Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Does Muscle Memory Really Exist?

Yesterday I had a horrible migraine. It started on Tuesday and I really thought it had passed but then right in the middle of my work shift...BAM!! It hit me like a ton of bricks again. Sure makes for a long day at work. Since I am still new, I had a preceptor who was awesome and let me rest for half an hour. It sure made a difference. Unfortunately the migraine truly never went away. I was scheduled to do an Insanity workout after work but that wasn't going to happen. I knew that working out was not the best decision.

Since I was taking the day off it made me think about the concept of muscle memory. Many of us that work out have heard of it. I really haven't given it much thought until recently mostly because I was inactive for a few weeks. So for those that don't know what muscle memory is, muscle memory is the act of completing a particular physical or mental task with such repetition that your body then learns to complete the task more efficiently, using less brain power. So in other words, when you teach your body how to do something (ride a bike, run, yoga, Zumba, etc.) your body creates a blueprint of that activity. Even if you take some time off, you'll get back to where you were faster than it took you to learn the exercise in the first place.  I've read different articles in the past that all basically say the same thing, "Your body never forgets."

While I would love to believe that muscle memory exists, I am having a very hard time grasping my finger around it. Why? Because since taking a few weeks off from any physical activity, I have been struggling to get back to my minimum. I mean a REALLY hard time. I went from being able to run a minimum of 4-6 miles to barely being able to finish 1-2 miles.  Some people are just lucky I suppose. They can take so much time off and get back at it with no problem. Sure they might be sore the next day, but their body is still able to do what it had been doing before. 

Yes, I am frustrated. It is so disappointing to see how much a few weeks off did to my training. I keep hoping that darn brain of mine will send off the right signals to my body and say, "Okay it's time to wake up and get back to where you were before you took your hiatus." All I can really do is keep at it! My motivation is slowly coming back, so I would hate to get set back once again if I stop. One thing that a reader suggested was to find a good running book to get motivated. So I went to Amazon this week and ordered Meb's new book, Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner

I can't wait to dig into this book! I've actually heard great reviews so far from other bloggers who've had the opportunity to read the book.  It just got released this month and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. The book arrived yesterday so you know what I'll be doing the next few days in my spare time. I am hoping this book will hopefully push me a little more to get back to my baseline. 

What is your favorite running book?
Are you running the Boston Marathon?
Have you met Meb before?
Does muscle memory work for you?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Workouts Recap: Baby Steps!

It's Monday which means it is time to recap on my training (or lack of) for the SD Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Luckily this past week was not like the week prior. I am not fully to where I want to be when in it comes to my motivation but at least I have been trying my best to keep active. I took your advice to heart and have been trying to just take things one day at a time. Since I am 100% positive I will not be going for a PR during this race, I am focusing on just building my endurance instead. 

Obviously when you don't work out for awhile, the first workout you finally get around to doing feels great. The endorphins are kicking in and you think to yourself why did I stop in the first place because this feels great. Then a few hours later you start feeling a bit tight and sore in areas you didn't even remember working out. By the next day you find it pretty difficult to even walk let alone squat to pick up anything on the floor. Yep, this exact scenario happened to me this week. 

On Tuesday I made the executive decision to start the Insanity workouts again. Why? Because I am insane! I've done them before and I looked great after doing them so I thought why not try it again. Well when I just did the Fit Test...oh man that was an eye opener. I am so out of shape that I could barely do the warm up. I kept at it and pushed through the rest of the week. 

TUESDAY: Insanity Fit Test. Yeah lousy results but can only get better right?

WEDNESDAY: Plyometric Cardio Circuit and ran 2 miles in Mission Bay. Horrible pace even with just two miles but at least I got out there.

THURSDAY: Cardio Power Resistance.

FRIDAY: Cardio Recovery. Much needed semi-rest workout since my entire body was super sore from all the workouts I had done.

SATURDAY: 3 Mile run with my hubby around Mission Bay and then came home and did a Pure Cardio workout. 

SUNDAY: Climbed up Cowles Mountain with my husband. I was supposed to do one more Insanity workout but I decided to do it on Monday instead. I was still pretty tired from Saturday's workout. Honestly the views just never get old!

Overall I am incredibly proud of myself for getting back on that horse. I see now how much work I need to do in order to get back to my baseline. But as long as I keep at it, I will be a happy girl. I am just taking things one day at a time. The miles will eventually keep increasing with my workouts, so I am not too worried. To be honest I am still just thankful that I am getting my motivation back! 

My goals for this coming week are pretty simple.
  1. Keep taking things one day at a time.
  2. Increase mileage.
  3. Continue with Insanity Workouts.
  4. Drink plenty of water.
  5. Get adequate sleep in order for my body to recover.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Friday Five: 5 Places to Visit in California

Happy Friday! Let's talk travel since that is a passion of mine. I have been blessed to travel to many places in the US and the world. But let's be honest here, California has pretty much everything you want to see. I am lucky to call this my home state. If you are into the mountains, snow, urban cities, beaches, wine country, hiking, the arts, etc. then California is a perfect place for you to visit. No I am not sponsoring this post. I just truly think California has something for everyone. Now there are so many places to visit but here are some of my favorite places to visit and explore:


This place is absolutely breathtaking! It used to be in my own back yard when I lived in Fresno, and I'll admit I took it for granted. That's why I needed to get in one last trip before we moved. If you are into beautiful scenery, great hikes, mountain biking, snow shoeing, horse back riding, or just wanting to get away from the city, then Yosemite is a great getaway. You can tent camp, drive in with your RV, or stay in the beautiful hotels in the National Park. 


