Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicago Marathon 2014


It was my first FULL marathon. My training paid off . My cross-training equaled to the perfect ingredients to have a successful race. I have been humbled with this experience and left completely inspired by all the runners. I have conquered so much , I've made multiples gains but yet continue to GRIND. Marathon training is a GRIND . I take with me superpowers this race has given me , focus , dedication and vision. Just follow your truth, your passion, your GRIND. I've learned a lot from myself these past weeks of training and have been selfish in giving myself high standards and lofty goals but as my aim gets better and standards around me rise up I know it's all for the better.


Thank you allfor your good vibes , love and light .

Friday, May 16, 2014

Speed and Strength



Lately my goal has been running efficiently & optimizing my every stride . These past couple of months have been filled with non-stop training and races each month.  I took a quick vacation to DR and now back in the District getting my stride back. 
I've been doing long runs and have had a diligent regimen of running , tempo , uphills , distance intervals while still cross-training with classes such a cycling , yoga , yoga weights , HIIT etc. you know the usual. 
All of those elements have improved my fitness and performance. And dammit I love that shit ! 
Sweating has become something I cant live without . Now my focus is to keep those elements of distance running while reeling in on Speed and Strength. 

Get Strong. Focus on balancing my body strength   better stabilize to run more efficiently with less wear and tear. 
Get your power on. Adding plyometrics into my regular routine will boost strength and speed by improving the elasticity of the muscle via the stretch-shortening cycle. - Runners World 

It’s important to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and optimal running efficiency isn’t, either. You have to work for it , progress is everything , patience is a virtue . 


I recently got in the CHICAGO Marathon through the lottery system and I am effing STOKED! 

and they say CHI City .... 
I'm set up with a 24-week plan through the Nike+ Running App
There is a Nike+ Coach part that comes equipped with training programs, coaching tips, and daily workouts to get you race-ready. It helps track my progress, and gives me daily run reminders. It's my best friend that knows my schedule . 
So far so good . So here is to a summer filled with sweat and endorphins .  Run. Train. Create.Live.



Photos via @NikeRunning 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Are you stretching enough ?

So you've book yourself an ambitious week of training and end up skipping a session due to muscle soreness. I've been there , Jillian Michael s videos rock for at-home workouts, I had been doing  her Shred-it with weights video for roughly three weeks , I felt like it was time I graduated from video to a live session. The first week I started my kettle bell sessions I had to skip the following class due to muscle soreness. I started thinking what was I doing different this time compared to what  I had been doing before when working out to the Jillian's video.  I've found that stretching is key after a workout , Jillian spends about three full minutes stretching all the muscles worked in our 45 minute session. 
 You see, when you exercise, the lactic acid builds up in your muscles which leads to fatigue and muscle soreness. Stretching post a workout means that your muscles are warm and you have increased blood circulation that helps your muscles recover faster from the workout and prevent any future injuries. 
After your high intensity workout , start the process of bringing your heart rate down with a few calming post-workout stretches " stretch & hold " this will help increase the level you are able to push yourself in the next workout. 
So remember don't skimp on the stretch, stretching after a killer sweat session calms the mind and relaxes the body.  Wearing- Nike Flyknit Lunar2 , Nike Dri-fit Knit Long Sleeve , Nike Luxe Running Tights

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOLEMATE: Nike Lunarglide +5

So it was valentines day this past Friday  , for some the day means long stemmed roses and fine-dining , for fitness folks like us it could mean another sweat session or running date. Since love is still in the air this week, I wanted to get personal and share with you my new found love.

After many painful shin splints , soreness of soles & loss of one … ok two toe nails,  I FINALLY found my Sole Mate, the Nike LunarGlide +5. Its stable, stylish, supportive and committed to go the distance. Isn't that what we all want from a relationship.


Ever since I laced these babies up, I've been running on cloud 9. Nike Lunarlon system features a foam core within a supportive foam carrier for a plush cushioning , spring response and needed support.
They are soft on impact but have a kick back with with every step.

I need arch support during my runs , the ultra-light flywire connected to the laces allows me to tighten up the shoe around my mid-foot and arch for more control.

The Fitsole sockliner molds to the shape of your foot for a custom fit and improved underfoot support.

