Rattlesnake Ramble Review and My Lame GoPro Video

Sunday was a day of trying new things for me. I ran my first trail race and I wore my GoPro  during my race with a chesty (that is really the name of the GoPro chest harness).

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I look even more dorky than normal.

I had the opportunity to run the Rattlesnake Ramble, a Sasquatch Racing event, on Sunday at Lake Chabot in San Leandro. I was actually a little nervous – I haven’t done a lot of trail running. I also was’t sure I had the right running gear even though I’m a total running gear nerd. Lastly, I knew it was going to be raining this weekend and that always makes things weird… for me… because 1) I’m from the desert and 2) I don’t like my hair getting wet.

It was raining pretty hard when I woke up on Sunday morning but if there is one thing I hate it’s a DNS… so I was going to make it through this race even if I was cold, wet and muddy the entire time. The other thing was that the race started at 9:15am!!! It’s not very often that I can sleep until 7:00am on race day!!! If that is a part of trail running then I can get use to that!! (No Babe, we don’t have to wake up at 4:45 for this race. It’s trail run) My Fiancé might be in love!

I’m not going to lie it was raining hard when I got to the race and I was not looking forward to it at all. I don’t have wet weather gear and this was a new style of race for me but I was there and I was going to do it. The start line was a lot less formal than road races and that really put me at ease. Once the race started, I kind of forgot about all of the stuff that I was worried about. It was so nice being out in nature. I liked it so much that I didn’t even put in my headphones until mile 5. I’ve never run five miles by myself without headphones. I really enjoyed every min of this race even though it’s a lot harder then road races and now I know why trail runners are such bad A$$’s.

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I can’t compare it to other trail races… yet… but Sasquatch Racing put on a great race that made this roadrunner want to add these in to my race schedule. Here are some notable reasons why I think they did an amazing job:

1. There was a city bib pick up as well as an East Bay option, making it easy for everyone

2. There were clear updates for the race, even when the weather got a little nutty and there had to be course adjustments.

3. The race started on time, the directions were clear and there was a comfortable feel at the start line

4. The corse was easy to follow and clearly marked, even for a person like me that zones out while running.

5. I did the half marathon but there was also a 10k and a 5K so it was great for all levels.

6. There was an awesome post race spread and I’m not talking bananas and water. There were M&M’s, Pretzels, Fruit, Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze, Hint water, and Beer!! Two per runner!!! If the weather hadn’t been so wet they would have had to kick me out of there!

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Overall I was super impressed with this race and all involved. I think it is a fantastic race for all levels of runners and I can’t wait for the next race that Sasquatch offers!

Oh yeah, here is my first GoPro Video Fail!! Don’t watch if you get motion sickness.

I have an hour and 30 min of this!

Go here for more info on Sasquatch Racing.

If you want to join me on the next Sasquatch Race event, use this code SPARKLES for 5.00 off and sign up here:

The Sasquatch Scramble April 26th

The Tick Trailblaze July 12th

The Honey Badger Half

Thank you Sasquatch Racing a Sweat Guru!

Kristen xo

50% off Uforia Studios in SF and My Hip Hop Alter Ego.

Yesterday morning I had the awesome opportunity to try out a Hip Hop Class at Uforia Studio. About a million years ago I use to dance a lot but it’s been a while. So today I decided to bust out my Hip Hop alter ego, Special K.

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Special K back again! I’m sooooo hip hop!

When I heard about Uforia I was soooooooo excited to see they had a Hip Hop class. They also have cycling, yoga, resistance and other dance formats including Zumba on the schedule (oh yeah, I’m going to try all of them too, Stay Tuned!). They have an online booking system that makes it really easy to reserve a spot.

The studio itself is beautiful plus there were hair ties and bobby pins in the bathroom. LOVE IT!! The class was packed but not so full that you couldn’t move. The instructor was Jazon. He took us through a warm up and then we got in to the class. I thought it was going to be similar to a Zumba Class (how each song has it’s own moves) but to my delight, it was moves that built on each other to make a complete routine at the end. The music was awesome and Jazon was such an amazing teacher. I think he maybe said 15 words the whole class but everyone in the room knew exactly what to do. I can easily say that this was one of the best classes I have taken in a long, long time! I loved every second and was sweating like an animal… that could bust a move!! They also gave out cold towels after class, yeah that happened!

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Jazon and I after class! I was a sweaty hot mess!

Uforia Studios has one location in Palo Alto and are opening a new location in San Francisco in Nob Hill soon and I could not be more excited! The best part of this is that I have a super special early VIP discount code that can get 50% off a 10, 20, 30 or 50 class pack! The code is: SPARKLESPANDEX sign up here. Do it!! You’ll be one of the first people at the hottest new studio in SF and we can twerk it out together because I’ll be there for sure (that’s not a lie, I actually twerked today and it was awesome)!!

If you want more info on Uforia check out there website.

Thanks to Uforia Studios and Sweat Guru!!

Kristen xo

Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, Superbowl Sunday and Olives To Go

Super Bowl Sunday!! Whew, what a busy day!! I like to run a race before the big game because I know for a fact that I am going to get my grub on hardcore!!! This year, the same as last year, I ran the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in San Francisco.

Last year I wasn’t a huge fan of the race. It was really rainy and there were no medals at the end and I thought it was just so so. This year however, I think they really stepped up their game. The weather was really great too, I know they don’t have control over that but it does help in keeping me happy. Here are the things I loved about this race:

1. They send you your bib and timing tag. I’m all for a fun expo but having your stuff sent to you is super awesome and it keeps my Fiance sane by not taking up the whole weekend for a race.

2. Most of the race in in Golden Gate Park and the rest is along the beach.

3. There was chocolate milk at the end and that’s my favorite!

After the race I was ready to go to Grub Town!!! Although it wasn’t all just pigging out. This is what happens when you go to a Super Bowl Party with a Fitness Blogger!


Every touchdown!!!

Last Night I received a super awesome package from Pearls Olives!!!!!

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Here are five reasons that olives are awesome and we should eat them everyday!!

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1. They are great for your skin, hair, and can improve the appearance of wrinkles!!!! – There is Vitamin E in them and that can help protect your skin from the sun. There is also Oleic acid in them that can make your hair softer and thicker and smooth out your skin!

2. They are packed with ANTIOXIDANTS!!  – Magical antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect our cells against cancer.

3. They help keep your muscles working! – They are packed with iron that is going to help keep your muscles killing your workouts!

4. They are a natural pain killer! – Their oil contains oleocanthal that has anti-inflammatory agents. So it’s kind of like natures delicious Advil.

5. THEY CAN HELP YOU BURN FAT!!!!!! – I saved this one for last because it’s the best!!!! They stimulate your body to make adiponectin helping you breakdown fat cells!!

Go get some now so we can be super strong, pain free, cancer free, sexy haired, lean mean machines!!

What was your thing favorite this about Super Bowl Sunday?

How much do you love olives and what Is your favorite kind?

Kristen ox

Healthy-er Treats for the Big Game!

So the Super Bowl is on Sunday and even if you don’t care about either team playing (Go Eagles), chances are you’re probably going to have friends over or go over to a friend’s house to watch the commercials at the very least! I always see it as the last day you can use as an excuse to throw your meal plan out the window. After this comes the long road to summer bodies! It doesn’t have to be a total disaster though, here are some of my favorite healthy-ish dishes that aren’t going to leave you feeling like Pizza The Hut after the big game (If you don’t get that you need to stop reading and rent the movie Spaceballs right now).

Buff Chick Hot Wing Dip

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Photo: Hungry Girl

Ingredients

One 8-oz. tub fat free cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1/2 cup shredded skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fat Free ranch dressing
1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
20 oz. canned 98% fat-free chunk white chicken breast in water, drained and flaked

Directions

Put cream cheese in a large microwave-safe bowl and stir until smooth. Mix the hot sauce, cheese, dressing, and yogurt real good. Stir in the chicken. Nuke in the microwave for 3 minutes. Stir up some more and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Serve with carrots, celery and slices of cucumber!! Super Yum Buffalo Wing taste, but none of the unhealthy friedness!

Above is from the wonderful www.hungry-girl.com!! Check it out! 

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

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Photo: Little B Cooks

Ingredients

Pamela’s gluten free corn bread mix
½ cup sugar
8 TBSP butter* (1 stick) or butter substitute, melted
2 eggs, large
1 cup water or milk
Hebrew National 97% fat free beef franks

Directions

Mix up all of the corn bread stuff and pre heat the oven to what it says on the packet of corn bread mix (obviously you can read). Brown up the franks for abut 5 min, let them cool, and cut those suckers up in to bite size pieces. Load up your mini cupcake tray with your cornbread mix about 3/4 of the way and sick a piece of hot dog in the center. Cook those little guys for 15 to 20 min.  Let them cool serve with some ketchup. Yum City!!

Fruit Skewers  

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Photo: The Divine Addiction

Ingredients

Strawberries
Cantaloupe
Pineapples
Bananas
Kiwi Fruit
Grapes

4 ounces cream cheese
6 oz vanilla fat free greek yogurt
1 cup marshmallow fluff

Directions

Cut up fruit into bite sized pieces and thread on the skewers. Mix up all the dip ingredients until smooth.

Boom! Ready to eat and delicious!!

I want to eat all of that stuff right now!!

What are your fav healthy-er treats for Super Bowl Sunday??

Kristen xo

Monday Motivation!

