Running Recently

Surprise…I have a RACEDAY coming up! I feel like I’m always getting entries into half marathons at the last minute. One of these days I’ll actually sign up in advance, but once again, I now have a half on Saturday! I won an entry into the Griffith Park Half Marathon from Fit and Awesome. I’m SO PUMPED. I don’t have too much information on it, but I do know it’s all on trails. I thought there would be a million hills because it’s basically in the mountains, but in the interview on that blog, the race organizer says it’s a perfect intro to trail running and relatively flat. Still, I’m pretty sure I’m not prepared for what’s in store. But I know it’ll be really fun. Brendan and I, along with some friends (YES WE FINALLY HAVE FRIENDS) actually went on a hike at Griffith Park once that I thought was going to be 3-4 miles but ended up being about 10. There’s so many miles of trails there. Still, the views of LA are gorgeous and I can’t WAIT to be back there running my 11th half.

Some recent runs:

Redondo Beach St. Patrick’s Day 5K: I had been on an unintentional racing hiatus but while doing some wine-fueled research a couple weeks ago I found a bunch of local races. So, I ran a 5K last Sunday! It was one of the most beautiful races in which I’ve ever participated.

redondo beach 5K

These pictures totally don’t do it justice.

I realllllly wanted to sleep in that day but somehow made it to the starting line. Everyone was decked out in green except me. I was in all black. So festive, per usual.

The race was put on by a local running store and it seemed like such a happy, fun community. It reminded me of the races in Morristown (where I used to live in NJ). I definitely want to join some group runs one of these days. As for the race…it was an out-and-back course along the ocean with a quick portion in a nearby neighborhood added on. I was super dehydrated and had a brutal side stitch in the last mile, but otherwise it was fine. I just breathed through the sharp pain and it subsided after a few minutes.

finish line 5k

What you can’t see is the 9-year old I totally crushed in the finish line sprint. BOOM.

My splits were 9:02, 8:57, 8:47.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 11.10.03 PMLater that day we went to watch the LA Marathon. I was so overcome with emotion. Everytime I spectate a marathon I feel like crying. Happy tears, of course! But they always sneak up on me and I’m all WHY DO I WANT TO CRY RIGHT NOW?! I’m just so inspired every single time. Anyone else?

los angeles marathon spectating

That girl in the white was spritzing runners with water. Totally showed me up with her spectating game.

Track Workout: I also did some speedwork that totally sucked. It was really short, thank God, because I felt like crap. I did a half-mile warmup, 3×400, and a half-mile cooldown. I always think 400s are going to feel better than 800s because they’re just quicker by nature, but NOPE. Just as bad. I was struggling and squeaked out a 1:36, 1:48, and 1:42. Lora only had 3 on my training plan and when I started I was all “I can totally do more, blah blah blah maybe I’ll go for 5 or 6”. But after 3 I was DONE. My stomach was cramping so much so I did a half-mile cool down and bolted.

Orange County Long Run: Jen invited me to run with her on a trail in Laguna Niguel, so I met her early Sunday morning. It was so fantastic to see her again! She moved here from NYC only a few months after I did, and it’s always really nice to see a familiar face. We ran 9 easy, absolutely gorgeous miles, part of which were on trails and the rest on a paved path. It was overcast when we started so it was cool and quiet. I can’t wait to go back. Plus it was so amazing to have some company! The miles ticked away SO quickly; I almost couldn’t believe it when we finished.

laguna niguel

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

So heavenly.

aliso trail

There was one hill and I died. I seriously need to find more hills to run on.

laguna beach brunch

Anndddd the best part…the post-run brunch.

We went to The Deck on Laguna Beach afterwards. I ordered a fancy grilled cheese and it was pretty much the best I’ve ever had because A) it was delicious, duh and B) everything tastes amazing when you’re on the beach. Come visit me in SoCal and I’ll take you. I’m fun like that.

ALSO…the most important news of all…BRENDAN HAS BEEN RUNNING WITH ME. For the past few weeks we’ve been doing run/walk intervals for about 5 miles once a week. I’m so proud of him.

LOOK AT US RUNNING TOGETHER

LOOK AT US RUNNING TOGETHER. Ignore my squinty-no-makeupy-eyes.

running on the strand

I also use this time to make him take running pics of me. For the good of the blog of course.

What’s up with you? How’s the running going in your ‘hood?

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8 Comments

  1. March 23, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Congrats on winning the half marathon entry! I think it’s cool that it’s on trails, you got a free entry, and with only a week or so to think about it, you don’t have a lot of time to worry or get nervous so that might actually help you :). Glad that you and Brendan are running and making lots of friends- it sounds like things are going well for you!

  2. March 23, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    It was so good to see you, too!! I’ve only done one “local” race here but it was great and I need to find more. Maybe we can find a 10K to rock together??

  3. March 23, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Congrats on 5k :)

    I always want Fizz to spectate races for the sole purpose of taking pictures of me.

  4. March 23, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Great 5K! Nice negative split!! Fun that Brendan is running with you now!! :)
    Training is going good for me…just starting a 12 week build to a half ironman!!!

  5. March 24, 2015 / 12:06 am

    Congrats on winning the Griffith Park Half Marathon entry from my site! Funny enough – my husband and I did that same St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Redondo Beach last weekend. I just had a baby and still recovering so we walked the 5K with our 12 week old and our golden retriever. It was a great race! Do you live in the South Bay? There are so many fun events down here throughout the year. Good luck this weekend!

    -Lindsay

  6. March 24, 2015 / 12:26 am

    Congrats on winning the Griffith Park Half Marathon entry from my site! Funny enough – my husband and I did that same St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Redondo Beach last weekend. I just had a baby and still recovering so we walked the 5K with our 12 week old and our golden retriever. It was a great race! Do you live in the South Bay? There are so many fun events down here throughout the year. Good luck this weekend!

  7. Beth
    March 24, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Perfectly executed 5k! Way to go!!! I’m so jealous of all of your “I’m running along the ocean/beach” pictures. And SO jealous Jen go to run with you. I MISS RUNNING WITH YOU! Okay, I must plan a trip to visit you this year.

  8. March 29, 2015 / 2:27 am

    You look great even without make-up. Awesome pics!

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