California International Marathon Relay

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My friend Trystan from the gym has never run a race longer than a 5k. One of her goals is to do a half marathon. But before she did that she wanted to see how she would do in a race that was longer than 3 miles. So she asked if I would do the CIM relay with her and I said absolutely! So instead of each of us running a half marathon we asked Mike and Kimiko if they would run. So then her leg was about 6 miles. Overall we had a great time. We each ran and Trystan feels more confident about a half marathon that she wants to sign up for the local Shamrock’n Half Marathon!

I told Trystan this is why I run:

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Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014

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So this year I was lucky enough to get to do the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Last year it was last minute, this year I got in using the second chance entry by logging my running on an app.

Let’s face it, I am not a very good runner. It is hard for me and I struggle every time. So why do I do it? It is a good challenge and I feel accomplished when I am done. Plus, the Tiffany’s box at the end of the race makes the pain a little more bearable. πŸ˜‰

I was lucky enough to get to stay with my friend Amber so I saved some cost on a hotel room. She was even brave enough to go with me to Union Square so I can see my name on the Nike window and write my name on the “Make Your Mark” board.

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This year there were 40,000 people. So. Many. People.

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The bummer of course…I had a cold AGAIN this year! Sigh…colds just make everything hard…especially breathing. BUT, I finished! That is all that matters.

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Here is hoping to hoping that I get in to race next year! Keeping my fingers crossed.


Golden State Games

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We decided to do the Golden State Games this year so it could be Mark’s first competition. (Mark is Kimiko’s husband.) So our team was Kimiko, Mark, Mike and I. We called ourselves Team Gunther’s in honor of one of of favorite ice cream shops! πŸ˜€

The WODs:

#1
2000 Meter Relay

Description: Athlete 1 will begin with a 400m Run. Upon finishing the 400m, athlete 1 will hand baton off to athlete 2. This will progress until athletes finish 1600. After 1600 is complete all members of the team will finish with a 400m giving a grand total of 2000m.

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Olympic Total
Max effort Snatch and Clean & JerkDescription: Beginning with the men. Both men will step up to platform (A). The men will have 6 Minutes to each find their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes the men will move to platform (B) and have 6 Minutes to find their one rep max C & J. At the same time the woman will be on platform (A) finding their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes expire men will be done and woman will move to platform (B) to find their one rep max C & J. The score will be max pounds lifted on each members one rep max.#3
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RX:
21-15-9 – Dumbbell Thrusters 50 / 25
12-9-6 – Bar Muscle Up’s (MEN)
9-6-3 – Bar Muscle Up’s (WOMEN)

Scaled:
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Dumbbell Thrusters 35 / 20
Chest 2 Bar Pull-Up’s

Clarification for RX: Everyone will be completing 21-15-9 Dumbbell thrusters. Men will complete 12-9-6 Bar muscle ups on their round and woman 9-6-3 Bar Muscle Up’s on their round.

Description: Each member will go through full WOD one at a time…as soon as one member finishes the next member begins… This event will be a 3 scored event
Score 1= Total team time
Score 2= Fastest men’s time
Score 3= Fastest women’s time

There will be a modification for Bar Muscle Up’s. But will not be released at this time.

Overall we did well for Mark’s first competition. We are looking forward to doing it again next year!

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Shamrock Half Marathon

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So Sam challenged my cousin Tamiya to a race on who would be faster. Luckily for Sam my cousin Tamiya decided running for medals is not as fun as running for Tiffany necklaces so she ended up not running. So Sam and I both ended up doing the race together. But in different heats.

Well, Sam is not the same runner he was before and we ended up having the same 3 hour finish time! πŸ™‚

The main challenge for this race was that it was HOT. I mean we were going from some nice 60 degree temps the day before to 80 degrees the day of the race! ROUGH! I don’t think a lot of people had a good race. But that is okay for me because I finished in the same time as Sam! πŸ™‚


Fight For Air Climb…it’s BACK!

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Once again…it is that time of year. It is time to climb some stairs! The Fight For Air Climb will be on April 12, 2014. Another grueling couple of weeks of training.

