Monthly Archives: December 2014

Back in the saddle (running shoes) again!

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Back out to the trails!
This past weekend, after a 2 week hiatus, I got back on the trails after my first 50 mile trail race. And it was worth the wait… It was beautiful since we’ve had so many storms and rain, the waterfalls were in full force!

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We ran a point to point, a friends generous wife got up early and dropped us off at the furthest point and we ran back to our cars. From Pantoll to Ross, a 14 mile trek around the North side of Mt Tamalpais.

 

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It’s time to start thinking about my training and race plans for 2015… It’s going to be a busy first 5 months!
February 1st is Kaiser Half Marathon, on Super Bowl Sunday- such a fun race and great way to test out the speed in the beginning of the year.
April will bring back to back marathon weekends, Boston Marathon on the 20th and Big Sur Marathon on the 26th (I’m part of the Boston 2 Big Sur group)
Then 3 weeks later we have a great group of running friend heading to run the Grand Canyon, Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim. An epic 46 miles and 11,000 feet of elevation change each way.

Happy Holiday week and go get in a run!

Anyone else already planning their training for 2015?

Anyone else use running as an excuse to escape the house for a bit, free of family and some time alone?

Yes please! 🙂

 

 

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Cauliflower Soup + Sweet Potatoes + running thoughts

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Happy Friday Eve!

I made this cauliflower soup all last winter and I’ve added it back into the meal rotation the past couple months. It’s become the base for many more additions to make it hearty and unique too!

I originally found it here!

As for my additions I will add in fresh kale (place kale in a deep bowl, pour over hot soup and the kale is perfectly wilted into the soup).
Or any veggie I’ve roasted.
You can also add in zucchini squash or other veggies to simmer and purée into the soup along with the cauliflower. (As you can see below I did with an extra zucchini I had on hand!)
I also love sweet potato ‘fries’ on the side. Peel and roughly slice up a sweet potato into thick ‘fries’. Lay on pan, spray with oil- I like coconut oil- salt, pepper and cinnamon and cook at 400-425 for 45-60 min. YUM! I make a huge batch and refrigerate the un-eaten to have throughout the following day. I could LIVE on sweet potatoes! Especially when they’re baked in this way!

 

Cauliflower soup

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp unbleached flour (all purpose is fine too)
1 medium head cauliflower – chopped
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 cups fat free chicken broth (vegetarians can use vegetable broth)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, make a roux by melting the butter on low heat. Add the flour and stir about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, onions and cauliflower and set heat to medium high. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes.) Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

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And a few running thoughts…

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With all the rain lately in Northern California… I don’t let it scare me away from getting outside for a run!

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Cheers to the last weekend before Christmas!

Anyone else doing last minute shopping this weekend? Not me! Getting back out on the trails on Sunday! Whoohoo!

 

 

 

Easy workout you can do anywhere + Holiday Plans!

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Hello!

1 Week until Christmas Eve! We aren’t traveling anywhere for the holiday this year, and as much as I’ll miss my family and hometown friends, I am more than happy to relax locally and enjoy the California weather over the holiday 🙂

Are you looking for a Total Body Workout to power you through the holiday weeks coming up?

Check this out:

Total Body Workout-15 or 30 minute

Grab a pair of free weights and some space and you can do this anywhere… great excuse to escape the family for 30 minutes. Or even better, go for a run to get some fresh air and then end with this total body workout!

What is everyone doing for the last week/ weekend before the holidays really hit?

We need to get our Tree and make a visit to Santa! We’ve already played in some ‘snow’ (man-made) last week!

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Happy Monday and hello off-season! (For 2 weeks at least)

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This weekend was one to remember. My first 50 mile distance trail race in the bag and what an amazing (seriously!) experience it was.
From the course and views, to the spectacular muddy mess and blowing my expectations away… I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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Rain stopped early morning so we could see the moon and skies clearing right before the 5am start.

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The trail of headlamps weaving up Bobcat… Picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of it.

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Descending down into Muir Beach, about mile 17-18.

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Climbing out of Stinson beach to the top of Cardiac Hill. The conditions of the trails and the waterfalls roaring from all the rain we had was very difficult. This climb was brutal and a mental game that put me in a dark place.

But at the top was mile 36 aid station and then a long few miles of down hill single track slugging through the mud that lifted my spirits and made me feel like a kid splashing through the muck!

Another climb out of Muir Beach at mile 41/42 played more mind games with me, but by then I KNEW I was going to finish 50 miles so I might as well leave EVERYTHING I had out there.
Bring on the pain train!

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From my Instagram 🙂

And a final push downhill for 2 miles logging in a sub 8min and 8xx min mile to cross the finish line in 9:58:30. Under the 10 hour goal that was my ULTIMATE best case scenario!

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Great friends out there and rocking my BayBirds Racing singlet for the day.

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After getting myself home, a long hot shower and placing a take out order of burritos and chips/ salsa I sat on my living room floor with my daughter and ate these straight from the box.

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Feeling good, riding the endorphin high still and can’t wait to get a massage tonight!

Also taking a couple weeks off of running though still staying active with cycling, yoga, strength and core. And working on my training plan for Boston in April!! 2015 will also include a half marathon in February for a speed check-in. Ready to get my speed on and to the track in the first part of 2015!

How’s everyone’s week?
Anyone else race over the weekend?
Who else is in their ‘off-season’?

Preparing for my first 50mile trail race

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2014 has been a busy year with enjoying the first of many of my daughter’s milestones, running some amazing races, traveling and enjoying being a stay-at-home mom as well as running some new distances to me.

I have, to this date, ran 2 50k Ultra distances this year, and will end my season with a 50mile trail run this weekend in the Marin headlands called the Northface Endurance Challenge.

As the race is in less than 3 days I’m feeling nervous, antsy and anxious, as tapering for me was never my strongest suit. I feel much better being sore, wiped and have pushed my body to it’s fullest potential. The past 2 weeks have been too easy for me!
I did have an awesome last long run of 11.5 miles the day after Thanksgiving, completing 2500 feet of climbing in 4.5 miles right up Mt Tam at 6am to make the sunrise!

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My kind of Black Friday!

Otherwise, I’ve been dodging raindrops here in Northern California, while entertaining my daughter, trying to lay low but also keep my legs moving and limber.

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I have had 2 early morning runs this week that have been in pouring rain:

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Anyone use the ‘Outsider‘ app to get an overall view of the weather for a run? It’s great!

Enough about rain and tapering… Otherwise I’ve been keeping my core strong and continuing lots of yoga to stay loose.

Wish me luck and I’ll be back later with some great new workouts I’ve put together as well as a 50 mile update!

 

Stay warm and dry out there 🙂