Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'm On A Roll!

Heeey everyone!  I've been rocking and rolling over here with the runs and workouts.  I've been hitting the gym and the barre studio regularly and consistently getting my weekly runs in.  I've even been on point with my nutrition and diet which is huge for me.  My body's definitely getting stronger and my runs are getting longer.  I've even been able to sustain a faster pace too! Woohoo!

And just because I don't want to bore you with fifty billion words, here's my last week or so in pictures:

Rocking some crazy Mufasa hair post-barre
TRX shenanigans
Sweaty hot mess after R.I.P.P.E.D.
How can you not love running with this view?

For those who've asked, here are my two goal races for the year:

2015 Salinas Valley Half Marathon - August 1st
2015 Two Cities Marathon - November 1st

I do have a contingency plan since I want that marathon PR so bad I can taste it.  If for whatever reason I don't PR at Two Cities I'll be signing up for the California International Marathon again.  I will get that PR one way or another!

And speaking of being on a roll, I got jolted awake yesterday morning by an earthquake around 5:20ish.  Of course I promptly turned over and fell back asleep. HA!  Gotta love living in Cali!

How are you doing with your 2015 goals?  What are you working towards this year?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Redefining My 2015 Goals

At the end of last year in the midst of my big running funk I started signing up for a bunch of races in hopes that by the time the new year rolled around I'd be all gung ho about running again.  Thankfully, I didn't go as crazy with the race registrations as I normally do!  Now that I'm about midway through January I can already tell that my focus is shifting from what I originally thought and I'm re-evaluating what it is I want to achieve this year.

Here's a quick recap of what my 2015 goals were:

1) Rediscover my running motivation and pure love of the run.

2) Redefine my lifestyle.

3) Run fast. Run far. But run FAST.  Race goals are:

  • Half Marathon PR - the ever elusive sub-2:00
  • Marathon PR - A Goal: 4:15:xx, B Goal: 4:25:xx, C Goal: 4:28:xx
  • 50 mile PR - Anything faster than 12 hours

I am killing it with my first two goals and I'm thrilled about that.  My nutrition has improved tremendously and I can really feel the difference in my energy and how my body feels.  My cross training has also been on point and I can feel my body getting stronger every day.  I've also found that running motivation that eluded me towards the end of last year and I'm loving every single run.  Goal number three, however, is a bit more of a struggle for me.

My original 2015 race goals had me focusing on speed across all distances and in retrospect that was a really tough expectation to set for myself.  I'm not naturally speedy and I tend to be lazy about speedwork which obviously does not lend itself to cranking out PR's.  My current workout/run schedule is beating up my body (in a good way!) but I don't want to push it too hard and risk injury. And to be honest, I really don't feel any desire to run all distances this year.

After much contemplation and some serious internal debate I've decided to cut out ultras this year.  I really, REALLY wanna hit the half and full marathon time goals that I've set for myself and that means not running every single race.  I have to focus on what I know in my heart is best for me so unfortunately I'm not going to be racing the American River 50 this year.  I'm a little disappointed as I was really hoping to see so many of my favorite ultra runners however I need to do what's best for me.

Now that I've figured out what I'll be focusing on, my eye is on the prize.  I am going to work my butt off and do everything that I can to reach the goals that I've set for myself.  I'm determined to make it happen!  And even if I don't, I know that I'll be proud of the fact that I gave it my all.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekly Update and New Adventures

I survived my third week of clean eating and my second week of my new workout regiment without killing anyone! Yay me!  I'm actually having a lot of fun and it's been encouraging to already see changes.  I've got a ton more energy and I'm leaning out while getting stronger, more flexible and building lean muscle.  I'm loving it!  Here's what I was up to since the last update:


Ahhh R.I.P.P.E.D.  This has become my go to crosstraining workout and still kicks my behind every single time.  I was so wiped out that all I had energy for was a picture of my shoes and weights as I sat sweating on the floor.  Sexy right?!

