Mix It Up May + Los Angeles Trails

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This weekend was the official start of Mix It Up May. What is Mix It Up May? Marta, Ellen and I are really trying hard not to creep into the crazy zone of running. We value balance and time with our friends and family who don’t need to deal with dumb marathon training year round. Marta’s registered for Chicago in October and Ellen, Brent, Donna and I are running New York in November. Before jumping into another training season, we’re taking a break from the routine and are decreasing the mileage. This doesn’t mean NO running, it means less running, more trails, no double digit runs (I’ll make an exception for you, Andrea) more cardio, more yoga, more happy hours, so that when we get back into marathon training we’re pumped and excited.

We kicked off Mix It Up May with, well, running. We ran (and sometimes walked) Sullivan Canyon. 950 feet of climbing. The view was beautiful. Here’s how you get there. A few tips, check the parking signs, watch out for bikers (I was paranoid Marta was going to get smashed by a bike flying past), know that the last mile is the hardest and take a panorama shot at the top.
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In the afternoon we hiked the 2.6 mile Los Liones Trail. Here’s Marta and I trying to be cool with artsy yoga poses followed by the octopus we ate for dinner at The Tripel.

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Today we went to Lulu, but instead of our regular nine mile run we cut it short and hit up the free in-store yoga class. Here we are doing partner poses. I love that the Beverly Hills location offers a free class Sundays at 10. You get to try instructors from studios across the city, and get a good stretch after your run.

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It’s nice to be home for two weeks after five trips in eight weeks. I’ve gotten to know Albany really well. Uncommon Impact offers high-quality teacher and leader trainings, so although Albany isn’t the MOST exciting place to visit, I do it to help me be a better educator. Next up is San Diego for Memorial Day weekend with the Beckianos. No airplanes till June though!

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And..I’m too cheap to pay for marathon foto pics, so I resort to screenshots. I think I look too happy in my picture. Check us out in Vancouver too!

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I also found this awesome Boston Marathon finish line camera. It’s fun to watch the elites cross, and to try to find your friends. I cross at 3:28 on the race clock.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 6.14.20 AMSo I think the plan is kayaking and more yoga for next weekend. I might try to make a Soulcycle class sometime this week or bully Alaina into going to Green Yogi with me. How else should we mix it up!?

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