Run10Feed10 Santa Monica Race Recap

On Sunday, I ran the Run10 Feed10 in Santa Monica to which I’d been invited – I posted about it here. It was my second time running this race, and I’m sorry to say that my time did.not.improve. It didn’t improve! I’d hoped that after training (very occasionally I confess) at high altitude in Mexico City, I would have sped up a bit.
But alas, that was not the case for this race. I’ll just let Garmin tell the story.

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Normally I try to think Progress, not Perfection, but I didn’t make much progress here. I guess I will just keep doing my Couch to 10K app and working at it!

The race itself was really nice – you can’t beat the scenery once you hit the oceanfront.

Plus we got these lovely gifts for completing the race!

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Thanks again to Women’s Health magazine for the invitation to the race – I enjoyed the run and the reminder that I need to keep training!

If you’d like to help combat hunger in your neighborhood, you can donate here.

How was your weekend?



Fitness Friday Link-Up

Hola amigos, today I’m linking up with the lovely ALG, Uninterrupted for Fitness Friday.

ALG Uninterrupted

I guess I’ll do a Friday – Friday recap of my workouts.

I was home for the weekend and 유씨 took the day off work, so we went for a nice hike in the Verdugos. We booked the uphill climb, but took our time meandering back down, chatting and enjoying the beautiful morning.
Hiking, Verdugos, Beaudry North

I popped on the treadmill at our apartment gym for 4 miles while catching up on my soaps. This attempt at running was no bueno – I was slow, tired, and had very little stamina.
saturday run
I re-started Couch to 10K for the umpteenth time – I need the run/walk cues and I really want to speed up (I feel like I’ve been saying this for months now, but whatever).  The result was much better than the previous day.
sunday runMonday:
I had more soaps to watch, so another 3 miles on the treadmill.
Monday runTuesday:
I flew back to Mexico City and had no workout. Unless running around the airport counts?

I barely made it to work at 9am – no workout. I slept like a log!

Back with my workout buddies; we drew up a new schedule. Somehow we determined that today was Body Beast Build Legs. OUCH (By the way, Body Beast is on sale for $39.90 this month).
We have a new addition to our Beachbody Mexico City Fit Club and she’s killing it!
Body Beast Build: Legs, Body Beast for women
Friday (today):
My new workout buddy and I split up for cardio this morning – she hit the elliptical and I did Week 1, Day 3 of Couch to 10K. We reconvened for P90X Ab Ripper X. This is probably the best ab workout, ever. Ever!
P90X Ab Ripper X

So those are my workouts for the week – not great, because didn’t start my Body Beast/running/Ab Ripper X schedule until Thursday. I do not operate efficiently without a schedule! Who knows how much longer I’ll be in Mexico City, but I’ll stick to this routine for the next 2-3 months.

What exercise did you do this week? If you need help choosing a routine, let me know!


Fitness Update

I am the worst Beachbody coach ever. I have not written a fitness update post in ages, not even when I finished the Body Beast program.

Body Beast, Body Beast for Women, Sagi Kalev, weightlifting for women, body building for women

So here’s my fitness update!

I finished Body Beast just before I came to Mexico around the middle of May. I really loved that program. It seemed quite intimidating before I started, and it was tough once I got going, but I managed it (even while training for a half marathon!). The trick with this program – and with all exercise programs – was just to get started. That’s it! Just getting started is both the hardest and easiest task for this program.

Body Beast, Body Beast for Women
By the end of the program, I was squatting with 35 pound weights (on each side! That’s 70 pounds!) and curling 20 pounds (per arm!) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be that strong.

I am really happy with my results. I could have had much better results had I stuck to the diet program, but I’m going for progress here, not perfection. The way my arms shaped up makes me feel like a bad ass. The lower half needs work, but that will come with time.

body beast for women, body beast results, body beast bicepI love this photo of me because you can see my bicep. I have a defined bicep! I’m not flexing or taking a gym selfie – I’m just posing for a photo with a friend and BOOM! There’s a bicep.

