Will Run for Chocolate: Hot Chocolate Run 5K (San Diego)

Last Sunday marked the anniversary of my first Hot Chocolate Run in San Diego. The event has grown bigger and better with the level of organization and choco-swag provided to all the participants. A friend of mine ran in the Chicago event and I heard stories about how it was poorly managed there. However, the San Diego expo and run went very smoothly. What I liked most about the event this year was the jacket. It was a tech hoodie, an upgrade from last year’s thin windbreaker. My other favorites included the choco bag, the chocolate (of course), and the run signs they let us make at the expo. The run signs were a huge hit! It’s simple perks like those that make it fun for everyone to participate in.

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Cherry Blossom Festival @ Japanese Friendship Garden

Spring is in the air! … well almost! This past weekend I took a trip with friends down to the historic San Diego Balboa Park for the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival hosted by the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego.
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35th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 10k

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“Keep on running! I gotta push through this.” – That’s what goes through my mind at every run.  Events like this always get me pumped to try my best, and the LA Firecracker 10K pushed me to a level I had thought I could never reach. Running in a race is a unique experience that I encourage everyone to try at least once in their lives. It’s exhilarating, inspiring, and most importantly…. FUN!  Continue reading

Adventure Time! (Mt. Laguna – San Diego)

Recently I’ve taken up a new recreational activity, hiking! San Diego is such a large county and is full of scenic trails that take you winding down paths, crossing streams, and lead you to breathtaking views. That was the case with my latest adventure to Laguna Mountain. This area of San Diego is a national park with spaces that accomodate both avid campers and tourists of all ages. It’s also perfect for going on a day trip, just make sure you purchase a parking permit for the day if you plan on driving up to any trails.
Tip: The Forest Service collects a recreation fee for parking in these areas. These permits are available at most sporting goods stores. We got ours from a local Sports Chalet for approximately $5. All you need to do is scratch off the specific date on the permit for it to be valid. To view Recreation Pass & Permit vendors, click here.

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