Taking a Small “Running” Break

When I mean small, I mean running 3 times a week no longer than 6 miles. I decided to give myself a break because I trained for a marathon through winter and then ran 2 half marathons during the spring. After Rock n’ Roll Raleigh, I felt a little burnt out. So after the race through June 3, I will start back training for Rock n’ Roll San Jose. I signed up for the Remix Challenge (5K on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). I haven’t ran Rock n’ Roll San Jose since 2008. Long time! Also it gives me a chance to visit home for a week. So in the mean time, I have my ClassPass and my weekly short runs to help me keep in shape.

I should say that I LOVE ClassPass! It has made a difference in my running because I can change up my routine. I usually go to barre, yoga, TRX, and spin at least 4-5 times a week. Definitely recommend! 5 classes within a month period usually pays for the pass for itself.

Another thing that has preoccupied me is that I got recently engaged. Wedding planning has been going smoothly. We picked  date, venue, photographer, florist, makeup, and potentially a hair person this weekend. The next major things are the tent, table, and chair rentals, wedding dress, wedding coordinator, and the food and drinks. But we still have plenty of time for that.

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Long time, No “Talk”

I know, I know…Where have I gone?

This blog has been on the backburner for the last couple of months because I have been busy with things (e.g. finding a job, family, traveling). But I am still running. I ran the Portland Half Marathon and going to be running in the Raleigh City of Oaks  Half Marathon on November 2 as part of my training for the Charleston (South Carolina) Marathon in January. I’m running on my own not being tethered to a specific running group, which is nice because I can make my own workout schedule. Occasionally I would run with Fleet Feet Carrboro for the social fun runs. I learned that the Fleet Feet headquarters is in Carborro (near Chapel Hill) too. After work, I started to run on the Duke campus instead of just sitting in traffic and then run at the gym. I’m still trying to find a gym for a cross training. They just opened a Flywheel (spinning) gym near downtown. But I’m looking for a gym that offers yoga, spinning, and strength training/TRX. I found a couple of places that I can do a trial membership.

Starting next year is when I will venture back and start running in groups again. Right now I’m enjoying the fall weather here in Raleigh and definitely looking forward to running in ice/snow free weather during winter time. Also looking forward to not digging my car out!

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Cleveland Half Marathon Training – Weeks 11 and 12

This coming Sunday is the Cleveland Half Marathon. After my Shred class and my 2 mile run on Monday, I decided to go off the plan and take a 2 days off running on Tuesday and Wednesday. Well Wednesday, I drove for 6 hours from Chicago to Cleveland and I wasn’t in the mood to do any running. But my legs feel more refreshed from my break. I ran 3.55 miles yesterday around my cousin’s neighborhood and got a much needed massage afterwards. My left leg (quad and calf) and hip have been bothering me because of my high mileage and the massage helped tremendously. I feel ready to put all my effort in during my race.

Today I’m going to the expo to get my bib/packet and then get ready for the race. My boyfriend is flying in tomorrow, so I have to pick him up at the airport. I have a 2 mile run also which I plan to do before I pick him up and then I have the rest of Saturday to hang out with my family before we go to dinner.

I didn’t get to post last week’s training yet, so here it is below.

Monday 5/5 – It’s my birthday! My way of celebrating is by working out! 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 4.04 mile run

Tuesday 5/6 – 4.14 mile run, 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Wednesday 5/7 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Thursday 5/8 – 4.04 Road Runner Sports Adventure Run. We ran all over Lincoln Park and Old Town. I won a $25 gift certificate to Ranalli’s.

Friday 5/9 – Rest Day

Saturday 5/10 – 7.14 mile run. My last long run with CRW ladies. After our run, we went to brunch at Eggsperience near Road Runners Sports.

Sunday 5/11 – Shred 415 – Wicker Park – Total Body workout, 2 x hill/sprint intervals on the treadmill, 2 x HIIT. Then I ran 1 mile to my friend’s place after class.

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Cleveland Half Marathon Training – Weeks 8, 9, and 10

Yeah, I’m finally done with grad school! I’m three weeks behind on my training log and hope to catch up by putting together 3 weeks into one post. Next weekend is finally the Cleveland Half Marathon! Despite my 8-10 hour study days, I still did my training runs and cross training.

Week 8 Training

Monday 4/14 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 5.1 mile run, 15 min Ab burner @ NTC App

Tuesday 4/15 – 1.11 mile run, 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 30 min Sweat + Shape workout @ NTC App

Wednesday 4/16 – 4.17 mile run Track workout (1 mile warmup, 10 x 100m sprints, 1 mile cooldown), 1.38 mile run – Discovery Run and 15 min NTC workout @ NTC Chicago

Thursday 4/17 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 4.15 mile run

Friday 4/18 – 11.06 mile run

Saturday 4/19 – Rest Day

Sunday 4/20 – 3.42 mile run

Week 9 Training

Monday 4/21 – 5.04 mile run, 2.19 mile run, 15 min Ab burner workout @ NTC App

Marathon Monday! Ran twice to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. $1 per mile.

