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.


The Life of Mrs. Lowry: Teaching in South LA

Happy Saturday! My school shadowed me for two days back in September to learn more about the daily life of an educator in South Los Angeles. They followed me working with students, meeting with colleagues, running on the beach, and eating at The Tripel.  Check out the final product below.

Southern California Fall Running Events

On June 20th I leave for New York City for six weeks. I’ll be finishing up my Masters in Educational Leadership at Columbia. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the program cohort, but am feeling anxious about the workload. I’m mentally preparing myself for a summer of very little sleep and much less running. Any spare time will be spent with my sister Carmen and her husband Jim, as well as a few high-school friends from England.


Running with Matt and Meredith in Central Park

Aside from our coursework in Legal Issues, Resource Allocation, Organizational Development and Data-Driven Leadership, our cohort will be completing a New School Design Project. We have all been placed in groups of five and have been assigned the task of designing an high-performing, innovative school for urban students. Our comprehensive school application will be presented to and critiqued by a panel of leaders in the education world. The presentations will provide a space to share expertise on how to close the achievement gap.


Columbia University

Last summer I was lucky to squeeze in a 3 mile run before class. My pace was significantly slower, likely due to lack of sleep and humidity. I’m not setting summer mileage running goals. We’ll see what I can fit in. I’lll be excited to get back into the swing of things in August and will be ready to run some fun races in the fall.

I’d love your help in selecting fall races. What should I sign up for? Long Beach? Ventura? Malibu? What else is out there? Comment with your pros and cons.