Half Marathon Realness

I’ve been saving a blog post for my experiences with my first half marathons. I wanted it to be inspiring, and very real. I was so fixated on being inspirational, but also had to balance my mental toughness to share. Weird? I don’t know why I put that pressure on myself for my blog posts. But after talking to my high school sweetheart, Derrick. He told me to just simply share your experience. Don’t lie. Be truthful. Be real.

So here it is folks. As you know I’ve been running thoughout 2015, while training with a personal trainer, getting down to a healthy weight, and stablizing a runners schedule. I’ve done 5Ks, 10Ks, and ended 2015 tapping into Half Marathons. Half Marathons are hard. It’s double the distance for a 10K. Pure intence training is definiety needed for Half Marathoners. My goal was to at least try a Half out, complete it, and cross that finish line. I did. But it was definietly tough. Mentally, and phyiscally.

Photos provided by the wonderful volunteer photographers of Brazen Racing

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This was my second Half Marathon I scheduled purposely short after Christmas Day. It was the ‘Almost New Years Eve Half’ hosted by my favorite Bay Area running community Brazing Racing. I’ve been running with them all year long, and will continue to do so with my children.

I love what Brazen Racing has created. Hosting races across the Bay Area in Northern California, catering to any running type. Fast or slow, the community of fellows runners is hands down very welcoming. Their mission of getting every possible person active and enjoying the outdoors. That spoke to me. Before my ‘JourneyTo 30‘ I was such in dark place, not knowing my calling, not having an outlet, a positive active recreational sport to enjoy. Something freeing. For my soul.

Check out more about Brazing Racing HERE.

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There was a point in my training, where I was getting bored of the 5Ks and 10Ks. I wasn’t the fastest. But that wasn’t my goal. The finishing numbers when I did try my best, was good enough for me as I typically would be top 10 within my age group. My trainer at the time highly suggested doing Half Marathons. So I signed up for 2 towards the end of 2015.

My first Half Marathon was a struggle. Read more about my experience HERE.

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I’d like to call myself still a beginner runner. Well, at least for Half Marathons.  Something to know, about this beginning journey is I’m doing all this by myself. Yes, I did have a personal trainer, but that was all for the good foundation of weight loss trimming, and toning my figure.

Overall, all my running has been done by myself. Running dates, happened very few times. It was usually, a casual morning jog around the lake with a girlfriend turned coffee date. I never had really anyone to push me, but myself. And that was a challenge. I told myself I could do it. 13.2 miles is nothing. Keep a steady pace. Train hard. Run everyday.

I’m not here to make excuses, about my not to par running schedule and training system. It’s only my, myself, and I to get my butt across the finish line. And that’s part of my JourneyTo30.

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The struggles of pushing yourself, getting up, and telling yourself you have to run. Something I’ve been telling myself is, “Even a bad run is better than no run at all.” I’m not here to compare peoples situations, but only myself on days I’m super lazy. There are crazy days where I am super motivated to run, other days, I don’t even feed my soul by running.

Throughout the autumn season, I felt like I was always motivated. But one thing I did fail at was learning to be disciplined. In order to achieve your goals in the gym, running, loosing weight, toning up, bulking up, learning a new language, a new skill, whatever that goal is…It’s all about disciplined. You can never be always motivated. It’s all about disciplining yourself, and having consistency.

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To many many runners, it’s not about the medal. It’s about the experience and journey. The medal is just a token and memorabilia of the event. To anyone out there, following my JourneyTo30, let’s stay on track. Starting something new is easy, but staying consistent is what differentiates successful from the average.

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It’s a process. It’s a process. It’s a process.

Change takes time.

I plan to crush is in 2016.

Goal set for Half Marathons 2.5 hours.

 

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My First Half Marathon

The holiday’s have finally passed, the new year has begun, goals have been set and 2016 has definitely been treating myself and my family very well. I’ve been building myself for success within the past year, starting with my Journey to 30. It started with getting back into shape, with my yo-yo weight, and finally stabilizing it, and putting me on a path of a healthy lifestyle. I focused much summer-winter 2015 on runs easing myself into 5Ks, 10Ks, and kicking 2015 in the butt with my very first half marathons!!

