My Crazy Goal

A race every month. I don’t know why I decided to have this goal for 2015. I made it at the beginning of the year when I was setting up my resolutions. I’m guessing at the time I thought it was a great idea. I knew it would challenge me and I wanted that. I thought it would help motivate me with my running, and it has. But it’s been more than I had expected.

Originally, I only planned on running 1 race every month. Not all of them would be halfs, but 3 for sure would be. The rest of the year was going to be shorter distances and obstacle course races that I would do with friends. It started off with the SF HotChocolate 15k in January that I did with my friend Liz. February was the San Jose Double Road Race I ran by myself and placed in my age group for the first time (4th). Then it kind of got a little crazy…..

Race #1: SF Hot Chocolate 15K with my girl Liz.

Race #1: SF Hot Chocolate 15K with my girl Liz.

Race #2: SJ Double Road Race and fist time placing in my age group - 4th place!

Race #2: SJ Double Road Race and fist time placing in my age group – 4th place!

March had 2 races. The She Is Beautiful 10K that I did with a big group of No Excuse Moms. A week later was the SF Rock N Roll Half. Two weeks later was my first Ragnar Race – So Cal Ragnar to kick off April. Another race for  was 2 week later, the Capital City Classic 10 miler which I again placed in my age group – this time 2nd place. May brought 2 more races. The Mermaid Sirena 18 miler I used to test if I would even consider doing a full was just 2 weeks after the CCC. Despite being sick, I placed 1st in my age group for that one. A fun obstacle race – The Rugged Maniac with my fellow NEM leaders ended May and again I was sick.

At the Start Line w/ my fellow NEM Group Leaders and members.

At the Start Line w/ my fellow NEM Group Leaders and members.

Free pics from SIB

Race #3: Free pics from SIB

Race #4: SF Rock N Roll Half

Race #4: SF Rock N Roll Half

12 girls, 2 vans, 2 days, and 200ish miles from Huntington Beach to San Diego for So Cal Ragnar,

Race #5: 12 girls, 2 vans, 2 days, and 200ish miles from Huntington Beach to San Diego for So Cal Ragnar.

Race #: Capital City Classic 10 Miler with NEM founder Maria Kang.

Race #6: Capital City Classic 10 Miler with NEM founder Maria Kang.

Sirena 18 miler. Sick and still placed 1st in my age group. Decided to run a full after this race.

Race #7: Sirena 18 miler. Sick and still placed 1st in my age group. Decided to run a full after this race.

Rugged Maniac OCR race with NEM leaders Liz and Jess. Liz and I were both sick.

Race #8: Rugged Maniac OCR race with NEM leaders Liz and Jess. Liz and I were both sick.

It slowed down a little after May. Part of it was that I was sick and the other part was that I was getting a little burnt out racing every two weeks. June was an easy 5 mile race for the San Jose Giant Race. I was still sick for this one too.Yes, I know I probably should have taken a break, but I’m stubborn. After this race I was put on antibiotics for a sinus infection and it took the rest of June and most of July for me to recover completely.

Fun SJ Giant Race 5 Miler - still sick.

Race #9: Fun SJ Giant Race 5 Miler – still sick.

My latest race was the 1st Half of the SF Marathon in July. I didn’t get to train much. It was only a couple weeks after I finally started feeling better so I was not prepared for it. It was my hardest race and my slowest time. I had given up mentally the last couple miles because I was so tired of running hills so I didn’t push at the end like I usually do.  I never wanted to run hills again but won’t be the last time I run those SF hills this year.

SF 1st Half Marathon - my toughest race and my slowest time.

Race 10: SF 1st Half Marathon – my toughest race and my slowest time.

As much as I want to just stop, I won’t. I want to finish my goal. I have 5 months left. That’s 5 more races – ok more like 6 or 7. From August to November I have a Half every month. SF Giant Race Half for August, San Jose Rock N Roll for September, Nike Womens Half Marathon in Oct – plus a 12k that I’m doing with a NEM team, and the Las Vegas Rock N Roll for November plus the Run To Feed the Hungry 10k that I do with my family every year.

To finish off my crazy year of running, I am ending it with my first Full Marathon in December, the California International Marathon. After the successful 18 miler, I decided to do my Full this year instead of waiting until my 35th birthday. I am pretty nervous/excited about it. Training starts tomorrow! I’ll probably post on my progress with training :-)

Using my Nike+ app to train for my fist marathon = California International Marathon in Sacramento.

Using my Nike+ app to train for my fist marathon = California International Marathon in Sacramento.

I Miss My Boys

My boys at their last belt test for Taekwondo

My boys at their last belt test for Taekwondo

Yep. I’m missing my two crazy, high energy, loud, and sometimes annoying boys. The ones who talk my ear off all day and seem to fight with one another constantly. The ones who leave a mess everywhere they go and rarely listen to anything I say. I started missing them the same day they left.

