Holiday Half Race Recap: Part 2 of 2

Started out my Sunday morning with a gorgeous drive out to Pomona…in my groove and happy to be heading to the race! You can’t hear anything in the video but check out those beautiful mountains in the background! 👀🤙🏼

Once I got there I met up with my fellow Ambassadors for some pre-race pics! My fav was this one of race announcer Rudy Novotny photobombing us! 😬

We started the race off with another snow start!!

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It was magical and so fun to go through!

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Here are some of the rolling hills along the start of the course.

More gorgeous views of the mountains in the background! 😍

Here is my pro tip for you when going through the water station…

Found some dirt to run on! I’m not allowed to run on the pavement yet (ACL reconstruction was done on my left knee in August).

We ran right past Raging Waters!

We went through a park which provided lots of opportunities for me to run on the grass and dirt. 👍🏽

I loved the course – very peaceful with plenty of rolling hills to keep you engaged!

Getting closer…

 …and back to the raceway at mile 12 before heading to the finish line at 13.1!

I received my Holiday Half Marathon Medal AND the coveted GOLDEN SNOWFLAKE CHALLENGE MEDAL!! ❄️

It’s HUGE and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!

Here’s a pic of all 3 medals together.🏅🏅🏅

Post race beverage! ❄️🏅🏅🏅❄️

I had a blast at the Holiday Half and will definitely be coming back next year!

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Holiday Half Race Recap: Part 1 of 2

I had the honor of being an Ambassador for the Holiday Half Marathon this year. I opted to take on the ❄️”Golden Snowflake Challenge,”❄️ which consists of completing the Ugly Sweater 5K on Saturday & then finishing the Half Marathon on Sunday. The incentive?? Bragging rights & extra BLING!🏅🏅🏅

I arrived at gate 9 the Fairplex in Pomona and parking was plentiful and easy to access. Once parked, it’s a short walk through the entrance to the festivities.

There are several photo opportunities available for you to strike a pose…we love a good silly pic! Even Santa showed up for pics! They were handing out beanies for everyone and a bonus ornament picture frame medal.Race Ambassadors - Me, Tam & Megan One of my favorite things about this event is that everything is easy to get to and in one central location. Packet pickup & bag check was quick and right there next to all the action, making it super convenient for those who didn’t wanted to carry their race shirt and other swag during the race.

Another fun feature of this race is the “snow” start!

The race starts inside and heads out to the Auto Club Raceway which is surrounded by mountains…loved it!

Thankful for another gorgeous day in Southern California & making it to the finish line!

😍 the medal so much…pictures don’t do it justice! It is so pretty and twinkles like crazy with all the silver glitter on it. Pictured with it is one of the two beanies that Motiv Racing gave away.

Here I am after the race with fellow Ambassador Tam & Ambassador Program Liaison Daryl…💜 these ladies!

After the 5K, it was time for the kids 1 mile Penguin Dash! Both my girls were in the first wave…

Starting line stretches to get the blood moving!

This is a FREE race for kids up to 12-years-old. Medals awarded to all participants…and they are super cute!

💜💜💜LOVE IT!!!!!💜💜💜

2017 Global Energy 10K, 5K Long Beach Race Recap!

We had a great time at the Global Energy 10K/5K race last weekend in Long Beach!

We got there around 6:45 am and the line to get into the parking lot took us about 20 minutes just to get into the lot but once we were in, parking was plentiful and we made our way across the street to the race expo & starting line. Thankfully, I had already picked up our bibs the day before. Tip for next year…get here earlier as they suggested!

My crew was made up of my 2 girls (Kyra, 11 & Ava, 10), my niece & nephew (Chase, 12 & Cash, 14), my friend Brandy & her daughter (Paige, 10) and myself!  Team, “Be Happy <3” was geared up and ready to put 5K in the books!

There were tons of vendor booths lined up along the grass and the energy and vibe were all positive.  We lined up at the start and off we went! Here are some snippets from my SnapChat –> gononerz.

After the race, we hit up the Bimbo booth where they were giving out free bags of bagels and sandwich bread. We celebrated Chase’s amazing first race…she is 12 and ended up 3rd overall for females and 1st in her age division in the 5K with a stellar time of 22:11!! Super proud auntie moment!!!

The weather was just *perfect* and the turnout was amazing!  Great views of the Queen Mary & Shoreline Village.  I spotted a seal swimming around right around this area!

Great swag…we got all this and more! Dri-fit T-shirt, finisher’s medal, armband cell phone holder, coolie towel, bag plus a hat or visor at the event!

