I’ll Show You Mine: 2014 Big Sur Marathon Edition

Find out what I sweat in, what fuelled me and what kept me hydrated during the Big Sur International Marathon!

FEET:

Newton Energy NR's, Injinji socks, CEP sleeves, winning combo!

Newton Energy NR’s, Injinji socks, CEP sleeves, winning combo!

Socks: Injinji 2.0 Original Weight No-Show in wild lime, because you know, even my socks need to be obnoxiously bright :)  I love, love, LOVE Injinji, you guys know by now that they are ALL that I run in for optimal performance, breathable, no-blister, yay-for-toe-splay, all around rad socks.

Shoes:  Newton Running Energy NR. Marketed as a “gateway trainer”, even though I’m a long-time Newton runner, I just absolutely love this shoe.  I reviewed it a few months back and I’ve been putting more and more miles on these bad boys.  They are a really nice, light-weight, responsive shoe, with the “Newton feel” plus they are nice and cushy, just like puppies romping around on fluffy clouds.  A great go-to shoe for me for my long, slow, slogs! Continue reading

RACE REPORT: The Big Sur International Marathon

10325707_666934423343081_8170190502217820589_nRACE DATE: April 27, 2014

RACE ENTRY FEE: $150.00 USD

Two years ago I ran my very first full marathon, The 2012 Big Sur Marathon! Why not really dive into the 26.2 mile distance and take on one of the most challenging road marathons I thought.  Well, turns out it didn’t go so well that year, I finished, but barely, I collected my medal, but felt so awful, I didn’t even stop to get a finisher’s photo, food or water, I just wanted to get out of there in fear that I was going to pass out or throw up.  So what’s a girl to do?  Go back two years later for some sweet ass revenge! :P Continue reading

MLL’s Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide

It’s my favorite time of year again, the time for spending time with loved ones around the Christmas tree, drinking eggnog, eating cookies and sitting on a fat man wearing a red suit’s lap! YAY for Christmas!  Here you’ll find an assortment of some of my favorite things as well as some of my gift giving ideas and stocking stuffers for the active person on your gift-giving list, assuming they’re on the nice list ;)

Stuff those stockings with some of these goodies: Continue reading

REVIEW: Jurek Essential

UDLogoProduct: Jurek Essential by Ultimate Direction

Cost: $29.95 USD

I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to try out the Jurek Essential for the simple fact that I hung up my cumbersome waist belt a couple of years ago and made the decision that waist packs weren’t for me.  I’m beyond happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone to buckle this beauty of a waist pack on!  This light-weight pack is everything you need in a waist pack, it has 2 larger pockets on the back, one of which is Continue reading

REVIEW: Newton Energy NR

7802_10151451400972639_19841637_nProduct: Newton Running Energy NR

Cost: $119.00 USD

I’m no stranger to Newton Running shoes, in fact I’ve been running in these bright little beauties for a number of years now, and have more Newtons in my shoe closet than I do high heels.  When they announced that they were releasing the Energy NR’s, I was stoked to get my feet in them and put them to the test! Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: MLL Gives Kudos to Strava

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***Contest is now closed***

Some of you know that I absolutely love using the Strava online and mobile app to keep track of my runs and rides.  If you’re unfamiliar with Strava, it’s a great online fitness social network for endurance sports enthusiasts.  You can track your runs/rides with an app on your iPhone or Android, alternatively you can do what I do and use your GPS watch and then upload your data to the Strava website.  My inner nerd loves geeking Continue reading

‘Tis The Season…

photo 4…For fall running and I couldn’t be happier!  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some hot and sweaty, super gritty, blazing heat on the trails, but there’s something so special about being out on the trails or pounding the pavement during fall.  The air is crisp and cool, there’s that wonderful smell of autumn in the air that gives me a nostalgic feeling and let’s not forget about the beauty of fall, the bright yellow, orange and red leaves make an amazing backdrop to a run!  If you want to know a few of my favorite things about fall running, keep reading! :) Continue reading