RnR San Diego – Bike Medic Volunteer

Yesterday I was very fortunate to volunteer at the RnR San Diego Half Marathon and Marathon as bike medic support with California Triathlon. It was my first time riding a marathon on a bike and I have to say it was pretty darn cool.
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At the start of the course, about 12 of us Cal Tri members gathered to provide assistant to runners in need. It was really neat to see all the runners jet off at the start of the race line.
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Meb, who won the Boston Marathon this year, led out the 1:30 minute pacers. Meb is in the yellow hat in the center of the photo below.image

My friend Lucy and I ended up riding with the half marathon runners, and we rode the first 8 miles with only one person in need of help. Once we reached mile 9, where the marathoners joined the half marathoners around their mile 20, everyone was hurting.  Lucy and I rode back and forth between mile 20 and 24 handing out water, salt, Gu, and spraying pain relief.

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The funny thing is, before now, I never even noticed bike medics on the course during any of my half marathons or full marathons, but boy, were we out there working our butts off!
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It was a ton of fun volunteering at RnR San Diego, and everyone was very grateful for our support. Such a cool experience!

Target Practice Friday #30

borrowed stole the idea for the Target Practice Friday series from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  I do things a little differently, but ultimately it’s where I share my progress on my short term goals, a.k.a targets.

Wow! I haven’t posted a Target Practice since I left for Australia! You can read my recap posts here, here and here. It’s hard to believe since so much has happened over the last month. For starters…

MarathonI completed my first full marathon. It was incredible and hard. I am slowly recovering and my muscles are starting to bounce back.

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Improve Pace - I have come to realize that this goal is never ending. As soon as I reach a new pace, I want to get even faster. I don’t think I’ll ever be crossing this off my list.

HandstandMission accomplished! It only took over 6 months to complete this goal, but I can finally do a handstand without a wall. Granted, they don’t last long!

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Eating Clean - This is another goal that is like the song that never ends! I am constantly working on eating cleaner. Some weeks are easier than others.

Lately I have been debating whether or not to keep the Target Practice Fridays going. I have accomplished most of my long term goals, which only leaves one left… Ironman 70.3. What do you think? Should I keep Target Practice alive? Does anyone really care about my fitness activities and daily eats?

Until I Ran a Marathon, I Never Understood…

It’s official! I have been a runner for a year now! LA Marathon was the perfect way to celebrate my RUNiversary, but I never really understood #runnerproblems until I ran a full marathon. While running a marathon is a twisted kind of awesomeness, I thought I would share with you the all the gory details because I know you are just dying to know! ;-)

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Until a ran a marathon, I never understood..

Chafing – With half marathons, chafing wasn’t a issue. Once I started running more that 16 miles, there was chafing in places I didn’t even know could chafe! Let’s just say Body Glide is a girl’s best friend during marathon training.

Blisters – Oh my gosh. I had blisters on blisters on blisters! It was disgusting. I even got my first blood blister. Mole skin became a life saver.

Hunger- I never understood hunger, until I ran a marathon. And not your average, everyday kind of hunger. I shouldn’t admit this because I’m a healthy living blogger, but I ate like a beast after the marathon. Double-double from In-n-Out with animal style fries? Don’t mind if I do!

Soreness – Even though I was working out and running six days a week, I still couldn’t sit on a toilet after the marathon. I have never felt so much soreness in my legs before the marathon. I even had a waddle-walk at work the next two days.

Tapering - During half marathon training, I never needed to taper down. I would run 10 miles the weekend before a race. With a full marathon, you have to respect the taper period. I probably tapered a little too quickly since I was on vacation in Australia the day after the 20 miler, but during this time, my foot healed and my body recovered. On that note, I never understood running injuries until I ran a full marathon either!

With all that said, I wouldn’t trade my marathon experience for anything. It was truly incredible. It was hard beyond words, but the feeling of accomplishment after the race can’t be matched. I am even starting to forget the pain and considering another marathon in the distant future. :-)

And for what you are waiting for, the Nutribullet winner is: Kayla J. I sent you an email regarding shipment.

On an unrelated note, this morning I had to take Thing 1 to the vet to have his tooth removed. He is 15 years old, so even a minor surgery like having a tooth removed can be serious. But he is a tough old pup, so I know he’ll be just fine. :-)  Please keep Thing 1 in your thoughts.
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 Question: What did you learn about yourself during marathon training? 

LA Marathoner + Nutribullet Giveaway

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I am a marathoner!!!!

As you know I ran the LA Marathon with Team Nutribullet yesterday. Let me start by saying it is that hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life! For those of you who run marathons on a regular basis – you are my HERO!!!  I am so proud to say I am part of the marathon club.

I would love to say everything was peaches and cream, but it wasn’t. It hurt. It hurt so bad. Having said that, it was also the second best experience of my life. (First best was my wedding day – corny? That’s me!)

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The race started out beautiful and strong at Dodgers Stadium. The sunrise was spectacular just for us, making mile 1 a breeze.

