Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! Today is my favorite holiday not only because I get to eat some delicious food but because it is a day I get to spend with my family and loved ones. In the past I would always work since I was far away from home.  Since moving back to San Diego, this will be the second year in a row that I'll get to celebrate the holiday at my grandmother's house with my family. Words cannot express how grateful I am to spend this holiday with my abuelita. She is the glue that continues to hold our family together. Unfortunately she has been battling alzheimers disease for quite some time. There are times when she recognizes me and other times she just looks a me with a blank stare.

I may not be rich but I have all the treasures I need in my life. I wish you all a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Be grateful for  all that you have and be blessed for the amazing people you have in your life. Tomorrow is not guaranteed so enjoy your time with family and loved ones today.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Safety First While Running In The Dark

I have been really struggling with daylight savings this time around. I just can't seem to get used to the time change. On Monday I was literally getting ready for bed when I realized it was only 6pm! Sure makes getting an afternoon run a bit more difficult when it gets dark earlier.  During the summer and early fall I was getting in some runs in the afternoon as the sun was setting. I loved those runs because they felt magical as I was chasing the sunset. Unfortunately since daylight savings,  I haven't been able to do that.



Running in the night can be refreshing but also scary with recent news of runners being either assaulted or abducted.  In California, there is still a lady missing from her run a few weeks back! What a crazy world we live in right? In the past when I've ran at night, I've always taken the necessary precautions to stay safe. This year, I feel like it is necessary to step up my game. Here are some of the items I highly recommend if you are going to venture out for a run in the dark:














Yes, I can see why you might think it may be a bit too much. But when it comes to running safety, you just have to be very cautious. For example, the neighborhood I live in has practically no street lights so it is very dangerous if I go for a run without any reflective gear or LED lights. As for the pepper spray, it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. In all the years I have been running I have only had to use my pepper spray one time. It was a bit scary but I am glad I had it handy.

There are other things you can also do in order to make sure you are safe when you go out for a night run. Always make sure you tell someone where you are going. That way they have a general idea of when to expect you and most importantly let them know your running route. When I moved to Fresno, I didn't live in the greatest neighborhood. The house was in a newer development but it still had some sprinkled sketchy areas around me. Every time I went for a run (night or day), I would tell my roommates exactly where I was running and what time I would be back. They knew to come looking for me if I didn't come back. Even if they weren't home I would leave them a note detailing them the time I left, my running route, and expected time back. Now a days if you have an IPhone you can use the app Find My Friends to find your friend's exact location in case of an emergency. Of course you have to allow that person to see where you are at. For safety reasons only my husband has authority to "find me." Also a very important thing to remember is to try to run without headphones. Running at night does require your full attention so any additional distractions can be unsafe. Luckily I have some really amazing wireless headphones that go on the outside of your ear so you can still listen to all surrounding noises as well as listen to your favorite tunes.

Basically anytime you head out for a night run, make sure you stay as safe as possible.  Try to run in very lit areas and know your surroundings. I know during the winter it's tough to motivate yourself to run while it's dark but if you are deep in your training you just can't use daylight savings as your excuse to not run. Running must go on, so stay safe out there my fellow runners.




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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Training for my PR & 2 New Things You Need To Check Out!

I am two weeks into my training for my next half marathon and this time I am kind of switching it up. When I trained for the Chicago Marathon, my life revolved around my training schedule. This time around I am going week by week and having fun. In order to not get into a slump I have also changed up my cross training activities just to keep things exciting.


With Chicago it was all about the mileage. I needed to increase my mileage just to prove to myself that I would be able to do this and finish strong. I seriously cringe remembering those horrid long runs. Remember running a marathon is just as much mental as physical. This time around though, I know this race. I know the course like the back of my hand (been running it for 9 years). And the best part is that after running a full marathon, running a half marathon seems like nothing. So this time around it's all about getting a PR so that means it really is all about getting faster.

What makes a runner faster? Well many things actually but I am really focusing on speed work. This is where my treadmill has come into play. I have been able to slowly drop my pace and it feels pretty damn rewarding. I also recently started running with an old friend. She just moved back to San Diego this past summer and get this, we actually used to run together back in high school. She has always been faster than me and even though that is intimidating for me, she is going to be pivotal for my training. I am going to need her to push me when I don't want to do the work. I have only gone on one run with her and she kicked my butt! If I keep running with her I have no doubt I'll be able to reach my goal pace.

I've also started lifting more and incorporated more HIIT workouts to help me pick up my speed. It's only been two weeks into my training but I am optimistic I can get that PR. This coming week I am focusing on negative splits and will start doing hill repeats (something I truly hate). This is a busy work week for me so that's why planning my runs week by week comes in handy. On Sundays, I like to lay out my workouts for the week so today is no different. Now, here are the two things you need to check out:


If you have been following me for awhile you know I don't own a gym membership. Well this past week I tried the November Project. Have you heard of them? It's pretty freaking awesome. I'll have to do a full review on them but for now just read about them here: http://november-project.com/ I left my workout so inspired and motivated by all those around me. I am definitely going to be incorporating November Project into my half marathon training.

Also have you heard of Lymber? It's a great start-up app (currently only Iphones) that is Southern California based. This app helps you enjoy the best in fitness and wellness without costly monthly membership fees and restrictions. Lymber helps you find the classes and activities that best fit your lifestyle, with results based on your location and unique preferences. So if you are like me and don't want to commit to a gym but miss taking classes then this the perfect app for you. I will also be doing a full review on the app but just wanted to give you readers a head's up. Right now there is a promo code that will grant a new user $5 OFF their first class. So if you live in Southern California you should definitely download the app and take advantage of this promo code right now. Use the code: GETLYMBER and start checking out new classes around your area.




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