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My plan for Carlsbad5000

Disclaimer: I received an entry into Rock N Roll’s Carlsbad5000 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. 

This upcoming weekend, I will be running the Rock N Roll Carlsbad5000. EEK! I’m pretty nervous about this race since training didn’t really go according to plan. Life kind of just happened and my mileage and motivation to run significantly decreased this month. 😦

When I originally signed up for the 5k, my plan was to try and beat my personal record. I haven’t PRed in the 5k distance in almost three years and I thought it might be time to try and PR again. I had also been beating PRs in longer distances so why not the 5k?

Well, I may have bit off a little more than I could chew. My current PR for the 5k is a 24:36. This means that I averaged a 7:55 min/mile for 3.1 miles. Holy crap. My training runs haven’t been anywhere close to that pace. I can usually hold that pace for a mile and a half and then I gas out. Sigh. If anything, I hope to at least beat my previous course record, which is 25:15. Fingers crossed.

The plan this week

  • Monday – Tuesday: Run the bulk of my miles (~10-12)
  • Wednesday: Begin tapering
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Pick up my bib and swag and do a shakeout run to get rid of nerves and loosen my muscles

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    The design on the Carlsbad5000 shirt. Isn’t it pretty?
  • Sunday (Race day): Give it my all and hope for the best

Eek! Wish me luck! How about you? Are you racing this weekend? How are you kicking off April?  

 

 

 

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Go away cold. I have a half marathon to run.

I have been super fortunate to not have gotten sick or injured during the past two race seasons. This year, I wasn’t so lucky. I was doing fine, kicking ass you might say, until this month. A lot went on in February and I will admit, my body could only endure so much.

Last Thursday, I woke up with a sore throat. There were no sniffles that came with it and so I shrugged it off and blamed it on the charred steak I ate the night before. The rest of the day, my skin began to feel clammy and I felt fatigued. Luckily, I made it to end of the work week and rested…sort of. Friday night, I may have driven to LA to attend a friend’s birthday party at GloZone LA and I may have lost the rest of my voice that night, but really, those are just small details. LOL.

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Playing mini golf in the dark

On Saturday and Sunday, I basically sounded like a man…or a very seductive raspy sounding woman. I’m not really sure. Anyway, I drank hot lemon water and tea with honey and echinacea all weekend long. Monday flies by and Tuesday morning, I wake up with a lot of phelgm build up. TMI, right? I’ll spare you the details. In short, I haven’t been feeling too well.

Despite being sick, I still have been able to do my daily maintenance runs (averaging 3 miles). Why on earth would I still run, you ask? Well, because I’m sort of a sadist. Kidding. I ran because I had to complete my 100 day run streak. Day 100 fell on Friday and so I ran Thursday and Friday while sick. In all honesty, it wasn’t too bad. And when day 101 came around, I just couldn’t bring myself to stop…damn. What have I gotten myself into? I guess we’ll just see when I finish my streak.

Also, the San Diego half marathon is this Sunday and I’m determined to run it ill or not. I prefer to not be ill, but it will be what it will be. The SD Half is in its 6th year running and I’m excited to run it because I’ve never run it before. If you run this race along with the Mammoth half marathon (in June), you get a special challenge medal too. They’re both very scenic races and unfortunately, I will only be running the SD half this year. There are too many races and not enough time and money. Hashtag runnerproblems, right? The SD half also happens to fall on the day where Daylight Savings Time occurs so it’ll be interesting how my body adjusts to the time change. I, for one, am grateful for the time change. I love being able to run in the evenings without it being super dark out. Woohoo.

So that’s the update with me. How are you doing? Do anything fun last weekend? Looking forward to anything this weekend? And last but not least, wish me a speedy recovery. 🙂

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Happy Monday! – A recap of last week’s shenanigans

Hi guys and gals! It’s a new week. Let’s get excited, shall we? It’s another week to get stuff done and become a better version of you. 🙂 Let’s do this!

Last week was full of delicious food and good friends. Mendicino farms, an LA based sandwich restaurant, opened up in my area and I was able to snag a complimentary meal for me and 3 of my friends during their training session. Woohoo! Free food!

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At Mendicino Farms

I also went to a Yelp event at Hard Rock Cafe and had a blast eating and mingling with fellow yelpers.

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At Hard Rock Cafe for a Yelp event

I also had a holiday lab lunch at Piatti‘s with my colleagues. No picture with my colleagues, but I did snap a photo of my delicious meal.

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Linguini with mussels, clams, fish, calamari in a tomato basil sauce

On my running progress, I’m doing a lot better than previous weeks. I think my running mojo has returned. Hooray! I logged in 31.1 miles last week. That’s on par with my marathon training schedule so I’m a happy runner. 😀

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My mileage last week

It’s amazing what happens when I challenge myself. 🙂 If you remember from my last post, I’m doing quite a few of them to make sure I don’t slack off this holiday season. I’m halfway through my #RWRunStreak and 1 hour and 10 minutes away from completing the NorthPoleRunClub (NPRC) challenge. Running everyday has been extremely challenging (I guess that’s why they call it a challenge), but I’m doing it. 🙂 It also helps that I have extra challenges to complete so I have more of an incentive to do it. I checked 2 more items off the #RunChatHunt during my long run too.

