Tag Archives: workout

Hapalua Half Marathon

IMG_1861I ran my third half marathon yesterday! It was the Hapalua, Hawaii’s half. Talk about not being prepared! The last run I did was the Great Aloha Run which was in February and was 8 miles. In between that and now I maybe ran a total of 10 miles….if that!  I was excited to pick up my number and shirt.  I loved this years colors! Check it out!IMG_1830At packet pick up of course I had to take a pic! IMG_1827IMG_1845The route started in Waikiki and downtown. I was only at mile 2 and was thinking….why did I do this? I’m tired already! I’m not going to make it. Every negative thought went through my head. I tried listening to music, but it really didn’t help. I was not about mile 4 and then I had to use the bathroom! I kept thinking this is going to mess up my time! I’m not going to stop. I’m going to keep going. Then my side and stomach was hurting. I finally made it to about mile 6 and decided I have to stop and pee. I was frustrated a bit. So I stopped to take a selfie…I mean I was not feeling it!

Then the Diamond Head hill was a killer like always! I walked a lot of it, but tried to keep jogging. It’s a mind thing! I kept thinking negative so of course it was going to be a lot worse then it was. I was able to speed up coming down the hill and then there was a rainbow so of course I had to stop and take a pic! IMG_1852It was much better in person! After that was only 2 miles left. I kept thinking, it’s only 2 miles. It was the longest 2 miles ever! But I saw all these people running. Old, young, fit, not so fit and I would find someone to catch up to and keep their pace. I saw the finish line and was like: “I’m almost there.” I finally made it and was able to speed up and run to the finish! It’s a great feeling of accomplishment even though I didn’t beat my PR and had stopped a few times. I got my medal and malasada with a smile. Official time was 2:21:55. IMG_1853

My friend Raquel, who ran her first half marathon and kicked butt!

My friend Raquel, who ran her first half marathon and kicked butt!

Day 27 Body Beast

This is the program I'm currently doing.

This is the program I’m currently doing.

I’m already on day 27! time is going fast. So fast that I started with the Lean workout schedule and decided to switch to the Huge Beast schedule. If I would of stuck with the lean beast, I would be in the Beast/shredding stage. I’m not ready. I want more muscle mass and not to mentionI like eating 2400 calories a day!

I did gain 6 pounds since I’ve started. It mostly went to my waist which I’m ok with for now. It should go away next month in the leaning out phase….It better! #TrustTheProcess….. My biceps and calves increased which is good. And at least my chest stayed the same….I don’t need them shrinking anymore! My diet isn’t so great, but it could be worse. It’s very hard for me to eat 2400 clean calories a day! I eat all day so I’ve been splurging here and there. Eating crap!! Today I start my 7 Day Shakeology challenge so hopefully it gets me back on track!

For those unfamiliar with the Body Beast program. It starts off by a Build and Bulk phase. During this phase, you are lifting heavy weights and eating more then normal. It is ok to gain weight! Then in the third phase, you will drop the calories/macros and lean out, leaving you with lean muscle!

10153603_10203610939703705_1769471872_n

Day 1-Day 27

Day 1-Day 27

10173226_10203610927943411_648610433_n10154873_10203610927903410_551023053_n

Lulumahu Falls

IMG_1420Lulumahu Falls is a easy hike that’s worth doing. The falls is beautiful and was really flowing. We had went after a couple days of rain.

Directions: Take the Pali Hwy towards Kailua and then a slight right to Nu’uanu Pali Dr. Take this road until the end where it meets back up with Pali Hwy. Park there on the right where the parking lot is. When we started we walked out the parking lot towards Nu’uanu Pali Dr. and on the left you will see this fence.

UntitledTo the left of the fence is a hole that you will crawl through.

1

You will follow the road. When you come to the fork, we went straight, but you can go left to take you to the meadow.

the meadow

the meadow

If you go straight, follow the trail until it brings you to a clearing, turn left to the meadow. Keep going until you see the stairs to the right. 99Continue until the stream, and then just follow the trail along the banks, crossing a few times until you reach the falls.

