To the beach we go!

July 31, 2014

Last weekend my family and I went down to the coast to spend a few days at the beach. We used to go to Florida every summer but took a break and did Disney instead. It has been years since we have been and we were all looking forward to the trip. We had a blast! (besides missing our oldest sister)

Our beach vacation was the opposite of our Disney vacation. In Disney, we ran like crazy all day and night. The beach was relaxing. We slept in, enjoyed relaxing each day, played in the water, went to Schlitterbahn, and went out to dinner.

The view was beautiful! Our condo had two pools that we went to and a boardwalk down to the beach.

I took a break from training for the weekend. I wanted to spend time with my family and didn't feel like leaving the room to go workout by myself.

It was a fun weekend at the beach!

Vega Pre- Workout Energizer Review

July 30, 2014

Some days getting up early to get my workouts done is easy but some days it is a challenge. I am either feeling lazy or I am tired. When I saw the choices for Vega product reviews and the pre- workout energizer was at the top of the list I knew what that is what I wanted to test.  

Two weekends ago, I had a race pace workout to do. It was an early Sunday morning and I needed the extra boost to get ready for the hard run. 

The product says it is used to:
  • Enhance mental focus
  • Increase energy 
  • Boost endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity  
I mixed one packet of Acai Berry flavored energizer in one cup of water (It says to mix in 8 fl. oz). I used the bottle my sister gave me to mix up the powder. It mixed really well with no clumps and the flavor tasted good. 

Vega suggests to take the pre- workout energizer twenty minutes before activities such as a short run or yoga. I tried it out for my hard run and it worked great. It gave me the energy I needed to fuel my better. I will definitely be using the pre- workout energizer more in the future for short runs, cross training, and tempo run workouts.

disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Week Recap: July 21st - July 25th

July 25, 2014

My mom, sisters, and I volunteered at VBS at our church this week. We have volunteered in the past but took a break last year. I helped with 5th graders and it was fun! We worshipped, did crafts, and played water games. On Wednesday, it was one of my friend's birthdays and I got to celebrate with her and her friends. The best part of this week- my family and I are headed to the beach this weekend!

Besides the 10k race, training this week was good. I was wanting to PR my 10k time but I didn't have all the adrenaline of a race (I ran on my own) so I wasn't running as fast. I moved my long run to Friday since I will be away this weekend. 

Sunday: 10k race pace run

Monday: Recovery day

Tuesday: 30 min cycle + 30 min strength

Wednesday: Tempo run

Pictures from the birthday-

Thursday: 30 min swim

Friday: 12 mile run

This week was:
3.59 hours of training
22.65 miles of running

The best swim workouts

July 21, 2014

I usually head to the gym with a pre-planned workout written down on my index card. When I first began swimming, I wrote down my workout and taped the paper so it wouldn't get ruined until my sister's friend, who is a swimmer, told me to place the paper in a ziplock bag. It was the best tip.

There are a lot of swim workouts online- I search Google or Pinterest for workouts.

1000m recovery swim:
100 meters kick
100 meters pull
repeat 10 times

Anna, my oldest sister, gave me this recovery swim. It is an easy paced workout. The kick portion is 4 laps with a kick board. The pull portion is 4 laps without moving legs.

1450m workout: 
warm up - 3 x 150m @ 2:30, 3:00: 3:30

drill set - 8 x 50m @ 1:00, 1:15, 1:30

main set - 4 x 75m, 2 x 50m, 4 x 25m

cool down - 100m easy

This workout is ideal for building speed and endurance. Time each set. They start fast and end slow. I used this workout to help me get faster.

1800m workout:
200m warm up
   4 x 100m
   4 x 50m
   8 x 25m
   4 x 50m
   4 x 100m
200m cool down

I swim once a week. I mix up my workouts and if I do an easy swim one week then the next I will choose a more challenging swim.

Week Recap: July 14th - July 20th

July 20, 2014

This week was an "off" week for me. I felt tired. By the time Thursday came I didn't really want to swim but knew I probably should so I kept it pretty short (750 meters) and easy. Friday I skipped my run all together. My dad and I went on a bike ride together Saturday afternoon and ended up going a little farther than planned. I had a race sim 10k on Sunday morning which went better than I thought but not a PR.