Tuesday 4/22 – 7.02 mile run, 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Wednesday 4/23 – 5.02 mile run, 1 hour NTC class @ NTC Chicago

Thursday 4/24 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 3.8 mile run, 15 min Ab Burner workout @ NTC App

Friday 4/25 – 12.03 mile run

Saturday 4/26 – 1 hour class @ Cross Town Fitness hosted by Fit Fab Chicago

Sunday 4/27 – 5.13 mile run

Week 10 Training

Monday 4/28 – 5.09 mile run, 1 hour class  @ Shred 415 – Wicker Park

I took my first Shred class and oh wow, that was tough. 4 15 min intervals on the treadmill, 4 min HIIT exercises – burpees, lunges, etc.

Tuesday 4/29 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 9.03 mile run

Wednesday 4/30 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 4.02 mile run

Thursday 5/1 – 13.12 mile run

Friday 5/2 – 1 hour Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Saturday 5/3 – 6.08 mile run – CRW long run

Sunday 5/4 – 1 hour Community Class @ Zen Yoga Garage (Active Rest Day)

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Cleveland Half Marathon Training – Week 6 and 7

A little behind with my blog posts. I have been busy studying for comp exams and finished my first one yesterday. The second one is in 2 weeks, so I took today off from studying and then back at it again tomorrow for my next test. Despite all the studying, I still managed to do my workouts.

Monday 3/31 – 3.11 Mile run

Tuesday 4/1 – Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Wednesday 4/2 – 7.06 mile run, Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Thursday 4/3 – 4.03 mile run, Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Friday 4/4 – 4.15 mile run, Sun Salutations @ Yogify App

Saturday 4/5 – 9.03 mile run, Yoga Community Class @ Zen Yoga Garage

Sunday 4/6 – Vinyasa Rush Studio @ NTC App

Week 6 Total: 27.38 miles ran, 5 hours of yoga

Monday 4/7 – 4.01 mile run, Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Tuesday 4/8 – 6.77 mile run

Wednesday 4/9 – Rest Day

I started to get a cold Tuesday afternoon, so I decided to take a rest day on Wednesday.

Thursday 4/10 – 4.05 mile run
I still had the sniffles but I felt good enough to go running around my neighborhood. It was nice to get fresh air and actually felt better.

Friday 4/11 – 4.27 mile run, Vinyasa Flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Saturday 4/12 – Rest Day

I had to take a rest day because of my comp exams, which meant I moved my long run to Sunday.

Sunday 4/13 – 10.05 mile run, Community yoga class @ Zen Yoga Garage

Great day for a run and some yoga. The community yoga class at Zen Yoga was jammed packed and about 50 yogis came. Wow! Don’t blame them since class is free. It was great to stretch out after my run.

Weekly Totals: 29.15 miles ran, 3 hours of yoga

Not too shabby for feeling under the weather with a cold for a couple of days.

At Zen Yoga Garage

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Cleveland Half Marathon Training – Week 5

Another great week of training. I did some rearranging of my schedule to accommodate the Shamrock Shuffle in which I had my “active” rest day on Saturday instead of my usual Sunday.

Monday – 4.06 mile run (neighborhood), 1 hour vinyasa flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Tuesday – 6.02 mile run (Lakefront Trail), 15 min Sun Salutations @ Yogify App, 15 min Alpha Abs @ NTC App

Took a break from yoga and did a short 15 min session at home. The 6 miler was tough because 3 miles was spent running into the wind. Doesn’t hurt to do some resistance training. 🙂

Wednesday – cross training day – 1 hour vinyasa flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage, 45 min NTC class @ NTC Chicago

Double workout day. I headed to NTC Chicago for my NTC class with my PR crew leader with Kate. I’m usually not free on Wednesdays because of school, but it was spring break. Once I’m done with my exams, I can come back again. As usual, NTC was tough but a good workout. I felt strong and all that yoga has helped with my core strength.

Thursday – 3.09 mile run (Humboldt Park), 1 hour vinyasa flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

Instead of running around my neighborhood, my boyfriend and I ran around Humboldt Park. It was drizzling a little bit, but it wasn’t too bad. The lake was still frozen. Nice change of pace.

Friday – 3.11 mile run (Planet Fitness gym), 1 hour vinyasa flow 1-2 @ Zen Yoga Garage

I learned how to do reversed birds of prey during yoga. I’m not the most flexible person, so this was bit tough. I couldn’t do it as well on my left leg than my right leg.

