WFDW Throwback and I’m Back in the Hiking Game!

Hi guys! I just wanted to update you on my progress really quick before I head to bed. I am working tomorrow and Friday back in Ahwatukee! Text me if you’ll be around there, and want to come visit! 

Yesterday, I did the elliptical for 35 minutes! It felt pretty good the whole time, and then I had a few twinges in my left leg during the last 5 minutes. I just had to adjust my intensity/speed and it got better. I also did some arms and abs. The gym at my new place is really nice!! I just looked for the pictures I thought I took, but apparently, I deleted them. I’ll take pics and show you guys when I do my new apartment tour! 

Last weekend, I decided to ride my bike down to Camelback Mountain and check out the Cholla Trail. If you guys aren’t familiar, there are two trails: Echo Canyon on the west side, and Cholla on the east. The description of Cholla trail from the City of Phoenix website is as follows:

Length:      1.5 miles one way
Difficulty:   Extremely Strenuous and Difficult. Long exposed segments with no shade and rocky segments near the summit. 
Time:         45 minutes to ascend and 45 minutes to descend for fit hikers
Elevation:  Elevation gain from trailhead is around 1,200 feet. Summit elevation is 2704 feet. 

Here is a map of the whole mountain: (source:

Hiking CBM com Map

This picture is from, which is a fantastic website for those of you looking to find more places to hike!

All Trails Camelback Pic

I used to hike CB and/or Piestewa (Squaw) Peak a couple times a week, while the other times I’d do Telegraph Pass. Once I started running, though, I didn’t hike as much. I definitely miss it a lot! 

On both this past Saturday and Sunday, I rode about 15 minutes from my new place down to the Cholla trailhead. I was under a time crunch both days, so I only went about 10 minutes out and back. It definitely piqued my curiously, though, so I planned on trying to hike the whole thing this week. 


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Cholla Trail

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Cactus Selfie 😀

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Ride home

Even though I only went a few hundred feet up in elevation, it still ended up being a great workout! I LOVE living so close to the trailhead!

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After my hike Sunday, I went to work. I have been feeling great at work standing so far. I would say about 90% of my day, I don’t even know I had surgeries! I do have to crouch down very slowly, though, still. I am so happy to be doing so much better!

I had yesterday and today off, so I decided to try the whole hike today with my friend Bailey. We made it to the top, but it was tough!! I didn’t realize that Cholla was as hard as it is! It’s a little bit longer, and right before you reach the top, you have to scramble up rocks. My legs were surprisingly well behaved! 

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Here we are at the top! We met a fellow runner on our way up, too! Her name is Shante Little, and she is sponsored by Oiselle! Oiselle is BTB’s (Believe Train Become’s) clothing sponsor! She’s a sprinter in the 200M, 400M and 400M hurdles, according to her Oiselle team profile. So she’s pretty much a badass! Here is her welcome blog post over on Oiselle’s blog. It was so cool to meet her!!

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We made it back down, but I blew through all 3 liters of my water in my Camelbak during the climb up! I only had about 3 sips left for the way down. I also got quite a bit of sun! What an accomplishment, though!! Now my body is just tired. I think it’s wondering what the heck I’m doing to it after it’s been in hibernation for so long! 

On my way home, I got a sandwich and pasta salad from AJ’s with a huge Pineapple iced tea. It hot the spot big time! Then I passed out on my couch for like 2 hours!! 

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I went to the pool after that for about an hour to relax and enjoy just being outside. It was SO hot, though!!

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Then, I cooked an old favorite for dinner with a little modification. Crockpot Chicken Phillies on Breaded Baked Eggplant slices! Here is the original recipe when I put them on portobello mushrooms.

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I haven’t actually tried the eggplant slices yet, because the chicken wasn’t ready in time for dinner. I am bringing it to work with me tomorrow, though, so I’ll let you know how it turns out. 

That’s all for now guys! Oh wait! I took a picture of my kryptonite at AJ’s tonight:

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Pugmamastace readers, meet the Cannoli Cookie. The white chocolate macadamia and oatmeal raisin ones are my fav’s. I have been falling prey to their deliciousness for probably 8 out of the last 12 days! Once I went back to work, I worked 8 days in a row and it took a toll on me! (Oh yeah, and the move, too.) I didn’t realize it until I found myself eating whatever was in front of me no matter how unhealthy it was. I beelined straight to the bakery case at AJ’s after work everyday for a week! I feel a little bit more in control, balanced and settled down now, but those damn cookies are absolutely ridiculous!! So those of you that struggle with caving to cravings, don’t be too hard on yourself! I can completely relate! Try to ease the stress in your life by getting yourself back into a routine, and working out regularly. That has helped me a ton! Well, knowing I’ll be in a bikini at a pool party this Saturday has helped with my motivation, too……but just know that you’re not alone! 

Ok, that’s really it for now. I hope you guys are all doing well! I’ll be back soon with some new product reviews, and hopefully a new tutorial!

Happy Trails!


PT Update

I am still working with LaRissa and Garrett (and I saw Carrie Friday!) at Spooner to rehab my hips back to running shape. This process has been, and will continue to be, very slow. I am doing fantastic standing at work! I can’t tell you how good it feels to be able to stand for those long hours with minimal, if any pain at all! Usually if I get pain, it’s just a little bit of aggravation around one side’s proximal hamstring attachment (aka where my butt meets my hamstring.) It usually dissipates very quickly. 

The main area I am having trouble with is again, that attachment site and areas around it in both legs. My right hip joint has also been getting really stiff, and not wanting to have as much mobility and range of motion as it did. Dr. Guanche had to go through the hip capsule to get to the cam and pincer lesions (the impingement repair,) so it is quite normal for that tissue to be tight since scar tissue is trying to form. 

We are working on strengthening my glutes and core and getting the muscles and tendons to function normally again. They’ve been jacked up (for lack of a better, more perfectly descriptive term) for a long time, so it’s going to take awhile to fix the imbalances and overcompensation of the related muscles to the injury area. I also still get a tad bit of burning of the muscle up near the top of my right hamstring. It’s nowhere near where it was before I had the scar tissue removed from my sciatic nerve, so I can’t complain. I feel like I’ve made it to the second highest point of a mountain, and now I’m slowly climbing the last ascent that is not steep at all, but very gradual. I will get there! I believe it! I’m never quitting! (Thx Susan Loken and Steve Cooper for the mantras :-). )

I definitely have not stopped blogging about working out and running. It’s just not something I have the ability to take part in much right now. Don’t worry, you guys will be some of the first to know when I graduate to my first real run!! I’ll be sure to take a selfie while in tears, haha!!

When I went on my last Ellitigo ride a couple of weeks ago, I took this beautiful picture going down Pecos:

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I listen to music on my iPhone while I workout, so the phone was handy. I had one of those moments where I just stared into the distance and thought to myself “I live here.” It’s so easy to get caught up in life and its insanity, and forget to just stop and look at what’s right in front of you-to appreciate the beautiful things in life. I am thinking that hiking may be my next endeavor once I am able. I miss South Mountain, Camelback, and Squaw/Piestewa Peak so much!! The weather will be cooling off soon, too, and it will be absolutely perfect! We’ll see how soon I can graduate to that :-).

Thanks for stopping by to check out how my rehab is going! I hope you guys have an awesome Friday and weekend, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Happy Trails,


My Interview With the Lifestyle Accountability Show

My friend and former Ragnar teammate Karla over at Healthful Bites Blog recently did an interview with the Lifestyle Accountability Show. Adam and Devon Bate host daily interviews on their website of people that have great stories about their health and fitness journeys that will motivate others. Here is how they describe Lifestyle Accountability in their own words:

Inspiring interviews with individuals who make health and fitness a priority in their lives.”

When I heard Karla’s interview, I thought it was so cool! She got to share her story, and talk about what she does now to stay healthy. She talked about a lot more, but that’s the general idea. I decided to share a little bit of my story with Adam and Devon to see if it met the criteria, and was asked to sign up for an interview!

Check out their website to learn more about what they do and why they do it. You can also listen to over a hundred podcasts of other interviews they’ve done.

My episode is #110, and can be accessed by clicking HERE. I can’t wait to hear it myself, and I hope so much that you guys like it!

Leave me a comment below, and let me know what you thought of it! Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Trails!