Last Week’s Camera Roll

Here’s what happened this week…

EQ3 teachers got their care packages in the mail. I can’t wait for us to be together in August.

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Cecilia and I hosted our first Cafecito for Equitas Academy #3 families. We had a great turnout. Families were positive, supportive, and grateful for the opportunity to have their children be enrolled at our school. Cecilia and I overly prepped for the event. Everything was scripted, practiced, and practiced again. During the time for questions one parent did ask for my credentials, and how much training all of our teachers have gone through. I admitted I looked really young, but reassured families I wasn’t straight out of high school 🙂 FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3

We celebrated one of the leadership team members’ birthdays this week at Equitas. She’s vegan and eats gluten-free foods. Thank you LA! I able to find delicious treats for her birthday. Erin McKenna‘s desserts were so good, I’ve been dreaming of vegan gluten-free salted caramel donuts all week. The LA location is on Larchmont, a super cute area for grabbing a cup of coffee and wandering around. erin-mckenna-gluten-free-bakeryFullSizeRender (28)

The Tripel has a new menu. Brianna, Ellen, Anna, Brent and I went to check it out on Wednesday night. These calamari were flash fried and served with a gochujang sauce. I need to go back ASAP to try all the new menu items. FullSizeRender

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I’m becoming less OCD with the use of my Garmin. 5.4 miles and OK with it! Nice run before Rise Nation class with the girls.

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The amazingly talented Lanita Smith hosted another fun show last night. Late night for the Lowry family…we were out till past midnight! It was so nice to see so many KIPP teachers. I’m excited to see them all again at graduation this Friday.


Below is something you’d only see in LA. Scratch that. Only near the Beverly Center.

FullSizeRender_1Venice is my LA happy place. I love it. Brent describes the people of Venice as casually put together. I’d like to think that if I actually had a sense of style, it would fit that mold. Lately I’ve really been into coffee shops and breakfast spots. Marta and I have stopped by Suberba Food+Bread in Venice for pastries, but yesterday Brent and I went for brunch. We had the Cheddar Bacon Biscuit and a Peanut Butter Cookie as a little appetizer while we waited for our table. Brent and I sampled three toasts, the avocado toast, liver and burrata. If I had to pick, I’d say my favorite was the avocado toast, but probably because I absolutely love avocado. I was pleasantly surprised by the liver toast with chopped hazelnuts and apple butter, and you can’t ever go wrong with burrata, especially when it’s paired with spicy walnut muhammara. It’s probably a good thing Suberba doesn’t open until 7AM, otherwise I might make this a weekly stop before work.

Marta and I did a Wednesday morning run before work for the second week in a row. It’s nice to start the day with your baby sister on the streets of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We’re gonna have to make this a regular thing. Alaina, you down when we start carpooling again? You DID said you had a dream you liked running. AHH, we get to carpool again soon!

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 12.25.35 PMAlaina and I went to Nordstrom Rack this afternoon and shopped at the bulk section of Sprouts. Gotta love the poor man’s Whole Foods.


And this week, it’s the last week of school! Lots of parties, happy hours, and Randy’s Donuts on Thursday, right Alaina?! A week from now Brent and I will be packing for our trip to Argentina!!! When I get back from Argentina I’ll start thinking about getting back into a more regular running routine. Right now I’ve enjoyed taking it day-by-day.

Mix It Up May + Los Angeles Trails


This weekend was the official start of Mix It Up May. What is Mix It Up May? Marta, Ellen and I are really trying hard not to creep into the crazy zone of running. We value balance and time with our friends and family who don’t need to deal with dumb marathon training year round. Marta’s registered for Chicago in October and Ellen, Brent, Donna and I are running New York in November. Before jumping into another training season, we’re taking a break from the routine and are decreasing the mileage. This doesn’t mean NO running, it means less running, more trails, no double digit runs (I’ll make an exception for you, Andrea) more cardio, more yoga, more happy hours, so that when we get back into marathon training we’re pumped and excited.

We kicked off Mix It Up May with, well, running. We ran (and sometimes walked) Sullivan Canyon. 950 feet of climbing. The view was beautiful. Here’s how you get there. A few tips, check the parking signs, watch out for bikers (I was paranoid Marta was going to get smashed by a bike flying past), know that the last mile is the hardest and take a panorama shot at the top.

In the afternoon we hiked the 2.6 mile Los Liones Trail. Here’s Marta and I trying to be cool with artsy yoga poses followed by the octopus we ate for dinner at The Tripel.


Today we went to Lulu, but instead of our regular nine mile run we cut it short and hit up the free in-store yoga class. Here we are doing partner poses. I love that the Beverly Hills location offers a free class Sundays at 10. You get to try instructors from studios across the city, and get a good stretch after your run.

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It’s nice to be home for two weeks after five trips in eight weeks. I’ve gotten to know Albany really well. Uncommon Impact offers high-quality teacher and leader trainings, so although Albany isn’t the MOST exciting place to visit, I do it to help me be a better educator. Next up is San Diego for Memorial Day weekend with the Beckianos. No airplanes till June though!

