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La Jolla Half Marathon {Race Recap} – #5 of 2013

30 Apr

Greetings! I have returned! I have been MIA of late and that is due to the insanely CRAZY schedule that is my life this month. It doesn’t seem to be getting any less crazy over the coming weeks/months so I’m just going to have to find additional time/motivation/energy to make sure I keep being consistent. Consistent in ALL things, training, running, being social and posting HERE!

Ok – So I’m back and well I’ve returned with a vengeance! Today was the La Jolla Half Marathon (#2 in the Triple Crown Series). And as inconsistent as I’ve been with posting here, I have been JUST as inconsistent with my running. I’ve had  5-10 runs since my last Half Marathon (SD Half on March 10th). Ranging from 3-7 miles….and NO hill training….Yeah well THIS is the elevation map for La Jolla

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Needless to say I felt ill prepared. But I wasn’t worried about time. Just finishing it. Going in and kicking those hills in the BUTT. I wasn’t about to let them beat me. After classes on Saturday I headed to the race expo to meet my good friend Melissa. We grabbed our bibs and walked around the expo. Very small since it was right outside Road Runner Sports and since it is a smaller race itself. I mean who needs a ton of expo booths when you have a running store right there? Kinda sad because I like getting all the free samples and seeing new things, but given the chaos of my schedule it was nice to just go in and out. Parking was a bit chaotic and I ended up spending more money at RRS then I should’ve but since I live and work in workout gear I see it as an investment. 🙂

We also hit up one of the booths for some free stretching and pain assessment…I think the picture says it all dontcha think?! {Sorry Melissa!!)

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I also thought it was pretty awesome that they had this Run for Boston sign with markers for every runner to stop by and put a message on. Given the chaos of my schedule I haven’t been able to voice my thoughts on the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Needless to say I was shell shocked the days after it. Found myself crying for the friends I had in Boston, for my cousin who just happened to be visiting the city that weekend. Even if you weren’t running, weren’t qualified, weren’t there…..we as a running community felt it. But we have struck back with more love, faith and persistence then I could ever have hoped. Makes me truly proud to be part of this community. Worldwide we are ONE.

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My preparation the night before the race was needless to say just as out of it as the rest of my ‘training’ (aka non-existent). I babysat for one of my little dancers and her brother and sister. Didn’t get home and into bed until midnight which meant that there was no laying out of my clothes for the next morning or any other kind of preparation. I DID however make the command decision to sleep in an extra hour on race morning and trek it up to Del Mar to the start line. The race goes from Del Mar down to La Jolla so you either have to park at the start and shuttle back from the finish, or  park at the finish and shuttle to the start. I’d originally planned to do the latter, but that meant getting up at 4am and that was just NOT gonna happen.

Race day morning I got up, laid out my clothes and got prepped to go. Wearing yellow to rep for Boston. The extra hour of sleep was a blessing and the trek up to Del Mar to park was WAY easier than I anticipated.

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I had about an hour to spare so sat and stayed warm until race start, then met with Melissa to get into our corral. We got a couple pre-race photos at the start line and with some super cool spiderman outfitted runners…

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Then the waves went and we were off. I ran into quite a few friends along the way, which helped in the motivation arena. They kept me pumped, especially on the hill. I caught my friend Kristina’s husband at multiple points along the crazy hills. And by multiple points I mean I would see him, I’d run past him where he was waiting for Kristina, then he’d run past ME to get to his next point, and I’d see him again. Crazy Kenyan-like man. WISH I had his energy and speed!

Here are some of the sights along the route….

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13.1 miles of beauty

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far away view of the downhill trek into Torrey and the impending hill of doom

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bottom of the Torrey Pines hill

Along with some of my favorite participants and signs!

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Right after Mile 7…if you’re over halfway might as well finish!

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Sole to Soul on course support!

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Bad ass…barefoot and in traditional Hawaiian gear!

I somehow managed to survive all of the hills and pulled into the finish at 02:16:51. Not my best time, but not my worst. AND considering my lack of training I’ll take it! I’m sitting at the fam’s house in Poway enjoying a relaxing evening and delicious dinner and the legs feel much better than I anticipated. Also reflecting on the fact that my La Jolla time is only 3 minutes slower than Carlsbad (#1 in the Triple Crown series). Shows you how HORRIBLE my stomach issues were at that race. I added TONS of hills this race and somehow pulled about the same time. Yeah. Moving on.

I snagged a couple post race photos with friends..

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Me and Guns

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Kristina and her Kenyan husband

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Finisher buddy!

Then got in line to get shuttled back to the start line. Only part of the day that sucked. Thirty minutes of waiting, thirty minutes back to the start and then 30 minutes home. An hour and a half of my life I want back, but there were TONS of shuttles so I can’t really complain about it. They seemed to be very organized and used the big buses to do it to get as many people back as quickly as possible. Props to the race organizers.

Overall a great race for being so unprepared. Next race on the schedule is Beat the Bridge on May 19th. A 5 Mile race in Seattle benefiting JDRF and then R&R San Diego in June. Goal…be better prepared!

Have you ever had a race where you just were NOT ready?  How did you survive it?

3 Year Anniversary – My Journey

27 Mar

Today is a day of great importance. I didn’t even realize it until I was sitting down to lunch. It is the official 3 year anniversary of when my weight loss journey began. It is not the anniversary of the day I actually began my healthy eating/working out….it is the day I hit rock bottom. The day I made the choice that my life could not continue as it had.

This is me 3 years ago celebrating at my cousin’s wedding reception.

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January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

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I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

Image

I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

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