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Slowly but surely sharing all my M2B stuff.  I had more songs on this playlist (over 4 hours worth), but edited this to match what I ended up listening to.  I finished this list and then restarted it again at “Lean On.”  See the full playlist here.

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I did it!!!!  My second marathon is complete, and I couldn’t be any happier about the results.  I surpassed my own expectations and came out with a HUGE PR and ran a time fast enough to qualify for Boston.  Recap and more to come!

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-Lululemon Power Y Tank
-Lululemon Seek The Heat Short

-Ipod shuffle
-Garmin 620 Forerunner
-Strawberry Lemonade Nuun
-Breakfast: Quest bar (ended up just eating a banana and almond butter)

-Stance Fusion Run Crew Cut Socks (ended up trading these out for Injinji Trail Socks at the last minute)
-Body Glide
-Gu: Carmel, Macchiato, Salted Caramel & Chocolate Peanut Butter
-Amphipod Profile Lite
-Hoka One One Huaka

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Last week was filled with celebrations– the end of school for some and engagements for others.  Congrats to some of my favorite people on all of their accomplishments and exciting new stages of life!

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Last week started off with a Donut Dash at at the Run North County Monday Night Run.  Although I did not partake in the donut eating, I did get to break in my new Hoka Huaka’s (my shoe for the marathon).  I’ve been running in this model since December, primarily for my long runs and recovery runs.  When I asked my coach what shoe I should wear for the marathon, he said to go for the Hoka’s.  This model is considered their “racing” shoe, because while it still looks like it has quite a heel (comparatively to every other shoe on the market), it’s their lowest profile shoe and the most lightweight.  In terms of weight, it doesn’t feel any heavier than any other shoe I own, and I know the padding and stability has seriously saved my body on some long runs.

Wednesday was our last hard workout including one long hill and 5 mile repeats among other things. Our total mileage was 11 for the night.  My only motivation to attend this run was knowing it was our LAST hard workout before the marathon (finally! phew!).

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I kicked off the weekend with my last long run, only 9 miles (!!! woooooooooooot) — followed by breakfast at the brand new Lofty Coffee in Solana Beach.  Then, my dad came down for the weekend for our first Italian Film Festival event for work, CineCucina.

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We spent the rest of the weekend bike riding and working on home improvements (including my newly decorated/furnished deck!). Super excited about everything. I can’t wait for the marathon to be over so I can be more active in other areas (cross-training, bike riding — maybe even to work? — etc.). And I can’t wait to entertain on da patio!

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Weekly Workout Recap (5/10-5/16):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6 mi
Tues – 5 mi
Wed – 11 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – 9 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 31 mi
2015 miles: 690.55 mi

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Nike recently released 3 new and updated Free models – the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit (“most natural ride”), the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit (“a cushioned, natural ride”), and the Nike Free 5.0 (“most cushioned natural ride”).  Through Finish Line I’ve had the opportunity to wear and own the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

The Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit is super lightweight and comfortable worn with or without socks.  I just love the vibrant blend of colors and print that the stitching makes.

And since everything else I own seems to be bright and in your face, I like the subtlety of the light purple with the hot lava the for these Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes.

While I haven’t taken either of these out for any serious runs, I’ve been wearing them for light runs and just out-and-about as casual shoes.  Check out the Finish Line blog to see what the rest of the Finish Line Fam is saying!

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In less than one week I’ll be running my second marathon. Woot! While my ultimate goal (as is everyones it seems) is to qualify for Boston. My qualifying time is 3:35 (or sub now, probably more like a 3:32). However, I would be happy with anything in the 3:40 range or even just a PR (current best is 3:56).

For my first marathon (Chicago), I focused on getting the miles on my legs. At the time I was still living downtown so I wouldn’t make the extra early-morning effort to drive north. Instead, I would run straight out of my house, which just meant long, flat runs.

Round 2 (Mountains 2 Beach) and I haven’t missed a long Saturday run. I’ve been making the group runs which means varied terrain, HILLS, and integrated race pacing. I already know this combination has made me a stronger runner. I’ve been finishing with negative splits and strong final miles in my 18-20 milers.

This round of training essentially started with the winter/spring cycle of my running group (~January). Since then we’ve been doing 3 weeks of hard workouts with 1 week of rest/recovery cycled in.

I’ve pretty much been adhering to the plan except for when a lot of travel in March interfered with my training. Meaning missed speed workouts or even just completely missed mileage. I already know if I don’t achieve my ultimate goal for this race, I know that next time I will need to hanker down on Monday night workouts (one of my “running” New Year’s resolutions), make all/most Wednesday night speed workouts, and continue with Saturday long runs.

Stay tuned for race day essentials and an marathon updated playlist!

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This past week was filled with a bunch of “tastes.” But first, let’s catch up on running and workouts.

Tuesday night I managed to get in a nice 6 miler run before heading immediately to a C2 class at Corepower yoga. After not practicing yoga since last fall (or earlier), I’ve attended 2 classes in the past week. It’s something I really want to get back into (and need to) since my mobility is SO LIMITED (like to the point where I can barely roll my head down and around). It was a great class and while I still felt strong, I had to remind myself to not go too deep (or to what I was once capable of).

On Wednesday we had the most KILLER speed workout. 2 long drawn-out hills that amounted to about 3 miles. And then 4-5 sets of 2000m @ 1/2 marathon pace, 400m easy, 1200m @ 10k pace, 400m easy. And although I bailed on one of the sets (I only did 3), I still ended the night with 10.5 miles. Yeezus!

