2015 LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K Race Report

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 under Race | 1 Comment

LA Chinatown Firecracker 10KAt 5 years in a row, the LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K is now the longest I’ve ran the same race every year. Of course, it helps that it has been a tradition to run this race with my siblings and more recently, nephews and even better my mom this year! It’s a great reason to visit my family in LA for the weekend, run a race together with them and then eat together afterwards to celebrate. There have really only been a few years where I have been fully prepared to compete in this race, unfortunately, this year was not one of them. I didn’t do too bad, but definitely not my best performances (actually, I ran 1 second slower than last year!) Results: 42:54 (6:54 min/mile), 8/189 AG, 37/2473 overall. What used to be a very competitive race against my, my brother and his friends, is now just a fun run that only a few people that I know participate in. Hopefully, my family continues to participate and maybe some of those others that missed this year. Read the rest of this entry »

California 10/20 Race Report

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 under Race | No Comment

1614117_637517822969665_1788499897164334123_oBenefiting the American Cancer Society, the California 10/20 is a 10 mile run along the coast feature 20 bands throughout the course. The California 10/20 is a fairly new race series, the other one taking place in Austin, which I bet would be fun to visit. Unfortunately, when I was reading the race program the morning of the race, there was a letter from the race director saying this was the last year. I know planning and organizing a race is a lot of work, so it’s not too surprising to hear when they do not last. I was actually quite pleased with this race overall, hopefully they will be able to bring it back next year. Just as a reminder, I had ran a sub-19 5K not the previous morning and had not trained to run 10 miles (competitively), so I was pretty happy with the results: 1:10:51 (7:05 min/mile), AG 7/68, 96/2720 overall. Like I said in the race report for that 5K, I started off way too fast (5:50) and was tired for the rest of the race. I really didn’t want that to happen this time since I’d have many more miles to run this time around. Fortunately, I was pretty even paced throughout the run, which you can see in the splits below. Read the rest of this entry »

Jump Start Your Heart 5K Race Report

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Race | 1 Comment

JSYH_logoThis is the 4th Annual Jump Start Your Heart 5K. This is a non-profit event (100% proceeds) benefitting The Children’s Heart Foundation. The goal of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States. 

This race was on a Saturday but I had been training for and had planned to run a 10 mile race on Sunday. However, when my co-worker sent an email to the company about this, I couldn’t say no. It was for a good cause and needed as much support as possible. Since this was more of a fun run, there weren’t too many people taking this race seriously. Because of that, I got a spot at the very front of the starting line, which can be a good and bad thing. I didn’t have to worry about having to waste energy running around slower people, but that meant I would be running near some very fast people too. Here are the results: 18:54 (6.05 min/mi), 3/35 AG, 11/383 overall. Technically, this time would be a new PR, but according to my phone’s GPS, the distance was only 2.94 miles, which is pretty off of the 3.1 official 5K distance. And for some reason, I was put in the 30-34 AG, which makes it look like I placed 1st. But this was a local race, so they get a pass.  Read the rest of this entry »

Make Sure Your Side by Side is Tough Enough

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

No matter what kind of UTV you ride, you know that you’re ready for anything when it comes to trail conditions. A side by side is built to be tough, taking you where other vehicles can’t go, allowing you the freedom to explore your surroundings. Whether you love a Honda, a Polaris, an Arctic Cat, a Yamaha, or a Can-Am, you know that your UTV means more versatility when you are ready to ride. Now you have to make the most of it and that means putting the right set of wheels under your ride. Add the tires and you’re set. Shop now at sidebysidestuff.com so you can hit the ground running. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Ways To Enhance Your Health Company

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Health organization leaders who want to take their companies to a new level of excellence should note that there are several strategies they can implement to make it happen. Here are two:

