Weekly Workout Recap

This morning I woke up and my entire body was sore from barre class yesterday. I decided to take today as a rest day and Mike and I took Pippa on a long walk.20140213_073358

I’m hoping to go paddling later this afternoon, hopefully I won’t be too sore!

My sister was in town visiting last week so I took off a few more days from running than I would have liked. But I’m not following any sort of training schedule right now so I’m not going to worry about it. When she was here we were definitely still very active and spent a lot of time walking. Here’s a look at my runs from the past week or so:

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:00 pace

Wednesday: 6 miles @ 9:21 pace

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Hike (maybe 2ish miles)

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Saturday: Rest, but lots of walking around San Diego

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Sunday: 3.5 miles @ 8:34 avg pace. Ran first 2 miles @ 9:11 pace and last 1.5 @ 7:30 pace

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:51 pace

Wednesday: 5 miles @ 9:12 pace

Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:17 pace + couple mile hike in the afternoon

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Friday: Barre class

 I’ve also been foam rolling and stretching after my runs and keeping up with doing push ups and planks (I got lazy this week though and forget to write down exactly what I did for strength training.)

My legs have been feeling really good and so I’m taking it really slowly to build my mileage back up. Once I build it up a bit, I’m going to start looking in to some races. I’m interested in running a couple 5Ks and maybe a half later this summer.

What are you training for right now?
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Grateful

I woke up this morning to a cloudy, foggy day and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed with my book. Instead I decided to go for a run. While getting ready, I was quickly reminded on Facebook that today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Although I wasn’t super excited to run when I woke up, I quickly snapped out of it. I ran 4 miles through the park and was grateful for every step I took. I am so thankful that I have two healthy legs that allow me to do what I love doing. It is so easy to take simple things, such as having two legs, for granted. But today I was reminded that I get to run and I am so grateful for that.

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I am looking forward to the Boston Marathon this year. Although I don’t live in Boston anymore, I am looking forward to waking up and watching it online this year. This race will mean so much to so many people and the entire city of Boston.

I am particularly excited to watch Shalane Flanagan race. Did anyone watch her on 60 Minutes this weekend? In case you missed it, I found a link online to watch it here. I think Shalane Flanagan is so cool and this segment just made her even cooler to me (Nerd alert!).

I’m also looking forward to watching “E:60 Presents Dream on: Stories from Boston’s Strongest” tonight. It’s on tonight at 7PM on ESPN and will feature 5 stories about Boston Marathon survivors. Rumor has it Tom Brady even narrates part of it.

What are you grateful for today?

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Mexico Recap

Last Wednesday, Mike and I left for a 5 day vacation to Cabo, Mexcio!

It ended up being the perfect quick getaway because it was only a two hour flight from LA. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and explored the resort and had a drink together.

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For the most part, our days looked like this:

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It was very relaxing. We went to the gym in the morning and then to an all you can eat breakfast where I stuffed my face. We followed that up with lots of lounging on the beach and reading. The weather was mid 80s and we needed an umbrella because it was hot!

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 At night, we went out for all sorts of fun dinners.

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The food was amazing! We ate so much Mexican food: tacos, enchiladas and tons of guacamole! The tacos were the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life.

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The resort we stayed in was beautiful and we had so much fun hanging out together, swimming in the pool and lying in the sun.

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We were sad to leave, but it is always nice to get back home too!

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Weekly Workout Recap

Hi! I just returned last night from a 5 day vacation in Mexico. I have a full recap coming up about it tomorrow, but it was a super relaxing trip.

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After taking a few weeks off after the LA Marathon, I’m slowly running again. Here’s a look at my recent runs:

Sunday: 5 miles along the beach @ 9:40 pace

Monday: 3 miles @ 9:37 pace

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:58 pace (hilly route)

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Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:46 pace (ran a little faster because I was in a rush to get ready to leave for Mexico that morning)

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym at the resort. Added some hills randomly to the run just to prevent dying of boredem + push ups and planks

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Saturday: 6.5 miles on bike at the gym (22 mins) + weights, push ups, planks, core, arms.

