Last Week’s Highlights + Birthday Fun!

I haven’t been the best running blogger. I’ve been leaving out details about running, and jumping straight into the fun LA living stuff. So I’ll start with last week’s workouts. Apparently 8:30 was my go-to pace this week. I’ve really been focusing on no more than two faster workouts, taking it nice and easy on long runs, and squeezing in as many easy miles as I can. I was able to get some decent milage. Having my meals prep definitely helped.

  • Monday: Six Mile Run (8:29 Average Pace) Listened to This American Life Part 2: The Problem We All Live With
  • Tuesday: RunMDR Track 1 mile warm-up, 2×200, 2×300, 1×400, 5×800, 1 mile cool-down
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Six Mile Run (8:33 Average Pace)
  • Friday: Four Mile Run with Back On My Feet (8:31 Average Pace) and Three Miles Tempo (7:10 Average Pace)
  • Saturday: Eighteen Mile Birthday Run (8:56 Average Pace)
  • Sunday: Eight Mile Run (8:34 Average Pace)

OK. Now for the fun stuff. Bri, Cecilia, Alaina and I on Monday morning after the 6AM Rise Nation class. We’re hardcore. I love these smart, talented women 🙂 The Equitas Academy #3 teaching team!Tuesday evening’s post-track ab workout. Thanks Victor!
How have I never gone to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park? Avocado “Fish + Chips.” Delicious, but super rich. Perfect for sharing.This was not planned. Cute, eh? This batch of overnight oats had hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, pepitas, almond butter, bananas, figs, and cashew milk. That just sounded super obnoxious California.
Ashley and Alaina’s beautiful classroom. Parent Orientation happened on Thursday night, cha-ching!
Thank you Alicia, Colby and Miles for the school goodies!Start of the birthday run at Ellen’s. Alaina ordered us the cutest shirts for the run! Thank you thank you!

Our 18 mile route through LA.

Stolen from instagram. Thanks for joining us on the bike, Anna.

  Post-run pampering at Dry Bar in Marina del Rey. Brent and I at Rush Street in Culver City. I love him so much! We both got a little sun on that run. 

This girl is the definition of loyalty. Thank you for everything you did to make yesterday so special. Delivering us water, pretzels and swedish fish on our run, making me a fun purple tutu, keeping me company while getting pampered, ordering birthday run t-shirts, and coordinating Rush Street. I’m so lucky to have you in my life! You’re up next. February 11th. You’ve set the 30th birthday bar high. IMG_1554 IMG_1555

And I didn’t make it to run club today. I slept in till 8:30. Crazy late for me. This morning Brent and I walked to Playa Provisions for coffee and went for a lovely stroll on the beach. Marta then came over and we all relaxed by the pool, read trashy magazines, and ate chicken jerky.


Time get ready for the work week. One week until students arrive. So much to do! And in my running life, Saturday is the first 20 miler of this training season. Hoping it’s not 90 degrees.

The Roaring Twenties!

They say female long distance runners are like wine, they get better with time. I’m turning 30 on Saturday, which can only mean more PRs are heading my way 🙂 30. It sounds so mature. Here’s how I’ve been spending my last few days of my twenties.

Nothing like a Friday night tempo before drinking Golden Monkey’s and cooking up a storm with Alaina, who catered Ma’ayan’s Baby Shower yesterday. Averaged about a 6:50 per mile. I’ve really been enjoying my evening runs as a time to process the day and set goals. It does take a bit of meal prep so that I don’t end up eating dinner at 9PM. More on that below.


Saturday morning I ran 10 miles with Ellen and Peter. Ellen and I ran 6 more with runMDR. The route was a trip down memory lane. Ran up Ocean Park to Barrington, and back to the beach on Palms. Nice and hilly. We passed my old neighborhood, Mar Vista, from when I first moved to LA. We passed Brent’s old apartment and ran the route Brent and I ran from Palms down to the beach and back when we first started dating. When we got back to Venice, we ran down Abbott Kinney and back to The Starting Line. We ran the last six with a private pilot who was in town with his client. I love meeting random people at runMDR. He ran passed while we were stretching and asked to join in. It was fun to meet someone new, and learn about the lifestyle of a private pilot. Made the miles fly by! We ran the full 16 miles averaging 8:33. Maybe a bit too fast for a long run, but we talked the whole time so I’m thinking the pace was probably OK.

