#5by1225 5lbs by Christmas Day

 I clearly see that I have abandoned my post (4 days shy of 1 year).  So, it shouldn’t surprise me that my race stats are null (0) this year!  I actually signed up for 2 races; OC Marathon and Dinosaur Dash 10K, but various things kept me from those goals; a trip to New York City (couldn’t pass up a free trip!) and foot surgery.  I’m done with excuses and ready to get back on track and back into “my pants”, which are starting to fit a bit tighter.  BTW- here is a photo of my lovely “boot” (and toes).

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Somewhere, my motivation lies in wait.  Will you help me find it?  I have been a TIU (Tone It Up) Member since June 2013, and I do subscribe to Instagram and Twitter, following lots of beautiful TIU girls.  They do offer motivation, but I often feel disconnected or as if I’m watching from the outside.  I’m sure this is truly my fault and I hope to burst my bubble.  To get to the point…..I want to lose 5 lbs by Christmas!   This gives me 7 weeks (0.714 lbs a week)- should be doable, right?  Right. 

I would love for others to join me, motivate me, push me, inspire me, and help me meet this goal.  In return, I will do the same- in fact, I would love to try and create a group for anybody that is ready to jump in and join (lets create an entourage).  I propose the hashtag; #5by122553766318c93b3de7f972a515aea83ecb santaclipart-1  And to throw in a little experiment, if I can get at least 10 people engaged, I will add a prize for the most active entourage member- $100 (cash).  I will check Twitter and Instagram daily and note the most active member of the day (giving a point for each post using the hastag).  I will mail the $100 cash to the member with most points on Dec. 22.

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Catalina Eco Marathon 2013- Race ReCap

 

 

 

 

 

I can no longer claim virginity, I have run (and completed) my first full marathon; Catalina Eco.

 

IMG_2432I have to say that this was physically the hardest thing I have yet accomplished in life.  The only regret I have is that I picked one of the toughest terrains in the world to run as my first, so my PR Sucks (very disappointed by my time)! Enough of that, and on to the good stuff.  This experience will be tough to beat; the breathtaking views and the anticipation of my first 26.2 will never be repeated.  The first mile of this race was by far the easiest (paved, up very slight hill).  However, once you hit the terrain/trail the following miles were by far the toughest (besides mile 19).  There were approximately 262 participants (this is the number I heard repeated, may not be exact).  There were still quite a few people crowding around at mile 2 and it was near impossible to race up the next steep 2 miles.  I was fully winded by the time I arrived at the first aid station at mile 3.2.  I have to say that I constantly thought about the next aid station and always looked forward to reaching them (the volunteers were super friendly and I’m a dog lover- there was a dog at each station…..at least most).  View of Pacific OceanView from the top

 

The toughest miles mentally (for me) were miles 13-20.  Before this day, the longest race I had run was a half, so my mind tended to over react a bit after mile 13.  Also after mile 13, I found myself alone (mostly) between 13-18.  There were times I wasn’t sure if I was on course and I did begin to panic at one point (briefly, until I saw the flour arrows and could relax).  The trail was marked of course, but at some points I would turn around to see if I missed an arrow and maybe should have turned.  There was a beautiful reservoir, or lake (?) around mile 14- the water sparkled like millions of tiny diamonds and I contemplated jumping in for a minute.  At this point, my lower back started shutting down and the mental game came into play. Mile 13/14

 

Looking back, mile 13 to mile 19 (Catalina Crush), I sort of started losing it and had to keep telling myself I could do this.  Then came mile 19, the hill that was named; Catalina Crush. I cannot lie, this was a doozie.  But if you can make it through this, the rest of the race seemed almost a breeze (almost).

