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: Vacation
While this is completely out of order (I’m still waiting on some Utah photos before I share that trip), I wanted to share some highlights from our trip to San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. Our goal for the trip: do as little as possible and recharge as we desperately needed it. We stayed with my parents (hello cheap trip!) and tried to soak up as much vitamin D as possible. It was lovely…until everyone got food poisoning except me. Regardless, it was just what we needed.
With 20 weeks of base building under my belt and training just beginning to kick in for Vineman, I know that things are about to get crazy. And while I have undertaken these lofty athletic goals, I can’t forget that I’m now a wife (!) and a puppy mommy, and it will always be my number one goal to spend as much time as possible with my new family.
Thus, for a bit of both physical and mental rest, I opted out of all training for three days and spent some much needed R&R with Chicken Face and Lola in central California (Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach).
We walked along the pier, rested on the beach, went to the aquarium, ate amazing food, lounged by the pool, dragged Chicken Face to the Big Sur marathon expo just to look around (it was coincidentally the same weekend) and most importantly, we were just together.
I’m already missing the weekend.
Have a great week and happy running!
Guest post by Long Runs and Late Night Snacks
A couple of years ago, my sister and I read an amazing article in Runner’s World about a 4 day, 42 mile, inn-to-inn running trip through Marin County, California. The author ran on trails from Sausalito to Inverness, while a taxi transported his luggage to his accommodations for the evening. Once at his hotel, he relaxed, ate great meals and hung out in hot tubs. A running vacation! Like, running AND vacation – only my two favorite things. What a great idea. We had it in the back of our minds to book our own someday.
Then, in May of this year, my sister decided to up and move to London. Very rude of her, but I still wanted to get in some quality time before she left for the land of fish n’ chips. Recalling our plan to do a running vacation, I convinced her we needed to make it happen.
After a little research, we settled on a 5 day, 75 mile, lodge-to-lodge trip (camping was a little too intense for me) through the Superior Mountains of Minnesota. The trip was planned by Adventure Running Company, a husband and wife operation that offers a number of running tours throughout the year.
We put down our deposits and were beginning to make plane reservations when, a few weeks before the trip, Adventure Running Company informed us that the trip was canceled, due to lack of interest. Many people I had told about the trip found this hilarious. It went something like this – “You two are the only crazy cats who would book a vacation where you have to run 75 miles – of course there’s a lack of interest!”
Well, the joke was on you, naysayers, because we went ahead and planned our very own running vacation. And it was awesome.
First we had to pick an area. My mom, also a runner, decided she wanted in. We narrowed it down to somewhere near DC, where my sister lives, and the approximate half-way point between Brooklyn and Pittsburgh (where my mom lives). Many ideas were thrown around, but we decided on Charlottesville, VA, for its abundance of trails and proximity to other, non-running activities. Below is a short summary of how it went.
Monday: I met up with my sister in DC and we did a speed workout and then drove in her clunker down to our hotel in Charlottesville to wait for our mom. We stayed at the adorable Clifton Inn, an old mansion turned hotel.
Tuesday: We drove out to Shenandoah National Park and ran up a mountain. It was a beautiful trail, but a bit rocky.
Wednesday: We kept it rugged but a little less mountainous and ran on the Rivanna Trail, which surrounds the city of Charlottesville.
We even came across some wildlife. Yikes!
Thursday: Some people were tired of roughing it (gawd, Mom!) so we went to a paved section of the Rivanna trail for our last day.
Overall, the trip was amazing. We felt great about being lazy, because we had put in our miles in the morning. We also had plenty of time to try other activities, like visiting Monticello
And wine tasting!
With our very own running vacation behind us, I have some tips for all you readers out there who may want to plan your own.
- First, decide whether you want to do a point-to-point trip or have a home base, like we did – the former is a lot more difficult to plan and you’ll have to find a way to transport your luggage.
- Pick an area where there is varied terrain and great scenery. We were able to get in a little bit of everything.
- Get in touch with local running groups – they have the best insight into the local scene. Before we left, I used the Charlottesville’s Trail Running Group’s website for ideas. Local running stores can also be good resources – we stopped into Ragged Mountain Running Shop on our trip.
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Sad but true, the vacation has come to a close. What seems like an eternity that sped by, our time in Cabo can be simply be defined in one word: FANTASTIC. The antibiotics finally kicked in and I was able to enjoy time in the sun with Chicken Face, my little sister, and the rest of my family. Ten days later, I’m re-energized and ready to take on this training cycle with vigor. But before we do, a few of the many highlights (and I promise…the last time I mention this trip):
Heading off on vacation while starting your training plan can always cause a bit of predicament. But part of my 2011 outlook is to ensure that every moment is lived to the fullest…don’t let any life experiences pass you by. Along with this includes not stressing about perfectly hitting your training while on vacation.Instead, just keep moving and the ensure that the muscles are awake (and don’t forget to partake in a few margaritas). There are 14 weeks left and plenty of time to work a bit harder to get where we want. How do you handle training when on vacation?
Next post…getting back into training after a week off being sick followed by a week of vacation.
Day 19: Pure vacation = no running
Day 20: 4 miles
Day 21: Traveling home = no running
Day 22: 12 miles
Why is it that vacation always makes you stop and reevaluate what’s really important in life? Maybe it’s the margaritas, or maybe it’s th R&R that reminds you that life isn’t about the revolving hampster wheel but instead moments like these. I’m still soaking up the Mexican sun, but wanted to post and say thank you to every single one of you who spend a few moments of your day to stop by the blog and say hi. Every single one of your comments makes me smile!
Here’s to a few more days in paradise…we’ll be back in the routine early next week, including a full recap of the vacation!
Day 15: 5 miles
Day 16: 5 miles
Day 17: 2 miles on beach + lunges/squats
Day 18: 4 miles
(Training is more about keeping moving on vacation, rather than hitting actual miles/paces)
Good news everyone…we made it to Mexico in one piece and have stocked up on all of the vacaction essentials: chips, guacamole, Corona and enough sunscreen to make pale the new tan. But I couldn’t keep it all to myself. No sir, here’s a little taste of vacation “ahhhhhhhhs” for everyone back home.
P.S. Tried running for the first time post-sickness today. It was a snotty mess and my lungs have definitely seen better days. TMI? Nahhhh…it’s a start!
Day 10 – 13: Sick and no running.
Day 14: 3 miles. Almost coughed up a lung.
Two days, 48 hours, 2,880 mintues…that’s all I have left until I am doing nothing but running on the beach, drinking one too many margaritas and dancing the nights away with my best friends. You heard me right…it’s VACATION TIME!
Throughout the year I’m lucky enough to get to go on little weekend adventures and take a day or two off here and there, but a full 10 days of vacation?! That only comes around once a year and that time is NOW! Off to San Jose Del Cabo we go (that’s just 20 minutes outside of Cabo)!
I’m going to do my best to stick to my training plan, but given I’m still on the mends from the sickness from hell, I have modified it a bit as I know that R&R will take priority over grueling workouts. Yes, I’ll be doing a little bit of this:
Conquering my fear of the ocean…
Trying to find a mojito that can live up to this one…
Eating breakfast on the patio…
Also, some of you were concerned about my diet of DayQuil this week. Don’t worry! I still ate, but had no appetite. However, yesterday my appetite finally came back STRONG and I had a mad craving for In ‘N Out. Thus, I begged the fiance to take me so I could scarf down a grilled cheese. What…you didn’t know In ‘N Out had grilled cheese? Yes, it’s a cheeseburger without the burger…make sure to ask for no sauce and grilled onions. YOU WILL DIE IN IN ‘N OUT HEAVEN!