SPARTAN on NBC

Calling all people who love obstacles, running, television, fun, adventure, sweat, and having the time of their lives, SEASON 2 of SPARTAN just started on NBC. Check out the video below! It’s one thing to watch the video… Now the next step is to get out there!

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Also, something that you will be interested is the new DISCOUNT CODE!

Sign up 3 friends and you race for FREE!!

Not only do you race for free but your friends will be super stoked to know that they get $20 dollars off their races as well.

The discount code is TEAM

So find a race near you and gather your crew because there are new locations, new obstacles, new medals, new shirt designs to give out and so much more. Look for races here: http://www.spartan.com/en/race/find-race

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Cocoplum 10K SUP Race: Recap 7/11/15

Today I did a race that not only included SUP’s but mostly canoes and kayaks. I wasn’t expecting that! The race was in North Port, FL in a little canal. It was flat and hot with no current. The race started at 9:30 in the morning and ended up being just over 5 miles, which made me pretty happy because the heat was brutal.

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I was also super dumb this morning and put my board in a bad spot on top of my car and it got damaged by the part of the car that holds the antenna for the radio. So now I have a hole in my board… ughhh gotta get that fixed.

It was a nice event that was super cheap! Only 15 dollars and the proceeds went to the North Port Youth Summer Camp. The people in charge of the event were super nice and everything was easy. Sign-up was easy and the course was easy. Just a simple down and back. The only thing is the waterway was kinda boring with not much to look at and my mom came with me and it wasn’t a race that could be watched. Also, not a great race to go to if you aren’t racing, no shade!!!

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However, overall it was fun. I liked how awards were right after. I was home by noon and the race was an hour away. Most races drag out all day and it was nice that it only took up my morning! I got first and a cool little trophy. Everyone that participated got a medal, which was awesome!

One strange thing though was the start, I had a kayaker hit me at the start. Everyone started together! Some people weren’t too good at controlling their watercraft.

I got first for the women

Finish line

Races are so much fun and the people are great! If you don’t SUP, I think you definitely should start!

Sarasota SUP Championships at Siesta Key Beach: Race Recap

This is the third time I have competed in this race and the last two times were super wavy and windy! But not this time! It was calm with just a few little bumps. However, no wind during the Florida Summer time means super hot, so hot!

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Before everyone showed up!

Before everyone showed up!

I was so happy to have my parents, my aunt and uncle and some of my best friends come out and support me! I couldn’t have done it without them. My dad helped me with my board every lap and my mom gave me water while I ran on the beach! My friends and family I could hear cheering, it was such a great atmosphere.

DANNY CHING!!

DANNY CHING!!

Also, my HovieSUP team was there! It’s always so much fun when we get together at these events. There was good food, live music, lots of vendors, and so many awesome paddle boarders and one was Danny Ching!

My team!

My team!

I ended up getting first in the 10K Women’s 12″6′ Elite Race and first overall. The course is a tough one so I was so nervous at the start! 7 buoy turns each lap, and there were 4 laps. After each lap, you had to run in and jump off your board then run on the beach, then jump back on your board AND do it again and again and again!!

My team did awesome as well!

Race website              Results               SUP-Sarasota

More pictures from the race!

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Teaching my aunt!

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The women who pushed me during the race!! They are fast!

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Battle on the Blueway: SUP Race Recap

On May 30th in Fort Myers Beach, FL I decided to finally participate in a paddleboard race after 7 months of not racing. The race was called the Battle on the Blueway and attracted over 100 paddlers.

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Race Course

I raced in the 7 mile course on my HovieSUP comet and let me tell you… I did not feel ready to take on such a long race just yet but I somehow managed to find some energy from somewhere!

The conditions were pretty flat with some occasional bumps from boats and some wind. It was hot but a beautiful day to be on the water. Overall, a great day for racing.

Women's 12'6" EliteIt was fun getting to travel with my race team and hangout with everyone again. It’s been so long! I managed to get 4th place in the Women’s 12’6″ Elite. Team HovieSUP did awesome too and brought home some hardware and paper$$$!

Check out the race site for full RESULTS

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Another Cold Day, Another Treadmill Workout

So I thought it was going to be warm where I live from here on out but this morning was brutal, low 40’s and a 20 mph wind from the North. These conditions made me decide to go to the gym. I wanted to get a good cardio workout in and add in some bodyweight exercises as well so here is what I did.

I picked a good distance pace because I decided I wanted to run for about an hour but not all at once.

I got on the treadmill and ran at an 8:13 pace for 10 minutes, then stopped the machine and quickly moved to the floor. I did 20 push-ups, then 100 russian twists and then another ab exercise that I changed up every round.

