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!!!

LA Marathon, You’re Mine!

So I’m running a marathon this Sunday!

Wow, I still can’t quite believe it… I’m running 26.2 miles this weekend! This is coming from the girl who couldn’t run a mile a year ago. I’m still in shock!

If you live in the LA area, be sure to stop by mile 15 for the NUTRIBULLOOZA to cheer on all the runners. Nutribullet will have multiple entertainers, including The Spazmatics and David Wolfe. Plus, there will be a free Nutribullet bar where you can get all kinds of yummies. AND, they will be giving away a Nutribullet Sport every 30 minutes!!!! 

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I’ll be the girl in the back with bright pink shorts and orange sunnies!

It was the final taper week, so Target Practice Friday was to a minimum. I ran 3 miles on Monday and Wednesday, while I swam an easy 40 minutes in the pool on Tuesday. Last night I went for a quick sport massage to work out soreness I’ve been having with my quads – worked like a charm. It’s pretty incredible that one can taper for 3 weeks and still be ready to run a marathon!

That’s what I’ll be doing! But instead of Ryan Gosling, it’s the Bear and Thing 1 & 2.

Target Practice Friday #20

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.

Happy Black Friday my friends! I hope you are getting some awesome shopping done and had a wonderful time with your family and friends yesterday! I am once again writing this post away from home because I reunited with my friend Brittan for some late shopping in San Diego last night. I scored! But this is a blog about health so let’s talk Target Practice!

Triathlon - I have been focusing on swimming and biking, as you know. Again this week, I took my watch into the pool and thought I was Michael Phelps based on the time it said. Then my good friend informed me that I was using it wrong and that if I really was that fast, I should be training him for the next Half Ironman. He has swam his entire life and done several Half IMs. Hah! Obviously my watch wasn’t working correctly indoors even though it had signal from the satellite.
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Oh well! I’m still thinking of doing the 2015 Half Ironman because I just love swimming. It’s probably my favorite of the three sports!

Improve Pace - Somehow I feel like I am running slower and slower these days. I am still recovering from being sick but I really need to work on speed again… Next week!
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But I did get a Turkey Trot in yesterday!

Handstand – I attempted to do a handstand without a wall. That was fun!

Hah! I held it for maybe one second! I got a lot of great advice on IG which I will be trying next week.

Eating Clean - I ate very clean until the Thanksgiving feast. I was saving all of my cheats for this one meal, and boy, did I cheat! I may of had two slices of pumpkin pie! Worth. Every. Calorie!
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My Grandma is so fancy with her salt and pepper crystal! I will have you know she still cooks the entire meal… Amazing!

Now I am off to explore LA with Brittan. Have a great weekend!

Attention all Migraine Sufferers

Originally I had a different post planned for today, but over the weekend I got a migraine. The last time I had a migraine was about 6 months ago when I visited my Grandma in the hospital after she broke her back.  Sometimes I get migraines when I’m under a lot of stress but other times I get them from eating junk food.   While I normally allow myself one cheat day or meal each week, this weekend I went a little overboard.  I had a protein wrap from In ‘n’ Out, Italian pizza, and ice cream.   These foods are not conducive to a healthy migraine-free head!

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According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.  That’s nearly 1 in every 4 households has someone who get migraines.  Unfortunately, I am one of those people.

Typically my migraines start with blurred vision which last about 30 minutes.  After my vision returns, a sharp pain will start on one side of my head, usually behind one of my eyes.  The pain will last anywhere between 2-6 hours.   During this time, I will begin to feel nauseous.

I have been suffering from migraines since my teens, and I have learned a few tricks to cope with the pain and nausea, which I thought I would share in hopes of preventing someone from even a little bit of pain.

  1. Once your vision beings to blur, take your prescription medication straight away!  You will want the meds to kick in before the sharp pain starts.  (Maxalt is the best migraine medication I have found, but speak to your doctor about what is best for you).
  2. Drink a full glass of water once you feel a migraine coming on.  Sometimes I get migraines because I am dehydrated.  Also, the water helps with the nausea.
  3. If you can, sleep! Sleeping is one of the best ways to shorten the life of a migraine. Wear a sleep mask or find a dark place for light sensitivity.
  4. Take a bath.  It relaxes the body, and I think it helps relieve pressure in my head.
  5. If you are at work or school, find a quiet place to sit and call someone to pick you up. DO NOT drive with a migraine.  I have done this and thrown up in my car.  It’s just not safe.
  6. The best way to fight the nausea, is to sleep on your back with a few pillows under you head.  However, that doesn’t always work.  I hate to admit this, but sometimes it just feels better after you let yourself throw up.  I have also tried flavored mineral water and crackers which sometimes helps.

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It is my theory that hormones play a big role in migraine sufferers.   Many women get menstrual migraines which result from fluctuations in estrogen levels, and it is said that estrogen adversely influences the brain receptors.  Food also has been known to throw our hormones out of balance.

Migraine Triggers to Avoid:

  • Cheese
  • Processed Meat
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Food additives

WebMD list more foods to avoid and the reason for avoidance.

One good thing about migraines… quality time with Thing 1 and Thing 2.  They were definitely my standing army during yesterday’s migraine.  I also find it amazing how dogs know something is not quite normal.

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How have your fur babies been there for you during rough times?