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in the gym, patella tendonitis, and healthy eating

I was really looking forward to working out this morning. Since I’m surrounded by huge hills (and don’t know my way around the neighborhood too well) I decided to workout in the my friend’s gym at her apartment complex. The gym has really nice cardio machines, a great wooden floor space (where they sometimes hold classes), weight machines, and free weights.

This morning I knew I absolutely needed to get a workout in. Although I am on vacation and it is a little bit more difficult to fit a workout in, the motivation is still there, and if I have the means and the time I want to fit it in. Well, that was this morning! I headed down to the fitness center, already somewhat sore thanks to my patella tendonitis acting up in my right knee lately. I stretched and decided to try out the treadmill. I hopped on, and did a walk/run mix 5K.

Knowing that my patella tendonitis is acting up, I need to focus on strengthening my knees like I keep mentioning. Of course, I also want to keep up my running to maintain a good enough level of cardio. So, after a less than stellar 5K (but hey, I got it in!), I did some balancing exercises using my legs and some free weights. I also stretched out a lot post-workout to be sure that my muscles don’t stay tight all day.

We are going to be doing a bit of walking today too, so if I didn’t stretch after my workout I knew I would be in for it!

Also, after mentioning yesterday how I need to get on my healthy eating habit more consistently I was thinking about it and I suppose I haven’t been doing too well the past few weeks. I can really tell a difference while I am working out, so thank you Lent for presenting yourself to me at a most opportune time (haha)!

This year for Lent I will skip the junk food for snacks, have only one coffee per day at most, skip the wine/beer/cocktail at dinner (only one per week – and this is not a way to get around it…it is because I like red wine and I believe that a glass a day is good for you, so one per week is fine…further, I’m not worried about my alcohol intake for any reason other than the healthy eating thing).

So all in all, things have been going decently. All it takes is thinking. Once you start doing things consciously, you realize what you need, what you can skip, what you can accomplish, and you understand what your body needs to make you feel your best.

Here’s to being healthy!

Today’s workout, taking care of my knee, and eating healthy…success!



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fifteen days of difficulty

Today began what will surely be fifteen days of difficulty in my workout routine. My brother got into town today, and he is helping me out with packing up before the movers get here on Monday. Once the movers take all my stuff, he and I will head up to NorCal for a few days and then will be embarking on a cross-country road trip. Since he is a stick (and somehow remains this way regardless of the amount of calories he consumes) and isn’t so much a lover of exercise, I won’t be convincing him to workout with me, that’s for sure. I will still find some time to get in my exercise though. Also, it will be difficult to fit it in while we are on the road but I’m determined to use exercise centers in any hotels we stay at, do core/strength training in the hotel room, whatever it takes to keep it going.

Today we walked about 4.5 miles, which was a great way to get in my workout. Tomorrow, I’ll workout in the morning while my brother is getting ready and then we can carry on with the rest of our day. It all works out. In fact, the difficulty does lie within living with someone who isn’t working out like I am, it lies within making time for it and finding a way to make it work in a daily schedule that is not of the regular routine. It will be when we are on the road when it will be most difficult, and I will be sure to document that all here. In the mean time, if you happen to have your own tips/tricks on how to fit a workout in while traveling feel free to share them. I would love to hear how you make it happen, and it might even help me.

Anyway, I’m not super concerned since February and March are still months that are being used to build up my base. If I have to do a few extra days of core and strength training, it definitely won’t be the worst thing in the world. If I am forced to make a workout of more push-ups, crunches, planks, etc., it would actually be a good thing for me since that’s all the stuff I’d much rather ignore and just move onto the running of it all. Ah, the silver lining!

So that’s what lies ahead…and you know I am always up for a little extra challenge 🙂

Let’s do this!

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i hit 60 minutes…then i passed it…

Lately, I have been watching The Today show…and it is true, I have become a fan. Just yesterday they were talking fact/myth about different health type ideas. One of them was that if you drink a cup of coffee about an hour before you run, you will have more energy. Apparently, this is true. Interesting thought…and I cannot lie, it inspired me today to get running as soon as I could after my cup of coffee. I had a few things I wanted to accomplish first, and I actually had some water and a half can of Red Bull…so my energy level was pretty high.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside, and the sun was shining was unbelievably bright. I knew I could get a good hour run in along the ocean, and when I was finished I was going to walk down in the sand, by the water.

