Two-a-Days. 

Happy Thursday Readers, bloggers…friends! 💓💓💓

I hope your week is going well. 

I’m supposed to be swimming right now, but instead I took above hot shower, got a bowl of ice cream (arctic zero – it’s tasty!) And crawled into bed. 

Truth be told, I’m feeling pretty exhausted! 

In recent weeks both my boyfriend and my sister joined my gym, which is great!!! I’m so excited for them, and happy that they both have decided to do something wonderful for themselves. 

It’s also meant that I have been hitting the gym twice a day on most days so that I can spend time with both of them. This is mostly due to accommodating different schedules, I’m the one with the most flexible schedule so, I split my time between the two. 

I’m also still trying to fit in my overtime and make sure other life things are taken care of – like vet visits, housework, and dinner. 

This is a far cry from my old gym schedule…and it’s a tiny bit exhausting. Last night I was supposed to hit the pool with my boyfriend at 9pm. But 830 I was falling asleep. We decided not to go, and I went straight to bed. I slept till 8am this morning, and still had the hardest time waking up!

I ran at the gym today with my sister, which felt so hard! It was the first time I’ve run in 2 weeks. Why is it everytime I take a break from running it feels like my body just forgets how to do it? My legs felt tired and my lungs were just not on the same page as me when it came to breathing. I did slightly over 2 miles through, so I was happy with that.

 I still planned to swim this evening – but after working a 12.5 hour day, I just wanted to get into bed. 

And so that’s what I did! 

And I’m happy with my decision. 

I have a 5k on Saturday, which I’m hesitant to run, only because today felt so hard and because I keep thinking about last months 5k and how it affected my tendon. 

Hopefully, since I haven’t been running much, Saturday’s race won’t be so bad. 

Time for bed. I have high hopes of making it to the gym by 6 to swim!

Wish me luck!

 

Just Keep Swimming…

Just keep swimming. 

Those words actually hold  a lot more meaning in my heart than a phrase from a silly, forgetful Blue Tang.

In September of 2012 I was preparing to run my second half marathon. It happened to be the Disneyland half marathon, I was a bundle of nerves because I was worried about the pace time, sweeper vehicles, and my overall ability as a runner. My first half marathon the month prior wasn’t the best experience – as it was more of a life lesson. 

My sister was with me, and the day before the half bought me a Disney pin, which she told me to pin on and wear for the race. 

It was Dory…that bright blue and yellow fish with a giant smile.  

She told me that every time I wanted to give up during the race, I just had to look at the pin and tell myself to just keep swimming… 

And that’s exactly what I did. 

And I did it a lot during the final miles of that half marathon. 

And everytime I did, I’d sing the song in my head. 

And before I knew it….

I finished that race. 

And it went much better than my first half marathon did. 

It was also the best half marathon time I ever got. 

That race, is one of 3 that stick out in my mind as the most memorable and life changing. 

But those words go even deeper. Many of you already know that I ran track in highschool for one year, before switching to the swim team, where I swam for the final years of high school. 

Both track and swimming gave me amazing memories, both changed me for the better and both molded me into the person I am today. High school wouldn’t have been half as memorable had I not done sports. 

Since getting back into the pool in recent weeks, I have realized that in the almost 20 years (crap, where has time gone?) since I swam competitively with my peers – I have forgotten about a lot of it. 

Maybe dealing with adult life has just taken over. It’s also a little weird to me that when my doctors told me I should not run and that swimming or cycling would be better for recovery – that I protested so much. One would think that as an old swimmer – I’d want to go back to it. 

But I didn’t. 

I protested it. 

I fought it. 

I avoided it. 

And I don’t even know why. 

It’s probably because I wasn’t ready to let go of running. But now that I’ve had time to better accept things, I realize that I didn’t have to let go…I could just do both. 

 Pulling on a competition speedo, a swim cap, goggles and getting into a cold pool has a way of bringing back memories. 

I remember cold February nights under campus lights. Steam coming off the heated pool in the crisp winter air. Swim practice started in the winter, and went till the end of the school year in June. We practiced from 530pm-8pm five days a week. The locker rooms where far from the pool, so getting out after practice was always an adventure. We’d all run as fast as we could to the locker rooms so that we wouldn’t freeze in the winter air. As the seasons changed and the days got longer and warmer – I looked forward to practice. Getting into the pool on a hot day always felt great…even if you were doing 5×200 at race pace or something taxing like that. 

