race recap: healdsburg wine country half marathon

Check out my other race recaps in my 21 before 21 goal: Moo-Cow Half Marathon and Healdsburg Wine Country Marathon (Yes…the marathon and this half marathon have the same name. They obviously like their wine up here.)

Race #3 on my 21 before 21 goal is done! It was a beautiful day to work on a goal 🙂

I set my alarm for 5:30am and well…I didn’t wake up until 6. Eeek! The race started at 7:15am so I was getting ready as fast as possible. I ended up leaving around 6:15am. It was still dark out and it was freezing cold! My car said 40 degrees…I wanted to cry. Luckily, I had my new ear warmers that my parents got me! Seriously…a lifesaver. Wore it through the entire race actually 🙂

Before I left, I made myself a quick power breakfast: P28 protein bagel (review to come!) with pumpkin butter + honeycrisp apple

After getting lost taking a detour, I finally made it to the race site at around 6:50am. I am one of those that likes to get to races early, so I was not happy when I didn’t have much time left until the start. Lucky for me, the bathroom lines weren’t crazy lines (one of the benefits to being late, I guess). By the time I made it to the start line, it was time to start. Perfect timing!

It was still superrrrr cold. Around 43 degrees. Wahhh. I knew that once I got going, I would warm up.

Like last time, I am going to give a mile play-by-play. The number in bold, after the mile, is the split time and the italics are my thoughts.

Mile 1 – 9:09 – There were so many people! I spent this entire first mile weaving in and out of people.

Mile 2 – 8:34 – You see a lot of shirts while racing. And you get a lot of time to look at them too. At this point, I saw one that read, “You think training for an endurance event is hard? Try chemotherapy.” I wanted to cry, work harder, and give that lady a hug all at the same time.

Mile 3 – 8:14 Well I know why they call it wine country…it reeks of alcohol! Some people may like the smell of wine…but not this girl.

Mile 4 – 8:06 – Weather is starting to get warmer 🙂 I like these ear warmers…I need to get more.

Mile 5 – 8:06 – I stop to get some water at this point but it was cold and it was still a little cold out so when I spilled it on my shirt, I was…cold.

Mile 6 – 8:18 Oh my goodness. Where are those bathrooms? Ooh is that one up there?? Hallelujah! 

Mile 7 – 8:32 – They had an aid station serving wine. And lots of people were stopping. I wish I was kidding.

Mile 8 – 8:33 – 5 more miles babayyy!

Mile 9 – 8:41 – I take some Gu that they have at an aid station. This stuff has the worst texture…but not a bad taste.

Mile 10 – 8:32 – I could feel the home stretch. People started speeding up and the course scenery changed a little. I could feel it 🙂

Mile 11 – 8:47 – I could still feel it…

Mile 12 – 8:44 All right…anytime now…

Mile 13 – 8:15 – I can hear the crowd at the finish line so I push it even harder. Kick it up a notch Haley! You got this! New PR here I come!

Mile 13.1 – :44 – Wooooo!

Total Time: 1:51:26 (<–14 minutes better than my last half!)

Average Pace: 8:30 min/mile

The medal was a wine stopper. I told you they like their wine!

When I made it back to the car, I refueled with a banana and somersault sunflower snacks (these were in the goody back and they were so goood(y)!).

I had about a half hour drive back and I just happened to be passing a Whole Foods so you better believe I stopped!

Soup was calling my name for some reason so that’s exactly what I got. Mushroom barley soup + trilogy kombucha. I think it’s safe to say that this mushroom barley soup was the best soup I have ever had…or I was really hungry…or both.

I also got some goods from the hot bar. Do you see what I see?? Brussel sprouts! I almost spilled my soup when I saw these. I was so excited! So I got some brussel sprouts, butternut squash salad, roasted beets, and tofu.

Mmmm…the best way to refuel 🙂

This race was great! Beautiful scenery and wonderful weather. I also really liked how the course just wasn’t one loop. We started at a winery and then ended up at a lake. Then we took a bus back to the start.


I spent the rest of the day working on homework and doing some random stuff around the dorm. My roommates were with their parents because it was parent’s weekend. My parents came 2 weeks ago so I had my time with them then. Then I went to bed at 9:00pm…yeah I’m serious. I was a tired girl.

Next up: San Francisco Nike Half Marathon on Saturday. Woot woot!



I’m a pretty honest person when I have to be. I think it’s one of those times. There are some things that you may need to know about me…and hopefully it won’t make you stop reading my blog. (Please stay)

Confession #1: I have never seen a Harry Potter movie.

Whenever I tell this to people, they basically shun me. It’s not that I don’t like it. It’s just that I have no interest in it. My best friend actually loves Harry Potter. But me? I’m more of a Twilight person. Even though the books are better than the movies, my heart still skips a beat when I see the Breaking Dawn commercial. And yes…I’m team Edward.

put yo hand down child!

