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Weekly Recap, Oct 28-Nov 3


I haven’t written a weekly workout recap post since the end of the summer. At the time my body was feeling so out-of-sync that the workouts weren’t anything that I wanted to remember. Sadly, not much has changed in the past two-and-half months. I have been seeing a Functional Medicine doctor who is helping me to heal my body (digestive system). Some days are better than others but I am no where near being completely healed. I am however feeling a little more energized and had a decent week workout-wise.

+ Mon, Oct 28: Rest Day

+ Tues, Oct 29: Bad track workout

+ Wed, Oct 30: Spin workout + Strength Training workout with Trainer Dave

Instead of a 6 am Spin class, my gym offers a 6 am Body Pump class on Wednesdays. So if I want to get an early morning Spin workout done I have to do it on my own at 5 am. I’ve found pretty good Spin workouts just by surfing the Web and did a 30-minute one followed by 30-min of core and PT exercises

At lunch time I did a rowing/circuit workout with Trainer Dave:

- Warmed up with 2000 meters on the rowing machine
- 4 sets, no rest in-between sets:
10 regular push-ups
10 TRX low rows
15 squats with overhead press holding a 20 lb medicine ball
15 KB swings with 25 lb KB
10 TRX reverse Y flies

+ Thurs, Oct 31: 5K time trial with a 1-mile warm-up and 1-mile cool down

One of the things my Functional Medicine doctor is treating me for is Adrenal Fatigue, so although I was pleased with the paces I ran, this run knocked me out. I’m also still dealing with sore calves and shin splints so you can imagine just how much fun this run was…

+ Fri, Nov 1: Strength Training workout with Trainer Dave

- Warm-up with 2000 meters rowing
- 10 x 200 meter rowing springs with 1-min rest
- 3 sets circuit (no rest in-between sets):
10 Pushups
15 Kettle Bell Swings (25 lbs)
10 Burpees

+ Sat, Nov 2:  90-minute (9-mile) Run 

The above photo was taken on this run. Fall running is the best!

+ Sun, Nov 3: 40-min Untimed Run 

In two weeks I’m running the Big Sur Half Marathon. With me trying to heal my gut its probably not the most ideal time to be running an endurance event but I’m going to anyway. Since I wasn’t able to run Twin Cities Marathon last month, this is my consolation event. I really have cut back my workouts quite a bit (compared to marathon training) and my Functional Medicine doctor has much experience working with endurance athletes so she gets it. She understands that “this is what she has to work with” (her words, not mine) and is willing to do so (I do plan on cutting back even more after this race).

When I first signed up for this race I had grand dreams of running a PR because its the first race I ever ran 5 yrs ago. But I’m not expecting that to happen anymore and I’m okay with it (mostly). There’ll be other races to try to run a personal record so for this race I’m just looking forward to running half marathon #21 and celebrating how far I’ve come the first one.

On Being Perfectly Imperfect

{The title of this post is a direct quote from Jo.}

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I woke up this morning, reached for my phone to look up today’s assigned workout in Evernote.

My heart sank. It was 800-meter repeats at the track.

I LOATHE 800-meter repeats at the track. There is nothing – NOTHING – fun about them.

If I had my way I would have pushed the workout off to this evening so that I could spend the day psyching myself up for it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible as I already had evening plans.

I stumbled out of bed to my laptop so that I could program the workout into my Garmin. It took 30 precious minutes to do so, which meant 30 less minutes to get this workout done. My work days now involve 8 am meetings almost every day so I have a narrow window of time to complete morning workouts.

I got to the track when it was pitch dark. This did not help my foul mood.

I started my warm-up mile which did not feel good. I was so stressed about the workout and had worked myself into such a frenzy that my stomach revolted. Thank goodness the bathrooms were unlocked. I took care of business then continued my warm-up. I found a nice rhythm and thought I was doing better until I looked at my Garmin. My heart sank because I thought my pace would have been faster with the effort I felt I had put into it.

I did my dynamic stretches and warm-up drills. No matter how terrible the warm-up mile feels, I always feel better after doing these.

Not today.

I went through three 800-meter repeats and they all sucked. The effort did not match the pace, which also missed the targets.

Angry thoughts and frustrated feelings raged through me…

…I was angry at my stomach for revolting when I’ve been working to hard to heal it.
…I was angry at my coach for giving me this awful workout that he knows I hate and with no forewarning.
…I was angry at the track for being wet.
…I was angry at the walkers at the track for not staying in the same lane and moseying along while I was dying.
…I was angry at my legs for the stupid shin splints, foot pain and calf pull I’ve been dealing with for a week.

With each repeat I ran I kept telling myself that I needed to chill out because not every run is going to be a perfect run. But I am such a Type A person that using that excuse wasn’t acceptable. I tried to tell myself to just accept what I could do today. But then I couldn’t because it wasn’t going to be good enough.

It was far from the perfect run that I wanted it to be.

After the third repeat I stopped my Garmin, walked off the track, drove home.

Most of all I was upset at myself for feeling this way.


A few hours later I opened Feedly and read this post by Jo on “stepping back and letting go…”

I swear its like she read my mind…

Obviously our “learning experiences” were different, but the takeaway is the same…

I took this workout (and many others) way too seriously, putting too much pressure on myself and took the fun out of it (although I’m not sure there is anything fun in running 800-meter repeats).

Running is supposed to be fun but way more often than not I take the fun out of it. I mean its not my job, I don’t get paid to do this. But I was raised in a household where I was always told to “be the best” (Asian you know…), and when I’m not the best, or at least being *my* best it kills me, and my confidence.

But in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean anything. Even if I had hit every target pace I think I still would have felt like it wasn’t good enough. But I suppose that’s why we keep trying because we are all…“Perfectly imperfect, but always learning and embracing…”

New Month, Fresh Start

Last month I took an unintentional / intentional hiatus from the blog.

Here’s a list of what went down:


After my IBS diagnosis, I stayed on an Elimination Diet for about three weeks then decided to see a functional medicine doctor (like a holistic doctor). There are several people in my trusted circle who have been treated by functional medicine doctors and in this situation I felt that it was the best route for me to take versus seeing a conventional GI specialist.

Through blood and muscle testing it was confirmed that I have a high sensitivity to gluten and dairy (what I already suspected), but also learned that I am also intolerant of corn and soy.

I was also diagnosed with a low-producing thyroid, low levels of Vitamin B/Folic Acid, and high levels of metal and microbial blockages in the intestines. It’s likely that my body has been in this state for much longer than I’ve realized and hasn’t been absorbing much of the food I ate anymore.

This explained the constant stomach pain, bloating, fatigue, headaches, anxiety – the list goes on and on.

My doctor put on a protocol of supplements and enzymes. I’ve been on the protocol for about three weeks and am very encouraged by the small signs of progress, although I’ve been advised that the healing process could take up to six months.

Running / Training

In the weeks leading up to my diagnosis my symptoms were at an all-time high and hindered my training for the Twin Cities Marathon. Once I was diagnosed I decided to stop training for it and let my body heal.

But that’s not to say I’ve stopped running. I am still (thankfully) be able to run, just not the super long distances that marathon training requires. I’ve stuck to 10-11 miles or less.

My focus is now on training for the Big Sur Half and Berkeley Half – both in the second half of November.

As for TCM, I’m still making the trip to Minneapolis with Renee and Alyssa. I wasn’t allowed to drop down to the 10-mile race so I plan to still start the race but drop off at some point during the middle of it. I’ll still be able to have the glorious experience of running through the fall foliage around the lakes, which is the whole reason I signed up for this race!


As for the non-running part of life I spent the past two weeks on work “trips.”

Although the first week was a short 20-minute drive into the City, I was required to stay in a hotel for the week which meant packing a suitcase and eating restaurant food.

Having to do that for two consecutive weeks while still trying to figure out what foods my body can tolerate was very challenging.

By the time the second week of travel (this time in Las Vegas) was over, I was so excited to come home so that I could eat my own food.

I also took advantage of end-of-the-month sales and bought this:


My old car was almost 10 years old and it was time for a new one.

I did all of the negotiations online and got a screaming good deal on it. It’s the first time I’ve ever negotiated a car deal entirely on my own and I’m pretty damn proud of myself for doing it! I even went down to the dealership all by myself to handle the trade in and pick it up!

Now that the page has turned on a new month, I have every intention of being an active participant in the blogging in world again. Please hold me to it!