Running and Crafting

I signed up to run the Legacy Summer Nights 5K tomorrow night and I’m interested to see how my speed is! This week I ran a few times, after I took a week break, I started feeling MUCH better and my legs were much happier. I haven’t done any “speed work” in a little over a month, so when I tried to run a 6 miler with some faster mile it was much harder than I remembered! At least it was a nice cloudy morning for a run and the park was empty.

long-beach-running-heartwell-parkFor my speed work run, I started off slower, doing a 2 mile warm up keeping my pace at 8:00 and then tried to push myself through the next three, which was difficult. I finished those three in 7:12, 7:08, and 7:37. Tomorrow evening is the 5K and I think I should finish around 22:00. It will definitely be interesting to see how my speed is in such a short distance. I can’t even remember the last time I ran a 5K and it will also be a great test for the upcoming La Palma 10K that I run every year.But first, let me take a selfie

I’ve also been doing A LOT of workouts in the gym with weights to try to get toned for our trip to Mexico. I really don’t do much exercise besides running, so I was really sore at the beginning, which was in mid-April, but now I’m in more of a routine. I also took it very light when I was training for the Marathon in May. The workouts I’ve been doing seem to help give me definition in my arms. I have a little under 30 days left to really work hard and eat healthy, I’m trying my hardest! I love this shirt because whenever I wear it I feel like a lighting bolt!

This weekend I also got the chance to go to an Angel game with Shea, where we talked a lot of wedding and the Angels swept the Rangers. I’m getting so excited for her Bachelorette Party, Shower and wedding. This fall is going to be so crazy for us, but so fun.

I have a few crafting for her shower and wedding posts and home updates coming up that I have been meaning to post but just kept forgetting. I have been crafting a TON for her stuff and it’s been so fun even though I’d be more than okay if I never made another tissue paper tassel in my life. Maybe buying them on etsy would have been an easier option.

xoxo

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A Run Worth The Drive

Disclosure – Buick allowed me to test drive the Verano for a week.  All opinions and photos are my own and all content is my honest opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see Ts and Cs tab for more information.

When I first signed up for the Mountains to Beach Marathon, a month before the race, I started planning my trip up there. Luckily, Mary Kate was running the race and had already booked a hotel and I was able to convince her to let me stay with her for the night before the race. She was heading up earlier and staying longer than I was. I received an email about test driving a Buick Verano for their Runs Worth the Drive Program and thought this would be the perfect time to test drive it! Ventura, where the race was being held, is about an hour and forty five minutes from our house, so I was excited to get to drive it to my race and really be able to get a feel for it.

A Run Worth The DriveAfter having it for 3 days, it was time to head up to the race! I drove up through Los Angeles and the main things I loved about the Buick is how many features it had. I never realized that I love XM radio and how much I love seat heaters. The car was more than comfortable, zipped around with ease and had an amazing turning radius. I normally drive a 2006 Scion TC, and it was relatively the same, just so many upgrades and more space. I loved the fact that it has four doors when I have to pack the kids I coach in my car or take my dogs somewhere. It’s so nice to have that extra row instead of pushing your seats forward like I’ve become used too. I was shocked at the trunk space as well, there was A LOT of room in there. The radio consul was pretty awesome too, easy to use, lots of great features and had a lot of extras that my TC doesn’t have. When I got my TC the coolest things in cars was a built in iPod Adapter.

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This run was SO worth the drive! I felt great the entire time I was running. It’s such a beautiful area and very different than where I normally run through the park by my house or the beach path. The greenery was so pretty and it reminded me a lot of my high school cross country days! It was a great run and the entire bike path that we ran on, from around mile 10 onward was so refreshing and easy on the legs. I really enjoyed the beauty of the mountains and then how the race ended right on the beach was the best of both worlds.

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Though the car actually had nothing to do with my race, driving it home was so fun because I was so happy about the race. I blasted music with the windows down and actually enjoyed sitting in LA traffic for once. I played this song too, and I’ll admit, I got teary! It was the perfect way to end the day.

So, how can you join in on the fun? Starting on June 26, the “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge” will start! Participants must log 5 miles of running per week, for six weeks. The competition will be tracked on MapMyFitness.com. There will be weekly prizes and the ultimate goal is to run 30 miles in 6 weeks. Participants who accomplish this will be entered into the grand prize drawing for an all-expense paid trip to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half-Marathon in Phoenix, Ariz.

To learn more about and join the Buick “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge,” click here.

I didn’t think I would be so sad to see the Verano go, but I was! I went back to driving my car and it just didn’t have the same pizazz that the Buick had and it made B and I excited to consider the Enclave when we are ready to purchase a new car in the next few years.

xoxo

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Getting Faster ~ 5 tips to improve your speed

Over the past year, I’ve really started to focus on my speed and getting faster. It was some time during Track at an early spring meet that I realized I wanted to try to qualify for Boston and it was a scary goal for me. I remember when I first ran a marathon and ran 3:55 and thought about how far away I was from qualifying. I thought with hard work, dedicated training and a great race, it could possibly happen in October of this year. Last fall, I was hoping to break the 4 hour mark once again at Santa Clarita in November, which didn’t happen, and then I had an epic blow up at the Tucson Marathon. I trained well for both races, but I had no speed training and was running around 9:30 pace consistently. I really started training differently when I started coaching cross country and track in September of 2013. I’m a fairly competitive person, and I gradually started running with the team and kept improving. I have put in hard work and I can definitely see a difference in my running, training and racing. The results are pretty undeniable and I can’t believe it when you compare my average pace now (7:45-8:15) to my average pace a year ago (9:30s). Here are a few things that I’ve implemented that I think have really made a huge change in my running and training.

