10 Miles + A Visit From Family

You know what’s good for the soul?

Visits from family.

Brendan’s brother Dennis and his girlfriend Katherine were in town for a few days and we’ve had the best time. It’s so nice to have family in town to explore with. Sadly they left last night and now I’m lonely and have no one to force me to leave the couch during the day.

venice beach

Here they are! Hi guys.

I really didn’t make any effort to work out from Thursday through Sunday. (The beach was calling.) But on Monday morning I finally convinced myself to wake up early and beat the heat to run the miles I had been skipping out on over the weekend. I ran along the beach and sang to my iPod and enjoyed the quiet of a Monday morning in Southern California.

Manhattan Beach running path

All to myself!

rowing team

I creeped on the rowers a little bit. But doesn’t this look so peaceful?!

I ran an easy 10 miles, and let me tell you, it feels pretty dang good to be back in the double digits. Here’s the data if you’re into that sort of thing.

10 miler splits

Average: 10:20/mile

In mile 9, Below My Feet by Mumford & Sons came on and all of a sudden I just felt like crushing it. I started picking the pace up as much as I could. I was sure I’d get a mile in the 8s but considering I haven’t been training for speed I’m not too upset.

Oh, PS did I mention that Competitor Group offered me a complimentary entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon on October 26th?! Since I’m exploring LA as a new resident, I figured what better way than to run a race through the city, so I reached out and they liked my idea. So amazing. I’m thrilled to have another half marathon back on my schedule. It makes me feel much more like myself. So, I’ve been bumping up the long run distance – last week I ran 8 miles and this week I went for 10. It boosted my mood so much. My muscles were definitely tired when I finished – you know, the feeling one gets after a long run – but otherwise I felt good. I just felt like I needed some foam rolling, which I seriously need to get better at. (Please someone come over and make me do it daily.)

And then I fell down a mountain.

Well, more like a small hill on top of a mountain. Coincidently the day I posted about my first trip to Runyon Canyon, Brendan, Dennis, Katherine and I decided to take another trip out there. We were hiking and yoga-ing and gushing over the view and taking photos…

yoga in runyon canyon

HOW ABOUT THAT SHORTS TAN LINE?! (Dennis, here’s your photo credit.)

runyon canyon

6 years and one day from our first date!

…and when we started walking back down and some guys were behind us and I felt rushed and then clumsy me slipped down the hill. My knee went first, my ankle twisted behind me, and now I’m laying on the floor in our living room with an ice bag on my back-of-knee. It doesn’t hurt normally; only if I twist my leg into a specific, random position. Naturally I keep doing it to check if it still pinches, which probably isn’t the smartest idea.

I’m hoping it’s the lesser of the two evils and that whatever the muscle is is just over-tired from running and hiking. If I’m out of commission, I seriously don’t know what I’ll do. (Yes I do, I’ll cry my eyes out and whine until it stops.) But let’s not focus on that, mmmkay? I went to yoga at Exhale today and all was well, so I’m cautiously optimistic.

I’ll leave you with a gorgeous sunset photo from last night. We sat at the beach waiting for the sun to sink into the ocean but it was randomly cloudy for like, the first time ever in the history of Southern California. So we started walking away. And as we were leaving the beach we saw this scene that pretty much looks exactly like a painting:

southern california sunset


Enough about me, tell me about you! What’s the next race on your schedule? 

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  1. October 15, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I saw that sunset last night too! It was so pretty. I’m pretty sure I’m going to make the trek to Santa Monica Friday morning for November Project, maybe see you there if your knee is feeling better!

    • October 15, 2014 / 11:14 pm

      So beautiful! I saw lots of Instagram posts about it, haha. As long as I’m feeling okay I’ll definitely be there – can’t wait!

  2. October 16, 2014 / 1:20 am

    I’m running a trail 5K in a few weeks. I know how you feel about double digit runs, if you haven’t been running a lot that first double digit run back always feels so intimidating at first! But you did a great job :).

    It’s so awesome you got a complimentary entry into that half :). I can’t wait to read about it!

    • October 16, 2014 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks girl! Hope your trail 5K goes well – can’t wait to hear about it! (I always love your race recaps, they are so fun to read!)

  3. October 16, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Karaaaa! Seriously, how tan are you right now? So jealous. How exciting that you’re running the RNR LA half? I miss you, friend! But glad you’re doing amazing things out there!

    • October 16, 2014 / 6:31 pm

      Haha I am probably the tannest I’ve been in years, which isn’t saying much. But the sun is so strong so just running outside (even with 30 SPF) has gotten me to this point!

      Miss you tons!!

  4. October 17, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    Oh no! I hope you feel better! Love that tan. It is 40 degrees here this morning!

  5. Beth
    October 17, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    Ahhh! 10 MILES!!!!! I’m so excited for you for this half. Your knee better be behaving by now. I miss you so much! I wish I could come over EVERY DAY and make you foam roll. Drink wine then foam roll. Always helps me 😉 I’m also insanely jealous of your tan. Can’t wait to hear all about the race. Love you, friend!

  6. October 18, 2014 / 5:04 am

    Awesome run and fun weekend with the fam!! That is so awesome that you got an entry to RNRLA!! It is a good one. I had a great race there!!
    I have NYC in 16 days!! Can.not.wait!!! I just found out my bib # and wave! Exciting!!