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On Thursday I woke up with some pain in my plantar fascia (opposite foot from last year/time). I decided to take the day off from running since it physically hurt me to walk. Later that night I met up with London for another year of the Taste of Cardiff. Put on by my good friends at Cardiff 101 Main Street, we sampled tastes from local favorites (including restaurants, wineries and breweries) before capping the night at the new Lost Abbey tasting room.

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Saturday called for my LAST 20 miler, and probably the only reason I got through it. It was mentally challenging, and although I was running with other people, we all spent the first 10 miles in absolute silence. For the last 5 miles or so, we found ourselves on some trodden up trails and my knee started to feel like it was tracking out. I stopped to stretch and was able to pick up the pace for a bit (~8:05). Then, my knee started to feel like it was giving out. I knew this run would call for an ice bath to prevent any further ailments (especially so close to the race). Once back on the pavement I was able to focus on my form and pick up the pace for a final sub-8 minute mile.

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Later that afternoon Erin and I went down to the Embarcadero Marina Park for the Bacon & Barrels event. Exactly what it sounds like, Bacon & Barrels is a food and drink tasting event focused on bacon concoctions and craft brewery samples. By the time we got there most of the tastes were gone, so we nibbled on some lamb/bacon meatballs and sushi creations (with bacon of course). By the time we left the event (mind you 4:30-ish), the 20 miles had caught up with me and I pretty much called it quits for the night.

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Sunday I started the morning early with errands — everything from car wash and oil change to Target :-P For Mother’s Day we visited Shima, a new Teppanyaki-style restaurant in Coronado.  The food was both entertaining and flavorful.  Planning to go back here soon, so keep an eye out for a future review ;-).  After catching a few winks by the pool, I headed back up north to meet “mom,” aka London on our favorite patio (Bier Garden Encinitas).  London is mom (and so am I) because we call each other this when we talk to each other in the most annoying way.  Like “MOM where are you?” or “OK mom” or “Mom I need you to be present with me!”  It’s very effective and my favorite term of endearment :-P

Well, this is probably the most I’ve written in a long time because I struggle and go back and forth between what I think is and is not important to write.  So sometimes I just write nothing (and/or post pictures).  And other times I forget this is a running and fitness blog and just skim over that stuff because it seems so embedded into my everyday life.  I’m going to try and do a better job of capturing training.  And posting more recipes…what kinds of things would you like to see?

Weekly Workout Recap (5/3-5/9):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6 mi
Tues – 6.25 mi + C2 yoga
Wed – 10.5 mi
Thurs – Rest
Fri – Rest
Sat – 20 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 42.5 mi
2015 miles: 659.55 mi

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Sorry for this awful picture!  But this recipe is still worth sharing even if the picture is part of some dark dark, late night eating.  This simple but delicious recipe comes from Jen (my boss/”mom”), and surprisingly is a Weight Watchers recipe.  The vinaigrette is nice and light, and the addition of honey makes it a tad bit sweet–yet not overbearing because it’s cut by the acidity of the balsamic and grapefruit juice.  This recipe makes about 4 large servings.

Arugula, Grapefruit and Parmesan Salad
adapted from Weight Watchers
INGREDIENTS:
2 bags arugula
2 medium grapefruits, pink, segmented (make sure to remove the white pith), 2 tablespoons of juice reserved
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
1 oz parmesan cheese, thinly shaved
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place arugula in a large salad bowl; top with grapefruit
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and reserved grapefruit juice
  3. Toss salad with dressing and sprinkle with cheese

We topped this with some chicken breast that was quickly marinated in a lemon garlic sauce and then barbecued.  It was quite a light and refreshing dinner!

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Ahh! Long time no blog.  Time to catch back up on this thing… Highlights from the past couple of weeks include:

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Attending the Nike Training Club event in LA late night after a 20 mile run that morning.  To say I was exhausted and not too into working out would be an understatement.

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Beach days, every Sunday, is becoming our thing!

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Adding to our sticker collection ;-)

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Utilizing Fit Andy’s personal photographer :-)

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Wine dinners with my favorite lady

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Celebrating Fit Andy’s birthday with bottomless mimosas and a beach day.  The ultimate b-day bday!

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Padres game + meat snacks

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And now I’m off to the Taste of Cardiff with this lil’ one (LLTC)!

P.S. Check out this RACEPLACE article for a little Asheejojo action >> 5 Reasons You Should Train With A Group

Weekly Workout Recap (4/19-4/25):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – 9.5 mi
Thurs – 8 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 20 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 49.5 mi
2015 miles: 587.55 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (4/26-5/2):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 5.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 6 mi + C2 yoga
Fri – Rest
Sat – 18 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 29.5 mi
2015 miles: 617.05 mi

 

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While the weather has been fluctuating lately, it’s definitely been getting warmer.  Proof is in how often we find ourselves spending weekends at the beach.  My spring workout style has definitely taken into consideration these warmer temps with short shorts, loose and airy dry-fit tanks, and lightweight Flyknit trainers.  Head on over to the Finish Line Blog to check out my spring style, what I’m wearing, and why!

Photo credit Danny Chan

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This past weekend left me with a serious case of withdrawal. A whirlwind of fun and love, the blogger babes crew (Kelli, London, Andy, myself and Avery) and plus ones spent the weekend in Temecula celebrating the marriage of Jessica and Collin.

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Too many inside jokes and ridiculous events to capture. Let’s just say, laughter plus a little beach time was the best (hangover) medicine Sunday morning and afternoon.

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Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6.5 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs -5.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 13 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 31 mi
2015 miles: 538.05 mi

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