Crossing a stream

Crossing a stream

895

Selfie of course!

Selfie of course!

This was an easy hike. I would say kid friendly. There’s only like one steep part, but of course it depends on your kids’ hiking abilities. I didn’t bring anything on this hike but my GoPro and phone. It’s maybe 3 miles total.

3.30.2014

Everyone Says: “Lift Heavy.” What is heavy?

1533913_568742563215982_1224913788_n

How many times have you heard people tell you to lift heavy? Have you ever asked what that meant? First time I heard that, it was quite intimidating! I’m picturing the people in the gym with veins sticking out and tons of weights on the bars. Even curling 3o pound dumbbells.

This is what I pictured weights will do:women-bodybuilder-01So I always lifted super light weights about 10-12 reps. Would I break a sweat? Not really. Did I get results? Not really. Then I started to go heavier. I wanted the ‘toned’ look. Guess what- lifting heavy will give the lean, toned look.2014-03-03-whatwomenthinkwillhappenliftheavye1360469567159Now we go into the ‘lifting heavy’ part. Heavy to me is lifting enough so you are struggling in the 2nd and 3rd set! Depending on your body, it might be 5 pound weights, 10, 20 or whatever it is. Not everyone’s heavy is the same! For example, if I bench press 65lbs for 15 reps and I’m not tired, my next set of 12 will be 95pounds. And then my last set of 8 will be 95 or even 115. There’s is no point of lifting if you are not tired or feeling it! Don’t be scared to pick up those weights! Even if you start out at 5lb kickbacks and you feel the burn…..that might be your heavy.

74668_477663272323912_677215339_n

There are so many different versions of lifting heavy. That is mine. I go off of what I experienced. So if you have a different version, please share. I’m always open for new ideas or different thoughts! I just do what works for me and like to share that with others.

Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Beast: Build Phase….aka Bulking

This is the program I'm currently doing.

This is the program I’m currently doing.

I’m currently doing Round 2 of Body Beast! It looks a bit intimidating, but it’s not! Don’t be afraid to lift weights! Weights=results!

My first round, I was scared of getting big or bulky. So I lifted heavy, but didn’t do the meal plan requirements. I actually lost weight and it broke my plateau! Here are my results from my first round.

Round 1 Body Beast Results

Round 1 Body Beast Results

Now that I am learning more about fitness, I am trying the recommended calories. This means I am eating 2400 calories a day! I just finished week 2 and I put on a couple pounds. Eating this much is hard! I tried doing a lean bulk at first, but I was too full and couldn’t get my calories up! Now I’m eating a little more junk here and there without feeling guilty. I do try to stay within the recommended macros for the program.

For supplements, I use Beachbody’s Hardcore protein shake since there’s no flavor, it goes great with my Shakeology. So yes, I also use Shakeology and sometimes Fuel Shot. Pre- workout, I rotate between E&E and C4.

photo (2)

Why am I doing this? 1. I want to lean out and get more muscle definition. 2.ABS 3. Booty 4. I want to see if bulking and leaning really work for me!  No, I’m not competing or doing any type of competition. I just like to try different things so when people ask, I can say yes it worked for me or no it didn’t. I can speak from my experience, but of course, everyone’s different.

Ok, here’s the pics…Ignore my iPhone camera quality! I need to find a different place to take them. But here are my pics from when I started and now today- beginning of week 2. (Week 1 on left and week 2 on right). Oh and ignore my HaPpY facial expressions;)

Fotor0324192844Fotor0324192553Fotor0324192644Stay posted for my next 2 week progress pics! Follow my blog by clicking the link to the right!

 

Kalihi Ice Ponds – Na Ohia Falls

First Waterfall

First Waterfall

Kalihi Falls is a nice easy, family hike. We went went it was legal. I believe it is now closed, but research it before you go.

Directions: Take H1 freeway take the Likelike exit towards Kalihi Valley. Follow that road and just past the intersection of Likelike Hwy and N. School Street, veer slightly right and then make a left turn on to Kalihi Street. Follow Kalihi Street to the very end. Nalanieha street will intersect with Kalihi Street. Find parking in this residential area. Just don’t make too much noise and don’t block driveways or mailboxes.

