Friday, May 30, 2014

Updates about Me

Today's Workout:
8 mile run

Hello my dear friends. It's been about a week since I've written and all I could say is that life has been quite busy. For starters, I've been training like crazy and I've ran a few races. In the midst of all that, I got a really bad stomach virus, which only lasted 24 hours, but it lingered for about 2 weeks. Anyhow, I ran the Tour of the Gables 5K three weeks ago and I ran the Memorial Day Weston Classic 5k on May 26th. 

My number and medal at the Memorial Day Weston Classic 5k

It was a fantastic race with amazing competition. Although my finish time was less than in my first race, it was a more difficult race because of the weather conditions. It was terribly hot and humid, but I felt stronger and faster than in the Tour of the Gables. And so, next up is the Twilight 5k in South Miami. 

Make sure to stay tuned to see my results!!

Anyway, besides training and racing, I also have had mommy duties. I enjoy my time off with Myles whether it's running with him on the Ironman BOB stroller or going on our nature walks. 

Myles in his stroller

Myles watching a peacock in our backyard

Myles grabbing a palm tree

I'm also teaching him to read..

So, as you can see, I've been a bit busy, and here's another reason why... I recently began working at Swire Realty in Brickell Key (Miami). It's a new venture for me and one that will allow me to spend time with my son while I work at the same time. 

Are you training for any races?

I am grateful for the
ability to grow and step outside 
of the box. 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

I'm at it again!

Today's Workout:
8 mile run

Hello everyone! So guess what? I'll be running another 5k this weekend! Look out for me at the Memorial Day Classic 5K in Weston, FL this Monday at 7:30 am. 

This will be a great race to train in, but most importantly, compete against other great runners. Stay tuned for my results and my post-race re-cap. 

What are your plans for Memorial Day?

I am grateful for new encounters.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After a FEVER, comes a RUN

Today's Workout:
6 mile run

Hello friends! As you've heard me complain about my wretched fever which was caused by a stomach virus, thankfully I am feeling a lot better today. Anyway, I had a terrible stomach ache on Sunday, but I woke up on Monday morning feeling a lot better. Needless to say, I went for an easy 4 mile run with baby Myles. 

It was quite challenging to run with him for a couple of reasons:

a) I had never used the BOB Ironman stroller before and 

b) It actually takes some work to maneuver the stroller (stay tuned for a review of the stroller!).

Anyway, Myles appeared to love the ride. He completely fell asleep while I ran. 

So, my humble suggestion is that a simple cold or stomach virus should not scare you from running. It is best to take it easy if you feel really ill and have a fever, but when that's gone, I think exercise is a great way to restore your health and immune system. 

Besides running a few miles, I am also taking vitamin D with D3 for immune health and glucosamine for the pain in my joints.

I am also drinking a lot of water and eating as clean as possible. Cheers to running out your cold!

Have you ever ran with a cold?

I am grateful to be feeling better.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

I Finally Did It!

Today's workout:
30 min easy-paced run

Hello everyone! As you all know from last week's post (click here to read it), I ran my first race since giving birth on Saturday morning. The Tour of the Gables 5K turned out to be a great race. The weather was ideal and the crowd was eagerly cheering for all the runners. 

So, I woke up early on Saturday morning and began my racing preparations at around 5:30 am (this is what happens when you have a baby). My coach and I decided this would be a "training" race, so I literally ran to the starting line of the race from my house. That was basically my warm-up. 

After a 2 mile warm-up, I arrived to the start of the line and I stretched out my legs. I also did some running drills to get my muscles warmed up and moving. At exactly 7:30 am the gun was fired and off I went. 

At the starting line with Myles

By 7:49 am, I was crossing the finish line. My finish time was 19:12 minutes and I was the 2nd female overall to cross the finish line. I was very pleased with my performance. 

Receiving my medal

My mother-in-law and Myles greeted me after the race

My friend Ashlee ran the race as well

Myles wearing my medal

I'm very excited with Saturday's outcome. I am very optimistic for my future performances, so wait and see me at future races!!!

