And Now I Rest

At this point no running will help. The training is complete. Now I ice, stretch and rest. This morning I ran my last weekend run of nine miles at Lululemon. It gave me the space to reflect on how I’ve been feeling this past week. I have been incredibly tense and stressed. I haven’t been my usual self. I haven’t been laughing as much, I haven’t had as much energy, and I’ve been quieter than usual. Yesterday I almost bailed on a BBQ because I wanted to stay home. That’s SO not Cristina. Today during our run Ellen mentioned that often running bloggers are too positive, and don’t show any vulnerability. It’s always “I ran 20 miles and it was amazing then I had an incredible brunch with my BFFs and went to the movies. Life is just dandy!” So I’ll be honest with you and tell you that last week I haven’t felt like my happy self.

Brent named it when he said that when he’s talking to me he can tell that in the back of my mind I’m thinking about the marathon. It’s true. I’ve been googling all kinds of crazy things. I’ve utilized pretty much every marathon pace calculator out there, even this specific to the Boston course pacing plan. I’ve been reading forums with wind predictions, nutrition advice and taper tips. None of it will help.


So what exactly am I obsessing over? Honestly, and those who know me best might disagree, but HONESTLY I am not nervous about time. Of course I want to do well. I really want to do well, but if things don’t go well I know I can always sign up for another marathon. I feel tense and nervous because it’s hard. Running a marathon is really hard. It will never be easy and I am scared.

Every week I pick a week focus. I write it on my moleskin and reflect on if that focus was prioritized Sunday nights before selecting a new week focus.

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I pick one for work and one for my personal life. For work it might be precise praise or sweat the small stuff (all you ed people know what this means) and personal might be focusing on going to bed earlier or spending quality time with Brent. This week my personal focus is to laugh, have fun and be present. I’ll be running a marathon in a week. Nothing is going to change that, and there is no reason to mope around and feel sorry for myself. It’s BOSTON! Also, my life is so much more than running. I have so much to celebrate and be thankful for. Here is everything NON running that happened this weekend.

Saturday 51 scholars and their families showed up to our first registration day for Equitas Academy. Here I am with Cecilia, my incredible School Operations Manager. I am so lucky to work with her! Our new families are so enthusiastic and thankful to join the Equitas community. I am humbled to work in Pico Union, such a welcoming community.


Brent and I celebrated a big step for Equitas Academy #3 with KOGI! In the evening we went to Brent’s co-workers BBQ.

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We stopped by Playa Provisions on the way home for cookies and ice-cream. With all my travel it’s been a MONTH since I’ve been here. Too long.

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I finally used one of my Anthropologie gift cards. Bought this shirt. Note: That is NOT me in the picture below.

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Brent and I relaxed in the apartment hot tub then made smoky tacos with chipotle sauce. They look kinda gross here, but I swear they were good.


With everything going on this upcoming week it won’t be difficult to focus on fun. We’re hosting our second registration night at Equitas, I’ll be interviewing a few Kindergarten candidates, Wednesday is happy hour night with K2 girls, I’m getting a massage, we’re having our Back On My Feet monthly meeting, and maybe I can convince Alaina to go on an evening beach walk?

Woah, I feel better already. Time to go prep my breakfast, pack my lunch and get ready for a HAPPY week!

The Big 2-0!

Take my advice. Run your long runs with a bunch of people. It’s worth all the coordinating, adding on extra mileage if you’re running longer, driving to meet people to trun as a group. Before I joined the 10,000 running groups I run with, I’d head out for 20+ mile runs alone watching the clock, feeling sorry for myself, counting down the seconds, and being bored. I feel like a crazy person saying this, but today’s 20 miler was really FUN. It felt like an adventure. Marta, Gisele and I met at her place in Mid-City and ran three miles then met Ellen, Marianne and two of her friends and we all ran the last portion of the LA Marathon course down to the sea. We met a friend of Ellen’s in Santa Monica who ran the last 4 with us.