They are off on a boys trip with their Grandpa touring caverns, taking boat rides, camping and fishing for a week. Before they left, I was looking forward to getting a break from them. I think we all needed a break from one another. The trip couldn’t come quick enough. It’s been a challenge keeping them entertained during this long summer break.

I was a little anxious about them being gone for so long, far from me. I made sure to hide my worries from them and keep them excited about their trip. I packed their bags and told them to take care of another, help their grandpa and to have fun.

I wasn’t there when they left. I had a race that same morning and had to leave before them. I did give them kisses on their foreheads before I left. Once I got home from the race and after Ben left for work, it was just me. And I missed them. A lot. It’s so different without them here.

It’s quite. Very very quiet. I don’t think the TV was on at all today. The house was still messy and I couldn’t blame them for once. LOL. It didn’t take long to clean up and of course it will stay clean longer while they’re gone.

I almost don’t know what to do. That’s how much my life, my world, revolves around my boys. It’s really strange just making food for myself. It does help when Ben is home. It gives me someone to take car of.

So what have I been doing? Cleaning and organizing mostly. I’m trying to sort through all their toys/clothes/books and purging. But being in their room reminds me that they are gone and makes me miss them more. So I go and clean/organize a different room for a while. I did get to watch a couple movies that I knew no one else would watch with me. And here I am blogging again after almost a year :-)

Ben and I have also been spending time together when he’s home from work. He actually took a day off so we could go for a hike to a waterfall. It was a fun day. But we still talked about the boys. He misses them too. We wondered what they were doing and if they were having fun.

Hiking Date to Alamere Falls

Hiking Date to Alamere Falls

We did get a call from them the other night. A part of me wanted them to say they missed me and wanted to come home, but I was glad to hear the excitement in their voices as they told us about their adventures. Their Grandpa sends us pics and they look like they are getting along. It must just be at home that they constantly fight.

The days seem a little longer with the boys gone. I can’t wait for them to be home so I can give them big hugs and kisses. They give my life meaning and purpose. They test my sanity at times, but I love being their Mom :-)

I love my boys.

I love my boys.

Sept 8-14: Saying Bye to my Family

My family reunion came to an end as the  new week started. Time just flew by with everyone here and before I knew it, my packed home would go back to just the 4 of us again. Ed and his family left Monday night. It was nice of them to stay longer than they originally planned. Mom and I spent another full day in the kitchen. Tuesday was when my mom went back home. PJ and his family left Wenesday night. I was a bit sad to say good bye- even though it was just for now. Seppe didn’t want anyone to leave and cried when PJ left. He likes having people around. I guess it’s just too boring with just us.  It was a lot quieter But yes, less fun. But that’s how it goes. We all had to get back to our lives and routines.  Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can get together again….

Seppe and his Aunt Sarah - he adores her.

Seppe and his Aunt Sarah – he adores her.


Mamma, PJ, and me


Seppe loved having his cousin Sabella come with us to drop him off at school.


With their Auntie Nicky


Seppe was soooo sad when PJ and Sarah left.

I didn’t do any workouts until Thursday. I wanted to focus on enjoying the short time I had with my family. I did walk my niece to the park on Wed but that was it. Pushing a stroller up the hills was tough. I applaud all the mamma out there who push those big things around. I haven’t had to push one for a while now and I can’t say I miss it. hahaha.

Thurs- Sun workouts

Thurs- Sun workouts

Thur 9/11: 2 mile walk, Holidayi Arms x3, LoveYourLegs x3, InnerOuter Thighs – I woke up Thursday determined to be active and do something. I had to restrain myself for jumping out of bed and running. I wanted to run so badly but I knew that if I wanted to do my race in Oct, I had to lay off and let my ankle heal completely before I pushed. So I went back to walking. My neighborhood is very hilly and these hills are steep. I focus on engaging my abs and keeping fast pace.

Fri 9/12: 2mile bootycall walk and 4mile walk with Ben. – I meant to do a workout but I can’t remember what I did instead. I know I spent some time cleaning and catching up on my blog.

Sat 9/13: 2 mile walk with Ben and the boys and a quick WOD my brother Ed posted on FB:

10 rounds –

10 pushups (modified)

10 air squats

10 situps

For Time: 9:31

He did his in 8:38 :-P I did try to match him but the last couple rounds were really tough and I slowed down a lot on the pushups.

Sun 9/14: 3.5 mile walk with Ben and the boys, Back to School, SunkissedAbs x3 – Finished catching up on the toning workouts from the first week of the FriskyFall challenge. I spent some time planning out my workouts for the next week.

Sept 15-21: Spinning and Walking


Mon 9/15:
2mile Bootycall walk
1hr spinning + strength circuit:
3 rounds
20 pushups
20 Plié squats (added 5 squats at every round)
90 sec plank

First time doing the 1 hour spinning class. Different instructor and different style. Great music and still a great sweat session. I didn’t feel it until later in the day when my legs started to feel like jello at home :-/ I did grocery shopping today and prepped salads for the next couple days for Ben and me. Spent time visualizing a tighter and toned body.