Monday: Tempo run
Tuesday: 30 mins cycle + 30 mins strength 
Wednesday: Easy run
Thursday: 30 mins swim
Friday: Easy run Off day
Saturday: 30 mins cycle (1 hour)
Sunday: 10k race

On Wednesday, my sister and I went to lunch and to the mall. It was a delicious lunch!

The Bible study I go to is raising money for kids in the Ukraine to go to camp. One fundraiser was a painting party that my sisters, friends, and I went to on Friday night. Painting was so fun! I definitely did better than I thought I would.

This week was:
5:03 hours of training
18.02 mile of running

Feeding My Adventure // Clif Bar Review

July 15, 2014

Clif Bar sent me different products to sample and review on my blog. I was so excited when it was shipped! I have a marathon in October and I am always looking for new fuel to test on my training runs and find what works perfect for me.

Clif Shot Bloks

I normally don't carry water or gatorade with me on my runs. I find it annoying to hold anything in my hands while running. When I get to a certain milage (12 and over), I take my fuel belt since the time it takes to run the distance increases and I get dehydrated. Since I run with and without liquids, I need fuel that doesn't always require drinking after I eat them. Although these bloks encourage users to drink water afterwards, I don't have trouble chewing them and continuing my run.

The bloks are easily chewable and have a "soft" texture. It sounds weird to say they are soft but they really are. Plus, they don't leave any sticky residue on my hands. The flavors are all good but my favorite would be tropical punch.

Clif Shot Protein Recovery

I bought chocolate protein powder from my sister's work but I was starting to get tired of the flavor. Protein is very important and having different flavors helps mix it up while I can still get my protein in.

I mixed the orange mango packet with water and the chocolate packet with milk.  

Clif Electrolyte Hydration

These drink mixes act similar to Gatorade or Powerade. They have all 5 electrolytes and hydrate any activity. I drank one while doing my cross training (swimming and weights afterward) and the other on my long run. I mixed each packet with water. They both taste very good! 

Clif Energy Gel

I usually prefer the bloks over gels. However, gels are used for quick energy rather than having to chew while running (or during any activity). I am thinking of switching out and taking gels for a few long runs.

I usually have issues with stomach cramping but neither the bloks or gu caused issues. Each product worked great. Now that I know what works for me, I am looking forward to purchasing more Clif Bar products as I continue training for my goal race!

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What's In Your Makeup Bag?

July 14, 2014

When I am not swim/bike/running/sweating, I am actually very girly. I love shopping (and finding all my clothes at Anthro) and getting dressed up. 

My favorite products are from Lancome. I used to buy makeup at Target back in high school days but since my mom wears this company I decided to try it out for myself and really like it. Plus, every time I go in the store I always apply for the "free gifts." Last week I went to pick out more summery makeup and got a bag, mascara, eyeshadow and body wash for free! These are my favorite products:

1. Lancome dual finish powder- This product can be used as just powder, foundation, or a powder over your foundation. I like that it is versatile and I can wear it different ways.

2. Lancome bronzer- I bought bronzer for fun for a "sun kissed" look.

3. Lancome blush

4. Lancome eyeshadow- I always get the free gifts since I spend so much on makeup which included
this set of eyeshadow colors

5. Olay lotion- I put this on before makeup.

6. Lancome foundation- I recently had to buy a darker color foundation since getting more tan. Now I
have one for winter and one for summer.

7. These are miscellaneous items such as lipgloss, mascara base, mascara, eyeliner, and an eyelash

8. Brushes- I bought a pack of travel sized brushes a few years ago and wash them out every so often

Week Recap: July 6th - July 13th

July 13, 2014

My sister and I finished our house/dog sitting job which we were bummed about since that means no more riding a golf cart around the neighborhood or swimming in a private pool. On Sunday night my family and I went to the movies. We ordered lots of snacks- popcorn, Icees, candy. We saw Maleficient and it was really good. 

This week was a good training week. There were different activities going on during the day so most of my workouts were done in the evenings. My mom, sister, and I helped at VBS for two of the days this week and I nannied two of the days.

