Category Archives: Health

Naive and Happy!


I spent Thursday evening doing 2 miles of hill repeats and now i am sooooore.  But it’s the good kind of sore that we runners are obsessed with you know what I mean?

Friday was a 6 mile run with some pick-ups (little sections where I speed up which makes it a more interesting and gets a little speed work in).

Today it is completely pouring out but it’s my rest day anyways so it’s fine with me!  I’m hoping it clears up for tomorrow.  I need to get my last long run in before the half marathon next weekend.

I have to say I have a bit of bittersweet feelings about the course layout, and the fact that you park at the end and then shuttle to the start which basically means you have to be there and ready even earlier than usual.  The race starts at 6:30 am and I have to be in downtown SF, park in a garage and on a shuttle by 5:45 am at the very latest (that’s the last shuttle).  So all that means I am basically getting up at 3 am!  It’s going to be a tough one, but then of course, that’s partly why we all love races right?

Plus after all that I’ll of course be this naive and happy and ready to sign up for another race like I always am after races:


Adrian brought this home as a surprise the other night.  Sometimes he is so very wise!

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Have you ever had to shuttle to the start of a race and get there so early??  Maybe I just don’t know that it’s somewhat normal!

No Fake Runners Here!


Oh yea, how awesome is that?? I absolutely love Kara Goucher.  She is just completely amazing and I love that she is the face of this awesome brand from my awesome home town city of Seattle.  Seeing this made my day a bit! Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 4.38.21 PM

I ran a really slow easy 6 miles tonight.  It’s funny how I can go one day running 12 miles at a fairly good pace, then two days later sort of trudge through 6 miles.  Every day running is just different and there are so many other factors involved.  For example, I think I have my mental game face on when I know I’m doing a longer run, and so maybe that adds a lot, versus a night, where I just want to get 6 done and move on to pizza.  I could see that playing a huge role.  They say it’s half mental right?

Speaking of pizza…. We had pizza for dinner.  I had a double decker of cheese, Adrian had a double decker of pepperoni.  It’s actually much yummier than it looks….It’s kinda dry.

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I also had a salad.  I’m crazy for always getting some kind of nutrients in every meal.  Although my salad was really some lettuce and a ton of red cabbage.  I have a thing for red cabbage.

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After my “eh” run I did a nice peruse of the internet and came across this quote which made me feel better.  I’ve seen it before and it’s always one of my faves.Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 11.53.58 PM

It’s nice to remember that sometimes.  Just get out there, do your thing, you’re a runner.

Lastly, my friend Alison stopped by tonight to say hi, hang, and catch up.  She’s fun and always has good stories and good things to say.  Also we all watched that funny first kiss video and analyzed it.  Do you know which video I mean?  It went viral like 2 weeks ago, of strangers put together and told to kiss.  Kinda interesting social experiment.  We thought so anyways.

Have you met any “fake runners”?  I haven’t!

Have you tried Oiselle?  What I’ve tried I totally loved, also love the bird, super cute.

12 Miler, Time to Rock


I went for a little more tropical smoothie for a little weekend change and I must say it hit the spot!
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I spent a lot of Sunday relaxing in my favorite spot with a few upgrades, the cozy pillows, as well as my water bottle (really always with me) and a good book.  Currently I’m reading The Glass Castle.

photo 1-3It was sort of a long weekend so I just had to have a calm day!  Also I was planning for a very long run this morning so I drank a lot of water and let my legs rest.

Also, the most important part of the night before a long run, is obviously going to a burger place with friends for dinner!  We went to Wheezy’s.  They make kinda smaller burgers, not quite slider small, but almost, so you can order a couple different kinds.  Of course I had 2 burgers and fries, veggie burgers of course.  And the best one they make, I promise, is called the White Trash burger with thousand island, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and american cheese.  It kinda tastes like a Big Mac.  So good.  Then of course we went to Fro Yo.  It was directly next to the restaurant, so I literally had no choice.

This morning I did 12 miles with an average pace of 8:36. YAY!!  I was so worried I wouldn’t be ready for my half marathon in 2 weeks, especially when the hamstring issue happened.  So now I feel so much better and ready to Rock n’ Roll!! ( haha get it? Rock n’ Roll half? yea I know my jokes aren’t good. )  I’m just so happy that I now feel ready.

I finished it off with a really easy yoga sesh tonight to stretch it out, and I’m about to go to bed because I am completely exhausted!

Also thanks for the comments about the morning running!! Glad I’m not alone and that we are not all superhuman morning rockstars, which is what I envision all runners, besides myself, to be.

Anyone else doing the Rock n’ Roll SF?  Other Rock n’ Roll races in different cities?