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After I finished that, I got back on the treadmill and ran for another 10 minutes at an 8:13 pace and did the same workouts after. I did this for 6 rounds.

So here it is at a quick glance:

  • 10 minutes running/jogging at a pace good for you
  • Push-ups (pick a number that will push you)
  • Russian twists: try and do 50-100, we want a lot of reps (no weight or weight)
  • Leg raises: 30 or pick a number that makes you feel it in your abs!
  • Then repeat this as many times as you want!

It went by so much faster than just running straight through. And I got an arm and ab workout at the same time. You can adjust the workout to fit your needs and your level. The first round seems easy but remember you have 5 more after that.

Towel break!

It is tough but so rewarding once you are done. Remember to drink water and have a towel with you. Try not to take long breaks and keep your body moving!

Enjoy the workout!

20 Minute Leg Workout

A short workout is better than no workout at all. Here is a quick leg workout for when you don’t have a ton of time. I used weight but all of these moves can be done with no weights.

Keep a timer going. When you finish one move, look at the time and only give yourself no more than 30 seconds of recovery time***. Then, start on the next move.

1. Walking Lunges:

15 lunges on each leg/30 total

Walking Lunges

Try not to stop during this workout. Remember you are trying to get this done in 20 minutes. Stay balanced and make sure your front knee doesn’t go past your toes. Get your back knee to barely touch the floor or almost touch it.

I used 25 pound plates but you can choose to use no weight or any amount of weight that challenges you.

2. Alternating Lateral Lunges:

10 each leg/20 total

First, lunge to the right

First, lunge to the right.

Lunge to the side and get low. Keep your posture upright and don’t let your knee go over your toes. Try and sit your butt back to get the most out of this workout.

Then, go to the left.

Then, go to the left.

Keep alternating from right to left until you get to 20 total. I used a 25 pound weight during this workout but once again, you decide what is best for you. Remember everyone is different.

3. Wall Sits:

1 minute

It's okay if your legs shake! Mine were!

It’s okay if your legs shake! Mine were!

This is tough. My legs were shaking after about 30 seconds. But keep pushing until the minute is over. I kept a 25 pound plate on my legs for extra.

Find a good wall for this and try not to rest your hands on your knees. Keep your legs bent at a 90 degree angle.

Repeat 4 times.

Remember to bring a towel and drink lots of water. Warm-up prior to this workout to get the blood flowing and your heart rate up. Hopefully, you find this workout as challenging as I did!

***Also, if you feel like you need longer than 30 seconds for rest, give yourself more time and try to eventually work up to repeating each exercise 4 times in 20 minutes.

 

Treadmill Incline Workout

Another cold morning, means another treadmill workout. I tested out some incline today and it wasn’t easy. But that’s the point! Also, prior to this, I did a 2 mile jogging warm-up, followed by dynamic stretching and I was also mentally preparing myself for what was to follow:

WorkoutI like to give myself enough time when I am walking at a 4.0 so I can recover, towel off, and drink some water. Also, catch your breath because as the workout continues, it gets tougher.

If you follow this you should end with approx. 3.75 miles and if you do a 2 mile warm-up than it is about 5.75 miles!

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The first 6 minutes in each set are challenging, but once you push through the second half is not too bad.

Change the speed first.

Then change the incline.

Only hold onto the treadmill while you are changing settings.

Remember you can adjust this workout to your fitness level. Also, you don’t have to repeat it 3 times, even once is good! That’s why I always do a 2 mile warm-up because I feel accomplished before the workout even starts, just incase I have to cut it short.

Have a good workout!

 

Treadmill Interval Workout #1

I have been totally spoiled living in Florida. I am a complete baby when it comes to running outside in the cold. After moving to northern Texas, I discovered that I am not a fan of running in blistery weather. It’s cold and always windy here, at least to me it is.

Therefore, I have been running on the treadmill more. Up until today, I would normally just run at a constant speed for 3-8 miles depending on the day. But that is just so boring!! I was finding it difficult to keep this up.

So today I tried an interval workout. I created this workout in my head as I ran for my warm-up and it actually turned out to be challenging.

THE MILES FLY BY!

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It was an awesome workout. Also, I did it all at a 1.5 incline. I thought it was a great first attempt for an interval workout. It was tough but not too tough.

I made sure to get a dynamic warm-up in before that included high knees, butt kicks, knee hugs, walking lunges with a twist, and some other moves that I’m not too sure of the names. Warming up helps tremendously.

Loving my new shoes!

Loving my new shoes!

Adjust this workout for you!

If you want it to be more of a challenge, then increase the speed of each and vice versa if you would like to make it a little slower.

Also, you don’t have to run as many miles. Make the workout good for you, I want you to push yourself but not to the point of passing out.

