Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a deep love for running and the city of Las Vegas. I did get married there, after all! When I saw that Vegas.com was sharing blogs about safely running in Las Vegas, I had to put one together. How could I not? When I get the chance to run in Las Vegas, well it might as well be heaven on earth for me! Here are a few tips for getting a safe workout while visiting Sin City!
Run With a Buddy
Running with a buddy is the best way to stay safe when you run. More than likely you are visiting Las Vegas with a significant other, best friends or your co-workers while on a business trip. Try to get one of them to join you on your run! Sight-seeing while on foot is always better with a friend. Plus you’ll want someone to take photos of you in front of those famous Vegas landmarks!
Beat the crowds and hit the pavement early to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer. In my opinion the best time to run Las Vegas is early morning. You’ll have the entire Strip to yourself. You’ll also be beating the onslaught of afternoon heat which can be quite brutal.
Stick to the Strip
Sure, while usually sticking to running one road would be boring, that’s just not the case in Las Vegas! The Strip provides wide sidewalks with ample space for running, along with spectacular scenery. Many of the street crossings also involve stairs which will get your heart rate going!
Even if you are running in the cooler part of the day, or temperatures don’t seem high remember that you are still running in a desert. Be sure to hydrate before you head out for your run and even take a bottle of water with you. You may be surprised how much more water you may need than when you are at home.
If you can’t find a running buddy and don’t feel comfortable venturing out on your own, there are still plenty of ways to get in a workout. Many hotels in Las Vegas offer a workout facility for a small fee. If you don’t want to go that route, you can also do a workout in your hotel room using only your bodyweight; think push-ups, sit ups and squats!
Today marks the 3rd birthday of Lunges, Long Runs and Lattes! Seems hard to believe that three years ago this blog started with one simple post about running a half marathon in Las Vegas. At the time I had no idea that this blog would grow into a renewed passion of writing for me!
I've been very busy in my personal life as well. In fact, my personal life has been so busy that I almost forget about this exciting milestone! It seems hard to believe but I have spent half of 2016 pregnant and am expecting our firstborn in the spring!
With this new development the long rungs have been, well, non-existant and the lattes have been decaf! I have, however, still been doing lunges although it's a bit harder to maintain balance when I do them.
I did run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this year in May and ended up setting a PR in the process. My running days have been put on hold since July but I'm still doing CrossFit in my pregancy. It' been a great way for me to feel strong and keep moving.
I also got the chance to do some hiking in Utah this past spring which was amazing! I would not consider myself a 'hiker' but if you ever have the chance to visit the National Parks in this state, just do it! They are amazing!
This past year I also published my second book of essays entitled, "Don't Forget Me". It's a continuation of my first book, "Don't Forget to Write". With two small books under my belt, I'm hoping to publish a much larger book of essays next year. Sometimes people ask me if I'm still writing my blog and while I am, I have been spending a lot more of my time writing essays and working on my fiction novel. It's a big task for someone who works full time but it's been a very rewarding experience!
Both of my essay books were published in print this year, via the Createspace platform and, well, seeing your work in print is just the coolest thing!
I'm looking forward to all the adventures that await me in my fourth year of blogging! My experiences are the past three years -good and bad- have certainly given me a new perspective which I think have served me well.
I wish you a very Happy Holidays with your loved ones and am looking forward to 2017!
Now that I'm firmly into the second trimester, slow has definitely become the name of the game recently. Even a casual bike ride seems to take a lot of effort for me. During one of our late Autumn bike rides Bobby told me that I was riding at 6 mile per hour. "Great!" I told him, "That's how fast I usually run!"
Sure enough, not too much further down the trail, a runner passed me while I was pedaling along. I guess there is a first time for everything and having someone on foot pass me while on wheels was just a reminder of how much I've slowed down.
Even though in my mind I realize that I am pregnant, it still is surprising to me just how much I've slowed down and how tired I become after doing significantly less activity than I am use to doing! . I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary and I can get back to my weightlifting and running self next year.
For now, I'm just going by what my body tells me to do. If that's only to work out two days a week than so be it. If that's to only takes naps on the weekend without a workout then so be it. For someone who has always looked for a way to challenge themselves physically it's kind of nice to be on a reprieve from goal setting. Although I must admit that I do miss it.
I also had the opportunity to participate in a charity event called WOD for Warriors on November 12th at T2 CrossFit. My coaches were kind enough to modify the movements for me so that I could participate in the event. I sorely miss participating in races and CrossFit events so it was great to participate in this event for a great cause!
