So the story begins…Ragnar SoCal Ultra from one gal’s perspective

After losing my first post about Ragnar I have found it even harder to recap the awesomeness I experienced. You see, running for a team was so different from running for myself. I had people depending on me and no matter what  I knew I did not want to let them down. This is my story of the coolest running event I have ever participated in.


3 weeks before Ragnar I ran 5 races. The plan was to just build mileage and get ready for our Ultra Race. Well, I ended up running a LOT faster than I should have resulting in a heel injury. It was not terribly bad but bad enough that I could not run more than 5 miles at a time. Bad enough that I could feel it walking. Bad enough that I should have gone on run rest. Completely.

Instead of blogging about it I kept in on the DL as much as possible. In my VLOG I said it was “A Little Sore” I was afraid that my team would be so ticked off. Afraid that they would have regretted asking me to run. They were al in marathon shape while I was mastering the pimp walk. I cross-trained and did a few short runs. I would log my workouts on DM so things didn’t seem too off. I down played it big time so that no one would freak.

2 days before Ragnar I had a breakdown at home. I cried and knew that my pace would be significantly slower than normal. My dear husband told me not to run and I told him that was not an option. I would NEVER bail on my friends. I stretched, I iced, I Ibuprofened. I drank more tart cherry juice than I thought possible. I ate pineapple like it was going out of style. I packed up my crap, got into that van and headed to Huntington Beach.

SR, Me, Pam, Margot, Chiara and OUAL.

When we were loading and decorating the van I told the girls about my heel. Chacha knew and Pam knew but I don’t know if they knew how it hurt. Pam (bless her heart) told me to take my shoe off and she did what she could to make it feel better. She felt the big knot. It hurt like a mofo to get it massaged but it had to be done. I told them all that I would have to take it easy but in my heart I was scared out of my effing mind. I was so worried that I was going to get seriously hurt. I sucked it up, put on my #38 and smiled. We we’re going to do this thang.

We headed to the start and SR took off like a low flying jet. 1 pm on the nose. The clock had started. We were excited. We wanted it bad. It was time to prove ourselves to ourselves…to each other…and to several other teams…

Stay tuned…

Let the VLOG’ing begin!

As promised I will be recording our Ragnar experience! To kick it off here is a little ditty from me. Please excuse my funkiness and the number of time I am “um.” Wow, good thing I bailed on my  journalism career.I would be jobless! Oh, and NO I am not sponsored by Starbucks. I should have put the cup down 🙂


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In less than 48 hours…18 ladies…2 teams…

203 Miles…NBD…

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Carlsbad All Day 25k Race Recap

So after all the compressing you saw in the last post, I made every effort to go to bed early. I’m talking I was tucked in by 8:30 ready to get my REM on. And then it happened. Everyone and everything in the entire county plotted to disrupt me.

Sirens, neighbor deciding to throw a rager, wind, rain…you name it, it happened. By 9:45 I was playing the “I’ll still get 6 hours of sleep if…” and it went on and on. I turned the TV on to help and then I got sucked into some Dateline report on kids with schizophrenia. Good grief. You get the picture.

By the time I fell asleep it felt like my alarm was going off. 4:20 came fast. I made coffee and gathered my stuff. Before I knew it I was on the road to Carlsbad. It only took me about 35 minutes to get there and park. So glad I knew the back way in to a super secret parking spot. It’s genius really ; well, at least it is at 6 am!

When I got out of the car to walk to the All Day 25k lounge I immediately noticed the wind. SSE winds around 8 mph gusting to about 20 mph. Super boo. At least there was no rain. I checked my bag, used the restroom and made it to the start line. My original plan was to run the first 3 races at a 10k pace, race my age group and then take the last race easy. Yeah, as soon as I was lined up and felt all of the energy of the other runners I forgot all about that plan.

The gun went off and so did I. As we made our way through mile 1 it felt effortless. Like I was flying. And then we took our turn to head north and headwind sucked it right out of me. My pace slowed by 10-15 seconds. Hang on, I told myself. Its only 3.1 miles. Once we took the final turn at 2.5 I felt myself pick it back up. There was not many spectators at this race but the ones out were awesome. I sprinted to the end and crossed the finish.

