Up Next: Tri Events Championship

You didn’t think I was going to let my canceled race slide, did you!? Nope, I found another race to register for… it’s in two weeks! I decided to register for the Tri Events Championship race at Bonelli Park.

TriEventsSince Bonelli Park was the home of my first half marathon, that gives me an advantage because I remember how freakin’ hilly it is! I ended up registering for the Championship distance instead of the Express distance because I was probably dropped on my head. Here’s hoping all the training I’ve done in the last month gets me through the 1k swim without drowning!

While swimming is my favorite of all three sports, I mostly enjoy it in a pool. Swimming in open water so much more difficult (at least for this girl!). Though recently, I learned that some of the best open water swimmers breath on every right (or left) swim stroke! This makes me very happy because I was trying to breath on every other right swim stroke. I will be trying this out before my May 10th race!

Question: How often do you breath while swimming open water?

Triathlon Shenanigans

If you came here looking for a race recap, sorry to disappoint but my triathlon on Saturday was canceled. After arriving in Huntington Beach at the crack of dawn, I was informed by the race directors that due to 6 foot waves and 25 mph winds there would be no swim/bike/run. So sad. While I was disappointed, I was also relieved… I didn’t feel like drowning! Because that’s exactly what would have happened in 6 foot waves!

imageMy number one fans (mom and cousin) came all the way up from San Diego to volunteer at the race! Instead we went to Starbucks since that was the only place open at 6 a.m. Afterwards we went for a nice walk on the windy beach.

imageIt was beautiful!

After my family and I parted ways, I decided not to let the day go to triathlon waste and did a brick workout on the way home from Huntington Beach. It was a difficult 20 mile ride with tough head winds followed by a 2 mile run.
imageI recently learned from my fellow California Triathlon team mate that you only need to run 10% of what you bike during brick workouts. Mind = blown!
imageLater Saturday evening I went to a Dodger’s game with California Triathlon. It was a blast!

imageI need to learn how to take pictures!

image Even though my triathlon was canceled, it turned out to be a fabulous day!

Going Vintage

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous Easter with your friends and family! My Easter started with a little reminiscing about my childhood with my family. I whipped out the old photos albums and came across these gems…

05I am pretty sure my mom made these AMAZING sweaters with puff paint. 03

Martha Stewart would be proud of this bunny cake! My family is big on creating themed cakes.One year my cousin made me a Barbie cake for my birthday! It’s still my favorite cake to this day!

01Since I don’t have any more posts planned for the week, this is my attempt at making this a fitness related post.

Baby triathlete in training? 02We will see this Saturday! Until then!

Fit Foodie Friday #3

Welcome to Fit Foodie Friday! During this series, I will share my trials in eating clean and staying active during the week. You may even find a health goal pop up from time to time. Feel free to join in on the fun!

Fit Foodie Friday

Happy Good Friday my friends! You know it’s been a crazy couple of weeks when you see bunny cupcakes on the receptionist’s desk and say “Oh, Easter is this weekend!”  I’m not going to sugar coat things… I have over a thousand blog posts to read on Bloglovin, my house is a mess, and my dogs miss their walks…

Food

Three weeks ago I started working on two new projects at work. It’s been a little busy. I’m not proud to admit it but I have a new daily ritual. Like clock work, I get a Starbucks venti ice coffee with non-fat milk and two pumps of sweetener at 3 p.m.
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Let me put this in perspective… I don’t drink coffee unless there’s an early run involved. It’s a bad new addiction, but it’s getting me through this crazy work time and double workouts…

Fitness

Double workouts are the name of the game at this point. I have been swimming in the am and run/cycling in the pm.
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Here is a look at my workouts for the last two weeks:

Monday – AM Swim + PM Recovery Run/Strength
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Tuesday – Track Intervals
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Wednesday – AM Swim + PM Brick Training
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Thursday – Tempo Run

Friday – AM Swim or Strength
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Saturday – Long Run or Ride or Both
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Sunday – Rest Day

My next triathlon is in a week! I hope to be prepared for the ocean swim with all the training I’ve been up to lately.