Confession #2: I have never had a boyfriend.

I know it’s not that big of a deal, but it gets worse…I’ve never been kissed either. It’s totally like that one movie, Never Been Kissed, with Drew Barrymore. Oh wait…she was in high school? And I’m in college? #awkward. It’s not like I’m on the hunt for a boyfriend or anything. I remember when my friend dragged me to a football game to scout for boyfriends. Yeah…I think I was scarred.

how about, "i'm the girl who never has a boyfriend"

Confession #3: I have been listening to country music. all. day. long.

Don’t judge me. It’s good. Every time I play it in the dorm, my roommates want to chuck my computer across the room. But then I tell them to wait a little and give it a chance….then they still want to chuck it across the room. I have been loving Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and of course, Rascal Flatts. 


Confession #4: I still listen to N’SYNC and Jonas Brothers.

When I’m not listening to country music (see #3) I’m most likely listening to some good ‘ol N’SYNC or Jonas Brothers. (Yes..my roommates hate me.) What can I say?? I’m a sucker for cute boy bands. Speaking of cuteness…did anybody else have a huge crush on Lance Bass? Yeah..sad day…sad day. Besides N’SYNC, I also listen to Jonas Brothers. The best is to listen to them when I’m running. Then, it’s like I am running towards Nick who is at the end of the street. Embarrassing much? Not to mention, I have been to two of their concerts…

i mean really. how can you not love them?

Confession #5: Sometimes when I cook, I pretend I’m on Food Network.

One day, I would love to have my own healthy cooking show on Food Network. So I need to practice. Right? Somebody please say they do this too…anybody?

she would totally approve of my food...obvi

Confession #6: My favorite channel is Lifetime.

Anybody ever heard of Lifetime? It’s kind of like TLC but there are lots more cheesy movies that you know you love. Don’t lie. You love them. I have learned so many life lessons from those movies. You think I’m kidding? My favorite movie: The Pregnancy Pact. Life lesson: Don’t have sex. Besides those movies, I also love the show, Unsolved Mysteries. I’m watching it right now actually. I don’t even know how to explain it…just watch it…now.


Confession #8: I tend to overshop…just a little. 

I was out of peanut butter and greek yogurt so I made the trek to Trader Joes to restock the goods. Well of course I couldn’t just get just two things. Exhibit A: 


-peanut butter puffins

-joe’s O’s

-red pepper tomato reduced sodium soup

-pb x 2

-sunflower butter

-marinara sauce

-rice cakes

-local kombucha

-greek yogurt x 2

-green beans x 3

-baby carrots


-honeycrisp apples


And then I stopped at Big 5 to get some Gu for my half marathon tomorrow (it will be #3 on my 21 before 21 goal! Woot!). And of course I couldn’t get just one. Exhibit B:

chocolate x2, espresso x2, vanilla = Gu's

Yeah…I have a problem. A very, very delicious problem.

Confession #7: I am sort of, kind of, definitely in love with Sunwarrior Protein Powder

First off, can you say, best segway ever? But really, this stuff is good. I received some samples to review so I happily enjoyed them.

Their motto is: “Transforming the planet one warrior at a time.” They have a line of protein powders to help people be the best at what they are. All of their powders: gluten free, soy free, dairy free, hypo-allergenic, and non-gmo. It’s even a complete amino acid! That, my friends, is hard to come by.

To try out, the wonderful Andrea at Sunwarrior sent me the warrior blend and original blend.

First up: warrior blend. This is a blend of their proprietary protein blend (pea protein, cranberry protein, and hemp protein).

vanilla and chocolate flavors

chocolate: Oh my goodness. This stuff is no joke guys. Too many protein powders are grainy and really fake tasting. This stuff was the total opposite! I added mine to a bowl of oats.

oats, almond milk, banana, vanilla extract, sunwarrior chocolate warrior blend protein powder, pb

I wasn’t even able to tell that it was protein powder. It tasted just like chocolate!

vanilla: Once again, I couldn’t even tell it was there. This protein powder is great in oats to add an extra punch of protein to keep you satisfied all day, everyday.

oats, pumpkin puree, banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sunwarrior vanilla warrior blend + almond butter

Next up: original blend

vanilla and chocolate flavors

chocolate: I decided to add this protein powder to some frozen bananas to make some soft serve. It wasn’t too chocolately but it made some darn good soft serve.

frozen bananas, almond milk, sunwarrior chocolate original blend

vanilla: So I was a little hesitant putting this protein powder into a smoothie because I once put too much protein powder in a smoothie and I was basically scarred. But this totally changed my mind. I couldn’t even detect it was there. We got a winner here people!

frozen mixed berries, frozen bananas, almond milk, ground flax seed, spirulina, sunwarrior vanilla original blend

Overall, I totally loved Sunwarrior. No fake stuff in their products. All wholesome goodness…just how I like it.


