Tuesday, November 27, 2012

track work

I took the last few days off... from everything. Now, I'm pretty much overwhelmed. ahh!

Thanksgiving was great. I spent the holiday weekend at my parents home in Dinuba. And again, I didn't do anything except for eating, napping and reading. I read "A letter to the man who shot me", it was really interesting and a fast read.

My workouts went a little something like this:
Th- nothing, Fri- 6 miles with 4X800's, Sat- 7 miles with 1X1600, 1X1200, 1X800, 1X400 and Sun- 30 min on exercise bike + ab workout.

I did my workouts at the JR. High track where I pretty much started running crazy amounts of miles. I use to drive out the the track and run 8 miles every day during summer break all throughout high school.  It felt good to be back on that track.

This morning I set out for a 7 mile run. I did feel a thousand times better afterwards. Plus, its not freezing here like it was in Dinuba so it was nice to run in shorts and a long shirt and be comfortable as opposed to sweats, sweatshirt, mittens and a beanie and still be freezing.

I feel like I am out of sync with my runs. It was probably the shifting of workouts last week that threw me off. This week isn't going to be much better. I'm thinking of doing my long run on Friday instead of Saturday because Saturday is the MLS cup and the game starts at 1, and people will probably be in the stadium by 12, and out tailgating by 8 am and I don't want to miss it.

If I do switch the long run, my runs during the week have to be modified and that always stresses me out. I know, the decisions I have to make are tough.

Anyway, I'm presenting my thesis next week so have to get back to work.

Do changes in your routine cause chaos in your life?

Any one else come back from thanksgiving to a huge to-do list?

What was your favorite part of the long weekend?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'm home

This morning I woke up early to get a long run in. I did the exact same path as saturday but somehow ended up at 21 miles. I felt good, I had fuel and I remembered to take it regularly. I was beat though. My knees are definitely feeling the milage.

The next few days are definitely going to be easy.

After I cleaned up and slipped on some compression gear, I drove home to Dinuba and sat in traffic for 4 + hours. Traffic was crazy.

When I got home my favorite 6 year old was visiting my mom and jumped out and yelled surprise when I walked in. Super cute. I'm so excited for the next few days with my family.
Any one venturing out for Black Friday?

What do you do to distract yourself when you are stuck in traffic?

What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Monday, November 19, 2012

LA Galaxy: we're going to the 'ship

I'll keep it short.

2nd leg of Western Conference Championships was last night. The game was in Seattle and it looked cold (really cold), windy and rainy. Seattle started off strong. It took LA a while to get a good defensive game going. Seattle scored twice, LA scored 1. The aggregate score was 4-2 (remember in game 1 LA won 3-0) and LA gets to play for the cup at HOME!!!

We watched the game with at an official viewing party hosted by the Galaxy. They had former players signing autographs and raffles. Anthony won a official soccer ball. He is so sweet and wanted me to have it but there is no way I could keep it, he's the crazy soccer fan and he bough the raffle tickets. I told him to get away from me and get the former player to sign his ball.

So excited!! December 1st can't come fast enough.

This morning I ran an easy 6 miles. I'm reworking my schedule to accommodate Thanksgiving. I'm going to be in Dinuba and I don't  want to run a long run when I could be spending time with my family so I'm thinking of squeezing it in before I leave. Plus, Dinuba is super cold and small, I would have to run the whole town at least 5 times to get in 20 miles. boring. Here's the plan.

Mon: easy 6
Tue: easy 5-6
Wed: Long run 20
Thur: Thanksgiving! easy 5-6
Fri: rest ??
Sat: speed work
Sun: speed work

Ever been to a championship game? I have never. It is actually on my bucket list.

Do you take a rest from exercise when on vacation/ holidays?

How was your weekend? Excited for the short holiday work week?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

no more shin pain

Yesterday I went out hoping my shin didn't hurt. AND IT DIDN'T.

Yay- I ended up doing 9 easy miles. I skipped Thursday's speed work and my legs were itching to run. I felt great!

This morning I ran 20 miles. I'm not feeling so great now haha.

