Saturday, July 2, 2011

In the heat of the night... or morning

After a couple of weeks out of town, chaperoning a high school church trip, I jumped back into routine this morning and went to running club at 7am. Today was an easy reminder of why we start so early. By 7:15 it was already inching toward 80 degrees.

Not one of my fastest runs, that to be expected due to heat, and two weeks of lax workouts (or none really). But someone at the end of the run made a great comment. It doesn't matter how far or fast I ran today, I ran farther than most people. This is true.

Sometimes I think we get down on ourselves for not running our BEST every time, but honestly, that expectation isn't realistic. Everyone has hard days. Weather stinks sometimes, travels and life get in the way of training. All that matters is that we do the best we can at the time.

Today I am posting so you know that I AM still running. Even in the heat. And you can too!

Hydrate properly, as you lose a lot of water in the heat. Aim to run in the early morning or later evening to keep cooler. Wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself better. Keep runnin :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Long Time No Post! Finding motivation!

Okay ladies and gents (well, mostly ladies), it's been a while and I apologize. As you can guess, not posting is related pretty directly related to being off my game in general. My work schedule is all over the place, and I have been struggling to keep a workout/running/planning schedule with my work schedule is inconsistent.

I spent a little time updating my site today, finally adding to the recipe section, as well as updating my race section!! Hopefully having these races to keep me on track will help with motivation!

In the meantime, I also create a new device to help with motivation, planning and staying on track. This new thing is my inspiration binder :) I spent some time looking through all of my health/fitness magazines and cut out any recipes that looked good, success stories, and any useful facts or quotes!

The idea is that I can grab the binder if I need motivation, or a new recipe for my weekly menu. So far it has been fun, and helpful!

Here is the binder:

Expect more posts from me soon! Including a Race Recap from last weeks 10k! As well as more recipes/food highlights and hopefully some scale victories!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


So, if you had noticed by the lack of posts lately, I have been pretty stalled in my workouts recently. Since my races, I have liteally stopped running. It is excuse after excuse. Maybe my body is tired, but mostly it is a mindset for me. I was determined, I had a team training with me, depending on me.

I go through days, sometimes moments where I feel so determined, so ready to get back on track. This is true for my diet as well. Two or three days of great workouts, tracking and eating. Then totally off track again.
Today I had an interesting new experience. I tried Bikram Yoga(aka hot yoga, a heated room) for the first time. I had heard great reviews from some boardies about it, but I had also heard that it isn't for everyone. I went with Shannon and she did GREAT. I struggled, big time. Not so much with the yoga moves (not that they were easy), but the heat really got me. I felt dizzy, nauseous, and at some points blacked out momentarily. Obviously not the most pleasant experience. I sat down outside for a bit to gather myself and rejoined for the last 30 minutes of mat work. This got a little better for me.

Overall I am really glad I tried this. I do plan to give it another couple of tries, as I have heard that your body gets used to the heat. I will update you as to how it goes for me.
As for being off track, I need to make my readers (and myself especially) some promises. I am starting the book Women. Food and God. I will also be starting Run Less, Run Faster. I am going to let these books help guide me to start making some better choices with food, workouts, and probably even my mental state.

My goals this week are:
-Run at least 2 times
-Workout at least 4 times total
-Find time each day to read, for ME

Thanks for reading, and please help to keep me accountable for my goals!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Warrior Dash!

I haven't posted since my race last weekend! I also pretty much took the week off from running ;) I plan to get together a training schedule to I get back on track, but whats one week!

In other news, this Saturday a big group of us drove down to the So Cal Warrior Dash! Reena(REENA711),   Kelly(SILYSTARRFISH), and Melissa(M525964703) from the boards all met there for the run (along with many of my friends)! It was an absolutely amazing event!

Let me step you through it step by step!

