Posted on Jan 31, 2016 under Race |
Runners who complete the Spartan Race trifecta will run all 3 distances in one calendar year. I went the unconventional (e.g. easier) route by completing the trifecta across 3 separate years! Training for one Spartan Race a year is tough, I don’t know how people train all year long for these races. It is too physically and mentally draining! I remember telling myself that I would never compete in another Spartan Race after the Beast in Temecula during the ridiculous heat wave in 2014. But I had another entry last year and decided to just do the Sprint, which still wasn’t that easy. And since I had completed those 2 distances already, I really had no choice but to compete in the final Super distance and get that last medal wedge. I mean, what was I going to do with 2/3 of a medal?
I was very pleased with the results for the Spartan Super: ~9 miles, 2:13:23, age group place: 61st, gender: 319, overall: 337. My initial goal was to complete the race in about 2 hours so I was definitely within that range which I’m happy about. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Jan 31, 2016 under health |
Alcohol has never been and never will be a health drink. Companies that produce alcohol sell it for what it is and expect customers to be responsible enough to know the risks associated with more than moderate drinking. Alcoholic beverages were never meant to be consumed in large quantities, although some customers take this route. For those more health conscience drinkers who simply enjoy a delicious drink once in awhile, there are companies out there producing a hybrid alcoholic beverages that try to reduce the health consequences of alcohol consumption.
Low carb alcoholic mixers
A good mixed drink is a luxury. Even people who don’t regularly drink often like to have a few mixers on hand to enjoy. Diet conscious people will appreciate the benefits of low carb mixers. Brands like VLiNG offer a unique line of already mixed low carb alcohol beverages that adhere to the standards of both taste and diet conscious people.
Low calorie and low alcohol content drinks
Some people want to enjoy the great taste of alcoholic beverages without getting a lot of the alcohol content. Lower alcoholic content per drink means that you can enjoy more of these beverages. Many companies are trying to bring out brands that give you the opportunity to put taste before alcoholic content. It makes for a safer – albeit not safe – alternative to drinking as much as you might want just for the sake of the feeling you get.
As more people discover these drinks, more companies make efforts to accomodate drinkers who want to be responsible in their alcohol consumption. While drinking will never be a completely safe option for the majority of people, for those who can enjoy a good beverage once in awhile, it’s a wonderful thing that companies are trying to go with alternatives that foster and encourage more responsible drinking. Low carb mixers are great for low carb dieters, of course, who might not ever drink much but who want to keep the high carb content of most alcohol out of their beverages. In the end, people get the kind of drinking experience they want, with the great taste of mixers, and the health consequences are reduced, although never eclipsed.
These beverages are sometimes sold only in specialty stores but for the most part they are found even in grocery stores. Checking out low carb and low calorie alcohol products might be a great step toward a healthier drinking experience.
Posted on Jan 22, 2016 under Race |
3 years ago I decided to run one of these track and field events (the last time I competed in these types of events was in high school 9 years before!). This event was hosted by a local high school, primarily geared toward high school athletes that want to get some practice racing before the track season officially starts in the Spring. But the races are open to the public, so I decided to participate and see what type of speed I still had in me. I must have forgotten what I wrote in my initial race report because it sounds like I had a terrible time! But since that last race, I have been playing indoor soccer almost every week (which involves a lot of sprinting) and recently, been doing high intensity workouts from the Insanity program. I felt like I would run fairly fast this time around, but was still nervous about having to compete against younger, faster high school runners. I really didn’t know how to tackle the races since I haven’t been training for it. I didn’t want to start too fast and tire out for the rest of the race. But I also didn’t want to start too slow and not have enough distance left after picking up the pace. Here are the official results: 800 meters: 2:20:79, 8/16 overall, 1 mile: 5:20:99, 11/18 overall. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well I ran, I was definitely tired during and after each event but ran very smart. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Dec 25, 2015 under Race |
