My 2017 Marathon Experience Round-up!

My 2017 Marathon Experience Round-up!

 

Running the 2017 Skechers Los Angeles Marathon….OMG!

Last Sunday, March 19, 2017 I ran my first Marathon! After training for four months, 26.2 miles anxiously awaited me. Mile after mile of road pounding, I finally made it to Santa Monica Beach with a time of 4 hours and 22 minutes. Marathon_r72_finishHonestly, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! If you’re thinking of running a marathon, go for it, but first gather as much information as you need to know the demands of running a marathon. Yes, you will miss out on birthdays, week-end brunches, and your family will think you’re crazy. But, if you want to challenge your body and mind to reach new heights, DO IT! Do it for yourself, and don’t allow anyone to place their fears upon you. So, let’s talk about what lessons I learned, set-backs, and my biggest takeaway from the amazing experience of running the Skechers Los Angeles Marathon 2017!
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When Was The First Marathon Ever?

When Was The First Marathon Ever?

When was the first Marathon?

In the summer of 490 BC, after learning about the Persian landing, the Greek commander Miltiades marched his 10,000 infantry from Athens to the city of Marathon to block his enemy in advance. Persian King Darius I sent a fleet of 600 trireme vessels, with an army of 25,000 men led his nephew Artaphernes, and by his experienced Median admiral Datis with the objective to subdue Athens. The Persian army was many times the size of the Greek army.

Datis landed his force on the plains of Marathon. Although Datis’ army arrived days before, they made no effort to secure the road. When the Greeks arrived the Persians had two choices:

  1. To face the Greek army.
  2. To turn around and enter from another location.

The Greeks were ready and waiting for whatever the Persians chose. Battle was inevitable. Although the Greek army was lacking is archers, they stepped off toward the Persians. Before the Persian archers could fix the range, the Greek army was upon them. The Persians had no choice but to response to the attack, this momentarily pressed the Greek center steadily back. However, their commanders ordered to a counterattack causing the Persians to break and flee back to the beach and re-embark on their ships.

So how does this play into history’s first Marathon?

At the end of the battle, the Persians left 6,400 dead men, while the Athenians lost only 192 men. In the wake of the Greek victory over the Persians, it is likely the Greek Army likely would have sent a messenger to Athens with the news of victory. The tale of the first “marathon” occurred when Miltiades dispatched a runner to Athens to report the great victory—a distance of 26.2 miles (from Marathon to Athens). Whether the runner was the Athenian distance runner Pheidippides is still disputed. The story ends with the Greek runner—dropping dead after delivering the news.

 

For a long time I thought this tale to be a true story, however, after taking an ancient Greek class, I learned that this was but a legend!

 

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Good luck to all the marathon runners today! Including myself! Stay hydrated and eat something so you don’t hit a wall and end up like Pheidippides!

LA Marathon Training Scare!

LA Marathon Training Scare!

The LA Marathon is less than two weeks away!! Unfortunately, I had a small setback, thus, I had to take a week off from training. I strained my right foot due to overuse, and running on an imbalanced, rocky path. I’ve been training mostly on trails to give my knees a break. But, running on rocky paths means running on uneven grounds.

When training for a Marathon, every day counts! I thought about running through the pain, to avoid falling behind schedule, but I’d be risking NOT running the Marathon altogether. Perhaps, you’re wondering what happened… Continue reading “LA Marathon Training Scare!”

What’s in my Gym Bag + My Running Must-haves for 2017

What’s in my Gym Bag + My Running Must-haves for 2017

 

Runner Essentials 2017 + What’s in my Gym Bag

Training for a Marathon consists of getting to know your body thoroughly! These are the things that work for me and support my body mile after mile. So here we go:

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  1. Garmin forerunner 235

If I had to choose one thing from my gym bag, it would be this. I depend on my watch during my outdoor runs for various reasons. It allows me to stay on track and to stay in my desired pace. I purchased this watch right before beginning my first 10k race training. I love the Bluetooth and app-syncing features. It has a wrist heart-rate monitor, calorie and step count, along with other useful features. I don’t use it daily but when I do, I’m more active. If you don’t want to spend $235, there’s other models that offer many of the same features. However, I love the convenience of not having to purchase a chest strap to monitor my heart-rate.