We showed up in our costumes, ready to race!
Starting Line!
Obstacle Number 1: Hay Fever !
 Obstacle Number 2: Junkyard Jam
 Obstacle Number 3: Muddy Muck
Obstacle Number  4: Over and Under (Over walls and under barbed wire)
Obstacle Number  5: Swamp Sludge
Obstacle Number 6: Warrior Wall
Visiting with a fellow turtle along the course!
Obstacle Number  7: Warrior Web!
Obstacle Number  8: Walk the Plank
Obstacle Number  9: Deadweight Drifter

Obstacle Number 10: Chaotic Crossover
Obstacle Number  11: Cargo Climb
Obstacle Number  12:Warrior Roast
 Pic to come

Obstacle Number  13: Muddy Mayhem!
Finish Line!!
Warrior Wash!

Shoes people are donating (pile kept getting bigger)

Some pictures will be added later (Finish line and Warrior Roast)... But you can see what a blast it was! It was more challenging than Nor Cal Dash in October, more obstacles and more challenging obstacles. It was also nice to have the lake for washing, we got MUCH cleaner (other than the bacteria in the lake we had to sign a waiver about). The whole weekend was a blast, and I declare a success! 

**Suggestion to future Dashkateers, pack sunscreen and USE it, OUCH!**

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Race Day!

Alright ladies and gents,

The blog that has been requested. I was too mentally exhausted and honestly excited to sit down and write this when I first got home. I also wanted to see how my body felt after a couple hours, to let you know.

Today was amazing. It was tough, I have friends from running club who run halfs regularly, admitting that this was a very tough course. It HAS to be hillier than your average course, otherwise, more people would die running, lol. The hills are a mixed blessing. They keep you awake,  keep you motivated (looking forward to the downhills), and really just mix things up. BUT, they are hard. In some cases, VERY hard. The notorious hill on this run is a good mile or so of straight up hill. Everyone around me was walking. My running buddy, hard determined, just kept running, slow, but still running. I absolutely admire her determination, I can honestly say I did NOT run much of that hill, I did however, speed walk past a bunch of people.

I have to say that I had an new found motivation today, the motivation to finish in under 3 hours. I knew that a 3 mile half required about 13.5 minute miles. Every.Single.Mile.Marker told me if I was on track to finish in 3 hours. I was MILKING my watch, to make sure I was on time. Many times I was off, 30 seconds or a minute, but I kept on, determined. I eventually, sadly, left all of my running buddies behind with this new determination.

By myself, no music, making friend after friend with lone runners, I kept going for the last 4ish miles. I walked more than normal, but when I ran or walked I did it with purpose, continually keeping that goal in my mind. My regular snacks were making me feel sick, so I kept drinking water to keep them down. By the time I got to 11 miles, there was no doubt. I had 28 minutes to finish 2.1 miles. This was very tight, but possible. I knew that to get there I had to give it everything, but I had nothing left. I kept going, on overdrive, no heart, no brain, just body and road. The hills kept coming, literally, till the last .25 miles or so. I kept checking my watch, knowing I was cutting it close, 3 hours was fast approching.

Well the flags were in sight, and I knew that I had to sprint to make it. As I crossed the finish, with Carlos, running coaches, and complete strangers cheering for me, I had to pause my watch. I had to know. 2:59:42. . From my start to my finish, 2:59:42. I made it, to my goal, by a matter of seconds, a matter of steps, a matter of breaths.

I am grateful to everyone who motivated me, encouraged me, supported me, and it literally pushed me those last 2-3 miles when I wanted to stop. This quote comes to mind, "Success lies just past the point where other people quit,"and today this was so true. These last few miles I pushed ahead, and was able to gratefully meet my goal.

Tonight I am icing knees and left achilles. Surely, these are temporary pains that ice and rest will repair. My feet and hands are about back to normal size, lol. And I am guzzling water like none other, but anyways this is the update.

Would I do it again? Surely. Will you be hearing more about my running? Most definitely! And thanks again for the ongoing support!!

 Alex and I pre-race!
 Group Post-Run!
 Me, turning the 13 mile marker, .1 left to go!
Race Medals!
Race Group, post race kickin back :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3-2-1- Take off!

Today marks three days until my first half marathon! So many things running though my head!

I can't help but think that I am as prepared as I can be! I have run 12 miles twice, test run the race course to get comfortable (11 miles, similar to race route), tested all my snacks and breakfasts, know what clothes/shoes I should wear, know where I need to park, etc. I know all the logistics, but somehow that is not settling to my nerves.

