Get comfy cause this post is wooorrrddddyyyyyy.

When I said “I’ll be back later tonight to talk about Chicago Training” I obviously meant “I’ll catch up with you on Wednesday.”  My bad. Honestly, if Big Brother wasn’t on tonight I probably would not know what day it is and might think that I have it all together. That’s probably not good. Wowza.

Before I get all blah blah blah about the countdown to Chi Town let’s talk about last Sunday’s 20 miler. For the record I did NOT feel like running. Strike that. I did not feel like running LONG. Why? Because the thought of 20 plus miles of nonstop hill climbing in warm weather was not appealing. Not even a little bit.  

I did everything in my power to talk myself out of  this run. I am pretty sure I shed a tear or two and even tried to get my kids to tell me not to go. Lucky for me my husband was not buying into my dramatics and in the nicest possible way told me to get a move on. After almost 10 years together he knows when I need to be left alone or when I need a good swift kick in the hiney.  And then I went running.

It took me a good 4 miles to find a comfortable pace. I decided to set goals to see if it would mentally help me get through. Goal number 1 was to make it 10 miles. At mile 10 I would assess how I was feeling and set a new goal. I was cruising north alongside the beach approaching mile 9 (getting close to that magic number 10) when I thought I heard someone yelling my name. It took me a second and then… there she was. An angel on the side of the PCH. There stood my friend Chacha with a smile on her face. As soon as I saw that she was out on a run my mood changed. I was no longer alone! YES, a friend to run with is just what the doctor ordered. She told me she was ready to run 12 miles and off we went.

We chatted about everything from my seriously bad attitude, to work, to running, to blogs we read and races. We said hi to other runners and checked out all of the tourists that were camping on the beach for the long weekend. We talked so much that before we knew it we were at her end point. It was time for me to turn off to head home. Those miles we ran together went by SO FAST. Those miles were freaking awesome.

After a quick goodbye I headed back up the hill toward home. At mile 19 I made an SOS call for water and was rescued by L and the kids. I rehydrated, dug deep and finished 20 miles. And you know what? I could have kept going. I can’t believe I just said that.

So I went from whiney cry baby with a goal of surviving 10 miles to giddy runner girl by the end of the day. Thank you, thank you, thank you Chacha for getting me out of my run funk. I cannot be sure I would have finished my run without you.

So with that long run I ended up with close to 52 miles for the week and a lot more confidence. I have talked about that crappy thing called self-doubt in the past and sometimes it just takes a moment (or a person) to wipe it out. Let’s hope I can keep this going for the next few weeks because… ladies and gentleman…

31 days til Chicago

Flight is scheduled, hotel is booked and good eats are in store. I just want to get to the start line feeling healthy and ready to freaking run.

Plan for this week:

Monday- Rest (done)

Tuesday- 6.35 easy (done)

Weds- 8.10 (morning mile repeats, afternoon fast 5k) Done and crushed BTW

Thursday- Easy

Friday- Tempo

Saturday- Early Easy, Yoga

Sunday- Long

I have 2 solid weeks of hard training left and then it’s time to T-T-T-Taper. Woohoooo :)


Since this post was so dang wordy let’s wrap up with a few photos!

H-man started Kindergarten and Fall Baseball. This was his first practice. Kid is a natural. It is in his blood :)

My new stomping grounds. Although my commute is not the best I love this town. Love, love, love it.

My Mom celebrated her birthday yesterday (we had an awesome sushi party)! She is 53 years young. That handsome guy staring us down is my Dad. Hilarious.


Happy Hump Day. Friday can’t get here soon enough.

5 races in one day? Puh-lease

5 races in one day. It’s happening. This weekend. 

Ok, I say it like it’s no big deal but the reality is I need to be careful this weekend at the Carlsbad 5000 .

My first Carlsbad 5000 in 2010

Although this is a super fast (and fun) course, I cannot go all out at each race attempting PR after PR. Once it’s all said and done I will have completed 5, 5k races for a total of 15.5 miles. I’ll probably throw a few cool down in after so maybe complete the day around 17-18 total. We’ll see how things go.

So what is my plan? Do I have to have one? Ok, sure.

The goal is to run the first couple races around a 10k pace. The competitor in me will want to push hard so I am really going to need to make like Ice Cube and check myself. The third race I will be running with my brother Joe

He is coming off of some nasty shin splints so our run will be fun (can you say awesome race photos) and fingers and toes crossed that he will stay injury free.

The 4th race is my age group (women 30-39) and I am going to test my fitness in this race. Unless my body says otherwise I want to see where my legs are at. My SIL (pictured above) will also be running that race! Yes!

