Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lululemon Running Workshop…

Hello my loves!!!! I hope you chicas and chicos are having a fabulous day! I am so grateful that the weather is wonderful in NYC! It has been disgusting for the past couple of days (way too hot) but thankfully today it’s around 75 degrees!

Lululemon The Total Running Series “Know Before You Go”

Last night, I attended a Lecture/Workshop at Lululemon. When I read about this on their Calendar of Events, I knew that I had to attend!

“Are you planning on running a fall marathon or 1/2 marathon? Will you be “Ready to Run”? Before you take another step learn how you can avoid unnecessary running related injures before they start by identifying your injury risk potential. This informative and fun lecture/workshop will help you determine: · If you are at risk for exercise related injuries. · How to identify your Injury Risk Potential. · How to break the injury cycle and improve your performance. · Learn how to run injury free for life. Brett Cohen is a Sports Performance Coach who has completed 6 marathons and more than 200 road races. He is certified as an Exercise Coach, a Level 2 Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and a Golf Biomechanic by the C.H.E.K Institute (Corrective High Performance Exercise Kinesiologist). He is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine- Personal Trainer and International Sports Sciences Association-Fitness Trainer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. He has lectured for the New York Road Runners Learning Series, The Colgate-Palmolive Co., The Running Company Store and has written an “ask the expert” column for Competitor Magazine.”

(Courtesy of Lululemon)

You guys know that I have been dealing with this horrible pain on my leg ever since my first race and every time I thought it was getting better, I would go out an run and boom the pain would come back. Well it seems that I am not the only one that goes through this. According to the lecture most runners get “Injured, Re-hab, Rest, and Repeat”….they never find the actual cause of the injury. For me, it might be the fact that I have a Mild Case of Scoliosis (I had HUGE breasts when I was younger). My first running injury were Shin Splints about 3 years ago and then I got Plantar Fasciitis on my right foot and started to sleep with a night splint…that stopped me dead in my tracks. This year I promised myself that I would run my first 5K and everything seemed great until I started to get pain on my left foot and from there the pain started to go up to my leg and that is what I am dealing with now.  A recent Runner’s World poll revealed that 66% of respondents had suffered an injury in 2009. Brett mentioned something that Diane Lee (physiotherapist) said “You can’t run to be fit, you need to be fit to run”. Many people run to lose weight etc. but their body is not physically prepared to withstand the strain, running has on the body. Each time the foot hits the ground the force is equivalent to as much as 5-7 times the body weight! Research has shown that 6 out of 10 females who begin a distance running program will eventually become injured =/.

These statistics scared me last night but all is not lost. Brett showed how “The Functional Movement Screening Process” can help. The FMS is the first line of defense in discovering your injury risk potential. Developed by board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist Gray Cook, the FMS is being used to discover injury risk potential in professional sports teams and individuals. Brett demonstrated some of the screening process with volunteers and it was interesting to see how one person can be stronger on one side of their body and have to compensate. Brett raffled off a complete screening but unfortunately I did not win but I think I am going to make an appointment with him, so that I can get a better understanding of my body.

For the most part, I enjoyed the Lecture but I have to say that one thing left me “scratching my head”. I have always heard that runners should cross train to avoid injury but Brett said that the only cross training we should do is Strength Training and Yoga “you want to run to run, not to ride a bike or swim”. This caught me off guard because what am I supposed to do while I am injured? Sit on my bum? I need to get cardio! if not I will blow up like WOAH lol. I wanted to get more one on one time with him to get a better understanding of this but it was already late and I am sure he wanted to get home. Perhaps I misinterpreted what he was saying; I need to pick his brain a little more. Once he gets his website up and running, I will let you guys know, incase you are interested in having your own screening.

All in all, it was a great event and the staff at Lululemon was great! I  plan on attending more of their event.


Eats & Workout

On Monday I went to TGI Friday with mi familia to celebrate Hailey’s last day of school. I was not sure what I was going to have for din din while we were there so I made sure I got my fruits and veggies before heading out. For Lunch I made myself a Green Monster with Spinach, Blueberries, LMM, Cup of FF Milk, and Splenda.


When we went to TGIF, I was excited to see a new item on their menu…Dragonfire Salmon; Norwegian Salmon fillet fire-grilled and glazed with spicy Chinese Kung Pao sauce. Served over Jasmine Rice with Pineapple Pico de Gallo, Mandarin Oranges, and Broccoli.


Yums what a great dish!!!!!! It was packed with so much flavor, I can’t wait to go back and have it again.


Ayer I did 30 minutes of Kettlebell training before starting my day (281 Calories)

For Breakfast I had a smoothie made with Blueberries, 1/2 a Banana, Coffee, Splenda, LMM, and Milk


For Lunch  I tried the Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu frozen meal from Trader Joe’s



It was pretty good but I just wished that it had a little more peanut sauce…

Before heading to the Workshop and then to the movies with my sister, I had a Black Bean Burger with Nature’s Pride Whole Wheat Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, and Mayo and Ketchup sauce…I am becoming quite obsessed with these burgers lol.



