Peak Week ✔️

img_7015.jpgBoston Marathon Runner’s Passport arrived on Friday. I finished my longest training run. Highest mileage week is in the books. I’ll be hanging out in pigeon pose for the next three weeks. ⇓Selfie I sent Marta and Ellen.

This morning Ellen, Amelie, and I ran 22 miles through Venice, Brentwood, Palisades, and Santa Monica. 1000+ feet of climbing. Worth it for this view.

When we were powering up our last hill we ran into Marta. Thank you for entertaining us for the final 4 miles. I was definitely ready to call it a day by that point. My legs were tired going into this run after running two tough workouts this week and lots of easy mileage. Wednesday I ran my Yasso 800s. The plan was to run the 800s at about 3 minutes, but I did the workout on the treadmill and running at a 10.0 on the treadmill made me feel like I was going to fly off, so I stuck to more like a 9.8. I felt great throughout the workout, so didn’t really worry about running the repeats a little slower. I’d rather not end up missing Boston because I flew off a treadmill trying to hit 3 minute 800s. FullSizeRender-6.jpg

Friday I ran on the treadmill again. This time I ran a ten tempo. I was really happy with this run. It felt hard, but not awful. I was able to pick up the pace in the last two miles.

I think it was the beet shot I took 30 minutes before the run.

In my school life, check out our cuties learning to tell time in the after-school program.

It was also Parent Conference week. Our parents are amazing. Check out Erica’s attendance sheet. 100%!

We always have a potluck on Parent Conference day. Gabby outdid herself. We’re the Unicorn and Fairy School.

And our Star Scholars for the week. I love love love our kiddos!

In not so Unicorn and Fairy news, we’ve been dealing with protests in response to our Prop 39 placement at Magnolia Elementary for next year. We’ve had three protests outside our school. Check out the coverage here and here. Oh the joy of founding a school. I understand the frustration, but I’m not trying to do anything controversial. I just want to build my little school and need temporary space until our facility is ready in Fall of 2018. Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 7.24.18 PM.png

And in my fueling life, lately Brent and I have been loving Hello Fresh. I promise I’m not being told to tell you this, but I’m a huge fan. I love to cook.  I used to think these services were fake cooking, but it’s cooking for the person who doesn’t want to deal with the meal prep research and shopping, which takes SO much time! This week Brent made Thai Rice Noodles, and I made Steak Arugula Salad and Pineapple Chicken Tacos. Shameless plug for $40 off if you want to try. Use this code.

Have a great week 🙂


Millions of Miles March

43 days until the Boston Marathon. 28 days until the taper. March = Miles. Marathon training is all about trashing your legs followed by treating them like royalty before the race. This was a great week of training. I went into my long run with tired legs after lots of easy mileage and some purposeful speed. Being tired going into a 20+ mile run is the way you want to train for a full.

I’ve had two confidence boost runs lately. Last weekend I was getting all inspired from watching the Tokyo Marathon. Went out for a faster 4 miler after a failed tempo a few days prior.

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And on Wednesday this run was quite the confidence boost. Love treadmill running for teaching a pace. Just punch the number in and go. Did this on Wednesday before Ash Wednesday Mass.

I haven’t been religious about following a specific training plan. I’ve used the BAA Plan as a guide, but have focused lots of easy milage with race pace practice. For me it’s important to practice and feel comfortable with a specific pace. Convincing your mind you’re ready for the challenge is half the battle, right?

At EQ3 we had a different kind of marathon… a reading marathon. We dressed up in workout gear and read for 26.2 uninterrupted minutes. Those headbands were well worth the investment. The kids were too darn cute! Hoping to build up their stamina to when we used to read for 2 hours with our fifth graders.

That same day I multi-tasked with a baby at my desk. One of our families got into a crash right outside of school. Thank goodness everyone was OK. Baby Elijah and I hung out in my office while Dad sorted everything out outside. And yes, the best overnight oats are those made in a nearly empty almond butter jar. 

Yesterday Brent and I went to dinner in Hermosa Beach, so we took a little La La Land Tour. 

Dinner was at Baran’s 2239. We had the Romanesco cauliflower, foie gras, sweet and spicy chicken, and king crab gnocchi. Los Angeles Magazine highlighted the restaurant as one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2016. A bit on the pricey side, but we were not disappointed. 

The Tripel is still my #1 love in LA. And Brooke Williamson, the brains behind the restaurant just won Top Chef this past Thursday. I knew I had good taste 🙂 Cecilia, Alaina, and I stayed up past our bedtime to watch the it’s time for a few miles up in Beverly Hills. Need to take advantage of hills and get ready for Heartbreak. Ahh! So excited for Boston!12wemarath_photo6[1].jpg

Quick New Year Update

Happy Belated New Year! I’ve been back in LA for a week after rest and relaxation in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Here we are, the Johnson Family, before New Year’s Eve dinner in Michigan. I love my family.

And this photo was taken 36 hours later from our annual New Year Run from Kathy’s in Beverly Hills to the Santa Monica Pier. Apparently none of us knew where to smile.

The highlight from the run was Jay Leno cheering us on. Yes. Jay Leno. We were on the corner of Beverly and Lexington crossing at a 4-way stop and Kathy, who apparently sees him all the time, goes “Hey look, it’s Jay!” We all waved and smiled. I shouted “Hey Jay!!” He pumped his arms and cheered us on from his classic car with a huge smile on his face. He seemed so kind and genuine. Nothing like running into Jay Leno! We didn’t stop to snapchat the moment, but this is pretty much what he looked like. Yup, I googled this pic.


Boston training officially started on January 2nd. So excited for Boston 2017! I spent winter break running lower mileage with high quality workouts. Being in Michigan meant lots of treadmill running at the good ole Powerhouse Gym in West Bloomfield. I made those interesting with the following workouts.

  • 1 mile easy followed by 2 x 2 miles @ 6:19 pace 1 mile easy followed by 2 x 2 miles at 6:11 pace
  • 1 mile easy followed by 4 miles @ 6:11 pace
  • New Years Day Tempo @ 6:44 Paceimg_6150

It’s amazing how much faster I can run when I sleep 10 hours a night and my milage is lower. Of course I never did back-to-back speed workouts. That’s just asking for injury. Always take a day or two in-between harder workouts.

So I’m still working on finalizing my New Years Resolution. Who ever said it needs to be 100% solidified on the first? I want this year’s focus to be self-care. I am really good at overcommitting, rushing from one event to the next, and getting ready in 10 minutes. Watching a TV show? Unlikely. Taking a bath? Never. Reading a book? Only if it’s on audible. Using my diffuser I bought back in November? Takes too long to set it up. I need to SLOOWWW DOWWWN. It can’t be good for me to be rush all day long. So what does this look like? I need your help. What am I missing? Here is what I have so far.

  1. Sunday I sleep in. No need to set an alarm.
  2. I ordered epsom salts (amazon, of course…too lazy to go to the store) and am going to take a bath once a week.
  3. I’m getting a massage twice a month. Oh the benefits of having a super reasonably priced massage spot a two minute walk from my apartment. And being gifted a massage package. Gracias Brent!
  4. Taking Bart Yasso’s advice and running easy days super easy. I tend to rush back so that I can shower, make dinner, and plug back in with emails. I need to just run easy with relaxed shoulders, and know that it’s OK if we eat dinner 15 minutes later. Easy days should feel meditative. Also, I need to trust Bart. You have to run slow to run fast. Today I ran 8 miles at 8:48. That will make totally ready for Wednesday’s 3 x (800-600-400-200) workout.

And I want to share how I did with my resolutions from last year. Comments in bold.

  • I’m committed to meeting my school goals with 80% of scholars reading at or above grade level by the end of the year and 80% of scholars meeting/exceeding their MAP reading growth goal. (MET, WOO HOO!)
  • This is dumb, but I’d like to get monthly pedicures so that I don’t have to be hide my runner feet. (100% FAIL. DON’T EVEN FEEL BAD ABOUT IT. WOULD RATHER SPEND MONEY ON SOMETHING ELSE.)
  • 2015 was a year of PRs in the 10K, half and marathon. I think I have a few more PRs left in me. I’d really love to PR in the 10K and marathon this year. I think I would pass out of excitement if I got close to a 3:10 in the marathon. I know I can do it if I stay injury free, have good race conditions at Boston, and wake up energized and ready to run. Oh the marathon, it’s so much more than what you’re capable of. Setting marathon goals really is a gamble. There is so much that is out of your control. (PR SET IN THE 10K, HALF, AND MARATHON. DID NOT PASS OUT OF EXCITEMENT, BUT WAS PRETTY DARN EXCITED WHEN I BROKE 3:10.)
  • I’d like to be a little more adventurous with my weekly meal prep. I’ve got my go-to homemade pizza, roasted veggies, and tacos. I want to expand a bit. I started with making mole and salsa verde yesterday! Today I made a huge batch of curried couscous for this week’s lunch. (MET-ish. GOT INTENSE ABOUT COOKING OF RUN FAST EAT SLOW RECIPES. STILL SOMETHING I WANT TO FOCUS ON..)
  • I’m not sure how to make this measurable, but Brent and I want to take advantage of LA cultural events. We have a LACMA membership (thanks Mama and Papa), we’d like to go to more shows, visit more museums, attend more community events, etc. Maybe plan out two events a month? Today we’re driving up to Los Feliz to wander on Hillhurst and Vermont. Maybe pick up some Jeni’s ice-cream? (MET AND WANT TO CONTINUE. EXPLORED NEW NEIGHBORHOODS. TRIED NEW RESTAURANTS. TRAVELLED MORE.)
  • I’d also like to work on being on my phone less. Emails don’t have to be responded to immediately. I don’t have to refresh every 5 minutes. Any tips? (YEAH…STILL WORKING ON THIS ONE…)

I’m determined to learn how to balance being a school leader, training for Boston, and managing self-care. I’m not crazy for thinking it’s possible, right? Please share your tips!

Will be back with long run notes now that it’s back to marathon training. Woo!