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Favorite Thing to Make and 15 Cities Amazing Running Routes

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I saw this article and I’m always excited to see the insider locations so I had to look through it.  You can find it at http://greatist.com/move, there’s some other fun stuff there too.  It is really the best because my favorite Marin route AND my favorite Seattle route when I lived there (and when I visit) were both on the list!  So now I know the credibility of runmazingness (new word) I really want to try the ones listed from other cities!  If you’ve been to the other cities let me know.  So the Marin route listed, was of course, The Dipsea!! My favorite, although I don’t really run that one.  The Seattle one was Greenlake, which is a gorgeous loop around a lake there, with a really nice and well maintained paved and dirt (side by side) path, water fountains, cute dogs, etc.  Basically, if you live in Seattle and run or walk, you go to Greenlake.  Literally.  It’s that amazing and popular.

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I’ve finally been getting back on track with running.  Slowly.  Very.  It’s kind of been sad how slow I am running and has added to my not wanting to go because I know it won’t be a solid run.  But I’m working on it.  I even made a deal with a friend to meet next Sunday for a 9 mile run.  That will be the longest I’ve run in about 2 months so it’s good that we’re meeting so I have to do it.

On a totally different note, or maybe not hmmmm…. I’ve been cooking a lot lately, and new stuff.  Ill eventually put some more stuff on here, but for now, here’s my new fave.

It’s kind of like apple crumble but way healthier.  First I threw some almonds and sunflower seeds in the magic bullet for a few seconds to chop them up, then I cut up a few dates (in retrospect I should’ve thrown them in as well, next time I will).

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Then I mixed that combo with plain quick oats and a little bit of maple syrup.

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Then of course the delicious Fuji apples.

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Then I mixed everything together and added some lemon and cinnamon.  I like it better mixed in then set on top like the traditional style but that is of course an option.  I cooked it for only about 15 minutes at around 300, I just wanted to get it to soften up a bit without cooking out all the nutrients.  It was so so SO good.  So good that I have since finished it and made another batch (and finished it).

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How’s your summer running going?

It is Really Hard to Run Every Day

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So I made a goal for myself to run everyday.  Nothing crazy, just a mile on the days I really don’t want to go.  Well I admit, I totally failed at the goal.  I have read about a lot of people who have done this and I always thought it wouldn’t be that hard.  So now I have to admit that it really is.  I am going to try again.  This time I am going to change it, make it a bit shorter so in the end is easier to see, and go for a full week, all 7 days, then go from there.

Instead of running like I was supposed to, I have made some de-lish food and went on my favorite hike with some good friends, so let’s focus on that.

Yesterday, 5 of us set out to do the Dipsea, specifically the Double Dipsea.  It goes from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, then back again, and to do so you have to go up and over a little mountain, twice.  It’s a total of 15 miles, It was hard and we are all sore today, but here’s some of the highlights.

The awesome group!

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We have fun no matter what we’re doing 🙂

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A view on the way out, lots of fog still over the Pacific.

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The view as we head down to Stinson Beach.

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Looking back up the stairs once we were all done!

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My favorite shot.  We called it the “roadkill” shot.  This photo was inspired by…. the exact way we all felt at the end!  It actually felt really great to lay down.  Even on the road.

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This is my favorite hike ever, but it really is a tough one.  I’m afraid my friends will be hesitant next time I ask them to go on a hike.

Summer Running Clothes, What to Wear?

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I am very much a running capris person, but I also live in California and I’m horrible at getting up early to run when it’s cool out so I have to go out of my comfort zone and wear shorts to run.

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Shorts always bother me in ways capris don’t.  They ride up, rub on your legs with EVERY step which makes my legs itchy and uncomfortable.  They are just not ideal.  So I decided to try a few different things this summer and review each as I wear them.  To start here’s my line-up of stuff to try:

Let’s start with the dreaded shorts.  I found a few styles on sale on Brooks’ website so I decided to start there.  The first pair are short.  Really short.  There is no chance I will wear these for anything other than a super hot day run.  And even then….. I am going to be thinking about them a lot while I’m wearing them I think.  They are the D’Lite 2.5″ shorts from Brooks.

The middle pair are decently long and that waistband seems to keep them from riding too much.  Also I’m hoping that the seams aren’t too chafey ( I make up words when there is not the proper word already in existence).  They are the D’Lite 4″ shorts from Brooks.

The last pair are spandex (cringe) but I figure if I just tell myself they’re short capris it won’t be too bad.  The reason I want to try them is that I’m hoping they will have the benefits of capris, less moving/chafing, with the benefit of shorts, not so warm.  First I just have to actually wear them for a run then I’ll let you know.  They are the Infiniti 7″ short tight III.

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On to tops.  This is my favorite thing I’ve found so far.  Again by Brooks.  I found the two on the right on a good sale from REI outlet online so you can check that out if you like them.  They are SUPER light weight and the material is weirdly cold.  Almost like it is re-cooling itself.  That is not true of course but I love them.  The only downside is they are slightly see-through, but for those not comfortable in just a sports bra like me, and needs the lightest possible shirt made, this is the one.

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Here you can see the sheerness:

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And one more option.  I hit up Old Navy because they sometimes have some good stuff for good prices and in fact they did!  I think all of these were around $15.

The first is a kind of running singlet, it is super lightweight and loose fitting making it very comfy.  The 2 on the right have built in bras and then are really light and loose as well.  They are also really flattering on and super cute.  The only issue I have with those is that there is only one strap option to clip my IPod onto and it doesn’t like the thickness of them.  Although occasionally adjusting my IPod is a small price to pay for a super cute, super inexpensive, great running shirt.  I just wouldn’t use it for a race.

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That’s the round up of the new stuff to try, I will be back to report how they are!

What do you wear to run in the summer?

The Dipsea Stairs

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The Dipsea stairs are somewhat infamous at least in Marin and they are one of my favorite places to do a workout, as well as being connected to the rest of the dip sea trail which is by far my favorite hike.  The stairs are no joke.  It is set after set of stairs.   According to Wikipedia there are 688.  I should count next time.

So, I thought it would be fun to do a little photo set of all the different stairs as I made my way up.  Here is the first section, after the initial few steps there that are pavement, it turns to wood steps that are open between and there is water running below them, it’s really pretty.photo 3-10

 

Once at the top it veers left a bit.

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Then goes up this little stone section which is a bit tedious but really pretty.

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Then you have a section with nicely spaced wooden stairs, the stair spacing changes at each section and some are better than others, I like this part.

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And the last part!!  This part is the best because it has little badges all the way up that have people’s names, dedications, and motivation to make it to the top from the people who helped build this part.  It’s really fun to read while you go up.

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Before the stairs I did a quick little 3 miles just to get loosened up.  I have hardly run at all since the half marathon so I needed to get out there.  Don’t worry about the sideways view, I promise I run upright although all photos taken while running seem to have this same lean…photo 2-12

 

And then a yummy salad with my favorite dressing, I really like olives.  I can never find a salad bowl big enough so I’m always trying weird containers like tupperware to make it fit.  Also made a little garlic bread and had some peach yogurt as “dessert” (the quotes are needed because who am I fooling, that’s not a real dessert).

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Do you have a favorite hike?

Are there any stair sets where you are that everyone trains on?

How much do you run the week after a race? (why is that part not included on my training guides?)

 

 

Rock N Roll SF

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Ok, I am FINALLY writing this post.  I have really had an intense week and was not in the mindset to write this all down.

So on Sunday (April 6), I ran the Rock N Roll SF ( the second year they have done it in SF and I ran it both times).  They changed the course from last year and didn’t post the new course until after I had already signed up.

Dear RNRSF,

That was hands down the hardest course I’ve ever run.  Congratulations on making me completely exhausted/sweaty/sore/want to die all before 8 am.  If you do this same course next year, I will probably not have the strength to sign up.

Sincerely, exhausted runner number 11,000 (cause I think that’s how many people ran)

The picture below was only like mile 5 and it was cold, and I am wearing a tank top and I am completely sweaty (sorry).  Cause it was so hard.  BUT, running in the actual lanes on the bridge was super cool!! I’ve never done that before :).

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Yay! IN the lanes, not on the sidewalk.

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And one more on the bridge, kinda sideways, but trust me this is the best one I had.  At least it’s not blurry.

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Ok, so let’s talk race course.  It started out pretty and innocent enough on Ocean Beach in SF.  Here’s the coast off to the side, nice and misty and calm.  photo 1-12

Here’s the start, super exciting and fun!! (ps, see that guy in the backpack on the left? More on him in a sec)

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So, we ran through the start chute, and a little bit down the road, like 1 or 2 blocks, then turned right into the city.  And there it was.  The start of the hills that would continue for the next 4 miles almost without interruption.  I know this is a horrible picture, but it was 6:30 am and I had been up since 3 am, taking a photo of a hill that was .25 miles into the 13.1 I had to run to get back to my car and go home to put my feet up.  That causes shaky hands and blurry photos.

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This hill was immediately followed by turning left and continuing uphill.  I am not exaggerating, it was almost always uphill for the first 4 miles.  Then more. And more.

Ok, so let’s talk about that backpack guy.  He ran, I assume, the whole thing wearing that.  I say I assume, because unfortunately for my confidence, he proceeded to kick my butt and I never saw him again.  I don’t know how he did it, but I think he should automatically win some kind of prize.

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After the bridge, we had a merciful, but short, downhill to the waterfront and then a fairly flat section.  Here is the beautiful sun rising, which was beautiful except that I didn’t have sunglasses and we ran towards it for a couple miles.  I looked at my feet a lot.

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After the flat section, we again had to run uphill on and off for the last 2 miles.  That wasn’t very nice.  And at this point, I had lost all strength to take photos.  I left that baby in my pocket and focused on not dying.  I also got 2 killer side aches during this section.  After finishing, I grabbed the closest food and beverages I could, found a shady spot and sat.  I did have one exciting new discovery.  Post-Run Cheez-its are totally awesome and hit the spot.  Who knew?  I almost didn’t take them when they were handed to me.  So happy I did.

And of course what is the breakfast of champions after a half marathon?  A burrito bowl of course!! Kind of weird getting this at 9:30, but really since I had been up at 3, it was practically dinner time.  I didn’t let that stop me from eating 3 more meals though 🙂  (Not pictured, the fact that this was being eaten a cozy blanket with my feet up and watching tv, or the bag of tortilla chips I put to shame).

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Of course, as always after a race, I was excited and happy and proud I did it and am looking forward to the next one and always toying with the idea of running a full marathon. But wow, that was a tough little race course!

The Day Before the Race

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The day before a race is always fun.  There’s an expo to go to, an excuse to be lazy, carbs to eat, etc.

Usually the day before I do a quick little run, something fast, about 2 miles, to just loosen up my legs.  I went to the track on Friday night though, and did striders (lengthening your stride and having a bit of a quick pace), so I felt like I shouldn’t do more on Saturday.  So I just took it easy!  I also have read several times that since no one sleeps well the night before a race, you’re supposed to sleep as much as possible the night before to help be rested.  So I think I slept like 10 or 11 hours on Friday night and it was amazing.

I went to the expo on Saturday with my friend Alison and we took some silly pictures.  To spare you from all of them, I just picked my 2 favorite silly pictures.

Here I am as Godzilla climbing the Transamerica building.   photo 2-9

And here we are racing through the streets of San Francisco! photo 1-10

And one normal one, that shows the crazy course we would take for 13.1 miles!!  I have to admit, it was really hard.  But I’ll write all about the actual race tomorrow.

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I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat for dinner on Saturday night because I know that’s important.  I kept thinking I would make the standard simple pasta type deal, but it just wasn’t sounding good!  Alison suggested a veggie burger and at first I thought that was a bad idea.  But, as it turned out I couldn’t think of anything else that sounded good so I went for it!  I seriously love The Counter.  They have such good burgers. Oh and I got a side of regular fries, because of course potatoes are a great carb source!

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After this it was time to relax, and go to bed as early as possible for my 3 am wake up call!!  Off to the races!

Taper Week

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In honor of having just watched the last episode of The Walking Dead, this is quite hilarious.  (Yes I love that show, no judgement).  I love Brooks, they are so creative and funny!

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It’s my taper week before the Rock n’ Roll SF half this Sunday.  So I am being very lazy and eating lots of carbs.  It’s my favorite week.  I didn’t run at all Monday or Tuesday, and ran a really slow 4 miles last night.  I have so much more time without planning out and doing runs!  Also it creates less laundry and I don’t have to worry about what I eat before running possibly hurting my tummy, so I can eat everything all the time!  There’s lots of perks!  But, I also wouldn’t stop running for anything.  It’s my favorite thing ever.

I am getting very excited about the expo this weekend.  I am going with a friend of mine because I told her there’s free samples and we would go to lunch after, and who doesn’t love free stuff and lunch?  I mean I have to go out to lunch to get all my carbs obviously.

What do you eat before a race?  The day before? The morning of?  I always struggle with exactly the right combo.