Blogger Spotlight: Love, Life, Surf

Christine was one of the first bloggers I started following years ago - even before I started my own! Even though I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in person (yet!) you can tell how sweet she is just by reading her writing. Her blog has been truly educational for me, just check out her 3 top blog posts at the end of this and I'm sure you'll see why!
Christine Yu
What inspired you to run a marathon?
I'm actually not sure what inspired me to run a marathon. I never thought of myself as a "runner" per se and never dreamed of running a marathon. I remember having a conversation with my husband (then boyfriend) about marathons and we decided that it was something that we both wanted to do. I wanted to push my running to the next level and see what I could accomplish. It seemed like such an impossible task at the time! We've run the Chicago marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and New York City Marathon.
What was your training like?
For all three marathons, we followed a 16-week training plan. It was a pretty basic plan that focused primarily on building mileage - no real speed work, drills or anything like that. It took a lot of work and dedication. I found that it was a lot more mental training than physical in a lot of ways - how to build mental strength when you're tired and start to doubt yourself, how to keep yourself going, and how to believe in yourself.
Since I was training with my husband (then boyfriend and then fiance), it was also a great way to be able to spend time together. We joke that since we trained for 3 marathons together, we can make it through anything.
What was the worst part of the marathon? The best?
The worst part of the marathon was most definitely hitting the wall. I specifically remember hitting the wall around mile 18 of the Marine Corps Marathon. Up until that point, everything had been going well and we felt great. As soon as we came to mile 18, everything felt like lead and my stomach felt horrible. I have never wanted to quit something more in my life. It felt like everyone else was chugging on their way while I was trying to move through molasses.
The best part? Yes, crossing the finish line of each marathon is definitely the highlight of my experiences but I think that the best part was hands-down the crowds. While I have been a spectator at marathons before, it's a completely different thing to run a marathon and feel the support of so many people over the course of 26.2 miles. I felt humbled that all these people came out to cheer for us runners and went out of their way to help keep you going.
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What advice would you give to those just starting to train for a race?
Take it one day and one step at a time. When you look at your training schedule and see the mileage build up over the weeks, it can be intimidating and scary! Instead, just focus on each run and each day. It's pretty amazing what your body is capable of over the course of your training.
 
What is your biggest challenge to staying fit?
One of the biggest challenges I face is time – finding the time to workout given my schedule with two kids and a freelance consulting career. For me, it all starts with making fitness a priority. If I don’t make it a priority, it’s easy to let working out fall to the bottom of my list of to-dos because something will always seem “more important.” In the end, when I’ve had a chance to workout, I feel better both physically and mentally, have more energy and make better food choices. I’m also more pleasant to be around!
 
What keeps you motivated to workout and eat healthy?
My main motivation to workout and eat healthy are my children. I want to experience life with them – to run alongside them when they first start riding a bike, see their eyes widen at the top of a mountain, do cartwheels in the grass, and watch them grow up. I want to set a good example for them so they will lead active and healthy lives too.
 
Sum up your blog
On my blog is Love, Life, Surf, I share stories about my experiences as a mom who is trying to balance work, fitness (running, yoga, workouts, surfing), family, and healthy living, and the lessons that I’ve learned through these experiences.
 
Link to your 3 most popular blog posts:
Anything else you'd wish to share?
I love sharing great articles and resources on various social media platforms and would love to chat with you there too! I'm on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest.