#LATakeover2016 Weekend Recap

Hello, friends!

I hope you had a great holiday weekend. As my last post explained, I took advantage of the long weekend to travel down the coast to Los Angeles to watch the Olympic Marathon Trials and run the LA Marathon. I cannot believe how much I accomplished last weekend and how quickly the time passed.

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Marilyn and I flew down early Friday morning and were picked up at Bob Hope Airport (my new favorite airport in Southern California–so tiny and efficient!) by our friend and Oiselle teammate, Ali. Ali was so sweet to pick us up and took us on a scenic route to our hotel with detours to check out the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Original Farmers Market. Continue reading

What better reason to finally blog again?

My Instagram profile describes me thusly: “Sometimes I blog.”

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I haven’t blogged in ages. Since 2015, to be exact. And here we are, ten days into the second month of 2016, and I’m finally getting around to blogging. I have a very good reason for finally getting around to doing so!

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2015 Running Year in Review

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

2015 was a challenging year for me, running-wise (and otherwise). I was faced with new professional challenges, as well as new kid-rearing hurdles. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that 2015 was a terrible year, it just wasn’t a good one for the first three-quarters. (Stick with me, though—it does get better.)

In January, I set forth 5 relatively modest running goals:

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Did I meet all 5? No. 4? No. 3? No.

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My Favorite Books of 2015

At the beginning of 2015, I set a lofty goal for myself on Goodreads: Read 30 books over the course of the year. This may not seem like a lot to some of my bookworm friends, but it was ambitious for me. I’m not a speed reader and I have a lot of distractions (namely, working full time and having two active kids), so trying to meet this goal took a fair amount of effort.

I read so many good books this year! I’m still working on Books #30, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, and #31, The Walking Dead, Compendium 1, by Robert Kirkman, et.al., which I plan to finish before the clock strikes 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Even though I haven’t completed them, I already know which books are my favorites this year.

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  1. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

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Top 10 Experiences at Ragnar Napa with Team Nuun

Hey, guys! I had the amazing privilege to be selected to run on Team Nuun, a.k.a. “Team Nuun Now, Wine Later,” at Ragnar Relay Napa Valley last weekend. I’m still feeling a bit of my Ragnover (Ragnar Hangover) after finishing the relay on Saturday afternoon, and parting ways with my teammates on Sunday morning, so I’m going to save my race recap for another date.

I didn’t want any more time to pass before I documented the high points of my Ragnar Napa experience, though, especially while I’m still basking in the glow of all the post-race feels.  There are too may high points to list, so I’ve tried to narrow them down to 10… which is kind of like asking a mother of multiple children to identify her favorite child.

For now, in no particular order, here are my top 10 experiences at Ragnar Napa:

10. Meeting teammates from all over the continent.

Team Nuun in Golden Gate Park at the start of Ragnar Napa Valley. Credit: Aleks.

Nuun has team members across the globe, and our team was composed of people from as close to me as Seattle, as far as New York City, and many points (Texas! Houston! California! And more!) in between. One of our teammates was also visiting us from Vancouver, BC, Canada, so we were an international team with one common goal: Conquering the 200-mile San Francisco-to-Calistoga course and staying hydrated all the while. Continue reading

Packing for Ragnar Napa Valley

My first Ragnar Relay is only a few days from now and–is something wrong with me? I’m not stressed. I just started packing after researching packing tips like a boss.

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In my case, the good folks at Nuun Hydration–who are sponsoring our team and are one of Ragnar’s sponsors–are providing our team with necessary gear like safety vests and tail lights, and some other essentials like food and bevvies (want to guess how many Nuun flavors our van will have on board?).

What will I pack?

  • Head lamp: Along with the safety vests and tail lights, Ragnar also mandates that each runner wear a head lamp. Mine‘s a little old and the light doesn’t shine as bright anymore (are you listening, Santa?), but I’m still bringing it.
  • Knuckle Lights: These are brand new to me. I bought them because the light from my head lamp isn’t so hot, and also because I want the path ahead of me lit as well as possible. I’m a tripper, in other words.
  • 4 running outfits stored separately in gallon-sized Ziploc bags: 2 sets of shorts and tanks, and 2 sets of shorts and a t-shirt (it’s going to be hot, at least during the day). Even though I’m running only 3 legs, I’m bringing an extra outfit because I’m not entirely certain what the temps will be like for my morning run. I’m putting my outfits in bags to stay organized when they’re clean. After I wear them, they’ll get zipped right back in to their designated bags so they don’t stink up the van.

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Running towards Ragnar Napa

Ermagawd you guys! One month from today I will embark on my very first long-form relay, Ragnar Relay Napa Valley. I am immensely grateful Nuun Hydration chose lil’ ol’ me to be on their 12-member team (working title, “Team Nuun Ragnar Napa Valley”).

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The relay promises to be challenging while also exciting and fun, fun, fun. I’m excited to cheer for my teammates, make new friends, and have a legitimate reason to dork-out in the name of Nuun and friendly competition. The stunning starting- and ending-locations certainly won’t detract from the experience, either. Continue reading

My Top 5 Heart-Thumping Running Songs

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m so happy to be able to link up today with the legendary DC Trifecta Friday 5. Today’s topic? Five Favorite Songs to Pump Up a Workout. music for runningI’ve put my own little spin on it and decided to share my favorite running songs to help me kick it up a notch.

After checking out my songs below, please be sure to hop over to the fantastic sites of Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia to see what they’re jamming to. Continue reading

Lululemon SeaWheeze 2016

What–did I really agree to do this race again?

After all my bitching and moaning after the registration debacle for the 2014 Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon, and my mixed feelings about the event (despite 2014’s improvements), I decided to sign up because a friend of mine, S, has never done it and I thought it would be fun to try it again after a year’s break.

I knew registration for the 2016 SeaWheeze would be a tense affair based on my past experience, but I was trying to be Zen about the whole thing and not stress too much, in keeping with my new outlook on life (ha!).

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