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Bikini Series Day8

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May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! It was a little hard to get up this morning. It’s tough when I don’t really get a chance to sleep in on the weekend. It makes me feel like I get no break.

Oh well. I got up and did my neighborhood loop. I actually walked it faster this time. I decided to jog part of the downhill parts because it was harder to slow down. That was all I needed to wake up.

I was happy that both boys were finally healthy again and could go to school. I couldn’t wait to get to the gym after I dropped them off :-) I had a killer leg day. I started with a 1mile run on the treadmill then I hit the weight room. I did a modified version of a leg workout I had done before. Took out exercises I didn’t want to do and changed the number of reps and sets on others. I focused on good form and control.
Leg Press – 15,10,8,6,6,8,10,15
(140, 160, 180, 250) – I increased weight as I lowered my reps and decreased them when I increased reps.
Leg Press Machine – 10 x 10 150lbs – For this one I made sure to get low. I could really feel this in my glutes. That 10th round was killer.
Lying Leg Curls – 10 x 5 50lbs
Glute Pushdowns – 10 x 5 94lbs – this was tough after the leg press machine.
Single Leg Seated Leg Curl to Deadlift –
15 – 10 x 5 (35, 50)
Ended with Excited for Spring Cardio on the stair master. What a sweatfest!!

I was so worn out when I was done. But I was happy. It’s that exhausted from a great workout feeling :-) I walked very slowly for the rest of the day. I had to to do some grocery shopping and it was all in slow motion. Luckily, I had enough time and got most of it done before picking up the boys from school.

I started to feel overwhelmed once the boys got home. I had dinner to prep, homework to help with, and so many things to do before we had to leave for Gio’s game. I totally forgot that I had snack duty so I feel badly that the boys didn’t get a snack tonight :-( I’ll have to make it up to them. It was another rough loss for the boys. And miserable for the parents to watch because it was sooooo cold and windy.

I was really happy that Ben decided to come home and wait for a late dinner instead of picking up fast food. Meals today were pretty good.
M1: egg whites and quinoa
M2: KindBar
M3: Pesto Pasta w/ Chk apple sausage, spinach and Brussel sprouts. I pretty much threw a bunch of leftovers together.
M4: Larabar – at the baseball game
M5: In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I made tacos. Ben and the boys had the last of the taco shells and I had lettuce tacos. The boys really enjoyed filling their tacos with what they wanted. I put guacamole, quinoa, ground turkey, and tomatoes on mine. I did also have a few tortilla chips to finish off the guacamole. I didn’t want to throw it away.
M6: frozen grapes.
Missed my water goal by 1oz. But it’s pretty close so I’m happy. I’m trying to have at least 1 coconut water during the day as part of my water intake.

After the boys went to bed, I did my 2min plank and the Best Ab Routine circuit. This was the first time I’ve done this workout. It does get those abs burning. The scissor exercise is the hardest one for me, especially today when my legs were super tired.

My kitchen is a mess and there is still 100 things I need to do. But they will have to wait until tomorrow because I am done for today!

Bikini Series Day5

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May 2, 2014 –

Another tough morning for me. It was super hard to get up. Still having lots of congestion. I got dressed and headed out the door for a run. I went slow and enjoyed the fresh cool air. It helped me breathe. I felt better and got the boys up for school. Gio was doing better so he went back to school. Ben actually got up and decided to come with me to drop the boys off and go to the gym.

He did cardio while I hit the weight room. I did a mini leg workout:
Abductor 80lbs 10×3
Adductor 80lbs 10×3
Leg Extensions 65lbs 10×3
Seated Leg Curls 55lbs 10×3
Single Seated Leg Curls 35lbs 10×3 each leg
Leg Press Machine 175lbs 10×3
Glute Kick Back 70lbs 10×3 each leg
Squats 95lbs 10×3
Ab Machine 55lbs 10×3

Then we went back to the city to exchange the clothes that didn’t work for Ben. We had lunch and then it was time to pick up the boys. We picked up my car that we dropped off yesterday. On the way home, my car was smoking so we turned around to take it back. I took Ben’s car and took the boys home so we could get ready for Gio’s game and Seppe’s practice. We didn’t have much time and I still had to pick up drinks for Gio’s team. I somehow managed to drop them off, go to the store and be back before Gio’s game started. Ben was still at the tire place because they had to redo my entire brake installation.