After being able to put myself on a healthy track and rhythm of fitness and running, many parts of my life such as social circles, parenting, and my relationship with my long time boyfriend improved. It’s something about that healthy start of working out, shocking your body, being discipline and giving your body the right nutrients is amazing. Sleep, rest, workout repeat….No joke, but that same commitment, and drive helped me later on naturally, and happened organically.

Setting goals with an action plan, and completing them is the biggest reward ever. You don’t have to have it figured out in the beginning. Just move forward, and I promise you things will fall into place!! As healthy goals started to settle, I was able to add more to my action-to-do list. Commitments towards health was nailed, family, and blogging, along with YouTube commitments (when I get that opportunity) got a lot easier to mange all on top of each other. I was definitely on a got path of being healthy and happy.

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I last ended my 2015 Journey To 30 HERE. With two half marathons. My first was a few days right after Thanksgiving. 13.3 miles, flat, trails, in my local neighborhood.

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Read more of my mental prep of my Thanksgiving Runs HERE.

Before my first half marathon, I literally thought what better way to top it off, with a 10K on Thanksgiving Day.

“I can handle it.” EHHHH………….Yeah, and no.

That wasn’t the case 24 hours later.

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Read more on my 10K Nitro Turkey HERE.

Photo Credit: Brazen Racing

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Sunrise at Quarry Lakes Regional Park, Fremont, CA

November 28, 2015 was my first Half Marathon. 13.3 miles. I can do this. I think. My legs were tight, my hamstrings were shot, my IT bands were screaming no. Major soreness overload, foam rolling was needed, and a sports therapist would’ve suggested me that morning to rest. I knew I wasn’t ready, coming from a 10K just a day and half before. “Why am I here? Why did I do the 10K? I’m so much in pain!”

These were the thoughts I had in my head waiting at the Quarry Turkey corral waiting for my half marathon to begin. I woke up, got ready, gave myself ample time to warm up, hydrate, stretch (as much as I could,) and take action. Just finish. I already knew there would be no way to hit the 2 hour mark. This is just the beginning of my journey. I’m not going to nail it. I plan on running many, many, many, many, many more half marathons within my lifetime. This is only number 1.

The Quarry Turkey Half Marathon was hosted again, by my favorite group of people from Brazing Racing. A local business from Pinole, who host many great races throughout the Bay Area (particularly the East Bay, Bay Area.) I’ve devoted myself to Brazen Racing the entire year of 2015, because of their smooth event planning, cause, and great locations to host runs. The Quarry Turkey was my first half marathon. I’ve had a couple 5Ks, and 10Ks under my belt, and ambitious goal to run half marathons by the end of the year.This was the beginning of a new stepping stone for myself. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Just a good ol’ 13.3 miles right? Flat ground, no inclines. Easy yeah?

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Oh my dear fellow reader, I was wrong. I should’ve prepared myself a little bit more. Actually a lot more. I was walking my kids to school, jogging when the kids were at school, hiking with peers over the week, but I needed more……

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I’m going to type a few foot notes for myself real quick:

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Half Marathon Training Program:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

2 Miles and 20 Min SS

Increase miles every 2 weeks, by a mile.

(Within a 16 week 4 month program)

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

30 Minute SS

30 Minute CT or Run 2 Miles (with continuing mile increase)

Saturday

 – REST –

SS (Strength Train & Stretch)
Do your own routine or take a yoga class.
CT (Cross Train)
Do other cardio other than running such as biking, swimming, hiking, or a cardio class.
REST:
You don’t have to skipout on exercise entirely. Take a walk, do some stretches or use a foam roller to massage your hard working legs.

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The this point, I knew I was already in danger due to my tight hamstrings, and locked up IT bands. I was already telling myself to hold back on long strides, and extended leaps avoiding other runners. I knew I had to keep it slow and steady, back off when needed when pain would spike, and keep an eye on time. I had to be at mile 9 within 2 hours!!

There was a time during my run along the Alameda Creek Trail that I was cheering myself on, giving myself positive reinforcement, and also chatting.  During long distances run, all you have is your mind, and thoughts to sort through. I never really run with earbuds in my past runs, because I do enjoy the raw sound of runners, and nature crunching at your feet (especially during trail runs). I’ve mentioned before, running is so raw, and thats what I love about it. To me it isn’t the race, but about completing the race, depending on yourself only to finish. It takes a lot of sweat, energy, and mental “can-do” attitude to complete the 13.3 miles. Only you can make it happen.

