on the road workout

Things that remind me of the houses

Gryffindor is being emotionally driven. It is the wild grin on your face as you charge head on into a wave. It is dipping your fingers into wax just after blowing out the flame. Gryffindor is bonfires and sparklers at the end of summer; it is windswept hair and running around in the rain with friends. Gryffindor is good YA novels, the gems hidden in the back shelves. Gryffindor is brightly colored lipstick and kisses that feel like electricity, like passion, like heat. It is belting “Don’t Stop Believin” at the top of your goddamned lungs. Gryffindor is comic books. It is power outages. It is talking back to people in positions of authority because they’re wrong. Gryffindor is racing your friend for shotgun. Gryffindor is earrings that swing when you turn your head. Gryffindor is sailing under a great blue sky; it is fireworks and ginger beer. Gryffindor is summer. Gryffindor is ripped jeans and flannels. Gryffindor is knowing that failure to stand strong all the time doesn’t make you weak. Gryffindor is jumping off a bridge into the ocean with your friends. It is the scream that gets punched out of your lungs on rollercoasters. Gryffindor is hot chocolate and sweatpants; it is naps during the day. Gryffindor is New York City. Gryffindor is hard cider and caramel apples. Gryffindor is stopping mid-sentence to point out a dog across the street. Gryffindor is getting an apartment with your friends after college. Gryffindor is Steve Rogers. Gryffindor is praying that your soda won’t explode. Gryffindor is sweaty ponytails and the shaky feeling in your muscles after a good workout. Gryffindor is road trips with your best friends. Gryffindor is turning your friends into family. Gryffindor is long summer days and even longer summer nights; it is feeling like nighttime can’t stop you. Gryffindor is life. Gryffindor is love. Gryffindor is friendship. Gryffindor is freedom.

Hufflepuff is being carefree of spirit and caring of heart. Hufflepuff is comforting a friend by singing a song you both love until they’re calm enough to sing along. Hufflepuff is blasting the air conditioner so it’s cold enough to sleep under a quilt in the summer. Hufflepuff is flower crowns. Hufflepuff is activism. Hufflepuff is sticking your feet under your friend’s legs when they’re cold. Hufflepuff is cotton candy and sunsets at the fair. Hufflepuff is kissing in the rain. Hufflepuff is the feeling of helplessness that comes from not having enough power to right the world’s wrongs. Hufflepuff is hammocks. It is tattered friendship bracelets. It is getting flour on your face while baking. Hufflepuff is big sweaters and leggings; Hufflepuff is side braids. Hufflepuff is the storm that breaks the heatwave; it is running around the house to shut all of the windows and then collapsing on the floor giggling. Hufflepuff is the Aunt Friend, for when the mom friend needs a mom friend. Hufflepuff is prom night with a group of friends. Hufflepuff is strawberry frosted donuts with rainbow sprinkles. Hufflepuff is Tuscany. It is sunlight reflected in the morning dew. It is the smell of smoke on a cold winter day. Hufflepuff is understanding the value of a child’s mind. Hufflepuff is the first day of spring. It is stopping to smell the flowers. It is warmed milk with spices and vanilla. Hufflepuff is the books from your childhood that you’ve read to shreds; it is the movies you can quote with ease. Hufflepuff is brightly colored eyeliner. Hufflepuff is sunrise over the mountains. Hufflepuff is festivals in the summer with maxi skirts and fresh-picked flowers in your hair. Hufflepuff is sitting under a tree with your friends. Hufflepuff is weighing yourself down with worries to lighten someone else’s load. Hufflepuff is digging in the dirt with your hands to find the cool earth underneath. Hufflepuff is leaving cute messages on your friend’s phone when you’re in different time zones. Hufflepuff is compassion. Hufflepuff is empathy. Hufflepuff is laughter. Hufflepuff is freedom.

Ravenclaw is asking why and using the answer. Ravenclaw is reading at night with a flashlight under the covers. Ravenclaw is lightning. Ravenclaw is fuzzy socks. Ravenclaw is lying on your back with a group of friends and looking at the stars. Ravenclaw is forgetting to eat and sleep because you’re in research-mode. Ravenclaw is French-press coffee. Ravenclaw is owning more books than you could read in a lifetime. It is quick messy buns with pencils stuck through them; it is sweatshirts and yoga pants. Ravenclaw is curling up on a window seat with a book as the snow falls outside. Ravenclaw is people-watching. It is old book smell. It is watches with interesting faces and the full moon through the trees. Ravenclaw is bronze eyeshadow. It is Paris. It is hard caramel. Ravenclaw is staying up until sunrise talking about the universe. It is lying on the floor talking to your significant other about anything and everything and then rolling over and kissing them. Ravenclaw is packing your books first to make sure you’ll have room. It is running your hand through your hair to calm yourself down. It is beanbag chairs in the library. It is spending time with people of older generations and trying to absorb all of the wisdom they have to offer. Ravenclaw is the best answers in Cards Against Humanity. Ravenclaw is twirling a pen through your fingers as you think. Ravenclaw is the feeling of freedom on a windy day. Ravenclaw is ornate bookmarks; Ravenclaw is antiques. Ravenclaw is well-disguised sass. Ravenclaw is asking the perfect question to send the class off on an hour-long tangent. Ravenclaw is flirting in other languages. Ravenclaw is doing personal research instead of homework. Ravenclaw is knowing that imagination outstrips intelligence. Ravenclaw is curiosity. Ravenclaw is wit. Ravenclaw is passion. Ravenclaw is truth.

Slytherin is knowing that there are still some things more important than success. Slytherin is being asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” and answering with the same thing you’ve been saying since you were six. Slytherin is the feeling of triumph when your hard work pays off. Slytherin is blazers and sleek ponytails, but it is also team sweatshirts and messy braids. Slytherin is dark chocolate. Slytherin is fog settling in the valley. Slytherin is the feeling of meeting your idol and having them live up to every expectation. Slytherin is the Mom Friend™. Slytherin is surviving on coffee. It is a river so clear you can see the bottom if you’re still for long enough. Slytherin is London. Slytherin is classic literature. Slytherin is knowing that respect is earned. It is reminding yourself that it’s okay to forget about the future and live in the moment. Slytherin is being the designated driver. Slytherin is tattoos is discrete places. Slytherin is “The Bullpen” by Dessa. It is whispering “can I kiss you” before leaning in. Slytherin is chilled fingers wrapped around hot drinks on a crisp fall morning. Slytherin is perfectly winged eyeliner; Slytherin is good posture and a firm handshake. It is the smile for people you don’t like all that much. It is rings. It is armchairs in the back corner of coffee shops. It is the power trip of walking down a hallway in heels. Slytherin is dressing nice to go nowhere. Slytherin is freshly brewed tea in a china set. It is not getting out of your pajamas on the weekends. It is forgive but don’t forget. Slytherin is knowing that intelligence is not all that it’s cracked up to be; it’s knowing that the key is the will to do something with your life. Slytherin is the euphoria of ballet. Slytherin is hunting down anyone who has ever hurt the ones you care about. It is staying up until 4 am and sleeping until noon. It is wing-back armchairs to curl up in. Slytherin is taking study breaks to go out and stand in the rain, letting it clear your mind. Slytherin is drive. Slytherin is protectiveness. Slytherin is hard work. Slytherin is self-confidence.

Rough Week?

We’ve all been there. Last week didn’t go so hot. It was one thing after another and we reached a bit of a breaking point. Sound familiar? I sort of had the mother of all bad weeks. Convenience ruled supreme. Motivation came to an absolute standstill. Shit hit the fan. The closest occurrence to exercise was pushing myself up from the face plant on my couch. I could go on and revel you in the 7-part saga that is this week, but let’s not because I’m ready now!

It Happens to Everyone: Before we get started on anything else just know that nothing is wrong with you, you weren’t weak, you didn’t fail, and while the emotions you feel might be intense you are neither alone nor wrong for having them. There are usually only so many red alerts we can have flash before our eyes before something has to give. But–there is no music to face. We’re all relating here. Just know that one day or one one week cannot undo several weeks, months, or years of taking better care of yourself. It’s totally normal. We’re all human.

Advise Against “Making Up” for Lost Ground: Treat the next day or week like it’s simply the next one succeeding the last one. Avoid eating and exercise behaviors that are too far removed from your typical habits. You’re trying to get back on track, not repent. OK? Not only does it tend to keep someone in a negative head space, but trying to pull out a massive comeback via overexertion or severe restriction can get you stuck in a feedback loop. You need to satisfy your hunger and workout normally. It’s just another normal day.  

Detox Products are Not the Answer: Your kidneys and liver do that. If they do not, be admitted to a hospital immediately. Detox products only empty your wallet and probably induce diarrhea. Drink plenty of water and choose foods high in fiber to work out the excess waste and water retention. Your body came equipped with all the goods it needed.

Choose Some Foods That Make You Feel Refreshed and Pampered: A huge part of the game is mental, so pick something that makes you feel a bit spoiled and frivolous. I’d probably be one to argue that putting slices of cucumber and lemon in your water is pretty gimmicky, but if that makes you feel revitalized and special; frickin’ do it. Try something new and make it about how fun fresh food can be! Be excited by something!

Do Exercise: Pick one of your favorite workout activities. It can be a bit overwhelming to get back into our routine after having a rough week, so it needs to be a fun one. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed or yucky, opt for some walks or low impact activities to ease back into it. Just like fresh foods, getting some activity and some sweat out will help with the mental and physical symptoms of going off-road.