Once you park, walk over the bridge and go through the gate. You will pass a large tank and a couple buildings. This part of the trail is paved.  Once you get to this car, pay attention to the right. It’s maybe about 20 minutes into the hike.

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

My girl, Rhona, riding dirty;)

To your right will be the trail down to the falls. There was a spray painted sign on one of the trees. There will be a steep rope part, but not difficult. Maybe a little slippery. Then you will see the swimming hole.

We climbed up the falls.

We climbed up the falls.

Climbing up wasn’t bad at all. Some people jump from the rocks, but we didn’t. Be careful with the ropes. I was surprised to see how this one was being held…

1391666_10202194323689190_1989329688_n

The top

The top

We didn’t take too many pictures. It was only about a mile and took maybe an hour.

Tips: Bring bug repellent.

10/2013

 

Spartan Race Hawaii- Aloha Stadium

18

Aloha Stadium

My 2nd Spartan Sprint! This was a bit different since it was in the stadium. I’ll never look at Aloha Stadium the same way again! Running up and down bleachers and ramps. Doing a ton of burpees! Yup, I failed the football throw and spear throw!

The start of the race!

The start of the race!

This was the entrance to the stadium!

Going up AGAIN!

Going up AGAIN!

And back down- AGAIN

And back down- AGAIN

Running up and down this was nuts! I don't know how many times we did this!

Running up and down this was nuts! I don’t know how many times we did this!

And we ran across the bleachers!

And we ran across the bleachers!

Climbing over the 6ft wall.

Climbing over the 6ft wall.

Burpee Locker Room

Burpee Locker Room

Monkey Bars! I almost feel trying to get up to the first one!

Monkey Bars! I almost feel trying to get up to the first one!

Tire pull....this was easy!

Tire pull….this was easy!

The Ropes! Love em!

The Ropes! Love em!

I made it to the top! I couldn't do this last year, but this year I did!

I made it to the top! I couldn’t do this last year, but this year I did!

Going through the finish line!

Going through the finish line!

Selfie before the race.

Selfie before the race.

 

After pic!

After pic!

There was a lot of obstacles during this race! So I was not concerned about my time. My main goal was to go to the top of that rope! Mission accomplished. Can’t wait for the Super and Beast! 

This was fun. We had a great time! You don’t need mud in an obstacle course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waimano Falls

10556_10201348025532265_1361168886_nThis is a beginner hike. I would say kid friendly, but there is one rope section and a steep hill: cardiac hill. It’s about 3.5 miles and 2 hours. But it also depends on how fast you hike, take pics, swim etc. Just beware if you swim in this one, it is known for leptospirosis:flesh eating bacteria that gets in if you have any open cuts.

Directions: The trail is at the end of Komo Mai Dr. in Aiea. It is in a residential area, so of course no blocking driveways or mailboxes.

1003989_10201348019452113_61343264_n

Starting point

Take the Manana Trail and go for about an hour. It starts on a paved road, but turns into a dirt road. Make sure to pay attention. It is easy to miss. We did miss it because we were all talking and not paying attention. So if you come to a bench, turn around! Look at the trees. It is spray painted on there.

947055_10201348019292109_130044333_n

The start of the falls.

The start of the falls.

Part of the waterfall

Part of the waterfall

Some kids jumping from the ropes.

Some kids jumping from the ropes.

 

Our group pic

Our group pic

Tips: hmmmm- don’t really have any. Of course some water and snacks. It’s pretty shaded through the whole trail. It was a little muddy in areas. I’m glad I wore my Five Fingers.

 

 

Olomana 3 Peaks

554839_441440375946202_245969106_n

The 3 peaks.

One of my most fun and challenging hikes! This hike consists of three peaks, Olomana, Paku’i, and Ahiki. This is an intermediate hike if you go to the first peak and advanced if you continue on. I think the reviews of all 3 peaks are worse then it really was.