Photo: Beat the price increase that happens tonight at MIDNIGHT.. Sign up, get ready, and lets Tri the Beach at HB baby!

It’s not to late to sign up for the HB Triathlon! Use the code RASPFANS for a $5.00 discount! Plus, if you sign up, you will get a cool shirt with the design above!

Happy Easter Sunday!

FitFluential Ambassador

When one door closes, another always seems to open. Even though I wasn’t selected to be the ARC Ambassador, I was invited to become a FitFluential Ambassador!

FitFluential Is Fitness FoundFitFluential is a “nationwide network of fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey both online and offline through multiple social media outlets.” I am very honored to be selected Ambassador and to become part of a community of runners, triathletes, yogis, and gym junkies.

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At first, I was a little hesitant to become an ambassador because this blog is solely my diary about living a so-called healthy life. I don’t have any advertisements, affiliations, or sponsors. I enjoy the freedom that comes without having any ties, and I only tell you about products that I can 100% get behind.

Once I learned a little more about FitFluential, I just knew I had to join the community. As you know, I love being part of a group and connecting with like-minded people, so FitFluential is a natural fit. Their moto is Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy. I can get on board with that! I am beyond thrilled to be part of this fitness community!

Things I’m Loving Lately: Easter Edition

Hello lovely people! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was busy training as usual. My blog has been down for a few days, which is why there wasn’t a Fit Foodie Friday post. The Bear is the technical mastermind behind the blog, and he was tinkering around with the server. Like the super hero that he is, the Bear was able to fix the server late Saturday night! Woohoo! We are back in business!

Just in time for Easter, I’ve been compiling some of my favorite odds and ends. My mom used to make Easter baskets for my brother and I all the way throughout high school! Confession: even at the age of 16, I looked forward to my Easter basket treats each and every year! You are never too old for Easter goodies!

Bobble Bottle – I love, love, love these water bottles! By coincident, I picked one up at Home Goods of all places. At first I was skeptical that water would flow freely out of the filter. I’ve heard bad reviews about the Brita water bottles, but Bobble Bottles are great! The water comes out quickly and tastes much better thanks to the filter. Since I’m working out of three offices these days (my life is crazy…more on that Friday), portable water is a necessity!

EOS Lip Balm – This is the best lip balm on the market! In the past, I had trouble with other lip balms making me break out around my lips. With EOS, I no longer have that problem because they use natural ingredients. I’ve been using this lip balm for over a year, and I have tried every flavor – Honeysuckle Honeydew is my fave! How cute would it be to get an EOS egg in your Easter basket?!

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Nakd Bars – These are my new favorite snacks! Each bar is 100% natural with no added sugar or syrups and are gluten, wheat, and dairy free. My fave flavors are Coffee Mocha and Ginger Bread!

(Nakd sent me a box of mixed bars, but as always, the opinions are my own.)

Origami Owl Fitness Inspired Jewelry – Last November, I bought a running inspired necklace from Origami Owl when I found out I was selected on Team Nutribullet to train for the LA marathon.  The thing I love about Origami Owl, is that you can completely customize the charms inside of the locket. It might be time to swap out the RUN charms for a few triathlon charms. :-)

There you have it! All my latest favorites! I’m sure any girl would love to get some of these in their Easter basket.

So Cal Ragnar Relay: Team Dirrty Dozen

Over the weekend 12 strangers came together to run 194 miles from Huntington Beach down to San Diego in the So Cal Ragnar Relay. I was lucky to be part of this amazing group of runners who met at FitBloggin last year.

download_20140404_082317(Jill, Jamie, me, Debbie, Elizabeth, Kia, Carrie, Amy, Gillian, Jenica, Kathleen)

My new blogger friend, Melissa, invited me to join the group when a few people couldn’t do it any longer. I was a little hesitant at first because I’ve had so much going on lately, but I am beyond thrilled that I ran Ragnar with this group of fabulous runners.

1511384_10203612902551120_5121593984542559695_nThis two-day relay race started bright and early Friday morning at Huntington Beach. We had two vans with a group of six girls in each van. I was in van 1 which kicked off the race along the beach.

