Monday, September 30, 2013

Juicin' It!

What initially got me into juicing was watching the film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". The link below will take you to a trailer for the film, but you can also watch the entire film online for FREE by going to the film's website I highly recommend this may change your life!

My Experience

After watching the film, HS decided that we needed to upgrade our juicer. We had the Jack La Lane juicer from Costco, which was fine for making the occasional orange juice, but definitely wasn't what we needed for the amount of juicing we had planned. We chose the Green Star Elite. It was pricey, but well worth the money.

This juicer is "high yield" which means you get more juice out of your fruits and veggies. It is also "low heat" which helps preserve the enzymes and vitamins (see below for a list of things that can potential degrade the nutrients in your juice).

The Green Star Elite is also available from Costco
My first juice cleanse was seven days long. I lost eight pounds that week and felt great. The first couple of days were rough (I also gave up coffee for the week, so I had a bit of a headache in the beginning). Days 3-4 were much better. I felt good and didn't feel like I was starving. By day seven, I was glad it was ending and I went to bed that last night dreaming of what I was going to have for breakfast. Like I said, it wasn't because I felt like I was starving, but I just missed the variety of my normal diet.

My Tips

1) Be prepared to make a mess. Don't worry, it's only juice :-)

This is a pic of the mess after I made my favorite beet juice (beets, green apple and red/black grapes). Proper preparation helps cut down on the mess, but I always have a little clean up afterwards.

Beet juice is the worst!
2) Have lots of bottles handy. 

I like Snapple bottles. Once you peel off the label, use something like "Goof Off" to remove the glue. Wash the bottles with soap and water to remove the "Goof Off" and then boil the bottles and lids to sanitize.

3) Be Creative

You will be amazed at the amount of plant fiber left over after you juice. Some people freeze this to add to soups. I've used it before to make a sort of veggie muffins. Other people may want to compost this and add it to their garden.

Usually I just toss this ;-)

4) Only make enough for 2 days

When I do a juice cleanse, whether it's 3 days or 7 days, I only make enough juice for two days. Joe Cross's Reboot website states that juices should stored for "24-48 hours in the fridge (72 hours is maximum time suggested)". 

Some nutrients are susceptible to being degraded or broken down by exposure to heat, light and air (oxygen).

Heat: Reduces many B vitamins, Vitamins C and E 
Light: Lowers Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B1 (thiamin), B6, Folate, Vitamins A and E.
Oxygen: Degrades Vitamins C, A, E, K and many B vitamins
Freezing: Reduces Vitamin C, Potassium, Copper

5) Enjoy!

I don't look at juicing as a diet or some sort of punishment. There are plenty of calories in a bottle that you aren't starving your body. I think of it as liquid vitamins!

Post run refresher

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What I Learned About Running from My Dogs

Now that the weather is finally cooling off, I decided to take my dogs out for a run/walk after work. 

Buster doesn't always support my training
Light Hands

If you've read anything about running technique, I'm sure you've come across many different suggestions for "light hands" Pretend you're holding and egg... a potato chip... a butterfly...

Well, I've got the perfect visual aid...pretend you're holding a bag of hot, squishy dog poo!

On my run with Buster today, we didn't even get a mile from the house before I saw him start to hunker down. Usually Buster is a bush pooper and will choose ivy over a sidewalk. Well today, for whatever reason, he decided the sidewalk, right in front of someone's driveway, was the perfect spot.


I had no choice but to pick it up. I grabbed a poop bag and swooped it up. Since I only brought one bag, I knotted the bag as close to the poo as I could. To avoid feeling the heat, I gripped the bag at the end...far away from the fresh doo doo.

Once I started running again, the little ping pong ball size poo blob was bouncing around and whacking me on the top of my hand...GROSS! I then tried holding the bag by the knot between my thumb and finger while lightly cradling the poo ball in my hand.

Light don't want to squish the poo! Try getting that image out of your mind! LOL

Call Me Smuckers

Since it was cooler last Sunday, I decided to wear a short sleeved shirt instead of a tank top. By the time I finished my 13.5 mile run, I had a raw spot under each arm. It was pretty painful, so I started looking for something to put on it.  I couldn't find anything, so I decided to use Hannah's hot spot spray.

