Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running

Marathon Mondays – Week 1 of Training done!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu 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.

Holy moly is my body sore. I think I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew. LOL. Let’s recap how this past week of marathon training has gone, shall we?

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles: I was supposed to log 4 miles, but because I normally run a bit shorter on Wednesdays, I upped the mileage here to 5. It helped a lot that I was at a group run and the friend I ran with was so in shape. LOL. It pushed me to keep going when inside, I was mentally finished. I had gone swimming the day before and it was my first time swimming in years soooooo there was a lot of soreness happening.

Tuesday (Rest) Rest: Tuesdays are normally my day for intervals, but with this plan, Tuesdays are rest days. I did in fact rest, but I’m not sure I will in the later weeks. It was incredibly difficult from running every Tuesday to not running. I was intending on filling up the rest of my Tuesdays with some short weightlifting sessions so we’ll see how that goes.

Wednesday (5 miles) 4.5 miles: Another group run and managed to push myself to 4.5 miles. A lot of walk breaks were taken during this run once I was running by myself. LOL.

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Thursday (5 miles) 2 miles: I had an extremely busy day at work and with the weight lifting plan I needed to do, I could only squeeze in 2 miles before speeding off to have dinner with friends.

Friday (Rest day) 2 miles: I felt pretty guilty about being behind by 3 miles already during the first week so I made a quick trip to the gym during my lunch break to squeeze in some extra miles.

Saturday (6 miles) 7 miles: Being only a mile behind in my plan, I decided to add it to my long run. It was extremely warm when I started in the morning so I made it a treadmill run.

Sunday (Rest) 1 mile swim: I figured that since I had access to a pool this past weekend that I should take advantage of it so I went out and swam a mile. 🙂 It was low impact and apart from inhaling a little pool water, the swim felt great.

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Total mileage (20 miles) 20 miles + 1 mile swim

Thoughts: I probably should not have squeezed in those extra miles on my actual rest days as I was exhausted by Sunday, but I’m happy I hit my target mileage. This next week will be 23 miles so wish me luck. 🙂

Question for you: Are any of you training for a marathon? Which one? 

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Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running, Thoughts, Training

Marathon Mondays – Honolulu Marathon Training has officially begun!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu 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.

Marathon training has officially commenced and after some careful consideration, I have decided to opt in for a modified version of the Aftershokz Marathon Training Experience plan. This plan is available through the Motigo app and if you remember a few months back, I tried this app out at the Big Sur marathon. This app allowed my friends to leave me cheers at mile markers so even though they couldn’t be there, I could still hear their cheers. This time around, they’re expanding their repertoire by providing training plans. They partnered up with Aftershokz, BibRave, and the Honolulu marathon to create a plan that is tailored to beginners. The CMO of Aftershokz will be running her first marathon there so I figured that it’d be a nice beginner plan to use. The plan will also have some audio to go along with it so it’ll be interesting to hear what types of tips they may be give out during the training runs.

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I treat myself to capri suns after a workout. 🙂

I’m not technically a beginner marathoner anymore, but I thought this would be a fun one to use since I’m not really aiming for a specific time goal. Thank you to everyone who had suggested plans for me when I asked. I definitely looked into all of them and will actually be taking bits and pieces of them to add into this plan to tailor it to my needs. I will most likely not be following the Aftershokz plan too closely as not all of my social runs match up with their run days so I will modify the plan accordingly and keep you all updated here. 🙂

I’m also incorporating some cross training into this plan. I have plans to begin lifting a bit and I’ve even started swimming. 🙂 I thought I was going to die the first few laps of swimming, but after a few hundred meters, I got into the groove of things. 🙂

Hopefully, all of this cross training will help better prepare me for this marathon and for future marathons to come. I’ve even started to compile of marathons that I’d eventually want to run. So if you have a list that are on your bucket list that you’d want to share, please share away. 🙂 I’d be happy to add another one on my list.

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After my first 1600 meter swim 🙂

Now let week 1 of my Honolulu marathon training commence! 🙂

Posted in BibRave Reviews, Running

Trekz Air – The Newest Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones to review 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. 

