Sunday, October 18, 2015

Team SOAS Ambassador Challenge Round up!

This year I've been a brand ambassador for SOAS racing, the most awesome line of women's tri/active clothing on the market. One of the challenges we got this year (other than race and be generally awesome) was a social media challenge with a different them each week. Now, I tried to keep up on my instagram, but with a baby and full time law school, trying to think of a clever picture that says what my favorite training session is wasn't that easy, so I definitely skipped a few weeks! Here's a quick roundup of what I did, though, and a few "fill in the gap" thoughts.

Week 1 – ‪#‎ThisGirlCan‬ ... plan for next year! At this point I was a little over 8 months pregnant, definitely wasn't running, and had that itch to race hard! I started planning out my next season of races, and now that I'm back into base building, I can't wait!

Week 2 – What’s your favourite item of SOAS kit and why – the one piece you can’t live without? Definitely, hands down, these run shorts. A pair of polka dot shorts was the first piece of SOAS gear I bought a few years ago, and I immediately fell in love with them. Here are my Barcelona Nights, Sunset Cliffs, Varsity, and Team shorts:

Week 3 – What’s the most amazing place you have swum, biked or run (or all three). For this, I said DC, because it's so inspiring! I love doing races in DC. San Diego comes in a close second, though. 

Week 4 – What’s in your kit bag? Since this was about the time I was due, I was very tempted to post a picture of my hospital bag :p That definitely had enough SOAS stuff in it...I actually wore my ambassador team shorts and tank to the hospital when I went into labor, and almost freaked out when the nurse asked if she could cut off the tank for my epidural. I didn't though, but here's what my super cool ambassador kit bag looks like! Right now it is stuffed with EVERYTHING, from my helmet to a yoga mat, but I can't wait to pack it properly for my next race! 

Week 5 – What’s your favourite post training meal? Uh, a pint of ice cream and about five bottles of water. Done. 

Week 6 – Share a picture of your ‘sunset cliffs’
Somewhere deep in the archives is a picture of Kevin and me before we got married out at sunset cliffs in San Diego...but I don't feel like dragging out the external HD to find it. See above picture for the sunset cliffs shorts ;)

Week 7 – What coffee are you? Extra shot venti caramel macchiato (or seasonally, peppermint or pumpkin sauce), probably paired with a case book. 

Week 8 – What’s your favourite training session? Anything that makes me feel actually accomplished after. 90% of training is doing something you're already good at, but whenever I finish either an amazing speed session that makes me want to throw up, or a really long run that makes me feel like I can actually finish the next marathon, those are the best!

Week 9 - What are your goals and dreams? 1) to be the best wife/mother/soldier/lawyer/athlete I can be, every day; and 2) one day race at Kona

Week 10 – Who or what inspires you? On the one hand, I am so inspired by the generations of servicemen and women who have served before me, who paved the way for this great country, and I am inspired to live every day so that their sacrifices weren't in vain. Now, though, I'm inspired to be the best role model for my daughter, and never let her think that she can't do something just because she's a girl. 

SO there's my roundup of the Team SOAS challenge! 

Team SOAS is taking applications for the 2016 ambassador team through the end of the month! Check it out here

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tri Talk Tuesday: The Off Season

