Posted in Running, Travel

Disney Princess Races

The night before the 10k race, I told myself that I would try to be asleep by 9pm in order to wake up at 3am to be at Epcot parking lot on time. That did not happen. It was really difficult for me to sleep so early, especially given the time difference. By trying to go to sleep at 9pm, it was like trying to go to sleep at 6pm! Plus, I was a bit scared of spending the night in a different state by myself, so that didn’t help. I eventually fell asleep around 11pm or so. I woke up a little before 3 am. I had scheduled an uber to pick me up at 330am, so right at that time, I went outside. I got the message that they were on their way. However, after waiting outside for 15 minutes, the driver cancelled! I was so mad. Had to request another uber and waited an extra 15-20 minutes.

10k
For the 10k race, I was in corral B. Although I have done many 10k races before, I was still pretty nervous about this one. Mainly because I had heard so many bad things about the Disney Princess races. I did much better than expected though. I finished in 1:04 hours. However, I didn’t end up stopping for any character stops. After the race was over, i did take a few pictures. I took pictures with both Ariel and my favorite Disney princess, Belle.

Half Marathon
For the half marathon, I was in corral C. This time, I made sure to try to stop for as many character stops as I could. I got to the Epcot parking lot around 330am. Since I was so early, I was able to take a picture with Anna from Frozen! I waited about an hour in line. After that was over, I went to the corrals. There were so many people! I think at least 15,000+ people ran/walked the Princess half marathon.

So I ended up running my second slowest time ever, 2:36 hours! But it didn’t matter because I had fun. I took pictures with at least 5-7 characters.

Posted in Food, Life

Boysenberry Festival 2018

I went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my sister for the Boysenberry Festival. We went after I got out of work. I knew it would be crowded, but wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. It was spring break for many schools, which explains why the parking lot was almost completely full when we got there a little after 2pm. I’m sure the fact that Disneyland keeps raising their prices also led more people to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. I wasn’t too bothered though, since we only went to Knott’s to try out the food. We happened to go on Boysenberry Day, April 3, 2018. They were giving out buttons to everyone who went. This might have been another reason that Knott’s was so crowded.

This year was my fourth year going to the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. It is my favorite time of the year to go to Knott’s. I bought the tasting card again this year. The tasting card is $30 and it allows you to try a variety of things. It is definitely worth it to buy. You get to try things that you wouldn’t have otherwise bought. Here are the things I tried.

Boysenberry Boba- 6/10
I love drinking boba. This was a little bit disappointing for me. It wasn’t bad, but the boba balls at the bottom weren’t very soft. Also, the boysenberry taste was too subtle and it ended up tasting bland.

Boysenberry Chicken Wings- 10/10
The boysenberry chicken wings are the best. They use Boysenberry bbq sauce on the winga, but they aren’t too sweet . These are a family favorite.

Boysenberry Ribs- 8/10
The ribs were good. A bit greasy, but good. These were made with beef rather than pork. The rice mixed with the ribs were good , esp because the ribs were very tender.

Boysenberry Pierogis- 8/10
First time ever trying pierogis. I thought they were good. The pierogis had cheddar cheese inside and came with a side of grilled onions and smoked bacon. I especially loved the boysenberry sour cream. I would love if these were offered at Knott’s year round.

Boysenberry Elote- 9/10
I love eating elote aka corn on the cob so I was very excited to try this. It was really good. I liked the boysenberry butter and boysenberry mayo. My only complaint is that they put too much of the cheese, which im not a fan of.

Sausage on a Bun-5/10
Disappointed by this. The sausage itself was ok, but I didn’t like the fact that they only had relish and mustard as condiments. There was no ketchup or mayo.

Forgot to take a pic of this

Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon-9/10
I love coconut and boysenberry and I have a sweet tooth. This was one of my favorite treats.

Boysenberry Icee Float- 10/10
This was my favorite thing I tried. The icee float came with boysenberry icee and they put boysenberry ice cream on top of that! It took me a while to finish but it was so good!

Boysenberry Hummus with Pita Bread-7/10
I am such a big fan of hummus, but this was disappointing. I also didn’t like the fact that they grilled the pita bread.

Boysenberry Quesadilla-7/10
The quesadillas were good. I wish they would have given us boysenberry sour cream rather than just plain sour cream. The salsa was good, but too spicy for me. I like the fact that the quesadillas were purple. Didn’t like the cotija cheese that was used for the quesadillas.

Boysenberry Jelly Beans-10/10
Jelly beans are my favorites. These were really good. Perfect for anyone who has a sweet tooth like me.

Some other things I bought were boysenberry butter (which I haven’t tried yet), boysenberry lip balm (smells really good), and a boysenberry festival shirt that came with a collector’s pin (which is great because I collect pins). We didn’t go on any rides, but since we have the annual season pass, it wasn’t such a big deal. We really did only go for the food. Next year, I plan to go to Boysenberry Festival at least twice. It was fun for me to try new things and eat favorites.

