Shut Up, Butt

Do you talk to your sore muscles? I do.

Right now, my glute mediuses/minimuses (wow, spell check does not those words!) are yelling at me. They’re a bit upset that they actually had to work on Monday. It’s pretty easy to ignore those small muscles during regular gym work, so they usually object to working hard.

I decided on Monday that I was going to tackle some hill sprints even though I was still sick. I have a trail/hill race in 10 days. No biggie. *gulp* I figured running some hill sprints before the race (the word sprint is being used very liberally here) would be more beneficial than cuddling up on the couch watching the Olympics.

I ended up going to Blue Ball Park to run the hill between the lower and upper parking lots. (I’m not even going to go into how inappropriate a name that is. . .)

There are these 9 foot tall blue cement balls around the park. Random. And creepy. Hence the name Blue Ball Park. It’s just wrong. LOL

My son was such a gentleman: he instructed me on the correct way to jog down the hill. 😉

my son, jogging down the hill

And while that was all fun and dandy, I was more concerned with running up the hill.

Yay. Hills.

I started off by warming up with a walk around the park. It was just over .75 miles, but it was hilly, so by the time I made it back to the bottom of the hill, I was nice and warm, starting to get a bit sweaty. My body was more than ready to sprint, but my throat was ready to kill me and my brain was threatening to abandon ship.

Bring it on, Monday. I got this.

I only did 5 sprints before I started to hit to the wall. Since I was still sick, I didn’t actually want to hit the wall and set back my healing. It’s okay to workout when you’re sick–provided you don’t have a chest cold– but you have to take it easier than usual.

I sprinted up normally the first time, side shuffled (left) up the second, regular the third, side shuffled (right) the fourth, and finished off with another regular sprint. My glutes were on fire, my hammies were on fire, and I was feeling accomplished.

Today, my smaller glute muscles hate me. Seriously hate me. They’re sore. Which is good! Strong glute med/minimus muscles mean that you have strong and stable hips, which is essential for healthy living. I refuse to take this soreness as a bad sign, since I’m strengthening some pretty darn important muscles.

Yesterday I did the Buti Sculpt workout, which you can find here. And today, I went for a walk/slow jog with my cousin. You can’t have a bad morning when this is where you’re running:

Running along the cliffs, with the waves crashing below, and a light cool fog = running perfection!

So now I’m getting ready to put together tonight’s Muscle Blast class. I’ll post tomorrow what tonight’s class is so that you can have another Ballet/Pilates-inspired full body workout 🙂

Fort Mason, San Francisco

Saturday started out as a great morning. . . I had been to the Britannia Arms (an English pub near my house) with my cousin and a couple friends Friday night, getting home around 1am. So I expected to be a bit tired come Sat morn but I woke up raring and ready to go! (a benefit to not drinking: no hangover!)

The plan was to volunteer at the Wipro San Francisco Marathon’s Expo from noon to 5pm. Since it’s a bit of a drive to SF, I wanted to have the family packed in the car by about 9:30, so that way I would have plenty of time to drive, get caught in traffic, get lost, find my way there, find parking, and walk up to the Expo. Have you ever tried to drive and park in San Francisco? Yeah, good luck with that. It’s like a traffic scene from The Fifth Element. Insane.

All the way up to SF, the boys were amazingly well-behaved. This was surprising to me. There were no tantrums, “are we there yet”s, and no barking at other cars. Not that my son would bark at other cars. . .

 

As we were driving, I noticed that it was getting a little hard to talk. My throat was sore and scratchy and the junction of my throat/mouth was stinging. Crap. Well, as usual, I made a comment about and then promptly ignored it. It took about 45 minutes for the rest of my body to start yelling at me. We were just outside South San Francisco when I admitted that all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and nurse my aching body. Awesome. Thank you, Universe, I love being sick on the weekends during the summer. Yay.

So instead of spreading my sickie germies to a bunch of marathoners, we decided to just take a walk and get some fresh air, since we were pretty much in San Francisco. We went to Fort Mason (I highly suggest going there if you’re in San Francisco!) and visited a Swiss Mountain Dog event. Just an informal barbecue with lots of Swiss doggies. Chewie was in heaven. Puppies and hot dogs?!?! SCORE!!! He was one of the only 2 Saint Bernards there, which are the biggest of the Swiss breeds, so he got lots of attention.