 

Mile 19

Mile 19

 

By mile 20, my back pain went numb, as did any leg pain I was feeling.  In fact, I started picking up pace around mile 23, I felt pretty indestructible at that point. However, as I started coming back down the rugged rocky terrain, my knee pain kicked in at mile 24.  Between mile 25 and 26, I actually grew confused and thought I was off course again.  There was no one around and it was very quiet.  I actually stopped to ask a couple if they knew if I was heading in the right direction (had they seen other runners).  They cheered me on and said I was on course (Thank God).  I ran the last few minutes right down Sumner St., passing my own hotel (AtWater).  I was disappointed that my family wasn’t at the finish line, but according to my check- in’s, my husband was expecting me to finish later than I did.  My phone battery died at mile 25, just as I was going to check in last.  So, sadly, I do not have finish pictures…..yet (hoping Spectrum Sports will send me some for purchase).  Until my next full, I will have to withhold bragging on any PR’s 🙂Avalon

 

Week 21-Marathon Training

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Today is  the first day of Week 21 (22 total) of my Marathon Training. I have to admit that my legs are sore and I’m growing a bit tired of the long runs on Sunday (I’ll happily run 60 minutes a day, but beyond that….). My husband is losing patience as well since this is our only day to spend together weekly. I think it is safe to say that I will probably stick to my half marathons after this for a bit (until kids are older). In fact, I do see why the half marathon is so popular; training mileage is a good distance, but doesn’t take up most of your life! For the record, I do work full time and have two kids (and two dogs). Although, these runs have released major anxiety and I do enjoy the time alone, 2 + hours seems a bit long and to do it weekly is tough (mentally and physically). So with that, I am happy to begin my taper! This week, my training has me running 7 days (I will be taking one rest day). Next week, I will be running three times (longest run 50 minutes on Tue). I am excited to see Catalina Island and to share this victory with my family (over a steak dinner). I’ll follow back up with one more post with details (and photo’s) from the actual race :). I have slacked off on my training rewards, but thats okay, the finish alone will be huge! 

Serrano Park

Serrano Park

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Week 15 Recap- Marathon Training

Top of the World

Top of the World

So, its been 6 weeks since I posted a blog. I guess I just really didn’t have much to say. I’m now sitting 6 weeks to the end of training, 7 weeks to my first full Marathon! Yes, I’m getting nervous, but excited at the same time. Summer is coming to an end and I look forward to cooler weather conditions for my long runs. I’ve continued my trail running on the Serrano Trail, it’s really so close to home and I consider myself lucky for that. I’ve explored the trail even further into O’Neill Park- to be truthful, parts of the trail are a bit scary when running alone. However, on Sunday’s you will find quite a number of hikers, bikers and other runners out and about. Until today, I didn’t realize there was a tremendous hill (which I could NOT run up).

Crazy Hill

Crazy Hill

Serrano Trail

Serrano Trail

I went on a week long vacation to Florida recently and was determined to maintain my training, which happy to annouce, I was successful. I was able to run on my favorite beach (Anna Maria Island/Brandenton Bch). which allowed me to check another box on my summer bucket list. My calves were feeling it the next day for sure.

Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

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I’ve been using Map My Run to track my mileage and this week,I ran 38 miles! This is by far the most mileage yet. I look forward to Week 16 and more beautiful weather and mileage challenges.
Beautiful Sunset at Anna Maria

Beautiful Sunset at Anna Maria


Good Night my friends and fellow bloggers

Slowing Down to share the love- Week 9 Marathon Training

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I slowed down my pace twice this week in order to share the enjoyment of running with my son, Gavin.  Let me preface by saying that the last 2 years of races have been to meet or beat a PR and I needed to let that go this weekend.  The goal for my 5K race today was to finish with my son and see the smile on his face.  We ran the OC Fair Fun Run (Costa Mesa).  The event is chipped/timed, but they have detours if you are not so worry-some about your time.  Although I have NEVER placed in a race, I am usually competitive with my own times and always looking to PR.  So imagine my anxiety when my son wanted to stop at 2/4 of the detours at this race; Plate breaking w/baseballs and the Fun Slide (the others were basketball throw and picture on amphitheatre stage with guitar, etc).  The slide really set us back about 5 minutes, or maybe 7?  I was amazed that he ran the rest of it without hesitation and YES, he finished with a huge smile.  The clock read 39 minutes when we crossed, so not bad for his first race EVER!  Image