People of the wasteland, Neila Rey has a workout for you!

Everyone who saw Mad Max: Fury Road realizes that this is a workout inspired by the abilities and skill of the main character there and its informed by her unwillingness to give up no matter what. This is a total body workout that applies a load to particular muscle groups and then, in the next exercise loads them again but broadens the muscle groups that come in play. You get tired, you recover on the fly and then have to perform again. But you know this is what it takes. Come the post-apocalyptic landscape of the future fall of mankind you need to have what it takes to make it out in the plain.

Instructions: Repeat each move with no rest in between until the set is done, rest up to 2 minutes and repeat the whole set again 3, 5 or 7 times depending on your fitness level.


424 // Day 02 Workout Sesh

Frankly, i wanted to stay home and sleep all day today but i thought to myself if i’m going to be lazy then i’ll end up on nothing again, and even if my cravings to stay home and eat a lot is at its highest, my determination to lose weight and be healthy is far way stronger than my random cravings. Pssh, who am i kidding. I’m in a serious battle here people, but yeah—like i said, i’m pretty much determined to lose all that flab. He he he.

What my coach made me do this morning were:

• Basic stretching
• 10min jog
• Ladder workouts
• Some leg and knee routine
• Core (abs and back workout)
• Boxing
• Squats

Not in chronological order. I’m sorry i am not yet familiar with the specific exercises names because ugh, don’t have the time to memorize them at all because i’ve got lot of thoughts in my head that are way more important. But i’m learning, so don’t be such a bum. We did 2sets of 30 Burpees, 2sets of 30 Jumping Jack, and a whole lot of shit i am not familiar (yet) with, that’s what i mostly remember. Man, i think our coach is killing us. Lol.

And pinag-aagawan ako ‘don. Ay maganda talaga lola mo day, gusto akong kunin ng isang coach ‘don siya daw tututok sakin tapos ‘yong coach talaga namin ayaw din ako ibigay. Haha. Sabi nga nila “Hayup ups kakarating mo pa lang pinag-aagawan ka na.” O kaloka diba? Tss. Terror din daw kasi 'yon baka pucha sa kanya ako mamatay. Haha. But i love a good challenge, pero wag muna now. Lol. Ako pa? Hahaha. Kidd, i love our Coaches by the way. Saka pinahiram ulit ako ni Coach ng extra shorts niya because i forgot mine. Lol. I feel awkward kasi whenever it’s bakat. Also, i almost want to quit this morning because maaan mahirap talaga siya. I didn’t have this kind of workout before so talagang bago sakin lahat saka hirap na hirap talaga ako. But my coach pushed me to my limits talaga. And that’s what i like, i mean i do that also in business towards my members so i know napakalaking tulong 'non. I’m glad because i’m used to creating my own sets of trainings in business without my mentor’s help and it feels so good that i actually have a mentor here in my workout program. Nakakataba ng puso, 'te. Hahaha. Pero para na talaga akong mahihimatay kanina. Sabi nga ni Coach pahinga muna ako kasi nahilo talaga ako saka parang akong nasusuka, ang alaga nila sakin 'don. No stir. Nanghihilot pa eh ('yong una nag-assist sakin 'nong medyo hilo ako was the Coach who wanted me in) then 'nong kalaunan na sila Coach Chard and Arnold na. Hahaha.

But guiseee… ang hirap pala talagang magpaka-healthy at magpapayat. Kaya ngayon pipigil ako sa food eh. I’m too careful na sa kinakain ko kasi pucha ang hirap nang mga pinanggagawa namin tapos lalamon lang ako ng lalamon ng mga pagkain alam mo 'yon, magpapahirap sakin—wag na uy. Hahaha. Pero seriously, pagod ako.


Decided to try and take a shortcut over the Rocky Mountains and hit two separate road blocks. Turned my trip into 9.5 hours of driving.

Good workout. Substituted kettle bells for pistols.

And LP sent me this yesterday 😳
She is so happy and will make a great mother! Old people having babies ;)


Running loved me back today☺️
I’ve been struggling with injuries, some disappointing road races, balancing long work days with workouts, and missing friends, but today my tempo was amazing, I felt like I was flying. I can’t wait until xc🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

energy rises in the fall


nyc in 8 weeks

Refreshed after a good nite sleep and yesterday’s easy run, was rewarded with a wonderful 16 miler in the park, felt smooth, an easy pace throughout, a cool fall-like day made it feel too easy, something to look forward to for the marathon in November.  The end of summer is approaching, but it’s getting lively in the park with all the fall sports athletes out practicing now that kids are back at school.  A friend of mine was putting his cross country team through workout.  Energy rises in the fall.