I’m a little hesitant to share this with you guys…

Since we got home from vacation, I’ve found it difficult to transition back into the slower pace of life. We were up in the 5am hour, car fueled up with coffee in hand before 7am every day, ready for our next adventure. We didn’t book any hotels, so there were no plans, no time or mileage constraints. We just did whatever we felt like, which turned out to be a lot more than we both thought. It was seriously the best trip ever.

Not wanting the feeling of vacation to end, I’ve been hiking almost every day since we got back. Bam is loving it as well.

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Sunday we hiked Pinnacles National Park with some friends. Mike & I didn’t expect it to be so intense (for us), but the views were amazing. Looking at the trail map, we did a strenuous trail. It was more of a mix of rock climbing on steep, narrow ledges. Our friends picked it and we are pretty sure they were trying to kill us, but we lived another day in our little lives.

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Here is the data from that hike/rock climb according to my Garmin Vivoactive:

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If I wear my backpack, that means I’m still on vacation…right? ;)

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I’m a little hesitant to share this with you guys, but I have completely converted to Altra Running shoes. As a long time Mizuno lover (with much love for them to this day), my podiatrist suggested I to try something new after being injured off & on for so long. His first suggestion was Hoka’s and after a few days of wearing them, they were not comfortable. The ankle came up too high and they didn’t fit just right for me. After hearing so much about Altras, and picking Heathers brain about them, I decided to give them a try.

HUGE difference. They are unlike any other shoe I’ve ever worn. Super cushiony with support and I feel like I could walk forever.

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As a last resort, I had custom orthotics made and between the two, my feet haven’t felt this good in a very LONG time. I averaged 9 miles of walking, 4 days in a row in Vegas and even bought another pair while we were there. We also hiked a ton on vacation and I swear I couldn’t have sustained that level of activity without them.

I was a little worried how my feet would do transitioning to zero drop shoes, but other than sore achilles a couple times after running, I have done really well. I emailed Altra about it and they suggested I alternate shoes while transitioning. Worked like a charm.

In case you are wondering, I have the Torin 1.5 and Olympus.

**Altra Running did not sponsor this post. I bought both pairs with my own, hard earned scrilla. I simply love their product and wanted to share it with you.**

Have you tried Hoka or Altra brand shoes?

If so, what do you think? Do you have a summer vacation planned?

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2 hooligans took a road trip and no one died

Warning: Picture heavy post coming attcha.

Hello!! It’s been so long since I last checked in. I figured after getting some messages about being MIA on here, I’d pop in and fill y’all in. Thanks to those who checked in, I am in fact alive and well, no one has contemplated murder or filed for divorce while on our road trip either. Hey man, ya never know. ;)

If you stalk me on IG, then you may know Mike & I took a 10 day road trip. We flew into Vegas, rented a car and drove the southwest with only a few points of interest, no hotel reservations and big plans to go wherever the wind takes us. This Type A was a little apprehensive, but that whole YOLO thing happened and we had the time of our lives!!

Here’s a map of our travel route:

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Vegas, NV -> Richfield, UT -> Moab, UT -> Denver, CO -> Pueblo, CO -> Amarillo, TX (took the scenic route to see Oklahoma because we are dumb) Albuquerque, NM -> Flagstaff, AZ -> Sedona, AZ -> Grand Canyon, AZ -> Zion National Park, UT -> St George, UT -> Vegas. Afternoon Margaritas by the pool erry day. The end.

We took over 1,000 pictures and I will not bore you with all of them, but here are a few of our favorites. If I had to choose my top 3 experiences they would be:

1. Hiking Zion National Park, Utah

2. Off road Jeep tour in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3. Hiking Sedona, Arizona

Here are some of our favorite pics starting with the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, UT.

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Grand Canyon, AZ south rim

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Grand Canyon, AZ south rim

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Sedona, AZ

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Sedona, AZ

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Salt Wash lookout, UT

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Arches National Park, UT

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Off Road Jeep tour in Albuquerque, NM

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Wild horses while on the Jeep tour.

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Spanish ruins built on top of Puebloan ruins.

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Zion National Park, UT

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Zion National Park, UT to freak my little grandma out.

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This was truly a trip of a lifetime. It was 100% Mike’s idea because I kinda like living in my little bubble by the beach. I owe a lot to that man for busting me out of the norm and pushing me to live and experience life. SO many times while hiking or driving I kept saying cowboy, this is what living is all about!!

