Friday, April 27, 2018

You Want To Do A Race But Do You Have Enough Time To Train?

One of the hardest parts of training for a race is balancing it all.  Balancing training, work and family can sometimes be tough.  I try and make sure people know what they are getting into when they say they want to sign up for a race.  As a coach I want everyone to go into a race as prepared as they can. When people struggle to get all the workouts done I understand its hard but the reality is they signed up for the race.   I try and lay in all out there up front so there is no surprises when they see their training schedule.  Inevitably it becomes hard for many people to manage it all.  Before you sign up for any event ask yourself some questions:

  • How much time can I reasonably dedicate to training per week?  
    • Is that enough time for the event you're signing up for?  If your answer is 7 hours a week then its probably not likely you should sign up for an Ironman. 
  • How well do I want to perform at this event?  Just finish?  Win my age group?  Win overall?  (This answer will be a factor on how much time you need to spend training for this event)
  • Is my family on board with this goal?  Are they ok with me spending less time with them?  
  • Is my work on board with this goal?  If you spend your extra time at work because you can, you may not be able to do this once you begin your training.  
  • Does my schedule allow for 2 a day workouts when they are needed?  
  • Does my schedule allow for one or two days for a very long workout?  If training for an Ironman you will need to get some long rides in that may be 4-6 hours.  Plus you need to factor in the recovery after a ride like that.  Its tough to go to work after doing something like that.
  • Do I have people train with?  This is very important for people who don't like to train alone.  Some people are fine training alone but others need support and without it they tend to miss workouts. 
It's important to remember when you start a training program you may require more sleep and recovery.  This is something else that will require more time.  Eating better is important when you're training hard and meal preparation requires more thought and time.  All of these things should factor into when you decide on a race.  

I love when people do things outside of their comfort zone and accomplish big things.  I also want people to succeed and set attainable  and realistic goals.  Signing up for a race that will leave you feeling overwhelmed is not a fun feeling.  It's so common to get excited in the moment and sign up for a big race and then face reality when the training becomes too much.  Trying to manage and balance training, work and family can be tough.  Many people do it and they typically have a great support system helping them.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Boston Marathon Race Recap

Last year I ran the Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa.  That race required a qualifying marathon to be completed by the end of April.  My boyfriend and I decided to run the Revel Mount Charleston race because we didn’t want to travel and we got into i
t at the last minute.  I didn’t plan to qualify for the Boston Marathon but I did and I did with 15 minutes to spare.  I was pretty excited since I hadn’t done Boston and it’s a bucket list race for most runners.  I was looking forward to the Boston Marathon even though I wasn’t 100% prepared.  I knew I could do the distance but hadn’t done much speed work so I didn’t expect to have my fastest time.  I wanted to enjoy my time in Boston and enjoy the race.  I was looking forward to experiencing all the iconic things I had heard about like Heartbreak Hill, Newton Hills, and the Wellesley Girls.  

A few weeks before the race, I was honored to become a part of a team representing The Las Vegas Resiliency Center.  The Center was set up to offer support for victims affected by the October 1st shooting at the Mandalay Bay.  The center wanted to have a team represented in Boston to help bring awareness to the help the center provides. We could also show support for Boston since that city experienced a tragic event like Las Vegas.  The team was called Vegas Strong and we had shirts with Vegas Strong on the front and Boston Strong on the back.  There were 22 runners that made up the team.  The members either qualified for Boston like I did or were running with a charity spot.  We all met a few weeks prior to the race for a training run from the Las Vegas sign to Sunset Park.  As you can see by the picture I had to bring my dog Lilly who is one of my running buddies.  It was a fun event and we had a police escort the entire way.  It was on the news and received a lot of attention, which was especially good for the Resiliency Center.  People impacted by the tragedy only have 6 more months to take advantage of the center so it’s important to get the word out. 

