Half Marathon Training Week 5

This week wasn’t the best for my running, but it still turned out ok. Last week I got lucky because of the short week from Thanksgiving. Also last week was much warmer than this week. All of a sudden after Thanksgiving it just got real cold. During the week I didn’t really run at all. I only ran a mile inside the house, which I wouldn’t consider as running. I know its not as cold as the East Coast, but for a Californian I feel cold. Its been really hard to get out of bed lately. Saturday when I came to my long run surprisingly I did 9 miles. I wasn’t sure if I was able to since I didn’t really run this week. I think what’s really helping me with my long runs is that I’m not really thinking about it. Before when I used to do my long runs I would be worry about how slow I was going or how many miles I would have to run. This would hinder me and make me more stressed about the run. Now I just try not to think about anything and just run. The fun part is that I don’t even have a set route. I’m just kind of exploring the neighborhood and going down streets I’ve never gone before. There’s still that part of me that will see people’s Instagram post about their slow run of 9 minute miles and then I’m oh boy a 9 minute mile is my fast speed on race day. Kinda bums me out for a second till snap out of it and just focus on what I’m doing and what I have accomplished. I don’t know if was the best thing to do after a long run, but today I went to my last barre class deal I bought on Black Friday. Its has been a long time since I’ve been to the barre and it was hard. When your going regularly the barre is not as painful. When you don’t go for a long time its just hard and painful. The love/hate relationship with the barre. I miss doing barre, but I think I’m going to be doing barre DVDs that I have. Then I can do the barre on my own schedule. I also went to Zumba this afternoon because I was feeling cold and I didn’t want to do house chores. Hahaha! Hey I had to get my steps in. I just hope my legs don’t hate me tomorrow.

2016 Running & Fitness Holiday Gift Guide

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Where has the year gone. I just seemed like yesterday we starting just starting 2016. Now its time to get ready for the Holidays. If your not not sure on what to get your family and friends that are into fitness and running here are some ideas. Since I’m the only running fanatic in my family I had to add some fitness gifts into the mix.

Headlamp

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Safety is important when running. Since now the days are shorter a head lamp is useful if when running occurs when there isn’t any light out. Last year I was gifted a Yalumi headlamp and I’ve gotten to use it a couple of times when do did run at night. Even if I’m talking a walk in the evenings I will bring my headlamp out with me.

Road ID

Another great item for safety is Road ID. If you know anyone that goes outdoors whether its hiking to running this will be great them. In an emergency it will have important contact information on them instead of having to carry an ID. Road ID carries many items such as bracelets, Road IDs that attach on to Apple/fitness watches, to shoe pouches like the one I have pictured.

Food 

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You wouldn’t think of giving someone food, but anyone that’s into fitness or running knows that’s specialty foods from energy gels to protein bars can get pricey. I know you got that person in your life that is always talking about their “gains” or trying to get you on the “gain train”. Well send them a tub or protein powder their whey and they will be thanking you big time. Hahaha!
Medal Holder

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If the runner is big into racing then a medal holder would be great for them. Medal holders are a great way to organize and show off all their hard work.

Workout Gloves

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Do you lift bro? If person you are gifting is an avid lifter or gym goer then a workout glove is great for them. Workout gloves improve your grips when handling weights since your hands can easily get sweaty when working out. They also prevents blister and calluses from forming. Seems like these days workout gloves have been update to include wrist protection too.

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If they already have a workout glove or are a power lifter then you should checkout the Sling Shot Multi Purpose Wraps. Since the Sling Shot is wrapped around their wrist it gives them extra support when lifting. The wrap even helps with recovery or when working out when slightly injured. My brother got a Sling Shot for my dad and it has been really helpful when he’s lifting weights at the gym.

Foam Roller 

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A foam roller is great for runners and fitness fanatics. After a hard or long workout using a foam roller to will decrease the chance of injury. Foam rolling releases fascia which will help increase blood flow and help with muscle recovery.

Gift Cards

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If your not sure exactly what they need or what size they would wear then consider a gift card. With a gift card they can buy exactly what they want and need.

Support

Instead of buying something tangible, why not give your support to the runner or someone starting on their fitness journey. You can commit to a be a friend’s running buddy or join a family member at the gym. Why be a cheerleader on the sidelines when you can give them more moral support by join them. The hard part of starting running or getting into fitness is not knowing what do or how to start. Especially the first time going to a gym, having someone to accompany you to the gym can ease that newbie awkwardness. You can get crafty and DIY a coupon book  with blocks of time you’ll spend with them running or going to the gym.