Since I wasn’t feeling up to socializing, (oh hell, I wasn’t up for even smiling. by this point, i felt like dog poop) we started out for a little walk around Fort Mason and down to the water’s edge.

Little history lesson: Fort Mason was built in 1864, and used as a defense for the San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. Yes, you read that right. The Civil-frickin-War. Needless to say, Fort Mason is old and has some great history to it. If you’re interested in learning more about it, click here.

So here are some of the pics from Fort Mason:

There’s a public garden on Fort Mason that was beautiful and it had an amazing view of the city. 

The garden and the garden’s view.

Since the Fort is a Historical Point, there were lots of signs around describing different aspects of what the Fort used to do/serve as. 

Leve it to my son to find the artillery.

Just hanging out with a cannon, Mom, nbd. 

The Golden Gate Bridge. And fog. Can’t go to San Francisco and not expect the fog. 

From 1909 and through WWII, soldiers were shipped out to war from Fort Mason, helping the US to become a global power. Wow, that just sounded like a book report or history homework, didn’t it? Sorry about that. 😉

See that group of people down there? Yeah, that’s a BEER FESTIVAL. That’s cruel, Universe, to make me sick and tease me with a Beer Fest. Just cruel.

For everyone outside of California, San Francisco was destroyed in 1906 by a major earthquake. The city made a huge recovery and hosted the World Fair in 1915. Does the World Fair even still exist? Add that to my “Google it” list. . . 

Anyone up for a swim to Alcatraz?

It wasn’t long before I was at my limit, so we headed back to the car. Whenever I’m sick I crave french fries, so after a trip to In-N-Out, we were back on the road, heading home. And apparently, I missed the memo that it was nap time.

When we got home, it was time to snuggle on the couch and watch the Olympics. This is my son’s first time really watching the summer olympics (he was too young to stay up late for the Beijing broadcasts) and he’s really into the swimming! Time to get him back into the pool! 😉 So I’ve been on the couch since Saturday night, recuperating from whatever I’ve got. While I’m not healthy yet, I am feeling better, so we’re going to brave the park today. My son can play for a bit and then hang out while I walk up and down the hill. My Nike+ Running app is going to yell at me for slacking in the speed department, but hey, you’ve always got to take care of your body and come back into exercising slowly.

How was your weekend? Do anything interesting? Racing? Traveling? 

Jungle Run 2012

It’s official: I survived my second half marathon.

laced up and ready to go! now where did I leave my car keys…?

Although there were about 6 Lululemon Run Club/Employees at the event, I ended up running alone for most of the race, simply because I was planning on running about 10:30s, and most everyone else was planning on 8:50s.

As a group, we only ran one lap around that track that we were starting at because we were running late. Which worked well for me, since I was at the back of the starting lineup, the first mile was going to be a warmup pace anyway. My playlist was set up pretty perfectly, if I do say so myself. 😉 I started with Florida Georgia Line’s new song, “Cruise,” which was the perfect pacing for a warmup!

*this vid is just audio, but it’s an awesome song, so it’s okay ;)*

After that, I had the pretty typical hip-hop beats for a while. Which I really only listen to when I need to get fired up, since I normally don’t like the lyrics, just the beats and the tune. When the song “Outta Your Mind” (Lil Jon feat. LMFAO) came on, I just started visualizing the routine from So You Think You Can Dance. It was great! It gave me a break from thinking about running! I’m going to have to plan that kind of music more often!

If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, or just love the routine as much as I do, here’s the link to a video of an amazing dance routine! (Embedding has been disabled on this video, I’m sorry!)

And let me tell ya, when Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” came on, I started thinking, “Well, I’m not shaking, but I sure am jiggling!” 😉 Yes, I talk to my music, if you can’t  already tell. I like to think that I’m not the only one who does this. . .

I may have had some choice words for Flo-Rida when he started singing about a “Good Feeling,” cuz there wasn’t a single good feeling at mile 9 when I thought I was on mile 10. I’m gonna blame that brain fart on being blonde. 😉

So while I was conversing with the artists on my playlist, I noticed that I was playing leap-frog with two other girls my age (they were running/walking, while I was just at a solid jog.) Girl number one was in a Lululemon CRB in Flash (which I had actually thought about wearing!) and girl number two was in a Lululemon Run:For Your Money in Pow Pink (I am so jealous, I want that top! It was so cute!)

