Category Archives: Marathon & Lessons in Marathon Training

I have some exciting news on the blog front! is officially mine & I am now blogging on that site. It took awhile to get it set up (thanks Todd) but I think it’s finally there. It may be a little slow at loading but I will work on fixing that!

Please change whatever you use to find my site to! Yay! This is exciting!

(Just my experience – not professional by any means)

A couple weeks ago while counting down for my marathon, I kept thinking of things I’d do different and things I’d learned. I wrote some things down & thought I’d share them with you! Here’s a compilation of what I learned.

** It is not a given that you will lose weight. In fact, you may gain weight! With the amount of calories you burn I’m pretty sure you will be hungrier! Especially if you are a foodie like me!

** When experimenting with food (gels, blocks, sport beans, etc.), use one brand at a time & keep a log starting from the beginning! In order to figure out how your body reacts, you need to be able to figure out what has worked and what hasn’t. I made the mistake of using multiple brands & not knowing when I had what. During my last couple ‘long runs’ I started getting stomach problems late in the run or after the run and I could not target what it was.. Don’t make this same mistake! Next marathon I’m going to write down what I eat on each run and then how I feel after to try and prevent stomach issues come race day.

**Not every run will be a good run, regardless of your training! You will have bad days.. it’s ok! All that matters is getting the miles in. Try not to get too worked up about it. Getting through the tough times is just as important because you never know what will happen on race day!

**Toe nails grow back! … Ok you got me, I did know this.. but I did lose three toe nails since January! Two on the same toe! I think my toes are odd lengths..

**Anything I’ve ever read tells you not to wear something new on race day. I bought my marathon outfit the week of the race.. I’m not recommending this but if you don’t typically have chaffing problems.. it can be done! I did wear the outfit twice for my 3 & 3.5 mile runs.

**Start out running at your typical training pace. After experiencing the end of a marathon, I don’t think it would make it any easier if I ran any slower in the beginning. But definitely don’t start too fast! I think it’s a fine line and unfortunately I really don’t know the answer.

**Enjoy the pain! I hated every mile at the end of my race.. but within hours of completing it, I wanted to try those ones again.. I immediately thought I could do better! Hmm.. this may be part of the appeal?

**For some reason, you will be much more sore after 26.2 miles than 18..20 or even 22 miles! It hurts to sit on the toilet! Check out this you tube video..

Course Highlights:

Course: Running through Petco Park & Balboa Park
Sign: ‘Worst Parade Ever’
Food: Watermelon given by little kids
Band: Don’t remember..
Aid Station: Traveling aid station via Todd! Amazing! =)

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SD Rock n Roll Marathon Recap

In January of 2008, I decided it was time to make a change. It was time to take better care of the only body I will ever get by eating healthier & exercising.

I have yet to look back.

The past three and a half years have been amazing. Life is amazing. There’s nothing that can stop you from living the life you want!

On August 9th, 2008 I completed my first sprint triathlon.

On March 14th, 2009 I completed my first 10k race.

On October 10th, 2009 I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon.

On January 24th, 2010 I completed my first Half Marathon.

And on June 5th, 2011 I completed my first Marathon!

Sunday I ran 26.2 miles. I ran 26.2 miles in 4 hrs and 16 minutes.

Ever since my taper began I had butterflies in my stomach. I was prepared for the race but had to wait for my body to be ready. Those two weeks were killer but I listened to the more experienced ones and did what I was told. I rested up, ate lots of carbohydrates and just waited.

Finally, race weekend was here. The weekend was ALL ABOUT the Marathon. I ate and slept marathon. I don’t think I did anything that wasn’t going to help me prepare for Sunday!

Saturday we went to the expo at the Convention Center. It was HUGE. It took us a good two hours to get our bibs & walk through all the sponsor booths.

We ate all the samples we could & just enjoyed being there.

Saturday’s weather was beautiful! All I wanted to do was soak up the sun, maybe have a cold cocktail and relax. Unfortunately, this was not in the cards for us. I had more important things to worry about..