The sound of splashes, the rhythmic sound of strokes in unison, the coaches whistle, and the sounds of your team mates cheering you on filled the night air. 

 Bare feet, swim parkas, and beanies…those were some of my favorite things. 

Pasta parties and after swim meet pizza parties…where a weekly thing. Seriously we ate so much food! And yet, we didn’t look like we ate (practically) 10,000 calories a day. It was amazing. Seriously though, food and swimmers go hand in hand. 

Meet days were the best. The butterflies I’d get when standing on the blocks waiting for the start where always there. The feeling of pure drive and competiton when I could see the other swimmer in the lane next to me – it would make me swim my hardest so I could beat them to the wall. It was a mix of adrenaline and anxiety…and it was awesome. 

Flip turns were so much fun, they  always made me feel like a mermaid…even if I happened to miss the wall every once in a while. 

My prom pictures show my racerback tan lines, that I proudly showed off.  I was literally in the best physical shape in my entire life. I still have the broad shoulders that I earned during those years. I’ve gone to doctors appointments for my asthma in recent years and have been asked if I’m a swimmer – because my lungs have the capacity that only swimmers have. 

Swimming taught me a lot. My coaches taught me a lot. My team taught me a lot. I am forever grateful for the experiences I had because my time on the swim team.

 I have wondered lately if I had pushed myself harder, or focused more on swimming and less on having a job (I was in AP classes, worked 2 jobs and swam) if maybe I could have been good enough to get a scholarship to a 4 year college. How different would my life be if I had tried harder?

Don’t get me wrong, the life path I took is not one I regret. I’m still a college graduate with a career… 

I just wonder what would have happened if I had tried just a little harder – how much further would my life as a swimmer gone?

Either way – I will just keep swimming. 

 

Rolling With The Punches. 

Happy Saturday night! 

Today has been very busy. It started at 6:18am as my sister and I headed to the pool. 

After my swim sesh, I hit up the farmers market, made breakfast, did laundry cleaned house, prepped for lunch (I was having family over) – all before 11am. 

After spending time with the fam, I worked overtime, getting off at 8pm. I’m finally getting a chance to wind down, and it’s just in time for bed too. 

Overall fitness update: I’m still keeping up with my gym/fitness schedule and and my diet has been pretty good. My weight is creeping down, so yay for that! 

I’ve been swimming more, for a few reasons. First, I’ve been having problems with sciatica due to an old quad accident (which happens to be on the same side as my tendon issue.) For some reason it has decided to flare up, and I don’t doubt that the two are somehow related.

….and it’s a real pain in the ass. 

Like, for reals. 

It really hurts my ass…

when I sit, stand, walk, run, squat, lift my leg – it all freaking hurts. 

So running, cycling, elliptical and even weights is difficult to do right now. I still do them, but I needed something that offered relief, while at the same time offering fitness goals to be completed. 

Swimming.does that!

My tendon injury is also a part of the reason for swimming. After last months 5k, it swelled for several days after. So, I’ve had to do a little more in the aspect of taking pressure off the left side. I am realizing and accepting more and more that running is never going to be what it once was. 

Let’s have a moment of silence to let that sink in:

***insert the sound of crickets here***

I just have to do my best, to make the best of this. 

I have been told by my podiatrist that my foot is probably never going to heal completely. It’s most likely as good as its going to get. Doing surgery at this point might actually cause me more pain and will make my foot less mobile. So, I have to do what I can to allow it to continue the slow healing process, and prevent re-injury. 

My posterior tibilas tendon rules my life. 

But, I’m okay with that at this point, I remind myself – It could be worse, right? Because I’ve been at the worst with this, and it meant being stuck in a cast with HORRIBLE, constant pain, swelling, and literally a foot I couldn’t stand on. 

I’m not there anymore. So… #winning.    
I have a whole blog post written in my head about swimming, and I kind of feel like make it it’s own separate post. 

So watch out for that! 

In the mean time, you can take this away from reading this post: 

Sometimes things happen in life that wasn’t in our plan…actually – you can pretty much bet that if you try to plan something, life’s going to come along and change it for you. 

