Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running, Uncategorized, wellness

Medal Monday

Yesterday I had the pleasure of running the inaugural pasadena half marathon as part of the Conquer LA challenge. Ok, so while it is cool that my medal says that I am a legacy runner, the race itself was anything but a pleasure. For those that follow the weather, California has had a crazy storm system just dumping rain on us. Yes, thats right it was raining for the entire race. We started the race 20 minutes late, in the cold rain. The rain started off not as bad, a nice drizzle, however as I am a slow runner, by the time I finished the rain was pouring down.

So first off, the weather was awful, and by the end of the race I was drenched despite my rain jacket that is supposed to be water resistant, that only lasted for so long. Also I am pretty sure my watch died 2x during the race because it was that wet through my jacket.

Now if the weather was not enough, my training has not been quite what I wanted. I know you would think that the beginning of the year I would be all over this training stuff right? Except I have been on a fast through my church which has limited my ability to train at the level I wanted.

Then, because of the weather there were multiple wardrobe changes, you know jacket off, jacket on, long sleeve under jacket off. There were some tech messages that kept coming through from my work with people that forgot I was not going to be there and that someone else was handling my responsibilities.

One amazing thing was that for the first time in awhile, despite the cold and humid weather which are typical triggers for my asthma, and I did not need to use my inhaler. My time was not my best, or my worst. It was close to be best, and had I not had the issues along the way it probably would have been much closer to my best time.

So next month I run another half, and I am running the Divas half marathon. In March I am running the last of my Conquer LA challenge and doing the LA Marathon. So you will hear about those races coming up an day training for them.

Have you had a race that you did not do as good as possible? What changes in training did you make?

 

Fitness, Health, Uncategorized

The Struggle is Real

The last few weeks, ok well maybe the last couple months we particularly hard for me with regards to my wellness journey. I have been in a season on constant change, and am still in this season. My schedule was a bit on the extra crazy side with 4 hours of my day spent commuting. I have moved recently to be closer one of my jobs and am starting to get back into the rhythms I know are best for me. I made sure when I moved that I started at a new Crossfit  box as soon as possible. I started going in, and doing the workouts but since it has been so long since I was consistently attending my old Crossfit (the last couple months I was going 1x a week), my abilities have been dramatically reduced.  Last week I was doing a workout with squats which at one time was my weakest area and I had made fairly strong and it was like I was starting all over again. I could not get the depth, my knees kept tracking in and I was struggling with weight I knew I had been able to do before. I found myself so frustrated and irritated with myself because if I had prioritized my health and continued working out this would not be the issue. I expressed my frustration to the trainer and he just reminded me to not get frustrated and that it would come back over time and I would get stronger.

So I  began to think on what that would mean. What would I need to do to make the improvements that I want to see for myself. So I am making a plan of improvement. Since moving January 2, I have attended Crossfit 4 times, 2 times the first week and 2 times last week. I know that to make the improvements I want to see I need to be more consistent and push harder and go more often. This week my goal is to attend 3 days. Next week my goal is 4 days. Now I know that 4 days is going to be tough because my schedule is still a little crazy and I work 2 jobs. But I am going to make the priority to go and push myself 4 days.

Now if only I could say that all I did was Crossfit I would be pretty crazy to most but I also run. I have a half marathon this weekend and my training is less than ideal. I will still be running because it is part of the conquer LA series and I have already started. I have another half in a month, so starting next week I will begin to train for that as well while also really training for the LA Marathon in March. I have goals for myself for this year on my running times and I know that I am going to have to push myself hard to get where I want to be. So I will be writing more of this journey towards optimal health and  wellness.