Monday, September 22, 2014

The Neon Dash: A Glowing Recommendation?

I just turned 40...and I am taking it kind of hard. Yeah, I know. I know. You're only as old as you feel and all that crap jazz, but the number just doesn't match how I feel. I do know that 40 is young. Trust me, all my friends are 40 and they are all young and gorgeous. I'm just hung up on the number. I'm sure I'll get over it. Or as hubby said, it could be worse, you could be dead. I'll take 40 over the alternative. I'm sure I am getting all worked up over nothing. After all, my 20s were better than my teens, and my 30s were way better than my 20s, so I don't have any reason to believe the trend won't continue into my 40s.


With that being said, instead of a birthday bash this year to celebrate 40, I decided on the Neon Dash to celebrate the last day of my 30s. It was perfect. It was a 5k held on the evening before my birthday. I figured I'd round up my closest friends and we would do something fun and healthy to celebrate the end of another decade. We could act like silly 30-somethings the day before I mature into old-age (overly dramatic, I know).

Since the local retail stores declare Halloween as soon as school lets back in, I had no problem finding some glow accessories to dress up our running clothes. What almost 40-year-old doesn't want to wear glow glasses and glow skull rings? It was $7 well spent.


Since the Neon Dash told us we should wear white, my BFF made us all custom Running with Ollie t-shirts! My hair goes into pigtails and I am ready to run and glow! Now is this the face of a 40 year old? Don't answer that.

I can't be 40! I wear pigtails and take selfies!

The run was at the ballpark in Arlington, so it was easy to find with plenty of parking (although I wasn't thrilled about the $10 per car parking fee). When we arrived, it was still light outside while we activated our glow sticks and waited in line for packet pick up. Along with our race bib, they gave us a Neon Dash t-shirt, a cute headband, and some temporary tattoos.



As the sun went down, we started glowing! 


I loved the glow glasses! So dorky! 

My BFF has six eyes.

We had a great time. It was a really fun way to end my 30s. I was happy to do something active and spend time with my best friend, but the thing about the Neon Dash is that it is almost all about the pictures. 

There were just two "glow stations" on the 3.1 mile course. I would guess one about half way through and then another towards the end. When you ran through a station you were sprayed by volunteers with glow water (I don't know if that is what it is really called). If you ran continiously through the station, you may not get very glowy with just a passing spray, so I stopped and let them me spray me directly. You don't actually glow until you get under the black lights, so we ran a little further along the course until we arrived at the black light station, which was just a couple of lights and a ton of people trying to get under them to take pictures. It wasn't too hard to squeeze in and get some shots, like the ones below. I think the pictures turned out great!



We ran/walked the rest of the course, through another glow station and arrived at another black light picture taking station. At the finish line, all you could see were our glowing accessories because the water they sprayed only glows under the black lights. 


It was at night so the course was pretty dark. Plenty of people were wearing glowing accessories, which helped, and some parts of the course were lit fairly well by street lights, but most of the time we were just running in the dark, which is to be expected for a night run. I think I just had more expectations of glowing while running, but I guess the logistics of the black light course would be pretty complex compared to just setting up a couple of black light stations.

I think the great pictures made it worth it, but as for the actual experience, you can expect to mostly just be running along a night course and to stop at the glow stations and black light stations to get sprayed and take pictures. I brought a water-proof case for my camera and I was glad that I did, because the case was covered glow water when I got home.

So while I won't give it a glowing recommendation, I had a great time and really loved the way the pictures turned out. For $25 the Neon Dash was a fun and unique way to spend the last day in my 30s with my good friends.

Have you ever ran a Neon Dash or something similar?

Don't forget there is still time to run in the Running with Ollie virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and huge giveaway! You have to check out these great prize sponsors. There will be 14 winners. It is fun and 100% free. What are you waiting for?


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The BIG 4-0 Virtual Four Mile Fun Run, Scavenger Hunt and #Giveaway

Today is my birthday. It's the big 4-0 (oh, no!). I'm forty but my brain still feels 18. My metabolism isn't what it used to be, but I'm still that same gal I was back then, just a little smarter, a little stronger and whole lot more self-confident. I guess that what happens with age. As long as you take care of yourself, you really only get better over time. (Now someone go tell that to my grey hairs.)



I'd love it if you would celebrate with me by running (walking or crawling) the BIG 4-0 virtual four mile fun run and scavenger hunt! I've been working hard around the clock (except when I am getting my required 8-9 hours of old lady sleep) to round up the best giveaway sponsors who are offering amazing prizes that all participants will have the chance to win!

