Marathon Training Week 7 & 8

My runs for the pass two weeks weren’t that great. Since it was the holidays I took a break from my usual weekend long run. That probably wasn’t the best idea since the only good run I got during the past 2 weeks was a 7 mile run. I have three more weeks till the Pasadena Half Marathon and I haven’t got a run yet in this week. Hopefully I can do any run by Sunday. What’s kind of scaring me is that the first three miles is going to be uphill. The run instructions literally stated that the first three miles will be challenging. This was the reason why I didn’t really look at too much info about the run before signing up because I knew I’d chicken out. Even though its going to be challenging in the beginning I can’t wait to run the race. Racing usually get me pretty excited. Only issues I usually would have would be the weather. A few times I raced when it was too hot and that was not a fun time. I’m not thinking to much about the race/run, which I have been doing this whole training. My main thing is to hopefully run it without stopping and if I do stop its no big deal. Hope the weather is good and not raining that day.

Half Marathon Training Week 6

Up another mile and oh my god I’m 3.1 miles away from a half! This week I decided to take this other route that I’ve taken before. Didn’t get out the door in a timely fashion, but the main thing is that I did the run. I think the La Nina weather has been kicking in because its not too cold during the day or at night. The weather for my run was nice. Hopefully this week I can get some morning runs in. Overall my run was great. I tackled some hills and got to enjoy the beautiful Los Angeles weather. Dream home shopping was pretty fun to. I saw some homes that looked like they had their own zip code.  I’m feeling a bit sore today, which is normal. Wearing my Pro Compression today and foam rolling after my run has been a big help. My main goal for this race is just to finish without stopping. That has always been my goal when I’m racing something for the first time.

Wow just thinking how far I’ve gotten with my running is amazing. My initial journey into running was just to prove to myself that I could be athletic with proper training. I didn’t think it would turn into a love of running and racing. I hope my love for running grows stronger and for many years to come.

Weekday Runs

At the end of last week I got a email from a run club I used to attend about this holiday/charity run they were doing. Since I needed a way to force myself to run during the week I decided to go. Plus they were having a raffle if you donated a toy to the local Ronald McDonald house. I didn’t win the charity raffle, but I did win a raffle from Nike/Nike Run Club. I also been to the Nike Run Club, but haven’t been for a while. I love going to run club because it forces me to run and its great when there are other people running with  you, but the downside is that after the runs I get this burst of energy. That would be great if it was in the morning, but when I’m trying to go to sleep and I still have all this energy its not good. Yesterday I wish I had run outside instead of going to the gym. I used to be one of those people that could only run on a treadmill. After training for my first 5K the treadmill became the dreadmill. I think running outside is just much better. You get to see the scenery and explore places. The treadmill is great when the weather isn’t right. Besides that I just feel like I’m forcing myself whenever I get on a treadmill. Its just the environment of the gym that just puts me in not the best mood for working out. When people don’t have the best gym etiquette or think its texting/gossip hour. There’s a treadmill studio that will be opening next year that I want to checkout. Suppose to be like Soul Cycle, but for running. That’s up my alley.

On another note. I think I’ve found out when Nike is putting the run on in Taipei. I’m hoping I can go do the half, but not sure yet. Few years ago it was easy to register. This year I noticed that you needed a password. I don’t even know how your suppose to get this secret password. I’d have to ask family members that live in Taiwan if they could find out for me. Guess there’s no word if they are going to be putting any races in the US. The race in LA was a bust. We got all hyped up for nothing. Come on Nike lets get together. I’m ready to give you my money for a race.

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.