Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Southern California in-water Boat Show

Author: Jose G. Barr

This morning the family and I headed down to San Pedro, California to the Cabrillo Way Marina for the Southern California In Water Boat Show.  We had a great time visiting the different booths from marine repair services to the US Coast Guard. Joseph love seeing some of the more high tech items on display, including the navigation and sonar equipment.

While the equipment and services were outstanding, our main focus of the day were the boats.  We were able to board some really amazing yachts during our time at the show. There was a vast array of vessels available to enjoy ranging in size from paddle boards and dinghies to luxury yachts.

This was a great family outing to the Cabrillo Way Marina where we spent a pleasurable day together learning about water craft and equipment.  We are looking forward to attending the boat show again next year and continuing to dream of our future home on the water.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

Ready to enter the vendor tents

Beautiful day at Cabrillo Way Marina

One of the many boats available to see (and Purchase)

What a beautiful sailboat

Relaxing in air conditioned comfort.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Father's Running Adventure

I’m off to a great start on my road to my first Disneyland 5K, my first race at the happiest place on earth. I had started running 5K’s a few years ago and had to stop last October thanks to knee revision surgery.  In the past year I worked on rehabbing my knee and now am  finally able to pick it up again.  For me, the journey is part of the joy of getting to the point where I can run these races and have fun. 

For much of my adult life I hated running. I did it when I had to do it and not much else.  I would do everything in my power to not run.  What finally changed my perception of running was the realization that if I kept going the way I was, I would not be around to see my son grow up.   So I started on the road to a healthy life. 

Along the way I learned a few things that really helped me get moving and run my first 5K for fun. 

1. Challenge yourself, give yourself a goal to shoot for as you train.  For me it was getting ready to go out and run a 5K with my wife.
2. Do not, I repeat do not scrimp on your running shoes. A good pair of properly fitted running shoes will cost you about $80 to $100 dollars. The investment will pay off because you will enjoy the run more and reduce the likelihood of injuries.  Ill-fitting running shoes could lead to injuries including shin splints.
3. When you first start off running, don’t focus on completing miles. Focus on running a minute at a time, balanced with a fast walk. The goal is to increase the amount of running you are doing and gradually eliminate the walks.  Once you are running consistently you can then turn to the miles.  By the time I ran my first race, those 3.1 miles just melted into a beautiful and serene run. 
4. Run with your body relaxed. Don’t clench your hands into fists.  Keep them loose, with the thumb on the outside.  Keep your shoulders and jaw, yes your jaw, relaxed and loose.  Far too often new runners tense these areas up causing significant strain and bringing unnecessary pain into their lives. 
5. Your heart and lung capacity will gradually improve as you run making it easier to add speed and distance. 

Check back again in a few days as I continue on my way to the Disneyland 5K with help and tips from my friends at Cigna.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Blogger Meet-Up | 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Author: Jose G. Barr

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Cigna Run Together Blogger Meet up at the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon.  What an amazing time I had meeting other people that shared my desire to be much healthier. Cigna provided an amazing afternoon of fun and laughter while learning how to be healthy.

Deb Muller and Angelica Greene
Many of the bloggers that attended this event were also Achilles Athlete guides.  They took the time to run with athletes who had a disability and get them through the race. These people are truly awesome human beings.  I enjoyed hearing about their stories and that of the athlete that they helped.

We spent the afternoon playing games while learning about being fit and active.  One of the best parts of the afternoon was meeting fellow bloggers from all over California and the united States.

Cigna and my fellow bloggers have inspired me to be a healthier father and husband. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my adventures in getting back to my running and sharing some wonderful tips that were shared by the folks from Cigna.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

Got to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fabulous Puerto Vallarta Mexico

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Author: Jose G. Barr

Villa De Palmares Flamingo
Captains travel log stardate  08202016, ok so that is some of the Star Trek fan coming out in me. But, this will be our travel log for our week in this amazing place. We are staying at Villa Del Palmares Flamingos Beach Resort and Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit Mexico. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing place to stay.

We flew in from Los Angeles, CA on Alaska Airlines. Alaska had the best rates available of all the airlines and provided exceptional customer service, so many thanks to them for a great experience. We arrived on time at the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta and passed through immigration and customs with ease.

 On word of advice, the airline distributes all necessary forms for both immigration and customs early in the flight. Do yourself a favor and fill these out on the flight. Far to many people waited to do it upon arrival in a hot and stuffy reception hall. We breezed through it all because we did ours on the flight and they failed to get it done early. Having your paperwork done early gets you started on your vacation that much quicker.

My Brother-in-law arranged for the transportation to the resort through a family friend. Most resorts have ground transportation available so take advantage of it.  But, if hiring a taxi, make sure to do so at the airport where they are cleared to work there and won't charge you an arm and a leg.