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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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!

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?

 

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Wellness Wednesday: Routines

Hello Again! Welcome to Wellness Wednesday.

Today’s topic is one that I am learning a lot about, with a crazy and now inconsistent schedule I am realizing the importance of routine  in my life. What do I mean by this? Routine is having specific things that you do on a regular basis. Routine makes taking care of your own health better and easier. I find now that I am not in a routine it is much harder  to get my workout in and eating at regular times. Now its been a couple weeks and I am struggling to find a routine I can stick too. Ever feel like you have fallen out of your routine and can’t seem to get back to it?

So today, I am deciding that I am going to focus on getting back to routine. What that might look like is unclear but I am going to dedicate some time to making a routine for my life that I can stick to. I am sure that it is going to be hard and that I am going to have days where I miss the routine but I am going to keep trying.

So how is your routine? Do you have one? What does it look like? What are you going to change to your routine? Lets dialogue.

 

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, Water, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: How well are you taking care of yourself

Here we are for another Wellness Wednesday posting and I am back to self-care. Why would I be back on this topic? Simple it is incredible important and something that is often overlooked or ignored. So it is time to look back at the last couple weeks and ask yourself a few questions.

  1. Am I getting enough sleep?
  2. Am I eating with good nutrition?
  3. Am I eating a lot of junk?
  4. What is my current stress level?
  5. Am I exercising?
  6. Am I happy?

This week the post is not a long one, but when you answer these questions be honest with yourself. If you find yourself not where you want to be what can you change to help move you in the right direction? I know that my exercise routine had been a mess and I had not been doing what I know I needed to do so I decided to work on that. This week I am focusing on getting more runs in and training for my upcoming half marathon. I will probably not get in all the miles that my training app wants me to this week but I am going to try and get miles in everyday so that I can get closer to where I want to be.  Are you eating too much junk? Look at the circumstances around it and make the changes you need to fix that. These will probably start with small steps but it will get better. So let me know what is working for you and lets chat about how to help each other become more aware of self-care and become better at it.

 

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care

So here we are back for another Wellness Wednesday. This week the topic is on self-care and how to manage stress. If you work in the field of mental health self-care is a phrase that we use all the time. However, self-care is important in every aspect of your life. If we do not use self-care we are likely to burn out on whatever we are doing. We also are going to have poor overall health. What does self-care mean? How do we use self-care?

Self-care is the ability to take care of yourself and ensure that your needs are being met. What do you do to take care of yourself? Are you doing anything for yourself? Are you feeling stressed? Are you feeling drained? Do you not care about things that you used to?

If you are looking at those questions and thinking I feel stressed and drained. Maybe it is time to look at what you are doing for yourself. What are some ways to improve your self care? Well here are just a few suggestions.

  1. Get enough sleep. Last week we talked about sleep and how to improve your sleep but really sleep is important and is key in self-care. Without sleep you are not able to function and you are draining yourself physically and emotionally.
  2. Eat healthy, without proper fuel your body is going to fail. If you make sure to eat regularly (you know meals and snacks in a routine) you will find that you feel better. We have termed the phrase “hangry” when people get so hungry and angry because they are hungry.
  3. Exercise regularly. We have all heard that experts recommend working out or exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes.
  4. Do something you love! Find something you love and do it. Make it a priority to something that you love for yourself. Do you play an instrument, write, draw, dance, volunteer…. Find something that you love to  do and do!

Those are just a few things to help you on your way to better self-care. I am sure that there will be another post on self-care soon. Let’s talk about how your are doing with this and what you are doing that you love.

Fitness, Health, Uncategorized, Water, wellness

Wellness Wednesday Water Round 2

Hello again,

Last week we talked about how important it is to add more water into our daily routines and I have had some great comments about how people are working to add water into they routine. So I thought this week we would once again talk about our friend water. There are many many health benefits to drinking the right amount of water. Its not just doom and gloom if you don’t drink enough water but there are positive rewards for drinking more water.

First benefit comes for those (like myself) that sometimes eat because you are bored. Sometimes I drink water in large amounts when I am driving long distances (for those that know me that means everyday). I drink water because it gives me something to do while driving or stuck in traffic besides eating snacks. The benefit is I eat less food that is not as good for me. Thats right I eat less bad calories! Are you trying to lose weight and having a hard time with snacking in the car? Drink water, or give yourself a challenge that you can’t eat any snacks until you drink a bottle of water. Help yourself train to drink more water and eat less bad.

Second benefit comes with your skin, when you don’t drink enough water your skin can look old. What I mean by this is dry and more wrinkled. When you drink enough water your skin has what it needs to stay hydrated. Not that drinking water will get rid of wrinkles but it might stop you from getting them premature.

Third and final benefit today is that drinking water helps your body get rid of toxins and waste from your kidneys. People often lose weight when they first start this because their body actually starts to get rid of the stuff that has been there that was not moving. Getting rid of toxins and waste will also help you feel better and more energetic.

This is just a short list of positives that come with drinking water. Will you get enough water in this week? What are you doing to increase your water?

 

Fitness, Health

Big Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow I try something i have never done. I will be running my first half marathon. Right now I am sitting her nervous about all of the things that can possibly go wrong. I could run really slow and not finish….I could trip, I could do some random thing….

At the same time I am excited because this will be the longest event I have done and I have not been running even a year. I remember when I decided that I wanted to try this running thing out. I remember not being about to run for more than a few meters before I needed to walk.

I think my breakthrough in my running came from doing crossfit. Anyone that has done Crossfit knows that the group camaraderie in a workout makes it work. I remember the first time I had an easy 400 meter run and I thought there is nothing easy about that! I am sure many people can relate. Now 5 months later when i go for a 2nd workout and there is a 400 meter run it actually feels good. Somedays I am waiting to get back to the box to do my second workout which is endurance based. I never would have thought that I would be excited to go workout a second time.

So for those reading my blog, what are your fitness goals?Do you have a specific goal in mind for what you want to do? I had a goal to run a half marathon, what is my new goal? My new goal is to improve my form and my ability to pace an be steady. Thoughts, questions and comments are welcome Continue reading “Big Day Tomorrow”