Saturday, September 9, 2017

Runner's HI 20 K

On Labor day weekend I did the Runner's HI 20 K which was a 12 mile race.  This was 2/5 races from the 808 Race Hawaii 2017 BioAstin Marathon Readiness Series.  The days before this run I did not train at all.  The weekend before the work week I did not do my long run.  Work has been stressful training new staff and overtime.   I had no time to run.  Not a good sign...

I picked up my packet at Runner's HI on Saturday.  I use to live in Aiea but never had a reason to go into the shop.  It's a very small shop with running shoes and running gear to the left and kayaking supplies to the right.  The staff running the packet pick up were the same people that was at Boca Hawaii. 

After leaving the shop I went to the mall with my daughter.  We carb load with cookies and for dinner I ate pizza.  I am so distracted with Game of Thrones.  I just started watching this TV series and could binge watch it all day and night, but I got ready for race.  This time I plan to use my new hydration pack that my fiance bought for me.  Last race I had frozen blueberries with me.  This time I brought Logan.

At first I was thinking to walk to Barber's Point Elementary School, but because it was so dark out I decided to drive.   I really did not get that much sleep.  I woke up later, about 4AM.  I ate some fried rice for breakfast then I headed out to the race area before 5AM.  I was not nervous, but I was not prepared.  I forgot my chapstick and my sweat wrist band.  I did bring my arm reflective light.  Raul from Boca gave his speech and the "walkers" started about 10 minutes before the race.   

1-5 mile - I did very good.  I ran comfortably.  It was not hot in the beginning and I was very slow.   I kept my pace steady.

6 -8 mile - I started to slow down.  The Kapolei heat was started to take it effects on me.  I started to drink more water and ate my Logan during the race. 

9 -11 mile - feeling disappointment I started walking.  I tried to run when I didn't feel so tired.  I ran out of water in my hydration pack and grabbed water from the aid station.  I drank some and splash some on my body.

I was happy to finish the race, but I realized the importance of training and being prepared.  I will need to be better prepared.  I need to make time to run.  Set your intentions and do it, and do it right!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Boca Hawaii Norman Tamanaha 15 K

So Kevin, one of my neighbors who speeds walks the marathon asked me if I have been training for the marathon.  I honestly run/walk 2x a week but not long distances.  He warned me that since its getting closer to doomsday I need to work on my mileage.  OMG yes 26 miles, what was I thinking.   I looked at the my Runkeeper app and honestly I have only been running 1-2 miles.  I seriously need to train!

To motivate me to run longer I added more races.  Call me crazy.  I signed up for 808 Race Hawaii 2017 BioAstin Marathon Readiness Series.   This is a set of 5 races leading up to the Honolulu Marathon.   I told myself why not.  Spending money on my health, enjoying the outdoors and running somewhere other than my home turf should be fun.  Yes, I am crazy.

So the first race, was the Boca Hawaii Norman Tamanaha 15 K (9 miles).  I have ran 8 miles and hiked 16 miles before so I was confident I could do this.   I had less than 2 weeks before the first race and I did walked/run a little more...  Yesterday before my volunteer shift I picked up my packet at Boca Hawaii and took advantage of carb loading eating lot of yummies.  I ate a chicken bagel sandwich from This is it Bakery, Korean fried chicken bao and lobster macaroni and taters from Bao Tao'n and donuts from Dunkin Donuts.  Yes I was a fatty.  As I prepared for my race the night before. I realize how unprepared I was and started to get nervous.  What was I getting myself into?  Couple days ago my daughter and fiance got sick and I may have gotten their cold or maybe my allergies was acting up because I was coughing and had a running nose.  I got my stuff prepared and went to bed before 10pm.

I got up at 3am, did my normal routine: check my BP, take my BP meds, allergy med, hydrated, drank coffee.  Eventually I got ready,  I wore my Run Rest Repeat shirt from Old Navy, My No Excuse Mom hat, and Yelp wrist band.  I had my breakfast of turkey, cheese tortilla.  I was too nervous to eat, but knew I would get hungry.  I brought frozen blueberries with me and nuts.  I also had extra battery pack for my phone, lip balm.  I almost forgot my sunscreen and socks.  I headed out to Kapiolani Park but I was confuse on where to park.  Eventually I found my way and joined the racers.  I felt odd, like I was not in the right place.  I had no one to talk to, but I people watch till they called the "walkers" to check in.   Since my pace is about 15 minutes I placed myself in this category.  We were allowed to start 20 minutes before the "runners".  Raul from Boca Hawaii gave his speech and we were off.