Tues 9/16:
2mile bootycall walk
45min spinning – this shorter class is tougher than the longer one. I always walk out a sweaty mess.

Wed 9/17:
2mile Bootycall walk
1hr spinning class + strength circuit:
3 rounds:
20 push-ups
30 Squat w/ kick
90 sec plank
Saw the orthopedic doctor and got referred for physical therapy for my ankle. Found out I can’t run or play volleyball :-( I was lucky to get my therapy started the same day. 2x a week for 4 weeks takes me out of my next two races. Even if I was cleared to run before my Nov race, I wouldn’t be ready to tackle 13 miles. I was pretty depressed about it. We cancelled our travel plans we set up for the November Vegas race. I know that there are other ways for me to get my cardio in besides my running. But it just feels like a part of me is missing. I feel lost. I’m doing spinning as my main source of cardio because it challenges me. I realized just how much running has become a part of who I am. I know I will be get back to it but I miss it a lot. I’m forcing myself to be patient and allow my body the time it needs to heal properly so I don’t keep injuring myself. Apparently I have loose ligaments to begin with that make me prone to sprains :-/
I went to bed early – by 10p. I was worn out from the therapy session which aggravated may ankle so it was sore again.


Thurs 9/18: Day1 7DSD
I didn’t start off that great. I either slept through my alarm or it never went off. I got up and it was already time to get the kids up so no time for my usual bootycall.
Still hit the gym for my 45min spin class. It was tough. Afterwards, I came home for a snack and went back with Ben for his workout.
30 min elliptical intervals – 3.44 miles
Incline chest press: 10×3 -20lbs
Shoulder Press 10×3 -30lbs
High Row 10×3-30lbs w/ 15 squats in between each set
Front pull down- 30lbs
Leg press: 10×3 -180lbs
Mostly testing how much I was still able to do since its been a while since I’ve been lifting. The 180 felt super heavy. I was testing how my ankle felt and it didn’t bother me so I’ll be back to working my legs n the weight room :-)
Took a nap after lunch because I was super tired and still bummed.
PM workout:
50 Kettlebell swings
50kettlebell swings
M1: Bombshell shot, egg whites, banana
M2: grapefruit
M3: salad
M4: slim down shake
M5: tilapia w/ broccoli, Brussel sprouts,cauliflower
M6: handful of frozen grapes
Water 75 oz
Not happy with my water intake. I was aiming for 90-100 :-(

Fri 9/19 7DSD Day2
2mile bootycall walk – looks like I kept getting slower as the week went on.
1hr spinning class + strength training:
3 rounds:
20 push-ups (modified)
20 Hip abductions each legs
2min plank, 90sec, 2min plank

Did not push as hard in spin. Forgot my ankle brace so I was hesitant to put too much resistance. The planks were hard today.

Ab circuit:
3 rounds –
30 plank leg lifts
15 downward dog tucks each side
15 side plank dips each side
15 v sits
30 bicycle crunches
15 Bent leg heel taps
15 supermans

Disappointed in myself today :-( I didn’t do the workouts I was suppose to do. Got carried away trying to fix something on my laptop. It was something that I could have set aside for another time so that I would have time for my workout, but I didn’t. I was sooo frustrated that I forced myself to do an ab circuit even though it was already late. At this point, I just want to give up and say F@&! It!

Meals were ok but fell short of my water goal again :-(
M1: banana, bombshell shot, egg whites
M2: tropical fruit from trader joes – went to pick up grapefruit but didn’t see any so I just picked up a small fruit tray with pineapple, mango, and papaya. So good. Also had a few raw cashews.
M3: Salmon Salad boats: Salmon mixed with roasted red pepper hummus, a small amount of plain Greek yogurt, dill relish, olives, salt, and pepper. Put it on top of romain hearts and topped with cucumber, carrots, and cherry tomatoes.
M4: slim down snootke
M5: sliced roasted turkey breast from Costco with green beans and broccoli sautéed in coconut oil and season with sea salty, black pepper, garelic and onion
M6: frozen grapes


Sat 9/20 7DSD Day3: Slightly better day. Still having issues with my computer that I can’t seem to figure out but unlike Friday, I didn’t allow it to control my day. I was hoping Ben would be up early enough to come to the gym with me, but he slept in and I decided that I didn’t want to wait for him. So I took Seppe with me (Gio wanted to stay home hoping Ben would wake up while I was gone and take him to break in his new bat) dropped him off and started my day with a cardio session on the bike.

35min Bike Session: Meant to do a spin class but I didn’t get there in time for it. So I modified the Insane Cardio routine. I did 3min, 2min, and 1min for 5 rounds. I didn’t do the second part of it because I still can’t do any plyometrics with my ankle.

WOD: created by my brother Ed who is working on becoming a cross fit coach :-)

Warmup EMOM – 10min

Plank, Situps, Hollow Hold, Pushups (modified) – The hollow holds were really hard. I wasn’t able to keep my legs up for the entire minute but I tried my best.