As we got closer to the race we all kept an eye on the weather report.  It wasn’t looking great and in fact as we approached race day it was looking pretty dismal.  Cold, pouring rain and strong winds were in the forecast for race day.  This was especially bad for someone like me who doesn’t like the cold, doesn’t perform well in the cold, and is prone to hypothermia.  I’ve never done a marathon in pouring rain so I had to think about what I would wear. I decided on a water resistant Lululemon jacket and water resistant Lululemon tights.  I had my Vegas/Boston strong shirt with a base layer under it.  Unfortunately with the jacket nobody would see my shirt. I had two pairs of gloves, a headband covering my ears, a beanie and a hood on my jacket.  I wore a sweat suit in the morning over my tights and jacket and throw away shoes since we had to wait a while before the race.  We arrived by bus at a school and we had to wait for our waves to be called when we would walk about a mile to the start.  They did have tents in the fields at the school but they were packed full of people and full of slippery deep mud.  It was awful plus the lines at the porta potties were so long and slow.  I think people were staying extra long in the porta potty to stay dry!  I waited in the rain in line to go to the bathroom and I was freezing cold.  By the time the race started I was soaking wet and shaking from the cold.  I had the brief thought of bailing on the race and taking Uber back to the hotel.  That thought passed and I sucked it up and went to the start line.

I was so cold my feet were numb for the first several miles.  The wind and rain lasted most of the race, at times it was pouring very hard with a strong headwind.  Mother Nature was relentless and she didn’t let up for the entire day.  There was one really great thing about this day.  I was so impressed that there were so many people cheering us on the entire way.  People who ran the race previous yev gfars said the crowds were light but it didn’t seem like it to me.  These people were out in the pouring rain to cheer us on.  It was so impressive I couldn’t believe it and it lasted all the way to the finish line. 

It was one of the worst weather days in the history of the 122 years of the Boston Marathon.  I was so happy to be at the finish and it was pretty exciting running down the final stretch to the finish.  There were so many people cheering us on to the finish and it was exciting.  It wasn’t a great finishing time for me and wasn’t the most fun I’ve had at a race.  I was however the happiest I’ve ever been to be done with a race.  I was so thankful it was over and just wanted to get warm and dry.  I don’t think I’ll be back to do this race again but I’m glad I did it and can always tell people I did it that year they had the worst weather ever! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

We Did It......and it was so much FUN!

We Did It……and it was so much FUN!

I must admit I haven’t been doing anything serious as far as working out since June of last year when I completed the Comrades marathon.  I have not been a couch potato and have ben doing some exercise daily just nothing extreme like I am usually doing.  I took time to let my body recover and I rested my hip so the tendonitis would go away.  In October I started increasing my running and completed a half marathon with my dog at the end of November.  I’ve done lots of big races such as Ironman races and Ultra Marathons but this little half marathon with my dog was one of the most rewarding.  She is a rescue and it was the year anniversary of the day that I adopted her.  She did amazing and I was so proud of her and how much progress she has made recovering from an abusive past.
Half Marathon

I decided that I wanted to run a 30K with her, she is young and seems like she can run forever.  I signed up for a marathon that was a 4-loop course near my house.  I planned to run 3 loops with my dog Pacer and the last loop with my older dog Lilly.  I decided to train for this marathon a little differently then most marathons.  My vet told me to train her like I would train any human.  I figured if she would be running 18 miles at the race then our long run in training would be 15 miles.  Even though I still would be running 26.2 I figured a long run of 15 miles would be enough for me as long as my weekly mileage was about 40-45.  My highest weekly mileage was 45 and I did a 15 miler followed the next day with a 10 miler. 
Before The Race

Race day I felt pretty good and was excited to run.  I was a little nervous about Pacer at the start since there were a lot of people and she gets nervous around new people.  I got to the back of the group and went off last and let me tell you Pacer was ready to go.  She wanted to chase everyone down and be in the lead.  Once things thinned out she wasn’t pulling so hard to get ahead and we settled into a good pace.  Each loop was 3 miles out and 3 miles back.  I had fruit chews for me and a salmon and sweet potato cake for Pacer.  There were 2 aid stations that we stopped at each time for water although Pacer wasn’t too interested in drinking she wanted to keep running.  We finished the third loop and she was honestly fresh as a Daisy.  I believe she could have easily ran another loop.  My boyfriend brought my other dog Lilly for the last loop and took Pacer home. I made sure to tell him to give her the peanut butter kong when they got home.  It was her reward for being such a good girl. 