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It was fun getting a chance to meet up with other Ambassadors like Tam! Love her positive energy and infectious smile! 😁

Lots of families were there…little kids, big kids, old & young!  It was so great to see so many kids getting involved…makes me happy. 🐝😊.

Thanks for a great event, very organized, family friendly & great swag especially for the price! My only suggestion would be to have race photographers there to capture the moment but thankfully I have my iPhone for that! Looking forward to attending again next year, hopefully as an Ambassador again.

Next up for me is the Long Beach Half Marathon & 5K this weekend. The last day to register online is Thursday, October 5th! Use coupon code RUNWITHNONERZ for 15% off all races…full marathon, half marathon, 5K, bike tour, combo and FREE kids 1 mile fun run! Kids run includes a finishers medal & free entry to the Aquarium of the Pacific…spots are limited so sign up now!

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Be Happy! <3

Join us at Global Energy 10K & 5K in Long Beach this SUNDAY morning! TEAM “BE HAPPY! ❤” Will be logging 3.1 miles in the books. Brandy Rerucha is heading up the team of elementary & middle schoolers including my girls & my niece & nephew & her daughter!

It’s not too late to register and if you can sign up as a TEAM of 4-8 people for only $20!!! Everyone gets medals, shirts & a ton of other swag items. Get moving & feel great! (My discount code is not valid for the team rate – enter coupon code: GOGLOBALNL for $5 off!)

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Walking with my buddy boy!

1.3 miles in the books Monday walking with my buddy boy Rocky! He is goofy and all puppy and loves a good walk around the neighborhood. Doing better but still has random spastic episodes to keep me on my toes!

As for me – I am 7 weeks post ACL reconstruction/meniscus repair and working on building my strength. My quad has gone mushy from the atrophy! My doctor just cleared me to walk the Global Energy 5K this weekend, so I’m grateful for that and excited to soak up all the positive vibes on the course in Long Beach!

If you’d like to join us for the 5K or 10K this weekend, you can save an extra $5 by using coupon code: GOGLOBALNL.

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Torn

Dealing with some adversity the past few months…I twisted my knee playing softball (no, it’s NOT from running, lol) and have been laid up. At first, I was resting and hoping it was just a sprain & not a torn ligament but I couldn’t bear any weight on it. I finally went to urgent care a few days later and the ER doctor was optimistic based on my evaluation but referred me to an ortho and ordered an x-ray. The x-ray came back normal but the ortho did a test to measure the length of my ACL and it showed a significant difference from the ACL in my other knee, indicating a torn ACL.  Later, an MRI confirmed the tear and found 2 tears in the meniscus, significant bone bruising & some arthritis.

Bummer. HUGE bummer!

Fast forward to my surgery…August 1st.  My mom took me to the hospital and stayed with me until it was time to be rolled into surgery.  I was anxious to get it over with and get on the road to recovery.

They gave me a nerve block to help with the pain and rolled me back into surgery.  Dr. Richards cut out a portion of my patellar tendon and some of the bone on each side so he could construct that as my new ACL.  I went home with a drain in my knee and a huge brace & ice machine.

For someone who is as active as I am, being laid up has been a mental challenge as well as a physical one.  I’ve tried to combat feelings of self pity by filling my audiobook queue with plenty of stories of people who have over come adversity and their stories help to keep things in perspective for me.  I’m grateful that I was able to have the surgery and have my ACL repaired.  Yes, this is a setback for me but with consistent rehab but with consistent rehab, the prognosis is good.

 

My little workout partner!

Thankful for my awesome little workout partner, Ava, who has been encouraging me during my pre-surgery rehab walks on the beach. She is supportive, understanding & so thoughtful! We walked 2.3 miles on the beach on Tuesday and halfway (1.25 miles) today because we were short on time but I did manage to squeeze in a little dip in the ocean!

This is my happy place! Barefoot on the beach is a great way to recharge your mind & body…it’s called “earthing.” I have come to prefer barefoot runs on the beach over pavement runs with shoes & think there may be something to this earthing…I know I always feel better afterwards!

It has been a great bonding experience for us.  We get a chance to talk, laugh and explore together in a stress free environment!  We admire the shells and quirky things that we discover.

It’s our time to enjoy each others company and the beauty all around us!

I’ve found that varying the location of my runs can be a nice change if I’m not so inspired.  Mix things up and you may be re-energized by the new scenery!  Here is to finding YOUR happy place!