20140404_073241-smallI’d say Elizabeth had a pretty decent view for her run. :-) Being one of the most consistent runners I have ever seen, she killed her first 5.9 miler leg and ended up running the farthest out of the entire group with 25 total miles!

20140404_094356-small Amy, Team Dirrty Dozen’s captain, did an impeccably good job planning out every little detail for our group. She made us all not one, but three T-shirts and tattoos! Our vans were stocked with more food than we could ever possible eat in two days, and she even made binders with information about the run legs, maps, and restaurants close to each exchange point.

20140404_091133-smallKia kicked off the second run of the weekend. She rocked the neon green compression sleeve and took this run leg to town! 20140404_104958-small

Being the fourth runner, my first 2.7 mile leg wasn’t until late morning – my favorite time of the day to run. I really pushed myself to hold pace, and maintained a 8:38 pace. Not bad for this wannabe speed racer! I just had to do a handstand on our decorated van.

20140404_115438-smalApparently people count “kills” during these relays, which are how many people you pass during each leg. I only killed 31 people during the entire relay but my friend Gillian from That’s G killed over a hundred!!! It should come to no surprise because she can run sub 7 minute miles. Yeah, I know! I need some of her crazy juice too!  download_20140404_150533

While we were waiting for Gillian to finish her first leg, Amy and I played around with a few handstands.

download_20140404_134616Once van 1 complete it’s first set of legs, we dined on Quest bars thanks to Pasadena Nutrishop. Later in the day we stopped to share a pizza in Dana Point.

20140404_163927-smallHandstands were a big part of this weekend. Amy is a dance instructor and Kia is a yogi, so handstands come second nature to them…

20140404_163856-small… not so much for me! Look closely at the second palm tree. I was dying when I saw this picture because this is what most of my handstands resemble – me falling on my butt!!! 20140404_185908-smallAfter goofing around, we went to our second exchange point to meet with the van 2 ladies. Not only did Elizabeth run the farthest, she had the longest leg of 12 miles Friday evening. Our team was a few hours behind our projected time, because there were so many traffic delays at a few of the exchange points. One of our fastest runners, Jamie, even beat the van to an exchange point. 10173567_10102987831608313_6311754290763945340_nThis pushed my second leg out well into midnight. Luckily Gillian and I had our Halo Belt to keep our behinds illuminated! The Halo Belt was very comfortable for the entire 4.1 miles. I didn’t even notice I was wearing a belt. 20140405_052022-smallAfter our second set of legs, van 1 went to the next exchange point where we slept for two hours while waiting for the van 2 ladies to run to Carlsbad. On the way to the porta potties, I noticed this van above. It was so much fun seeing all the team themes and van decorations. Some teams got really creative!

20140405_102118-small 969982_10102987826817913_5805274138993469679_nOther teams tagged our van with magnets, stickers, and apparently aliens. I work in the aerospace industry, so this one is definitely going in my cubicle!

20140405_073059-smallAfter too little sleep, the ladies in van 1 were off on the third and final set of legs on Saturday morning. We ran through the beautiful beaches of San Diego. I really miss the beaches of my home town. While I love living in LA, San Diego will always have my heart. 20140405_074733-smallSeriously, San Diego, Seriously!!! 20140405_075336-smallI am not going to lie, I was really nervous for my last leg through Torry Pines. It had the highest elevation gain and the steepest hill out of all the legs in the relay. I went into the run treating it as training rather than a race. During the first 3 miles of the 10k, I kept a 9:50 pace for the first round of hills. That all changed when I hit the monster of a hill… 10171280_10102987832631263_4769257709175811591_n

…although this picture doesn’t do it justice, it was the hill of all hills! I ran 2/3rds of the way up to where my cousin and van mates were waiting for me. I walked the last third of the hill and then ran the next two miles to the exchange with Amy. download_20140405_110846It was surprising how good this leg felt!  I was even able to maintain a 10:30 average pace for the hardest 10k of my life! I was sleep deprived and cranky but this leg felt AMAZING!!! 20140405_103845-small

Doesn’t Gillian look incredible in the picture above? She finished strong for van 1! 20140405_103858-smallWhile Jamie, the founder of Sweat Pink, started the final set of legs for van 2, the girls of van 1 enjoy the ocean views.

download_20140405_110819 20140405_104407We stopped for brunch on our way down to the finish line in San Diego. Real food was a nice change from PB&Js and nutrition bars. 20140405_120109-smallThe eggs benedict from Cody’s La Jolla was incredible!