1 mile - I am doing good.  I "ran" most of the way.
2 mile - slight incline on Diamond Head.   I "ran" and enjoyed the beautiful surf.  I saw the aid station and got a water and Gatorade, then dumped the weird juice and got more water.
3 mile - steeper incline on Diamond Head.  I walked because the runner started to past me and got intimidated.
4 mile - downhill so I started to "run" till we got to Kahala Mall and realized I was half way through. I hydrated with 2 cups of water at the next aid station.
5 mile - its getting hot!  I started to slow down again.  My right heel ached a bit.  
6 mile - wahoo 1/3 more to go.  I kept my pace barely walked but I know I was slow
7 mile - I see bikers.  I want to ride a bike back.  I walk/run most of the way.
8 mile - wahoo, 1 more mile to go.  This is where I started to get emotional.  I started to think about how close I was to the finish line, how busy it has been at work.  How hard I have been working these past few weeks and to do something like this, I am crazy, but even though work is hard, and running is hard too I was enjoying this crazy race!

I held back my tears and completed the 9 miles.   I was so happy that I did my first 15 K and by myself.  I drank 2 cups of water ate a brownie did some stretch and digged out.  I was about 8am.  Might as well go home and eat.  I ate donuts, left over chicken, kale and scramble egg.

I realized that running is a therapy.  It can be tough, but it also takes practice, patience and persistence.  I must be crazy to be enjoying this!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fitish dreaming of food

So I've been through a crazy health journey.  From weighing 180s to losing 50 pounds and stalling out and now learning to manage stress better and maintaining the weight and lifestyle.  I would love to lose more weight but I can't... haha or maybe I can but not trying hard enough.  I was discourage due to restarting my blood pressure medications.  I tried to give up meat but realize I can't.  So I've come to realize you can still eat and enjoy life but in moderation.

So here comes the food dreams.  When I turned 30 I had the best birthday lunch ever at Mitch's Fish Market.  We tried the chef special which was about $70 per person and included lobster sashimi, assorted sashimi, assorted sushi, baked seafood vanvan, lobster miso soup.  This place popped my seafood/sashimi/sushi cherry!  Ever since I tried this place my fiancé and I have been out a sashimi kick. My taste buds have change to appreciate different fish types, quality, cuts, decor/display, taste which of course comes with a high price. My fiance started to get interested in sashimi knives and cutting up fish.  So we have been eating more sashimi!   We prefer sashimi over sushi since I don't eat a lot of rice.  Conveyor belt sushi joints do not satisfy my palate.  I also watched "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" and started to appreciate sashimi/sushi even more.

I've grown to appreciate wine.  Love trying different Merlots from different wineries!

I've grown to appreciate green tea, Matcha.  My mom works for a green tea company so I am lucky to try different types!

I watched the movie "In defense of food" based on  Michael Pollan's book which concluded "Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants."  I totally agree.  I was inspired to keep working out and eating good!  I am fitish, I am a foodie and I will embrace my love for food! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Change, evolve, adapt...

Stress is the motivator for change.  I was diagnosed at 19 years old with hypertension.  So young to have this problem.  I was trying to get into nursing school at that time and started taking medications to help manage this problem.  After my complicated pregnancy, I change my eating habits, started exercising and was able lose weight which help decrease my blood pressure.   I had permission from my doctors to stop my medication.  These past few months I've been going through a lot of work related stress.  In October the doctor said I had to restart medication because my blood pressure was high again.   This made me upset because I had maintain my 50 pound weight loss so I couldn't understand why my healthy lifestyle was no longer helping me managment my blood pressure.

Stress?  Genetics?   I had lost motivation in my health.  I am still working out and eating healthy but a little bit of me feels like giving up... but my original reason for getting healthy is for my family so I know I need to stay healthy!

I am catholic but did not participate in Lent, but on Good Friday I did abstain from meat.  I started thinking if this is something worth practicing.  I've been following a low carb semi paleo lifestyle these past 2 years.  I have cut back on process foods, rice, bread.  I'm wondering if the amount of meat I've been eating may be the reason my blood pressure got high.  That Sunday I watched Food Choices on Netflix and  I really felt inspired to explore plant base lifestyle.  Can I give up meat?  I don't know but I want to decrease my meat intake and fill my diet with more protein rich vegetables.  Will it help my blood pressure?  I hope so.  If I'm cutting back on animal protein that may improve my cardiovascular health in the long run!

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Great Aloha Run and Honolulu Marathon sign up



I did another round (8 miles) of the the Great Aloha run with my daughter.   This is my 5 year doing the GAR!  I did not trained as much as I like.  I normally do training after holiday to get rid of the holiday fat.  It was fun to get out and do it, but I told myself I need to keep up with running this year to help my maintained my weight.  I have not been working out as much as I like too.

Because of my goals to run more I decided to keep motivated by signing up for the Honolulu Marathon.  Yes call me crazy!  Can I actually do this 26 mile run?  Well I did a 16 mile hike once.   Why not 😝😝