So far pregnancy has been pretty smooth sailing with only minor complaints of discomfort; swelling in the hands and feet and finding myself quite tired after simple household chores. Fortunately some of my old marathon training rituals have come back to save me including KT Tape, compression socks and Epsom salts.
It seems hard to believe that I'll be entering the third trimester next month! There were many days when I wondered if I would ever get to this point and sometimes I have to pinch myself. In some ways the pregnancy experience has seemed a bit surreal to me after experiencing much disappointment in the past two years.
I anticipate that working out won't get any easier in the third trimester, but that's okay. My body is doing exactly what it should do - growing a baby boy and that's my main focus right now! Next year we can start thinking about goals again! :)
Till next time!
As I write this I am currently 18 weeks pregnant! Sometimes it seems hard to believe that I am already in the second trimester. I must admit that the first trimester was really difficult as fatigue hit me pretty hard.
I always thought that I would be a very active person during pregnancy but after two losses in the past two years and a high risk diagnosis for future pregnancies my mind was changed. I have to admit when I first heard that my pregnancies would be considered 'high-risk' I had visions of me sitting in bed for nine months.
However, after meeting with my doctor before becoming pregnant I found that I could actually do much more exercise than I thought. In fact my doctor told me that most times bed rest actually does the opposite of what they want it to do, and she encouraged me to continue my active lifestyle..
The fatigue hit me so hard, especially in the beginning of pregnancy. My workout routine during this time consisted of taking a nap after work and sitting on the couch eating potato chips. After two weeks of this routine I decided this really wasn't the approach I wanted to take to pregnancy.
So after two weeks of couch sitting I notified my Crossfit coaches of why I had been missing from the gym. I am very fortunate that I have known my T2 CrossFit coaches Brad and Anna for nearly three years, They also know what I have been through the past few years, so having them as my coaches is really invaluable to me. If it weren't for them I would probably not even CrossFit as my situation has been so complicated. It's great having them to support me!
So we came up with a scaled back version of CrossFit that I feel very comfortable with! Surprisingly CrossFit has become my exercise of choice during pregnancy. I find myself very out of breath when I bike uphill or walk uphill or upstairs but the CrossFit workouts are short workouts where I'm always able to control my breathing.
I have also been dealing with a fair amount of anxiety during this pregnancy and being able to work out has been able to alleviate much of my anxiety. When I first started pregnancy my blood pressure was higher than usual but it has decreased as I continue to work out! I also sleep much better when I'm visiting the gym 2-3 times a week.
So I plan to continue to CrossFit throughout pregnancy as long as I can. I have also decided to give up on running during pregnancy. I haven't even attempted to run as the thought of running while pregnant scares me a good bit. Also my left hip was very unhappy with my personal best at Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May and continued to bother me a month after the race. All these things considered it just seemed like the perfect time to take a break from running,
I must admit that I miss running, especially when I see others running in my neighborhood or my friends posting pictures of their latest race. But winter is coming and I know I won't be as jealous of those early morning cold and snowy runs. I plan to try running again next Spring and Summer.
That is all for now! I hope to have more updates as pregnancy progresses.
This is my first attempt, on writing, about actually writing a book! I would not called myself an expert but I did fumble my way through self publishing and have a few tips to share!
1. Promote your book before it's published! This one seems a bit scary and even perhaps counterintuitive. When I wrote my first short story, 'Seeking Vegas' I didn't advertise it at all. I didn't say one word about it on Twitter, Facebook or my blog. Big mistake. I published and the basic reaction was, "You wrote a book?"
I knew I had made a mistake, so when I decided to publish my first book of essays I decided I needed to get the word out early. I created a Smahwords account and setup a pre order for my book. I designed a cover with one of my favorite photographs as the backdrop. Once I had the cover set up I started to promote the book on Facebook, Twitter and my blog.
This was really scary for me because I hadn't even written the book yet! But announcing my book before it's release did two great things for me. The first was it got the word out and hopefully got people excited about my book. The second thing was that it held my feet to the fire so to speak. There was no chance to turn back or second guess my project. I had to deliver the book now. It also gave me a deadline to complete this project. This motivated me to finish my book on time!
So go ahead and promote your book! Even though it's a scary thing to do while you are still working on it, think about how many weeks or months movies promote themselves before the release? It will help spread the word about your project!
2. Hire a editor to proofread your book. The first time I released 'Seeking Vegas' I didn't have anyone proofread or edit it until it was already published. I had a fellow writer take a look at him and he found numerous errors that he said made it difficult to read. I was really disappointed to hear this. I realized that I had made a mistake and in the excitement of publishing my story, I hadn't taken the proper steps to edit my writing.
