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This past Sunday was a beautiful day to start a morning run before the Super Bowl started. William and I woke up early and started the day with the “runner’s meal” as he referred it. It was oatmeal, banana, peanut butter, walnuts, and cinnamon. It was quite a treat! We knew it was one of our days to do a long run so I mapped the route and decided to run from my house to Arroyo Seco and Colorado Boulevard. It would be a total of 8 miles.

Off we went and my first challenge started within the first mile.  All of a sudden I really had to go to the bathroom. I had gone at home but recently I have noticed that in most of my runs, I feel I have to go to the bathroom.  It sucks!  I tried to walk it off but I really needed to go. So we stopped at the McDonald’s on York Blvd and left them some of my wastes, if you know what I mean…This is something that I will have to learn to time it right so I’m not constantly visiting public restrooms.

We continued our journey on York Blvd and I felt pretty good once we had the pace right. On the beginning of the second mile was already at York Blvd and San Pascual Avenue. This is when it starts getting pretty.  It’s the road that leads to the Rose Bowl. On the beginning of San Pascual Avenue, there is a downhill that I knew I would have to face as an uphill on the way back. I shivered a little when I thought about it. After the hill, there was San Pascual Park where we stopped to stretch our legs. Right after the park there was a dirt trail where other people were going to run. So William and I decided to try it out.  It was a nice trail surrounded by the Arroyo Seco bushes. It was very mountain-like. We passed an area called The Pasadena Roving Archers.  There were some people shooting with bows and arrows. I had no idea!  We also passed a horse stable where there were some people teaching kids how to ride horses. By this time I was tired but ran most of the time.  We stopped once we got near the 134 freeway and decided to turn around.  This is when William took off in front of me to go at a faster pace. We were happy to have found this new trail. It was about the same distance I wanted to do anyway.

Once we were back on San Pascual Avenue, I was faced with that hill.  William ran it very easily but I struggled.  I know that eventually I will have to conquer a hill. I know there will be a lot in Maui.  So I tried my best and went for it and made it running very slowly.  Oh what a beast!  I was so tired and couldn’t wait to get home. We ran and walked the rest of the way back to the house.  My legs were so tired from this run. Once I figured out the distance, we realized that we did a little over 9 miles within two hours.  I felt I had accomplished something.  We then got ready and watched the game at Molly  Malone’s. I pigged out on baked zitis, pizza, hummus, chicken wings, and some beer. I know it wasn’t the best meal to have after a run but it was a holiday!  There are exceptions to diets 😉

 

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January went by very quickly and I now have to report my first month’s progress:

I started the year with a weight of 178 lbs, 38.5 inch waist, and no exercise. My first run was about 2 miles total.

Now after one month, this is what I have accomplished:

Physical:

New weight is 169 lbs.  New waistline is 37 inches.  I can definitely feel my work pants being very loose.

Runs:

I can run about 4 miles with a few walk breaks.  The farthest distance I tried to run was to Runyon Canyon to the entrance. So total distance was about 8 miles.

Strength:

I can run without stopping about 2 to 3 miles.

Diet:

I did the detox diet for two weeks. For the rest of the two weeks, I continued to eat healthy for the most part. I added dairy to the diet and eating egg whites in the morning with vegetables. I try to end the night with a light meal.

Overall summary:

With all the work challenges that I had, I feel pretty happy to accomplish making a run as far as to Runyon Canyon.  I did not think I was going to accomplish that the first month.  I’m happy to be back in the 160 weight and not feel my pants so tight. I lost a total of nine pounds. I’m not too focused on the weight, I just want to be able to fit into my wardrobe and not limit my outfits to about four! I have so much clothes that I have not been able to fit in the last year.

Goals for February:

I would like to continue to reduce the waistline so I fit into more of my clothes.  I want to be able to run (not walk) all the way to Runyon Canyon in February. I need to be able to run a complete a hill without stopping because I know there will be a lot of hills in Maui.  Finally, I want to change my diet slightly and add foods that will give me the energy and strength to continue to exercise. I noticed that I’m not getting hungrier throughout the day. I’m hungry every hour!

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After my Friday run last week, I felt I was able to conquer the roads anytime I ran.  Sunday was my next scheduled run. This specific run was supposed to be my “long run.” I have not been able to start my long run any earlier because of work or other things that come up. William suggested I ran at least 6 miles on Sunday.  He was not able to run this one with me because of his own running journey he accomplished. I am proud to say that William ran his first Spartan Race in Temecula, CA!  It was a brutal 8 mile run with obstacles, hills, burpees, etc. I will someday be at this level to participate in one of them.

While he was there, I decided to be in Riverside, CA visiting my mom and also run.  For those of you who do not know the county of Riverside, it’s East of Los Angeles and basically a dessert. The weather is usually hot and dry.  I did not take this in consideration when I decided to start my run at about 3:15pm.  It was not very hot, just in the 70s but it still affected my run.  I felt I couldn’t breathe and I stopped to walk a lot.  The previous runs have been in the morning or late evening in Los Angeles where the weather was easy breezy. I had pre-planned my run around the perimeter of Sky Country (the residential area where my mom lives). The sidewalks are actually dirt roads made for the horses.  I had to reach a certain street to hit the 3 miles and then run back. I never made it to that street. Instead a made a right at some other street to go back into Sky Country assuming that I would still make the 6 miles. I was so frustrated and tired during this run. I kept thinking of William and how he was fighting his own race and this made me run forward but with a lot of walking breaks unfortunately.  I finally made it back to the house in one hour.  I measured my distance and only did 4.5 miles.  I miscalculated the distance but I was glad to be home.  It is not easy running in this type of weather!   I guess now I know for next time.

The next run I did was yesterday on Tuesday.  This was back in Los Angeles and back on the route to Runyon Canyon. William confirmed that this time we would make it all the way to the entrance of the canyon even if I had to walk a while.  I of course couldn’t say no since he’s my coach. So after work we headed to the canyon!  From 6th Street & Fairfax to Martel Street and Beverly Blvd (2 miles), I was able to run without taking any breaks.  This was where I would usually turn around.  We kept going and I was okay for the next mile towards Santa Monica Blvd.  I started to get tired and stopped a bit to walk but for the most part I ran.  Then I had to catch up to William because he was usually in front of me and I did not want to lose him.  This is when my mouth starting swearing and saying f@c& for the rest of the run.  After we passed Santa Monica Blvd and began running on Fuller Street, is when it became harder because the road became steep.  We were running uphill and it was painful!  Well at least for me because anytime I looked up at William, his tall, paced body was consistently running up the hill without stopping.  But of course, right?  “F@c&, f@c&, and f@c& the uphill” is what I kept saying during the last of the run. The last portion of Fuller after Hollywood was too difficult and walked most of that part and finally made it to the gates of Runyon hell!  I stretched out my legs once I was there and we ran down the hill.  Once we were at a flat surface, I was running ok until the leg cramps got me.  The cramps began on my right calf and almost fell to the floor. I felt a tennis ball coming out of my leg!  F@C&!!! I tried to run a few more times but the cramps progressed down my leg and into the left leg.  William said this was normal because my legs have been working hard and need to adjust.

Oh thank heavens when we finally made it home.  I can tell you that I slept the whole night after that run.

Tonight I almost went for another run but instead decided to do the Bum Bum from the Brazilian Butt Workout. It’s one of the Beachbody workouts and pretty awesome. I was working out to this program last year and thought it was a good workout. It’s basically several different workouts that lift your bootey so it’s super perky and tight. I like it because it is a great cardio workout and fun.  The Brazilian man that leads the program incorporates Brazilian dances, stretches, and other body part workouts.  It strengthens my legs and thought this would be good to do when I am not running.

Overall I feel I’m learning something new from each run.  Pace it to race it!

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