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march madness. (yes, i have resorted to cliché blog post titles).

6 Apr

Sue me?  Oh god, was that an ill-fated attempt at a legal pun?  What happened to me? I used to be think I was funny.

Anyway, I just got back from a run…and am procrastinating doing work (what else is new) so I figured why not fill my seven readers in on the latest in my life.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Running.  Lots of it.

Marathon Spectating – FOMO hit me HARD on March 15th when I saw my mom and tons of my friends run the LA Marathon.  It was inspiring seeing so many people I know fight through the heat and set personal bests out there — and it was a fun and different perspective spectating, but I’ve already signed up for next year so that next year people hand me gummy bears and gatorade instead of the other way around.  My Dad and I went to four different spots on the course.  We started near the 5k in Little Tokyo where I saw a TON of people I know as well as a really excited old man who chanted “Si Se Puede! Si Se Puede, C’mon, C’mon, C’mon C’mon!” ad naseum for an hour, then we drove near mile 11 or so at Hollywood and Highland – I was glad to see Andres but of course he was too fast and beat us to our other spots, then mile 18 in Century City (this is the spot where I wanted to die last year), and then finally the finish to see my mom.

Immediately that day I whipped up a training plan for myself since I’m running Ojai Mountains 2 Beach at the end of May. It will be my third full mary and I’m hoping for a decent PR.  I’ve been logging more AM miles and trying to push the pace on some of my shorter runs, and have been trying to hang with the big  boys at my running group.  (And by “trying” I mean they make fun of me for being slow and getting distracted by pretty buildings).

Last weekend, I ran the Agoura Hills Great Race Cheseboro Half Marathon. I grew up running these trails, but never for time.  These were the days before Garmins and NikePlus and even social media.  Anyway, while I knew what to expect, I didn’t get myself in the right headspace to get my butt kicked by the trails and the hills.  Portions of the course were really technical and REALLY steep.  That said, it was gorgeous…just wasn’t gonna be seeing fast times or a PR.  Again, there’s that old saying “it takes a crappy run to make you appreciate the really good ones.”

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While I finished in 1:47:47, my splits ranged from 6:31 to 10:59.  Not pretty.

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My Dad ran the 5k and then took a selfie. Not pictured because “his colleagues will see it and it is embarrassing.”  Guess I should worry about that at some point.

Up next for me is the Hollywood Half which I decided to do in a gunner moment of…gunning?  But in all seriousness I need to redeem myself from the Cheseboro Half, and logging long run miles is SO much easier to do in a race setting than solo.

My Best Friend’s Wedding.  Also in March, my best friend, Jenn, got married!  Jenn and I were in the same sorority in college, lived together all of law school, and ended up working at the same law firm.  If you’ve read this blog even once before you’ve probably seen her around…ANYWAY.  She had a unique and playful ceremony and super fun reception at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on Ultimate Pi Day (3.14.15).  Check out the gorgeous photos here.  It was a lot of fun and an honor getting to stand up there celebrating Jenn…and they even trusted me with a microphone to say some nice (and mildly derisive) words about Jenn and Daniel.  I also had an amazing time catching up with Kathleen and Amanda from my sorority, as well as a ton of Jenn’s friends from law school.

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I also had a great time with my parents.

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(This is my mom just hours before she started her first marathon #boss).

Also in March, I got to attend my friend Andres and his wife Monique’s baby shower.  It was awesome — they thought of every little detail and I got to eat the best mole sauce I will ever have in my life. Can’t wait to meet who is sure to be the coolest kid in the greater LA area.

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I was pretty busy in March, but I think — for the most part — busy is better.  I got to work on some fun and interesting things at work.  S/o to my parents for keeping me sane in (rare?) moments of insanity and (frequent) moments of stress.

I also went to a fun Cal Alumni breakfast last week — it was cool to connect with alumni and trade stories — sometimes I forget about little things I loved about Cal living in LA, which is so UCLA/U$C dominated…so I’m going to try and go to more events like that. (Side-note: trying to keep the side-hustle/creative side of my brain working, so it’s a goal of mine to go to one non-law related networking or speaker event a month.  We’ll see how that goes).

