Race Recap: California International Marathon 2012


It has taken me nearly a week to get a handle on my race last Sunday at the California International Marathon.  All the runners who lined up at the start knew what they were getting into.  I’m sure everyone else had spent the week before obsessively checking the weather too, thinking that there was still time for the chance of rain to become something less than 100%.  By 6AM on Sunday, standing in the dark at the start with thousands of other equally crazy runners, I knew we’d be running in the rain.  I knew it was likely parts of … Continue reading

Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2012

NWM with Rachel

I’d almost forgotten about this race.  I signed up for the lottery on a whim and was shocked when I got the email that said I’d gotten into the race.  I’m training for CIM (the California International Marathon) in December, so my goal for this race was to use it as a training run.  I wanted to run 10:00 minute/mile (my marathon goal pace) for the whole race and end up at the finish line feeling like running another 13.1 miles was possible. I’d heard some horror stories about this race being incredibly crowded, and the expo did nothing to … Continue reading

Race Recap: Mermaid East Bay Half Marathon

Mermaid Half Marathon Fremont

So I had nearly forgotten about this race.  I knew I was signed up for it, and I was looking forward to it, but I wasn’t scared or nervous.  I’ve been doing a lot less running, and a lot more cross training lately.  While I remain in search of the elusive sub-2 finish, I knew I wasn’t properly trained to really try for it in this race. The Quarry Lakes Regional Park was absolutely beautiful.  The scenery was amazing, with miles and miles of trails, rolling hills, and people swimming in the quarry.  I’ll be heading back for some more … Continue reading

UrbanKick Photo Shoot


I started off this beautiful weekend at Lake Merritt on Saturday morning, hanging out with Shane and her UrbanKick boot camp ladies.  Boot camp looked like a blast; lots of stairs, hills, calisthenics and even some TRX work.  I wasn’t there to participate though, but instead to photograph all the boot camp participants kicking butt. While you mostly see food shots on this blog, I really love taking photos of strong athletes when they’re in the zone, and the boot camp ladies were fantastic subjects.  They were able to completely ignore the giant camera in their faces and focus in … Continue reading

Spectating at the Oakland Marathon


Today was supposed to be my PR attempt at the half marathon.  Unfortunately a hip flexor injury took that dream away a few weeks ago.  I was upset (for about ten minutes), but ultimately I want to have many years of running to look forward to.  Oakland is my favorite race, so while I was sad not to run in it for a second year, I had a fantastic time taking photos and cheering everyone on. The Lululemon cheer station was neon themed, and we definitely had the best signs.  We were at mile 22 of the full marathon and … Continue reading

Three Weeks to the Oakland Half Marathon!


Yikes.  How did the race sneak up on me like that?  Oh yes, I was pretending it didn’t exist so that I’d have lots of time for my crazy injury to heal.  I wish I could say I was 100%, but I fear 80% is a little closer.  Still, I ran 7 miles successfully on Saturday morning.  I don’t have any specific pain to complain of, but my running still feels just a little “off.”  I’ve decided if I can run 10 miles this coming weekend, then I will run Oakland for fun.  Looking back on this week (my first … Continue reading

Running Update and a Guest Post


Hi, everyone!  Head on over to Pastafree Runner to see my Beautiful Monday guest post on homemade sugar and salt scrubs.  Not all my kitchen projects are limited to dinner!  In other news I had my first successful run in three weeks yesterday.  My hip and left quad are a little tight and sore now, but I’m hoping I’ll still be able to run the Oakland half marathon for fun in a month.  I fear all my PR hopes will have to be stowed away for another race.  I have been cross training like a crazy person over the last … Continue reading

A Strained Hip Flexor


I put off writing this post, skipping what should have been training plan updates on my path to the Oakland Half Marathon in 5 weeks.  I kept hoping everything would right itself, and I’d be able to post a great update and mention off hand that I’d taken a few days off for some pain in my hip, but now all was well. Sadly, that’s now what this post is about.  I haven’t run in two weeks.  Three Thursdays ago now, I did a killer workout.  6 long hills (0.2 miles each) at 5k pace, straight up into the Berkeley … Continue reading

Oakland Half Marathon Training: Week 5


This was a week full of lots of random aches and pains.  I pulled something in my left quad, and while it doesn’t hurt to run, it’s sore just walking around on it.  Also, the tops of my feet are sore, and my hill workout (literally!) kicked my butt.  I took an extra rest day this week, and I’m really glad I did.  I’ve been living in my compression socks, and “The Stick” is permanently attached to my hand. Last week in summary: Monday: (scheduled 4-5 long hills at 5k pace) 6 miles Tuesday: (scheduled 4 miles) rest Wednesday: (scheduled … Continue reading

Oakland Half Marathon Training: Week 4


It was a pretty good training week.  My plan called for 31 miles this week, but since I’m only running 5 days a week instead of 6, I’m feeling pretty good about this week’s 29 miles.  Though I’m tempted to run out the door and cram in 2 more miles, I’m trying to respect the rest days.  I’ve basically just cut the weekend 3 miler off the Cool Running schedule in favor of an extra rest day This week was a little bit of a cut back week, but had a quality 6 miles workout on Monday.  I don’t really … Continue reading