We were at the baseball field for 3hrs today. I picked up Larabars for my M4. Dinner for the boys was pizza. I had half a slice that Seppe didn’t want and that was it. I came home and had some tilapia and Brussel sprouts. The rest of my meals were decent. Lunch was half of a crab salad sandwich that I shared with Ben. We usually eat a whole one each but we decided to split one today. I had veggie chip which were actual vegetables baked into chips and not just potatoes shaped/colored like veggies. I thought I took a pic of my breakfast but I guess I didn’t. M1 was egg whites and a banana. I almost made my water goal – only 5oz short.

I didn’t get a chance to do the Sunset Challenge for today. I wasn’t planning I spending most of my day doing errands and dealing with my car. By the time Gio’s game finished it was getting dark. Hoping I can do it with the boys sometime this weekend. I know they would love to join me I writing words of encouragement with chalk :-)

Soooo tired! Saturday will be a super busy morning with baseball. The boys have games at the same time :-/ And of course it starts early.

Bikini Series Day4

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May 1, 2014 –

Woke up sore today. I definitely feel my workout from yesterday. My forearms are sore from last night’s volleyball game. There was one rotation where the guy had some killer serves that were painful. It was really really hard to get out of bed. I had hard time sleeping last night because I was so stuffed up.

But I got out of bed and did the Sunrise Routine for my bootycall. It was perfect. Just what I needed to help me wake up.

After dropping the Seppe off(Gio was still sick and stayed home w/ Ben) , I decided to go to the gym and do Spinning. I haven’t done a class in a while. It wears me out and I don’t have much energy to go and lift afterwards. Spinning is something I Love and Hate at the same time. It is very challenging for me. I love the sweat fest and the music. I hate turning up the resistance. Lol. But I do my best to make sure I am working hard the whole time. I did better than I thought I would. I’ll be trying to go every Thursday for the Bikini Series :-)

I went straight home and got ready to go into to city. Ben had clothes to pick up. Then we dropped off Ben’s car to get the brakes checked and tired rotated. After his car was done, we picked it up and dropped off my car.

I finally had time to the Cowabunga workout after the boys went to bed. This is a tough one. Definitely a good total body workout. I did 2 rounds. I wasn’t feeling too great and I was so congested. I did my 2min plank and called it a night.

My M1 and M2 were pretty much the same because Ben had made breakfast for me when I got home from the gym. And I was really hungry after spin. M4 was a Perfect Fit protein bar. I realized today, just how much of a drug sugar is. I wanted some chocolate or candy. But I’ve been really focusing on staying away from sweets. It’s an addiction that I know is not good for me. I’ve been turning to fruit instead of candy. It’s hard but I’m taking it one day at a time.

The Sunset Challenge for today was to reach out to our friends and let them know how amazing the are. I chose 2 of my best friends that I’ve known for a long time and a new friend. These ladies have had a positive impact on my life and I am so grateful for their friendship.

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Bikini Series Day3

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April 30, 2014 –

Today was a good day :-) Even though I was’t feeling 100%, I had great workouts. I’m not sure if I’m fighting getting sick or if I am dealing with allergies. I feel tired but that can be due to getting up in the middle of the night dealing with a sick kid and not getting good sleep. I’m congested and that’s about it. My stomach isn’t hurting and I don’t feel nauseous like the boys do. I felt amazing during my workouts.

Started my day with a 5k jog. After I warmed up my legs felt great. I had some shin splints but they are not from running. They are from walking up and down the hills! They didn’t hurt at all on my run.

Gio is still sick so he stayed home with Ben. I dropped Seppe off at school and headed to the gym. I warmed up with a 10min max incline walk then hit the weight room. I did zbodyfitness Better Booty Month3 workout. I haven’t done her workouts in a while so I wanted to see if I had improved. I was able to up the weights on all the exercises. It use to take me at least an hour to complete the workouts but I can get it done in 45-50min now :-)
I followed it with extra leg work on machines:
Leg Extensions 8×4 65lbs
Lying Leg Curls 8×4 55lbs
Leg Press 8×4 180lbs – I’m working on getting to 270 :-)
Glute Pushdowns (on assisted pull-up machine) 10×4 94lbs
Ended with a 20min Interval workout on the stairmaster.

