Back into the Groove with Indoor Cycling

What makes a group indoor cycling class so ideal?  This past Saturday, because I sorely miss my Saturday morning long runs and wanted to fill the void, I decided to go to my neighborhood YMCA cycling class.  Before I had kids, besides work and hanging out with my husband, I had plenty of time to explore other modes of exercise besides running – Swimming, Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, and different classes offered at the gym that I found interesting.  I love to run but my body currently requires a low-impact form of exercise yet still challenging, so I returned to one of my favorite ways to cross-train – Indoor Cycling.

And here is my Top 5 Reasons why I love it: Continue reading “Back into the Groove with Indoor Cycling”

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Outdoorsy Weekend

In America’s Finest City, to be specific San Diego – finding an outdoor activity to enjoy with the family is an easy task.  The kids love the water so that every weekend you can find us frolicking either the bay or the beach.  However, this past Saturday we ventured out for a family hike, an activity we haven’t done in awhile because we were too busy cooling off at the beaches. Since we are now experiencing the fall weather, a trek on the trails was a welcoming change to our usual beach days.  We had a friend visiting who used to live near Mission Trails so this is where we decided to go.

Mission Trails Regional Park

It was only a 20 minute drive from our house but we didn’t leave until late in the afternoon. We selected a short loop from/to the visitor’s center – Visitor Center Loop Trail, a 1.4 mile leisurely moderate trail perfect for the kids.  Looking at the map, we were hoping for a better view of the river but it was further down the trail.  We did catch glimpses of it along the way.

The girls surprised me as they walked almost the entire length of the trail.  At first, my 5 year old was unhappy about hitting the trails instead of the beach but once we started walking, she became more interested in her surroundings, although she did wish it was more adventurous rather than “just walking!”  My 2 year old on the other hand enjoyed every second making delightful noises as she purposely stepped and jumped off every big rock she saw on the trail.

 

With a half mile to go, we reached the part of the trail where we had to climb up a hill.  I encouraged the girls to race against me – the several strides I ran is actually the most I’ve done since Marine Corps Marathon.  The past two weeks I’ve ran ZERO mileage 😦   My right ankle has not completely healed so in the meantime, I’ve been spending time at the gym strength training.  I did tell myself I need to take a little break from running to fix my muscle imbalances – it’s been a work in progress and need to focus on it more.  Yet not running makes me feel incomplete…

Hill climb Back to the hill climb, Eyva was determined to make it up to the top reminding me of myself when I attack a hill during a run. And when she reached the top, that’s when she finally realized she was tired, needed a break and eventually wanted to be carried.  We all had a great time and would definitely explore the rest of the kid-friendly trails!

Lucky for us, we still had Sunday to finish the weekend basking under the sun on the beach.  Our choice was Silver Strand beach inside the Naval Amphibious base.  Only a few other beachgoers were there so it felt as though we were on our own private beach.  And the best part of our day was hunting for sand dollars – we found several live ones crawling on the sand velvet in color and threw them right back in the water.  The white ones with its beautiful intricate design we kept for ourselves, of course.


It was another glorious weekend in sunny and beautiful San Diego!

How was your weekend?  Any time spent outdoors? Would rather hike in the mountains or play in the sand on the beach?  Anyone else taking a long break from running after recently finishing a marathon?

Reframe and Reset

REFRAME definition: A way to change your perspective when overcome by a particular situation, therefore changing your experience of it.  Basically, an act to think positively when a roadblock is encountered

Three weeks with ZERO mileage can wreak havoc in a runner’s mind, especially when scheduled for a half-marathon in late April (approx 8 weeks of training left).  Running is a part of my identity and when it’s taken away, it’s not easy to just let it go.  But I have to move past it and focus on attacking the possible cause of my pain – muscle weakness in my gluteal muscles mainly on the right side of my body. I’ve been aware of it for awhile now, yet I’ve done little to address it.  It’s apparent with my standing posture leaning on one leg which actually causes glute inhibition. I know it will take more time than just these past 3 weeks I’ve dedicated to achieve strength but at least I’ve taken the steps to correct this issue.

In addition to strength work, I’ve also been spending extra time to work out the adhesions in my back and lower body.

My foam roller has been my best buddy at night while watching TV.

Grid Foam Roller

And when I need a deeper massage, I reach for my therapy balls.

Tune up Therapy balls

I’ve always been a fan of the foam roller as it is so effective in kneading out the knots in my body but my hamstring muscles required more pressure.  Fortunately, I was introduced to the therapy balls by my husband who gifted this awesome book last Christmas and I’ve used it as a guide to assist in warding off my hamstring pain. So far, the knot in my hamstring is still apparent, but its size has decreased. It’s encouraging to know I’m headed in the right direction.

The Roll Model is a very comprehensive book emphasizing self-care to maintain suppleness in the connective tissues, and resetting the body’s ability to move minus the aches and pain. It covers every part of the body complete with illustrations and step-by-step instructions. Surely it’s a lengthy process to work every part of the body in a day, but if you spend at least 5 – 10 min to work on particular parts especially problem areas, your body will thank you for it.  I’m grateful I have the equipment to bring relief to mine.