1/3 of 2012 Done!

Jan - April Totals:
Run: 275 mi 
Bike: 1016 mi 
Swim: 10 mi 
Climb: 30 hrs

3 Races:
4.15.12 Presidio 10Mi - 1:13:39, 2nd Place AG, 3rd Place Masters F
3.25.12 Oakland Running Festival - 21:47, 5th place Women
3.12.12 DSE St. Patrick's Day 5k - 21:09, 4th place, Women

I was working on short and speedy to start the year off, now will increase the distance! I signed up for my key races: SFM and CIM, in order to finish my 9th and 10th marathon in 2012 and hopefully qualify for Boston.


Gearing Up for Bike to Work Day

I  love May because it's bike celebration month! Bike to Work Day this year is going to be big! My company has joined the Team Bike Challenge and we're going to see how many miles we can get in. Biking to work is a great way to get some miles in for Tri-training or to stay in shape for those long weekend rides. More info at SFBC.


Presidio 10

Presidio 10
Presidio 10 mile: 1:13:39
2nd Place AG, 3rd Place Masters Division

This was a great run benefitting the Ashlyn Dyer foundation. I did much better than I thought I would do. Originally, I was going to sign up for the 10k, but my groupon was sold out. I looked at my McMillan running chart to see what my proposed outcome would be, and I scoffed "yeah right." Well, I ended up running EXACTLY what it said, with a difference of 2 seconds!!! The hill in the beginning was a great warmup - after that, I was able to keep a good pace going. I started off with my 5k pace (too fast) then finally a little slower than 5k pace, with some variance on the hills. I stopped at every aid station and drank the Gatorade. The last mile I got smoked by the winner in the age division. I could see her but could never catch up to her, she was alot faster. I think it helped that the fast people went to Boston Marathon this weekend. What I learned this time: Never doubt your capabilities. I had a great time.  I didn't win anything but I did get a yoga DVD and yoga mat sling at the Salvation Army tent spinning the Wheel of Fun and enjoyed the post-race goodies: coconut water, fruit, egg and cheese burritos, pop chips, & clif bars. 

You know what else my McMillan chart says? That I can BQ on the marathon distance. Really?!

Pre-race fuel: Teff Crepes
Teff Crepes


Green Breeze Granola

Green Breeze Granola
I had a bunch of Okara left over after making soymilk and found another good recipe for it:

Green Breeze Granola

2 T Coconut Oil
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 packets Green Breeze green tea powder or matcha
2 cups okara (soy bean pulp) or oats
Raw sunflower seeds, nuts
Raisins or cranberries ( I like to add after cooking)

Melt the coconut oil and dissolve the other ingredients in. Toss into the okara. Toast everything in the oven 300°F. Serve with yogurt and berries, kefir, soymilk or whatever you like.

See also Okara Crabcakes


Post-Juice Bliss

How to get your wheatgrass in a centrifugal juicerAfter a few days of transitioning to solid food, I'm feeling pretty good! I got to enjoy a nice passover seder this weekend, including treats! The weight stabilized to 122 lbs, with an effective weight loss of 7 lbs after one week. This has had a positive effect on my running and climbing. I feel light on my feet, no inflammation, and I can see more definition in my core. It is great for the skin, hair and nails, and my teeth and eyes seem whiter. I feel rejuvenated, but most of all, I feel a sense of calmness, emotional well being and peace. This is just what I needed after dealing with my dad's death and my recent divorce. I also feel like I marked the changing of the seasons, since the seasons here kind of blend together. The only bad thing is my pants don't fit. ;-)

Following the SBD Phase 2, and will take some juice with me to work.
Today's juice: Apple, Celery, Wheatgrass, Macrogreens and Chia gel.




I'm on a one week juice fast to recharge and get ready for spring training. I was inspired by the film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. Though I'm in a normal BMI range, I think I will be able to improve my pace by dropping a few extra pounds. It's been fun trying out different juice recipes with my new juicer. It's been easy also, no cravings or hunger pangs. All the raw nutrients going straight into my cells. I added a little hemp protein so I can keep running and working out. Coconut water is also good. Here are some of the recipes I've tried and my reviews.

Day 1: Mean green juice: 6 Kale Leaves, 1 Cucumber, 4 Celery Stalks, 2 Green Apples, 1/2 Lemon, 1 piece of ginger. Kale juice tastes better than I thought it would! This was easy to drink and I felt pretty energetic after drinking it. I find the ginger is hard to put through the juicer. The best way to extract the juice from ginger is to grate it then squeeze the juice out of it with your hand. This is a lot of work so I just brew it in herbal tea. 
PM: Apple Beet Carrot Juice: Sweet! Tastes just like candy!
Starting weight: 129 lb

Day 2:  Spinach, grapefruit, 2 carrots, 4 celery, ginger,  parsley, mint, cilantro
I didn't like this juice. I realized that I can only handle grapefruit juice in small quantities, so next time would use oranges instead. 
Day 2 weight: 127 lbs

Day 3:  Fruit blast: Half cantaloupe, 1/3 pineapple, 1/2 asian pear, mango, ginger,  parsley, mint, cilantro. This was good. I used it before and during climbing, along with coconut water. 
Day 3 weight: 125 lbs

April Recap

Spring is here! Proceed with caution!  I managed to ramp up my activities, adding in more bike rides and swims, and taking the time to d...