I’ve been lacking in the blog posts lately.
I haven’t really posted much since the beginning of the month, and I’m sure you all have just been dying to know what mayhem and foolishness I’ve been up to for 3 weeks.
I mean it’s probably popped into your head randomly at least once!
Ok. Well here it goes anyway…
Well, for one I’ve been studying for an upcoming test. Real talk : I hate it…it sucks. And I wish the test was over already.
Enough on that.
I’ve been working a ton of overtime at work as well. I also despise it…but I’m trying to reach some financial goals so hopefully it will…ya know, pay off. No pun intended.
I’ve had to squeeze in time to participate in life events such as friends birthdays, and other things. I’ve also had to find time to try and keep my fitness levels somewhat was existent.
I went out with some girlfriends for a birthday party. The birthday girl wanted dinner and dancing, so she chose sushi and a local night club.
Except…I’m in my mid thirties and haven’t been to a club since my twenties. Race days took precedence over late drunken nights out and let me tell ya….
I’m beyond thankful for that.
Clubbing these days isn’t how it was back in my day… I’m so glad I don’t have to do it now – what a mess! Although we still managed to have fun, I was longing for my pajama pants and bed long before the stroke of midnight. Being up at 5am (and yes, that was on a Saturday) does that to responsible adults.
Paying 12 dollars for poorly made, watered down drinks was less than ideal. I mean seriously…I don’t work that hard to spend that much on alcohol without the benefit of at least having the effect of numbing my toes from dancing in heels.
It was a lot of fun to dress up for a night though, and I was beyond excited that I could put on a pair of heels for the first time in over a year without pain to my healing tendon!!!
Also I was pretty stoked about how nice my runners legs looked in non running shoes!
I also did a little cross training by participating in a dance class. First off I’m not the best dancer when it comes to any type of choreography. I spend more time trying to count to 8 and remember the steps at the same time. But, a friend had a Groupon for a local studio and it was about to expire so we chose one of the last remaining classes before that happened…
Yep, that’s right. There’s a twerking class and I participated in it.
Not only that…
But I had an incredible amount of fun at said class.
The hour flew by and I amazed myself at how well I did…and yes it was choreographed, I wasn’t just shaking my bum for 60 minutes.
This last week, I made it a point to fit in 30 minute workouts because I was seriously lacking on any fitness the two weeks prior. So I pulled out the ‘ol Nike Training Club app and dusted it off… And the cursed it for ever being invented.
But then praised it’s effectiveness with each completed session!
I also managed to cook up a few new recipes, which I’m hoping to post on the blog soon.
Apparently I’ve been on a pasta kick…or I just forgot to photograph everything before I ate it.
The coming weeks are going to be just as, if not more, packed as the last few. So I’m hoping I make it through without going completely insane.
I’ve got some big changes coming too. But I might keep that off the blog just a tiny bit longer. =)
Have a great week bloggers and readers!
Yesterday I participated in a 5k at Newhall Community Park in Walnut Creek. The run was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, a healthcare group and my favorite race company – Brazen Racing.
The Diablo Dash 5k was definitely geared towards walkers and new runners. It’s main goal is to encourage people of all fitness levels to get out and do something to take care of yourself. This is great, and I’m glad it was done. Hopefully it inspired or encouraged people to start running more consistently.
I, however, found myself being quite snobby towards the entire event. I woke up not even wanting to do it, because I kind of knew what type of crowd would be there. On the trails, I was irritated that no one knew race etiquette and that almost everyone found it necessary to abruptly stop on the trails to turn around and run back to their friends/family, or tie their shoes, or to just take a break and enjoy the scenery.
I was extremely annoyed by the sea of blue tech T’s that swarmed the race. Almost everyone was wearing the shirt given for participation…I follow the UN-written rule that you can’t wear it till you earn it.
I laughed at the fact that there were 2 aid stations on the course. I mean….seriously?? And joked how insanely sore I’d be after this “treacherous” run.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from running, is that it always has a way of putting me in check. I find running to be a humbling experience with lessons learned with each step I take.
Yesterday was no exception.
I haven’t run since my 10k with Brazen on August 2th. With a short training run on August 5th…I’ve spent the rest of my month working a lot of overtime (I can detail this in another post.) With every step of my run yesterday, my hips and lower back hurt due to extended hours of sitting for 3 weeks. My lungs basically told me to eff off by mile 1. It was hot, and I felt so gross. My handheld water bottle sprung a leak and emptied itself, so I had to take advantage of the water stations because (no surprise here) I was already dehydrated.
