Finding Running Inspiration

Sister running is the best kind of running. It really is therapy. Summer is my favorite time of year and right now I’m loving my work life, I have more time to spend with friends, I just went on an incredible trip to South America with Brent and I’ve booked a trip to see family in Michigan at the end of the month. Life is good. Running on the other hand…I just hadn’t been feeling inspired. I’ve been running regularly, but I haven’t been excited about pushing myself. I’ve been reluctant to sign up for races, and I don’t really have anything specific I’m working towards. Marta and I set out for a tough trail run on Friday morning. We diagnosed my apathy with the fact that for two years my focus was Boston. It surpassed my expectations, and now it’s over.


IMG_0996She listened to my dumb analysis and sympathized. I recognize there is so much more to life than running, but I do love setting running goals, coming up with a plan and working hard to meet those goals. It helps me work towards excellence in all aspects of life. I finished the trail run being reminded that I haven’t reached my running potential. I felt amazing at Boston, and New York is the next opportunity to see what I’ve got. It’s New York! Tough, but a world-renowned race. I devoted this weekend to getting pumped and excited for the New York Marathon 2015! Here’s what I did…

I bought new shoes at Road Runner Sports in Santa Monica. Check out my new Mizuno Wave Rider 18s! FullSizeRender_1I ran a progressive four mile run on the treadmill. I rarely run on the treadmill, but sometimes it’s fun to hop on and go short and fast.FullSizeRender

I came across this video of a 71-year old woman finishing a hundred miler. So incredible! Click on the photo to see the video.

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 11.15.59 AMI dug out my Boston plan and adjusted the dates for New York. Might need to adjust to ease into the higher mileage I’m supposed to be running next weekend. Definitely not ready for 18 miles!Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 11.18.55 AMBrent and I celebrated the 4th at RunMDR’s rooftop. Nothing like celebrating the 4th with some burgers, beers, and fellow nerdie runners.FullSizeRender_2

I ran long with the group this morning. Getting back into 8+ mile runs. Currently sitting on the couch with my bowl of oatmeal, figs and peanut butter and coffee. FullSizeRender_4

FullSizeRenderIt’s also been forever since I’ve posted my mileage and workouts. Time to be a little more strategic about what I run, and not just running random five milers. After a much needed break, I’m ready and excited to push myself and run with a purpose, and as an accountability tool I’ll be posting them on my weekly updates 🙂

Oh and below are our final pics from Montevideo. The first collage is from La Rambla, a 13 miles coastal beach path in Montevideo. Montevideo is a super active running city. Although female runners beware, the men do NOT like it when you pass them. The might just randomly sprint past you to make a statement. The second is from our anniversary dinner and photos from our wanderings in Montevideo.

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Crystal Cove Trail Run


Krystal, one of my coworkers, always says I look like I’m gliding when I’m running. Yesterday I was not gliding. Friday’s 7:13 average pace was easy compared to the 9:41 I ran Saturday morning. The difference? I hit the trails.

I’ve met a lot of great runners over the past few months at races. Kurt, an avid trail and road runner, planned an 11 miler at Crystal Cove in Laguna. I’m glad I went in with no expectations because I might have not signed up for the challenge had I known what was coming. We climbed nearly 2000 feet over the course of the run. By comparison the Palos Verdes half, a race I always think of when of my hilliest runs, had just over 500 feet of elevation gain. The downhills were tough too, with terrain requiring full attention. I only fell once!


I feel like I’ve been introduced to a whole new world. Yes, I have trails before, but nothing like this. I was mountain climbing! I now know why trail runners have such a snooty attitude. Running trails really hard! Running on trails must make you stronger for the road. It’s also a great mental challenge. At an easy pace I can run forever. I haven’t had that “I really need to walk” experience in a while. It’s was fun to push myself  past my comfort zone and have a run where I reached my threshold and had to stop. I’m going to try to do a few intense trail runs every month, and I’m hoping my run club buddies will join me. I feel like it will make me stronger and it’s a great way to see the beautiful state of California.

Thinking of going on a trail run? Don’t make my rookie mistakes. Carry water, salt tablets, electrolytes and definitely carry your phone. Also, if you are a numbers person, have fun challenging yourself to climb higher. Your splits are going to be significantly slower, but it’s fun to look at your elevation. Are you in? Let’s hit the trails!