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Here we are celebrating Ma’ayan, Jesse and Critter a few hours after the run! I hope I am as cute as she is when I’m pregnant.


Alaina catered all the food. The big hit was the BBQ Chicken. That sauce. Lucky for me I got a jar to take home 🙂 I made the Wild Cherry Sangria. Super easy to make, and unless everyone was just trying to be nice, it was well liked. 1 bottle red wine, 1 bottle Villa Italia Blood Orange from Trader Joe’s, 1/2 cup tripel sec, and 3/4 cup wild cherry vodka. I chopped up an apple and threw in a small container of frozen blueberries. Probably should have thrown in some frozen cherries as well. Next time!

This week I treated myself to ubereats. I had a $25 credit so I bought these two beautiful boxes with a smoked gouda turkey sandwich, two macarons, chips and an edamame salad. I usually pack my lunch. Cheaper and healthier. But I can DEFINITELY see myself doing this every once in a while as a nice lunchtime treat, especially since I have the type of job where I can’t leave the building. FullSizeRender

And it wouldn’t be August without a trip to the Teacher Store, Lakeshore. So many fun borders!


And this morning after lulu, The Three Amigos went to Air Aerial Yoga. It was a good arm work out, and gave a nice stretch. Why not do a quad stretch while upside down?IMG_1478 FullSizeRender_1

After yoga I went to the airport to pick Brentford up. He was in Abilene, TX for his grandma’s birthday. Happy to have the hubby back! We went for a lovely walk on the beach. Ahhhh I love Playa del Rey.FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2

And because this week will involve a few late after-school meetings and post-work running, I made a two batches each of picadillo and farro with sausage and mushrooms, one for the freezer and to eat this week.

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My lunch is packed, my dinners are ready to go. Ready to tackle the work week, and my final week as a 20 something.

Equitas Academy #3 Week 1

Sometimes I forget I’m training for New York. Probably because my mind has been on this…FullSizeRender (57)Teachers have FINALLY started their four weeks of professional development at Equitas. Here I am introducing myself to the staff first thing Monday morning.


I am so impressed with our staff. They are so smart, passionate, hard working, and eager to learn. It’s been a physically and mentally exhausting week, but one where I felt so much gratitude for the work that I do, and the people I get to interact with. I don’t think it’s normal to work with people who all have incredible stories of what drew them to education, and what keeps them motivated to keep working in this challenging profession. It wasn’t all serious work. We had some fun. Here we are during our community scavenger hunt.

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More points for meditating in Lafayette Park.

FullSizeRender_1 copyThursday night we hosted at Elevate Party. Joan’s on Third catered at Kelli’s beautiful house in Highland Park. 11893817_10104518434762323_137293531571325555_oFullSizeRender copy 3FullSizeRender (58)

A trip to Highland Park requires a stop at Donut Friend. Yes, the coconut bacon was awesome.

IMG_1410We introduced the newbies to some of the local go-to spots in Pico-Union/Koreatown. Here we are at It’s Boba Time!


Mama and Papa even stopped by Equitas before road tripping up to Monterey.


And of course had to take pictures of my outside the building.

IMG_20150812_102252So yeah, running wasn’t #1 on the priority list, which was fine because I had just done this…. IMG_1370 Yay for free photos. Another pro for this race. Marta, thanks for the reminder to change my PR on my site 🙂 IMG_1369

We celebrated last Sunday at Simzy’s in Venice with this…


Oh beautiful Venice.

FullSizeRender copy 2We did run 18 miles yesterday as part of our training, and split it up with 10 miles with the Back on My Feet 10 miler on the boardwalk, followed by RunMDR’s Saturday group run. It was perfect timing, but a STRANGE route. Averaged about a 8:30 for the run, and recovered at Lululemon this morning. FullSizeRender_2 copyMy favorite part of the RunMDR route. Running along the canals of Venice.  FullSizeRender_1Long runs require lots of refueling. Thanks Wurstkuche 🙂

And makes me feel good about being lazy by the pool.

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Short and sweet because I have 10000 things to do before school tomorrow, but when your baby sister begs you for a post, you have to deliver 🙂  Hoping to get into a new running routine, and will share what I come up with next time!