Check out our route:

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The LA Marathon is in three weeks, so the roads were packed with everyone getting their last long run in before tapering. There was so much excitement and energy as we passed groups of runners. We even ran into Brianna with Team Nutribullet in Beverly Hills. Team Nutribullet is so friendly and enthusiastic. They were super supportive when we passed them.

photo (7)Being the snobby LA runners we are, we stopped to use the bathroom at the Four Seasons in West Hollywood and had a water stop at Whole Foods. I snapped a picture of a kumquat tree. I love love love kumquats and feel the need to buy this tree. Marta also took a pic of me with my water bottle baby. Thankfully Gisele offered to run holding the bottle. I hate hate hate running with water packs. We ran the 20 averaging about an 8:20, which made sense for a slightly downhill route. Marta’s friend John saved us from ubering home by giving us a ride back to our cars. We looked and smelled beautiful. photo 3 (2)So how did it feel?

Friday Dinner: Squid Ink Spaghetti with Ground Shrimp, Red Curry Biscuits and a beer flight at The Tripel.

Friday Sleep: Slept from 9:15 PM – 6:15 AM. I need 8 hours, anything over is just wonderful! I woke up with a sore throat and a little sniffly, but my energy felt ok.

Pre-Run Breakfast: Two pieces of toast with lots of jelly.

Post-Run Snack: I was super organized and prepared and carried a peanut butter pack for right after the run. Is that whole eat 30 minutes after a long run for recovery thing true? When I got home I ate….get ready for very LA food….blueberries, granola Alaina brought me back from The Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley, hemp and kefir as soon as I got home. There’s talk of happy hour later 🙂

Long Run Fuel: Gatorate chews and some cereal in a baggie. Didn’t feel like driving to Whole Foods or a running store for my honey stinger stuff.

Long Run Hydration: Random sips of water, water fountains, ran into Whole Foods for iced water.

Long Run Outfit: You guessed it…lululemon shorts, race t-shirt, target sports bra, my free lulu socks from run club, Nike visor.

How Did It Feel: Today was so fun. I love the running community. Everyone is so friendly and warm. Everyone out on the streets was supporting each other. I rarely looked at my watch to see how many more miles we had to run. I’m a little nervous for when the LA Marathon is over and fewer people are out running long. Gisele and Ellen, it’s gonna be us three!

Other Notes: I AM SO EXCITED FOR MARTA TO RUN LA. She is going to rock it!!!!!!! Such a strong runner. I’ll be waiting for you at the finish. Enjoy the taper. You deserve it. Also, still looking for LA Marathon donations for Girls on the Run. Seriously, any amount is GREATLY APPRECIATED. It is an empowering program for girls.

Three miles in meeting up at Ellen’s. Nice filter, eh?
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Rather thank making this the longest post in the world, I’ll be back to tomorrow with an update from my mid-week runs, a few more recipe ideas, LA adventures with the family and details on my big night out at the Magic Castle in Hollywood!

Oh, one last thing. Look what came in the mail!

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Make Ahead Meals + Notes from Long Run #5

I get anxious when I look at my Boston Marathon training plan. There is just no way I can get all the recommended mileage in during the week. I am doing the best I can, but 6:45 AM is the absolute latest I can get to work  and 5:15 PM is the absolute earliest I can leave on top of a 30-40 minute commute to and from work makes ten mile mid-week runs impossible. Ellen and I also recently took a crazy pledge. We never want to turn into obsessive and unhealthy runners, and running anytime before 5 AM is definitely creeping into crazy territory. I’m also not going to get home at 6:30 PM and head out for a 10-12 mile run, sacrificing time with Brent. Over the past few weeks I played around with my new schedule, and am loving the following:

Monday: Back On My Feet (usually 4 easy miles) Tuesday: RunMDR Track Wednesday: OFF Thursday: 5-6 miles either before or after work depending on if there is a happy hour 🙂  Friday: Back On My Feet (4 more easy miles)

Yasso 800s at Track, Back On My Feet Route from Monday and Today's Long Run

Yasso 800s at Track, Back On My Feet Route from Monday and Today’s Long Run

No, I’m not getting crazy mileage in, but it feels good and is a balance of running with other people and on my own. I still, however, am working on ANY way to give me more time during the week. Even if I’m not running after work when I get home at 6:30 PM after being at work for 12 hours, all I want to do is relax. I absolutely love cooking, but I don’t have the energy to start from scratch. I’m also not willing to sacrifice with boring fast meals. Lately I’ve been getting into Sunday meal prepping. It’s super fun and makes my week run much more smoothly. I was inspired by Andrea, Alaina’s childhood best friend, who I’ve only met once, but it feels like I’ve known her for years. She works for Lululemon. Her hours are insane, but she still finds time to run and do yoga. Meal prep has helped her manage her weeks. It’s also fun to go crazy in the kitchen Sunday afternoon, having multiple meals being prepped at the same time and go to bed Sunday night with a freezer and fridge worth of food ready to go. So here’s how meal prep works.

