Fitness, Health, running

24 Weeks!!

Today marks 24 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, you know what that means right? It means that this week I jump back into marathon training. I am so excited to start back into marathon training…. no really I am.

The last past month, since the LA Marathon I have reduced my running a bit. I have been just running for fun, with no specific training purpose. I ran with the local Tuesday Night Run Club, which I have been doing about a 5k each week and I have been running some Saturdays with a new run club the South OC Pacers. This second run is longer as this group is training for an upcoming half-marathon (next Sunday). So this month my mileage is significantly less that the last 4 months.

Since LA, I last minute joined a Ragnar team and ran Ragnar So Cal and signed up and did a relay row because I could. I also have spent more time doing weightlifting.

I learned a few things this past month, my pace is consistently faster now. The goal i had set to reach while training for LA of getting a sub 6 hour marathon time was crushed (5:51:21). In the midst of this, my pacing for my shorter distances got faster and faster. Now I am seeing that the start point is faster than what I was hoping to hit in my training.

So now I am ready to jump back in and continue to improve. I am excited to start. I am also excited to see what other races may occur in between now and then.

Also friends! In case you forgot I am running the Chicago Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and need to raise $1750. Please help me help these families! Did you know that Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to help here.

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Perspective

Two weekends ago I ran the LA Marathon and somewhere between mile 16-20 I started to slow down, and my stomach which had been hurting on and off for some time was very irritated and my knee was also starting to hurt a bit (reasons behind both, may be explained later). As I was slowing down and getting more tired I realized that I was not going to reach the hard goal I had set. Now mind you originally my goal was to finish is less than 6 hours. However due to how my training had been looking, some wise friends told me that a 5:30 would be possible. As I was running, I realized that the I was not going to hit the 5:30 time. My stomach was starting to hurt off and on and my knees were irritated and I was slowing down. I found myself getting frustrated and irritated. Maybe you know exactly what I mean by that. I started to get in my mind about how bad it was and so on and so forth. 

Then a thought made its way in through all the noise, remember last year… remember how bad your time was then? Immediately my mindset shifted. I reminded myself that last year my time was far worse than this year and that I was still on track to finish significantly better. I also remembered how bad I felt along the way the year prior. Then I remembered that I was still on track for a significant time improvement from 4ish months ago when I did NYC. 

Funny thing when my perspective shifted, running went back to being easier. My thoughts went back to more positive thoughts and I continued to make my game plan. I then started back into reminding myself of my mantras while running “I can do hard things…. I do hard things…. I can do all things” and set the next goal for during the race. Smaller milestones were things like in just over a 5k you have a friend in one of the cheer zones, then it’s 5k and the downhill starts and then it’s about a 5k and you finish.

Running a marathon is far more in your mind than on your feet. Your feet with keep you moving, even if it’s very slow but if your mind tells you that you can’t do it your feet will stop moving. 

How has perspective helped you? 

Chicago Marathon St. Jude Giving and Updates

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Community

Two years ago I moved to an area an hour and half away from where I had been living due to work, I could no longer handle the commute. One of the things I worried the most about was finding a new Crossfit box. I am not one that likes change and as an introvert new groups of people make me a little extra nervous. So I did what everyone does and I went to my good friend google and did some research. My research did not give me enough information so I asked a co-worker that I knew CrossFits if he had any recommendations of a good box to join. He told me he did and that he knew the one of the owners of a box in my city and that he was good people. So I contacted him and signed up.

That first day I walked in, 2 years ago (this is posting a day after the exact 2 year date) my nerves were high. I was not sure what to expect, the only box I had ever been to was the one I had been a member of back home. I had a million thoughts going through my mind, would the people be nice, would the coaches be good, will the workouts suck, am I making a mistake. It had been awhile since I had been at CrossFit consistently with my commute and crazy work schedule and I knew that I had lost some of the skill I had worked so hard to gain.

I walked in and was greeted by the owner that was friends with my co-worker with a smile on his face. He was inviting and welcoming so I started to go. I was attending a few times a week, not super consistent because my work schedule was still crazy with working midnights a couple nights a week and a day job for 40 hours a week. Eventually other things changed and shifted and I started being consistent with M-F and 5am.

One thing I learned was how much I valued my community. For those who have never been to Crossfit, community is a big part of Crossfit. I decided that I did not want to move when my lease was up because I did not want to find a new Crossfit community. I only really know that other 5am people, and a couple 6am and a handful of coaches but those are my people.

Now there are some of these people I go get coffee with, or run with or go to Disneyland with and I have decided that I am going to make an effort to build more relationships with the people in others classes. The reason I have been able to push myself in both fitness and outside fitness has been because of these people. Who is your community? Are there people that will encourage you on your journey? Do you need help finding or building that community? Let’s chat!

Friends! I have decided to use my fitness goals for good this year and I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon on behalf of St. Jude. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $1750 click Here donate.

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Reflections

Five years ago I ran my first 5k, it was rough and I walked a huge chunk of it. I remember seeing all the people running and finishing way ahead of me. I thought I will never be fast, and I will never be able to run a 5k for the whole time. Maybe you have been there, maybe you thought you could do more. When I finished that race I thought well I finished and I wasn’t last. The 5k took me 51:25. A few months later I decided to try for a big goal and I registered for a half marathon. I registered for several shorter races along the way and hoped I would be able to finish.

