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
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I feel like a ridiculous Sex & The City episode right now.
I’m currently sitting in the corner of a cafe in Eugene right now reminiscing about the weekend that was and trying to find the right thing to say. There’s a fire next to me, vegan pastries and green tea in my belly and I am literally peering out the window as rain lightly drizzles over all of Eugene. The ridiculousness of my statement above is even making me gag, but I can’t help it: it was a an amazing weekend!
Let’s start by saying sometimes I wonder why I blog. I talk about myself far too much and I take painfully embarrassing selfies. But then I remember about all of the people I meet because of it and then I’m back at it. This weekend was an example of just that.
Over the past year, I started chatting with Nicole over the Interwebz as we were both training for an Ironman. We had met once IRL when she was in SF for a wedding and in that one meeting, we had decided that we should do a girl’s trip to Eugene. Through Nicole, I started following her friend Asia’s blog and that is how team NAP was born. Thus, I met Nicole for the second time and Asia for the first time ever in Eugene. Who’s ready for a four day weekend with strangers from the Internet?! (Don’t worry mom, I checked ‘em out beforehand to make sure they weren’t crazy.)
Our adventures in Eugene began with a questionable motel in (what we would later learn) a questionable part of town. This includes lovely citizens shouting, “I’m DRUNK, but I’m not high…” to her mom at 5 a.m. (we later learned that the mom had just picked up her little angle from jail that morning), an apartment complex that I’m sure was a meth house and other such gems. However, I will say that the motel was clean for what it was and was quite close to other popular restaurants in the area. You win some, you lose some I suppose.
I’ll spare you every detail, but I will say that Eugene is full of veggie and vegan friendly food (to clarify, no, I’m not vegan. But I can’t do dairy…more on that another day). Nicole, Asia and I all had similar and adventurous food preferences so we sought out different restaurants, of which, almost all of them proved to be amazing.
Our favorite: Laughing Planet.
The worst: Cornbread Cafe.
Awesome breakfast: Morning Glory.
Amazing pastries and homemade breads: Hideaway Bakery.
Vegan pizza that worried us but ended up being drool-worthy: Pizza Research Institute.
A good brewery with great outdoor space and only $4 pints: Ninkasi Brewery.
Outside of eating, we ate some more. But then again, that’s one of my favorite things to do while traveling: explore new restaurants to get a taste of the city and Eugene is definitely a city open to strange diets. Asking for dairy-free in California or Nevada still leaves people with question marks across their face. Eugene? It’s almost expected.
But I digress. After our first round of beering and fueling, we made our way to Hayward Field. I knew that Hayward Field was famous for having some of the fastest runners in the world run here, it being the home of the Olympic Trials, and was where the half/full marathon finished. But the idiot in me didn’t realize that Hayward Field is solely a track field. None of this “football in the center” crap with an all-weather track around it. Nope, it’s purely dedicated to all things track and field. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
The next morning, we made our way to meet a gaggle of runners/bloggers/tweeters for a shake-out run on Pre’s trail. Running on that trail finally gave me some understanding why people love Eugene as my super awesome view from our hotel and surrounding area left me quite confused. We soon made our way to brunch, lolly-gagging around Eugene for a bit and the expo, where we met many more new running/blogger/tweeter friends.
I’ll save the Eugene Half Marathon Race Recap for the next blog post as I felt this weekend with strangers earned it’s own post. Meeting people you’ve been chatting with over the past year, like Holly, from the Internet isn’t all that bad. Eugene, I thank you for that.
Some strange guy just sat down next to me because I’m sitting next to an outlet and is trying to talk to me. Maybe this is my cue to sign off.
While the world “lazy” is usually not in our vocabulary, we think we have a legitimate reason to sit on our butts and do nothing but creep social media, blog and watch TV until race time. Why is that you ask? Well let me count the ways…
Friday night wasn’t just the first night I got in, but also the first time to stay up way past my old-man 10 p.m. bedtime to meet the slew of other bloggers descending upon Las Vegas.
Allow me too geek out for a moment, but Janae is as nice in person as she is in her blog. Aron and I are both in the process of brainwashing her to move to NorCal. I think we’re making good progress.
Sorry Janae, I totally stole the “smile like Janae” photo off your blog.
Oh heeeeeeeeeey Ali, fancy spotting you randomly post-dinner. Don’t mind us, we’ll just interrupt your date night and talk about nothing but running for 30 minutes to ensure that your boyfriend is uncomfortable.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, these Steven by Steve Madden boots are all the rage. Proof.
The next day was one for the record books as Aron and I participated in the Santa Run 5K – complete with a five piece Santa suit. Race report coming soon.
After the Santa mayhem we headed to the expo to pick up our bibs. Uhhh…marathon? Not what I had in mind for this weekend.
Ok, ok, if you have to twist my arm.
The remainder of the day was filled with two more blogger meet-ups and some of the most delicious margaritas ever. Don’t we look sophisticated?
If anyone asks you if drinking and dancing until the wee hours of the morning is an appropriate pre-race strategy? Say YES! Dancing the night away with my favorite people was one of the best parts of the trip thus far!
Janae and I like to get low, low, low, low.
Yes, Jess’ booty is THAT good.
Oh hey Chicken Face, don’t worry. I’m alive. Now let me sing you a special little song.
Oh, and in case you wanted to know what it was like rooming with four bloggers/runners while in Vegas, I think these before and after room photos can sum it up best:
Tonight’s race is sure to be one of the most interesting races I’ve ever done. With no PR, fuel or race strategy in hand, I’m ready to try and have as much fun as possible. We’ll report back soon on more Vegas shenanigans.
I feel like I’m the 16th person to post this photo, but hey – it was great and I’m pretty sure it’s the most colorful bunch of running bloggers you’ve ever seen…so BOOYA.
This past Sunday, Aron hosted a blogger run in Danville and all of the lovely NorCal running bloggers got together to run, eat and well, mostly chat. I ran with my new blogging budding Caitlin and relished the company. There’s nothing like meeting up with a bunch of other running crazies to give your waning mojo a swift kick in the pants.
Also at the blogger meet-up was some dude’s ridiculously mean and not-so-cute dog. So unfriendly in fact, that I had to take a photo. He looks like a character from the Lion King, no?
All-in-all, this weekend was a welcome reminder that while running may be an individual sport, it’s always better with friends. Do you run alone or with buddies?
Happy Monday and Happy Running!
P.S. Be sure to check out my guest post on tips for running a one-day relay over at The Runner’s Kitchen!