Friday, August 30, 2013

Countdown's on

Boot went on Sunday for 3 weeks 

It's black-it's hot-my butt hurts from the spin bike 

16 more days and counting-I miss running!

Monday, August 19, 2013

July fun!

It's so big & shiny!
I totally was NOT planning on doing this race...but that medal!

My sister and her hubby and my adorable twin nieces arrived on July 5th for a visit! The plan was to go down to Legoland early on the 7th and spend 2 days at the park.  I reluctantly told all my friends it just wasn't happening.  I couldn't race in San Diego and then do Legoland right after! But, my new Weeple friend Linda assured me I could do it, they would make sure I got to Legoland after the race, now I just had to figure out how to get to the race.  Kevin (Guy Fieri) to the rescue! He picked me (I Dream of Jeannie) up at 2:45am on Sunday morning, we grabbed Erin (Supergirl) and headed south.  Another Weeple had our bibs and timing chips so we just had to get there a few minutes before the 6am start to get ourselves ready to go; Kevin drove fast I guess because I think we got there shortly after 5!  The race was fun.
After the race, we joined some fellow Spartan Racers for a wonderful brunch! 
 There were some really great, creative costumes, and the first several miles went by quickly just checking everyone's attire out. The course was an out and back with a few miles in the Qualcomm stadium lot at the end (feedback has already let to the announcement that will change next year-thank goodness because too much time in the parking lot at the end was my only complaint about the course)
I finally DID pass him!

Then Kevin dropped me at Legoland about the same time my husband and children were arriving!  Adrenaline (and a few cups of coffee at brunch) kept me going strong until about 4pm, then the exhaustion started to kick in.  Thankfully I remembered to stick an e+ shot in my bag and that did the trick! Easily handled the last couple hours at the park and didn't fall asleep in my plate at dinner; even got out to the jacuzzi to treat my running muscles!  We hit Legoland again on Monday; mostly the waterpark that day, and I felt great!  After our Legoland adventures we headed home and spent the next several days, cooking, eating, swimming, etc. with all our family members. The visit was as always too short and they headed back to Maui on the 18th.
Meanwhile, on the 14th I did the Shoreline Half in Ventura.  What a nice race! It was small, so parking was easy, nearby and FREE! Packet pickup was a breeze! I enjoyed the seaside route and despite my foot pain finished in my desired time of under 2:30. Still hoping for a sub 2 one day but can't train for it until the foot issue is completely resolved.   
Thursday the 18th I made it out to the Roadrunner Adventure Run...the months are running together in my mind, so can't recall if I ran it or if I volunteered for the Spartan Race booth, but either way I know I had fun!  
Saturday July 20th I checked out the first in the series for Hot and Dirty Mud Run out in Acton with my friend Janice, who I had not seen since we did the virtual challenge together back in April.  It was so nice to get together!  The course was a nice workout with a few really cool obstacles and a bit of mud.  Janice, along with Weeple Anthony, assisted me with my 1st rope climb and I got to the top (with their assistance) definitely need more practice on that!  The series has additional runs coming up on 9/14, 10/12 and 11/16 so be sure to check it out.  Easy $5 parking near the starting line and race day packet pickup. No shirt, but you do get a medal. Oh and the kids race! only $15. They run about a mile of the adult course on the same obstacles.  My son had a blast! 


 Wrapping up July, the boys and I did DRENCHED 5K.  It was a fun run with lots of bubbles and water and a giant slip n slide through the finish line.  A huge water balloon fight at the end of the run was definitely the highlight! That and since it was at the Science Center complex we had to visit our buddies at Figueroa Philly afterward for grub! BEST Cheesesteaks and best service in L.A. (and Mario told us about the secret menu for next time!

As for my news!!!!  I may have already mentioned, or maybe I forgot! I am an official member of the Spartan Race Street Team! That means I have my own special link that I can share and anyone who registers through that link can get 15% off a Spartan Race! AROO!  PLUS I was accepted as an ambassador for Obstacle Racing Media, and have a code (ORM15) for you to get $15 off  the Ruckus Run.  You HAVE to check out the site; the obstacles look amazing!  Both of those events are in December, so you have plenty of time to train to do one, or why not both?  I will be out there and would love to run with you!  The codes are also on my Facebook page Racing Mommy

Friday, August 16, 2013

June (no Gloom!)

