Heartbreak + Moving Forward

Heartbreak + Moving Forward

Ah, the 2017 Chicago Marathon, yes. If you have followed my blog since the beginning, you know the Chicago Marathon holds a special place in my heart (last year’s, epic race recap here.) The course holds some of my most memorable race moments and still holds my PR. However, this year, my third time taking on the course, was not quite what I envisioned. It’s taken me a while to process this race and I’ve thought about a lot of things that went wrong, thought about my training, and even questioned if my heart was still in the distance (spoiler, IT IS!) But I am finally ready to get the whole experience down on paper… errr. e-paper. Continue reading “Heartbreak + Moving Forward”

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Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up

Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up

I signed up for the East Bay 510k about two weeks before the race on a whim because I liked the shirt they posted that came with registering. (Yeah, that happened) I hadn’t done any short distances races yet this year and thought I was due for a short and speedy 5k to test my fitness at that level. As it turned out, my marathon training partner and I ended up scheduling our last long training run for the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks the Saturday before, a 20 miler no less. So I knew that my best 5k was not in the cards, but what I wasn’t ready for, was to place in the top three women! Continue reading “Race Day Re-cap: Runner-up”

International Running Adventures

International Running Adventures

Oh hey, hi! It’s been a while since I last posted, and really I don’t have any excuses except I really didn’t have much to report on. But after my weekend in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, I have some things to report on! First of all, Vancouver completely blew me away.

Thanks to Lululemon, I was gifted a free entry into its annual half marathon held in Vancouver, BC and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to run my first international race and a reason to visit Vancouver.

Race weekend started around 4am Friday morning when I was sleepily waking up for my early flight. My boyfriend, Nick, joined me on this trip across the boarder and went along to cheer me on and visit Vancouver for the first time as well. When we touched ground I was really bummed to see that the rumors were true, and the sky was super hazy as the smoke of forest fires nearby had crept into the air in Vancouver. I know the air quality of Vancouver is said to be one of the best, and I wanted to see the views! It was a bummer that quickly left my mind as I met up with the first of many of my concrete runners crew at the airport to grab a cab together to get downtown. Destination races are so much fun, partly because I get to see my runner friends from all over the country!! Continue reading “International Running Adventures”

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

We came to the start line at the Santa Monica Pier as 10 individual runners. 344 miles through city streets desert heat, and trails only lit by the stars and the moon, we were a family of runners intertwined and connected by this experience forever.

After I first watched a video of the first Speed Project race, I knew this was something I wanted to accomplish. I gravitated to this unsanctioned road race for it’s pure grit, the unknown, and the fact that it sounded so impossible and crazy. So when the call went out last fall to my Concrete Runners crew for willing participants to form a team, there was no doubt it in my mind I wouldn’t be a part of this. I blocked off my calendar and fit this into my finances without question. I knew how draining and exhausting the Hood to Coast 200-mile relay was, but I had no idea what I was about to get myself into by accepting a position on a 10 person team to relay-style-run our way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Continue reading “The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned”

2016 Running Recap

2016 Running Recap

With just a little over a week left of 2016, I wanted to take a moment to look back and recap some of my running highlights of the year. This was a hard list to make because 2016 was one of my most epic years of running to date. I set PRs in the Marathon, ½ Marathon, 12k, 5k, and 1 mile distances. I pushed myself to new limits that I never thought was possible… I ran over 1,000 miles this year for the first time ever, ran in 8 different states in addition to Mexico, and participated in some really cool fitness events including Wanderlust 108 and Dare to Bare. I hit so many running milestones and made so many amazing people along the way. There are seriously so many reasons to look back on 2016 and feel nothing but pride and accomplishment. Continue reading “2016 Running Recap”

New York City: Run Culture

New York City: Run Culture

Wow, first of all, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I ran the most epic race I’ve ever experienced! I still think back, look at photos, watch videos, and relive the moments that made the New York City Marathon so amazing. But aside from hosting the most amazing marathon races in the world, New York City has a pretty dope running culture and I was lucky enough to really check some cool events out while I was in town. Continue reading “New York City: Run Culture”

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

WOW. For those of you who have never ran or witnessed one of the greatest running events of the year that is the New York City Marathon (in my own opinion and I suspect others too, but I can’t be certain). Let me take this time to tell you a little bit about why this is probably the most epic race in the world. Continue reading “A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle”