First Half Marathon

Just two days after my Thanksgiving Nitro Trail run, I had my first ever first half marathon. After a 10K, without any major training besides the casual neighborhood runs one and twice a week, my body was already completely sore. Coming into a half marathon after my Thanksgiving run, being sore was a struggle. If I had the body 2 days ago on Thanksgiving besides running a 10K I would have preformed well, but that just wasn’t the case. This was a great example for myself to learn off of mistakes, hanging onto youth, and acquiring a sluggish, slow, stagnant routine what I thought would help me get through the race. I was so wrong, and it totally bit me in the ass.

The morning started calm and bright like any usual race day. Chilly, cold, windy, but always beautiful. The cold wind, is never really something to complain about on race days. Take a look at that morning sunrise. My half was held at Quarry Lakes. Basically my backyard. A flat terrain, trail perfect for beginner half marathoners, and runners. That’s a major reason why I signed up for this half. Flat and oh so local.

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I woke up the morning feeling terribly sore, and in discomfort. I knew had to complete this half marathon. As much as I was in pain, and was not in my 100% tip top shape, it was only myself to blame for my flat and lax attitude towards a hefty challenge. The 13.2 miles, was going to be a challenge  for me. I knew I gad  to complete it. Weather walking, light jogging, or running…Whatever my legs were capable of doing. My main goal was to finish. At the beginning of the start line (corral) I tried my best to stretch, warm up, and get my legs ready for the upcoming miles. A simple leg lift was difficult for me to accomplish. I knew I was in trouble.

As the gun went off, the light jog began. I knew I had to reserve my energy, and not only that — but gage exactly what my legs were able to do. The pain was horrible. Throbbing, stiff, IT bands hard, and just heavy. No sugar coating, but my mile 1 I was worried. The MC made an announcement before the gun went off, that at 10:45a if you are no wear near mile 9, you may just need to call it a day. I refused to there. I told myself, if its one thing, I need to finish this half marathon at a good time, under the 3.5/4 hour max point. There is no need to walk this whatsoever especially in my condition.

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Mile 8 arrived and I was still a bit worried. Typically, I never look at my phone while I run at races. I have my own mental clock, because I know a current pace I can withhold. But since my body was in a worry-some condition, and performing at my usual normal pace was such an unknown. I had to repeatedly take a look at my phone every 30mins or so. Thats about every 3.5 miles for myself.

At every Aid Station, I took advantage of the aid. I drank water, snacked on a few things, get in some sugar, and salty snacks. Just a nibble on one potato chip made my energy spike up just a tad. I knew I was going to finish. Not at my ultimate best time, but I knew I was going to finish. Every mile after mile 8 was such a struggle. The sun got hotter, the distance seemed longer. The turn around point was shortly after mile 8, and reaching mile 10 was torture. The race was extended to Alameda Creek Trail, with connects Fremont and Union City, and crosses along the 880 freeway. The turnaround was around the freeway underpass, and you’d have to make your way back to the Quarry Lake Regional Park. It felt so far during the time coming back to the regional park. At one point, I did feel like giving up, and going to my parents house. (They live quite close to Quarry Lakes, and was only a block away from one of the aid stations.) As tempting as it was, I didn’t. I needed to finish.

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About 3 hours since the gun, I crossed the finish line. In pain, but relief, I couldn’t believe I finish. A part of me felt like crying… I received my medals (medals because I completed both Thanksgiving runs hosted by Brazen Racing), and I downed a water, and ate as many orange slices as I could. I finished. I can’t believe I did it.  13.2 miles done. It wasn’t easy. It never really is. But I was disappointed. With myself, and careless, overconfident self. I spent about 30 minutes relaxing, on a bench reflecting on my performance, and also people watching.