Sunday: Rest Day

Monday: 3 miles @ 8:49 pace

I definitely have noticed running is a lot harder after taking off almost 3 weeks. But it is so nice to be back at it. My knee is feeling so much better and I feel like my body really needed the rest. It was nice to just run as far as I felt like while on vacation, without feeling some sort of pressure to stick to a training plan. So far, I still don’t have any races planned so I’m just running when I want to.

I’m guest posting on Hilary’s blog today at Getting Through Life: One Day {and One Mile} at a Time about my experience of running my first half marathon. In honor of running her first half marathon, Hilary is doing a guest post series this week about different bloggers experiences running their first half. Be sure to check it out if you have a chance!

Do you like to run or workout on vacation?

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Marathon Recovery

It’s been over three weeks now since the LA Marathon. Since I didn’t train properly for this race and my knee has been bothering me for a while I really wanted take some time off from running after the race.

In the days immediately after the race I was really sore. It was really warm that week here, so I spent some time icing my legs in the ocean. By Thursday of that week I was starting to feel like myself again and wasn’t hobbling around anymore.

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I foam rolled that week and did some light stretching but otherwise took it easy. I actually ended up taking almost 3 weeks off from running. I missed running but it was kind of nice to take a break. 

This past Thursday was my first run since the marathon. I ran just 2 miles and it felt great. Since then I’ve been running almost daily for about 3-5 miles at a time. The other day I ran through a new neighborhood and the hills almost killed me. But I was rewarded with this view. (The picture doesn’t really do it justice)

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I feel like I’ve lost a lot of fitness. I’ve been working pretty hard just to maintain paces in the 9:50s. I’m not too worried though. Some days are just harder than others. Plus, my body really needed this rest. I don’t have any races planned so I can take as much time as I need to build up my mileage.

Sometimes a little time away from something can really renew your interest in it. I feel very excited to get back to running and I’m ready to start training hard.

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Monthly Round up and Goals {Mar}

Happy April 1st! Did anyone get tricked by an April Fool’s jokes?

I’ve been spending today packing and getting ready because I am going on a trip to Mexico tomorrow!

I can’t believe March is over already. The highlight of this month was definitely being surprised by my mom for my birthday!

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The other highlight was running the LA Marathon.

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I looked back at my March goals and I was 3 for 4.

1. Run the LA Marathon. Check. All I wanted was to enjoy this race and I definitely achieved that.

2. Continue planking/push ups/strength training. Plus get up to 10 push ups in a row! Check. I did continue with these, although I did take a break after the marathon, which I planned on doing. In terms of push ups, I can now do 3 sets of 10 real push ups!

3. Drink more water. Fail. I don’t know why I’ve been really bad about this. I have to add it to this months goals again.

4. Give my body as much recovery time as it needs after the marathon. Check. I gave myself almost 3 full weeks of no running. I really think my body needed it. I have a post coming up about my marathon recovery.

My April goals:

1. Drink more water. I’m adding this one again, since I didn’t do very well with this in March.

2. Continue planking/push ups/strength training. I would like to do push ups and planks at least twice a week.

3. Gradually build up miles again. I have no upcoming races planned, so the plan is to just listen to my body and see how things go.

4. Go to Barre class at least twice.

5. Learn one new recipe.

6. Write at least 2 blog posts a week. I’ve been busy this month with lots friends and family visiting, but my goal is to blog at minimum twice a week this month.

What are your goals for this month?

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LA Marathon 2014 Race Recap

Last week I ran the LA Marathon. After a restless night of sleep, I  woke up at 4 AM (which was really like 3 AM with the time change) and did my usual routine. Mike dropped me off in front of City Hall in Santa Monica for the shuttle to Dodger Stadium. Since this is a point to point course, the marathon offered free shuttles from Santa Monica to Dodgers stadium. I signed up for the 5:30 AM shuttle and got to the shuttles around 5:10 and I didn’t have to wait at all.

