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Water Wednesday

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WATER

If you follow me you know I talk about water over and over and over again. There's a reason for that! Water is essential to our survival. Water is in everything and our body needs water so that we can move, groove and improve on a daily basis. Water provides our body with oxygen, it lubricates our organs and keeps us from getting dehydrated. Water is essential for maintaining beautiful skin, growing hair and nails, as well as, digesting our food. 

I drink water every chance I get unless you try and trick me with a little sweet tea. (Sweet Tea is my kryptonite) Water can be "dolled up" with a little lemon or your favorite fruit. Since I can't have too much sweet tea, I will add a "green tea" tea bag to ice cold water and let it sit for a bit. That way I still get the benefits of water and green tea throughout the day.

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Ladies, if you want your hair and nails to grow, drink up! You will need 2.2 Liters a water a day which is the same as 8-10 cups. If you are athletic, add a couple of more cups. Fellas, you may not want long nails but healthy, shiny and think hair will make any girl look your way. You will need 3.3 Liters of water a day which is approximately 12-14 cups. So DRINK UP, so you not only FEEL GOOD but LOOK GOOD too. Happy Friday!


 
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Posted on April 10, 2019 and filed under Fitness, Fitness Tip, Health, Personal Training.

Seasonal Allergies and Outdoor Training

 
 

How to Workout and Run Symptom-free Outdoors

Before reading this…please consult with your doctor first. What works for me will not work for the next person. OH and I’m not a doctor!

If you’re like me and suffer from seasonal allergies_hay fever or asthma, sometimes training outdoors can be daunting.  For me, my allergies hit when I least expect it but now I know how to take better care of myself after visiting the doctor one too many times and doing a little more research.

Check out these great tips!

  • Plan Workouts when the Pollen Counts are Low

Pollen concentrations are usually at their highest from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology association, so make sure you plan your workouts at another time during the day.

For many of us, we develop symptoms when the pollen count is 20 to 100 grains per cubic meter while others can tolerate much higher counts. Pay attention to the pollen counts in your area, keep track of your allergy symptoms and when they occur. I suggest running/working out outside when the pollen count is below your personal tolerance level.

  • Avoid Watery & Itchy Eyes with the Right Shades!

If you suffer from itchy, watery eyes during allergy season, try wearing wraparound sunglasses when outside. I know it may not be all that fashionable, but make it work. “You better WORK IT GURL!”…sorry…I get a little excited. If wraparounds are not your thing, use eyedrops an hour before you head out the door.

  • Hit the Treadmill on a Windy Day

I KNOOOOW, treadmills can be boring but your health is more important. The wind spreads pollen throughout the air, so running indoors when it's windy can help. Here’s another tip, you may even want to avoid running outdoors the day after high winds as well. I know!

  • Cover Your Nose and Mouth

If you think wraparound sunglasses are uncool, looking like a bank robber may not help either BUT you might want to consider wearing a mask or bandana to cover your mouth and nose. It will decrease the amount of pollen that gets into your nose and lungs.

  • Run after a Rainstorm . . . The BEST

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE running after it rains. After a nice wet storm, the pollen count drops drastically because the rain washes pollen away and you are less likely to experience symptoms after it rains.

  • Clean that a$$, a$ soon a$ possible, after an Outdoor Workout

The worst allergy symptoms usually don't occur until about an hour after you come in contact with the pollen, so you may actually be able to run outdoors without experiencing symptoms. But to reduce your risk of symptoms after your outdoor workout, make sure you take a shower and put on clean clothes as soon as you get back.

  • Follow the Doctor’s order and Take Your Medication!

In the past, I was the WORST at taking my allergy and asthma medicine but now, I hate to miss out on the fun of being outdoors, so I am ahead of the game. Again, follow your doctor’s instructions. If you have asthma, use your inhaler approximately 15-30 minutes before you start any physical activity, and make sure you warm up SLOWLY. Always have your inhaler with you when working out or on the go. When it comes to allergy medicine, consult your doctor, drink lots of water and BLOW THAT NOSE!

GOOD LUCK and DO NOT SNEEZE ON ME!