 

Here are my (poor) results of my first half marathon. It kicked my ass. I didn’t really want to post this, being in embarrassment, but you know, this is a document, and memory of my performance. Good or bad, I this is my Journey To 30It’s life, and this is how life is. It throws you curve balls, and obstacles. God won’t throw you anything you can’t handle. I knew I was capable of this half marathon. Although, I approached it with a careless, casual, and lackadaisical way….I was able to finish it. I’ve learned from my mistake of taking training lightly, and now I know how to approach these half marathons.   

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Take a look at these results. I plan to improve. Drastically. This is a promise I’ll give to those readers who follow my JourneyTo30. And also a promise to myself. I have plans for 2016. And completing a Half Marathon isn’t one of them. It’s stabilizing my health and fitness regimen, and  immensely improving. I plan to crush is enter my 30’s. And just not in my 30’s……Forever on as I’m alive. To me, overly exceeding in being happy with yourself, including family and health is success. And….boy, oh boy, do I already feel rich in it. I’m only getting richer.

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My next half marathon is 2 days after Christmas. I’ve been training pretty hard. I don’t ever want to flatline, and fall into a sluggish mode during training ever.

Aim to improve. Everyday. And learn from your mistakes………….

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(Sorry for the split notes. Side tangents. And motivation “go-getter” attitude. It’s my mind telling me to type it for myself. And to re-read and engrain into my head. #GetIT)

Thanksgiving Runs

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While some may be preparing themselves for Thanksgiving, my main focus this week are my two upcoming Thanksgiving races!! Earlier this year I signed up for a back to back Thanksgiving runs –The Nitro Turkey, and Quarry Turkey hosted by Brazen Racing. As I’ve sticking with my new years resolution of becoming a healthier and happier me, I like to put my new evolved body to the test. Pushing it in something performance wise, in a community of others with similar goals. I love the atmosphere and energy races bring. It’s a great positive gathering who are all running for something or another.

I’ve strategically planned out my races all of 2015. The turkey races are the third and second to last races of the year, and I plan to crush them completely! I’ve been pushing myself so hard this year to keep a healthy mind and body, and I’d like to thank my success to that to my dedication and focus to running. The planned out runs holds me accountable to my fitness goals, and training. This Thanksgiving will mark my last 10K before entering the world of Half Marathons. I can’t be anymore excited. I’ve ran 10Ks well enough everyday that I know my body is able to handle the entire 13.2 miles.

If you’ve embraced a healthier lifestyle this year I applaud you in your achievements!! It’s very hard to stick with your fitness goals because of all the temptations of sweets, carbs, and all naughty foods out there! Especially now, during the holiday season — which is the primary reason I planned out my races during this time!! Once you block out all the temptations of naughty foods, stress, and control a strict sleeping schedule, you have everything in the bag..

Good luck to those who have upcoming races this holiday season! I digitally cheer you on, your focus to a healthier and happier lifestyle!

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Put In More

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I currently have one full week until my first ever half marathon. Am I scared? No am I prepared? Kinda. Not really. In all honesty, my goal is just to finish. I’ve been running the entire year since I’ve changed my mindset on how I look at life. I’ve told my myself this year forward, is to focus on my and making myself a healthier and happier me. Basically, like everyone in the beginning of the new year, I decided to put more happy in my year, in which I created my JourneyTo30. But unlike others, who make healthier and better resolutions for the new year, I’ve actually stuck with it. Every day of the year, I’ve treated each morning like it was the first of the year. Brand new day, a new set of a fresh 24 hours to make yourself a better you, than what you were yesterday. #LevelingUp

There’s a reason only 8% percent of folks who make New Years Resolutions actually achieve them. There are some alternatives that have all the pay off but one of the punishment.

#1 Make A Bucket List

If you reframe goals as fun, can’t miss activities, you’re going to want to cross them off. Instead of “Exercise more,” write down “Do the Disney Princess Half Marathon. or Wear a bikini while celebrating at the pool.”