Flash girl, during her running intervals, was running with her spine hunched to her right, as if she was doing oblique crunches. She must have been in pain. I felt bad for her, so I kept an eye on her to make sure it didn’t get any worse. (When she was walking, she had great posture, she only hunched to side while running.) We met up around mile 3, so we ran almost the whole race together. Pink girl and I met up ’round about mile 8. So the three of us got to run the hard part together.

Oh, did I mention that miles 10.5-12.25 are UPHILL? In the sun? In the dirt? No? I forgot to mention it? Oops. Well, now you know. 😉

Once we hit mile 10.5, we started running on the un-paved fire road on the side of the freeway. In the sun. Uphill. Ew. This part of the race is the only part that is out-and-back, so you know that as soon as you round the cutting point, you’re gonna be running downhill. The anticipation for that point makes the uphill seem reeeeeeally long.

All three of us, Flash/Pink/me, managed to go around those beautiful orange cones that marked the end of the “out” part at pretty much the same time. I started walking so I could hydrate without swallowing too much air and take a gel. So with that, both Flash and Pink were in front of me. I started running again when the Nike+ GPS lady told me that I had just passed mile 12.5. YES!! ALMOST THERE!!!

So I started running, and even picked up the pace a bit. My quad, which had been quiet the whole race (it was tired, but not hurting) decided that I was now going too fast and started to bitch at me. I told it that if wasn’t going to fall off, that it needed to shut up and get with the program. So on we went.

I passed Flash first, and she was in her walking interval. As I passed her, I turned so I could give her a huge smile, yell out, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” and wave in that “follow me” sign language. She started laughing, and picked up the pace, and we were off! Running a bit faster than we had been.

Then we came up to Pink, who was walking at that point. Just like before, I turned to her, gave her a huge smile, and yelled, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” with the “follow me” hand gesture. Sure enough, all three of us were running together, pushing ourselves to get the damn race over with. 😉

Flash dropped off first, round about the 12.75 mile marker, followed by Pink, not too much later. I was in my mode, though, so I kept going. And when I saw that 13 mile marker, and the Nike+ GPS lady told me I had gone 13 miles, I kicked it into overdrive. Dredging up my old sprinting skills (7th grade Track & Field, anyone?), I made it over that finish line.

I kept walking around so I didn’t cramp up (there were a few people there who never got that memo; I felt pretty bad for them) and headed over to the shirt pick up. (At this point, I hadn’t even looked at the medal I was handed. I was just concentrating on that fine line between drinking a lot of water without throwing it up.) And then I saw it: a HIPPO!!! The mascot for the Jungle Run 2012 was a hippo! I LOVE LOVE LOVE HIPPOS!!!!! And it had this cute little bird sitting on it’s head! I got so excited! And yes, the girl who handed me the shirt started laughing at me. I’m totally okay with it. It’s a hippo!!!!! 😀 hehehe

hippo hippo hippo!!!!!

Well, by this point, Pink had crossed the finish line and was talking with her boyfriend. I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She had a huge smile on her face when she said, “Thank you so much for egging me on! I wouldn’t have finished as strong as I did without you!” Yeah, that made me feel pretty good. 😉

I kept walking around, and ended up seeing Flash, talking to her mom and dad. So, again, I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She started laughing and said, “Thank you so much! You helped me finish!I was keeping up with you the whole race! Thank you for pushing me at the end!” Yeah, I was on cloud nine. 😉

So by the end of the day, I had run 13.1 miles (not including the .25 mile warmup), high-fived two race-path volunteers, egged on two runners, and got a hippo medal and a hippo shirt. I’ll take the soreness and stiffness today and handle it with pride for that awesome of a race. 🙂

icing my left quad, stretching my right hip flexor, and taking pics for Facebook. Multitasking at it’s finest 😉

Have you high-fived people while racing? 

Have you been either the egged or the egger in a race? (are those even real words?! hehe)

The Dammit Run

With less than 24 hours ’til my half marathon, what do you think I was doing?

Sadly, no, I was not doing any Downhill Racing Tricycles.

But if you guessed “nursing sore muscles, bitching about being sore, and laughing about how  soreness will effect tomorrow,” you’d be right. Yup, in the process of kicking everyone’s asses yesterday in Tabata Hell,  I effectively kicked my own. I’d love it, except for the fact that my injured quad is now also sore. And still expected to not fall off tomorrow morning. Good thing I already planned today as a Rest Day!

