me, myself, & viola

hi, i’m grace.
i have an evil twin named viola.
i love hello kitty.
forever a foodie & a runner.


Races Completed:
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+ The Color Run (8/4/12)
+ Santa Run Silicon Valley (12/16/12)

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+ Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (11/22/12)
+ The Giant Race - SF (8/4/13) 1:04:26 PR
+ Let's Go 510!, The East Bay's 10K (10/19/13) 10K

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+ The SF Marathon (7/29/12) 2:45:55
+ Rock n Roll - San Jose (10/7/12) 3:29:39
+ Rock n Roll - San Francisco (4/7/13) 2:36:33 PR
+ Rock n Roll - Portland (5/19/13) 2:51:53
+ Rock n Roll - San Jose (10/6/13) Half

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+ Nike Women Marathon (10/14/12) 6:20:25

Upcoming Races:
+ Maui Oceanfront Marathon (1/19/14) Half
+ Rock n Roll - San Francisco (4/6/14) Half

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My heart is broken but at least my body isn’t… Except my knee. My knee needs surgery. (Still too shy to wear my sports bra only at the gym, but it’s so spring!)

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#RnRRal is done! I hurt everywhere!! #triplecrown
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fitness-barbie:

Running and jogging - health benefits
Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. Regular running builds strong bones, improves cardiovascular fitness and helps to maintain a healthy weight. The difference between running and jogging is intensity, but both are forms of aerobic exercise.
Health benefits
Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can:
Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
Strengthen muscles
Improve cardiovascular fitness
Burn plenty of kilojoules
Help maintain a healthy weight.
Running versus jogging
The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, uses more kilojoules and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Running requires a higher level of overall fitness than jogging.   Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat.
Goal setting
Think about what you want to achieve from running or jogging. Issues to consider may include:
Getting fit – if you’re a beginner you should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and workup to running. This should take a few months.
General fitness – mix your running with other forms of exercise (such as swimming or teamsports) to maximise your overall fitness.
Weight loss – adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats,wholegrain cereals and low fat dairy products. Cut back on dietary fats, takeaway foods, softdrinks and sugar.
Companionship – you could run with a friend or join a local running club.
Competition – running clubs may offer competitive events. Most clubs have sessions designed for beginners through to advanced runners. You can pit your running skills against others in fun runs or marathons. Many community-based running events cater for people of all ages and abilities. Join a local orienteering club to combine running with the challenge of navigating through various environments.
Getting started
Some general tips for beginners:
See your doctor for a check-up before you start a running program. This is especially important if you are over 40 years, are overweight, have a chronic illness or haven’t exercised in a long time.
Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people with medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk of a experiencing a health problem during physical activity. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help decide if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for you. Print a copy of the pre-exercise screening tool and discuss it with your doctor or exercise professional.
Start with brisk walking. Aim for 30 minutes per session. Allow a minimum of six weeks to build up to regular running. Aim to increase your jogging time each session, and alternate between walking and jogging.
Ensure you warm up and stretch thoroughly before you head out. Cool your body down with light stretches when you return.
Ensure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you on your run. Try to drink plenty of water before, during and after any activity.
Allow at least two complete rest days per week to avoid overtraining, which may cause injury. Consider other low impact activities, such as swimming, at least once each week.
Plan your route. If possible, choose flat, grassy areas rather than hard or loose (such as sandy) surfaces to reduce the risk of injury.
Avoid running near roads. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma. Vehicle exhaust fumes can increase your risk of various cardiovascular and respiratory complaints or illnesses.
Avoid the ‘peak hour’ periods to reduce your risk of inhaling air pollution from motor vehicles. If possible, schedule your runs for either the early morning or the evening.
Wear loose cotton clothing. Dress your upper body in layers of clothing so that you can take off layers as required.
Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed skin areas.
Buy an appropriate pair of shoes.
Choose your shoes wisely
Issues to consider when choosing running shoes include:
Don’t wear your old sneakers. Poorly fitted shoes are a common cause of injuries.
The running shoe should bend easily, feel comfortable and have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel.
The fit should not be too snug. Your foot will splay as it impacts with the ground.
When buying the shoes, wear the socks you intend to wear while running.
Have your shoes professionally fitted.
Health and safety suggestions
Suggestions include:
Make sure you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Avoid eating directly before going for a run.
Avoid running during the hottest part of the day in summer.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run.
Take your mobile phone with you.
If using an iPod or headset, do not have the music too loud – stay alert and aware.
Wear reflective materials if you’re running in the early morning or at night.
Tell someone where you plan to run and when you think you’ll be back.
Choose well-lit, populated routes and avoid dangerous and isolated areas.
If you injure yourself while running, stop immediately. Seek medical advice.
Things to remember
Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise.
A beginner to exercise should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and work up to running.
See your doctor for a check-up before starting a running program.