My bucket list was a list of marathon runs I wanted to accomplish within each years season. During the Spring I focused on 5Ks, all Summer were 10Ks, and now Fall/Winter my focus is Half Marathons. That so the years worth of races and training has prepared me for the hardest and longest races. As each year passes, my goals will obviously grow into deeper and serious races such as Triathlons, and running a full marathon. Which is my ULTIMATE GOAL for reaching WHOLE 30.

#2 Do One Thing Each Month

A yearlong project is daunting. Just fix some part of your delivery/approach. Change your diet every 30 days – cook at home more in November, eat slower in December, fill in on extra greens in January. That’s 12 opportunities not just to “lose weight, but to get healthier too!

Along with diet, focus in on core muscles and other aspects of health. In the start of working out, I noticed each month as I got into heavy serious work-outs, pain in my knees and back, and other aches and problems would appear. Of course, I can blame the high intensity of my health regimen  but I wasn’t foam rolling, getting in the right massages, and also ALSO I was not taking in the right vitamins. (I hate pills. Horse pills too!) But I needed to treat my body right, if I was going to treat my body like an athlete. Slowly, I learned and adjusted to my health regimen. Sports massages, foam rolling everyday, getting enough sleep, and taking my vitamins. It’s a lot of work, on top of exercise and dieting. But it is worth it!!

#3 Try A Yogi Trick

Rather than goals, set one – or two-word intentions. To get more sleep, you could focus on calm mind (not “go to bed earlier every night.”) Then take the steps – sip tea, listen to soft tunes, do some gentle stretches – to get there.

In getting healthier and happier, its all lifestyle changes. Little aspects such as calm mind, playing soft tunes are all things that can help contribute to a better and happier you. As simple as it is, being a mom rushing myself and the boys never turns out great for any of us. I want to avoid the “witching hour” of rushing from school to homework, so I have relaxing recess it a 30 minute rest period winding down form school, freshening up, and getting ready to do homework.

Have you stuck with your New Years resolution goals the entire year? Or are you approaching the big 3-O and have a goal you’d like to accomplish before then? Let me know! I’d love to hear your stories and cheer you on!!

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Tips For Running With A Stroller

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I love running with my jogging stroller. I’m able to get a full body work out, put in my miles for the day,  all at the same time of being with my son, without paying an arm and a leg for daycare a sitter, a personal trainer, or even gym membership. You just need to be motivated, a little educated on exercises, and have a good pair of running shoes, along with complimentary jogging stroller.

I purchased my jogging stroller about 4 years ago on Craigslist, by a mom who barely used it. It was in mint condition, and I was able to get it from her for $75! It’s the Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller with Front Fixed Wheel. Yes. Fixed Front Wheel. This ties in with my upcoming tips below,  but since purchasing the stroller, I’ve put in hundreds of miles in, have replaced the tubes of the tires, after normal wear and tear, managed to drop the baby weight, and have seen amazing sunsets and sights with my son everyday, who is now turning 5 in November, and I still continue to push his little 37lb body!! (It’s actually really great weight resistance for me!)

 

Check out my Journey To 30. I have ton’s of posts on my weight loss journey and other running posts!

 

Let’s be real. Going to the gym is nice, but it doesn’t always work out. (No pun intended!) Sometime virus is floating around, and you don’t want your child to catch it being at the gym’s daycare. Also, being on the treadmill isn’t the same as being outside. Running with a stroller sounds easy, but there are a few things you need to know for safety. Now, back when I purchased the stroller in 2011 (when my son was 9-10months old), the realness had definitely faded on wanting to run. The jogging stroller literally sat in our garage for a good year and half, with occasional neighborhood strolls (no even a run!), or just a visit to the park. It really wasn’t until THIS YEAR!! I had started running everyday with my now 4 year old.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is all my opinion, based on my experience. I’ve been able to achieve positive results towards my goals
with this jogging stroller by pushing a well sized toddler, not a baby.

Tips still hold good value .

