Marathon Training Update

The start to my Marathon Training didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, because ¬†I traveled to Vegas and then came home with a really bad cold. It has also been really confusing for me, because this last year my longest race was a half marathon, with the focus on running form and speed. But now that I am in marathon training mode I am running farther, but slower. I am not that worried about speed though, I am more concerned about going the distance and getting all my miles in.

This week was a really good week. I got all my miles in. And I am starting to get my Mojo back.

On Friday, 8/2/14, I ran my long run for the week. It was only a 10 miler, but it was a hot 10 miler. Humidity was high. When I ended my run, it was 90 degrees.

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On Saturday, 8/3/13, I headed to the gym and lifted heavy. I worked chest and abs. ¬†Then I changed at the gym, into my running clothes/shoes, and headed out to do 6-7 miles. It was around 3:00 in the afternoon, so it was hot and humid. The temperatures were as high as 90, but it was overcast and started to rain a little. Unfortunately, my run ended early because I tripped and fell at around 4.5 miles. Thank goodness I was close to my car, and didn’t have to run too far with bloody hands and knees.¬†1094782_10101255793841126_745558221_nAlthough, my miles weren’t super fast, and I fell, I was still feeling really good durning this run.

Today, Sunday, 8/4/13,¬†it was 75 degrees, windy, with no humidity. On my break at work, I sat outside to read, and felt a little cold. After I was done with work, I couldn’t get my running shoes on fast enough. I ended up running 7 amazing miles. What a difference it is when the weather is a bit breezy and cooler!¬†1098181_10101257661124076_1265396807_n

This is my first time blogging while training for a marathon. I am having so much fun keeping track of my training this way. I also have been reading tons of other blogs where the blogger is also in training for Marine Corps Marathon. Reading about these bloggers’ training experiences have been so cool and motivating.

I hope everyone has had a good weekend!

What type of miles did you get in? Have you ever fell while running?

© 2013 sweatdaily

 

 

Running in Humidity

Of corse the minute I start comparing dry heat to humidity I end up seeing a fabulous article about it in the August issue of Runner’s World. This article has some very interesting facts about running in humidity. Here’s some of the things I found most fascinating…

Sweating-alive.

  • The higher amount of moisture there is in the air the hotter it feels.
  • When you run your body temperature rises it becomes hotter and creates sweat. Sweating is the process when your body carries excess heat to your skins surface. In dry heat this sweat evaporates cooling your over all body temperature. In humid conditions this sweat is unable to evaporate, instead it lingers there, and making you hotter.
  • While running your body temperature can spike in minutes. This causes dehydration. When dehydrated your body goes into survival mode maintaining blood flow to essential organs.
  • Breathing can change.
  • Heart rate will escalate.
  • You may loose control over body mechanics. (Hands may shake, running form may become sloppy.)
  • Mental abilities my start to break down causing dizziness and you may become disoriented.
  • Don’t worry about pace. Your speed is guaranteed to decrease.
  • A humid day does not indicate a lack of fitness or mental toughness.
  • There are different types of sweat. Some people are sweat more salt. For the people who sweat more salt, they are more common to have stomach cramps. It is very important for these types of people to consume more electrolytes.
  • It normally takes 10-14 days to get adjusted to running in humid conditions. Those that are use to humidity run better in it.

Tips:

  • Hydrate
  • Eat salty foods. Salt helps retain water.
  • Don’t wear a hat. The hat will prevent your body heat from escaping your head.

© 2013 sweatdaily

 

Funeral for My Fat

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INSPIRE

My desire to seek knowledge is constant. Along with this knowledge seeking desire, I am on a never-ending quest to find inspiration. This is how and why my addiction to reading blogs developed in the first place.  Which then later led to creating my very own blog(s).

I just can’t help myself…

I want to learn more…

I want to be inspired…

I want to inspire others…

With that being said, let me tell you who inspires me…

Let me introduce you to Sharee! We have never met face to face, but she has an inspiring story. Sooo inspiring, that I find her worthy enough to write a blog post about her. She is the writer and owner of the blog, Funeral for My Fat.

Sharee is a 23 year old female, who in the last five years, has lost 118 lbs. She changed her life around, by becoming vegan, and working hard, sweating in the gym. She wears black when she works out because it is a funeral for her fat, hence her blog name.