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Me crossing the finish line at 3 hours 2 minutes. (In pain) But I came in at 12th Place for FEMALE 25 (age group) HALF MARATHON POSITION!

 

The results. For a first time doing a half marathon, without crazy extensive training, I thought this was pretty good. The ultimate goal in the future is to finish at 2.5 hours. But I’ll take the 3hr mark. I do know theres plenty room of improvement. But I’d like to remind myself that this isn’t easy. A 14min mile is less than ideal. I know exactly what needs to bee done in order to improve, and I kind of had set myself for disaster as I had a 10K 2 days prior to my first half marathon.

Legs were tight, rest was needed. I was seriously crying inside.

13/1 miles at at a almost 14 min mile pace, CAN DEFINITELY IMPROVE (this is in CAPS for my future self.) Half Marathons are amazing. I’d honestly run them more than I could, AND I SHOULD. To those out there with fitness goals, weather you’re shedding the weight, finding a healthy outlet, looking for a new challenge, Half Marathons are definitely something. I’d like express to my readers, I’m really hard on myself. But if I give it my all, wake up, show up, and give a full swing at it, my job is done.  Again, this was my first Half Marathon. I can’t believe I completed it, under the pain I was in, but I finished! Who knows how well I can do at the next… (READ Upcoming post!!)

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I look forward to more Half Marathons and the training that will help me reach my time goal. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving to health and happiness!! Stay tuned, as I’ll share my next Half Marathon experience (I had to split the two posts, bc the photos are just awesome!)

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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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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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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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Run Harder

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This is a view I had the other day at Coyote Hills. When I run, I make sure I get the best views.

3 years ago, when I first started working out for an international backpacking trip, I was going to the gym Monday through Friday. One hour on the treadmill. I pushed myself to burn 500-600 calories. No distance didn’t mater to me. I just wanted to sweat so hard, I couldn’t tell between my tears and my body moisture. My trainer at the time was focusing on weight loss and that I shed the fat, burn it, and drop it fast. And boy did I listen. Never once, did I step outside for a run.

Today, I haven’t stepped into a gym since January. (Yes believe it. I have NOT been to the gym at all, during my Health Journey) I was taught that I didn’t need it. My mind set has changed completely, and everything I needed to lose weight was at my fingertips here at home, and within the city I live in without walking into a gym.

I still haven’t canceled my gym membership just yet, because I do like the security of having a daycare and the all the indoor gym, hot sauna, and pool amenities.  Haha. Financially, I believe it is a waste of money, but the both of us here at home, agreed it’s a nice “just-to-have.” But we’ll get into that later. (Budgeting)

What Have I Been Doing?

I run. And I run HARD. I give myself no excuses, unless it conflicts with an injury, and my body literally cannot take it. (Which happens!) Run. HARD. And everyday. That’s my fitness regimen. And it’s been working for me. I would be lying saying that I’m just running. Of course, there are other things I’ve been going, but all of it is focused to my performance of running.

DETOX: I’ve given up alcohol, beer & wine. I had a first beer on Independence day after a 2 month detox. I couldn’t even finish a bottle!! It’s important to have my insides completely clean and functioning at their best!!

HYDRATE: Water, water, water, more water.

CLEAN EATING: No one likes it. But It’s what it is. Think: LEAN. Lots of greens, protein, slow burning carbs and minimal sugar. I’ve been eating at home as much as possible and making sure my meals are nutrient dense, adding lots of salads, green juices and smoothies to the line up.

STRETCH & FOAM ROLLING: I’ve been doing this twice a day for the past week. As painful as foam rolling feels, I know it’s good for me so I force myself to do it as much as I can stand.

MASSAGE: I have my 8yr old son step on my back to loosen up my lower back.

SLEEP: Eight hours or more every night. Non-negotiable. As much as I love waking up early. Sleeping in is needed.

There it is. I can’t simplify it any more. All the above it what I’ve been doing to achieve a healthy and happier lifestyle. And it’s been working…….

Once more thing……..Consistency. 

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I’ve told some of my friends:

If you have time to watch “Game Of Thrones,” you’ve got time to go for a run. Set your DVR and hit the road.