11 Sponsors. 14 Prizes. 14 Winners. No Entry Fee. Fun and Free!


Disclosure: These awesome sponsors have generously offered samples and prizes for the Big 4-0 virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway. All opinions are my own and I am under no obligation to recommend any particular company or item. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I may make a very small percentage if you decide to click and buy, which helps support the maintenance of this blog. But of course, no purchase is necessary to participate in the virtual event or to enter the giveaway. These brands were hand picked by me because I genuinely love them and think you will too.


What is a virtual run, you say?
A virtual run can be completed at any location! Run it on the streets in your neighborhood, on the treadmill, or even at an local organized race. You run in your own area and report back online to join in on the fun with hundreds of runners all over the country. You can learn more about virtual racing by reading my Guide to Virtual Racing.

1. Run the BIG 4-0 virtual 4.0 mile fun run or walk
Run (walk or crawl) four miles wherever you are to virtually participate in the Big 4-0 fun run. There are no rules, no pace requirements, no pressure. Virtual runs are the best! There are no parking hassles and no long lines at the porta potty. Just get out there and get four miles in however you can! The winners aren't the fastest runners. The winners are the luckiest (via random drawing). Download your virtual race bib now by clicking on the image to enlarge it, then print. Or download your race bib here.


01113 = Ollie. Get it? 


2. The Scavenger Hunt
Bring your camera and take a few pictures of the things you see along your race route. Share with the world what is unique, beautiful, and what makes you happy about your runs (or walks)! Use the hashtag #OlliesRunHunt to tag your pictures and share on Instagram or Twitter.

Here is what to look for on your run to complete the scavenger hunt!
1. a running selfie (shoe selfies count too!)
2. something beautiful
3. something unique
4. something that makes you smile
5. a record of your run (examples: a GPS watch pic, activity tracker steps, or a pic of you with your virtual race bib.)

Running with Ollie Blog virtual 4 mile fun run and scavenger hunt

Don't forget to hashtag #OlliesRunHunt your scavenger hunt finds!

3. Enter to win on Rafflecopter
The winners will be randomly selected from entries on Rafflecopter. There are tons of ways to earn entries, but the only required entry is the blog comment! Complete as many or as few entries as you would like. Complete them all to get the most entries, or just choose the ones that interest you the most.

Let's take a look at our amazing sponsors.  It is my birthday, but the giveaway gifts are for you! I am beside myself with the amazing prizes I have for you!

11 Amazing Prize Sponsors

Your choice between a Motivate Wrap or Foot Notes shoe charm.
Sometimes it's the little reminders that we need. It's the mantras we repeat in our heads during our workouts, on our runs, or sitting in our cubicle in spreadsheet hell (just me?).  I look at my wrist every day and I am reminded to "live with passion." It's a physical reminder of my goals. What little reminder do you need? They have a ton of sayings to choose from! Momentum jewelry encourages you with the designs that move you.
Prize ships from Momentum.


Momentum Foot Notes shoe charms

Momentum Motivate Wrap
web: www.designsthatmoveyou.com
facebook: /designsthatmoveyou
twitter: @MomentumJewelry
instagram: momentumjewelry
Your choice of tank and yoga pant!
Shine Athletica is a local Fort Worth start up. I am all about supporting local business and love to meet people who are living their dreams! Shine Athletica embodies everything I love about heath, fitness, and fashion. And it doesn't hurt that their workout apparel is wicked cute.
Prize ships from Shine Athletica.


web: http://www.shineathletica.com
facebook /Shine Athletica
instagram @ShineAthletica
Your choice of Apera Duffle pack in black, blue or pearl! I personally use an Apera duffle and can't stop raving about it (to anyone who will listen). It's the perfect mash up of fashion and function (and health with their anti-microbroial properties). I adore this bag. If you win one, you will adore it too.
Prize ships from Apera.

web: Apera
twitter:@Aperabags
facebook:/Apera Bags

FlipBelt
Your choice of size and color. Ever since I did a review of the FlipBelt a last year, I've been an unofficial FlipBelt cheerleader. It solves the age old problem: What the heck do I do with all my stuff while I run and still look cool? Flipbelt is a sleek tubular belt that expands nicely to hold all your essentials without bouncing around during your runs or workout. I think I'll give up my purse and wear it to work tomorrow.
Winner will be awarded a coupon code for a free FlipBelt.



twitter @flipbelt
facebook: /flipbelt


Two winners will get to choose a pair of Pro Compression marathon socks or sleeves. Every runner needs compression socks/sleeves and every fashionista needs them to be pink...but you can choose your color. Plus if you're like me and don't have the patience to wait to see if you won, you can use discount code BLK14 to save 40% off now! 
Prizes ship from Pro Compression.


web: www.procompression.com
twitter: @procompression
facebook:/procompression

Trailheads
Oh My Gosh. The Trailheads Power Ponytail headband is everything you ever wanted in a running headband: Athletic, fashion forward, and freakin' ingenious with the built in pony tail hole.  I need one in every color. It is my birthday, you know. 
Prize ships from Running with Ollie.


twitter: @trailheadsCT
facebook: /trailheadsusa

Gym Boss
Have you ever tried to use your iPhone to time intervals? One minute on, 30 seconds rest? Yeah, it just doesn't work. You end up spending more time worrying about your timer than you do your workout. Gym Boss saves the day with its interval timer that can set multiple times and alarms at once. Great for HIIT, running, planking, and just about everything else. Forget about the timer and focus on the workout.
Prize ships from Running with Ollie.


web: www.gymboss.com
twitter @gymboss
facebook: /gymbosstimers
Loxley Sports
The winner will receive 2 rolls of black and 2 rolls of pink kinesiology tape. As a newly minted old lady (keep the old lady jokes coming) I know all too well the pains of running. I swear this stuff should be called miracle tape. Try it for yourself.
Prize ships from Running with Ollie.

web: Loxley Sports
Twitter: @loxleysports
Facebook: /loxleysports

My Running Partner Has Four Legs tank
You can choose size S-XL. Design is still under development, color and shirt style may vary slightly from what is shown. Especially for you from (me!) Running with Ollie blog. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping as prize will be custom ordered.
Prize ships from Running with Ollie.


web:www.runningwithollie.com
Jay Robb claims to be the best tasting protein on the planet and it's my personal all-time favorite. It's the brand I go back to month after month because of its great taste and natural ingredients. Three winners will receive a Jay Rob protein powder sample pack including protein samples, a shaker bottle and a tote bag.
Prize ships from Running with Ollie
web: www.jayrobb.com
twitter: @jayrobbprotein
facebook: /jayrobbprotein




My new favorite fitness app, EveryMove, is offering a EveryMove t-shirt and water bottle. Feeling fitness app overload? EveryMove is the answer. Sync most of your current apps and devices to EveryMove to get all your data in one place. Connect with friends for some friendly competition, and finally, earn points that can be redeemed for discounts from EveryMove partners to reward yourself for all the hard work your doing anyway. win-win-win.
Prize ships from EveryMove.
website: www.EveryMove.org
facebook: /EveryMove 
twitter: @EveryMove




What are you waiting for? Ollie says, "Let's go running!"






a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY RULES:
Contest runs from 9/21/2014-10/5/2014.
No purchase necessary.
Fourteen winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Must have a shipping address in the US.
Winners will notified via email (if available from entry) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winners do not claim prizes within 48 business hours alternate winners will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified that the required blog post comment was posted. If a winning entry cannot be verified, a new winner will be drawn.
Please allow 30 days for prize delivery.


ATTENTION BLOGGERS! If you are a blogger and you write a race recap about your experiences running in this event please share on Twitter @gealenders #Olliesrunhunt and I will retweet to my 10k followers. I have also created a group board on Pinterest all about Virtual Running. Please send me a request for an invite to pin to this board runningwithollie(at)gmail(dot)com and you can pin any virtual race related posts there and I will repin for you!


By running this race, I agree that running or walking a road race is a potentially dangerous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I assume all risks associated with running or walking in the event. In participating in this event I waive and release Running with Ollie and all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event. I grant permission to all the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for legitimate purpose.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

What is a Virtual Race? A Guide to Virtual Racing

In anticipation of the upcoming Running with Ollie BIG 4-0 Virtual Four Mile Fun Run, Scavenger Hunt, and Giveaway, I've decided to devote a blog post to virtual racing. This is everything you need to know to start participating in virtual races.

If you've seen some virtual races online and not really sure what they are all about, or had some questions about virtual racing, this is the resource for you.

A Guide to Virtual Racing


What is a virtual race?
A virtual race is an event that can be completed in your own location. You decide where you will run it, you map out your own race route, run or walk the designated miles, and report your participation online. You can run it in your neighborhood, on local trails, on a track, on a treadmill, or even at a local organized race. The beauty of a virtual race is that you choose the location!

