It’s Taper Time!

Am I the only runner that actually enjoys the taper? I’m still running, but far less and I love the extra time. I also love knowing that my legs are recovering and resting up for the big day. Ahh I’m getting so excited! The ten day forecast is up, and it’s looking good! For once I’d like to run a race that isn’t 85 degrees or windy and rainy. Fingers crossed!

Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 7.15.54 AMHere’s what I’ve been doing with my extra time…

Brent and I went to College Station, Texas last weekend for the A&M/Alabama game. Despite the loss we had fun drinking Texas beers, eating BBQ and catching up with old friends. I randomly ran into Brooke Alexander, a friend from high school in England. Small world.

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With less running there is more time for Yoga. Monday I went on an easy three mile run in Manhattan Beach before yoga class. The sun was setting as I ran down the strand. It was beautiful. I’m also loving Tamal’s class at The Green Yogi.
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Tuesday we had to cancel school because the power was out. I’m thankful I love my job so much that this made me sad. Our scholars are learning to read, which is a little hard to do when they’re not at school!

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Tuesday night I went watchless at track. It was very liberating and forced me to take it easy. We did a bunch of 200s, some 400s and 800s. 1488039_10153758287812491_1252563774566048992_n

On Wednesday my co-workers and I decided to be twinsies.

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On Wednesday night Ashley, Alaina, I and the boys went to Baco Mercat for dinner (yup, working down the Jonathan Gold list) then to the Sound of Music at the Ahmanson. Oh The Sound of Music! Brings back so many happy childhood memories!maxresdefaultAt Baco Mercat I had the Double Mushroom Coca and the Under the Volcano cocktail. I was worried the flatbread would be a little boring, but the marinated shiitakes and criminis with chili flakes and fontina was so flavorful..and the crust was perfect….chewy and crispy on the edges. I always go for spicy drinks…and the Under the Volcano did not disappoint. Brent had a Baco with a yummy pita like bread and rich sauce. Will definitely go back.

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Speaking of food and drinks, I finally tried the Moscow Mule at Playa Provisions with Brent. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it doesn’t taste strong. I got a little chatty after light salads and the Moscow Mule.


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Friday morning we recognized our Star Scholars who exemplify curiosity at Community Meeting. Did I mention I love my job? IMG_2243

And we went out for Brianne’s birthday at Plan Check on Fairfax. It’s a Jonathan Gold-er, and it was yummy and times with Brianne and the gang are always fun. I had the blue cheese burger, but I really don’t know if it’s Jonathan Gold worthy…

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OK, back to running…

My bib number for the New York Marathon is in the 5000s, so for some reason I am starting with the super fasties…which makes me really nervous. I’d love your advice…should I start further back? I don’t want to be passed the entire race! Or does this help me beat the crowds? Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 7.46.18 AM

Don’t mind if I do!

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I hope I look this good in my 70s.
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Papa met Hal Hidgon at the Chicago Marathon expo! Oh Hal! You’ve gotten me through many marathons 🙂FullSizeRender (76)

And I’m getting my final sports massage (sports torture) on Tuesday night. Hoping they fix these super tight hamstrings and glutes. They’ve got a long way to go next weekend!
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It’s currently Saturday morning and I’m not off running twenty something miles. I’m chillin on the couch and meeting Ellen for a run at 11:30, YES, 11:30 before CycleHouse. Will keep you posted on the taper.

Last Week’s Highlights + Birthday Fun!

I haven’t been the best running blogger. I’ve been leaving out details about running, and jumping straight into the fun LA living stuff. So I’ll start with last week’s workouts. Apparently 8:30 was my go-to pace this week. I’ve really been focusing on no more than two faster workouts, taking it nice and easy on long runs, and squeezing in as many easy miles as I can. I was able to get some decent milage. Having my meals prep definitely helped.

  • Monday: Six Mile Run (8:29 Average Pace) Listened to This American Life Part 2: The Problem We All Live With
  • Tuesday: RunMDR Track 1 mile warm-up, 2×200, 2×300, 1×400, 5×800, 1 mile cool-down
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Six Mile Run (8:33 Average Pace)
  • Friday: Four Mile Run with Back On My Feet (8:31 Average Pace) and Three Miles Tempo (7:10 Average Pace)
  • Saturday: Eighteen Mile Birthday Run (8:56 Average Pace)
  • Sunday: Eight Mile Run (8:34 Average Pace)

OK. Now for the fun stuff. Bri, Cecilia, Alaina and I on Monday morning after the 6AM Rise Nation class. We’re hardcore. I love these smart, talented women 🙂 The Equitas Academy #3 teaching team!Tuesday evening’s post-track ab workout. Thanks Victor!
How have I never gone to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park? Avocado “Fish + Chips.” Delicious, but super rich. Perfect for sharing.This was not planned. Cute, eh? This batch of overnight oats had hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, pepitas, almond butter, bananas, figs, and cashew milk. That just sounded super obnoxious California.
Ashley and Alaina’s beautiful classroom. Parent Orientation happened on Thursday night, cha-ching!
Thank you Alicia, Colby and Miles for the school goodies!Start of the birthday run at Ellen’s. Alaina ordered us the cutest shirts for the run! Thank you thank you!