Lilly is a little older but she was fresh and wanted to run fast!   I had to try and slow her down since I had already ran 18 miles.  We finished at just about 4 hours and 30 minutes.  It was probably the slowest marathon I’ve ran but the most rewarding.  

When I first got Pacer she was terrified of everything on our runs.  She would flinch or react at fire hydrants, loud motorcycles, people, and other dogs.  I got her at 10 months old and she hadn’t been socialized at all.  Just over a year later after lots of work with trainers and lots of running she ran 18 miles with a bunch of other people.  That is amazing and just shows you that running can not only helps humans overcome things but can help dogs too! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Emerge From The Holiday Season Feeling Great With These 10 Tips

Believe it or not the average person only gains a few pounds during the holiday season.  I think people may feel like they gain more because they may feel less fit or less healthy since they may be working out less or maybe not making healthy choices when it comes to their diet.  Maybe they are not necessarily eating a lot more calories but the calories they are eating may not be as nutritionally dense.  So here are a few tips to stay on track and avoid feeling bloated and out of shape after the holiday season.

  1. Try not to skip workouts.  If you are crunched for time shorten your workout rather than skipping it.  Another option is to break up your workout into two smaller workouts in one day.  
  2. Always have a good salad or vegetable with your meal.  This will fill you up with lots of fiber and vitamins and you may eat less of the not so healthy food.
  3. If you are going to a party don't go hungry.  Have a healthy meal or snack before you go.  
  4. Limit your alcohol days to one a week.  That one day a week  you should give yourself a limit. 
  5. Don't skip meals to save up for a party that evening.  
  6. If you are traveling take your workout gear with you and be adventurous.  Go for walks, hikes and runs, and explore new areas. 
  7. When eating out always inquire about how something is prepared and if you can make healthy substitutions. 
  8. Drink plenty of water because being dehydrated can increase your appetite.  
  9. When indulging for Thanksgiving or Christmas watch your serving size and pick one bad thing not 4! For example eat either stuffing or mashed potatoes not both.  Little things add up!
  10. Sign up for events like turkey trot's, santa runs and have fun!
Nobody wants to start the new year feeling bloated and out of shape!  You can have a great holiday season and go into the New Year feeling great.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Best Product For Muscle Pain

Most of you know my love for essential oils.  For the past few years I have made my wonderful recovery salts which contain unique blends of essential oils and I combine the oils with dead sea salt and epsom salt.  I use essential oils in my massage practice all the time.  I decided to make my own muscle recovery salve.  I guarantee it is the best salve for sore muscles that you have ever tried.  Below is the list of ingredients along with an explanation of their benefits.

I am initially selling 2oz tins for $12 and keep in mind because of the great list of ingredients A LITTLE goes a LONG way!

birch, cinnamon leaf, clove bud, eucalyptus, lavender, nutmeg, wintergreen, peppermint, juniper berry, arnica, camphor, menthol, lemon, rosemary, cocoa butter, red thyme, shea butter, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, tea tree, galbanum, mixed tocopherols,, beeswax. 

Birch:  Birch oil is helpful in reducing pain in the joints and muscles, as well as pain associated with headaches.  It is also antispasmodic and relieves cramping throughout the body. Since it stimulates the circulatory system and improves circulation, birch essential oil is very helpful in giving relief in diseases associated with improper circulation such as edema, rheumatism, and arthritis. The detoxifying property of birch oil also aids in this, as it removes toxins from the body, which are the root causes of these circulatory diseases.

Cinnamon Leaf:  Helps to relieve inflammation and has warming properties. 

Clove Bud:  Natural anti-inflammatory and helps improve circulation.

