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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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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

Back to Reality

Happy Easter! Spring break is coming to an end. Brent and I got back late last night from our Southeast road trip with Jackie and Alex. Jackie and I have been friends since fifth grade. We were Girl Scouts and Cross Country buddies at our school in England. Not sure why I have this on my phone, but here we are our senior year minutes before our final Cross Country Championships in Paris. Yeah, we’re fancy like that…running races in Paris.

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Jackie and I were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and have vacationed together despite living so far apart (she’s still in England). Jackie was a part of my engagement story, a story I am too lazy to re-type. She took our legendary engagement shot in Trafalgar Square. We met last week in Mobile, Alabama and in six days covered Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. I love a good road trip! Jackie and Alex are working their way up to Ohio to visit her extended family. We spent our first two days relaxing in the Gulf. Californians have a snobby attitude towards Florida, but the beaches were beautiful. White sands, warmer water, beach bars and fresh seafood. It was the perfect way to start our mini-road trip.

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After two days on the Gulf, we drove to New Orleans with a stop in Biloxi, Mississippi for a quick gamble and no luck. Here we are crossing borders making use of our selfie stick.

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The bulk of our trip was in New Orleans. It is such a fun city!!!! I loved the vibe. Snobby beer, good music, hipster food, warm weather. Totally my style. We stayed at a beautiful Airbnb apartment in the French Quarter (check out Brent in our living room above). If you haven’t tried Airbnb, use it. It’s much cheaper and you get way more space and great locations. We immediately hit Bourbon Street when we got there. It’s kinda like Vegas, you have to go knowing it’s going to be completely ridiculous. Grab a drink and wander around the street. Amazing people watching. That night we got some meh po-boys for dinner (go to Killer Po-Boy if you’re in town….so MUCH better) and ate dessert at Cafe Du Monde. The beignets are worth the hype. The next two days consisted of morning runs around the city, exploring the Garden District (super cute neighborhood with amazing restaurants and shops), visiting the WWII Museum, Jazz at Preservation Hall, and a “fancy” meal at Cochonphoto 2 (8)

We ended our trip in Memphis. As soon as we got there we immediately hit up Central BBQ for the best BBQ in Memphis. That pulled pork sandwich covered in BBQ sauce…drool. We met up with Singer/Songwriter Award Winning Lanita Smith at Central BBQ who I worked with at KIPP. She was in town visiting family and working on a documentary of her life. It’s only a matter of time before she’s super famous. Lanita is so talented and so humble. Memphis highlights included running into a Memorial Service for MLK at the Lorraine Motel where he was assassinated, listening to blues on Beale Street, visiting Graceland (home of Elvis+Elvis propaganda center) and the strangest duck march tradition at The Peabody Hotel. They have a daily ceremony where ducks come down their elevators and march down a red carpet to a fountain where they spend the day, then at 5PM they march back upstairs. It was so weird. Go see it if you’re ever in Memphis. Oh, and check out the weird postcard I found at the Elvis shop. It was a Spanish Omelette Recipe with his creepy picture. So strange. photo 1 (6)

Call me crazy, but on vacation I love a good run in the morning before starting my day. I covered lots of ground last week, running along the Gulf and the Mississippi River. It was a calm and quiet way to start my day. With all my long hard runs behind me, I was able to enjoy running without the stress of training for Boston (WHICH IS 2 WEEKS AWAY!!!!) Check out Ellen’s post on running while traveling.

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Today in LA I celebrated Easter with a morning beach run with these fasties and a dip in the ocean afterwards.

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Followed by church and brunch at Gracias Madre with my favorite buddies.

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Tomorrow it’s back to work and back to reality. Although I love being happy about going back to work. I’m excited to get back to planning for Equitas #3! Have a great week.