Usually I run with my heart rate monitor but lately it has been annoying and alerting me that my HR is 200 when I am jogging. I need to figure out what is wrong with that.

Monday: 60 minute run
Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

My dad and sister were going for a run so I planned on riding my bike around the area while they were out. Young boys in a truck were shouting at me and cars were rushing home from work.. I think I will stick to my trainer.

Wednesday: Tempo run

The tempo run had a warm up and cool down with the main set of 20 minutes at my threshold pace. Since my HR monitor wasn't right I ran based on effort and kept a hard pace.

Thursday: Cross train + Strength train

Thursday afternoon my sister and I went to the gym to swim laps in the outdoor pool.

300m warmup
4 x 50m
200m swim
4 x 50m
300m cool down

Friday: 45 minute run
Saturday: Race pace long run

8 mile progression run-- 5 miles at 9:30 pace, 2 miles at 8:30 pace, 1 mile at 7:45 pace

This week was:
5:35:24 hours of training
24.72 miles of running

Marathon Training

July 10, 2014

I am back with the marathon training! My first training cycle last fall was anything but perfect. My only goal was to finish my first marathon with a decent time. During training, the last four weeks were tough. I had longer runs (14, 16, 18 milers etc.) than I was used to. I also don't think I fueled well enough which led to overtraining. However, this time I don't want to make those mistakes and here is how I am changing my training.

from my triathlon a few weeks ago

What's different this time:

I have a coach who tells me what to run each day, reads all my stats and gives me tips for the next run, and gives me training advice. Such as, when I become tired I tell her and she changes my training to give me time to recover.

I also know how to fuel better which includes: eating more, taking vitamins, drinking protein shakes, and fueling properly during my runs. I am going to rest more often.


My marathon is October 25th and my biggest goal is to qualify for Boston at this marathon. I have to break 40 minutes off my last time but I know with proper training and smarter fueling I will have more success.

Complimentary Yoga

July 7, 2014

Last week, a friend and I wanted to hang out and she had the idea to go to a yoga class. Lululemon offers a complimentary yoga class every Thursday night so we headed out to the outdoor mall. We picked up smoothies before (we didn't feel like eating a huge dinner) and walked around until it was yoga time.

It was a bit weird at first as people were still shopping and we were the only ones setting up our mats in the middle of the store but a few minutes later more people came in. The class was a pretty good size- about 10 people. 

I haven't been to yoga since last year since I got a coach and have a specific training plan. It was a little challenging but it felt good. I have been bad at stretching lately making me very tight. It felt good to stretch out. 

Overall it was a fun experience!

Week Recap: June 21st - July 6th

July 6, 2014

Oops.. I am way behind on my weekly recaps. The past couple of weeks I have been working, I celebrated one of my friends birthdays, I went shopping and to dinner with my family, I went to free yoga (which will be a separate post), I have got to hang out with my friends at Bible study, and I have been enjoying my summer! 

This week has been mostly this:

My sister and I are house/pet sitting so we spend our days at the pool. 

I have been keeping up with training. The weekly training is the same. 

June 23rd - June 29th

Monday: 60 min run
Tuesday: 30 min strength 
Wednesday: 6 mile tempo run
Thursday: Cross training + Strength training
Friday: 40 min run
Saturday: 10 mile run

On Friday night I went out late and couldn't sleep which made for a rough long run. Later Saturday evening my family and I went to church and out to the mall for burgers and shopping. 

Sunday: Rest day

This week was
5.43 hours of training
26.78 miles of running

Two weeks ago, after I finished the triathlon, I took a break from cycling on Tuesday. I was tired from the race and wanted some time to recover. This past week I took a break from training on Thursday. 

June 30th - July 5th

Monday: 60 min run

A few weeks ago I asked Clif Bar if I could sample and review their products on my blog which they said yes to. I was super excited to have all the goodies shipped. I will have a blog post once I sample them all!

Tuesday: Cross train + Strength train

Wednesday: 45 min run
Thursday: Off day (1 hour of yoga)
Friday: 40 min run

A few friends and I got together to watch the fireworks downtown. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday: 11 mile run

Sunday: Rest day

This week was
6.07 hours of training
26.58 miles of running
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