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!


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