Saturday – rest day – 1 hour community yoga class @ Zen Yoga Garage

I took it easy today because of the Shamrock Shuffle the next day. It was nice to stretch out.

Sunday – Race Day – 3.05 mile warmup run (Michigan Ave to Grant Park), 5.20 mile run (Shamrock Shuffle 8K), 15 min Sun Salutations @ Yogify App

Moved my long run to Sunday, so I did a short run to the Grant Park. I tend to do better in races when my legs have some mileage in them. Here’s my race recap here.

Weekly Total: 24.53 miles ran, 5 hours and 30 min doing yoga, and 1 hour cross training (45 min HIIT, 15 min core)

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Race Recap: Shamrock Shuffle 8K + NTC Crew Celebrations

Sometimes I find it hard to do races in the middle of training because it often means rearranging my half marathon training schedule especially if the race is on Sunday, but racing often pushes me to go fast as I can. I decided to do 3 more miles before the Shamrock Shuffle as a warmup run to make up my half marathon mileage since I needed to do 8 miler as my long run this week. To be honest, I was hesitant to sign up especially since I have done the Shuffle twice already (hey, I get bored sometimes doing the same race over and over again) and I decided to sign up last minute since this was going to be last Chicago race (at least for awhile).

Anyways, my boyfriend and I went to the expo on Friday afternoon and it was crazy. We tried to take the shuttle from State/Lake L station but after 20 minutes, we gave up and decided to take a taxi. That’s when we realized the hold up was all the traffic on to the Navy Pier construction. Luckily our taxi driver let us out, so we can walk the rest of the way instead of running up the meter. We easily got my packet and shirt and took a picture together at the photo booth.


We walked around the expo at least once to browse through everything. On Saturday, I went to the yoga community class at Zen Yoga Garage as a way to stretch and relax before the race.

On Sunday, we woke up around 5:30 am to get ready. Despite the 30 degree weather, I decided to go with shorts, calf sleeves, dri-fit shirt, and removeable arm sleeves. I had a feeling that I was going to get hot around the 4 mile mark (I did!), so I was dressed for it. We parked around the River North area and I headed out for my 3 mile run down Michigan Ave. It actually was really nice – sidewalks were clear and it was quiet. Once I reached Grant Park, it started to get more crowded which was fine. Once my warm up run was finished, I met up with my fellow crewbies for a pre-race photo and then we were off to our corrals.


This year I was in Wave 2- Corral E. The past 2 Shuffles, I was in Wave 1 because of my previous Shuffle times but I was in Wave 2 most likely due to my late signup and they already assigned the corrals. Oh my, the corrals were crazy. We were literally minutes in Corral E before it closed, but I saw some people jump the fence to make it in though.

Then we were off! The beginning of the shuffle was somewhat slow because we were jammed packed, I ended up weaving a lot more than I wanted but I picked up steam and made sure I was running at comfortable speed and also pushing myself. I did grab some Gatorade at the aid stations and just took one gulp and threw the rest of it away. Also this year I decided to run without music, so I can focus on my breathing and running, which helped a lot to maintain my speed. I noticed that I tend to get a side stitch if I don’t breathe deeply when I run and I end up slowing down which is something I didn’t want to do. A good part of the course was under the shade which I loved, but once we hit the 3.5 mile mark, it was pretty much open to the sun and at one point, I had to push down my arm sleeves because I was getting a bit hot. I swear when I hit the 4 mile mark, it felt like it took forever to get to the finish line. I think I slowed down a little when I hit the “hill” on Roosevelt, but I tried to finish strong. I looked down on my time on my watch and I PR’d! I finished in 45 min and 25 seconds, which was a 1 min and 26 second improvement from my previous shuffle time two years ago. My Nike watch had a different pace time (8:45 min/mile) than the official race pace (9:09 min/mile), but I will take it.

I was pretty stoked about the way I felt throughout the race and how I didn’t feel winded at all. All that extra yoga and cross training has been working and paying off! I’m feeling good leading to Cleveland in May.

Once I was done, I headed to the post-party area and met up with my CRW crewbies and my boyfriend near the fountain.

We hung there for awhile until we went to the Nike NTC Crew Celebration Party at Rockit Bar & Grill where they served us a breakfast buffet and gave away prizes to MVPs of each crew. It was a lot of fun and inspiring to see how all of us transformed during our 5 week training program. I didn’t get to do a lot of the workouts with my crew because of school but I managed to do some on my own using the NTC app.

The PR Crew with our awesome Nike Master Trainer Kate Hiipakka


Overall I had a great time at the Shuffle and seeing everyone!

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