If you remember a year or so ago, I tested out the Trekz Titanium Mini wireless headphones and LOVED them! Well, the brand that made them, Aftershokz, has come out with their newest pair of wireless headphones and they’re called the Trekz Air. They have all the things that I loved in the Minis and put them in the Airs:

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Bone conduction technology – The transducers in the headphones guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears.

Open ear design – Because of this technology, their headphones have an open ear design. The headphones don’t need to cover your ears or be in your ears. This allows you to hear the outside noise and make you more aware of your surroundings when you run.

Sweat resistant – If you don’t sweat when you run, you’re doing it wrong. LOL. I sweat a ton and I love the fact that they are still in great shape.

Long battery life – I use these for phone calls, listening to music, and podcasts so I love that these last around 6 hours. 🙂

Noise cancelling microphone – Making calls while on my drive has been such a time saver.

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The biggest difference between the Minis and the Airs is that the Airs are lot thinner and therefore lighter. So if you’re concerned that the Trekz Titaniums might be too bulky around the head, you should opt for the Airs. I love both of them equally. The sound quality on both of them are great and I just couldn’t go back to wired headphones.

Aftershokz is having currently having a sale through their BibRave affiliated site where you can get a BibRave Bundle, which consists of a Bibrave Trucker Hat from BOCO, a shoe bag, a sports towel for those sweaty runs, a cellphone power bank, and of course your fancy Trek Airs. You can use the code “BRBUNDLE” to get $55 off your entire order.

I’ve spoken to a few of my friends who’ve converted and they all say they’re pretty darn swell. 🙂 Post your questions below if you have them. 🙂

If you don’t believe me, read other BibRave Pros’ reviews of the Airs below:

Andrea – Brenda – Ryan – Aubrene – Deanne – Shannon – Dane – Karen – Katy – Ben – Nicole – Janelle

 

 

Posted in Marathon Mondays, Running

Marathon Mondays – Running in the Summer

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu 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.

It’s almost been 2 weeks since I got back from Asia and holy moly, am I out of shape! LOL. It’s either that I ate too much during vacation or that it’s summer time and it’s humid as hell.

Okay okay. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I live in Mediterranean climate, but I’m a spoiled brat when it comes to weather. I’ve never lived in extreme weather before so when summer time rolls around and it hits above 80F, I start to melt a little, which isn’t good because I expect it to be around 80F in Honolulu in December.

I haven’t officially started training for the marathon yet, but I am rebuilding my base slowly, but surely. It’s been difficult, but I’m not deterred. 🙂

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My official start date will most likely be in August, which gives me 3 to 4 months to train for my fourth marathon. I will not be racing this marathon for time as I’ve never been to Hawaii before and I want to be able to soak in the scenery as much as possible. I will also be training with my SO who will be running his very first marathon and uh, he is not a runner. He does not consider himself a runner and he probably never will. LOL. He’s doing this because it means a lot to me. 🙂

So this is where I need your help. I know there are ton of training plans out there and I want to find one that is suitable for my SO. He doesn’t have a significantly strong base and so I don’t want to deter him with a training plan that has 5 + days of running. I did that during my Chicago marathon training days and it was exhausting!

If you have a training plan that you really liked that didn’t have crazy high mileage, please comment with a link. 🙂 Also, if you have any tips on how to make this experience as pleasant as possible, please comment. 🙂 Thank you!

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My Movin Shoes Running Group

Also, on another note, if you would like to join me and run the Honolulu marathon, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off your registration!

 

Posted in Thoughts, Traveling Adventures

Travel Tuesdays – Seoul, Korea

So it’s been quite a while since I last did a Travel Tuesday post. Oops. Sorry to all my readers who follow me for travel posts. 😦 I’ve actually been to several other cities since my last Travel Tuesday post, but I always forget to write about them and then too much time has passed and I wonder if it’s even worth it to write about. Well, I recently spoke to a friend about her travels and that has reignited my motivation to write about my travels. That and I also recently traveled. 🙂

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I recently went to Korea and Japan. I left about 2.5 weeks ago and only last week did I return from the land of the rising sun. 🙂 My apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been experiencing extreme jet lag and have been struggling to rectify my sleeping schedule. 😦

Anyway, after a week of resting, I’m ready to start telling you about all of my adventures, good and bad. 🙂 Not every moment was sunshine and rainbows, but I had a great overall experience and would recommend anyone to visit these fine countries.

