Ramblings & TMI

Yesterday I was planning on going to Body Pump after work, pulling a double workout.  Unfortunately, it was full and if you weren’t on the list, you couldn’t get a pass, and you couldn’t participate.  Fortunately, the gym is conveniently located at the mall.  So because I couldn’t work out, I went and dropped some mad buck$$$ at Nordstrom.  I unremorsefully purchased a new wallet, new purse, new iPhone case, and tried on some new running shoes.  I’ve been wanting to check out Brooks Pureflow’s, but the size 8 was almost too tight and the size 8.5 were just too big.  Plus, when I looked down, I just felt like I had kangaroo feet.  I’m not dissing anyone out there with Brooks.  I liked yours so I thought I would like them for me.  I think I’ll probably just been sticking with Nikes.

Since my last race I’ve been wanting to buy some new shoes.  Completing and training for a new race is always a good excuse to buy new shoes.  However, I’ve been wanting to get properly fitted at Road Runner Sports, but I just haven’t had the time.  So I’ve been wearing an old pair of Nike Lunar Eclipse (like the one’s I re-bought and returned) because I figured they’re in ok shape since I never ran a race in them.  However, Saturday, towards the end of my 8 mile run, I started to feel a burn on the inner arch of my right foot.  Low and behold, a little blister, probably the size of my pinky-tip.  Sunday I just decided to run (10 miles) right on it, assuming it would just pop.  This didn’t happen, and it just got a little bit bigger.  Now, after running on it 6 miles yesterday and 4 miles this morning, IT IS HUGE.

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all black err-thang at 6am

It takes 3 bandaids to cover it up.  I am literally walking on the side of my foot.  Pretty soon I’m going to need a crutch!  I feel like it’s slowly going to keep growing and take over my entire body.  I tried sticking it with a needle, but it’s just a flaccid mass (cute, huh?).  SPOILER: cover your eyes.

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Post work I ran 3 more miles that were the most difficult.  I was over working my left leg, while supinating my right foot.  Overall, I’ve just been trying to increase my mileage this week, but it has just come to bite me in the butt.  Or maybe the loss of my right foot this is just a strong message: I NEED NEW SHOES 😉

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6 miles at 6am.  Followed by these delicious babies.  *Insert emoji with heart eyes*
3 ingredients and the easiest pancakes you’ll ever flip.  Plus they’re heallllthy.  Go get that beta-carotene!

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Paleo Grain Free Pumpkin Pancakes
From Wellness Mama
INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs
¼ cup pumpkin puree
⅛ tsp. cinnamon
Coconut oil for the pan
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat.  Melt coconut oil to coat pan (use about ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for each pancake).
  2. Whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and cinnamon.
  3. Use about two tablespoons of batter for each pancake.
  4. Cook until the edges start to firm and appear golden.
  5. Carefully flip and cook on the other side.
  6. Serve with your choice of raw honey, pure maple syrup or ghee.  Makes about 4 pancakes.

iFeliz Cinco!

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This has been a great weekend for running.  I didn’t have training Saturday so I was able to run 8 miles even though I was kind of stiff and sore.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  Afterwards I treated myself to an acai bowl and a great view at Swami’s.  I kind of wish every Saturday could be like this one!

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Today I ran the same route as Sat, but added an additional mile out, resulting in a 10 mile run.  It was a little gloomier, but pretty humid.  I could have used a little more breeze.  Coincidentally my newfound parking spot makes it oh so convenient to frequent my favorite little hippie/health shack.  Today I went for double trouble with a Lina Spiralina smoothie (apple juice, peaches, strawberries, raspberries and spiralina) and an iced coffee.  Overall, I was satisfied with my ability to run 2 longer runs in one weekend.  This might be a trend for upcoming weekends, as I’m thinking I should start increasing my weekly mileage.

And finally, it’s Cinco de Mayo.  After a day sans-margaritas, mexican beers and tortilla chips, I felt the need to do something holiday-spirited.  So for dinner we made these beauties I spotted on Fed and Fit.  I served them over a simple salad of arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil, some diced tomatoes and oven-roasted orange and yellow bell peppers.  It made for a very festive and healthy iCinco de Mayo!

photoPaleo Stuffed Avocados with Cilantro Cream Sauce
From Fed and Fit
INGREDIENTS:
1 lb chicken breast, cut up into tenders
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 container low sodium chicken broth
3 Hass avocados
1 can {14 fl oz) full-fat coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
½ cup cilantro, chopped
4 limes, juiced
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Preheat olive oil over medium heat.  Add chicken breasts and cook until you start to see white edges around the meat (about 2 minutes).  Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the chicken broth to cover the meat.  Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the meat from the pan and shred with two forks.
  5. Add the cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to the chicken.  Mix together.
  6. Cut the avocados in half and remove the seeds.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Stuff the avocados with shredded chicken and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  8. To make the coconut cream sauce, mix together the coconut milk, lime juice and chopped cilantro.
  9. Remove the avocados from the oven and drizzle with the cream sauce.