Other than a Starbucks cup from every state we visited and a belated Birthday Lululemon trip, we only collected memories that will last forever. Can’t wait to do this again, after we go back to work for awhile. Why can’t we just be independently wealthy??

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Utah, you are gorgeous

I’m sitting here in a dark hotel room blogging while Mike sleeps. Lets be real, I had next to zero intention to blog but I can’t sleep right now, so why not? Heck, I have red eyes from getting zero sleep last night and I’m pretty sure a few new wrinkles on my face from smiling so much. But dang it, life is so good.

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Our flight was delayed, but as soon as we landed into Vegas, we got on the road. We stopped into Cracker Barrel for dinner at 9pm (yah grandma goes wild on vacay) and now I am mad Cali doesn’t have one. Seriously LOVED that place!

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Anyway we decided to skip Zion National Park in lieu of spending more time in CO and the Grand Canyon. We made a deal that it is the first thing on our list the next time we fly into Vegas. Annnnnnd now Mike is roped into going back to Vegas. Muhahahaha.

After dinner we drove to Richfield, Utah where a hotel took us in for the night. And by that I mean we had the last room available right by the front door and next to the breakfast room so we could hear every conversation. Ha! We were there a total of 7 hours and back on the road to Moab and Arches, with a few lookout stops along the way.

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There is so much I want to share with you guys, but I don’t want to bore you either, so I’ll leave you with some pics I pulled off the camera from Arches. It was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. If you ever get the chance to visit, go for it!

{Pic below was taken on our drive down the 70 to Arches}

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Utah, you are gorgeous!!

We made it to Grand Junction, CO and found a (quiet) hotel room for the night. Gosh thank you guys for all of the recommendations. We are having the time of our lives. <3 M+J

Test results & I need your recommendations

Good Monday morning to you!!

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{And be comfy}

I met with the podiatrist last week for my test results. The blood work came back 100% normal and the MRI showed no signs of fractured bones, but it did show a muscle strain between the 1st & 2nd metatarsal. I’ll take it!

Since the sesamoid area has been a source of pain for close to 3 months and didn’t respond well to PT, we did the blood test to rule out an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus & some others. Thankfully it’s just a strained muscle which has over time, healed itself. He is also having custom orthotics made that should help “little miss skinny foot” as my podiatrist so lovingly calls me.

So onward and upward!!! J is running again and it’s 100% pain free. Miracles do happen my friends!!

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In other news, Mike & I are leaving for vacation soon and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Nervous, but mostly excited. We’ll be flying into Vegas, renting a car and traveling through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona, and back to Vegas. Lawd help our marriage survive this trip. Ha! ;)

We don’t have any set plans or scheduled hotels so hopefully some place along the way will have a room each night. This trip is a little (okay a lot) out of my comfort zone, but you know that whole YOLO thing. Yah, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Mike would rather figure things out as we go, but the Type A in me has to ask the locals or folks who have visited in the area for recommendations. As someone who lives in a touristy area, I’m always stoked to share our favorite places & things to do. So if you live in one of these states we’re traveling to, please leave us your recommendations in the comments!

Major cities on our list are:

Moab, UT

Denver, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

Grand Canyon, AZ

Mike is stoked to see Colorado & possibly do the Breaking Bad tour since he is a huge BB fan. I’m excited to see the Grand Canyon. My obsession with it started when we visited the Hoover Dam last summer and found out 400ish miles was too much of a day drive for us at the time, but since then I’ve wanted to see it one day.

Do you have a summer vacation planned?Where are you heading?

What places are on your list to visit?

Austin, Texas, Nashville, TN Seattle, WA, a warm beach in Mexico & Phoenix, AZ are on our list. And now I need a second job ha!

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100 bottles of wine…

It’s been a super fun week! Jackie came to hang at the beach with Heather & I Tuesday. We naturally hit up La Bicyclette in Carmel for lunch, grabbed a cup of hot coffee & a brownie(!) for Jackie and sat outside to chat for a bit. Carmel has a laid back, take life easy vibe, which was perfect to catch up on a cool foggy day.

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Back in my Bay Area days, Jackie (on left) was an intern at my PT’s office and we became friends through our mutual love of Lululemon. She went on to become a PT but also loves yoga so she opened Bright Heart yoga studio in Cupertino. Bay Area peeps, go harass her for me.