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Rough Week

This past week, I didn’t want to run. My back was hurting, my legs were super heavy and I just felt so exhausted. I couldn’t get back into the rhythm that I had before the race. Then I realized, HELLO. I needed to take a little break and let my body fully recover. I sometimes get so nervous and think, if I take time off, I’m going to lose my speed, just like how Steve Carrel says in 40 Year Old Virgin, “Is it true, that if you don’t use it, you lose it?”I should know better that I’ll be fine for a few days and instead I’ll come back stronger than before and feeling refreshed.

Right after the race I was on a running high and wanted to hop back to it without taking any time off. My excitement and love for running was great, but didn’t last and I ended up feeling horrible. Though I felt decent on my first few runs back, my toes were still recovering, so last Thursday, I decided I will take a week off from running and see how my feet are after a week break. I finally felt like I really wanted to run on Saturday so off I went. Running is so different when I really WANT to run. I think it’s so important to not run to ‘run’, but to run because you want to. It makes every run so much better. I’ve really realized that a lot this year with my goals of running with a purpose.

Getting Faster in a YearOnce I started out, I felt pretty good and just let my legs do the work. Just as I thought, I wasn’t winded and felt so much better after a break. I ran the same exact route I usually run for a 4 miler, and finished at the gym. I was looking through my runkeeper app at my runs that I was doing a year ago and realized how much faster I got in just a year. I’m posting what I’ve been doing workout wise tomorrow that has helped me get faster!

It’s pretty crazy to see the actual times and how they compare on the same exact run.  It’s motivating to keep working hard and pushing myself! I have signed up for a few 5Ks and the 10K that I run every year on the Fourth of July, so I’m interested to see how fast I can run them. I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of pushing myself hard and not being afraid of the pain.

Also, this week Cross Country season has started and I cannot even put into words how excited I am. I LOVE cross country and it’s so exciting to start fresh. Even though practice is at 6:30 am daily, I wake up so excited to get out there to run and laugh with the team. I know with hard work and consistency this year’s team can do some awesome things!

xoxo

 

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Deciding to try to Qualify for Boston

I’ve always said and thought that you really have to ‘want’ to try to qualify for Boston. You have to really want to train for it and put in the time to get there. When I ran my first marathon, the qualifying time for my age was 3:45, which was a solid 10 minutes off of my PR and I never had the desire to try to qualify. When they bumped the times up and my new qualifying time was 3:35, I accepted the fact that I would probably never qualify and I was okay with that, I didn’t have the desire to run Boston, I didn’t want to qualify. I was happy with my 3:55 and breaking four hours because that’s what I really wanted.

Something happened at a track meet back in February of this year. I was running around on the infield with some of my athletes and I saw one of the coaches from another school wearing a Boston Jacket and I had this really weird feeling of wanting to qualify so bad, which I never had before. It was like one of those movie montages where life flashes before the characters eyes but for me, it was all the training I was doing with the team, My Santa Clarita Race, where I raced the second half of the race and ran faster than I thought I could, the time 3:35, and the jacket. As I’ve said many times recently, I was not practicing what I was preaching to my kids daily at practice. I wasn’t actually pushing myself in my own running as I tell them to do daily. I realized at that moment I WANTED to qualify for Boston and it seemed crazy that now I wanted it, but how do I make it happen?Deciding to qualify for the Boston MarathonI had a solid base of half marathon training mileage and I was looking forward to Mountains to Beach because it gave me the perfect amount of time to test out doing ‘shorter’ long runs (No 20 miler! Yay!) and more quality runs during training. I wanted see how this Marathon went especially with my bathroom issues and to help come up with a plan to train in the Summer for a Fall Marathon. Training for a Fall Marathon would give me 2 months to train instead of one like how I had for M2B. I also truly believed I needed to be running 7:15-7:30 pace comfortably to make sure I could run that hard for the entire race. I was running around 8:30 comfortably and 7:45 pace on my hard runs and that was pushing myself and with stop light breaks, bathroom breaks, stretching breaks. I put together a training plan for M2B and training went decent with one rough week. I really envisioned myself finishing in 3:45, which would be super exciting, because it’s a 10 minute PR and under 4 hours again!

I fully had the intention to try to qualify at Long Beach in the Fall. I was just starting to tell a few family members and the kids I coach. I knew the course, it has a special place in my heart and I ran my fastest time there. It’s in the fall, by my birthday and I figured it would also give me the right amount of time to train to get down to running a little bit faster more comfortably. I was excited about Long Beach! I knew I would be able to do it there.

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