She is 5’8. Her highest weight was 256 lbs and now she is down to 138 lbs. Earlier this month, she had surgery to remove loose skin in her midsection and upper thighs. It will take her two months to recover, which means no working out.

In her honor, a lot of her blog followers are wearing black in the gym.

482067_10101039998127466_1965005441_nSo if you are looking for inspiration, check out her blog,¬†Funeral for My Fat. And wear black in the gym, in honor of a fast and speedy recovery for Sharee! Also try Sharee’s Starbucks drink, Iced Hazelnut Soy Latte, great for post work out.

Be Inspired…

Inspire others….

Sweat daily…

Questions for you…

  1. Who has made your blog roll?
  2. Who inspires you?

© 2013 sweatdaily

 

 

 

 

When do you workout? Morning or Night?

Livefit update…

Today, I completed Day 36 of the Livefit trainer. J and I hit the gym in the morning and today we focused mainly on back, although, we squeezed in some leg exercises too. I also got a little bit of cardio in.

Through this new fitness challenge, the Livefit trainer, I am not only seeing a difference in my fitness level, but I am learning a lot about myself.

Do you workout in the morning or at night?

I have definitely realized that by doing the Livefit trainer, I have my best workout sessions, early in the morning before work. It just feels really good waking up early, getting a great work out/run in, and then have my whole day ahead of me free to do whatever…

I find if I don’t get my morning work out/run in, I end up worrying about it the whole day, desperately wondering when I am going to fit it in. I also feel that if I don’t get a chance to lift and then find time to hit the weights at night, I end up being too tired to lift at my fullest potential. However, I can run or do bikram either in the am or pm.

Running or doing birkam in the morning, before work gives me energy for the rest of the day… it must be all of those endorphins, creating my runner’s high. When I run or do bikram at night, I feel like I relieve the stresses from the day. I find myself winding down, feeling relaxed, but refreshed.

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But when I have the choice to choose morning running/bikram or night, I will always choose morning.

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Getting my workouts in, in the morning also gives me the opportunity to do a double if I want to. Sometimes after work, at night, I feel  like it is necessary to blow off some stress, and although, I already worked out, another sweat session is in order.

Well whether, you run…

do yoga…

lift weights…

whether you are an early bird…

or a night owl…

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Questions for YOU?

  1. Do you workout in the morning or at night?
  2. Do you prefer running in the am or pm?

© 2013 sweatdaily

 

Missing my RUNNER’S HIGH.

Tuesday was Mardi Gras. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Today, is Valentine’s Day. All of these special days falling in one crazy week. I am so thankful today, although it is everyone’s Thursday, it is my Friday. (If that makes since…)

AT THE SALON

This has been a crazy work week for me. I have had a week full of hair color transformations. It is only mid February, but for some reason everyone wants to go lighter. I wasn’t expecting to change my brunettes to blonde bombshells until March or April, but it happened this week, which meant long days, and late nights at the salon.

LIVEFIT UPDATE

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PHASE 1, WEEK 3, DAYS 16,17,18

DAY 16, Monday, 2/11/13,

BACK and BICEPS

  • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (30lbs) alternative work out PULL UPS
  • Seated Narrow Grip Cable Rows¬†– 3 sets 10 rep – (30lbs)

  • T-Bar Row¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (10lb weight, 20lb bar, total 30lbs.

  • Back Extensions¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (body weight or hold weight with arm across chest) NOTE: This is my new favorite work out for lower back muscles.

  • ¬†¬†Barbell Curl¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (20lb straight bar) NOTE: I really felt this worked my biceps. They were super sore the next day.
  • ¬†Incline Dumbbell Curl¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (started first set with 5 lbs just to work on proper for then went up to 10 lbs for the rest of the sets)¬†
  • ¬†Alternate Hammer Curl¬†– 3 sets 10 reps – (10 lbs)

Tuesday, 2/12/13, REST DAY

The original plan for this day was to hit the gym at night. I am busy all day with an art class and work, so night time is the only time I have to work out. I ended up not being able to get home until 9:00 pm and the gym closes at 11. I decided I didn’t want to be the one closing the gym, so I used this as a rest day and planned to do that day’s work out, Day 17, the next day along with that day’s work out. Double duty. Didn’t want to fall behind.

