Run Like Someone is Chasing You.

Ok, so I have two big runs coming up in the future, both near and far.

As I was running on the treadmill today, I realized that I am slightly terrified. I mean, I am sweating gallons trying to run constantly without the 2:2 intervals anymore…and so far, I am succeeding for the most part. I need the occasional minute or two to speedwalk…just to regulate my heart rate and catch my breath!

Here is what I am trying to do:

But still….I am doing the Del Mar Mud Run in less than a month…and that’s 3 miles that I want to run as much as I possibly can….in mud! You can check out the event here. I will not only be getting dirty (and I mean, I don’t LIKE being dirty. I just barely accepted being ridiculously sweaty, for crying out loud), but I have to try to make decent time in my first actual running event, you know! It’s about having fun…but for me, it’s also about accomplishing something I have always wanted to be good at.

On the 22nd of this month, Sean and I will be competing in the Ben Bridge Diamond Dash. While this is not an actual run, I still feel it warrants mentioning, because it’s basically a big San Diego scavenger hunt to find a $14,ooo diamond ring! Yeah, you read that right. $14,000 diamond engagement ring. Nice to know someone can still be super generoud for no reason in this economy, right?!?! So, Sean and I applied as a team and were accepted…and Alex and Josh did too! This will be fun! You can check out the Diamond Dash here, and if you’re in San Diego, Portland, OR or Los Angeles…you should apply to be a part of the chaos and fun!

The most important race I have to train for is the San Diego Half Marathon next year, in March. 13,1 miles of determination. Check out the crazy awesome interactive course map here….and wish me luck!! Also, if you’re in the area and want to participate….the more the merrier!

I am still trying to figure out whether I will try to wiggle in my excess skin removal surgery before then, or just keep training and go in strong…and do the surgery around Spring Break time after the race. It seems the general consensus is that 4-6 weeks off will be necessary to recover, and I just don’t wanna lose that kind of time pre-race.

I feel like these running events are something I’d really enjoy doing a few times a year to keep me motivated, and to keep me proud of myself…and for that, I am excited and thrilled!

But man….when I’m that treadmill? I just feel sort of like dying. Thank goodness for my Workout Mix, chock full o’ hip hop, and Glee tracks!!!

In other news, Sean and I have began Sunday juicing, and we buy TONS of fresh fruit and veggies. We made almost 200 oz of juice this past weekend, and I bought these awesome carafes at Bed, Bath and Beyond and brought one to Ashley. That is our new breakfast/energy boost….complete with a sprinkling of chia seeds! It’s good to know I am getting my fruits and veggies, and the energy level is definitely there…so it’s great!

I am still a smoothie girl! Check out this AWESOME infographic I found on pinterest:

Admit it. It’s amazing!

This infographic led me to a new blog/site that I am currently obessed with! SuperSkinnyMe. Another awesome post on there is the Beginner’s Running Program, that is a must-read if you have any type of running aspirations: whether you are trying to get back into running, or you’re like me, and just forming a new addiction!

Another awesome infographic I found on SSM?

Running 101…we can ALL use this!

I am certainly going to do my best to implement all this new information in my training from now on. Also, I joined this awesome active/social website called VaVi that lists training clubs and events for your zip code…and I am hoping to find a group nearby that will motivate me to hit the pavement on the weekends for further training, as well!

This should be fun!

I think that’s the juice as far as updates are concerned. I think I’ll have new 30- day photos up this weekend…and we shall see how that goes!

I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far, and that it continues to be such!

I shall leave you with a smile:

TRUTH!

 

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

 

Rants, Adventures…and a 30 Day Challenge Update!

I swear, the faster the year goes by, the less time I seem to have! I am trying to juggle life lately, and while I haven’t shut myself in a closet and hidden from the world at this point….I have considered the idea frequently.

So it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways: I apologize for the delay!

This will be yet another modge-podge post, made up of photos and anecdotes since we last spent some time together.

Adventures as of Late:

Keys Creek Lavender Farm!

Sean and I finally made it to the Lavender Farm! I was so beyond thrilled, words cannot describe. The sweetest woman was in the gift shop, and shared tons of info with us. I am interested in using the farm as a venue in the distant future, and had just wanted to check it out since I have heard GREAT things….Sean and I are big lavender fans. I came home with a fragrant lavender candle, and a cute little lavender sachet that is hanging in my closet making things smell wonderful! YES!

