New Year = New Shoes

by Alyssa on January 6, 2012

in Fitness, Running

I was running in the same shoes for a long time (not recommended), but by the time I conceded that it was time to get new shoes, I started winning age division awards in the races I ran. I didn’t want to change anything that could threaten my winning streak!

But then one day I put on my running shoes and there was a hole. It was a gaping hole along the inside wall of the shoe, big enough for three of my fingers to fit through. There was no way I could run in these, so it was finally time to buy new shoes. Too bad I couldn’t even keep these for mud runs!

So now I have flashy, bright new shoes that are perfect for breaking in the new year! Actually, I had them as I completed the last few weeks of P90X, but now I’m increasing my mileage to get ready for some upcoming races. Good luck to everyone in committing to any new year resolutions!


P90X Completion

by Alyssa on November 8, 2011

in Fitness

I have a confession to make: Yesterday was my first run in about 11 weeks. The last time I ran was when Devin and I ran the America’s Finest City 5K on August 21 in Balboa Park.

After training for the 5K, I stopped running to exclusively do P90X. P90X is a 90-day strength training and cardiovascular workout plan that relies on muscle confusion. The idea behind P90X is that every day of the week, you do a different video workout so that you don’t plateau in your progress.

I’ve been running for about six or seven years and while I was getting faster, I wasn’t seeing my weight go down. I was victim to the adage of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.  So Devin suggested that I do something other than just run. When I first started P90X, I was alternating days of P90X with training for the 5K, but after the race, I completely stopped running to only do P90X.

I have loved P90X from the beginning. I was motivated to keep doing the P90X workouts whenever a workout left me sore the next day. Being sore meant that my body was working hard and getting stronger.

I also like P90X because you don’t need a lot of equipment to participate in the P90X workout videos. Instead of weights, I used resistance bands, even for the pull-up routines. After a month of P90X, I got a pull-up bar:

While I have gotten toned and lost weight by doing P90X, I also got hurt. Right now, I’m nursing a strained neck, before that was a pulled thigh muscle, and I’ve also had twisted wrists, crunching ankles and knees, not to mention a resistance band snapped back into my face. I eventually broke my red resistance band in week 11. Talk about muscles!

I still can’t do a pull-up without using a chair for assistance. But I persisted through the sweat and injuries and I completed the 90-day program last week. After I rest and allow my neck to heal, I will be running three days a week and restarting P90X for the remaining three days a week. I don’t want to lose all that muscle I’ve gained!


ROC Race 5K

June 17, 2011

Devin and I recently race a 5K race that was different from the standard 5K race. This race is called the Ridiculous Obstacle Course 5K (ROC Race 5K) and it was held at Del Mar Racetrack last month.   For this 5K race, we had to register in teams of four, so naturally, we asked […]

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Orange County Half Marathon

May 8, 2011

I wanted to post a review of the OC Marathon before this year’s event, but unfortunately it snuck up on me and the race was held this past Sunday, May 1st.   But that’s okay because it’s a great course. Last year, I ran the OC Half Marathon and the year before that, I ran […]

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The Fitness Challenge – Week 8

March 28, 2011

Devin and I have completed The Fitness Challenge! According to the game rules, Devin and I had to each exercise three times a week for eight weeks, totaling 40 points by the end of the game. Devin, with 41 points, and I, with 50 points, both won the game!! We accepted The Fitness Challenge and […]

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Finish Chelsea’s Race 5k Review

March 19, 2011

Devin and I both ran the Finish Chelsea’s Race 5k earlier this month. This was Devin’s first running race, so I ran alongside him. I was struck by how many runners came to this event. Set in Balboa Park, this race drew about 5,000 runners and walkers. Runners were distinguished by their blue racing bibs […]

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Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K Review

March 15, 2011

Last month, I ran Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K at Mission Trails in Santee, CA. While race day was bright and sunny, it had rained the day before, causing the dirt trails of Mission Trails to become very muddy. Ronald McDonald of Ronald McDonald House Charities waved the starting flag for the few hundred […]

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Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K

March 2, 2011

Devin has entered this first running race: Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K and I will be pacing him this Saturday for the event. Chelsea King was 17 years old when she went on her usual trail run near Poway on February 25, 2010. Tragically, she was kidnapped and murdered and the proceeds of this event will […]

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