Got my miles in!

As hesitant as I was… I got it done. After such a long week, I really didn’t want to do anything this morning but stay in and drink coffee and be cozy. But… of course, I had an itch to run. I was tempted to go on the treadmill to do my run but instead I decided to go outside. It was actually a really nice morning. Since I was still pretty lazy and wanted to just grocery shop and get my day over with, I ran a little over 3 miles in under 30 minutes.

My pace per mile when I run outside is just awesome: 9:47. I strongly feel that this is because of all the speed training I do on the treadmill. Hey, I guess the dreadmill isn’t too bad! Might be slow on it, but off it, I’m faster than I expected!

Tomorrow, it’s off to LA again to volunteer at the museum. The experience-building grind is real!

With that, I’ll end that I finally received my March issue of Runner’s World in the mail today! Where January and February is though… I wonder. It’s funny because I actually just paid my subscription yesterday. 😉

Happy Saturday!

Till next time,

P.

“Everything All The Time”

I felt as if this week was extremely busy. Ever since Sunday, I feel as if I had something to do everyday. Sigh. I’m exhausted, but at least tomorrow is Friday.

On Tuesday, I went to the gym and did a 4 mile bike ride and then spent 10 minutes on the weight machines before I realized that I needed to get going to get ready for work. My workout was cut a bit short, but later on during that day I ended up doing some warehouse work with my coworker, so the workout pretty much commenced, if I could put it that way! :p

Last night, my boyfriend and I went to go see one of our favorite bands, Band of Horses, play at The Observatory in Orange County! I HAD to go – this was their first show back and it was the only one in the states for the time being! I was so happy I got to get tickets. I wish we found a better place to stand and watch but I can’t complain.. their performance was just amazing! The lead singer’s, Ben Bridwell, stage presence was just awesome.

Probably one of my decent shots. It seems like we were so far away but we really weren't! Next time we'll shoot for a spot facing the front.
Probably one of my decent shots. It seems like we were so far away but we really weren’t!

We got back late, and since I didn’t have anything to eat for dinner except for a KIND bar on our way to the concert, I was starving… so I ended up getting 2 chalupas at Taco Bell. Sigh. The hunger was real. There was no time to grab a bite to eat before we left for the concert, since right after I left work we drove all the way to Orange County. That darn traffic.

Today, I really pushed myself to get a workout – ANY workout – in. I was just so tired, especially after last night. I didn’t even feel like cooking dinner.. so we ordered take out down the street. I ran a fast 2-miler and felt pretty awesome afterwards. No really, I did. My bad mood and stress instantly lifted when I finished (hooray, endorphins!). I was cheerful and ready to eat. Within that time, our food was ready and we picked it up. I ended up getting shrimp + veggies; I had to be good, especially since I’ve been eating out a lot lately. 🙂

Overall. I feel like everything has been thrown at me this week, and I’m excited for the weekend. I already expect Sunday to be a really hectic day at the museum, but I’m happy that I’ll be doing nothing, sweet nothing, this Saturday.

I hope everyone’s had a good week!

Till next time,

P.

The weekend ran faster than I did.

No, really, I can’t believe it’s Monday.

I’m scribbling away on this post while being at my desk at work – no important emails or anything. WHY – HOW is it Monday already?

I feel so exhausted after this weekend. I had a lot to do! Especially yesterday!

On Saturday, I decided to do my “long run” indoors since my allergies were really acting up. And so, as treadmill time is much, much slower than my actual time, I ran 5.10 miles in an hour, while watching the X Games Aspen on TV. Time went by much faster than I had anticipated. :p

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Afterwards, I made some breakfast, took a shower, and trekked to Ross to get some things for my apartment. Lately, I’ve been wanting to decorate my apartment more so I’ve been buying more stuff for it, particularly for our walls – I wanted shelves! I scored on some floating shelves and a nice clock to go in our kitchen, all under $25! Beat that, Target!

For the rest of the day, my boyfriend and I pretty much binged on Mysteries at the Museum – my new favorite show – on Netflix.

Yesterday I wasn’t home all day. I had to go to Los Angeles to volunteer at the museum, as I’m still completing my training. I sat in for two guest speakers since I hadn’t heard from any of the speakers yet, and I shadowed some more posts. Before leaving, I met with the volunteer manager and starting next Sunday, I will be a certified exhibit assistant and will be paired off with other staff at different stations. Next Sunday will be extremely busy – it will be free day next week, which means we will be expecting a LOT of visitors!

FYI: Many LA county museums will be free Jan. 31st – Feb 1st. If you’re in the area, definitely check out a list of which museums are offering free days here!

After volunteering, I met up with a dear friend of mine since high school. It was great catching up with her, while we enjoyed some yummy Indian food (one of my favorites) and some ice cream cookie sandwiches!

Tomorrow, I plan to get a workout in early in the morning. Either bike riding, or elliptical for me… after being on the treadmill for an hour last Saturday I wanna do something different.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great week up ahead!

Till next time,

P.

Bike rides and side projects!

Here’s a couple of my updates for the week!