We went to Isabel’s Cantina for lunch in Pacific Beach. I ordered the special breakfast sandwich with bacon, chorizo, avocado, and lots of other yummy stuff on it.

After lunch it was time to prep & drink lots of fluids.
*I made a snack cooler for Todd to carry around just in case.
*I made an iEatNeat t-shirt to wear during the race!
*I updated my music on my ipod.
*I got all my gear together for the race & for pre & post
race festivities.

Once I was all ready it was time to head down south for my typical pre-race meal. Todd & I picked up Missi & went to Bronx Pizza for the first time.

I drank a 22oz bottle of Racer 5… out of a paper bag..

..& ate two large slices of pizza

This has been my typical pre-race meal and I think it’s been good for me.  One of these times I may try to go without it. Maybe I will have a better race!?

Todd & I slept at Missi’s house to give us an extra half hour of sleep. That being said, my alarm was set for 3:30am and I was in bed by 10pm. Race morning was there before we knew it.  I had my typical toast with PB & Banana and some more fluids.

Pre-race logistics were a little stressful. With lots of traffic & long lines for the porta-potties (45 min. maybe??), we barely made it to the start line!

Pre race porty-potty line shot with the iphone..

And a group shot in line..

Before I knew it, we were off! I was now running 26.2 miles.. like it or not!

The first 7 miles or so were scenic. We ran through Balboa Park, Hillcrest, the Gaslamp District, through Petco Park and down by SD Bay on Harbor Drive.

We then made it back to the entrance of 163 freeway via Broadway I think. The freeway was a little surreal but the slant of the road was not fun on my legs. They did not like the long incline from miles 6-10 either.

We exited the freeway at about mile 11 or so on Friars Road. Friars had a good amount of spectators & took us down to Morena Blvd area. I found Todd somewhere just before mile 14. He rode the beach cruiser beside me for as long as he could until he was kicked off the course. I liked having him there just in case. The Morena Blvd. portion of the course was boring. We ran back and forth along that road for too long.

At about mile 16 I started hurting which was way too early when I had 10 miles left! My stomach was in knots and stayed that way. I need to figure out how to prevent that! I stopped a couple times to take a couple deep breaths and handed Todd my water belt which helped. It relieved some pressure for a bit. I also stopped to use the porta-potty at maybe mile 17 or 18. That is where I lost Todd and was on my own until mile 21ish.

Entering De Anza Cove I saw Danielle & Steamer, gave her a hug & continued on. I ate a Gu Roctane Gel at mile 20 from an aid station and filled my mini water bottle from their cups of water. By this point I was definitely slowing. My music was beginning to stress me out because it seemed real loud. Todd helped me to get my music to a lower volume and I slowly trucked along.

The last 6 miles were not enjoyable. I walked through aid stations and even a little extra on Fiesta Island. Too much noise bothered me (cheerleaders on the course) and nothing was making it easier! Even the otter pops made me feel a little sick!

The home stretch..

Needless to say, I finished! My official time was 4 hrs 16 min & 37 seconds. Below is my garmin time which was about 4 minutes short. The garmin stops when I stop so it’s a little off.

Summary 04:12:49 26.35 09:35
1 00:09:16 1.00 09:16
2 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
3 00:09:02 1.00 09:02
4 00:08:49 1.00 08:49
5 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
6 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
7 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
8 00:09:26 1.00 09:26
9 00:09:27 1.00 09:27
10 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
11 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
12 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
13 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
14 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
15 00:09:29 1.00 09:29
16 00:09:56 1.00 09:56
17 00:09:20 1.00 09:20
18 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
19 00:10:07 1.00 10:07
20 00:09:53 1.00 09:53
21 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
22 00:10:07 1.00 10:07
23 00:09:46 1.00 09:46
24 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
25 00:11:41 1.00 11:41
26 00:10:38 1.00 10:38
27 00:03:16 0.35 09:18

With a time of 4:16:37 my real pace was 9:47 (If I did my math correctly).  I can honestly say I am happy with that.  There are many parts of me that wished I was faster or wished those last miles felt better but honestly, I am happy.  That was not easy.  Those last miles are a challenge I’ve never came across before (in exercise or life).

