Rancho La Puerta | Savor the Ranch

What is Rancho La Puerta?

Rancho La Puerta is a wellness & fitness retreat in Tecate, Mexico. It’s a magical place where you are able to workout, eat real food, and escape all of life’s craziness. It’s a chance to reconnect with yourself. It’s a place where there is no wifi (well only in a few specific spots). You get the chance to be more present and not live life through a screen. A place to be yourself, improve yourself, and grow as an individual.

This trip was unlike any other I’ve ever taken. It was more than just a vacation. It was a mind, body, and soul experience. The Ranch gave me new perceptive on the way I’ve been living and taught me some valuable things:

MIND: to be more present, learning how to meditate and that there’s no right or wrong way to do it
BODY: to take advantage of more sunrise trail runs, to continue learning and improving as a runner, and to slow down and allow my body to recover (my sports massage 😉 )
SOUL: reset and reconnected with myself and with my husband

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Running Retreat

RUNNING CLINIC

OVERVIEW
• The running clinic class helps maximize efficiency in your running stride
• This class is includes a running warm-up, dynamic run-specific stretching and a series of classic speed and form drills interspersed with acceleration drills
• Jennifer DeMarco was the instructor of the run clinic. She has the credentials in fitness and the track/running experience to back it up. The drills we went over are something I want to continue practicing in order to get faster!
• If you want to improve your form & speed then this class is for you!

WORKOUT
• 2 warm up laps
• Dynamic stretching
• 6-7 drills to improve running stride – including high knee run, A skips, straight leg run, and butt kickers
• Each drill was followed by a sprint x 2

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I love watching the sun come up during a run, it makes the 4:45am alarm worth it (I had to pump & eat before the run).

Hubs, Martin (our running concierge), and I went for a 5 mile run on the Roadrunner Trail. The trail was a loop and had small rolling hills throughout.

This run was very special to me for a couple reasons. It was the first run hubs and I have done without a stroller in over 6 months! It was also my first trail run surrounded by green since I lived in San Diego, 8 months ago.

There’s nothing I love more than running on a trail with my husband by my side.

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Martin (pictured below with hubs) was such a badass and we enjoyed getting to know him during our 5 miler. He leads a trail running group twice a week just for fun! His fastest half marathon was a 1:27, which is a 6:40 average pace – pretty impressive to me. I love meeting people who are genuine and passionate about what they do.

Our average pace was around a 9 minute mile and the last mile we thought we’d see what Martin was made of and finished with a 7:30 mile. It was the perfect way to start out our last full day at the ranch!

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Food

The food at the Ranch was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! As a future dietitian and someone who loves to cook, I was incredibly impressed by every single meal I ate. Hubs and I would have long conversations over dinner about how amazing every bite tasted. To be honest, I had no idea the food was going to be THIS good.

From a nutrition standpoint I loved how real the food tasted, majority of it was plant based, lots of vegetables in every meal, at least half the food was produced in their garden, the serving sizes were accurate, and the food presentation was on point.

IMG_3095.JPGAbove: Baked samosa over sautéed greens and spicy mango chutney
Below: Pan seared shrimp over Mediterranean quinoa with chimichurri *my favorite*

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Breakfast at the Villas Pools – Fruit, cottage cheese, freshly squeezed oj, veggie omelet topped with pico de gallo and salsa verde, and fresh corn tortillasIMG_3019.JPG

Tropical Smoothie: mango, pineapple, spinach, coconut water, avocado
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My breakfast on the left: fruit, oatmeal, scrambled egg tacos, green juice
Hubs on the right: fruit, granola with almond milk, yogurt parfait, scrambled egg tacos
FullSizeRenderCauliflower shrimp tacos *my favorite*
FullSizeRender.jpg-1The dining room – breakfast & lunch were buffet style, dinner was sit down restaurant style 
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Cooking Class

Hubs and I got to attend a hands-on cooking class with Chef Gary Jenanyan.

The first part of the cooking class was touring the organic farm with Salvador (pictured below). Salvador was very passionate about the farm and loved having everyone try the fresh fruit and veggies straight from the ground. I tried bok choy, celery, lettuce, bluebrries and a super spicy garlic clove.

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Colorful beets below! IMG_4264

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Picking edible flowers for our mealIMG_4361

Found the perfect blackberry
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I was on a team of 3 in charge of making the Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Chipotle RemouladeIMG_4438

Chef Gary helping my team out! IMG_4425IMG_4450

Slowing Down

During our stay hubs and I have been disconnected (for the most part) from much of what makes our lives so fast paced and a lot of the time, stressful. Without tv and internet, we have quickly fallen back on the simplicities in life that have always made us happy. Being outside, talking to each other – like realllyyy talking to each other, & reading. We are reconnecting with each other and more importantly, ourselves.

I encourage you all to slow down every once in awhile. Turn off your phones and tv. Have a glass of wine and a conversation with someone you love. Sit outside by yourself and watch the sunset. You’d be surprised how good it makes you feel!

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Sports massageIMG_3223.JPG

Guided Meditation classIMG_3069.JPGWine at Bazar del Sol
IMG_4122Hike to Alex’s Oak 
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Lots of relaxing & naps during our trip
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More Pics from our trip

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Thank you Rancho La Puerta for having my husband & I!

For future guests wanting a mind, body, soul experience: $250 off of a 7-night stay; 1st timers only, using code RLP – FITANDY

xoxo Andy

11 Comments

fitandyy@gmail.com

Thanks Alice! Yes, the food, workouts and surroundings were amazing! I want to go back :)

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fitandyy@gmail.com

I’m so excited for you!! And even if the knee isn’t 100% there are still plenty of other fun things to do <3

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Mellie

Looks like the perfect vacay for you two! I love how everything involved in this magical places forces you to be more mindful/present.. something I, sadly, forget to do all of the time! Do you know if there anything similar in other locations? This sounds like something I would love to do with Adam!

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fitandyy@gmail.com

It really was the perfect vacay!! Joey and I need to get on you & Adam’s level though and travel the world!

I don’t know of any similar retreats, to be honest I didn’t even know places like this existed!!!

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Mae

I love everything about this Andy! I was just talking to Brian last night about how we eat dinner right in front of the TV and we don’t get to talk as much as I’d like to. But reading about your trip was so awesome. The views are great but the food looked even better haha! Thanks for sharing <3

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fitandyy@gmail.com

During dinner one night on our trip Joey told me about how he made a game winning shot on his bball team when he was in elementary school. I had no idea!!! Later that night I thought to myself that if our phones/tvs were on I may have never heard that story.

The food was outa this world!!!!!

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Aloha Spreader

What an awesome trip! The fresh produce picked fresh must have been heaven. Food comes to life in flavor, color, and nutrients when it’s picked right out of the ground and on your plate. Our food system is so far removed from what nature intended! Also a major fan of wandering where the wifi is weak and the real life connections are strong! ❤️

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fitandyy@gmail.com

Their garden was magical!!! The food was so amazing & real, which is how it should be.

And yes, to making real life connections <3

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