Anyway, that’s about it for me.  Off to go review a deposition transcript, polish off my application for the RW/RR Challenge, and loudly rap Kanye to myself.  Not necessarily in that order, but more than likely.

new year’s race [alternate title: that time i was a 10k vigilante]

9 Jan

On Saturday, January 3rd I ran my first race of 2015 at the New Year’s Race in DTLA.  I jumped on the New Year’s Race bandwagon late in the game since a bunch of people from my DTLA Running crew were participating and I had a serious case of FOMO.  A lot of them decided to run the half marathon, but I am nowhere near 13.1-ready right now so I opted for the 6.2 mile distance.

(Fun fact:  I signed up to run the 13.1 two years ago with my BFF Jenn, but I ended up bailing on her when I got invited to a wedding that same night.  As it turns out, the course was a beast and that may be Jenn’s first and last 13.1.  But who am I kidding, she’s friends with me so I’ll get her to do another one).

(Even more fun fact: I recently took the Meyers-Briggs personality quiz and I am an ENFJ, which explains this “make my friends do ridiculous things” trait I have.  The more you know…)

ANYWAY.  Things I would not suggest doing prior to racing 6.2 miles:

  • going wine tasting
  • wearing shorts in the coldest LA weather we get
  • not charging your iPod shuffle
  • not looking at the course map at all
  • not checking gear so you are freezing at the finish line

Despite those small bobbles, it was a fantastic race experience and set the tone for lots of miles and PRs in the year ahead with my running peeps.

We met up about an hour prior to the start for photos, selfies (I think 2014 was the year of the GoPro/Selfie Stick, and I don’t hate it), and pre-race encouragement.  I had no goals for this race (again, out of running shape), and I have no fast-twitch muscle fiber so I didn’t plan to run fast, oh, and this course is a hilly beast. (Turn-around point is the entrance to Dodger Stadium).

Here are the only photos in which my eyes are open.  Not sure how I managed to blink in photos taken at night with no flash, but I digress.

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I ran into Linzie of Sharp Endurance at the start as well as Andrea Barber!  She humored us with a photo.

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My plan was to hang with my buddy Andres who was running the half — we are similar in pace so I thought that would be no problem since I was running half the distance he was.  Easier said than done).

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start line at 7th & Grand.

The race started and I went out too fast (what else is new), but got into a little bit of a rhythm.  My Garmin got a little messed up going through a tunnel, but I think the first two miles were (relatively flat and thus) sub-7.  I slowed down on the third mile, heading toward Elysian Park, where Andres passed me.  I train on this course a lot, though, so I liked the fact that even though the course was challenging, I knew where I was in relation to the finish the entire time.

As we headed toward the turn-around, I noticed there were three women ahead of me who were running the 10k.  I remember thinking “Sweet, if you pass one of them, you’ll make the podium.”  I also remember thinking “You have NO KICK so you need to do it sooner rather than later.”

As I headed down the hill coming out of Dodger Stadium, I saw the woman who was in 3rd intentionally cut-off the woman who was in 2nd and she passed her.  I assume it was intentional because (a) there was no one else around and (b) the woman who was cut-off had to visibly change her stride to accommodate this woman.  I was maybe 50 yards back at this point and said, out loud to know one in particular “Oh my god.”  What made this whole thing even crazier was that I recognized the woman who did the cutting off through healthy living blogs/social media.

Caution: SUPER attractive photos ahead.

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Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Anddd that was a Taylor Swift reference. #WHOAMI?

As I headed back toward the finish at Grand Park, the 10k course converged with the 5k, making it harder for me to spot these two women.  By the time there was less than a mile left to go, the woman who had done the cutting off was now in 3rd, but still a solid portion ahead of me.  With less than a quarter mile to go, I realize I had a little bit left in me, and she was not picking up her stride.  I passed her in the last 100 m or so — something that literally never happens.

I finished in 45:30, 7:23 pace per mile.  I was the third woman, and 2nd in my age group. (997 total participants).  The story behind getting 3rd made it even sweeter, and one of my running buddies (Abel) dubbed me a “10k vigilante.”

gassed out.

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After the race, I kept the Angel City beer garden warm for my friends who were running the 13.1.  Great idea in theory, but pro tip: if you’re a girl alone at a post-race beer garden, dudes will come hit on you.  Wearing shorts and having good taste in beer probably didn’t help, but whatever.  Finally my DTLA Running crew showed up and we talked about the race, shared our experiences, and obviously staged photos for the ‘Gram.