I was pretty worn out by the time I had to pick Seppe up. Had a little nap before helping Seppe with homework and making dinner. I was feeling tired but I still went to volleyball. I look forward to it every week. It’s one night I get to play the sport I love. I don’t think about Ben, the kids, or the million and one things I have to do. I just play. I had a pretty good night too :-) I actually warmed my arm up and I was able to serve overhand most of the night! This is a big deal for me because I have been working so hard to get my overhand serve back. My passing was decent too. It helped that I wore my contacts and could see the ball better :-) Hitting was ok. I just can’t get my timing back. After a tough game of 3 on 3 (that my team won) – I ended the night a little early. It was hot and I was worn out. But I still had the last day if the Spartan 30 Push-ups for 30 Days challenge, Malibooty, and a plank to do. And yes, I did them all after I got home from volleyball. Malibooty fit perfectly for my leg day.

My Meals were ok. It’s seems like there is one meal where I veer off track a bit. M2: was a Mango – it was the last one and I was glad because this last batch of mangos I got wasn’t that great. M3: was broccoli, brwn rice/quinoa mix, and turkey meatballs. It was leftover BBQ Chk but it didn’t taste good after a couple bites so I threw it out and got the meatballs. I didn’t want to take a risk of eating bad food since I was already dealing with sick kids. Lunch was also when I ate some bread from Ben’s Panera lunch and some Veggie Straws. I think I was super hungry after my morning workout.

Before I went to bed I did complete the Sunset challenge. I took a look at my Vision Board and my Create Your Summer List. I let go of my slip ups and focused on what I needed to do to get to my goals. I went to sleep thinking about how strong I was going to feel when I leg pressed 270lbs and how confident I was going to feel in a bikini at the TIU retreat with my fellow TIU sisters :-)

Bikini Series Day2

April 29, 2014 –

Today was tough. Gio woke up in the middle of the night sick. Cleaned up the mess and had a couple hours to get back to sleep. I didn’t want to get up when the alarm went off but I did. I wasn’t feeling that great. Went on my walk and did a loop around the neighborhood. I felt better after the walk. But Gio had a fever and had to stay home so my plan to go to spinning didn’t work out. Took care of him and Ben most of the day – Ben came home early from work because he wasn’t feeling well either :-/ Gio tried to go play his baseball game but we were glad they had enough players that he could sit out. He stayed and cheered on his team and Ben helped coach. I didn’t get a chance to workout until after the boys went to bed.

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I followed along with the new Bikini Body Workout. I used 8lb dumbbells for everything except the first move. I love this new workout. K&K never fail to make great workouts for the bikini series. Followed it with 30 push-ups and a 2 min plank. I ended with the Sunset Stretch yoga routine. I really need to do yoga more often. It felt so great to stretch out my legs.

I didn’t get a chance to take pics of my M2 and M4. My m2 was mango and m4: was a Luna bar. I did have a handful of m&m’s at Gio’s game though :-/ I need to pack better for his games because it’s easy to go the whole 2-3 hours without eating or drinking anything. Dinner was a Greek Chicken Salad from Panera with no dressing. I love Greek salads and with all the flavors from the olives and feta, I didn’t need dressing. I didn’t quite reach my water goal. I still got 60 oz in but I want to drink more because it helps me feel better throughout the day. Baseball game days are hard. I’m usually so tired that we just pick up dinner or order pizza for the kids. I have to start having dinner already made before the game so we can just come home and eat.

I showered and then took my before pics for the bikini series:

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I am always hesitant about posting my before pics. I’ve got some toning to do on my midsection. But that will come with a cleaner diet. I’m not too concerned about getting smaller. In fact, I’m trying to get bigger in my legs and arms. I wish I could make my chest grow :-( But I’ve come to accept that this is my body. I have to learn to love my body. I don’t weigh myself so I don’t have a starting weight. I did measure though because I want to put on muscle in certain areas.
Waist – 26″
Hips – 34″
Thighs – 16″
I’m looking forward to seeing the changes in 8 weeks.

