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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.

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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

Photo provided by  Ace Fitness

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.

 

 

Here is your Brain on Exercise

5 Ways Exercise Helps the Brain

When you feel slow, tired and unenergized, check your schedule, did you get a workout in today? 

As an athlete, trainer and worry-wart extraordinaire, I already know exercise is good for the brain! Exercise releases endorphins and hormones that help improve brain function. There are actually 10 hormones that have a direct physiological effect when a person is exercising. Your brain is always at work, so why not exercise so it can work at it's best.

 

Here are 5 ways Exercise can Improve Brain Function

Increases Your Focus

When you exercise on a regular basis and you have a goal in mind, you are disciplining yourself to focus. Focus is bringing attention to one particular thing and that "thing" is YOU! As you see yourself improve, the focus you have created can be harder and harder to shake off and that's good!

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Makes You Happier

I don't know about you but when that workout is over and I have survived, I am very happy! Last week, I did my first real track workout in 20 years! When I saw what I had to do, I almost walked back to my car. I did the workout and I walked away happy. When exercising, endorphins are released from the pituitary gland in the brain and act as a pain killer. 

Increases Resilience To Stress

When you workout on a regular basis and exercise becomes a huge part of your lifestyle, there is no more room for a lot of stress. As mentioned above, you are releasing stress fighting hormones every time you work out. Also, as you see your body change, all you care about it feeling better and being at your best. Exercise builds you UP mentally and stress is reduced significantly.

Improves Your Quality of Sleep

If you have a terrible time falling asleep, workout at medium to high intensity. Sometimes we do "just enough" to say we worked out. I have to tell you as a trainer, if you are not getting proper rest, you need to "up the ante" when working out. Always check with your doctor first but don't cheat yourself. Get  good solid workout in and GET SOME SLEEP!

Lowers Your Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

When you exercise a chemical in your body known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, stimulates the growth and increases the number of brain cells. The more you exercise the more BDNF you produce which helps with memory function. It's easy to chill and live a sedentary lifestyle because it's easy. Everything you need is right there in the palm of your hand thanks to technology. GO OUTSIDE, be around people and build your BDNF so you won't forgot who you are those who love you! 

WANDERLUST. Run. Yoga. Meditation.

WANDERLUST  is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation.  Click 2 Register

WANDERLUST is a wellness event that includes Running, Yoga and Meditation. Click 2 Register

In the past 2 years, my life has completely changed due to a divorce and one girl off to college. In my head, I understand that change happens but when it's quick, harsh and life changing it can definitely blindside you. For me, it was like ripping a band-aid off an open sore that was too big for the band-aid to begin with. OUCH!

Well, I made it to the other side, so-to-speak, and there were three things that got me through it all...running, yoga and meditation, in that order. When I heard about this Wanderlust event, I signed up right away! This is one triathlon I will definitely participate in! 

I am excited to meet new people, see new faces and learn from each experience. You can register today at WANDERLUST-SanDiego . It's easy and there are various packages you can purchase that fit your budget. Wanderlust is happening on Saturday, April 14th starting at 7:30AM.

Running. I have been running for nearly 30+ years and one thing I know for sure, running is therapy.

  • Running has helped me organize thoughts, ideas and situations in my life.
  • Running has fueled my self-confidence.
  • Running has also kept me from doing or saying things that I would regret later...for the most part.
  • All-in-all, running has kept me in the best shape of my life before, during and after children. 

Yoga. I have been doing yoga off and on for nearly 8 years. For me, yoga always comes around when I really need it.

  • Hot yoga helps me focus on the present. I am so afraid I will not make it through the heat, I am paying close attention to how much my body can tolerate in 90+ degree temperature for more than an hour.
  • Yoga keep me flexible. Yoga moves are the best moves to after a nice long run. Yoga is also know to relief back pain and prevent future injuries if done correctly. 
  • Yoga centers me. Yoga, mentally for me, is like running. Your brain tends to talk to your body and vice versa. Yoga centers my mind, body and soul. Running is very straight forward. Yoga is challenging and helps you embrace the functionality of the human body. 

Meditation. I have been meditating for about a month or so now. Mediation is changing my life.

  • My brother introduced me to meditation. I was skeptical but found an app that I use daily. 10% Happier by Dan Harris. You can do 5 minutes or try 60 minutes of meditation. 
  • Meditation calms the voices and running thoughts in my head. Voices and running thoughts are a consistent in my head. I have so many ideas, things I want to do and plans I am trying to make. Meditation helps me slow things down and find quiet, even for a few minutes.
  • Meditation allows me to approach challenges differently. Now don't get me wrong, I can still get worked up over some things but not as much as I did a few months ago. I can't explain it but I hear something that would trigger a feeling and it's just not there any more. TRY MEDITATING no matter how busy you are. 

Exercising Your Inner-Strength

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Exercising your inner strength. I am happy to see black people, young people and women standing up for what they believe in and exercising their voices.

When you exercise your voices, you are exercising your inner strengths openly.

Same holds true for women who have been broken down through relationships, jobs and/or health-related issues. Being broken should not stop anyone, especially women, from moving forward. I believe things happen in order for people to see the world differently.

As human beings, we are so use to seeing a bad situation, as a bad situation instead of seeing it as part of a learning process. I'm not saying getting abused or sick has the golden answer to life behind it but when sh$t happens, reality sets in and things HAVE TO CHANGE. Yes, the process can be hard and sometimes unbearable but when a person decides to push through, other people are inspired to do the same.

WHEN YOU ARE "BROKE DOWN", I suggest...

  1. Write down what/who broke you down.

  2. Write down how it made you feel and just sit with it.

  3. Sit with it for an hour, half a day OR a week, but don't forget to write down WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. There is a solution! 

  4. Find the solution, a healthy solution that will benefit you mentally, physically and spiritually.

  5. Do the work and believe in the process. Even when you feel like crap, keep moving forward.

  6. GOOD OPTION. Don't fight your battles alone. Find good, positive and trust-worthy people to help you. YOU CAN DO IT!