Mayday Mayday

I haven’t had much to write about the past couple of days.  Monday and Tuesday I took a break and rested.  I looked and felt so beat.  Yesterday I went for a light 2 mile run without my watch because I was still sore and didn’t even want to know what pace I was running.

Now it’s already May! And with the Coronado Bridge Run in 2 weeks from Sunday and the SD Rock ‘n Roll in about 4, I decided to set some new goals:

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Nutrition: Read Paleo for Athletes (just started this), eat paleo and try out some new recipes.  My recovery time from this past half marathon has been really poor, either because 1. the course was hard, 2. I fell off my paleo grind, or 3. the course was really hard.  Either way, Paleo for Athletes is shedding light on how paleo works to maximize athletic performance and increase recovery rates.
Workouts: Incorporate more early morning workouts into my schedule.  I’d like to get into the habit of going to sleep early, waking up early, doing yoga or body pump before work then running after work.
Running: Have more structured running workouts.  I feel like lately when I run I have a semi-determined length, but no determined pace.  I mainly just run according to how I’m feeling.  I would like to feel like I’m running more effectively.

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So I pulled out the book Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss.  This book has good running plans if you’re looking to run only 3 times a week.  Workout 1 is a track/speed workout, workout 2 is a tempo run, and workout 3 is a long run.  I attempted to use this program last year, for all of about 3-4 weeks. I kind of burned myself out because I attempted to do the speed workouts faster than prescribed.  This is exactly what you’re not supposed to do.  The plans start 12-18 weeks out (depending on the length your race).  I figured I can start next week at 15 weeks out and prepare for the America’s Finest City half marathon (I should probably sign up for this first).  I think this program could be beneficial, I just need to give it a full chance.  I feel like this time I’ll have a more practical approach, do exactly what it says and just test it out.  There’s no harm in that when my half marathons have consistently been between 1:44 and 1:47.  I’d just like to see a positive (or in terms of time, negative) difference.

My First Race

Yesterday’s race brings back memories from my first ever half marathon, which just so happened to be the La Jolla half.  I probably did everything wrong, but ended up with my best La Jolla time.  How? It’s become even more of a mystery to me.

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1. Didn’t buy a bib when I started training.  I planned to do this with a couple of friends.  But they kept debating whether or not they wanted to do it.  I was committed, and had started a 10-week training plan (from Marathon Rookie).  By week 6, after I had finished my first ever 10 mile run, I decided to sign up.  But to my dismay, the race was sold out.  This was the most crushing thing ever.  Luckily, I was able to buy a bib from a friend’s friend.  I don’t know if transferring bibs was in effect (I didn’t do this), but I essentially ran my first half marathon as not myself.

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2. Wore inappropriate clothing.  Cotton race t-shirt, basketball shorts…yep.  I don’t even think I wore a watch.

3. Didn’t know the course.  Only the day before when my parents were down did we drive the course route (I was limited in mobility. Keep in mind I still didn’t have a car  down here at this point).  I knew there was a hill at mile 6, but I assumed it was the slight and continuous incline of Torrey Pines Road.  Only during the race when I saw everyone go into the Reserve did I realize, “Oh shit, we’re running into the mountain?!”

4. Experimenting with a vegetarian diet.  My most regretful moment was probably going out to eat afterwards at a burger joint, only to eat a veggie burger (which was sub-par).

At this point in my running “career,” I was just trying to get back into shape after a lapse in running, priorities, and judgement.  I went, what I, myself, deem “crazy,” for one quarter.  I started going out too much and drinking too much.  After this short period, I just felt disgusting.  I thought, what better way to get back into shape than to commit myself to run 13.1 miles.  So ensued the journey of running half marathons, and the re-focus on living a healthy lifestyle.

La Jolla Half Marathon

Today I finished my third time at the La Jolla half, and my 7th half marathon.  With a recap of my goals, I ran a 1:47:26, my worst time so far, but 9 seconds.  But really, who am I to care that much.  As far as I’m concerned, I pushed myself as hard as I could today.  And I’m just as proud.