Bikini Series Day1

April 28, 2014 –

Today was the first day of this year’s Bikini series :-) It was tough but I got up early and went out for a 20min walk for my bootycall. I walked around the neighborhood. There are lots of steep hills so it gets the heart pumping. It’s been a while since I’ve done a bcwo. I stopped shortly after I learned I had high blood pressure last year. I decided that I needed more rest to help my body. I cut back on my workouts and tried to not stress out as much. But I really want to give this Bikini Series my all so I am making a goal of doing a bcwo 5x a week. I will keep it to a walk or jog and I will be making a huge effort to get to bed earlier so I can make sure I am well rested.

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Seppe was still sick today so I stayed home with him. After dropping Gio off at school, I did a short upper body workout with my equipment at home:
Pull-Ups (Wide, Narrow, Reverse) 5×2
Band Pull-Downs (Wide, Narrow) 10×2
Upright Row to Deadlift 10, 8, 6 with 15lb DB

I went to the gym after Ben got home from work and did a short leg workout and the new Spring into Summer cardio. I started with a 1mile warmup on the treadmill. Then hit the weight room:
Leg Extensions 65lbs 10×3 Plus a 4th round was a drop set that I started at 75lbs down to 25lbs. I did at least 6reps at each weight.
Deadlift 80lbs 10×3
Leg Press Machine 175lbs 10×3
Seated Leg Curl 55lbs 10×3
I wanted to hit the squat rack but it was taken and I ran out of time.

I did the Spring Into Cardio routine on the stairmill. Wow! What a sweat session!! The stairmaster is probably least favorite cardio machine and is tough for me but it’s so great for the legs!

Did the 3 Moves for Sexy Upper Back 10 x 3, Day28 of 30pushups for 30daya, and 2min plank after putting the boys to bed.

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Meals were pretty good today. I didn’t have a single piece of candy :-) Lunch was my not so great meal. Ben brought home some L&L. Usually it’s really good but today it wasn’t that great. My favorite meal was dinner with Panko Tilapia, broccoli and roasted Brussel sprouts. I also has some frozen grapes after dinner. I also made my water goal today.

I felt pretty good most of the day. Got a little tired after my morning workout. Took a nap with Seppe on the couch. He started to feel better today and his happy personality is starting to come back. I miss him smiling and being goofy. Glad this was a short sickness even though it was pretty rough for him – and me.

Made my Vision Board for the Sunset Challenge:

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The 3 Things I really to Accomplish at the end of 8 weeks:
1. Making Clean, Lean and Green my Lifestyle again
2. Become better at swimming
3. Lift heavier weights

I set out my clothes for tomorrow last night so I’m ready for Day2 :-) Time to get to bed!

My 2012 Recap

Now that 2013 is here,  I wanted to take a look back on 2012.  It was an amazing year! So much happened. I definitely learned a lot about myself this past year. And it went by so fast!

We had a lot of family fun this year:

Camping at Hatcreek – This is a special place for our family and I Love that I can share this wonderful place with my boys. I’m also very grateful that they got to spend time with their great grandpa who has had such a big influence on the person I am today.

Hatcreek 2012

Fishing Trip to Eagle Lake – so proud of the boys for waking up at 3:30 in the morning for three days straight and toughed out 5-6 hours of fishing.  Seppe wound up being the one to catch not one but 2, fish.

Eagle Lake 2012

San Francisco Zoo with our close friends the McCauley’s – the boys had so much fun. It was everyone’s first time to the SF zoo.

SF Zoo 2012

Great America w/ season passes – we enjoyed having the McCauley’s join us and we went back many times until the season ended.

Great America 2012

TBall for the Boys (Seppe’s 1st year, Gio’s 2nd) Seppe was on the Mets and Gio was a Pirate this year.

Seppe's 1st Season of TBall

Seppe’s 1st Season of TBall

Gio's 2nd Season of Tball

Gio’s 2nd Season of Tball

Disneyland and Universal Studios Vacation – 3 days of Disney and 1 day at Universal. Seppe enjoyed every minute of it. Gio was only happy when he was on a ride. He did not like waiting. lol.

Disney:Universal

Vegas Trip for Benny and Me

Vegas 2012

Berkley Shoe Camp Out (first and last!)

Berkley CampOut

We had a scary moment in March when Ben wound up in the hospital. He came close to dying but we were so fortunate that the doctors were able save him. It really helped put things in perspective for me and made me appreciate just how precious life is.

Hospital

For my Personal Fitness, I achieved so many goals and went well pass what I thought I was going to when the year started. I learned that I can always push myself harder.

Completed BeachBody Turbo Fire Challenge

Left - Day1 of BB TurboFireRight - Day after the Last Day

Left – Day1 of BB TurboFire
Right – Day after the Last Day

Fist 10K (Gio’s first 1/2 mile race)

Capital City Classic 10K

Capital City Classic 10K

Big Sur 9miler (w/ Aunt and Sister)

Big Sur 9Miler

Big Sur 9Miler

Disneyland Half Marathon (mini vacation w/ Benny) – first half marathon

1st Half Marathon

1st Half Marathon

NWM Half

Second Half Marathon 6weeks later

Second Half Marathon 6weeks later

Thanksgiving Run To Feed the Hungry  (w/ the family) – beat my time from last year :-)

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Tone It Up’s Bikini Series and 3 rounds of the 5DSD – followed TIU Nutrition Plan for most of the year (slightly went off track at Christmas)

Progress throughout my 1st year on the ToneItUp Nutrition Plan after BikiniSeries

Progress throughout my 1st year on the ToneItUp Nutrition Plan after BikiniSeries

Started playing volleyball again :-)

Volleyball every Wed from 7-10

Volleyball every Wed from 7-10

I had so much fun in 2012. It’s been the happiest and healthiest so far.   And I can’t wait for More in 2013!

Last Race of 2012

The last race I did for 2012 was the Run to Feed the Hungry 5K on Thanksgiving.  I did it last year with Ben and this year, the boys wanted to do it too. I was hesitant to sign them up for it because I didn’t think that they could make it the whole 3.1 miles – especially Seppe. Ben wasn’t going to do it because he hadn’t trained for it like he did last year but said that he would walk with the boys. So I signed us all up :-) Ben’s dad even joined us on race day.

I did not train too much for the race. I stuck to my regular routine for the most part. I ran 3-4 times a week with one long run. My main goal was to beat last year’s time.  I wasn’t confident that I would because my practice runs weren’t showing much improvement from last year at all.

Clothes and Gear ready.

Clothes and Gear ready.

Dressed and ready to run :-)

Dressed and ready to run :-)

Being away from home made it a challenge to prep.  I got up and got dressed while Ben and the boys were still asleep. My breakfast was a Luna bar and a banana. Once I was ready, I got the boys up and got them ready.  Ben was the last one up, but we still made it to the race an hour before it started.  After picking up our race bibs, we took a family photo in front of the turkeys. Then we went over to the campus cafe that we found last year to stay warm while we waited for the race to start.

Seppe w/ his shirt and bib

Seppe w/ his shirt and bib. Ben putting Gio’s bib on in the background :-)

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Family Fitness on Thanksgiving

Race started at 8:45a. I headed to the front while Ben and the boys stayed at the 10min mile marker. It was the same course as last years, but this time the weather was a lot nicer.  I was cold but still wore shorts. Felt great to run in with sun shining bright. I did manage to beat last year’s time :-)

The Finish Line - so many people! Over 27,000!

The Finish Line – so many people! Over 27,000!

Race Results

Race Results

I waited at the finish line for the boys.  Gio ran with his grandpa – half run/half walked and finished just under an hour.  Ben walked with Seppe and finished just a little over an hour. Gio enjoyed the race and couldn’t wait to run again. Seppe didn’t enjoy it as much. He got upset that he couldn’t keep up with his brother and grandpa. We thought that he had sprained his ankle because he was limping after the race. It turns out that he got a blister on his big toe and it wound up getting infected :-(

Gio had fun :-)

Gio had fun :-)

Gio giving Seppe a hug after he finished the race.

Gio giving Seppe a hug after he finished the race.

Seppe trying to be happy.

Seppe trying to be happy.

This year they didn’t have bags for us so we had to carry all the post race goodies in our hands.  The boys were pretty worn out so we headed back home. We showered and got ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

I was really glad that we did the race as a family. I am very proud of my boys. I think that with a little training, Gio could do another 5k.  For Seppe, I will have to keep him to the shorter distances so that he doesn’t get too discouraged. Gio and I will be doing this race again next year :-) I know it won’t be too much longer before he will be passing me up.