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20140309_073031-sMile 2-4 were kind of hilly, but Chinatown and the Disney Concert hall provided a good distraction.

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After the Disney Concert hall hill, I was in the groove running under a ten minute mile at some points. During the race I found myself getting very emotional. I kept thinking of my family waiting for me at mile 15 and 26. Whenever this happened, I choked up and actually had a very difficult time breathing. I needed to clam the frak down!

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You know how marathoners tell you to keep pace for the first half of the race? Well, listen to them. They know what they are talking about. I ran pretty fast until mile 15, which consequently, was where my cousin and mom happened to be waiting for me.

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I ran a 10:30 at mile 15. Too fast. Mile 16, I hit the wall. WAY too soon. From mile 17 through 24, I ran/walk. There were curse words. People asked me if I was okay. I was not a happy camper. It was a mental game, but also physical. My legs burned. I needed to pee. (TMI?) The sun was too hot!

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I told myself over and over again to pick it up because the Bear was waiting for me at the finish. Finally, at mile 24 I sucked it up and ran to the finish. Mile 25 was around 11:40. Mile 26 was at 10:38!!! I stopped my watch when it hit 26.2 miles, making my unofficial time 5:16. My official time was 5:20:58, which ended up being closer to 26.6 miles. I finished! I met my first – finish strong – and second – finish under 5:30 – goals. I was happy!

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Without Team Nutribullet there to support me through this journey, I could never have ran a marathon this early into my running “career.”  The coaches were there every step of the way, while the Nutribullet blasts were giving my body the nutrients it needed to finish this thing. I owe them everything! Thank you Nutribullet!

Because Nutribullet is an amazing company, they wanted to share the love with you. They are giving away a Nutribullet to one of my lucky readers! Please enter below using Rafflecopter.

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The winner will be announced next Monday.

What’s next for me? I’m so happy you asked. I am trying to become the A Runner’s Circle Ambassador and I need your support.

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Please come back to my blog Thursday and Friday to vote for me on Facebook. PLUS, I have 3 MORE GIVEAWAYS planned this week!!!

Target Practice Friday: 20 Miles and Aussie Land Bound

borrowed stole the idea for the Target Practice Friday series from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  I do things a little differently, but ultimately it’s where I share my progress on my short term goals, a.k.a targets.

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Secondly, oh my gosh it’s been a crazy week. All week I have been getting ready for my trip to Australia because I fly out tomorrow night! I’ve never been on a flight over 5 hours so this 17 hour flight should be interesting. Hopefully I can sleep through it and wake up in beautiful Australia!

Marathon - My foot is feeling better, so I ventured out with two 10ks this week. To slow my pace down, I called my mom during one of the runs. We talked for 40 minutes! (I’m definitely a social runner!) Counting the 13 miles on Saturday, I ran 25 miles this week.

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Guess what?! Tomorrow I run 20 miles!!! Wish me luck!

Improve Pace - Didn’t work on improving pace this week since I’m focusing on avoiding further injury!
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Yes, this was at work. Yes, I’m one classy lady.

Handstand - I worked on handstands and headstands. I think I’m slowly starting to improve! Yay core strength!

Eating Clean - Other than the Girl Scout cookies that I devoured this week, my eats were pretty good.

Since I will be on vacation next week, I have an awesome line up of guest bloggers! I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I do!

And be sure to follow my adventures in Australia! I plan to post pictures on Instagram!

Target Practice Friday #29

borrowed stole the idea for the Target Practice Friday series from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  I do things a little differently, but ultimately it’s where I share my progress on my short term goals, a.k.a targets.

Marathon - Confession: I have not ran once this week since my 18 miles last weekend. The reason I didn’t run was due to severe heel pain in my right foot. However, I went to the doctor’s yesterday and he said that I have retrocalcaneal bursitis, which can be treated with good old fashioned ibuprofen and icing several times a day.

Even though I wasn’t running this week, I did swim…

bike…

and strength train.
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I am going to attempt a slow 16 miles this weekend since the doc gave me the all-clear.

Improve Pace - The only improvement here is that my 18 miles were at a 10:40 minute pace instead of a 11 minute pace! Color me surprised!

Handstand - I worked on headstand pulsing this week. Fun stuff!

Eating Clean - My focus was on eating well this week. I think I was successful in eliminating excess snacks and choosing healthy meal options.

For funsies, what’s your fitness name?

Happy weekend! 

Running Fuel and Hydration

If you haven’t already figured it out from the title of this post, today we are going to talk about running fuel and hydration! As you know, my life has been revolving around marathon training, so fueling up and staying hydrated are always on the brain.

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As we have already established, I have gained weight during training. Quite frankly I’m okay with the weight gain. I’ve already come to terms with the fact I will not have a six pack by the time I go to Australia. Oh rats! Maybe I will…never! :)

But in all seriousness, it’s important to fuel up during long runs. I have been told to eat between 100 – 300 calories during a long run. Since I am a good student, I do as I’m told. I’m really an over achiever when it comes to the fueling up subject. I’ve tried just about everything on the market, but here are a few of my favorites!

