#6 Dipsea Trail via Pantoll Station

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I am on a 1 year challenge to take a hike every month and I am taking you with me via this blog about all the beautiful places that I am visiting and posting pictures on my Instagram site of the same name @projecttrailmix. I am so excited to share it with you!

This brings us to Hike #6. So this one had to be epic…and I have always had the Dipsea on my mind. There is so much talk about this trail and its race history, at least in this neck of the woods. There is a race titled The Dipsea Race, it is a 7.4 mile trail race that has been going on since 1905! It is one of the oldest trail races in the United States.

Amazing, right?!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am super excited to be nominated  for the Sunshine Blogger Award by my fellow blogger TwoTall4UFool! Thank you so much for the nomination! I love challenges.

First a quick back-story on the Sunshine Blogger Award. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Nominations support and connect fellow bloggers and help spread their message in a positive and creative way.  Like networking but more fun..

The 4 Rules:

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link your post back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 Questions that they gave to you
  3. Nominate 11 other Bloggers for the award and give them 11 new questions to answer
  4. List the Rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

The 11 Questions I was given to answer:

1: What is the most important thing you’ve learned since you’ve started blogging?

So far I think the most important thing I have learned is that you need to be consistent and present. This was something that we learned in Darren’s course and its true.

2: Anything you want to do with your blog that you haven’t done yet?

Yes, there is still a lot I  haven’t done with my blog. I would love to do an interview with an inspirational person in my niche. Also I would love to do a collab piece.

3: What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

Well pretty much everyone I have nominated are blogs I enjoy reading. GTheKetoUnicorn, Plant Powered Anna, and Trail and Kale, Bula Blog, and Challenge Sophie and Mountain Chicks are a few.

4: Have you done a guest post for any blogs out there?

No, but I sure would love to. Here is my open invitation, fellow bloggers!

5: If you weren’t blogging as your full time job or hobby what would you be doing?

I just started blogging not too long ago, and it is not my full time job, but I wish it was. If I wasn’t blogging I imagine that I would just be doing my day to day and hiking in my available time. I started my blog as a challenge to  myself to do a hike every month for a year, but then I thought, what if I went deeper and could share some really useful tips and help motivate people to get off the couch. That would be the best thing ever!

6: If the two of us were to play a video game together what would it be?

I am a big fan of Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. the original and Super Mario Bros. 3 are my favorite.

7: Besides blogging and your niche what are your hobbies or interests?

I am a big SF Giants fan and I love to read. Spend time with family and sightseeing is a hobby I have. My husband always makes fun of me and calls me a tourist because as many times as we’ve been over it something like the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old for me.

8: What do you like about my blog?

I like how passionate you are about all of your posts. I love the community you are building. I think its awesome!

9: If we were to go to a concert together who would we see perform?

I would either pick Radiohead or Vance Joy.

10: What is your favorite thing to watch on TV?

I don’t watch a lot of TV but I like re-runs of The Office (my favorite show) and I like different documentaries. I’m kinda a 🤓

11: What do you enjoy most when it comes to blogging?

I enjoy putting the package together. The story, then the pictures and the hope that it gets to be used to motivate someone to get outdoors and enjoy it. Of course it gives me a great excuse to go hiking 😉

And the nominees are…

Gianna @Gtheketounicorn

Kat @Trail Kat

Lizzie@ Lizzie Outside

Dani @Mountain Chicks

Stefan @Stefan Travels

Nikole @thetravelpalate.com

Shannon Lee Barry @A Happy Girls Guide to Crohn’s

Aaeidi @Much Love Juice

Kristin @Fresh Grace

Anna @Plant Powered Anna

Sophie @Challenge Sophie

I have chosen the bloggers above because I find them so inspirational. Its the way that they live their lives and share them with the world. The light and positivity is so awesome! Even for those who haven’t blogged in a while, the content is there. I am sure you have helped many. I hope that a few of you can take some time to respond to the Sunshine Award nomination and post your own nominations. Lets keep the fun going!

This leads to the 11 questions I ask of them:

  1.  How long have you been blogging?
  2. What would you say has been your biggest challenge in blogging?
  3. What one piece of advice would you give a new blogger?
  4. What was your inspiration to start blogging in the first place and has that evolved into something else now?
  5. Is there anything you want to do with your blog that you haven’t done yet?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What is your favorite vacation you have taken?
  8. What is your favorite food?
  9. What is the one thing you have to do every day or it doesn’t feel complete?
  10. Do you have a favorite quote?
  11. What is your favorite book or movie?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning a little about me. You should visit all of the blogs mentioned here and bookmark them. I hope all of you have a fantastic day!

Cheers!!

#3: Hiking at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

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For this hike my hiking buddy, Maribel, and I headed north just for a change of pace and a lot less traffic. We left at 6:15 on Sunday morning, grabbed some coffee at our local Starbucks and hit the road at 6:30 a.m. It had been raining the night before and it was in the 30s. Pretty chilly in my book. I was hoping at least when the sun came out it would warm up!

On our way up the 101 freeway towards Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in Ukiah, California we talked and lost track of when to turn on the GPS. Oops! So Maribel got the map going and it seemed like we were almost there. To get to the park it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Before we knew it the map said we arrived but we were still on the freeway. That’s not right. We kept driving and then we started seeing snow on the mountain tops and then it was on the side of the road. So much for warmer weather!

We ended up in Willits and had to turn around, we went too far. Maribel had got the address from the All Trails app. ⚠️ Warning: don’t use that address. It’s pretty easy to get to if you just follow the directions straight from the website Montgomery Woods. Getting lost seems to be our new trick 😁.

There is a hot springs place a few miles before you reach the parking lot for the trail. So you can tell when you’re almost to the park by the smell of sulphur.

We found the parking lot and parked. It’s a very small dirt lot. It does have a bathroom and you can see the creek just in the front.

The trail was still wet and muddy. There was a cute bridge to cross to start the hike. There was a steep little hill and then it flattened out to a meadow landscape with Redwoods everywhere’s. It was amazing!! I felt like I was in a fairy land. I even felt like a fairy, the trees were sooo tall. The grove of Redwood trees has this creek running through it with moss and ferns growing all around. All the colors were so beautiful and bright from the rain water.

The trail was not marked very well so it was really hard to gauge where we were once we got into the forest. It was so quiet, all you could hear was the sounds of the water in the creek and dripping off the trees, once in a while birds chirping. This was such a peaceful relaxing walk in the woods. It was needed after a hectic week. We took lots of pictures and explored. On the way back we stopped to enjoy a snack on a fallen tree. It was so awesome!

The trail is easy and I think it’s perfect for families and anyone who wants to just relax and enjoy nature. The water all around in pools and running in the creek is so clear and beautiful. It definitely needs to be respected and taken care of.

I hope to go back and explore more in this hobbit village 😂.

Don’t miss the next adventure, be sure to subscribe on the menu bar. You will get notified via email the next time I post a hike. Thanks for reading!

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...

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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