I’ve been feeling incredibly bloated since eating Korean BBQ with some friends last Monday. Ugg. I’ve consistently drank tea before bed to help, and even had a plethora of greens last night – I really should be eating like this everyday though. :p

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On Tuesday, I went to the gym in the morning and did a 5 mile bike ride + intervals for 30 min. It felt quite nice! I still need to try out a spin class one of these days!

Earlier this morning, I went for a quick 2-mile run on the treadmill and then spent 10 minutes with the weight machines. It feels really good to work on my arm muscles! I still remember when I *tried* to work with the machines once upon a time, and my arms would be sore after just a couple of reps.

BUT what I REALLY need to work on is my core. Arms and legs are lookin’ good but hello, belly! I definitely need to incorporate some core workouts in my regimen. Does anyone have any suggestions?

As for race-related news, I’m contemplating signing up for this local 5k next month. I ran it last year, and I wasn’t too excited about the course. It’s still early registration and it’s only $25, but seeing as I really need to budget for my Germany trip (WHICH IS IN TWO WEEKS I CANNOT BELIEVE IT), I’m trying to think how to spend this $25 wisely… haha. I have my eyes on some new running pants from Asics that a fellow blogger I follow reviewed (you can view the review here) since I saw it was on sale on their website for $24! I think I do need to invest in some good pants. I can’t depend on my crappy Forever 21 ones and my gray ones that – as dependable as they have been – always seem to slip. I mean, pants will always be useful and I can always use them when go for a run in Germany. 😉

Lastly, I finally got to finishing up my medal rack!

Check. It. Out.

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AND ALL IT COST ME WAS $8. I bought the wooden board, chalkboard paint, and nails at Michaels! I figured it had been a while since I crafted, and I’ve been needing to hang up my medals so why not? When it comes to it, I’ll just grab another board and make another one for more bibs and medals!

ALAS: it is Friday EVE! I hope that everyone had a great, short work week. The weekend is upon us! Let us plan our weekend workouts wisely.

Till next time,

P.

Race Day Recap: Christian Okoye Ontario Mills 10k

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I did not expect that I’d be saying this… but this was the BEST race I’ve ran, EVER, hands down!!!

Let’s start from the beginning.

I got up at around 5:30 am to have enough time to have breakfast. By 6:20, my boyfriend and I were out the door. I was also really happy that my boyfriend got up at the crack of dawn on his day off to see me run! I haven’t had a race on a Sunday in a while so it was great that he could come along! It didn’t take us long to get to Ontario and a lot of people were already there. I did a couple warm ups and hit the port-a-potties before heading to the start line.

The gorgeous sunrise!
The gorgeous sunrise!

There were two races: a 5k and a 10k. Once I got to the 10k corral, I noticed that it was a lot smaller than the 5k. I was a bit intimidated, and I was scared I’d be one of the last in the pack because I couldn’t handle it! After a short speech from Christian Okoye (I’m not a football buff, but he played for the Kansas City Chiefs back in the late 80’s – early 90’s), we were off!

Mile 1: once we started, I felt as if all of us – including myself – got a rush and were all running super fast. I had to remind myself to keep it steady, so I slowed as more and more runners got ahead of me. I tried to focus on my breathing and stayed with a couple runners that were around my pace until mile 2. Surprisingly, this was my fastest mile: 9:24.

Mile 2: I knew I had to slow it down. I thought that I was going way too fast way too early. I forgot to turn off the feature in my app that says my pace every 5 minutes – I feel as if I hear how fast I’m going, I’m going to go too fast for my own good. I kept reminding myself to slow it down, but tried to get ahead of runners in front of me in short bursts. Time:  10:07.

Mile 3: I joined a new pack of runners all going around the same pace and tried to maintain it while slightly going uphill. I focused on my breathing and ended up pushing through and got ahead of the pack. I reminded myself, only halfway to go! Time: 9:38

Mile 4: I was still pretty flabbergasted that I was going at a faster pace than usual. Now that I was going for 3 miles, I was roaring. I sped through more runners ahead but still maintained my pace. I had to save my energy for the last two miles. Time: 10:03.

Mile 5: Are we there yet?! Time: 9:49

Mile 6: Pretty much my glory moment. I had passed the ‘6 mile’ marker before my running app got to 60 minutes. I was ECSTATIC! I had run 6 miles in under an HOUR! I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear because I knew then that I still got PR for that. I hustled through the last bit and finished with a total time:

1:02:00! I PR’ED!

Yaaaa!!
Yaaaa!!
The bling!
The bling!

After getting my new medal, I met with my boyfriend again and we awaited the age group results. In the meantime, I chowed down on a banana. When it finally came I was so happy: I placed fifth!!!

I was pretty much amazed at everything. How I maintained such a fast pace (to my standards) throughout, I don’t know. I ended up averaging a 9:48 pace. My usual 10k pace is around 10:30. I guess those 20 minute speed workouts on the treadmill worked!