Heather had a brilliant idea of starting a weekly girls wine night, so we invited Maiah & Maria to join us, got some snacks and had a fantastic time. Wine night shall never end because Heather has something like 100 bottles of wine left over from her wedding. So yeah…

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Between all the fun there is more fun! The Big Sur marathon is this weekend and I have a coffee date with someone special.

I’ve also been trail running, chasing storm clouds. Friday was sunny & 80 and since then it’s been cool & foggy with no sign of the sun. Welcome to winter at the coast.

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A couple super slow miles. I swear a 100 year old turtle passed me, but I am so incredibly stoked to be doing what I love again!

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Plus this view pretty much makes me want to run even slower, so I am pretty much winning in life.

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I’m off to see the foot & ankle surgeon to find out my MRI & blood test results. Hope you’re having a fantastic Thursday!!

Do you have a girls night?

Anyone running the Big Sur marathon?

Anyone have fun plans for the weekend?

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The way every Monday should start

Yesterday I spent the morning glued to the Boston Marathon. I could feel the excitement, anticipation, chills and more excitement. Now THIS is how every Monday should start!!

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The women put up a good fight until the end. I was cheering for Des, but feared she would get smoked at the end. She took 4th place and put up a good fight and finished strong. So proud of her! I absolutely loved the moment when Meb grabbed the hand of a fellow runner and held her hand as they crossed the finish line. That’s the true spirit of the Boston Marathon!!

CONGRATS to every single runner who finished!!!!! Y’all are truly inspiring!

I felt inspired to run a little after. How could you not, right!? So the boys joined me to run/walk a trail.

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A couple free birfday miles later, my day was made. Feeling so thankful for the opportunity to run and walk pain 100% pain free for the first time in years. It’s almost time to start a strength & running training program and see what the hip will do now. I’m sure it comes with promises of PR’s and BQ’s.

Or not.

The afternoon was spent torturing myself on my new Perfect Fitness at home gym. The soreness is real, yo. Mike may have to wash my hair tonight…

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A good life reminder: always practice your ninja skillz. Ya never know when you might need them.

Do you follow a training program or wing it?

I’ve always just did whatever, but nowadays I’m thinking about training smarter. Not to be confused with me being smart or anything like that.

Anyone out there dreaming of a BQ? (Boston Qualifying time)

I may be the odd one, but nope. I can honestly say I have never dreamed of running Boston or a full marathon. Probably because I’m perpetually injured and my split times would have to average an 8:34 and there are no coffee stops along the way.

San Francisco friends: Check out the Tour de Mermaid fun ride. They have a ride for everyone starting with 7 miles and up to 60 around the Bay.

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A life well lived

My work schedule is the opposite of most, which works out well since tourist season is kicking in and traffic is starting to make the idea of sitting at home a lot more appealing. Lately on my days off I’ve been spending a lot of time here…

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Mike + I took Bam to run around free like a hippie. Every time we get close to the beach where he can smell it, dude goes crazy. Whining, barking, pacing around the back seat in anticipation. He can’t even stand himself.

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I’ve been kinda impatiently waiting for the wildflowers to bloom in Pacific Grove. It seems like they waited a little longer than last year, but man are they worth the wait!! I’m plotting my next run right down this trail.

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Easy beach slogging with Mr.Knucklehead. I finally figured out how to get an action shot without it looking like a melted hershey bar.

Set your phone/camera/etc next to a rock, bench, or whatever is close by (the pic below was set against some seaweed) and take a video. Then pause it, take a screenshot and viola action shot.

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Between the beach days, I’ve spent some time in the pool. It was kinda sad to see it takes me 26 minutes to pool run 1 mile. But man, I’m happy to be able to move these days!

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Oh I finished Gilmore Girls. So sad it’s over but I started watching Parenthood. Oh my gosh, only 4 episodes in and I’m loving it. This new addiction is 100% Mike & Em’s fault.

Yep, a life well lived.

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Share some highlights of your life well lived lately!!

What are you currently watching? Any Parenthood fans out there?

Who’s running Boston? If not, is it on your bucket list?

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Virtual coffee date

Good Saturday morning to you!! I hope you have some fun + relaxing things planned for the weekend.

It’s been awhile since we had a virtual coffee date, so let’s have one today!

If we were having coffee here are some things I would share with you:

  • I am still digging aqua aerobics a lot. Like anything, it can be as easy or hard as you want it to be. I have found it to be a catalyst (along with PT) in regaining the range of motion in my hip post op and now building strength. Yesterday’s deep water class was OOC – the biggest I’ve seen so far.