Half Marathon Training Week 4

This week didn’t start off to great as I missed a run on Tuesday. Though come Thursday I was back at it with my scheduled run. On Thanksgiving I ran 4.5 miles. This morning I was a long run day and I managed to do the 8 miles. Today’s run felt great. Since it was going to rain later this afternoon it was cool and slightly windy. The more I run the more it gets easier. Long runs don’t seem as daunting anymore. My only issue I’m having is that it still takes me forever to get out the door. Partially sometimes my mind just wants to be lazy . Physically I know I can do the run, but that lazy side just wants me stay home and not run. I’ll find myself stalling by checking social media or even the news. Another part is that there is just so much gear I put on to run. For example today I couldn’t decide on using my hydration belt or hand held bottle. In the end I used the hand held bottle, but found it leaking in the beginning of my run for some reason. I know November isn’t over just yet, but I’ve actually run over 47 miles. What a big help every year with my running is participating in RunEatRepeat’s Pile on the Miles. Monica at http://www.runeatrepeat.com is a healthy living blogger that I have followed for years and is such a inspiration when it comes to running.

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I’ve participated for several years already. The great thing about this challenge is that you are challenging yourself. You give yourself a goal of how many miles you want to accomplish during the challenge. With social media you can see all the other people that are participating in the challenge and its great to see other like minded people encouraging each other. On another note, I got myself back to the barre. I got an email about this Black Friday deal that I couldn’t pass up.  It has been a long time since I’ve gone to the barre after I canceled my membership. It was great to take the class, but I felt weak. I still remembered all the move, but boy did it feel like I was taking the class for the first time.

Half Marathon Training Week 3

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These are my runs for the week. I was planning to run 8 miles for my Saturday long run, but it only turned out being 5. The long run was much better this week because it was cooler. I’ve been getting in my morning runs, but what annoys me is the exercise-induced rhinitis. When I run in the mornings I always have a tissue in my pocket. Even though I’ve blown my nose in the morning my nose still feels like a leaky faucet. I think what helped on Saturday was that I used a nasal spray. After using the nasal spray my EIR symptoms were less. I know some people run with a paper towel, but paper towels are not a soft as Kleenex. Kleenex should just come out with a larger size tissue. Haha! My EIB aka exercise induced asthma I feel like is not affecting my runs too much anymore. I don’t feel the need to use an inhaler before I go out for a run and I’m not wheezing on my runs too much. Beside the fact that my inhaler ran out and I paying the discounted price of $75 for an inhaler is not cost friendly. I still need to work on incorporating strength and cross training. That’s something I’ve been lazy about. On to my week 4 runs. May the weather be nice and cool.

Half Marathon Training Week 2

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So far my half marathon training is going ok. I’m loosely following Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training program. I didn’t really enjoy my run today. My plan was to run to my errand, but that didn’t exactly workout so I ended up running after 11am. Since it got well into the 80s today I knew running wouldn’t be all that cracked up to be. Towards the end of my run I kept asking myself “Why…why did I sign up for a half.” Then I started doubting myself again thinking that I’m screwed and I’d have to partially walk the half. Though after the run I was proud of myself for doing seven miles even though I knew I forced myself mentally. Physically I knew I could do a long run, but mentally today I just wasn’t feeling it. If this weather would just be a little bit cooler. Reports are saying that were going to have a warm winter in SoCal because of La Nina.

img_6031On another note I was trying to make holiday cards because I got this email from CVS yesterday, but I didn’t make it in time for the promo code. I wish they would have given me more time. Well its my fault for not reading the fine print. We’ll only thing I can do now is to wait for another promo code. Is it just me or any photo project can take hours to do.

Coaster Run

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Recently I got a notice that the race is being held at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Knotts was closer to me than Six Flags. Nothing against walks, but since I started five years ago I prefer do running races. I did a charity walk before the whole time I felt like running. There was a big turn out for this charity walk so it felt like you weren’t really moving too much and I felt like it took forever just to finish the walk. Just bummed because the Coaster Run has been my favorite race I’ve done. So many great memories doing the Coaster Run 5K/10K. Well I guess this just give me an opportunity to find another race to do.

Signed Up For My First Half Marathon

I finally signed up for my first half marathon. I’ve been thinking about it for the past few months. Well I’ve been over thinking about it for the past few months. Mostly I was just doubting my abilities and scared of the 13.1 miles. After my long run today, I just signed up before I changed my mind or made excuses. I figured if I didn’t sign-up for one now, when will I ever sign-up for one. Knowing me I’d have all kinds of excuses why not to do a half marathon. Well since this is practically in my backyard how could I not sign-up. What I’m excited for is the course which goes through Old Town Pasadena and all the places I’ve been to growing up in the Pasadena area. I wished I had signed up earlier in the year when it was cheaper, but comparing it to a RnR race it was pricey to begin with. Also I would have had a bit more time to train, not that I haven’t been running already, but it would have given me more time just in case. My main goal is just to be running the whole race, though if I do have to take a walking break or two I’m not going to give myself a hard time over it.