After about an hour of recovering, I was ready to tackle those last miles again.  Well, not really.. but in my head I felt I could do them better the second time!  I think this feeling is the appeal to this whole marathon thing.  I can do better.. I know I can.. even though I hated every second of those last miles..

After wandering around aimlessly trying to find Todd & Leslie, we made it to the beer garden & sat on the ground for a good hour.  It was not easy getting up! I drank a Miller 64 Lemonade beer which was a good gimmick on their part.  Take a light beer that has no flavor and add lemonade to it.  Now it tastes good.  The problem with light beers is in order to remove calories, you are also removing alcohol.  This beer was 2.something% alcohol.  Not worth it to me.. even with the lemonade flavor.

Congrats to Leslie for setting a PR on the half with a speedy time of 1:39:48! Yay Leslie!

We celebrated post race with a BBQ put on by some amazing friends.

This burger was amazing!!

And so were the tequila shots!

Here I am with the other first time marathon finishers!  Great job Michelle & Brett!

I have to give a shout out to my number 1 fan!  Thanks Todd! You’re the best! 🙂

What an amazing experience!  Here I come Nike Women’s Marathon!!


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What a Weekend (Part 2)

Saturday morning was supposed to start with my usual VAVi run.  I set my alarm but somehow woke up too late to make it in time.  I decided to run in my neighborhood by myself.  16 miles was on my schedule so I woke up at 7:30 to have my usual pre-long run breakfast.  I ate a sandwich thin with peanut butter & 1/2 a banana and laid back in bed to give myself time to digest.

Next thing I knew, it was 11:30.  Oops.. that breakfast was pointless.

I don’t remember the last time I slept that late!  I must’ve needed sleep.

I debated waiting to run till Sunday afternoon but Todd knew it would be best to get it over with.

I left around noon just in time for the sun to come out!  It was a little toasty.

Summary 02:28:49 16.00 09:18
1 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
2 00:09:07 1.00 09:07
3 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
4 00:09:12 1.00 09:12
5 00:09:08 1.00 09:08
6 00:09:18 1.00 09:18
7 00:09:17 1.00 09:17
8 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
9 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
10 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
11 00:09:37 1.00 09:37
12 00:09:40 1.00 09:40
13 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
14 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
15 00:09:08 1.00 09:08
16 00:09:07 1.00 09:08

I ran 10 miles by myself and then came home and picked up Todd who biked with me during the last 6.  Every long run feels like a new challenge.  Even though I ran 22 miles the weekend before, it didn’t seem to make this one much easier.  10 more miles sounds like an eternity!

I was so happy to have that done with!

After showering and relaxing a bit, my sister and Jesse came over and we headed out to get some food!

N*S*F*M (Not Safe for Mark)

We decided to try Hapifish’s hapihour.

The prices on their happy hour menu were pretty awesome.  We will be taking advantage of this more!



Philly Roll

Shrimp Tempura x2

Spicy Tuna Roll

Beach Bum Roll x2 along with our lovely guests.

Along with the food we took advantage of $1 sake & $10 pitchers of Sapporo.

We had the privilege of sitting at the sushi bar with the owner Justin!  It just made the experience that much more exciting.  Hapifish did not disappoint again.  Great place with great food!

After Hapifish we did a little bar hopping, played some fooseball, ate late night Mexican food & came home and danced to the movie Dirty Dancing.  I’m happy the photos stopped! Though I do think Jamie may have some..

Part 3 to come…

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Yosemite 2011 (Part 1)

**Take Two – I had this post 75% done.  When I went to finish it, it was gone!  I guess I didn’t save it .. though I’m positive I did!! Soo frustrating! Now for round two!**

Hello Yosemite!! 