What are the different types of virtual races?
Some virtual races are set up as charity fundraisers. In these virtual races you usually pay a registration fee, in which a portion will go to a charity. In exchange for your registration fee, which will vary by event, you usually can expect to receive a t-shirt, a finishers medal, or a gift bag. Before paying a registration fee, I suggest doing some research on the legitimacy of the charity and the race host. The vast majority of charity virtual races are legit, but before you shell out your hard-earned money, do some checking to make sure you understand where your money is going.

Some virtual races (like the Running with Ollie Big 4-0 virtual four mile run) are 100% free and are put together to motivate runners and walkers, build an online community, and to raise awareness of a blog or brand.

Why do people participate in virtual races?
Virtual races can be used as a motivation or training tool. Once you commit to the miles, you'll want to get out there and follow through. Another reason people participate in virtual races is because there may not be any traditional organized races nearby and it is fun way to be a part of a bigger running community without having to travel anywhere.

Is there a packet pick up? Will I get a race bib? How about a medal?
Some paid races will send you a bib in the mail, but the free virtual races usually offer a printable bib. You can choose whether you wear it or not. Many people hold up their race bib for the camera when sharing their experience online or on social media.

Some virtual races will send you a medal upon completion. These races usually have a registration fee to cover the cost of the medal.

How do I know how far I ran?
Since you don't have the benefit of a preplanned race course with mile markers in a virtual race, you will have to figure out how to log the distance you will run. If you don't have a GPS watch to track your mileage, there are a couple of other ways to document your distance. There are websites like Map My Run that allow you to create your own race (or training) route online. You can also use running apps like RunKeeper or Runtastic that use the GPS on your phone to log your distance. If all that technology is too much for you, you could simply get in your car and map out the mileage in your car.

Map My Run

Should I time myself?
Sure, but I wouldn't worry too much about getting it down to the exact second. If you don't have a GPS watch or other timer, you can just take note of the time you left and the time you returned to figure out your approximate finishing time, although it doesn't really matter in a virtual race. Some virtual races will post a results page after the run where participants can self-report their finishing times. If winners are announced, it is not usually based on finishing time, but by random drawing.

I ran a virtual race, now what?
Share it on social media. After all, what good is a virtual race if you run it and don't tell anyone! The whole point of a virtual race is to share it virtually! Often times virtual races will have designated hastags so you can find the other participants on social media and they can find you.

How do they know if I really ran it?
They don't. Virtual races are based on the honor system. If you didn't want to run it, you probably wouldn't have signed up. And those that collect money for charities probably don't really care if you ran it or not. It's up to you to run it because you want to!

Where can I find virtual races to enter?
Great question! You can sign up and run the Running with Ollie BIG 4-0 Virtual Four Mile Fun Run, Scavenger Hunt and giveaway now for free! You can run it anytime between 9/21/14-10/4/14. There is also a big giveaway and 14 winners will be selected by random drawings. Register now!

The Running with Ollie virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway!


After you run the Running with Ollie virtual race, you might decide you've been bitten by the virtual race bug.

You can search active.com for virtual races, look for virtual racing groups on Facebook (like this one), or follow some running blogs, and you're sure to find plenty of virtual races! As another resource, Jost Running has regular monthly virtual races.

So what are you waiting for? Have you signed up for the Running with Ollie FREE virtual race from 9/21-10/5?

Register below or click on the link here to register.



Have you ever participated in a virtual race? Are you signed up for the Running with Ollie Virtual Race? Do you have any tips for virtual racing? Did I miss anything?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Life Lessons Learned from Running

We interrupt this regularly scheduled month of getting super excited about the upcoming Running with Ollie Big 4-0 virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway for a regularly scheduled throwback Thursday.

Throwback Thursday is a monthly post when I share a blog post you may have missed the first time around. It also gives me the chance to spruce up old posts, add better images for Pinterest, and clean up old mistakes. Sometimes you don't realize how far you've come until you look back.

This month I am remembering my very first day of the Blogember blog every day in November challenge in 2013. I was inspired to do this challenge after not posting a single blog in October last year. I was in a blogging rut and the challenge was exactly what I need to get my blogging movo back. After all, blogging challenges are easy. Someone else does the hard part, they come up with the post ideas. All I had to do was write them.

My first post of the challenge was Life Lessons learned from Running. I'd love it if you would take a trip back in time with me to check it out.