Warning: It’s about to get very A-type.

1. I set my meals for the week. Brent always cooks Tuesday night so that dinner is ready when I come home from track. This week he made Sweet Potato Enchiladas, one of our favorites. We always have leftovers which is GREAT for lunch! We usually go out once or twice a week too. I usually pick meals from my pinterest page, bookmarked stuff I find online, my recipe-free favorites. Oh and stealing rev foods, that refers to eating student lunches. They’re actually pretty good! Chicken Bites on Friday were a hit, and their tamales awesome. The kids love them, and our kids KNOW good tamales.

photo (6)2. I email Brent and myself all the ingredients/our regular grocery items and divide the list in half with what Brent’s getting and what I’m getting to cut down on time at the grocery store.

3. We wash all the produce when we get home so that it’s ready to use, and I start cooking. I  also like to bake chocolate banana bread and slice it up and put portions in the freezer for easy snacks.

Here’s some of the stuff I’ve made over the past two weeks.  I’m not a huge recipe follower. I like looking at recipes for ideas, but usually adjust so that I don’t have to buy 100000 ingredients. I also like to sneak in veggies wherever I can. Click on the pictures for a link to the recipe I got my inspiration from.

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Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

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Chorizo Stuffed Poblanos

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Goats Cheese Spinach Lasagna Rolls-No Recipe


Asparagus Pistachio Mint Pesto

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (I always have it ready to go in the freezer, toppings, 12 minutes in the oven and BOOM, awesome meal)

So what about breakfast? Well I learned last week I still hate smoothies. I’d rather eat a huge salad. It looked so pretty in my mason jar, but ugh so disgusting. I’ve been sticking to my oatmeal deliciousness but preparing it in a jar and eating it at work while checking my email and before the kids arrive. Gives me a few more snoozes/time to run in the morning if I need to.

The banana and blueberries did NOT cover up the kale taste.

The banana and blueberries did NOT cover up the kale taste.

Oatmeal, Banana, Berries, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon, Sprinkle of Granola=YUM!

Oatmeal, Banana, Berries, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon, Sprinkle of Granola=YUM!

So there you have it! Time to start pinteresting to get ideas for this week. Any ideas? Woah, this is turning into the LONGEST post ever. I’ll make my running notes brief.

Friday Dinner: Indian Food. Was nervous how that would turn out, but it was fine. I think I got lucky. Probably not something I’ll risk before a long run again 🙂

Friday Sleep: 8 hours. Glorious. Amazing. Wonderful. Didn’t get good sleep all week.

Pre-Run Breakfast: PB&J and some water.

Post-Run SnackOATMEAL BOWL!!!

Long Run Fuel: Honey Stinger Pink Lemonade Chews. I like these!!!! Finally a chew I like!!! Tasty and no stomach issues yet.

Long Run Hydration: NOTHING. We didn’t pass any water fountains. Woops.

Long Run Outfit: Lululemon shorts, cotton race t-shirt, target sports bra, cheap socks, headband.

How Did It Feel: Today felt AMAZING. Loved running with Marta, Ellen, Alex and Lauren. Such a great group of people. We ran up Oakmont in Brentwood so the first five miles were uphill, and the last 10 were flatter. I’m feeling more confident. I’m so used to running in the heat, that today’s mid 60s felt really nice. I wasn’t counting down the miles.

Other Notes: Marta, Ellen and I were talking about how we would be such speedsters if we ran in cooler climates. Why do we always run such hot races!?

Time to get the day going. I’m appreciative of the cloudier weather. Excuse to be lazy and sit on the couch. Tonight Brent and I are heading to Geoffrey’s in Malibu for dinner at sunset. Woo hoo!