Urban Cow Half Marathon 2017

I think the Urban Cow Half Marathon is the 5th half marathon I’ve ran so far. It’s crazy! I never thought of myself as a runner, especially during high school.

Anyway, like I mentioned in my other post, I ran this half in 2:17:56. Not my best time but not my worst. I ran this with a few of my friends and my uncle. It was pretty much a perfect day for a run, until the breeze picked up a couple miles in.

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The morning was a bit chilly. I met up with my friends and uncle and then the race was about to start! I probably should have started more up in the front because the first half mile, I was just trying to squeeze in between people just to get ahead. It was so crowded! I was going at a pretty good pace the first 6 miles. I was pretty much going the same pace as my 10k back in June.

I’ve ran the course twice before, so I knew what to expect.

The first 6 miles were mainly throughout the neighborhoods in Sacramento and then it started going towards the main street to downtown Sac. It was a pretty nice route and I really liked the shade. The breeze picked up around mile 4 but it didn’t bother me too much until I reached the part of the run where the river was.

I saw my friend Katy at the relay point (she was doing the relay and did the first half). It was nice to have someone cheer me on! All my other friends were either behind or ahead of me. That’s when I hit the wall. My expected PR when I first started the race turned into me having to stop to walk many times. It didn’t help that it was a bit windy.

Part of the run goes on a trail along the river and was very sunny, which was the 2nd half the run. The breeze really picked up there. Plus, my legs were starting to get tired. Normally, I don’t drink Gatorade or any energy drinks/gels. However, I felt like my body needed some energy to get through the rest of the run. So, I drank some Gatorade around mile 8. Don’t worry. I knew my body could handle it as I sometimes drank a few sips of Gatorade during training. However, I always drank a few sips before my run, not during.

By mile 12, I was so tired. I was still running and walking (well, more of the walking). But I pushed through. I did run the last half mile of the race without walking. I was so proud of myself! I immediately ate the strawberries that they had at the end of the run. And, I drank some chocolate milk. I really needed the energy! Finally met up with my friends, talked, took pictures, and drank beer at the beer garden with them. By the way, drinking beer after a run is one of the worst things to after a run. It’s dehydrating. You’re supposed to recover with carbohydrates, protein, and fluid! The beer is just the social aspect of running but if you are a hard-core runner who is competitive, drinking beer is not the best thing to do after a run. We chatted and hung out for a bit, then we headed back home.

Well, that’s it! I ate two slices of BBQ Chicken pizza when I got home. It was delicious!! Well, anything you eat after a long run is delicious, especially when you’re starving!

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2017 – Weekly Meals and Workouts 10 + Half Marathon Training Plan

It’s Monday everyone and the 4th of July is tomorrow! I hope you guys are enjoying the holiday weekend. I worked today but I have tomorrow off. Enjoy time with your family and friends. Also, enjoy all the good food! Don’t restrict yourself. 🙂

Anyway, I wanted this post to be about my training and meals. Here is my half marathon training plan.

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As you can see, I still want to incorporate strength training into my half marathon plan. There are probably better ways to do this (doing my runs and strength training on separate days) but I will see how this works. It worked out with my 10k training. Hopefully, it will work out with the half marathon as well. My goal is to get under 2 hours for this half! As an FYI, this plan will probably change as time goes on. It’ll depend on how I feel.

So, I guess you guys are wondering how my meals will look like. Well, here it is:

Meals:

Breakfasts – some sort of breakfast sandwich w/ coffee

Lunches- kung pao chicken w/ brown rice OR WW Pesto Pasta

Dinners- Brown Rice, veggies, some sort of protein OR out to eat (date nights!)

Snacks – Clif Z Bars, roasted chickpeas, apples, dark chocolate covered almonds, strawberries, etc. (whatever is around the house)

So, that is it for now. I will be posting more about sports nutrition related topics later on. It’ll be helpful to you guys and help me stay on track as well.

What is your plan for the week? 

How do you plan on celebrating the 4th of July?

Any suggestions on how I can improve my training plan? 

2017 – Fitness Friday 21 (on a Sunday) + Women’s Fitness Festival Recap

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. I forgot to post my plan and recap this past week (I’ve been too busy). It’s too late to post the plan now, since I am now planning for next week. I will still have my run recap here. But first, here were my workouts this past week. I haven’t ran since my 10k and boy, my legs were sore a few days after the run. I had pushed myself hard to get the PR.