I arrived at the Del Mar Fairgrounds around 6am and had no trouble parking.  Then, I met up with Morgan and we shot the shit (literally) and talked about it.  It was nice to wait around with someone, as to not think about the race and to kill some nerves.   At 7:30am, we were off.

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The first 2 miles just seemed to be getting out and around the racetrack (splits: 7:51, 7:48).  Mile 3-4 were all familiar, traversing through Del Mar.  However, I thought I remembered the course previously running up 15th Street and through the Village (would’ve seen my office then!).  Instead, it ran through residential and up on 4th Street.  A miniature prelude to the hill (splits: 7:58, 8:35).  Then a slight downhill grade on the bridge that pedestrians have been prohibited on for quite some time (construction work, only cars allowed. split: 7:33).  Then, the hill.  Let me take that back.  The mountain.  This is literally a mountain.  People go hiking here!  I pushed myself to run the whole thing, with a walk at the top at the water station (split: 9:47).  I only took water about 3 times today, and just decided to walk through them.  It refreshed my legs, and also made sure I didn’t choke on the water. I still haven’t mastered running and drinking.  Once the hill flattened out, I was pretty fatigued and couldn’t push anything faster than a 9:11 mile.

Back on Torrey Pines, miles 8-10, my mindset switched back and forth from “this is tough” to “I feel like I’m in a dream!”  This race seemed to be relatively quick, as in, the miles just seemed to pass by, and I didn’t have to dwell on how many more were left.  I think this has to do with the fact that I’ve run many parts of the course throughout the past couple of years, just in my every day life (splits: 7:59, 7:48, 8:20).

Once mile 11 hit, I knew I would have the option to pick it up and make up some time.  I think I pretty much killed my legs, trying to control my stride while simultaneously just trying to let my body go (split: 6:43).

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By mile 12, at Spindrift/Princess St. I was tired (split: 8:10).  I pushed myself to get up this last hill.  Once back on Torrey Pines, I knew I just had to make it to Prospect, and then the finish would be all downhill.  I kicked it into action and gave it all I had for the last quarter mile (final split: 8:40).

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Post-race I gimped around while we spent 30-45 minutes trying to locate the car.  Then I enjoyed a delicious meal at Solace where I didn’t just go yesterday  I went after my last race.  I do love me some cheddar biscuits, and a good-ass burger!

After everything I recovered with a soak in the hot tub, some peaceful laps in the pool, and a refreshing Big Gulp.  Fountain soda diet Dr. Pepper will be my demise!

Race Day Essentials

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Tomorrow’s the big day, the La Jolla Half Marathon.  So here’s what’s packed in my new Urban Oasis Lululemon bag:
– Nuun, Watermelon flavor
-Key Lime Larabar
-Banana and Pecan Nut Butter
-Garmin 610 Forerunner
-Nike Running Capri
-Nike Daybreaker Running Hat
-Lululemon Run: Silver Lining Tank
-Lululemon Ultimate Padded Run Sock
-Nike TR Fit 2 Shoes
-LJ Half Bib
-Ipod Shuffle

Here’s what’s on my playlist:
I’m Not Your Hero – Tegan and Sara
Just Give Me A Reason – P!NK Feat. Nate Ruess
Pour It Up – Rihanna
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Get Lucky – Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell
The Way – Ariana Grande Feat. Mac Miller
Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton
Drinking From The Bottle – Calvin Harris Feat. Tinie Tempah
I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding
As Your Friend – Afrojack Feat. Chris Brown
Get Up (Rattle) – Bing Players Feat. Far East Movement
#thatpower – Will.I.Am Feat. Justin Bieber
Calling (Losing My Mind) _ Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso
Bounce – Calvin Harris Feat. Kelis
Poppin’ Off – Watch The Duck
Love Me – Lil Wayne Feat. Drake & Future
Fuckin’ Problem – A$AP Rocky Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
What About Us – The Saturdays Feat. Sean Paul
Play Hard – David Guetta Feat. Ne-Yo and Akon
White Noise – Disclosure Feat. AlunaGeorge
Next To Me – Emeli Sande Feat. Kendrick Lamar

With my computer dying, I tried to do my best to pair each song to what mile I might be on – assuming an 8 minute per mile pace.  I started with the slower songs first and worked my way up, to ensure that I don’t start off too fast.  I also made sure I had a good song around mile 6 for the hill, and enjoyable music for the finish.

AND!  To announce the winner of the Body Love Apparel Giveaway. #13 – Asha from Letters To Chace by Following Daily Cup Of Asheejojo.  Please email me at dailycup.asheejojo at gmail.com!