Please note that I am not a professional and that all doings on my blog must be completed at your own risk. I do not take responsibility for any harm or injury that may occur. Be safe!

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Here are 10 Tips for Running with a Jogging Stroller!

1. Research:

Research, research, research!! A mistake made when purchasing my jogging stroller (BUT ended up loving it anyways!) I barely did any research on different kinds of strollers at the time of purchasing my Jeep Overland. Because I was working on a budget and was limited to Craigslist availability. The stroller was in great condition, used once, and was at the max price point I could do! The only reason the couple was getting rid of the stroller was because they were moving out of the country.

If you plan on purchasing on a used jogging stroller here are a few things to look for:

  • Size & Weight
  • Materials
  • Wheel Size
  • FRONT Wheel Style (Obviously, which I failed to do. BUT love my stroller anyways!)
  • Easy Opening & Folding
  • Brakes
  • Wrist Strap
  • Condition of tires
  • Seat Belt Harnest
  • Accessories & Extra Features:
    • Reflectors (Be seen on the road! My stroller includes reflectors on within the fabric of the canopy which outlines the stroller)
    • Leg Holes
    • Canopy
    • Handlebars
    • Play Tray
    • Parent Tray
    • Basket Storage
  • DON’T SKIMP ON THE STROLLER. If you are going to be running often with your baby, you need to invest.
    Here is a great article from Runner’s World about finding the best jogging stroller to fit your needs.

2. Safety

Locks, brakes, handles, wrist strap. Check all, know how to use them and you’re good to go!! The wrist strap is pretty important! I jog in the hills, and most of time near water, you wouldn’t want anything to happen where you loose control and the stroller goes off to danger. Keep that wrist strap on you!

Most manufacturers of baby equipment like strollers all have certain standards. The restraint system should be a five-point harness. It secures the baby above the shoulders, waist, and in between the legs. This keeps the baby from climbing or falling.

The buckles on the harness should be easy for an adult to use, but difficult for a little one to unfasten. Be sure your child’s straps are secured, attached to the strolled and adjusted at a snug and comfortable fit!

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Along with safety, Choose a nice path, trail, concrete  or pavement your stroller can handle. I personally, take straight trails.

Stay on a leveled path, something you and your child can and enjoy!

3. Shoes

I love trail running. I love the feeling of gravel and dirt pebbles at my feet, and it’s always in the most beautiful areas, and it compliments my particular stroller. Having great shoes that fit, and that are made to cushion or stabilize your feet are important. I for instance, need trail-running shoes. They’re designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles.

This all depends on your style of running. Assuming you’re a mom that just sticks with road running with the jogging stroller within your neighborhood, and park pathway, you’d need road-running shoes which are designed for pavement.

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4. What To Pack

Have everything in a small gym bag,  rope drawstring bag, or small diaperbag that would that be perfect for work-outs that are on the go. You don’t need everything, just the essentials. You’re not running for 3 hours, so you don’t need to pack like you’re going to the amusement park. Keep things light!

Here are some things to pack for you:

  • Water Bottle
  • External Phone Charger +Cord
  • Phone
  • Granola Bar
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block
  • HatAfter workout: I usually have these in the car waiting for me after a work out.

Things to pack for your child:

My son is now 4, so if you have a baby you can pack whats needed for his/her age. (Diapers, milk, bottle etc..):

  • Snacks
  • Toys (Cars/Action Figures)
    • A few sandtoys (If you plan to stop by the sand park play structure)
  • Juice/Milk
  • Pack-It Travel Cooler
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Small Blanket (I run in the mornings, and it tends to be really chilly, but I love the morning AM air, so I need to make sure my son is warm and cozy!)

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5. Warmup

Warming up should gently be included before going out for a run. Even if you’re planning to drop off one of your kids to school, taking the jogging stroller! Prepare you body with exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.

I’ll be posting a warm-up routine I usually do when I run. 2 minute works out, easy and painless. (Insert evil purple emoji here.)