Race 1: 21:59, 7:05 avg

As I walked back to the lounge I was mad at myself for running that hard so early. I knew I had 4 races left and I was supposed to be running slower, practicing pacing, just getting miles in. Got caught up in the moment. But it was a fun moment!

Race 2: 22:29, 7:14 avg

By the second race I slowed down to what is close to my 10k pace. I still was pushing a little too hard. I knew I would be running with my brother for race #3 so I would have someone to run and pace with. Wind was still blowing but the clouds were keeping the temperature perfect.

I headed back to the lounge to check my phone to see if my bro was still coming. My nephew ended up running a fever the night before so I wasn’t sure how we was. Low and behold the poor boy was still feeling icky so my fam bam was staying home with him. Poor kiddo!

Race 3: 22:56, 7:23 average

I only had 15 min between race 2 and race 3 and I could feel it. The wind felt like it was gusting more than the first two races. Likely because the clouds were clearing out, the sun was starting to shine. Since I was running solo I figured I would test my legs  to see how I would do when feeling fatigued.

I only had about 15 min again between this race and the next race. I jogged back to the lounge, used the restroom and headed back to the start line.

Race 4: 22:47 7:20 pace

Race #4 was my age group (F 30-39) Original goal of pushing it was over. Now I just wanted to place in the top 250 and medal. I found Chacha at the start and told her I would be chasing her. I was tired, I could feel my heel getting mad and well, the sun and wind were out in full force. I hit mile 1 sub 7 and then watched my friend pull away as I chilled back on my pace.

I did get a medal and if I am not mistaken Chacha had a big fat PR!

After race #4 I had a long break. 1 1/2 hours or so. Are you kidding me? My heel hurt, my legs were tired and my attitude was rapidly declining. I was going to run easy miles with Chacha but opted to go sit my grumpy self down and relax until the next race.


The time flew and before I knew it I was back checking my bag in, found Chacha and then we met up with the sweetest Kaitlyn from One Love Run for the final race!

Her energy was awesome and it made me excited to run. She told us that she had not been running much and that her time last year was 29:xx. Her plan was to pace between 8-9 min miles. It was time for a PR.

The gun went off and we had to so some serious weaving.

Chacha and I kicked into some kind of coach mode. No idea where it came from but it was super awesome. Kaitlyn hit mile one at 8:11. BOO-YAH. She was on pace to destroy 29 min. And we told her so!

We made the turn into the wind and slowed pace a bit.

We sw a giant running banana which gave us some comic relief.

I think we hit mile 2 around 8:30 or so. Chacha told her at that time if we ran 9’s she would still have a PR but that she could run faster than that. We were close to the end and it was time to kick it into gear. As we made the turn to mile 3 Kaitlyn laid the hammer down and was full on sprinting!! We were cheering, running, smiling for the camera and watching our friend make her way to the finish

She crossed the finish line in 25:36 (or so). A PR of 4 minutes!!! She finished in the top 250 and got her medal!! It was awesome. It’s one of the best races I have ever run. To see her light up, to watch her dig deep, to look down at my watch and see that she was running a 6:57!!! Are you kidding me?! I knew she felt that runners high we all long for. She worked hard. She was proud. I was proud. Chacha was proud. To get to experience the awesomeness of  a great race beside someone was amazing. Indescribable.

My other 4 races? Didn’t care. This one was by far the best.

We made it through the finishers area and took a pic

5 races done, 2 friends PR’d. AMAZING. 


Final stats for me: 44th over all for All Day 25k finishers, 7th female! 15.5 miles, 1:55:44, 7:27 pace on the day.

I scored 2 medals: Top 250 for my age and the All Day 25k Medal/Bottle Opener

I also got a long sleeve tech tee that I am digging big time

Overall it was a great day! It was great for my training. I pushed myself. I had fun.

The best part? Running with friends. I will never ever forget that race. Thanks girls!!


I will do a review of the race this week, share some photos of the elite race and then I will be done with Cbad talk. After all, Ragnar is in 3 weeks and I need to get focused. We have some serious racing to do. I’m talking about an all night, sweaty betty, old-fashioned 200 mile foot race. With some of my closest girlfriends. Game on.