How was your weekend?

I am grateful for all 
my improvements in running.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My First One This Year!!

Today's Workout:
3 mile warm-up,
12 sets of 200 meter sprints,
2 mile cool-down

Hello friends! Guess what??? After three months of training I have decided to run my first race this year. I'm so thrilled and excited! I'll be participating in the Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K. 

The race is this Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 am in Coral Gables, Miami. Stay tuned for my results and race re-cap. 

Send me some motivation and cheers on the comments section below!!

I'm grateful to be finally
racing again!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Haven't Gone Anywhere

Hello friends! I know I know, it's been about two weeks since I've blogged about my training and life in general. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me. For starters, as you all might know, the hubs and I went on a 10 day trip to California. We started off in Arizona and ended in San Francisco.

So, we left on a Friday to Tucson, Arizona and we visited my husband's grandfather. While I was there, I enjoyed a nice 13 mile run on the desert city with massive rolling hills. I was stricken with amazement by the altitude and by the size of the hills. I had never seen anything like that nor had my body ever experienced that before.

Needless to say, my stride trickled down to a 14 minute pace while I struggled to the top of the mountain. All in all, it was an interesting experience. I mean, I could do without a desert city, but the weather was awesome! 

After we left Arizona, we took a plane to LA and began our California expedition there. First, we rented a nice convertible Camaro (we looked like such tourists!). Then, we drove to San Diego. The hubs was stationed 4 years in Coronado while he was in the Navy, so he wanted to show me his stomping grounds. San Diego was indeed a beautiful city. It reminded me of a somewhat quaint beach town with the most beautiful beaches and the freshest smelling air.

While in Coronado, we lodged in the Hotel Del Coronado, which has a lengthy list of celebrities and Presidents that have stayed there. If you're into old movies like me, then you might recognize the "Del" from Marilyn Monroe's movie "Some Like it Hot." "Hot" indeed it was!

After San Diego, we drove back to LA and we visited the famous "Rodeo Drive." It was really nothing to brag about. It reminded me of Miami's famous "Washington Avenue" where all the big brand stores are located.

We also visited the infamous "Hollywood Boulevard" where aspiring artists/street walkers attempt to get discovered. It was quite interesting to see their motivation and drive I must say. While at the Boulevard, we got to see the big Hollywood sign from a telescope. What a view! It was spectacular. For a brief second I felt like Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous." I suppose Hollywood Boulevard makes you feel that way :).

After LA we packed our bags and headed to Napa Valley. It was a rather long drive, but the scenery totally made up for it. We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and then through some local vineyards. 

While in Napa, we rode a hot air balloon. What an amazing and breath-taking experience. I had always wanted to experience that despite my fear of heights. I didn't budge towards my fear and I just went for it and thank God I did! Our pilot was pretty seasoned so I felt safe until he landed the balloon on a chain-linked fence. Then, he proceeded to land the basket in a middle school parking lot! I suppose it was quite comical to see the kids all excited and amused. Oh and talking about amusement, we got to see two men in their boxer briefs while we were passing through some houses. Classic! :)

While in Napa, we did the typical wine tasting adventures. We visited the famous "Robert Mondavi" vineyards and some other local ones too. It was actually a very educational experience. 

After Napa Valley, we ended our California trip in San Francisco. We visited the Golden Gate Bridge (mouth-dropping!), the Fisherman's Wharf and the Giants' stadium. It was actually the city I liked least from all four, but it was nevertheless very beautiful.

I was very happy to take this trip with my hubs. I had never been to Arizona or California, so I was able to scratch off some bucket list items while I was there. 

Anywho, the week after I returned, the hubs, baby and I got wretchedly sick with a cold. It's somewhat subsided, but not completely yet. 

Now y'all, check in tomorrow for some cool news I want to share!!! 

I am grateful that my husband took me 
On such an amazing trip. 
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