I walked from my apartment, down to the paved path along the ocean. Today’s gear: sunscreen, orange moisture-wicking run tank, favorite navy blue running shorts, favorite polka-dot sports bra, Reebok running shoes, and my fully charged iPod Shuffle with a newly added playlist! Once I hit the path, I took off at a pace that would allow me to ease into the run and last the full 60 minutes.

The sky was so clear I wished that I had brought my camera with me…but alas, I did not bring it along for my workout! The view into the mountains was beautiful…and the ships…and the blue sky with just a few lingering marshmallow-looking clouds…and the crashing waves, still rather large.

I was on my way and had settled into a great pace…at 30 minutes I was feeling really good and figured that I would continue on my way until I hit 45 minutes, then I would turn around and after I got to 60 minutes, I’d take my shoes and socks off and head down to the water and wade through the tide the rest of the way back home.

I hit the end of the path (about 4 miles) and was still feeling fabulous…not to mention that if I continued on I knew the view would get better since at that point the path is right against huge rocks that meet up with the ocean. “Why stop now?” I thought. I was feeling good, I was not in a rush, and it was a gorgeous day.

So, I continued…

Eventually, I decided that I would turn around at the lifeguard stand that was up ahead. I reached the lifeguard stand and I did turn around. After all, I was at about 5 miles out by this point and I still had to make it all the way back home. Instead of heading up the walking path that I had come along when I reached the fork where the walking path and bike path meet, I decided to take the bike path since it edges up with the sand, and I was going to head down to the sand by the water when I hit 60 minutes to continue running for another 15 minutes.

I hit 60 minutes, and soon after I found a good spot to make way to the water. I ran through the loose sand (not a terribly easy feat) and made it to the more packed down sand closer to the water. I took my headphones out to listen to the water and enjoy the cooler breeze down here–what a difference in just the small location change!

I was at about 1 hour and 10 minutes when I saw a beautiful seashell that had washed up. I decided I needed it so I picked it up and carried it with me. I could make a necklace (my DIY mind just never turns off)! Around 1 hour and 15 minutes, I saw an even prettier shell and I also decided that I wanted my headphones back in, so I took them out of the handy dandy “secret pocket” in my running shorts (for those of you have ever owned a pair of running shorts, I know you know what I’m talking about), put the tunes back on, and I kept seashell #2 in the “secret pocket” (haha).

So, if I was at 1 hour and 15 minutes you are probably wondering why I had not stopped by that time. Well, the truth is I knew I had it in me to go the rest of the way home…but I knew that would not be smart. I could see the pier though, and I knew I could make it there by the time my stopwatch was at 1 hour and 30 minutes so I figured I’d go for it.

If that pier was the finish line of a race, I would have crossed it at precisely 1 hour and 30 minutes! I suppose a girl can judge her pace pretty well 🙂 I slowed down, and stopped as soon as I passed underneath the pier. I took off my shoes and socks, stuck the two seashells in one of my socks and walked the rest of the way (which took me about 20 minutes). I found a few more seashells and enjoyed the tide coming in, splashing cold water up on my feet and legs…delightful!

Finally I was nearing the end of my cooldown at this point, so I headed back up through the loose sand of the volleyball courts and when I reached the paved path, I dusted off my feet and put my shoes back on loosely–I went sans socks since I had just a short way back to my apartment.

I made it back, and felt pretty good overall. My left knee needed a bit of love today but that’s ok…nothing major. I replenished my body with some water, gatorade, banana and peanut butter. Then, I hopped in the shower, cleaned myself up, and relaxed in the bath for awhile.

What a successful workout today! I traveled about 9.75 miles, just one track lap less than 10 miles; and, I ran most of it. My cooldown was only about three-quarters of a mile. I got a great run in, found a few seashells, enjoyed the ocean, and still felt great all day!

Oh, and just in case you’re curious…I made myself a good dinner and dessert too. Broccoli, cheese, rice and chicken casserole for dinner. For dessert, strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar (before you question or try to hate on the dessert choice, try it…even if you don’t like sour cream…don’t dog it if you haven’t tried it)! Still drinking up lots of water too.

Did you have a good workout today?!

Run on the beach…unexpected great success.