Tabata: 3 rounds

Single Arm Dumbbell Snatch – 15lbs : 9, 8, 9

Deadlift High Pull – 20lb Kettlebell: 12, 12, 13

Not sure I did the single arm snatch right. I watched a couple youtube videos and copied what they did. I’m sure my form wasn’t the best. I alternated arms. I might have been able to go heavier but this workout definitely had me sweating. Love that it was short and sweet even though I did 3 tabata rounds.

Followed it with Bikini Abs and Sunset Stretch.  Yoga felt sooo good! Ankle was a little tight for some of the moves but I was happy that I was able to balance fairly well in half moon on that side.

Meals: Met my water goal today :-) 93 oz.

M1: banana and bombshell shot

M2: egg whites and plum + coconut water

M3: salad with roasted turkey breast, spring mix, cucumbers, carrots, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes w/balsamic dressing + grapes

M4: Cliff Mojo Bar – not what I wanted to have but I didn’t have the stuff for my shake cleaned so I grabbed something quick.

M5: Tilapia seasoned with lime juice/garlic/onion/seasalt + asparagus

M6: frozen grapes

Sun 9/21 7DSD Day4 – Got up and hit the gym. Hamstrings were a little sore from the WOD my brother had me do. Sunday’s are tough because I’ve become a football fan and I love watching the games. Decided to do the frisky fall toning workout I missed during the week at half time.

30min Bike Intervals
15min Elliptical Intervals
Quicke Workout x3 at half time of football game

3.2 walk with Seppe before dinner: He did really well and was so excited to see all the deer. We got to see a bunch pretty up close. He earned his pizza for dinner :-)

WOD from brother:
Bicep Curls / Lunges – 8lbs:
20/1 descending curls ascending lunges end with 1/20
For Time – 29:20

Meals – Another 90oz water day. It was sooooo hard to watch the boys eat pizza. It smelled so good but I made my favorite TIU recipe for dinner.
M1: bombshell shot, egg whites, banana
M2: plum
M3: Salad
M4: Slimdown Shake
M5: North Shore Garlic Shrimp

September 1 -7: My first ambulance ride and my family visits

Week 7 - Aug 25-31

Week 7 – Aug 25-31

Week 8 of training started off really well. I was glad to be back home and ready to push hard in my training to get my speed up.

Mon 9/1: Week8 Day1 – 5 miles. My hip was really bothering me on this run. I started to foam roll before my runs to help loosen it up and then did a lot of stretching afterwards. I took the boys to the mall to get shoes for school. Gio really didn’t need any but Seppe needed some. I walked out with 4 pairs (2 each) for $100 :-)

Tues 9/2: First day of school for my boys. Finally! I was so excited to be heading to the gym after I dropped them off. I actually looked forward to my speed training.

Week8 Day2: 3.75 miles – .75/.25/.75 with a 1 mile warmup and cool down. Followed it with a leg workout. My original plan didn’t work out because the machines/stations I wanted to use were being occupied so I improvised.

Machine Leg Press 15×4 – 160lbs


Deadlift 20×4 – 50lbs

Bench Crossovers 10×4

Squats 20×4 – 45lbs

Fwd/Bkwd Lunges 10×4 each leg

Weighted Glute Bridges 15×4 – 40lbs

Single Leg Bridge 10×4 each leg

Back Extensions 10×3 – 35lbs

Followed by lots of stretching

Wed 9/3: Legs were sore from Tuesday’s workout but I pushed through during my run.

Week8 Day3: 6miles – once my legs warmed up they felt pretty good.

Thurs 9/4: Remember when I posted that my NWM was just not meant to be? Well today was why. I started off great with a good paced 5k on the treadmill for Week8 Day4. I decided to go downstairs and do a short leg circuit using the Bosu ball.

10 Plyo Side Lunges

10 Plyo Lunge Hops

10 In/Out Squats

I got through one round and then I twisted my ankle during the side lunges :-( The same ankle I sprained in May. And that was it. When I fell to ground grabbing my ankle from the pain, I felt my whole world crumble. Luckily, there was another lady in the weight room with me who called for help. The trainers working up stairs came down to check me out and they called the ambulance. I just cried the whole time. I was so upset because I knew that my goal of a PR on my next half was not going to happen. I thought that I wasn’t even going to be able to do my race or go to the Tone It Up retreat. I was pretty worked up. They gave me morphine for the pain. They assumed my ankle was broken. If you saw how swollen it was, you probably would have too. They rolled me out of the gym and I got my first ambulance ride to the hospital. Ben came from his over time shift as soon as he got the message. We didn’t have to wait long for me to get my X-rays done and I was thrilled that my ankle wasn’t broken. Just a really bad sprain. They gave me more pain meds, wrapped my ankle, prescribed meds for home, gave me crutches and then sent me home. It was probably the fastest we’ve ever been in an out of the ER. I started to feel sick from the meds as soon as I got into the car and trying to use the crutches to get into the condo was really difficult. Everything was spinning. Ben had me wait by the elevator, unlocked the door and came back to carry me in. He put me in the recliner, propped my foot up on a pillow and put ice on it and that’s where I stayed for the entire day. I got so sick from the meds. Anything I ate or drank just came right back up :-( Ben took really good care of me and did all the cleaning I had planned on doing. Gio was super nice to me and Seppe was his usual emotional self. I had to reassure him that I would be ok. I slept when I wasn’t up being sick. It took until about 10p before the meds wore off enough that I could stay awake for more than a few minutes. I finally ate something and kept it down around 11p. Ben carried me to bed and I slept some more.