If you think about, one hour is only 4% of your day. You can make the time. Even if you work full time, have children, and still need to cook dinner. It’s all about mental prep.

 Are you able to give up 1 hour of your day to become healthier?

Also! Please send positive energy to my upcoming races! I’m SOOOOOO excited for this!

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Hikes, Runs, and 20lbs Down

I’ve FINALLY hit the 20lb mark of my fitness journey!! I can’t believe it!! In the beginning of my fitness journey it was nearly impossible for me to see the end results. Sit-up’s were difficult, 2min planks were painful, but one thing that was for sure was I was definitely able to see the end results of my workouts. While I work out, I overlook my exercises on what I have to do. 10 minute warm ups of 2min toe taps, planks, hamstring stretches, and calve raises. I also oversee my morning route for my run. Weather, I’m doing 3miles or 6miles, I make sure I stick with that assigned route and complete it with 100%. I usually stick with my neighborhood boroughs. I know the amount of sets/miles I have to accomplish, and in my head I begin to visualize what I will feel and look like at the end of that workout.

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Along with running everyday, putting in my miles, working out, lifting weights, and eating alot more healthier and leaner; I also keep busy with combing my workouts with setting a date or outing with my friends and family.  This past week I kept busy running trails with my son (in the jogging stroller of course) hiked with my cousin who recently moved back to the Bay Area, and also hiked up Mission Peak with a local Canadian YouTube star, who coincidentally moved in a couple blocks from my parents house.

Here’s a short recap of the East Bay Regional Parks I’ve currently been checking out. All are within a short couple miles drive from my house. It’s pretty amazing. I’m undoubtedly, without question keeping in within my morning run/hike routine and putting it on rotation.

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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southern part of San Francisco, Bay Are, The Refuge headquarters and visitor center is located in the Baylands district of Fremont next to Coyote Hills Regional Park, here in Alameda County.

I’ve been to Don Edwards multiple times already within the 2 weeks of the month, and I absolutely love it! It has a great view of the marshlands and SF, though it is a bit tainted by the traffic of the Dumbarton bridge (bridge connecting Fremont to Palo Alto). The trail that I frequent is very short, but it is pretty. Overall, its a quiet park. There are a few attractions, but the flat trail that extends out the marshland is so long! Definitely a great trail for trail runners!!

(Some parts of smell kinda funky, but what can you say, Its nature!)

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Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills Regional Park is on the southeast shore of the San Francisco Bay. The Coyote Hills themselves are a small range of hills at the edge of the bay; though not reaching any great height, they afford tremendous views of the bay, three of the trans-bay bridges (Dumbarton, San Mateo Bridge, and the Bay Bridge), the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, the Peninsula Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Mount Tamalpais.

Its a light hike, if you are trying to get slowly getting into shape. Also, its a lovely hike, with a beautiful view… But since I’ve been quite active, I decided to do the higher and intense hikes, along with my jogging overland stroller. Luckily, I went with my cousin, who was able to help push up the jogging stroller (45lb stroller with my 4yr old 30lbish son. A rough total of 80lbs!) up the steep inclines. There are so many different routes for you to take to see depending on how adventurous you’d like to be that day – its amazing!! I certainly plan to go back!!

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Mission Peak

I’ve been to Mission Peak a handful of times, but I’m always down to do it with first timers. My trip with time around was with a girl named DebraMaye. Our story meeting is quite different from any other. This Mission Peak hike was maybe one of our first one on one meet-ups ever.  If you’re familiar with YouTube and the beginning of make-up gurus, Debra was one of the starting originals. Native Canadian from Calgary, I messaged her 4 years ago as a fan, and also reaching out to her promoting my small business of event styling at the time. Later down the road, she ended up moving in with her now husband she now reached out to me asking for help style her special day this upcoming September. So for combining a wedding meeting, and also my morning cardio I offered her to hike Mission Peak with me as a first time for herself now as an Californian.

Mission PeakAt the tip-top of Mission Peak.

