Or a month in review…since I last updated, I ate Cardiff Crack at a Padres game with my mom and brother, went on an epic camping trip, had a lazy Memorial Day weekend including running (but not the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon I was supposed to run…), brunching, bowling, watching movies (like 180 degrees South and Damnation), and drinking beeeers.  I moved out of my apartment, and have been homeless for the past 2 weeks (except not because my pseudo-family graciously took me in), read #GirlBoss (better late than never?), visited the new Tasting Room Del Mar, went to Kelli’s happy bridal shower, drank rose with London at various restaurants, ate mashed potato pizza at Urbn (numerous times), and saw The Nice Guys, twice.

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Weekly Workout Recap (5/15-5/21):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6.5 mi
Tues – Rest
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 4 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 14 mile Skyline Trail
Total Weekly Mileage: 10.5 mi
2016 miles: 435 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/22-5/29):
Sun – 10 mile San Jacinto Peak Trail to Tramway
Mon – Rest
Tues – Rest
Wed – 7.25 mi
Thurs – 4.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 5 mi
Sun – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 16.75 mi
2016 miles: 451.75 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (5/30-6/5):
Mon – 4.5 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 3.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 8 mi
Sun – 6.75 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 28.75 mi
2016 miles: 480.5 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (6/6-6/12):
Mon – 7 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – Rest
Fri – 5 mi
Sat – Rest
Sun – 6.25 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 24.25 mi
2016 miles: 504.75 mi

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This week I helped out and attended the Polaroid Run hosted by Run North County, Oceanside Multisport Group and Endurance House in Oceanside.  A brief run on the boardwalk in Oceanside followed by a few (ok one) quick sprint (haven’t seriously run fast in FOREVER… and it hurt).  I also ended up winning a pair of Hoka’s from the raffle too!  Afterwards I met up with my brother to make dinner which ended up being super simple and delicious (baked salmon and blistered tomatoes — sharing this recipe soon!).

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I’ve been trying to make a more conscientious effort to cook more meals vs. going out to eat (a constant struggle).  So London, Kendall and I made a salmon dinner with grilled romaine and baked Brussels sprouts.

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The Pink Full Moon fell this week and I ended up going on a full moon hike (with a picnic at the top) at Elfin Forest.  While it was called a pink moon (and I previously saw pictures of a full moon with a tint of pink), this is just the name for the April moon because wild ground phlox begins to bloom and symbolizes spring.  The past 2 years the moon had a tint of pink during the Pink Full Moon because the blood moon (lunar eclipse) just so happened to occur at the same time.

Weekly Workout Recap (4/17-4/23):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 7.25 mi
Tues – 3.25 mi
Wed – 6 mi
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – 6 mi Elfin Forest Equine Incline Trail Hike
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5 mi
2016 miles: 357.9 mi

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Highlights from this week (April 3 – April 9) included:

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Going to Culture for our friend Noelle’s Boho Beach Babe Pop-Up Shop.

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Constantly encountering snakes on the trails.

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Sunday coffee dates, which lead to beautiful days at the Farmers’ Market and a hot beach day (when it was actually forecasted to rain).

Weekly Workout Recap (4/3-4/9):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 5.5 mi
Tues – 5.5 mi
Wed – 5.5 mi
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 9 m
Total Weekly Mileage: 31.5 mi
2016 miles: 315.4 mi

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The next week (April 10 through April 16) proved itself special during the weekend.  London came home early from Coachella and joined me in my house-sitting duties.  We developed a new addiction to rose, started our first week of meal prepping, and spontaneously ended up at a James Bay concert in VIP.

Weekly Workout Recap (4/10-4/16):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 8 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 6 mi
Fri – 6 mi Los Penasquitos Canyon Waterfall Hike
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 20 mi
2016 miles: 335.4 mi

Stay tuned for the rest of the weekly recaps I’ve neglected from the past month…

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A lot has changed in the past 2 weeks. My best friend/running buddy moved to Oregon. And someone I thought I knew turned out to be someone I don’t want to know. While shitty things happen, I never try to take it (or life) too seriously because I know everything happens for a reason. But I’ve been really happy and feeling stress-free. I’ve been running when I feel like it, relaxing when I want to, and not making (/canceling) any plans.