Scattered yet organized at the same time. Go figure.

I have so much to share with you all and it’s so scattered that I don’t know where to start. I think I’ll do bullet points and then do another post later on Nutrition. Welcome to my Monday! HA!

* Doc appointment on Friday went really well. Went through the usual treatment and then had an xray done to rule out arthritis, stress fracture and DJD. The good news is that I ran pain-free on Saturday and again today! I think that means I am heading in the right direction. If I had a hip stress fracture I would think that the pain would be getting worse, not better. To top it off I have had no pain post run this morning which is huge!

*I finally got to get back to my group run! I ran with Stacey and Sharon on Saturday for 5.10 miles and then did another 2 on my own. It is so much fun running with friends. We kept the pace easy and chatted the entire time. You know it’s an easy pace when you are having full on conversation that includes belly laughing. There is nothing like good girl time and catching up while running.

*Post run on Saturday, Glenn Matanza, a 4-time Iron Man, sports nutritionist and fitness/performance coach did an informal nutrition clinic! I tweeted about this and wish that more of you could have been there. I am organizing my notes (that I took in my head) to share with you all. He had such a different outlook on nutrition and racing and I loved it. I am hoping to feel and see the results from making minor changes at my half in less than 2 weeks!

* My hubby started a new job today! He has been home with the kids since his last company closed their doors so today is his first day back in the office. Let’s all wish him good luck as he starts down a new path!

*With my hubby going back to work meant the kids went back to school full-time. The princess turns 3 this weekend so she is in the Dolphin class. H-man is in pre-k! I think they are the “Sharks” so he is feeling pretty darn cool. I can’t wait to pick them up today and hear all about what they learned. They said they were both looking forward to arts and crafts. I am sure I will have plenty of new pics to hang in my office!

Today has been a little crazy with getting an 8 mile run in, taking the kids to school and making it into the office by 7:55 a.m. We shall see how long this lasts. I foresee 2-a-days in the schedule so that I am not pushing my pace and end up injuring myself.

Happy Monday my friends!


How was your weekend?

Any races?

Getting My Run On

Running Forever

When the view looks like this it’s “easy” to run forever. Water, breeze, sunrise, boats, skyline, lots of other runners, what more could one ask for? 

Saturday’s Run: Split run, 16.10 miles, total running time 2:20, total average pace 8:41

First 5.05 miles: Ran solo, hilly, hard 43 minutes

Last 11.05, ran with Rock Runners, nice easy run, flat by the water and gorgeous 1:37

I did my first 5 close to home at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning on a challenging loop that forced my legs to wake up. As soon as I was done I grabbed my stuff and headed down to the beach to meet up with mah peeps: The Rock Runners.

I got with 4 people who were going to run at least 7 miles. We headed out and looped around Harbor Island. Once we hit the turn around I asked if anyone wanted to go a little further and one person was down. We ran at a nice easy pace and just stayed along the water. It was so pretty that if we we didn’t run out of water we would have kept going. Well, I say that but the guy running with me may not have agreed, lol.

It is amazing how much I enjoy running in a group. I forget about pace and distance and all of the other things that come along with marathon training. I chat it up (yes, that means a nice, easy pace) and laugh and just enjoy it. THAT is what makes me love running. It’s fun! A year ago I avoided running with others. Now I can’t imagine not doing it!

Last Weeks Mileage:

Monday: 7.5 miles

Tuesday: Rest

Weds: 7.5 miles

Thurs: Cross-train

Fri: 5 miles

Saturday: 16.10 miles

Sunday: Rest

Total: 36.10 miles

Not too shabby of a week! 8 weeks til Vegas

Eating Right

My post on how I (try) to get 10 fruits and veggies is coming this afternoon. I will also talk about my crazy attempt at getting enough calories during my marathon training.

In the mean time and in between time here are some pics of the crazy rest of my weekend:

Shopping for my nephews Birthday

Kids trying to sweet talk me into getting them something too

The Birthday Boy. He turned 2!

The Par-tay. I so wanted to be 5 again!

Hanging with the fam post party. Gotta get our grub on after all the craziness.