SacTown Run Around!

Hello again!

I just got home from running a 10 mile race (actually Starbucks but that’s not the point) here in good ol’ Sacramento!  My running partner is out of town this weekend, so I decided earlier this week to sign up for the Credit Union SacTown 10 that was going on to make sure I got my 9 miles of training in while she was away.  It worked because I drug my butt out of bed and headed off to the Capitol grounds bright and early this morning!

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos because I decided to run phone-less today and disconnect.  My dad actually played cheerleader/water boy/photographer and biked the course while my stepmom and I ran, so I didn’t actually end up running solo like I thought I was going to.

It was a perfect morning to run.  A little chilly waiting around the start line but it didn’t take long to warm up!  The course changed this year after an incident with a train coming through the middle of the course about a mile in last year, so there was a new 5 mile course and the 10 turned into a double loop of that 5 mile route.  I was actually kind of dreading that double loop, but it really wasn’t so bad especially since it wound through some of my favorite areas to run around Sactown!

I ended up walking away with a 2 minute PR over my fastest 10 miler and over 5 minute PR from this same race last year (that may have been something to do with there not being a train in the way this time!), and I’m slowing inching closer and closer to finally tackling that long standing half marathon PR.  I know it will come eventually, so I’m just going to keep working hard until I finally see it happen!

No more races on the schedule for me for awhile, but as of this week I’m officially back in marathon training to prepare for the San Francisco Marathon in July.  I can’t wait to be able to cross that one off the bucket list! I’m sure you’ll all be hearing from me soon as all those training runs start getting longer and longer!

So until next time…


Modesto 1/2 Marathon and a little DIY


There’s been A LOT going on since my last post! Especially last week…

I started a new job (promotion after 2 long years!), got into a car accident, bought a new car, and crossed the finish line of my 19th (!!!!) half marathon!

My dad and step mom decided a while back to run the Modesto Marathon this year. I still wanted more “down” time after the CIM so I opted for the half marathon instead. I had a much better race than I did 2 weeks ago despite it being hotter this time around. I think my attitude going in had a BIG impact on my results. I crossed the finish line in 2:37:35…not my fastest but it was a course PR over my 2013 finish! I’ll take that kind of progress any day!


One of my favorite things about the Modesto Marathon is the race swag! This year they had bottles of special made Celebration Red for finishers 🙂 that’s my kind of race!


I made it across the finish line then headed for food and cold water and a change of clothes. I made it back to finish line just in time to catch the tail end of the women Boston qualifiers. It’s so inspiring to watch these ladies (and men) achieve such an awesome goal…especially seeing them turn the corner to the finish line and realize they can make it to a BQ!

I hung out a few hours cheering on the end of the half and the marathoners until I finally saw my step mom round the corner. She finished with a 26 minute PR! My dad rounded the corner a few minutes later after dealing with a hamstring cramp. He was greeted with high fives and cheers from his girls and trotted on into the finish line.

It was an awesome weekend with the family and made me even more excited for my next marathon! Props to the race director and volunteers for making our race day such a good experience!

In other news I had the day off today and decided to get a little crafty. I’ve been looking forever for something to do with my race bibs and finally found something I liked on pinterest yesterday. Unfortunately I can’t remember what blog it was from to give credit to, but this wasn’t my idea! (So sorry!)


I grabbed these letters from the craft store, picked a few of my bibs that were important races to me and arranged them out how I wanted them on each letter.


After I had them laid out I cut slits to make them easier to wrap around the letters. I used mod podge to stick them on, but I had to use hot glue to keep the edges down around the back and on a few that wouldn’t stick over the other bibs. Then I topped it off with a little more mod podge to make sure everything was stuck down well and give a little glossy over coat.


Finished product! Overall a very simple project but very time consuming since I’m so picky about things. Now I can’t wait to get them hung with the rest of my bibs and medals! 🙂

Shamrock’n Half Marathon

Hello blog world! Man it’s been awhile…I’ve been slacking! Actually slacking probably isn’t the best word. More like I’ve been a busy little bee between work and getting ready for the half marathon I ran this past Sunday! I definitely need to get back on this blogging train though. 🙂

First off…Happy St. Paddy’s Day! My favorite day to celebrate! 😉

So after my marathon back in December I decided I wanted to refocus my goals for 2015. Instead of just racing any and every race I wanted to pick a select few and really focus on those as they came. I still want to race a few of my favorites throughout the year, but I don’t want to take the fun out of it by putting a lot of pressure on every single race. I tend to let myself get very disappointed when I don’t see improvement, so I’m hoping the change in focus keeps that from happening this year.

