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
Tag Archives: Life
My dad should have been Yoda.
Yoda and I.
This is no exaggeration as his mantras are not only a regular part of my life, but are heavily scattered throughout this blog. On paper, they sound like 100 percent cheddar cheese, but when they’re coming from my dad, it’s nothing but authentic dad-isms.
I thought I had heard them all, but recently I was in a bit of a sticky situation and called my dad to get some perspective. I was ready to give up and he laid it out straight, “You can either be a baby or a warrior. You choose…It’s a choice that you will have to make every day and the good thing is that you get a choice. Now make it.”
It was a little tough love, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.
That day, I chose to be a warrior and it’s that same cheese-ball mantra that carried me through my first open water swim of the season.
I arrived at the lake early to ensure that I could get in and do my drills prior to the group swim. I squeezed myself into my wetsuit for the first time this season and slowly waded into the water to start finding my anxiety-free place.
I started by going completely under water.
Then putting my face in the water and blowing bubbles.
I proceeded by doing breaststroke to the open water swim lanes, took a deep breath and told myself, “You’re either a baby or a warrior. Choose one.”
And then I swam, talked to myself, and swam a bit more.
I popped my head up after my quick warm-up and knew that I had made my choice and everything was going to be ok.
I soon met up with the group and proceeded to swim the entire open water workout without any anxiety, constantly reminding myself of my new-found favorite mantra.
Whether it’s open water swimming, clipping in, standing up for what you believe in, battling illnesses, or facing your fears, my dad reminded me that we are given an incredible gift every single day and you get to choose the outcome: are you going to be a baby or a warrior?
Once you’ve chosen your answer…the rest is easy.
So here we are, 2011, and it’s already been an interesting adventure. While I can’t say it was the beginning that I had hoped for, I’m still optimistic that your adventures will bring more highs than lows and more laughter than tears.
This weekend brought a few vastly different life experiences. A close family member passed away Saturday morning, we had a wedding to attend in San Diego Saturday night, and the cold I had Christmas week is back to haunt me. While the tears were plentiful, it was actually quite beautiful seeing family from all across the west come together to celebrate her life. You will be missed, Marie.
More than anything, this weekend reminded me of the oh-so-cliché mantra of don’t let a moment of your life pass you by. It’s too short. It’s too precious. It’s full of too many stellar experiences and opportunities that make living worth it. So this year, I’m vowing not to let a moment pass me by. Live for the experiences and regret nothing. Resolutions are so 2010. Goals, ambition, and living for the moment…that’s my 2011.
Along with my new outlook for 2011, I do have more tactical goals that I want to achieve. Ready for some more cheese? Well here goes: my dad always said, “It’s not about the goal, it’s about the journey.” So along with these goals includes my quest for savoring the journey. In no particular order…
- Complete the Boston Marathon within my goal time
- Complete the Boston to Big Sur challenge alive (more on this later)
- Complete a half marathon in 1:30 or less
- Track all of my running and run 2,011 miles in 2011
- Re-learn to bike and swim
- Stay INJURY FREE
- Get MARRIED and honeymoon with Chicken Face in July 2011
- Find a new place to live (preferably something that is more than 600 sq. ft. and has a frickin’ bedroom door)
- And some more personal ones that I’ll leave you guessing about
And finally, a few of my favorite photos from this past week’s runs:
I hope everyone had a great New Years and happy running!
Day 4: 12 miles along the Embarcadero to the Golden Gate Bridge. Absolutely STUNNING run.!
Day 5: 9.2 miles with Aron and Kristin on the Lafayete/Moraga trail. MUST do more runs with friends.
Day 6: Rest/Travel
Day 7: 5 miles along the San Diego harbor. The chilly temps may be the cause of my re-born sickness.