But the beauty of this is that, we learn to change right along with it. We grow from these experiences. And sometimes the changes that happen unexpectedly, bring us to an even better place than we had planned to be in the first place. 

Have a great evening! 

July is Practically Over. 

Well hello everyone. 

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything. I partially wanted a break, and also just didn’t feel like posting anything. Ha! 

So what’s been going on? 

Well I enjoyed a nice vacation at Lake Tahoe! 

We went for a hike at Hidden Leaf Lake 

Rode to the top of the heavenly gondola

Then ended up in Reno. 

Then we visited family. 

I came back just in time to run my all time favorite race, and my all time favorite place!


 This race is special to me – because it’s the first race I ever ran with Brazen Racing! 

Bad Bass 2016 did not disappoint! 


 I didn’t do to bad – I stuck with my intervals, doing 4 minute runs to 1 minute walks. 

It’s been a long time since I’ve run any hills – and let me tell you,  the ones at the lake were very unforgiving! 
But, it was the best feeling in the world being there, it felt like home with a giant family of runners. 

My sister, her husband and their son participated too! It was just like old times, except with a new addition! My nephew seemed to really enjoy the race even at 3 months old – I think we have a runner in the making. 

My foot was kind of unhappy for a few days after though, but that is just my new normal. So, I rested and then swam in the pool at my gym. This being the first time since I’ve been going that I even checked it out! With the recent 108° temperatures that have been melting my area, it felt good to be in a pool. 

I actually did more laps than what my Garmin swim watch recorded. But seeing has how it was over a year since I last used my watch, I actually forgot how to even start the darn thing! 

That’s terrible. 

I’ve continued with pole fitness too! I returned this week, and my 2 week hiatus from class was very evident. 

But that’s okay! Because it meant that even though I felt really out of shape and my muscles are already sore – I had a great workout! 

My food has been really good too. I’ve come to a better place with it. I’m eating healthier foods, and enjoying them. My binges have been few and far between, and that’s great! 

Hopefully I will get back to regular posting – thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

What I Ate Wednesday 

Hello readers and fellow bloggers!
I realize that it’s almost the end of Wednesday, but that’s okay I still have time to fit in this post – so let’s get to it shall we?!

I’ve been doing really well with my diet and exercise the last two weeks. I’m not sure what it is, maybe that it’s summer and there’s just so much fresh fruit and vegetables available? Whatever it is, it’s working! I really tried to clean up my diet a lot because I was eating an excess amount of sugar and just crappy foods in general. After watching a few documentaries on food, health, and other things like that – I’ve managed to scare myself into eating better. (Thank you Netflix.) 

But that’s okay.
My meals have been tasty, extra flavorful, and very colorful. I look forward to eating each meal just because it’s so pretty!

I took pictures of every meal I ate today and I thought I would share them with you. So here we go!

Let’s start with breakfast: I made a yummy Kodiak protein/gluten free waffle, and topped it with fresh blueberries and sugar-free syrup. Then I made an egg white omelet covered in spinach, and topped with sriracha! So yum! I also had coffee with almond milk.

At lunch I had white rice with fresh green beans and red bell pepper in a hoisin sauce mixed with ginger, garlic, and chili sauce all cooked in a wok. 

For dinner, I had a veggie burger on a whole wheat sandwich thin, topped with Laughing Cow asiago cheese, avocado, an egg, lettuce and tomato. And a salad with Bolthouse Farms salsa verde dressing! 

I snacked on a fruit salad that had strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, and blueberries – so delicious. 

Since changing my diet I’ve noticed that I feel a lot better. It took about a week, but I don’t feel as sluggish and tired as I felt before. 

I’ve also managed to keep up with my workout plan. Yesterday I didn’t get to work out until very late at night, and quite honestly I just didn’t want to. But I did a 30 minute Nike+ training aession, and felt pretty good after it was done. Today I did a strength workout also via Nike+ – and I must admit I’m feeling it already! 

Now its time to get to bed because my alarm is going to go off at 3:30 a.m. Tomorrow is going to be a long day-Thursdays usually are. But I took some time tonight to make my meals so that I wouldn’t be tempted to buy things or go out to eat.

Well that’s all I have for you tonight, sleep well and have a good day tomorrow! 

