12.31.02 - Washington Resolution Run
01.19.03 - San Diego Marathon
07.13.03 - Tri For Real #2
10.23.05 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.23.06 - Sparks Turkey Trot
05.05.07 - Marathon de Mayo (Half)
05.13.07 - Moms on the Run
10.??.07 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
05.10.08 - Moms on the Run
06.21.09 - Pleasanton Spirit 5K
07.29.09 - San Francisco Half Marathon
10.04.09 - SJ Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
10.18.09 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.01.09 - New York Marathon
11.26.09 - Spark's Turkey Trot 10K
02.20.10 - Bay Breeze Half Marathon
03.14.10 - Shamrock 'N Half Marathon
03.21.10 - LA Marathon
03.27.10 - Scheel's Fanatic 5K
04.25.10 - Marin County Half Marathon
05.02.10 - Reno Rock 'N River Half Marathon
06.05.10 - See Jane Run Half Marathon
07.25.10 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.05.10 - Pier to Peak Half Marathon
10.10.10 - Chicago Marathon
10.30.10 - Healdsburg Half Marathon
11.07.10 - U.S. Half Marathon
11.25.10 - Scheels Turkey Trot 10K
02.06.11 - Surf City Half Marathon
03.13.11 - Dublin Shamrock 5K
04.18.11 - Boston Marathon
05.01.11 - Big Sur Marathon
06.11.11 - Lake Tahoe Relay
07.31.11 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.11.11 - Walnut Festival Run 5K
09.18.11 - NorCal Half Marathon
11.24.11 - Scheels Turkey Trot
12.03.11 - Las Vegas Santa Suit 5K
12.04.11 - Las Vegas Half Marathon
03.11.12 - South Bay Duathlon
03.25.12 - Oakland Half Marathon
05.20.12 - Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon
06.24.12 - Silicon Valley Intl. Triathlon
07.15.12 - Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathlon
03.09.13 - Lucky 13 Half Marathon
04.28.13 - Eugene Half Marathon
05.11.13 - Folsom International Triathlon
5k:19:17 @ Dublin Shamrock 5k 2011
10k: 41:01 @ Scheel's Turkey Trot 2010
Half:1:30:07 @ Oakland Half 2012
Full: 3:31:44 @ Boston Marathon 2011
70.3: 5:20:07 @ Vineman 2012
Category Archives: Friday Favs
This week’s Friday Faves is brought to you by a few of my favorite new addictions and a some surprise hidden gems. Yes, more addictions…or maybe it’s just a phase.
Ok people, let’s talk Pinterest. I know that everyone has been raving about it for months now, but I finally hopped on the bandwagon and I can now officially say that it’s the Internet’s version of crack and I’m addicted. Now if only there can be 30 hours in a day so I can actually do any of the stuff that I pin. You can follow my boards here and yes, this is definitely not helping my less screen time resolution.
I found these three photos of Katie and I at the NorCal half. Hmmm…maybe if I worried less about smiling for the camera and actually focused on my running, I could be a bad ass like Katie.
Along with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and my other daily addictions, Instagram is of course, something that apparently I must participate in as well or else my life will crumble. I kid. To be honest, it’s quite fantastic as I just sync it with my Twitter account so when I take a photo, apply a filter to make me feel like a better photographer and it will automatically post to Twitter. Plus, when you can follow channels like Puppy Palace and get photos like this in your feed, what’s not to love? (I imagine this little guy saying, “Aye ayyyye aye!”)
Last week, it was brought to attention that I made a guest appearance in the official Clif Bar Pace Team video. It brought a smile to my face and brought back the great memories from the Big Sur marathon.
Have a great weekend and happy running!
This week’s Friday Favs is brought to you by Christmas, some more Christmas, wine and then some Lola cuteness. I’m off to Vegas in a matter of hours (I can’t contain myself!) and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of stories to report back on. Until then, here’s a look at this week’s favorite moments:
Tree chopping at the finest tree lot in Pleasanton: Home Depot.
Yeah, we’re fancy like that, but I still loved it.
Lola admiring (sort of) the Christmas tree glow.
This week, I went two a two-day retreat with my work team in Sonoma. This spot at the winery was one of my favorites.
Me: Chicken Face, where is Lola’s sweatshirt?
Chicken Face: It’s in the dryer.
Me: The dryer?
Proceed to open the dryer and find Lola’s sweatshirt. Chicken Face put it in not because it was wet, but because he wanted it to be nice a toasty for her. Swoon.
