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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!

I Guess I Better Carbo Load!

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What better way to eat carbs than an insanely good dinner out at one of my favorite Italian restaurants.  I finally remembered to take a photo of how happy food makes me before I have demolished what’s been put in front of me, and even of the food before I scarfed it!!  (Not pictured, the 2 baskets of warm bread that we ate through, yes that makes 1 complete basket each, they came with yummy dipping sauce and we had to put burrata on it obviously, so it was out of our hands!)  photo 4-5

Check this tomato out!  I mean could it be any more beautiful?  It is a 4 hour tomato, meaning that is how long they cooked it.  It’s on top of pesto, burrata, and olive oil, and of course was promptly smothered over the top of some warm bread.

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As crazy amazing as that tomato combo was, this gnocchi was actually the best.  It was the perfect consistency and they sautéed it, you could see the lightly browned edges.  I’ve never heard of doing that, and it was amazing.  Once again I just really want to try making gnocchi from scratch I just love it so much.photo 2-8

Sorry salad.  By yourself you would’ve been great, made of local baby gems which I love, parmesan, and homemade croutons, but when eaten in conjunction with the above amazingness, you were quite outplayed.  It’s not your fault, you had no chance!

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I’ve had a really busy and stressful week and I am so excited to go join my fellow runners for a fun half marathon adventure through the city this weekend, and sleep a lot.

What’s your favorite Italian meal?

Ever slow cooked a tomato?  It’s on my TBCBK list ( to be cooked by Kari list 🙂 )

13 Miler, Plus 4 More

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I feel it is important to note that our kitten is so smart that she watched (and cheered) as Belt hit and scored his very important home run in tonight’s game.  She’s a huge giants fan.

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I had a crazy day of outdoor activity yesterday.  Possibly too much since I’m still exhausted.  I ran 13.17 miles in the morning (I really wanted to get that .1 in there for half marathon training purposes).  I took it really easy, and even stopped a couple times at water fountains to grab a drink and a quick stretch.  I ran from around 10-12, because I still don’t know how to run first thing before it’s hot out.  So I needed those breaks to hydrate and cool down.  I also made it a slow pace run because I am still just monitoring my left leg, it’s just had a few weird things goin on lately.

I only had a banana, some chews, and coffee before, as well as 2 gels along the route so I was starving when I got back (I am currently obsessed with Honey Stinger products so I used all their stuff for the chews and gels).  When I was back I made an egg and cheese bagel with some leftover pico de gallo, which was a rad extra, as well as a chocolate milk.  I could have had much more, but I knew I had other plans involving food to follow shortly….

We met up with a friend for a hike/picnic.  This was what made me clearly an insane person.  Who agrees to go hiking after running 13 miles?  Well…. me.  So add another 4 miles to that original 13 for total distance.  We went to Tennessee Valley and packed sandwiches, snacks, and a water bottle of wine because we felt festive.  Here we are about to head back after.

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This is really the most important, the view including the food.  As usual, I think awesome food tastes even more amazing when eaten in a cool place.  Also I think it’s important to point out that those bbq chips went ON my sandwich.  This is something I have always done, and always will do.  It is the absolute best way to eat a sandwich.

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And just one more view shot.  We also saw dolphins, though I am not fast enough to have gotten a shot of them, I’ll work on my photog speed skills.

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How was your long run/race this weekend?

What’s a funny eating tradition you have?  Do you eat chips on your sandwich?

Long Run Podcast and Prep

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Since I’ve got my long run on my mind, I thought I would talk about what I do to help get me through long runs.  I like to listen to Podcasts because then you get to listen to more like a story or a show while you’re out which can be more entertaining.  There are all types out there, I personally like a few morning shows, which I don’t get to listen to normally, so I subscribe to their podcasts and listen while I run.  They talk about news, and celebrities, nothing too thought provoking, but entertaining while running.  Here’s an example of one that I like a lot, probably my favorite:

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That morning show also does a “secret show” which is a podcast you can subscribe to, but it is for 18 or older and so you can assume the content is different.  It is also entertaining, but isn’t for everyone.

The other thing I really like about my iPod is that it plays the radio!!  That way when I’m sick of my music or don’t feel like a podcast, I can just see what’s on.

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In preparation for this morning’s long run, I made this very simple rice for dinner.  It was good, but the goal for a regular dinner is really to add stuff to it, which I didn’t do.  So it was a little boring but perfect for a pre-long runphoto

It looked like this:

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 Here’s what I’m having before I head out.

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Are you doing a long run today?  How far?  Have fun!!

Naive and Happy!

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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?
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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:

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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!

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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

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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.

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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?

Morning Runners. Teach Me Your Ways!

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Very Excited about my new warm weather/bright running gear!  I bought a few of that tank top.  It comes in lots of cute colors,is SUPER light weight, and has a built-in bra.  Downside, my clip-on iPod didn’t like that size strap as the only option very much, but we made it.photo 2-2

Yesterday was my first longish run since the hamstring has been acting up and I am so happy that it went well!!  I ran 8.5 miles, took it easy on pace, but had no pain! Hooray!

Here’s what I used to get me through it in the morning:

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So I have always always alllllways wanted to be one of those people that’s like “oh I got up at 5 and ran 12 miles, no big deal”.  But  I’m not.  My idea of an early run is before the sun goes down, not before it gets up.  But I’m on a mission to become one of those people.  I set out my clothes the night before.  I planned my breakfast.  I set my alarm (for 7, not 5).  Then I got up at 8…. hour late, whoops.  Then I ate/drank my breakfast.  Had to let it digest obviously….  Left at 10:30.  WHY, why, can’t I be one of those people!?

Then I thought, ok, get up early tomorrow and do the same, and it will feel easier.  But, I had a birthday party to go to at a concert and it didn’t end until midnight.  So much for that.  The band was awesome though!  It was an all female Led Zeppelin cover band name Zepparella.  Pretty fun.

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How do you crazy morning people do it????

Running Offenses

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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?

Nike Training Club Muscle Work

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Favorite thing I’ve seen in a while.  This Waldo makes me really happy.  Also I have an urge to go to yoga tomorrow.photo 1-11

So yesterday I did a 7 mile run at a very average pace and was feeling a little better than last week.  I’ve been adding a bit more protein into my diet, sometimes the whole vegetarian thing can be lacking in that category.  While I’m feeling great about eating a ton of fresh and whole foods, I don’t normally count or keep track of exactly what I’m eating, like number of calories, protein etc., and I think maybe I was lacking a bit.  One thing I added back in for the first time in a long time are eggs.  I’ve had this yummy looking egg, cheese, avocado, sprouted wheat bagel the last 2 days as well as my almost daily smoothie for breakfast.

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Yes, that is a large sized mason jar of coffee behind it.  No it wasn’t full originally, that’s the starting level and I added a bunch of milk.  I’m not totally coffee crazed 🙂  Anyways, I think and hope that is what the problem was last week, so I’m trying to keep better track of the exact content I’m eating this week and see how I feel.

Here’s another lovely view of my smoothie obsession.  This was today’s batch:

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In this batch is:

Strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana, spinach, almonds, chia seed, and water.  It’s just so completely wonderful.

Today I started a run and am having a bit of pain in the tendon behind my knee connected to my hamstring so I changed things up a bit.  I did a few half mile loops around my house, then called it good for running.  I went inside and did a workout from NTC (Nike Training Club) and it was perfect as well as something I’ve been meaning to add more to my daily routine.  NTC is a free app from Nike that has all different kind of workouts, at different levels, and tells/shows you how to do them.   It is really great.  I am not a member at a gym so I often miss the core building/weight lifting element that I should be incorporating and this is a great way for me to do it.  Core muscle is so super important to help prevent injury and be a better runner.  This pain I’m having was a huge reminder of that.

Have you ever used NTC?

Are there other great apps out there that do a good job?