Water to Wine Half Marathon Recap

Finally posting some photos from the Water to Wine half marathon a few weeks ago! Better late than never right? Located in the beautiful wine country right outside of Healdsburg in Santa Rosa, we had so much fun at this race. Personally, I think its so much more fun to run with girlfriends. We chatted and encouraged each other the whole time, and the wine at the end was a major motivator to get to the finish line. I didn’t set a goal time, but we finished in 2:04. With another marathon in the books, I’m going to set a goal of 1:50 for my next half coming up in October. Time to train!!

unnamed (4)

My ladies! So much fun having girlfriends to run with, love you Luba and Athena!

unnamed

Sprinting across the finish line to shave off a few more seconds off my time.

unnamed (2)

With my photographer and cheerleader. 🙂

unnamed (1)

Loved the medal. It was actually a wine stopper- pretty cool!

Shorts: Nike

Shoes: Asics GT 2000

Compression socks: CEP

unnamed (3)

Post race we decided to do a wine a food pairing at the winery (Kendall Jackson). The food and wine were both phenomenal! Not to mention, the winery is the perfect setting for a race.

unnamed

Throwing my feet up after the race was much needed! Also swapped my asics for these Nikes. The most comfortable shoe ever.

Thanks to run wine country for putting on such a fun event! I would definitely recommend this race to those in the area.

Do you have a race coming up? Please do share!

I have a few other marathon articles and training guides: here, here , here, here and here. Happy reading!

 photo JennaSig_zpse9c98adc.png

Back & Shoulders Circuit Training

unnamed (1)

Back circuit (Repeat 3x)

-lat pull down (15)

-cable seated rows (15)

-dumbell bent over rows (15 each arm)

-Assisted pull ups (15/last set to failure)

 

Shoulders circuit (Repeat 3x)

-Plate front raises (15)

-seated barbell shoulder press (15)

-barbell upright row (15)

-assisted pull ups (15/last set to failure)

 

I usually don’t train shoulders because it has a tendency to give me headaches the next day. However, I think it’s time to suck it up! After seeing a chiropractor for quite some time, I think we fixed the headache problem so I finally decided to give shoulders a try.

I have never been able to do a pull up. EVER. Until now. Practice, practice, practice and your body will become noticeably stronger! 🙂

Tip of the day: Do you find yourself asking what to eat before and after a workout? Here is what I’ve currently been consuming: 90 mins pre workout I try to eat .25 grams of carbs and .25 grams of protein. This meal depends on your tolerance before exercising. Some days I feel like I need to eat, others I can eat much less and still get after a session. Then I like to guzzle down a pre workout on the ride to the gym. This never changes. Love my pre workout! Directly after a workout I always go for a protein shake. Fueling immediately post workout helps the body repair and fuel right away. Once the post workout shake is down the hatch I usually give it an hour then have an adequate size meal consisting of lean protein and complex carbs. Your anabolic window is 3-4 hours post workout so be sure to make the most of it! Now I’m preparing for bed, and 8 hours of sleep is the most important time for your body to recover. I never want to go to bed hungry. This is a great opportunity for a casein shake (sometimes I go for cottage cheese) and a healthy fat like an avocado. To note, this is from my personal preference after lots of research. Find what’s right for you, even if it takes lots of trial and error.
 photo JennaSig_zpse9c98adc.png

Taco Night | 6 Pack Bags

Taco night is probably my favorite night of the week, I love Mexican food! I also love substituting certain ingredients for healthier alternatives. So this is my version of Taco Tuesday:

unnamed

Substitute…

 lettuce scoops for tortillas

extra lean taco meat for regular ground beef

nonfat greek yogurt for sour cream

fresh avocados for guacamole

fresh tomatoes for salsa

(And don’t mind the paper plate, I don’t have a dishwasher in my apartment!)

What do you think? Worth a try?

—————–

I also wanted to share my new travel bag, thanks to 6 pack fitness! How cute is this?

unnamed (1)

This bag is perfect for anyone on the go, wanting to take their meals with them. I’m all about staying on track with my meals and the only way to do it is to plan ahead and bring your meals everywhere. Check out their website here for a ton of different styles.

Thanks again 6 pack bags!

 

 photo JennaSig_zpse9c98adc.png

Birthday Weekend Celebrations

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fab weekend. I havent shared lately a lot from my camera roll, so I thought I’d share some birthday celebration pics from this weekend. I turned 27 last wednesday and had the best time!

On my actual birthday Jeff took me to Benu here in the city. It was an AMAZING 16 course meal! We love exploring new restaurants, and this was definitely one of the best we’ve had! If you are here in SF, I highly recommend you check it out if you’re looking for something more on the fancy side.

Here is one of my Facebook posts from last week…

8-4-2014 3-19-19 PM

 Dress is from from Revolve Clothing.

unnamed (11)

And a pic of Jeff from dinner. 🙂 Just love him to pieces.

unnamed (7)

My girlfriend Ashley sent these gorgeous blooms from FarmGirl Flowers to my office. This place has gorgeous bouquets! Love you Ash! Jeff also got my beautiful roses from SF Florist, which are one of my faves as well.

unnamed (10)

This saturday Jeff surprised me with a wine trip to the Silver Oak Release party in Napa! Love escaping the fog and heading to Napa on the weekends. It was about 90 degrees of heaven, and the wine and company wasn’t too bad either. 😉

unnamed (5)

Silver Oak is a beautiful winery and the wine is phenomenal! If you ever need winery recs let me know, I have a lot of good ones on my list!

unnamed (1)

We then came back to the city where Jeff also surprised me with a bday dinner at Mamacita. We had so much fun with our close friends, I couldn’t ask for anything better than the company we had and my favorite princess cake.

unnamed (2)

Thank you to this guy for making my birthday SO special. It is times like these you realize you have A LOT to be thankful for.

**So no matter what the occasion just take a second to count your blessings and live for the moment. **

Also on another note, dont forget to enter the Ortholite Insoles giveaway! Check out my last post for details.

 photo JennaSig_zpse9c98adc.png