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Looking forward to more races this year, I have a few goals, but nothing too TOO crazy.  I want to specate the heck outta the LA Marathon (for my mom and for DTLA Running and because I am in a wedding the night before), run Ojai Mountains to Beach (ideally in 3:34:xx because Boston), and run a few halves.  The New Year’s Race was a great kick-off, and next year I will probably run the half so I can run inside Dodger Stadium and lessen any remaining FOMO feelings.

Happy Running in 2015! What are your goals?

the race of my life. [NWM 14 race recap]

25 Oct

Last Sunday I ran the Nike Women’s 13.1 in San Francisco (thanks again, #NikeLA for having me!)  It was an incredible race in so many ways — I want to share all of the aspects of the weekend but the race recap comes first.

I spent Saturday night at my aunt and uncle’s house in Oakland.  They cooked an incredible pre-race feast (post Cal game — post on that to come) and I did the usual pre-race shilling for instagram likes photo. (Isn’t it cool how well I know myself?)

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My uncle graciously dropped me off near Union Square at about 6 AM (the race started at 6:30), and they later met me at the finish at Marina Green.  There was a little bit of traffic coming off the freeway, but it was not nearly as bad as the time I ran #RnRSD when Jenn drove me to the start and traffic was so bad I freaked out, left a car full of people and ran to the start, so I wasn’t sweating it.  I walked to my corral and it was super easy.

I’ve done NWM twice before (in 2011 and 2012). This is the 11th year of the event and with that came a brand new course.  We started in Union Square, meandered through the Tenderloin, popped into Golden Gate Park, wound through the presidio (and up a pretty steep hill around mile 11) and finished in the Marina.  I LOVED the new course — it was pretty challenging, but it was a great blend of scenic views, rolling hills, and a couple of steep grades.

I seeded myself in the second corral (6:00-7:59/mile pace).  It was incredibly thin, which was awesome.  I don’t think I’ve ever started out that close.

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The race started just a few minutes later and we were off!  My only criticism of the course is that I wish we’d started at 7 or so – my first 5 miles were in the dark.

Before the race started, I tweeted that I didn’t plan to PR and my goals were just to have fun and enjoy the day.  Famous last words (Spoiler Alert: PR ahead).  Again right before the start, I took a deep breath and reminded myself not to go out too fast, to have fun, and to just chill out.  I wanted to keep as even splits as possible, even if they were on the faster side.

The race started and I went out fast — not crazy fast, but more like comfortably hard.

In the second mile, I noticed a couple of familiar runners pass me on my left side. HOLY COW.  I was literally rubbing elbows with Joan Benoit Samuelson, Shalane Flanagan, and Jordan Hasay.  These women are crazy inspiring.  I didn’t cry, but it was just an insane moment of “how is this happening” and “what the heck are you doing up here, Gillian?!?!” and an overwhelming feeling of luck and gratitude.  I settled into my pace after the third mile or so and enjoyed the course and my jams.

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The best moment of the race may or may not have been when this song came on my iPod as I came off the final hill. I also may or may not have yelled YES!!!! at that point, too.  I also loved seeing the November Project cheering squad at that big hill as well — Pavement Runner said they’d be out there in full force and they were. I totally fed off their energy at that point.

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 6:56
  • Mile 2: 6:49
  • Mile 3: 7:40
  • Mile 4: 7:13
  • Mile 5: 7:09
  • Mile 6: 6:57
  • Mile 7: 6:50
  • Mile 8: 7:31
  • Mile 9: 7:29
  • Mile 10: 7:21
  • Mile 11: 8:08 (HUGE hill)
  • Mile 12: 6:45
  • Mile 13: 7:14
  • 0.3: 1:58

Total Time: 1:36:02 (PR) – My garmin had 13.29 miles for an average pace of 7:14.

101st finisher (of about 25,000).

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Needless to say, it was an incredible race. I cannot believe I ran as fast as I did and I kept thinking “what are you doing, you’re going to have to stop at mile 8 and walk the rest of the way” but that never happened.  My splits were decently consistent, and I never felt super gassed out. I also felt strong when I finished.

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The moral of the story is never trust anything I put on twitter.