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Last weekend was so ideal. I spent Saturday morning sleeping in with London, walking around Encinitas grabbing coffee from Ironsmith, buying crystals from Soulscape and getting acai bowls from Juice Crafters. For “linner” we discovered our new favorite restaurant, Regal Seagull, where we forced everyone to have another linner Sunday night. The best description or review would have to be from London who exclaimed “I can’t wait to come back here and we haven’t even left!”

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Sunday morning I met up with Kendall for a poke breakfast at the Leucadia Farmers Market. We then spent the rest of the day watching horrible movies (Trainwreck and The Overnight), coloring, and doing absolutely nothing while still kind of doing something.

My (self-established) running schedule has been kind of set to a minimum of 5-7 miles per run. But I should probably check that and get back into some type of long-run routine with the La Jolla Half Marathon coming up at the end of the month, and the M2B marathon that I’m still planning to run at the end of May.

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All in all, life is good! Linner is bomb. And friends are the best!!! :)

Weekly Workout Recap (3/20-3/26):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 6.5 mi
Tues – Hot Yoga
Wed – 6 mi
Thurs – 6.5 mi
Fri – 6.5 mi
Sat – 5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 30.5 mi
Hours cross-training: 1 hour
2016 miles: 266.9 mi

Weekly Workout Recap (3/27-4/2):
Sun – Rest
Mon – 5.5 mi
Tues – 6 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – Rest
Fri – 5.5 mi
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 17 mi
2016 miles: 283.9 mi

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The lagoon has been my go-to run spot lately.  Even thought it seems like it’d get really monotonous and boring, I haven’t minded.  I’ve been throwing on my headphones, barely looking at my watch (but still run a pretty solid/surprisingly quick pace between 7-8 min miles), and walking when I forget I’m supposed to be running.  There’s been a lot of wildlife lately too — sheets of bugs that smear to your face, tons of lizards, a few rabbits.  On Saturday I even witnessed a huge rattler in the middle of the path that I made sure to stay clear of (and not even touch with my shadow).  However, I had this irrational fear that on my way back it would jump out of the brush and get me.

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Last Saturday I also attended the most beautiful wedding at Milagro Farms in Ramona for Logan and Elisa. The night seriously felt like a movie, also probably because I succeed in recording 1/6th of it on my GoPro. When I originally agreed to play videographer, I only envisioned and intended on recording the important things — ceremony, dances, etc. But once the cake was cut, and the tunes started bumping, I moved onto the dance floor, video still rollin’. Which then turned into me playing reporter and interviewing guests (only the ones I knew) and other footage that literally memorialized the night.

This weekend we’ll be partying (sadly in a “goodbye” fashion), Oregon Trail style. Can’t wait to show off my superb party planning photoshop skilllllzzzz 😛

Weekly Workout Recap (3/13-3/19):
Sun – 7 mi
Mon – 6.5 mi
Tues – Hot Yoga
Wed – 7 mi
Thurs – 2.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 6 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 29 mi
Hours cross-training: 1 hour
2016 miles: 236.4 mi

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I’m back from Ixtapa with a nice color base to take me into the summer. While it’s usually 80+ degrees, we experienced a couple cooler mornings and even managed to complete a 10 mile run! Our usual run was around 3-4 miles, just from Pacifica Resort, down the main street in Ixtapa to the Marina, and back.

However, last year we discovered this paved path for “ciclopistas” that runs from the center of Ixtapa to Playa Linda. On Friday it was in the upper 60’s (felt like a San Diego morning) and we were able to run the entirety of this 8km path that literally goes through a jungle.

Not ready to be back to reality, where I’ll have to use my brain for more than just reading 😛  More on the trip to come!