1. Emphasize Advanced Certifications.

Emphasizing advanced certifications is a wonderful way to enhance your company’s value and efficacy. When your employees attain official phlebotomist training under the care and supervision of a team of experts, they will expand their knowledge and skill set in ways that optimize your daily operations. Organizations such as the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians specialize in offering the training and certifications that can enhance your company in this way, so visit their website at http://aspt.org/ to learn more today. Read the rest of this entry »

Volleyball or Running Shoes

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 under Random | No Comment

Volleyball is a unique sport that has different movements than that of tennis, football, or basketball. As an athlete, you need the right equipment that keeps you safe on the court while giving you freedom of movement. Volleyball shoes are designed for the volleyball athlete. When you understand what makes them different than running shoes or cross trainers, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for when you’re shopping. Even though the shoes look similar, there are many differences in the design.

Soles and Midsoles

Running shoes are made with different material than volleyball shoes, because they are generally worn outside. Volleyball shoes have a sole made of a soft rubber that provides better traction on the court. It’s much softer than a running shoe, so you don’t want to wear your volleyball shoes outside on abrasive surfaces, because the sole would wear down quicker.

The midsole is the layer between the bottom of the shoe and the inside of the shoe. Volleyball shoes are designed to give a lot of support on the ball of your foot, where you spend a lot of time. This provides safety, support, and cushion for shock absorption and less risk of an injury. Regular tennis shoes provide different support, because they are designed for different motions.

Weight of the Shoe

You probably don’t think a few ounces of weight on your feet would make a big difference in your game. However, a lighter weight shoe improves your agility on the court. The materials used are still sturdy enough to provide the support you need during a game, but they won’t weigh you down as much. Try a pair of volleyball shoes from All Volleyball for one season and see how much different you play.

The Cost Difference

An athlete who plays one game a week and practices five days a week needs the right equipment for the game. The price of high quality volleyball shoes is not much different from the price of a high quality running shoe. The big difference is in the safety features. When you have the right support for your foot, you’re less likely to injure it. Volleyball shoes provide ankle stability, which also decreases the risk of injury.

How Should the Shoe Fit?

When purchasing a pair of volleyball shoes, you want your shoes to move with your feet, but you don’t want wiggle room inside the shoe. Think snug, but not tight. There should be less than a finger width between the top of the shoe and your toes. Get the right equipment to play the sport you love when you shop at All Volleyball.

Wanderlust 108, The World’s Kindest Triathlon – Race Preview

Posted on Feb 09, 2015 under Race | 1 Comment

wanderlust 108

The official definition of a triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. The most common events are the swim, bike and run, but I just learned about the Wanderlust 108: a 5K run, yoga and then meditation. Obviously, the training and preparation for these events are a lot lower. Die hard athletes may not want to participate in this type of event, but you never know unless you give it a shot. The organizers of the race emphasize community above competition, inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. You may not run your fastest 5K or place in your age group, but from the sounds of it, you’ll definitely have a good time and enjoy the company of others in an event like this. In addition to the 3 events, there will be live bands and DJs on the main stage, lawn activities like hooping, slacklining and acroyoga, as well as local food and craft vendors throughout the day.

Believe it or not, this is actually an event I am really looking forward to. I’ve been running for at least 10 years, but I have rarely taken a break from it. I’ve biked and swam every now and then as well as made visits to the gym part of my routine. I’ve always been interested in yoga and know it is a very beneficial activity for a runner like me. I almost never stretch before or after a run and have constant back pain and have heard that yoga is a great way to build your core. In addition, I’ve always wanted to get into meditation as I’ve heard it’s a great way to de-stress and help you stay calm in hectic situations. Working in my industry, stress really just comes with the territory, it’s unavoidable. But dealing with that stress is something I have trouble with and feel like meditation is a potential solution. I’m hoping that participating in the Wanderlust 108 will help jump start a routine of consistent yoga and meditation sessions. Learn more about Wanderlust 108 here and consider participating in one of the upcoming events this year!