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But seriously — this whole weekend was really crazy and reminded me obviously how much I love this sport but also how far I have come as an a runner and as an athlete.  I was the slowest kid on my youth track team, was consistently the 8th fastest girl on my HS cross country team (top 7 is varsity), and did my first half marathon in 2007 in 1:57.  My previous NWM times were 1:48 and 1:47.  Never in a million years would I DREAM of running the race I did last weekend.  The whole race was like an out of body experience watching someone else’s race as opposed to actually living it. This was a great reminder that if I can do this and see this much improvement, just about anyone should be able to.

It also makes me think I should reassess some of my goals (like helllooooo maybe it’s time to get your life together Gillian and train for a BQ).

Anyway, I don’t mean to #humblebrag (okay may I do just a little) but NWM 13.1 was awesome and I can’t wait for next year.

What was your best race ever?? 

foothill 5k challenge [race recap].

21 Sep

I’m a week behind in getting out my race recap from the Foothill 5k Challenge benefitting Back on My Feet, but I guess better late than never, right?

This was a unique event because trail races are normally longggg distances (read: 50k), so this was a fun way to get a trail run experience without being out in the sun all day.  The race started and finished at the Glendale Sports Complex, but we ran up in the foothills through some rolling hills, switchbacks, and one pretty gnarly grade.

The race kicked off around 8:20 or so.  I was a moron and went out the night before, and slept for about 2 hours before it was time to head out to the course, so my goals were anything but lofty (finishing sounded good).  I wasn’t hung over (because, tank) just wrecked.

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At the start with my fellow BoMF Homeboy Industries volunteers – Phil and Brian. Phil won the thing.

At the start, we met this trail runner who had a SICK tattoo of the original Nike shoe (the Nike Cortez) engulfed in roses.  I don’t have any tats but have always sort of wanted one.  This has gotten the wheels turning…

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At the start…

The race was a lot of fun and definitely made me want to get on trails more often — but I need to buy trail running shoes because I found myself having to brake SO much in order not to completely lose it on the downhill portions.

Here’s the view from the top:

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I traded places with one guy the last mile or so — I’d pass him going up and he’d get me coming down.  He was so chatty afterwards and thanked me for pushing him (I returned the thanks obviously — I would have slowed down a lot without him on my tail).

I finished in about 25:50 which I was happy with it considering the difficult course and extreme heat. It felt a lot SLOWER than sub 9-minute pace so I’ll take it.

I was 17th place overall I believe and was the second woman, so I scored a Run With Us gift card and a free month to Yogaworks! I need to make those things happen.

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There was a strong showing from #DTLARunning, as well as my eyelids. My buddy Andres crushed it, clearly an indication of the PRs he is about to smash this fall racing season…

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Tell me:

Have you done a trail race? Where? Distance? Tips for trail running newbies?

Is there an organization you support? Tell me about it! 

 

 

village runner 4th of july 5k.

6 Jul

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to check in with quick little race-recap.  I should be studying right now, but I’m having one of those “blech I would rather do anything than study but my apartment is clean so blogging it is” moments.  But anyway, I digress…

A few years ago, I instituted a tradition (with myself, because why not) to run a race on the morning of the 4th of July every year. I did it a few years on and off (once in high school, again in 2009), and now I’ve done it every year since 2011.

Here are my recaps from 4ths of the past.  Funnily enough, I’ve done a different race the last 4 years:

  • 2011: Channel Islands 10k
  • 2012: Will Rodgers Pacific Palisades 10k
  • 2013: Huntington Beach Surf City 5k

Anyway, this year I wanted to run a 5k to see if I could bring my 23:34 down from last year, so I chose to head out to Redondo Beach to run the Village Runner 5k.   This was one of the best local races I have ever done – it was flawlessly executed, the course was (relatively) flat, fast, and well-marked.  I also shaved almost 3 minutes off my time from last year (different course, but very comparable).

Village Runner 5k:  20:41 (6:36 pace). Splits were: 6:22/6:44/6:50.

3rd/133 in my age group  and 153/2500 overall.  I’ll take it!

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I have some more thoughts to share about how/why I’ve gotten faster but I’ll save those for a different post.   Back to the race itself…

I got to Redondo around 7:15 am for an 8 o’clock start, checked in, grabbed a T-shirt and some Clif products before heading back to my car to stash my stuff.