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And..I’m too cheap to pay for marathon foto pics, so I resort to screenshots. I think I look too happy in my picture. Check us out in Vancouver too!

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I also found this awesome Boston Marathon finish line camera. It’s fun to watch the elites cross, and to try to find your friends. I cross at 3:28 on the race clock.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 6.14.20 AMSo I think the plan is kayaking and more yoga for next weekend. I might try to make a Soulcycle class sometime this week or bully Alaina into going to Green Yogi with me. How else should we mix it up!?


Cristina’s Marathon Training Advice for Dummies: Run your legs to complete exhaustion, then rest up for the last three weeks so you can peak on race day. Today was my FINAL 20+ mile run before Boston. I am so incredibly happy. I can’t believe I made it to the taper.

Ocean "Ice+Salt" Bath

Ocean “Ice+Salt” Bath

My plan for this week was to focus on loading up the miles so that my legs were tired for the twenty-two miler (replicating that feeling of complete exhaustion at the twenty mile point in the marathon). Here’s what the week looked like:

  • Monday: Six Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:15ish) Flew back to LA
  • Tuesday: Run MDR Track (6×200, 3×300, 2×400, 2×400, 2×300, 6×600)
  • Wednesday: Three Mile Run and Yoga
  • Thursday: Eight Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:30) Got a Sports Massage and had dinner with speedy Uncle Eddy who wore his Boston shirt to dinner 🙂
  • Friday: Ten Mile Run (Average Pace: 7:28) I love doing a faster run before a long run. Forces you to take it easier on the long run. 
  • Saturday: Twenty Two Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:20) Ran with Ellen and Gisele. Marta and Bri joined us for part of it.

Woah. I feel exhausted just looking at it. The sad thing Is it’s not even that high of mileage for speedy marathoners, but I squeeze in what I can squeeze in and with all the travel, lack of sleep evening plans, etc, I was just tired this week. I usually take a day off during the week, but decided to switch things up because I’m going on vacay on Sunday! More on that next week 🙂

OK, more pics from our amazing ice-bath in the ocean after our long run. This needs to be a habit.

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Here are my notes:

Friday Dinner: Spaghetti with Alaina’s homemade sauce. Thanks Alaina 🙂

Friday Sleep: Slept from 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM. Not the greatest sleep. I kept waking up. Probably because I kept thinking, FINAL LONG RUN!

Pre-Run Breakfast: PB+J with Whole Wheat Bread (might skip the whole wheat next time)

Post-Run Snack: PB/Chocolate Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt for the protein

Long Run Fuel: Honey Stinger Chews, pretzels from the airplane (I always ask for extras and save them for long runs)

Long Run Hydration: Beach path water fountains

Long Run Outfit: Lulu shorts and shirt, you guessed it…target sports bra, lulu socks and Nike visor.

How Did It Feel: Today was comfortably hard on my legs. My stomach was meh..I ate too much too late, but it was fine by mile 10ish. My legs felt tired, but I felt good and never hit a “I hate running” wall. We chatted the whole time, which made the time fly. It was my best 20+ run so far! Gisele’s endless energy and peppy attitude helps me on these long ones! I know Ellen and I really appreciated her company 🙂

Other Notes: My sports massage therapist (I’m going once a week during the taper to make extra sure I’m ready for the race) suggested putting my legs in the ocean after a long run for the salt and cool temps. We had so much fun splashing around. Overall, I’ve also been dealing with lots of ups and downs with this training cycle. I think it’s because I was so focused on qualifying for Boston and I felt like AHH I just have to get through this training plan without any injuries so that I can show up on race day and soak in all the energy. My shin pain a few weeks ago really messed with me. I’m feeling great now, but I was so worried for those two weeks that something was going terribly wrong and I wouldn’t be able to run. I’m pretty sure driving and wearing unsupportive shoes at work was the problem. I couldn’t quite understand why I felt the sensation more walking than while I was running. I iced like crazy and stretched out my legs and am 10000 times better. I am SO excited to run Boston, but it doesn’t feel real yet. I got my runner’s passport in the mail yesterday, but until I am there at Athletes Village with all the other runners, and walk over to my corral I won’t believe I’m actually running the Boston Marathon. I already have a goal for the New York Marathon—don’t let the training mess with my head as much. Easier said than done.

photo 2Ok time to rush and get ready to go to MALIBU WINES for Marta’s Bday Celebration. I’ll leave you with other happenings this week…

I saw Diana at Equitas this week. I taught her when she was a 6th grader, and now she's in 12th grade. Her sister goes to Equitas. She is beautiful inside and out!

I saw Diana at Equitas this week. I taught her when she was a 6th grader, and now she’s in 12th grade. Her sister goes to Equitas. She is beautiful inside and out!

Track this week.

Track this week.

Cutest book EVER! Read it to my second graders.

Cutest book EVER! Read it to my second graders.

How did I miss this at Playa Provisions? I'm always there.

How did I miss this at Playa Provisions? I’m always there.