This morning I slept in until 8:30 since I didn’t get home until 3 AM! BTW I loved Eclipse! I am not a “Twiheart” like my sister but I can enjoy a good movie and it doesn’t hurt that it has some yummy eye candy! ha

Like I mentioned earlier, it is a gorgeous day so I had to get out there! Yes, I can’t run but I can still walk (I hope). I walked for 2.5 miles and then came back home and did Upper Body Strength Training followed by some Planks and Stretching (565 Calories)

I refueled with another Green Monster (are you tired of seeing these yet?). This one had Coffee, cup of FF Milk, LMM, 1/2 a cup of Zico Passion Fruit Coconut Water, Spinach, Strawberries, and Splenda and I paired it with a Chocolate and Banana Protein Muffin.


I was supposed to go to Riverside Park tonight for some Yoga in the Park but my cousin and her family (including my godson) are moving to San Diego this week, so I am going to go there instead and say good bye =/…The yoga will be there next week but my family wont be.

Have a great day loves!



  1. i dont get the whole twihard thing! haha I havent seen one movie and didnt even make it through the whole book!! but I do understand there is plenty of hype!! mmm that salmon does sound good!!
    I made a NEW bean burger on my blog!

  2. Sounds like a fun and very informative event! I wouldn't agree with the no cross training thing though. Swimming especially is supposed to be soo beneficial.

  3. Great job on your recap. I'm not a doctor, but I think you are ok with the whole cross training deal since you are doing this to heal from your injury.

    I do think it's interesting that one has to be fit to run- totally true!

    Enjoy your family time!

  4. Sounds like a good event! I learned the other day that you have to be fit to run. I am still sore almost a week later! Yum I do need to get that salmon next time!

  5. Im a twihard and i cant waitt to see the movie! I am reading the book now just to be refreshed! ((((edward)))))
    sorry i missed the seminar! Sounded really interesting! and would have made me feel less guilty about quitting my c25K training.
    pain sucks. eat a cupcake instead.
    no dont do that. LOL

  6. I have to say I think that bit about the cardio is bullshit. You should TOTALLY cross train while you are running (or not, as the case may be). Good athletes are people who are well balanced, not people who have really buff lower bodies and totally pathetic uppers.

    That salmon looks amazing!

    And if I were you I would just mix up some of your fab peanut sauce and add it to the pad thai :P

  7. Well I'm glad to hear someone has given you good advice, and I hope he does end up helping you in the long run (no pun intended there).

    God for you for making sure to get all your fruits and veggies before going to dinner! And, that meal was served at TGI Friday?! They've stepped it up since I went there, clearly! Looks fantastic.

  8. That dish looks amazing, I gotta have that!

    By the way, I didn't get home until around 730, but I see you didn't go anyways.

    I don't agree with that guy about “you want to run to run, not to ride a bike or swim”

    Swimming is a great workout and especially for people who have injuries or disabilities. And if your foot hurts how would biking injure you more? Maybe I don't get that.

  9. I've had the Dragonfire chicken, but never the salmon-it looks so good! I love seeing all of your green monsters. They inspire me to get creative when I make mine!

  10. Cool sounding lecture. I would think that if you are injured it would not be advisable to sit on your butt. I think swimming is a great way to do cardio without being weight baring. That pad thai looks good!

  11. I think he probably just meant if you are in the midst of training, that the only other things you need to do are strength and yoga. But since you are not currently running, obviously biking and swimming would be great.

    Sounds like you learned a lot! That 6 out of 10 statistic was shocking to me too. I've been having problems with my hip lately but I think it's from too much walking of all things.

  12. oh you're making me UBER excited to see eclipse tomorrow :)

    that fridays choice sounds so good! i love jasmine rice so much so it sounds like a perfect meal!

  13. With a name like Dragon Fire Salmon, I'm not surprised it was so good! Yum!! And the event sounds great.

    Hope you are enjoying the fine weather, MAri!

  14. Wow what an impressive dish from TGIF!! I love to see healthy options like that! Usually when I eat out I feel like if I want to eat healthy I'm stuck with steamed veggies or something so I give in to cheesy and fried.

  15. I am obsessed with Lululemon!!
    It used to be so much better though. It started in Vancouver and everything was made here. Such good quality. Now they outsource to some random foreign country.... the quality hasn't been the same since. They go ball-y after one wear!

  16. That Pad Thai Looks really good! Where did you get it?!

    Dana xo

  17. The lululemon running event sounds great, I wonder if the one by me hosts events like that. Have a great weekend - stay cool!


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