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The La Jolla Half Marathon. Back in 2010 this was my first half marathon ever. I thought it was kind of a one-and-done type of thing. Not even this race specifically, just half marathons in general. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon — 6 years, 4 La Jolla’s and 20 half marathons later…here we are.

The race started at 7:30am at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I thought I was being smart coming from the north and exiting on Lomas Santa Fe to Stevens Ave. However, instead of being able to cross over Via de la Valle to the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot, cars were forced to turn left and head east. I ended up flipping a U and parking in the surrounding neighborhood. I ate a little more of my oatmeal, lubed up with body glide, fastened by bib and walked over to the start. I had to go to the bathroom so I easily slid into the Del Mar Surfside Race Place hall where I waited in a short line of 4 people. I exited the bathroom and had a brisk jog to the start. I popped into wave 2 and waited 2-3 minutes before the race officially began.

It was already hot and I knew by the time I hit the first aid station I’d be taking water. I didn’t bring a water pack but I probably should’ve. I mean, I carried my fanny pack last week on a 6 mile trail run in the lagoon (and even though I felt like an absolute kook it was completely necessary). I didn’t have a playlist prepared so I ended up just listening to my NYC Marathon playlist (and I forgot, it’s actually a good one!). I didn’t pay much attention to my pace, I knew I just needed to listen to my body since I haven’t run over 10 miles since my last ultra in the beginning of February…

This course I pretty much know like the back of my hand (but probably even better than that). From working in Del Mar for the past 4 years, to attending UCSD the 4 years prior, these are all streets and routes I’m very familiar with. The race traces the coast from Del Mar, through Torrey Pines State Park Natural Reserve, past UCSD, down La Jolla Shores, and into La Jolla Cove.

The hardest thing for me was the heat. I should’ve worn a hat to 1. catch some of my sweat that started mixing with my sunscreen and dripping into my eyes and 2. for some sun protection because my face felt burnt and completely dried out by the end.

One of the best parts was coming from Stratford Court before 4th Street in Del Mar. I encountered Dallas from Run North County Monday Night Runs. I trekked the short but steep hill up 4th Street and saw Bartley (from Run North County too), then Susan and Marc from Seaside Striders. Just seeing everyone gave me a little pep in my step. After this brief incline we were rewarded with a downhill before we came to Torrey Pines and I started to feel a literal runner’s high. But to the point where my body felt no connection to my brain and I might actually pass out.

So for the first time while running this race, I walked (most) of Torrey Pines. While everyone else continued to run around me, I kind of had to tell myself “who cares what everyone else is doing.” Because I knew if I tried to run the whole hill mountain, I would have died. I channeled my “ultra” mentality and power walked most of the hill, with quick and smooth bursts of running, in which I actually passed people who continued to run while I took my walking breaks.

After exiting Torrey Pines State Park, the course transitions into the rolling hills on Torrey Pines Rd. Usually this road can seem arduous and long, but I don’t even remember where my head was. Maybe texting people (lol)… because I found myself pulling off to the side to semi-walk and text. Someone ran up next to me and gave me words of encouragement to continue, and I just thought YOU DON’T KNOW ME. Let me text my friends!!! (Just kidding…kinda 😛 )

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Right after I grabbed water at the top of La Jolla Shores (around mile 10) I heard someone yell my name and it was Evan (who’s opening up the really cool Tasting Room Del Mar next month). We ended up running together until the last-ish hill(s) that goes Spindrift to Princess and finally Torrey Pines (and then I pulled ahead…muaha). I thought I was going to walk at least part of this section, but I knew the end was just so close. And once I hit Prospect it would be all downhill.  Luckily my watch/GPS was hitting close to the mile markers so I knew it would be pretty spot on (and not something like .5 longer than 13.1).  Overall it was a hot and challenging day, but I think all in all I’ve become a stronger runner, and learned that when I don’t care too much, good things can still happen (even a course PR…4th times the charm!).

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Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (1:45:32):
1 – 7:27
2 – 7:41
3 – 7:56
4 – 8:17
5 – 7:24
6 – 10:13
7 – 8:33
8 – 8:14
9 – 7:49
10 – 7:56
11 – 6:56
12 – 7:44
13 – 8:05
Last .21 – 1:12

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Thanks to RACEPLACE for the opportunity to run this race!

After what was supposed to be the end of my race season, I continued to have the bug and felt the need to throw in another race.