20140405_121623-smallThe finish line was packed with people and Ragnar goodies. 20140405_153145-small 20140405_153444-smallThey were even giving out pizza from what might be the world’s largest pizza. 1016959_10203618519331536_5141479237432336994_nFor the very final leg, the entire team came together to run across the finish line. This weekend was incredible and hard but mostly a party on wheels. I am so honored to have been able to run with these amazing ladies!

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My name is pretty rare, so it was a nice coincident to have two other Jills on the team! Don’t you just love those medals? The medal doubles as a bottle opener!

Here’s to the next relay!!!

Fit Foodie Friday #2

Welcome to Fit Foodie Friday! During this series, I will share my trials in eating clean and staying active during the week. You may even find a health goal pop up from time to time. Feel free to join in on the fun!

Fit Foodie Friday

Happy Friday everyone! While you are reading this, I am running the Socal Ragnar Relay with 12 amazing runners/bloggers! Last night I met all the girls… each and every one of them are fabulous! I am so excited to be running with this group. More on the weekend adventures next week.
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Food

I have gotten my eats under control for the most part. It’s still hard to eliminate all the sweets. I think that’s my biggest problem. I LOVE chocolate!!!

Fitness

My fitness level was low this week. I only ran 9 miles total! Eeeek! Plus I skipped my track and brick workout.
imageOh well, next week I am kicking off triathlon training in full force. As you know, I have the Huntington Beach Triathlon at the end of this month, so I really need to get into fighting shape.

Photo: Beat the price increase that happens tonight at MIDNIGHT.. Sign up, get ready, and lets Tri the Beach at HB baby!

Please join me for the HB Triathlon and sign up using the code RASPFANS for a $5.00 discount! Plus, if you sign up, you will get a cool shirt with the design above!

Have an runtastic weekend!

California Triathlon Team

Over the last few weeks, I have been hinting that I joined a new training team. It only makes sense that I would join a triathlon team at some point since as you know I am very fond of running teams. A few months ago during marathon training, I met the California Triathlon team president, Thom, at Matty Reed’s clinic. Thom’s pitch was very convincing as California Triathlon is the only non-profit, free membership triathlon team in the area.10155345_381107255361089_1968703796_nOnce I signed up to become a member, I found out that the team offers a whole calender of weekly training activities. After the LA Marathon, I jumped right into triathlon training because my next race is the Huntington Beach Triathlon.  I started attending Tuesday Track to gain some speed back after the marathon. I never really ran intervals until I started training with the group!

1972454_379036245568190_6027373513231512242_nShortly after attending track, I became a regular at Wednesday Brick training. Like track training, each brick session is different. The first time I rode with the group was on a course called “Little Italy.”  Boy, was I in trouble! It was the hardest course I have ever ridden, but everyone was extremely supportive as I huffed and puffed up the hill, TWICE! During brick training we also practice repeat transitioning from the bike to the run.

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California Triathlon has even taken me on some of my longest bike rides during their Saturday long bike ride sessions. And as you know, I volunteered with the team this weekend at Oceanside 70.3.

small1One of the best parts of being a member of Cal Tri is this program called VOGO. If you volunteer at a race, they will give you a free race entry. Pretty cool because those races add up quickly!

California Triathlon is probably the friendliest athletic team I have been a member of, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve ran with 5 different teams. Last Sunday, they threw a sprint aquathlon for members of Cal Tri who volunteered at a Rosebowl event. It was a blast to open water swim with the group, and it also became very clear that I need more practice before my upcoming triathlon!

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IMG_20140330_104819If you are training for a triathlon and live in the LA area, you neeeeeeed to join this team. California Triathlon offers free training all the way from Riverside to Malibu. I am always one of the last to finish during training, but the “good jobs” and “get its” from other members are never ending. Everyone is so supportive!