2011 RunToFeedTheHungry

My First NWM

Since 2012 is almost over, I figure I should catch up on my race posts :-)  Here’s my first Nike Women’s Marathon Experience:

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After I did my first two 5K’s last year, I made it a goal to do a half marathon this year. I specifically wanted to do the Nike Women’s Marathon half. I don’t really know why I wanted to do it. I guess the fact that it’s close to me was a big reason. But I also knew that it was a very challenging course, with lots of hills. It was a little intimidating but I looked forward to the challenge.

I started training for it, even though I didn’t even know if I would get into the race.  It’s such a popular race that unless you join Team in Training, you have to get in through the Random Drawing process. To make sure that I at least completed my goal of doing a half marathon, I also registered for the Disneyland Half Marathon that would happen before the NWM. I planned on doing both if I was lucky enough. I didn’t get into the NWM with the Random Drawing :-(  I was bummed but focused my attention on doing the Disney Half. I still kept a look out for extra opportunities to get into the NWM via their Facebook and Twitter. I tried anything that came up but never had any luck :-( I ran the Disneyland Half and figured I was done for the rest of the year.  A week later while I was recovering, they offered one last chance to get into the NWM for Nike+ members.  I was so excited! I was actually picking up my son from school when I saw the post and immediately filled out the registration via my phone!

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My Confirmation Email!!

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the confirmation email a few minutes later! I was going to be able to go after my original goal. I did pretty well with the Disney half so I you could say I was pretty confident :-) My biggest concern was that I only had a little over 4 weeks to get my mileage back up. I had also hurt my ankle after the Disney Half so I wasn’t sure how I would do.  I made my main goal to finish the race without stopping. Training was rough. I wore an ankle brace for most of my runs. Then a few days before the race, I got sick :-( Needless to say, I didn’t do any training those last few days and focused on getting better.

I picked up my race bib and packet on the first day it was available thinking that it wouldn’t be as crazy, but I was wrong. Union Square was crazy! After picking up my bright volt Nike bag that was filled with goodies, I met up with a friend of mine and we walked around the expo.  We tried out Luna bars and nuun water. I also picked up my pair of the NWM Nike Lunar Glide and found my name on the wall of  the Niketown store :-) It was the last day that I felt good enough to get up and walk.

In front of the NWM Expo

In front of the NWM Expo

 

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Human Hamster Wheel at the Safeway Booth

My Motivation to race even though I wasn't feeling well. No Excuses!

My Motivation to race even though I wasn’t feeling well. No Excuses!

NWM Lunar Glides

NWM Lunar Glides

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

 

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

I felt better on race day but still not 100%. I was up at 3a and had my chobani w/ almond butter, banana, and whole wheat bagel w/ almond butter for breakfast. I got to Union Square 2 hours before the race started. I checked my bag right away but regreted it because I was so cold the whole time I was waiting. It was a foggy morning in the bay area and my shorts and tank didn’t help keep me warm. The corrals were set up decently based on your mile time.  I was in the 7:30-8:30 group. It was pretty cold and I was so glad when the race finally started.

Breakfast :-)

Breakfast :-)

Ready for the race.

Ready for the race.

 

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

It was an overcast morning with fog. It cleared a little bit at Union Square when the race started but there was plenty of fog for the whole race.  I warmed up fairly quick.  Had one bathroom pit stop around the 10K mark. I knew there would be hills, but I definitely underestimated how steep and big a few of the hills were.  I just focused on keeping my feet moving.  The downhill parts were pretty rough on my knees. Being sick also took a toll on me. I was happy that I still managed to complete the race under 2 hours :-) I must have looked pretty sick when I crossed the finish line because the volunteers and fireman that I passed all asked if I was ok and needed help. I picked up my Tiffany Necklace Box and headed straight for the bathrooms since my stomach had been hurting badly for the last 3 miles of the race.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

Passing another Mile Marker

Passing another Mile Marker

Mile 12

Mile 12

The last downhill stretch - Knees were aching!

The last downhill stretch – Knees were aching!

 

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

My Race Results :-)

My Race Results :-)

Finisher Tees - they are super bright!

Finisher Tees – they are super bright!

RUN.

