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 🙂

 

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Arroyo Creek Half Marathon Race Review 2015

You are looking at The Three Amigos. The Queens of Simi Valley.

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1-2-3 in our age group. Marta finished 2nd overall and I finished 1st overall. Official time was 1:27:09 🙂 Peter finished 3rd in his age group too. Awards all around! I love racing because it feels like a celebration of all those miles put in through training. On the way up to the race we talked about training, and the benefits of speed work vs. lots of miles. This race proved it’s those miles you put in. The more you run the faster you get. A few tempos here and there help, but it’s really about running consistently.

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Peter at the podium. Yes, I stole this from facebook. He ran a 1:32:05!11242688_10105346867840800_928927201579014799_n-1Marta took this very artsy picture of us checking out our times after the race. Impressive with the reflection and all! FullSizeRender (55)

And here are my splits. Not sure if anyone besides myself is interested. 
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I went into the race feeling really positive. I didn’t feel nervous, but did feel a little “ugh I have to push myself today.” You know how much I love sticking to my comfort zone. Because I felt so relaxed, I broke the #1 race day rule and tried something new on race day. I had coffee and two slices of this awesome cinnamon bread from Trader Joes. Nice, sweet and carbolicious.

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Yesterday’s carbs involved Kogi for lunch, and some pasta for dinner. Saturdays with no amigo running feel kinda empty.

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So the race. I never hit that 10 mile half marathon wall of wishing it was all over. I felt great throughout the race, and I know it’s because I just kept smiling and staying super positive during the entire run. I didn’t let any negative thoughts cross my mind, and I never felt sorry for myself. I really think this is crucial to a strong race. You have to smile and love the experience, and be thankful for being out there on the course. I was super excited about my time. I looked at my pace every mile, but didn’t look at my overall time because I love the surprise when you reach the finish line. I saw 1:26 on the clock and thought I might be able to hustle, but decided to save that for another PR 🙂 I’m super pumped about my time more than about winning because I broke my previous half marathon PR which I never thought would be possible because my previous PR was on a downhill course. I’m not interested in signing up for downhill courses anymore. It feels like cheating. I earned this 1:27, and I don’t need an asterisk next to my time. Being Cristina I finished and was pumped and proud of myself, but probably about a minute later I started thinking, “1:26…then maybe 1:25…” I don’t think I’ll ever reach a point where I’m ready to quit going for faster. I remember I used to think a sub 1:30 was official badass status. Well, I guess I’m a badass who is eager for more. Speaking of which, I need responses to my Boston question at the bottom of my last post…

Here are the sisters at the podium…

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And our prize…I also won $20 at Sports Authority. I’ll take it!

IMG_1349In marathon training news, I’m feeling 1000 times more relaxed this training season. I think knowing Brent and Ellen are running New York with me takes the pressure off. With Boston I was so concerned with just getting to the starting line healthy because everyone was going to watch ME. I’m glad the attention is shared this time around. Alrighty, off to run errands before dinner at the new Simzy’s in Venice Beach. It’s a celebration of a great run and to starting the 2015-2016 school year TOMORROW!

Thinking of running this race next year?

PROs:

  • Race day packet pick up. HUGE PRO!
  • Easy parking
  • Flushing toilet
  • Cute shirt (T-shirt. I haven’t been loving race tech shirts lately so I was happy with this.)
  • Small community feel
  • Lots of pacing options
  • Turn-around points where you can see your friends
  • Post race pancakes (sadly my stomach couldn’t handle them)

CONs:

  • Not the most exciting course
  • It was kinda hard to get water. I never knew if it was water or gatorade.
  • Lots of turn-arounds (although I liked that)
  • Lots of dips and uneven pavement

The Easy Long Run

Happy Friday! Lately I’ve been working on setting a purpose for every run rather than just running a bunch of random miles. My schedule was a little thrown off this week because I was in Palm Springs for work, but in general I’ve been running easy on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and harder on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It lets me recover from hard workouts and gives me a nice rest day in the middle of the week. One thing I know I need to work on is making my long runs slower. Did you hear that Marta and Ellen!? We’re running too fast on Saturdays! I often feel anxious to get my long runs done, but Saturday we ran at about an 8:15 pace, which was probably OK for 13 miles, but tomorrow we’re running 15 which feels like real marathon training because we’re going further than a half. Running slow may seem like a dumb idea. Shouldn’t you run fast to get fast? Well….yes…but the purpose of the long run is to build endurance, not speed. The long run is about getting time on your feet, not getting faster. Tempo runs teach you to run your marathon pace. Every few weeks you can finish the last few miles of your long run at marathon pace, but in general it should feel easy. I question my ability to run my marathon pace every time I line up for a race. At San Diego in 2013 I remember thinking “There is NO way I can run a 8 minute mile pace for 26.2. All my long runs have been around 9.” The stars really do align on race day if you train right and taper properly. Apparently Meb runs 80% of his miles easy! So what’s the harm in running your long run too fast? You essentially sabotage upcoming workouts. Your tempo will suffer so you won’t get that valuable marathon pace practice and you put yourself at more risk injury. So tomorrow, ladies, let’s shoot for more like a 8:45 pace. Our quicker recovery time and higher quality runs next week will make it well worth it 🙂

Last Week’s Workouts:

  • Monday: Five Mile Run in Palm Springs (8:12 Average Pace)
  • Tuesday: Six Mile Run in Palm Springs (8:05 Average Pace)
  • Wednesday: Six Mile Tempo with RunMDR (7:05 Average Pace)
  • Thursday: Six Mile Run with Marta in West Hollywood (Too lazy to go check the pace)
  • Friday: YOGA!

In other news…

Ahh the Parker in Palm Springs is AMAZING! Beautiful grounds, relaxing pool, sunny skies, and dry heat. The perfect venue to re-energize and get excited about the upcoming school year. This year’s Equitas theme is ELEVATE!

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I came across this on instagram and loved it. Reminds me of what my sister Alicia always says. “Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

IMG_1127Going to Palm Springs? Eat at Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Start at the bar with a Palm Springer and try the lentils with crispy goats cheese, the tartine and the veggie market enchiladas. I felt so spoiled.

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