With that being said my first “big” race of 2015 was this past Sunday. It’s a Sacramento-area favorite…the Shamrock’n half marathon. It’s kind of the unofficial kick off of race season around here, and it’s a course I know very well as my marathon training has me spending lots of time on a majority of the course throughout the year. Since I know the course well I was dead set on finally taking down that half marathon PR that’s been standing for too long!

Except the exact opposite of that happened.

I was frustrated BIG TIME by mile 3. I put in extra time in the gym, extra speed work, extra weekly mileage, etc. than I ever have before, but Sunday wasn’t my day. It was the warmest day I’ve ran since the weather cooled off last fall, and I overheated quick. By mile 3 my body was shutting down and I knew my PR hopes were gone. I switched into survival mode and toughed out the last 10 miles to make it to the end. I ended up finishing somewhere around the 2:45:00 mark…not my best but definitely not my worst. It’s okay though. I’ll get that PR eventually, but I didn’t have a PR race in me for Sunday. It wasn’t my day…yet.

Here’s a shot coming up to the last turn into the finish courtesy of a few friends who were out cheering everyone on!
I’m shocked I don’t look half dead because at that point I was convinced I was done for. Haha!

I definitely handled this disappointment much better than I would’ve this time last year. I know I put in the work to achieve my goal, but it just didn’t happen. I have another half marathon coming up in 2 weeks, so I’m shifting focus over to that one for now. The last time I ran this particular race it was hot, so I’m planning to be more prepared for the heat than I was this past weekend. I don’t think the course I’ll be running at the end of the month is a PR-able course for me personally, but you never know what will happen.


Our only true failures are the ones we learn nothing from. This past weekend I learned that no matter how hard you work sometimes things just don’t go your way. And the only thing you can do at that point is wipe the dirt off and look forward to the next task. That PR is eventually going down, and I’m not going to let up until I get it!

In the meantime I’m just going to enjoy the journey and the awesome running friends I get to share it with.
Oh and by the way those 2 lovely ladies on the left completed their first half marathon EVER, and I had the pleasure of crossing the finish line right next to that little red-headed one for her first time. So very proud of all my little runner girls…especially since we all had a tough go on Sunday!


Hope everyone has a safe and happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Whole30 Check-in: Day 24

Oh so close!!! This time next week I’ll be stuffing my face with nachos and beer at our annual Super Bowl party, and I’m sure it will taste twice as nice as celebration of my Whole30 challenge coming to an end!

I’m really excited for the challenge to be finished simply because I want so much stuff just for the reason I’m not supposed to eat it right now! I’m very pleasantly surprised that I’ve made it this far (and at this point I know I’ll make it to the end). I was honestly afraid I would get a few days in and then start binging on bad food. I always pay attention to what I eat, do eating healthy isn’t the hard part for me. The hardest part is not allowing myself a cheat day (or two sometimes).

I have quite the list of foods I want to eat once this is over next week. I don’t plan on eating the whole list, but I’m going to choose a few things that I’m really craving and treat myself on Sunday. I’ve discovered when I have a craving writing it down helps it go away. It’s like telling myself “ok. You can eat this on this day since it’s on the list.” I know there are things on there I simply wanted because I saw it and couldn’t have it, so I most likely won’t want to waste a cheat on them. But a cupcake? You better believe I’m hunting one of those bad boys down on Sunday!

I’m not sure about doing another Whole30 challenge anytime soon, but I do want to keep my healthier habits I’ve gained during this past few weeks. I’m planning to stick with the Whole30 guidelines with a little less restriction. As a runner I need carbs, so being able to add back in brown rice and quinoa will make it easier to get what I need. Although I have gotten a little creative on getting my carbs in and been on a major sweet potato kick lately!

Ok enough Whole30.

A little weekend recap: today was “long” run day. Since I stepped back my training a little post marathon my long run consisted of 7 miles today. I ran with a friend training for her first half marathon this morning, so it was a nice change from the usual. Different person, different route…still good company. 🙂 My running partner in crime wasn’t feeling well, so I definitely missed her but happy I had someone else to make sure I showed up this morning and put the miles in.

In other exciting news I bought a new car this weekend! I downgraded from my big ol SUV to a more economical Prius. Ha! I guess that means my Cali girl transformation is officially complete!

Now I’m spending my Sunday evening meal prepping and getting ready to tackle the week ahead. One of the keys to success is being prepared, so Whole30 has definitely got me back in the habit of preparing ahead…not just with food but also just my schedule in general. Who knew a post holiday challenge would make such a big difference? 😉

Whole30 Check-in: day 8

Woohoo! I officially survived week 1 of the Whole30 challenge! This has been quite an interesting experience so far. Even though Whole30 isn’t too far off my normal diet I’ve learned quite a bit this week. So here’s what 7 short days has taught me:

1) Preperation is key. I chose to start this challenge at a time I knew there wasn’t a lot in the coming month to distract me. The holidays are over, the Super Bowl is in February, no special occasions to tempt me…so I’m definitely glad I planned that far ahead. Also meal prepping and making sure I had plenty of food on the go has been great at keeping me on track this far.