Fri 9/5: I spent half the day in the recliner while Ben finished up cleaning. We had a lot to do because I had my family visiting for the weekend. My brother Ed and his family showed up around 4 and my mom’s flight came in later that night. I had my brother PJ arriving early Saturday morning and my younger brother and sister coming Saturday night. Having my family around helped keep my mind off my ankle and kept me from getting depressed.

With my mom, brothers and their wives, and my youngest brother and sister

With my mom, brothers and their wives, and my youngest brother and sister

Just the Girls

Just the Girls


Sat/Sun 9/6-9/7: Lots of laughs with my family. My dad even came and visited on Sunday. That’s a big deal because he never comes and visits.  We cooked lots of  yummy Filipino food. I helped and watched my mom cook so I could learn how to cook the food on my own. I held and played with nieces. I was able to walk around on Sunday without the crutches :-)

The "Big" kids with my dad

The “Big” kids with my dad




August 25-31 – Bye Elk Prairie and Hello Hatcreek

Week 7 was a tough one. I’m not use to trail running so I was cautious on my runs, even with my shoes. They worked great and I didn’t have any problems with slipping but I never ran with headphones, even on my mid length runs. I wanted to make sure I was aware at all times. I didn’t worry about pace and just focused getting the miles in.

Week 7

Week 7

Mon 8/25 – Week7 Day1: 5 miles – Ben went with me for a mile and half then turned around to do 3 miles. I went on to 2.5 miles before turning around. I did stop a couple times to check signs to make sure that I was going the right way. I wanted to avoid that steep hill we did on our first run.

This was our last full day at the Elk Prairie campgrounds. Ben and I planned on doing a hike to Golds Bluff Beach (we camped there in 2009) and meet Gene and the boys there. We were a little confused on the distance. One sign said 9 miles and the other said 4.5 miles. The camp host said it was 4.5 so we went for it. It turned out to be 9 miles based on how long it took us. We went a little further because we started from our campsite which was about 2 miles from where the trail to Golds Bluff Beach started. We wound up getting there at the same time Gene and the boys got there. We had lunch and the boys decided to play in the ocean. I can’t believe that they didn’t freeze. I was covered in a towel the whole time. Ben fell asleep.

Golds Bluff Beach

Golds Bluff Beach

Tues 8/26: The boys were very sad to leave their new friends but it was time for us to pack up and head over to my grandpa’s property at Hatcreek. I knew that it was going to be another long day in the car so I didn’t plan on doing a run. We made a long ride even longer by deciding to go to Eureka for lunch. We tried to avoid the fire in Weaverville by going on the 36 and that was just a Bad Idea. I got sick :-( The windy roads were just too much for me. We decided to take the 3 to get back to the 299 and that was just as bad and we had to stop again because I was so sick. Gio got sick too. I emptied my stomach. We managed to get to my grandpa’s before dark. We had stopped in Redding and had pizza (not me) so all we did was set up camp and go to bed.

Wed 8/27 –  Week7 Day3: Was suppose to be an 8 mile run but I only did 4. I did a loop a couple times and my stomach was not happy. I felt sick after the first lap and pushed through to get the second one done.  I decided to cut it short and try to make it up later if I could. My grandpa’s property is at a higher elevation too so I wasn’t use to the thinner air.

My grandpa’s property is a very special place for my family. I am so grateful that I get to share it with my kids. I spent almost every summer there as a kid. I took it for granted then, but I love it so much now. I want to go as often as we can in case it winds up having to be sold.

We spent most of the time relaxing. It’s private so it’s just us. The stars were amazing at night. Ben got to shoot his guns. The boys went fishing – mostly Gio. My grandpa came to hang out for a couple days and I got to catch up with him.


Thurs 8/28 – Week7 Day4: 6miles. I felt much better and was able to do three loops. Ben did a second day of shooting. He spent almost 5 hours playing with his toys. Reggie didn’t like all the loud noise and took off. We all separated to look for him. Seppe and I were the ones who found him. He was in the field next to my grandpa’s property. He wound up cutting his back on barb wire getting back to our side. Gene took him to the vet in the town first thing the next morning.

Fri 8/29 – Week7 Day5: 5miles. This was very slow because Seppe joined me for a few parts of it and he didn’t like being left alone. Ben, Gene, and Gio went fishing for a long time so it was just me and Seppe. They came back with 10 fish! They caught a total of 20 for the 3 days we were there. We took home 6 and had 4 for lunch while we were there. We left after lunch to get back before there was too much traffic.