I usually take this opportunity to share a throwback picture, so that you can either laugh at my giant hair in the 90s or gush over how cute I was when I was a toddler. (Seriously, I was cute. I'm not sure what happened.) But instead, in honor of our upcoming virtual four mile fun run, we are going to throw all the way back to last Friday, when I announced a giveaway for registered participants in the virtual race until 9/12. The pre-race giveaway ends this Friday (tomorrow!)

Ends 9/12/14
I will randomly draw a winner from the registered participants in the US 18 years old or older on Friday 9/12. If you haven't registered for the FREE virtual race yet, now is the time to do it. I may announce another pre-race giveaway on the 12th, so stay tuned.

And if I haven't mentioned it enough times in this post already (what? too many times?), you can still register for the running with Ollie virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway here. It is fun and free. Register now.

Who excited? I mean, besides me.

Have a great Thursday, friends.  We'll catch up soon.

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PRE-RACE GIVEAWAY RULES:   
Contest runs from until 9/12.
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via random.org
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Must have a shipping address in the US. 
Winner will notified via email and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway BEFORE the #Giveaway

I just want to take a moment to say that you gals/guys rock! The registrations for the Running with Ollie virtual four mile fun run, scavenger hunt, and giveaway have been POURING in. I am so excited and so is Ollie. He is ready to go. I tried to tell him this thing doesn't officially kick off until 9/21. He just doesn't understand.

"Let's go, mama!"

As a big thank you from me to you, how about a giveaway before the big event giveaway? 

All registered participants in the event will be automatically entered to win this BULU BOX until 9/12. If you are not registered, now is the time to do it! Register now to be automatically entered to win. (US shipping addresses only.)



Don't worry, if you are already registered, then you are already in the running (pun intended) to win this prize. Winner will be drawn randomly on 9/12 from all registrants and will be announced here (and I'll email you). If all goes well, I'll hold another flash giveaway next Friday. 

I'd love if you would share to help get the word out about the virtual run and giveaway! REGISTER HERE and learn more about the run and the event giveaway prize sponsors.

GIVEAWAY RULES:   
Contest runs from until 9/12.
winner will be drawn randomly from all registered contestants in the US.
No purchase necessary.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Must have a shipping address in the US. 
Winner will notified via email and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.

Thanks, friends!

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GIVEAWAY RULES:   
Contest runs from until 9/12.
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Random.org
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Must have a shipping address in the US. 
Winner will notified via email and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Register for the Virtual Four Mile Fun Run & Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to September. I don't know about you, but I am welcoming autumn with open arms! It can't get here fast enough! Goodbye stifling heat! Hello cool fall running!

If you follow Running with Ollie Blog on Facebook you have probably seen my posts about the upcoming virtual four mile run and scavenger hunt. I've been working hard around the clock (except when I am getting my required 8-9 hours a night of sleep) pulling everything together for the event and giveaway.

The virtual run starts 9/21 and will run (pun intended) through 10/5. If you want to participate, but are like me, and realize there is a very good chance you will forget all about it by 9/21, please register so that I can keep you in the loop!


11 Sponsors. 14 Prizes. 14 Winners. No Entry Fee. Fun and Free!

Sneak peak at the prize sponsors
What is a virtual run, you say?
A virtual run can be completed at any location! Run it on the streets in your neighborhood, on the treadmill, or even at an local organized race. Anywhere! You run in your own area and report back online to join in on the fun with hundreds of runners all over the country. You can find my guide to virtual racing here, everything you need to know about entering & participating in a virtual race.

Run the BIG 4-0 virtual 4.0 mile fun run or walk.
Run (walk or crawl) four miles wherever you are to virtually participate in the Big 4-0 fun run. There are no rules, no pace requirements, no pressure. Virtual runs are the best! There are no parking hassles and no long lines at the porta potty. Just get out there and get four miles in however you can! The winners aren't the fastest runners. The winners are the luckiest (via random drawing).

And what's this about a scavenger hunt? 
Well, I have to leave something for you to look forward to! All that I will say for now is that you will take pictures of things you see along your run for the scavenger hunt and share them on social media with a designated hashtag. All the details regarding the scavenger hunt will be revealed in the 09/21 post at the start of the event. Don't worry, it will be voluntary, but really fun and easy. You're going to love it!

You can use the below form to register for the event. You can also register here. There is no obligation if you change your mind later or something comes up and you can't participate.



So what do you think? Are you in? Preregister now! Ollie is ready to go!!


A big thank you to our amazing prize sponsors. Please check out the brands that interest you to keep these kinds of giveaways possible!