Weekly Workout Recap (3/6-3/12):
Sun – 5.25 mi
Mon – 4.25 mi
Tues – 3.75 mi
Wed – Rest
Thurs – 3 mi
Fri – 10 mi
Sat – Rest
Total Weekly Mileage: 26.25 mi
Hours cross-training: 0 hours
2016 miles: 207.4 mi

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Last week I took 4 days off after the SOB 50k before I started running again. It was nice to take a break and I realized how much free time I actually have when I don’t work out.

On Wednesday, London took me to my first Reiki Yoga class. It was essentially very gentle yoga with some Reiki energy mixed in. It was exactly what I needed to get a good stretch while easing my body back into moving a little.

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The following night, right after work, I went for a sunset run. And I actually stopped to watch the sunset (what a concept!). It felt so joyous and freeing to start running again. I took the trail behind my work down to the edge of Torrey Pines State Reserve. The air was salty and misty with a little bit of trapped humidity, all mixed around by a refreshing breeze.

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I continued to run a little bit of mileage through the weekend. Saturday was absolutely beautiful, and after a quick run along the street that runs parallel to the beach, I hung out with London and Kendall for a beach day (in February!!!).

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Sunday morning I went to The Love Run hosted by Run North County (a newly incorporated non-profit running club for North County SD of which I just so happen to be on the Board of Directors). It was a beautiful morning along the coast in Carlsbad. I ran with Matt for a total of 3 miles, and then we got a nice, quick stretch from Stretch U. After that I went to my very favorite friend’s (Elisa’s) Bridal Shower, followed by a pretty low-key but delicious Valentine’s Day dinner…and yea!

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Weekly Workout Recap (2/7-2/13):
Sun – Rest
Mon – Rest
Tues – Rest
Wed – Reiki Yoga
Thurs – 4.5 mi
Fri – 4.75 mi
Sat – 3.5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 12.75 mi
Hours cross-training: 1 hour
2016 miles: 129.35 mi

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This is my emerald year!!! Jupiter is in Virgo, which only happens every 12 years, making it a year of luck and success. In addition to checking my Free People and Refinery 29 horoscopes weekly, Susan Miller is my favorite monthly source of predictions. They’re accurate in a non-fluffy, over generalized fashion. And they’re based on mathematical calculations and planets aligning, so they’ve got to be true!!!!! 😛

A lot of exciting things have been happening. I recently became a Westfield UTC Brand Ambassador. I randomly received a Parkland duffle and backpack in the mail. I grabbed happy hour with the girls from Alternative Strategies. I took over the RACEPLACE Instagram. And I ran my second 50k!

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Elisa and I both took Friday off to slowly make our way up to Malibu. Before we reached the campsite, I had to introduce her to Malibu Farms Cafe at the end of the Malibu pier. We had, what Elisa boldly claimed as “the best sandwich ever.” And I almost lost my keys before the weekend even started, but luckily found they slipped into a bucket underneath the water station.

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We arrived to Malibu Creek State Park with our selection of campsites. It appeared that not too many people were camping before the race, or camping that weekend in general. We set up, and took a long walk on a trail. Before we knew it the sun had set and we were making dinner. After eating another take on the DIY Monk Pot, we sat around the fire and warmed ourselves before retiring into the cold tent to read. Go figure, the two of us didn’t generate much body heat. However, after all the ups and downs in the middle of the night mixed with the early bedtime, we probably rounded out a decent night of rest.

Saturday morning we woke up, made coffee and oatmeal and had a 5 minute walk to the starting line. We grabbed our bibs and lined up in the freezing cold….more on the race to come!

We got a late check-out for our campsite so we were able to pack up after the race. We had our eyes set on a celebration at Blue Ribbon Pizzeria way back in Encinitas, so we made our way back home — dirt, sweat, and all.  Once home we quickly showered and dined on the lemon-infused signature pizza we both love!!

