Back At It

Hey all! Been a while, but I’ve decided to start blogging again. Not gonna put any pressure on it and try to do themed days and all that, but just when the mood strikes me. I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately so I thought I’d shake it up a bit.

On the running front, I just finished coaching the third training program of the season. Clearly I didn’t write about it, but I completed LA Marathon in March, albeit injured. Not super impressed with my time (5:25) but happy I finished. Coached a 10k program for the Hollywood Half 5k/10k in April, but I was running Ragnar the same weekend. That was… an experience. I ran a combined 25.9 miles (so essentially another marathon) and wanted to die.

For the past 7 weeks since then, I had the privilege of coaching an awesome group of No Boundaries runners who just ran the Live Ultimate 5k/Quarter Marathon.

Live Ultimate Start Line No Boundaries

While my time was better than expected for being super hungover (9:38 pace), I was FLOORED by the results of my runners. Everyone PR’d from their previous time, including one super impressive lady who shaved 12 FREAKING MINUTES off her 5k time. I’m not a fast runner and I’m not looking to win any races, but I love coaching because of the results that I see people achieve. The store is on training hiatus for a couple months, so I’m taking the opportunity to scale back a bit on mileage and focus a little more on speed.

That brings me back to gym life. Been trying to get in there every other day at the very least, jumping into some classes like Body Pump but mostly focusing on moderately heavy lifting and plyo. While I love CrossFit and sometimes miss lifting super heavy, I’ve accepted that if my ultimate goal is to ACT and not LIFT, I need to focus on sculpting, not PRing.

Been changing up my diet a bunch as well. Been working some sprouted grains back into my diet, heavy on the veggies and eliminating a lot of meat. Still going heavy on protein in the form of shakes, eggs, Quest Bars, tofu and quinoa. Tracking on MyFitnessPal again and trying to cut back on the alcohol (besides my little bender Saturday night). Had lunch with a friend yesterday at Pitfire Pizza in NoHo and had the seasonal Farmer’s Market Plate, which is currently: Roast Brussels Sprouts / Orange Gremolata Spiced Roast Carrots / Cilantro Sweet Pea Mash & Crème Fraiche on Grilled Focaccia/Pea Tendrils / Quinoa / Radicchio / Preserved Tangerine Vinaigrette. Tried a new place in Burbank today via Eat24 called Grain Lab. Nothing exciting; just some tofu, veggies and quinoa. Neither dish was particularly photogenic, so I’ll spare you the food shots for now.

Heading to set tomorrow… nothing crazy exciting; just background work. Will share more when I can, but let’s just say I’ve been working my butt off the past week to better fit into some pretty stunning gowns 🙂

Lastly, there’s a couple of fun fitness events coming up in the next week that I’ll be attending if anyone is interested…

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Let’s Get Dirty

7sar

I was recently contacted by the 7 Summits Adventure Race with an opportunity for a free race entry. I’m pretty much a sucker for any kind of free race, ESPECIALLY if you get a medal… and get dirty.

There are a LOT of mud runs out there now, and at this point, I feel they’re a dime a dozen. It’s not that difficult to find a small area, create a 5k route and make it muddy – ESPECIALLY in SoCal. I’m not scoffing at the people that do these races religiously… it just seems like once everyone got wind of success from races like Spartan and Warrior Dash, there’s a new knock-off race every week.

This race, however, is different. For starters, it’s LONG. Not as long as Tough Mudder, but once you get past 10k, I honestly don’t think there’s too much of a difference when it comes to the running. Secondly, the obstacles appear to be legitimately challenging; it’s not just shimmying under some barbed wire. We’re talking zip-lines and LOTS of climbing. I’m getting intense nostalgia for the days of GUTS. I’m going to be really disappointed if this thing doesn’t have an Aggro Crag.

Here’s how they describe it:

The 7 Summits Adventure Race (7SAR) is a brand new adventure race that was inspired by the landscape and challenges of all 7 continents. Our course contains 20+ obstacles over 7 miles, with each mile transformed into a different continent. By the end of the race, participants will have experienced a bit of what it feels like to cross each continent and summit its highest mountain peak.

Can you do this? Yes, 7SAR is designed to be challenging but achievable for all athletic levels. We provide a 10% discount incentive for teams to help work together toward the common goal of completing the 7 summits course!

You can learn more at 7sar.com or facebook.com/7summitsrace.

There are currently 3 locations for the race: Seattle, Florida and SoCal. Seattle is right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to train for Florida and SoCal!

If you’re in the SoCal area, you don’t even have to train alone. Starting in November, I will be holding free obstacle race training every Saturday in preparation for 7 miles of torture pure adrenaline. That’s right, 8 weeks of FREE training with a certified personal trainer to help get you bigger, badder and stronger. Simply request to join the group or shoot me an email at lifeisbangin@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Oh, I should note the biggest reason I decided to run this…

IT’S IN TEMECULA! Post-race wine tasting? Don’t mind if I do…

Thinking of getting in on the action? The friendly people at 7SAR were kind enough to give me a discount code to share with you! Use 7SARBLOG20 when you register to save some cash. If you’re in SoCal and want to run together, join team “Life is Bangin.” Happy training!