Once again this is something close to me since my Grandmother (my Bachan) passed away from lung cancer and my family smokes. I have told my story here. This year, my cousin Tamiya has said she was going to do the climb. She even joined the Fitness Rehab team! It should be exciting and fun.

I set a fundraising goal of $250 this year. I have blessed by family and friends to have made this goal! But I would like to raise more money if possible of course. And if you are interested in helping to support the fight against lung cancer please visit my donor page here.


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Crossfit Opens

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So remember last year when I was SUPER excited to be doing the Crossfit Opens? Yes, I remember that girl and yet this year, I have ZERO motivation and did not register for the Opens.

I don’t know if it is because I am Crossfit’d out? Really just focusing on my yoga or don’t find fun in it any longer.

It is really hard to say. I enjoy Crossfit. I was getting in great shape! I made great friends, but yet, here the Opens are and I don’t want to do them. I am excited and motivated to do the Moxie competition this year with Kimiko, her husband Mark, and Mike, but really no drive for the Opens.

I think a lot of the change was due to the fact that, I want Crossfit to be fun. I want to enjoy it again. The Opens are all about comparing yourself to the rest of the world. I know I am not the best. I don’t need a score board to tell me that. I want to compete in a competition and have FUN and become a fitter me in the process.

Only time will tell. For now I am enjoying yoga and pilates.


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Happy New Year!

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Well…it is official…I have had this blog for 1 year! I know that it is 10 days into the new year already, but I have really been trying to figure out what I want to do for a “new year resolution”. In fact, it has stumped me. Then in a training class at work, the trainer said something interesting, instead of calling them new year resolutions call them a new year focus. I really liked that, so that got me thinking and I was able to decide what I want to focus on this next year for the long and short term.

After all that Crossfit last year it was both challenging and empowering. I got SO strong! The downside was I felt like I was beating up my body. So I really started to focus on my yoga practice. In fact, I want to focus on getting a yoga certification this year. It would be exciting to see how my practice can grow. I find so much challenge in the practice. I am so flexible and strong in some positions and feel the drive to improve in MANY others. The body awareness I gained from yoga and pilates has been priceless.

But don’t get me wrong, I still want to Crossfit. My focus for Crossfit this year are: to be able to do a strict pull-up and 25 double-unders in a row. And with that I am sure my overall goal of losing fat and gaining muscle will improve. This summer I still hope to do a competition to keep my motivation going.

Another focus that I want is to be able to run a marathon this year. I would LOVE to be able to run the Nike’s Women’s Marathon in San Francisco and run my first marathon there! If I don’t get in, I guess I should figure out an option b. But I will start with a half marathon in March that I will be doing with my boyfriend, cousin, and friend. I am excited, if anything it will be a good time!

Here is to an awesome 2014!


Where did November go?

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November was a rough fitness month for me. I was out a week with a cold. And another week I was out with a back injury. Then…THANKSGIVING! I was glad that I found myself in good health in time to enjoy the holiday with my family.

Thanksgiving day my friend Nani convinced me that I should do the “Run To Feed The Hungry”. It was a good day, the weather was not extremely cold and the crowd was not to bad. I chose to do the 10k race while Nani did the 5k. Not going to lie, that was a bit frustrating for me. I thought we were both going to do the 10k together. Either way, I did what I set out to do and I was happy with that. It was not the greatest race ran, in fact, that day I forgot my watch. YIKES! And as a new runner, I really rely on my watch so that I don’t run to fast/slow. Well I ran REALLY fast, faster than I should have. I finished the first 3 miles in about 30 minutes…and the last 3 miles I was totally gassed! It took me about 14 minutes a mile the last 3! OUCH! Either way, I am thankful for my health and that I was able to run the race!


Nike Women’s Half Marathon

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Last weekend I found out at the VERY last minute that I was going to be running in the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco! The race was on a Sunday and I found out on Saturday at 2 PM that I was going to be doing the race. I guess my cousin’s teammate was not going to be able to make it so she asked me!

Of course this is a hard race to qualify for and I was SO excited to be able to do it. And then I remembered…uhm you have not been training for this! But I went, and I did it. And I am SO proud of myself for doing it! There were about 40,000 people there!! Here is a picture at the starting line:

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Now, in an earlier post I listed running another half marathon in my goal list. And this race made me realize that I CAN do a half marathon. I was able to run the majority of the race. My plan was to walk up and down all the hills (have to save the knees), walk through all water stations, and run the rest (or at least attempt to). And I have to say that this was a successful plan. Granted it was in San Francisco and there were LOTS of hills…I particularly remember a hill that was straight up for a mile and half! OUCH!

Overall I was able to finish and I was able to complete it slightly faster than my very first marathon. I finished in 3 hours and 1 minute! So close to meeting my under 3 hour goal. The best part? Finishing of course! I always have a sense of greater satisfaction when I complete a race since running has always been something that has been hard for me.

And can you believe in that HUGE crowd of people I saw Kimiko at mile 3! And she and I ran the race together after that. Here we are at the finish line:

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But most people don’t ask me about the race or how I did they want to see the goods! Everyone wants to see the Tiffany necklace! Well here it is:

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This was the 10th Anniversary, so that is why there is an “X” and why it is in the shape of a triangle.

This race made me think about doing another half marathon. And the best part? My boyfriend said that he was going to do one with me! We are planning on doing the Shamrock’n Half Marathon in March. My goal is to finally finish in under 3 hours!

Then, this really got me motivated. I want to do the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington DC in April and then do the Nike Women’s Marathon in October in San Francisco! (Seriously I think I am losing my mind.) Granted that is if I can get into the races. I definitely think that they are good goals! πŸ™‚


Whew!

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What a busy couple of weeks! I am excited that I was able to compete in my first team Crossfit competition a week ago! I think that just back in April I was trying out Crossfit and now here I am at a team competition! We competed in the Good Times Crossfit Fall Fit Team Challenge. It was a lot of fun…which of course is the most important thing about competitions. I was able to compete with Kimiko, Mike, and John…my favorite girlfriends at the gym! πŸ™‚ It was a LOOOOOOOOOOONG day…and we had 5 WODs! Whew! I am glad it is done!

WOD 1: 12 min AMRAP

60 calorie row
30 ground to overhead (weights: 135/95)
5 muscle ups

Then back to ground to overhead, 60 calorie row, 30 ground to overhead, until time is called.

WOD 2: 12 min

Part A: Snatch and back squat (for a 1 rep max) then 2 minutes of ball slams.

Part B: Dead lift and strict press (for a 1 rep max). After their 4 minutes is up, they will also slam balls for 2 minutes.

WOD 3: 10 min AMRAP

Stone carry (weight: 95/75) and rope climbs (15′).

Starting team mate will pick up stone and carry 15 meters to rope, if male he will perform 2 rope ascents and if female only 1 rope ascent. That person will then pick up stone again and carry back to start line to tag his partner.

WOD 4: 16 min

Part A: 8 minutes to complete

40-30-20-10

Overhead squats (weights: 95/65)
Box Jumps (height:Β 24″/20″)

First pair MUST complete the work in 8 min in order for the second partners to move onto part B.

Part B:
100 thrusters (weight: 95/65)
100Β Burpees over the bar

WOD 5: 18 Min Cap on Re-lay

100 meter medicine ball run
30 wall ball 20# for all and 10″ for men and 8″ for women
50 meter medicine ball run
10 power cleans
50 meter medicine ball run
50 double unders

Tag partner.

All 4 teammates must complete the above, your score is your time or if you do not complete, the remaining reps will be seconds added.

Overall we finished in 20th place (out of 23 teams). I was really proud of the fact that we were one of the few teams in our division to COMPLETE all of WOD 4. That is a lot of work in 16 minutes! Things I need to improve on: rope climbs and double unders. And of course…work on my stamina!

This competition was so much fun and the team I was on was so awesome we just had such a great time. I would definitely do another competition with them. πŸ™‚

Here is a team picture at the end of the day! What an accomplishment! I am so proud of us!

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