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a lesson in patience

I was ready to go for a run outside today, but then after getting ready and grabbing my iPod Shuffle (new playlist just added) I realized my Shuffle was not charged. Oh well…I could go without music. Then, I stepped outside and it had just started to rain again. With the rain has been, I knew if I decided to go for a run in the rain it would probably be my luck that it would just downpour. I decided I would just head to the cardio center and workout on the treadmill instead. At that point, I had certainly wished my Shuffle was charged, but whatever…I decided I could get through it with the sound of the treadmill and the TV that is on the wall in the cardio center.

My goal today was a solid hour workout on the treadmill that allowed me to push myself. I knew this was going to be somewhat difficult because running on the treadmill for a long period of time is a challenge anyway, but without music I knew it would be that much more difficult.

I hopped on and started with a walking warm-up. After I was feeling good and warmed up, I figured I should get my run on. I knew I needed to push myself today, too. So, I ended up wooooorrrrkiiiing out!! I stayed on the treadmill for one hour, doing a walk/run combo workout and in the back of mind kept the thought that I wanted to workout for longer than an hour today.

As I approached that 60-minute mark, which you know I have been working with lately and that you have been reading about, I was certainly tired and ready to end the workout for the day. I knew I had to push through though–plus, what was my rush? It wasn’t like I had a million things to do the rest of the day.

That was when I was reminded that with running must come patience. For those of you who know me, you know very well that I am always moving, always ready to go, go, go. Patience has never really been my cup o’ tea…even though I have tried tirelessly to become more patient. Well, today on the treadmill, I reminded myself I need to work on my patience, especially if I am going to be increasing my mileage, and finishing the Detroit marathon.

Along with patience, I believe that my breathing will also get better. I will learn to be in the moment; to leave myself enough time to stretch, warm up, get a full and proper work out in, cool down, and stretch again; and, finally leave enough time for a post-workout shower and replenishment of vitamins and liquids. Setting time aside to work out is, after all, about more than just the meat of the workout itself. As I get better at this, I will surely be more at ease, my workouts will be more effective, and my endurance will build.

Another way to look at this is if I am going to continue updating this blog to capture my journey to Sunday, October 17th, I need time to think about what I will write and how I want to write that day. A good workout is the perfect time to get that all figured out!

So, as I finished my hour walk/run combo, I set the treadmill for 15 more minutes. I wanted to push myself a bit more, and put my patience to the test. I increased the incline and got a great speedwalk in for 15 minutes, followed by a cooldown.

My accomplishment today was a solid 1 hour and 15 minute workout on the treadmill, which landed me at just more than 6.5 miles!

Walk/run workout + lesson in patience + breathing…success!

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getting used to that 60 minute mark…so i can pass it later…

Like I mentioned the other day, I am trying to work on getting used to being on my feet for a long period of time in preparation for the marathon. This, combined with using every muscle in my body to get stronger, will be one of the greatest challenges.

As I did a workout today in the cardio center today (once again, TONS of rain and wind in LA…as in downpours, not good running rain) I took note of a few things (other than the dog running on the treadmill next to me–more to come on that in  moment) that I have been noticing as I embark on my training plan. A few major things I noticed that I must work on are my breathing patterns, my leg muscles, my knees, and my hip flexors.

None of this comes as a major surprise to me, especially the knees. For those of you who know me, you likely know that I have been through physical therapy and have struggled with weak knees in the past. Well, thank goodness I learned how to take care of my knees through all of that physical therapy I went through. I will certainly be working on some strengthening exercise to strengthen my knees and the surrounding muscles, especially my quads which will help my knee strength as well.

Breathing patterns are one of my biggest weaknesses and I need to really work on figuring all of that out.

Other than that, I am focusing on amount of time spent working out rather than mileage right now. Mileage will come after I get myself going, into good patterns, and can endure. Right now, I am working with a solid 60-minute time that I would like to continue use as a marker. I will continue with that mark, and I will eventually be comfortable with it and will push past it, no doubt.

So now that business has been taken care of…the dog on the treadmill. This is a true story, and just proof that I truly need to have some type of camera on me at all times. I walk down to the cardio center today and sure enough, some chic is walking her dog on the treadmill! It is one thing to walk your dog on your own treadmill but really, do you need to walk your dog on in public workout room? Ugh! Luckily, she wasn’t there for much longer after I got there. Weird…but whatever…to each his own, right?

Today’s workout: 45 minutes on the treadmill–combo of running and speed-walking on an incline, and 15 minutes on the bike.
Total mileage covered: about 7.5 miles

Off to shower and get ready…I’m going to see one of my favorite bands, Rocco DeLuca & The Burden, tonight!