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So, to begin with, the race was cooler than last year. And, it was cooler than the Capital City Classic I did a few weeks ago. It was actually a little breezy and a little chilly. It was not freezing though. I arrived there with mi novio and waited for my friends Julie and Gabby to arrive. Apparently, 4,000 women signed up for the race! #Girlpower

Anyway, the start line was so crowded and I was so nervous for the race to start. I had gone to use the bathroom before heading to the start line and couldn’t find my friends after using the bathroom. So many people!  I found a random place in the start line and waited for the race to start. I had to maneuver my way through the crowd the first couple minutes since everyone was going a different pace. I saw one of my friends and said hi. Then, I went along with my pace to try to get a PR.

The run went though downtown and it was pretty nice. At mile one, next to a water station, this older man was sitting there in his wheelchair with a rose, waiting for his beloved to run by. It was so sweet!  I use the RunKeeper App on my phone whenever I do runs so that I can get an idea of what my pace is. I should get a Garmin watch or something but it’s pricey. I was surprised by the first mile that my pace was at 9:03. I only expected at 10 minute mile pace, not faster.

I was getting a little tired after the 5k mark but I kept going. I liked how the race went by a park and the state capital. I work in the area so I am familiar with the area. I was so tempted to walk once I hit the 5k mark. But I knew that it would slow down my pace. Plus, I was afraid I would stop a lot more to walk if I did. I did eventually walk at the 5 mile mark to drink some water. I was getting thirsty at that point. It recharged me and I was able to run the last mile.

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I was so concentrated on getting a PR that I crossed the finish line and forgot to grab my medal. Don’t worry. I went back and got it. I was looking at my RunKeeper application quickly to see what time I was at right before turning towards the finish line. I saw that I could finish in under 58 minutes if I didn’t slow down. I usually don’t speed up towards the end of the finish line but I did this time. Plus, I smiled for the camera and gave a thumbs up! I was so happy for my strong finish.

I was so happy to get a PR. But, my toenail got bruised. I know, TMI. That is what happens in running sometimes. I did buy a pair of Brooks running shoes this week and I will be training in those for my half marathon. Anyway, my friend and I waited for another friend to finish. We all got PRs! We headed to the mimosa garden and got a mimosa. Delicious!

Well, that’s it for my race recap. Hope you guys had a great week of workouts.

How were your workouts last week? 

What is your favorite distance to run for races? 

2017 – Fitness Friday 19 (on a Saturday)

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing alright, thank you very much. It’s nice to have a long weekend. But, please do take the time to remember and honor those that have served.

So, back to what this post is supposed to be about. It’s about my workouts for the week. Like I mentioned on Sunday, I decided to run the Capital City Classic last minute. It was so warm that day but it was a good run. Plus, I did get a PR for a 10k run. I wish it was faster but that time will come. I’m surprised about that time, considering I broke my foot back in September. It does take time to get back to the level of fitness before I broke it.

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My time was 1:05:17.  My goal is to eventually run it in under an hour.

I do want to buy some new running shoes and I have looked into different brands. If you guys have any suggestions, that would be great! I have looked into the Brooks brand and it seems like there have been good reviews about it.

How were your workouts this week? 

Do you guys have suggestions for good running shoes? 

My 5 K Training Plan

Happy Sunday everyone! It is almost 10 pm as I am typing this. However, I wanted to get my 5k plan posted before the end of the day. I may adjust it as time goes on.

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I can’t believe that it’s been such a long time since I ran. I used to run half marathons and now, I have to train for a 5K. It makes me feel a little sad. Please be careful about not breaking any bones, everyone. It really sets you back on your fitness!

Anyway, I am also trying to incorporate my weight training along with running. We’ll see how that goes. I actually bought a blender/shaker bottle so that I can make my protein shakes for my after workout snack (when lifting). Sure, it is better to eat real food after working out. However, sometimes, people don’t have time. Other times, some people can’t really each much after working out. Protein helps aid in recovery after working out.

So, that is it for now. My Weekly Meals and Workouts post will be up tomorrow!

So, what is your plan for the week?

Do you run any races? Spartan, 10ks,etc?