Where am I?

  

Where am I? Yes the beautiful, my happy place, Lake Tahoe. Came up here for a little St. Pattys Day shananz last night. Had a good night out, although leaving my ID at home put a damper on my night a bit, we still managed to have a great time.

Woke up this morning feeling pretty good! Made a nice scrambled egg and bacon breakfast and then we were off to hit a hike up off pioneer trail called cold creek trail.  Didn’t quite hit the full 6 miles due to some snow still on the ground, but I will absolutely be back soon! There is something so peaceful and relaxing about being out in nature. The smells of the trees to sounds of the water from the creek trickling down were enough to put me into a calm, zen state of mind. Got me excited for this upcoming summer and our new journeys to come. I’ve decided, with the help of my main squeeze of course, to take on backpacking. It’s exciting to think about all the beautiful places and new adventures ahead! And I most definitely will be sharing many of them. 

As I sit here now  soaking up the rays on the balcony overlooking the trees and the lake, I can’t help but smile and be so grateful for the beauty of California. So a little positive note to end on…be grateful for what you have, find YOUR happy place, and don’t forget to stop every now and then to soak up some fresh air.  Happy Saturday, PEACE…OUT

Finished with a PR! 

To start out let me just say today was quite the day!! Woke up at 5 am to a chilly 50 degrees of rain and wind. Got down to Raley Field about 6:30 and met up with all our runnin’ for Rhett friends. As I stood in the upper deck of the stadium and looked out over the field watching the wind and rain swirl around like tornado(slightly exaggerated, but seriously) I thought are we all crazy!!! Then as my pace group team gathered and made it down to the start, I knew I could do this and was ready to go. First few miles were brutal with the wind and rain pouring down like buckets, but to see and feel all the enthusiasm and excitement was enough to push through. I fell back a bit from my pace group but I was determined to hit my goal. 

I remember as I ran through the half way mark, I told myself half way there. Coming up on about mile 10 I was hurting. I looked down at my watch and I knew once I hit the 2 hour mark, that I needed to give it my all. Passing the 12 mile marker was bitter sweet. They had shot us out in the open with the wind pounding against us. But before I knew it I was crossing the finish line, with some of my favorite people there to cheer me in. What was my final time you’re asking? A beautiful 2 hours and 9 minutes! I did it and I could not be more proud of myself and everyone who made the effort and dedication to be out there! Time to celebrate!!! 

It all comes down to this!

  
This year I had the amazing privilege of joining the “runnin for Rhett” training group up in Sacramento.  I was a little skeptical at first when my cousin had invited nick and myself to come try it out. So we did and it has been great! This is the first running group for me and I can say this group of people are super special. Everyone is so passionate and encouraging no matter your size, shape, or whatever it may be. We have our half marathon coming up this Sunday and I couldn’t be more ready for it! The coaches have taught me so much about running and all the important aspects it takes to be a solid runner. I have been training with the 9 minute pace group and it hasn’t been easy trust me.  Last year for my first half I completed in 2 hours 15 minutes. I’m hoping to finish Sunday’s race at a faster pace, even if it’s a minute faster it’s still my goal. This has been such a rewarding opportunity and a special story worth running for! LETS DO THIS!! 

Keeping a healthy mind

Not only is it important to keep a healthy body,  but also a healthy mind.  Now a days it seems that people reach more toward being negative rather than positive. Which doesn’t make sense, because I believe that positivity can be contagious so why not share it with the world.  We all face those days where nothing seems to be going “our way”, but the truth is life is going to always figure out a way to throw you a curve ball and its up to you if you want to take a swing at it or not. We should all take more time to be grateful for what we HAVE rather than what we WANT.  Life is precious and we all have the ability to create our own happiness. So be kind to one another, and cherish the important aspects and people of your lives.  You only get one, so make it THE BEST! 

  
Have you ever tried baking bacon in the oven? Well you should!  There is nothing better than fresh bacon on a beautiful Sunday morning. Line a cookie sheet with foil, set out the bacon, pop in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes, and you my friend have yourself delicious bacon!!! Me personally like to hit it with the broiler for a few minutes for a little more crispier taste.  Pair it with your favorite veggie scram and a mimosa and make it a great Sunday funday. 

Fri-YAY!!

Its Friday and that means happy weekend(for most)!! Tonight I tried a new kale chip recipe. I’m a huge fan of spice and decided on adding ceyanne and chile powder seasoning along with  the usual garlic powder, Himalayan salt, and olive oil. Baked for about 15 minutes at 375 and boom, SUCCESS! Also popped some sweet potatoes in the oven and of course a nice glass of cab to go with. Make it a great weekend my friends!!  

What’s for breakfast??

After some time off, let’s start this Monday off right! Don’t have a lot of time in morning? Or you haven’t quite mastered the over easy egg(like me), crack an egg in a small bowl and microwave for about a minute and wala a perfect over easy egg! I put it over flax seed bread, my homemade hummus, fresh kale, and a sprinkle of ceyanne pepper.     DEEEELISH!