Eucalyptus:  Ease joint pain.

Lavender:  Increase circulation and reduce headache pain.

Nutmeg:  Eases pain and swelling and helps with circulation.

Wintergreen:  Relieves spasms, increases circulation, provides relieve from arthritis.

Peppermint:  Cooling sensation and calming when applied, helps relieve muscle pain, relieves headache pain, and reduces joint pain.

Juniper Berry:  Improves circulation, relieves arthritis pain, reduces swelling, removes toxins, speeds up the healing process.

Arnica:  Increases circulation, reduces inflammation, reduces pain, soothes migraine pain, reduces bruising and swelling.

Shea Butter:  Moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation

Camphor:  Helps reduce pain from arthritis and gout, has anti-inflammatory properties, and it has antispasmodic properties.

Menthol:  Reduce headache and muscle pain. Provides a cooling property.

Lemon:  Calming and detoxifying.

Rosemary:  Good for treating headache pain, muscle pain, and pain from arthritis.  It’s good for relieving pain from sprains and strains.

Cocoa Butter:  Good for skin as a moisturizer.

Red Thyme:  Antispasmodic, helps with rheumatism, improves circulation, and strengthens immune system.

Cayenne:  Relieves joint and nerve pain, reduces inflammation, reduces pain from arthritis, detoxification properties, improves circulation.

Black Pepper:  Anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic properties, remove toxins like uric acid which can cause gout, and relieves spasms.

Ginger:  Reduces inflammation.

Tea Tree:  Antiseptic, improves would healing, and soothes skin inflammation.

Galbanum: Anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, improves circulation and detoxifies. 

Message me if you want to get some!

Coach Cyndee

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

To Flip Or Not To Flip That Is The Question?

I am not a competitive swimmer but I am a triathlete and I do flip turns when I swim.  I also tell the clients I coach that they should do flip turns. They always say to me they don’t have flip turns in a triathlon.  I realize that but it still provides many benefits to your swim in the pool and open water to learn how to do flip turns.  Most people can do them and if they can’t it doesn’t take too long to learn.  The reason most people don’t like to do them is they feel as if they can’t recover from it and get enough air back to continue to swim.  It takes a bit of time to build your lung capacity to feel comfortable doing them.  At first it may seem like more work but once you build your lung capacity you will never want to go back to the touch and go method of swimming.  You will get comfortable
doing them consistently in a week or so.  It just takes persistence.    Here are some reasons doing flip turns will help your swim in the pool and in the open water.

  • Touching the wall and turning provides a break, as small as it may be it’s a break and in triathlons you don’t get a break.  Flip turns don’t allow for any break it’s a continuous effort.  Just try swimming in a 50-meter pool compared to a 25-meter pool.  If you are a touch and go person you will find it far more difficult. 
  • Flip turns build your lung capacity and overtime you don’t feel like you’re running out of air when you do them. You hold your breath for a few seconds about twice a minute in a flip turn and get your lungs and rib cage used to handling more air.  
  • It’s like doing a crunch every time you reach the end of the pool and its great to strengthen your core. 
  • Improve your pool times because doing flip turns are typically faster than the touch and go method. 
  • Flip turns help you get into a good rhythm for your longer sets.  You can focus more on your technique and form without interruptions. 
  • They are good to help maintain speed and forward momentum, which will translate to open water. 

It doesn’t take long to learn flip turns but it does take persistence.  You will feel uncomfortable but you have to force yourself to keep doing them.  The hardest part isn’t learning them its getting past the feeling of running out of air.  This will pass and you will feel comfortable in no time.  I recently did an open water race in which the water was very choppy.  When I would go to breathe sometimes a swell would not allow me to take a breath.  I am glad I had the lung capacity to wait two more strokes before breathing.  I think doing flip turns is probably why I didn’t swallow a ton of water in that race.  I am used to going without air for a longer amount of time and it didn’t phase me in the race when I had to adjust my breathing. 

Happy flipping! 

Coach Cyndee