Summer Lovin, VO2Max + Last Week’s Workouts

Ahh I LOVE summer! Summer has been a drag the last two years with finishing up grad school at Columbia, so I am home and I am so so happy. Summer work hours have been the best. We have plenty of work to do before our teachers come back on August 10th, but the flexible hours are just wonderful. I’m working a lot, but I can run before work, I get out of the office and it’s still warm out at can hit up the pool, I’ve been going on coffee and lunch dates. Life is GOOD, and my running is finally improving too.

Camera Roll for the Week:

The vegetarian chili at The Tripel. Love those cornballs!


This week I participated in a study at Loyola Marymount for a friend of a RunMDR member. Part of the test involved a VO2Max test. I learned that I don’t push myself hard enough when I’m racing. Surprise surprise. My current VO2Max is 55. I’d be curious to see if it changes after New York training. Running with this mask thing was really hard. I felt claustrophobic and felt panicky at one point and just wanted to get it off, but I survived the test. FullSizeRender_2

Running hills at Kenneth Hahn park with RunMDR on Tuesday night. Brent came to RunMDR for the first time!


Brianna hooked me up with a new Garmin. The old one was dying, and was permanently stuck on central time which was kinda annoying. Ran with it for the first time yesterday. Getting back into distance with Marta and Ellen. Meeting at Ocean and Alta made me feel like singing “reunited and it feels so GOOD.”IMG_1047

Cecilia, Marta and I got margs and tacos at Blue Plate Taco on Ocean Blvd in Santa Monica on Friday. Tasty and great ocean front location. FullSizeRender (34)

Brent planned a date night and surprised me with dinner at Joe’s Restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice. I went with the four course pre-fixe and cocktail pairing. Sea bass with black gnocchi and lobster foam, white asparagus with polenta cakes, wilted spinach and morels, creamy corn soup. Not a bad Saturday night!IMG_1060

Reason 1000 why Brent is awesome. Came across this video while organizing my phone yesterday. Alaina took it at mile 24 at Boston. Click on the picture.Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 12.20.15 PM

My lovely Playa del Rey. It’s so beautiful here. Taken on my walk down to the beach on Saturday to hang out with Ashley. FullSizeRender (35)

Last Week’s Workouts:

  • Monday: I don’t even remember. Four or five miles, I think? Watchless. Oh wait, an emergency three with Marta too 🙂
  • Tuesday: Six Mile Run with Ellen in the morning and 8 hills with RunMDR in the evening. Skipped the warm-up because I’d run in the morning. 2 a days = too much laundry, but I HAD to see Ellen after she got back from her trip.
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: VO2Max Test and Four Mile Tempo (7:10 Average Pace)
  • Friday: Five Miles with Marta and Brianna in Santa Monica and SoulCycle
  • Saturday: Twelve Mile Run with Marta, Ellen and Lauren in Santa Monica/Venice. (8:32 Average Pace)
  • Sunday: Two loops at Lululemon (8:20 Average Pace)

I’m off to the beach again. We’re having a Back On My Feet beach day social. And tomorrow, OFFICIAL NY training begins.

Last Week’s Camera Roll

Here’s what happened this week…

EQ3 teachers got their care packages in the mail. I can’t wait for us to be together in August.

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Cecilia and I hosted our first Cafecito for Equitas Academy #3 families. We had a great turnout. Families were positive, supportive, and grateful for the opportunity to have their children be enrolled at our school. Cecilia and I overly prepped for the event. Everything was scripted, practiced, and practiced again. During the time for questions one parent did ask for my credentials, and how much training all of our teachers have gone through. I admitted I looked really young, but reassured families I wasn’t straight out of high school 🙂 FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3

We celebrated one of the leadership team members’ birthdays this week at Equitas. She’s vegan and eats gluten-free foods. Thank you LA! I able to find delicious treats for her birthday. Erin McKenna‘s desserts were so good, I’ve been dreaming of vegan gluten-free salted caramel donuts all week. The LA location is on Larchmont, a super cute area for grabbing a cup of coffee and wandering around. erin-mckenna-gluten-free-bakeryFullSizeRender (28)

The Tripel has a new menu. Brianna, Ellen, Anna, Brent and I went to check it out on Wednesday night. These calamari were flash fried and served with a gochujang sauce. I need to go back ASAP to try all the new menu items. FullSizeRender

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 12.09.22 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 12.09.12 PM I’m conscious of being an over-poster on Facebook, so I didn’t post this but I was curious and not surprised at all.


I’m becoming less OCD with the use of my Garmin. 5.4 miles and OK with it! Nice run before Rise Nation class with the girls.

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The amazingly talented Lanita Smith hosted another fun show last night. Late night for the Lowry family…we were out till past midnight! It was so nice to see so many KIPP teachers. I’m excited to see them all again at graduation this Friday.


Below is something you’d only see in LA. Scratch that. Only near the Beverly Center.

FullSizeRender_1Venice is my LA happy place. I love it. Brent describes the people of Venice as casually put together. I’d like to think that if I actually had a sense of style, it would fit that mold. Lately I’ve really been into coffee shops and breakfast spots. Marta and I have stopped by Suberba Food+Bread in Venice for pastries, but yesterday Brent and I went for brunch. We had the Cheddar Bacon Biscuit and a Peanut Butter Cookie as a little appetizer while we waited for our table. Brent and I sampled three toasts, the avocado toast, liver and burrata. If I had to pick, I’d say my favorite was the avocado toast, but probably because I absolutely love avocado. I was pleasantly surprised by the liver toast with chopped hazelnuts and apple butter, and you can’t ever go wrong with burrata, especially when it’s paired with spicy walnut muhammara. It’s probably a good thing Suberba doesn’t open until 7AM, otherwise I might make this a weekly stop before work.

Marta and I did a Wednesday morning run before work for the second week in a row. It’s nice to start the day with your baby sister on the streets of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We’re gonna have to make this a regular thing. Alaina, you down when we start carpooling again? You DID said you had a dream you liked running. AHH, we get to carpool again soon!

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 12.25.35 PMAlaina and I went to Nordstrom Rack this afternoon and shopped at the bulk section of Sprouts. Gotta love the poor man’s Whole Foods.


And this week, it’s the last week of school! Lots of parties, happy hours, and Randy’s Donuts on Thursday, right Alaina?! A week from now Brent and I will be packing for our trip to Argentina!!! When I get back from Argentina I’ll start thinking about getting back into a more regular running routine. Right now I’ve enjoyed taking it day-by-day.