THE DOUBLE DUTY DAY

DAY 17 & DAY 18, Wednesday, 2/14/13

CHEST, TRICEPS

LEGS

Today, Thursday, 2/14/13 is DAY 19 of LIVEFIT. I will be hitting the gym this afternoon, to work on Shoulders & Abs. I will not be taking any more rest days until the end of phase 1. If for some reason I can’t make it to the gym, I will take a rest day and do double duty the following day. But this is only if for some reason I am desperate and can’t make it to the gym. Jamie Eason does have 2 videos of at home work outs just in case, but I’d rather just try to stick to the program as closely as I can.

SEEING RESULTS

First things First. I am desperately missing my RUNNER’S HIGH! But I also can’t believe how fast Phase 1 is flying on by. Today will be the last day of week 3 and then I am moving right on to week 4. 1 more week and then Phase 2 begins, where you can introduce cardio into the program, and for me running. Yippee!! Can’t wait to experience my runner’s high again. However, I will admit that I have really enjoyed focusing on getting stronger. I think that it is super important, and it gave me the opportunity to focus on eating clean as well. Plus, waiting to run, will just make my runner’s high that much sweeter.

I also wanted to tell you, that I am starting to see some results, and feel them too. I didn’t think I would see much results especially this fast, because I am an athlete already in pretty good shape. But, my arms are starting to take shape, and I have began to see even more definition in my legs and abs. As for feeling results, I am feeling stronger. I also have been really tired lately, but I think that has a lot to do with work and not really the Livefit program. I am pretty sore though, everyday. I am also much more hungry, but I think that is because my growing muscles need fuel and my metabolism is fired up.

CHALLENGES

I have already been eating clean for about 9 months now, but I was having challenges with eating enough calories. I am doing much better about preparing my meals, and packing my food. The two things I need to work on now, is drinking more water, and making more protein shakes. But I am still taking my other supplements.

So that sums up my update with the Livefit program. I can’t wait for Phase 2 to begin, in about a week, because during Phase 2 I will also start my half marathon training.

I found this on tumblr... Now she is hardcore!

I found this on tumblr… Now she is hardcore!

Oh BTW, I updated my about page, so check it out. I also updated my race times. Please follow me on twitter, athlinks, and instagram.

Questions for You

  1. Do you eat clean? What is your favorite eat clean food/meal?
  2. What challenges do you have it your fitness routine?
  3. To my Runner followers: What is the longest amount of time have you gone with out running?

© 2013 sweatdaily

Hot.. Steamy… Sweaty… Love affair.

Let me tell you a secret…

I have had an on again, off again, now on again, love affair with Bikram.

It is a hot…

It is a steamy…

It is a sweaty…

type of love.

So I am back on and this is why?

This week was the first week of December. Where I live, it is not unusual to have unpredictable, sporadic weather conditions. ¬†So earlier this week, ¬†when the sun began to shine and the daily temperatures hit a lovely 65- 70 degrees, I wasn’t totally surprised. With that being said, there was no way I was going to skip out on a run. I couldn’t waste these beautiful days. I had to take advantage of this fabulous December weather.

So I did.

I ran fast.

I ran in shorts.

I ran testing my new Brooks PureConnects.

This morning however, the temperatures began to drop. Although, the sun was out, it became a breezy and cold 45 degrees. So instead of running, I hit up Bikram.

For those that don’t know what Bikram is let me explain…

Five years ago, I had a desire to try yoga, but for those that know me well, know that I crave intensity in everything I do. I didn’t want to pay for a yoga class, where I would be meditating and relaxing. I wanted to a challenge. I wanted to sweat. I wanted to see results.

For those that know me well, also know, I research everything. So of corse I looked up different forms of yoga, and came to the conclusion that Bikram would be the best fit for me.

Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga, created by Bikram Choudhury. The class is a 90 minute class. It consistes of 26 postures and 2 breathing techniques (26 +2). The postures are preformed in 105+ temperatures, working the whole body. Bikram is extremely detoxifying and healing. You will leave drenched with sweat and totally rejuvenated.