We got home, I made ANOTHER breakfast, showered, and took a nap. Now I’m up again and have the whole day ahead of me! I’m thinking celebratory sushi for dinner. 🙂

Overall, the race was really, really great. The course was pretty flat throughout, there were water stations literally every half mile, and the whole event was so organized! The energy was definitely there. I’m pretty sure I’ll be running this race again next year… perhaps, sub 60? 😉

I hope that everyone had a great Sunday! Did any of you run any races as well? How did you do?

Till next time,

P.

Another week, another path, and a new pair of shoes… finally!

Alas, I have finally got my new pair of Brooks Ghost 7’s, and quite frankly… I LOVE THEM!

Well, that’s what I said about the Ravennas… but, after two pairs of Ghosts, I’m thinking that I’ll love this pair all the same.

Aren't they gorgeous?
Aren’t they gorgeous?

I ran 3 miles with them on the treadmill, and they held up well: none of my feet became numb, and I definitely felt the support. I am definitely dependent on the crash pad that the Ghosts have. With this new pair, I heard how heavy my feet fell on the treadmill. It was then that I knew [for sure] that I hit the ground hard. No wonder the midsole is always the first to go! On my previous pair, the little nubs in the middle were rubbed all the way down!

I felt great afterwards too. No aching whatsoever. However, I’m doing a morning 5k on Saturday so I can to try them out on the road as well. My 10k is already on Sunday, so I definitely need a proper trial before then!

Speaking of my 10k, I’m a bit nervous. I haven’t really been training hard, mainly just running and weight training to keep fit. I haven’t worked on speed at all: I feel like all I want to do is to just straight up complete it. That’s it. And I think that’s a good enough reason right now, especially since I haven’t ran a real 10k race yet. I don’t know what to expect, or how I’ll feel throughout when I’m actually racing. I think that once I get through this first one, I’ll be better prepared for my next.

So this weekend’s objective: to FINISH! 🙂

In other news (and I’ll make it short because I’ve had the tendency to ramble on about this lately), I have decided to apply for graduate school online, for a Masters of Arts in History. I’ve been researching online grad schools for quite some time now, contemplating between an MS in Library Science or an MA in History. I feel that both will definitely help me get into the field I’ve always wanted to be in, and I’ve decided to go ahead with History because it literally has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was already hesitant that I didn’t complete a History BA, and the only notes I’ve kept since high school were all in history (and my German notes in college, too!). I realized that I might as well shoot for something that I’ve always been wanting to do as well something that would really help me get my foot in the door.

And I know people tend to turn heir head sideways at those that want to pursue a graduate education outside of law, science, or medicine, but all I say is: you get what you make out of it. I know in the end I’m not just going to sit there with a history MA: I’m going to KEEP doing something about it.

With that said, I plan on applying in May to start a session in June. I figured 5 months would give me some time to get everything together and really see (since this would be a hefty addition to my financial responsibility) if it’s finally time to get that degree in History. The program is only 3 semesters long with 1 week of residency at the college’s campus in Vermont!!! Wouldn’t that be a sight to see (and possibly run in!)? 🙂

Anywhoo, that’s about all my updates for the week. I didn’t get my scheduled workout in today unfortunately, so instead I’m planning on doing some weight training tomorrow and then my 5k on Saturday. In the meantime…

WISH ME LUCK AT THE 10K ON SUNDAY, YA’LL!

Till next time,

P.

Running during the rainy weekend.

It was a lovely, rainy weekend, and there was nothing better than having 2 cups of coffee in the morning and tea in the evening while I hear the raindrops fall against the window. I also binged on Mad Men and Friends on Netflix. The pluviophile in me was very satisfied… I just hope it lasts long enough.

Yesterday, I had a 4.5 mile run in a different route I planned Friday night. The route turned out to be quite beautiful, and I think I’ll stick with it for my shorter “long” runs. I think it was the perfect balance of uphill / downhill spread equally throughout the route. It had actually started raining while I ran, although I didn’t mind it because it wasn’t too strong. I listened to Andrew McMahon’s new album, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. I had been a fan of his for a while, and I haven’t listened to his new album so I figured it was the perfect day to do so (and it was!).

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Rainy streets!
Rainy streets!

Earlier this evening, I just did a quick 2-miler at the gym while watching some of the Golden Globes on TV. It was quite a comfortable run: I ran at a speed of 5.1 throughout. I just wanted to do a short, steady run so it was perfect.

This upcoming weekend is my first 10k race! I’m excited, although I’m nervous at the same time. After all, it is my first 10k race! My strategy is to mainly just run by feel, and not go too fast in the beginning since I don’t want to be burnt out towards the second half of the race. I’m conflicted because I don’t know if I should buy new running shoes with my next paycheck… although, I really should, especially after running outside yesterday – my outsoles looked even more worn out. Also, my Ghosts are officially 302 miles old! Hooray! They’ve come a long way. 🙂 I returned my Ravenna’s on Friday – I was sad to see them go, but I think I’ll definitely be sticking with the Ghosts from now on.

Well, I’m off to enjoy the rest of what’s left of the weekend. I’m making a salad for dinner – which by the way, does not necessarily mean I’ve been good all day: I had half an order of carne asada fries earlier that I’m both proud and not proud of.

Till next time!

P.