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? 

Busy versus Tired

As a personal trainer, one of the most overly-used and never true excuses I heard was “But I’m so busy! I don’t have time to work out!”

Really? You’re gonna go there? Alright, bring it. Let’s settle this. 

I’ll have people break down their day, write it out in 10 minute increments, and keep it in their files for us both to reference. To this day, I have not found one person who didn’t have 3 to 4 10-minute chunks of time that could be used for stretching/walking/taking the stairs/you-name-it. Unless if it’s your rest day (you should have one every 3 days), aim for 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. Whether you can do a solid 60 minute workout, or have to break it up into 10-minute chunks of time, take the time to exercise!!!

Sorry. You hear an excuse often enough and it starts to sound like nails on an chalkboard (do they even make chalkboards anymore?) At least I made that rant short and to the point, right. . . ?

My fave teacher of all time (7th grade English Literature, of course!) shared this opinion piece on Facebook (cuz he’s cool like that) that inspired my little rant today. Take 2 minutes to read this and reflect on if your lifestyle is truly busy, or if it’s self-inflicted and just making you tired. . .

The Busy Trap by Tom Kreider at the New York Times.

So, what was your workout today?  I did a Buti Tone workout followed by TurboFire’s Greatest HIITS this morning, and went for a walk this afternoon. 

 

I’ll watch soccer if I get to see David Beckham

Okay, seriously? I’m not a big soccer fan. Call me crazy, but I’m one of those people who think us Yanks should call it “football.” But, being an American, I also realize that what in the world would we call the game that I idolize Joe Montana for?

As a non-soccer enthusiast, I’ve noticed a great deal of Americans who are only soccer fans when Hope Solo does something totally kick ass, or U.S. soccer is about to get to the World Cup. Funny how that happens. . .

That being said. . . How can I not love David Beckham?!?! Especially when he does something like this?!?!

Which athlete would you like to meet? i wanna meet Joe Montana, Grady Sizemore, and David Beckham 🙂

Marilyn Monroe

I’ve got 10 bucks that says I’m not the only one who grew up thinking that Marilyn Monroe was incredibly beautiful/stunning/attractive/(insert flattering adjective here). In my world, Monroe defines “Bombshell.” She had it all: class, physical beauty, and a heart of gold. So let’s just take a minute and appreciate someone who has defined beauty for generations of men and women.

Notice anything different about Marilyn Monroe? You can’t see her ribs. She has a pooch. She has a butt. She has meat on her bones. But she’s always smiling. And that’s the most beautiful thing in the world. So let’s all dedicate our next workout to being as healthy and happy as possible, not being as skinny as possible.

Buti Workout

If you read Shape Magazine, you’ve probably already seen Buti mentioned a few times. And for a good reason, too! It’s no joke! These workouts will seriously burn and sculpt!

And it only takes one look at Bizzie (the creator of Buti Fitness) to realize that she’s doing something right:

Keep in mind that Bizzie (whom I now refer to as The Blonde Wonder-Woman) is a very talented yogi, so all of her yoga moves are shown at advanced stages. Just do what you can, modifying when you need to. Please don’t injure yourself. 😉

Today’s workout:

Pick one of these videos to do. Follow it up by completing the other one tomorrow!

Now, get your mat, get your timer (if you’re doing Sculpt), your water, your Big Girl Panties, and LET’S GO!!!

 

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45480883″>Sample BUTI Tone Workout</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user12458358″>Bizzie Gold</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45480884″>Sample BUTI Sculpt Workout</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user12458358″>Bizzie Gold</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

So, how do you feel?*

*sexy, powerful, and totally kick-ass the correct answer 😉 But I’m open to other adjectives 😉

The Awesome Click Protein Drink

After Megan‘s Turbo Kickboxing class this morning, I had to get home quickly so that I could shower and get down to the college for ImPact testing for the football players. (The season starts in 3 weeks, and the players aren’t allowed on the field without a baseline test for concussions. It’s pretty important stuff. If you’re not familiar with concussions, or wonder what the big deal is about getting them, watch this video. If you’re in sports, get an ImPact test done. Please.) My favorite sport to work for is football: with so much going on and some pretty gnarly injuries, I’m always busy busy busy! Once I get my Athletic Trainer Cert, I think I’m just going to work football… 😉

 

 

Let’s go SeaHawks!!!!

I’m getting pretty excited about the season starting up, so I came home in a great mood! Great workout + starting football = happy Heather! And to top it all off, I came home to a package on my front porch!!

I love getting mail! Not email (though I do feel quite popular when I get lots of those) but Snail Mail! I love it! I ordered Click Protein a couple days ago and received it today (man, I love it when things ship in the same state that you live in, cuz then you get it quickly!)

Have you had Click yet? It’s awesome.

Click is coffee (options for caffeinated or decaf) and a protein supplement in one! It’s also got vitamins for those of us who hate taking vitamins every day. 😉 And at only 120 calories, it’s a dream come true! I got the mocha flavor (with caffeine, of course! it’s a double shot of espresso!) and mixed it with water, poured it over ice, and voilà! Instant happiness!!

I tried Click with my usual Coconut Milk (brand: So Delicious, vanilla flavor) but the milk thickened it up too much for what I was looking for. So I made another one, this time with filtered water. Yuuuuummmmmmmm!!! I like it enough that I’m going to order the decaf one, because you can drink Click hot or cold, and a hot cup of coffee after dinner when the fog* rolls in is so comforting. 🙂

*Yes, Northern California gets fog morning and night during the summer months. Tourists beware. 😉

Plus, there’s a bunch of recipes for Click that include Click cupcakes (coffee flavored protein cupcakes?! uh, yes please!), so I can’t wait to start experimenting!

I ordered mine when Click started it’s current promo, so I’m not sure how long it’ll last, but here’s the scoop: order a canister of Click (any kind) and enter the promo code FREE during checkout. You’ll get free shipping and a cute pink Click tumbler! Here’s what they put on Facebook:

So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get caffeinated so we can rock our workouts!!! Plus, at 3pm, when all you really want is that Hershey’s Bar, you’re tired, and have started contemplating shoving the next rude customer down the stairs, Click is just what you need! What, no one else has those moments? Just me? 😉

Have you tried Click? Which is your fave-decaf, mocha, or vanilla late? 🙂

Have you worked out yet today? What’s on your agenda? 🙂

Nike Women’s Marathon 2012 and Nike Fuelband

Now that I’m done with the Jungle Run, at least until next year, it’s time to concentrate on training for the Nike Women’s Marathon. This will be my first full marathon, so this training will take it’s toll, both mentally and physically. Time to cowgirl up and start ramping up and running more than I’ve ever run before. Goodie. But, that also means that it’s time for new shoes! Score!

I’m really really really stoked that my feet were pain free the whole time while wearing my Mizuno Wave Creation 13s, so I’ll probably be really boring and buy the same shoes again. And I really like the pink color, too, so I’ll be super lame and get the exact same ones that I’ve just “retired.”

can you really blame me for wanting another pair? 😉

In hopes of kicking my training schedule’s bootay, I’m drooling over the the Nike Fuelband. Have you seen that thing? Snazzy! I could wear jewelry like that! 😉 It counts your movements and your (theoretical) caloric burn, and helps you meet and exceed your fitness goals! *I have to put in the disclaimer that no device made for mass consumption can get your exact caloric burn. Some things come really close, such as the BodyBugg, but nothing is dead-on.*

I just saw a video about the Fuelband today; check it out:

Yeah, after watching that agin, I’m making it happen. Beg, barter, or steal, that Fuelband will be mine! *insert evil laugh here* 😉

Have any of you ever used the Nike Fuelband? Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes? 

Today’s workout: TurboFire Greatest HIITS and lots and lots and lots of foam rolling. 😉

What’s your workout today? What’s keeping you active? 

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)