Last year was my first time doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, but I really enjoyed getting my legs moving before settling into a turkey coma. Since I just moved back up to Encinitas, I thought it was only right that I participate in the inaugural Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot.

The morning of the race I picked up Graham and we headed down so I could pick up my bib and he could register for the 10k. I love 5k’s because I know I can endure 3 miles, even if it hurts, but 10k’s just feel awful, like an over-extended sprint.

By 7:30am we were all ready, but the 10k didn’t start until 8:30am, and the 5k didn’t start until 9am. So we had some time to kill. Once again, I didn’t feel like running and the lag time, waiting made it a little worse.

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I was afraid everyone from SSRC was doing the 10k after all of them lined up and were away. However, at the start of the 5k I met up with Jennifer, her husband, Marc and his son, as we all lined up together.

The course was super familiar (the same as the Cardiff Kook Run, except for that I ran the 10k option that time), and was moderately flat. It was a straight shot, starting under the Encinitas sign with a turn-around at just about the start of the San Elijo campgrounds.  I just ended up running out, settling into a pace, and pushing it on the way back.

It was a quick and fun race, as I approached the finish line I saw the clock was still below 20 minutes. I had to weave around and essentially cut off a man with a stroller to make sure I wasn’t caught behind!

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I finished with 19:57, a PR of over a minute from the Fit Foodie 5K! 3rd in my age group and 14th female overall.

Splits according to my Garmin (19:58):
1 – 6:51
2 – 6:59
3 – 6:07

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On Sunday, November 16th I ran the Celebration Run Half Marathon. Earlier this year, before we even knew each other, Avery–who handled marketing for the race–reached out to me to participate as a blog ambassador. Ironically, the race fell on her bday too (HBD Aves!).

Since it was the inaugural year, this race was smaller than many others I’ve run, but it was well organized, and really well run, especially for being it’s first year.

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I have never really run around Mission Bay, so I honestly don’t even know where we ran.  However, the course was flat for the most part, except for 4 overpasses that resulted in a few climbs.

Originally, Andy and I decided we would just run to run and approach it like a long Saturday SSRC run. However, mid-way I started to feel good, so I just ran based off feeling. Around mile 11 I started to just get bored in general and knew if I ran faster, I would finish faster.

With the Fit Foodie 5K the day before, and then this race, I realized I have gotten good at choosing people to race with/pick off. Throughout the race I chose certain people in front of me to either keep in sight, or to eventually get in front of. By the end I had successfully beaten all 3 of my designated people.

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The race finished in the sand, which I surprisingly ran well on, as I kind of bounced and bounded (I think treading through the “quicksand” in the San Elijon Lagoon helped with that). At the finish line bikini clad girls and board short boys handed out medals (of which I made a serious effort to have the hottest guy give me my medal ahaha).

Afterwards we sat in the VIP area where we enjoyed catered BREAKFAST BURRITOS (HELLOOOOOO), fresh fruit and coffee.

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I ended up running a 1:45:01 and placing 2nd in my age group.  Taking the pressure out of racing to perform, it turned out to be a fun and successful race weekend!

Mile splits recorded by my Garmin:
Mile 1 – 8:05
Mile 2 – 8:05
Mile 3 – 7:54
Mile 4 – 7:57
Mile 5 – 8:02
Mile 6 – 8:10
Mile 7 – 8:03
Mile 8 – 7:47
Mile 9 – 8:06
Mile 10 – 7:59
Mile 11 – 7:51
Mile 12 – 7:51
Mile 13 – 7:30
Last .25 1:38

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This year, for “my birthday” (since I consider Labor Day weekend my birthday, although my actual day isn’t until Wednesday this year), I decided I wanted to do something healthy and active vs. Vegas like last year.

So in January, when the Disneyland race registration opened up, I made the advanced decision I would run the Half Marathon. Before I knew it, August 31st rolled around and it was time to make our way to Disneyland.

It took me until the week before to decide what “costume” I would be. I felt obligated to dress up since it’s Disney, but also wanted to be practical. I decided I would go with a t-shirt costume (similar to RNR LA costume).  I ended up cutting the sleeves off, which allowed it to be a little less restrictive (and made running in the humidity a little more bearable).

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I’m not even the biggest Disney fanatic and this race was “magical.”

First, it started off with the ease of navigating the corrals. We made it over to G-H (the last 2 corrals) around 5:23. With a 5:30 start time I was worried we wouldn’t make our way up to A-B. There were also more porta-potties as you made your way up past F. I didn’t think there was a line, but apparently I cut an entire line and slid into the first open bathroom.