Posted in Life

Meatless March Results

I decided to take part in Meatless March once again. I went 31 days without eating any red meat (pork or beef), poultry, and seafood. This was my second time doing this. I took part in Meatless March for the first time in 2017. For the most part, it was not too difficult, though I did cheat twice. I ate chicken once and red meat once.

Something I did during Meatless March was run the LA Marathon as a vegetarian. By that point, I had been a vegetarian for about three weeks. I felt good, didn’t feel like if I was deprived of anything and I had plenty of energy. I was able to finish my second marathon in approx 5 hours and 13 mins. 

One good thing about taking part in Meatless March was the fact that it forced me to be more open minded and try food that I would never have tried before. When I went to San Diego, I ate pizza with artichoke and jalapenos. I had never tasted jalapenos or artichokes before . 

I wouldn’t have been able to get through Meatless March if it wasn’t for the many options I had for mock meats.  My favorite brands that I tried were Gardein, they made the best meatless chicken wings, and Morning Star, they make good meatless burgers. 

Towards the end of the month, I admit I started getting lazy and didn’t cook much for myself. So I spent most of the last week waking up with low energy and headaches. 

Since Meatless March ended, I have begun eating meat again. However, I don’t eat pork and eat beef very rarely. For the most part, I mainly eat chicken. I do plan to become vegetarian eventually and maybe even vegan (someone who eats absolutely no animal products). I liked how I felt during the time when I wasn’t eating meat. 

Posted in CrushLikeLoveHeartbreak

Unrequited Crush/Love

Have you ever liked someone who didn’t share your feelings? Many of us have had a crush on someone who didn’t feel the same way about us. Maybe it was a classmate, coworker, friend, or ex boyfriend/girlfriend. This is an unrequited crush/love. Unrequited love is a one-sided love or crush. Sometimes the person is aware of the persons feelings. However, sometimes the person with the romantic feelings keeps their crush to themselves for fear of rejection or feeling like they are not good enough for their crush.

Growing up, I was very shy and was so bad at talking to people, especially any guy I had a crush on. I always had a crush on someone, but before I never felt like I was good enough or pretty enough, I never talked to any of the guys that I liked. In fact, I didn’t date at all during middle school or high school. Looking back, I wish I had been more confident and maybe I could’ve enjoyed high school more.

Even now as an adult I’ve had crushed on guys who didn’t like me back. Sometimes I get over the crushes pretty quickly, other times I have trouble doing that. In fact, I even left my job to get over a crush. Luckily for me this did work for me. I no longer saw him and my feelings went away. How do you get over an unrequited crush? The best thing to do is get some distance from them. If this isn’t possible, the next best thing to do is try to think of all their flaws or why they aren’t good for you. Here are some pics I found on Pinterest that Some people can relate to. I know I related to these when I had an unrequited crush.

Here is one very important thing to remember.

Some songs
1. Make Me Like You- Gwen Stefani
2. Can’t Remember to Forget You-Shakira

3. I Can’t Make You Love Me If You Don’t – Bonnie Raitt

4. Creep- Radiohead

5. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson

Posted in Running, Travel

San Diego Weekend

Two weeks ago I went to San Diego with my boyfriend and our friend. We went because I had signed up for the San Diego Half Marathon. This was my first time going to San Diego in almost 10 years. This was also the first weekend getaway trip for my boyfriend and me.

We left on Saturday morning. It took us about two and a half hours to get there. It rained the entire first day that we were there. However, we did not let that ruin our day. I went to the expo to pick up my bib and shirt for the race. After that, we went to go eat. Our friend took us to a pizza place. Since I wasn’t eating any meat at that time, I decided to get a pizza that had artichoke, tomatoes, and jalapenos on them. This was my first time tasting jalapenos and it was better than expected.

Later on, we went to the Donut Bar. We got there around 430pm and unfortunately it was closed. They opened at 5pm, so we decided to just wait until it opened. The donuts were worth the wait! I bought myself four donuts and ate two that same day and two the next day. My favorite was the strawberry shortcake donut and the Harry Potter butterbeer donut.

We went to Coronado Beach, but it was still raining too much and way too cold, so we ended up going back to the hotel. My friend slept over at his family’s house, but my boyfriend and I stayed in Downtown San Diego. When we checked into our hotel, we were shocked to see that it was actually a hostel. Even more shocking, it looked nice. We got a private room, it was small but cozy. In the hostel, they had a kitchen, laundry room, and even a small library! There were many paintings on the hallways from local artists. The only thing missing was a tv in the room.

For dinner, we walked to a Mexican food place accross the street from Petco Park. It was really good. I just wish I had been able to try their food with shrimp.