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology | pollen.com | treadmill workouts | blog inspired by Christine Luff

Posted on April 2, 2019 and filed under Wellness, Training, Running, Fitness, Health.

MANTRA RUNNING

Two years ago, I was having a really hard time getting back into “running shape”. My body felt like a square brick and I was falling A LOT! At first, I thought aging had finally caught up to me or maybe I wasn’t eating the right foods, non-the-less, I didn’t have the mojo to move properly. I tried everything but nothing seemed to help. I finally went to the doctor and my therapist to find out, “What the heck, man?!?”.

Later, I learned I was suffering mentally and physically from post traumatic stress disorder. Yep, PTSD. At first, I thought my therapist was pulling my leg but after chewing a few layers from that onion, she was spot on. See, a year prior, I physically fell apart because my life was falling apart. My body literally could not take the stress and it completely broke down. I couldn’t eat, sleep or workout. It was pretty rough.

My therapist told me I needed to change my way of thinking and focus in order to move forward. I started with meditation and cognitive therapy (taking negative thoughts/ideas and replacing them with positive ones). Both were helpful but not enough to get back into running. Helloooo! I’m a runner here! I gotta movvve.

Again, I tried everything from yoga to plain old walking and I have to say, I was bored OUT OF MY MIND! I had to find a way to start running again so I did a little more research on my own. Through my attempts with meditation, I learned about mantras, the idea of taking a a statement or slogan and repeating it over and over again. I found it fascinating that just a few repeated words could actually reprogram the way you think of yourself.

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It wasn’t until I saw an interview with 50 cent, the rapper, discussing mantras. 50 cent was given his own, special mantra from Deepak Chopra and it changed his life. Changed his life? Really? 50 cent? OK, I have to try this. I don’t know why the idea of 50 cent chanting a mantra intrigued me but it did and I figured, why not give it a shot.

I was not going to sit in a room alone and OHMMM my way through a yoga class, so I decided to try chanting my own mantra while running. I picked three words that described my future-self, locked it into my memory bank and headed out for a run. I started to chant the following phrase, “I am powerful, strong and blessed”. At first, I found it funny because I felt ridiculous running and chanting at the same time, but I kept going. Once I hit a rhythm, I started to focus on the words, my pace and my breathing. Next thing I know, the run is over and I successfully completed 3 miles. My mind was clear. I actually felt powerful, strong and blessed. I finished my run without falling or feeling exhausted. I used this method over a period of a month and it literally turned my training around.

I am not the first person to discover mantra running. Running is a very mental sport and many elite runners use mantras to get through some of their toughest races. For me, mantra running has evolved in the few years. At first, I was simply trying to change my focus but now, I use mantras when competing or when heading out for a tough, long run. Mantras are powerful and extremely effective. It’s a true testament on how your mind, body and spirit work together.

If you would like to learn more about mantras, shoot me an email. Let’s find out what words would work for you and try them on your next run. Good luck and happy running!

Entering the New Year with a Quiet Bang

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I just completed my first event/half marathon for the year. It was nice, easy and surprisingly strong. Go figure…weight-lifting makes you stronger! During the off-season, I did a lot of weight training, eating and very little running. I took a few days off and when I was ready, I started running again. I didn’t put in a whole lot of miles but enough to keep me moving.

During the Christmas break, I did a handful of workouts with my soccer-playing daughter. She did a lot of strength and power training. My oldest girl, the track-star, worked her butt off and motivated me to do something every day. She woke up ready to run and lift and sprint and GO and and and GO! So, to have that energy in the house definitely helped.

I did SandyFeet’s Resolution Run - Half Marathon. At first, I was thinking about dropping down to the 10K because I didn’t run a ton of mileage before the event. It amazes me that I still get nervous but my daughter encouraged me to run the half marathon anyway. “MOM, just run the half. You’re in shape and at the end of the day, you will finish it., fast or slow.” EYEROLL, she was right. I ran a 7:45-8:00 min/mile pace. I felt strong throughout the entire race and the only time I stopped was at mile 4 cause a Gurl had to GOOOOOO!

The course was nice and flat. There was not a lot of 1/2 marathon participants and the weather was perfect. I was happy with my results. I got 3rd in my age division and 12th overall female. It’s a great start to an awesome year of running, cycling and possibly swimming! Yep, swimming. I am facing my fears this year!

So, Race #1I checked off! Next month_Valentine’s 10K run in Coronado! Hope to see you there.

SANDY FEET EVENTS | FOLLOW ME ON THE GRAM | KOZ EVENTS-Valentine’s 1K, 5K, 10K run

Holiday Break | Off Season Training | Goal Setting

I am one of the lucky ones. I have a little time off before the New Year. I have to admit, I am enjoying my time off. During the first couple of days, I forgot I didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to workout. It was nice to sleep in, casually get up, head to the gym and/or run a few miles before starting my day. I immediately decided not to beat myself up if I didn’t follow a specific training plan. I have plenty of time to train in 2019. Right now, it’s all about eating a lot, maintaining a good-healthy weight and just being happy.

The first weekend before Christmas, I wanted to run 8 miles. After 5 miles, I was bored out of my mind (screaming this out loud as I type)! Yes, the “running addict” herself_the f i t n e s s freak goddess_was bored with running AND working out! Instead of beating myself up about it, I celebrated that I finished 5 miles, headed home, ate several pancakes, hung out with my girls and enjoyed the rest of my day. That run pretty much set the tone for the rest of my holiday break and it couldn’t have been any sweeter.

I have a half marathon coming up in about 10 days and I am mentally ready for it because I know I can complete it. Will there be any SeeNicRun record breaking time that day? Uh-no, I think not but what a great way to start the year off with a nice and easy 1/2 marathon! Uh-huh.

My goal for 2019? “BUILD”. I want to build a solid foundation for myself with my own talent, strength and ability_professionally and personally. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the next few years and 2019 is going to get me there. What word describes how you see 2019? What are your goals? Share your thoughts and let’s kick 2019 in the “BOOTAH”!

Run and Wine

“Wining” + Running makes for a perfect day!

I have to say I am having a great “end of the year, birthday month”! I was recently invited to pretty cool birthday party hosted by my new friend Carrie from KOZ Events. The party was a day of wine tasting and running. Yes, it’s possible and yes, it was perfect.

I had NO IDEA Ramona had wineries! We ran from Carrie’s place to Kohill Winery, Principe Di Tricase Winery and later to the Cactus Star Home (links listed below).

Even though there were three stops, the “running” tour took most of the day. Each stop was approximately a mile away. Carrie had it all set up. You could run, bike or shuttle to each spot. One person set up the cheese, sweets and crackers at each stop, each person had a wrist band for wine tasting ($1 each spot) and the running route marked and easy to follow.

If you are looking for something cool to do with your running buddies, the Ramona Wineries is it. The area is pretty secluded and if you’re lucky, the weather is perfect. I mean, it’s San Diego, what more could you ask for?


CHECK OUT 4 REASONS to do a RUN AND WINE Event

  1. Learn how wine is created and what to look for in a good wine. The owner’s of each winery love talking about wine, what they are working on and how they created each bottle they sell. Best way to learn and be inspired.

  2. Drink wine with friends. For me, hanging with friends and reminiscing about the season is fantastic. Yes, I am a running nerd. So, hanging with like-minded athletes and sharing next year’s goals is so much fun!

  3. Team building. Another plus about this wine tour, there were a few of us who train together AND we are on the same competitive team. The only time we see each other is on race day. It was nice to sit and have a glass of wine with “the ladies” my team and bond!

  4. End of season celebration. For the serious runners and those serious about running, I am pretty sure your running season is all planned out, right? Why not plan a “end of the season” party/event with a “Running Wine Tour”? It’s all of the above + a celebration you survived another running season.

    FOR MORE INFO ON RAMONA WINERIES, CLICK ON THIS LINKS BELOW!

Kohill Winery | Principe Di Tricase Winery | Cactus Star Home |The Best 10 Wine Tours near Ramona, CA 92065 | SAN DIEGO WINE TOURS AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY | KOZ Events 2019

FUN FITNESS FACTS

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Photo provided by Ace Fitness

Did you know a good workout can…

  • make you happier

  • improve your sex life

  • slow down the aging process

  • make you feel stronger

Would you go to the gym for those reasons? Would you workout more often because you know that exercise can improve other areas of your life and not just decrease your waistline?

Well, I know for some, working out can be a burden but for me everything listed above holds true. Also, working out sets the tone for the day and gets me ready for any challenges I might face. Check out more fun facts below!


Fun facts that will make you see fitness in a different way and get you moving!

Turn that frown upside DOWN.  Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being. When you increase your heart rate, challenge your body and get out of your comfort zone. . .not only did you complete a workout, you have proved to yourself that you CAN do anything that you put your mind to.  That alone can make you feel really good inside and prepare you for your next challenge!

You don't have to run ALL THE TIME to lose weight.  Wait. What? Yes, you read it correctly. Did you know that when you run long distances frequently you can actually prevent fat loss because your body will start to burn muscle and not fat.  Studies have shown that when you consistently strength train and add possibly less cardio, you will burn more calories for a longer period time than just running or doing cardio exercise.  So, make sure that you don't confuse more cardio to lose more weight.

Visualization can improve your workout.  Like anything else, if you visualize completely your workout, not only will you finish the workout, you will improve the way you worked out. Knowing what's ahead, understanding why you are doing what you are doing and focus on the end results will get you through a workout much more effectively vs. not knowing what you plan on doing once you hit the gym. So plan, prepare and complete!

Now that you have these fun little tips, let's get MOVING.

Peace -Nic

Rock The Bay Triathlon | Duathlon Event

Another race down and one more to go before the season ends. Rock The Bay San Diego Triathlon was a nice, challenging race. Loved it! The course was simple and straight-forward. Next year, if you decide to do a KOZ event for the first time (beginner) do the Solana Beach Tri|Du event in late July. If you can not make that event, Rock The Bay would be my second suggestion.

Of course, I participated in the sprint duathlon this weekend. The sprint duathlon consists of a 1 mile run - 10 mile bike - 5K run. For me, it is such a challenge and keeps my mind moving the entire race.

The course for Rock The Bay was pretty easy with a few exceptions. There was only one turn that was a little too tight and part of the road for the bike was SOOOO bumpy and rough, I think I did AT LEAST three “wheelies” just to avoid a flat tire.

There were only 31 participants in this particular event but nearly 900 participants overall.

I love these multi-sporting events because it brings so many people together. Like running, everyone has a reason why they participate and for some, it’s simply to challenge themselves mentally and physically. It’s like going to a rock concert and all the athletes are rock stars because they not only ran, they jumped on a bike or swam in the ocean. It amazes me every time!

After each race I check my time, think about how I felt and ALWAYS try to learn from my mistakes. My first lesson on Sunday was the first transition. It sucked! I thought I was organized but I wasn’t. I spent WAYYYY too much time in transition messing around with my shoes, helmet and hat.

The next lesson came from the bike. As I mentioned before, parts of the road was very rough. My back wheel got caught in a crack in the road, the potholes were so big, bad or packed all wrong I literally lifted my bike over the terrain! It was crazy! I was little scared too. LOL! No, seriously.

The third lesson, I will not doubt myself again. I saw an opportunity to beat someone, a man, who beats me every time. I was too scared to make a move too soon, so I waited. Once I found a little confidence, I gradually picked up the pace and when I was ready, I took off and I got him! LOL! If I would have made the move sooner, I could have shaved off time lost in that first transition. But, it’s all good!

So, there you have it! I have ONE MORE race of the season and I will be ready. What a year it’s been and I am so happy I made duathlons a significant part of 2018! I hope this inspires you to get out there and find something you can do athletically. Remember, being an athlete is anyone who moves and challenges themselves mentally and physically.

RESULTS: 1st place overall female | 1st place age division | 4th overall men and women | 1:02:57

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy:  manual manipulation of soft body tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well being.

Athlete: a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. . .that's you!