fitness-barbie:

Running and jogging - health benefits

Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. Regular running builds strong bones, improves cardiovascular fitness and helps to maintain a healthy weight. The difference between running and jogging is intensity, but both are forms of aerobic exercise.

Health benefits

Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can:

  • Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Burn plenty of kilojoules
  • Help maintain a healthy weight.

Running versus jogging

The difference between running and jogging is intensity. Running is faster, uses more kilojoules and demands more effort from the heart, lungs and muscles than jogging. Running requires a higher level of overall fitness than jogging.   Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise. Aerobic means ‘with oxygen’ – the term ‘aerobic exercise’ means any physical activity that produces energy by combining oxygen with blood glucose or body fat.

Goal setting

Think about what you want to achieve from running or jogging. Issues to consider may include:

  • Getting fit – if you’re a beginner you should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and workup to running. This should take a few months.
  • General fitness – mix your running with other forms of exercise (such as swimming or teamsports) to maximise your overall fitness.
  • Weight loss – adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats,wholegrain cereals and low fat dairy products. Cut back on dietary fats, takeaway foods, softdrinks and sugar.
  • Companionship – you could run with a friend or join a local running club.
  • Competition – running clubs may offer competitive events. Most clubs have sessions designed for beginners through to advanced runners. You can pit your running skills against others in fun runs or marathons. Many community-based running events cater for people of all ages and abilities. Join a local orienteering club to combine running with the challenge of navigating through various environments.

Getting started

Some general tips for beginners:

  • See your doctor for a check-up before you start a running program. This is especially important if you are over 40 years, are overweight, have a chronic illness or haven’t exercised in a long time.
  • Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people with medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk of a experiencing a health problem during physical activity. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help decide if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for you. Print a copy of the pre-exercise screening tool and discuss it with your doctor or exercise professional.
  • Start with brisk walking. Aim for 30 minutes per session. Allow a minimum of six weeks to build up to regular running. Aim to increase your jogging time each session, and alternate between walking and jogging.
  • Ensure you warm up and stretch thoroughly before you head out. Cool your body down with light stretches when you return.
  • Ensure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you on your run. Try to drink plenty of water before, during and after any activity.
  • Allow at least two complete rest days per week to avoid overtraining, which may cause injury. Consider other low impact activities, such as swimming, at least once each week.
  • Plan your route. If possible, choose flat, grassy areas rather than hard or loose (such as sandy) surfaces to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Avoid running near roads. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma. Vehicle exhaust fumes can increase your risk of various cardiovascular and respiratory complaints or illnesses.
  • Avoid the ‘peak hour’ periods to reduce your risk of inhaling air pollution from motor vehicles. If possible, schedule your runs for either the early morning or the evening.
  • Wear loose cotton clothing. Dress your upper body in layers of clothing so that you can take off layers as required.
  • Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed skin areas.
  • Buy an appropriate pair of shoes.

Choose your shoes wisely

Issues to consider when choosing running shoes include:

  • Don’t wear your old sneakers. Poorly fitted shoes are a common cause of injuries.
  • The running shoe should bend easily, feel comfortable and have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel.
  • The fit should not be too snug. Your foot will splay as it impacts with the ground.
  • When buying the shoes, wear the socks you intend to wear while running.
  • Have your shoes professionally fitted.

