Monday, July 27, 2015

Fitness, Weight and Food

In 2015 Mark and I did a 6 week boot camp outdoors and then a 4 week indoor boot camp/kickboxing class. Although we were working out and feeling in shape. We had a bit of a round shape. Admittedly we were enjoying food, all kinds and in large quantities.

May 2015 I got on a fancy high tech scale that was given to us for our wedding by a beautiful couple who is super into fitness. To my dismay, my weight was 162lbs. I've never been this heavy. EVER. Maybe it was that I finally hit 30 in 2014 or that I got married the same year or the hiatus of consistent workout routines. In any case it felt terrible.

Shortly thereafter I signed up for www.dietbet.com and created a diet bet to challenge my friends to lose 4% of their body weight in 28 days. In my case that was 6 lbs. At the same time my husband and I found a two-month swimming groupon deal for a masters program. We try to go at least 2 days a week and sometimes as much as 4 days per week. I won my first dietbet, and my husband joined it and won also! We did so by tracking our food intake using myfitnesspal app and by working out consistently. After doing so, we took a weekend off. The next week we joined our second dietbet. This time I kept myself to 1200-1300 calories but no more. My husband and I again won our second diet bet! He lost 20 lbs and I've lost 13 lbs! I had never before had to worry about my weight, because I was burning calories just by running, training for fun races and to meet new goals.



I felt aggravated and annoyed about letting myself get so heavy for being only 5'2. Today I'm down to 148.4 lbs. While this is not an amazing weight it is a big difference from 162. We are taking 2 weeks off to enjoy our birthdays.




Upon returning home I will work on getting and staying between 135-140. I'll be ready to committ to training for another race. First I'll need to develop a base. Currently, my best is running 2.46 miles at an 11:17 min/mile pace. It's not bad at all. 


The key will be to keep watching my food intake and keep using that foam roller. Squats, core and back stregthening will be my friends. I can't wait to get back into a normal running routine. I miss being out there in start corrals - and writing about all the experiences I've had. 

408k Race to the Row

In late January, early February, Mark and I were doing boot camp when I saw a shirt for a local race that caught my interest.



March 01, 2015 Race to the Row 8k was my first race in 447 days - but who's counting?

The name is the 408k but it's a misnomer because it's not 408 kilometers - just 8. It's called the 408k because that's the local area code. Oh that reminds me. In Dec 2014, I moved to the bay area - leaving my beachside hometown behind. I didn't love moving but Mark got a job out in Mountain View and so we moved.

I ran somewhat consistently as I prepared for the race. I was consistent too about rolling my IT Band on running days.

Race day went well. I had never run an 8k so I had no PR for comparison.
My time was 00:59:43 that's an 11:56 pace, which is not terrible for being the first race after a 447 day hiatus. My goal at mile 3 was to keep it under an hour. As I was seeing the finish line, I thought I was past my goal time, because the timer had on it, the timer from the start of the race (not my chip time) and I almost gave up. When I remembered the difference of race start to chip time, I hustled! Still had enough hustle to come in at my goal time. Yay.






2014 A Year Without Training

2014 was a terrible year for me in the sense of pursuing sports and challenges. Personally it was a great year otherwise. I travelled to Seattle, Israel and Mexico. The best part is that I got married! Maybe I needed time away from what I had been doing to focus on other important aspects of life.

I saw my chiropractor several times hoping he could fix the IT band issue

In March I decided I needed to try something different. I paid for coaching at the gym. I became best friends with the foam roller.
I didn't stay consistent though because it was painful. I got into a habit of doing squats - but then I stopped.

During the year, Mark and I dusted off our bikes and sometimes went bike riding to Carpinteria for wine tasting or to visit with friends.


we also went hiking with friends
And I ran occasionally.

One of the best runs of 2014 was along the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv, Israel





Santa to the Sea Half-Marathon (Goodbye to running for now)

December 8, 2013. After a tri, a half and a 4 miler I was ready to set an amazing PR for myself. I was hoping to set a PR yet, I was feeling so good I went too fast. My half PR is 2:23:21. I was going so fast that I hit the halfway point at 1:10:55. After the halfway point, I began getting a pain on my side leading down to my knee. I never knew about the tibial band - but now I do. I finished the half by walking jus under the 3-hour mark at 2:59:04.6. My second half of the race took 1:48:09. I was crying because I felt I could've had a great finish. Sure it's not winning the Olympics but after the year I had - I expected to do better. My mom was at the finish line and she looked worried.

My leg was hurt but my soul was crushed. Everything hurt for days later. For the first year in long time, I didn't start 2014 with a 5k race. It sucked!



Turkey Trot 2013

November 28, 2013. Ran the traditional Turkey Trot 4 miler with my sister. The newish boyfriend came to support our race. We had a fun time. Although I don't remember my finish time.


Santa Barbara Half Marathon - Third Time

November 9, 2013. Ran the Santa Barbara Half Marathon for the third time. The second time doing the new course. Actually the old Santa Barbara Half Marathon was my first long distance race ever! 

This one was one of the easiest races I've had. It was enjoyable and easily started and finished. Didn't want to burn out so I didn't go too fast especially because I had my mind set to setting a goal in the December Santa to the Sea Half.

Saw a couple of friends, and the new boyfriend came out to cheer me on! :)

Time was: 2:43:10.1





Congrats (a couple years delayed) to a great Triathlon

I stopped blogging about sports because I was busy running, swimming, riding and racing back to back. Logically, I got injured and stopped running for almost a year and a half. Here's what happened in between. 


The Carpinteria Triathlon went off without a hitch. I had a blast! Hated the wetsuit I rented. Felt like I was choking in it and couldn't breathe. Eventually, the swim ended and I was on to use the bike I borrowed. The bike portion went great - as I recall. The practice of the hills really paid off. I thought I was ready for the run, yet a 10k never felt so tough. My legs tightened and cramped up. I was so glad when it was over! But it was A LOT of fun. Especially all the training. I can't wait to be in the place where I can train again for another one of these. Maybe a sprint.  Hoping to get a base by the end of 2015 (although we expect another move - hopefully back home) and a honeymoon in September.