I seem to always run a short, fun race the week after a tough, long race. This is actually ideal though since I’d rather get the hard one out of the way first so I can enjoy the easier one. The San Diego Fair 5K is a fairly new race that takes place around the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the San Diego Fair takes place. It’s a little different to run through the fairgrounds before they open so you don’t experience all of the crowds, rides, attractions and deliciously fried foods. One of the perks for running this race is that it acts as a ticket to the fair for the day as well as discounts for others as well as a free entry to the fair another day. So the event website said that there would be timing chips, but we did not get them in our race packet. Most people do take this race as a fun race anyways, but I usually run it pretty hard and would have liked an official race result. But according to my phone, I ran an 18:45 but Endomondo only recorded 2.86 miles! It definitely wasn’t 3.1 miles, although the phone might have missed the part where we ran underneath a bridge, but I’m pretty sure it was still under 3 miles, so no PR this time. Read the rest of this entry »
The last destination race I ran was at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half marathon, which is definitely a tough act to follow. Fortunately, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle half marathon was just as much fun, although a little different when it came to pre and post-race activities. Most people have enough trouble as it is to fit in some type of workout when traveling, having to run a half marathon is a whole other issue. But I knew I would be able to run it around my average time. The plan was to spend the day in Vancouver and then drive back to Seattle the night before the race. Unfortunately, there was a huge line at the Canada/US border so I didn’t get into Seattle until very late at night. I ended up only get about 3 hours of sleep before the race! Despite that, I was still able to run a pretty decent time. Results: 1:37 (7:24 min/mile), 36/540 age group, 197/4125 males, 234/11071 overall. What was even more impressive was my splits throughout the race: 5K, 23:59 (7:44 min/mile), 10K, 47:06 (7:35 min/mile), 10 mi, 1:15 (7:30). So I was able to run negative splits throughout the race and because of that, was able to pick up the pace later on in the race and have a strong finish. Read the rest of this entry »
If you love to travel and you are an avid bicyclist, going on a bike tour can be the perfect vacation. Even if you’re just getting started with bicycling, a cycling adventure can be an unforgettable journey. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a novice, you’ll need to devote 12 weeks to getting in shape for your tour. Preparation will include physical training, eating the right foods to fuel your body, and gathering the equipment and apparel you’ll need.
A typical weekly-training schedule will include four days of bicycling, two days of cross training, and one day of rest. The number of miles you ride during your preparation weeks will depend on the intensity of the tour you’re going on. If you plan to take a moderate tour that consists of riding 30 to 40 miles each day, you’ll have an easier schedule than if you plan to ride 60 to 80 miles per day on your trip. Cross training exercises should include core exercise that strengthen your back, glutes, hip flexors, and abs. Adding some cardio such as swimming and jogging will enhance your aerobic capacity. Be sure to allow your body enough time to fully recover before you set off on your tour. For more information about physical training, dietary needs, gear to pack, hydration, and other pertinent details, take a look at this infographic.
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This is my 3rd time running the Triton 5K (the same number of years they started hosting this race on a weekend vs Fridays when I was still in school). And unless I decide to move away from San Diego, I don’t see myself not running this race. It’s a great way to support my alma mater and it gives me an excuse to visit the campus. I was hoping for a slightly faster time, but it’s still good nonetheless. Results: 19:48 (6:23 min/mile), 8/167 age group, 77/2,478 overall. You’d think I’d learn to pace myself in this race since it was my 3rd time, but it didn’t happen. Even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay with the lead runners, I still tried. Read the rest of this entry »
I still remember wearing my first pair of Puma shoes back in high school. I forget the model name, but I believe they were just a regular pair of sneakers that I wear to school almost every day. They were pretty comfortable, but definitely lacked enough support to use as running shoes (although, I do recall a few times where I did use them that way as I was running to class to avoid the tardy bell). I don’t even know if Puma made running shoes back then. But they do now, with this new Ignite collection. When I heard about it, I was skeptical since not all shoe companies can just up and be a running shoe company. There is a lot of research and testing involved to ensure you have a solid product that can last miles and miles of running that people put through their usual running shoes. But given their solid track record with soccer shoes and just regular sneakers, I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to give them a chance.
I went on an easy run with the Puma Ignite running shoes, along with their cool graphic t-shirt and mixed statement shorts. The first thing I noticed was that these shoes had much more support than I was used to in Puma shoes, which is really important for running shoes. I was able to get into a comfortable stride and go for 3 miles on the road without any issues. The shirt was light and also very comfortable and was able to wick my sweat quite easily. The shorts were the same as well, but the waistband took a while to get used to. It reminded me of a pair of boxing shorts! But they were light and included pockets which is a huge plus in my book. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking for a challenging obstacle race to check off your bucket list, then I highly recommend you consider the Spartan Race. Fair warning: it is one of the hardest obstacle races I have ever done (although I do not have much to compare it to). It was one of the most physically and mentally demanding events I have ever experienced in my life. I told myself that I would never do it again, but if the right opportunity arrived, I’d definitely think about it. For now, I will just go back, re-read and re-watch the very long race report and highlight video I created after I finally recovered from that day. Done? Motivated and inspired? Then sign up now and save up to $40 off! Using the code: MEMORIAL and save $20 off the Sprint, $30 off the Super or $40 off the Beast distance. Do it now, the offer expires Wednesday, 5/27.