I hope you guys were not turned away by my love of country music and tendency to over shop. You guys are good people 🙂


Any confessions? Spill!




missing the kitchen

Even though I am loving college, there are times where I do miss home. I mean really…how could i not. There are many reason why I miss home. Some of them are:

1. My parents

2. My dog and cat

3. My friends

4. Home-cooked meals

5. The running courses I go on

6. Perfect weather

7. Mother’s Market (it’s a local hippie-ish market…I could-and have-literally spent hours in)

8. Sleeping in my own bed

9. Unlimited vegetables

10. Being in the kitchen

this was right after we finished remodeling...it's not usually this clean

Let’s talk about #10…being in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure I have bookmarked 89489719 things that I want to make (thank you procrastination). When I come home for Thanksgiving break, I am going to be in the kitchen all day, everyday. Here are just a few of the things I am determined to make:

Mama Peas Cornbread Dressing with Tempeh Bacon, Cherries, and Portabella Mushrooms

A Girl and Her Carrot’s Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pie Granola Globes 

A Healthy Passion’s Pumpkin Ginger Cookies 

Oh She Glows Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheeze Sauce

Whole Wheat or Bust’s Carmelized Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Marshmallow Swirl

Healthiful’s Pursuit No Bake Pumpkin Tarts

The Edible Perspective’s Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Elle’s New England Kitchen’s Espresso Pumpkin Spiced Walnuts

Savvy Eat’s Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls

Cinnamon Girl’s 40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti

Sugar Cooking’s Pumpkin Cornbread

Obviously I am wanting some pumpkin goodness. I have also been craving roasted brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash, and cornbread. Ohhhh cornbread.

The sad part is that I am only going to be home for about 5 days 😦 Oh well…5 more days than I have in the kitchen in the dorm!

Also, have you ever heard the song “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift? It basically speaks to me…then again all of her songs speak to me.

Don’t forget to enter my Mana Bread giveaway! Ends Saturday so go go gooo.

P.S. Did ya’ll see my guest post over at Healthy Helper yet??

Would anybody be interested in doing a foodie swap?

Any good recipes you have found or made lately?

the media sucks

That’s right…the media sucks. They downright suck. They show so many pictures of “perfect” women. Perfection is nothing. (Okay so Ryan Gosling is perfect but that’s a whole different story!) 😉 Any who, there is way too much pressure from movies, magazine, tv, and billboards. You have to weight “x” amount, wear “y” clothes, and have “z” color hair. Without all that, you are nothing. Well I am here to tell you that is all LIES. LIES, LIES, LIES! Here are some examples of why nobody is perfect:

No picture goes into a magazine without being photoshopped:

They don’t show the real stuff like…

 Everybody does something a little bit…off:

Everybody has cellulite:


Everybody has one of those days:

Who cares if we have cellulite, lipstick on our teeth, a google tan, or are picking our nose? Who cares? Because I sure don’t…and neither do the ones that love you. No if’s, and’s, or but’s.

P.S. Go enter my Mana Bread giveaway! Go go go!

WIAW + my fashion style

It’s WIAW! Weeeoooo!

Breakfast: oats, blueberry chobani, fage 0% greek yogurt, chia seeds, ground flax seed, and a splash of almond milk + orange grapes

recycled pic...once again

Lunch: lettuce, mushrooms, shredded carrots, vegan chili, green beans + crunchmaster gluten free black pepper crackers with half an avocadoSnack: unpictured plum

Pre-workout Snack: steamed sweet potato

Dinner: some of the best minestrone soup I have ever had! The caf even labeled it “made with local vegetables” 😀

salad creation – lettuce, cucumbers, mushrooms, shredded carrots, kidney beans + brown rice pilaf + green beans 

plus some chocolate fro yo for dessert (obvi) 🙂


notice the long sleeve? it's getting cold in my neck of the woods!

I also had an great workout today! Here’s what it was…. (all done on the track)

.5 mile warmup

1 mile run

strength exercises: legs, core, arms, core, legs

1 mile run

strength exercises: legs, core, arms, core, legs

1 mile run

strength exercises: legs, core, arms, core, legs

.5 mile cool down

I like to switch it up a bit and this did the trick 🙂


I wanted to share with you guys some of the stuff I like to wear while going to class or hanging around the dorm. My style aims for comfort. I do wear some actual cute clothes here and there but to be quite honest, I am way to lazy to get all dolled up for the day.


Comfortable shoes are so important. I sometimes see girls walking around campus in heels and I don’t see how they do it. Running shoes are easy and comfy so I like to wear these when I’m in a lazy mood (a.k.a everyday).