It was actually an awesome run. I woke up late and missed Earnie but I figured I should still do the trail. I went by myself and found all the trails and did the 10 mile loop plus a little extra (I did an extra 3 miles on flat paths ) I then took the long way home for a total of 20. This week I felt better because I had fuel and stopped a few times for water.

My legs feel heavy and my knees ache but that's expected, a little R&R and my compression socks and I'll be fine.

After my run, I had to rush out because I was meeting a few friends for brunch and to discuss a group presentation. I was late (#fail).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Malibu Half Photo Recap


My headhand served a dual purpose: keep ears warm AND hold GU
plus WTH is going on with my hair 


hmm, look at all the people behind me. 
The line of people in front of me was twice as long


Catch that guy!


note to self: 
don't look like you are about to die while crossing the finish line.

Google MD

My shins hurts and then it stops. Its weird and a tell-tell sign it's shin splits. (At least according to Google).

This morning I wanted to do something easy, so I set out on 5 miles at a comfortable pace. The first half I was jogging/limping (I swear my shadow looked like it was limping) and then the pain went away and I finished at a little faster pace.

I have to focus on letting my legs heal and take it easy for a few days. Everything I read says shin splits heal on their own and the best thing you can do is to rest. Here are a few other things Google MD had to say

    Icing the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.

  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofennaproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. 
  • Arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help with flat feet.
  • Range of motion exercises, if your doctor recommends them.
  • Neoprene sleeve to support and warm the leg.
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shins.

  • Some of the causes for shin splits are

    • Irritated and swollen muscles, often caused by overuse
    • Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones
    • Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons

    I'm pretty sure my problem came from the last bullet there. I had just mentioned to my mom that my running shoes were worn. They are pretty much dead and I shouldn't be wearing them. I wore them for the half marathon last Sunday.

    It could be the fact that Thanksgiving is a week away, but I have been craving pumpkin lately. Today I looked up a few pumpkin pie/dessert recipes and I'm contemplating blending in some pumpkin into my oatmeal for dinner. Br-inner is awesome!
    Have you ever had shin splits?

    Do you look to Google to help diagnose yourself?

    Do you have breakfast for dinner?

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    shin pain and a sweet deal

    Today I wanted to do a tempo run under 9 min/mile. I felt OK after my rest day yesterday but I am still nervous about my shin.

    Around mile 2, I started to feel a little pressure on my shin so I stopped and stretched. I noticed a huge not on the outside of my shin and it freaked me out a little. If I massage it, it feels pretty tight. I ran pretty easy for the next 4 miles and then picked it up for the final 3.

    My shin feels really tight at the beginning of my runs but the pain fades once I'm warmed up. During the day, it feels tight and a little uncomfortable when I stretch the area. I'm not sure what's going on. I am going to do a quick Google search for treatments and stretching suggestions.

    Have you ever tried the name your price option on Priceline.com?? My friend is getting married in San Diego and I would rather spend the weekend over there than trying to drive back home after the party.  I just tried it. I was nervous I was going to get a room at a cheap or far hotel. Luckily that didn't' happen and I think I got a pretty good deal, $90/night for a 4-star hotel (the same hotel she suggested guest stay for $135/night).

    I'm going to Google things to do in San Diego. Any suggestions? I heard there is a running shoe outlet out there, I will definitely need to check that out. Oh, and they have tons of breweries, I'm sure Anthony will drag me to a few.

    I've only been to San Diego once, I ran a half marathon and spend some time with some girl-friends. It was fun!
    Have you ever been to San Diego? 

    How many times a day do you Google something? 

    What's a good wedding gift?

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Malibu Half Marathon REVIEW

    Malibu Half Marathon. November 11, 2012

    I ran the half marathon, this event also has a full marathon and a SUPathon.

    1) Getting In:  The half marathon is $90. I signed up early (before June) and the cost was $65.

    2) The Expo:: Not really an expo. I picked up my bib at a restaurant in Malibu. They had t-shirts for sale but no free samples or anything cool. I also pre-paid for parking at the expo. I thought it would save time, but there still was a lot of congestion in the parking lot and still took me a long time to park. 

