Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up

Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up

I signed up for the East Bay 510k about two weeks before the race on a whim because I liked the shirt they posted that came with registering. (Yeah, that happened) I hadn’t done any short distances races yet this year and thought I was due for a short and speedy 5k to test my fitness at that level. As it turned out, my marathon training partner and I ended up scheduling our last long training run for the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks the Saturday before, a 20 miler no less. So I knew that my best 5k was not in the cards, but what I wasn’t ready for, was to place in the top three women!

This was a smaller local race with about 650 people running and walking the 5k, I approached the start line to get there early and check out the faster runners, I spotted Leilani, a girl who I had been following and friends with on Instagram, but we had never met in real life!! I was excited to give her a big hug and finally meet her in person and knew she was going to be up as one of the top contenders in the women’s division. Then i picked a spot a few rows back from the line and focused in on my race.

I was up near the front as the gun went off, and started the first quarter of a mile neck and neck with Leilani, I checked my watch and knew I had to dial back as trying to keep up with her was going to be impossible for me. I dialed back, but kept her in my sights. It was just her and I in the front until another girl passed me with a strong pace. That girl ended up finishing in 1st place and she was only 15! Around mile two, I was slowly dying and feeling the tiredness of my legs from the day before when I noticed Leilani start to slow down (I found out later, as I suspected, she was fighting off an injury). I passed her with one mile to go and knew I had to just hold my pace, but at any second I was waiting for her to push and pass me again. It was kind of thrilling, exhausting and motivating at the same time thinking about all this while running.

I crossed the finish line at 21:48 with a second place finish. For the first time in my whole running career I secured a podium spot in a race of any kind! I am the first to admit, this wasn’t a super competitive field and I know my time is far from “fast,” by some standards (I also know it’s super fast by others!) but that finish line feeling gets me every time and no matter what the distance is, I always try to put my all out on the course and last weekend I did just that and it came with small reward. 

The funny thing is, running for me, isn’t about winning anything. It never has been and it never will be. But I did get a huge sense of accomplishment crossing that line, I put in a lot of work for this sport, and you don’t always get a lot back on paper. I love getting new PRs and shaving on seconds on my mile time and encouraging others to believe in themselves the most and that is always enough for me. I love seeing in hard facts, numbers and statistics what you can achieve and how you can improve when you put in the work to something. Running is still about becoming the best version of me and I still have a lot of room for improvement, but this last weekend was just the self confidence boost I needed to reach for higher goals.

In love and running,

J



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International Running Adventures

International Running Adventures

Oh hey, hi! It’s been a while since I last posted, and really I don’t have any excuses except I really didn’t have much to report on. But after my weekend in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, I have some things to report on! First of all, Vancouver completely blew me away.

Thanks to Lululemon, I was gifted a free entry into its annual half marathon held in Vancouver, BC and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run my first international race and a reason to visit Vancouver.

Race weekend started around 4am Friday morning when I was sleepily waking up for my early flight. My boyfriend, Nick, joined me on this trip across the boarder and went along to cheer me on and visit Vancouver for the first time as well. When we touched ground I was really bummed to see that the rumors were true, and the sky was super hazy as the smoke of forest fires nearby had crept into the air in Vancouver. I know the air quality of Vancouver is said to be one of the best, and I wanted to see the views! It was a bummer that quickly left my mind as I met up with the first of many of my concrete runners crew at the airport to grab a cab together to get downtown. Destination races are so much fun, partly because I get to see my runner friends from all over the country!! Continue reading “International Running Adventures”

Results and lies

60 days ago I wrote down a goal. In fact, I wrote a blog post on it here. But in short, the weekend prior to that post I found myself at the pool in a swimsuit, feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. I was still recovering from a running injury and had just let my fitness go a little and it wasn’t a feeling great about my body. (some people will probably think that I looked just fine, and don’t get me wrong, I looked okay! I just felt uncomfortable and unhappy) So I set down some goals to aim for by the next time I would find myself in a swimsuit. That day is tomorrow and tonight I take off for my week long Caribbean vacation! Continue reading “Results and lies”

Presenting the Lululemon Enlite Bra!

Presenting the Lululemon Enlite Bra!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be a part of a special women-only Barry’s Bootcamp class taught by Erica Stenz where lululemon was introducing their “latest and greatest” Enlite bra before the product hit the stores. The week of the class all attendees were required to go to the store for a bra fitting (okay, okay twist my arm lulu!) Upon arrival I was greeted with super helpful associates who helped me find a perfectly fitting bra. And when I say perfectly fitting, I mean it. This bra comes in so many sizes that even my 32D was accommodated perfectly, which is rare. Lulu went above and beyond during the bra fitting and when they told me that not only do I get the bra, but I also got to pick up and entire outfit, my jaw hit the floor.

