New York City TOMORROW!

I’m getting my bags packed for New York!

The weather is looking ideal for Sunday.
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My motto for the run is “It’s a privilege to be here!”
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New York, New York has been added to my playlist.FullSizeRender (77)

I’ve been running easy and overanalyzing ever muscle.

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Next update will be from NEW YORK CITY!

It’s Taper Time!

Am I the only runner that actually enjoys the taper? I’m still running, but far less and I love the extra time. I also love knowing that my legs are recovering and resting up for the big day. Ahh I’m getting so excited! The ten day forecast is up, and it’s looking good! For once I’d like to run a race that isn’t 85 degrees or windy and rainy. Fingers crossed!

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Brent and I went to College Station, Texas last weekend for the A&M/Alabama game. Despite the loss we had fun drinking Texas beers, eating BBQ and catching up with old friends. I randomly ran into Brooke Alexander, a friend from high school in England. Small world.


With less running there is more time for Yoga. Monday I went on an easy three mile run in Manhattan Beach before yoga class. The sun was setting as I ran down the strand. It was beautiful. I’m also loving Tamal’s class at The Green Yogi.

Tuesday we had to cancel school because the power was out. I’m thankful I love my job so much that this made me sad. Our scholars are learning to read, which is a little hard to do when they’re not at school!

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Tuesday night I went watchless at track. It was very liberating and forced me to take it easy. We did a bunch of 200s, some 400s and 800s. 1488039_10153758287812491_1252563774566048992_n

On Wednesday my co-workers and I decided to be twinsies.


On Wednesday night Ashley, Alaina, I and the boys went to Baco Mercat for dinner (yup, working down the Jonathan Gold list) then to the Sound of Music at the Ahmanson. Oh The Sound of Music! Brings back so many happy childhood memories!maxresdefaultAt Baco Mercat I had the Double Mushroom Coca and the Under the Volcano cocktail. I was worried the flatbread would be a little boring, but the marinated shiitakes and criminis with chili flakes and fontina was so flavorful..and the crust was perfect….chewy and crispy on the edges. I always go for spicy drinks…and the Under the Volcano did not disappoint. Brent had a Baco with a yummy pita like bread and rich sauce. Will definitely go back.

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Speaking of food and drinks, I finally tried the Moscow Mule at Playa Provisions with Brent. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it doesn’t taste strong. I got a little chatty after light salads and the Moscow Mule.

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Friday morning we recognized our Star Scholars who exemplify curiosity at Community Meeting. Did I mention I love my job? IMG_2243

And we went out for Brianne’s birthday at Plan Check on Fairfax. It’s a Jonathan Gold-er, and it was yummy and times with Brianne and the gang are always fun. I had the blue cheese burger, but I really don’t know if it’s Jonathan Gold worthy…

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OK, back to running…

My bib number for the New York Marathon is in the 5000s, so for some reason I am starting with the super fasties…which makes me really nervous. I’d love your advice…should I start further back? I don’t want to be passed the entire race! Or does this help me beat the crowds? Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 7.46.18 AM

Don’t mind if I do!

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I hope I look this good in my 70s.
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Papa met Hal Hidgon at the Chicago Marathon expo! Oh Hal! You’ve gotten me through many marathons 🙂FullSizeRender (76)

And I’m getting my final sports massage (sports torture) on Tuesday night. Hoping they fix these super tight hamstrings and glutes. They’ve got a long way to go next weekend!

It’s currently Saturday morning and I’m not off running twenty something miles. I’m chillin on the couch and meeting Ellen for a run at 11:30, YES, 11:30 before CycleHouse. Will keep you posted on the taper.

Last LOOONG Run + Stupid Chicago


I haven’t been feeling super bloggy since my last long run on Saturday. Ellen and I ran 23 miles. We dipped our feet in the ocean after a hot, long run and talked about Marta who would be running Chicago the next day. Chicago didn’t go as planned. Leg pain forced Marta to stop. She is such a strong runner, and she’ll have an even better redemption run. It just sucked getting that call from her that she had to stop. Races don’t always go as planned. It is so frustrating, but it does make meeting your goals even more meaningful. I’ve had some rough marathons, but it made Boston so special. Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 3.30.56 PM

I’m training for the 8th marathon, but 23 miles is still CRAZY to me. Our route went across West LA, up into the Brentwood hills and back to the beach. We started at 6ish because the high was going to be 90 degrees. The last two miles were brutal. It was so hot. Hoping for some 50s or 60s in New York.

Gotta drink water wherever you can find it.


Beautiful, but not ideal for running.
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And I took advantage of $80 Mizuno colors that are being discontinued from Road Runner Sports. The big question is which ones for the marathon? Blue, pink and purple or black and mint? Such difficult decisions!FullSizeRender_2Tomorrow Brent and I are off to College Station, TX for some beer, barbecue and football. Will update with the trip and this week’s runs on Sunday night.