Our 18 mile route through LA.

Stolen from instagram. Thanks for joining us on the bike, Anna.

  Post-run pampering at Dry Bar in Marina del Rey. Brent and I at Rush Street in Culver City. I love him so much! We both got a little sun on that run. 

This girl is the definition of loyalty. Thank you for everything you did to make yesterday so special. Delivering us water, pretzels and swedish fish on our run, making me a fun purple tutu, keeping me company while getting pampered, ordering birthday run t-shirts, and coordinating Rush Street. I’m so lucky to have you in my life! You’re up next. February 11th. You’ve set the 30th birthday bar high. IMG_1554 IMG_1555

And I didn’t make it to run club today. I slept in till 8:30. Crazy late for me. This morning Brent and I walked to Playa Provisions for coffee and went for a lovely stroll on the beach. Marta then came over and we all relaxed by the pool, read trashy magazines, and ate chicken jerky.

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Time get ready for the work week. One week until students arrive. So much to do! And in my running life, Saturday is the first 20 miler of this training season. Hoping it’s not 90 degrees.

5 Free Things to do in LA + What’s Been Cookin

I want to start this post by congratulating Andrea on finishing her first marathon at the Banff Marathon yesterday! The video Alaina posted of her crossing the finish line was awesome. She looked SO strong! I’m hoping Andrea posts a review on here 🙂 The pictures of Banff look absolutely beautiful! HUGE congratulations. You’re in the marathon club!

In non-running news, Brent and I leave for Argentina TODAY! We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary. In anticipation of spending lots of $$ over the next week, we tried to keep it low key this past weekend. Low key doesn’t have to mean boring. Los Angeles has plenty to offer without spending much. Here are 5 things we did this weekend requiring little to no dinero.

1. Lounge by the Pool: I’m lucky to have a pool at my apartment. If you don’t, chances are someone you know has a pool. A few magazines, sunscreen, a water bottle and I’m good for a few hours. The only thing I was missing was a sister, a BFF, and maybe a margarita.

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Saturday…

And again on Sunday :)

And again on Sunday 🙂

2. Lululemon Run Club: Always free. Always fun. Nothing like starting your Sunday morning chatting with friends and looking at houses you’ll never be able to afford. No Ellen this week though 😦 She’s off vacationing with Anna. This weekend we ran up Rodeo Drive instead of our usual route to look at the fancy cars for Beverly Hills’ Annual Concours d’Elegance. Another free thing to do if you’re into cars.FullSizeRender (29)FullSizeRender_1

3. Walk to the Beach: Do I really need to convince you? Who doesn’t love a nice walk on the beach. Brent and I kinda cheated yesterday and spend some cash. We got ice-cream and popsicles at Playa Provisions11136634_1646959868873727_8967178481304431201_n11138163_1637208449848869_7368755579268481107_n178351_10101748624174953_644579353_o

4. Athleta Summer Solstice Free Yoga in Santa Monica: Not sure how I got on the Athleta Santa Monica email list, but I’m glad I did. Today they hosted an awesome event in Tongva Park right next to the pier. The class was led by Liz Arch a Primal Yoga. It was a cool mix of martial arts and yoga. After sweating in the sun, Marta and I walked over to the Athleta store for free yoga mats, free juice from LA Juice, and some Kashi goodies. I’m not a juicer, but the Sunset Greens was so refreshing on a hot summer day. I love that they provide events like this for the community. Not all of us can afford $20+ yoga classes at studios! Get on the email list at Athleta to learn about other free community events. FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender_2 orig

5. Star Gazing Meet Up: No, not LA movie stars, like stars up in the sky. Sorry. No celebrity sighting to report. Brent and I have been to Venice Stargazing twice now. Basically it’s a bunch of people with telescopes who set up and you hang out and look up at the sky. Super chill, and it’s a come and go kinda thing. No pictures this time, but below are some photos of when we went in April. Today we went with Jared and Marta. Got a good view of the Moon and Jupiter. FullSizeRender (30) FullSizeRender (31)

And What’s Been Cookin’

I adapted this Tomato and Burrata Tart slightly. I’ve made it twice since last week. Again, not really a recipe, more a concept. Vicolo corn pizza crust (I’ve seen them at Whole Foods, and have wanted to try. Nice and thick. Delicious corn flavor.), fig jam as the sauce, cherry tomatoes above the jam. Cooked at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes so that the tomatoes roast and get some color. I then topped the tart with prosciutto, basil leaves, burrata and drizzled it with balsamic reduction from Trader Joe’s.

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Mama and I made these Zesty Shrimp Tacos a few weeks ago. So quick, so tasty, and great for the summer.

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And this is my latest overnight oats combination. Warning, it’s about to get VERY LA. Mix 1/2 cup oatmeal, gogi berries, chia seeds, cocoa nibs and lots of cinnamon. Stir in 1 cup of cashew milk and top with some raisins, a spoonful of peanut butter, blueberries, and a few banana slices. It’ll thicken up overnight. FullSizeRenderNext update will be from Buenos Aires!