Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dora the Stroller Runner

I've gotten several emails about what stroller I run with.  I'm using the Bob Revolution, and I've been very happy with it. (I've found it's cheapest on Amazon or Sports Basement in the bay area).

While I love my stroller, my love for stroller running has come very slow. It hasn't been my favorite thing to do. I love the freedom of running, and I feel bound when I run with a stroller.  On Tuesday I decided to head out for a run with it. I timed it around her nap, because she usually falls asleep when I run with her, and she hates naps, so I was hoping to kill two birds. My goal was to run 4 miles, but while I was running I decided to work on my mind set while stroller running and I finished 7 miles. 

I realized that while I running with a stroller I was like Dora from Finding Nemo.  Instead of saying "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" I had this annoying tick repeating in my head "I'm running with a stroller, I'm running with a stroller." 

I tried my hardest to tune out that repetitive saying and let my mind wonder to other things, like it does on normal runs.  You know, where I solve world problems, or what's for dinner.

So I have a little bit of work to do to fall in love with stroller running, but it's still better than getting no run in at all.  

...and time really does fly. Isla is getting so big.  I found this picture of us when she was 4 weeks old.

And compared to the picture I posted on Tuesday at 4 months she looks huge now. She didn't sleep during my entire run, but she was happy when she was awake.  She is fascinated with trees right now, so she looked up most of them time intrigued by them.  She also seemed to be trying to figure out what that strange look was on my face.....the panting, red running face.

Do you run with a stroller? Do you like it? Any tips for falling in love with it?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fail, to Succeed

I love this quote....

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."  
MIchael Jordan

A healthy lifestyle IS for everyone, but how you get there may take some trial and error.  Don't give up if you fail the new diet your started, or you hate the new workout your friends seem to love.  
  1. Find something you love.  If you hate running, don't give up completely on a healthy lifestyle.  Try Yoga, Pilates, Cross Fit, swimming, cycling, climbing, hiking....try anything and everything.  There are so many possibilities. 
  2. Be Fearless. One of the sales leaders says this at work, but this should apply to all areas of your life.  Say to yourself "I'm fearless" if you start making excuses about something. Try everything! Who cares if you wear the wrong thing to your first class, or bump into your neighbor in a Zumba class, or if you have to take a break because you feel like your going to throw up. It happens to everyone when they first start something.  My first yoga class was a mess...but it also allowed me to see how much progress I made after that first class (and it makes for a funny story).
  3. Persevere.  During my worse race I swore I was never, ever, ever going to do another triathlon again.  The race was at altitude, my legs were wrecked as soon as I got on my bike, and the run was flat but it was 97 degrees that day (the weekend before it was 18 degrees).  On the run I walked through every aid station, I started cramping at mile 5 (of 13.1), I was so mad at the people having fun in the river along the course, and I sat in the med tent for about an hour after the race.  I did that race in 2008, it certainly wasn't my last, and I came back with a vengeance.  I knew if I got through that race I could get through anything.  5.5 years later I still have
    the number hanging on my fridge I wore that day to remind me that I can fight through pain.
  4. Take risks. If you fail, learn from that experience and go at it from a different angle next time. I've started many races too hard, and paid for it in the end.  As a result I've spent a lot of time learning how to pace.  It doesn't always work to plan, but when I have a bad race I don't dismiss all my hard work, I learn and tweak it for the next time.
  5. Aim High.  If you have done a 5K and feel like you could never finish a 10K....sign up for a 10K.  You will completely surprise yourself....and live to tell everyone about it. :)
Hurry UP!!!! There are so many things waiting out there for you to fail! :) Success is just on the other side.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Race #1 - Done!

Sheesh a whole week went by already. I keep trying to write about Jenny's Light, but things are just CRAZY around here!

You know what I love about running/triathlon events?  Actually there are a lot of things, but mostly the community that comes together.  I remember hanging out in Golden Gate Park after running my first race (which was Bay to Breakers in 2005).  Everyone was so happy and energized.  I remember talking to so many different walks of life, and loving the feeling that everyone came together to finish the same race.  And even though we all ran the same course, everyone has a different experience or story that they just can't wait to talk about...even with a complete stranger.  

I love that something so positive brings people together.  We aren't there because a tragedy occurred, or because someone made us do it (although my friends have talked me into some gnarly stuff that I probably wouldn't have done on my own)....we all choose to be there to make a positive impact. And it's not always just a personal impact, many people run to raise money for charity or support a friend in a life changing journey.  I wonder how many dollars have been raised for all the miles run??

So Jenny's Light was all that.  Fun, friends, running, charity, community. The even cooler (or is it more cool) part is that it's more of a family affair than most races.  The kids fun run and the 5K stroller run manage to get to the whole family out.  Also the 10 AM start time not only makes it easier to get the family up an ready, but brings everyone else that always complains early start times. :)

It was extra fun for me this year because I was able to do it with my little one.  She has been training for this for a few weeks now. :) We both had our Hurry Up gear laid out the night before.  Even with the late start time, I wasn't sure we would make it out in time.

While I was able to snap this great picture of my beautiful friend Annalisa and her kids, it's pretty much the only picture I took. (That's my mom crashing our picture in the background). UG! I did a horrible job of taking pictures! I didn't even take one of the baby! 

Thalia and Diego (below) both ran the 5K!...then they ate a million oranges from the Whole Foods tent. 

Hooman came out for the race!  I'm not sure if you have seen him lately, but running looks pretty good on him. (So does that Hurry Up shirt!)