I had plenty of time to kill once I got to the stadium. Thankfully, the stadium was open because that meant real bathrooms! I figured I would have a lot of time waiting once I actually got there so I brought a magazine with me to pass the time.20140309_063356I ended up killing a little too much time because suddenly it was almost time to get in the corral (the seeded corrals closed at 7) and I still had to go to the bathroom. The lines were super long by this point but then I lucked out and found a bathroom with practically no line and made it in to the corral just in time.20140309_070056 20140309_070100 My only complaint about this entire race is that I think there should have been port-o-potties in the corrals. The race didn’t start until 7:25, so it was hard to get in to the corrals at 7 and then not be able to go to the bathroom. I ended having to pee the entire race. (Yes there were port-o-potties all along the course, so I could have stopped along the way).

My training for this race did not goes as planned. I barely trained for it. I did get a few long runs in the weeks before the race but not nearly enough and I didn’t have time to taper. Due to my training, I had no time goals whatsoever. I was so happy about the fact that I was even running the race that I told myself I would just enjoy every minute of it. My “just enjoy it” strategy really worked. This was by far the most enjoyable marathon I’ve ever run. I was just happy to be there and wasn’t constantly checking my garmin or worrying about my time.

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I knew the first 6 miles were the hillier miles but they weren’t quite as bad as I was expecting. I was a little concerned about the hills because they aggravate my knee, but it ended up being fine. There was a big hill (I think around mile 4) and when I made it up that I felt so excited.

The course was amazing! There were lots of fun sights and tons of crowd support and entertainment. I started losing track of the miles around miles 8 or 9. I would look up and think I was approaching mile 9 and instead I was already at mile 10.

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I was having a great time until about mile 19. By this point it was getting pretty hot. I think it ended up being in the 80s. I’ve been running in warmer temperatures for a while now though so I wasn’t too bothered by the heat. But it was forcing me to drink a lot, which didn’t help the peeing situation. I really should have just stopped to go to the bathroom, but the the farther along I went I just kept telling myself there was no point in stopping now. As I got closer to the end, I was scared that if I stopped moving I wouldn’t be able to start running again.

I really started to lose it around mile 21. I walked up a hill and then started walking through water stations. I was taking a full cup of gatorade and water at every water station. I knew the last two miles were downhill (the gentle kind of downhill) and that kept me going. But I was so dead by this point though that I honestly felt like I was running uphill. My quads were burning and I was hot and thirsty. I continued walking through aid stations and I was so happy when I looked up and saw I was at 4th street. That meant three more streets until I turned on to Ocean Ave where the finish line was. I run along Ocean all the time and yet this seemed like the longest stretch ever. My family was at the finish line cheering me on, but I didn’t hear them. I did see Michael though.

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I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. I immediately drank an entire bottle of water and also grabbed a cool towel to cool down with.

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Then I went and met up with my family and I hobbled back to our apartment.

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It was a beautiful day so we decided to go the beach after. The water was freezing and so it was the perfect way to ice my legs after the race. My stomach is always uneasy after a marathon but I snacked in the afternoon and had some chocolate milk (my fave!). By dinner time I was ready for some pizza, which was perfect.

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Overall, I absolutely loved the LA Marathon. I think this was my favorite marathon so far. I know everyone has a different experience, but I thought it was a super well organized event. I loved the course and loved running towards the ocean. I thought the volunteers and crowd were amazing. I want to run this race year after year.

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The Best Surprise Ever

I’ve been really bad about posting in the past few weeks. But last week I had a really good excuse! Last Tuesday morning, I woke up and went for a run. I was super excited because the signs for the LA Marathon were up. 20140304_092813 I ran 4 easy miles along the end of the LA Marathon course.20140304_093103 I did a workout in my living room and then had some oatmeal for breakfast. I really love this oatmeal from Trader Joe’s! 20140304_100525 While I was working out, Mike came home and said he was heading to a meeting a few towns over. I didn’t think anything of it, and then I went to the grocery store. When I got home from the grocery store Mike and my mom were in the living room!

I was so surprised and had no idea what was going on. It turns out that for my birthday, Mike wanted to surprise me and fly my mom in for the week. We ended up having an awesome time. We spent time together going running, shopping, going to the beach and out to eat. It was exactly what I needed!

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On Sunday, I ran the LA Marathon. My mom was still in town so she was able to watch. My brother also came up for the weekend from San Diego so he came to cheer me on too. I’m trying to get caught up on blogging since I’ve been slacking and will have a race recap post soon.

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