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  • Is there anything the Garmin Vivoactive can’t do!? Well there is, it could have a wrist based heart rate monitor but it’s waterproof (pic below was taken underwater) so that kinda makes up for it. Yup, still loving it. Nope, not sponsored by anyone but Bam.

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  • It also has a golf feature where you can download over 38,000 golf courses and let GPS guide you throughout the course. You will always know distance to each hole you’re playing, keep score, know the steps & distance for the entire course and I’m sure a bunch of other nerdy stats.

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/<Okay end of nerd alert/>

  • “We are not an Apple family.” Mike, 2012
  • “I got a Mac and made it my own.” Mike, 2015

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  • I mentioned before that I ended my brand ambassadorships this year. It was one of the best decisions ever! While I’m very thankful and honored to work with some of my favorite brands, I am also very happy working with other brands now. One of my passions is photography, though my work is still amateur, I enjoy using my love for it to market products I love. Here is where yesterdays project led me. Not too shabby.

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It was for an Instagram promotion for Reebok kicks in case you are wondering.

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An outtake. Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, we can’t be friends.

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  • Bam thinks you need some Boom Chicka Pop in yo lyfe. #TWHS

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  •  Coconut Vanilla sugar is a total game changer in coffee. You are welcome for some of the best life advice.

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 Now, it’s your turn! If we were having coffee, what would you share with me?

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Don’t exist, live

Bracing myself for more bad news.

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Well that wasn’t the most positive way to start a post, was it? But that’s just how life goes sometimes.

While I am anxiously waiting for test results, lets talk about something a little more uplifting.

Lately I’ve been staring at my phone, worrying about stuff out of my control. Oh you know allowing stuff that really doesn’t matter take up space in my brain. Stuff that sucks the joy out of my soul. With time I can’t get back. For no good reason at all.

While driving home from the grocery store, a song I’d never heard before came on and I immediately loved it. The sun was shining, it was warm outside so I dropped the top, cranked the radio up really loud and drove down the 1 home.

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And just like that I realized the vicious cycle I’ve allowed myself to be in and my perspective changed. Things that have been clouding my mind lifted and I was enjoying just being the moment.

Man, it’s so easy to get caught up in mundane daily tasks, but that’s not the way life has to be.

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Sometimes we need a little reminder to just live. To enjoy the small things that surround us but we somehow don’t pay much attention to.

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So here’s a little reminder for you:

Don’t just exist, LIVE.

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Promises of a Marisa Miller body….or not

Good morning!! I just wrote food morning so clearly we are off to a great start. Plus I woke up to RAIN this morning!! We need it, so it’s very much welcomed.

I had the day off work yesterday which was fantastic! I had a chance to get the house in order. I did laundry, ironed, washed the sheets (my absolute fav) did the dishes (my least fav) cleaned the floors and bathrooms. Heck Bam even got a bath, though he was sure I was trying to murder him. Knucklehead.

Waking up to a nice clean house is so calming.

Annnnd Mike just woke up and announced he’s sick. #notfun

Mail day!!

  • Perfect Fitness was created by former Navy Seal Alden Mills so it has got to be self torture worthy! Plus Bam told me this Perfect Multi-Gym and Ab Straps come with promises of the perfect Marisa Miller bod. I’m not sure about his claim because we all know he chews his butt, but I shall report back.

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  •  Red Fox Edge bluetooth wireless headphones {unpictured because Mike jacked them and refuses to give them back} Apparently that is a good thing because that has never happened. Guess he has to write a review on them for you guys. Muhahaha.
  • Luna Bar protein chocolate salted caramel bars!! These randomly showed up at my doorstep yesterday and I don’t even know how they got my address, but I am thrilled they found it!! (I have a PO box for the blog) If you like the caramel syrup at Starbucks, you will love these.

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  • I saw this super beachy & cute anchor bracelet from Pura Vida on Instagram and immediately ordered it. SO happy it fits my 5.5 inch linguine wrist!!

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Something random, but fun to share with you. If you want to have a nice high end dinner party or super swanky wedding reception at Pebble, the Beach Club is where it’s at. It’s considered the “cream of the crop” at Pebble. This picture doesn’t do it justice though.

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Your least favorite chore?

The last fun thing you got in the mail? 

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