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Hiatus Complete

After the 30-day challenge, my lazy side kicked in and I dwindled in the amount of times per week I practiced. I think my body just needed a chance to recover from the intense 1-month fitness regimen, along with some other personal issues that came up immediately after. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been back to the studio in about 12 days and can really feel the effects. I have, however, been working out but can tell how much tighter my body feels since I haven’t been doing the yoga to stretch & balance me out.

I decided to keep my gym membership at Lifetime Fitness in order to train for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day 8K in March. While I love to run and do yoga, I have been really, really itching to try out boxing. A friend of mine recommended LA Boxing so I think I’ll be trying out the free day trial in the next week or so. I just get so bored with the same old gym routine (which I haven’t been following this week, did an intense kickboxing workout at my gym yesterday and I can barely move today!). I feel like if I really got into boxing, my fitness level would be good enough so I could run an 8K without extensive running training.

My only reservation is my ulnar nerve entrapment from an injury 5 years ago. With too much strenuous activity, my left arm has a tendency to get really tight and the hand becomes numb.  I have done tons of research online about how to prevent this from happening but can’t find anything. All I can think of is wearing an elbow cover to protect my elbow if I choose to box (if any pressure is placed on my funny bone, the pain is excruciating and my hand goes almost completely numb). Anybody have any experience with this or know someone who has? I definitely plan on talking about this with a personal trainer and getting some recommendations.

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Spring… it’s in the air!

Today on my commute home from work, while enjoying the 60-degree sunny and pleasant weather… I noticed the first signs of SPRING! Yes, spring solstice may have been on Saturday, but today I saw several bright pink cherry blossom trees while driving down Seven Locks Rd near McArthur Boulevard. I would’ve taken a picture but decided to stay a responsible driver 🙂

Looking forward to the cherry blossom 10 miler in 2 weeks, even though I’m far from ready! I’ll hit the pavement by the weekend… ❤

Snow Runners

The D.C. area’s winter season has been brutal so far. We’re expecting 18-24 inches today and tomorrow alone!

Apart from mother nature’s relentlessness, I find it fascinating that our health-conscious area stays exercising year-round, even during the inclement weather. It’s not an uncommon site for me to be driving while it’s snowing, and passing at least 2 or 3 hardcore, dedicated runners alongside the street. While their drive and motivation may seem crazy or stupid to some, I find it absolutely inspiring!! I’ve tried running in the cold weather before, and it just did not agree with my lungs.

Here are some cold weather running tips if you’re thinking of trying out this this risky yet exhilarating adventure.

Bravo, Ms. Snow Runner–I applaud you.

Quotes to live by

Many of you who know me well, know that I’m a total sucker for quotes.

As this first month of the new decade comes to a close, I thought I’d share some quotes about optimism, and some other quotes that have helped me through hard times in the past. Even though I’m happier now than I was a year ago today, I still find these helpful! I encourage you to comment and add some of your favorites! …

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” -Anonymous

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” -Oscar Wilde

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.” -Anonymous

I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy… you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” -Katherine Mansfield

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” -Charlotte Bronte

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” -Walter Chrysler

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” -Les Brown

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” -Muhammad Ali

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham (on running)

…I’m off to the Poconos for the weekend (Camelback Mountain!) with a group of friends to snowboard and relax.

🙂

New Theme, New Year

Welcome to my FROG – Fitness and Running Log…blog… or something like that 😉

After much thought, I decided that it’s time to focus my writing on something that I’m a little more interested in. Hopefully it will motivate me to do MORE.

On that note, I’m excited to share that after entering a lottery, I’ve been selected to run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler on April 11, 2010. This will be my first year running in this race. I’m accustomed to training for marathons during the summer; let’s see what winter training’s all about…

My Baltimore Marathon Report

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I’ve never actually written a race report before, but felt that my experience at Baltimore this past weekend is worthy of one.

A girlfriend of mine who lives near downtown was kind enough to let me stay with her the night before. I was up at 5:30am after about only 3 hours of sleep (pre-race jitters REALLY got to me the few days before!). I had my throw-away sweater on thinking it was going to be cold.. and walked outside into 74 degree weather. This is when panic set in. Last time I ran in warm weather (Parks Half 2008), I got my worst time. But.. I tried not to let it bother me and left my sweater behind.

After meeting up with my friends Hai (a former 11:20-er) and Amanda from the 10-minute group, I was relieved to learn that 74 degrees was the warmest it was going to be all day! We chatted at the start which helped calm my nerves. At the start of the race at 8am, I told them to go ahead and not wait up for me, for I knew that they would be keeping a much faster pace than what I’m used to (they finished at a 9-minute overall pace…outstanding!).

The first few miles were rougher than expected. I didn’t time my bathroom breaks correctly and ended up having to run in pain until mile 4 when I finally found a port a john. This resulted in terrible cramps up through mile 6 or so. These eventually went away, and I breezed through miles 6-13. At some point around mile 7, it started to drizzle and the temperature dropped considerably, which helped out a lot!

At mile 9 near the Dominos factory, Under Armor (the primary sponsors of the race) had a huge water station set up with loud speakers blasting some black eyed peas song – this was a huge boost 🙂 Around the halfway point, I saw my Dad who walked with me for a bit and offered some words of encouragement. It was around this time that my quads and hips began to hurt, so I stretched them out.

By mile 16, I thought I would be prepared for the 5 or so miles of hills that were to come. Well, I wasn’t. I have never had to run up so many consecutive hills in my life! I was mentally kicking myself for not incorporating more hills into my training.

Miles 20-21 was a flat loop around Lake Montebello, what a lovely view! It definitely helped keep my mind off the pain, which at this point had traveled down to the arches of my feet. From this point on, I began stopping at every water break to stretch as much as possible.

By mile 22, I wanted to cry and just walk the rest of the way… until I heard some music coming up ahead. It was “Eye of the Tiger” blasting out a parked car’s speakers… with the owner standing on top of of the car. Not just any ordinary guy, though. He was fully dressed in a tiger costume with a huge smile on his face, pointing to each and every runner and nodding his head in the cheesiest way possible. Let me tell you.. he couldn’t have popped up at a better time. With a smile on my face, I pushed through to the end (with a welcoming downhill from mile 25 through the end) and finished the race.

Hallucinations kicked in around mile 25, when I thought paparazzi was snapping endless photos of me… only to realize that it was the flashing lights atop a cop car 🙂 And speaking of the police… although we ran through some really sketchy parts of the city, I never once felt unsafe, with officers patrolling each and every corner!

While I didn’t beat my goal of 5 hours, I’m just happy I finished (5:24:32). Unfortunately, I missed my time from Marine Corps 2008 by 2.5 minutes. This had me really upset at first, but after a day, I promised to redeem myself in a couple years 🙂

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