The race start (by Downtown Disney) was SUPER crowded. Originally, my plan was to run the first 5 miles at a 1:42 pace (7:45) but I could barely break out under 8:30. Within the first mile I could feel the heat and humidity (like, I started sweating already), and decided this wouldn’t be a race to push it, but just really enjoy it and try to minimize “the struggle.”

Mile 2-3 we ran around California Adventure, backstage, around Paradise Pier, Cars Land, Hollywood Boulevard and Condor Flats. Mile 3-4 the race continued through Disneyland, on Main Street, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. There were a variety of characters throughout the course, although I didn’t stop for any of them (lines start to accumulate after a while). It was still dark at this time (this is the earliest race start I’ve ever had) so some of this kind of just feels like it was a dream.

Mile 5-8 we ran throughout the streets of Anaheim, which could have been really dull and boring, except for the crowd support was AMAZING. And not just a couple people standing on the side of the street, but big aggregates of groups and people.

Mile 8 we ran by the Honda Center, and then mile 9-10 we ran through the Angels Stadium. I had no idea what to expect, but I got chills as we ran around the outskirts of the field. The stadium was filled with people. My gait definitely picked up from running close to 9 minute miles to a 7:30 pace. It was definitely at the right place and at the right time. From there on out I just focused on making it to mile 12 to pick up the pace.

The heat was definitely oppressive and I didn’t feel like there were enough water stations, even taking water at every available one. However, everyone was so happy and I felt myself thanking every volunteer as I took a cup of water.

We rounded back towards the Disneyland Hotel. At mile 12 I saw that I was still under 1:40 and could make it sub-1:50 even if I ran a 10 minute mile. I picked up the pace a bit and finished in 1:48:07.

I ended up not doing as bad as I thought. I wasn’t paying too much attention to my watch, just trying to take in the “Disney-ness” of the course and enjoy it. I thought I had a few miles over 9 minute miles, but it appears I kept it pretty consistent for the most part.

Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (1:48:07):
1- 8:04
2 – 7:49
3 – 7:50
4 – 8:04
5 – 8:00
6 – 8:12
7 – 8:31
8 – 8:37
9 – 8:37
10 – 8:19
11 – 8:21
12 – 8:16
13 – 7:42
Last .25 – 1:38

photo 1_24Recovery via OH! Juice Maca Mylk

Have you done a Run Disney event before?

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This past Sunday, I went to a special Orange Theory Fitness class that Gina set up for some local San Diego bloggers. Funny, the crew looks pretty familiar 😉

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Orange Theory Fitness is a 60-minute, interval based workout that works between the treadmill, rowing machine, and weights. The goal is to work at least 12-18 minutes in the orange (plus red) zone, for optimal calorie burning after class (or post-exercise oxygen consumption).

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Each class is taught on an on-class basis, meaning you probably won’t do the same workout twice unless you’re going there pretty consistently.

I feel like reading about the workout is completely different than actually doing it, because even though I had heard of Orange Theory Fitness, I honestly had no idea what to expect.

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Our workout moved from treadmill, to rowing, to floor work and plyometrics. We completed 4 different blocks of this, with an emphasis on short bursts of power.

For the treadmill, we moved from walking, to a base, push, to all out sprint. For example, my base was 6.3 mph, push was 8mph and my all out sprint was anywhere between 9-10mph.

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On the rowing machine, we tried to achieve either a certain wattage or distance in meters.

And for the floor work, it was segments of 10 or less reps of anything from jump squats, hip thrusters, power planks, etc. The goal was to see if you could complete these rounds anywhere from 2-5 times, or even more.

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At the end of the class, I had achieved around 38 minutes in the green zone (moderate/base), 7 minutes in the orange (hard), and about 25 seconds in the red (maximum).

After taking the class, I realized it’s a great workout concept, tailored to each individuals fitness level (and heart rate). It makes you competitive with yourself, and challenges you to work your way up each heart rate zone.

It really motivates you to want to go in again and do better than you did before.

2 days later I can officially say I’m S O R E.

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Have you ever heard of or tried Orange Theory Fitness?