By the end of the run, I felt like crap both physically and mentally. Physically I ached, and my head was pounding. Mentally I felt like a ginormous asshole for being so critical of the 700+ potential-to-be runners that surrounded me. I remember what it was like to first start out…and running brought all of that back to me by the finish line.
All in all, I went home thankful once again for the fact that I was even able to sign up and participate in the event. My foot did okay, and even with the struggle my 38:02 chip time wasn’t as bad as it felt.
Brazen did an excellent job of supporting the event and providing everything necessary to make this memorable for everyone, and I’m hoping at least someone decides that running will be their thing after participating yesterday.
Afterwards I checked out a new Farmers Market and then had lunch with my sister.
All on all, it was another memorable race day, with the medal to prove it.
PS…I definitely need to start running again at least 2x a week.
What do I love more than Sundays?
Sunday morning Breakfast of course! It’s usually the day of the week that I have more time to spend cooking up a yummy, quality breakfast, and today I tried these super yummy Coconut Panacakes! I found the recipe in the Weight Watchers, “Love it, Eat it, Cook it!” Cook Book.
At 7 pts per serving (with 3 pancakes per serving) It’s felt like a lot of pancake happiness on my plate! They are very light, sweet, and probably my new go-to gluten free pancake recipe!
I decided to be a bit creative and added dried coconut to the recipe to make it a little more special. I enjoyed the addition, but you can totally remove it, and still have an awesome stack for breakfast.
This summer has been a pretty hot one so far, but I live in a pretty awesome place with a great climate…(which I am going to miss greatly in a few months.) So yesterday when I headed out to Brazen Racing’s Summer Breeze, I was pleasantly greeted with overcast skies and a lovely breeze blowing in from the bay side trail. Summer Breeze is one of my favorite summer races because of this. This race is unofficially named “Summer Freeze” because it’s usually pretty cool in temps even though it’s always in August!
This is another race I went to solo, now that I’ve done it a few times it’s getting a little easier, but I still miss having someone with me. But it wasn’t long before I found a few friends to chat with before the race started. We were all excited because this race would host Brazen’s 100,000th finisher! For a small race company, this was a huge deal. We each had kind of hoped it would be one of us to win this awesome title, because it came with 10 free race entries! Unfortunately no one I knew won, but to the kid that did – I hope he really enjoys it.
Before I knew it, the 10k was starting, and I was in the corral still going back and fourth as to if I should run 10, or quickly change to the 5k. I wasn’t in the mood to run any distance! But I sucked it up and told myself I needed to stick with the 10k. I didn’t have a plan as far as how I was going to tackle the seemingly too-long-distance. When the horn blew, I just decided to take it easy like last week and go at a slower pace, because it was a longer distance, I chose to take 1/10 of a mile walk breaks after every full mile.
For some reason this completely pancake flat course felt harder to run then last weeks hilly Bad Bass course. It was humid, and there was a lot of wind from every direction, so that may have made it feel harder. (even though I enjoyed the nice air conditioning!) But after a bit of time, I kind of fell into my rhythm and just enjoyed the course. It took me a long of positive self talk and motivation to keep the pace going, but I figured the positive thoughts I kept having to repeat in my head with each step was probably good for me.
Every race I have run on the course, I have PR’d at. I knew that wouldn’t happen this year – but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was only about 9 minutes off of my fastest time on that course. Considering I had to slow down purposely, but that I was able to run almost all of the 6.25 miles really made me happy. It felt good to know that I was able to run the distance at a 12 minute pace, and run for the amount of time I did – It’s essentially the longest distance I’ve run consecutively with the shortest amount of walking breaks! I consider this another milestone. So, even though the PR wasn’t officially on the clock – it still felt like one inside!
After I crossed the finish line, I happily grabbed myself a super sundae ice cream bar and headed home.
My next race is at the end of August and its a 5k, so I am looking forward to it.
Everyone knows by now that I love Sundays. It’s usually the day I have all to myself, the least busy, the last day off before another work week begins. As of late – it’s also my weigh in day at Weight Watchers. It’s kind of like, my clean slate day…
Today’s weigh in, just like the last 3 weeks, resulted in another gain. It was small, but the small adds up over time. I am not in the dark as to why this is happening. I am perfectly and well aware that it is a culmination of my lack of motivation, non-existent activity levels, and over indulgence in all things food.
My vacation this last week really dd help in lowering my stress levels over all, but it did not help my diet or exercise. Vacationing is fun, but it usually means that all dietary rules go out the window. I think what made it worse this time around, was that instead of going out to eat (which is already hard, but seems a bit more controllable…) we stayed with family…namely parents – and were pretty much at the mercy of whatever they made for us. Everyone loves good ol’ home cooking, and it usually means more than one helping of moms meatloaf or dads fried chicken and mashed potataoes…AmIrite?!