6. Hand Placement

In the early stages of my weight-loss journey my trainer would always push me to take my son out with the jogging stroller, and to try to push with one arm and swing the other arm. Switching often. This will help create a more regular stride. This is another good reason to keep that wrist strap on!!

Adjustable Handle – This feature makes the choice pretty clear for tall parents or serious runners. Normally, strollers make it exhausting for taller people to bend to push the stroller around. It’s great when you can lift it to your personal height and then lower it back.

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7. Infuse Workouts

To keep things interesting besides running, pull over with your stroller take out your child and do some mommy and me work-outs. My son loves trying to attempt planks. He’s really good at it! Squats, jumping jacks, step-ups and toe taps are other exercises you can try together! Try doing these little workouts for about 5 minutes, then buckle up and continue on with your run!

 8. Break

It’s important to take a break. Stop your run at the park or just let your son our and play for a little while. During this time we hydrate, I pull out any requested snacks, and we talk about our surroundings. What kind’s of animals he can spot. Other times, this is when he collects twigs, stones, feathers, and other pieces of nature.

9. Music

My jogging stroller includes a music-on-the-move speaker located in the parent tray placed between two cup-holder. Don’t pack your headphones, and just plug in your phone or iPod or iPod touch for music both you and your child can enjoy!

10. Time Frame

I keep my workouts at a max of 2hours. It’s usually a time frame in my daily schedule that works both for me, my son, and also the weather. I  pack the stroller in the car, drop off my older son to school, and then we head straight to a regional park in our area. It’s like clockwork. I’ve kept this new system within my schedule for about 8 months now. Running or no running, with or without a jogging stroller –working out, you should keep it consistent, Everyday to 5 days a week, or by mileage. 13miles split within 5-7 days. It’s doable. It all depends on how important your fitness goals are, and of course if your schedule works out with your child to run! !

Getting out and be active with your kids!! It helps teach them healthy happy habits!

Do you have any good tips for running with your stroller? Where are your favorite places to run?

Was your stroller purchased new or used like mine? Submit a comment below!

 

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Summer Breeze (My Last 10K!)

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I’ve been asked quite a few times, aren’t I wasting my money registering for these 5K/10K races. My answer:

It’s not a waste of money. I’m not here to show off. The medals and bibs I display in my home are to inspire my children. I want them to say, “If mommy can do it, I can do it too!”

For those who clearly do not have children, or have no desire to inspire, I get it why you would think it’s a waste of money. On my behalf, I’m proving myself my body is capable of doing something great, not just crossing the finishing line. My mind, body, and soul are all in tuned, and coming home with a fantastic glow on my face, with a shinny medal is just a prize. The LARGER prize I receive is when I arrive home from my race, and sharing my race with my children. And that is definitely something you can’t buy. For those who like applying a dollar amount on everything. There you go, literally, my registration fee to my race is to the bib and medal I can show to my children. Happy? (Pffft. SMH) 

With that said, I can run continue running everyday, working hard, waking up early E V E R Y D A Y, eating right, stretching, foam rolling and THEN come home hot and sweaty, miles are documented on my running app, my body and mind are fulfilled, but my children won’t care. They witness mommy running everyday, and see me collecting these medals.

Now lets breeze to my results of my last 10K!!

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Can we all giggle a little because I am again in the top 10 of my age division?! Celebrating and embracing my ability to keep the same position, I also improved my pace time by a minute, within a week from my last lace

(Click here to read about more from last weeks 10K!)

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I’m very satisfied and content with the end result. Too be absolutely honest, I was not able to run at all that much this week due to a family emergency. I stuck with other at home routines (abs, knees, legs) all at home. SO it’s surprising to me I was able to still stay within the top 10 in my age division. Very proud of myself.

Here are some photos from the race! Enjoy!

(Photos provided by Brazen Racing)

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The race was held at the San Leandro Marina (about 50 minutes from San Francisco).