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Sunday morning my dad was in town, so after attempting to sleep in, I met up with him and my brother for brunch at Union. A total treat-yourself weekend (including BeerMosas) was in tow after my big accomplishment Saturday :-0  Then we went to REI where I got a backpacking backpack (no trip in mind yet), and then shopped for the big Super Bowl Party for the 3 of us 😛

All in all it was a great weekend and I’m still living on a high from the race (and also soaking in my rest days).  Now to find the next 50k… *insert devil emoji*

Weekly Workout Recap (1/31-2/6):
Sun – Hot Yoga
Mon – Rest
Tues – Rest
Wed – 5 mi + Hot Yoga
Thurs – 5.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – SOB 50k 32.85 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 43.35 mi
Hours cross-training: 2
2016 miles: 116.6 mi

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Last week I had a sudden realization that I don’t have to wait until it’s pitch black outside to go for a run. If I run immediately after work, I can catch the last of the sun, the sunset, and the remaining light in the sky. And I couldn’t work in a better place to run right out the door. With the ocean only a block away, there’s literally no way to go wrong. Whether I run atop the sandstone bluffs that tower the ocean, or follow the mini residential alleyways that parallel the beach, I’m rewarded with sweeping views, a cool breeze, and the fresh scent of foliage.

It’s one of those runs you take for granted. You run so often you get sick of it. It’s not until you completely take it out of your routine that you begin to appreciate and enjoy it again.

I realized that running is really important to me. Without it, I get incredibly antsy and irritable, where I feel like I’m crawling in my skin.  I need it for therapy, but not just to think.  Mainly to keep moving.  To be active, alive and to keep myself sane.

I went through a brief phase (about 2 weeks) where I was feeling pretty run down. I’d go to bed Friday night after not doing much but maybe grabbing one beer. I’d sleep in on Saturday, for over 10+ hours and still feel incredibly tired and groggy. I had an unbearable 3 mile run that made me question why I was running. I thought I was overdoing it with yoga. I thought I was just burning out in general.

But then I reassessed what changed in my routine and realized that maybe taking blood pressure medicine when you already have low blood pressure isn’t the best for your energy levels. So I stopped that. Immediately. And now, I’m back to feeling like me.

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However, something else has changed. Lately my running motivation is not the same. I’m signed up for Mountains 2 Beach in May, with the intention of re-qualifying for Boston. However, I don’t know if I’m in the right mindset or dedicated enough to train hard. I feel like I need to get back to the place where I run for fun, run for me, and run to enjoy the run.

I’m looking forward to this weekend at the Sean O’Brien 50k with Elisa. We’ll be camping. Running trails. Enjoying the ultra running community. And I’ll also be taking over the @RACEPLACE Instagram Friday through Sunday. So make sure to follow me on my personal and the RP Instagram!

Weekly Workout Recap (1/24-1/30):
Sun – 4.5 mi Joshua Tree hikes
Mon – Power Yoga
Tues – Rest
Wed – 6 mi
Thurs – 6.5 mi
Fri – Rest
Sat – 10 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5 mi
Hours cross-training: 3.5 hours
2016 miles: 73.25 mi

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Running is hard.

On Saturday I had the hardest run ever. And as you’ll see I only made it 3 miles. Originally I was going to run 6-8 miles, which quickly turned to 4-6 miles when I slept in too long. With plans to go to Joshua Tree that afternoon, I didn’t want to tire myself out too much. However, even 3 miles was a struggle. I think I learned I was dehydrated in general that morning (drinking coffee and no water before my run) and from the week of doing wayyy more yoga than I’m used to.

Somehow I’m supposed to be running another ultra on February 6th…we’ll see how that turns out!

Camping in Joshua Tree was amazing and I’m working on a short recap of where we stayed, hiked and what we cooked (aka our super gourmet savory breakfast oats)!

Weekly Workout Recap (1/17-1/23):
Sun – 13 mi pacing Carlsbad Marathon
Mon – 8.75 mi Rancho La Costa
Tues – Hot Yoga
Wed – Hot Yoga + Vinyasa
Thurs – Hot Yoga
Fri – Rest
Sat – 3 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 24.75 mi
Hours cross-training: 4 hours
2016 miles: 50.75 mi

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