Cardio center…success.

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60 minutes on the treadmill

Today was another day full of rain and wind…actually, forget rain…it was more like a torrential downpour. Thank goodness I decided to stay pretty local today because part of the 405 (aka the most major north/south freeway through LA) just south of where I am was shut down due to flooding. Saw it on the news tonight, and a fair share of vehicles were struggling, and some even were stuck in still water. Crazy!

So, as you can imagine today was not an ideal day to go out for an outdoor run. After a rather productive day, I decided to have dinner and relax for a few before working out. I went back and forth between just grabbing a bite to eat on the way or home or making dinner. I was going to make a steak wrap (which I have decided to make tomorrow instead), then decided to stop somewhere, then the best of me reminded me it was better to make dinner. I had a toasted tomato and cheese sandwich along with some hummus and pita chips. Delish! After relaxing and letting my dinner digest, it was time to take on the treadmill!

Oh the treadmill…

I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I love that it gives me the opportunity to work on my pace and allows me to get in a good workout when the weather isn’t ideal for an outdoor workout. I hate it because often times I get pretty bored on the treadmill (all depends on the day).

Lucky for me, I had a decent date with the treadmill tonight. I decided I would do a 5-minute walk to warmup, do a 40 minute “trailblazer” workout, and end with another 20 minutes. Overall, I really want to start getting used to being on my feet and using my legs for a prolonged period of time.

5-minute warmup was a success. I started the “trailblazer” option which seemed like it would take me through a variety of speeds and inclines, but I’m not sure if I messed up when I chose the options or if the treadmill computer messed up. There was a lack of variety, except for the speed increases (which I would have done anyway) but whatever. I ran for 40 minutes, and got in just more than 4 miles. I hit my 5K (that’s 3.1 miles for those of you who aren’t runners or cross-country runners (currently or formerly)) in less than 30 minutes, which I have not done while running on a treadmill in quite some time. I felt pretty good about that. Once I hit my 40 minutes, the treadmill stopped since that was my time I chose at the beginning of the workout.

I was feeling good–kept myself hydrated and had some good tunes to run to. Tonight’s playlist includes the likes of Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum, Lost Prophets, Brooks and Dunn, Kid Rock, Fergie, and Carrie Underwood.

I wanted to spend a full hour on the treadmill (note the aforementioned wanting to get used to being on my feet for a longer period of time), so I had twenty more minutes to go in my workout. I continued on, did some speed-walking for 5 minutes, then I ran for 13 minutes, and finished with a 2 minute walk. At this point, I reached my full 60-minute goal as well as added on another 2 miles to my workout.

All in all, I put in 6.1 miles today. My feet are sore, and since I haven’t given my feet such beatings like this in quite awhile they are getting used to it again–you know what that means, calluses are now starting to form to help me. Stop with the “oh, gross!” and “oh…sara…too much information…” This is a running blog, so take the good, the bad, and the semi-gross, my friends! Plus, for those of you who don’t already know this, calluses are actually a good thing for distance runners as they provide protection.

I’m feeling good, and I really think that I can attribute much of this to my increase of water consumption throughout the day!

Still lots of time left for training, and so far so good.

Treadmill workout…success.

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saturday workout

As I ease into this whole idea of training and getting a workout in 6 days of the week each week, I feel as though the flow of my days will most certainly change. Today, though, had no flow whatsoever…and it felt great!

I fell asleep on the couch last night, after a very long day of multiple small talk conversations, meeting some awesome people, and giving away free stuff. I woke up early on (TV and lamp were still on) and thought about getting up and starting my day but I was still tired so I just rolled over, grabbed a second blanket and went back to sleep. I lounged around and slept nearly all day…and it felt pretty nice.

Finally after lounging around, eating, catching a little TV, and not doing much of anything, I headed down to the cardio center and got in a good workout. I put in a solid 15-minute run on the treadmill and put in a 15-minute workout on the elliptical. Cooled down with walking a few minutes on the treadmill…and that was it for the day.

Remember, I am giving myself 10 months to train…and with the plan I will be using, the hardcore training begins 16 weeks in advance of race day. This is great because I am able to ease back into running, learning how to fit a solid workout in everyday, and different eating habits.

So far, so good. Oh, and today marks exactly 10 months until race day!


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