This Week…

I meant to post pictures from my trip to Palm Springs a few days ago, but it’s been quite a week. I tend to be positive and peppy, but for a variety of reasons I just wasn’t feeling it. During our Executive Team Meeting check-in on Wednesday I was honest with the team and owned the fact that I wasn’t feeling particularly effective. I’m grateful to work with people eager to support me. I woke up every morning feeling tired, I felt overwhelmed with an upcoming budget meeting, my dumb tooth was still hurting me, I had a negative parent interaction, our school went on lockdown from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Thursday, our landlord decided to increase our rent significantly, and Brent’s family is going through another decline in health of a family member. Thursday night during my run I listed out all the positive aspects of my week. It helped me end my week on a much better note. I think it’s important to be real on social media. When you only see the smiles, beautiful scenery, yummy food, and PRs, you see a filtered view of someone’s life. The pictures below are genuine and yes, looking back I have so much to be grateful for from this past week, but I’m not going to pretend it was all fun and games. I didn’t snap a photo of me crying in my office Wednesday morning. Thanks for the hugs, Alaina 🙂 And I just want to point out, I am NOT a crier. I think this is the 2nd time this school year. I’m also not going to act like this was a week of hardship. My first world problems are nothing compared to the challenges many face in life, and I feel guilty ever complaining about my tiredness this past week. I encourage you though, when you’re having a rough week, to dig a little and identify what you’re thankful for. Wow, I’m sounding like that annoying Californian. Here’s what I found this week.

  1. We won a grant for $2 million dollars from Great Public Schools Now to help fund our permanent site. Here is Alaina rocking our acceptance speech. FullSizeRender_2.jpg
  2. I busted this out after our lockdown. Fast is relative, but this is fast for me. blog.jpg
  3. Tuesday we had our last School Site Council Meeting. By the time I got home I only had time for a 5K. Better than nothing!FullSizeRender copy.jpg
  4. We had another Curriculum Team meeting, and spent some time mapping out our Summer PD. Helping build the Network Curriculum Team is one of my proudest accomplishments of the year.   IMG_4187.JPGIMG_4188.JPG

5. There is officially no achievement gap at Equitas Academy #3. All scholars are reading at or above grade level and more than 80% of our scholars met their EOY growth goal on the MAP Assessment. I love Ashley and Alaina’s reading level tracker. Look at all those balloons!IMG_4158.JPG

6. We celebrated Ashley’s 29th both at school and at her house in Burbank on Friday night. Next year Ashley and I will begin our fifth year working together and she’ll continue co-teaching our Special Education homeroom and join EQ3 Leadership Team as an instructional coach!IMG_4168.JPG

7. Brent and I had fun cooking Hello Fresh meals. I got a coupon for 3 meals for $24 from San Diego. Pretty impressed with our Jamie’s Super Food Supper and Carrot + Beet BrushettaFullSizeRender_4.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg

8. Gabby did it again. She planned yet another fun project for our scholars. Father’s Day cards!IMG_4199.JPG
9. Gabby also presented at our final Cafecito on changes she’s making to our website. She is so poised and professional. Anyone who says you can’t rock your first year teaching is wrong. Gabby and Sindy are calm, confident, and effective teachers. FullSizeRender_1.jpg

10. I get to go to work and see these cuties everyday. Jesse and Bryant at the zoo with their list of animals they wanted to see. 

11. Papa released another book!

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12. Baby Rexetta is healthy and beautiful!


And now, Palm Spring. It’s funny how friends of friends can become your friends, even when you don’t live in the same city. Andrea (Alaina’s best friend from growing up in Ohio) and I have only ever spent time together when Andrea is visiting California. We also met up in Vancouver when Brent, Marta, and I went for Ellen’s marathon last year. Andrea is kinda a big deal at Lululemon. We’ve got that whole running thing in common, and we’re both ESTJs. Apparently Alaina has a friend type. Anyways, this past weekend we spent her 30th Birthday in Palm Springs. When I came home I realized I didn’t take very many pictures. Andrea was on it with her #palmSpringintoThirty hashtag. Check out our photos!

Our beautiful home for the weekend…

I went to Workshop last summer with Equitas staff. I was so excited we got to go back. The Palm Springer may be the best cocktail I’ve ever had.


We got our sweat on at Pedal studio and ate acai bowls after class. 

There was plenty of pool time. Alaina would find a pretzel floaty. 
And on the way home Alaina and I stopped at the lululemon, loft, and jcrew outlets for some shopping, then hit up Hadley’s for some road trip essentials. They’re known for their date shakes, but the dried kiwis and garlic chips were a hit too!img_4143

And today is an easy Saturday with a nice beach run, brunch with Brent, blogging on the couch, and maybe a beach walk before cooking dinner. It’s my first weekend in LA in a month, so I’m excited for some rest and relaxation at home before the final week of our founding school year. Until next time!


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.

interior-1FullSizeRender (43) FullSizeRender (45) FullSizeRender (44) lWish us luck with our 15 miler tomorrow 🙂 Excited to re-fuel at Gracias Madre!