And if you guessed “signing up for another race,” you’d also be correct!

Yup, another race! The 39th Annual Dammit Run!! If I were on the planning committee, I’d totally put a comma after “Dammit”, but I guess that’s just me. . . Plus, the race is about running across the dam at the Lexington Reservoir, so the sentiment of “Damnit, keep going” doesn’t really convey “Run across the dam.” Too bad. I guess that’s why I’m not on that committee, eh?

So here I am, with less than 12 hours until my 13.1 adventure, and I’m rewriting my calendar and schedule to accommodate the new run. I do so love my calendars! 😉 The Dammit Run is only a 5-miler, but it’s uphill on a trail that wasn’t really designed for crowds. Oh hell, who am I kidding. It’s on a trail that was designed for a single runner. This’ll be interesting. But provided that I don’t end up in the hospital, it’s going to be great because: A) I get to buy new trail running shoes! Score!!!; and B) it’ll help me prep for the hills of San Francisco that will be kicking my ass in October. I don’t live near too many hills, so I need all the practice I can get! 😉

 

I’m not a big hill runner. In fact, when it comes to hills, I’m probably the biggest whiner you’ve ever met. I avoid them like the plague. And yes, I realize that the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco is nothing but hills. That ridiculousness has not been lost on me.  And knowing my luck, every time I start up a hill, I’ll hit a headwind. . . it never fails.

Next up on my agenda tonight: figuring out what I’m going to wear tomorrow. I know, I know. I totally should have had that already planned out and given it a test run. I’m using the excuse that I’ve already run in all of my running clothes, so I’ve already ‘tested’ whatever will be chosen for tomorrow. 😉 Since I already know what chafes after 6 miles, and what holds in too much sweat, and all that nonsense, my deciding factor of what I actually wear is quite simple: what will make me look the best in the running pics? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one to have thought that! 😉 I’m leaning towards my running faves: Black Swan Cool RacerBack and Run: Back On Track Crops, both from Lululemon.

 

 

And my pink Mizunos, of course. 😉

What’s your favorite racing/running outfit? What makes you feel like you can run the world?! (hehe, “run”, get it? Wow, I am so easily amused. . .)

Muscle Blast Ballet and Jazzercise

Last night (Wednesday) I taught my Muscle Blast class at 24 Hour Fitness. Typically, we do a combination of ballet, Pilates, and yoga, with an emphasis on Pilates. As a ramp-up-to-summer, though, I changed it to a slightly different format for 4 weeks. Last night was session numéro un.

While keeping with pliés and curtseys and Pilates arm strengthening, I added in barbells. Oh yeah, I’m that mean. 😉 Plus, what’s a better way to get summer-licious than by making it core and ab focused?

a wide plié stance. And while we typically use chairs, we did not for this class.

Class started with a warmup of pliés, romanian dead lifts, overhead reaches, trunk rotations, more pliés. After that, 5 whole stinking minutes of planks and side planks (with hips dips and toe touches.) Then the torture fun began! Here’s my set list from class last night after the warmup and planks (spending 3:30 per exercise):

  • Curtsey Lunges
  • Weighted Mermaids and Pliés
  • Barbell: Romanian dead lift
  • V-arm circles, forward and backward
  • Barbell: Plié with overhead press
  • Barbell: Bridge lift

Then the last 20 minutes of class was all ABS!

  • crunches
  • bicycle crunches
  • bicycle 7-count pulse crunches
  • hat take-off
  • heels to heaven (straight leg reverse crunch)
  • Passé leg lift
  • V-sit knee pulls
  • V-sit crunchie frogs

the Passé leg lift

Followed by a quick stretch.

Conclusion?

Yowza!!!

I’m sore from last night’s class in my quads, glutes, and obliques. . . And I saw everyone’s facial expressions, so I’m guessing they’re sore, too! 😉 I get paid to torture people for a living! Can life get any better?! 😉

So this morning I joined my aunt, Robin, at Jazzercise. Monday was my first ever Jazzercise class, so I was excited to try it again (today was a different instructor.) And just like everywhere else, different instructors can teach the same thing but it’s a whole different class. That’s one of the reasons why I LOVE LOVE LOVE group exercise! 🙂

The class on Monday and the class today was the traditional Jazzercise class: floor cardio (both high and low impact) that’s dance oriented for 30 minutes, light weights for 15 minutes, and a cool down and stretch. I must say, I worked harder today than I did on Monday, but I’m thinking that it was because today had more complex choreography (though still simple: think along the same lines as Zumba, but not as twirly). I liked the routines more, so I put more energy into it.

this isn’t the class we did, but I totally wish it was!! Yeah, baby!! Grrrr! 😉

this gives you a general idea of what the cardio section of the class is like, tho

(HINT: the best exercise is not what’s a fad at the moment, but what you truly enjoy and are willing to put effort into.)