 

Weights, Weight and Wait…

Happy Fourth of July! America celebrates her 240th Birthday today. I hope you’re celebrating in a fun, healthy and memorable way.

I spent my weekend with friends by the pool on Saturday, the weather was perfect and it was a great day. On Sunday, I spent my time with family enjoying BBQ, fireworks, and fun. Today, I am having a very low key day – but I did start it by going to the gym.

Last week was productive in my fitness and food efforts. I am actually down 4 lbs which was kind of a shock. Today I did a quick 15 minute run just as a warm up, and then headed over into the world of weights.

I have been watching a lot of you tube videos on weight lifting, in hopes of learning new things…however I realized that I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to training and weights. I also know that to be a strong runner, I have to be…well…strong.

A strong core is essential, strong glutes and legs only help make for a better runner. Especially for one who has dealt with injury for so long. However, getting back into the weights scene felt slightly intimidating today. But, its okay…with each new day it will get more comfortable.

I’ve been tracking my measurements, since the number on the scale isn’t always the best indicator of progress. In doing so, I set up a few goals online at http://www.bodybuilding.com. In doing that, they predicted that it would take me about 2 years to get to my goal…

2 years seems like such a long time.

A loooooonnnnnng time.

But, I’ve been overweight and ultimately unhappy with myself for a much longer time than that…so really 2 years is a drop in the bucket.

So, this is my latest adventure…combining my recovery of a torn tendon, with learning to run again, with weights…let’s see where this goes – shall we??

 

 

Summer Heat…

Happy (belated) Summer Friends!

Summer Solstice  seems to have snuck up on me. With each passing season, I keep asking myself where the time is going? Luckily, this year  Summer greated me with a beautiful sunset.

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It also greeted me with 105 degree temperatures…

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This will be my first summer in an area that gets hellishly hot. It makes me miss my hometown, and its lovely bay breezes that much more. I certainly took advantage of my wonderful San Francisco Bay micro Climate all those years before. Alas, I will just have to adjust to the warmth that is upon me.

This means adjusting how, when and where I workout. If I was a morning person, that would be great, but it would have to be early morning – like 430am early morning.

And that’s not that kind of person I am these days, I tend to work out late at night, but often times its so late that my gym is closed. So, this past week I have been doing a lot of Nike Training Club workouts, and even made it over to the Pole Fitness Studio.

Last weeks Pole class irritated my tendon, mostly because I was barefoot for an hour, which means no arch support for that long. It took a few days for my foot to recover, so this time I decided to try a different class. Instead of Beginner Pole, I tried…well, a twerking class basically.

I’ve done one other twerking class in my lifetime, about a year ago now – but my thoughts on it remain the same : It’s a lot more work than one realizes, and it really works your core, hips, and low back muscles. All of which – I desperately need to build both strength and flexibility in. The class was fun, and we even got to mix a little pole work into it – which is always fun. I have one pass left which I plan to use on Friday, but I am thinking of signing up for more because I find that the Pole Fitness classes help break up the monotony that can come with working out at the gym. It is also working different muscles and things that I do not tend to work on enough…like arm and shoulder strength.  Plus I find that it really tests my self confidence, and is helping me to be a little stronger in that area too…I mean, I have to wear shorts to class, which is a huge deal for me.

I also (as mentioned) have been doing the NTC training sessions – these I always do at home. I wait till the evening when its cooler, or try to get out mid morning. Thankfully we have a covered patio, so it helps.

Today’s workout was pretty intense, combining both strength and cardio into 45 minutes of “fun.” My muscles were shaking and I was sprinkling sweat all over the floor.

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Tomorrow I am hoping to try to go for a jog (since I still can’t really call my pace a run…) But now, I really have to plan this out – if I can wake up early enough I can run around the neighborhood. If not, treadmill it is at the air conditioned gym – as long as I get there before they close.

Motivation is still an issue this week, which is partly why I ended up at the twerk class yesterday. I didn’t want to do anything, but I knew that I really should, so I signed up for the class during the non cancellation window.

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I am unsure how I am going to keep myself in the mood tomorrow – but I am also hoping it won’t be so difficult. Time will tell.

I realize this post is all over the place…sorry about that. That’s kind of how I am feeling today.

I hope your summer workouts are totally happening for you!