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My runner sticker on a car entry

My running will decrease this week as I’m tapering for the San Diego Holiday Half. BOO. It’s for the best though. I need to rest up for the race. bjm4nyeimaajrdz

So there you have it, my recap of last week’s shenanigans.

How was your week? Did you do anything fun? Any races you’re looking forward to? 

Posted in Race Reports, Running, Training

40 Thoughts I had during the NYC Marathon

Last week, I ran 26.2 miles for the first time in my life. It was the furthest I ever ran. It was also the longest. For 4 hours 48 minutes and 49 seconds, I placed one foot in front of the other and during that time, you can bet that I had some crazy and not so crazy thoughts. Here they are from start to finish.thoughtslist

I might have missed a few thoughts along the way, but overall, my thoughts were positive. It kept my spirits up and I felt invincible when I crossed the finish line. Obviously, the pain set in after the adrenaline was gone, but it was worth it.

What kind of thoughts do you have while running? 

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I did it! – My NYC Marathon Race Report

Apologies for the delayed race report. It’s been a whirlwind of a week with all the craziness that’s been happening the last few days (NYC marathon, traveling, and elections).

Anyway, onto the topic of the day…

MY FIRST MARATHON! 

The entire experience was amazing and I honestly could not have asked for a better one. Here’s my report of my experience.

Health and Wellness Expo: I arrived in NYC Saturday morning, got my butt to the Health and Wellness Expo, and grabbed my bib. Since I got to the expo kind of late in the day, I didn’t have as much time to explore. The expo was super overwhelming , but my friend told me to embrace it all. So I did. I quickly went to see all the vendors, tried their samples, and even scored this fancy schmancy jacket at 50% off the original price.

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I’ve been finding any excuse to wear it ever since I got it. 🙂

I also bought some hand warmers while I was there because it was supposed to be hovering around 45 degrees F and I’m a California girl. Me + 45 degree weather = no bueno. So after buying some last minute items, I left the expo and made the trek back to my hotel on the upper west side. Once there, I laid out all of my running gear and made sure I had everything ready for the next morning.

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5 Hammer Gels, my racing bib, flip-belt, sparkly soul headband, clothes and Honey Stinger honey waffles all ready to go

I had a quick dinner at a Thai Market and then headed off to bed soon after. Thankfully, it was daylight savings time the next day so I got an extra hour of ZzzZzzzZs. Perfect for race day.

Morning of the race: Getting to the marathon start line was a marathon in itself. I left my hotel at 7 am and got on the metro to arrive at the Staten Island Ferry WhiteHall Terminal. I then ferried over to Staten Island where I waited to get onto a shuttle that then took me to the start corrals.

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The 1 took about 50 minutes to get to WhiteHall Terminal
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At WhiteHall Terminal waiting to get onto the ferry

I got to my corral just in time for my wave to be released at 11 am. Whoo! If that wasn’t good timing, I don’t know what was. In all honesty, getting to the marathon wasn’t too bad. Yes, it did take a few hours to get there, but I was surrounded by fellow runners and everyone was so friendly. 🙂 I met a few other solo runners and we just chit chatted about nerves, training, and our overall experience with running. Before I knew it, it was race time!

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This is Rebecca, a Brooklyn native that I chatted with while making my way to the starting corral.

Race time: I don’t know what it was (maybe it was the music, the weather, the other runners, or just the overall energy of the race), but I knew from the start line that it was going to be a great race. The DJ was blasting Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” at the start line and I just soaked it all in.

We first started off on the The Verrazano Narrows Bridge,  which is about a 2 mile long stretch. The bridge gives you an amazing view of the city and I’ll admit, I slowed down a bit on the bridge so I could just take in more of the scenery. (I also didn’t want to burn out too quickly since I had 26 miles to go).

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Heading up the hill on the bridge
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I wish my picture could have captured the beauty of the city.

After the bridge, we immediately entered Brooklyn, which was full of energy. (Thank goodness, too because 12 miles of this race was in Brooklyn).

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Fans are there waiting for you almost immediately after the bridge.

The fans lined the streets of Brooklyn to cheer us on with signs and high fives.

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It was refreshing to see something other than “You’re almost there.” 🙂
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One of many hills we ran up. Aren’t the trees pretty?

It was definitely an amazing feeling to have people root for me even though they didn’t know me. I high fived so many children, I lost count and I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much during a race, let alone a 26.2 mile race.

After Brooklyn, we entered Williamsburg, which has a huge Hasidic Jewish community. Many of them were headed to work and so I saw a few of them dart across the streets in order to get there. I also got a few stares here and there since they’re not used to athletic wear. There were less spectators at this point, but I was still having a blast running around and looking at all the differences of each neighborhood.

