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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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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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!


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! 🙂


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! 🙂 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: 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)
100 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. 🙂

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

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My First Competition!

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This weekend I competed in my first CrossFit Competition! I competed in the CrossFit Roseville Women’s Gauntlet 2013. This competition was not an all day event…no we did all 4 of our workouts in ONE HOUR! I was just so happy to not have barfed! It was intense. Here is what we had to do:

Station 1A (4 min cap)
For time (or reps):
45 burpees
On the minute, do 10 Barbell Thrusters at 35#

At the 4 minute mark, proceed to Station 1B

Station 1B (8 min cap) Score=For reps
Row 1k
then, with remaining time, amrap of couplet:
12 unbroken kettlebell swings 26# (Russian swing)
12 step-up on 20″ box holding two 18# kettlebells

For combined total of max load at 2A and 2B:

Station 2A (6 minute cap)
Find 3 rep max hang clean

Station 2B (6 minute cap)
Find 3 rep max of shoulder to overhead

Station 3A (12 minute cap)
For time:
2 rounds of the couplet
150 jumpropes
15 power snatch 45#

Station 3B (with remaining time from 3A)
For load:
Find 10 rep max front squat

Station 4A (12 minute cap)
For time:
30 yard sled pull
20 wallball 10# ball to 8′ target
20 box jumps 20″ (step-ups allowed)
20 deadlift 85#

Station 4B
For time
50 yard sled push with 225#

Station 4C
For reps (with remaining time)
As many reps as possible of pull-ups

Out of 28 people I came in 21. (I was TOTALLY relieved not to be in LAST!) I am very excited to have competed in my first competition! I consider it a positive experience. And when we have a team competition in 2 weeks I hope I will have a better understanding of how I need to strategize. Debbie was kind enough to take some pictures:

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Color Run Fun!

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Today I ran the color run with my friends Meri, her daughter Bobbie, and Charlie. My friend Nani was supposed to run with us but was no where to be found! 🙁

The Color Run is a 5k run where you run and you get colors tossed on you. Although I did not do a lot of running (Bobbie can’t run too long)…it was a good time and it was the “Happiest 5k on Earth”! This was a really fun race that I can’t wait to do again! I hope next year we will have a bigger team and are bit more prepared. It would be fun to do white tutus and white shirts with our team name on it or something. Seeing all the other teams out there gave me lots of ideas for next time. 🙂

Here is a before pic:

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Here is an after pic:

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We even ran into some of our favorite morning DJs, Gavin and Katie from the Wake Up Call!

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Bobbie even had a lot of fun giving high 5’s to all the police officers out there and getting covered in color!

Here are some more pictures from the race:


Acro Yoga!

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I have a new obsession…acro yoga! I LOVE IT! It is so fun! The problem I have is finding people to practice with! ::sigh::

What is acro yoga? A combo of yoga, acrobatics, and therapeutics. Now, I have only been able to take one specifically designed acro yoga class, but I got to try it out two other times before that. It is a different type of yoga practice and it was challenging. I loved that! You need to be able to trust the other people you are practicing with and you need to have trust in yourself that you can do it.

I soon discovered that it is VERY important to be both a base and a flyer. They both work together, a base needs to know what a flyer is going to experience and a flyer needs to know what a base is going to experience. It is definitely important to be BALANCED!

I am so excited about this new form of yoga that I am going to go on a yoga treat to Costa Rica! It will be a combination of balances, yoga, acro yoga, and thai massage! I am going to be going with another girl from the gym named Kimiko. November can not get here soon enough!

Here are some pictures:

Partner Yoga 1

Handstand Nation 2

Partner Yoga 2

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