If you are an athlete, how often do you get massages? Once a week, month or once every 3 months? Well, I am here to tell you that you should get a massage as often as you can and add it to your fitness routine. If you workout 3-6 times a week, you need to make sure that someone is massaging those muscles once every two weeks OR at least once a month!

Massage therapy has been used by elite athletes for many years.  So much so, massage therapists are a specifically hired to be a part of their athletic staff. Even some of your favorite rock stars that live on the road, working concert to concert have their own personal massage therapist to keep their muscles in mobile and prevent future injuries while performing.

Whether you are a runner, multi-sport athlete or a rock star, getting a massage will keep you moving and performing at your best.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Relaxes the muscles
  • Provides a better range of motion
  • Relaxes clenched muscles
  • Helps to prevent future injuries
  • Reduces the intensity of DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Increase the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection
  • Decreases the "stress hormone", cortisol
  • Increases the balance of your body

Massage therapy should be a part of your regular fitness routine.  I would suggest booking an appointment after one of your harder workouts or big event (marathon, 5K or athletic competition). If you can afford a massage every week or two, that is fantastic! I highly recommend that you get a massage 2-4 times a month.  It's a great way to get your body moving in it's full range of motion and familiarize yourself with what your body can/can not do! 

Please note if you have chronic back pain or imbalances in your body, seek professional help first.  Talk to your doctor, physical therapist or personal trainer.  They can direct you to a massage therapist that can work for you!

Ru...Run... Running!

OH MY GOODNESS! There was a lot running this weekend, even for me! I type that but, of course, I still loved it!

I haven't been blogging for a while because I have been extremely busy with work, travel and trying to keep up with my soccer girl's schedule. My daughter has been just as busy and I have to say, I'm proud of her work ethic. She keeps pushing through no matter what's thrown at her. It's funny because when we do get a chance to breathe and actually talk to each other, we literally compare how many hours we have slept in a week's time. It's not much but things are getting done.

Since both my daughters were traveling this weekend for their respected sport, I decided to volunteer and get in a lot of running. My next event is coming up in a few weeks and I want to be ready!

Saturday, I headed north to help out the ladies from Sandy Feet Events . They put together an awesome 5K Fun Run for the EAT DRINK VEGAN festival that took place this past weekend at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

There were approximately 150 runners and walkers at the event and the weather was perfect. The first 50 finishers received a free yoga mat and the top runners received a medal. Soon after the run there was 30 minutes of yoga and later meditation. All the participants were so happy to be part of this event and excited for the festival!

Sunday, I decided to head to the beach and knock out a 9 mile run. It turned out to be an 8 mile run because my body was SO SORE from the day before. I did a lot of standing, cheering and moving cones around, so that made sense...I guess? Don't tell my daughter but I did catch up on a few "Zzzz" soon after! 

Then there was MONDAY, Memorial Day. Yassss! The night before my phone buzzed to remind me of an event that... I COMPLETELY FORGOT I SIGNED UP FOR! The Soledad 10K Challenge sponsored by Movin Shoes. Wait...WHAT?? I debated running this event all night but when I sign up for something, I have to do it and I am so happy I did! The course started at Movin Shoes in Pacific Beach. Runners ran 3 miles UPHILL to Mount Soledad and 3 miles back down to the store. I LOVE the events from Movin Shoes because they are free of charge and Mick does a great job of inviting runners to run different areas of San Diego, day or night. You can find Movin Shoes on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup or, of course, their website.  Sign up for an event and meet great people! 

Now that all the running is over, for now, I feel really good. No more anxiety and I am well rested. I am ready to start a new week and face any challenge thrown at me. Almost any challenge!  Happy Memorial Day weekend and have a great week.

Let me share something with you, if you have a lot of stress in your life, suffer from anxiety or have trouble sleeping, physical activity can help. You do not have to run but you do need to move, increase your heart rate and break a sweat for 30 minutes each day. It is ALWAYS hard to start but when you  finish, you feel great! 

As always, talk to your doctor, build a plan, seek support and get moving. Remember, life happens but it doesn't have to stop you from living. Email me with any questions you might have! Good luck.