Monthly Archives: November 2015

My week of running…


Happiest of Fridays!

I had a great week of running, for me, an average of 50 miles a week seems to be the sweet spot that I can maintain when I’m not training for anything in particular. (which I’m not right now)
My body stays fairly healthy/ injury free and I get in lots of trail miles and ‘easy’ road miles when I’m not training for a race, so it’s doable to keep a good base. 
I do have a couple of trail half marathons coming up in the next few weeks, but they are ‘for fun’ and nothing I can’t handle with a few days taper beforehand. 

I’m lucky to live/ run in a gorgeous area with trails and views that are quite enviable.

(SF and a peak of the GGB in the background) This week, amid some easy road miles, I fit in 2 sunrise trail runs: Wednesday at 5:30am and today at 6am. I run with a mixed group of runners (I’ll never run on the trails in the dark solo) and it’s really great QT to chat and start my day, especially because I don’t get to go into an office or work environment where I can talk with adults all day long! 🙂 I’m chatting it up toddler style at home instead. Running gives me much-needed sanity and patience for the day!

(Top of Mt Tam, view SE across the Bay)

Wednesday’s run was the classic Tam Summit, starting 2500 ft below the East Peak in downtown Mill Valley we climb 4miles up up up to the summit… in the dark most of the time!


But starting the run at 5:30am gives us enough time to get to the top (55min-1hour) and take pics and watch the sunrise over the Bay and SF. It’s breathtaking; each ‘rise is different.  


Then we get to descend a longer route to get in the remaining of our mileage for the day, 7 miles down Railroad Grade is easier on the quads and gives us 11 for the day- all by 7:30am!

Coffee and egg/ avocado sandwiches are consumed with happiness after a Summit.

Friday’s run is a bit of a ‘sleep-in’ start of 6am (I mean, it’s Friday!) and we ran the Ninja Loop.  It’s a loop through the Marin Headlands that was created by a group of runners who wanted to get in a quick(er), easily accessible trail run before work (start is on the NW side of the GGB- easy access for city runners and Marin).   

The loop is a total of about 2500 ft of climbing but spread out over almost 12 miles of up/down/up/down. A bit easier on the legs than a Summit but has its own challenges. The views make it worth the climbing! 

     These 2 longer trail runs, along with some easier miles in between, take me into the weekend with about 34 miles already!

I’m heading to Austin to meet the husband for a big work event he has, so I’ll fit in some 8-10 milers along the Lake, but nothing too aggressive or crazy.

It’s a kid-free weekend for us (a rare, rare occurrence!), so I’m going to enjoy the lack of responsibility and hopefully not see the sunrise 😉

What is your favorite time of the day to run?

Any running plans this weekend?

Happy Friday! (The 13th!) 

Total Body Workout 15 or 30min


I try to get in some strength training 3-4 times a week, preferably right after a run. I will use free weights on my bench independently, complete a round of post-run ‘power’ exercises (I’ll share those soon), or some glute and hip work with a resistance band, core-work and/or a ‘boot-camp’ or ‘HIIT’ type workout to get it all in.

Below is a total body workout that you can do in 15min (1 round) or make it a 30min workout (by completing 2 rounds).

All you need is a set of hand weights (5, 8 or 10+lbs) and a clear space to get in this total body workout. Especially great right after you get back from a run and are already warmed up and ready for some additional work!

Total Body Workout-15 or 30 minute

Finding Inspiration


I have had a huge 2015 in terms of running and racing.

PR’d in both the Half Marathon (SF Kaiser Half 1:32xx in February) and Marathon distance (Boston 3:15xx in April) ad well as completed the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge then 3 weeks later ran Rim 2 Rim 2 RIm in the Grand Canyon

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I ran my first Dipsea race

a 5k road race, first in a looooong time (another PR of 20mins at the SF marathon open 5k)


The Mt Tam Hill Climb (first to the top wins!). As well as several trail races, half marathon in September and October, a trail marathon in October and my first cross country race with the Bay Birds racing team. Whew!!

Not to mention big changes coming with our family of 3 expanding (more on that in a later post).

I was just reliving my past 10+ months of 2015 and realized all the ways I find inspiration to continue running and achieving my huge goals.

I am lucky to have an awesomely supportive husband and I’m naturally a morning person, so I can get in a lot of training by the time the sun rises. As a mom and particularly a stay-at-home-mom, I have to fit in what I can before the day gets upon me.


My inspirations include, my 2 yr old daughter and her never-give-up attitude, my husband and how hard he works for our family, my Mom who is going to be running her 2nd marathon next Spring in Big Sur under my tough-love coaching ;), many of my friends but specifically a friend who lost a lot last year and seems to pull through each day keeping her family afloat and herself sane. And thinking back on my HUGE and busy year of training, racing and adventures I am not afraid to say myself! I inspire myself in how I’m not afraid to take on challenges, push my limits and explore a new distance, race, experience.

I am proud of my 2015, I have a few more races the next 2 months to cap off my year and am excited on what 2016 will bring me as changes come in my life.

What inspires you?

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