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!

Photos of the Week, Slooshing Stomach + Last Week’s Runs

One of Revel Canyon City Half Marathon best race perks is that all their photos can be downloaded for free. No screenshots with the proof image below. I used this app to make a collage of race pics on my phone. Did I mention this was a net downhill course?

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Random running issue of the week, one thing that often bothers me while I am running is a sloshing stomach. Funny thing is it only happens on Saturday or Sunday runs. I thought it was over-hydrating right before but after a bit more research discovered my delicious coffee is causing the problem. It doesn’t hurt or anything, but it’s LOUD. Ellen and Kathy always comment on the noise. Do I give up my morning coffee to stop the sloshing noise? Meh, I’m drinking hazelnut coffee while I type, and I’m about to go to run club. Sorry guys.


I haven’t made stuffed squash since 2011Last week I got a Kuri Squash in my Farm Box so I stuffed it with quinoa, sausage and parmesan. It was so so so good. I cooked the squash for a good hour before filling it and cooking it some more. The squash was so buttery. Click on the photo for the recipe!

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Last week Ellen and I took advantage of the Massage Envy complementary leg massages. I have a terrible shorts tan. Found this pic on facebook.

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This week we ran a lot in PE. Here are the fifth grade racing finalists!

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Have I mentioned how much I love oatmeal? Chocolate, banana, blueberries, sunflower seed butter, cinnamon and a sprinkle of granola.

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Here’s what I ran last week:

  • Monday: Four Mile Run with Back on My Feet
  • Tuesday: Track Workout with RunMDR (3 x 300, 2 x 400, 2 x 800, 2 x 400, 8 strides) -My legs were TIRED.
  • Wednesday: Four Mile Run with Back on My Feet
  • Thursday: Off. Went to Happy Hour and to go see Mockingjay with Brent, Alaina and Jared
  • Friday: Six Mile Run (Watchless and first alone run in FOREVER)
  • SaturdayWestridge Trail Run with RunMDR
  • Sunday: Leaving in 20 minutes. Planning on two loops with Lululemon!

Originally Brianna, Marta, Ellen and I had talked about running Westridge Trail on Saturday. We had to reschedule because of friends being in town, sickness, the USC/UCLA game so I decided to run with Run MDR, and where do we go?! Westridge! It was beautiful, and I can’t wait to go back with the girls. Brianna, I am so jealous of your weekday trail runs. Can you please write a blog post on your favorite trail runs in the city? This is my official request.

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Yup, that’s the ocean.

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Ahh LA in November.

My Thoughts on the Marathon + Last Week’s Runs

Runners are fascinated with the marathon. They love to brag about how many they’ve run, their personal records, if they’ve qualified for the infamous Boston Marathon, and will tell you “You haven’t run a marathon until you’ve run New York.” I’ve run my fair share of marathons and the New York City Marathon is definitely on my bucket list, but besides running the cool courses, I don’t have ambitious marathon goals. The marathon is not my favorite distance. Although I do love the feeling of crossing a marathon finish line, I don’t want to do it more than once a year. It’s not that I lack mental toughness and am scared . I’m a dean in South LA. I survive on grit. It’s just not my favorite distance, and many runners find that difficult to understand.

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My Six Marathon Finishes (Don’t you love the one of Brent and I with our dorky hats?!)

Yes, the marathon has taught me many life lessons. It has taught me to be humble and patient. It has helped me recognize that I can’t power through something long and difficult (thank you Santa Clarita). Through marathoning I have discovered just how deep I can dig, and what complete depletion feels like. There is something exciting about not knowing what your body will encounter at mile 20. More than other distances weather can really impact your race, so the week before you’re obsessively checking the weather to see if Sunday morning might be a few degrees cooler. Compared to other distances I don’t have much experience with the marathon, so it always feels like a journey into the scary unknown. I worry the transformative experience of the marathon would lessen if I ran them too often.

If I had to pick my favorite distance, it would be the half. I’ve found it to be the distance where I can really push myself. I love running distance, and it’s the perfect amount of distance to still feel like a race. The gun goes off and you I feel like I don’t have a second to waste. I push it from the start. I take more risks in a half, and that feeling is invigorating. I feel completely empowered when I finish a half marathon and see how fast i can run for 95 minutes. I can run a half as often as once a month without sacrificing my relationship with friends and family. No, a half marathon doesn’t take more than three hours, but it is really hard.


Ventura Half Marathon 2014

One thing I’ve discovered running lots of half marathons is that nobody really cares how many you’ve run, and although my half marathon times are much more impressive than my marathon times, but that doesn’t seem to matter. As a half marathon fanatic you don’t get the glory of running a marathon even if you average under seven minute miles whole time. ESPECIALLY if you’re at a half/full combo event the question is always, “Did you run the full?” and if you say no, the conversation pretty much ends. I’m OK with that though. I’m OK with setting and meeting my personal goals and nobody really knowing I ran a race. I’m not running to prove how many miles I can run. There will always be someone running more. They’ll be someone who ran a 52 marathons in a year, who ran an ultra marathon on a Saturday and a marathon on a Sunday, or someone who ran across America. I’m not interested in being a Marathon Maniac. I have nothing to prove. All power to mega milage junkies who love the thrill of running setting crazy racing goals and who love the challenge of the slow burn. I find more joy in racing without strapping a meal of gels and salt tablets to my waist. I love the combination of a long but fast race. For me, it is more rewarding. But hey, that’s just me! What do you think? What’s your favorite distance? Why do you think runners are so obsessed with the marathon?

OK, enough on that rant.  In other news, this weekend Brent and I spent too much money on Brooke Williamson food. The Tripel for dinner Friday night and Playa Provisions for breakfast Saturday and Sunday. I love Brooke Williamson! Her food is AMAAAAAZINGGGGG.

Cream of Wheat and Quinoa, Halloween Fun at Provisions, Dulce De Leche Biscuit, Stewed Tomatoes, Pretzel Croissant with Cheese and Prosciutto, Almond Latte, Baked Eggs with Kale Pesto and  Prosciutto

Cream of Wheat and Quinoa, Halloween Fun at Provisions, Dulce de Leche Biscuit, Stewed Tomatoes with Burrata, Pretzel Croissant with Cheese and Prosciutto, Almond Latte, Baked Eggs with Kale Pesto and Prosciutto

Here’s what I ran last week:

  • Monday: Three Mile Run with Brianne at Back On My Feet (8:19 Average) before work
  • Tuesday: MDR Track Club (I think we did 2 x 200, 3 X 400,  2 X 800.)
  • Wednesday: Five Mile Run (SLOW)
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Two Mile walk with Back On My Feet  before work and Four Mile Tempo (6:55 Average)
  • Saturday: Twelve Mile Run with Marta and Ellen (Getting ready for Canyon City Half!)
  • Sunday: Nine Mile Run at Lululemon (7:44 average. We were planning on running slower, but a new runner Nancy showed up and WOAH she was fast. We also were treated to Aqua Hydrate water after our run. Electrolytes and Alkaline water in one!)
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    We got free Aqua Hydrate water after our Lululemon run!

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    #RunningCan campaign with Back on My Feet