  1. Bose Headphones

I upgraded to these when I lost my previous pair of Bose Headphones and, I AM OBSESSED!!! They are so light, long battery life, sweat-proof, Bluetooth, and voice/call features. I strap them behind my neck for a lighter, wire-free run.

  1. Blister Kit

When I began running I went through different brands of shoes, sizes, custom insoles, and tying my shoes 10 different ways, the whole nine! No matter what shoes I used, I always ended up getting at least one blister during my long runs. I place a piece of the cushion tape in the area I most likely blister. These are a life-changer.

  1. Trail Heads Hat

I love these hats for their breathable fabric. There are light, sweat absorbent, and they don’t feel            bulky. After my runs, I    throw them in the washer and they don’t lose their quality.

  1. Hume Gel-packs

After hitting an 8-mile mark you need to re-fuel. I’ve heard mix things about gel packs, some people hate them while others swear by them. Honestly, I hated the idea of eating a sugary gel to fuel my runs, so I did some research. I came across this brand and decided to give them a try. They don’t use artificial sweeteners or chemicals, they’re non-GMO and vegan, plus they contain chia seeds for extra omega-3s. I tried one pack on my run last weekend and I loved them! They also have a bit of caffeine, no complaints.

  1. Camelbak Backpack

I think by now you get the idea, I like convenience.  No one likes to run holding a phone, water     bottle, car keys, or bouncing headphone wires in your face. After staring at this backpack for a          couple of months I decided to give it a shot. I assumed that it would be heavy, bulky and        inconvenient. I was so wrong! It’s light and adjustable to fit a range of sizes. I sound like a          salesperson but I promise you, I just love it.

  1. Spikey Massage Ball

This ball stays with me whether I’m sitting on my desk or finishing up a run. It feels so good to roll your feet after being on your feet. Even if you’re not a runner, this ball is amazing. You can use it on other parts of your body too.

 

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These are just a few things that make my runs more enjoyable. It’s the little things that make a difference; whether you get up and get your miles in or stay in bed and make excuses. Make it fun for yourself!!! I feel supported, while preventing  potential injuries. If you have any questions about these products, or on something mentioned in my video, feel free to leave me a comment!

Talk to you soon!

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-Z

 

 

Napa Valley in January | Wine + Tours 2017

Napa Valley in January | Wine + Tours 2017

Traveling to Napa Valley in January didn’t promise sunshine and blue skies, however, I decided to take a chance (refreshing the weather app every minute, as if it would magically change).

We landed in San Francisco, January 4th at 2:00 pm, and headed straight to our rental. Renting a car will give you the freedom to drive to the different towns around. The rental is also cheaper for the four days than a one-way ride from the airport to our hotel. The drive from SF to downtown Napa was about an hour and 45 minutes. It was 49 degrees and the rain soon greeted us on the road, but so did Chick-Fil-A. This was my first time here, I had the nuggets and Oh mahh god!

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2017 Resolutions!

2017 Resolutions!

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It’s 2017 and I’m so pumped! I took a break from social media but I’m back!

My love for sharing my life, ideas, and thoughts is the reason why I’ve created this blog. The year 2016 has taught me to live my life my way and give back whenever possible.

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Kids of Tijuana, Mexico

Kids of Tijuana, Mexico

I am from the small border town of Tijuana, Mexico. Seeing kids hustling on the streets in the middle of oncoming traffic and begging for money is sadly, second nature. Although, this is considered the norm, I have a deep desire to do something, to help in some sort of way. 

For a long time, I was ashamed of where I was from, as a kid, I would constantly lie about my place of birth. The corruption of the Mexican government espouses  no remorse. Today, I choose to embrace my town, not the corruption, but my people. Many are fearful to the U.S./Mexico border due to Mexico’s infamous bribery and violence, however, all I see is a result of a greedy government The people here are fighting to survive. I am not attempting to justify their crimes and actions whatsoever, but I understand. People are in deep need; more than when I was raised here. 

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