So for my book of essays I hired an editor to proofread my book. You don't have to spend a ton of money to do this. You may be able to find an English teacher or another writer to review your work. This is well worth every penny! Your book will improve greatly from someone's corrections or input. I know my book improved greatly from being edited!
3. Seek input from other writers and friends. I personally don't believe in writing in a vacuum. I like to seek out input from my friends and other writers on my essays and storylines. Sometimes it gives me an idea to write another essays. Also, not every essay I write is great and included in my books. I like to see which ones are well received and include them in my book. Having other people read these essays before I decide what to include is a great way to figure out what should be included.
4. Keep Writing! As soon as I publish one book, I start working on the next! One great analogy I've heard about writing is that, 'a homerun is rarely hit on the first at-bat'. That can be very for writing. Many authors struggle for years before becoming well known. While as a self-publishing author you will need to promote your book, don't lose sight of your writing, which is your main purpose. Also, the best way to build up an audience is to produce more writing!
Hopefully these few tips help while you are writing your book. Don't be afraid to make mistakes! I know that I have made plenty of them myself and continue to learn as I go! What about you? What have you learned along the way?
'Don't Forget to Write' giveaway on Goodreads
Between September 20th and October 20th I'll be giving away three signed copies of my book, 'Don't Forget to Write' on Goodreads! To enter the contest click on the image below. The giveaway is free to enter but you must have a Goodreads account!
It's with great excitement that I announce the release of my second book of essays entitled, "Don't Forget Me"! This book continues where "Don't Forget to Write" left off and follows my journey through relationships, growing up and loss.
My first book was released last December on my birthday! Some may wonder if September 6th has significant meaning. It does not, but September has not been a particularly easy month for me. Seven years ago I lost my job in September and two years ago I lost my first pregnancy in September. These two anniversaries often bring back a lot of painful memories for me. With that said, I'm really hoping to turn the page on September and have a great month!
My book will be available at the following distributors!
Amazon (also available in paperback!)
Barnes & Noble
........ and one last thing before you go! If you enjoy my book please leave a review at your favorite retailer! It is the best way to let me know that you enjoyed my work and help me promote my writing!
'Don't Forget Me - Essays of Reflection' is the sequel to Sarah's first book of essays, 'Don't Forget to Write'. Sarah shares more of her essays as she weaves and winds her way through adulthood. She examines the complexity of her relationships, the losses she's faced and why life may not be taking the path she expected as she enters her thirties.
I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and staying cool during this summer heat! I have a special announcement today! I've decided to do an early release of my new book only on Amazon. It is priced for $1.49. Although I would really like to offer my book for free for a limited time on Amazon they will only allow me to do so if I exclusively sell through them. Since most of my downloads come via Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and iBooks I'm simply not willing to do that! My book will still be available on September 6th for free via other distributors, but. if you would like an easy read to finish out your summer please click below! I hope you enjoy the book and the best way to help me is to leave a review at your favorite retailer!
I am very excited to announce that in September I'll be releasing my second book of essays entitled, 'Don't Forget Me.' This book is the sequel to my first book of essays, 'Don't Forget to Write'. Unlike my first book which was written between the ages of 15 and 32, my essays in 'Don't Forget Me' were written from last December until now.
All the essays were written upon my personal reflections of life changes, losses and my personal experiences; hence the subtle of 'Essays of Reflection'. The past two years have probably been the most difficult of my life and I found writing the essays to be very therapeutic and also a way of healing. I've also included some lighthearted stories that will bring a smile to your face. I'll be running a special price upon release of my book so stay tuned for details! Click on the image below to visit the website for my book! I look forward to sharing with you in September!
This is the second part of our visit to Zion National Park. In a previous blog, I wrote about our hiking in Zion. After visiting Bryce Canyon we headed back to Vegas via Zion National Park.
Our trip went like this:
Drive from Las Vegas to Zion
Drive from Zion to Cedar City (spent the night)
Drive to Bryce Canyon in the morning.
Drive to Zion in the afternoon
Head back to Las Vegas
Below is a map of our trip.
We entered the park on the Eastern entrance. There are size restrictions on larger vehicles as the highway passes through two tunnels.
If you don't care much for hiking or taking a shuttle, the Zion-Mt Carmel highway is a great way to see the park. Be ready to pull over and have your camera ready to take photos of the amazing canyons!
The larger of the two tunnels is over one mile long! There are no lights in the tunnel so it's extremely dark except the small windows cut out in the rock!
The Mt. Carmel - Zion Highway was placed on the National Register of Places in 1987. Anyone who drives this highway will easily see why!
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.