Thursday, December 31, 2015

365 Days of Gratitude

Happy New Year! 2016 has finally arrived and so has my new mindset on life. 2015 ended in a pretty crummy way for me. I moped around about my infertility issues and allowed myself to just deal with the sadness. Many tears were shed and countless hours of agonizing what went wrong were wasted. I came out of it exhausted, numb, and still broken hearted. But I wanted to start the new year in a positive note, so I started doing a little research on positive thinking. I wanted to change the way I looked at things in order to truly move past this dark part of my life.

 

I purchased a book from Amazon that I've heard great things about, The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan.  The book is about the author taking a full year of looking at the bright side by thinking positive and being grateful. She incorporates advice from doctors, philosophers, psychologists, and academics but her personal experiences are what makes you love the book. I haven't finished yet, but so far I am hooked!

 
 
This year I am not doing your typical New Year's resolution/goals. I am not hoping to loose weight (although that would be nice), or get a PR (also would be nice). I am hoping to turn around all that negativity that plagued me towards the end of 2015. So I will instead be jotting down three things I am grateful for every day. Yep, for 365 days I am going to practice gratitude. Gratitude strengthens relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and, in general, makes us happier. It puts difficult situations into perspective. When we can see the good as well as the bad, it becomes more difficult to complain and stay stuck.

I have read in multiple websites (and currently this book) that people who regularly practice gratitude, experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. By taking the time to notice and reflect upon the things that I am thankful for, I hope to experience all of these! I will try to wake up every day with a positive outlook. Yes I understand I will have bad days, but I am hoping to learn how to cope with those bad days a bit more different.


When doing my research, I read that writing your gratitudes down makes you appreaciate things a bit more. It's kind of like when you write down your goals for the year. It makes you accountable for them. You are more likely to reach them. Honestly any journal will do, but in the book the author recommends getting a "pretty" journal. So I went to Marshalls where they had so many to choose from. It was down to two and I just ended up getting both. The prices were so cheap that I totally justified getting them both.
 
To say I am excited for this 365 day journey is an understatement. I really need this. I need to reboot my morale. I need to be grateful for all that I have in front of me. I have taken many things for granted and my own personal health took a toll. So for 2016, I am working on myself. It's probably the hardest workout I'll be doing this coming year too!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Workout Playlist to Start Your 2016 Right!

  
First and foremost, I want to say thank you for all your sweet comments on my last blog post. It meant a lot to read your nice and sincere comments. 2015 didn't end according to plan, but that is life. All I can do is look forward to what's to come. This year taught me many lessons but the main one I am taking from this year is that God's plan is not to be reckoned with. He has a greater plan for me and I just have to have faith.
 
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
 
Lets switch gears for a bit. As many people start planning their new year's resolutions, I want to share with you some great songs to get your 2016 started off right. I am and will always be a firm believer that a good song can change your mood and even make you workout harder. I need music to motivate me on my runs and pretty much any type of exercise. With only two days left in the year, I am sure many of you are choosing some form of fitness goal. Whether you are training for your first race, starting a gym regime to lose the holiday weight, or just looking to update your playlist, the next few songs are meant to get your butt in motion! Enjoy!
 
 

 


 OneRepublic - I Lived
*my absolute favorite song of 2015*
 



What is your favorite song right now?
Do you have your resolutions/goals ready for 2016? 



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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Current Life Update: Review of 2015 Resolutions/Goals

Yesterday I blogged about my running year. Today I am blogging about how my year went overall. I had big plans for 2015. On the first day of the year, I set out my goals/resolutions and I was excited. I know most people never keep their resolutions, but I was determined to try my hardest to achieve them. I didn't want to be like everyone else and completely forget about them after a few weeks.  But of course things never really go as planned. Life gets complicated and you just have to roll with the punches.


