Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm Lisa a mom to two girls and a wife to a US Navy Submariner. I have a passion for running, nutrition and all things fitness. For me running or training hard at the gym equals 24 hours of complete joy in a day. If this blog inspires and helps motivate you, then I hope you continue reading.

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24 June 2013

Rock 'N' Roll Seattle Half Marathon Recap

Where to start?

I had the day before race day all planned out. I would stretch, foam roll, get all my gear ready, kids clothes laid out, pack snacks and be in bed by 9. Well all didn't happen as planned. I didn't stretch or foam roll. I didn't get anything ready till last minute. I finally fell asleep around 10-11pm. My alarm went off at 3:45, I slept right through it and didn't wake up until 4:36am. We were suppose to be on the road by 5 and parked by 6 and ready to run for the 7 am start at the Seattle Center. We didn't get to Seattle until 6:30 and we missed the prepaid parking that I paid $20 for (they closed that parking lot at 6), but my husband was lucky to find parking near the start line for only $5 (there went $20 out the window).

Via RockNRoll Seattle FB Page
Once I said my goodbyes to the family, I had to use the restroom BAD! I waited in line for the porta pooties but the line wasn't moving fast enough. I decided to hold it until I saw a restroom along the course. As I made my way toward my corral I stopped for the National Anthem and put my hand over my heart. Mean while others were walking around and being loud. Come on people have some respect for our Nations flag. Sorry, just a little pet peeve of mine.

There were roughly 20,000 runners. It took me about 15 minutes to get to the start line (not too bad). I saw Frank Shorter on the stage next to the start line. Frank Shorter! Damn I should of taken his picture.

Race recap- 

My legs were cramped and tight the entire race. Immediately as I started running I could feel some pain on my shin. I knew from the beginning this would not be a good race. I started out super slow because I really needed to use the restroom. There was a point when I didn't think I would make it and I'd have to pop a squat somewhere. Luckily 1.5 miles in I spotted the 1st set of porta potties. Thank goodness. I literally was going to pee all over myself.

After using the restroom I tried to pick up the pace and make up for lost time but my legs would not move any faster.

I finished the half marathon in 2:12:59. Not a PR or the time I was hoping for. I'm a little disappointed. If I would known I wasn't going to set a PR I would of at least stopped to take pictures along the way.

I love big races. There's something about running in large crowds that makes me smile. Running through downtown Seattle and seeing the streets filled with runners is an amazing sight to see.

There were local bands through out the entire course. That was a great "pick me up".

At the half way point they had this huge blowup thing over the street. Which put a smile on my face. So awesome.

Via RockNRoll Seattle FB Page
Via RockNRoll Seattle FB Page

Wear Blue mile. If this mile didn't give you goose bumps or a sense of pride, I'm not sure you're American! It first starts off with a memorial along side the road with pictures of military members who lost their lives while serving our country. There was a very quiet eerie feeling running past the pictures. Then after the pictures, the Wear Blue volunteers were holding full sized American flags. As I ran through this mile, many volunteers shouted out to me "go navy" (I wore my Navy tank top). I got a boost of energy during this mile. Thank you Wear Blue!

On the course we ran through a few tunnels. The tunnels seemed to go on for days.

Running on the highway overlooking the city was most breath taking sight on the course. I knew I should have taken a picture! Truly breath taking. Going over viaduct is always amazing sight as well.

If I am still in WA next year, I definitely plan on running in this race again.

12 June 2013

Fitness Weekly Recap June2 - June8

Workouts: Last week concluded week 4 of the Jamie Eason's live fit. I wish I could say I had a great week but instead I missed 2 days of the program and only ran twice. I am happy to report that I was able to get one long run in.

Sun Jun 2- Long run 8.36 miles

Mon Jun 3- REST DAY

Tue Jun 4- Leg day & Jacobs ladder

Wed Jun 5- REST DAY

Thu Jun 6- Back Biceps & 3 mile run

Fri Jun 7- REST DAY

Sat Jun 8- Chest Triceps

Food: Again, wish I could say I did my best here but I didn't. My amazing chicken and veggies only lasted two days. After that I was hooked on peanut butter jelly sandwiches, nacho cheese dorito chips and minute made fruit punch.

03 June 2013

Motivation Mondays - H 2 O Staying Hydrated

As an athlete it is important to stay hydrated. I make sure my water bottle is filled all the time. If I don't have my bottle then I end up drinking  sugary drinks or soft drinks (doesn't matter if its diet, caffeine-free, or flavored, they all contribute to dehydration). I choose not to drink sugary drinks or soda (on a daily basis) because they are empty calories. Think about it, a day of beverages can add up to 1370 calories!

Many people underestimate the importance of drinking water. The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water.

Water has many health benefits. Health benefits include:

Healthier Skin.
Healthier Teeth & Bones.
Healthier Joints.
Healthier Mind & Body.
Healthier Digestive System.
Reduces Fatigue.
Helps In Weight Loss.
Reduces Fluid Retention.
Increases Energy.
Helps Build Muscle.
Increases Muscle Tone.

I drink water at regular intervals intervals regardless if I am thirsty or not. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, you will already be dehydrated. For me, it is essential that I stay hydrated if I want to build muscle and experience optimal performance in the gym.

There is such a thing of drinking too much water. Although drinking water is important, don't get carried away and drink too much. It is suggested that the average person (which is fairly inactive) requires a minimum of 8 to 12 cups of water per day. However, this amount is far too low for athletes. Active people need much more to replace the fluid lost during exercise.

02 June 2013

Fitness Weekly Recap May 26-Jun1

It's already June?!?!? It seemed like yesterday I set my goals for the month of May. Too bad I didn't meet a single goal! Owell, June is another month to start again :)

Workouts: I completed week three of the Live Fit program. The workouts changed a bit and a there are more exercises to each workout. I like how the workouts change every two weeks, it keeps you from getting bored.

I ran outdoors three times last week. The weather has been perfect. I can wear shorts and a tank top with out freezing my ass off. 

Sun May 26- Leg day & Stair mill 

Mon May 27- Back Biceps & Sprint intervals (treadmill)

Tue May  28- Chest Triceps & 5 mile run (outdoors)

Wed May 29- Leg day & 1 mile run (treadmill)

Thur May 30- Shoulders & 3 mile run (outdoors)

Fri May 31- REST DAY

Sat Jun 1- Abs & 6 mile run (out doors)

Food: I wish I could say I ate clean but I did not. In fact I ended up wasted some of the food pictured above and had one too many peanut butter & jelly sandwiches :(

My goals for next week is be consistent with my workouts/run and to try my best to eliminate junk food out of my life.

Happy June everyone.... I turn 30 this month!!