Weekly Check-in: Groovy, Baby

2 weeks away from the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, and I’m feeling strong. I had a good 2.5 weeks of solid training after my 5-day vacation in Mexico, and now I’m back in the groove. (Groovy, baby) Rest helps refuel my passion for running and prevents me from burning out both mentally and physically. When timed correctly, not running helps me come back stronger. Here’s my mileage from Strava for this […]

Good night, moon

I was running along the Great Highway earlier this week, doing my usual morning run, when I noticed the moon. A gloriously round, bursting-at-the-seams moon in the clearest of night skies. There was not a cloud nor any fog to obstruct my view, and when I ran past the crashing ocean waves, I couldn’t help but stop and admire. How lucky I am to live in such a beautiful city. […]

Top Secret Weapon to Cranking Up Motivation

This is part II of my last blog post 3 Secrets to Staying Motivated. Just when you thought I was done… Here is my top secret weapon to really cranking up the power of motivation: What would _______________ do? Yes, admittedly, it’s an adaptation of the “What Would Jesus Do?” motto you remember from bracelets, notebooks, and other teenage girl goodies in the 90’s. But it works. Just fill in the […]

3 Secrets to Staying Motivated

A fresh new year also means new years resolutions. If your Facebook newsfeed is anything like mine, it’s overflowing with posts and articles about goals and strategies to make sure this year will be the year. Uh okay, cool. No pressure. Now I think that’s all fine and dandy. I’m all for ingraining healthy habits and setting goals, and I strongly and honestly believe it’s never too late to change. There […]

2014 Race Calendar

Ahh. New year, new possibilities. It’s amazing to think of how much I’ve learned improved in the past year, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for me these next 12 months. After CIM, I took a few weeks to relax, get fat, spend time with family, and zip off to Mexico. Now, it’s time to get back into gear. In other words, I’m channeling Britney’s her new song […]

5 Ways to Recover After a Marathon

Resting is just as important as training when it comes to improving your performance. It’s essential that you take a well-deserved break after such an intense workout, so you body can recuperate and avoid burnout. So… how exactly do you recover after a marathon (or any long run)? Cool down after your race. You’re exhausted, excited, and patting yourself on the back, but now’s not the time to just plop on […]

Race Recap: 1st Place, Baby!!!

Yesterday, I won my first marathon event! I came in 1st for women and 15th overall at the US Half Marathon in San Francisco. The weather was perfect (slightly chilly, light wind), and we had an extra hour of sleep, thanks to the end of Daylight Savings. Charles picked me up at 5:30 am, and off to the course we went! My previous PR was a 1:27:44 at the Bay Breeze […]

Field Trip to Sports Basement

After work, I moseyed on to Sports Basement on a quest for… ::cue heavenly harp music:: THE PERFECT SOCKS!!! Yes, I went to treat myself to a pair of Balega Hidden Comfort Running Socks. Check it out: they have a 5-star rating from 187 total reviews on Amazon. Legit. I’ve never tried them before. I only heard about them from my running buddy who swears by them. After seeing their […]