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Time to set some new goals, and recap last month’s while we’re at it.  In terms of my “Three Things April,” 2 out of 3 goals were a success.  A brief recap:
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1. Go Meatless! – Meatless Monday was a huge success.  Not only did a go meatless for all April Monday’s, but I succeeded in going veg for an additional number of days too.  The recipes I made and shared include:
2. Run with a four-legged friend – I ran with Piper at least once a week for a total of  34.1 miles.  This is something I plan to continue, primarily on my easy/recovery runs.  I enjoy having her along, especially in the early morning, because she gives me a sense of safety and I enjoy the company (even if she tends to move unexpectedly)!
3. Complete a photo challenge – On the failure front, I participated in the Run This Year photo challenge for..oh, two days?  I’m just not good at daily photo challenges!  I like Instagram, but it’s too hard for me to stay that consistent.

Okay, now, onto May.

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1.  Spectate at a race –  Recently I’ve been craving just spectating at a race.  I never do this because I always seem to find myself running every race.  This might be cheating because I already know I’m going to accomplish this tomorrow…but maybe I can just go for the “best spectator/sign-maker award.” (image source)

2. #ThrowbackThursday – Share posts and recipes that I’ve failed to share in a timely manner.  Maybe drafted or made one, two months ago and have just been sitting on the back burner. (image source)

3. Take the stairs – One thing I hate is taking the stairs.  I am definitely far from a stair master.  Twice I’ve taken the stairs up to my apartment, which might be psychotic since we live on the 18th floor… but my goal is to opt to take the stairs at least once a week, maybe on a rest day, to get in some additional steps. (image source)

What are your goals for May?

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Saturday night, the night before the race, I barely got any sleep. Even after taking some Tylenol PM, I just laid next to Devon, in our King size plush, luxurious hotel bed, for several hours, in the dark.

Regardless of being restless, several alarms later, Devon and I left our hotel by 5:45am and made the 1.5 mile walk to the starting area.

At 7am, the race was on. 15,000 women (and a few select men) were running the streets of DC.  At the first quarter mile, my watch started to buzz. Oh great, I thought. I forgot to turn of my distance alerts from Wednesday’s workout. I contemplated trying to figure out how to turn these off while I ran, but figured it would be too much of a hassle. So every quarter mile I got a little buzz. However, I think this made me more conscientious of my pace.

Also, as the race began, I felt my need to go pee again. I debated around mile 1, but thought, no, I’ll just tough it out. Then by mile 2.5 I saw the bathrooms, and then a sign that said “next bathroom in 1 mile.” I thought, like Nike, I better “Just Do It.” I made it quick and was in and out within 30 seconds.

This was my first time running a half marathon (by myself, meaning no pacer) without music. However, it helped me to be more in-tune with my body. Plus there were tons of supporters, high school bands, cheerleaders, etc. that made it unnecessary. It was nice just to take everything in.

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Around mile 4.5, as we made our way out and around the Arlington Memorial bridge, I heard some girl talking about Shalane Flanagan running at the boston marathon. I turned around to see it was her, Joan Benoit Samuelson and a random girl running the half marathon. So that put a little extra pep in my step as we made a very subtle climb on our way back over the bridge.

The most boring miles were 7-9, running straight for what seemed like eternity in the West Potomac Park. Other than that, this was a great race, very flat, and even the hills I would consider “mild inclines” at best. The only thing that worried me was running through tunnels and under overpasses because my GPS lost connection.

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I felt like I barely broke a sweat because whenever it got warm, the wind would pick up, and then I would draft off any girl in front of me. It was the perfect day for a race!  I didn’t end up wearing my fuel pack, and instead grabbed water at almost all of the aid stations.

My mantras were “make it hurt,” “do you best with what you can,” and (stolen from Justin in my running club) “form is fast.”  My goal was to run around 7:45 pace. With my watch constantly buzzing, I just tried to keep it under 7:45. I was able to keep it sub-7:50, except for the anomaly that was my bathroom pit stop.

I felt strong the whole time, except for the last .25 when I started to drag but told myself, you made it this far, do not stop now. When I came in I saw the time clock approaching 1:41 and I thought to myself, not gunna happen! I want this 1:40.  I did not high-five anyone and ended this Nike Women’s half upright and vertical!  I walked through the finishers tent on my way out and spruced up with some dry shampoo (my new fave thing) and some faces wipes.

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After the race, I did an additional 3 miles of running/walking, going back to our hotel room to grab cell phones and wallets, and making it back to the finishers area to meet Devon.  Devon did a great job, starting out with a 10 minute pace and then picking it up after mile 8 to an 8:30/mile pace. She succeeded in 1. finishing, and 2. not walking. I told her that she would be on fire if she really trained for her next race, and didn’t just opt for the stair master all the time.