When I was home for Thanksgiving, I finally got a helmet! I guess that means I need to man up, get out of spin class now and actually go on a real bike. You can expect a blog post on how to choose a helmet soon!
Now I’m off to get in trouble with some of my favorite people. Happy Running!
This week’s Friday Favs is brought to you by the holiday that I always wish I did more for – Halloween. I absolutely love Halloween and I always have grand intentions of going all out with decorations and costumes. But every year it seems to slip by, forcing me to forgo all Halloween plans and bake copious amounts of pumpkin pie instead.
However, this week I did get in a hint of Halloween activities, not to mention my first five mile run with no hip pain – hurrah! I won’t lie, those five miles were difficult as I feel horribly out of shape, but I know once I get back into the groove it will all come back.
Here’s to Halloween, healing and puppies in adorable costumes (I’m suck a sucker).
Mine is the pumpkin on the top – can you guess who my inspiration was?
UH-MA-ZING! I used this recipe and you’d make them too if you knew what was good for ya.
A little hide and seek – I think he’s been spotted.
I got my first pair of CEP compression socks! It took me a minute to figure out how to “efficiently” put these tight suckers on, but I’m excited to put them to work!
Tell me, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? I need to get a costume tonight!
Happy Running and Happy Halloween!
This past week wasn’t necessarily one that I would write home about. Scratch that, I would write home and probably complain to my mom about my trivial issues including my hip that will most likely force me to not run the Nike Women’s Half marathon come this Sunday (still TBD).
Apparently, my excessive amount of time on a plane last week really messed with my hip and has sidelined my running. I went to a new chiropractor for some intense (and not cheap) ART and let me tell you…it hurt so good. Plus, with Chicken Face busy at work and school, I feel like it’s been a hamster wheel of a week.
However, even hamsters have highlights in their day and below are the few things that really made me appreciate life, even during the monotonous times.
After a long work trip, I was welcomed home with flowers, a card and surprise Mochi ice cream from Chicken Face. #swoon
We all know how frustrating it can be to have to stop running for an injury, but in place of running, I’ve alternated swimming and yoga every day this week. While I have anxiety about not getting as sweaty as I would like, I know that it’s a safe and smart alternative. Plus, I’m actually starting to enjoy my slow and steady swimming.
One of the last things I did in Chicago before I left was run on the lakefront path. Look at that view! Look at the sunrise! It will go down in my book as one of my all-time favorite places to run.
And because you can’t go to Chicago without getting some deep dish…
Greetings from the Boston airport! I’m on my way to Chicago to work another event, but luckily, it’s for THE CHICAGO MARATHON! You better believe it, I’ll be at the VW booth at the expo on Saturday and again at the VW Mile 8 tailgate. If you’re running, let me know so I can cheer my heart out for you. Good luck!
As one would expect, this Friday Favs is a continuation of photos from my east coast work tour. I’ve shared my favorites with you in the prior two posts, but here are a few more outtakes. I promise that next week we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled running programming.
NYC’s new Freedom Tower is breathtaking in every sense of the word.
The view from my NYC office’s rooftop.
My colleagues and I at an award luncheon in NYC – winners!
Embarrassingly immature “Miss You” photos texted to Chicken Face.
So…who’s going to be in Chicago this weekend?!
I’ve completely failed to mention that life at home has been minimal as last weekend Chicken Face and I darted back to Reno to see our families, and next week I have a busy week of work trips to New York, Boston and Chicago. If you’re from any of these cities – let me know! Also, what are your favorite running routes in these cities? I want to be sure that any free time that I can manage is complete with friends and exploring the city in my Vomeros.
Thus, this week’s (late) Friday Favs highlights some very Ren0-esque moments. I’ll be sure to bring you updates from the road all next week.
This was my dad’s father’s day present this year. Seriously.
Hey mom, look over there! (Now is my chance to abscond with her Vespa)
Lola in heaven at Chicken Face’s parent’s garden.
A special surprise dinner made by Chicken Face himself.
A message from the barista who awkwardly hits on everyone, but at least he spelled my name right!
Today’s Friday Favs comes to you straight from the comfort of my bed as I take my second sick day from work. I think the go-go-go style of the past month and a trip to LA and back this week finally caught up with me and body said, “ENOUGH!”
Regardless of my DayQuil induced state, the week did have some redeeming moments. Without further ado, here are this week’s Friday Favs:
My work trip to the LA office was quick, but I got in five miles exploring Wilshire Blvd., including this art that always makes me smile.
Do I really need to explain why this is a favorite? Just look at that face!
My ammunition for the week.