I've definitely been in an "off season," if you will, for the last year, but I'm joining up for Tri Talk Tuesday, with Courtney, Phaedra, and Cynthia again! Since I have a lot of rebuilding to do, and some big goals for next year, I'm approaching the coming off season as more of a "ramp up" season. Here's my goals and plans for the coming cold months:
  • Build a base. I definitely need to re-build my base, and I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to be better than I was last year. I'm going to focus on gradually building distance while focusing on speed, so sprints won't seem as terrible! I also want to build my strength back up with lots of full body gym work. I did a lot of swimming while I was pregnant, so I'm pretty confident I'll be back at longer workouts. As for looks like my trainer will be coming in handy again this winter!
  • Establish good habits. This applies to pretty much everything: take the time to focus on my form when running, plan out good meals and snacks, and start positive habits, like journalling. With a new baby, I can imagine all this will be a little harder than it sounds right now, but planning ahead (only buying fruit instead of halloween candy, for example) and remembering my end goals will help. 
  • Create a new training plan with specific goals. I'm usually pretty good at creating awesome plans, and then "adjusting" them whenever I feel tired, which makes my race goals adjust as well. This off season, though, I want to make a practical plan with solid goals and splits for each workout, so I don't waste time, and, hopefully, get better results when race season comes around! 
I'm still working on my race schedule for next year (as well as my plans for things like, graduating from law school, moving to a new state, taking the bar, and minor life events like that), but I'm itching to get back to hard workouts! I can't wait to feel exhausted from mile repeats, not just from walking up two flights of stairs! Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Favorites

Holy moley, it's already October! To be honest, October is one of my least favorite months; it gets colder, my birthday is over, and I hate Halloween.
September, though, is the best! The weather is still appropriately summery, pumpkin spice lattes arrive, and my birthday is September 30th! Plus, my little Sweet Potato's birthday is now September 2, so it's a month bracketed by birthdays!

I'm learning to embrace fall, as every basic white girl has, and here are some of my favorite things right now:

  • Fall race season! I am not racing much this fall (I made my first goal the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot), but my husband sure is! I somehow conned him into registering for the Marine Corps Marathon (he's a sucker for anything that sounds exclusive or hard to get), so the past few weeks I've had fun watching him train and gear up. He recently raced the Navy-Air Force Half, completed his 19 mile long run, and is running the Army Ten Miler and a Beer Mile in the same weekend. It's all the fun parts of racing (expos, checking out the swag, planning race day logistics, recovery brunches) without actually having to sweat! And as if that weren't enough, there's always the Ironman World Championships in KONA to look forward to! For anyone who gets to be there in person, SOAS did an awesome Kona collection this year, and you should definitely check it out/order everything! 
  • Reading the news: Every morning, there are three things I read as soon as they drop in my inbox (around 7ish, when SP wakes up and wants to eat): 1) Runner's World Quote of the day; 2) The Skimm; and 3) Washington Post 202. I get some motivation, usually a good laugh, and then some in-depth campaign/news coverage, as well as a weather report. I feel so much smarter than when I just woke up and scrolled through instagram....(though that happens a lot after the news)
  • Pumpkin everything: I don't remember if I ever had a pumpkin spice latte before last fall, but I think I've made a quick study. I did get a good ol' PSL the first day they were available, and I've even fallen for pumpkin spice Oreos, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and even this ADORABLE PSL coffee cozy. Some other fall favorites that I can't resist: Apples (cue the Apple Day tradition from MBC, which I can't wait to celebrate next week) and Chai. 
  • New clothes: Yeah, other than maternity pants and extra large tanks, I haven't been shopping for new clothes in almost a year. While I'm not fully on board with the "Han Solo" look, I'm definitely loving leggings and looking for some new long tops and sweaters! Exclusively pumping while working a full day for clinic/almost full time law school requires some adjustments to my current wardrobe defaults of a tippi sweater and jeans, and I've definitely learned to carry around a jacket and/or a cool scarf to cover any leaking mishaps.  
  • Easing back into an exercise routine: Nothing makes one miss running more than not being able to. Hopefully this month I can start getting back to the gym, adding short runs, and building my strength back up, so I can start training full strength after the Holidays. I definitely need to focus on rebuilding my core strength, and can't wait to get back to kettlebells. I might even start trying to add some yoga! My plan right now is to just take it easy, listen to my body so I don't cause any damage, and come back next year better than ever! I love the fall challenge over at Tone It Up, and, if anyone is looking for a great postpartum plan, my friend Ashley is offering one over on her website, GlowBodyPT
Alright, that's enough positivity about fall for now. What are you looking forward to?