RUN.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Photo Op with a Fireman

Photo Op with a Fireman

Finisher Goodies

Finisher Goodies

 

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

 

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

I didn’t have anyone come with me for this race so after picking up a couple tops and finisher goodies, I picked up my sweat bag.  I was a search to find the bus that had my bag. Every bus had a neat name with “Run” at the start. Mine was “Run Amazing.” Once I found my bus, I had to go to specific window. It was pretty organized and I didn’t have to wait long for my bag. I followed the signs to the shuttles back to Union Square.

Making my way through the buses.

Making my way through the buses.

Run Amazing!

Run Amazing!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

I was tired and my stomach still hurt. I got lost trying to find my way back to the parking garage. But I was happy. I accomplished my goal for 2012!! Will I do it again next year? Yes!! It’s a great race, for a great cause, and it shows how amazingly strong we women are :-)

My 1st Half Marathon

It’s been a little over 6 weeks since I ran my first half marathon in “the Happiest Place on Earth.” As some might know, the Disneyland Half Marathon was not my first choice for my first half marathon.  The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco was what I had my eye on a year ago when I set the goal of doing a half marathon this year. But when I learned that it was a hard race to get into – without joining Team in Training, I went to a plan B. Running a half marathon was my main goal so I looked for another race to do in case I couldn’t get into the NWM during the random drawing(which I didn’t). My good friend suggested that we do the Disneyland half together and I went for it.  The original plan was for a girls weekend where we’d meet in L.A, go to the parks, go to the beach, and do the race. Unfortunately, my friend had something come up right before the race and had to cancel.  It was slightly hectic getting last minute hotels and deciding if I was going to fly or drive myself. Ben came to my rescue and took time off work, got his dad to babysit, and rented a car so he could come with me. So it turned out to be a mini vacation for the two of us.

Moon over the San Luis Reservoir

We left early Saturday morning – before the sun was up.  We wanted to get there early enough to make sure we had enough time to get my race packet and beat any traffic. The people who set the date for the race are no fools.  Race weekend also happened to be Labor Day weekend.  Ben did all the driving. It was a very pretty drive seeing the sunrise.

Sunrise over I-5

Wish we could have stopped at 6 Flags.

Arriving in L.A.

He got us to L.A. in 4.5 hours. We were too early to check-in to the hotel so we went had an early lunch at his favorite restaraunt – Bubba Gumps. I usually have carbs at lunch time the day before the race so I enjoyed some shrimp and rice.

Shrimp Bucket Appetizer. Half Cajun and Half Garlic

My Lunch: Shrimp/Sausage/Veggie Kabobs

Indulged in a Bread Pudding Dessert

After checking in to our hotel, we headed towards to Fitness Expo. So… here is where I had a complete blonde moment.  The whole time I was preparing for the trip, I thought that the Expo was at the Anaheim Convention Center which was right next to our hotel. We walked over and saw a Christian convention but no sign of a fitness expo :-/ Ben was a little irritated because we were walking and it was a bit hot that day. When I looked again, I realized that it was the convention center inside the Disneyland Resort.  It wasn’t too much further of a walk and it gave us an idea about how far I would have to walk on race morning to the start line.

Walking down Katella

We headed to packet pick up which was at the lower level.  It was well organized. You picked up based on you bib number, showed your ID and got your packet. I went to Runners Relations to change my corral since I didn’t put a proof of time down when I registered. I was originally assigned to be in the second to last corral and I wanted to be closer to the front. I used my Big Sur 9miler time to get into corral A – the front :-) It’s not that I was expecting to win but I did have a time goal and I knew being closer to the front would help me. We decided to get one day park passes for after the race. We left the Expo and walked towards Downtown Disney.  We made reservations for dinner at the Rainforest Cafe since it’s such a long wait if you don’t. We were a little tired from the drive so we decided to relax and watch a movie. We saw Will Ferrel’s The Campaign. It was one of his better movies of late. Then we walked around Downtown Disney. I bought a neon pink Minnie Mouse shirt from one of the shops. We decided to try our luck at getting a table earlier than our reservation and got in.