To make it worse, we usually opted for a nap after hanging with our families, and didn’t make it out for any walks.
Although I wouldn’t take any of it back, I did cringe a little when I saw the number on the scale this morning. I went through the same ‘ol song and dance in my head – getting mad at myself for all of my poor choices, and for being so darned lazy. Coincidentally today’s Weight Watchers meeting was about self love. I am great when it comes to showing my love towards others, but am actually horrible when it comes to being just as good to myself.
So, this blog post is basically just a reminder that it’s important to really love, care for and respect yourself – in the same ways you do others. I mean seriously, think about the things you tell yourself when your not so excited about the way something looks like in the dressing room. Would you ever tell the things you tell yourself, to your best friend?
I think if I was more positive in my thinking, it may turn into motivation to keep on track.
So, this morning I had to think about all the negative thoughts, and then replace them with positive ones. Also. I am really wiping my slate clean this week. All the bad food, and poor choices I made the last 3 are done and gone. All I need to do is focus on this coming week. I will take it one meal at a time, and I will do my best to make the right decisions. I took appropriate steps when I got home from my trip. I went shopping and bought healthier foods. I also went through cookbooks, and picked out a few new recipes. Yes, this is similar (if not the same) to all the other times I attempted to restart my healthy lifestyle. But, I think it’s important to remember that it is much better to keep starting over than it is to give up.
Part of the reason I haven’t really posted much this last week, is because I was away for a short vacation. This pretty much meant that I did nothing active, with the exception of a short run the Sunday prior to leaving. It was extremely sweaty, and far from easy! But I was actually surprised by my pace, considering I have been so lazy the last few weeks.
Last Sunday afternoon my boyfriend and I left for a trip up to the more Northern areas of California to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the SF bay area. Starting in a Small town north of Truckee, we stayed with my parents and enjoyed the mountain scenery, water, and air.
it was nice because we went with the intention of making no, or very loose plans. We started our trip with a detour to Reno, and has sushi at the Atlantis Hotel/Casino.
I was slightly disappointed because I had heard so many good reviews about this place. Although the sushi wasn’t bad, I wasn’t all that impressed. The pieces were skimpy on the fish, and heavy on the rice. Living where I do, this is not the norm. But oh well, It was all you can eat, so I guess that made up for it. We did gamble a bit afterwards, but I don’t think I need to tell you that I didn’t walk away with any grand jackpots or anything. It was still fun though!
After getting back to our cabin, we drove around the lake, and although it had more water than I had expected – it was sad to see how low it’s gotten. The California drought is real folks, and it’s scary!
The following day, I took it back old school and went target shooting with my Mom and Dad. For some reason, my aim was really off – but I still managed to hit a few bullseyes!
We then headed to our next destination, which was Chester, Ca and Lake Almanor. In Chester we enjoyed old fashioned milkshakes an old fashioned soda fountain.
I had a peppermint milkshake. Not only was it super pink, but it was delish! And also, so huge that I couldn’t even finish it! We continued on our way along the feather river, headed over to see visit his family. It’s Salmon season here, so they released all the fish from the hatchery.
We also went to a wild life rehabilitation center. And I learned that this is how bears sleep…
I also learned, that they do in fact snore.
The next day we went to Lake Oroville to go fishing. If any lake has shown signs of the drought, its this one. It is literally dropping 8 inches per day. There is only one boat ramp open because its just too low to warrant the others.
I love being on the water in a boat. It’s one of my favorite childhood past times, and always makes for a good day.
I had a great vacation, I was able to disconnect from everything stressful here and just enjoy the time spent on relaxing things. We even had time to take a few naps, which was awesome!
Although the vacation felt a little too short, I was super thankful to be able to spend the time with my loved ones. Now…I have to try my best to get back on track with my diet and exercise! Hopefully the quick reset to refresh, will help with that.
One of my absolute favorite Brazen Racing Races is the Bad Bass Trails Run held every July. Not only is it held at my absolute favorite park, but it’s a bit sentimental to me. Bad Bass is the first ever Brazen Race I participated in way back on July 11th 2011.
I remember that day, and how blown away I was by all things Brazen! The courses, the aid stations, the post race buffet, and of course the It’s-It’s! But most of all, the amazing race directors and fellow runners that make up the Brazen Family. I’ve participated in every one of the bag piping, fish chasing, Scottish themed races since 2011, with the exception of 1 and plan to continue with it.