Mission Peak is a public park that borders and overlooks the Silicon Valley. It is very popular with local hikers, bicyclists, sightseers and tourists from beyond for its vista and strenuous climb. It’s a full six-mile (10km) round-trip. The “Mission Peeker” marker pole at the top is the most famous geo-tagged landmark of Fremont. You can check out my last visit to Mission Peak HERE.
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DebraMaye & I at the “Mission-Peeker”

Flag Hill

Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the best hiking locales in the East Bay hills northeast of Silicon Valley. This Flag Hill Loop is one of the best ways to see Sunol. This loop is relatively short at 3.7 miles, but it’s no cakewalk: Flag Hill summit is 1.3 miles and 900 feet above the Sunol headquarters. It’s a tough climb. The view from the top is one of the best in the Bay Area, well worth the climb. In springtime, the hills are popping with California poppies and many more wildflowers.

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So, if anyone asks how did the I get the weight off? Look above. I fill my week with active running, and hiking. Everyday. No excuses.

The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes right? Get sweaty. Get fit.

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Weigh In

Current Weight at 5/15/2015

In the beginning of my health transformation I was struggling with side planks, sit-ups, and could barely lift 15 pound weight over my shoulders. It was so hard for me to vision a future healthier and happier me. Starting off at 144lbs and out of breath doing side planks at 30seconds – made me want to become stronger and stronger. Sweating so hard after a 6mile run, and after a workout session with my trainer, made me feel so high. A healthy high.

After finally getting over the the 10 pound hump, my appetite has definitely curved, and exercise had became a staple in my everyday daily life. There are weeks when I hit it hard everyday. Some days, I may slip due to resting my muscles due to being sore, or by scheduled appointments, and household errands. But those days I wasn’t able to go to the park to run, I end up working out sometime later in the day from home. Mountain climbers, body builders, 2 minute warm-ups, and so on. I create room and space in my living room, and do my exercises while watching TV.

This is just a weigh-in check post, to document how I’ve been feeling lately. I want to remind myself to never give up. If you’re going through a transformation like myself, create a contract to yourself, or follow yourself taking a pictures. I’m tired of the old me, the memories of the old me, and the feeling of that me. Continue looking forward, be persistent. I want to inspire others, because I feel my story is so relatable. Before children I was 115lbs, and after carrying two children in my body, and a poor diet afterwards, its time to take charge. Food is fuel. Make it good food.

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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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Run The Lake

Every morning I’ve programmed myself to run the lake near my house. I live literally 5minutes away from the fantastic central park right in the heart of Fremont. Like I’ve mentioned before, I live right at the edge of the Silicon Valley, a suburb residential area, within commuting distance to major cities here in the Bay Area, both San Jose & San Francisco -which I love, love love!!! So being right in the center of many cities makes living in Fremont so great!

Each morning, after dropping my older son to school, I head straight towards central park. Lake Elizabeth, located in Fremont, California, is a man made 83-acre lake. When at average capacity, water rises to a depth of about seven feet, and is exactly 2 miles all around. With many fields, and play structures around the park, with neighboring city buildings like the police department, animal shelter, and also main library. I seriously fall in love with Fremont every morning as I run the lake.

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Tristan is his jogging stroller, enjoying the lake view.

Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller with Front Fixed Wheel

My jogging stroller is probably seeing its finest days right now. I purchased it, just about 3 years ago on Craigslist from a couple who was relocating their family to Brazil. They sold me to be brand new for only $75 (Original: $185) . After using it a couple times on trails, while Tristan was only a year old, I gave up my healthly lifestyle by getting lazy. (Boo.) Now, older, wiser, and with a 4 year old 33lb pre-schooler, I am making up for the lost time!! Pushing the jogging stroller with Tristan is do difficult to do! No lies! I love the wonderful capability of having it hold my stuff, and all the features including:

  • Essential jogging features: front fixed wheel, air filled tires, safety tether, reflectors, super grip and adjustable handle
  • iBaby sound system plays music for both parent and baby
  • Features include: speed and distance odometer, hand brake, large storage basket, parent tray with 2 cup holders and compartment music player or other essential items
  • Multi-position reclining seat with 5-point safety harness accommodates child to 45 lbs
  • Stroller stands upright when folded and you can roll the stroller folded

I cannot express how happy I’ve been lately with my new lifestyle. Everything in my life all has a balance, from the kids school schedule, to me in the kitchen, and eating right, all thanks to running into my trainer at our local Safeway. Bye bye sugary boba drinks and milk teas! I don’t need you!!!

Happy Training! Getting fit, and being happy while doing it!!

#JourneyTo30

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