I started running more and more and added Crossfit into my day. Over the years my workout routine has been consistent and then not consistent and now it is back to consistent.

The month I ran another 5k, and decided that I was going to work to do better than my previous best. I pushed my way through and I finished in 32:57. My mind was blown and I was reminded that progress takes time. So today I am reminded that it is important to look back to see your progress.

December 2017

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Rest

Typically I don’t get sick, I might have a slight brush with a cough or something but not really enough for me to consider seeing a doctor, but last week I get hit hard by a cold. I know a cold sounds ridiculous to even say that a cold hit me hard but it did. Enough so that I saw a doctor (side note, if you live in an area where Heal is they are amazing, its urgent care but they come to you). I thought maybe I had an infection or something, but no it was a cold. I am not one to get fevers, I can’t remember before this the last time I felt feverish but this cold, hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was so feverish (thats what was the concerning thing for me).

The hardest thing I was told by the doctor was there rest. Anyone that knows me knows that rest is the easiest thing to do, in fact I am not very good at it all. However, I have been doing some pretty hard training, and hitting some back to back training days without letting my body rest. So, Thursday morning, I did the unthinkable, I didn’t go work out. I knew I needed to go into work and be able to function the rest of the week. I did go in Friday morning and things were better.

Today, on my running schedule I am supposed to do a long run (12 miles), but I have been coughing a lot this morning, so I decided that I would go running later and do a shorter run to see how my body feels. Moral of the story, lets remember to rest!

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You Are Stronger Than You Think

I don’t know about you, but I am notorious for doubting myself when it comes to lifting weights.   I think too much for my own good and will do less weight because I think that I won’t be able to lift it. Anyone else in my boat? I like to play it safe, but when you do Crossfit, that does not always work. This week, once again I was reminded that I am stronger than I think I am.

This week, we were doing back squats, which recently I was told I can go much heavier and should be going heavier on. In the process I knew I was going to pass my record weight before finishing building to a heavy set. So on my last set, I went and added 2.5 pounds to each side, you know staying safe, it would still be above what I had previously done so I was happy with that. However, as you can only imagine, that did not fly well, and the trainer saw that I had only put on 2 1/2s, he took them off and put on 5s. Then said he would spot me and did. The funny thing was, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined in my mind. I was able to do it, and thinking back, next time I can probably do heavier.

I have been working recently on my mind when I work out. I tell myself when I walk up to the barbell, that I can lift it, I have done it before, I am strong enough…. I then focus and give it all I have. Some days I am able to do more than I imagined, some days I hit the physical limit. But you have to push the limit to know where it is right? Not that I am the best at it, its still a learning curve, but it is the start of a journey. What are you telling yourself when you are working out or trying something hard?  Lets chat!

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Race Weekend

This weekend is the Pasadena Half-Marathon, and I am running this race as the second of three races for the Conquer LA Challenge. As this weekend is quickly approaching my own doubts are coming into full force. I wonder if any of my runner friends get this way. You know, doubt your ability to run the race (despite running multiple half-marathons in the past and this exact one last year). Thinking that if you finish it will be the worst time on the race than any other race, and having this looming dread about the course.

Maybe it is just me, but this upcoming race weekend is a little much for me. I mean I know that I have not been training as well as I have in the past but I have been eating well, trying to make sure I don’t get my body out of whack. I have maintained my Crossfit schedule of 5 days a week and I have added in some running. As if my mind did not have enough to worry about today I also got a wonderful notification from the LA Marathon which is the last of the 3 races for the Conquer LA challenge.

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This was a nice reminder that I need to get my training on point because the full marathon is definitely going to take a lot out of me. This weekend I will be posting some of my pre-race routines on my instagram @fitnessgalnovice. What are some things you do before your races?

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Fitness Goals 2018

Every year about this time I start to see a flood of people making New Years Resolutions. We are constantly setting these crazy resolutions that are are dead set on keeping them for a few weeks right? The gym is full of people, which is annoying for those who are there for more than a couple week and we will put up with the lack of equipment (treadmill for me) for a bit. For me I will spend the first few weeks tying to run outside more, to avoid the lack of treadmill availability at night.

I am setting goals for the year and making a plan to meet my goal. I am not setting a resolution because those are typically not met. For me, I am making a goal to lose 50 pounds, because last year I gained quite a bit of weight due to constant changes and stress levels. I let myself stress eat and now am working to get back to where I need to be. I am also setting a goal to run my Ragnar in April with a sub 10 minute mile.  I believe that my running goal is going to help with my weightloss goal. If I am running more often and faster, I am going to be burning more calories, which if I am eating healthy then I will lose more weight.

Are you setting fitness goals for 2018? Are you making a resolutions for the new year? Lets Chat!

 

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Fitness Friday

Here we are at the end of the year and I am realizing that I have neglected this blog for the last year. This coming year I am making a point to make some fitness related goals for the year and I am going to post about my progress here.

Looking ahead, I have a race coming up January 21. I am running the Pasadena Half Marathon as part of the Conquer LA challenge. I don’t know about you but my training has definitely been what I wanted it to be and now I need to focus in my training. I have a half marathon in January and February and a full marathon in March, so the next few months will be focused in on preparing for the LA marathon which is in March. `

How are you training? Are you running any races? What are you goals for the upcoming year? I will be posting more next Friday.

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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?