The tempermental weather is also giving cause for concern. Luckliy, (Knock on wood) rain is currently out of the forecast for Saturday. It is however predicted for the two days proceeding. This only tells us that half of course, through the national park (aka dirt paths and rocks) will be MUD and puddles. Lovely.

But no complaints. I am doing this because I CAN. I am doing this because I am able. For my friends and family who physically can't, for my friends and family who don't believe they can, and for myself, who never believed I could or would. I am running, in 3 days.

A quote from one of my favorite movies sums up my feelings about the impending race quite well...

We're gonna die! We're gonna die! I'm going to throw up, and then I'm gonna die! Mommy, tell it to stop!       Whew... ha! Almost lost my *cool* there.  (The Grinch)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The needed boost!

The last couple of weeks I have been going with the flow. Getting in runs when I *can* (when I feel like it). I struggled on this weekends long run, and realized that I really need to focus the next couple weeks. Its crunch time.

My schedule got a bit messed up as I ended up cross-training on my rest day, so I changed my rest day to Monday. That meant running on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since I didn't want to do to medium runs in a row I made Tuesday a shorter run and Wed medium. Lets just say Tuesday was tough. It was HOT outside, it was after work, and I didn't warm up or stretch because I just wanted to get it done. Bad idea. The whole run was a struggle. I got through, with a decent pace, but man was it a pain. My legs hurt, it just wasn't pretty.

I was bound to make Wednesday better, and fortunately it was the best run I have had in weeks! I did a nice 10 minute warm up (walk, jog, stretch). I went in the morning when it was cooler, properly hydrated. Of course GOOD doesn't always mean easy. The run started out okay. I wanted to walk, I mentally *needed* to walk. That dreaded mental block I have been fighting since day one.

On the boards I have shared a tip several times. Recently I have been quoted for this multiple times, so I thought I would share it here. I haven't used AS MUCH since I started running further, but today it's what got me through my run.

When I feel the desire to walk, I ask myself 3 questions.
1. Is your breathing in check?
2. Are your legs feeling okay?
3. Is your heart rate in an acceptable range?

If yes to all 3, I keep running. At that point the question becomes "Why do you think you NEED to walk when you don't?" It's often boredom, or even more it's that I don't believe I can do it. But I can. And I DO.

I thought I would share this. If you end up trying this out, let me know how it goes! It most definitely got me through today's run, and many in the past!

Looking forward to my 8 miler this weekend, and hoping to bring a camera because this was the lovely run from 2 weeks ago I wished I could have captured for you! Now's my chance!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tappering... Or not!

So a very quick synopsis of this week's running. It basically didn't exist. Well I got in a nice 3 1/2 miles on Monday, and that ended up being the extent of my weekday workouts. I had a week long subbing job that had me quite busy, and I am always looking for an excuse to skip a workout :/

The good news (grumble) is that I made it up today! Met up nice and early with running group this morning! Had to leave the house at 6:15! It ended up being a PERFECT running day. Not too hot, not too cold, just sunny enough! We even had a photo op with my running pace crew!

We were told by coach that we were to do a 9.5 mile run today as a part of our taper before the race in 2 weeks. The problem was, we were on a course new to most of us, with now street signs, postings, etc. Welcome to trail running, the real deal! Warned to look out for deer, snakes, mountain bikers, and fellow runners! Luckily bikers and runners were all we saw this time! There were TONS of people out today, not surprising with the race coming up and the lovely weather.

After getting started, I had trouble getting into my stride. The course was pretty hilly, and very rocky. I have never experienced a trail run before, and it was VERY new and different!  I walked nearly half of the time for the first 4ish miles. I usually use my watch to guesstimate how far I have gone, but that was difficult today with such a different course. People kept telling us, "Just a bit further", so we kept going. Eventually, after 1 and 20 minutes of running, I frustratingly stopped to figure out how far we had gone. My running buddy checked her Garmin to find out we had gone too far, 5.5 miles. Oops. This set us up for just over 11.25 miles when all was said and done.

Fortunately, the second half I found my stride. We had more down hills, and a very apparent negative split (meaning our second half was run much faster than our first). Overall our pace was much improved from the last few weeks!