The LA office is fascinating as Wilshire becomes a food truck Mecca at lunchtime. This dish was simple, delicious and something that I want to try to make on my own.
What are your plans for the weekend? What’s your favorite food truck?
P.S. Thank you to everyone who has been voting in the Nike Runway Crew contest! I’d love your additional support and votes until this Monday. Just click here to vote!
Well would you look at that…it’s Friday and there’s a weekend full of running plans ahead of us. On Saturday I’ll be heading out to Danville for the Lululemon long run but will only be putting in four casual miles in preparation for Sunday’s NorCal half marathon. Speaking of which, let’s talk goals. Come Sunday, I’d like to aim for 1) minimal GI issues (yes, this is a goal), and 2) seeing what these legs can do.
If you’re saying, “Wow, way to make the most ambiguous goals ever,” you’re right. Would I like to break my 1:31 PR? Of course. Have I been putting in the speed work to sustain a 6:42 pace for 13.1 miles? No. Thus, I’m going to go out with these goals in the back of my mind, but remind myself that it’s OK if they don’t happen. Either way, I just need to go out there, give it my all, and try to have some fun along the way.
Now on to Friday Favs!
I’ve always been a subscriber to Runner’s World, but it’s about time that I joined the Running Times party as well. Check.
After the rough time I was having last week, these showed up on my desk at work. A lovely surprise from my parents that just make me want to smile.
Oh ya, this. I got it out from storage, had it tuned up, and well…more on this later.
And now for the winner of the Oiselle arm warmers giveaway. Congratulations to (drum roll please)…
J from YummyRunning.blogspot.com!
Please email me your address and we’ll send you your prize! A big thank you to everyone who entered as well.
Anyone else racing this weekend? Let me know if you are going to be at either of these events – would love to meet up!
Why is it that I’ve been back to work for a week and I already feel like I could use another vacation? While I was looking forward to the long weekend, I’ll be in LA for a pretty amazing work event – including a concert by Kanye West (I know what you’re thinking…just go with it though).
Oh, and sorry all of the photos suck this week, I only had my iPhone and a wobbly hand with me.
One of my favorite parts of Sunday is waking up and watching the Food Network in bed with Chicken Face. After my round of drooling last Sunday, I made these raspberry crumble bars from this recipe.
Someone has been in an extra playful mood this week. Despite how horrible my day was at work, coming come to this and her ridiculously playful attitude always puts a smile on my face.
This is the only drink I ever get from Starbucks: grande, non-fat chai, 180 degrees, no water, no foam. I admit that I’m pretty picky about it, but if I’m going to pay $3.50, I justify it. This week, somehow I became “Mich.” Hmm…I’ll go with it.
Working late is not fun. But at least when I leave the office the bright lights of San Francisco always sparkle with a certain energy that makes me smile every single time.
While this week’s Friday favs lack any mention of running, don’t worry, it’s happening. But photos of the dreadmill just aren’t that enthralling. What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?
Have a great holiday weekend and happy running!
This week has been all about getting back into the groove of things, including time with friends, race spectating, running, and of course, working. But as soon as we’re back in the groove, we’ll be jetting back out to finally get our time in the sun.
Aron, Kerry, Corinne, Lola and I all headed out to the new Fast and Furious race in downtown Pleasanton. Complete with a 5K, a 1-mile elite run and a ridiculous amount of cycling races (I can’t even begin to comprehend the cycling jargon), it was such a great time to chill with friends and support our other friends racing.
With an online coupon in hand (I only by shoes with coupons!) I made the jump of buying another pair of shoes so I can start to circulate shoes throughout training. It’s something I’ve never done before, but can understand the benefits of breaking in two pairs for continued support throughout the cycle and have different shoes for different types of races.
A while back, I confessed my reading habits. Since then, I made my first big Amazon book purchase and am already well into the process of being BFFs with reading again. Thanks for all of your recos!
I’ve seen the gelato at Costco, but why didn’t anyone tell me how freakin’ delicious it is?! Plus, three scoops in a waffle cone for under two bucks. Heaven in a cone.
Uh oh. It’s official.
And now the moment you’ve been waiting for…the winner of the ActivewearUSA giveaway. Drum roll please…
CONGRATS TO SAMANTHA WALTON, FROM FITNESS, FOOD & FAITH!
You’ve won some pretty sweet ActiveWearUSA gear!! E-mail me your mailing address and we’ll get it out asap.
Tell me, what are your favorite summer treats and do you circulate shoes?
Have a great weekend and happy running!