All-in-all, it was another great race put on by Nike.  From the personalization at the expo, to the gifts, goodies, memorabilia.  I felt so lucky to be running in the nation’s capital, surrounded by so many prominent historical landmarks.  Mixed with a beautiful day and a PR, it was perfection!  P.S. The necklaces for this race are super cute. I love them much more than the SF medals!

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Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (1:40:39):
1- 7:25
2 – 8:34
3 – 6:51
4 – 7:27
5 – 7:35
6 – 7:38
7 – 7:29
8 – 7:47
9 – 7:44
10 – 7:47
11 – 7:46
12 – 7:38
13 – 7:16
Last .25 – 1:36

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10003912_10202308657692788_1836788637_nLast Sunday I ran the Carlsbad 5000 for the first time. This race is known as “The World’s Fastest 5k,” not necessarily for the course but for the crowd of runners it draws.

Getting to any race in North County now takes a lot longer time than it used to. That’s because I’m already positioned 30 miles away. Anyways, it was nice that my race wasn’t until later (around 9:22). Our coach instructed us to arrive in time for the race prior to ours (about 8:46), so I got there around 8:20.

Parking was pretty easy because Graham ran around searching for a spot prior to my arrival (thanks, G). Anyways, we were both running the same race, so we jumped into the back of the 30-39 men and women’s heat (the race before ours) for a warm-up.

By this time I was already complaining that it was HOT. I had no idea what to expect for the weather. Originally I thought it might be kinda cold, especially because it was raining when I left my house. However, it ended up being a beautiful day, and pretty warm.

Even though I made the effort to buy a disposable water bottle before the race, I left it in the car. Now I was wishing I had it with me. So for the entire warm up I was searching and praying for an aid station.  Around mile 1.5 we came across one where I grabbed two cups and walked through.

Even after my aid-station replenish I was still pretty parched. And to top it off I had to go to the bathroom. I was lucky to be granted permission to pee in a restaurant/bar nearby the start. I was still thirsty and even contemplated drinking from the sink (ok, it wasn’t really that bad, but the thought crossed my head and I quickly shook it off).

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Graham and I lined up towards the front, in the sub-6 min section, because, you know, I was going for 18 min 5k or bust :-P. No, but mainly because we started right in front of the People’s 5k walk.  For the first time, I feel like I started off right. I didn’t go out too fast. Instead, I settled into a pace that felt easy, but was still driven by adrenaline. I didn’t run into any area where my legs felt like “oh my god, you went too fast.” I hit the 1 mile mark at 7 minutes flat. Perfect.

We turned around at mile 1.5 and headed up a slight incline. There was a small group of 3 people pacing one older gentleman. My goal was to try and let them pull me. They seemed a little far off, so instead I decided to keep it with the pre-teen boys.

By mile 2 I just felt like, I don’t know what I’m doing, why am I doing this? But then I ran by my coach and other people from my running group and I instantly felt motivated and refreshed.

By the last turn around point, around 2.5, I finally caught up to the pacing group mentioned above. The older gentleman was tiring, and mentally I was like, I’m not going to let him beat me.

So I picked up the pace kept moving up this second stretch of incline. I told myself once it flattened out I would pick up the pace. When I saw myself coming up to an intersection, I started to really pick it up, thinking I was coming around the last corner. I quickly realize, no I have about at least a quarter mile left. However, I just kept my legs moving. I finally looked down at my watch and realized how little time was left. I just thought, only ~2 more minutes until I’m done, I can do this. I thought, I’ve already put in some hurting to get to this point, I’m not going to let it go to waste. So I stopped looking at my watch and just ran.  As I was coming in I saw on the timer that I was in the 21 minute range. So I pushed it as hard as I could, finished, and then posted up inside the “secure exit zone,” throwing back 2 mini bottles of water.

For this race we were tasked with estimating our time for a fun little competition. However, I had the hardest time predicting what time I would run. Me me, math and running do not mix. Actually, math and I do not mix in general. Anyways, I hoped it would be somewhere in the 21 min range, but could not figure out how much time the last .1 would add on. My coach suggested 21:45, and in the end, I think this helped me visualize where I needed to be.

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I also ran into Stuft Mama who I saw before the race started, during the race, and then finally after. I knew she was doing the 20k, and even though we’ve been at some of the same local races, I’ve never actually run into her. It’s so fun to meet the bloggers behind the blogs — I like her even more now.