It's important to fall for a shoe that best compliments your stride and helps strengthen your posture. I went on the search to find the best sole for myself after painful consistent shin splints. I was in love with my minimal barefoot like shoe , the colors were memorizing , the minimalist aesthetics had me at first run but in the long run it was a pain. I finally went with with a stability shoe and haven't looked back ever since.
I must add the style is sportswear chic and looks as good post run in the coffee shop as it does on the road.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nike Women's Half DC

picture : @nikerunning ( that's me! ) 

12-weeks training starts today #werunDC
 Over the next 12 weeks, we share one goal: 13.1 miles. 
I embark this journey with the Nike Run Club DC  as a pacer and can not be more ecstatic! 
The run club helped me train and conquer the hills of San Fran for the Nike Women's Marathon last year , they have become my comrades and we run the DC streets in masses. 
I've came along way since last year , it's been a journey and I am looking forward to seeing how much more we can accomplish together. 
Training together gives you so much , friendships, counseling , pictures , stories , strength in numbers is the saying right ? Grab a partner join a run club , if you're in the district run with Nike Run Club. We have pacers for all distances and pace. 
I plan on documenting this journey and writing about my struggles  & triumphs as a runner / pacer / team-mate and woman working on longevity. Running in the city that I love and has made me who I am today. 
It took dedication for me to kill-it in San Fran , running isn't the only thing . I had to change my social calender , cross-train , eat consciously , research , read, rest , miss events, cut back on HAPPY HOURS etc. 
But I reaped rewards and got a nice little Tiffany's necklace as a medal , I felt unstoppable. 
I hope you can share some stories and advice too. 



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nike Flash Pack

Be Seen. Stay Dry. 
Some people retreat to their sheltered heated gyms during the cold winter months , some RUN WINTER , embrace the elements and yield new adventures. 
If you're and outdoorsy runner , get your hands on some reflectivity. 
Shorter days signal that it’s time to add reflective running gear to those low-light runs. 
Nike introduces a collection of shoes and apparel featuring water resistant properties, vibrant reflectivity and breathable, lightweight warmth
I went on a #flashrun with the nike run club and can you tell, I was shinning bright . I really do feel more comfortable reflecting through the dark trails for safety and style purposes. The nike lunar glide shield shoes have allowed me to run the distance without soggy wet socks . When you run you want to think about nothing so knowing that I am reflecting and dry really alleviates those concerns, 
Reflectivity gives you visibility in low-light 
Water-resistant finish helps keep you dry through the rain , sleet or snow ... that soggy weather 
Ventilation gives the increases breathability and boost airflow 
  Above all, anyone else on the road will definitely see you coming.

Announcement : 
Need a running buddy better yet a run club ...
Nike Georgetown hosts a run club : Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am. They have pacers for all distances, including, a walk/run group.  
If you are participating in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, please let me know!
I'm excited to say that I will be pacing with Nike Run Club to help motivate , train ,and run with all you ladies training for the Nike Women's Half . 


Photos : Creative Genius Concepts

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

APRICITY


The warmth of the sun on a cold winter's day.


     Apricity is one of those words representing such a characteristic, clean-cut and specific occasion proving the observance of human kind. The feel of winter is vivid in the arctic hues surrounding me , the late dawns awakening me and the cold breath brushing me. It's a beautiful feeling when the temperature is in the bone chilling low twenties yet you feel sunshine. I haven't worn a blouse in a while , my textiles of choice have been knit, wool, cashmere and anything that insulates me using duck feathers. and FLEECE oh yea tons of FLEECE … can you blame me . I wouldn't say I've gotten lazy with my attire , I have just started to realize I am an ornament of my environment and I should compliment it well by being as cozy as possible. 



there's still tons to do in the winter , stay active , stay social , stay motivated . What I'm saying is that when your walking to get your morning cup of joe,  take time to appreciate the APRICITY you are presently feeling. Take in that Vitamin D









visuals : Carlis
jacket : zara , bag: Coach , boots: mini market , pants; helmet lang , shades: le spec , dress : target 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas X Tartan Plaid


 It was all good just a week ago......

