – Went on our first vacation as a family of three – we traveled to Mexico and had the best time!

December – Had our first holiday season with the little one! It was so fun taking the little one to get her first Christmas Tree, visit Santa and help her open presents. I know Christmas will only continue to get more fun as she gets older.

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I am definitely looking forward to what 2016 will bring!

What were your favorite parts of 2015?

19 Weeks Wrap Up!

Greetings from the air! I am currently on my way back to Dallas after spending the weekend in Charlotte with my husband visiting one of my high school BFFs and her husband. It was a wonderful weekend that just makes your heart feel full. Reconnecting with an old friend right where you left off is the sign of a true friendship in my opinion. We had a great time eating our way through Charlotte and watching playoff football. So bummed about the Cowboys losing.

Spending time with one of my best friends!

Spending time with one of my best friends!

During this pregnancy I am hoping to maintain my fitness and complete a couple half marathons. I figured I can keep my blog updated with what I have been doing in case anyone is interested in “pregnant running/fitness.” I am currently 19 weeks pregnant (will be halfway this week – CRAZY!) and have been feeling pretty good the past few weeks! The first trimester definitely was a bit rough with just having no energy and a little nausea but overall I am a lucky woman and didn’t deal with too many issues. I was able to continue to run and crossfit. I think its so fun “running with my baby.”

My fitness goals are:
* Complete the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday!
* Complete my first trail half marathon at 29 weeks pregnant — if for some reason my body doesn’t allow this, that will be fine but I am excited to train and attempt to complete this even if it means some walking. My mom and I are both planning on doing this — Grasslands Half Marathon.
* Continue to run 3-4 times a week and go to Crossfit 3 times a week.

19 Weeks Workouts:

Monday — CrossFit and ran a mile afterwards
Tuesday — 6 miles of hills! This run was a little rough but with a little walking I made it through!
Wednesday — CrossFit in the morning and then a WINDY 4 mile run with my mom — we were hoping to do trails but since they were muddy that was not an option for us.
Thursday — CrossFit — tons of rowing!
Friday — Almost 5 miles
Saturday — Day Off
Sunday — Elliptical

I was planning on getting in a longer run on Saturday but I ended up sleeping in and not having time for it. At this point I am just going to enjoy sleeping in while I can — my husband and I definitely know those days are numbered!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week - I'll end this with a pic of my pup :-) Thanks Robyn!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week – I’ll end this with a pic of my pup 🙂 Thanks Robyn!

Are you still friends with anyone from high school?
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San Francisco and Napa Vacation Part 1

EEEK! It’s been way too long since I last posted — summer school took up a lot more time than I had originally anticipated. It also didn’t help my marathon training progress but that is a post for another day! I want to get this post up about our SF and Napa vacation before I forget all the details! This trip is one of my favorite trips that my husband and I have been on – I highly recommend this trip to all people that enjoy eating and drinking wine 🙂

When I decided to quit my job and go back to school, my husband and I decided to take a vacation during my week and a half of downtime. We had tried to go to San Francisco/Napa back over New Year’s at the start of 2013 but it ended up being a little bit of a disaster of a trip. The moment we landed in San Francisco, my husband started feeling sick but “toughed it out” (his words, not mine) to go out that evening for NYE and then go exploring on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, after a dinner in China Town that evening, he got TERRIBLE food poisoning so we had to cancel our wine tour and hang out at the hotel all day. When we returned from the trip (after flight delays of course), we got to our car and the battery was dead, and then finally made it home and it was 42* in our house because our heat had went out! Needless to say, we needed to go back!

We left on Wednesday and landed in San Francisco that evening and headed straight to the Westin St. Francis — we absolutely loved this hotel! Great location, great service and our room was really nice w/a great view. Once we got checked in and changed, we headed over to Harris’ – The San Francisco SteakHouse. We were really excited for this dinner as my husband has really been wanting to take me to a nice steakhouse. Unfortunately, the food was horrible! We had a great time together but the only part of my meal I enjoyed was my salad. My steak (along with my husband’s) very poorly cooked and the quality of meat was not up to par. Overall it was a very disappointing experience food wise — the service was great but for the price we paid for our dinner, it definitely was NOT worth it. 

Thursday, we slept in and got in a quick workout and then walked to go get some breakfast. We had a really great breakfast and the most amazing lattes!

Beautiful, Delicious Latte

Beautiful, Delicious Latte


After breakfast, we walked over to the San Francisco Giants Stadium, we got so lucky that the Giants were playing a day game on Thursday! They were playing the Cardinals, we got really great seats using http://www.seatgeek.com — and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a gorgeous day and it is so crazy how the ballpark is right on the water!

Gorgeous Ballpark

Gorgeous Ballpark

The crowd was great and even though beers cost $10.25 each, we loved it ha. I really enjoy baseball games and checking out other ballparks but it definitely isn’t as fun as watching my Mariners. 

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

After the game, we headed back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit before heading off to Bourbon and Branch which is a Speakeasy. We had to have a reservation and a password to get into the Speakeasy and they had a set of “rules” to follow which included no cameras so I couldn’t get any pictures of the DELICIOUS cocktails we had. Both of us really enjoyed this and then went and had a great Italian meal afterwards!

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Friday was our last day in San Francisco, we woke up (late due to me) and went running over the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, it was incredibly foggy but it was still beautiful and a fun touristy thing to do while getting in a run!

Golden Gate Bridge Running

Golden Gate Bridge Running

After our run, we wanted to revisit this place where we had a really incredible breakfast on our last trip to San Francisco — the Taylor Street Coffee Shop. It was just as incredible as we remembered! The millionaire bacon is so delicious – sweet and savory all at the same time. I had swedish pancakes and fruit and my husband had the fisherman’s hash (we split the bacon) both were paired with freshly squeezed orange juice. It was the perfect meal before getting in the car and heading to Napa!

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate


Jim's fisherman's hash

Jim’s fisherman’s hash


Posing with my pancakes

Posing with my pancakes

Next up a post about Napa — hopefully it won’t be a month before I post it!

What is one of your favorite vacations you have been on?
What is your favorite thing to do on vacation?