Every Spring for the last 3 years (I think?) Todd and I meet his family in Yosemite National Park for an extended weekend camping trip!

We stay in Housekeeping Camp that consists of huts with three walls, a canvas cover and a canvas curtain.  As you can see there is also a covered ‘patio’ where we cook and prep before sitting at the campfire!

My bed was the top bunk this trip.

We arrived Thursday around 2pm and it was a BEAUTIFUL day (mid to high 70s)!  I was expecting highs in the 50s, so weather in the 70s was a pleasant surprise!

Once everyone settled in, we went for a stroll around the valley.  Spring is definitely the time to visit Yosemite!  All of the water falls are bursting with water & the crowds are a minimum.

The Merced River winds through the valley and through the campgrounds.

Half Dome at a distance.  I’m so glad I climbed it when I did (backpacking trip 3-ish years ago).  During the season when the cables are up, you now need permits 7 days a week!

For some reason I love this picture.  This random dead looking tree with Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls in the background.

Thursday was a very low key day.  After our little stroll we set up camp, started a fire, and ate some of Lisa’s amazing chili & salad.  No pictures =(  I made it an early night because I had a big day Friday!

Rock and Roll Marathon is on June 5th!!  That means this weekend was my longest run of the season!  To be honest, I was terrified!  I was running solo (without VAVI), I was in Yosemite where I’ve never ran before.. and there was a little more altitude than I’m used to at Sea Level!  I decided to get this run out of the way Friday morning to leave the rest of the weekend free!

I woke up at 5:45am and started running just after 6am.  Pre-run breakfast was a banana because I wasn’t going to wake up an hour earlier to eat more!  The banana would have to do.

I did some research to find the best running route in the valley (no hills).  I saw a 12.5 loop on Map my Run and thought I’d do that twice.  Turns out my loop was a little different than the 12.5 mile one and was actually 17 miles!  Well, 17 miles including a couple out and backs.  I did get lost a couple times having to turn around at dead ends.  One of the trails I was running on led me to the river.  There was so much water that my trail was in water!  With my mini detours, the loop was 17 miles meaning I just needed to do a smaller loop to get to 22!  It was perfect!

Todd joined me on my run at mile 15!  He rode next to me on the beach cruiser for the rest of the way.  It was a great change in scenery to have him there. We talked and I listened to him as he sang to me!  He also brought me coconut water, refilled my water bottles & fed me Cuties for the last three miles.  I think those cuties were life savers.  The act of peeling them and then eating them kept my mind occupied.  I had my own traveling aid stations! Does that exist race day??  Thanks Todd!  You were awesome.

What more can I say about that run.. it was AMAZING!  The miles flew by as I admired the scenery. I took photos along the way & kept my eye out for wildlife bears!  It really was night and day difference from last weeks 20 miler.  I didn’t hit the wall I hit last week!  I think I hit a mini-wall at mile 20.5ish but I was so close it didn’t matter.

Overall Stats
Time: 03:32:38
Distance: 22.01 mi
Elevation Gain: 583 ft
Calories: 2,495 C

22 miles completed! Now I feel ready to tackle 26.2!

The valley was so different at 6:30am as the sun was rising.  You could see the sun peaking above the mountains.  I snapped away with my iphone!

This was the road I ran on for a good amount of time! Sorry it’s a little fuzzy but I wanted you to see how beautiful it was!

The elevation in the valley was around 4000ft.  Being at Sea Level most of the time I was a little worried to see how it would affect me.

Elevation Gain: 583 ft
Elevation Loss: 583 ft
Min Elevation: 3,864 ft
Max Elevation: 4,034 ft

The sun rising above Upper Yosemite Falls.

Bridalveil Falls.  We need to do this hike next year!

My only goal for this run was to run and not walk! My plan was to consciously try and run slower than usual!

