One Week

One week ago I was getting ready to run Boston. One week until Ellen runs Vancouver. I AM SO EXCITED FOR HER! She’s so strong and so ready. I can’t wait to celebrate when she’s back in LA. Gisele celebrated her one week post-Boston by doing something very Gisele. Running another marathon 🙂 Gisele placed third in the female Boston to Big Sur challenge with a combined time of 6:32. I’m so proud to call her my friend!


Check out her awesome prize! I wonder if she noticed it said 3rd place male…

My legs are feeling back to normal. Sticking to my normal running routine, but instead of 20 milers and 8-10 during the week I took a few days off, ran 3s and 4s, and a 10 this weekend. I also broke my Rise Nation PR. Woo! Check Mr. Muscle in the background.    
Love this. Didn’t know Boston could have a sense of humor.

 This is the comfiest sweater. 

I came across this in Runner’s World. Totally passed one of the Tarahumara runners during the race! AND saw Scott Jurek in Athletes’ Village. I bet the Tarahumara thought Boston was cute. With all our water stops and shot block stations. 26.2 was probably their warm-up for many more miles when they got home. 
Alaina being Alaina had our scholars all make me a beautiful poster. It was a nice surprise on Wednesday morning.

Leandro even made me a nice card…

Which made me think of this…

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I’m considering changing my last name to Larry. It would be far less confusing for kids.

This weekend I got to see Lauren, one of my running moms. It’s always so nice to see her. She’s nursing a broken foot and can’t wait to get back on the road running again. When Lauren first started distance running people in her home state of Alabama thought she was crazy. They thought she was even crazier for signing up for the New York Marathon. 35 years ago 14,000 runners signed up for the race, and only 1900 were women. Lauren went on to run Boston and Paris. Lauren’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, runner, and a great friend. I’ll see her in 2 weeks at her big annual Mother’s Day Celebration for Foster Moms through Foster Care Counts.  IMG_3540.JPG

In other school news I visited our site for next year on Thursday afternoon. Not a bad place to call home before moving into our nice new permanent building in fall of 2017.


Friday morning. Equitas Academy #3 teachers love their Urth Caffe.

Check out this Boston finish line web cam…. At 2:35:43 into the video you can see the man who was carried across the finish line. 2:40:04 same thing. That’s just two of many painful finished. It’s pretty crazy how people push themselves right to the edge. Makes me so grateful I was OK. And check out 3:07:24 for a failed victory jump. Brent and I found that gem while trying to find my finish. I can jump imagine him jumping for a photo opp and screaming “CRAMP CRAMP CRAMP!” I come up on the right just after that.

I’ll leave you with this. Ellen tagged me on it. So true. Nobody wants to be that annoying co-worker who is like “Yeah I ran 10 tempo Friday after work, easy 20 Saturday morning, and a 8 mile recovery run Sunday followed by some yoga to stretch out the legs.” Oh marathon training!IMG_3354.PNG


Long Run Notes + Weekend Happenings

Yesterday’s run was a major confidence boost. I knew if 20 with a fast final 4 felt good, Ellen and I were on the right track with our training for Vancouver and Boston. Our legs had plenty of miles heading into this workout, and busting out a 7:08 average for the final 4 miles gave me quite the runners high. Ellen ran about a 7:30/7:45ish for the final 4 and she made it look easy. Having a training buddy makes this so much more fun!

img_3615.jpegMy garmin decided to poop out on me at mile 18, so my nike app came to the rescue for the final 2 miles. I had to know what my fast finish pace was, and being the crazy person I am I manually added the two miles and the time to my garmin app. Only slightly OCD. 

We should probably be better about hydrating on our long runs. I think we’re used to running in crazy heat, so when it’s “only” 70ish we don’t worry too much about where we’re gonna get water. Thank you Brentwood resident for your water 🙂 

After some refueling with Kreation’s Omega Bowl, Brent and I went to Downtown LA to go to Escape Room with a few friends. Essentially you get thrown in a room with 10 people, and have 50 minutes to escape. Our room was called The Cavern and was an archeological dig theme, and we had to solve puzzles and clues that would eventually lead to our escape from the room. The room has a 10% escape rate, so it’s tough. We didn’t make it in time, but we were so close that they let us finish before leaving the room even though time was up. Will definitely be back for this again. We ended up getting drinks on Spring Street Downtown after. Downtown is so much more vibrant that it was when I first moved to LA in 2007.

This morning Ellen, Marta, and I hit up Rise Nation and Hip-Hop Yoga at Y7. Y7 helps me beat yoga boredom. Its got a 60 minute fast-paced and consistent routine. It starts with a warm-up, then three flows first done at a slow pace, then with one breath per movement, and last flowing to a song. They sprinkle in some ab work, and finish with a cool down. Today was Beyonce day but my favorite was a few weeks back when they had TLC vs. Destiny’s Child. After a 60+ mileage week I know I needed some yoga in my life.Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 4.42.37 PM.png

I can’t really sit still, so I went home for a quick lunch then headed out to Abbott Kinney for a Sunday stroll. Acai Food Truck. Only in LA.