If you’re interested in trying Jazzercise, click here to search for classes and deals in your area!

My advice: try every form of exercise. Don’t give up on finding something active that you love to do! There’s something out there for everyone!!! And even if you’ve already found your passion, try new things anyways! It’ll keep your muscles activated and make what you love more effective!

So now I’m home, contemplating how I want to fix my breakfast/protein smoothie and ignoring the fact that I need to vacuum. 😉

true story! 😉

What are your exercise plans for today?!

What’s your favorite protein smoothie recipe?!

Gladiator Rock N Run

On Friday, at the Giants game, Wes said, “You should do the Gladiator with us!” In fact, he said it multiple times. Enough times for me to say, “Yeah, sure. Why not?”

So on Sunday morning, my alarm went off at 6am, and there I was, getting ready for a Boot-Camp-Flashback obstacle course. Never mind that this was supposed to be my first rest day since Tuesday. (We can worry about my brain cell count later)

Mark, Wes, and I drove to San Jose, where we met up with Hoyt, Hoyt’s dad: Bob, and Hoyt’s sister: Stacy. (Hoyt’s first name is Rob, but for the past year and a half, I’ve known him as Coach Hoyt, so for the sake of not confusing Heather, we’re calling him Hoyt.)

Mark was nervous and bouncing around like a Terrier, Wes had to tape up his sprained ankle from Friday, and I kept having to pee. Yeah, this was going to ROCK!! 😉

Mark, Me, Wes; before the race

We went the 11am wave. Hoyt, Mark, Wes, and I were near the front of the corral, and Bob and Stacy were near the back. With Mark’s energy, the boys shot out of the corral like 5-year olds on crack. My calves couldn’t handle the hill, so I walked up most of it, falling behind the guys. I kept expecting Bob and Stacy to catch up to me, but I didn’t see them again ’til I was half way done with my beer and slightly delusional.

I could go through how I dealt with each and every obstacle, but I’m not going to. I will, however, tell you that I didn’t pansy out of ANY of the obstacles. Did I have to get some boosts up from some tall guys? Yeah. Did I climb the scaffolding instead of the rope? Hells yes! Both the military and CrossFit have taught me something very valuable: work smarter, not harder. But I did every single obstacle!!! Without my group, and while cheering on the people around me. They shoulda given me an extra beer. And a shot of tequila.

find the shortest person in this picture. that’s me. yes, climbing in and out of industrial dumpsters was HARD. from left to right: Bob, Stacy, Hoyt, me, Wes, Mark.

6K and 15 obstacles later, I’m covered in bruises that I can’t explain, and swollen everywhere where I don’t have a bruise. I even bruised my elbow pits. How in the hell did I bruise my ELBOW PITS?!?! I have a really impressive shiner on the back of my right leg (lower hammie) where I used my leg to get over everything. Hindsight: alternate use of legs next time. (But I’ve got no muscle soreness! Thank You, CrossFit!!)

My results:

Chip time: 1:21:02.8

Pace: 20:04

Female 25-29 group: 55 out of 166!!!!!!!

Overall Place: 545 out of 1256!!!

I am never washing these. In fact, I may even laminate the bib to preserve it 😉

Not bad for deciding do it a day before the event. Not bad at all.

I wonder if these clothes will ever be the same. . .? I used my old shoes, ones that needed to be thrown out, so I threw ’em in the donation pile. (The Gladiator races raise money for Talk About Curing Autism.)

after being hosed off at the event. before being rinsed off in the bath tub and laundered. the pink thing is the bag i used to get my clothes home

I definitely recommend an obstacle course!! Especially if you love running and love challenges!! (And no, there is no way to accurately train for swimming in 35* water. There’s just no way. And yes, you will feel like you’ve all of a sudden got asthma. It’s insane. The best feeling of accomplishment that you can have in a race.) It’s a lot of fun, and everyone’s in a great mood, having a blast! I passed a lot of people (wow, did that sound conceited?) and they were having the best time walking the course and joking around! Don’t take yourself too seriously, and JUST DO IT!!!!! 😀

Have you done any of the obstacle races?! How’d you loath like it?! 