It also happened to be Gene’s birthday. After we unpacked and showered (finally!!), we ordered some Italian for pick-up and got some cheesecake for dessert to celebrate Gene’s birthday :-) We decided that we would leave Sat instead of Fri night so we could rest.

Sat 8/30 – Week7 Day6: 4miles to make up for the 4 that I didn’t do on my eight mile run. I was pretty tired and my left hip flexor really bothered me. I didn’t do much stretching after my runs while camping because I was usually doing something right after I finished.  We drove back home so we could be home before Ben had to go to work.

Sun 8/31 – Week7 Day7: Long run day – 14 miles. My longest and furthest run ever. This was tough!! My hip hurt and my legs were tired. I had one bathroom stop and I stopped half way to stretch out my hip. I made it all the way to the San Mateo bridge before turning around.

My slowest week of running but I was glad that I was able to stick to my training and get my miles done.

August 18-25: 31 miles in 4 days

I fell behind on my posts while on vacation so I’m trying to catch up. I was without my laptop for 10 days and no internet for 8! My phone was used for mapping runs/hikes and of course taking pictures :-) It was actually liberating to be unplugged. It was nice not worrying about checking my phone for messages/emails. I did miss out on signing up for the NWM though :-( Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be anyways….

I will have pics on my Instagram (@msmammamia) from my vacation. We went camping in the redwoods and at my grandpa’s property. But before we left, I rearranged Week6 of my training to get all my runs done Before we left. It was grueling to run 30+ miles in 4 days, but I got it done.

Week 6 - Aug18-24

Week 6 – Aug18-24

Mon 8/18:

Leg Circuit at the park with the boys – 3 rounds
Narrow to Wide Jump Squats x10
Jump Lunges x10 (each side)
Plié Squat x10
Forward/Backward Lunges x10 (each side)
Step Up Hops x10 (each side)
Elevated side Lunge x10 (each side)
Step Squat with Leg Abduction x10 (each side)

Walking Lunges w/ Squats down the basketball court
Walking Lunges w/ Hamstring Curl back
Lunges w/Squat down the court
Traveling Side Lunges w/ Squat back
Lunges w/ Squat down the court
Curtsy Lunges with Squat back

Stair Circuit
Jump Squats – 1 step at a time
Lunges – skip step
Jump Squats – skip step x3 (with kids)

Week6 Day1 – 8 mile tempo run. This was suppose to be tomorrow’s workout but I’m rearranging the entire week and doing all my longer runs before we leave to our camping trip. Gio rode his bike next to me while I ran and he did great :-) So proud of my boy for pushing through at the end when his legs were getting tired.

Tue 8/19:

Week6 Day2: 6 miles – This was all I did because I wanted to save my energy for the long run I planned on doing on Wed. 12 miles at home was easier than trying to figure out where to do it safely while I was camping.

Wed 8/20: 

Week6 Day3: 12 mile slow long run. I didn’t even try to go fast for this one. It was tough the whole way but I did better than I thought I would. We also packed up our car and drove to Sac a couple hours later.

Thur 8/21: Gio’s Birthday! One of the reason’s we came to Sac was to celebrate Gio’s birthday with his grandpa Geno and to also pick him up since he was coming along with us on our trip.

Gio's Birthday

Gio’s Birthday

Week6 Day4: 5 miles before it got too hot.  We picked up a few final things for camping, Gio’s birthday present – a Nintendo 3DS XL) and took him to John’s Incredible Pizza for his birthday celebration. It was just the 5 of us since his behavior this past year did not earn him his usual party. He didn’t seem to mind because he still got to play games, eat as much pizza as he wanted, and pig out at the dessert buffet. We spent the rest of the day organizing and packing up the car. I realized how much work and planning my grandpa put into our annual camping trips as a kid.

Fri 8/22: Spent 6 hours in the car driving to the Elk Prairie campgrounds. We set up camp, made dinner, and then relaxed. Smores for dessert.

Sat 8/23: We actually had to move to a the campsite right next to us. We wanted to have it for whole time but it was reserved for the day we arrived so we took the one next to it, and moved over Sat after the people left. It was actually a smooth transition. We just lifted the tents up and walked them over :-) I did go for a run with Ben and Gio after breakfast.

Week6 Day6: 3 miles – first run through the redwoods. It was so pretty. Gio did pretty well keeping up. We took a trail that took us up a steep hill that I ran up and left the boys behind. I met back up with them when I turned around. I think I must have done something to my hip flexor or hamstrings because after this run, my left hip was tight for the rest of time :-( But my new trail running shoes were awesome! I am so glad I picked up a pair before we left. Having the right kind of shoes really helps.

Hike with the boys.

Hike with the boys.

Ben and I also took the boys for a short hike before dinner. We pretty much went the same way I went for my run but did a loop.  The hills was tough for Seppe but he got through it. It was nice going slower and taking time to look at everything. Boys had a lot of fun. We even saw some deer.

