Adios California

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Hello from 30,000 feet up in the air. I splurged on internet to get a bunch of reading and work done, and am currently taking a quick brain break. Yesterday I finished my Mizuno Baton Challenge, and although I loved the experience, I am excited to cut down on mileage. I have NEVER run 85 miles in a week. I didn’t even think it was possible. It’s amazing how long runs just fly by when you’re taking it easy with friends. It’s also crazy how much mileage you can squeeze in when you get creative (two milers during half time of a world cup match and running to the beach and back while Alaina showered at our place post Back on My Feet). For my final run I went from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach and ran into Joanna along the path! Joanna taught at KIPP for four years, and is moving to Florida next week. We’ve always bonded over our love of running, and at school are known to be the crazy runners. It was very appropriate to say goodbye on a run. Joanna, what is your secret to those super toned arms!?

lg_369BDB7E-5056-A015-DABC916DEBF9AFBB10298665_10152603748867932_3922848568326888017_nLast night we went to our FAVORITE KIPP event MOKA, the Museum of KIPP Art. Our incredible art teacher, Karen, showcased KAO’s best work at the silent auction. (Karen, I stole some of your pictures) The event was hosted at CityScape with a view of downtown. It was the perfect way to spend my final evening in Los Angeles.

Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie




I spent my final morning in LA with a nice run along the beach in Playa with Brianna. Brent and I had lunch together before he took me to the airport. I won’t see him until he comes to NY for the 4th of July 😦 I’m gonna miss the Brentster! OK, I better get back to work . I’m looking forward to updating you on my adventures in New York!

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My hot husband



Mizuno Baton Update

Last week I started the Mizuno Baton Challenge in support of Back on My Feet. For every mile I run this week, Mizuno will donate $1 to Back on My Feet. It’s been a fun challenge for me before I leave for New York. It’s also been a great (free) way to spend time with my friends. This week I have embraced the double run, running a few miles with Back on My Feet (Alaina ran her first three miles this week!!), then later with Brent, and I’ve also thrown in a track workout with Gisele and Joe down in Long Beach with A Running Experience (AREC).

[Side note: I wish I lived closer to Long Beach. AREC is such a fun running group. Everyone is super friendly, it attracts all runners and has a family feel. More on AREC in a later post.]

So according to the app I am nearly at 60 miles. The baton is a little generous. I ran 10 miles with Brent and it logged me at just over 11, so I’m gonna go for 80 knowing I probably ran more like 70/75. This is MORE mileage than I have EVER run. Check out my tips and a few pics below.

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A few tips if you’re planning on doing a Mizuno Baton App week:

1. Run SLOW. You’ll be able to run much higher mileage and recover quickly if you take it easy.

2. Don’t do the Santa Monica Stairs on your first day. That was a dumb idea.

3. Make it social. Run with friends. Visit new run clubs. Do the Mizuno Challenge with a friend.

4. Did I mention run slow?

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AREC Track Workout, Joe’s Bday Celebration at BoMF, Running on the Beach with Balloons, Santa Monica Stairs

Final update coming Friday morning!

Happy National Running Day!

Today is National Running Day! Alaina and I celebrated by running with Back on My Feet this morning and treating ourselves to Urth Caffe. We logged our miles using the Charity Miles App to raise money for Girls on the Run (we both coach the fifth grade team at KIPP).  They donate 25 cents per mile, which isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing.

How are you celebrating National Running Day?