Here is a quick recap on my 2015 goals and how well they panned out:

Personal Goals:
1. More date nights with my husband.
(definitely tried to do this)
2. Be better with my budget.
(yeah that went out the door as soon as we started IVF)
3. Spend more time with family.
(moved to San Diego to be close to family)
4. Be open to change
(new job, new house, new city)
5. Don't sweat the small stuff!
(was hard to do towards the end of the year)


Running Goals:
1. Get a PR.
(big fat negative)
2. Work on speed!
(did hill sprints but could've done more)
3. Travel out of state for a race.
(had to cancel San Antonio race due to budget)
4. Run 7 half marathons pain free.
(ran 6 half marathons and one 10k)
5. Incorporate more 5Ks in my training.
(no...I realized I don't really like that distance)


Travel Goals:
1. Visit Big Sur.
(sadly did not visit this year)
2. Visit friends in East Coast.
(sadly this also was not done)
3. Travel to one international country.
(went to Mexico if that counts)
4. Go to the snow.
(I did go snow boarding)
5. Do more day/weekend trips in CA.
(went to Yosemite and traveled around San Diego)


I started the year living in Fresno, but within a month I managed to get a job in San Diego. So my year right from the start had us selling our first house, moving in with my parents, and starting a new job.  I dealt with injuries that affected my running. I had to cope with not only my father having cancer but my cousin having breast cancer at the young age of 24. We also dove head first into the real estate market in San Diego. By June 1st we had the keys to our second home together. But the biggest thing that I dealt with was my infertility issues. This year marked three years of no baby, so in October my husband and I embarked on a new journey with our infertility, IVF. I mentioned it a few times over the last few months. It was pretty much our last ditch effort to try to get pregnant.  Not only was it emotional but it was also very financially draining. Sadly, our IVF journey ended about two weeks ago. It was the worst day of the year for me. I have cried every day since then. I have been trying to process all this, but it has been very tough. In a nutshell, my husband and I now know we are unable to get pregnant even with the help of modern medicine. After a biopsy of our three remaining embryos, they all came back with chromosome deficiencies.

This year started off so great, full of hope. But unfortunately, the most recent news of our failed IVF kind of put a damper on things.  My blog originally started out only being about running and trying to stay fit, but this year I began to open up about my personal life. It has been liberating to share some of this stuff with you guys. I want to say thank you for the many prayers during our IVF cycle. We definitely felt them even though it didn't take. I don't know what 2016 has in store for me, but I am going to try to focus on being grateful for what I have. I just want to keep smiling and shed no more tears.




Do you have any resolutions for 2016?


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My Year in Running 2015

As this year is coming to an end in just a few days, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what a running year it's been. I started off 2015 thinking I would run 7 half marathons (which to me is a lot). I know there are a ton of other bloggers out there that manage to run a race every month but I for one do not have the funds to keep up that running habit. Nor do I have the time to train that much. Don't get me wrong if I could, I would. 2015 was full of ups and downs but overall running was my salvation, my stress reliever. Unfortunately I was one half marathon short but I did happen to run one 10k race at the end. It kinda makes up for it right?

So here is a fun little survey to go over my 2015 Running Year:
 
Best race experience: 

Meeting the running legend, Meb! I must say that this was the highlight of my year. I knew that I had a pretty good chance of spotting him at the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, but I didn't know if I would get a chance to talk to him or even take a picture with him. Man I was so happy when I did both! Last year I saw him at the same race but never got the opportunity to say hi. He is such an amazing runner and super sincere which just makes him so much more inspiring.

 
Best run: 

Okay so 2015 did not give me a PR. I actually suffered from plantar fasciitis for most of the year which made training tricky at times. Even though I never had that amazing race, I did experience some wonderful runs. I mean who wouldn't love running in San Diego weather with beach views year round!?! I made a goal to run by the water at least once a week since moving down here. It makes my runs so much more enjoyable and fun. I literally get lost in my own thoughts when I have these running views.





 
Best new piece of running gear: 

The only thing that I bought a lot of this year was running clothes. I got a Fabletics account and just went crazy during some months. I have absolutely loved everything that I've purchased, but I must say I have one pair of leggings I wear more than the others. It has a graffiti pattern and it just matches my shoes so well! I get a lot of compliments on them.
 
 

Best running advice you’ve received this year: 

"Enjoy the run." Not only was it the best advice it was also my motto for 2015. I tried not to over stress in getting my miles in for training. I focused on just making the most of my runs and enjoying them. Some weeks were a bit more chaotic than others but I still wanted to have fun and not be burnt out.
 
