Posted in Running, Training

Rock N Roll San Diego – Back to my beginnings

I received an entry into the Rock N Roll San Diego Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

That’s right. Come Sunday, June 2nd, I’ll be running the Rock N Roll San Diego half marathon again for the 4th time.

And once again, I chickened out and didn’t opt in for the full. LOL.

One of these days, I’ll get around to running the full. I heard it’s a fun course and being a San Diego native, I feel like it would be a great way to explore 26.2 miles of my city on foot. See things I’ve never noticed before and interact with the community that would wake up early to cheer us on.

Unfortunately, that course is not the easiest. It has a pesky little hill around mile 20 and I tend to hit the wall at mile 20 so no thank you…at least for now. One day though, I will run it and I’m sure I’ll love it. I mean, San Diego is the birthplace for the Rock N Roll series so I just know the full will be twice the fun of the half. 🙂

We’re 6 weeks out, but I know that I will be only running this race for fun. Running for time is out of the question as I’m still very injured. It’s been a struggle to run even 4 miles without stopping so I know I will need to work hard to recover.

Running the course should be a grand ole time though. I’m excited to high five as many people as I can and maybe I can even find a few Power Up signs to hit along the way. I will rock out to the music and hopefully, I can get some great photos of the course.

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I’m pretty happy that my next race is this one. I know I’ve said it time and time again, but the Rock N Roll series just now how to put on a party. Even their Health and Fitness expo is pretty top notch. During my first visit to the expo, I walked around for hours. I visited all of the booths, got free samples, and even rode a mechanical shoe (think bull) that threw me off. LOL. Me being thrown off the shoe was one of my favorite  expo memories. 🙂

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From my first RnR San Diego expo visit 🙂

San Diego is also just a phenomenal city to run through and this race is one of my favorites. The neighborhoods bring their A game every year. Outside of the cheer squads and bands that play along the course, some of the neighbors bring out shots of tequila and whiskey. LOL. I don’t know if I’ll partake in them, but it’s nice to know I have options. 🙂

If you’re running it, let me know and let’s meet up. I love meeting new people, especially if they’re runners.

And if you’re not running it and want to, use code “19RNRBRP16” for $16 off either the half or full or code “19RNRBRP6” for $6 off their 5k or 10k. 🙂 

See you there!

 

 

 

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Posted in Race Reports, Running

A 5k, Meb Keflezighi, and Pizza Oh My – My Carlsbad 5000 Report

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Carlsbad 5000 as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Wheeee! I’m alive. I survived another race and my heel lives to see another day. Hooray!

And without further ado, my race report.

Bib Pick-up

Race weekend was uhmm a bit much. I was moving apartments and with all the heavy lifting, I was exhausted going into race day. Luckily, bib pick up was super easy. I opted to pick up my bib on Friday at Fleet Feet San Diego because it was on my way home and there was a 15% discount on their items, so I decided to also purchase some Superfeet for my inflamed fascia. 🙂

Race morning

Fast forward to race day and I arrive about an hour before my race and I find sweet street parking a few blocks from the start line. I met up with my male friends who were running the race before (Men’s 39 and under race) and wished them good luck. Then, I stretched out my legs, took my infamous jumping photo, and got ready to run. While stretching, I spotted Meb Keflezighi and was starstruck. LOL. He was at the expo on Saturday signing autographs and since I couldn’t attend, I was pretty bummed. BUT luck was on my side because I saw him and I got a picture with him!

The Race

The start of the race went pretty much as expected. I started out too fast and got winded a mile in. LOL. I felt extremely out of shape, but pushed on. My fascia was doing okay and wasn’t overly upset at me and when it did decide to hurt, I walked. I did take my time and I finished in 27:07. 🙂  Not a bad time considering.

Post-Race

The energy of this race is amazing. Probably because it doesn’t start super early. After crossing the finish line, I met up with friends ANDDDDD spotted Meb again and this time, he was signing people’s bibs/medals/ribbons so you know I had to get mine signed. He was so nice and patient taking pictures and signing things for us.

The Carlsbad 5000 will always be one of my favorite races. It’s short, sweet, and over in less than 30 minutes. 🙂 And there’s free beer at the beer garden. I didn’t drink, but my friends did and afterwards, we headed over to Pizza Port for amazing pizza. I had an amazing time and honestly, I can’t wait to do it again next year. 🙂

If you want to sign up for next year’s race, head on over to their site. Pre-sale is currently available until April 14th at 11:59 PM PST. 🙂 It’s the lowest price and if a 5k doesn’t seem worth traveling for, remember, there’s an awesome 20k all day where you run all four 5k heats so you can experience the start line and finish line energy 4 different times. 🙂

 

Posted in Running

A Runner Down, But Not Defeated

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Carlsbad 5000 as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

When I first started running seriously, I vowed to take it nice and slow. The goals were just to finish and to not get injured. Unfortunately, the longer I ran, the more ambitious I got and of course, the likelihood of me getting injured was higher. More seasoned runners told me to stretch if I wanted to run long term. And as an ignorant younger runner, I thought, nope. I think I’ll be okay. I don’t run that far and that could never happen to me. LOL

So I ignored the signs. I ignored the fact that my calves would always tighten up like crazy when I ran uphills. I was still smashing PRs so I figured, it was fine. I ignored the fact that for weeks, I was literally getting out of bed and limping a little bit because I didn’t want to put my heel down.