    3) The RACE:: First thought is disorganized. I'm not a fan of waiting an hour and a half before the race. They offer shuttle services and made a note to say that they run from 5:30 to 6:00. (thus my 4am wake-up call) but around 7, they were still waiting on buses. I think events should do what they say they are going to do. If the last bus was suppose to be at 6, then it should have been at 6. Because this even didn't, there was a half hour late start. I know that's not a big deal, but it is when it's cold and the race isn't that awesome to begin with.

    The start was badly organized too. No real division so walkers/joggers were up in front with the runners. The first mile was on a parking lot trying to get out to PCH. It was narrow and crowded. I definitely ran past a few walkers at the beginning. 

    The rest of the course was on PCH, like on PCH with traffic and all that good stuff. I wasn't a fan of a few cones separating me from a giant SUV.

    No real course meant no real support. There were a handful of volunteers at water stations (ps. thank you) but no crowd which made it pretty boring. I can't imagine doing this as a full marathon with no crowd support (yawn).

    4) The After Party:: As soon as I crossed the finish line, I was given a medal and a finisher's towel (nice change since I have tons of finisher's tee's) and there was a little area with water bottles, Dole fruit cups, bananas and Luna bars. That was pretty much it. They didn't have any booths. They did have a band playing but they were way off on the beach which was a little strange. They also had paramedics, I saw at least 2 vans which was nice to know they had medics in case anyone needed them.

    In the end, the course was beautiful. We ran on Pacific Coast Highway and had a nice view of the ocean. The course was hilly and challenging. But other than that, I am not a fan. I most likely wont do this race again (unless it was free or something)

    2 star (mostly the course which is all props to nature!)

    LA Galaxy: western conference championship

    The LA Galaxy played the first leg of the Western Conference Championships against Seattle Sounders. It was a big game so everything was more exciting that ever.

    I was able to get extra tickets for my good friend Nancy and her friend to join us. They had a great time! PS. I'm trying to grow out my hair and it's reached a weird length were it looks pretty boring all of the time, plus it's thin so that makes it look even more lame. 

    It was cold so I wore my little flower headhand to keep my ears warm, plus a giant jacket. I'm all about layers which makes me feel like I can have constant outfit changes throughout the night. I tried to take this picture multiple times but they weren't coming out right, so finally Anthony took it.

    WE WON!!! 3-0. It was exciting, especially since 2 goals were pretty much back to back. 

    The team is headed to Seattle to play the second leg of the championship next Sunday. Seattle has to score more than 4 goals to beat LA.  LA has to push the offence and get a few more goals but the focus should be defense and then were headed to the cup!
    Have you ever been to a championship sporting event??

    What team do you support? Is there a game you can't miss?

    Malibu Half: cold weather apparel

    My outfit completely changed overnight. I went to Malibu to pick up my bib on Saturday and realized it was windy and cold in Malibu and I should consider wearing more than a tank top and a running skirt. 

    Plus it was going to be a long wait before the race started. I had to be in Malibu by 6:00am and then take a shuttle to the starting line. The race wasn't suppose to start until 7:30 so I figured I should wear something warm. 

    I ended up wearing a cold weather headband (roadrunners, $13) and this long sleeve top (target $15)

    I'm not sure if you can see but I also wore long leggings. I got these at target for $10 but I was afraid to wear them because they are a little form fitting and I felt insecure about running/ jiggling in them. I also wore compression socks and my acsics that are about to die ( 2 full marathons plus a year of training = retire the shoes)

    I woke up at 4am and had toast with half PB and butter and some coffee. I didn't eat the banana and then I was hungry by 7.  I headed out at 4:30 and made it to Malibu by 5:40ish. 

    Once I parked I got on a shuttle which drove us to the start line. We got there at 6:30. I used the porta-potties, stretched and tried to keep warm. I waited out by the cold, beautiful beach for an hour and a half! That's crazy and bad race organization. 

