Thank you to Mizuno in partnership with FitFluential for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are always my own.
Let’s talk about the new Mizuno Wave Sky. These are a great edition to the the Mizuno Wave line. I have worn Mizuno Wave Riders for a long time and these provide a little more cushion without feeling like you are wearing a huge shoe. The women’s weigh in at only 9.3 oz and have a 10mm ramp. It redefines the max cushioning experience plus, a redesigned anatomical sock liner helps ensure you get the most comfortable fit possible.
The Mizuno Wave Technology® provides runners with a stable ride from landing to toe-off. The Wave Sky features a redesigned Neutral Wave plate with cloudwave technology for softer cushioning and an enhanced responsive feel.
I love them! I am a little picky when it comes to the toe box on running shoes, but the Wave Sky has the perfect size and shaped toe box. I am a neutral runner and I don’t like overly cushiony shoes, but these don’t feel like that. They are so comfortable and smooth without feeling bulky. If you are a neutral runner and looking for a new trainer I definitely recommend giving these a try.
Click here to check out more information about the Mizuno Wave Sky.
Last summer a friend and I hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. It was a bucket list item for me. I won’t lie, it was tough, but it was also really amazing. As we were coming down we both agreed we didn’t need to do it again. Well, much like a marathon, we are of course doing it again. We want to beat our previous time. The training has begun. Hills, hills and more hills followed by some stair climbing at the gym. After hiking it the first time and we now have a better plan of what to do, what to bring, etc. I’m excited for Half Dome 2.0 2017!
Here is a short video to give you an idea of our hike last year.
Have you hiked Half Dome or have it on your bucket list?
Little Monkey and I ran The Color Run in San Jose. I saw they had a unicorn medal now, so how could we pass that up? Little Monkey is 7 and the 5k distance is perfect for her. She was really excited “to get messy”.
Here are 10 tips for running a color run.
- Wear White– This seems like a no brainer, but I always see so many people wearing black or a dark color at the color races. It makes it hard to see how colorful you get.
- Be Mindful at Color Stations– If you want more color, run towards the outside where the people are throwing the color powder. If you want less color then run in the center of the color station.
- Wear a Bandana Over Your Nose and Mouth– The color powder is like a big cloud at each color station. It isn’t fun to breath it in. Tie a bandana around your neck and pull it over your mouth and nose as your run through the color area.
- Wear Sunglasses or Goggles– The color powder can get in your eyes pretty easily, so wear something to protect them.
- You Can Pick Up Your Packet Race Morning– Yes, you can pick it all up race morning, but a lot of people do, so plan accordingly and get there early.
- They Don’t Have Free Gear Check– At the race I ran you could rent a locker for $5, so I would plan to leave everything in the car that I didn’t want to run with.
- Put Your Phone In a Ziplock Bag– The powder dust gets everywhere! Protect your phone and seal it up in a baggy.
- Blue Sometimes Stains a Little– I have run a bunch of color races and for some reason the blue is the only color I sometimes have trouble scrubbing off. I wouldn’t put that color all over your face. FYI
- If You Want to Run Fast Start Early– They send off waves every couple minutes. If you want to actually run then you want to be in one of the first couple of waves. These races attract a lot of families and walkers, which is great, but if you are further back it is really hard to run through the big crowd of non-runners.
- Bring a Change of Clothes– After the race you can brush a lot of the color off, but you probably won’t want to get in your car wearing all you color dusty clothes.
We ran through a total of 4 colors and a foam area. It was tons of fun to do with my daughter. I definitely recommend doing The Color Run with other people. It could be fun by yourself, but definitely more fun with other people.
Have you ever ran a color run?
Next up for me is Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon! I have never ran a race in San Diego before. Crazy, right? There are some hills, but overall the elevation looks to end with more downhills than up. I like a downhill finish.
Here are the medals for the 5k, half marathon, full marathon, and the relay. You can also earn this beauty called the Remix Challenge medal for running the 5k on Saturday and then either the half or the full on Sunday.
Who will I be seeing in San Diego?