Directions: GPS:  77 Auloa Rd, Kailua. I use navigation for everything so it’s kind of hard otherwise, but take H3, to Kam hwy, turn right, then left at the end of road and turn right at the light, Auloa will be off that road…. When you park, make sure you hide all valuables. There’s a lot of break ins right there.  The parking is maybe 1/4 mile if that from the turn. If you drive and come to the gate, you went to far. You will walk through the gate and the guard will just wave. On the left is the trail.

37043_10201104937015204_1191324039_n

This is the start of the trail!

It is about 1.5 miles to the first peak, but it’s the highest! The incline is a nice cardio workout! There are a few sections with ropes that are not too bad. Right before you get to the top, you do have to climb a boulder. It’s not as bad as it looks. I used the rope, but have seen people not use it.

Boulder to 1st peak.

Boulder to 1st peak.

After the boulder, you are pretty much at the top. Enjoy the view and take pics! It’s the best peak for pictures!

9364_10201105105699421_2055051611_n

Climbing up the 1st peak.

Going to the 2nd peak is a little more difficult, but I think if you make it to the first, you can do the 2nd.

197735_10201105202061830_1964672316_n

Going to the 2nd peak.

There are some spots right towards the 2nd that you do have to be extra careful. There are ropes to help out, but I found in some areas, you don’t need them. You make the call.

946945_10201945980400763_1362113844_n

Once you get to the 2nd peak is when you really have to decide if you want to continue on. The first time we went with a group of ladies, we turned around. Then I went back with my hubby and a friend and her hubby. To me, the hardest part was going down the 2nd peak. And yes this is where the last incident happened. A person did fall to their death.

1151042_10201945961440289_2014518873_n

Going down the 2nd. Vertical drop…

It is pretty vertical and you do have to use the ropes here. Test them before using it. My hubby went down first which helped so he could help me with my footing.

1239512_10201945962120306_1851316855_n

Check out how straight down it is..

After you get down from here. There are more places to climb rocks and yes if you do make a bad move, you can fall all the way down. You will come to the keyhole.

1148846_10201945964720371_11506006_n

The Keyhole

Some choose to climb through it and go through the hole. But we did not risk that since there are no ropes there and I hear the rocks can give out. So we went around it.

1231480_10201945963960352_269391002_n

My friend, Rhona, going around.

1185369_10201969729154467_916191590_nAnd this is what it looks like closer. It is a narrow ledge and a rope to hold on to. And yup more climbing, but once you get to the top of third, it’s a great feeling of accomplishment….but remember you have to come back. Even though some go down the other way. 945370_10201105112019579_360412105_n946693_10201105115979678_1219898810_n247511_10201105106859450_640125570_n

946956_10201945962840324_535343109_nTips: Bring lots of water and snacks! Try to go early because it does get hot!

It is 4-5 miles doing all peaks and back. Takes about 4-6 hours depending on experience, breaks, and pictures.

4.2013/1.2014

Koko Head

226644_10200364687349425_1345713216_n

The shortest and most challenging hike! It’s 1,048 stairs to the top! It’s a great cardio workout! You have a great view of Hanauma Bay and Hawaii Kai.

Directions: Parking is at Koko Head District Park. This is the address: 423 Kaumakani St. Honolulu.

556830_373394586084115_1481223213_n

Once you get to the trailhead, don’t get scared! It looks intimidating, but just go one step at a time! Take breaks! I’ve done this trail over 7 times now. It’s still hard!

189014_4804993852385_1258088924_n

There is a bridge at about 500 steps. You can go across it or go around it. Just be careful and it gets pretty slippery! I fell running down it and it was not pretty. I posted the video on YouTube.

314787_10200459853528520_1877492558_n

The bridge

After the bridge, it is steeper. Just take your time and enjoy the view from the top.

Bring water and a snack!

I time myself every time I do this. I’m still trying to beat my PR going up! (21 min)

Sunset, but it gets dark pretty quick!

Sunset, but it gets dark pretty quick!

408632_4805007452725_1469015450_n150574_4805003212619_49267690_n