What Should I Do To Get Healthy This Year?

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 under health | No Comment

Although many people make health-related New Years Resolutions or commit to making wellness a more integral component of their lifestyles, it’s often the case that these individuals fall off the wagon rather quickly. If you find that this is the case for you but you’re ready to try again, don’t procrastinate. Instead, start getting healthy this year by implementing some or all of the wellness tips listed for you below: Read the rest of this entry »

Fit Foodie Festival & 5K Race Preview

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 under Race | No Comment

Fit Foodie Festival & 5K RaceWhen people ask, ‘why do you run?’ you’ll usually get typical responses like, ‘oh I’m trying to lose weight’ or ‘I’m training to run my first marathon’ or something similar. However, my go to response is more ‘because I love to eat!’ Going as far back as high school, I still remember going out to eat with another cross country friend at a restaurant and having each of us consume the following with little to no effort: 5-6 glasses of lemonade, individual appetizers, full entrees followed by our own, very rich dessert to complete the meal. You can try and justify such a large meal by saying that we were just kids with big appetites. But I’m sure it was also due to us burning thousands of calories every week that contributed as well.

Since I started running consistently again as an adult, I would follow the same ‘run to eat’ mentality. Post long runs and post-race celebratory meals were often just as important as the run itself. I would find new restaurants and places to eat depending on where I ran. Race-cations were also planned by destinations with the best food (along with sightseeing opportunities).

So when I heard about the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K a few years ago, I was excited to participate in an event that celebrated my two favorite activities. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to attend, until this year. Check out the following information about the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K.. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Surprising Dog Breeds at Risk for Hip and Joint Problems

Posted on Sep 07, 2017 under health | No Comment

Hip dysplasia and arthritis are common concerns for owners of German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Dachshunds. It’s no surprise that a large frame or elongated body type can lead to these issues. However, many dog owners are unaware that their pet could also be at risk for developing these issues, and worse, don’t know how to prevent or treat them. Access to information is the first step at combating hip and joint problems in these breeds, so read on to see if you or someone you know needs to begin a conversation with their veterinarian. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Be Curious but Cautious

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 under health | No Comment

When you encourage your child to be curious but cautious, you are allowing them to explore the world while implementing safety techniques. Teach them to be wary of strangers, but give them a creative outlet to come to their own conclusions about life and people.

Healthy Curiosities Open Doors for New Learning Experiences

A healthy curiosity is something like wondering how many fireflies you can catch in a single night, then releasing them all at once to create a twinkling wave. Things like this help children thrive in science and nature, while opening the proverbial door to more questions and greater learning experiences.

Encourage Your Child to Question the World Around Them

Rather than telling your child what they should do or believe, allow them to come to their own conclusions by asking questions about the world around them. Adults often feel pressure to conform to their surroundings, but children should feel undaunted by society norms. An expressive, curious child becomes a creative, fulfilled adult. Read the rest of this entry »

Spartan Race Father’s Day Discount

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 under run | No Comment

Spartan Race Father's Day

Most people have completing a marathon on their bucket list. But for the more adventurous, I highly recommend attempting a Spartan Race. I was fortunate enough to go from road running to trail running and working out at the gym, so all of those activities helped prepare me (as much as possible) for the Spartan Race. Obstacle races are not something you can just wake up one day and attempt. The Spartan Race is currently running a Father’s Day promotion, use the code SPARTANDAD and you will get 50% off gear, $69 races & 2 free digital books with any race purchase (Spartan Up! & Spartan Fit!). This would definitely make a great Father’s Day fit for all of those fathers with the infamous ‘dad bods’!

Check out some of my previous race reports for the Spartan Race: Sprint, Super, Beast.

 Sign up for your next Spartan Race here: https://www.spartan.com/

Spartan Race & Marriott Rewards Discount Partnership

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 under Race | No Comment

Spartan Race & Marriott Rewards

Do you have a hotel of choice when you travel? If you’re a Spartan Race participant (or interested in becoming one), you may want to switch and become a Marriott Rewards member. Spartan Race has partnered up with Marriott Rewards to provide race discounts for new members. Here are some of the perks for joining Marriott Rewards and registering for an upcoming Spartan Race:

  • 20% off races
  • Free VIP bag check
  • $5 off Spartan gear at the races

Once enrolled, points are earned when you stay at any 4,500 participating hotels around the world.

I actually had no idea how many different hotels fall under the Marriott Rewards program, here’s a quick snapshot.

Marriott Rewards

Any time I talk about the Spartan Race, I always tell people that it is one of the toughest races I have competed in, but also one of the most rewarding.

Peace-Love-Run + Yoga Event Preview

Posted on Mar 07, 2017 under Race | No Comment

peace-love-runThere are races that happen almost every week across the country, each with their own unique differentiators (scenic course, obstacles, bands, colors, and more). Some are more popular than others. I just wanted to share one that is pretty…hip and groovy (pun intended). The Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Run and Peace Love Yoga events take place in Mission Bay San Diego on April 1, 2017. This 60’s inspired race has distances for runners of all levels, with “go-go girls, hippie chicks, woodstock dudes, Sonny and Cher” all present.