Located off Monarch Bay Drive, this 30-acre regional park that borders the beautiful San Leandro Shoreline.

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Look at the intensity… And the bayshore view.
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Continue to follow me as I train for my first Half Marathon later in the year!! I’m very excited to share my journey, and hope I can inspire anyone else out there!!!

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The results are in from yesterday’s Bad Bass 10K!! I’ve managed to be in the top 10 for my age category (Female 25-29), and 1st for my age!!! If you’ve followed my last 1oK, you’ll see my pace is EXACTLY the same. Which to me is no surprise, due to the fact that this was a trail run and had a major incline lasting 1 mile -which by the way, myself and everyone else did not run up.

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I’m happy with my performance, but would like to push myself a little harder (It’s getting a little competitive between my body and mind. I hope that makes any sense.) The boyfriend says I’m holding myself back, and safely cruising during my run. I can agree completely.

So here go…..My last 10k is at weeks end, and the start of a new month. I plan to hit it hard, knowing the course is all flat land, and not a trail. Pure pavement, and straight. Ideally, I’d like to hit a 10min/9.5 mile pace, and come in right at the 1 hour mark, but let’s see. Wish me luck!

Here are a few shots from the race.

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I love wearing ALL black to my runs, it’s a symbol of death…For my fat.

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Looking at these photos, are pretty amazing to me, because it shows the journey I’ve gone through, and all in action! When I compare my body size to last March to my first 5K, you can see the radical change of my appearance.

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To my reader: if you’re going through a physical transformation, or just starting your first 5K, to keep up the good work! I hope my journey can continually inspire you, and help you through the start of your journey. Nothing worth having, comes easy. Do not quit. Because hard work, and all the obstacles you go through will pay off..

Here’s to a week of waking up early, training hard, and focusing on your goals! Cheers!

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Support System

Tomorrow marks my second to last personal 10K before I start my intensive half marathon training. As mentioned in previous posts, and as a part of my Journey To30,  My GOAL : Is get in the best shape my body and mind will allow me to, as well as shaping my entire life to become has healthy as possible. That includes, healthy relationships, friendships, becoming financially stable, and just happy all around.

I totally believe that loving yourself, your body, and having a clear and healthy mind will help me achieve everything I ever wanted in life, which includes all the above I just mentioned.

Here’s a healthy TRUTH:

Everyting I’ve been doing health and fitness wise has effected my relationships/friendships in such a positive way. No lies, it’s the universe, God, hope, law-of-attraction, whatever you call it that has been blessing me with such amazing friends, loved ones, and a strong support system.

If you don’t believe me. I dare you to watch me, or join me on this journey. Try it yourself. What do you have to lose?!

Supportive Friend:

This was a surprise gift I received today just in time for my race tomorrow!

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I will make sweat my best accessory. Thank you @rez_nguyen for the socks!! I’m totally wearing them for tomorrow’s race!! ‪#‎10KToHalfMarathon‬‪#‎SurpriseMail‬ ‪#‎MomFriends‬ ‪#‎SupportSystem‬ ‪#‎GodSissy‬ ‪#‎ThankYou‬‪#‎JourneyTo30‬ 🌾🍃👟

In preparation of my 10Ks, I’ve been running just about every morning. I usually wake up between the 5:30-5:45 hour and begin my day in gear of a morning run. Weather it’s by myself around the neighborhood, or with my 4 year old preschooler in the jogging stroller. I’ve accepted to do whatever it takes to get in my run everyday. 3 miles (5K) is the minimum is my goal. But more miles is always encouraged.

It’s all painful. It’s cold. I hate it. But in the end, I’m happy I did it.

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Here’s a short clip of what my morning routine looks like from my Snapchat.