Summary 03:32:38 22.01 09:39
1 00:10:15 1.00 10:15
2 00:10:54 1.00 10:54
3 00:09:56 1.00 09:56
4 00:09:49 1.00 09:49
5 00:10:14 1.00 10:14
6 00:10:28 1.00 10:28
7 00:09:39 1.00 09:39
8 00:09:42 1.00 09:42
9 00:09:34 1.00 09:34
10 00:09:33 1.00 09:33
11 00:08:35 1.00 08:35
12 00:09:02 1.00 09:02
13 00:09:12 1.00 09:12
14 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
15 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
16 00:09:29 1.00 09:29
17 00:09:48 1.00 09:48
18 00:09:14 1.00 09:14
19 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
20 00:09:55 1.00 09:55
21 00:09:19 1.00 09:19
22 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
23 00:00:02 0.01 06:16

Looking at how these paces are all over the place and knowing that my Garmin lost satellite signal randomly, I don’t know how much I trust it.  All that matters is that I ran 22 miles!

Post Run ice bath was in the river!! It was sooo cold! I didn’t last in there for more than a minute (if that!)

After eating some breakfast leftovers and showering, we went as a group to hike to Lower Yosemite Falls.

Todd & Beatrice

Love the attitude in both of them! If only Beatrice had her eyes open!

Angela & Theo

Hiking meant playing on rocks!

Todd & Beatrice

And rock walls!

Mark & Beatrice

And more rocks..


And tree limbs!

Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls

In this photo you can see Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls.  The hike to Lower Yosemite Falls takes you to the base of it.

Lower Yosemite Falls

There was so much water it created wind & lots of mist!  It felt like it was raining at times!

We had a great little hike with some great views!

Friday’s weather was once again beautiful! We spent the rest of the afternoon before dinner at the beach! Yes, at the beach!  There was a sandy area along the water where we set up our chairs & played some horseshoes, bocce & napped.  I napped =)

What a day!

Dinner was Matt’s famous hamburgers we are excited for every year!  Toppings included sauteed mushrooms and onions.. cheese.. avocado..

And bacon!

(Oh and of course the usual lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard & ketchup)

We all ended up taking pictures of our burgers because we were soo proud!  This photo was my favorite.. but I couldn’t tell you who’s burger it was.  I just know it’s not mine because it has mayo on it!

We also thought the bite picture was necessary!  It was!


Me! (Yes that is my MITITW poncho! It was a staple!)

Matt (a.k.a. The Chef)


Even Beatrice had to show off her dinner as well!

Dessert was smores by the campfire! I created the Nutella smore!!  Beatrice made a Nutella & Peanut Butter smore!  They were amazing!  I wish I had a photo!

Part 2 will include Saturday & Sunday!


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20 mile recap!

Yesterday I set out to run 20 miles with VAVI for my second to longest training run before the marathon! (it is 4 weeks from today!)

It started with a train ride that lasted all of about 17 minutes from Solana Beach to Oceanside.  We took the train up the coast and ran back!  The distance between stations was 16 miles.

The anticipation was tough. I just wanted to run but we had to wait for the train and then ride the train before we could start running.  I get soo nervous on runs with distances I’ve never seen before!

As we were about to arrive in Oceanside, I go to turn on my Garmin & nothing happens.  My Garmin won’t turn on. Thursday I ran 10.5 & my Garmin died within 250 meters and yesterday it wouldn’t even turn on!?  It was on the charging cradle ever since Thursday!  This made me even more nervous! Not knowing my pace or mileage was not good for a 20 mile run!

No Garmin means no fun run stats.  Sorry =(

The run started great with a good size group running about a 9min/mile pace up until the first aid station at mile 6+.  At this point we stopped, drank some water, & discussed our options.  In order to get 20 miles in we were going to have to add 4 miles onto the end of the run.  Some of us (5 of us) decided it was a good time to add-on 2 miles by going East one mile & back.  Our group was now split in half.

My legs did not like stopping at that aid station!  It took a good three miles to get them feeling somewhat normal again. Somewhat normal meaning they still felt really heavy & didn’t have much juice in them.

