My Non-Running World

We celebrated Brent’s 32nd birthday at Providence, the # 1 Jonathan Gold restaurant. Yeah, it wasn’t cheap but was quite the experience. The salmon, sashimi, scallops, wagyu beef, uni egg, ahhhh it felt like I was eating art. We went with the Signature+Seasonal Tasting Menu. Definitely could not have handled the 11 course Chef’s Menu. That doesn’t include the freshly baked bread, four amuse-bouche, macarons +chocolates, and to-go apple-cinnamon muffins for breakfast they provide to all guests.

Oh Equitas Academy #3, how I love you.

The Equitas holiday party last Friday at X Lanes in Little Tokyo was so much fun. Bowling, arcade games, karaoke, and Mexican food. That was the Mexican food that fueled me for the Christmas Run, and surprisingly didn’t cause any issues.

We’re field tripping to Loyola Marymount on Friday, so Alaina and I went Sunday to plan our walking tour. Beautiful campus on a beautiful day.

Advent Calendar is still going strong. Yesterday as part of “Act of Kindness Day” Alaina and I surprised staff with Starbucks cards in random locations, and covered breakfast and lunch duty on our own, Bert and Ernie style.

Alaina and I made a sand snowman this weekend. Oh winter in LA.

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Saturday night we went to Lanita’s show in Santa Monica. I’m not a concert kinda person, but I LOVE watching Lanita live. She is so talented and her single came out last week.

And I’ll leave you with this. One of the many things I love about running is competing with myself. With this new training plan from The Runner’s Plate I’m challenging myself to train smarter. I’m excited to see how much growth I make with Michelle!

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Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run 10K 2015

Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, you’re one of my favorites. This was my fifth year running this race. I was just a baby 25 year old the first time Alaina and I signed up to run! With a course change, and the 5K and 10K starting at the same time, I was a little skeptical, but Christmas Run, you did it again. Good times, great weather, and incredible freebies.Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 11.02.40 AM.png

Check out a few photos from over the years 🙂

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I’m finally back in running business. I started my first week of intentional workouts, rather than random three and four milers. I love running with a purpose, and having goals for specific workouts. I went back to the track on Tuesday for the first time in nearly 2 months.

This morning I met Peter and his friend about a mile from the start. We jogged over to avoid paying for parking and met Ellen there. I ran into Bri running with Team Nutribullet. Marta was there but I didn’t see her at the start. She took the race easier and ran with a friend.

I started the race towards the front, and about a half a mile in looked down and saw I was running a 6:30 pace. It felt good. I wondered if I’d crash and burn, but didn’t really care because I didn’t have a goal and you can crash and burn at a 10K and end with a decent time. The miles just kinda kept going and I was still feeling happy. I finished in 41:07, nearly a minute PR. Apparently the combination watchless running for a month after a marthon and beer + tacos for dinner the night before a 10K is the way to go. Peter ran in 43ish minutes and Ellen ran EXACTLY 45 minutes and got third in her age group!

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I think I’ve got snacks covered for a while. Alaina, the skinny pops are yours.

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Pros:

  • Fast course and cool temps in December
  • Running on the beach path
  • Everyone in LA runs this race and everyone is happy and in the Christmas spirit!
  • T-Shirts, medals, and free photos
  • Flushing bathrooms on the beach
  • SO MANY FREEBIES!
  • Corral starting

Cons:

  • Start and finish about a mile away…although it gave me an opportunity to warm-up and cool down
  • 10K and 5K start at the same time so you can’t do the double run anymore

One Month Later

A month ago I was on a flight back to Los Angeles after running the New York Marathon. November was an interesting month. I’ve never been the sick kid, but I managed to get a cold and a week later got the stomach flu. I ran random miles and did very little foam rolling (which I am regretting after today’s track workout). November was pretty blah. I didn’t feel like my energetic self. The month ended on a high with Thanksgiving in Michigan, and going into December I’m feeling re-energized, re-inspired, and ready to run! Here I am with the fam in Michigan 🙂

After four restful days in Michigan, Brent and I got back to LA late Saturday night. Sunday morning we made the trip to Home Depot to buy our first Christmas tree. Baby steps. We’re starting with a 4 footer.

December means it’s also officially advent calendar time! Alaina and I make one every year and here’s what we have planned for the 2015 season. FYI the hot model is a drink at Playa Provisions. We’re not going shopping or aspiring models. All are welcome to join in on the fun!

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And December is also a birthday month in the Lowry family. Brent turns the big 3-2 tomorrow. We’re celebrating at Providence, the #1 Jonathan Gold restaurant. I can’t wait!

And in MAJOR running news, Alaina being the BEST gift giver in the world and the most thoughtful person ever gifted me a personalized running training plan from one of my favorite bloggers, The Runner’s Plate. I get prescribed workouts with specific paces based on past performance and strength training routines. Super exciting! Alaina’s exact words were “It’s about time you have someone pushing YOU!” I can’t wait to share my progress and I’m hoping to be challenged. Finished with day 2 today!

I’ll leave you with the most ridiculous email I got from LAUSD today.

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I’m not quite sure what’s dangerous about this temperature.

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Thinking about calling tomorrow to tell them I need assistance.