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: Make Yourself Movement
There are some people that are natural born athletes. Those that start running and within a matter of weeks or months, their bodies morph into the ultimate speed machine and we gawk at their feats and stare in awe. But then…there are the normal folks. Us.
We work hard, we mess up, we pick ourselves back up, and we move forward to achieve new goals and PRs. But new goals aren’t achieved without learning a few good lessons along the way – one in particular that I want to share with you. So let’s kick it old school and head back to freshman year in high school.
In an earlier post, I hinted at my high school track days as the start of my running passion. But what I did as a high school girl gallivanting around the track is something not only high schoolers do, but a majority of runners I know. Not knowing anything about running (other than they will take everyone on the track team), I found myself on the sprinting team as that’s where all of my friends were. Maybe it was the blocks, maybe it was the hurdles, or maybe it was simply that my sprinting wasn’t my bag baby, but I was awful. I never placed in any races, the coaches barely noticed me and I was always stuck mid-pack during relays.
One day, I wised up and realized that I enjoyed the sporadic mid-distance training runs more than any speed work, so in a random move, I hopped on over to the distance team and started to dabble in the 1600 and 2400. Much to my surprise, I had much better “luck” and began to significantly enjoy myself. But the fact of the matter still remained: I wasn’t placing, the other team members (i.e. the fast ones) never spoke to me and I ended up just half-assing everything. Don’t get me wrong, I showed up at practice, completed the workouts and got a good sweat on. But when race day came, I found myself giggling throughout the race, looking into the stands and knowing that I could have pushed harder.
If I’ve held on to you this long, you’re probably asking: ya, so…what’s your point? You were a half-ass high school track kid – normal. My point is that I think most of us jump into training without the mentality of a freshman. We become complacent and forfeit giving it our all and working towards our full potential. During my track years, I lacked the confidence to realize that I could become whatever it is that I wanted to be on the track. I convinced myself that the speed I was at was just “who I was” and was complacent with it. If I had only known how wrong I was.
So allow me to lay down the gauntlet: I challenge you to never commit the mistake that I did. You may not be the fastest, or have the best form, or win your age group – but that NEVER justifies not pushing yourself to the limit to truly realize your potential.
Come on now…look at us! We were given the amazing gift of legs that somehow work with our hearts and minds to create this physical symphony that carries us mile after mile. Do you want to waste that on feeling tired, lazy or thinking that’s “your pace?” Hell no! Every single one of us is capable of pushing ourselves to a place that we thought we couldn’t go and when we do so, we end up surprising ourselves and in turn, realize new potential
So my advice to everyone just starting out or on your fourth marathon is simple really…
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Working hard for it at Surf City 2011.
Well folks, the new year is officially underway and I hope your 2011 goals (I prefer goals over resolutions) aren’t yet wavering. To help usher in the season of positive change and in partnership with the Nike Make Yourself Movement, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite tips to stay fit in the new year. They asked me to share just one, but that’s like asking me what my favorite food is…IMPOSSIBLE!
So without further ado, I present to you my three favorite tips!
1. Get Organized
From exercising, to eating, and stretching and sleeping, there are a multitude of elements that need to work in conjunction with each other. But how do we ensure that it all works with our regular life and stay sane at the same time? It’s time to get organized! I used to live my life by my day planner, but have now switched to become a Google Calendar devotee. Google Calendar allows you to create multiple calendars within one. Thus, I have the following calendars that I can turn on and off at any time: exercise, work, travel, wedding, Lola, etc. I can color code, share calendars, and take them on the go.
Another Google Docs bonus? Upload your training calendar to Google Docs so you can have it anywhere with WiFi. Take it a step further by visiting the URL on your iPhone, click “Add to Home Screen” and be able to access it easily from your iPhone homepage!
Organizing your life to stay healthy also includes the obvious, but worth mentioning, preparing meals in advance, laying out clothing the night before, having your gym bag packed and ready, and so forth.
2. Become a Morning Person
You may claim that you are a night owl, but let’s face it…by the time the work day is done all you want to do is go home, make dinner and start to unwind. Working out? It sure as hell takes a lot more energy to get done post 10-hour days. A sure-fire way to ensure that you won’t dread the mill come happy hour is to get your booty out of bed and get your workout on. There’s boatloads of research that proclaims the benefits of working out in the morning over other times of the day, but I won’t babble on about those here. Just trust me on this one
Think you can’t become a morning person? The infamous “they” say that it takes 27 days to break a habit. Consider your night owl-ness a habit and try the mornings out for 27 days solid. I have a sneaky suspicion I may see you come 5 a.m.!
Plus, you get to see the most amazing views in the morning!
3. Finish Fast
Marathon training consists of a variety of run types, some of which include fast speeds and some of which include slow speeds. But I don’t care what type of training you are doing on any given day, ALWAYS make sure that the last 1 – 5 minutes includes some fast, hard efforts. On the treadmill? Bump up the speed in the last two minutes to an all-out sprint. “Kicking it in” (as “they” call it) will help re-create those race-day scenarios where you see the finish line and your mind says, “This is it! You can do it!” The only difference is your body will be able to kick it in as you have trained it to dig deep and kick the crap out of those last few meters. While I am no scientist or professional athlete, this is something that I have personally incorporated in all of my workouts that I can feel has helped me.