 

We hit up the Road Runner Sports Adventure Run again this month and won 2 prizes; 24 pack of Cliff Bars and a massage.  Adidas brought some “Boost” shoes to try out, so I did.  I actually really liked the shoe (they have a high energy return) and would be interested in purchasing them as my next shoe.  I just received my new trail running shoe’s this week; Asics Gel Fuji Racer.  I have only run in them once, for my 8 mile Saturday Run.  They were very comfortable straight out of the box and seemed to simply conform to my foot.  For the first 2 miles of my run, I felt like my feet were slipping on the trail, like I was slip sliding on a wet slippery floor.  However, I must have adjusted without much thought because the feeling dissipated the remaining 6 miles. 

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I look forward to moving into Week 10 and want to sign up for another race soon; hoping to find a 10 or 15K semi-local in the next couple weeks. 

More trails and accomodations- Weeks 7 & 8 Marathon training

Trail run with Nala on 7/25

Trail run with Nala on 7/25


Thought I would begin by stating that I’m actually three fourths of my way through week 8 of training, but I never got around to posting last Sunday. Week 7 was similar to Week 6 in ways of mileage (approx. 26) and weather (upper 70’s, low 80’s). I did explore Serrano Creek Trail a bit more (by adding a left turn where I usually turn right at the trail entrance). This side seemed to be more of “the beaten” path with housing through some parts of it (the back-ends anyway). Last Sunday I was caught in some rain mid-way through; oh, isn’t that the best feeling! At first I thought it was sweat and then I realized it was drizzling- just a reminder that our body is an awesome organism in that it has a built in cooling system. Serrano Trail 072113
Last weekend, I also completed a summer bucket list item; plant a tree.Avocado tree
I also planted a beautiful DelMar (had never seen one before). This week, I once again hit the Aliso Creek Trail, but chose a little trail off the beaten path with my Dog, Nala. If the temps are cool enough (or its late enough in the day), I will try to hit this trail during the week days during my up and coming training weeks (save Serrano for Sunday runs). I also purchased a book (from eBay, so its still not here yet).Born to Run I have heard great reviews and I’m ready for a new read. My training calendar calls for a 5K this weekend, but I actually have one scheduled for next weekend (Aug. 4-OC Fair Fun Run). So I will flip my Sunday trainings. Happy to announce that my hotel reservations/accomodations for my Marathon, has been booked (yay). I will be staying at the At Water Hotel (reasonable rate close to beach). This looks like it’s happening 🙂

Trail Running- Week 6 Marathon Training Recap

Apparently I missed a few pieces of information (for example, 22 miles of the race is trail) when I registered for my first Marathon (Catalina Island Eco- Nov. 9).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still happy with my pick, but this is going to be a bit more of a challenge than I originally bargained for (but I do have time on my side-4months).  A quote that I continue to find on this race is, “The hardest race you will ever love”–Michelle Speers- Legacy Runner
It is also on the “Worlds 15 Toughest Marathon” list.  Good thing I am not looking to place / PR. 

So, now that I need to gear my mind and training to the trails, I am happy that I waited to buy my new footwear. The trail shoes I picked are on backorder, but should ship by early August (which leaves plenty of time).  I picked the Asics Gel-FujiRacer,reviews look good.

This week’s training held high temperatures, but I did explore Serrano Creek Trail in more depth and I am lucky to have such a beautiful trail so close to home.  I admit that yesterday, I procrastinated due to the heat, but ended up thoroughly enjoying my run (as usual).  Ended up in Whiting Ranch and took a short break enjoying the views and munching on my Larabar.  I don’t have much else to add this week, although I did meet with a personal trainer and I may schedule some appointments to keep my goal of “becoming more fit” attainable (by being held accountable). Week 7 looks similiar to weeks 5 & 6, but with a bit longer run times.  I’m getting so close to that 2  month mark and my next reward (hmmmmmmm, what will it be).

 

 

 

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