Most inspirational runner: 

One of my favorite runners to follow is Janae from Hungry Runner Girl. She is not an elite runner but she is definintely fast! This whole year she was training for a sub 3 hour marathon, but unfortunately due to illness she didn't reach that goal. What I love about her though is that she is open about all her struggles and all her triumphs. With all that went wrong during her training she was still all smiles and positive. I really hope 2016 is her year to get that PR!
 
Favorite picture from a run or race this year: 
 
I love running but when I can run with great friends, well then that just makes the experience much more enjoyable. Two pictures come to mind and I just couldn't choose between the two. The first one was from The Silver Stand Half Marathon. Our friends Sylvia and Andres drove down from Exeter for this race. This was Sylvia's first half marathon and she did so good! I was so proud.
 

The second picture is from the San Dieogo Rock n Roll. My husband joined us this year but the rest of us have been running it together for a few years now. Our favorite part is the end when we get to eat and drink all the calories we burned!
 


 

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:  

I ran The Sole to Soul Series this year I would definitely repeat it again.  I had a blast at each one of the three races and got some really good running swag.  I received three beautiful medals, an insulated water bottle, three tech running shirts, a throw blanket, a hooded sweatershirt, a running sweater, a coffee mug, a travel coffee mug, a tub of Fluid Recovery drink, a visor, running socks, and some other stuff I just can't remember. Yep, and it was all free for signing up! I also just had such a great time during the series because I had two friends that ran all three with me. At the last race my niece was able to run it, so it was great to see some family there supporting us.
 

 
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? 
 
My 2015 running year was memorable and fun. I am grateful that I was able to run as much as I did with friends and by myself. I am glad I pushed myself even with setbacks along the way. I don't know what 2016 has in store for me, but I am just hoping it has a few good runs to continue the good times.
 
 
How did your running year look like?

 
 
 
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Just wanted to wish every one happy holidays. We celebrated yesterday with my family at my grandmother's house. Lots of food, lots of laughter, and lots of joyous memories shared by all. I'll be heading to work tonight but I am going to work grateful that I was able to spend my first Christmas in nine years with my family. And best part of it all is that I got to spend it in beautiful San Diego! Man my hubby and I are blessed to live here!


My pups even got into the holiday spirit this year. Aren't they just beautiful labs!?!




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Monday, December 21, 2015

My Unexpected Last Race of 2015

On Saturday morning I received a text from my friend/coworker asking me if I was interested in running a 10K on Sunday. She had originally signed up for it a few weeks ago, but woke up feeling under the weather. She had two bibs up for grabs and she asked for no money in return. All she wanted was for the bibs to not go to waste. So I woke up my husband and asked him if he would be interested in running with me. He hesitantly said yes (bless his heart) and then went back to bed.
 
 
 

I know I had said that I was done running races for 2015 but I just couldn't pass up a free race entry! Plus the race sounded like a lot of fun...I mean who doesn't like free booze (in this case rum) at the end of a run?? Since the race was the following day I was in a crunch to get my race packet. I already had a ton of things to do on Saturday and now I somehow had to squeeze in a trip to Road Runner Sports. Luckily it was on my way to an appointment I had in the afternoon. I wish I had more time because Road Runner was having an amazing sale! They had a ton of shoes and clothes on clearance and it was really good stuff. My wallet (and husband) were very happy I didn't buy anything though. I literally picked up my packet and bolted out of there.
 
The race started at 10am on Sunday, which in my opinion is way to late to start a race. My husband was happy he was able to sleep in, but I on the other hand was wishing the race was earlier. We got there with plenty of time to park, use the restrooms, stretch, and take some pictures.
 

 
 
 
 
The race was located in Paradise Point which is in Mission Bay. I guess they have been doing this race for four years now, always at the same location. It was absolutely beautiful! Pretty much during the entire 6.2 miles, you had water views. You really can't beat that. The weather was partly cloudy in the low 60s. I decided to wear the t-shirt given and some black leggings and let me tell you it was a bad idea. I was burning up during the run. Never again will I wear all black to any race.
 