Giants VS A’s Game

Howdy howdy howdy!!! Long time no see! 😉

Quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

On Friday, the Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students went out for a ball game. There were 13 of us. 2 of our group were A’s fans. The rest: Giants fans! Needless to say, we had a good time. Well, us Giants fans had a good time. 😉

Wes, Mark, me

Brian (A’s fan! lol), me, Wes

Wes’ air guitar solo to Journey’s “When The Lights Go Down.” It’s a Giants staple. You know, being in San Francisco and all. 😉

One of the most random moments was when Nate, one of the Trainers, stood up with a package of Oreos and pretended to be a vender. “OR-eos! Get your OR-eos!!” And sure enough, some random guy a few rows up yelled back, “Up here!” So what’d Nate do? Threw him an Oreo. This is why I love my coworkers.

The kids in front of us were really cute. And really smart, too. You know, rootin’ for the Giants and all. 😉 I loved their sign!

So after a great game (we WON!), and the drive home from San Francisco, I got home about 1:30am. In bed at 2am. I was le tired.

But at 8:30am Saturday morning, I’m driving to Los Gatos for Lululemon’s Run Club! When I got there, I looked at everyone and said: I’m totally coming in last today. I’m effin’ exhausted. 😉 The 5 miler turned into a 4.5 miler, but I still felt accomplished!!

can’t complain about my run’s scenery!

The rest of Saturday was filled with cleaning the house and running errands. And neon pink compression socks. 😉

By Saturday night, I was very tired, but feeling pretty normal. 🙂

How was your weekend run? Do you run on both days, or only one?

Healthy Brownies!!!

No joke. I don’t joke around about the sweet nectar of life brownies.

Alas, my waistline triples in size when I start chowing down on brownies. . . Which is my fault. They’re like frickin’ Pringles! You CAN’T have just one!!!

So imagine my utter delight when I found a recipe for a healthy treat, that when added enough chocolate, tastes like brownies!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! that’s me squealing with joy

So without further ado:

photo from NiaShanks.com

 

Nia’s Brownie Balls!!

  • 1 cup raw nuts (Nia said she uses 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pecans, and 1/4 cup of walnuts, but that it’s really easy to experiment with other nuts and combos)
  • 3/4 cup raisins or dried dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (seriously, go for more like 1/3 cup. Plus an extra few.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (approx) water

Put the raw nuts and raisins/dates in a food processor. Blend on high until everything is chopped/mixed together well.

Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract and blend/pulse until the nuts are finely chopped and all of the ingredients have combined.

Add in a teaspoon of water. This allows the mixture to bind together. Add very little water and only add more as needed. You just want the balls to hold their shape, but not be wet.

Once you’ve attained the proper consistency, divide the mixture and form them into little brownie balls.

Nia said she puts them in the fridge for a couple hours, but that’s like actually making brownies from the brownie batter: a foreign concept. 😉

for more recipes and ways to be a bada$$ chick, hang out with Nia at NiaShanks.com

Look out! Changing topic! 😉

I have a little secret: I’ve kept my son home from school today, simply because I wanted to. We went on a field trip yesterday to the Natural Bridges Tide Pools, so my son and I were both exhausted by the time we got home in the middle of the afternoon. (I’ll do a post later about the tide pool adventure)

23 wild, crazy 7-year olds. (the one on the far right is my little man)

So this morning when the alarm went off, I made the executive decision that Kael and I were going to have a “family day.” We were both tired from yesterday, and sometimes, you just need a mental health day! I even told the attendance office that we were having a family day. Oh, I guess that means it’s not a secret then. Hm. Oh well. hehe

I love love love my little man!

So after we run our errands, I’ll be running while my son rides his bike. (read: probably not a very successful run)

Anybody else take “family days” from school? my grandma used to check my mom and my uncle out from school early because she was bored and wanted some company at home. My mom never did that with me. I guess it skipped a generation. 😉

Try the brownie balls recipe and let me know what you think!! eating clean doesn’t have to be boring and gross!

My First Run Club

Despite having to set some attitudinal alarms for this morning, the morning of my first run club went quite well!