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The best thing about Mondays is the motivation I have to kill my workouts for the week!! You know what I mean, right? Then the rest of the happens and it easy to find excuses why you don’t have time or are to tired. One small thing I like to do on Monday when my motivation is super high is to book my workouts. I know it sounds simple but you’d be surprised how much it helps. For example, I have already planned out all of my workouts for the week this morning:

Monday  – RPM 5:00pm
Tuesday – Bikram Yoga 8:00pm
Wednesday – Project Juice Run Club 6:00pm (This is free and fun you can come along!!)
Thursday – Bikram Yoga 8:00pm
Friday – Run 6:00pm
Saturday – Bikram Yoga 10:00am
Sunday – Rest

As soon I make the plan I know I am sooooo much more likely to get it done! The second way I use my motivation on Monday is to make sure I workout on Monday. I know for me if I make it to the gym on Monday it is much easier for me to keep it up during the week. It even trains me to think, reset every Monday, reevaluate my goals, check in and see where I am, where I went wrong last week and how can I do better. The whole idea of Monday Campaigns is based on this way of thinking, you know Meatless Monday. Setting up good habits on Monday is the best way to start the week I think. I teach a class on Mondays so I HAVE to do this, I have no other choice, and I notice it if I have someone sub the class for me. Plus, if you have Monday blues you can take it out on the, bike, weights, pavement, mat or whatever your weapon of choice is.

All of this stuff is soooooo little and simple but it’s the little things that make the difference!!

Happy Monday!! Get it done!! If you need a little extra motivation you can all ways come to my class and I’ll kick your butt for you!! 😉

What is your favorite Monday Workout?

Kristen ox

The Emotional Stages of Doing a Bikram Yoga Class Explained Through GIFS

Last night I did my first Bikram Yoga class in about 4 years and it was pretty much an emotional roller coaster. It went kind of like this:

1. Excitement!! – All of theses thoughts were going through my head when I decided to do this. “One of my goals is to get more flexible this year!!! I’m going to sweat out about 37 pounds class. OMG, I’m going to be sooooooo zen and relaxed!!!!”

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2. Nervousness –  When I got in to the room for class it was a lot hotter then I remembered. I was already sweating just sitting there. “I have 90 min in here?”

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3. Determination – The class started and we got through the breathing and the first set of poses and I thought “I’m good. This is going to be fine. I’m going to kill this workout. I GOT THIS”

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4. Pain – I forgot that I’m not flexible. I’m not use to the heat anymore. My legs were shaking and I was so sweaty that I couldn’t hold any of the poses and I wanted to die.

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5.Defeat – There was a point around pose 23 were I was ready to get up, leave my mat in the room and run out of there as fast as I could and never some back. I didn’t need that mat. I didn’t care that I just paid for the next two weeks. I just need a bottle of water and a bottle of Zin.

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6. Accomplishment – I couldn’t leave because I was there with my friend and then I would have just been standing outside the room looking like an idiot. So I stuck it out, finished the class and after a good 10 min Savasana I felt like a million bucks!! Detoxed and and ready to take on the world again.

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Let’s see if it feels better tomorrow when I go again.

Have you every ridden the emotional roller coaster that is Bikram Yoga?

Kristen ox

Orange is the new Fit!

While I was back in Arizona I had an opportunity to try a Orangetheory Fitness workout. I have been dying to try it!!! I have heard such great things about it, so the bar was set pretty high. The only time I was able to make was a 7 am class that is 30 min from my parents house. Shows just how much I wanted to try it out because I am NOT a morning person. Anyway, I woke up at a ridiculous hour to get there on time and there was no coffee ready for me either.

When I got to the studio, I was set up with a heart rate monitor, got a water and was ready for the workout. The studio is set up like a big L shape treadmills and row machines on one part and a “weight room” along the bottom. The actual workout was 60 mins made up of blocks of work on the rowers (rowing a certain amount then doing an exercise like push ups or lunges and repeating), with the weights (normal resistance training stuff like squats, using the TRX, Tricep dips) and on the treadmill (easy pace all the way up to sprinting based on the block and fitness level). It is an interval based workout, designed so your heart rate will peak then come back down, then peak higher in the next interval and come down a little again and so on, ending with a final huge peak and a recovery period so you can walk out the door.

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Everyone is moving so fast it’s a blur, maybe it’s just because it’s so early.

The goal is to get as much time (12-20 min) in the “Orange” heart rate zone (84% or higher of your maximum heart rate). You can track this on screens in the studio that show where your heart rate is. The reason this is so great is because it creates what an “afterburn.” This is due to what scientist call EPOC or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. There are all sorts of science type ways to explain but basically it is the rate that your body can get back to normal after a workout. While your body is bringing it’s bad ass self back to normal it’s burning calories like a machine to get there! BOOM! So in the class when you are pushing your max for longer periods of time, the farther away from normal you are getting, and the longer its going to take to get back to normal, burning more calories!! Cycle of Awesome!

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I loved the mood lighting, partly because I was still half asleep and my eyes weren’t ready for the light yet.

I absolutely loved this workout and I was sweating my butt off. I was super challenged, the music was great and I can see how this would get you super fit fast. I’m a workout gadget nerd, so the heart rate screens were really exciting for me and I love how it caters to all fitness levels because my 84% is not the same as the person on the treadmill next to me. This is one of my favorite HIIT workouts around and we all know how many are out there these days! Side note, they also have super cute OTF tank tops, so you can still look super cute even if you are a sweaty mess.

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This is the break down at the end of class!

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Me and one of my Favorite trainers in the world!!! At OTF he is know as Thunder go find his class and get on the wait list for it!

GO TRY IT NOW!!!

Have you ever tried Orangetheory Fitness?

How much did you love it?

Kristen ox