Let’s start off with Korea. 🙂

Korea was once on my bucket list of countries to visit because it was the land of pretty Korean boy bands (according to high school me), but after I grew out of the KPOP phase, I didn’t really have an interest to visit. But when the opportunity arose to visit both Korea and Japan, I jumped at the opportunity.

I arrived in Seoul, Korea on a Saturday night and oh my goodness, it was extremely warm. My main traveling partner had arrived in Seoul a few days before me and had taken pictures of signs that I needed to look out for so I wouldn’t get lost.

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We decided to share a pocket wifi and he had picked it up before me so I was traveling without wifi and with no way to contact him if I had gotten lost. LOL. So while at the airport, I used the free wifi to let him know I landed and took a million screenshots of the pictures he had sent over and slowly made my way over to the train station where I’d meet him.

It was surprisingly not too difficult to get from the Seoul Airport to Seoul Station by train. There is an express train that you can take and in 40 minutes, you’re there. Seoul Station is huge and has lots of things to see. It is a main hub and there are a ton of transfers that you can take from this station. I got out of the station pretty easily and made my way to the AirBnB where I dropped my things and headed out.

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I had arrived late in the day and didn’t have too much time to explore Seoul, but the one of the few things that I did do was visit Blind Alley, which is a raccoon cafe. I went to a few animal cafes on my trip and I would definitely recommend this one over the others. As the name implies, you go here to play with raccoons and since it is a cafe, there is a requirement that you pay for a drink on top of the ticket to play with them. You can’t just pay to meet the raccoons. It costs 6000 won ($6 USD) to play with the raccoons and whatever your drink costs.

A Few Tips for Blind Alley

Go in the evening when there are less people. You’ll have more one on one time with the raccoons and they won’t be as stressed.

Wear gloves when feeding the piglets. Pigs can eat through bone so if they chomp on a finger, you’ll be happy you wore that glove. I got bit on my hand when I tried feeding the larger piglet and it hurt even with the glove.

The raccoons are quite cute, but just be careful as their claws can be sharp. Feeding them is fine, but some of them are particular about where you can touch them. One of the ones I petted would swat my hand away when I tried to reach for its head.

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Food in Seoul 

I was also able to hit up two restaurants – one for fried chicken because why not and the second one for a more traditional meal of pork bone stew with instant ramen and glass noodles. I wish I could tell you the names of the restaurants, but they were in Korean and I didn’t think to take pictures of them at the time so all I have are photos of the food. 🙂

I wish I could say more about Seoul, but having only been there for one day, there’s not much to mention. The food was great and it was an interesting city to walk around in. I don’t know a lick of Korean and was able to get by decently. The city had a very busy feel to it and I noticed that I was getting bumped into a lot more frequently. I was told that this was the nature of the city so c’est la vie.

Stay tuned as I’ll be posting about my trip to Busan, Korea in the next few weeks. 🙂

Question for you: Have you ever been to Korea? How about Japan? Where did you go and what things did you do? 

 

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Summer Training and a Gatorade Endurance Review

Disclaimer: I received Gatorade Endurance products to review 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!

And boom, it’s SUMMER! Can you believe it?

To be honest, it doesn’t even really feel like summer yet. It’s been pretty much June Gloom in Southern California these days. However, there are warm ones where I regret not waking up earlier to do a long run. The warm weather will be good for me though. I will begin to train for the Honolulu marathon soon and I need to get used to running in humid weather. If you’ve followed my running journey, you’ll know that my body does not adjust well to humid weather. If it goes above 72F, I’m a goner. LOL

To prepare for summer training, I’ve started loading up on some hydration gear and fuel. First off, I purchased a 4L endurance vest from Orange Mud. This was more for my travels in the next few weeks, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a hydration vest that could hold more fluids for my 15+ mile runs. I already have a Amphipod PureRun Hydration Vest that holds 2x 12 oz bottles for my mid length runs, but I would use up all of my fluids by mile 15 so I needed something larger.