 I hope you all enjoyed your time and celebrated with loved ones. I am lucky to say that every year its gets better , what better way to end the year filled with Love & Happiness

A little punk , little glam , little lumberjack 
                                                     
   


I think I have found my Christmas gear for the years to come. The ill fitting but super comfy , holiday inspired tartan plaid button up dress.  I must add it was pretty popular with the kids ( nieces & nephew ) so I'm still
 " the cool aunt"




Now its time to set new challenges & fresh adventures for the following 365 days.Life is a journey, make things happen for you. Decorate your own soul with joy, awareness and bliss. Don't forget the feeling of being alive!

The journey changes you - it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
— Anthony Bourdain


Photos were taken by my visual fiend sister ( Rosa Magaly )


XOXO
Lumberjack Mona 



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Decorous Woman

The ingredients to this look are staples in the history of fashion, they were used in the past & still used now. Everything is fashion has a spin cycle. I think these ingredients just like us are forever evolving but with a new fresh perspective.  

Tweed , Paisley ,  Clogs , Cat-Eye Glasses , Adorned Gems all signs point to a Classic Ladylike Look
               

      the floral spray with granite like gems work in cohesion with the silver & gold hardware. The tailored collar  is suitable for a neat appearance. 


 [modern] clogs - no they are not crocs ,but a distant relative. I switched the secure straps to a tan color to give my feet a neutral pop of color. 

and then there's tweed the rough unfinished woolen fabric the pulled my look together. 

on the topic of change : They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.



Blouse & Glitz: Zara 
Shoes: Alexander Wang 
Jacket & Skirt : DC consignment boutique 


Monday, December 9, 2013

Aeroloft Metallic Innovation


RUN WINTER .... 
the motto , the challenge , the season . 
It's actually a good time to RUN , the trails will be less busy, the weather is cool and the gear is  innovative , luxury tech and stylish which appeals to the RUNNING CULTURE
Having the right apparel makes a difference , and layering is key. 




 The innovative Aeroloft 800 from Nike  features alternating down-filled panels and perforated ventilation zones, ensuring that you are protected from the cold outside and that you stay sweat-free, which in turn helps to maintain the correct body temperature. Layer this piece over your favorite running T-shirt for training during the cold months for comfort and insulation.






Run during the day and get the Vitamin D from the Sun that we sometimes lack during the winter season. It'll boost your mood and give you the edge needed to conquer the rest of your day like a champ. 



Mix up your route, run through the neighborhood holiday lights or run a holiday race. I'm lucky enough to run the Capitol during the night and seriously the Monuments light up and never looked better.

Running in the cold improves your physical endurance; the intense weather can program your body to operate better in adverse conditions, thereby increasing your stamina.


Accessorize, go tech smart : Nike Sportswatch tracks your time, distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned. It also shows your mapped route, with pace data, and changes in elevation. The fuel band  measures my movement in all kinds of activities. 


REFLECT  during your #flashrun . The Lunarglide 5+ shield's water resistance, reflectivity and a fleece collar make it ideal for running in wet, dark, cold conditions. There is a fleece lining inside , cozy comfort .  

Photos : Tammy
Gear: Nike Fuel Band , Nike SportsWatch , Lunarglide 5+ Shoes , Aeroloft Vest , Dri-Fit Knit Running Top , Thermal Leggings

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nike Tech Fleece Cape




The Tech Fleece Cape, is the GAME CHANGER.  The off-center zipper and dropped back hem make for an incredibly chic jacket.  #sportswearchic . 




This modernized fleece gives all the warmth without the weight. Two layers of jersey with mono foam spacer that traps body heat makes it warm , lightweight , comfortable and sleekishly stylish. I would say this is NIKE's interpretation of contemporary sportswear. #bravo 



The clean cut grey, matte black branding athletic inspired piece is my new go to item. “This is the real showstopper of the collection. We think she can wear this to the gym, or it can transition to night time, she can go out on the town and still look really polished,” said Laird(Nike Women’s Sportswear Apparel Design Director) 



I totally  agree, here I have incorporated the cape in my workwear attire
What do you think ?  



Photos: Black Puma
Cape : NIKE
Trousers & Pumps : Zara 
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