Hopefully, you give it a try and I will have more coming! If you have any questions about the workout, just ask! :)

Nutrition: Quest Bars

I love sports bars, nutrition bars, whatever you want to call them. However, I have been looking for a bar that has less sugar, more protein, more flavor, that’s filling but not too filling, and overall nutritious.

I recently discovered Quest Bars and I don’t know why it took me so long! I have tried a lot of nutrition bars and Quest Bars, by far, beat the competition.

Why I became a Quest Bar junkie:

1. I CAN GET MY CHOCOLATE FIX: Quest Bar has so many flavors. Flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Chocolate Brownie that are almost like eating a candy bar. However, they have about 20 grams of protein and loads of fiber. And are under 200 calories! With only 1 gram of sugar. It is truly amazing. If you heat up Chocolate Brownie in the microwave for 15 seconds, it will taste like an actual brownie!

QUEST BARS GALORE!!

QUEST BARS GALORE!!

2. THEY ARE SIMPLE: Simple meaning, I can put one in my purse or backpack and be ready to go. I don’t have to worry about them melting in the heat and making a mess, like most bars that have chocolate.

APPLE PIE!

APPLE PIE! While at work!

3. THEY ARE SATISFYING: Quest Bars are great for anyone who doesn’t want to mindlessly snack. If I eat one for breakfast with a banana, my stomach doesn’t even think about food. My mind isn’t distracted by hunger so I can get more work done. They don’t make you feel overly full either. I feel satisfied and healthy after eating a Quest Bar.

4. THEY ENERGIZE ME FOR RACING: I would eat a Quest Bar before a Paddleboard Race and I wouldn’t get hungry while racing or feel like I over ate. It was the perfect balance. Just drink some water with it and eat it an hour and a half before race time and you’ll be ready to go! I only tested it before running, playing tennis, and paddleboarding but I think it will energize you for any sport. It is also great for after racing. After a race, I feel kind of sick because my body has just worked so hard but I know I need to get something in me, so I eat a Quest Bar to help the recovery process.

Quest Bars fuel me for paddle boarding

Quest Bars fuel me for paddle boarding

5. THEY ARE HEALTHY: With only 1 gram of sugar, 20 grams of protein, less than 200 calories, about 19 grams of Fiber and roughly 5 ingredients, Quest Bars are truly incredible. Nowadays, it is difficult to find simple nutrition facts but not with Quest Bars.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6. THEY TASTE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER BAR I HAVE TRIED: I am serious. I liked every flavor. I have my favorites but with such a variety, if you are picky about chocolate, fruit, peanut butter, coconut, etc. you’ll sure find a flavor that you love! I don’t like anything coconut but I tried Coconut Cashew, AND I LIKED IT! I even told myself I wasn’t going to and I did. Same with the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor. I do not like jelly. Never have! However, I liked this flavor! It wasn’t my favorite but it’s tough to compete against Cookies & Cream.

The one thing I don’t like:

1. THE PRICE: I am a college student and I don’t make a lot of money. I feel bad spending so much money on few little bars. So I only buy Quest Bars when I have important races coming up or a long run. Sometimes, I will just occasionally treat myself. :)

After writing this, I realize that if price is the only thing I don’t like, that is silly. I should buy what I want, these aren’t a huge expenditure.

Best Package EVER!

Best Package EVER!

Overall, Quest Bars are amazing! I’m going to work harder now because if I could get sponsored, then all my problems will be solved! I would eat them every day, but I don’t want to spoil myself. When I see people eating them, I get jealous. THAT IS HOW GOOD THEY ARE!

You will become #addicted.

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What Makes Successful People Winners?

So what actually makes successful people winners? How do they get to where they are? Want to shift your thinking and have the ability to laugh at life? Then I dare you to listen to this podcast just once. LISTEN HERE.

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It is called “Spartan Up!” and created by Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author. He will travel the globe seeking answers from experts in order to discover the secrets to success in all aspects of life and then share them with you.

“Spartan UP!” recently went live and the first 15 episodes are already released. The topics range from grit to inspiration and you will find interviews with world class athletes to fortune 500 CEOs. There is something for everyone!

Every day, Joe De Sena, inspires millions of people all over the world to get off the couch and take on any obstacle, on and off the course. He can only do so much though… you decide your own path, choose to listen and you won’t regret it. Race like a Spartan!

Also, looking to register for a Spartan Race?

An awesome, grueling, rewarding obstacle race that will push you to your limits, then check out the Spartan Race website and find a race near you!

Use this discount code for 10% off of ANY Spartan Race in the continental US: SPARTANBLOGGER

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Give it a listen and give the race a try.

There is no better time than now!