    The race started late (almost 8!!) and it was freezing. When we started the race, my felt felt numb and my back was starting to hurt from all the shivering I was doing. It took me a good two miles to defrost and I started those 3 miles around 9min/mile. It was hard to move faster, plus I felt like my feet and shins were numb. My shins started to hurt and immediately I freaked out and told myself to take it easy, I didn't want to hurt myself. If you have ever had shin splints you know how painful that is and I didn't want to risk any damage.

    After the third/ fourth mile I started to feel like my self and my pace started to even out. I ran the rest of the half at 8:30-8:40 and finished at 1:54. 

    It wasn't my best race, but I am glad I eased up a little when my shins were hurting and that I waited until everything felt okay to push myself. Plus, there were tons of hills and I felt so strong going over them. (That made me really excited about my 5 am wake up call every saturday)  I ran 10 miles the day before and I knew this wasn't going to be a flat, fast race so I'm happy with my performance. 

    The rest of Sunday was pretty relaxing. Anthony and I tried to cook lunch before heading out to the LA Galaxy Game.

    I made squash spaghetti and was surprised by how yummy it was. We also had shark (!) and it was delicious.


    I have a hard time getting rid of clothes/ shoes? Anyone have that problem?

    Have you ever had shark?

    Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    a chilly trail run

    The hardest part of my 10.5 mile trail run today was getting up at 5 am, to be more specific, getting out of bed. It was cold in my room and I figured it was freezing outside. I tried to make myself as warm as possible for my run. I'm wearing a headband, 2 long sleeve shirts (one of them is a sweater), gloves, a t-shirt, and capri pants. 

    This picture was taken after my run so I'm pretty sweaty and gross.

    Check out all the mud all over my calf and socks. haha.

    All the layers were too much. I was hot after the first mile. I always forget that I am going to get warm once I start running. Duh!

    The run itself was amazing, for the first time I wasn't so focused on  the hills and just the sights. The smell of nature is amazing! It was crisp and the sun was shining on the trail and it looked pretty amazing. I think this time I finished the loop 5 minutes faster than last week. 

    It was a heck of a workout which has me worried about tomorrow's half. I decided during my last mile that tomorrow should just be for fun. I'm going to try my best but I"m not going full out, which means I probably won't PR but I'm okay with that. 

    I already laid out my outfit for tomorrow. It is pretty random based on today's cold morning and the fact that I will probably heat up during the actual run. Notice the beanie, gloves and tank top. 

    Have a great weekend!!
    Do you overdress on cold days?

    When planning an outfit, do you lay out stuff "in case"'?

    Plans for this weekend?  

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    crossfit deal

    I was really excited to see a living social deal in my email this morning. Its a month of unlimited classes to a local crossfit location. The location is right down the street from where I live, so of course I bought it.

    here's the link: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/451858-one-month-of-unlimited-crossfit-classes-for-two

    I love crossfit. It is really intense and addictive.  I have tried it a few times but never actually bought a membership. The classes are ridiculously expensive.  The last place I looked at was $100 a week, for unlimited classes but even if I went everyday I can't afford $20 for a one hour class.

    I'll let you know how this month trial goes, and who knows maybe I'll stay for good.

    This morning I ran 7 easy miles, really easy. It was chilly and it reminded me that I have to look for running headband to run in, like a thermo-headband to keep my ears warm. Its on my weekend to-do list.

    Because it has been chilly, I'm making caldo de pollo today. Its the first thing I ever learned to cook and I'm sure it makes my mom proud to know that I eat more than egg sandwiches.

    Are you a good cook?

    Have you ever tried cross fit?

    Do you get living social or groupon deals? How often do you find good stuff? 

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    LA Galaxy: only one team in Cali

    Wow! Wow! Last night was amazing.

    Remember my Monday post where I recapped my weekend and the LA Galaxy game. They played San Jose and lost 0-1. Last night was the second game of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Anthony and I joined a bunch of LA Galaxy fans at a bar to watch the game.