I am absolutely in LOVE with San Francisco! I remember coming to visit for the first time when I was in college and I was overwhelmed with the diversity that this city has to offer. Honestly the entire Bay Area is awesome when it comes to diversity. The food is delicious; the music scene is different in a good way; they have great shows to see; the multitude of shopping options; and the sporting events make this a vibrant and exciting city to visit. I purposely try to run a race there once a year to have an excuse to visit the city.


If you are into wine then California has plenty of options for you! Not only does it have the city of Napa, but they also have Sonoma and The Central Coast that is booming with wineries. I've been to many wineries but I am still partial to Paso Robles mostly because I lived in San Luis Obispo for six years and have great memories wine tasting there. The wineries there are also not pretentious like others I've been too. They are very laid back and really love their products. I will say this though, Napa has a very special place in my heart since it happens to be where my husband proposed to me.


All throughout the California coast you'll find beautiful beaches. Living in San Diego now, I am more partial to my beaches here. Honestly though, you can find a relaxing beach just about anywhere here. From boardwalks to piers, these beaches provide serene sunsets and long lasting memories. 


From the beautiful Redwoods to the amazing ocean views, Big Sur is another treasure to visit and explore. You can do anything from one day hiking trips to staying at a peaceful spa nestled in the mountains. I came here once during college and told myself I needed to come back again. The goal was for me to come back again this year, but I am a lot further from it than I used to be.

Have you visited California?
What is your favorite state?
What do you like to do while on vacation?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Why I Love Being a Part of the Blogger Community

First and foremost, thank you so much for your love and support from Monday's post. It was a very difficult one for me to write because I was being 100% honest with not only you guys but myself about my lack of motivation. I mentioned that I was embarrassed of going through this, but your comments really made me realize I am only human. I have to remember that we all go through this at one point or another. Mine just seems to linger a bit longer than usual and is completely playing with my mind.  Now it is a mental battle with myself to get back to my running/workout routine.

Needless to say immediately after writing the post I felt better. It was as if a weight had lifted off my shoulder. I wish I could say that I magically went to my old normal fit self, but I didn't. I did however, start to plan the rest of my week and figure out what to do. I decided the best thing I could do was just plan one day at a time. Since I really have no motivation, I was getting overwhelmed with the daunting reality of a week's workouts. One reader told me to focus on just 20 minutes at a time. I thought that was brilliant. Twenty minute workouts go by so quickly and I immediately thought to myself, "I could do that!"

Well I am happy to report that since Monday's post not only have I done Insanity workouts but I actually ran! Well I ran two miles at a VERY slow pace, but hey at least I was out here doing something. So how do I feel after after not doing anything for a few weeks? SORE!! Of course I did not miss that but I did miss the adrenaline rush after a great workout. Not sure how tomorrow will go but like I said I am taking it one day at a time. Eventually I'll look back and see how hard I worked to get back to being my old self. 

Being a blogger is kind a weird concept for me to grasp still. It's hard to explain to people what exactly it means to be a blogger.  When I first started it was like the first day of school. You know when you want to meet new friends but scared others won't like you? That's how I felt. I wanted to be a part of this blogger community and feel welcomed. I didn't want to be the loaner that no one talks to.

Well I will say fellow bloggers have been nothing but kind, inspiring, and my cheerleaders during this slump of mine. They have been giving me great advice and tips on how to get over this. I may not have a workout or running buddy in San Diego yet, but I know that my blogger friends are there if I need some support. It's a great feeling. I can't thank this community enough for being so open to new bloggers and for showing such great support. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Help!! I Need MOTIVATION!!

Hello Blog World! It's been awhile. I've made it pretty clear that I am down in the dumps when it comes to my workouts lately. I was hoping being in a new city and getting back into the swing of things would help, but unfortunately it hasn't. I was pretty embarrassed to write anything on my blog since here I am trying to be fit and I can't seem to get myself to do my normal routine. My husband even asked me why I haven't been blogging. He knows how much I enjoy it and how much I like to motivate others to be a healthier version of themselves. But how can I preach something that I myself am currently not practicing? How can I tell someone to get out and be active when I can't motivate myself to go for a run?
I am only human and I know that I will go through this time and time again. It just feels like this time around though, I can't seem to get out of it. I am not one to make excuses but honestly this time around I can list many reasons why I may be in the dumps, but who wants a pity party? I certainly don't! I want to snap out of it and get back to my running/workout routine. 

What I want is to find my workout mojo back and get into my groove back. I want to be able to put on my clothes and be happy with myself. Yeah I have gained weight...I can feel it. My pants feel tighter and areas of my body are jiggling a little to much. Some of my "loose" shirts aren't so loose anymore. It is so depressing that all my hard work is slipping away and as much as I want to get out there and fix it, I have absolutely no energy to do it! It is so incredibly frustrating if you ask me!

To make matters worse my diet is off. Well I am not one to really diet but I do like to eat healthy. Before I used to have enough will power to turn down the sweets or any type of unhealthy snack. Now a days I can't seem to lay off the chocolate or chips! I've gone overboard. I am slowly incorporating my old eating habits but it's hard. Once you fall off your routine it is tough to get back. I am envious of those that can just get it together right away. I am not that way this time around. 

My husband was the one who told me blog about this and to be honest with myself and my readers. I started this blog to hold myself accountable and in return I started motivating others which was awesome! He said my readers would be able to relate to what I am going through so this is my current situation. It sucks but I need help. I need motivation!! 

So I have a few questions for you:
  1. How do you motivate yourself to workout?
  2. What do you do when you fall from your routine?
  3. Do you journal? Does that help?
  4. Do you have mantras to help you get through the tough days?
  5. Any other motivational tips to help me get through this phase?

Thank you!

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