Train Hard. Race Happy.

The mileage is catching up with me. This is getting kinda hard. 22 miles with 6 middle miles at a 7:10 pace wasn’t easy, especially after all the miles during the week. The taper is near so this is the time to work. I’m dreaming of that incredible racing feeling when it looks effortless. I love that feeling showing up to a starting line with rested legs and going out and just killing it. You’ve gotta train hard so you can race happy. People always say I race with a smile, but trust me, there is a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes.

I love coordinating with my running buddies. Peter and his speedy friend Jill joined Ellen and I for the first 5 yesterday and Bri met us on Ocean and Ocean Park and ran with us until about mile 18. This morning Ellen and I started the day with Rise Nation (check out their awesome patio below), then met Kathy and Gisele for a few miles. I wasn’t as peppy on my runs this week, but 70 mile week, check!

Have I mentioned I’m running the NYC half? It’s just two weeks away! I’m not gonna go crazy on the course. It’s during peak week, so I’m going into the race super tired, but any tips? UANYCH16 RacePageHead Rd7_0.jpeg

Can’t wait to sample this beer post-race.

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 11.37.27 AM.pngHere is what’s going on in my non-running world…

At school we celebrated our scholars who are performing on a second grade level in reading. We all crowded in my office and had a pizza party. I love these kiddos and our team of teachers.

Cat in the Hat came to visit Equitas #3 this week! Our parents are the best 🙂

We celebrated Jared’s birthday yesterday at the Staples Center. The Clippers played the Hawks. The Clippers lost, but meh, it was a good time regardless.

Stealing from her instagram. Love being silly with Alaina. Turns out when you run 22 miles you only need one beer to make you a little goofy.

Co-workers and friends for 4 years.

Brent, Mary Ann, Ross and I are about to go to Manhattan Beach Post. Cheddar Bacon Biscuits…yes! Then it’s back to the work week. Runner Cristina becomes Principal Cristina until next weekend 🙂

No Watch November

Back in May after the LA Marathon, Boston Marathon and Vancouver Marathon Marta, Ellen and I did Mix It Up May as a way to take a break from miles and miles of running. It helped me get excited about training for New York, and it was a great way to explore the many workout studios LA has to offer. After the New York Marathon, I’m calling it No Watch November. I’m running Boston in April, and I’m super excited about running my best there now that I have experience with the course, but I need a break so that I don’t go into training feeling tired. I’m ditching the Garmin in November. No checking splits. No specific mileage plan. Just running how long I want…how fast I want…when I want. I will admit I’m a little sad New York is over, but rather than jumping into more hard training and burning myself out, I’m reminding myself that I have the rest of my life to run. The marathon rewards those who are patient. I’m just going to keep chipping away at the time. With less running there’s been more time for school, enjoying LA, and cooking. Here’s what we’ve been up to…


Avocado Seed Observations

Alaina’s Yoga Class

Intervention with Ms. FitzGerald

LA Living…

Manhattan Beach Sunset

Cocktails with Marta and Alaina at Manhattan Beach Post

Back to Santa Monica Power Yoga with Rudy

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Green Juice after Yoga. We’re so LA.

Marta and Cecilia at Bestia!

The bone marrow and Lucy. Oh bone marrow!

What’s Cooking…

Homemade Muesli: Gogi Berries, Raisins, Cacoa Nibs, Hemp Seeds and Pepitas

Oatmeal with Dates, Candied Pecans, Peanut Butter and Granola. I’m trying to copy OatMeals.

Proud of my Friday lunch 🙂 Rice, kimchi, sweet potatoes and bok choy.

Pumpkin Tortilla Chips with Black Beans, Spinach, Soyrizo and Cheese

The Ultimate LA Weekend

With Marta visiting this weekend, we tried to cram in as much LA into 48 hours as possible. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

1. I got back from the 7th Grade trip to San Diego

10455770_10204129166497287_3323766245480483399_n2. Marta, Brent and I had dinner at The Tripel

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photo 24. We had coffee and pastries with Alaina and Andrea at Playa Provisions after our run

photo 15. Marta and I got lunch at Lemonade on Abbott Kinney

3700976555_83cc5952c66. We sipped Intelligentsia coffee while we window shopped

tumblr_kyleqthXzF1qa2rwbo1_4007. Brent, Marta, Brianna, Jimmy and I ate at Manhattan Beach Post for dinner (This is Brent and his big french fry)

photo 38. We ran eight miles at Lululemon Run Club on Sunday morning I won these awesome shorts!

photo 49. We got breakfast at Urth Caffe on Beverly

urthcaffe_01_facade10. Marta and I walked around Venice Beach and had rooftop drinks at Hotel Erwin before heading to LAXphoto 5