I woke up Sunday around 630am for my half marathon. I didn’t plan to PR this race since I had the LA Marathon the following week. My goal was to run the half marathon in 2:30 hours. I ended up finishing in about 2:15 hours. Not bad, considering I had been dealing with calf pain and knee pain during my runs. The course was really nice. For the most part it was flat. I think it was around mile 9 or mile 10 that we hit some hills. They were a bit challenging, so I ended up walking most of it, which hurt my time a little bit. This was the first time my boyfriend had ever gone to one of my races and seeing him near the finish line was really special for me.

For lunch, we went to Lucha Libre Taco Shop, which I had seen on the Travel Channel before and it was on my bucket list. They are known for their massive burritos. You can find burritos all over San Diego, some with french fries, some that are surf and turf, but Lucha Libre’s burritos are some of the best. I got a burrito with black beans, French fries, avocado, and sour cream. I also got a cup of esquite, which is corn in a cup with mayo, chili, and Mexican cheese. My boyfriend got a burrito with carne asada and he loved it. Next time we go back to San Diego, I am definitely going back there again.

We went to Balboa Park and walked around. We didn’t visit the San Diego Zoo this time, we just didn’t have enough time. However, we got to enjoy a lot of other things. Then we drove home.

I enjoyed my weekend in San Diego and we are making plans to go back soon. I just hope next time we go back it isn’t raining and that we can enjoy the beach.

Posted in Writing

Be Careful

I wrote this back in December 2014, after my boyfriend broke up with me. Most of us have had our hearts broken at one point in our lives.

Be careful with my heart.
Don’t drop it,
I have a fragile heart.
You broke it once before when you left me.
When you said it was over,
It felt like it shattered into a million pieces.
I’ve been trying to put it back together.
Every time I try,
You come around and knock it off my hands and it shatters again.
No matter how hard I try,
I can’t seem to put all the pieces together.
Don’t you know you can’t unbreak a broken heart
How long will it take before my heart is whole again?
Will my heart continue to shatter over and over again?

Posted in Running

LA Marathon 2018

Last weekend I ran my second full marathon, the L.A.Marathon. My official time was 5:13:36 hours. My goal had been to run the marathon in under 5 hours but that didn’t happen unfortunately. However, I am happy to see that my time improved by 6 minutes from my first marathon in Long Beach back in October 2017.

I was originally supposed to start my training in late November/early December, but that didn’t happen! I’m fact, I ended up running only twice in December, one of those times was a half marathon which I had signed up for in November. In January I decided I need to start taking my training more seriously. I ran about 50 miles in January and 100 miles in February. One thing I did differently during this training was finally start running with a running group. I did a few runs with them, including the 17 mile run.

One thing that worried me was whether I would have enough energy and fuel for the marathon as a vegetarian. I had decided to take part in Meatless March, so by the time I ran the L.A.Marathon, I had gone nearly 3 weeks without eating any red meat, poultry, or seafood.

I was so nervous for the L.A.Marathon. I didn’t get much sleep the week before. I ran the San Diego Half Marathon with a time of 2:13 hours and felt pretty good. I also ran the L.A.Big 5k the day before the marathon. I was worried that these two races would hurt my time or that I would be overdoing it.

The night before the L.A.Marathon, I went to eat at a local Italian restaurant with my running group. I ended up eating spinach lasagna and ate three pieces of garlic bread. The food was good. I managed to go to sleep early, by 9pm, but unfortunately, I ended up waking up at 2:30am the day of the marathon. I was unable to go back to sleep because I was so anxious.

My journey to the Dodger Stadium took a while for me. I left my house at 430am and drive to the Atlantic Metro Station in East L.A. From there I took the gold line to the Union Station in Downtown L.A. Once I was there, I took a shuttle to the Dodger Stadium, where I met up with my running group. We started the marathon a little bit after 7am. 

I ran about 12 miles with one of my friends from the running group, but we got separated. From the beginning, I had some mild pain in my right calf. Luckily I wore a compression sleeve and kt tape on both calves, which definitely helped. 

I’ve driven around many different areas of Los Angeles before, but it’s a different thing to see everything while you’re running. We went through Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Brentwood to name a few. The crowd support was incredible! No matter where you ran, there were groups of people cheering you on! I definitely needed that especially in the last 4 miles of the marathon, when I felt like giving up. Hills are always tough,but it’s worse when the hills come after you’ve already been running for 20 miles.

There are many things in would change about my training for the next marathon. I would stick to my training plan and add more long runs. Between January and the L.A.Marathon, I only had one long run that was 17 miles. I guess the fact that I did multiple half marathons during this time helped me stay in shape and prepare for the marathon. I also need to add more hill training, speed training, and cross training.
As crazy as it sounds, I can’t wait to run the L.A.Marathon again next year. In fact, I’m already signed up. My goal is to run the marathon in 4:45-5:00 hours. The next race I’m training for is the OC Half Marathon, where my goal is to run a sub 2 hour half. I would be happy with the time of 1:58 . Will start training for this race tomorrow!