Trail Shoe Review: ASICS Alpine XT

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Im so excited to share with you my review of my newest purchase, the ASICS Alpine XT trail running shoe.

I went on a trail run today and I have to say I am in love with these shoes. When I was done I felt faster and way more in control of my footing especially on the downhills. The trail was a little on the muddy side and I felt very sure in my steps.

I have always been a fan of a more “natural ride” type shoe. I dont have a very high arch and I hate tight fitting, heavy shoes. I always have worn Nike Flyknit Free Run shoes because of the flexibility and lightness. But there is no grip and certainly not a lot if cushion for long distance. When Im running on pavement a long distance I already have a pair of ASICS Gel Kayano 22 that I bought a year ago they are good but I was specifically looking for a trail running shoe.

So after talking to the store rep I decided on the Alpine XT for the light weight and cushioned heel. The upper is slightly stretchy material which means if my feet swell it won’t be unbearably uncomfortable. Although this also means they are not meant for running through water. The sole has grip and was designed to channel water in the case of a puddle or a small amount of running water on the trail. Another plus, I bought they are affordable at the $100.00 price. I purchased these at the ASICS outlet for $60.00. I am extremely happy with the price.

If you’re looking for a trail running shoe, be sure to check out the ASICS Alpine XT online at Amazon. I definitely recommend this lightweight trail running shoe. Ready for the trail...

Disneyland in a Day

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Hiking is my favorite thing to do, but I am a human who also loves Disneyland. I have gone many times since I was a kid. I lived in Southern California till I was 6 years old and still visited my grandma every summer till she moved up to Nor Cal. Ideally, to get everything in you should plan a trip to Disneyland for 2 days. For this trip I only have a budget for 1 day but we are going to make the best of it!

First is the tickets. I have a family of 5. Three children, 18, 16, and 14 and then myself and my husband. We bought everyone Park Hopper tickets. The trick here is not to go on the weekend. The weekend is at the peak or regular price. The season is important. Just check the Disneyland website. Choose a value priced day. You can use the link to go directly to the pages.

For Crowd Predictions:

Is it Packed?

For Ticket Information:

Disneyland Website

Second is a Hotel. I have stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel before and it is beautiful! Don’t get me wrong it is super convenient to be able to go back and forth directly from your hotel to the park but the price is just not budget friendly. We stay at a “good neighbor” hotel within a 10 minute walk to Disneyland. A good tip is go to any Disneyland parking garage or lot and there are trams about every 10 minutes that pick you up and drop you off at the entrance. There are a few different ways to get into Disneyland and over to the main gate. Make sure you pick a hotel with a free breakfast! Free parking too if possible.

Next is The Plan. Download the Disneyland App. Since we only have one day and 5 people with different favorite rides it gets interesting. We had a family meeting went through the list of rides from the Disneyland app and we all picked 2 rides each. Then we looked at which rides had FASTPASS, which ones consistently had long lines, or were average. I looked at the app for this on a few different days to get an average just in my head. After we have our rides picked we make a list breaking it down by Park, like whether the ride is in California Adventure or Disneyland itself; then by section or town inside the park. We are just getting the FastPass and not paying the extra $10 per ticket for the new MaxPass.

Red stars: Favorite Ride

S, M, L: is small- medium- large Line Length

FP!: is FastPass

For example because the Guardians of the Galaxy is a Long Line and we really want to go on that we are getting our FastPass there first. But since you can’t get another FastPass till we ride that ride while we are waiting we are going to ride a couple of other rides with shorter lines. Just using the app to find the shortest line in the land we need to be in at the time our FastPass comes up, if possible, or close to it. So you’re not running all around in circles. Also another good tip to maximize time would be if you don’t really like the big parades or shows, like us, we wait till that time and while a lot of the other park people line up and wait for the big parade we will go on rides that normally have a longer wait time.

What about food? My husband and I take a backpack each. One for snacks and water and the other for sweaters, sanitizer, and any other necessities. Snacks and water are really good to take in. I know others who take in pre-made sandwiches. I just cut up some fresh fruits and veggies and crackers and granola bars. We eat at our hotel a really hearty free breakfast and then we are good till lunchtime. We do buy lunch at the park. A really good place to go is Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante. You get a lot for the money, for Disneyland that is. Also the Bengal Barbecue is healthy food at a good price. But nothing else. The park closes at 8 pm in the off season, so we usually go get a bite afterwards at a more reasonably priced place.

In conclusion: We ended up with a group of 7 and we upgraded all our tickets with MaxPass. Because we got there a little on the late side and there was a huge crowd of people there it was a mad dash to get our first FastPass for the Radiator Springs, or Cars ride, and I thought there is no way I am going to get on all of our favorites today wasting a lot of time in lines. So we decided that we would spend the extra money and upgraded our tickets with the MaxPass. Honestly, the MaxPass made our day! If our trip was more than one day I would not pay the extra money. We brought in snacks and water in our backpack. And even though we got inside the park at 9 a.m. we still rode a total of 14 rides! All of the favorite rides were ridden with a sprinkle of Little Mermaid and Winnie the Pooh and a few others. We spent time with family and had a blast!

I hope these tips will help you in the case that you’re planning a trip to Disneyland in the near future.