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In addition to the hydration vests, I was fortunate enough to be able to try a few Gatorade’s Endurance products – more specifically the Watermelon Formula as well as the Mango Energy gels. Their Gatorade Endurance formula has twice the amount of sodium (300 mg) and more than 3x the potassium (140 mg) of traditional Gatorade, but is much lighter in flavor, which I can appreciate. My stomach is super sensitive while racing and something with a lot of salts and is light in flavor is just what I need. If you’ve ever had regular Gatorade, know that the flavor is probably 5x as dilute which is nice if you have a sensitive stomach. I’ve taken it on runs anywhere from 5-8 miles with no problems to my stomach. Even though the formula is designed for on course training, I’ve also used this drink to hydrate after runs and it’s worked great for me.

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The item that surprised me the most was their mango gels. I’m used to taking sweet gels (chocolate, espresso, honey, etc) so when I took their mango gel, I was taken aback because it was salty! LOL. The taste was a bit strong at first, but after taking more of it, it actually tasted like a light mango. Also, the gel is MUCH MORE DILUTED OUT when compared to your other gels (GU, Honeystinger, Hammer Nutrition, etc). I was shocked at how easily the gel went down. I even took half of it without needing water to wash it down. That was the most impressive part about this gel. 🙂 In terms of how it sat with me, I wasn’t able to test it for long mileage, but I did take it at mile 4 and ran with it for 5 miles without any issues to that’s an bonus in my book. 🙂

IMG_7236 (1) With all of my new hydration gear and fuel, I’m basically ready to start training. Now if only my legs would get with it. 🙂 If you have questions about the product, please feel free to ask me or read one of the reviews from other BibRave Pros who have tested these products out.

BibRave Pro Reviews

Lindsey – Karen – Lissa – Katy – Jessica – Kevin – Amy – Jenn – Vanessa – Ang – Corey – Barb – Ben – Emily – Brenda – Amy P – Eric – Meridith

Question for you: What things do you need for summer marathon training? 

Posted in Running, Thoughts

Honolulu Here I Come!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu 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.

Yep, you read that right. I’m going to Honolulu baby! 🙂 I’ve never been to Hawaii so I’m SUPER STOKED to be going and the fact that I’m going to be racing around Honolulu makes it even better. This will be my 2nd marathon in 2018 (so much for doing 1 a year LOL) and my 4th marathon overall. The details are below:

Date: December 9th, 2018

Start time: 5 am

Price: $185 from now until September 1st, 2018

Course: The course goes through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, through Waikiki and climbs up and around Diamond Head, before heading out through Kahala and out to Hawaii Kai. Turning back after Hawaii Kai toward Kahala and Honolulu, the course passes Diamond Head again on the ocean side before finishing in Kapiolani Park. (I have no idea where any of these things are, but I will be sure to take lots and lots of pictures).

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Interesting tidbits:

There isno time limit for this race, which is kind of amazing. That means, you could walk it and it’d be fine. 🙂 I don’t plan on doing so, but it’s nice to have the option.

With no limits on the number of participants, it would make sense that this is the 4th largest marathon in the U.S. I personally love running big races. If I’m going to run 26.2 miles, there better be a ton of people cheering me on/runners also suffering with me. LOL. I kid about the suffering part. Sort of. 🙂

There is a 1 mile race the day before called the Kalakula Merrie Mile. It’s a great warm up for the marathon the next day. They also have an elite heat where top international Olympians and top 1500 m/mile runners compete. The event is unique where the women get a head start (based on a time differential between men and women) and the first person to cross the line, irrespective of gender wins.

The medal is not revealed until you cross the finish line. Yup. For those that run for the bling, this might not be your cup of tea, but I like the idea of a surprise at the finish. 🙂 On top of that, you have some nice hot malasadas and your finisher t-shirt waiting for you at the finish line.

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, please send me your recommendations. I, of course, want to eat to my heart’s content (post-race because I don’t want a repeat of Chicago LOL) and to do all the things. If they’re budget friendly, that’s even better. I will also need a place to stay so please recommend away. 🙂 Much appreciated! 

If you want to sign up for the race, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off. 🙂