Shine AthleticaMomentum JewelryApera BagsGym Boss Interval TimersFlipBeltLoxley SportsJay Robb ProteinEveryMoveProCompression and Trailheads

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Running La Jolla

If you've been following along with the Running with Ollie Blog Dog Week, you probably already know that we spent an extended weekend in beautiful San Diego, California. We got married on the beach in La Jolla in 2005, so every few years we like to go back and celebrate.


We did something a little different this year. We decided to rent a room through airbnb rather than a hotel room. Airbnb is a site where you can find local hosts who are renting rooms, houses, or in our case, a master suite near the beach with a private entrance, private bath, pool and hot tub.

It was different than anything we've ever done before, but we liked the idea of not staying in some stuffy hotel, and it was at least half the price of staying in a nice hotel in La Jolla. We just weren't sure what exactly to expect.

The house was in a gorgeous quiet neighborhood in La Jolla, just two miles from La Jolla cove. Immediately upon being greeted by our hosts, I knew it was going to be great. They were friendly, engaging, and really helpful. They knew of our anniversary and bought us a card and a bottle of champagne as a gift. It felt like we were staying with relatives. They were the perfect balance of being available for questions or short chats, while still allowing us the privacy to enjoy our vacation. It was perfect. I will definitely use airbnb again when looking for rooms in other cities.



Our anniversary gift from our airbnb hosts. I am so grateful!
We immediately hit all our favorite San Diego spots. Hubby's favorite place to eat in all of San Diego is a little dive cafe on the Ocean Beach pier.  This was our first stop after landing, for clam chowder and lobster tacos.

don't judge me. 
Our first night in San Diego we went to Mission Beach to watch the sun set.


Then we played our typical La Jolla game of "find-the-exact-spot-we-were-standing-when-we-got-married." It gets a little harder every time we go back, but I think we found it. This looks right:


We managed to get in three runs in four days and I have to say that our time running together (together: aka hubby 1/4 mile ahead at all times) along the ocean were some of the best times of our vacation. You know you're a runner when running on vacation is the best part!

We've been suffering through stifling Texas heat runs, so even though everyone in California was complaining of a heat wave (laughable!) our runs were the coolest that I can remember in a long time, plus you just can't beat an ocean view while running!

One day we ran along the 101 in Encinitas and it was just amazing. I didn't have my phone during the run, but I made hubby take me back up there with the car afterwards so I could get some shots of the incredible view. The selfie was accidental. I couldn't see the screen at all because of the sun glare and I didn't realize the screen got turned around. I thought it was funny because I didn't know until I was looking through the pictures later. I think the look on my face says it all.
"Hey, who's Grandma did you beat up to steal those glasses?" 
On Sunday most of the roads downtown La Jolla were closed for a 7k. I wish I would have known, I would have loved to run a race while in town. This is something I should definitely look into for next time. I have traveled to run races, I just never thought to look for races in the places that I was already traveling. This was our view on our walk to eat pancakes. Way to guilt trip me, La Jolla!


I even bought a new pair of running shoes because I love visiting local running shops when I travel. I decided to try something different this time. The sales guy really sold me on these: Hoka One One Kailua Tarmac. I bought them my last day in town, so I haven't had a chance to run in them yet. I'll let you know how they go. They are supposed to be really comfortable.


Even though our diet was less than stellar, we did manage to get in several very enjoyable runs, and walked around a lot. I logged the most steps in one day on my Polar Loop since I started keeping track and hit 200% of my goal everyday we were there. Apparently, vacation is good for my health (but not my pocket book). (You can read my review of the Polar Loop here.)

My Polar Loop and my motivate wrap (Momentum Jewelry is a sponsor in my upcoming September Virtual Run and Scavenger Hunt)

We finished out our trip with a lovely outdoor anniversary dinner at Bernini's Bistro, La Jolla. It was the perfect end to our perfect anniversary vacation.

Anniversary dinner at Bernini's Bistro

Our airbnb hosts left us with a parting gift of passion fruit that they grew on their backyard vine. Delicious!


We had the most wonderful vacation. Ease of travel, carefree days, delicious meals, running along the beach...it all was all fun and memorable. But there is no happiness like the happiness of being home. Besides, we really missed Ollie!

What about you? Have you ever booked a room with airbnb? Have you ever been to La Jolla? Do you run on vacation? Do you ever travel for your anniversary? Have you ever worn Hoka One One running shoes? Do you have any recommendations for future trips to La Jolla? Let me know in the comments!


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Lea

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