Crossfit, Fitness, Health, Uncategorized

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!

Crossfit, Fitness, running, wellness

Must be faster…..

Last weekend I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon and I didn’t die! I realized in looking at the stats that in the last year I added 15min to my half-marathon time. I don’t know about you but for me it was very discouraging to see. However, since last years race I have had many changes and am just now getting my footing back in eating healthy and consistently working out. My running, that is just now getting back to being consistent. Sometimes I forget that the process of getting back to where we were seems like it takes longer to get back.

So now, here we are getting back to basics. This month I have been getting my eating on track. I have lost weight, I am beginning to see my clothes fitting looser than before and running does not seem as bad. I am not where I want to be but I will keep pushing to be faster. It’s a good thing I have another half-Marathon in a little over a week. My goal is to faster than the Pasadena Half Marathon.

Where are you at with your fitness? Are you training for anything?

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

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?

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

Thoughts on my first half-marathon.

Before I ran my first half-marathon I heard many people give opinions on what they viewed to be crucial things to be able to finish well. So I tried some of them and was lucky enough to find a friend that was able to stay at my pace.

I started the half marathon and for anyone doing a rundisney half-marathon when you are in the last corral, it is going to be while before you actually start the event. The event started at 5:30, that is when the first corral started. I was in the last corral, but I was there early so I was near the middle front area. I started at 6:20 almost an hour after the first corral started. As I was jogging (anyone that knows me that my typical run is about a jog speed unless I am doing sprints) I happened to see another runner, running alone about the same speed a me. She also glanced at me and both of us decided that we should talk and we decided that we could pace with one another. So we stuck together for the entire race and finished together. This is where my first tip comes in, have that is running about your pace or slightly better to stick with during the run.

We stuck together and we both finished and were not swept up by the pacer crew. We also did not crawl over the finish line. We pushed ourselves but we both knew to walk when we could not run and we walked fast, almost a jogging pace. We kept each other focused on finishing and finishing well.

I was told to drink powerade or a drink like this every other water spot. Now I am not much of a sports drink person but I definitely felt the difference that drink had. We did not drink a lot of it just about half a cup or so and we drank water at each water station. That was another tip to drink water at each station and not think you are ok at the beginning and skip them. At about mile 6-7 we could feel the blood sugar crashing and luckily for both of us we had CliffShotBlocks so we ate those with water from the water station we were going through and we felt the help. Around mile 9 Disney had Cliff Power Gels, they were alright but they tasted kinda gross and were not as good as the shot blocks which were chews.

We finished and my time was 3:37, my goal was 3:30 but there were some things outside of our control that slowed us down. There were a couple of times we were stopped because pedestrians or cars had to get out. A couple of times the crowd came to a slow. Then after we finished the hard part came.

We had to each walk back to our hotels, that ended up being another mile, add in the mile more than a mile walk to the starting line and to the corrals. By the time my day ended I had walked over 20 miles according to my fitbit.

Everyone told my I would be super sore, unable to walk after that, but guess what, I walked yesterday afternoon a couple of places. I woke up this morning and I did not hurt and tomorrow I will be back to my regular workout.

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