Carly and I are bonding this weekend. I’m taking care of her while Jared and Alaina run around Vegas. And I can’t not post photos of our EQ3 kiddos. Two faves from science family night and morning work in Mrs. Lowry’s office.img_3606

Ok. No time to edit. Time for the Oscars!

Ellen Ran Van!

LAX is my second home. I’m on my third trip to the east coast since March, and on my fifth trip of 2015. This time I’m headed to New York for a school visit and Uncommon Reading and the Common Core Conference. Crazy to think less than 48 hours ago I was running with Marta and Ellen around Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Marathon season is over, and the three amigos have a lot to celebrate. Marta ran a 3:35 in LA, I ran a 3:22 in Boston and Ellen took 25 minutes off her previous marathon time, finishing the Vancouver Marathon in 3:37! Based on training I knew Ellen was going to have an incredible race. There was no way I was going to miss it. Brent and I found a great flight deal and the Mulholland family offered to host us for the weekend, and of course Marta couldn’t miss out on the fun so Anna, Brent, Marta and I all flew up to Vancouver for the weekend.

It was a quick trip, but we were able to cram in a lot into 2 days. Running 12 miles of the course with Ellen was a great way to see the city. Vancouver is absolutely beautiful. Ahh the crisp air, the mountains, the green. It was such a nice change from LA. We arrived late Friday night and despite much objection from Ellen and Anna, Menno gave us a quick tour of the marathon course before we went home and crashed.

Saturday morning we went for a shake out two mile run before taking the bus downtown for that expo. The expo was small, but it was efficient, the booths were quality, and Cliff didn’t have a crazy long line and was giving out free bars. We did our signature “casually walk past a few times and act like this is your first time visiting the booth.” Marta, Ellen and I each bought a Run Van shirt (Marta and I Technically ran in Vancouver), we took advantage of the photo booth, and we saw the elite women.

After visiting the expo we walked down Robson and went out for lunch at The Flying Pig in Yaletown. When Anna is in charge of picking the restaurant you know it’s going to be good. Great ambiance, great food, and a charming server. Oh, and banana bread for the table while you wait for your food. I had the trout with cous cous and avocado salad. Vancouver is a super healthy city. Most of my meals consisted of salads with seafood.

After lunch we met up with Andrea, Alaina’s best friend from growing up who lives in Vancouver and works as a color specialist at Lululemon. I’ve only met Andrea once in LA, but it’s like we’ve known each other forever. If you’re friend with Alaina, you’re friends with me. Andrea had run 17 miles that morning as part of her training for her first marathon that morning. Funny how Alaina’s friends tend to be runners, even though she absolutely hates running. We walked around the seawall drove to the original Lululemon in Kitsilano, walked around and got a drink at Local. Brent got really excited at David’s Tea. Tea is his new thing. Right, Anna? We also went to Pirate Joe’s. Some genius brings Trader Joe’s goodies from the US to Canada, and sells marked up. That night we had delicious salmon burgers for dinner and watched Prefontaine to get Ellen pumped for her big race. We were off to bed fairly early.

IMG_0326The morning of the race was absolutely beautiful. There was no wind, not a cloud in the sky and a perfect chill in the air. Ellen was super calm. I knew she was ready to have a great run. Because the race didn’t start until 8:30, she didn’t have to leave her house until 7:15. It was an oddly relaxing morning for a marathon. No waking up at 4AM, no getting to the starting line in the dark, no shuttles and no traffic. The Mulholland family lives in the perfect spectating spot for the marathon. We walked to the 13KM mark around 9 to watch the elites, and Ellen came soon after. She looked totally at ease and happy. Brent jumped in to run a 10K loop with her, and we walked over to the 23KM mark so that Marta and I could jump in and finish the route with her. Marta and I the rest of the route with Ellen, jumping off the course around 41K. I hope our fresh legs weren’t too annoying for her. We were snapping pictures the entire time. It was just too beautiful not to take pictures. At the end I was able to sprint to the finish and film Ellen crossing the finish line. Ellen, can I post the video!?


Ellen gave it her all, and it was so inspiring seeing someone give 100% and stay so positive. I knew Ellen was tired, but she never got negative and never said she hurt. When I asked her how she was feeling she just kept a straight, focused face and would say “I’m good.” Marta and I stayed a few feet ahead of her and blocked the wind around Stanley Park. It was so great being a part of her marathon experience. Like I said before, Ellen ran a 3:37. Last year in LA she ran a 4:02. CRAZY PR. I’m so inspired by her dedication and hard work, and to think she is only 26. Can’t wait to see what else she accomplishes.

We celebrated her marathon at the Cactus Club on the beach, had dessert and sushi a few hours later. Gotta refuel. After relaxing at the Mulholland house for a few hours we were off to the airport for a quick flight back home. It was a quick weekend, but well worth it. Vancouver, I’ll be back. Mulholland family, thank you so much for your hospitality. You have a beautiful home, and were so welcoming. We loved spending time in your city and hope to see you in LA soon!

Marta, Ellen and I are mixing it up in May. More on that in my next post!