Sun 8/24: Drove to a Klammath Lake and did the Walk Through the Trees. We got to bring Reggie along. We rode the sky trail. It took us longer than we thought it would but we did stop to take lots of pics. We picked up some homemade fudge and smoked salmon.

Walk Through the Trees

Walk Through the Trees

The boys made friends with other kids that were there from NY and Oregon. Gio finally started to enjoy the trip once he made friends.

Went on a short walk with Ben before dinner.  We meant to go further but we ran into some elk. The first one was injured but I was still hesitant to get close. Ben heard the rest of the group coming through the bushes and a few minutes later, 4 more showed up with another big horned elk. This one definitely did not like us being close and watched us the whole time we walked away. Ben thought it was funny I was so scared, but there was no way I was messing with a wild elk with horns that big.

The injured male elk. We got fairly close to this one.

The injured male elk. We got fairly close to this one.

I was looking forward to doing more runs through the redwoods but a little worried at the same time.  I knew that I would be doing the rest of my runs on my own. I was glad that there were plenty of trails to run on.

August 11-17: A Hike, Datenight, Longruns, and Walks with the boys.

August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014


Monday 8/11: Week 5 Day1  5 mile run. Did this one at the end of the day.

2.85 mile walk with the boys

Leg Workout at Home using zbodyfitnessinc BetterBooty program:

Glute Bridges 25lbs

Deadlifts 50lbs

Bulgarian SplitSquat: 40lbs

Glute Kickbacks with resistance band


Walking Lunges 40lbs

Sumo Squat 25lbs

Jump Squats 40lbs

Those jump squats were tough.

Ended with Piyo Drench

August 12, 2014

Tuesday 8/12: Week5 Day2 8mile progression run.  Ran on a flat course and it was so much easier.

Ended with Piyo Core .

Boys left today to go camping with their grandma for a few days. Spent the morning with them before they left. Relaxed with Ben for the day and did my run when he took a nap for work. Had some yummy sushi for dinner.

August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

Wenesday 8/13: Week5 Day3 6mile slow run

Kid free! So what do we do for fun? Go on a 13+ mile hike by Alpine Lake. Did not plan on going so far but we missed the turn off to do the shorter loop and doubled back to it. We were feeling adventurous so we decided to do the loop anyways after already doing 6+ miles. OMG! My calves and feet ached so badly afterwards. There were some really steep climbs and soooo many steps.  The views were great and we had a good time just hanging out together. I was impressed Ben did the whole thing. Turns out he likes hiking and camping so we’ll be doing more in the future.  After a yummy seafood dinner in Fairfax. we came home, showered, and went straight to bed.

Check out pics from our hike here:

Aug 14th Date Night

Aug 14th Date Night

Thursday 8/14: Piyo Sculpt

So glad for a rest day from running. My calves were so sore from the hike, but other than that, I felt pretty good. We spent most of the day relaxing by cleaning and organizing. I got the boys’ wardrobes ready for school and we finally dropped off a the big donation pile at goodwill. We went to comedy show in the city with one of Ben’s coworkers and her husband. Josh Blue is hilarious. Ben took an overtime mid shift so I dropped him off at work right after the show. And yes, I was up at 4a to pick him up. I did piyo after I got home.

August 15/16, 2014

August 15/16, 2014

Friday 8/15: Week5 Day5 2 miles with strides at the track.

Boys came back home from the camping trip.

Calves were still sore but they didn’t bother me while I was running.  I think it helped that I ran on the track. Gio came along and played at the skate park while I ran and then did sprints. It’s probably one of the better times I’ve had with him lately.

Saturday night walk with the boys.

Saturday night walk with the boys.

Saturday 8/16: Week5 Day6 12 mile trial run.

2mile walk with the boys.

Did this on the flat bay trail. Not quite where I want to be yet with my pace but I was happy to be sub 9 and I think I did pretty good with my pacing. I had to stop for two bathroom breaks. The restrooms along this course are much nicer than the ones on the trail I usually run – meaning they flushed and didn’t stink as badly.  Legs didn’t feel as worn out as they usually do and I think not having a huge hill to climb up and down made a difference.  They did start to tighten up as the day wore on but the short walk with the boys helped to loosen them up a bit.

I was suppose to do Piyo today but I’m tired so I will see if I can make up the missed ones tomorrow since it’s a rest day for running.

Sunday 8/17: Rest Day. Spent the day relaxing, watching the Little League World Series and some football. I just wasn’t in the mood to do anything.  Kind of cranky today.  I did pretty good with my diet – just one cookie after lunch :-) Drank lots of water.

I have to adjust my training for next week since we’re going a long camping trip. I’ll be doing all the longer runs the next 3 days before we leave and keeping the shorter ones for the camping trip. We’ll be doing lots of hiking too so I’ll be staying active. I won’t have internet after Thursday so next week’s post will be a little late.