All participants will receive a pretty cool finisher’s medal with a free shirt (tech tee for half marathon and cotton for all other distances). There is also a yoga party with a free yoga mat for all participants of that event. The run and yoga party both take place in Mission Bay, which is quite scenic and peaceful.

Register for the run and/or yoga event today!

Wanderlust 108: Mindful Triathlon Event Preview

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 under Race | No Comment

Wanderlust 108 logo

Wanderlust 108 is scheduled to take place again this year. I had the pleasure of experiencing the first ever mindful triathlon at NTC Park a few years ago. The idea is pretty simple, you join other like-minded folks for a 5K run (or walk), followed by a large-scale, outdoor yoga class and then wrap up your morning with a guided meditation led by the world’s top teachers.

What’s new this year is all of the other activities that will take place outside of the main events, including: AIReal Yoga™, Acro Yoga, Hooping, Walking Meditation, Photography Workshop, DJ Academy, Essential Oils 101. There’s also a picnic lunch option called the “Wanderbowl”, a hearty, Mexican inspired vegetarian meal of rice, beans, cheese, avocado and mango-lime-cilantro salsa, plus snacks and a beverage. This is a great idea for people planning to stay the whole day.

The Spring schedule for this year starts on April 1 in New Orleans and wraps up on August 12 in Calgary Canada! Check out the their website to learn more and to register for a mindful triathlon near you!

Wanderlust 108

Spartan Race 2017: New Races & Obstacles!

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 under Race | 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I participated in a Spartan Race. But whenever people see all of the medals that I have earned throughout the years or ask me what is the most difficult/rewarding race I’ve ran, I always tell them Spartan Race…hands down!

In 2017, the Spartan Race is offering season passes for people who already know they are crazy enough to run more than one race. I guess if you know you are shooting to get that trifecta medal, then you might as well purchase this in advance. They are expected to sell out quickly, so if competing (maybe no necessarily finishing) in a Spartan Race is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then I highly recommend you check out the Spartan Race.

If you’d rather avoid dealing with the mud and heat that you will encounter in a typical Spartan Race, you should also check out the 2017 Stadium Races.

Spartan Race 2017: New Races & Obstacles!

DermaUtopia Acne & Skin Care Product Review

Posted on Jul 07, 2016 under health | No Comment
DermaUtopia Acne Skincare Products

DermaUtopia Acne Skincare Products

As summer heat comes into full swing, there will be many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. But as you’re packing for that upcoming beach trip or hike up the mountains, one thing you should not forget to bring with you is protection from the sun!

I did some research and found a bunch of interesting facts about the skin.

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma (the 1st and 2nd most common forms of skin cancer, respectively) at least once.
  • About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 52 minutes).
  • The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. One study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.

Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen

You should not necessarily be afraid to go outside, you just need to be prepared whenever you do plan to be out under the sun. I’m actually deficient in vitamin D, which you get from natural sunlight! A product that I’ve been using is the Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen from DermaUtopia. It is a medical grade sunscreen that offers broad spectrum SPF 40 protection, and water resistant with micronized zinc oxide. I’m pretty sensitive to other sunscreens but I’ve been able to use this particular sunscreen from DermaUtopia without any issues or irritation!

One thing to note about the DermaUtopia Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen (and other skin care products): while other sunscreens can still allow you to burn your skin, DermaUtopia products are safe for all problem and sensitive skin including eczema, psoriasis, etc. All products are 100% organic, free of parabens and toxins.

Blueberry & Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser

I’ve been a runner for the past 15 years or so, including high school cross country and track. But I’ve had acne well before that, probably back around middle school. Running in the hot and humid LA weather probably made me break out more often than I would have liked. Since then, I’ve tried many different over the counter acne products with little to no success. But I’ve seen pretty quick results from the line of acne products from DermaUtopia. The first is the Blueberry and Coffee Bean Exfoliating Cleanser. This acne product has a natural, organic (fruity) scent but is professional grade and allows you to scrub away dead skin from the surface for noticeably smoother skin each and every time. I’ve used the St. Ives Apricot Scrub before and found that product is a little too rough on the skin and causes unwanted irritation.

Benzoyl Peroxide

The acne product that has made the biggest difference for my skin is definitely the DermaUtopia Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Wash. This product is medical grade so it is much more effective than any over the counter medication you’ll find at the drug store. You can also use it for spot treatment for new acne breakouts. Similar to the exfoliating cleanser, the Benzoyl Peroxide wash is safe on my skin but works really well due to the medical grade ingredients. Combining the exfoliating cleanser with the wash has provided amazing results for my acne in a very short time.

Restorative Marine Moisturizer

The other DermaUtopia skin care product I’ve tried is the Restorative Marine Moisturizer. Another professional grade product within their skin care line, it’s a great way to treat irritated or dehydrated skin. My face is usually pretty oily, but there are times where certain parts of face are dry. Vitamins A, E, & C are also added to act as anti-oxidants to fight free radicals that cause damage to the skin.

The sun can cause a lot of harm to your sensitive skin if exposed long and hard enough. But it doesn’t mean you should live the life of a hermit and stay indoors all the time. As long as you take preventative measures, use the right skin care products like line from DermaUtopia and you should be safe to enjoy the outdoors under the sun!

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