I am happy to report that, although this was clearly a challenging run, and almost 2 miles further than planned, I am not sore at all tonight! No ice, no limp, good to go! I am feeling a little nervous to do this terrain again race day, but so glad to get a feel for it today! Also looking forward to a true taper run, next week only 8 miles (and we WILL be sticking to course, lol)!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pushing Through

Yesterday was my second time doing a 12 mile run. The first time went pretty well, I walked minimally, hydrated well, etc. However, I was still very nervous going into this. The idea of running for 3 hours straight still gets me.

This week my regular running buddy was out of town, so I ran with some different friends. We walked a little more than I usually do, but kept up a similar pace. Man was this course TOUGH. All sorts of hills, curved roads with no shoulder for running, loose gravel, sharing minimal lane space with bikes. But this course was GOOD practice. It pushed me harder than normal, took me out of my comfort zone. The best part about this weeks run was that the views were GORGEOUS! This is an area of rolling hills, ranches with horses, a beautiful lake, they also film many movies and TV shows out here (including my most addictive Bones)!

I wished I had my camera with me, but this photo gives a pretty good description of the area!

The other great thing about this week's run was the comradery that comes with running/biking in a place like this. Every runner or biker who goes by smiles, waves, and many say "Good Morning"! Runners who pass, and even cars driving by honk and cheer you on. This isn't a place where one goes to jog 3 miles, everyone out here is working on some mad mileage, and it is nice to be a part of it. My running buddies were great too! We mostly ran in a line, talking, supporting each other! So much better than running alone!

My new recommended product for running= salt tablets.
After 1 1/2 hours + of running, I tend to lose quite a bit of salt. You can tell if you lose too much salt if you can scrape white off your face after your run ;) I find myself feeling EXHAUSTED after a run without one or two salt tablets! I wouldn't necessarily say they give me energy, but they make me feel less blah. 

I am excited to begin tappering, this was our last 12 miler before race day. Next week is 10! 

Off to watch some movies from my list and rest my legs!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Movie Challenge

As though my bum doesn't already spend enough time in front of the TV, I have taken a challenge to see 26 movies I have never seen, beginning with every letter of the alphabet. After recommendations from lots of friends and boardies,  I have put together a list of about 38 movies (Oops, couldn't decide between some!) that I intend to watch in the next couple of months. You will notice that I also skipped Q, but figured I made up for it with the others!

I will update this post as I go to check off the movies once I have watched them, and hopefully post a quick review! Feel free to post comments with more suggestions, etc!

A- Amelie, An Affair to Remember
B- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
C- Casablanca, Can't Hardly Wait, Cool Hand Luke
D- Dear Frankie, Dr Zhivago
E- Elephant man
F- Food Inc, Footloose, Fish called Wanda
G- Gone with the Wind, Godfather, The Graduate
H- The Heiress
I- In the heat of the night, It happened one night
J- The Jerk
K- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
L- Lucky Number Sleven
M- Mad Hot Ballroom
N- North By Northwest
O- O Brother Where Art Thou?, One flew over the coo coo’s nest
P- Philadelphia, Pretty In Pink
Q- The Queen
R- Rear Window
S- Streetcar named Desire, Sixteen Candles
T-  True Grit
U- Unusual Suspects
V- Virgin Suicides
W- Where the Red Fern Grows
Y- Young Frankenstein
Z- Zombieland

Let the challenge commence!

*Once a movie has been viewed, it will be in italics

Monday, February 28, 2011

Workout Music

People on the boards are constantly asking for Workout music suggestions. I thought I would share my playlist here :) There is a purposeful mixture up upbeat and slower songs to help keep me motivated. You will also notice a group of slower songs at the end for cool down!

Feel free to comment with your own favorites!