 
We actually had a really great pace for the first three miles. We were averaging less than a 9 minute mile which for me is awesome. I didn't feel tired or as if I was over doing it. Unfortunately my husband didn't feel the same way. He didn't say anything so I just assumed he was fine. He generally outruns me even without any training so when I saw that he needed to stop I knew he was in bad shape. He told me to go ahead but I just couldn't. We started the race together and I really wanted to finish it together. So we walked for a bit and then started running again but this time with a much slower pace. Every time I looked back at my husband he just looked so defeated. I really tried to encourage him but I knew he just wanted the race to end.
 
We finished in 57 minutes which was still a really good time given our slow pace at the end. We ate a few snacks and rehydrated post race before we went to get our hot buttered rum. There wasn't a line for our drinks so we grabbed one and just sat down for a bit. BTW the drink was delicious! Hard to describe what it actually tastes like but just know it hit the spot.
 


 
 Pros of the Race:
  • Beautiful location
  • Lots of snack pre and post race
  • Great running shirt
  • The delicious drink at the end
  • Daycare available
  • Kids race
  • Benefited SurfRider Foundation
Cons of the Race:
  • Time of the race
  • Only two water stations (one more would have been nice)
  • No medal
 
 Overall I had great time at the race. I wish I could say the same for my husband. In his defense though, the day before he worked on our back yard all day. I text my friend right after the race to thank her. This race couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Now I can safely say that I ran my last race for 2015. Bring on 2016!
 
 
 
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Monday, December 14, 2015

How to Survive Night Shift

*** I should start of by saying I am writing this after finishing three 12 hour night shifts. 
So this post may not make any sense! ***

For people that work in the healthcare field (especially in a hospital setting), working weekends is pretty normal. I work every other weekend and as many readers know I work the night shift...a 12 hour night shift to be exact. When I moved back home and got my job, I knew this shift was in my future. The money is great (don't get me wrong), but it is just not normal to sleep during the day for me. My body just does better when sleeping at night. So the past few months I have been trying to survive working night shift. Here are what's been working for me and maybe can help you if you are working nights.

Caffeine becomes your best friend. I can't stand the smell of coffee. I know, I am like the worst night shifter! It actually gives me migraines so the only caffeine that I consume is tea. Before work I make myself some green tea and it surprisingly does the trick for the first few hours. Lately I have been drinking additional tea around midnight and that has helped getting over the hump. Be careful though. Don't drink too much caffeine close to the end of the shift. You don't want to be wired right before you need to go to sleep.


Food, food, and more food! I've noticed that I tend to eat/snack throughout the entire shift in order to stay awake. Unfortunately a lot of the food is junk food so hellloooo weight gain! One of my co-workers loves to bake during the holidays, so every time she comes to work she brings us new goodies. Our department even has a snack shack that has chips, cookies, sweets, and some healthy snacks. Those sugary sweets give me that sugar rush to keep me awake during the 1-3am bewitching hour. 


During the slow periods, distract yourself. There are times when I am at work where I am not doing anything. I am pretty much just waiting until the next time I need to do a treatment, a ventilator check, or re-assess a patient. During those periods of time, I distract myself by coloring in my adult coloring book, reading blogs, check out Facebook/Instagram, watch Netflix, or watch YouTube videos. I've brought books to ready but they actually made me sleepy. I pretty much do anything in order to stay awake.

Try to get good sleep before work. This unfortunately is something that I am having trouble with. I have been doing night shift since June/July and it really hasn't gotten any better. For some people it takes them a few weeks to get adjusted. I take Melatonin, Advil PM, and sometimes a beer to get some sleep during the day. On average I get about 4-5 hours and let me tell you it is not enough. I wake up feeling almost hungover...just super groggy. I even use ear plugs and an eye mask to make my brain believe it is night time. 




I hope to eventually go back to day shift but right now I am happy with nights. My hubby and I have a few bills we want to pay off first and then I'll try to switch. For now though, I'll continue what I'm doing and continue to survive night shift. 