As mentioned in my race preview, this was not your typical triathlon events. But I was still excited to participate in the run (since that is what I do best), the yoga (since I know it’s good for your core) and meditation (since I’ve heard that it’s a good way to relax and clear your mind). Unfortunately, due to other obligations, I only had time to do the run part of this event. The distance was supposed to be 5K, but my GPS had it much less. Even though it was supposed to be a fun run (no timing chips, medals, awards, etc.) I still tried to run it as hard as possible. Results: 2.84 mi, 18:03, 6:21 min/mile. I started the race way too fast at 6:12, but I was more focused on running around the other runners at the start of the race to notice. Once I get settled into the race, I only saw one other runner in front. So I caught up to him by that first mile and tried to run with him for a while. I had my headphones on, but when I took one out, the guy next to me said something like, ‘tempo run’? As in, ‘are you making this a workout run too?’, ‘uh…sure’ as I replied while breathing very heavily. It was definitely much faster than I would usually run a tempo run. I did lead the race for a short while, but only to get passed just before the finish. But I was happy with my overall time and pace (not sure if I would have been able to maintain for the full 3.1 miles, so I’m glad it was shorter. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever wonder how an expert fitness blogger maintains a healthy weight? Well, these influential bloggers shared their stories and tips on how to lose weight the right way. They all have their own ways of doing things. But, they all pretty much agree on one thing: To maintain a healthy weight, you must live a healthy lifestyle.
What has been the key for you in your weight loss journey?
Response from Brandi Laughlin at mamalaughlin.com:
“I would definitely have to say realizing that this is a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix. At first I just thought I would lose the weight and would be able to go back to my old eating habits and lazy lifestyle, and that really can’t happen.
You have to keep plugging along every day and keep going, no matter what. You’ll have hiccups and mistakes, but as long as you keep moving forward that’s what counts. A whole lot of baby steps add up to big results with consistency.”
When trying to lose weight, what is your recommendation when it comes to eating carbohydrates?
Response from Jan “Crabby” Graham at crankyfitness.com:
“The carbs question is really confusing, because there is so much contradictory information out there. While this is a bad thing if you want to find reliable advice, it’s a great thing if you want to do whatever the heck you want, because whatever you want to try, SOME expert or other is going to back you.”
Do you have a weight loss diet that you think produces results while allowing for flexible food choices?
Response from Roni Noone at greenlitebites.com:
“I no longer follow ‘weight loss diets’ my goal is to eat yummy, healthy food in moderation. I really don’t think there is a silver bullet. I’ve found success by enjoying the process of trying new, healthy foods and watching my portions.”
What is the number 1 recommendation you have for someone who is traveling and wants to stay on the healthy bandwagon?
Response from Julie Wilcox at juliewilcoxmethod.com:
“When you travel, it’s important to stick to your daily meal plans no matter what. Don’t let travel be an excuse to let your discipline and hard work fall to the wayside. In order to stay on the healthy bandwagon, you must prepare yourself in advance for your trips, which requires advance researching and planning.
Bring your food for the plane. Choose a hotel that has healthy menus – so many hospitality brands are embracing wellness today! Pack healthy snacks with you so that while at your destination, you are never stuck with poor options. If you will be eating out a lot, go to restaurants that serve lots of vegetables, whole grains and fish. Watch out for and skip the fattening sides!
If you’re traveling or staying with friends, make your diet known to them in advance in an unobtrusive way. Finally, allow yourself to splurge but only on the one or two most important things. And then, exercise!” Read the rest of this entry »
Patients who need testing to determine if there is anything wrong in the body might be ordered to get an MRI. This is an easy way to get a better look at the body in the form of slides. Details can appear on the MRI slides that might not show up on an x-ray or other types of scans. Some patients might not be able to lay inside an ordinary MRI machine. This is when an open MRI is beneficial.
Those who don’t like to be in enclosed spaces will find that this is a better option as it’s not as confining. The sides are open instead of being enclosed, giving more room while the test is being done. It’s a solution for young children who might be afraid of the machine itself as there will likely be enough room for a parent to lay on the bed with the child. Older adults can also have someone with them so that they feel safer. This kind of MRI makes it easier to accomodate IV poles and other equipment that the patient might need to have instead of needing to maneuver it to the side of an ordinary machine. The open design is also beneficial if there needs to be images of an area of the body that might not be able to be centered in a traditional machine, such as the ankle or the wrist.
Between work, school, family and friends, everyone can feel low at times. The world is a stressful place, but there are some solutions to brighten the mood. A positive attitude with key lifestyle changes allows you to feel your best.
Move That Body
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to feel good about your body and mind. It’s well known that favorable hormones are released during exercise. Take a walk each day for 30 minutes to feel a change in mood. You’ll notice a surge of good feelings during and immediately after the workout. Try different activities to vary the exercise. You might find a new hobby with health as a beneficial side effect.
Concentrate on Internal Chemistry
Everyone has varying internal chemistry based on genetics and environment. You could take a supplement, such as TravaCor, to add beneficial vitamins and amino acids. When your body is deficient in certain vitamins, it responds with poor functioning. A happy mood and healthy body can be balanced with the addition of supplemental nutrition. You may want to confer with a doctor before starting a supplement regimen to verify that allergies or side effects won’t be an issue. Read the rest of this entry »