The baby and I did pretty good in the stroller division too.  We walked away with a damn fine prize bag. Look at all that stuff!!....and it includes a gift card to runners factory. 

And this That's it bar was amazingly good.  It says it only has cherries and apples in it, but it sure seems like there is more. 

I have 9 races to go, according to my 2014 goals.  

Which races are you signed up for?  I'm looking for some cool new races to run this year!

Have a great week everybody.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Had Me Dancing and Singing

If you read my recent post on why 5 Reasons why Walking is Better than Running you may be able to picture me dancing and singing. I know, I know.... it's not a pretty picture.  But I can't help it! 

So on my walk yesterday these songs playing on Pandora had me shakin it a little.  I had to take a screen shot while they were playing, so I could remember to download them later.  

One Republic - Counting Stars

Gavin Degraw - Best I Ever Had

Sara Bareilles - Brave 

I was mostly singing to this one...or at least attempting to.

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

This song is so fun!

A few other songs from my playlist are included here: Beat It

Have you added any new songs lately that you love to exercise to?

And's time to party!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Getting Back in the Pool

I'm getting back in the pool...but not alone! Her and I are signed up for baby swim class!  We have her swim suit (or diaper) all set to go. She seems to enjoy her bath time, so I'm hoping for the best. Hopefully I'll get some great pictures of her first time in the pool that I can share.

We've also tried to get her on a skateboard, but she was a little too sleepy.  Maybe we'll wait until she is a little older to try again. :) 

Off for my Sunday run.  Have a beautiful day everybody!!  Oh yea, one more thing!

We have our winning streak outfits ready to go, now we just need game time. Go Niners!!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Making Progress

I started writing this Sunday, but it's been a busy week, so I'm finally getting to hit publish!  

I'm keeping up with my 2014 resolution/goals for the year.  Good thing because it's only the end of the second week!

For some reason my push ups get pushed to the end of the day, but I'm still getting them done.  I need to do a better job of getting them done during the day.  I seem to remember right before bed while I'm brushing my teeth.  It's no fun to do push ups when you are half asleep.

I had a good run week last week.  Getting back into running shape (or any sport) is hard work. I see how easy it is to get discouraged in the beginning, but I'm plugging forward.

PLUS! I got a new pair of shoes that I'm trying out, so that always gives me something to look forward to.  I'm trying the Adidas Energy Boost. We finished our 4th run together Sunday morning.  I need a couple more runs to be able to give a solid opinion either way, but so far so good. And they look pretty cool too.
When I'm training for a marathon (or triathlon), I generally have 4 types of runs throughout the week: Speed, interval, easy and long.  Going into last week, I decided I was going to do one of each.  I'm not back to where I was last year, and I don't want to get hurt, so I adjusted them slightly.

Tuesday I decided I would do my speed workout.  Normally I would run on the track, but there is no way I'm ready for that, so I hit the trail and picked land marks out in front of me. I still have a long way to go to get some speed going, but I felt good about the results.

Wednesday I took a rest day from running and I did a little workout in the family room while the baby was still sleeping in the morning.  This may sound easy, but it sure took my breath away!  

- 2 Rounds - 
20 Push-ups
20 burpees
1 minute right side plank 
1 minute left side plank 
1 minute plank
20 bicep curls with 20lb weights
20 tricep extensions

Thursday I did a solo run (while Grandma spent some time with the baby), and attempted a Tempo run (1 mile warmup, 2 mile tempo, 1 mile cool down). My goal was to hit 8 minute miles for the faster miles.  I didn't exactly hit that, but I was happy overall with my splits.  

1 Mile Warm Up - 8:45 
2nd Mile: 8:09
3rd Mile: 7:46
Last Mile Cool down: 8:13

I need to work on my pacing for Tempo runs...I'm a little rusty.

Saturday I just did an easy 5 mile run.

Sunday is my favorite run of the week.  This is usually when I get my long run in for the week, and almost always with my friends.  I've been gradually adding a little to my distance on Sunday.  This past Sunday I was able to make 8.3 miles, and it felt less painful than the other weeks.  I was almost able to talk while running! 

I've been running consistently for 10 years.  It's been really hard getting back in my running shoes, and working through the feeling of starting over (mentally and physically).  It's discouraging in the beginning, but I keep telling myself to keep going and it will start to feel easier. Looking back over the past few weeks, I can definitely see the progress I've made and that feels pretty good.

How do you work through a comeback?

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Jenny's Light - Jan 26th!

It's that time of year again!!  I love supporting this charity, and hope you can join!

A little about Jenny’s was founded by local Professional Triathlete Becky Lavelle & her family in response to the tragic and untimely passing of her twin sister Jenny and her nephew in December 2007.  Becky is one of THE most genuine people you will ever meet and she is an amazing athlete. Becky and her family organize such a fun event in Los Gatos, with a 5K, 10K and a 1K kids fun run, so you have a few options to choose from.

It starts at 10 AM, which is perfect because baby girl is usually up, fed and happy at this hour.  I'm signed up for the 5K, and plan to do it with the baby jogger. It will be Her first race! 

If you missed last year you can check out the recap and see the photos of all the fun! Jenny's Light 2013

Last year was also My Mom's first 5K. Which she completed at age 70!

Click Here to sign up and get more details on the location. 

Also check out the Jenny's Light website to get more information on Jenny's Light and postpartum depression.

January 26th @ 10 AM...see you there!!!!