During the next 8 miles-ish before our next aid station our group of 5 split into two groups of 3 & 2.  Brett, Mike & I kept a pretty good pace somewhere in the low to mid 9’s I think.. none of us had a Garmin so we’ll never know =(.  I wish I could say those miles felt good.. but after the first 6 I never had that sensation!

Once we hit VAVI’s second aid station at mile 15 I guzzled down Ultima & water because I thought I needed it.  With my water belt I probably should’ve been drinking more water slowly so I didn’t get to that point.  I’ll try that next time.  I also took my second gel.

I felt revived (so I thought) from that rest break and tried to give myself a pep talk saying ‘5 miles is nothing’.  After about a mile, Brett & Mike’s pace was faster than I wanted to run.  My body was stressed but more my mind.  I could barely listen to my music as it seemed too much for my stress level.  I needed to calm down and try to enjoy myself.

“There will come a point in the race, when you alone will need to decide. You will need to make a choice. Do you really want it? You will need to decide.” – Rolf Arands

I was by myself for the last four miles and not wanting to run anymore.  I think I walked most of the last hill getting into Solana Beach & did a walk/run combination for the last bit.  I never thought I would ever have to walk!?

My final time was something like 3hrs and 15-20 minutes.  Thinking about it, that’s not too bad considering.  3:20:00 would be a 10 min/mile pace and including all the time we were stopped at aid stations & the time I was walking, that’s not too bad.  My running pace is pretty consistent I think.

I did complete 20 miles but was very discouraged once I was finished.  This run was so tough physically and even more mentally!  After an awesome 18 mile run last week it’s amazing how different this 20 miler felt.  To sum it up, it was miserable! I doubted myself & the idea of running a marathon.

After lots of thinking, I think I’ve come to peace with that run.  I know that sounds weird.. but I was really frustrated. Running a marathon is no joke.  I completed 20 miles! At this point in my training, all that matters is getting the mileage in.  I am trying to get myself to believe that!  You can stress and worry over pace and how you measure up to others but ultimately, it doesn’t matter.  This is my race, nobody elses.  I am going to do the best I can and it’s going to be an accomplishment!  Every run is a learning experience making me stronger and preparing me for race day.

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan

I have a little less than a month now to prepare myself.  I am going to get in as many miles as I can, fill my body with healthy foods & enjoy it as much as I can!

After our run, I came home, drank a green monster with protein powder, some greens from the CSA box that I had no idea what they were, half a banana & some chia seeds.  It was delicious and nutritious.

I then lied on the living room floor with my feet up on the couch ottoman and proceeded to nap in that position for a good couple of hours.   It took me awhile to be able to get up off the floor and take a shower!

Real food came after my shower in the form of a sandwich thin with egg whites, cow cheese & some jelly!  Eggs and jelly are a great combination!

Last night was a Todd night.  We went over to a friend’s house to watch the fight.  I know nothing about fighting and don’t care to to be honest.  I went along, watched the fights while playing on my phone and ate way too many Tapatio Fritos! Yes.. I said Tapatio Fritos.  I’d never heard of them either but they were tasty.  It was a Cinco De Mayo celebration with lots of yummy carne asada, pork, beans etc etc.. I definitely ate my share!

After the fights were over the boys played poker while the three girls watched the Royal Wedding.  We watched the highlights which was 1.5 hours long!  This was the first time watching it and I have to say I learned a lot about Great Britain and the royal family.  I sat their googling Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace & the Royal Family tree. Interesting stuff it is..

What an eventful Saturday! Emotions of all kind! Hopefully you’ll get inspired to do something you didn’t think you could do.

“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”
-Henry Ford


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18 miles to Hapifish!

My friday night happy hour was in the form of running 18 miles!  It’s all uphill from here until June 5th when I’ll be running San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon!! aahhh

This weekend I am spending both Saturday and Sunday doing Luna Chix stuff! We will be out at Alpine Challenge today & tomorrow we have a beginners women’s bike ride out of Mission Bay.  All are welcome, come ride with me!