I left the house at 8:20 this morning for the Lululemon Run Club at 9. And honestly, the only reason I knew where I was going was that the Jungle Run starts at where we were meeting. Otherwise, I would have had to leave earlier to allow time to get lost. It’s tradition. I have to get lost wherever I go. 😉

I arrived at the track in plenty of time, which to me translates to: where’s the bathroom?! I’m telling ya, when you’re only 5 feet tall, liquids go straight through ya!

Our group consisted of Coach Lori (www.coutureconditioning.com), 3 Lululemon educators, a Lululemon ambassador (the only guy in a group full of women, must have been so horrible, hehe), and what appeared to be his wife/girlfriend. Since 2 of the educators were new to running, we did a very easy 3 miler along the Cooper Trail. The trail that my first half marathon of the season will be on. Awesome! Training time! Jungle run, look out! I’m gonna kick your bootay!

I have never had a run where I could talk the whole way through. . . and I liked it! Granted, 3 of us ended up running together, so 2 were talking while 1 was catching her breath. But still, it’s new for me! And I’m totally addicted!!

With the incline that the trail was on, I probably would have run too fast from the start and would have walked my sorry butt back up the trail (we did an out-and-back). But since we were slower than I normally train, and I had some awesome people to keep me accountable, I never walked!

And my feet and calves? Not a single problem!! HALLELUJAH!!!

For all of you contemplating a running club, don’t think about it: JUST GO!! Seriously, I’m addicted. I’ve never had a better time while running!

So after I got home, it was errand city. I ended up taking my mom and my son to Fleet Feet to get my mom an actual pair of running shoes (I refused to let her run in her Sketchers or Keens anymore. I put my Mizuno’d foot down!) After shoe shopping (where my son discovered the amazingness of Strawberry Banana GU Gel, thanks to one of the sales associates) it was time for PetSmart, Trader Joe’s, deliver irises to a friend, dinner out, and then finally home again. Only to freshen up and then head right back out to celebrate my friend’s birthday!

Busy busy busy day!!

And now I’m about to get ready to take my son to my grandma’s house for Mother’s Day. My son loves his GG! (Great Grandma, GG, get it?)

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy Mother’s Day!!!

Do you go to a Run Club?

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Run Run Run to Lululemon’s Run Club

Tuesday night I went to Lululemon (yeah, I told you I’d do it!) to check out their run club. Lululemon Santana Row was having a social hour/Q&A session. No running shoes required! Thank goodness, because I was freakin exhausted! And they had cookies!!!

 

As per usual with Lulu, I made sure I had time to shop. And as per usual, I went a bit overboard. Hey, don’t blame me! It’s so easy to do!! I mean, come on, this is the company that I want to work for. Do really expect me to control myself in their stores? Pfft. Yeah right.

My loot? Thought you’d never ask!

 

A running dress?!?! YES!!! And it’s way more flattering on a curvy figure, if I do say so myself. So lightweight and comfy!!! 

 

I don’t know how I never got the Run: Swiftly tank before now. Awesome. Seriously awesome. 

 

The cutest and most flattering board shorts you’ll ever own. Each color is reversible to a solid and a print. I got the black simply because my fave bikini is all black. Matchy matchy.

 

A handheld with pocket for my short/short-ish runs. 

And the piece that I’ve been wanting for a while now, the hydration belt! 3 bottles, iPhone carrier, reflective race bib holder. Yes. Heather’s running in style now!!

Before this shopping trip, I had no actual hydration system for my runs. Which is pretty important. So, really, it wasn’t all that hard to spend the bucks on both a hand-held and a belt Amphipod.

 

Anyway, back to the run club!

The Santana Row Lulu meets up on Wednesday nights for track work and Saturday mornings for long runs. Which has 2 drawbacks. (I refuse to say ‘problems’)

First, their schedule is set to coincide with the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon. So since my half is about a month before the SeaWheeze, the scheduling is a bit off for my training. And second, I teach on Wednesday nights. Greeaaaaaat. So I’ll only be able to do their long runs on Saturdays. I’m hoping that once the weather starts really heating up the time on Wednesday night gets pushed another hour back. Then, I could teach AND run with Lulu!! Yay!

This will be my first time running with a run club. . . I’m kinda scared for the people I’ll be running with. 😉 I’m really looking forward to it!

 

Do any of you run with run clubs? Formal or otherwise? Any suggestions on what to expect? How to behave? How to secretly pick a wedgie or your nose? 😉