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I wouldn’t be able to wake up without my boyfriend Derrick. He works from remotely home, and his job is currently located in Florida. Being on East Coast time, makes him wake up, and relocate from out bedroom to his home office. Once he’s up, I’m up. And I’m so happy to have his work, kick-start me to get to work. #WorkIT

Are you currently on a major health tip like me? Let’s celebrate together, and link up and share our stories! I’ve come to realize, those who are all on the same journey to success in health, fitness, and come join together and cheer each other all become much more of a happier and enjoyable journey!

Submit a comment below! I’d love to hear your story!

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29 and Feeling GREAT!!

The last year of my twenties is finally here. I’ve prepared myself the last couple months for this. I’ve grown from the beginning of February until now. With a huge leap of faith,  having trust in myself, and will power; all has definitely gotten me through so many metal and physical challenges the last few months. From creating my little segment of my Journey To 30, I’ve decided to document the last few years of my 20s. As I’ve mentioned early on the past months, 28 wasn’t so great. From being unhappy my myself mentally and physically – I’ve decided to step out of that darkness I once was in. I want to create a woman I am proud of, and be proud of.

I’ve realized over the course of the last few months, you can have whatever you want in life. It just takes the right timing, the right mindset, and the willingness to risk it all. Put in your all, you can have whatever you want. Seriously, the hard work pays of. Stepping into my last year of my twenties was perfectly timed as I’ve ended my last contract with my trainer. The warm-up is over, and the true test begins. The real challenge awaits, and only I can conquer it. While soaking up every bit of knowledge my trainer has provided for me, I’ve decided to continue my health fitness journey without him (which was really hard), and achieve my goal weight on my own. So far, I’m doing great!!!

All with the proper nutrition, sticking with my fitness regimen, putting in my miles every single day, and surrounding myself with like minded positive people is all I need. I’ve found my balance with myself, household chores, being patient with the children, and having healthy direct communication with my boyfriend as well as my friends and family. With all of this aligned, I can only point fingers to all the hard work and effort I had put in with being healthy and fit. When you put in the hard work, everything comes clear and balanced. No joke. It’s pretty amazing how it all falls into place.

Turning 29 hasn’t scared me a bit. I may be 29, but I feel like I’m in a 23 year olds body!!!

Cheers to the last year of my twenties!!

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Nitro Trail 10K @ Point Pinole

Last Saturday was my first ever 10K race at Point Pinole Regional Park. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay Regional Park District in the 1970s. With panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, over 100 species of bird and eucalyptus woodlands (originally planted to buffer potential explosions!), Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park is truly the hidden gem of the East Bay. If you have never been there before, you are in for a surprise. (Read more info about Point Pinole Nitro Race here from Brazen Racing)

During the months of April and May, I’ve been consistently training for 5K & 10K runs. I would run in the mornings right after I drop off my son to school, and jog with the jogging stroller pushing my 4year old. I would also run in the evenings, by myself as the boys stayed home with daddy and work on homework — which is such a great routine for us as family! And also squeeze in Sunday early morning runs and hikes with girlfriend-moms (who are on the same track to a healthy lifestyle).

Running is my main source of cardio for weight loss. I also have registered myself for a couple of runs throughout the year. To give myself an event to look forward too, as to keeping myself honest, and stay true to my fitness goals. This was apart of my early goals back in early February when I decided to start a new healthy lifestyle, that includes not only a fit a healthy physical body; but mind, body and soul. Getting back in touch with my trainer, somehow running into him at the utter most perfect time in my life, I took it as a sign that I needed him the most, to get me back on track.

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During my race, I was surprised on how well I was able to conserve my energy and not blow it by sprinting the first few miles. Since this was my first 10K trail race, I didn’t really know what to expect. I did my little research of checking the course maps (Nitro10kMap,) and searching up the elevation, but you never really know how its going to be. By all means, I have been training but going around my local lake 3 times (6miles), gets boring, and I tend to not push myself as hard, as if I was at a real run. Friends and family told me to keep my time under just about an hour…..Silly me, I was off my 8 minutes!

