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Ventura-Santa Paula #RunorDye 5k

10 Feb

I am now one of those people that paid to run around and let people throw colored cornstarch at me. And it was fun! Originally it was billed as a Ventura event and was held at the Ventura Ranch KOA however, it was actually located in Santa Paula. We parked in downtown Santa Paula and waited in a loooong line for the shuttle bus. I think they under-estimated how many people would actually participate and it might be the most amount of people in Santa Paula ever at one time. It’s a small sleepy town off a small quiet freeway in an agricultural area.

Before and after!

Before and after!

Since the running trail was at a campground the terrain was rough, rocks and boulders jutted out of the trail and it narrowed at certain points. There were times where you were just forced to walk for safety or just because the trail was narrow and winding with lots of people ahead of you walking. Despite being sick all week with a sore throat, fever and congestion–I did it! I ran as much as I could and had fun with my friends.

My sister Marina and me before the run.

My sister Marina and me before the run.

There was a little bit of drama at the end as we stood in yet another loooong line to get back on the shuttle bus. Because of the crowding and buses trying to get people back and forth as quickly as possible there was a bus fender-bender! Somehow, one bus got it’s doors stuck on the side paneling of another bus! We heard the loud noise of metal scraping metal as the first bus tried to pull away from the other–but they were stuck! We all had to wait as they figured out how to pry the buses apart and all other buses had to wait as these buses were also blocking the roadway, there was no way around them! Finally they pulled the side paneling off the second bus and they were free to move.

Me looking triumphant and doing a weird thing with my arms!

Me looking triumphant and doing a weird thing with my arms!

I would definitely do another 5k again but I don’t think I would do one again held at this location. I would like to really test my stamina on a safer trail or track where I can run freely without worrying about rocks and boulders causing any issues. Have you ever participated in a 5k or some event that challenged your fitness?

A colorful selfie

A colorful selfie

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Review: Polar FT4 Heart Monitor Watch

9 Jan

I received a Polar FT4 Watch as a gift from my husband this Christmas and so far I am in love with this product! The Polar FT4 Watch is a heart rate monitor and keeps track of how many calories you burn while working out. The display screen is large and easy to read and if you’re in a poorly lit or dark area you can push a button to temporarily light up the screen.

Polar FT4 Watch Display

Polar FT4 Heart Monitor Watch Display

It files away your data so you can go back and review your stats from previous workouts. It lets you know what your target heart rate should be when working out by asking your age, height, and weight. If you are under or over your target heart rate it beeps! You can also manually adjust what you would like your target heart rate range to be instead of the automated option. At the end of your workout it shows a summary with your total time, calories, highest and lowest heart rate, and the amount of time spent in your target heart rate zone.

Everything that comes with the Polar FT4 Heart Monitor Watch

Everything that comes with the Polar FT4 Heart Monitor Watch

Using the device is simple. First you strap a moistened (just a splash of water) adjustable stretchy band below your chest and click on the transmitter. Put the watch on your wrist then press the start button. There you go–done! The transmitter will send the accurate information to the watch and you will have a more effective workout.

How to put on the chest strap.

This watch helps me workout with the ideal level of effort for my goals. Before I would use the HIIT method, raise my heart rate up for a minute or two then decrease my speed on resistance to drop my heart rate. This is a great technique for fat burning. You can learn more about HIIT here. Now I can still do my HIIT cardio sessions on the elliptical but I’m aware of what my body is doing and I’m not going overboard. I’m not exhausted and out of breath, I’m going at a steady pace and I’m not completely worn out by the end of my cardio session. I still have energy for a bit of toning exercises after! I would definitely recommend the Polar FT4 Heart Monitor Watch to anyone looking for a way to track heart rate and calorie burn accurately.

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