Big Football Fans…and the Bolts WON!

If you ever wondered what Field Level Season Tix look like….

Alex and I surprised the boys with tickets to the Pre-Season Chargers vs. Cowboys game. Josh is a huge Cowboys fan, and Sean grew up watching and adoring the Chargers. As you can imagine, grins were everywhere! Also, Sean lives two exits from the stadium, and yet somehow it took FORTY minutes to get there. UGH. Anyways, first half had my spirits down (as usual, the Chargers forgot how to play momentarily), but then….things were looking up in the second half, and we WON!

After the game, we headed to Slaters 50/50 Burgers by Design in Point Loma, and I had a lettuce wrapped turkey burger with roasted peppers, cheddar, chipotle mayo, tomatoes, and pickles. I would share a photo….but I was too hungry to take one before digging in! And no…I didn’t finish it. Lol.

Hash House a Go-Go in Hillcrest…..the pancake is the size of my former stomach!

Brian’s 24 in Downtown San Diego…this is a TWO EGG BREAKFAST! Holy Hotcakes!

Sean and I have gone to the local hot-spot diners the past few weekends, and as you can see….we get far more than we bargained for (at a BARGAIN, no less). These two wonderfully hip SD establishments have delivered fresh, hot, and yummy breakfasts the size of my Jeep…and I like it! No, again. I never finish my food. And yes those sausages are the size of a chubby baby’s thigh!

It’s all about touching this sucker when you finally reach the top!

It’s an uphill climb….literally.

My gym buddy Ashley and I hit Cowle’s Mountain in San Diego for my first time last Tuesday (after prepping with a protein-packed pitstop in Pacific Beach for Taco Tuesday!), and it was amazing! The climb is 1,591 feet above sea level, and you can see pretty much all of San Diego from the peak. It was a great experience, and I cannot wait to do it again (add that to the list of reasons why North County and I need to part ways). It’s virtually ALL uphill, and then slippery and downhill on the way back, so it was like a jog down, and a climb up. My legs felt sore and hated me the next day….but of course we went to the gym at lunch regardless!

Fun and Happy Happenings:

 

Curly girl is back!

After many complaints about missing my natural curls, I decided “To heck with it!”, and they are back. And they are great, because Lord knows if I had to wear a shower cap or not be able to touch up my bangs after a workout again, I was probably going to lose my cookies!

Spinach, apple, orange, green grapes, red grapes….and I added some carrots too!

Juice-tastic! And lest we forget the amazingness that is the Blender Bottle (especially when it comes in hot pink…hello?!!)

Sean upgraded his (lightly-used) Black and Decker juicer for that fancy Breville juicer in the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” documentary. So alas, I have a juicer now…and I went to Sprouts when I was done on campus and loaded up on some fresh fruits and veggies, and voila! JUICE! Yummy, full of vitamins and good-for-yous, and it’s quite filling. I am taking this batch to work tomorrow for my pre-gym boost, and I am excited! Tomorrow, I’ll pick up some berries and such and get this party started for real!

Found these on my desk….BEST BESTIE EVER!

I found these week before last on my desk upon returning from my lunchtime gym workout! NOT A BAD WAY TO START THE WEEKEND! But, then again, you all pretty much knew my Bestie is amazing, didn’t you?

Last but not least, 30 Day Challenge Update:

It’s totally been more than 30 days…but here goes nothing! As usual, forgive the quality. 🙂

GASP!!! Is that deifnition forming on that stomach??!?!?!

Side View…accidentally got the side that has two rolls, instead of the side with only one. SMH.

So, alas….while the number on the scale isn’t dropping as fast as before….I feel and look stronger when I see myself in the mirror. I am working hard to get my nutrition up to par, and keep these lunchtime runs going….San Diego Half Marathon next year, here I come!

It’s good to see the results when I am making a conscious effort to be fit, and stay fit. So, I just keep focusing on that, and eating dessert whenever the heck I feel like it (I bought ice cream at Target called “Monster Cookie.” It is PB ice cream with chocolate candies and oatmeal cookie chunks. Pretty much the devil in a carton, and I plan to have a scoop when I finish this, thank you very much!).

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start, and that you all have a great rest of the week! Major thanks to all of those who follow and subscribe to the blog….whether you sign up on the page for email alerts when a new post is up, or you liked SeeSondraSlim on Facebook, your support is much appreciated! I don’t think I could’ve made it this far without each and every one of you!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO