Memorial Day Weekend

How was your Memorial Day Weekend? I’m still trying to get my act together balancing life with my new job, so I was beyond happy to have a 3 day weekend.

Mike was out of town all last week so he surprised me with a trip to San Diego this weekend. We drove down Saturday morning and went straight to the beach. The beach is one of Pippa’s favorite places in the world (and mine too!)

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After the beach, we headed to downtown La Jolla where we had lunch at an amazing deli!

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And then we walked around downtown for a while and checked out all the sites, including this beach with all the seals.20140524_152451On Sunday, we went to the farmer’s market in La Jolla and had an amazing breakfast: smoothies, mango and breakfast burritos.

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They sliced up the mango right there and then squeezed fresh lime juice on top. I’ve never had mango with lime before, but I think it will be my new thing. It was amazing!

After breakfast, we went to two different beaches. The first one we went for a walk on and the second one we hung out and relaxed at.20140525_112250 20140525_111229

After the beach, we made a quick pit stop at Coldstone (obviously) before driving home.

This morning, I ran a local 5K. I haven’t run a race since the LA Marathon. One of my goals this year, is to run a sub 20 minute 5K. I decided last minute to do this race so I didn’t do any 5K specific training for it, but it was a good way to gauge where I am currently and how much work I have to do (A LOT!). I’ll have a full recap up this week about the race.

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 Anyone else race this weekend? How was your long weekend?

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Life Lately

Life has been pretty busy lately and I haven’t had any time to blog. About 2 weeks ago I started a new job. I’ve been adjusting to figuring out how to fit in my running and barre classes around working over 40 hours a week. Yes, I realize this is what most normal people do and is what I used to do before we moved out here.

I’m confident I’ll be fine once I get into my routine, its just a matter of figuring out my scheduling. I’ve been running when I get home from work, but I think I want to try to start running in the morning instead. It can be really hard for me to get motivated to run after a long day, especially when I get home and its dinner time and I’m hungry. I’ve set my alarm for the morning a few times and then quickly turned it off when its gone off and decided to just run at night instead. But I think if I can get in a routine of going to be earlier then I’ll do better with morning runs.

I’ve taken more unplanned rest days than planned in the last week, but I went to barre class 4 times this week! I am loving barre lately and I feel like I am getting stronger. Hopefully it will help me to run stronger and stay injury free. This weekend I went to barre on Saturday and Sunday and I thought i would die going back to back, but I actually did okay. The first few times I went to barre I would be sore for almost 5 days after!

Here’s a look at my last week:

Sunday: Barre + 6 hilly mile run (not sure about time)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6 incredible miles after work at (not sure about time)

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Wednesday: Barre class after work

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest (I planned on running, but when I got home from work Mike had a cheeseburger waiting for me! Couldn’t let it get cold!)

Saturday: Barre + 5 miles at 8:53 avg pace

Sunday: Barre + 8 miles at 9:21 pace

Today’s run was so windy that there were times I felt like I wasn’t even moving forwards. The headwind was (thankfully) mostly during the first half of my run, which was also the uphill portion. It was really hard, but thankfully the way back was easier. I hate running in the wind, but I know it will make me stronger and if I ever run a windy race, I’ll know I trained in it.

What is your least favorite running weather condition?

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Marathon Monday

Happy Marathon Monday! Today is one of the best days of the year in Boston!

I woke up this morning and made myself comfy on the couch to watch the marathon. It was super exciting watching Meb win the men’s race. Unfortunately, Shalane didn’t win on the women’s side, but she ran an incredible time of 2:22:02. I read on twitter that her time was fast enough to win all but 3 of Boston Marathons (’94, ’02, and ’14). I loved watching her race though and was so inspired by her.

After the marathon, Pippa and I went to the dog park so she could get in some running of her own.

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Then after, I set out for my own run. I ran a hilly (for me) route and tried to run the uphills harder than I normally do. I’m anxious to run more miles and faster miles, but I know that is a recipe for an injury. So I’m taking it slow and gradually building my miles. I’m not doing any sort of speed work yet, but I’m slowly starting to throw in some periods of faster running. So far, my legs have been feeling really good.

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I came home and spent a long time stretching and foam rolling. Then I spent hours cleaning our apartment and doing laundry and taking Pippa on a long walk.

Who else watched the marathon this morning?

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Weekly Workout Recap

This morning I woke up and my entire body was sore from barre class yesterday. I decided to take today as a rest day and Mike and I took Pippa on a long walk.20140213_073358

I’m hoping to go paddling later this afternoon, hopefully I won’t be too sore!

My sister was in town visiting last week so I took off a few more days from running than I would have liked. But I’m not following any sort of training schedule right now so I’m not going to worry about it. When she was here we were definitely still very active and spent a lot of time walking. Here’s a look at my runs from the past week or so:

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:00 pace

Wednesday: 6 miles @ 9:21 pace

Thursday: Rest day

Friday: Hike (maybe 2ish miles)

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Saturday: Rest, but lots of walking around San Diego

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Sunday: 3.5 miles @ 8:34 avg pace. Ran first 2 miles @ 9:11 pace and last 1.5 @ 7:30 pace

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:51 pace

Wednesday: 5 miles @ 9:12 pace

Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:17 pace + couple mile hike in the afternoon

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Friday: Barre class

 I’ve also been foam rolling and stretching after my runs and keeping up with doing push ups and planks (I got lazy this week though and forget to write down exactly what I did for strength training.)

