I ran a 200-mile race // ragnar relay so cal // fitness

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

We ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Our finisher medals connected together say, “Together we ran 200 miles.”

I never thought I’d ever do it, but I ran a 200-mile relay race as part of the Ragnar Relay So Cal race 2015. Our team came in #42 and ran it in 26 hours and 22 mins. As much as this race was lengthy, it taught me a lot about endurance and pushing my mental and physical limits.

It’s been about a year since and even now just the thought of running a race that starts at Huntington Beach to San Diego is exhausting! It’s what crazy people do, right? In all seriousness, it was actually one of the best and challenging experiences. The race was well-organized, scenic routes, energetic crowds and spirited team members made it all worth it.

It’s been a longtime dream of Wayne’s and my good friend Jason made it happen for us! Jason was the super team captain and master organizer of this beast of a race. We didn’t have to worry because as a veteran of the race he had all the binders, splits and routes mapped out. Best of all, our 12-person relay team represented all the Harry Potter houses in matching outfits. I was team Hufflepuff and was just too cool running in knee high socks, yellow and blue striped tie and a wand–casting spells against other runners.

My three legs were a cumulative 14 miles and had its own sets of challenges. I ran in the mid-day heat in the Santa Ana river channel for 7 hard miles, enjoyed the dark midnight hours and nature’s noises in Laguna Niguel and experienced the sunrise rays of along the beach in San Diego. The most challenging part? Staying up for around 30+ hours and doing my best to be physically functioning to race hard.

It was an energy like no other and my team members were the most spirited, supporting and encouraging group of individuals. We tag-teamed providing water support where there was car access, squeezed in a Taiwanese dinner between van shifts and took turns napping in 20-minute increments, if possible. The team medals were pretty wicked. The 12 medals also came together like a puzzle to read, “Together we ran 200-miles.”

The photos need no explanation. Pure excitement. Spirited Away. Full adrenaline.

Best. Race. Ever.

Just don’t ask me to do it again.

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What I packed in my race bag for two days

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Awesome gear designed by Jason 🙂

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Suit up!

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Ready?

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

My lucky gnome charm

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

My night run. My favorite leg.

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Pre-dawn sunrise in San Diego

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

Our awesome van

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Van decor on fleek

I Ran a 200-mile Ragnar Relay from OC to SD https://wp.me/p7RBMP-vg

2015 recap // my transformation

2015

2015 has been a transformative year. I’ve been on a personal and spiritual journey since my epiphany in March. I’m learning what it means to be a follower of Christ and discovering the path to true happiness and contentment. I’ve been challenged physically, intellectually and spiritually. The Lord has opened my eyes to the beauty around me, the fears that have enslaved me and the hunger for life within me.

Throughout 2015 I’ve composed phrases that have sparked compelling thoughts within me, about me.

When I think I am content with life, my earth shakes. I struggle. I fight. I learn. I adapt. I change. Through my transformation, I excel.

Embrace change. I hope I never stop learning and changing.

Happiness isn’t something you capture, it is something you create.

You are far more lost than you ever imagined and you are far more loved than you ever dare hoped.

Stop sleepwalking through life. Do great things with God’s gifts given to you.

 Live and Love with Purpose, Passion and Perseverance.

Pain is mental. Struggles build character. Challenge yourself to be the best you.

Fear is a friend who is misunderstood.

Work hard. Everyday is a new opportunity to be better.

Everything I have and everything that is good in my life is because of Him.

I’m thinking of starting a Weekly Thought to be published every Wednesday. Topics will range from growing up to body image to life’s lessons to passion and everything in between. Hope you stick around to hear what goes on in my brain!

My recap of 2014.

// 2015 photos

Hipster Bentley with homemade mustache cookie

Yosemite view at Cathedral Lakes hike

LACMA Lamps

Seattle city view

Yosemite

Oregon coast at sunset

Kauai

Succulents at Terranea

Wildlife Deer at Yosemite Valley

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015

summer + smiles + sunblock

I love everything about the summer. Living in California the weather is always perfect. Summer is the season to enjoy the outdoors with a picturesque hike or hit the cool waters at the beach and pool. However being out in the sun has its responsibilities. I’m an avid believer and user in using a broad spectrum (UVA + UVB) sun protection of at least SPF 30 for my face and SPF 45 for my body.

So naturally as a lover of Sephora + SPF I always buy Sephora’s annual Sun Safety Kit. It’s a curated collection of everything SPF to protect from head to toe. This is a perfect introduction to try various products carried at Sephora, like tinted sunscreen, primer, self-tanner, BB cream and serums. It’s also a wonderful way to try different types of sunblock products–physical (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) and chemical-based (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate) sunscreens. The sizes are perfect–airplane-friendly and compact enough to place in my purse.