Instagram is probably my favorite social media platform. To me a great account is one that posts a picture that makes you stop scrolling and start day dreaming. A great account is also beautiful when you look at their thumbnails as a whole. Here are 10 Instagram accounts you should be following:
- @DisneySisters– These sisters have such a fun Disney themed account. Their pictures are beautiful and it is like being at the park everyday.
- @SusanPazera– Susan’s photos are exquisite and make me want to travel the world. If you aren’t already following along, you should be.
- @According2Kelly– She has the happiest smile I have ever seen and pair that with a love of Disney and running and you have an Instagram account that is sure to cheer you up any day of the week. She also makes me wish I had a donut cake for my birthday (scroll through her Insta feed and you will understand).
- @OhHappyDay– This account makes me want to live in a world of rainbows and balloons. Super cheerful, hence the name Oh Happy Day! If you are looking for party ideas you won’t want to pass up this account.
- @GarminOutdoor– Garmin has lots of accounts, but this one is a must following. The photos are breathtaking.
- @MySplendidLiving– Amazing travel, tablescapes and lifestyle photos. This account makes me want to travel to far off places, read a book my a pool with a great cup of coffee, get all new beautiful dishes and to have an elegant dinner party.
- @Holins_Trail_Hustle– This gal makes me wish I was out on the trails. Her photos are beautiful and motivating.
- @ShesOnTheGoTravel– I love accounts that have beautiful photos from around the world. This account is a collaboration of 6 women and pictures from their amazing travels.
- @InstaRunners– This account features some of the best running pictures from all over Instagram. Tag your photos with #Instarunners and you might get featured, but it better be a beautiful picture.
- @Vitamix– Did you know that Vitamix has beautiful photos on their Insta account? They totally do! And they may give you some good ideas on delicious food to cook up.
If you want you can find me over on Instagram at @HalfCrazyMama (shameless plug). Share your Instagram handle and also let us know some of your favorite accounts.
Disneyland Paris Half Marathon had it’s inaugural run last year along with the 5k. In 2017, they are now offering a 10k and a challenge! When you sign up for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Challenge you will be running the 10k and the Half Marathon and earn a 3rd medal for completing the challenge.
Above are the medals from last year. There is also the Castle to Chateau Challenge which you can earn by running a runDisney marathon or half marathon in the USA and also the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in the same calendar year.
The dates are September 23rd and 24th 2017. For more information stay tuned to the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon website.
I would LOVE to do this race one day. How about you?
Races are harder to find in the summer months because it is hotter during that time of year, not like Fall and Spring when races abound. Fear not, I have you covered! Here are the top 10 summer races to keep you running:
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Chicago– While it may be hot, running in Chicago is always fun. Treat yourself to to some Garrett Popcorn after. Use code RNB15 for $15 off the half marathon.
- San Francisco Marathon– There will definitely be hills, but typically San Francisco doesn’t get crazy hot, so this could be a great race for you. If you don’t want to run a full marathon they also offer a half marathon (2 actually).
- Thelma & Louise Half Marathon– Grab your favorite partner in crime and head to Utah for this half marathon.
- Santa Rose Marathon– Do you love wine? Then the Santa Rosa Marathon might be a great destination race for you. The expo is even held at a vineyard! Don’t worry, they offer every distance from a marathon to a 5k.
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Seattle– Seattle is known for cool weather, so what could be better for a summer race right? RnR Seattle also has a Remix Challenge so you can earn 3 medals for running 2 races!
- Missoula Marathon– Running through Missoula Montana is destined to be beautiful and summer is the perfect time to do so.
- Prairie Dog Half Marathon– To be honest, I don’t know much about the race, but seriously, who doesn’t love prairie dogs right? I know the race is in the summer in Colorado and is probably really pretty.
- The Badlands Trail Run– This race sounds like the perfect excuse for checking out a national park and they have a ton of distances to choose from. 50 miler, 50k, marathon, 16 miler, half marathon, and 10k, pick your poison!
- Cheesehead Run Half Marathon– It is coined as the “cheesiest race in the world”. Sounds like fun to me! Put on your running shoes and head to Wisconsin.
- Old Port Half Marathon– This race is in Portland, Maine and the pictures I’ve seen have been breathtaking.
What is your favorite summer race?
This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield Organic and Prana. All opinions are always my own.
A topic I often discuss is “Me Time”. Running is a huge part of my me time, but what is even more important is the “whole me”. I found over the last year that I am spread so thin I am rarely ever the “whole me” at any one time. I may be with my daughter, but my brain is going over a thousand things I need to do. While running I am mentally writing what I want my research paper for school to be about. When cooking dinner I am also helping my daughter with homework, making the to-do list for the next day, face timing with my husband on business, and trying to log into my virtual classroom. I realized that I am much better at everything when I focus my time. I get more accomplished and do a better job when it is the “whole me”.
Part of the “whole me” though is the “me time”. Once a week I take time out that isn’t for anyone, but myself. It may only be a half hour once a week, but it is important. I put on comfy clothes. (How cute is this Liana sweater from Prana. The color is called Bora Bay and just that name alone helps me feel at peace!) I relax and read for fun or just lay in the sun and appreciate the nature around me.
Right now I am chipping away at the book “The Kindness Diaries”. I bring a snack out with me, usually a Stonyfield Organic yogurt parfait because it is wholesome and delicious. It feels decadent, but I know the ingredients are good. I feel more centered when I get this time and I can focus my attention.
Do you try to work on the “whole you”?
Thank you to Adidas Golf for sponsoring this post with FitFluential. All opinions are always my own.
My husband is a big golfer. He use to play 200 rounds a year. We all know how much I love being active and outdoors, so golf just seemed like a great way to spend a day. I have always wished that golf was something I had learned at a younger age, but with the encouragement of my husband I realized that golf can be learned at any age. With the help of Adidas Golf I was all set to take my first lesson.
Golf shoes, clothes, and clubs…check, check, and check! I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous going to my first lesson because no one wants to be the person that swings and misses the ball and that is all I could picture myself doing. Once I met Zach, the super awesome pro who is teaching me at Pasatiempo Golf Club, I realized I had nothing to fear.
The lesson was one hour and flew by. He took me to the driving range and taught me some fundamentals, like how to hold the club and how to effectively hit the ball. I loved it! It wasn’t intimidating at all!
After my first lesson I already felt confident enough to go practice on my own. In the first week I went to the driving range and the chipping and putting green with my husband twice. What a great way to spend time together and be outdoors in this beautiful weather we are having. Little Monkey even came out with us once. There are not a lot of sports that a family, including our 7 year old daughter, can all do together. Little Monkey is taking golf lessons too. We are totally hooked!
A big thank you to Adidas Golf for facilitating this. The Adidas Golf shoes are so comfortable. They feel like running shoes! There is so much great gear on the Adidas Golf website. I am also loving the TaylorMade golf clubs they sent me.
Looking for golf gear? Use code HalfCrazy20 for 20% off everything at AdidasGolf.com.
Ladies (and gentlemen) don’t let golf intimate you. I realized that all those golfers out there that I see are at all different abilities. Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you may have a little bit of an off day, just like running, and that is one of the great things about the sport. It is truly anyone’s game.
Do you golf? Have you wanted to try golf?
At the end of the month I will be heading to Nashville to run both the Rock ‘n’ Roll 1 Mile and the Half Marathon. Doing both earns you the extra bonus Remix Medal. Speaking of medals, the Nashville half and full marathon medals light up! Super stoked. I love being a member of the Rock ‘n’ Blog team and the opportunities like this to tackle a new city. It is fun to run new places and meet new faces 🙂
I have visited Nashville twice in the last year, but never ran a race there. It is definitely not flat, so I am anticipating a little bit of a challenging race, but fun.
If you want to run a Rock ‘n’ Roll race you can use code RNB15 for $15 off a half or full marathon. Click here to register.
Have you ran Nashville before?