June was amazing!  My friend Sue from High School had invited me to join her team for the Camp Pendleton Mud Run.  This was the original mud run and I had heard a lot about it over the years, way before I even dreamed I would be wanting to participate in one.  The weekend would consist of her picking me up Saturday morning, driving to Oceanside, going to a pre-race party, staying overnight in a hotel, ,then racing and driving back Sunday.  Unfortunately Sue and the rest of her team were unable to make it so Lisa, a Spartan Chick I met back in April when doing the DIYS/Hobie Call virtual OCR Challenge, was able to accompany me to the party, share the ride and the room as she was already registered for the race as well! We had a great time meeting the other runners from Sue's run club and gym the night before.  I even enjoyed a little relaxation and libation in the hot tub to loosen up for the next days run.  Lisa and I both got super brave and wore JUST our sports bras with our capris, a first for both of us at a race!
The run and obstacles were fun and there was a good amount of mud.  The food and drink/festival area after was also really nice.  I would love to bring the boys next year as it looked like there was a lot of fun activities for the kids. I took a lot of great pics of Lisa with the Marines too, and she took one of me with the largest American Flag I have ever seen!
  June 15th I was scheduled to do the SoCal Women's Wine Country Half Marathon in Temecula, once again thanks to winning the drawing over at Race Grader! Once again I made a new friend thanks to the power of the internet! I posted for anyone else running the race to see if they wanted to carpool or share a hotel closer to the venue and met the lovely Kristy! We had a great meal the night before with her boss and were able to sleep a litter later than if we had driven all the way to the venue that morning.  The parking and packet pickup was a breeze and despite a little mishap with the course marking early in the race, it was a gorgeous course and day! The shirts were pretty purple tech shirts, we got a wine glass and tasting, and a wine stopper medal.
We had pre-ordered food and unfortunately they didn't have the options advertised but they were able to make a vegetarian option for Kristy.  I enjoyed this race alot, but the best part was meeting a new friend. I look forward to racing with you again soon Kristy!
     I missed getting muddy! Living Social and KROQ kept taunting me!  I can't even tell you how many times I almost bought the voucher every time they emailed me but finally, I caved in and my friend Kevin and I headed down to Irvine Lake for Summer of Mud. Despite a little confusion with Kevin's registration and trepidation about sneaking into an earlier heat so we could run with some Weeples (an army of runners in CA and surrounding areas who are heavily represented at local events-my first run with them) we had the BEST time.  I met more new friends, Dannie (our photographer) Laura (1st time mud runner who we stuck with and helped through the course Weeple style) Linda, Susan and a couple more whose names escape me (sorry!)  Here are some great photos from that day: I have to thank Dannie again for being an awesome photographer and documenting my first successful monkey bar completion!

Completing the monkey bars was exciting, but that wasn't the news I was referring to in my last post.  This month I made it onto the Spartan Race Street Team! That means I get to volunteer hours at events, expos etc. to earn free race entries, AND I get this cool link to share with YOU that will get you 15% off any US Spartan Race!

Long Overdue update

Wow! I can't believe it has been 4 months since my last post!  Spring through Fall tend to be a bit busier with my business, and I have been doing quite a few races. That coupled with the kids home from school and family visiting have led to not a lot of time to update here.

First, I will recap some races, then get onto some 'news'.

     My first race after The Great Race of Agoura was the Hollywood Half Marathon.  I did enjoy it, but not t quite as much as last year. The course changed a bit to take out the big hill at the end, which I was a little disappointed about as in 2012 I was recently over pneumonia and I really wanted to tackle that hill 100% healthy and trained, but they did put in some nice hills over by the Silverlake reservoir which kept the course interesting and challenging.  I don't think there was as much entertainment on the course or runners in costume as last year either, but it was still a fun run and I will do it again next year. Because of the issue with soreness in my foot I didn't push training too hard, but did still manage to PR on the course with a time of 2:12:06.  I WILL eventually get that sub 2!  I like that the race is local, easy to get to on the metro so no hassles with paying for parking and traffic getting in and out.  An early start time of 6am is also great so you have your whole day after! Small expo (no beer) and great medal.
     Next up was a fun run with my friend Tina over at the Nike Store at The Grove in Los Angeles.  This was a free event (always nice!) and well organized. It started out with a free warm up with a Nike celebrity trainer and Olympic Medalist Shaun Johnson.  We did get a little lost so our fun 13.1 ended up more like 14 (and both of us were having foot pain like you wouldn't believe!), but we made it and they had a nice little goody bag, a shirt, and free food for us at the finish.