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Friday, December 11, 2015

My Running Holiday Wish List


I can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching. I swear it was just Halloween and Thanksgiving not so long ago. I absolutely love this time of the year. I am extremely grateful for my life, but during this time of the year I seem to really reflect on how blessed I am. I have a loving husband, my adorable pups that love me unconditionally, a very rewarding job, a supportive family, and friends that are like family.  As for material things, I don't need anything this year, but there are a few things that I would want. So if you feel like being in a giving mode here is my running wish list. Let me know if you need my address so you can mail me one of these items :) j/k.



 

Selfie Stick for Go Pro: My wonderful husband got me a GoPro for Christmas this year (I know he is awesome!) so now I would love a selfie stick for my camera. I found this one that is actually compatible with phones and other cameras. We are heading to Cancun in a few months, so I can't wait to test it out there.






Brooks Women'S Glycerin13: I always want running shoes! The last few years I have really loved my Brooks running shoes. They provide enough support and they fit like a glove. I have been good lately and haven't purchased a new pair since my birthday in September. But I have noticed the tread on my shoes is fading away which can only mean one thing: time for new shoes!!



Garmin Forerunner 235 - Frost Blue: I have said it before and I will say it again...buying my Garmin has been one of the best investments I made for my running. I have been using the same Garmin for many years but I feel it may be time for an upgrade. This new specific model has so many cool features but the two things I absolutely love is the wrist heart rate monitor and it has smart notifications (emails, texts, etc.) I love how I could not only wear this watch for running but day to day too.


 


Yurbuds Headphones (Aqua): I go through headphones like crazy! I always get Yurbuds because they fit the best in my ears. I have a really old pair right now that is on its last leg. I always listen to music or podcasts when I run, so this these headphones are essential.


 


Under Armour Women's Long Shorts: I can't run in normal running shorts due to my chub rub. I have tried everything to prevent it, but I have pretty much given up. That is until I read about these UA shorts. I am really hoping all the reviews are correct and I can finally run in shorts again! Since in San Diego winter is pretty much non-existent (sorry East Coast friends!), I can wear these year round. 




What is on your wish list?



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Thursday, December 10, 2015

12 Days of No Running

Hello blogger world! I haven't been blogging mostly because I have not been running or doing any physical activity for the last 12 days. It has been a real change of pace for me but I embraced it. Don't get me wrong I missed running, but it was great sleeping in and not worrying about getting my miles in. So what did I do to keep me occupied?
  • Work on my never ending scarf! No seriously I have been working on this scarf for what seems like two years! I started it to distract myself during a really rough time in my life. Well then I got bored, placed it aside and now only bring it out during certain times of the year. 
  • Reading...Well to be honest here, I have attempted to read but I somehow end up falling asleep as soon as I read a few pages. You would think the book isn't good, but it is actually really entertaining. I am currently reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.
  • Christmas decorating! Oh this has been the most fun to do this past week. My house is looking so festive. Every year I keep adding more decor which makes my house so warm and welcoming.
  • Watch endless television. This includes movies, shows, and YouTube videos. A little side note...I absolutely love to watch engagement proposals and military home surprises on YouTube. I cry every time but it makes me so happy to see everyone so happy! My husband makes so much fun of me because of this.
  • Family time. Not only have I spent time with my parents but I have been spending time with my niece and nephew. They even spend the night at our place last weekend. It's been great to create lasting memories with them. 
The two main reasons I really wasn't running though were because I finally had my egg retrieval and I was in a pretty bad car accident. My egg retrieval is what really made me not run. I was told to take it easy for a week and to not partake in any physical activity. I took the doctor's advice and just relaxed at home. Well by the end of the week I had to go back to work and on my way to work I ended up getting into a three car accident. I was very shocked up by it. The two other cars were completely totaled but luckily my Subi took it like a champ. I was able to drive away from the accident. Don't get me wrong the front of my car didn't look pretty but considering the impact I was happy to be alive. My body was already stressed from my surgery, so when this accident happened it really didn't help. My body was sore for about two days and I had a lingering headache.


Well those 12 days have passed and I am happy to slowly transition back to running. I am still not 100% better but since I am not training for anything at the current moment I am in no rush. Yesterday I went to a new place to run...Balboa Park. I can't wait to tell you guys about what a great place it is to run. So many running routes and trails scattered throughout the park. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my new favorite places to check out. Until then I'll give you guys a preview of one of the great trails. Have a good day everyone!





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