The difference with yesterday’s race, is that it’s the first time in all the years that I went to it by myself. In all the years past, I had my main running buddy with me, as well as friends who joined in on the fun. Unfortunately over the years my running circle has both grown, and shrunk! Being a Brazen Streaker, I met many new people, so anytime I go to a Brazen race, I run into someone and never feel completely alone. But my close running group has pretty much dissipated into nothing. My cousin stopped running a few years ago and admitted that it was never really her thing. (Although truth be told, I really feel like she could have excelled as a runner if she hadn’t stopped running once she met her current boyfriend…) My sister kind of fell out of love with the sport after streaking last year.
(Insert super sad face here.)
Admittedly doing just shy of 30 races in one year does cause major burnout, on top of that she has been busy with other adult life things like buying a home and stuff. Hopefully soon, she will be running again once she gets settled into her new town/home. My friend had her first baby last year and has to adjust to her new life as a mommy. She does make it out with her daughter and the baby jogger on weekends, but races are just a bit too early still! Another friend is super busy with her kids baseball and soccer schedules, and lastly another friend is currently packing up all her things and preparing to move all the way to Oregon!
(Insert another super sad face here.)
Even my life is getting ready for some big changes in the next few months, but I am confident that i can continue running with Brazen and on weekends with the group.
Anyway, back to the recap: It’s kind of funny, because it seems like every time I run this race, the night before is a rough one. This year wasn’t any different. I ended up with a migraine that hurt so much, I couldn’t even lay down. I ended up staying awake until 3am feeling miserable! When my alarm went off at 5:30am, I actually felt a little better, but was looking forward to my post race nap, more than my race itself.
I got to the park, and was surprised at how many people have caught on to the fact that you have to arrive super early to get the best parking. Luckily I still found great parking. I went through the packet pick up routine that Brazen makes so incredibly easy, and then waited to find other friends that were running, which didn’t take too long.
All my friends were running the 10k or half. I chose to stick with the 5k because the course is pretty hilly, and the 10k course ends up on trail with a hill that is pretty much a mile of UP. My foot still doesn’t handle hills well, and I just didn’t think it would be the best thing to do right now. After my migraine from hell…the 5k was a blessing.
I saw my friends off at their races, listened to the bag pipes and set off for my own race. In my hast to get out the door on time, I forgot my Garmin, which meant I couldn’t use the timed run/walk feature that I have been using. I decided, since I was at my favorite place and running along the paved part of the trail (the uneven terrain of dirt trails causes more movement in my foot that causes pain these days) I would just run a long at a leisurely pace, until I had pain or couldn’t breathe – whichever came first.
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my run yesterday from start to finish. The weather was absolutely perfect, cloudy, overcast, and cool! I found a good place on the trail that didn’t feel too crowded. And best of all, I just ran for the fun of it! I didn’t feel any pressure (from myself!) Everything felt good, even though there were a few times I apparently forgot how to breathe. I just went with it, and I was able to run the entire course, which happened to be 3.35 miles as opposed to the normal 3.10 distance!
I came in with a time just over 39 minutes. This was incredible because it was the farthest distance/time that I was able to continuously run without pain since my injury happened. Even more awesome, was that I was running on pavement – and not the cushion of a treadmill! When I made it to the finish, I had a feeling similar to the one I experienced the very first time I crossed a finished line. Pride, gratitude and amazement for what my body allowed me to accomplish. I didn’t PR. I didn’t even beat my old Bad Bass times – and it didn’t even matter! It still felt like the best race to date!
I happily picked up my medal and promptly went home so I could take my post race nap, which ended up being 2 hours long. I totally felt like I had earned it though. I have another Brazen run next week, and I am looking forward to it, since it’s on a completely flat course!
Citrus Ginger Chicken
Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.
The last three weeks have been catastrophic when it comes to healthy eating, exercise and general focus. I haven’t been able to pinpoint what is causing me to mentally derail in so many areas at once. Not feeling well might have a lot to do with it, but I still think even if I am not up to working out, I should be able to stick with a better diet and not sabatoge myself with extremely poor choices.
I know my weigh in tomorrow is going to be a non-victory-type.
In keeping with my goal of trying to find the positives even in not-so-good situations, I had to really look at this one. The only real positive I could find was that…I can start all over again this coming week. With Sunday being my weigh in day, it wipes the slate clean. All my point values with WW drops to zero ready for me to begin a new week, so that’s exactly what I am going to do.
I will forgive myself for what was last week (and if i’m being honest with myself, the 2 weeks before too) and just start anew. I am hoping that making better food choices will help me feel better overall, since I haven’t been feeling well in general. It might help increase my energy levels so that I can do something besides lay on the couch and look at Pinterest, Facebook, or Instagram.
It’s going to be difficult though, because I am going on a mini vacation…but fingers crossed it does me some good.