During the run:

Clif Gel Shots – After an hour of running or before I get tired, I start fueling up with a gel. Some people can’t stand the texture of gels but I loooove the mocha flavor. Plus it has a little caffeine which is never a bad thing on a distance run.

Clif Bloks or Stinger Chews or Sport Beans- Starting around mile 7 or 8, I eat 1/2 a Blok, or 1 Stinger Chew, or 2 Sport Beans per every mile I run. This is my little mental trick for getting through each mile. To be honest I’ll do just about anything for food! I put the chews and beans in a small sandwich bag for easy access. I like to mix all three for some variety!

Stinger Waffles – Sometimes during the distance runs, I want to eat something that resembles real food. The Stinger Waffles are delicious and taste like dessert! I love the chocolate flavor.

After the run:

Zico Coconut Water – The perfect source of electrolytes after a long run. Plus you can find it at Trader Joes which makes my life easy.

Vega Protein Powder – Your muscles will thank you! ‘nough said!

Coconut Water + Chocolate Protein Powder = Mind Blown! My friend Gaby deserves a Nobel Prize for coming up with this combination!
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Nuun U Natural Hydration – I special ordered this stuff because it doesn’t have artificial sweeteners. It’s great during and after the run.
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Think Thin Bar – With 20 grams of protein you can’t go wrong. They are pretty tasty too!

There you have it! These are the fuel and hydration sources that keep me running.

Also, be sure to enter the Veggie Grill Giveaway to win 3 free entrees!

Question: What is your favorite fuel/hydration?

18 Miles + Veggie Grill Giveaway

Hey party people! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend watching the Superbowl with friends and family! Since I have absolutely no interest in football, I will be writing about running once again. But don’t fret! The second half of this post will be about amazing food and a giveaway!
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On Saturday I ran 18 miles for the second time. It was one of the most amazing runs I’ve ever had. I am starting to believe that I can actually run this entire marathon. I may have had a few doubts along the way, but this run reconfirmed that the training is paying off. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road which included blisters, a shin splint, and now a sore heel, but it’s all been worth it for that feeling after a successful long run!

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The ocean view didn’t hurt matters either!

After the run, Team Nutribullet provided us with yoga to stretch out our sore muscles and Nutribullet blasts to replenish our bodies. A few hours later, I was still hungry. I am always hungry these days, so my friend Gaby and I went to Veggie Grill, my new favorite vegan restaurant.

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As most of you already know, I have experimented with a vegan diet. I consider myself a “sometimes” vegan, so when VeggieGrill contacted me to check out their new Mindful Living Menu I was all over it!  When I found out that all Veggie Grill menu items are free of animal fat, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup, I was practically doing back-flips!

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The agave glazed walnuts were a perfect addition to the All Hail Kale Salad.

 

Since my stomach was basically eating itself after the long 18 miles earlier that morning, I almost ordered the entire menu. With the help from the manager, Gaby and I narrowed it down to the Quinoa Power Salad, All Hail Kale Salad, Buffalo and Mexi Mini Wraps, Chickin’ Tacos, and 2 giant cookies! <– All of this food only rang up to be $40! Not bad for a vegan restaurant!

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Both Gaby and I were impressed with the variety in each dish. The Quinoa Power Salad was one of my favorite combinations. Alex, the manager, convinced us to add vegan sausage to the salad which turned out to be the star of the show. We both had to remind ourselves that we were eating vegan food because it tasted just like the real sausage!

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We washed down our feast with organic ginger hibicious tea and fresh lemonade. Both were aaaamazing!
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I may have saved my cookie for a little RICE session later in the day. image

Lucky for you, Veggie Grill wanted to share the good eats with a giveaway. Enter below to win 3 free entrée coupons to any of the Veggie Grill locations (California, Oregon, Washington). The winner will be announced next Monday!

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Question: What is your favorite healthy restaurant? 

Target Practice Friday #28

borrowed stole the idea for the Target Practice Friday series from the ladies over at Fit.Fun.Femme.  I do things a little differently, but ultimately it’s where I share my progress on my short term goals, a.k.a targets.

Marathon - In addition to running 16 miles on Saturday with Team Nutribullet, I also ran 6, 5, and 3 miles. My grand total is 30 miles this week!
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Improve Pace - I think my 10k pace is improving. I’ve been consistently running 9:30 minute miles the last couple of 10ks.

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New extra thick compression socks + 6 miles = my first blood blister. Glamorous right?!

Handstand - Maybe if I practiced my handstands more than once a week I would have met this goal already. I can still do one against the wall but haven’t moved away from the wall just yet.

Eating Clean - I am trying to get control over my eats lately, but I still cheat with a few sweets here and there.  Hopefully after this marathon I can regain control over my appetite again.

That’s all for now folks! Have a fab weekend!