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pre-race expo.

I weaseled my way to the front in true gunner fashion and waited for the start.   I LOVED that the race announcer dedicated the race to Louie Zamperini, who grew up in Torrance. (Side note: I am currently reading “Unbroken” and am loving it).

I also enjoyed the gaggle of teeny tiny high school boys all ready to race their 5k. They were SO energetic and nervous and also all shirtless which I am not sure was necessary.

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The race started and we headed out to the ocean, ran along it for a bit, and turned around and came back.  First mile was a little fast, but whatever.  I was so ready for it to be over around mile 2.5 and then I said to myself “if you walk during a 3 mile race you are doomed for life.”  So obviously I didn’t walk, and I was really happy with my time.

I also loved this race because I bumped into so many people I know from the running community. First, I saw my high school friend and teammate, Jordan Page, who was the 6th finisher overall.  He always was and still is a total beast. First mile in 5:05? Ain’t no thing.

I also saw my sorority sister Cody out there – she screemed my name a little bit after the half which was awesome, and my DTLA Running bud Kevin was out there in an American flag body suit.  My Ragnar SoCal #DirrtyDozen Teammate Carrie @ Family Fitness Food was out there cheering for her son, so it was nice seeing her for a little bit as well!

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Post-race, I was impressed by the expo — I grabbed a banana and some water, and picked up some Clif products to take home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bars.  I also loved how race results were posted almost immediately and e-mailed to us, and that they let me pick up my medal so I could skedaddle out of Redondo before the ceremony.  I’ll definitely be back to run the Village Runner 5k, especially since it is now home of my “since HS” 5k-PR.  (It’s possible it is a straight lifetime best, since some high school races were not 3.1, but rather 2.9 or 3.0 miles).

I spent the rest of the 4th partaking in some #traditions with my best friend Whitney and her friends who I have appropriated as my own over the last, I don’t know, 8 years?

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It was the perfect study-free day.

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Later, we rented/borrowed bikes and headed out to Venice Beach to plant ourselves in prime territory to watch the fireworks.  There were some minor bike problems but it was super fun being out there.  I need to bike outside more. 10481442_10103258237941853_7878310175708820563_n

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I hope you had a fabulous 4th!

Do you have any annual holiday traditions, fitness-related or otherwise? 

I also like to do a 5k on Thanksgiving morning.

midnight mission 10k recap.

24 Jun

This past Sunday, I ran the Midnight Mission 10k in the Pasadena/La Cañada area.  It was a great event and inspiring on many levels so I wanted to bring you guys a full report.

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the view from the start (photo credit: @midnitemission on IG)

Before I get into the ins and outs of the race itself, I want to reiterate why the Midnight Mission is such a cool organization. The Midnight Mission helps individuals experiencing homelessness.  Their website really says it best:

“The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step recovery program, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. We remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us.” 

The Mission also has a “Running Club,” fearlessly led by Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell, who became involved once a man he had sentenced in court was released to the Midnight Mission on parole encouraged Mitchell to come check out the Mission. When he was there, Mitchell explained he’d heard about a similar running club at a shelter on the East Coast, and offered to start one at the Mission. Last year’s race funded enough money to send three of the Running Club’s runners to Ghana to run the marathon. (To read more about Judge Mitchell and the Running Club, head to this LA Times article).

After the race, I got to speak with Ryan Navales, a man who went through the program with Judge Mitchell and now works for the Midnight Mission in an administrative capacity.  He explained that next up for the Mission’s Running Club is to send its runners to Rome to run the Eternal City’s marathon. Ryan dubbed it “From Skid Row to the Vatican.” Cue the shivers down my spine.  If that doesn’t inspire you, I’m not sure what will.

Onto the race itself…

I actually ran this event last year (except it was held in Elysian Park).  I was actually the first female overall last year (tiny, itty bitty little race) so I had to see what this year had in store.  There was a bigger field — over 600 athletes took over Oak Grove Park to do battle with a 5k/10k.

The course and the race… 

The course itself was an out and back through trails, which was awesome, and there was one significant hill. The race was great – challenging but fun, and scenic!  There were a couple of water stops, and it was pretty well-marked. My ONLY complaint about the course is that it was really short. My Garmin clocked in at 5.43 miles (instead of the 6.2 standard for 10ks).  I wasn’t too bummed – I was running pretty fast (for me) but I knew the course wasn’t too PR-friendly, so I didn’t care.

