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7.18.2013

Combat Circuit

A few weeks ago, I attended the Northern California Fitness Expo, NorCal FitExpo, for short. My bestie Tiffany was working the MuscleEgg egg whites booth, and there were going to be Brazilian jiu jitsu matches and MMA fights going on, so I knew I had to go. I even met my long-time Twitter and Instagram friend Nate James, a pro MMA fighter who lives in my area. He had a BJJ match that I wanted to see, but the wedding I was working earlier in the day ran over so I missed it. He was super friendly and it was nice to know him in "real life" after knowing him online for so long.
 
While I was wandering the expo between fights, I happened across the Combat Circuit table. Nate Moore, who was Nate James's opponent from the BJJ match, runs it. 
I found out that it is a 30 minute circuit workout that incorporates MMA style moves with cardio and is housed at one of the best MMA gyms in my area, American Kickboxing Academy. AKA is the home to the UFC undisputed heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, as well as many other pro MMA fighters. I've wanted to get involved at AKA for awhile, but wasn't sure I wanted to commit to any of the expensive classes. 
Combat Circuit offers 3 classes for free, and then I found out about a Groupon for a month of unlimited classes for pretty cheap, so I figured I would give it a try.
 There are 10 different circuits that are shown on the left side of the board  above that never change, while the movement you use to activate it on the right changes every session. That picture? Me after my very first class when I realized just how tough it was.  

And now I am hooked. My second class coupled with a 10 mile run caused an unreal soreness that lasted over a whole weekend. The following week, I went to 4 classes in a row while I was supposed to be tapering for the half marathon. 

I like to think my body is a well conditioned thing that knows how to cool itself off quickly and efficiently. Or you could just say I am a sweaty mess anytime I do anything remotely physical. It sucks, but I guess it's good. I have found that the Combat Circuit classes make me sweat as much as a long run would, which is sick since the class is only 30 minutes long. 

My whole body trembles when I finish, from shaky hands to legs that don't want to move, and I love it. I think I really enjoy punching, kicking and beating stuff up, the physical exertion that is required making me feel accomplished and honestly kind of badass. 

I plan to get as many classes in before my doctors tell me I have to take a 2-3 week break for my very last egg donation cycle, which is happening right now. Hopefully after the cycle is finished, I will pony up and pay the big monies to continue my unlimited classes, because I think it's worth it :)

So that's my newest obsession right now!
How's this for trying to post more often ;)

7.17.2013

Jungle Run half marathon

Well hello blog land :) I decided to come back and let you know about the half marathon I ran this past Sunday. 
My running buddy, Austin, asked me a few months ago to run his first half marathon with him. I hadn't been running regularly, but I agreed because how can I not?

By the way, Austin HATES taking pictures, so he usually takes bad pictures on purpose. He will give me the worst faces possible when I tell him I want to take a picture. 
He also hates when I sing to him. Or when I dance-run. Or when I get extra excited in general about the run or anything else. He likes to be extra grouchy to balance out my bubbly, but it's all an act, I know it. So don't mind him. Oh, he's single, ladies.
On to the half!

Sunday morning was the most perfect day for a run. The weather was cool, but sunny, and never became an issue. I don't think I ever noticed it to tell you the truth. 
The race started right at 7am and I was pumped. We headed up a hill right away, so our first mile was just over 9 minutes. Austin and I had spent the last 12 weeks running our long runs together, and always kept a pretty decent 9:30/mile pace, so I wasn't expecting to have anything different for a race. But Austin did. He pushed our pace, and I just had to go with it or run by myself. 

I felt pretty good for 10 miles, then started to feel the mileage in my legs. I had even become a little worried when all of the mile markers were coming in a little ahead of my Garmin watch, and then the 9 mile marker was half a mile early. I knew the race would be a little short, I just didn't know how much so. 
I had been keeping an eye on my watch to make sure my pace didn't fall too much. I really struggled the last 3 miles, but knew I was so close to a PR that I kept pushing. 

I guess Austin's faster pace, and the idea that I could PR were exactly what I needed. I ended up running 13.05 miles {agh, I hate short courses!} in 1:58:26! I was completely ecstatic and couldn't believe it. I am so counting this by the way, even though it was .05 short. 
So, this is a 6 minute PR, and I ran a sub-2 hour half marathon! Austin came in about 20 seconds ahead of me and said he didn't even feel phased and could have kept up his faster pace or gone further. He is crazy. I am really proud of him for achieving a sub 2 half on his first try. 
 
Something fun about this run was the panda motif! The bibs, t-shirts, and medals all had pandas on them. So cute :)
As for race photos; Well, I didn't think there was a race photographer, as there were none along the course. There was a sneaky jerk at the finish line, so the photos I found look horrible! If I can figure out how to share them, I will, but photobucket is being a pain and won't upload my web snippets. I guess the horror can stay hidden!

So there you have it, a blog post and a race recap all on the same day ;)

7.02.2013

Happy Tuesday

Well, hello there! I figured I would get in a quick little blog before I started writing for the day :) 

I am well into the second half of Try to Fight it, my second novel, and going strong. This novel is Julianna's best friend Shayla's story. I already miss Jules and Paulo from Don't Fight it, the first one, so I know I will be ready for more edits and revisions once this story is wrapped up. 

For revisions, I am actually considering writing more chapters from Paulo's point of view and inserting his part of the story alongside Jules's.
Can I get a quick poll from you guys on that? 
Do you prefer to read books written from just one character's point of view, or do you like when the POV skips between the main character and her love interest? Let me know in a comment either way!

Here is the playlist so far for TTFI, which is sooo different from the playlist for DFI! Shay loves her some hard rock music, while Jules was more into mellow stuff.
As for life outside of writing, it's busy and great! Wedding season is crazy. I have worked 19 weddings since January, with #20 coming up on Friday. There are about that many scheduled for the rest of the season, so I'll just keep being a crazy busy hair and makeup artist.

My half marathon is less than two weeks away! I can't believe I have been training for over 10 weeks already. It's amazing how having a goal will motivate me to be consistent about my running. This training plan I have been mountain biking like crazy, which I think is helping me to keep injury-free and build different muscles. Like a butt. I've got one and it's not going away as I continue to lose weight. Oh yeah, about that! I know I had mentioned in one of my last few posts that I had lost 5lbs writing my first novel. Well, add on another 3-4 for a total of 8-9lbs lost {it fluctuates daily}! It's definitely the increased mileage for my runs, peppering in bike rides, and eating better over all. I definitely have my days where I end up eating terribly, but I am trying to stay healthy. 

As for my no sugar thing I had going awhile back, I did introduce sugar back into my life, but I honestly feel like now I don't have a dependency on it, or need to keep eating once I have had a bite of sugary goodness. It's nice to not be ruled by my mid-afternoon sugar craving that insisted I needed something sweet. 

The weather here in NorCal is HOT! As a California girl, I am used to mild and wonderful temperatures pretty much all year long {and I pay for my nice weather in ridiculously high rent and cost of living!!}. When the temps are 90F and above for weeks on end, I get a little cranky. Thank goodness the weird humidity we had a week ago went away. I seriously feel for all of you who live in a humid area. That ish is no bueno.

I hope this little update satiates your craving to know what's going on in my life! I love sharing all sorts of details, so let me know if you have any questions! I also post pictures regularly on Instagram, so follow me @hairbyadrian to stay in the loop!

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