Check out some photos from previous Wanderlust 108 events: Read the rest of this entry »

32nd Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K Race Report

Posted on Feb 06, 2015 under Race | No Comment

san francisco 5kWhat are the odds that this is the 2nd race in a row that the sponsor is Kaiser Permanente? Even though this was technically a destination race, I really did not plan to run it until a week or 2 (max) before the event. I knew I was going to be in San Francisco for a client meeting, but it wasn’t confirmed until the very last minute on a Friday. I decided to make a weekend out of it and since I would be in the neighborhood, I thought it’d be fun to run a race in one of the hilliest cities in the country! Fortunately, most of the race was downhill and I almost ran a PR because of that. Here are the results: 19:29 5K (6:17 min/mile), 3/71 AG and 27/2,253 overall. The last time I placed in a race like this, I chalked it up to all the faster runners doing the half marathon. But the time was pretty impressive, it was actually over a minute faster from the 5K I ran just a week before. I was able to run a much slower first mile and pace myself for the rest of the race, it definitely helped that the last mile in this race was downhill while the last race was uphill the last mile!

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10 Super Cheap Ways to Decorate and Organize Your Home

Posted on Feb 06, 2015 under health | No Comment

Trying to decorate your apartment, but stuck with a slim-to-nothing budget? Don’t worry! There are plenty of simple, cheap ways to give your home a boost. Read on for tips and shop here if you’re a sports fan!

1. Gather your personal photos, magazine cutouts, and favorite prints to create a gallery wall – no frames needed! Need more images? Pull out photo pages from yearly calendars that you’re no longer using.

2. If you love fashion, hammer a thin nail into the wall and display your favorite frocks on pretty hangers. You can also display your favorite jeans by securing a towel rack to the wall and hanging jeans from their belt loops on hooks.

3. Can’t find the perfect window treatments in affordable prices? Use fabric shower curtains instead!

4. Create a makeshift bracelet holder out of old wine bottles by piling the bracelets over the neck of the bottle.

5. Browse secondhand shops for a vintage folding rack, which can be used for a host of things, from holding scarves to storing towels.

6. During the winter, your sarongs and thin scarves probably go unused. Put them to work by using them as tablecloths for end tables and colorful accents on chairs and couches.

7. Do you have a tiny bathroom with limited storage space? Throw a clear shoe holder over the door and use it to organize your toiletries, cleaning supplies, and brushes.

8. Knobs are super cheap to buy and they can be nailed to the wall to serve as hangers for bags, scarves, coats, and more.

9. Turn a small mirror into a tray and arrange books, perfume bottles, scented lotions, and candles on top of them.

10. If you’re in college or you have a home office, you probably have schedules, calendars, and other printouts that you need to glance at several times during the day. Print them out on sturdy paper and hang them from laundry clips for a shabby chic look.

If you’re not in love with your home, don’t wait until you move to be happy with your surroundings. Invest some time in making your home a place you love to be – it costs much less than you think it will.

Carmel Valley 5K Race Report

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 under Race | 1 Comment

carmel valley 5kThe official name of this race is actually the 3rd Annual Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run 2015. As the name states, this race actually benefits quite a few schools in the community, see the full list here. Most people start off the new year running more than other months, trying to meet some type of New Year’s Resolution goal. But since I was running a lot the last few months, training for a few half marathons, I went back to just working out at the gym. So I didn’t get to train as much for this race as I would have liked, but did well considering the circumstances. Results: 20:48 (6:43 min/mile), 4/15 age group, 32/937 overall. I actually looked at the past few year’s results and for some reason, there were never too many finishers in my age group. A part of me was thinking I could place in my age group, but there were a lot more people that ran in my age group this year (which is a good thing), and the runner who placed 3rd ran much faster, so at least it wasn’t like I just got edged out of placing. Overall, it was a fun race, well organized, but definitely challenging (totally didn’t expect those hills!) Read the rest of this entry »