Look! Kickin’ it in so fast even the cops can’t keep up
So there you have it folks, my three tips to stay health in the new year. But I’d love to hear what YOUR stay healthy tips are in the new year! Any good advice?
Happy new year and happy running!
For a long time, I thought I was your average gal. I thought that my story was nothing to write home about and instead it was your average tale of your average suburban gal looking to make something of her average self. But over the past few years, unbeknown to me, I took hold of the proverbial reigns and began to make myself. And wouldn’t ya know it…it’s been some of the best years of my life!
That’s why when Nike Women asked me to be a part of their Make Yourself Movement, I was not only honored, but I couldn’t be more excited (enter: squeaaaaaaal). I wanted to share my little story with the world and my two cents on why making yourself passionate was essential to making myself today.
Guilty confession/fun factoid: I was 12 pounds when I was born. Ok…did I get your attention yet? Fantastic! Let’s move on…
As you may have picked-up, I’m a crazy type-A and always have been my entire life. This high-school cheerleader and passionate student was nothing more than a mediocre track athlete for four years. Sprinting? Not my bag, baby. Long distance? Sign this sister up! After finally finding my niche senior year and being introduced to what would later become my passion (‘eh hem: marathons), a hip injury soon left me on the side-lines, causing my love for running to come to a screeching halt. For those who have been injured before, I think you can share the feeling of sheer, overwhelming joy the first time you hop on the treadmill after months of PT and you can finally run a mile again. Every step is an accomplishment and every pain free mile is something to write home about. At this very moment, you realize what an amazing gift a functioning body is and you vow to never forget it.
Throughout the college years, I envied people who knew what they wanted to do with their lives. You, Mr. Doctor, I applaud you for being so driven and decisive. You, Mrs. Engineer, bravo for going after what you love. Me? I had no idea what I wanted to do. A few career counselors and Myers-Briggs tests later, I was more confused than ever. Rather than pulling a Van Wilder, I decided that I just have to trust my passion. I picked two things that I was good at and decided that while I don’t know if this is what I want to do, I will do it and I will kick ass. No questions asked. Be passionate about everything that you do, and when you are, you will never look back saying woulda-shoulda-coulda.
For the next five years, I looked forward and never stopped. I studied like crazy. I held internships at a hospital, at an ad agency and at Rolling Stone. I dabbled in triathlons. I earned my B.A. in Journalism and B.S. in Marketing, Magna Cum Laude. I met the man that I am going to marry. And I began to realize all that being active can do.
One of my first-ever triathlons. Holla!
But everything came to a screeching halt when the economy took a turn for the worse: how is a college graduate supposed to find a job with some of the worst unemployment rates of all time (wait, I’m pretty sure this is a Alexis Bledel movie)? Application and application later, I was losing hope when fortunately, I found a job at a start-up in San Francisco. With minimal options, this born and raised Nevadan made the jump to the Bay Area.
Small town girl working in a big city…ahhh…quintessential story, no? While it may be one you’ve heard before, it’s also a story that comes with all of stereotypical detractors and motivators. Scared shitless and unhappy, I made an rash decision to quit the job I had worked so hard to find without any other back-up jobs aligned. For four months, yes, four months I spent 10 hours a day on job boards, networking and doing everything I could imagine to land my dream gig while Brian Williams reported unemployment sob stories from around the country. However, amidst the unemployment tears was a silver lining: hello long lost friend, Mr. Running. Can we call this the rebirth? Yes, yes, let’s do so.
With the extra time on my hands I began to regain a passion for running and what it meant to have endorphines wipe all of my unemployed stress away…even just for an hour. As my passion for running was rekindled, I found a job that better suited who I was and I’m still at this job today.
Along with a steady income comes one specific running perk: races! And let me tell you, I spend more each month on races than I do clothing, but every damn mile, medal and awkwardly fitting shirt is worth it, because this my friend, is what I’m passionate about.
From that moment on, I have truly lived the motto: work hard, play harder. Everything that you want – job, PRs, goals – won’t just float your way on some dainty little butterfly. Hell no. You better be prepared to WORK for it. But when you’re passionate about what you’re working for, it doesn’t feel like work at all. Instead, it becomes a source of happiness that you couldn’t imagine living without. Over the past two years, I’ve grown to recognize that passion is the driving force of all that I do, the reason I smile everyday, and why I feel that I’ve made myself…thus far.
Focused on one small goal at a time, my passion propelled me to check off items on my bucket list. Finish a half marathon under two hours? Check. Run a marathon? Check. Run a marathon under four hours? Check. Qualify for the Boston Marathon? Check. Running is my passion and reminds me why I do what I do, everyday.
It reminds you why the tears are worth all the pain.
It reminds you why the sweat’s salt tastes so good.
It reminds you why dead toenails are the sexiest pedicure you’ve ever seen.
Make yourself passionate and see what you can accomplish. I dare you.