When I got here to Mexico, I took a few days off to settle in, then I started T25. I’m working 12-hr days and living in a hotel room and T25 is ideal for that kind of situation. It’s only 25 minutes and you don’t need a lot of space for it…perfect. There really are no excuses for not working out with this program.
Everybody Got Time for thatOne of my Beachbody customers told me she didn’t want to try T25 because she thought since it was a short workout, it would be too easy. I think it’s actually good for all levels of fitness – if you’re in great shape, you can follow Shaun T; but if you need something a little easier, you can follow the modifier. I followed the modifier most of the time – I don’t know if it was because of long work days, 5:30am workouts, or high altitude…but low-impact was the way to go for me. I finished the first month of T25 feeling great!

But…I missed Body Beast. And I missed running (I made this realization when dashing around in torrential rainstorms). So, I started Body Beast again. I packed my work sheets, my videos, and my weightlifting gloves so I was ready! Now I’m in the hotel gym when it opens at 6am, alternating Body Beast and Couch to 10k. I’ve got to take advantage of the high altitude to get my running speed up, so I started the program from the very beginning.

I have company in the gym, too – one of my co-workers asked me to be his accountability partner when he found out that I’m a Beachbody coach. Perfect! I needed an accountability partner, too.

Now that I think about it, I started this blog and signed up as a Beachbody coach specifically to keep me motivated –  so having a workout partner is an awesome bonus.

How are you doing with your fitness? Let us know if you need encouragement and support!


Half Marathon Training Update

It’s been a while since I did a half marathon update! Actually it’s been a while since I did any sort of update. I’ve been pretty lazy busy with career-type stuff so I’ve let blogging fall by the wayside.

So my training update – I’m seven weeks away from the half marathon and I still haven’t done a long run – I should have done 8 miles and 9.5 miles by now. I took a week off entirely two weeks ago, and that seems to have recharged my batteries a bit.
That, or my cool new shoes. It’s my second pair of Mizunos, and my third pair of running shoes ever. I knew the last pair I got wasn’t going to cut it, so I bought these these Mizuno Wave Rider 15s to replace them.


I have particular fondness for Mizuno – not only are they are super-supportive (I pronate), but the employees from the headquarters in Osaka came to my school for English lessons. I will never forget one lady in particular who told the funniest stories using broken English and charades. In fact, I told one of her stories to 유씨 a couple of days ago and he laughed too.

I also started a new round of P90X with my sister, her husband, and 유씨 two weeks ago – 5:15am every morning. I’m so proud of all of us, and really grateful to my sis and BIL for committing to this, because it makes me get out of bed and down to the gym.
I skip Plyo X and Kenpo for runs – when our team does those workouts, I’m on the treadmill. That means I’m only getting two runs in every week instead of three. I tried to get a run in on Sunday and regretted it! I need a rest day. NEED.

I’m not going to worry about it. I’m doing my best, forgetting the rest…

Here’s the results for this week:

Daily Mile Week Ending 15 Sept 13

I think that’s respectable – not the total mileage I want, but I am seeing improvements. I’ve gone back to using Couch-to-10K and I think that’s helped a lot! It’s easier to run for 10 minutes straight if I know I will get a minute to walk. And if I need to take an extra minute to walk at the beginning or end of the running interval, I just do.
I’ll have to be satisfied with running twice a week, though, because Sunday just isn’t going to happen again.

How is your training going, running blog buddies?



Today I went to the gym, taking full advantage of the time that funemployment affords me! I started out with Couch to 10k, Week 5 Day 1 (out of a 14-week program). I’m going to try to pick up my pace a little bit; today I started at 5.5 for the running portions, increasing up to 6.0 for a minute at a time.


I have a new app too – 10K for Pink. As much as I appreciated the podcasts from, I needed new music! My own music! This new app uses my own playlists, but I can’t seem to get verbal cues when my iPod auto-locks. Maybe I have to buy the paid app for that feature.

I also did P90X Chest & Back. I’ve discovered that using the worksheets only rather than the DVDs or the app, I can get the workout done in ~35 minutes. I just max out my reps and move on. I do miss the Hortonisms a bit though.

Have a great week!