This means my long run had to be done at another time.  The options were Friday evening or Saturday morning real early.  I opted for Friday night!

Missi came over and we ran from my house up the coast and back.  I love running with Missi!  I run faster with her than when I run alone.  The run turned out great I’d say.  At around the turnaround point (9 miles or so) my legs were feeling pretty jelly like and then from mile 14.5ish to the end I wanted it to be over.  The last 3 miles were never-ending.  But I did it!

Summary 02:42:52 18.00 09:02
1 00:08:45 1.00 08:45
2 00:08:43 1.00 08:43
3 00:08:59 1.00 08:59
4 00:08:53 1.00 08:53
5 00:08:51 1.00 08:51
6 00:08:56 1.00 08:56
7 00:09:04 1.00 09:04
8 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
9 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
10 00:09:06 1.00 09:06
11 00:09:00 1.00 09:00
12 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
13 00:09:03 1.00 09:03
14 00:09:26 1.00 09:26
15 00:09:18 1.00 09:18
16 00:09:00 1.00 09:00
17 00:09:07 1.00 09:07
18 00:09:07 1.00 09:09

Just two more long runs until taper time.. aahhh.. I can’t imagine running 8 more miles.


After quick showers we grabbed Todd and headed out to Hapifish for some sushi!  We weren’t real hungry but we knew we needed to eat something.

Hapifish is new to the area and I love sushi so we’ve meant to try it out.  Last night was the night!

Alcohol did not sound good initially but once my body settled down, I was ready for a saké bomb! =)

And then our appetites came back and we ordered a few Hapi Plates to share.

The Poketini

Hamachi Hapi-ness

Both were delicious!

We also split a couple rolls.

The Last Samurai had this amazing sauce you pour over it with onions that tasted almost like au jus sauce.  It was awesome!

The last roll we got was called the Cut Back Roll (I think).  It had soft shell crab on the inside & white & red tuna on top.  I felt like salmon so I subbed out some tuna on top for salmon.  It was also delicious.

Photographing in this restaurant was not good! I don’t know if it  was the lighting or if I just couldn’t use my camera that night… but they were all pretty bad! Sorry!

For our first Hapifish experience we were very happy with it!  We will be back.. and next time we will sit at one of their 3 sushi bars! Yes three!

Now it’s time for some Luna love! Have a great Saturday!

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Running can be fun! I promise!

Ragnar So Cal Results!

First things first, results came out for Ragnar!

The Most Interesting Team In the World: 28:52:04 12th in division, 36th team overall (479 teams total)

Go Team!

Movin Shoes Fun Run!

Every Monday night, the Encinitas Movin Shoes store has a fun run.  Groups run either 3,4 or 6 miles of varying paces.  I have wanted to go try it out for a while now as I’m very interested in finding running groups in north county closer to me!

This last Monday was the night!  I showed up by myself and had no idea what to expect.  Turns out Monday was a Scavenger Hunt!  Maybe since it was the day after Easter?  The scavenger hunt was done in teams of 3 so I joined a pair who needed a third.

I couldn’t get a great picture of the list but that’s what happens when I try to use my archaic iphone for pictures!  We had to find and take pictures of as many items as we could in 60 minutes!

Scavenger Hunt List (as I remember it)

  • Blue Cars
  • Addresses with the number 8 (houses or businesses)
  • Lettered street signs
  • Classic Cars
  • Picture with a lifeguard
  • Picture with a random surfer
  • Picture with a park ranger
  • Do a ‘cheerleader’ pyramid with a random person
  • Large tiki
  • Swami’s Sign
  • Beaches that start with ‘B’ or ‘S’
  • Old-fashioned chocolate covered doughnut from local bakery
  • Cardiff Kook
  • Menu or business card from Bull Taco (San Elijo Campgrounds)

I got real lucky because the team I joined won two years ago.. so we’ll just say they knew what they were doing.  We came in second place with 174 points. (I think)  There were different point values assigned to each item & what helped us was getting 9 classic cars!  That was 54 points! We won a certificate for anything off the sale rack at Movin Shoes as well as some smaller goodies!  Score! I picked the right day to come.

