Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day from Hastings-on-Hudson! Our weekend started in beautiful LA.

At Verve Coffee Downtown, to be exact. The Equitas Instructional Team, Alaina, and I got a bunch of work done so that we could really enjoy our three day weekend. Juice flight for Alaina and I. I’m not a big juicer. I prefer to chew my nutrients, but this was too pretty to say no to.

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Saturday morning I woke up early, ran a quick four miler before heading on an early flight to Oakland. We spent a day in the bay for Heidi, a good friend of Brent’s, wedding. When in Oakland you have to stop at Blue Bottle. My drink of choice, always the Almond Milk Latte.

Took a quick walk around Oakland while sipping on our $5 lattes.

Next stop, the Cheese Board in Berkeley for lunch. It’s a collective and they offer one veggie pizza on the menu based on what’s looking good at the farmer’s market. Saturday it was corn, cilantro, lime (surprisingly yummy on pizza) and a creamy green dipping sauce. I’d pour that stuff on anything. Apparently everyone loves it. Found a bunch of recipes online.

I love the vibe. You buy your box of pizza, and find standing room with live jazz music.

So Berkeley. 

Then it was time to head up to Sonoma. We changed in the restroom of a winery. Very classy. The wedding was at Kunde Family Estate on top of a big hill. I told Brent if we ever wanted to renew our vows, we might have to do it there. It was perfect. We’re so happy for Heidi and Brett.

Right before the ceremony.  After a few glasses of wine and some food, we headed out to the airport for the red eye. Half a sleeping pill knocked me out for the entire flight. Brent and I ubered to Hastings-on-Hudson to see this beauty! Baby Rexetta 🙂

And to see these crazy boys who came up from DC. 

My Godson and I.
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Marta wasn’t able to come this weekend, but she facetimed us mid-run. Add it to the list of random things we do while running. Isn’t it normal to respond to work emails while you’re running? Once I think I also stopped by Alaina’s to pick up an onion for my dinner and ran the rest of the way home with an onion in a bag. 

I got out for an 8 miler and ran it at like a 7:10 pace. Running has felt really good lately. I randomly ran this on Tuesday. I think I need to sign up for a race or two. Anyone know of any good 4th of July races in the LA area? Any good halfs coming up? I need your help!IMG_3961.PNG

This afternoon Brent and I went to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan.

Oh and I have to brag on Gisele. SHE RAN A 2:56 AT MOUNTAINS TO BEACH MARATHON ON SUNDAY. Amazing. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Coolest part is she did it without a watch. She just ran. Oh, and did I mention she is super chill and humble? She doesn’t set goals, she doesn’t follow a precise plans. She just runs. A lot. We first met two years ago running So Cal Ragnar for Back on My Feet. 1525145_10202217506978850_331227091_n.jpg

And have been buddies ever since. We really are going to be old ladies loading the busses to Hopkinton talking about “Remember when we ran Boston back in 2015. We were so young!”1535431_10203163065451164_2614389440299542798_n.jpg

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Just a few more hours with Rexetta, Carmen, and Jim before heading back to LA. I’ll leave you with this. National Running Day is June 1st. How are you celebrating? GRD-blog-ftd.jpg

 

NYC Adventures

Just passed Philadelphia and am on my way to DC for the second half of the week. It’s been a great study hall. Getting lots of work done. Nothing like budget planning on a train. It was nice to spend time in New York and not feel rushed. My NY trips are usually jam packed with going to Columbia, running a marathon, or seeing family before heading back on the Sunday night flight. This time I got to spend Saturday-Wednesday in the city, and was able to sleep in, do some school work, go running, and reconnect with friends in the city. Carmen’s baby shower was why I came to NY. I can’t wait to meet my niece in May!

img_3939Monday I stayed at Carmen’s on Hastings-on-Hudson until about 3. I got a bunch of low urgency high impact work done for school and went on an easy run on the aqueduct. After crossing a bunch of things off the to-do list I wandered into the city to see Meredith and Nicole, two friends from my Columbia program. I took the Metro-North to Harlem and walked to Meredith’s school garden at Columbia Secondary School and got to hold chickens and take them for a walk! Nothin like walking a chicken in New York City. It was cool walking around Harlem seeing students with their charter school uniforms. I saw KIPP, Success Academy, and Harlem Children’s Zone students all making their commute home. img_4003-1

Tuesday I slept in again (and by sleep in I mean 6:45), did some lounging on the couch with The Today Show while responding to some work emails, then headed out for a hilly eight miler. Luckily Hastings-on-Hudson has no shortage of hills. I ran super easy because pushing the pace after Sunday’s half early in the week is probably the worst thing I could do in preparation for Boston. Not planning on running fast till Thursday.

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Getting ready for those Newton Hills. 

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Nice change of scenery. 

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Tuesday’s hilly run, powered by nutella oatmeal!

I then went to Brooklyn to met up with my good childhood friend Celia. We ran cross country together, and she now just completed the ultimate endurance event. Having a baby! Celia, baby Oscar and I went out for lunch and enjoyed yummy smoked salmon sandwiches at Shelsky’s of Brooklyn on Court Street.

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Smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese, whole wheat bagel.

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The view from her 44th Floor apartment in Brooklyn. I spot the Statue of Liberty!

I then met back up with Meredith at her community garden to meet her students. It was fun learning about growing kale, garlic, chives, and taking care of chickens from New York kids!

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Just taking a chicken for a walk.

Needing a little running inspiration? Check out this NYC Half race recap. What I love about distance running is that we get to run the same course as the elites! So crazy to think I was out there while Huddle and 2015 Boston Marathon winner Chepkirui were fighting for 1st at the finish line.

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Do I look cold? 

And this morning I got to experience the morning commute to Grand Central with Carmen and Jim. I walked with all my luggage to Penn Station to catch the train to DC. With what happened in Brussels yesterday there was a bunch of extra security. I spy a CNN reporter!

This is my peak running week before the taper for Boston. I feel lucky to have a bit more flexibility with my schedule, and to be running in different places to make it a bit more interesting because at this point in the training cycle my legs are TIRED!