My legs have been feeling really good and so I’m taking it really slowly to build my mileage back up. Once I build it up a bit, I’m going to start looking in to some races. I’m interested in running a couple 5Ks and maybe a half later this summer.

What are you training for right now?
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Grateful

I woke up this morning to a cloudy, foggy day and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed with my book. Instead I decided to go for a run. While getting ready, I was quickly reminded on Facebook that today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Although I wasn’t super excited to run when I woke up, I quickly snapped out of it. I ran 4 miles through the park and was grateful for every step I took. I am so thankful that I have two healthy legs that allow me to do what I love doing. It is so easy to take simple things, such as having two legs, for granted. But today I was reminded that I get to run and I am so grateful for that.

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I am looking forward to the Boston Marathon this year. Although I don’t live in Boston anymore, I am looking forward to waking up and watching it online this year. This race will mean so much to so many people and the entire city of Boston.

I am particularly excited to watch Shalane Flanagan race. Did anyone watch her on 60 Minutes this weekend? In case you missed it, I found a link online to watch it here. I think Shalane Flanagan is so cool and this segment just made her even cooler to me (Nerd alert!).

I’m also looking forward to watching “E:60 Presents Dream on: Stories from Boston’s Strongest” tonight. It’s on tonight at 7PM on ESPN and will feature 5 stories about Boston Marathon survivors. Rumor has it Tom Brady even narrates part of it.

What are you grateful for today?

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Mexico Recap

Last Wednesday, Mike and I left for a 5 day vacation to Cabo, Mexcio!

It ended up being the perfect quick getaway because it was only a two hour flight from LA. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and explored the resort and had a drink together.

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For the most part, our days looked like this:

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It was very relaxing. We went to the gym in the morning and then to an all you can eat breakfast where I stuffed my face. We followed that up with lots of lounging on the beach and reading. The weather was mid 80s and we needed an umbrella because it was hot!

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 At night, we went out for all sorts of fun dinners.

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The food was amazing! We ate so much Mexican food: tacos, enchiladas and tons of guacamole! The tacos were the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life.

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The resort we stayed in was beautiful and we had so much fun hanging out together, swimming in the pool and lying in the sun.

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We were sad to leave, but it is always nice to get back home too!

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Weekly Workout Recap

Hi! I just returned last night from a 5 day vacation in Mexico. I have a full recap coming up about it tomorrow, but it was a super relaxing trip.

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After taking a few weeks off after the LA Marathon, I’m slowly running again. Here’s a look at my recent runs:

Sunday: 5 miles along the beach @ 9:40 pace

Monday: 3 miles @ 9:37 pace

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 9:58 pace (hilly route)

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Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:46 pace (ran a little faster because I was in a rush to get ready to leave for Mexico that morning)

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym at the resort. Added some hills randomly to the run just to prevent dying of boredem + push ups and planks

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Saturday: 6.5 miles on bike at the gym (22 mins) + weights, push ups, planks, core, arms.

Sunday: Rest Day

Monday: 3 miles @ 8:49 pace

I definitely have noticed running is a lot harder after taking off almost 3 weeks. But it is so nice to be back at it. My knee is feeling so much better and I feel like my body really needed the rest. It was nice to just run as far as I felt like while on vacation, without feeling some sort of pressure to stick to a training plan. So far, I still don’t have any races planned so I’m just running when I want to.

I’m guest posting on Hilary’s blog today at Getting Through Life: One Day {and One Mile} at a Time about my experience of running my first half marathon. In honor of running her first half marathon, Hilary is doing a guest post series this week about different bloggers experiences running their first half. Be sure to check it out if you have a chance!

Do you like to run or workout on vacation?

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Marathon Recovery

It’s been over three weeks now since the LA Marathon. Since I didn’t train properly for this race and my knee has been bothering me for a while I really wanted take some time off from running after the race.

In the days immediately after the race I was really sore. It was really warm that week here, so I spent some time icing my legs in the ocean. By Thursday of that week I was starting to feel like myself again and wasn’t hobbling around anymore.

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I foam rolled that week and did some light stretching but otherwise took it easy. I actually ended up taking almost 3 weeks off from running. I missed running but it was kind of nice to take a break. 

This past Thursday was my first run since the marathon. I ran just 2 miles and it felt great. Since then I’ve been running almost daily for about 3-5 miles at a time. The other day I ran through a new neighborhood and the hills almost killed me. But I was rewarded with this view. (The picture doesn’t really do it justice)

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I feel like I’ve lost a lot of fitness. I’ve been working pretty hard just to maintain paces in the 9:50s. I’m not too worried though. Some days are just harder than others. Plus, my body really needed this rest. I don’t have any races planned so I can take as much time as I need to build up my mileage.

Sometimes a little time away from something can really renew your interest in it. I feel very excited to get back to running and I’m ready to start training hard.

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