This is all I could muster up the energy for
R.I.P.P.E.D. killed me but despite the fact that my legs were obviously heavy, fatigued and sore I still met up with some friends after work to get in a 6 mile run.  This run was a struggle but thanks to my friend Ben and his fifty foot legs (no lie, this guy is 6'4" and his legs are taller than I am!) I got in some decently speedy miles.
Goofballs. I love them!
R.I.P.P.E.D. again! At this point my legs hated me but I still pushed as hard as I could through the workout although I did modify with some lighter weights.  My instructor, Marivel, is 5 months pregnant and she still whooped all of our behinds! 
I needed a breather before I tried to stand up

Isn't my R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor adorable?  She is a badass beast!

Rest day!  I had a hot date with my foam roller, R8 roller and TriggerPoint therapy massage ball.  It hurt sooo bad but my muscles thanked me for it afterwards.
10.5 mile run through Carmel and up Palo Corona.  This view never gets old.  Never.
Trails and gorgeous views make me a happy girl
Afterwards me and my friends celebrated by grabbing brunch at a local restaurant where I rewarded my belly with a clean meal of seared ahi, mashed cauliflower, avocado and sautéed mushrooms.  It was delicious!
For whatever reason I thought taking a barre class the day after a long run would be a good idea.  My legs did not agree with me.  I was shaking the entire time and oh-my-GAWD it hurt so bad!  But it was a good hurt so I'm ok with it.  I do have to take a serious look at my calendar and see when to squeeze barre in.  Once my mileage starts creeping up into the 16+ miles range there's no way my legs will be able to survive an entire barre class the day after a long run.

How was your week?  How are your fitness and diet goals coming along?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bring It On 2015

Hellooo 2015!  I'm off to a helluva start.  I'm on my third week of my new clean eating diet (which really isn't a diet at all but more just making sure I'm eating whole, clean foods and cutting out all the processed junk) and I'm feeling great!  I've also been keeping up with my new fitness and running goals and I'm really excited to incorporate new things as the year progresses.

Here's what I've been up to lately:


Happy New Year!  I decided to start the new year off on the right foot and participated in our local Rio Grill Resolution Run 10k.  It was so cold that morning but there were a ton of people out which made for a really fun time.  About halfway through the race we were running near the coast and looked over to see dozens of dolphins playing and surfing alongside the surfers.  It was so cool!  I didn't know they actually got that close to the shore.  I enjoyed the sight so much that I actually stopped to take pictures and video.  Yes, I'm that girl!

The pace was slower than I'm used to but I got to spend time catching up with some of my favorite Team In Training teammates so that was a definite plus.  Besides, it wasn't about the time anyway but about spending time with each other.

These girls made the race so fun

Rest day

7 mile run on Aguajito with my friend Linda.  It was chilly but no where near as cold as it was on New Year's Day.  The miles flew by and we chatted and caught up on what was going on in each other's lives.

Striking a pose at the summit of the last major hill


I promised myself that 2015 was going to be the year of trying new things and conquering my fears.  Barre is something that I had always wanted to try but never got around to checking out.  Somehow I convinced Linda that it was a good idea to join me for a class at a local Barre studio but after we were done I wasn't so sure she'd ever go with me to anything else ever again! 

Barre is a full body workout that incorporates ballet, pilates and traditional exercises.  It's comprised of a lot of small movements and pulses with the option to add light hand weights.  We also used resistance bands and a little unweighted ball.  Holy cow was it hard!  My whole body shook and my muscles burned during the entire class.  I was cursing the puny 2 lb weights that I was using!  Let me tell you though, I was sore as heck the next day so I know I got a great workout in.  I'll definitely be incorporating this into my cross training repertoire.

I'm pretty sure Linda wanted to strangle me


I met up with my friends Ben and Eric after work for a 6 mile run.  My body was definitely sore and heavy thanks to the barre class I took on Sunday so I was a little apprehensive about how the run was going to go.  The first mile was rough but as my muscles loosened up it ended up being a pretty decent run.  My lungs were taking a bit of a beating thanks to the humidity but I was still able to get some faster miles in.  It felt good to crank that pace down towards the 8:xx's again.  I'm more determined than ever to get my speed back (and get even faster)!
I have a few more runs and workouts scheduled for the week and I've signed up to try my very first TRX class.  Bring it on, 2015! I'm ready for ya!

What are your favorite clean eating recipes?  What techniques do you use to ensure you stick to your eating plan?