So here I am – a runner not able to really run. LOL. I understand why it happened and I am accepting the consequences. I am also determined to not let this beat me so I have gone to see a chiropractor who specializes more in muscle therapy and three sessions in, I’m a bit more hopeful than I was immediately after the Hot Chocolate 15k. It was confirmed that I do have plantar fasciitis. Surprise, surprise, right?

I’ve started swimming a little bit more to give my feet a bit more time to heal. Post Hot Chocolate, I took an entire week off and to be honest, it drove me nuts. The longest I’ve ever gone without a run in the past 5 years was maybe 4 days so instead, I swam. Then this week, I tested the fascia.

With the Carlsbad 5000 coming up this Sunday, I wanted to see if I could run 3 miles. So on Monday, I started off with a slow 1 miler around the block. I felt a bit of pain so I stopped and stretched a bit. I then went another mile. The next morning, I was okay. The pain was still there, but it wasn’t worsening. I skipped Tuesday and on Wednesday, I went out on a 3.5 miler with a run group and was able to run with a little less pain. Hooray!

It’s Friday morning and I’m hopeful that I’m going to recover and I’m hopeful that I can finish the 5k. My time won’t be even close to what I want, but my end goal for the year is to finish my marathon in June so I know this is the right decision. 🙂 And I’ll always have next year to try another PR.

I’m honestly very grateful that the Carlsbad 5000 is my next race. Racing a 5k is no joke and last year, I ran my little legs off and was exhausted by mile 2. LOL This year, I have a legitimate reason to take it easy. I can have a grand ole time in my race group and then cheer on my friends in the “Party people’s race.” And afterwards, I can grab a pizza at Pizza port. Yum!

Anyway, I’m off to stretch some more. If you want to follow me on my race weekend adventures, I’ll be posting on my IG and Twitter feed. 🙂 See you all next week when I post about my race experience.

Posted in Running

Grabbing Life by the Handful – A Handful Sports Bra Review

Disclaimer: I received the Closer Bra from Handful  as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

“Grabbing Life by the Handful” is their motto and boy oh boy, does this really resonate with me right now. I’m injured and unable to run so instead of letting it get me down too much, I’m fighting back and making the most of it. 🙂 Fortunately, my injury didn’t come until after I had gotten some test runs in with Handful’s newest sports bra so I can report back and give you all a little discount code if you’re interested in trying out their things. 🙂

I wrote about Handful at the end of last year when I reviewed their Adjustable Bra and  they are truly one of my favorite sports bras to date. They are ultra comfy, come in super cute colors, and their “flatter, not flatten” motto is a favorite of mine. 🙂

Their newest sports bra is called the Closer Bra, which was actually designed for women who need a little bit more support. Despite the extra support it gives you, it’s actually still pretty breathable. There’s mesh panels along the sports bra and the fabric is moisture wicking, which is a MUST for sports bras.

And the best part? There’s a ZIPPER IN THE FRONT. Oh my god, I love this about the bra. I’ve had other sports bras that consists of more fabric and taking them off after a sweaty workout is a PAIN. I feel like I’m going to pull a muscle trying to get out of them. With the zipper, you just unzip and unhook the clasp and voila, you’re free. It’s super easy and there isn’t any hassle about trying to wiggle your arm out of the sports bra. Hooray!

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Like all of their other bras, the Closer Bra comes with removable “Lights Out” pads. Their pads help with the “Flatter, not flatten” aspect, which again, I love. LOL

I’ve run in them at least 5 times now on runs ranging from 3 to 11 miles and have experienced no chafing. The fabric was really breatheable and I didn’t find the extra support restricting during my runs. Personally, I found that there is a slight issue with the zipper hitting the top part of my chest, but I just move it down a little bit and the issue is gone. I spoke to other Pros who tested it out and the majority of them never had this issue. I may just be the unicorn on that one. 🙂

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My favorite sports bra is still definitely their adjustable bra because I simply do not need all that extra support, but I admire their ability to make super cute bras for all ranges of people. I mean, who doesn’t want to look cute in their workout clothes?

If you want to read a little bit more about these sports bras, you can also go ahead and read my review of their Adjustable bra hereYou can also use code “BIBRAVE” for 10% off. 🙂 

And click below to see what other BibRave Pros have to say about this sports bra. 🙂

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Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running

Hot Chocolate 15k While Injured – My Race Report

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hot Chocolate 15k – San Diego as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

And BOOM, I finished the Hot Chocolate 15k this past weekend and oh my god, I was in a bit of pain. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

On Saturday, I did a short 3 mile shake out run in the morning. My heel was still hurting so I picked up OS1st foot brace compression sleeve. It was recommended to me by the running coach so I decided to give it a shot. I then picked up my bib at the expo, got my sweet new jacket that came with registration, and talked to my favorite vendor peeps (Aftershokz, Honeystinger). I then ran a few errands and foam rolled, massaged, and stretched my legs for the rest of the day.

Sunday morning, I woke up early, put on my foot brace compression sleeve, took 2 Advils to alleviate any potential inflammation, and out the door I went. I felt okay at the start of the race, but that quickly changed about 1 mile in the race. For those of you who don’t know, the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Diego is a challenging course. It makes you earn that chocolate and honestly, it’s not terrible if you trained for it…or aren’t injured.

The start of the race begins on a hill and for almost the entire race, it’s rolling hills. And much like the hills, my emotions were also up and down. Due to my heel issues, my legs tried compensating in other ways, resulting in overuse of other muscles. This caused way more pain than I’d like so throughout the entire race, I seriously doubted if I could finish. In retrospect, I pushed myself harder than I should have. Every time I walked, I saw my 17+ min/mile pace and panicked that I wouldn’t have been able to finish. I ended up finishing around a 10:30 min/mile pace so really, I had nothing to worry about.

I saw friends along the course and on two separate occasions, I burst into tears because I was so happy to see people come out and support me. I was mentally and physically in pain and seeing familiar faces made the race more bearable. In short, this wasn’t a great race for me and my heel is actually much more sensitive than it was pre-race. 😦 I am not currently running and I will not be running until I see a PT about the issue. Fingers crossed that it’s not a stress fracture or anything more serious. 🙂

I’ll update you soon!

 

Posted in Running, Training

It’s Race Weekend and my Goal is to NOT have a DNS/DNF

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hot Chocolate 15k – San Diego as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

I knew there’d come a time where I’d be injured and it’d be my fault and dun dun DUN, that time is now. I’ve had this pain at the bottom of my heel for several weeks now and honesty, I had been in denial about it for so long. I knew I was getting injured. I mean, getting out of bed first thing in the morning and still having to walk on the ball of your left foot is NOT a good sign. LOL.

So here I am on Friday morning, wondering if I’ll be able to finish the Hot Chocolate 15k on Sunday.

I think that I will. I’ve always been the optimistic type when it comes to running. I’ve been resting most of the week with the exception of a Monday and Wednesday run. And instead of running on Tuesday, I swam. 🙂

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My first swim of the year

I’ve practically been living in my Oofos all day long and I even got an indoor pair since it was still painful to walk around my house barefoot. Yes friends, my heel pain is real. -_- After talking to some people, they think it’s caused by not stretching. Surprise surprise. So for the past two weeks, I’ve been stretching pre-run, post-run, and even on days I don’t run. I’ve been foam rolling and even used those crazy Hypervolts that are $350 a pop. (I didn’t buy the Hypervolt. I borrowed someone’s).

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Chasing the sunset since we have more daylight now 

I have a very short shakeout run (maybe 2-3 miles) on Saturday and then I’m off to pick up my bib. Then, it’s more foam rolling and stretching the rest of the day. I am determined to finish even if it means walking a chunk of the course. Do not fret though. If the pain becomes unbearable, I will not be finishing it. I’m going to play it smart…at least as smart as I can. Wish me luck!

Question for you: Have any of you had a DNF or DNS? When did you know it was time to throw in the towel? 

Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running

Marathon Mondays – Marathon Training has Commenced

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Grandma’s Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Hello again! Apologies for it being so quiet around my blog lately. Work picked up like crazy last month and honestly, I wasn’t in a great mental space and forcing myself to blog would have made it worst for me and probably for you as one of my readers.

I’m a bit better now and good timing too because marathon training has officially commenced. It kind of snuck up on me too because one weekend, I was thinking that I’d have to start training soon and so I started to count the weeks left until Grandma’s and lo and behold I had to start that Monday. LOL. Oops.

Choosing a plan was really difficult for me this time around. I actually didn’t announce my New Year’s resolution this year because I was too scared to attempt a marathon PR since my last PR attempt didn’t go so hot. Yes, I PRed, but I was in a lot of pain both mentally and physically. I had no fun and I remember telling my boyfriend that I would never race a marathon for time ever again.

That was Oct 2017 and since then, I’ve raced 2 other marathons…not for time. I’m not in the best physical shape right now. I’ve gained a few pounds, but I think I’m ready to give it another shot. I’m not going to go over my mileage in detail every week like I did for Honolulu, but I will periodically update you all on my progress, especially when I hit those extra long miles and let you all know how I’m doing.

Now let’s get excited. I’m attempting another marathon PR. Wheeeeee.

Question for you: Any tips and tricks to a good marathon training season? I’m all ears!