I was the 2nd female (!) which was awesome.  39:33 for 5.43 miles, 7:17 pace. Here are the splits:

  • Mile 1 – 6:46  (I’m dumb)
  • Mile 2 – 7:41
  • Mile 3 – 7:21
  • Mile 4 – 7:08
  • Mile 5 – 7:25
  • 0.43 miles – 3:12

Not the most even splits, but the course was decently varied.

I had encouraged some friends and family to sign up, and I am so lucky that so many indulged me!

My mom ran the 5k and rocked it! Her first mile was in the 9:00 range!

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My ex-roomie/future co-worker, Jenn, also ran the 10k!  She was running happy and strong when I saw her near the turn-around. She has been consistently running 2-3x/week and had a great day out there!

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Jenn’s fiancé, Daniel, shaved over 4 minutes off his time from his last 5k – the Santa to the Sea in December which is PANCAKE flat, so this was great! Jenn’s mom and family friend also joined us an walked the 5k.  Woo-hoo!

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At the last minute, I roped two of my friends, Kwesiu and Eric, from my gym into running the 10k.  We all work out together every Sunday usually, but the classes at our gym were cancelled so I suggested they come with me for a little 10k action.  Eric runs pretty often, but Kwesiu NEVER does so he was nervous.

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As it turns out, they both crushed it — clocking in at exactly 8 min/mile splits for the 10k. And check out how cool this picture is…Looks pretty runner-like for a “non-runner.”

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One of my favorite things ever is watching non-runners become runners and develop a love for the sport – and beating whatever time goal you had for yourself or surprising yourself by having fun out there is a pretty great feeling. I’m gonna aim to get them to do a 13.1 with me next…Shouldn’t be that hard.

We hung around and chatted, hit up the expo (I tried chips made from egg whites from IPS and snagged a couple of Pure Protein bars). The awards ceremony was cute :).

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In addition to these awesome medals…

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photo credit: @MidniteMission on IG.

I got this sweet plaque and a gift certificate to a complete shoe fitting from Fleet Feet Sports – Burbank. Can’t wait to redeem that the next time I need a new pair of my old faithfuls (aka Brooks Addictions).

This race had everything I needed for a perfect Sunday: sun, sweat, friends, family, and some bling. I’ll definitely be back next year!

  • What is your FAVORITE way to spend a Sunday morning? 

Disclosure:  I was provided with race entry in exchange for covering the event.  All opinions expressed are my own! (I love this event and would have paid to run it, regardless!)

upcoming race: Midnight Mission 5k/10k

8 Jun

Hi party people!

I wanted to share an upcoming race with you guys and encourage you to run it with me.  I’ll be running the 10k, and it supports a cause that is close to my heart.

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The Midnight Mission 5k/10k takes place on June 22 at 8 a.m., in Oak Grove Park in La Cañada Flintridge  to raise awareness of homelessness in Southern CA and to advance health and wellness programs as the Midnight Mission commemorates its 100-year anniversary.

The Midnight Mission is a human services organization in downtown Los Angeles‘ skid row. The organization provides basic subsistence to the region’s needy, drug and alcohol recovery services, “safe sleep” programs, educational training, a mobile kitchen, and family housing with an emphasis on developing self-sufficiency.

One major aspect of the Midnight Mission’s health and wellness programs is its Running Club, led by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell.  Mitchell started a running club in 2012 and since then, has mentored Midnight’s residents on their road to recovery.  You may remember reading about Judge Mitchell during last year’s marathon.

This year, nine Midnight Runners completed the LA Marathon and will lead this year’s 5K/10K run/walk.

I ran this race last year  (albeit at a different location) and was so honored and inspired after meeting Judge Craig Mitchell.  His ability to balance being a judge with mentoring and running with the men of the Midnight Mission was a huge inspiration for me personally to join Back on My Feet and find a small way to give back through a sport that is a major aspect of my life.

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My dad and me with Judge Craig Mitchell after the race last year.

I wanted to get the word out about this great event — who doesn’t love starting a Sunday with a little race action and support an amazing cause?

Click here to register.  It’s $40 for adults, but you can save $5 with coupon code MIDNIGHT.

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