Road Trip

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I feel like I have been doing really well following my training plan and eating right to prep for the trail race in May. My next challenge is vacation. Does anyone else feel like 🙌🏼 and 😱 at the same time when you say “vacation”? Diets and vacation don’t mix right?

Well the awesome secret that I have with me is my good friend Gianna aka G the Ketocorn, she is going to be teaching me some Keto hacks along the way. She is also a new blogger and has great content on the Keto Diet. Have you heard of it? She is a great friend and inspiration to me, she’s just an overall amazing person to have around. So stay tuned for some great tips for beginner Ketocorns, as she calls her followers.

We are taking a family road trip to LA from the Bay Area. We decided to go in February because my oldest son, who is a Freshman in college, has the week off of school for spring break. My two other kiddos are in high school, we brought the homework with us, don’t worry. One of the greatest things about Disneyland in February is hardly anyone goes, meaning short lines and more rides!! Im honestly a huge fan of Disneyland it is one of my favorite places to go, that is not on a trail. Im like a 6 year old kid again!

We are driving Sunday morning to Anaheim. Doing Disneyland on Monday and leaving Anaheim Tuesday. We are then heading to Universal Studios on Wednesday and driving back to the Bay on Thursday. That leaves Friday and the weekend to do a NEW HIKE!!

In saying that our family is big on having a plan to follow for Disneyland. We are not going to get bent if it doesn’t go according to the plan exactly but going there with no plan and only one day is a giant headache waiting to happen. See my separate post on how to do Disneyland in a Day. Its a packed week but its going to be so much fun! Lots of upcoming posts, hikes, hacks, and more so don’t forget to subscribe!

Ready, Set, Go!

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If you remember from my last post I decided to do a 9k trail run in May of this year. I have made up an exercise plan for myself and my readers. I hope you all subscribe I don’t want you to miss the workouts! We can do it together 😉

Please remember to ask the advice of a doctor before you start a new exercise or nutrition plan, everyone has different needs and I certainly don’t want to be the reason for an injury.

I am currently working out or being active 4 days a week and I am going to move to 6 days. Only things you need are running shoes and dumbbells. If you can I highly recommend a fitness tracker like a FitBit you can find it at Amazon for a good price. I have this one FitBit Charge 2. I started with 5lbs and now I’m at 10lbs weights. Like these: Neoprene 10 lb weights.

The first 2 weeks are here in the workout plan below. I’m cutting way back on carbs and trying to eat sugar free. Its so hard because I have to admit I have a sweet tooth. I want to aim for an hour of activity a day. I get bored so I’m trying to add in variety and make the strength training exercises somewhat my choice. Also I feel like I need to focus on my lower body strength and abs. Running in itself is a full body exercise.

You can look up plenty of different exercises but a few I recommend are:

  • Planks
  • Straight Leg Deadlifts
  • Jump Squats
  • 🐸 Jumps
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Walking Lunges
  • Weighted Bridges
  • Single Leg Bridges
  • Skaters
  • Leg Raises
  • Alternate Heel Touches
  • Russian Twist

The Weekly Plan-Weeks 1 and 2

I will start the week with “interval training”. Interval training gets your heart and lungs conditioned. You move at a max pace for 2 minutes and then bring the heart rate down for 8 minutes. Then repeat 3 times. Before you know it you’re at 30 minutes. Big cardio day.

Tuesday is an easy day! Pop onto YouTube and find a yoga video. Gaia usually has good ones just search Gaia Yoga, I recommend Rodney Yee and Tara Stiles. Try different people I sometimes jump around to find a person that I like that day. Or mix it up and grab weights and do strength training then relax with yoga stretches.

Wednesday and Thursday are the same. Run at a good pace for 30 minutes. Then 30 minutes of strength exercises. Start with 10 reps of 3 different exercises and then repeat till you get to 30 minutes.

Drum roll please!…. FRIDAY FREE DAY! You need a day of rest.

Saturday and Sunday are my favorite days to go hiking. So whether I go for a hike or a trail run I will be training. At the minimum a 2 mile run. I plan to do interval work for the first mile then steady pace the second mile. I want to do this plan for two weeks. Then move up depending how I feel. I have to listen to my body. At the same time if I don’t push myself I wont make the goal I have.

I welcome any feedback or tips on how you got ready for your first trail race😅

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Time to Step It Up

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For the past seven years I have done a run/walk with family or friends, whoever I could drag along with me. Signing up for an event has become a tradition for me. I use it as a motivator for myself, you know, like I have to get in shape and not embarrass myself, but also it was a way I could help motivate others. Getting everyone together and trying to make a training plan and holding each other accountable, its an awesome feeling and its honestly fun.  Its hard to believe its been so many years since my first race.

But this year I felt like I needed to step it up! Since Ive been hiking so much recently I thought it would only be fitting to do a trail run. I am starting small and only doing a 9k. But I am so excited to finally be doing a trail run!!! Its one thing that has been in the back of my mind but I always thought… nah I should just stick to what I know.

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Start Small

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We all make resolutions at the beginning of a New Year, which is awesome! I always feel so excited to have new goals!

But by February I start feeling like I’m losing traction. I wanted to share some ideas that help me and may help you not to hit a dead end.

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