Bikram is always the same routine. Because of this, over time, you really get the opportunity to improve your body, and prefect the poses.

My first Bikram class…

I was super excited and just couldn’t wait to try this new type of exercise.¬†So five years ago, on a cold winter night, I got off work and stopped by my mom’s house. She was the only person I knew that would try anything with me on such a short notice. I told her that we were going to try a hot yoga class. I told her to grab the shortest shorts she had, and the biggest water bottle she owned.

In the last few years three new Bikram studios have opened in Northern Virginia alone. But back five years ago, the studios were limited, so my mom and I headed to the one in Falls Church. Like most Bikram studios, this one was a hole in the wall. My mom was a tad freaked out at first, but we completed the first class, feeling amazing afterwards.

My Bikram experience continues…

I began to practice regularly 4-5 times a week. When my best friend, Mariana, came home from college, I convinced her to come along with me. She too fell in love with it and began to practice regularly. We loved it so much, that on the rare occasion we would complete a double – meaning we would practice two times in one day.

It was amazing, how much our bodies changed. Our upper bodies- mainly arms and shoulder became toned. Our posture improved. Fat melted away from our midsections. We became more flexible. Our skin improved. We drank more water/coconut water, and craved a healthier diet. We felt rejuvenated, more energized. Everyday, I wanted to sweat buckets, and craved the heat.

New Studio’s opened…

Bikram Tysons: One of our favorite instructors from Falls Church, opened his own studio out in Tyson’s Corner. A lot of the regulars from Falls Church followed him. My friend and I would make the drive as well. The studio is by far one of the prettiest ones in the area. The classes are always packed full, with tons of regular yogis, some so amazing that they could teach the class. Because of this, the classes have a really awesome energy, but make sure you go early to reserve your favorite spot to lay your mat. The heat is always cranked to the max temperatures. You are guaranteed an intense class.

Birkam Yoga Arlington: This is another one of the newer studios in the area. I recently moved, so this location is way more convenient for me. So although, I love Falls Church and Bikram Tysons, this year I plan to go to the Arlington studio more often.

When ever I go to the Bikram Tysons, I have to arrive 20 minutes early just to get a spot in the room, at Bikram Yoga Arlington, this is not the case.¬†Every time I have participated at the Arlington studio, I have gone to the 10 am class and it hasn’t been too busy- which is a kind of nice. This studio is also the cleanest studio I have been too.

Today’s Yoga Class

L and I at Bikram.

L and I at Bikram.

When I drive out to Bikram Tysons, I have to leave my house an hour before class started, hoping and praying I will make it in time. (That is how bad the traffic is here.) I am totally stressed out when I arrived.

Today, I hit up Bikram Yoga Arlington and it literally took me five minutes to drive there, and I found parking right away- score! L and I had plenty of time to set up and relax before class started.

At first I didn’t think the room was that hot, but now I am thinking I was really dehydrated, and just didn’t begin to sweat until the middle of the standing postures.

Because it was my first time back in a month or so, I didn’t want to push myself too far, over stretch, and injure myself. Plus my muscles were tight from all the running.

In the end, it was a really good class. I felt so energized after. It felt like a full body massage. I definitely want to fit Bikram back into my schedule at least 2 times a week, if not more. I also want to try some other forms of yoga. I have a feeling that inverted poses are in my near future, what can I say – I just want to be upside down.

Questions for You…

  1. Have you tried Bikram?
  2. What kind of yoga do you practice?

© 2012 sweatdaily

I think I need a Punching Bag.

Lately, L has been trying to convince me to come along with her to one of her boxing classes.  Although, we both run daily, and practice Bikram yoga, I have been longing for some sort of strength training. Strength training is very important especially for runners. It help enhance correct running form. It helps make one faster. But most importantly it helps prevent injury. A stronger, faster, injury free runner is always my ultimate goal.

Guess who also does Boxing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Victoria’s Secret, Adriana Lima, keeps her amazing body toned by Boxing. I don’t know about you but knowing this is very inspiring to me. It also is pretty bad ass. So on Friday I am planning on going to my first boxing class.

Questions for You

  1. Have you tried boxing?
  2. What do you do for strength training?

© 2012

(None of the photos are mine. All photos were found online.)