2) I eat when I’m bored. I’m definitely learning to ask myself if I’m really hungry now before I just grab something and start eating.

3) A support system is key. I’m so glad I’m not doing this alone! If I were in this alone I would’ve already caved. Yesterday (day 7) was the hardest day for me. It was my “food meltdown” day. Thankfully my 2 ladies stuck on this adventure with me made sure I stayed on track because they knew I’d regret it today if I didn’t. Also I’m very thankful my boyfriend is being so supportive of my crazy idea. I’ve been able to go out to dinner a few times this week and make choices that follow my plan because he’s been patient and helped make sure I make the right choice instead of ordering the things I really want (like a burger!). It has definitely made this week a little easier.

4) I can make good choices while eating out. this is good to know for once I’m done. It’s so easy to get off track with healthy habits, but I’ve already proven to myself I have the willpower to make a healthier choice eating out. It’s good to cheat and treat yourself on occasion, but I can’t let myself get into a habit of cheating anytime I’m eating away from home.

My hopes going into this challenge was to get my eating habits back on track after the holiday goodness I indulged in. So far I think I’m learning even more than I expected to, and I hope to keep these lessons in mind long after I complete my challenge.

I have a busy weekend ahead, so I’m currently multitasking and meal prepping as I type. I decided to make crock pot beef stew loaded up with plenty of veggies for this coming week. My house is starting to smell so yummy….can’t wait to eat it!

I hope everyone is doing well with their New Year’s resolutions this far!

It’s all about perspective.

I ran across the post below on a Facebook page I follow earlier today. After the way my marathon attempt ended on Sunday it was a refreshing thing to read, so I wanted to share it with others.


I never looked at Sunday as a failure. I knew the odds weren’t all in my favor from almost the very beginning of the race, and I made a decision I in no way regret. I learned a valuable lesson, and I still reached my goal of having a good time with family…it just took me 13.1 miles instead of 26.2 this go around. 🙂

I believe the message of that Facebook post is one that we should all understand…as runners, athletes, and as human beings.

Guilting yourself and putting yourself down won’t help you get closer to your goals. You must always believe in yourself because sometimes you may be the only person who does believe in you. Just because something doesn’t work out how you want the first time doesn’t mean it will go wrong next time. Set goals, make a plan to help you reach those goals, and keep trying until you get exactly what you want out of it.

The only way you can truly fail is to give up. Take the disappointments, the mess ups, and the curve balls and treat them as a lesson. There are lessons to be learned in every stumble…just look for them. 🙂

Taper mode: ON

One of my favorite times of training is taper time. One of my favorite times of the year (especially for running) is fall. I dislike when the two happen at the same time! Sacramento is FINALLY having some cool, crisp, fall weather, and all I want to do is run!!!! I have a 3 mile training run on the agenda for tomorrow and can’t wait to be off work to get outside and go.


Taper time makes me restless because I actually miss all the time and miles. It makes me feel like a horse about to be let out of the gate at the Kentucky Derby, so I’m ready for race day!

I do really enjoy the rest that comes with tapering though. After all the miles and hours spent on weekends tackling long runs it feels nice to have the energy and time to do some things I really enjoy aside from running. This past weekend was my first without a long run in a few months, so I headed up to Apple Hill to soak in a little fall air and enjoy the last of the pumpkin patches. I indulged a little bit and had an apple donut, slice of apple pie, and of course plenty of hot cider (okay maybe I indulged more than a little). 😉


I mean really? How could I say no?!


It doesn’t look pretty, but it was delish!

I also indulged in a little Halloween fun with family and friends on Friday evening. I don’t drink a month before a marathon, so I enjoyed being the only sober person at the party (no really I had a blast!) and made sure my friends all made it home safe. I was surprised at how entertaining it is to watch the night progress, and I also learned I’m equally as terrible at beer pong when I’m sober.

All in all it was a pretty good, relaxing weekend, but I was looking forward to getting back in the gym today. I eased into the week with a cross training day on the bike followed by an hour yoga class. It felt nice to stretch out and relax after a busy Monday in the office, and bright and early tomorrow morning I’ll be back at it with a light leg day just to keep them strong and ready for race day.

9 more days until I’m headed to Vegas, and only 13 days until I’ll be running the strip for marathon #2! I can’t wait to share more of my journey as it goes!