The one race issue I heard: I guess for anyone sub-20 ran into the issue of being blockaded by the 5k walkers in the last little bit. Thankfully, by the time I got to this point, they had them held off to the side, waiting.

I ended up with a time of 21:43 and got 13 out of 111 in my age division, 53 out of 933 for women, and 216 out of 1776 overall.  This was a PR for me by about 30 seconds (28 seconds to be exact).

Mile splits recorded by my Garmin (21:51 – I had a hard time stopping it after the finish line):
1- 6:59
2 – 7:05
3 – 6:58
Last .15 – 0:47

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We hung around for the elite races which were so amazing to watch, and sooooo fast!  We followed everything up with breakfast at Cafe Topes. It was off the main drag, but super busy! I couldn’t decide what I wanted so I kinda went with it all. Power granola, fresh fruit and potatoes. The food was delicious and the decor was super cool (e.g. wall planters, lots of rustic wood, retro touches).

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Oh ya, and I can’t forget the liver shirts (from the Pizza Port Beer Garden). I’m sorry, but they look like running turds! However, I think this is one of my favorite new lounge shirts.

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Last Friday my friend Devon and I went to the grand opening of Lorna Jane in La Jolla. We attended the “Intensity Training” class which proved to be, well, very intense! However, it wasn’t our favorite class as the teacher was high intensity but provided very low motivation.  Nonetheless, we managed to break a sweat and increase our heart rates in a short 30 minutes.

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I also ran into Debbie from Live From La Quinta at the opening/workout class too!

I love the concept of the new store, being an “Active Living Room.” I think it’s a great marketing piece to offer free classes to get people in the door because you won’t be able to walk out without buying something!

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All the girls at Lorna Jane were amazingly beautiful, Australian, super nice, and extremely helpful!  The girl who helped me was named Ashleigh too.  She had me trying on outfits I normally wouldn’t, but I ended up loving.  I wound up with 3 shirts and a pair of leggings (they were a gift with purchase).  Here’s what I snagged:

 

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Team LJ Excel Tank // Barbey Excel Tank // LJ Halter Excel Tank // Everyday 7/8 Tight (similar here)

So far I’ve worn the Team LJ and Barbey Excel Tanks to run in, the LJ Halter Excel Tank to yoga sculpt, and the Everyday Tight for lounging!  Some of my favorite details include the unique backs of the tops (including the ones I selected), as well as the wide range of colors Lorna Jane has to offer!  I feel like all of the pieces are very versatile and can work for any sport, from yoga and running, to weights at the gym.

Disclaimer: Through my ambassadorship through Fit Approach I was compensated via a gift card for my use.  However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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On Sunday I ran The Encinitas Mile, an inaugural, small and local race.

A mile is hard to recap because it’s basically over before it even starts.  The morning of I didn’t know why I thought it would be fun to run a mile.  I was really nervous before the start, because it’s just so short, and right out of the gate you have to go fast.  But I just hoped adrenaline would carry me for the entire mile.

There were several different heats — kids’, under 18, masters, elite women, open women, open men, elite men and dog mile.  My heat didn’t start until 9am.  I arrived around 8:30am and parking was seamless in the Coaster parking lot.  I walked over around 8:40am, and my extent of warming up was running to the bathroom…

I started off fast and when I looked at my watch I was around a 5:30 pace. I knew this was waaay too fast, so I held back and settled into a pace even though I felt like everyone else was going to pass me.  The first quarter mile to the half mile was probably the hardest and seemingly longest.

After the turn-around things got a little easier and I stopped looking at my watch.  I hung behind this one girl in a neon shirt until I decided I could pass her. Originally, I was just going to let her pull me because the next girl seemed a little bit too far ahead to chase.  However, as the race would have it, I was able to catch up to the next girl and pass her around the last 400m mark.  At this point I just ran as hard as a could.

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When I crossed the finish line my chest just hurt. I kept checking my spit to make sure there wasn’t any blood in it, because that’s how bad it hurt!  The mile is the shortest race I’ve ever run, but it definitely hurt the most!

I ended up with 6:09.4, 10th in the open women’s and 41 overall (there were about 300 people total).  Although I didn’t prepare for this race in any way, I achieved my goal of pushing myself to my limits and seeing how fast I could run one mile.  I’m not sure how I feel about racing one mile in general, but I could seeing it as a using it for a potential benchmark race next year.

March – Thing Two: Push Yourself
See: Three Things – March l March – Thing One

 
 
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