Fight For Air Climb 2014

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This year for the Fight for Air Climb I raised $350!! More than my goal of $250! So happy that I was able to raise more than I did last year. Every little bit counts in the fight against cancer. (Read why I climb here.) Once again it took me 10 minutes to complete the climb.

Here are some pictures:

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Of course Kimiko and I had to try some Acro Yoga!

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And some handstands of course!

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That view!

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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! 🙂

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! 🙂


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.


Help support me in the Fight For Air Climb!


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! 🙂


100 seems to be the number…

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Yesterday our WOD was:

5 Rounds

20 Pull-Ups
30 Push-Ups
40 Sit-Ups
50 Squats

The last time I did something that was going to involve 100 pull-ups I had my first rip (during Murphy). Well..100 seems to be the magic number because I had rip #2 yesterday!

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And of course I am right handed and this is on my right hand RIGHT in the middle! But seeing as I survived the first rip I am sure I will be able to survive this second one.


When you hurt yourself…

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So I hurt my hand this week doing something…I am not sure how exactly but I am guessing I either fell (I am klutzy) or when I was moving the spin bike. The bottom line…I hurt my hand. Saw the doctor…it is not broken but it is just a nasty looking bruise. Doctor told me no physical activity for a week. Really? That seemed ridiculous since it was my hand. I don’t need my hands to run! But really it came down to not griping anything. (It hurts like a mother to squeeze my hand closed.) That means can’t do anything with a bar pretty much. No lifting. No trying to get a pull up. BUT I can lay my hand out flat and that feels awesome! So I have done a lot of yoga and pilates this week and I feel amazing.

Hurting myself has been a great rest. I still get an awesome workout and my body feels great.

This time has made me rethink my goals. What do I want to do by the end of the year. My physical goals:

  • Get a pull up
  • Get a handstand push up
  • Get a muscle up. (The muscle up is probably wishful thinking…but a girl can dream!)

I had a post earlier in the year with goals I wanted to achieve. I wanted to get a “L” sit, lose 20 pounds to run a half marathon, and just overall get healthy. With injuring my hand I was able to really evaluate my goals and what I may be able to achieve. I really think I can get a pull-up. They seem absolutely impossible right now, but I work hard at trying. I have a great headstand and great handstand…now I just need to be able to develop the muscles to string together a handstand push up! (I can do it, I can do it!) And of course there is the dreaded muscle up. I know it is something hard for a lot of people, this might not be achievable this year, but I am determined to work on it to get one. And overall…these goals are going to help me reach my goal of overall getting a healthier life style.

Now losing the “pounds” is not a good judge (I know lots of people told me this) so I recently got my body fat tested. I have 29% at the moment. My goal is to get to 25% by the end of the year. (More reasonable.)

Hopefully…I can achieve some of these goals…that would make me SO happy! I would be happy just being able to do a pull up! Here is to hoping that I can!


30 Day Burpee Challenge…DONE!

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And…I can not believe I have completed the 30 days of burpees. I am glad that my gym buddy Mike convinced me to do it and MORE importantly how supportive everyone at the gym was! They would join in the burpees if they were there with me! That is support! Not even needing to do it and they did it anyway! In fact, they all joined to help me do 170 burpees today! THE FINAL DAY! I am not going to lie, I was thinking about calling it quits until I saw this on the board at the gym:

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(Ya…Mike is an overachiever…he did 211 today and he always added plus 1 to whatever the number was…)

And in true foodie fashion (Mike and I both enjoy a good meal or dessert) we of course celebrated with a treat. No challenge is complete without a reward! So what did we have? Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies! OH YA! We deserve it! After all, in the 30 days we did 2,750 burpees!

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Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
So deliciously good!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda with a wire whisk until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to place a scoop of cookie dough on top of an Oreo cookie. Place another scoop on the bottom of the Oreo. Seal the edges together by pressing and cupping the dough in hand until the Oreo is completely enclosed. Shape into a thick patty. Repeat with remaining cookies and dough.
  5. Place the stuffed cookies on the prepared baking sheet a couple of inches apart and bake for 11-15 minutes, until the cookies are cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Be gently when forming the dough balls, you don't want to break the Oreo.

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My first rip…

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So…today was a crazy day in the gym. We continued on our burpee challenge…140 today. And we did the WOD “Murphy” which is also known as the “Hero WOD”:

Run 1 Mile (1.6 Klm)
100 Pull Ups
200 Push Ups
300 Squats
Run 1 Mile (1.6Klm)

Instead of running we did a 1,000 meter row.

During my last 10 pull ups one of my calluses ripped! Gross I know…but for some STRANGE reason I feel like I was “initiated”! I have not had one of those since I was in gymnastics! Granted it hurts like a mother, but I am proud of it! I know…totally crazy. Anyone who knows me, knows that this is the LEAST girly thing I could be proud of! And I am pretty girly!

I did finish the WOD…yay me. (Another surprise for me.)

The bummer: yoga and oly lifting today was hard! Pressure on the hand kinda sucked in yoga…and well oly lifting trying to grip the bar SUCKED!

Yet…I feel I had a great day! Here is my hand after I cleaned it up after the gym and cut off the extra flap of skin…YUCK!

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Oh burpees…

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::sigh::

Burpees, I still loathe you.

Today will be day 15 out of 30 for the 30 day burpee challenge. We are half way through. (Still amazed that I am doing this!)

Here is to a 110 burpees when I get to the gym today. And then it will be all downhill to the finish line!


Atlas Stones!

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Since Sandra has started implementing strong man skills into the schedule of classes at her gym, we have gotten to use interesting equipment. In fact, we got to use the atlas stones she had made for the first time today! It was exciting and fun!

Of course they started as empty molds. They were an adventure to get when I picked them up for Sandra. (Yay for Crossfit Stompin’ Ground for letting us borrow them!)

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Then John put them together and filled them with some concrete. As you can see, there are a variety of sizes:

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After like THREE weeks of curing, they were finally done! We used them after John had sanded them down of course.

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And the workout today was AWESOME! We finally had atlas stones in various weights that EVERYONE could pick up! 🙂

On a side note…I survived 100 burpees! And day 5 of the ab challenge!