Currently Running Playlist!
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
Imma Be- Black Eyed Peas
We R Who We - Ke$ha
One More Time- Daft Pun-k
The Time (Dirty Bit)- The Black Eyed Peas
Forever- Chris Brown
Firework- Katy Perry
Don't Phunk Around- Black Eyed Peas
The Sound of Sunshine- Michael Franti & Spearhead
The New Workout Plan- Kanye West
I Like It (feat. Pitbull)- Enrique Iglesias
Latin Girls- Black Eyed Peas
Like a G6- Far East Movement
Bananza (Belly Dancer)- Power Music Workout Shape Walk Workout
La Despedida- Daddy Yankee
Rock That Body- Black Eyed Peas
Everytime We Touch(Radio Mix)- Cascada
Only Girl- Rihanna
OMG (feat. Usher
Hey Mama- Black Eyed Peas
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (Workout Remix)- TK
Salt Shaker- Ying Yang Twins & Lil Jon
I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
Count On Me- Bruno Mars
dance like this- Wyclef jean
Animal- Neon Trees
Grenade - Bruno Mars
The Climb- Miley Cyrus
Realize- Colbie Caillat . . . . . . . . . .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

These are a Few of my Favorite Things :)

I have had a fever all darn day today, so I decided I needed to do something positive to keep my mind off of feeling crummy! Here is a favorite things blog! 
(Adapted from Kandyce at

1. What is your dream job?
Well of course, for those who know me, I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher! But I suppose my less realistic dream job would be wedding planning! 

2. What do you order in a coffee shop?
Usually a Chai Latte or Vanilla Steamer if its cold out, or a Tazo shaken ice
Tazo® Shaken Iced Passion Tea d passion tea lemonade when its hot out! Clearly not a coffee drinker!

3. What is your most important beauty secret?
Um, shower I guess?! Haha, this isn't an area I have a lot of interest in. I will wear make up if I need to, but I don't do much else! I guess I would say my biggest thing is learning how to dress for your body, and carry yourself with confidence! I think it makes you look more beautiful than pretty much any secret product out there!

4. If you had an all expenses paid vacation, where would you go?
 Hmm, this is a tough one! I have actually been to about 15 couttries so far, and can't wait to explore more! A trip of my dreams would either be Australia/New Zealand, OR traveling around South/Latin America. My parents and I have been talking about doing a Panama Canal Cruise in the near future, and I could NOT be more hopeful about this!!

5. What is your adult drink of choice?
I can really appreciate me a good beer! My preference is probably a Pyramid Hefeweizen. If I am trying to stay light I like Corona Light, or Coors Light! If I want a mixed drink I love me some fruity margaritas! 

6. If a genie popped up in your lap right now and offered you 3 wishes,  what would you ask?
1. A full time job for me and dbf both, that we enjoy! 
2. Good health for my family and friends! 
3.  Enough practical space and ability to foster rescue dogs! 

7. If you could only have breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert foods for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
This is a really difficult question! I am inclined to lean towards lunch. My lunches vary a lot, someday's pasta, baked potatoes, meat, turkey burgers, sandwiches, yogurt, cottage cheese, and always fruit. SO much variety, and so much yummy!
8. If you were Hello Kitty, what color hair bow would you wear? 
Well pink for course! I always say that pink is my favorite color, but I hate to wear it(not good with my skin tone!) I typically wear blues/purples/white!

9. What is your biggest makeup pet peeve?
Hmm... putting it on?! Lol. If I could never wear make up, and always have one-shade skin, that would be awesome! 

10. If you could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I suppose a wedding ring, when the time is right!
11. What one talent do you wish you had?
I really like singing, so I guess I wish I was better at it? And sports as well! I try to stay in shape, but obviously it would be nice if it all came a little easier to me!

12. If you had to live in one pair of shoes which would it be?
I wish I could be the feminine girl who would live in some pumps, but realistically, I can't even live in pumps for more than an hour. If I could only wear one pair of shoes, it would be my running shoes. They are cute, practical, comfortable, and actually good for my feet. :)

13. If you could look into the future, would you? And what would you like to know?
Probably not. Life may not always be easy, but I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises! 

14. Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
 I have always had a major soft spot for Leo! Others favorites include Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt (circa Troy), Eric Dane, and Josh Duhame!  

15. What made you start blogging?
Mainly, I wanted to share my journey as a new runner.  I was hoping I could inspire some others, and also help keep myself on track with running and healthy eating! I think keeping a blog gives you a great place to organize your thoughts, get great feedback and possibly motivate others along the way!