We covered a little over 4 miles but these paces are all messed up as my watch was stopping and going when we stopped to take photos.  The run was actually 54 minutes not 39:52.  We should’ve used those extra 6 minutes! I’m sure we could’ve found some more classic cars.

Summary 00:39:52 4.11 09:41
1 00:09:38 1.00 09:38
2 00:10:22 1.00 10:22
3 00:09:44 1.00 09:44
4 00:08:57 1.00 08:57
5 00:01:10 0.11 10:28

Sometimes a change of scenery is an awesome way to make running fun if it’s become a chore.

After running, Todd and I used a coupon & went to The Counter!  I have heard so much about their veggie burger I had to try one out.  The Counter is really tough for me.. I am horrible at making decisions and there are way too many to be made!

I ordered a veggie burger on an english muffin with a kalamata olive spread, feta cheese, avocado, lettuce, cucumbers, sprouts & tomato.  It was delicious.  One thing that bugs me about the Counter is you have to pay $1 extra to get your burger on a salad instead of a bun.  Really?

We opted for pickle chips which were interesting but we will probably stick with sweet potato fries next time.

And a beer to wash it all down 🙂

Makeshift VAVI Run

Tuesday nights are typically my VAVI runs.  The run this week was at Roadrunner in Kearny Mesa.  Running around in circles in the business area is NOT a pretty run!  10 VAVI runners and I decided to boycott it & make our own run.  We started in PB and some of us ran up Soledad Mtn and back down while others drove cars to the top & ran down.  I joined the group driving to the top.  I think running to the top would’ve been better to even out my legs & get in more miles.  My shins & calves did not like the downhill.

This run was nice & short, but still fun!

Summary 00:33:40 3.84 08:46
1 00:08:51 1.00 08:51
2 00:08:41 1.00 08:41
3 00:08:42 1.00 08:42
4 00:07:25 0.84 08:52

Once we got down the mountain we ran to Hennesseys for their 2 for 1 burgers.  Just what I needed, another burger! I ordered the Burger Sampler that came with 4 sliders.  One with guacamole, one with mushrooms, one with cheddar & the last with bacon & BBQ sauce.  Delicious.. I’ve had my quota on burgers for a while!

After burgers we walked over to get some frozen yogurt!  I don’t think I left PB till 10pm.. fun times for a Tuesday night!

Thursday Server Down Run

My plan for Thursday was to run home from work.  My plans changed when our server at work was down all morning.  I decided to get my run in at lunch while the server was being repaired and hopefully it’d be up when I got back!

It was a beautiful day & the beaches were packed!  I was jealous & wanted to jump in.

Summary 01:13:33 8.00 09:11
1 00:09:21 1.00 09:21
2 00:08:52 1.00 08:52
3 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
4 00:09:39 1.00 09:39
5 00:09:15 1.00 09:15
6 00:09:26 1.00 09:26
7 00:09:16 1.00 09:16
8 00:08:29 1.00 08:30

I got in 8 miles & got back to work to find the server still not working!  It actually never started working.  I got my run over with & came home to hang out with my mom.  She came over to hang out for the night!

No burgers tonight!  I made a ‘kitchen sink’ soup with leftover CSA veggies!  I don’t have a recipe and I don’t have any pictures (fail) but I thought I’d share anyways. 🙂

I threw together carrots, celery, swiss chard, zucchini, cabbage, canned diced tomatoes, canned black beans, chicken stock, oregano, italian seasoning, garlic & bay leaves.  I sautéed the veggies and then let everything simmer for an hour or so.  So fresh and so delicious.

Soups, stir fries or salads are great ways to use up those veggies! Don’t be afraid to throw everything in a pot!

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