Vancouver Half Marathon Recap

It's time for my long-overdue Vancouver half marathon race recap! Kevin and I took a trip to Vancouver for the race events on May 1. This was Kevin's goal marathon, and I signed up for the half because I thought it'd be a fun way to see more of the city. In hindsight, this was not my best idea; my brain wasn't ready to run a race yet after the 50K. I decided to use it as an easy run and to enjoy it the best I could. We flew to Vancouver on the Thursday before the race, and I loved going in a few days ahead of time. What an amazing city! We enjoyed the time to relax, eat awesome food, and to do a few runs along the water. Kevin felt the runs were helpful because we had happened to run the end of the marathon course, giving him an idea of what was coming.  Coastal run after arriving on Thursday. Another coastal view, this one was on the marathon course. We had an amazing brunch at Cafe Medina on Friday, then hit the expo before it was crowded. The expo wa

A Goal or Not a Goal

This is supposed to be the post where I excitedly share my next new and exciting race goal. I've thought about starting this post many times, but I keep getting stuck. Why? Because at this moment in time, I'm not excited about the goal I've set for myself: attempting a marathon PR at The SF Marathon on July 31. I love the event and the course, and I'm not necessarily saying I don't want to run it at all. I'm just not sure if I want to make it a PR goal and focus on it for the next 3.5 months. The marathon finish excitement that caused the early SFM race sign up. Now this might have been an easy issue to solve - don't do it, right? - except that I went one step farther and was planning to work with a running coach for the first time on this goal. At some point in the last few months, I started to want to get faster mostly because I love social running. I want to be able to keep up with people and talk to them, not be the girl always dragging behind ju

Woodside Crossover 50K Race Report

After months of focus and preparation for one specific event, it feels strange to have my spring goal race completed. I chose this race back in the fall because I love running in the Redwood forest, and I'm very happy with my choice. Woodside Crossover is organized by Inside Trail Racing , which provides runners with beautiful courses, friendly interactions, and excellent swag. I am personally excited about the pint glass they give to 50K finishers; that may or may not have influenced my race choice. Ok, it did a little. Race day dawned with light rain, heavy cloud cover, and temperatures in the low 60s. I could do without the rain part, but overall the conditions were great because the tree cover prevented pellets of rain and the clouds kept us cool. The conditions made it look misty and eery in the woods. Kevin took me to the start line and hung out for a few minutes, then he headed up to Skyline aid station where he would be volunteering all day. I grabbed my race bib, at

Countdown to the 50K

It's crazy to think that one week from today, my goal race will be over! This training cycle has been pretty awesome and I'm feeling dialed in to conquer the Woodside Purisima Creek Crossover 50K next Saturday. One possible hiccup is that my hubby is sick and I'm feeling a little congested, but I'm taking lots of Airborne and keeping my distance. The pollen count here is also really high right now, so hopefully it's that and not a cold coming on. Fingers crossed! I've enjoyed training for the 50K and running trails almost exclusively. The course has 5750 feet of climbing, mostly front-loaded, and I've now been through the big climbs two times during 20+ mile training runs. The first time I felt awful and had a bad run day overall, but the second time I felt strong and think I could have pushed more. I'll save that effort for race day! The best part about this event is that it's absolutely beautiful. It's a combination of single track and wider

Run for Amma 30K Recap

On February 20, I ran the Run for Amma 30K charity event put on by Steven's Creek Striders . This year, the event focused on raising funds for spinal cord injury awareness and to purchase a road racing wheelchair for a friend of the club. There were three distance options: 50K, 30K, and 10K, of which I chose to use the 30K as a supported training run for my upcoming 50K. This was a small run event with about 75 people across all distances, and I loved knowing many of the people there when I arrived. We quickly checked in, had a number marked on our hands so they could keep track of us, and hung out until it was was time to run. At 9:30 am, they counted down and off we went. The run started in Portola Valley and followed trails on the Peninsula. It was awesome to discover new routes; how had I missed all of this beauty only 30 minutes from where I live? I need to learn and run in this area more, for sure. I ran with my friend, Andrea, and a new friend, Rachel, and had a wonderf

Australia Dreamin'

In January, I was lucky enough to travel to Sydney, Australia, on a work trip. I've been working with a Sydney-based team for the past few months, and it was wonderful to have time with them in person and to see how challenging the remote time zone can be. And of course, I had a fantastic time seeing a new country and a new part of the world! Despite the fact that I'm afraid of flying, I was strangely not nervous for this trip. I was excited because I had a business class ticket on Air New Zealand and I'd heard rave reviews of their services. They definitely lived up to the hype - great food, good wine and beer, nice lay flat beds, and awesome customer service. It actually made flying enjoyable. My flight left on Thursday around 7 pm and I had one layover in Auckland, NZ.  Socks to keep the feet warm, provided by Air New Zealand. The final part of the meal: cheese, crackers, and port. So good. When I arrived in Sydney about 16 hours later, it was Saturday m