Running Offenses


I saw this in Runner’s World and thought it was SO funny.  I am guilty of actually every single one of these, although I really do make an effort to not run obliviously.  Especially funny about having seen it in a running magazine when that is an offense!photo 3-7I think I am the worst about wearing running gear in social situations.  I have been on a mission for most of my life to find ways to wear athletic clothes in a way that is socially acceptable.  I mean it’s serious.  I even have levels of sweatpants, my at home only really comfy (really ugly) ones, all the way up to the expensive lulu’s.  When I wear jeans I like to call them my grown up pants.  So anyways, I am a major offender, and with no guilt about my offenses!!

My leg is still hurting today so I decided to play it safe and not run at all.  I really, really (reeeeaaalllly), don’t want a serious injury so I will absolutely not run until it feels better.  Instead I did yoga and some more core work on NTC.  Also, doing the core workout yesterday was such a crazy eye opener because I am super sore today.  I actually can’t believe how sore I am.  So no wonder my leg is hurting!!  I am apparently completely lacking in core muscle.  I can’t believe I let it get so bad!  I have a new plan that involves core 4-5 days a week.  I think I have to.

Do you do consistent core work?

Anything in particular that works well for you?

Best Spot to Eat a Burrito


Now THAT is lunch with a view!  I think burritos are even better when eaten in a new and beautiful place.

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Adrian and I went hiking to Kent Lake today and brought burritos, cookies, and chocolate milk.  Into the top ten places I’ve eaten a burrito obviously.    

We started at Alpine Dam, as seen in my lovely panorama (love those) below, and hiked almost 5 miles to Kent Lake and back, for a total of almost 10 miles.

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The river runs next to the trail the whole time, so you’re always hearing running water which is nice.  There’s also a lot of spots that water comes down off the mountain in little waterfalls and streams.

Here’s a couple more views of the lake.

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We were happy about it.
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Saturday was spent mostly like this:

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And also a trip to the car wash! I love the car wash.  

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Then I went into the city and met up with a couple friends for a chat sesh and some guac, chips, and tacos.  

It was such a good weekend, but tomorrow has a long run with my name on it.  So off to bed!

Hill Repeats and Pi Day Rules


I took another rest day yesterday since I just haven’t had a strong week.  The “rest” evening ended up being so nice.  We found a new spot that looked right over the water and looked like this:

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So as I said, I’ve just had not a great running week.  Each run I’ve felt kind of weak and slow and just not up to my expectations.  I felt so off tonight that I ran 5 miles, went home and had a 1/2 of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then went out and did some hill repeats.   I seriously needed that sandwich in between.  So I’ve got to figure out what’s going on and take care of it this week!  I want to be back to normal next week.

For Hill repeats, I did 10 times up this hill at a very fast pace, then walked down it, and started back up as soon as I got to the bottom.  It totaled out to another 2 miles.

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While I was up there I found quite a nice view over to SF and the Bay Bridge.  I love the dark outlines of the land and the lights!photo-5

This is still my favorite running shirt.  Major birthday score 🙂photo 4-6

FINALLY! The Marin Headlands makes the Rave Run location in Runner’s World.  I have been waiting for this moment, since I knew it would have to happen eventually.  Marin is seriously one of the best places to run and has so many different options for where to 2-6

Also it was Pi Day!!! I made an apple pie.  I had to!  It’s the rules of Pi Day.

How do you fix it when you’re having an off running week?

Where’s your personal favorite destination for a Rave Run?

Did you enjoy some pie today?

Hide (but Eat!) Your Veggies


Well, I had another somewhat sad showing of a run tonight.  I ran 5 miles but felt super sluggish.  I just swear it is that it was 70+ degrees again that was killing me.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when summer hits for real.

Isn’t it true that I saw some kind of ice-hat type of ingenious thing somewhere?  I swear a guy had one at the Badwater Ultra Marathon in Death Valley.  I like to watch shows about stuff like that 🙂 Maybe I could get crafty and make one.  I think the cold drips would be the best part!

When I got back I decided, as usual, that there’s no better way to get past a bad run and ready for tomorrow like something yummy!  I went to Trader Joe’s today and found a bunch of stuff I hadn’t tried before and decided to throw some of it together somehow to make something delicious.  I went risotto as it is always so good, and somewhat easy to hide vegetables in (ssshhh don’t tell my boyfriend there was kale in his risotto).  So yes, I made risotto that had kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, carrots and shaved broccoli stems in it.  It also had Parmesan so I’m not completely killing how risotto should be.  Plus I found a bag of good looking shredded parmesan, so less work for me. Yay!

I put together a little pic of some of my new ingredients, what the risotto looked like cooking, and the finished cheesy product.

I had a nightcap of Vanilla bean ice-cream with chocolate syrup and milk (I do kind of a make a milkshake in a cup and smash it all up) and it was just perfection.

How do you get all your veggies?

Any recipes that hide them especially well? (and are kinda easy?)