Finding Your Perfect Yoga Mat

So you’re ready to invest in a yoga mat, or you’re ready to upgrade to a “real” yoga mat (see ya, slippery wal-mart mats!). Either way, you’ve come to the right place. There are tons and tons of yoga mats to choose from, and if you’re like me you usually go for the brightest/most colorful thing out there. Which is fine for mats, as long as you do some research first before splurging. But Becca, I don’t want to take the time to research! That’s fine because I did it for you! You can thank me later. Maybe owe me some Starbucks. Continue reading

How To Pick (and stick with) A Yoga Style

Yoga is such a beneficial way to rejuvenate, revitalize, and restore your being – mind, body and soul. There are 8 major styles of yoga and so many benefits can be reaped from each one. But I’ve got four you should familiarize yourself with, and you can choose which one(s) to start working into your weekly fitness regime!

If you’re reading this, you’re either a beginning yogi who is interested in learning basic movements to develop into a practice or you’re an intermediate yogi wanting to define your practice into a specific yoga style. And if you’re neither one of those, well hi anyways and welcome to understanding yoga styles 101 🙂 Make sure to follow my Yoga Inspiration board on Pinterest for poses, yoga during pregnancy, yoga benefits, and yoga for specific parts of your body (ex: back, hips).

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10 Reasons Why 5k Runs Are Awesome

I think that 5k’s are my favorite thing to run. They’re quick, relatively easy (depending on your terrain) and the best way to work on race speed and PR! If I could run a 5k race every weekend, I would! But then I would go broke, and that wouldn’t be cool. 😛

There’s this great park/golf course minutes from my house that I frequent for 5k training. The terrain is a mix of trail, pavement and cement, and has a couple different routes to take in case I get bored of the scenery. Which I do. It’s also insanely packed with other runners, walkers, dog walkers and whoever during peak times (just before golden hour and early morning) so I usually try and go just before sunset to beat the crowd.

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Gymie Guide 101: Barre, Yoga, Cardio

I love going to the gym. I love working out in general. And I love all the pretty workout clothes you get to buy when you actually become a regular gymie! …Pretty sure that’s a made up word, but whatever. Going to the gym for me is a stress reliever, a way for me to unwind, and to treat my body good (as well as work off that blueberry blondie bar I ate two days ago…SO good!)

I have always been active and athletic, ever since I was a baby. I’m a natural in the water, really good at knowing what work out to do for what muscle group I want to tone, and I love working up my heartrate during a killer cardio session. But having an active lifestyle isn’t everyone’s niche, and some of you may not even know where to start when it comes to getting an actual workout in — and by actual, I mean targeting key muscle groups, switching up your routine, and mixing in at least two types of cross training per week. And not knowing exactly what to do is totally fine! No need to know EVERY thing in order to burn some calories or get in shape.  Trying out a new workout regime can be fun and daunting at the same time, especially when you’re surrounded by people who seem to know what they’re doing (key word: seem). Continue reading

My First Half Marathon – San Diego Half

My first ever half marathon was on March 8 and I ran it with one of my good friends, Janelle. This being my 6th race but my first half, I took my training super seriously. I wanted to run under a 2:10, and I did! But barely — my time was 2:08:43. I really want to get my time to under 2 hours!

My training schedule had me running 3-5 times a week (with Saturdays as my long run days), following a high protein meal plan, and cross train 3 times a week (which for me was Pure Barre and strength training). It was such an amazing experience and is something I want to continue to do at least twice a year!

My next race is the Carlsbad 5000 5k, on Sunday March 29 also with Janelle! This year is their 30th race anniversary, which means an awesome 30th anniversary race shirt will be in the mix!! And you can never have too many race shirts. I actually have a thing about running 5ks, and I wish I could do them every weekend — if only they weren’t $35-$45 bucks a pop.