If you look above at my results, I was going at a 11.02 pace! That’s a minute slower than my usual! I shouldn’t have jogged so casually!! Yes, I know its only a difference of a few minutes, but my goal was to at least keep it at that hour mark!! At my last run, The Mermaid Run, I went at a speed of 10.02. EXACTLY 1 minute more. !#$%^# This only pushes me to do better at my next run (which I’m literally going to schedule today! Sometime this month!) and never slack off, and take my runs so casually.

Average Time Marks

The average time for runners to complete a 10K race generally falls between 50-70 minutes. The median time for American 10K racers in 2012 was 55:52 for men and 1:04:37 for women, according to Running USA. A 1:02 finish in a 10K race, for example, requires a pace of 10 minutes per mile. Extremely fit runners can run 7-minute miles or quicker, while weekend joggers might fall in the 10- to 14-minute range for their miles. (Read More about Typical 10K Times For A Runner Or Jogger HERE)

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Overall, I am very happy with the outcome of my first ever 10K. My goals from here are to run 2 more 10Ks, then strictly train for Half Marathons, bleeding into 2016 attempting my first ever full marathon. Come back for more updates, on my #JourneyTo30, to check up on my journey through health and fitness, and also Happy 1st Day of June! It’s my birthday month/week – and I also end tail end of a 30 Day Transformation diet I’ve been trying out…..So far: I’m feeling great!!!!!!

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Results

The results are in! Back in early February, I decided to take action in becoming a happier and healthier me! I made a clear goal for me to get physically fit, while registering myself in local runs. 5Ks, 10Ks, and moving up to Half Marathons. Getting fit will align my life to being happier in other aspects in life. The stars aligned, and just a few days later making this lifestyle I bummed into my old personal trainer. Since then, the rest was history.

I’ve now dropped 10lbs!!! I started high intensive workouts, as well as running Monday through Friday. I started at 142lbs, and now at 132lbs. Take a look at my before and after pictures! The left pictures are so disgusting! I feel so embarrassed that I had let go of myself once again, after a fitness year back in 2013.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be able to see daily pictures of my fitness journey. Now, I’m no insta-famous fitness pro, but I do take joy in inspiring others to fall into the path of a healthier lifestyle. In my JourneyTo30 mission, I’ve mentioned that 2014 wasn’t a great year for me. It was such a fall-out physically, as I slowly regressed into old unhealthy habits, something completely different then how I was all in 2013. Although, in 2014 I lost a few friends, and gained weight; I also gained wonderful new relationships with others that has literally brought me joy and pure happiness. With new friendships, comes an open mind, I’ve changed my mindset out of old ways, making myself healthier mentally. Out with the old, in with the new right?

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Here are my side by side, before and after pictures. The LEFT pictures are me early March of 2015, weighing in at 142lbs. The RIGHT pictures are me during the last week April weighing in at 132lbs.

Now, I am NO WHERE near my ultimate goal weight, but definitely feel a difference! Sit-ups are not as complicated to do, and my core has undoubtedly before stronger. Friends I’ve seen can tell the difference (which is the best feeling, when people notice the weight-loss).

So what are my goals after this half of my fitness journey? To push myself HARDER than the first time. And surpass the first 10lbs lost, in a smaller timeframe. This I can definitely do. And I’m willing to show you, share with you, and possibly help you plant the seed in your head to get focused and start a healthy lifestyle.

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Having a healthier lifestyle, a consistant strict diet, and infusing daily exercise with running everyday as make me feel better and healthier , in all aspects of my life. I wake up with ease every morning, my patience with my children has gotten better without the help of caffeine,  and multitasking isn’t as messy to this mommy. Before, I wasn’t able to alot of these things correctly. Or, I was only able to focus on one vs. the other. Since the whole fitness change, it’s changed everything in my life for the better.

Stay tuned fore more on my health and fitness Journey to 30. I can’t wait just to see how things change over time, even just within a few days.

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