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Hi guys! Remember that nasty frozen shoulder that’s preventing me from lifting? Well, screw that – I’m racing instead!

I’ve been using the Couch to 10K app from Zen Labs. I was on Week 1 when I blogged about my frozen shoulder. This is week 5, except I’m not following it this week…I’ve been breaking in my new Mizuno Wave Legend running shoes instead!

Mizuno Wave Legend shoes review
Normally I wear Mizuno Wave Riders, but these were on clearance. It’s not always a good idea to wear running shoes that you haven’t been fitted for, but reviews said the difference between Wave Legend and Wave Rider are minimal, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did! They’re a little bit stiffer in the sole, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t stand soft-soled shoes. None of that minimalist shoe business for me.

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I’ve run 5 miles a day for 3 days in a row with my new shoes. I’m a bit slower than I’d like to be, but I’ve got time to improve. Right now, I’m just catching up on my soap getting back into the swing of running.

I’ve got three races scheduled so far:

  • 10K on July 23
  • Half Marathon on August 27
  • 10K on October 1

I might look for some more 10ks…I forgot how exciting it is to train for a race!

What’s on your race calendar for the summer?


Wendy

Burbank Turkey Trot 10K Race Recap

Good morning!
In what’s become a sort of tradition at BlushandBarbells.com, I ran a Thanksgiving Day turkey trot. But this time, instead of going to Downtown LA, I went to the Burbank Turkey Trot.
I love doing races on familiar city streets, and since I used to work in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, I was really happy to take part of this race.

It was a beautiful morning with thick scattered clouds. The sun didn’t beat down on us as we ran, so it was really perfect running conditions. This is over the 5 Freeway.On Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 10K.

But! It was a bit chilly! I’m a native Angeleno, folks…I can’t really do these kind of temps. But since I was running, I warmed up pretty quickly. 유씨 retreated into the warmth of his office (just around the corner) while he waited for me to finish!On Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 10K.

Here’s the start line. The race was a 5K/10K to benefit the local YMCA. The 10K race was a double loop of the 5K. I don’t know how I feel about double loops. On the one hand, it’s a bit repetitive. On the other hand, it’s nice to know when hills are coming up!On Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 10K.

Let’s just say…I did not do my best. The course was a bit hilly and I was slow. It’s never a good feeling to be one of the last finishers.
On Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 10K.

But, finish I did! It’s hard not to get discouraged at a bad race time but I’m going with the positives here. I woke up early, I finished, and I liked running on a new course. I’m not trying to beat anybody, I’m just trying to get some exercise and stay healthy and active as I get older. #WINNINGOn Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 10K.

 

What did you do for Thanksgiving this year? Or if you’re not in the US, how was Thursday?


Wendy

Run Hard Rock Cafe 10K Race Recap

On Saturday I headed out to Hollywood to run the Hard Rock Cafe 10K. It’s been months since I ran any sort of race, so I was really happy to receive the invitation to run. I needed the push to get out there again!

The race was sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood to benefit My Friend’s Place. If you’ve not heard of them, here are some stats from their webpage:

My Friend’s Place served 1,418 homeless young people last year – over one third of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles

MFP provided nearly 30,000 meals to homeless youth

MFP provided over 540 linkages to on-site and off-site medical care for youth

MFP provided intensive case management to 452 homeless young people

MFP helped over 118 homeless youth successfully move into housing

Kudos to Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for supporting this important project.

Now, on to the race!

Here I am with 2500 of my fellow Angelenos at 7am on a Saturday morning, ready to go!
The MC was great, pumping us up while we waited to start, and cheering us on as we approached the finish line.Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek breweryRace recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek brewery

It was a beautiful morning – cool, dry, without a cloud in the sky. The course was down Hollywood Blvd – nearly into Silver Lake – then back to Hollywood&Highland.Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek brewery

This race was pretty tough, I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t. But I was thrilled to be there, and not displeased with my time. Not bad for not training. I’m now determined to run regularly and continue to improve my time. Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek brewery

How sparkly and pretty is this medal? I may or may not have worn it when I ran my Saturday errands…I brought bling to the post office and grocery store!Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek brewery
Here were the options for the post-race recovery drinks. Guess which one I chose? Here’s a clue: I’m lactose-intolerant. Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek breweryThe Hefeweizen was from Wolf Creek Brewery and totally hit the spot.

Thanks again to the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood for a great race! It was well-organized and a lot of fun.
Race recap of the Run Hard Rock Cafe 10k in Hollywood to benefit My Friend's Place, with a post-race Hefeweizen from Wolf Creek brewery

And of course no visit to Hollywood is complete without a visit to Vivian’s old apartment building. Take care of you!


Wendy

#NewYearsRace Race Recap

Good morning!

Last weekend my sister and I ran the New Year’s Race in downtown Los Angeles.

#NewYearsRace Race Recap, 10k, Los Angeles, Chinatown, Dodger Stadium, That Scary Tunnel, sisters who run together

I’d initially planned on running the half-marathon, but I had an early flight the next day, I hadn’t trained at all, and it was cold! So I switched my registration to the 10K. #Sorrynotsorry.

I disappointed myself at my last race, but I decided that I don’t really care about time so much anymore – I just want to do the best I can. My Garmin said I ran 5.6 miles in 1:17, but it lost signal in That Tunnel and shorted the distance by .8 miles. You know That Tunnel – it’s in pretty much every disaster movie and car commercial ever filmed.

Anyway, this race was tough! It was the first time I’ve run a race at night. It started off cold, but you’d better believed we warmed up quickly. I hadn’t trained much, and not on hills at all. But it was exciting running a race in the neighborhood where I grew up. Now, this is where you might expect a few photos of that – like the Chinatown arch or the sign at Dodger Stadium…but I dropped my phone just before I left the house and shattered the screen, so no. This isn’t the first 10K/iPhone issue I’ve had…but 유씨 saved the day by getting it fixed while I was at the race.

I did order this from Marathon Foto – it’s me and my sister at the finish line. We rock!
#NewYearsRace Race Recap, 10k, Los Angeles, Chinatown, Dodger Stadium, That Scary Tunnel, sisters who run together

How was your New Year?


Wendy

Turkey Trot Race Recap

Good morning! Last week on Thanksgiving Day, I ran the Downtown LA Turkey Trot. It started in front of City Hall.
DTLA Turkey Trot Race Recap, city hall, grand park

Like last year, I ran both the 5k and the 10k. Unlike last year, I did really not impress myself.

 

DTLA Turkey Trot Race Recap, city hall, grand park

The event started with a 5k. Uphill. In the blazing sun. Okay, it wasn’t horrible, but it pooped me out quickly. It was the same route as last year.  I crossed the finish line, ready to wait for the 10k to start, but…

 

DTLA Turkey Trot Race Recap, city hall, grand park

The 10k started without me. Now, the race registration did state that participants have to finish the 5k in 30 minutes to start the 10k, but last year there was a little break between the two! Not this year. I just had to start late. And I wasn’t the only one; we late starters were quite a pack.
The route was a little bit different this year – it looped through an underground parking structure and then back down the hill. It was nice not to have to double back around like we did last year.

Not great times, but don’t I say that for pretty much every race I run? I don’t know what I expect from myself when I’m not training and am generally not a competitive person, even when I’m only competing against myself. My next race is in January, and I am going to try really hard to just enjoy it, stop criticizing myself, and be proud for keeping up this running hobby.

 

How was your Thanksgiving?


Wendy