Weekly Wrap: October 9-15

This week flew by – I only managed two days of running due to a tweaked muscle in my back, but am feeling better already. I am looking forward to running the Marine Corps Marathon 10K this weekend – while Roswell is tackling the full marathon distance.

I am trying to find my motivation to lose weight. Well, I’m not sure it’s motivation I lack. I feel like a few years ago when I wanted to lose weight, I just had to watch what I was eating a bit more and work out a bit more. But now that I’m a bit older, it doesn’t come quite as easily. The past few weeks have been incredibly frustrating, because I feel like I have been working out an increased amount, but I’m not seeing any changes. There is definite truth in the idea that “abs are made in the kitchen” but I’m also sensitive to my struggles lately with B.E.D. which has been triggered by dieting and restricting my intake. I’m trying to make going to the gym in the evening a routine. My thought is simply to head to the gym or the track everyday after work (even rest days) just to get into the habit.


Just a few more days to apply to be a Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media Race Ambassador! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Weekly Wrap: October 2 – 8

This week was great, up until the horrible humid weather this weekend! My new class for the week was a special outdoor boot camp at the rec center. I get anxious when it comes to these types of classes, because I don’t know anyone going and I worry that I’m not going to be able to keep up or the instructors will be typical college dudes that aren’t very nice. I am glad to say that I was anxious for no reason – the instructors were great, incredibly nice, supportive and motivating; and I was able to hold my own with the interval circuit. I’m excited to try BodyPump this week as my new class!


The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Social Media Race Ambassador application is open! I had an amazing experience last year as an ambassador and I’m excited to join the Social Media team this year as their Instagram lead.

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Weekly Wrap: September 25 – October 1

I am really loving the Garmin Connect training plan this time around. I’ve tried a few different training plans, but none of them seemed to mesh with what I thought I should be doing (another training plan, too many walk run intervals, too much running), so I found them hard to follow. However, this time around with the 10K training plan, I’ve found that it’s a really nice plan to follow and it’s giving me great balance between running intervals and easy slow runs. I missed one workout last week (60 minutes of cross training), but I managed 3 runs and 1 cross training day. This week, the training plan includes 4 runs (including a 5K race) and then I’m adding one day of cross training to try my new fitness class for the week.

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Weekly Wrap: September 11-24

Last week was a little rough for me, which is why you’re getting two weeks today! Following the Disneyland weekend, I started loosely following the Nike Run Club “Get More Fit” training plan but I really had a hard time getting motivated for my runs the last two weeks. The Nike Run Club has introduced a few different kinds of runs, like a benchmark run and a tempo run. However, after the Navy 5 Miler, I updated my training calendar to the last few weeks of the Garmin Connect 10K training plan. (Garmin Ambassador Linz at Sharp Endurance has a great post on how to Download Training Plans to your Garmin Connect Device)

Since I’m not in training for anything monumental (just the Marine Corps 10K in October), I was shifting into a more mindful eating mindset and I wanted to give 21 Day Fix (or something like that program) a try. I thought it would be good because my portions have gotten a bit out of wack. However, I believe that the program was too restrictive because it sent me into a tailspin of anxiety and depression. Since giving up the boxes and just trying to be mindful but not restrictive, my mood has improved immensely. Instead of focusing on food, I think I’m going to focus on making sure I’m getting enough active time and changing up what I’m doing so I’m not just running all of the time. I’ve made a goal to try a different class at the gym every week.

Are you training for a big fall race or just maintaining right now?

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Disneyland Double Dare 2017: Half Marathon Race Recap

IMG_20170903_041832_062After another early night, we were up before the sun again and getting ready for the second part of our Double Dare challenge. While waiting for the 10K on Saturday, the temperature wasn’t too bad – in the 70s – which was a nice change from the temperature at home. The moment we stepped out of our hotel room Sunday morning, we could feel the difference. There was absolutely no breeze and it was several degrees warmer than the day before.

I didn’t necessarily pick the best outfit for running in sunny 90° weather, with my all black costume. With the Toy Story theme, I wanted to find a great character to represent on the course – and immediately fell in love with Wheezy!  3bcc_disneylandhalf_wheezycostume

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Weekly Wrap: September 4-10

This week was all about recovery! After the Double Dare challenge last weekend, I was pretty tired come Monday morning and we had a long day ahead of us, including a red eye flight home. Tuesday morning, while I had planned on going into work, my body was telling me differently. I ended up taking the day off and alternated napping on the couch with loads of laundry. Definitely the right choice!

Finally Thursday, I was feeling ready to get back in groove with a easy run commute home. While the weather in California was abnormally hot, it was cooling down here and the weather has been getting better and better!
How’s the weather where you live?
Are you dealing with Irma? 

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Disneyland Double Dare 2017: 10K Race Recap

Friday morning, Roswell and I boarded our very early flight and headed off to LAX, ready for an amazing weekend of races and part two of our Coast to Coast Challenge (see part one the Dopey Challenge here). I was a bit weary of the weather forecast, namely that it was going to be very hot – runDisney had even sent out a weather advisory. Mind you, the last two runDisney races we participated in also had weather advisories: WDW Half marathon (cancelled due to storms) and WDW Marathon (extreme cold). So I found it very fitting that this weekend would also have a weather advisory thanks to the heat forecasted.

Anyway, our flight was uneventful (I watched Hidden Figures – so good! – and rewatched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and before we knew it we’d arrived in Los Angeles. We took a car to our hotel where we dropped off our bags since it was too early to check in. From there, we headed straight to the expo.

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