Any other taper lovers out there?

Before I jump into my regular rambling I’d like to make a public commitment. I will spend a minimum of 15 minutes stretching and foam rolling every single day until Boston. I’m not gonna let these tight hamstrings get in the way. This weekend Ellen and I ran 16 miles with some bursts of tempo in there and my hamstrings were not happy. Not gonna freak out I’m just gonna roll and stretch.Besides tight hammies the taper has been lovely. I’m still running a lot but none of this crazy mileage. This weekend it gave me more time to hang out with my beautiful sisters! We Soul Cycled yesterday and brunched at Superba. Carmen was here for work, and stayed for Marta’s birthday festivities. Next time we see her she’ll be a Mama!

Last week I ran my final 20+ mile run (22 to be exact!) after crazy mileage the week before. Marta kept me company for the final 6 miles. I averaged about a 8:17 pace and was very excited to cross over into the official 3 week taper. We celebrated Easter with church and brunch at Playa Provisions Dockside. We’ve gone to Provisions a bunch, but never had brunch at dockside. To those of you who are non-seafood lovers this probably looks gross. Crab and Shrimp Benedict and Shrimp and Grits.

School was hectic with Family Yoga Night, a Community Meeting for our new site, a long observation of our school with our CEO, a full day Executive Team Meeting, and a Budget Meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. All fun, just more hectic than usual. I’m feeling not as present as I’d like to be. I find myself in a lot of meetings (super important meetings) but I’m trying to make up for not being around as much by maximizing the time I am with kids and teachers. Check out our beautiful bright school amidst downtown LA. Assuming all goes well, our new building will be ready for the 2017-2018 school year! Carmen also spent time at EQ3 on Friday and read with our kiddos. She’s a natural teacher!

Last night we met up with Marta at the Viceroy for birthday drinks. She bar crawled from Santa Monica to Venice. Brent and I were in need of a date night, so we stopped by for drinks then went to Scopa in Venice. Marta’s raved about Scopa for a while now but we’ve never made it over there. It was SO good. The service was fantastic, the communal seating (we were at the bar) made for a more casual vibe, and the flavors of the dishes. The chef was on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and hails from New York (they do better Italian there) with family from Sicily. I was so impressed. We’ll definitely be back. We had the Creste Rigate with Mushrooms and English Peas. Fresh pasta really makes the difference. We also had the Rice Ball with meat sauce and ricotta. It had a nice crunchy texture. We ordered the Raw Brussel Sprout salad to be healthy, but it was soooo good. It had grapes, almonds, and pecorino romano. On yelp someone commented that they wanted to order more to-go and snort it. I guess I’m not the only one who was a fan. We also ordered the cannoli in preparation for Mike’s Pastry in Boston. They rivaled Mike’s!

The social media world is getting me excited about Boston. Runners are so dorky, and I’ve come across some ridiculousness., for example, allows you to plug in your goal and it adjusts the pace you should run per mile based on the course profile. You can even print out a pace band specific to Boston. A little too scientific for my liking. I mean I get wanting to run smart, but what about just running without doing so much thinking?!Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 7.02.05 AM.png

You can also download music based on a pace you’d like to run. Be careful! Your marathon might be ruined if you listen to Empire State of Mind and you’re goal is to run faster than a 7:42. Runners. We’re such control freaks. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 1.07.47 PM.png
Meredith also sent me this a few weeks back. Meditation and running as a cure for depression. I believe it. Maybe that’s why I am always so annoying and peppy after a long run.f7fe0179-4417-427d-86cc-291a8ff66611.png

Came across this quote in response to the 2013 Boston bombing. So true. You can’t help thinking about it while running down Boylston. You messed with the wrong city, and the wrong people.  551350_10151558434584445_1683452363_n.png

I’m in a quote mood. Love this one.

Dreams-Dont-Work-Unless-You-Do.jpgThat’s enough rambling for now. Have a great week everyone.   

Equitas Academy #3 is Up and Running!

I have so much respect for teachers, but Kindergarten teachers…wow…they are incredible. The first week of Kindergarten is no joke. It takes a village to teach new students the routines and procedures of a school. The EQ3 team was so energetic and positive this week. They showed so much enthusiasm, and despite the long hours never complained. Their love for our students was so evident. I felt so happy at work. It’s so nice to work with people who care so deeply about providing our students with the best education possible. In just one week our students have already made growth. I can’t wait to see how much they learn this year, and to see what we’re able to accomplish with our founders during their five years at our school. Check out our EQ3 scholars during week one…
Being the first week of school was no excuse to stop running. It actually helped me find balance, and take my mind off of all things kinder. Wednesday night I ran down to the bridge in Playa del Rey and ran 6 x 800. I ran all of them just under three minutes then ran home. It was a tough workout after a long day at school.

Thursday night Marta came over and we ran eight miles together. Catching up with the little sister always makes the miles fly by.

OK, back to school…check out Ashley encouraging her scholars to be brave and speak up. She’s building their confidence. Alaina and Ashley, this is cheesy, but I just want to say I am so proud of you two. You’ve worked so hard to establish yourself in middle school, and have been really successful fifth grade teachers. It is so brave of you to venture into the world of Kindergarten. You’re working so hard to learn this new age. You are asking for advice, trying new strategies, and are so eager to learn. I’m inspired by your willingness to try something new, and put yourself out there. You’re helping me as I learn kinder too. Thank you for your patience with me. I don’t say it enough. Thank you.

 Brent and I celebrated the end of my first week with dinner at Superba Snack Bar in Venice. We got the Burrata with Figs and Sweet Potato, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Squid Ink Cavatelli with Chorizo and Octopus, Radiatorre with Braised Short Rib, S’mores and a big ole bottle of wine. Loved the atmosphere and the food was great, but my stomach was not terribly happy during my run this morning 🙂

Speaking of food in Venice. Last week we finally made it to Gjusta. Marta and I like doing splitzies so that we can try a bunch of stuff. I still felt so overwhelmed by the options. So overwhelmed that we’re going back tomorrow. That Cafe Au Lait was one of the best I’ve had…and I’ve been on a quest for the best cup of coffee in LA.

Before the craziness of last week started, I hit up the trails with these lovely ladies. It was so hot. Trail running is no joke. Here we are at Sullivan Canyon.  

And today is a lazy day of football and laundry. Marta, Ellen and I are running the Santa Monica Classic 10K tomorrow morning, and are having a pool party afterwards. Then it’s back to reality with these awesome women.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 4.21.49 PM