August 4-10: Changing It Up

My blogging came to a standstill once the Bikini Series ended. I haven’t even gotten around to posting results :-( I just couldn’t figure out how to balance everything and make time to sit and blog. It’s late as I’m typing this now. And it seemed like the only time I could give to my blog was late at night. Usually, I was tired and just trying to get the post typed up – like I’ll be doing with this one. Lol.  On top of blogging I was checking in on instagram, twitter and the TIU community. It was a bit overwhelming. When the Bikini Series ended, I lost my motivation to blog. I had and have so many ideas but just couldn’t find the time… or the desire to make the time.

Lately, I’ve gotten a little tired of social media. I spend way too much time just looking at all the posts on Facebook, twitter, and instagram. I was tired of posting my workouts. I posted them to help keep me accountable but I haven’t been doing that great of a job with it. I actually stopped even logging my workouts in my journal.  I never really got into a routine this summer. Having the boys home ALL summer hasn’t been easy. Diet hasn’t been the best and I’ve been feeling tired even when I sleep in – which  is every day. I just have not been on top of things.

So I want to try something new. I will be using my blog as my workout journal. Not daily but weekly. I think I will be able to stick to that much easier. Right now I am on my 5th week of half marathon training. I’ve transitioned my focus from weights to running. I am hoping to PR in my next half in October – the Rock N Roll San Jose.  I am using the Nike+ app for my training program. It’s pretty aggressive with 5-6 runs a week.  I still try to lift at least once a week with a nice and heavy leg day.  I’m also doing Piyo. I’m currently on the 6th week.  I try to follow the TIU calendar too but I will adjust when I do the workouts and use my runs for my cardio.

Here was what I did last week:

Monday Aug 4, 2014:

Aug 4, 2014

Aug 4, 2014


Gym Session:

5min max incline warmup walk

Legs Press 6×3 270lbs

Leg Press 10×3 180 lbs w/ Fwd-Bkwd Lunges in between each set 10×3 (each leg)


Sumo Squats 12×4 50 lbs

Jump Squats 15×4

Deadlift 3×3 135lbs


Weighted Glute Bridges 10×3 40lbs

Single Leg Gluet Bridges 10×3(each leg(

15 min Intervals on StairMaster

Week4Day1  5mile run

TIU BikiniBooty

Piyo Sculpt

Tuesday Aug 5, 2014:

Aug 5, 2014

Aug 5, 2014

Week4Day2 3.75 mile run – Speed training


Assited Pull-ups 8×3 16lbs

Assisted Dips 10×3 16lbs

Super Set:

Bench Press 10×3 55lbs

Incline Pushups 10×3

Biceps 21’s  x3 10lbs

Front/Lateral Raises 10×3 8lbs

TIU Hotel Workout x3

TotalBliss x2

Piyo Sweat

Wednesday Aug 6, 2014

Aug 6-8, 2014

Aug 6-8, 2014

Week4Day3 6 mile run

2 hrs of Volleyball – I actually played setter for 4 games.

Piyo Core

Thursday Aug 7, 2014:

Week4Day4 3 mile run

Piyo Drench

Friday Aug 8, 2014:

Week4Day5 5mile run

Saturday/Sunday Aug 9-10, 2014:

Aug 9-10, 2014

Aug 9-10, 2014

Saturday – Week4Day6 12 mile run

Sunday – 4 mile walk with the boys

Piyo Strength Intervals and Buns


As you can see, my workouts kind of tapered off as the week went on. By Wednesday, I was pretty tired and tried to save my energy for my runs. I was sore from my Tuesday workout all week! I usually do any missed TIU workouts on Sunday but I decided to combine Sat and Sunday’s Piyo workouts since my legs were dead from my long on Saturday. Piyo is a pretty good workout and doing two of them back to back was tough.

For the most part, I was happy with my runs.  These 6 run weeks are tough. Starting at the opposite end of the trail for my long run helped.  Not that putting the big hill in the middle of my run made it any easier but it did make it easier for me to really pick up my pace for my last mile.

I will still have a post on my BikiniSeries results – hopefully sometime later this week. I will try to have my weekly workout posts up by Sunday night (fingers crossed).



Bikini Series Day55

June 21/22, 2014


Saturday –
Pink Flamingo x2
2min plank

M1: banana
M2: grapefruit
M3: north shore garlic shrimp/broccoli
M4: PerfectFit bar
M5: salad and 2 slices of pizza

Workout – 6mile run
M1: banana
M2: eggs
M3: perfect fit bar
M4: veggies straws
M5: left over NorthShore garlic shrimp/broccoli/Brussel sprouts/ cauliflower

Saturday was a long day of baseball with a tournament for Gio. Luckily, the field he played on was right across the street from the bay trail so I could do a run while his team warmed up. Did 2 rounds of Pink Flamingo when we got home from his first game.

Dinner was at a pizza place after the second game. I had a very small salad but was still hungry. I had two slices of pizza. Luckily the slices were small. Not the best way to end the bikini series but I didn’t overdo it so I’m happy.

Did my long run on Sunday. It went well. My ankle is doing a lot better. The soreness is almost completely gone. I have more mobility with it.

Didn’t have time to take after pics so I will get to it during the week. I’ll do a post with my results and how this year’s bikini series went for me.