Hello! I’ve been away from blogging just because I haven’t gotten much interesting stuff to share. I thought I would pop in here and update on how I’m doing with my goals for 2017.
1) Read 25 books this year
I’ve read 18 books so far in 2017 so I’m definitely on track. I love how easily I’m reaching this goal. I have been lucky with discovering good books lately and when a book is good, I finish in a couple of days so this goal has been pretty easy to reach. A few friends have asked me how I find time to read books… I don’t watch TV so that frees me up for reading! I have a few favorite books from past few weeks:
1) Dark Matter. Read this if you like actions and sci-fi. It’s about a man who travels through parallel universe, it’ll really make you THINK what your life would’ve become if you had chosen certain paths. I could not put this down and couldn’t wait to read it each day.
2) Orphan Train
It’s not as depressing as it sounds. Trust me! It is actually a feel-good read! If you like Angela’s Ashes, you WILL love this. The story takes place around the depression era and I admit, that era really really fascinates me and I love reading anything, everything about it. Read this! This is not a depressing read!
2) Take 15000 steps each day on average
I’m doing very well with this goal since I’ve been running 30+ miles a week. Also I walk a lot on my commute to work. I don’t feel like I even have to think about this goal. It just happens with my lifestyle.
I lost my Garmin watch recently. After much much much comptemplating (do I really want to complicate my life further with another gadget?), I decided to buy an Apple Watch. Literally a day after I got my Apple Watch, I found my Garmin in a purse I hadn’t used in a while 😭
Average steps this month = 17000 (or 8.5 miles a day on average)
Major fail on this goal. I’ve been using my instant pot to make beans but not trying new recipes. I have not been in the mood to explore new recipes. I’ve been sticking to the basic recipes like soup/stews and stir-fries where I can just throw in a bunch of random stuff. Also, I’ve been seeing lots of Instant pot recipes for meat dishes but our household (my husband and I) rarely cooks meat at home. I’ve bookmarked some meat recipes to try in instapot though. It’s just that we don’t crave or want to cook meat at home, is it weird? We are omnivores. We do enjoy eating meat when we eat out but we just don’t cook meat at home. Instapot is amazing to cook meat dishes. I should really try some new recipes! I still love having instant pot at home to make beans. They taste much better than canned beans.
Some updates from past few weeks or months:
We went to Portland (I shall write a post about this fun-filled weekend).
Bay Area stuff:
Fourth of July at A’s game
Eating with the fam bam:
Cooking at home:
My cousin’s baby shower (I made the diaper cakes to add to the existing beautiful decorations – she’s having twins so TWO CAKES :))
Some trail running:
Damn I lost so much fitness. This route was a breeze 2 years ago but I was dying on this run.
Every second counts. This is going to be my new mantra in running races. This year I’ve run seconds away from milestones.
Oakland half marathon @1:44:57
See Jane Run half marathon @ 1:49:01
CIM with a mere 23-second PR
And yesterday (I went against the textbook rule of refraining from racing right after marathon) …. I ran a trail half marathon @ 1:46:01. Five seconds behind 3rd place woman in my age group.
I’m not trying to win an Olympic or any race for that matter. Still…. Every. Second. MATTERS!
So I wanna recap about the trail race yesterday in Fremont. It’s called ZombieRunner Quarry Lake Run and they have distances from 5K to Marathon. It’s a “trail race” but very flat. And for half marathon, about 1/3 of the race is on asphalt.
I did not prepare for this race.
I didn’t carbload (had a pesto sandwich and ice cream sandwich for lunch and Chinese banquet meal for dinner with 12 courses but only one of them contained rice/carbs)
I drank a lot of wine at the banquet that I was woken up by thirst two times the night before race. I was horribly dehydrated.
I had a pop tart before race (who still eats pop tarts?) instead of my proper pre-race breakfast (bagel usually).
I also did not plan the race outfit well and was peeling off layers and repinning my bib a few minutes before the start of the race. It was a frigid drizzly morning in Fremont, I decided to go with a light layer of long sleeves with gloves.
Since I just ran a marathon two weeks ago, my body was still in repairing mode. I planned to go easy and run around 2 hour mark (9 minute pace or so.) But once the gun went off, the race got to my head. I did try to hold back my pace and was happy to be maintaining around 8:07 pace comfortably for majority of the race. It didn’t feel slow and easy, but it was not a hard all-out effort either.
I threw away my gloves around mile 3 because I thought it was getting warm. But it got colder in later miles with some head wind and it became drizzly. My fingers were freezing! I brought only one gel with me and took it around mile 7. By mile 10, I felt my energy dipping lower and I started to feel fatigue. But the race was almost over by then. I love half marathons! It’s so quick but not too quick!
Saying hello to my lover at finish line. I passed so many people in the second half of the race, and that felt GOOOOOD! The Man finished first in his age group for 10K so it’s a good day for him too!
When I crossed the finish, all I could think about was DARN IT, I did it again… I missed the minute mark by one second. But it was neither a PR nor a PR-attempt. I gave myself a good race and I was happy.
This race concluded the 2015 racing year for me. I will not be able to run long in the next few weeks due to travelling. But running will always be here for me when I’m ready next year.