Why not? On the bottle it says to use it for raw sore skin.

Works for humans and dogs ;-)

Let me just worked great!

Meet Smuckers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Full Iron???

Last weekend was Ironman Lake Tahoe. I'm not sure if it was the proximity to Stockton or the fact that I completed a 70.3 race earlier this year, but I had quite a few people ask me if I was doing this race. I would just laugh and say "No". The people asking had no idea what kind of training and strength this race would require...heck, I don't think I have a true understanding. I guess I should just feel flattered that they thought this was something I could do.

Ironman Lake Tahoe
Change of Heart

Before completing Barb's race, the 70.3 I just mentioned, I always thought that one day I would eventually do a full Ironman race. I've read plenty of books about people that have completed a full iron distance and figured that if they could do it, I could too. My favorite part of the books is always when the author reaches the finish and hears their name called out. I like to imagine hearing my name at the finish line..."Tracy Pengilly you are an Ironman!" Just to experience that moment is enough to make me want to do that race...well, it was enough until I tried racing half that distance.

After completing Barb's race, my desire to do a full Ironman waned. Actually, I decided I was never going to do a full Ironman before I even completed Barb's race! As I was finishing my 13.1 mile run, I noticed the competitors rolling in on the bike. They we're finishing the 112 mile bike course of Vineman. They looked hot and tired...and they still had a marathon to run. I could not wrap my mind around the enormity of the task in front of them.
This photo captured how I was really
feeling towards the end of Barb's Race
Fortunately, endurance racing is a lot like childbirth. At the time you are going through it, you vow never to do it again. Then a couple of months go by and you start thinking "Well, that wasn't so bad..."

Support Needed

I am once again entertaining the idea of completing an Ironman...and by entertaining, I mean I'm back to reading stories about it. If I decide to do one, it won't be for a couple of years. I still need to increase my fitness and work on my swimming, biking and running skills. I will also need the buy in of key people...first and foremost...Hot Stuff. Without his blessing, an Ironman just won't be possible.

While I may not fully understand the amount of training required, I have read enough to know that you need the support and understanding of your significant other. This support is essential!

I would also need the support of my teammates. Not that I'm planning on having a workout buddy for all of my training, but for the times that I do need someone (open water swims and long rides)...I can't expect HS to always be the one. If HS was going to do all my training with me, he may as well sign up to race too! (Just kidding, Honey...relax!!!)

Location, Location, Location

Another thing I'm kicking around is where I would like to race. Lake Tahoe is's cold and it's at a much higher thank you!

I like the Vineman course but it's not an official Ironman race...I wouldn't get to hear "Tracy Pengilly you are an Ironman!" at the end of the bueno!

So the search continues...

What I'm thinking right now is maybe...MAYBE...doing Vineman in 2015 (I'm doing Barb's Race again in 2014) and waiting until 2016 to do an official Ironman race. However, if I wait until 2017 I would be competing in 50-54 age division as a 49 year old! (FINALLY! Having a December birthday pays off!).

Lots of things to think about...plenty of time to think...

Back At It

I haven't posted anything for about a month I'm going to start out slow, in reverse triathlon order...


My training has continued...basically trying to improve my overall fitness. I've been adding more running to my routine because I have the California International Marathon on December 8th. According to the official countdown, there are 74 days, 23 hours left!  My goal is to improve on last year's time and to go under 4 hours.


I haven't been riding as much as I did before Barb's race, although I did get in a 31 mile and a 19 mile ride earlier this month in Monterey. I need to get my bike back on the trainer and just ride...I haven't even tried out my two new Spinervals DVDs.

I could ride here every day!


Saturday morning was the first time I've been back in my wetsuit since Barb's Race. It felt good to have it on again and it felt even better to make it out to the buoy...for some reason I never think I'm going to make it :-)

Sort of a gloomy day for a swim
We will be swimming out to the buoy again this coming Saturday. My goal is to swim a little more continuously and not worry so much about where the kayak is.