The last race of the day will be with the youngsters (29 and under) and that will be more of a chill race. If my little sis runs I’ll stick with her. If not I could get a wild hair up my butt and run fast. Doubtful but you never know. This IS my last race as a 32-year-old so I may have to go out with a bang.

So what is the purpose of running all 5 races? Just to do it. I’ll get a tech long sleeve, a couple of medals and will break up a planned long run. This is one of the most fun races of the year (for me) so why not push myself? My family runs this 5k event year after year and we have a blast doing it. Plus I’ll get to feel like I am at the Olympics watching the elite races at the end of the day.

If you are in SoCal and are looking for a 5k (or want to do the all day 25k) come do it! There is race weekend registration and is a PR course for most peeps.

Schedule of Races

Masters Men 40 and over 7:00 AM
Masters Women 40 and over 8:00 AM
Men 30-39 8:42 AM
Women 30-39 9:23 AM
People’s 5K Walk 9:24 AM
Wheelchair Invitational 10:43 AM
Men & Women 29 and under 11:30 AM
Elite Men’s Invitational 12:15 PM
Elite Women’s Invitational 12:17 PM
I know that Michelle will be there running 5 minute miles while pushing a stroller because she is awesome like that. Anyone else running CBad this weekend?
My sweet tooth has been out of control again this week. Arggghhhhh. I am blaming  it on post race recovery needs. HA! 

Rain Rain Go Away

I am all for rainy fall weather. Love it. Until I have to run. Then I prefer a mist. Or better yet, just clouds. Is that too much to ask? 

When I tell you that it’s raining this morning I mean real rain. Not sprinkles. And when it rains like this even if I wanted to run in it LD says it’s off-limits. Glad he worries about me sometimes :)

I have been patiently waiting since 4:50 a.m. pacific time. 


Yes I need to clean my house and get my hair done. It will happen one day.

I’m giving it another 15 and then I am heading for the gym. I did not think my last 20 plus miler would be indoors on a TM. GO AWAY RAIN!

P/S Giveaway will be announced late this afternoon. If you are in SoCal or will be here in a few weeks there is a race entry up for grabs!






This Shirt Says It All!

Well, I don’t know about the second part. Today’s run was hilly, hard and down right kicked my butt. It sucked to put it nicely.

Run: 18 miles 2:40

Cool Down: .5 miles 8:00

Total: 18.5

This run started out with rollers that were not terribly bad. It was foggy and cool. Perfect running weather. I went out faster than planned and didn’t realize that around mile 12 I would pay for it. Boy did I pay for it. I am still not sure why on God’s green earth I thought it was a great idea to end my run with a 2.5 mile climb (365 feet- ok it could have been worse), followed by 3.5 miles of rollers. I never said I was smart. Yes it was good for me. No it was not fun nor did it feel good.  I stopped around 14 because I was pretty sure I was going to barf. Mental? Maybe. Did it have anything to do with pounding water like it was going out of style. Likely. Dehydrated much? DUMB! I wanted to punch running (and myself) it the face.

At mile 18 I spied 7-11 and it was as if the heavens parted. I threw in the towel, walked inside, bought a Gatorade and walked the last half mile to my finish. That Gatorade tasted so.freaking.good.

Lesson Learned? Do not drink a gallon of coffee and spend a zillion hours at a pumpkin patch in 90 degrees the day before a long run. 

The good news is I got it done. The bad news? Super gnarly chafe mark on my back from my water belt. Running scars are cool- but not until they heal!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!


Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY. You still have time!





Water girl

Today’s Run: 10.25 miles, 1:17:xx

I so wish I had time to do at least 12 this morning. Argh, darn work! Always interrupting my training…or what I call training. LD is off recording this weekend (yes the hubs is a rockstar) so no long run for me in the a.m. Instead me and the mini-me’s will be rocking the aid station out on Harbor Island! Sooooo if you happen to be running in my territory tomorrow stop by and say hi and get hydrated! Yes us Rock Runners provide love for the entire community. I know, we are awesome like that.

Besides, who can say no to these peeps?:

They are so excited to “give the runners a quick drink so they are not shirsty.”

I have been on a major baking kick lately which is weird since it’s summer. During the fall/winter I am always inspired to bake because it just feels right. You know, cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, banana bread…I’m torturing myself right now. Anyway, it just doesn’t seem right to turn the oven on when it’s nearly 90 degrees outside. Yet I plan on baking oatmeal raisin cookies on Sunday. Go figure.

Do you bake during the summer?

~Apparently I do now!

What are your weekend plans?!