    I can't even begin to tell you how awesome it was. LA scored 3 goals in the first half, 3 GOALS!, they were aggressive and the defense was on point. The fans at the bar went absolutely crazy when LA scored, it was so much fun. It was a well played game, the final score was 3-1. The MLS does this thing where the goals in series are added up and the team with the most goals moves up. With the aggregated score of 3-2 LA moves on to play for the Western Conference Championship! Amazing. You have to read about it here.

    When the Earthquake fans were here on Sunday, they had signs that said "there's only one team in Cali" or "we rule this state". Turns out there is only one worthy soccer team in California- and they are in LA. :) 

    This morning I headed out to do speed work. On my way out the door I noticed 1) it was raining 2) my Garmin didn't turn on- batteries dead 3) gosh darn it!

    It's okay, I did them anyway, same as last week, 6X 800's. I don't think they were lightning fast but I did feel it in my legs and lungs so I'm pretty sure the number was around 3:40 for each 800.

    I'm running a Half Marathon on Sunday and I am torn. I know I have bigger races to look forward so I don't  want to put too much pressure on myself but at the same time I'm competitive and want to PR. I don't know what I will do yet, but as of right now I have plans for an easy run on Fri and a 10 mile trail run on Sat. It might be too much, it might be okay...

    Rain? yay or nay?  I love it!

    Are you good about charging your electronics?

    Ever been to a championship game (any sport)?

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    EXCERSICE... your right to vote

    Today is Election Day! just in case you live in a cave and hadn't heard.  Make sure you go out an vote. Doesn't matter who you like, just vote.

    I did this morning!  I wont tell you who I voted for but there's really no surprise ( I live in CA, I'm a minority and female)

    Anyway, I ran 9 miles today with 6 of those under 8:15 min/miles (3 under 8) and 3 at 9:30. It was hard, my legs felt a little tight which is probably because I did a lot of running this weekend. I have to work on a presentation but tonight I WILL STRETCH- if I say it enough, I'll remember. 

    You have heard me rave about compression socks and the company where I buy them from is having a sale! I have worn them for about a year and I have felt a major difference to when I didn't wear them. My calfs don't freak out as much and if they do get sore, it doesn't last long. I wish they would make me a compression bodysuit, I love this stuff so much. check out the flyer. 
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    Ever tried compression gear?

    Do you ever had to choose one thing over the other? I do, all the time. Can't wait till I hit the lotto. 
    Where will you be watching the election coverage tonight?

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    back to back to back movies

    This morning I ran 6 miles at a pretty relaxed pace. At the beginning my legs were tired but I felt warmed up by mile 2 and it was easy money from then on.

    Weekend update:::

    After my 18 mile run on Saturday, Anthony and I went to a local farmer's market in Torrance. We got a bunch of fruit and had an early lunch at the park while watching a flag football game. It was the perfect afternoon, the sun was out but it wasn't super hot. Then we headed to the movie theater to watch "Flight". The showing was packed so we watched "Wreck it Ralph" instead, then "Flight", and then "Argo". Haha. yeah, pretty exciting, but after that run I didn't want to do much and those movies were awesome. I was reluctant about Argo, but I really liked it and of course I shed a few tears for Ralph.

    Sunday night the LA Galaxy played the first game of the semi-finals. Our school was giving away 4 complementary tickets to the game, so I gave 2 to my friend. We already had ours and I tried to give the other 2 away but everyone  I know who lives in LA/  likes soccer/ likes crazy drunk fans or wanted to go already had them. It was a really good game, LA lost but they get to play again for a chance to move to the western finals. My friend watching at home said she saw me on TV- I'm a big celeb now :)

    Before the game, Anthony and I had lunch at Lucilles Smokehouse BBQ. I had never been there and it was quite amazing! I loved everything- too bad my appetite is not 100% back (after long runs I can't eat big meals for a while) because I really, really wanted to eat everything in sight.


    BBQ fans?

    Do you shop your local farmer's market?

    Have you ever spent the whole day at the movies? That was my first time, I would do it again as long as the movies were good.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    ice burn

    Saturday's long run was a two part run, that started out great and turned into miserable pain. (yeah, what's new!)