I picked up the Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 at Sephora and it is packed with favorite oldies and new products I look forward to trying. This year it’s $32 (retail value $155) for 16 products.

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 http://wp.me/p3cljj-iZ Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 http://wp.me/p3cljj-iZ

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 http://wp.me/p3cljj-iZ

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 http://wp.me/p3cljj-iZ

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015 http://wp.me/p3cljj-iZ

SSK-5

Full Product List

AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30/PA+++ – http://www.sephora.com/natural-protector-spf-30-pa-P232939?keyword=AMOREPACIFIC%20Natural%20Protector%20SPF%2030%2FPA%2B%2B%2B%20P232939&skuId=1161793&_requestid=70378

Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – http://www.sephora.com/sunscreen-multi-protection-broad-spectrum-spf-50-P393065?skuId=1682202

CLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – http://www.sephora.com/moisture-surge-cc-cream-hydrating-colour-corrector-broad-spectrum-spf-30-P378639?keyword=CLINIQUE%20Moisture%20Surge%20CC%20Cream%20Hydrating%20Colour%20Corrector%20Broad%20Spectrum%20SPF%2030%20P378639&skuId=1509512&_requestid=72342

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – http://www.sephora.com/dark-spot-sun-defense-broad-spectrum-spf-50-P394353?skuId=1680818

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 – http://www.sephora.com/premium-beauty-balm-spf-45-P285403?skuId=1327915

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 – http://www.sephora.com/sugar-lip-treatment-spf-15-P57002?keyword=FRESH%20Sugar%20Lip%20Treatment%20SPF%2015%20P57002&skuId=1448372&_requestid=72443

Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – http://www.sephora.com/invisiblur-perfecting-shield-broad-spectrum-spf-30-P394397?keyword=MURAD%20Invisiblur%E2%84%A2%20Perfecting%20Shield%20Broad%20Spectrum%20SPF%2030%20P394397&skuId=1670181&_requestid=72548

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – http://www.sephora.com/argan-daily-moisturizer-spf-47-P385679?keyword=JOSIE%20MARAN%20Argan%20Daily%20Moisturizer%20SPF%2047%20%20P385679&skuId=1585256&_requestid=70814

Korres Suncare Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – http://www.sephora.com/suncare-yoghurt-nourishing-fluid-veil-face-sunscreen-broad-spectrum-spf-30-P395116?keyword=KORRES%20Suncare%20Yoghurt%20Nourishing%20Fluid%20Veil%20Face%20Sunscreen%20Broad%20Spectrum%20SPF%2030%20P395116&skuId=1702810&_requestid=69791

Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15 – http://www.sephora.com/total-truth-vitamin-c-eye-creme-spf-15-P291520?skuId=1342666

Origins VitaZing™ SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen – http://www.sephora.com/vitazing-spf-15-energy-boosting-moisturizer-with-mangosteen-P297521?keyword=ORIGINS%20VitaZing%E2%84%A2%20SPF%2015%20Energy-Boosting%20Moisturizer%20with%20Mangosteen%20P297521&skuId=1375732&_requestid=70626

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion with SPF 30 – http://www.sephora.com/max-sheer-all-day-moisture-defense-lotion-spf-30-P6563?skuId=373894

Shiseido Wetforce Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face – http://www.sephora.com/ultimate-sun-protection-cream-broad-spectrum-spf-50-for-face-P393536?skuId=1684737

St.Tropez One Night Only Wash Off Face & Body Lotion – couldn’t find the Sephora link

Supergoop! SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum With Uniprotect PT-3 – http://www.sephora.com/spf-30-city-sunscreen-serum-with-uniprotect-pt-3-P282915?keyword=SUPERGOOP!%20SPF%2030%2B%20City%20Sunscreen%20Serum%20With%20Uniprotect%20PT-3%20P282915&skuId=1328707&_requestid=70180

Vita Liberata Neroli & Argan Milk Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – http://www.sephora.com/neroli-argan-milk-broad-spectrum-spf-50-P395613?skuId=1688985

Tips

Don’t waste your money on buying anything beyond SPF 45 because it doesn’t provide any better protection beyond 45.

Regardless of seasons or a cloudy day, it’s always important to protect your skin by wearing SPF everyday, especially on the face. I always wear at least SPF 30 on my face, neck and chest area.

Reviews to come as I try them all.