Dinner: Roasted Chicken w/ double order of grilled veggies

Our table was right by the gorilla which we both knew our youngest son would have loved. I ordered roasted chicken with a double order of grilled veggies and Ben got some steak. We talked about our kids and how they were going to enjoy our vacation we had planned. Then we walked back to our hotel and it was time for me to get some rest for the race.  I set out my clothes and gear, set my alarm for 3:30a and was in bed by 9p.  Didn’t quite fall asleep until after the booming of the fireworks show ended though.

Lights on trees made for a romantic walk :-)

All ready for the race!

I got up at 3a and got ready. Breakfast was a banana and Chobani Champions w/ almond butter. I realized I didn’t have a spoon so I used my straw to stir and eat.

Pre-Race Breakfast.

Ben stayed asleep. The plan was he would meet me at the finish line around 7:30a. It was dark when I headed out the door. I walked to the intersection and followed the group of fellow runners to the start line. I arrived just as they opened the corrals.  I walked around to check things out and see where the bag check and restrooms were. I hung around until 5a then checked my bag, used the restroom, and headed to my corral. While I waited a nice man said he would take a picture of me at the start line.  He was an older man but a very seasoned runner and he talked to me about his experiences with the Disney marathons. Intimidating and Inspiring at the same time. Lol. The race started at exactly 5:45a.

Stage w/ DJ playing music

Wish I had taken advantage of this.

Getting to my corral.

At the Start Line.

What can I say? It was definitely a Disney race.  I think I saw pretty much every character along the way while running through the parks.  A few of the people in the group I ran with stopped for pictures but it was very quick and they were quickly back in the race. I did not stop for pictures because I focused on running. The music through the park was very loud so it was hard to hear my own music. I didn’t mind though. And it was magical to run through the castle.

Running through Cars Land

The Castle!

You cant help but smile. Even though there wasnt music outside the park, there was still quite a bit of entertainment on the streets on Anaheim for the runners. Bands, cheerleaders, and of course supporters/volunteers were all throughout the race.  I did have to make one pit stop for a bathroom break right around 10K. I really enjoyed running through Angels Stadiums.

In Angels Stadium

There were supporters as you came in cheering you as you ran around the stadium.  At the last mile, it was just non-stop cheering.  Ben didn’t get a front row spot but he saw me cross the finish line via the video screen they had.  I felt great crossing because I saw that I had come in under my 2 hour goal! I wasn’t sure after my pit stop of I would still make it.

Crossing the Finish Line.

I always push through the finish :-)

With my Finisher Medal.

I picked up my finisher goodies – the medal was heavier than I expected it to be, water, banana, and my checked bag then met up with Ben. I was really happy that he was there for me. I pulled out my chocolate Zico and Luna bar and enjoyed them on our walk back to our hotel.

Goodies inside the Finisher Box.

I showered and changed into the new Minnie Mouse tee I bought and we walked back to the park.  There were people still running the race when we got back. We headed into the park to be kids for the day. My right hip and glute were really sore but I did pretty good. We didnt have wait too long for any ride.

Walking down Main Street

Our first stop - for the Indiana Jones Ride

Star Tours

First time I saw this :-)

By 11a we were starving so we decided to have an early lunch. We decided to do the Big Thunder BBQ.

Loved that the water was served in these jars.

A bucket for each of us :-) Plus we ordered another bucket of chicken. I was hungry!

Love my Benny for supporting me.

It was an all you can eat kind of place. We both ate a bucket of chicken and ribs. I did not even touch the corn bread. We stayed a couple more hours then decided to head home.

We shared a candied apple on the way out of the park :-)

RunDisney banners on our way out.

Yes, I slept for quite a bit of ride. I also drove for a couple hours but my legs got really tight while driving so after stopping for dinner, Ben got back to driving. We were home by 9:30p and it was not hard for me to climb into bed and fall back asleep :-)

My results :-)

Would I do it again? Yes! I will probably do it again next year :-) I have more friends that want to do it with me.  I think it’s a great race to do for a first half marathon.  It’s all pretty flat with just a couple overpasses that serve as “hills.” The energy is amazing and everyone is pretty happy to be there.  And of course, it’s prefect to plan a vacation around.  They even have a 5k and kids races the day before. Definitely something for the whole family. Disneyland and Disney World have several races they do throughout the year, so definitely check them out and do one! My goal is do the Coast to Coast challenge were you do a race in both Disneyland and Disney World in the same year :-)