Health and safety suggestions

Suggestions include:

  • Make sure you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Avoid eating directly before going for a run.
  • Avoid running during the hottest part of the day in summer.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run.
  • Take your mobile phone with you.
  • If using an iPod or headset, do not have the music too loud – stay alert and aware.
  • Wear reflective materials if you’re running in the early morning or at night.
  • Tell someone where you plan to run and when you think you’ll be back.
  • Choose well-lit, populated routes and avoid dangerous and isolated areas.
  • If you injure yourself while running, stop immediately. Seek medical advice.

Things to remember

  • Both running and jogging are forms of aerobic exercise.
  • A beginner to exercise should start with brisk walking, progress to jogging and work up to running.
  • See your doctor for a check-up before starting a running program.

(via 15losing15)

blogilates:

Natural Belly Slimming Detox Water

RECIPE For a 24oz serving:

- 3-4 mint leaves

- 2-3 slices of orange

- 2 slices of lemon

- 2-3 slices of cucumber

- 24 fl oz of ice cold water

WHY IT WORKS:

1. Cucumber: contains citrulline which is an amino acid that has been shown to help our liver and kidneys get rid of ammonia which is a by product of the proteins our bodies burn for energy.

2. Water: helps flush toxins and waste through our system while keeping us hydrated.

3. Lemon: stimulates the digestive track so it’s helpful if you have constipation, heartburn, or gas.

4. Mint: helps you digest effectively because it improves the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder to the small intestine to break down dietary fats. It also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles.

5. Orange: contains flavonoids in the peel and juice that stimulate the immune system and protects against a fungi/pests while helping to reduce cholesterol levels.

 Get Detox Water Bottle here: http://www.bit.ly/detoxbottle

fitabled:

Hey guys, just wanted to share a really easy to make healthy snack. If you are ever craving something crunchy and salty that isn’t bad for you and super processed, try making some kale chips! Kale is one of the most nutrient dense varieties of leafy greens and is an awesome way to super charge your health. Here’s how you make kale chips.

1. Get a bundle of kale I paid $1.50 for some organic purple kale. Any kale variety is pretty much fine for kale chips. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Wash the kale leafs first and then dry using a salad spinner or by towel. You want the leafs to be as dry as possible or else your chips will come out soft. 

3. Break the kale leafs into smaller chip sized pieces. Peal the leaves off and leave the stiff stalk middle part out of your chip recipe. 

4. Drizzle a small amount of olive or canola oil over your kale and mix until every leaf is coated. I used about a cap full of oil for my whole batch so it doesn’t take much. 

5. Sprinkle a small amount of salt and mix until it’s well distributed throughout the kale. It doesn’t take to much salt, believe me. So go easy on the salt. 

6. Spread the kale leaves in a baking pan or sheet which is covered with parchment paper or tin foil.  The kale should all be in one layer. If you stack the leafs too much it will make the soggy. 

7. Bake for 20 mins at 350 degrees in your oven. 

8. Enjoy! 

(via tumblrgym)

blogilates:

CHEAP CLEAN EATS IS BACK!!! I just posted my new “Natural Belly Slimming Detox Water” recipe on www.YouTube.com/blogilates ! This is what I drink every day a week out from a big photoshoot or special event to detox and slim down. Of course paired with clean eating and exercise. It helps flush the toxins out of my body and I feel amazing! Here’s the RECIPE for one 24 fl oz serving: 3 mint leaves, 2 slices of lemon, 2 slices of cucumber, and 2 slices or orange with ice cold water. DIRECTIONS. Let it soak in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours before drinking so you can get all of your vitamins and minerals. I explain why this particular combination works in the video. Also! The new detox bottles are available on www.shopblogilates.com with 3 amazing recipes! Use code “detoxify” at checkout to get an extra 10% off! <3 you!

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