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The Pulaski Bridge – Most runners walked up the bridges

Next bridge up was the Pulaski Bridge. This bridge took us into Queens. It also has a great view of the city.

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The sky was so blue that day. It was so hard to NOT smile.

Queensborough Bridge, which was the third bridge we crossed was probably the hardest bridge. It’s in between mile 15 and 16 and is all uphill. Many of the runners walked up this bridge and I saw a lot of people stop to stretch their calves. I even saw a guy being tended to by a medic. :-/

Luckily, I trained for hills and was prepared for this. I just leaned towards the ground and pumped my arms and within 10 minutes, I was off that bridge and in Manhattan, where more crowds of people were waiting.

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Running up 1st Ave with all the other runners

Running up 1st Ave was pretty tiring (miles 16 – 19), but the crowds pulled through for me. Their cheers got me through Manhattan, into the Bronx, and back into Manhattan again.

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The Willis Ave Bridge
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And the Madison Ave Bridge

Once I got to Central Park at mile 23, I knew I had it in the bag. My boyfriend was waiting for me at mile 25 and my brother was at mile 26. I knew I had to get to them. Plus, Central Park is amazing. As a Californian, I don’t get to see the leaves change color so Central Park was such an amazing place to run through.

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Hello Finish Line!

Crossing that finish line felt AMAZING.

20 weeks of training. 65 training runs. 2 pairs of running shoes. And 26.2 miles later, I had achieved my marathoner status.

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I did it guys. I’m a marathoner!
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Kissing my hard earned medal

And you know what? I’d do it again in a heartbeat. All the sweat, tears, and countless hours of training I put in made me a stronger person, both mentally and physically, and I’m happier because of that.

So, did you run the NYC marathon this past weekend? If so, how was it? 

 

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It’s Good Luck Box Time!

Disclaimer: The following post will consist of a lot of smiley emojis. I am just THAT happy. You have been warned.

Okay guys, the NYC marathon is in 4 days (FOUR DAYS, GUYS! I’m FREAKING out right now) and my nerves are a WRECK.

Luckily, I received a surprise Good Luck Box a few nights ago and it has significantly improved my mood. ^_^ For those who don’t know, a Good Luck Box is a box that is specific to runners (like how Lootcrate is specific to geeks and gamers, but it’s different in that it’s not a subscription box). Inside the box are items picked by fellow runners and can be given out as a gift before a race. The box is sent to the runner the week of their race in hopes that the items inside will give them luck for the race; hence, the name of the box. 🙂

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This little gem arrived on my front doorstep a few nights ago. 🙂

Inside the box, you will find a note (with a penny inside) from the person that sent it to you along with all the goodies the Good Luck Box team picked for you. They pick items from a variety of vendors and not every box has the same items.

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Inside, I got this note from my boyfriend who bought the box for me.

I arranged all the items in a way that showcases them all (or at least, I tried to).

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All the goodies I received

Depending on when you order the box, you may get items that are geared towards pre- or post-race. I got a little bit of both. Although, it might not seem much to the average person, these items mean the WORLD to runners. 😀 Chamomile tea to calm my nerves the night before a race. Good Luck Pasta in the shape of four leaf clovers for carbo loading pre-race. Honey Stinger chews and waffle for the actual race (I LOVE Honey Stinger), and a Tiger Tail foam roller for my aching muscles post-race. Seriously guys, I’m in love with this box. 🙂

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My favorites!

I tried picking out my favorites to show you, but everything was so thoughtful I ended picking out the majority of them. 🙂

So have any of you gotten a Good Luck Box? If so, what did you think? If not, maybe think about getting one for yourself or a friend. It’s a great mood booster. 🙂 

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Marathon Monday – Taper time!

It’s Monday again and that means it’s time for another marathon update. This is my last week of “training” before I kick butt at the NYC marathon. Training is in quotes because last week and this week are taper weeks. taperingrunner_zpsac8cc122

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it,  tapering is reducing your exercise prior to a competition or race. It can take as little as a week or as long as three weeks prior to the competition. For more infomation on tapering (and the mistakes of tapering), here are a few articles by Runner’s World, Competitor, and Active.com.

Some runners are a bit cranky during taper weeks because they have the itch to run, but need to rest. I know the feeling well. Running destresses me and if I can’t run, I have all this stress build up. It’s no bueno for me.

This time though, I welcome tapering with open arms.

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Catching up on all that sleep

I put in the hard work the last 18 or so weeks and this is now my time to rest (and boy do I need it). I did my last long run on 8 miles on Saturday and it was freaking tough. I felt a few aches in my knees and ankles, but made it through. Even walking today felt off. My goal this week is to run two short 4 milers today (Happy Halloweenie!) and Wednesday and I’m done until my marathon. Wish me luck!