Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Is This Me?

So a lot of my tweets lately have been about whether I'm going to be able to run - aka breathe when I'm running. I'm not one to make up excuses for why my running's been poor. I actually thought that I had just been slacking until I realized that I couldn't breathe. My last doctor said I could have sports induced asthma, which is not uncommon for someone like myself that's amping up their exercise routines. She gave me a sample inhaler to try, and it worked like a charm.

What happened? I lost my health insurance and the inhaler ran out. What do I do? Well... as stubborn as I am, I never want to depend on medicine or any substance to make me better or fix things. I feel like we can work our way through things. In my case, train through it.

That has not been working lately. I can barely run a mile and a half without my entire body shutting down. I'm hoping that the girl in the picture is not me and will be doing some extensive online research to find ways to train through this. Any tips will be very much appreciated. I'll keep everyone updated with my progress as I still would like to train for a half marathon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I've come across an amazingly delicious nutritional product for maintaining the optimal triathlon nutrition plan. Not only does this bar combine two of my favorite flavors, it actually tastes like a candy bar! Soft and easy to eat, I immediately felt my hunger suppressed within a few minutes. Not sure if it's the placebo effect or not, but this is a great way to keep yourself from going back for extra calories when you don't need them. Add this into your nutritional plan to stay on track. This makes a great snack, or if you're trying to lose weight, a good breakfast or lunch! I am a big fan! The only drawback is - it tastes so good that I keep wanting more...

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Shoe Review #1!

As the Director of Marketing and Assistant Buyer for, I get to test out products that we carry and see how they truly work. The latest product that I've tried is the Zoot Sports ULTRA Tempo+2 Shoe for 2009. Conveniently enough, I have just decided to do a half marathon in eight weeks, so this shoe will play a vital role in my running and racing development.

I have thrown my old running shoes to the corner to try these shoes out, and they made a world of a difference! I immediately noticed a quicker toe-off as well as added comfort and just enough stability in the midsole. These shoes are specifically designed for fast transitions and I had no trouble getting them on and off quickly with the quick lace system and grabbers on the heel and tongue. I can wear this shoes with our without socks, and with the great ventilation, my feet will stay as cool and dry as possible. I wouldn't recommend running off-road in these as they are meant for pavement and solid ground running, but they're definitely alright on the treadmill! And not only did my stride quicken and my run look good, but the shoes themselves look great on me :) These come highly recommended. I'll keep you updated as my training begins this weekend!

Now I just have to work on overcoming this stupid sports-induced asthma... Tips are welcome!

Check out my new Zoot Sports ULTRA Tempo+ 2 Shoes!

Monday, March 16, 2009

My Third Favorite Holiday!

Tomorrow... the day of all days... My Third Favorite Holiday!

What's number one and number two? Christmas and My Birthday, of course! (Wait, you thought birthdays weren't a national holiday, right? Well mine is!)
Now, being Irish and all, I am not only excited to celebrate tomorrow, but I am also contractually obligated to celebrate because of my ancestry. I have stocked up on supplies weeks in advance including all the green money can buy, a clover headband, green suspenders and plenty of beads. We go big.

And don't worry-the festivities start AFTER work. I will not be sneaking my flask in for beer-thirty. I have to say, I'm a little jealous of the crew going at 8am to begin their festivities, but I know that the company I'll be with and the good times that we'll have will bring more than enough cheer to last me until next year.

I'll leave you with this Irish blessing, and I hope that your day tomorrow is full of the great Irish spirit!

May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

And P.S. All the drinking tomorrow will not get in the way of my triathlon training... I feel it will only boost it :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bragging Rights!!! wins sponsor challenge at the UCLA IronBruin last Sunday!
Our boys made me very proud last Sunday... getting up at 4:30 in the morning (mind you, Daylight Savings Time stole an hour of sleep), setting up our booth at the expo, then racing the triathlon at 7 am - not to mention BEATING all of the other sponsors!!!
Good job! That's where it pays off to love your work and what you do! We not only work hard, but we are active within the triathlon community as well. I wish I could say that I was part of the sponsor challenge team, but I'll have my time to shine later this season :)
We took a giant plaque home (with terrible handwriting) and bragging rights for one year! Next year, we'll be showing up again to defend our honor. Watch out!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


So I looooove Donavan Frankenreiter. Great music to chill to after your triathlon...

I just saw that he did a music video with my friend's dad's mariachi band! Check out !!
That is so cool!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

UCLA IronBruin

This weekend will be at the UCLA IronBruin triathlon!!!

Well, actually, this Sunday March 8 to be exact. We be rising and shining at 4:30 am to get there by 5:30!! Jealous?
I am NOT a morning person, yet I'm always planning the events that start the earliest! The very first event I planned for was also the first triathlon I raced, and I did not get an OUNCE of sleep! Hopefully this event, my coffee will kick in before I encounter people...

3 of our guys are running the race in the sponsor challenge group! They're very fast, so look for the guys flashing by!
I will be running our booth at the expo, so come by to say hi and spin our free prize wheel!

Looking forward to another "tri" at overcoming my morning grumpies!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

So I don't necessarily want to go to Arizona for a massage, but that would be nice.

Who couldn't use one of those right now? With the economy how it is, money being tight and so much pressure at work I think we're all feeling the pain. Mine is in my upper back. I haven't had this pain since I was writing my senior thesis and THAT had me sprawled on the floor. This time it's not that bad.. yet.
I had some wine last night (maybe a little more than "some") and it definitely helped relax my muscles.

Something I'm working on is helping my body to handle stress differently. I don't even know I'm stressing until I feel it in my body, and by that time it's too late! Like my brother told me, we all have different ways of handling it and different ways of helping it. There's no widespread solution to alleviating stress and the pain that may or may not come with it, however, there is a way to help. It's all in your way of thinking. You have to choose to be positive and realize that in the long run-things will be okay.

Not to belittle our pains and stresses, but there is ALWAYS someone who is worse off than we are. We have to be thankful for the freedom and the things that we do have, especially amazing friends and family. Wow-this is getting a little too sentimental haha.

To sum it up: Take a break, breathe, and try to always see the positive in things. It makes life so much more beautiful!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I would LOVE to be here right now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

After Afterthoughts... Way Afterthoughts.

I would like to think of this large gap between blogs as a personal time of recuperating and regathering myself during the off-season.
Big news-I am now officially a triathlete! I had my first triathlon December 14 (weird to think of it as last year) and rocked it! It was hard because I was running our company's booth at the same time but, nevertheless, I had an amazing experience. rocked the expo and I rocked my triathlon. Afterwards, I felt so accomplished and proud of myself. The impossible seems so minute after it's been overcome. I would love to say that I have 800 triathlons lined up for me this season, but there are quite a few things hindering me from taking on the triathlon race list at full force.
I will be signing up for the Danskin SHERox triathlon in Disneyland though! Just waiting... for registration to open!
It will be another sprint and not yet an ocean tri, but it will be in the lake/pond under one of the roller coasters in California Adventure!
You could say that I'm a little scared of an ocean swim as I have not even had any proper swim training quite yet. THAT, my friends, is on my list of things to do this year!
Doing that triathlon in December has really helped me understand the world that I am working in (I am Marketing Director for and using my ethnographic marketing, I am better able to reach out to the triathlon community.
I'm excited to keep learning and keep doing and keep tri'ing!

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Talk to you soon!