  On Cinco De Mayo I ran the O.C. Half Marathon for the final race in my Beach Cities Series!  Due to traffic and the longest shuttle line I have EVER seen I arrived after all the waves officially started (on the plus side, got to use the restroom-no lines- immediately before my start, which was awesome), but it was definitely the least exciting kick off to a race. When I started I still didn't know if I was going to go for a PR or not (darn foot issue still going on) so I was enjoying the scenery and my music and soon saw the 2:30 pace group. I was able to pass them and find my zone with the beautiful scenery and weather finish in 2:10:10 (my current PR!) There was a little bottlenecking in some parts of the course, so I might have been able to finish a tad sooner but I was thrilled with my time.
My foot was hurting a bit more post race than usual, but I quickly forgot about it as the post race party was one of my favorites. Wahoo's fish tacos, Dos Equiis (Cinco de Mayo all the way!) and a wonderfully terrible 80s cover band, and my awesome HUGE Beach Cities medal. Met a new friend and we chatted as we ate our tacos and drank our beers.  Plan on racing with him later this year! Hi Ron!  On my way home I stopped for gas and could NOT bear weight on my right foot, uh oh! So Monday off to the Dr. for X-rays.  Got crutches and meds (which helped immensely, only needed crutches for 2 days) and xray result came back negative for any fracture thank goodness! But the pain and swelling I had been dealing with since November was still there so waited on a referral for podiatry. was feeling good enough to run again so....

     Next up on 5/11 was the R.O.C. Race 5K down in Del Mar with my 13 year old son and my Spartan Race buddy Cristina and her friend Jake. What a FUN race! My only complaint was the way too long wait at the last few obstacles (I think we waited almost 45 minutes to get knocked into the water by the giant balls) so I would definitely sign up for an early wave if you are considering this one (and you should, it really was FUN!)
     I really enjoy the Xterra trail runs.  I had only done Boney Mountain (2x) and Topanga Turkey Trot (2x) so when I won an entry to the Malibu Creek Xterra from I was thrilled!  I chose the 6K distance (still hadn't seen the podiatrist so foot issue prevented me from going for the 21K) and I actually placed 3rd in my Age Group and got an award for the 1st time!

Well that's April and May....I'll try to recap the summer this weekend, and get to that exciting news I promised you!  In the meantime, be sure to check out my Facebook page for race discounts and follow me on Twitter!

Happy running!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Race update

I just finished my 6th race this year, and set another new PR for the 5K distance.  It's a fast course that attracts a lot of local class runners, so when I looked up my age group and saw me there #5 on the leaderboard it was so exciting, especially when I didn't even feel especially fast or strong today but I think the e+shot kicked in around mile 1.5 and I pushed it!  Time to review my training plans and keep at the strength training I added to my weekly routine last month.  I also started going to yoga again last week and hope to keep that up.  I have to believe every little bit is working as my times continue to improve and I have great recovery (I credit Isagenix products for that a LOT)
I set a date too to hit the books.  When the kids go back to school on 4/8 after Spring break let the studying for my PT certification begin.  I keep seeing a vision of my new career and I like the way it looks :)  
Happy running (or whatever your groove is)!  Next up Hollywood Half! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Goal setting

Trifecta in 2014-finally decided my fitness challenge for my turning 45!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lazy Sunday

Got up and out on the early side for a Sunday, especially considering I was out later than usual Saturday night.  Being an active mom of  two and a business owner, I don't usually go out and "party" on the weekends. But I had the chance to go to a bar in the (Culver) city and meet one of my favorite bloggers, Brittany Gibbons, and humorous erotica author Alice Clayton while they were out here in L.A. filming a TV Pilot called "Have Boobs Will Travel" fun right?  So I couldn't pass that up.

Still got in my 2 hour/10 miler with the help of the new e+ energy shot and Want More Energy drink.  Stretched then had the French Vanilla Shake and 1/2 a banana. I love the natural energy and nutrition that Isagenix gives me on my runs.  I have been trying to utilize the product like serious athletes use them to improve my personal performance.  Hopefully I'll see results by way of a PR at the Surf City Half Marathon on Superbowl Sunday morning!

Lunch was a Morningstar Farms Veggie Patty burger on my homemade whole wheat bread with Dijon, Swiss, avocado, lettuce and tomato and a handful of baby carrots. YUM
I was lucky to get accepted as a BzzAgent and received a coupon to try one of Morningstar Farms products for free.  I love having quick easy lunch items onhand as I work from home and preparing healthy meals on a busy day can sometimes be challenging (I am NOT a lunchmeat on bread kind of gal)

I had made a big pot of soup for dinner so all we had to do was heat that up come dinnertime, and that was good as I needed some chill time to recover from my long run (and watch the NFL playoffs of course!)