It’s been 2 months since I ran this race, but better late than never, right? The Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles half marathon was the final race of the 3-pack Tour Pass that I purchased at the beginning of the year. I had already run 2 other destination races: Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle and Chicago. I actually didn’t want to run this particular race for a number of reasons: I’ve ran this race many times before, it was the weekend before my New Zealand vacation, and I hadn’t been running as often as I would have liked before a half marathon. But I couldn’t find any other race that would fit within my year-end schedule. LA is always a safe bet because it’s my hometown, so I can always make it an excuse to visit the family. And the results weren’t too terrible: 1:37:55 (7:29 min/mile), AG: 38/658, gender: 176/3290, overall: 185/7797. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Oct 18, 2015 under Race |
As mentioned in last year’s race report, I said I wasn’t going to participate in the Spartan Race again. But I had another opportunity to run this race again this year and decided to just do the Sprint, which was a lot more reasonable at 3-5 miles rather than 12+ in last year’s Beast race. Even though this race was a lot shorter, there were still 20 obstacles that we had to complete, compared to the 30 last year. On the website it said that the top participants complete the Sprint in about 40 minutes, so I was hoping to finish my race in about an hour or so. I must have underestimated how long and difficult the obstacles and hills were going to be, but I finished at 1:33:51 but placed 18th in my age group and 111 (out of 5,317) overall for the Sprint race. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Sep 20, 2015 under running |
Whether it’s your 1st or 50th marathon, you will almost always run into some type of issue while running a marathon. Fortunately, the folks at Run Rock ‘n’ Roll put together this nifty infographic that shows you how to run a marathon. It basically shows you common in-race issues that people encounter and how to prevent them. I actually experienced one of them in my last race. I in the hot and humid weather in Chicago and approached a hydration station. The first few tables are usually for Gatorade while the last few tables are for water. Well, I thought I had passed all the Gatorade tables and grabbed a cup from a volunteer and immediately splashed it on my face. It took a while for me to realize that I had just poured Gatorade onto my face, which was then sticky for the rest of the race. Lesson learned!
Posted on Sep 20, 2015 under health |
As runners, we know how important it is to accurately track and monitor exercise and sleep patterns in order to workout effectively and allow time for your body to recover. With so many fitness wearables on the market, it’s difficult to know which one to pick, but figuring out what information you need from your wearable, whether that’s calories burned, miles run, or heart rate changes, can help you to make your decision. This helpful infographic breaks down each wearable, so you can choose which one would best suit your lifestyle and needs.
Posted on Sep 13, 2015 under Reviews |
Leave Your Phone Behind.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers have become a very popular and trendy products these days. They all have their own unique features, but for the most part, they allow you to receive messages and notifications on your watch without needing to take your phone out (which the watch is almost always connected to). But the problem with smartwatches is that they’re just an accessory to your smartphone, the watch cannot function without the smartphone nearby. So how did Timex address that issue? Well, they added a cellular radio to their newest fitness watch, the Timex IRONMAN One GPS+ watch. They partnered with AT&T to provide cellular data to their new watch to allow you to communicate with others without needing to be connected to your phone. The fitness watch offers a variety of other useful features which I’ll go into detail below. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Aug 25, 2015 under Race, Reviews |
I had the opportunity to participate in the Color Me Rad run at the Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, while testing out the new LG Tone Active bluetooth headset. I’ll provide a quick recap of the race with some photos, followed by a more in-depth post about my experience using the headset. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Aug 18, 2015 under Race |
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon is the 2nd race in my TourPass 3-Pack (the first race taking place about a month ago in Seattle). I was supposed to run this same race back in 2012, but life got in the way so I had to defer and run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 10K instead. I wanted to run more destination races this year and the timing worked out to run RnR Chicago. I’ve been to New York City 3 times already and wanted to see how Chicago compared to it, in respect to the city itself, tourist attractions and of course, food! I heard that Chicago weather in July was pretty bad, but we experienced an unusually hot and humid weekend when I visited! Because of that my results were less than ideal: 1:52:21 (8:35 min/mile), age group: 124/807, gender: 682/4877, overall: 1,015/12,075. I had initially planned to run about 1:35, so that was almost 20 minutes slower! But I wasn’t the only one who ran slower than expected, the weather really caused a toll on runners during this race. I guess not all races can be in ideal weather conditions. Read the rest of this entry »