My first thought after putting it on was that there is no way this bra will be able to keep my girls in place during any high impact workout. It was so soft, comfortable, and I didn’t feel squeezed into it like sausage (why is this how I think bras shouldn’t feel???) But hey! they were giving everyone in the class a free bra, of course I was going to give it a test run.

There is nothing like putting a bra through the true test like wearing it through a Barry’s class where you are dripping sweat, lifting, running, jumping, sprinting, and moving just about every way possible. And let me tell you, this bra really did feel as great during the workout as it did when I was trying it on. I was shocked at how comfortable, yet supportive it felt. I waited a few weeks to write this review because I wanted to see if it really lived up to its “be free to move” motto in workouts like yoga and long distance running outdoors. With most of my bras, I usually had to change styles or types if I was going straight from a yoga class to a run or vice versa because none of my bras are built for both and I always thought packing and using up two bras for one sweat sesh was annoying. Trust, your girl here with the 32D cannot go marathon training in her built-in-bra yoga-top or cute-strappy yoga bra, it’s not cute or comfortable or sustainable (I’m trying to keep the girls perky as long as possible!)

This was a serious winner in every test I put it through. It was consistently comfortable and didn’t chafe during a longer run and I felt free and un-constricted during all the yoga classes I took in it and the crisscross straps in the back are even cute, for a high support bra. Even though it’s $100 price tag almost doubles the price of my old favorite running bra (moving comfort, Juno), I would still recommend this to a friend who is willing to invest in something comfortable and versatile.


 

*All thoughts are my own and this was an unsolicited review.

60 Day Slim Down and Shape up

Hey guys! I’m doing a thing. You know… a fitness-y healthy thing, because that’s kinda my thing. It’s more than just a diet, it’s a whole fitness goal. I have a big beach vacation coming up for one of my bestie’s bachelorette weekend in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Anguilla! We’ll be staying at the Four Seasons there (No, I am not a baller nor is this sponsored, but we got an amazing deal through friends who are owners at the private residences there) Anyways, a few weeks ago at another friend’s wedding I found myself in Palm Springs at the pool feeling, well, a little uncomfortable in a swimsuit… I even saw some photos to prove it (I think we all know the feeling). Since I stopped running for the most part a few months ago due to a hip injury, I’ve gained a little extra fluff around the edges, not a lot, but enough to make me a tad uncomfortable with my body. I want to feel fit, confident, and less fluffy the next time I find myself by a pool, and I know something has to change so as of this week, 60 days out from the trip, I’ve decided to focus on strength training, my overall fitness, and keeping a close watch on what I am eating and how I am fueling my body (more real, less crap). Yes, I took before photos, weighed in, and took measurements, and no I am not going to post one now because, hey, it’s a little awkward :). But the goal is to see enough of a change where I feel comfortable sharing before and after with you. I haven’t had a lot of success dieting in the past (most of the time I just eat more because food is all I can think about, sigh) but I want this one to work, I have a real physical goal, a weight loss goal, and most of all a confidence goal. Continue reading “60 Day Slim Down and Shape up”

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

We came to the start line at the Santa Monica Pier as 10 individual runners. 344 miles through city streets desert heat, and trails only lit by the stars and the moon, we were a family of runners intertwined and connected by this experience forever.

After I first watched a video of the first Speed Project race, I knew this was something I wanted to accomplish. I gravitated to this unsanctioned road race for it’s pure grit, the unknown, and the fact that it sounded so impossible and crazy. So when the call went out last fall to my Concrete Runners crew for willing participants to form a team, there was no doubt it in my mind I wouldn’t be a part of this. I blocked off my calendar and fit this into my finances without question. I knew how draining and exhausting the Hood to Coast 200-mile relay was, but I had no idea what I was about to get myself into by accepting a position on a 10 person team to relay-style-run our way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Continue reading “The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned”

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

 Dear My Love, Running,

This Valentine’s Day I would like to thank you for being there for me when I needed someone to lift me up when I was down. For being there for me on good days when the miles felt easy and weightless and on the bad days when my feet felt like cement blocks. You have always been someone I could count on to hold my secrets, wishes, struggles, and doubts safe and you are always there to celebrate my successes and milestones. You never fail to prove me wrong when I don’t think I am good enough or worthy enough. You have shown me that through dedication and hard work that I am strong and I can become greater than I was the day before. My love for you is constantly evolving and changing and through each new obstacle, race, relay, and experience we face together, my love grows deeper and deeper. Even on the days when you bring me pain and injury, I know that getting through it will only make me stronger and more dedicated to keeping myself healthy so that we can be together for a very long time. The feeling of accomplishment I get when we have finished something great together is more special than any card, trophy, medal or tangible item I could ever receive. I don’t think I could ever truly express the happiness you bring to my life or how you make me feel, but I do know that what we have is something special and no one can take that from us. Day in and day out, mile after mile, through success and heartbreak, we are a team, and for that, I thank you.

Love,

Me and my two feet.