    I meet Earnie at George Canyon for our train run at 6am. I was not too happy about being up so early and it was cold, but I went anyway because I don't want to flake out on someone whose being so nice and tolerating me during a run.

    We ran the same loop as last week and this week.  It was bad because I felt the uphill climb in my thighs and calfs, I mean FELT IT. And for some reason I kept doing this weird puffing and huffing thing. It was good because the hills were the same, but I ran up ALL of them, I didn't' slip going down, we finished 5 minutes faster, we didn't slow down or stop.

    I was so excited about that awesome 10 miles that I felt like superwoman and went out for another 8. I changed my shoes and sweat drenched clothes and set out for my second run. It was good, my pace was steady at a 9min/mile (on tired legs btw).

    And what' happened? I forgot my GU, so here I am running mile 16 with nothing in my system except for the Block shot I had 1.5 hours ago. Ahhh, when will I learn!!

    I ended up finishing 18 but the last mile was a hard- a weird shuffle run / walk / feeling to lightheaded to continue event. I came home, dunked myself in some ice and ate an apple. Immediately I felt better. Except for the fact, I left the ice on too long and I have frostbite on my knee.

    I really need to remember to eat, and eat better and to eat when I'm running.  I don't know if it's because my mind is still  "calories consumed minus calories burned" and that's something I need to actively work and remind myself that I need the fuel for energy so that I can run.
    what time do you wake up on weekends?

    when you exercise do you do the same routine?

    pre-excerise fuel? post?

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    celebratory guilt trip

    Yesterday was super SUPER stressful. I had to turn in my thesis, get signatures from committee members, print out transcripts, check on requirements, ahhh! After everything, I got the darn thing checked in and done! I will officially be graduated in December. YAY! (well, I still have to defend my thesis)

    This morning I slept in and went on a easy 9 mile run. During my run, I realized that technically I don't have any work to do in the lab, plus I'm not employeed anymore so I don't have that responsibility to go in everyday. I have been  "volunteering" and finishing up my experiments for the last few months, so there is really no reason for me to go in anymore, right?

    That revelation lead to a major guilt trip- "what if they need my help", "technically, I am available" "what am I going to do with my day", " I need to feel useful",  "maybe I can still contribute my time", "part time", " I dont' want to let anyone down"........

    I feel bad because I'm not doing anything, I could help but at the same time I need to focus on my deal. The whole point of graduating this semester was so that I could work and save money for pharmacy school. I guess I should celebrate the fact that my time in that lab is over and I should start looking for a job.

    I am just such a damn people pleaser, and I feel guilty about not being there anymore especially since I don't have anything lined up yet.....

    Anyway, my back hurts a little more today so I went to the clinic on campus. The Dr. said it was probably a muscle thing and I should take some aspirin and stop being so dramatic.

    Any weekend plans?

    Do you feel guilty over not doing stuff- How do you get over that and fell ok about your decision?

    How do you celebrate meeting a deadline or something big, like turining in your thesis? I need tips.

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    2 down, 1 to go....

    Today I wanted to do speed work, and like always I wasn't feeling it. Previously my goal was to run 800's under 3:45 but I really want to challenge myself so I up'ed the ante and aimed for 8:30. It wasn't the best workout, I felt like I was having a hard time breathing and my legs felt heavy. I ended up with 8:27, 8:38, 3:38, 3:41, 3:45, 3:41. Not awesome, but I will keep trying.  

    Today is the first day of Pile on the Miles, If you haven't already signed up do it here. It's a great way to set a goal and try to achieve it.

    My thesis is DUE TODAY! before they close the graduate studies office at 5pm. I just got the second signature and will stalk/ camp outside my last committee member's office until he signs the darn thing. I already turned in the pharmacy school applications so that's all up to the pharmacy gods now.


    are you a procrastinator? I'm not, its very unlike me to wait until that last minute.

    November is here, do you wait until after Thanksgiving to bust out the Christmas decorations?

    Are you going out later to try to get some discounted halloween candy? you bet I am!!