But for those non-running shoes days, I am still comfortable. I have 3 pairs of Toms, 2 pairs of moccasins from Target, and a pair of Rainbows (a local sandal company in Southern California).

BottomsI love my black jeans!! I got mine from Old Navy and have since bought another pair. My fav way to wear them is by folding up the bottoms to make them like capris.

Lululemon yoga pants. Why must you be so expensive?? I actually got these pair for free. Story time…My friend’s mom worked with a wealthy family. When the wife decided to clean out her closet, she got rid of a tonnnn of good stuff. Lululemon pants, Louis Vuitton purses, Nike shirts, and a lot more. Some of the stuff still had tags on them! (Yeah…that’s Orange County for you.) My friend gave me some goods too, so I walked away with 3 pairs of Lululemon yoga pants, a Lululemon jacket, a pair of Adidas running capris, and 2 Adidas/Nike sports bras. So that’s how I got these pants for free 🙂

And of course, there are running shorts!


this drawer is full of sweatshirts

Sweatshirts…sweatshirts…and more sweatshirts!!

As you can see, I love being comfy 🙂

Remember to enter my Manna Bread giveaway! You have until Saturday!

How is everybody’s WIAW?

What is your favorite style?

manna bread review and giveaway!

I know all of your ears perked up when you read giveaway. I know mine would! But before I get to the giveaway part don’t ya’ll want to hear about the wonderful product first?

 What is Manna bread? It is a cake-like, sprouted breadyeast free breadorganic bread, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents. Manna is a moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber.

They sell many different flavors of bread ranging from sprouted, sourdough, and wheat free:

-Banana Walnut Hemp Sprouted

-Carrot Raisin Sprouted

-Cinnamon Date Sprouted

-Fig Fennel Flax Sprouted

-Millet Rice Sprouted

-Multigrain Sprouted

-Sunseed Sprouted

-Whole Rye Manna Sprouted

-Bavarian Rye Sourdough

-Multigrain Flax Sourdough

-Sunny Sourdough

-Manna Whole Rye No Wheat

-Bavarian Rye Sourdough – No Wheat

I got to choose 4 to review so I chose: Carrot Raisin Sprouted, Millet Rice Sprouted, Multigrain Sprouted, and Multigrain Flax Sourdough.

Carrot Raisin Sprouted

INGREDIENTS: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic carrots, organic raisins

Anytime there is some sort of veggie hidden inside of a product, I am all for it. This bread had an amazing balance of sweetness that came from the raisins. I love the denseness of the bread. It totally tasted like a (healthier) version of carrot cake. Plus 5g of protein and fiber per serving? Yes please!

Millet Rice Sprouted

INGREDIENTS: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic millet, organic brown rice

I love using millet in bread because it adds a nice pop when you bite into the kernels. Therefore, I just had to choose this bread to try. I had this one with some almond butter and it tasted great. A totally filling snack that kept me full for a couple of hours. And once again, 5g of protein and fiber! Score.

Multigrain Sprouted

INGREDIENTS: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic brown rice, organic barley, organic millet, organic flax seed, organic rye kernels, organic soy beans, organic rolled oats, organic oat bran, organic cornmeal

The texture was very similar to the Millet Rice Sprouted, but just a little sweeter. This one tasted great by itself. Even my roommate liked it! That’s a win right there, people. This one has 6g of protein and 4g of fiber per serving.

Multigrain Flax Sourdough

INGREDIENTS: Filtered water, organic whole wheat flour, organic rye flour, organic multigrain blend (organic whole wheat, organic rye, organic barley, organic oats, organic flax, organic millet, organic buckwheat), organic flaxseeds, sea salt.

I love sourdough!! And you know what…I loved this bread! It had an amazing sourdough taste that can sometime be hard to find in wheat breads. I was literally dipping this bread in pumpkin butter. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. This one had 4g of protein and 6g of fiber.

Which one was my fav? Multigrain Flax Sourdough. But they were all so good!

Now for the part you have all been waiting for: giveaway time!

This is my first giveaway so I am pretty stoked 😀


One oh so lucky winner will receive FOUR loaves of bread from the wonderful people of Manna Bread. Plus, you get to pick the flavors!

Mandatory Entry

  • Tell me which flavor of Manna Bread you would want to try the most

Additional Entries (this is where my blog promoting comes in) 😉

That gives you all a total of 5 ways to enter!
The giveaway will end Saturday, October 29.
But if you really can’t wait to try some Manna Bread, head on over to their website and buy some online!
Thank you so much to Manna Bread for sending me the generous samples and for this giveaway!
Note: Manna Bread sent me these samples to review. They did not pay me to say any of this. Each and every piece of opinion is solely mine.