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My Bestie is a Sub-5 Hour PR Setting Bad Ass!

11224618_10156081322025543_7362491765044399905_nJust a quick post to brag a bit (and congratulate my Sigi!). My best friend and racecation/runventure partner in crime ran the Victoria Marathon today and CRUSHED IT. She ran a Personal Best of 4:49:39. SPEEDY!!

Congrats Sigrid! I am in awe!

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An epic life 

It has been an EPIC 5 weeks. From my annual trip to Vancouver for SeaWheeze, to my first Labor Dave weekend at the Gorge, to DMB in NorCal and SoCal, to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, to the USC/Stanford game, to a great weekend with my brother in LA culminating in a truly epic Foo Fighters concert–possibly the best I’ve ever seen outside of the 2010 Troubadour show. I’m all filled up with happiness. Now it is time to get back to real life.  

(Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Friday at the Greek Theatre with Claudia)

There are many reasons you go to college. Important reasons. Career building reasons. But honestly, 24 years removed from college it is the friendships I made then and since due to our USC connection that ring truest and strongest to me. And I am so grateful for the fateful choice my 17-year-old self made the day I chose to attend USC. My USC friends are my family.

Then, last night, I got to go see my OTHER favorite band, Foo Fighters, at the Forum with my two favorite men – my brother Stephen and one of my dearest friends Randy. It was Stephen’s first Foo show and a truly epic night. My feet hurt. My ears are still ringing. My neck is sore from all the head banging. I’m exhausted. And it was so worth it.


Marathon training starts for me this weekend. Garbage at the Greek, Florence and the Machine at the Bowl (unless I sell those and go to Foo in Anaheim, which seems likely) and Foo Fighters and Social Distortion at the Love Ride 32 benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project are on the agenda for October.

My family is coming to LA for Thanksgiving. I am super excited for that.

There is so much to be grateful for and look forward to.

On tour with Dave Matthews

It has been an enormous amount of fun but in retrospect 5 Dave Matthews band concerts in 9 days in 3 cities in 2 states spanning nearly 3,420 (RT) miles of travel with a full week of work inbetween MIGHT have been a bit much. I’m sick and exhausted but so so so happy.

Guaranteed I will forget this fact in February when the ticket lottery opens and I want to go to ALL THE SHOWS. ALL OF THEM.

Over the weekend I flew up to Nor Cal for DMB at Shoreline which was amazing.  Met Claudia up there and then met up with Sunny, Jaime, Chantal, Cat, and Mary Ann. I absolutely adore the Shoreline venue. It is one of my favorite places to see a show.

 I am so grateful for the friends and community I’ve met through my love of this band

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Bright and early Friday morning (5a) Claudia, me, and our colds got up to head back to SoCal.

I checked into the Oakland airport on Facebook and lo and behold who was there and at the gate next to mine but one of my college BFFs Lynn and her husband. Got to catch up with them for a bit before their flight left.

I landed back in LA at 915a and headed home to sleep some more.

Saturday was the Irvine show and the annual epic Irvine DMB family tailgate.


These people. These friends. These sisters and brothers of mine. I love them dearly.


I was so exhausted at this show that I was on the verge of a meltdown.

This was the Last Stop for all of us and the DMB tour.

I got home at 1:30am and had to eat. This cold has robbed me of taste and I was starving. So Jack in the box it was. I almost never eat fast food so when I do, it is a treat.

Went to bed at 2am and completely turned my phone off. Woke up at 2:09pm. My beloved dog Kokomo let me sleep all that time without a peep! She is the best dog ever.  

It has been an epic past 10 days filled with love, laughter, friends, and good music.

And now it is back to reality.

Saturday marathon training begins again.

And next Sunday my brother Stephen gets into town for the Foo Fighters at the Forum.

Life is good.

Running VanSweaty at SeaWheeze Recap

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“Today was amazing. Today was fun. Tomorrow brings another run.” – The quote on the water bottle that came with bag pickup.

Last weekend I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia for my second consecutive Lululemon SeaWheeze 1/2 Marathon weekend. This continues to be my all time favorite race weekend–in large part because I get to share it with my best friend, but also because, let’s face it, Lululemon knows what the hell they are doing and puts on an amazing event.        

I arrived on Thursday and Sigrid and I checked into the Pacific Rim hotel next door to the Convention Center for easy access to the Showcase Store on Friday. We had dinner at the Cactus Club and hit the sack by 10pm. Our alarms were set for 2:30am so we could get in line for the Showcase Store no later than 3am. After hitting snooze a few times we made it into line before 3am.

There were nearly 200 people in line ahead of us. The front of the line got there after dinner. Duly noted. Next year’s game plan will be wildly different. We had camping chairs and our own mirror–which would prove to be one of the best ideas either of us has ever had. IMG_2988-0We settled in for the long wait. This year the store opened at 7am with a couple of hours of runner only access before the general public was admitted.

Sigrid and I were in the first group of people to be admitted to the store. Sigrid quickly stashed our mirror under a table and we deployed the bags we’d brought to shove the Lululemon gear we were interested into. We made a sweep of our sizes, grabbed our mirror, and made our way to the communal dressing room. It was 7:25.

At 7:40 I ventured back out to the store to grab the CRBs (Cool Racer Back) I was interested in a size bigger to compare. Oddly I ended up buying three CRBs – 1 in an 8 and 2 in a 6. I would have loved to try on the green CRB in an 8 but by 7:40am THERE WERE NONE LEFT! Craziness!!

We wandered the store a bit more just to make sure we’d gotten everything we wanted. Two thoughts: 1. I heard the store was completely sold out by 3:30pm. 2. The exchange rate was amazing. Basically EVERYTHING I did in Vancouver was 30% off.

Pre-SeaWheeze my Showcase Store plan was to grab ALL of the Trackers (shorts), a couple of CRBs, and a pair of Run Inspired Crops (Capris). Once in the store though, my plan immediately changed. For one thing, I hated the anemic colors of the prints on the Trackers. I grabbed the “Bug” trackers and then noticed some more vibrant and cool patterns on the Speeds (another style of shorts). Why Lululemon made twice as many prints on the Speeds than they did on the Trackers I will never know. I did try on the speeds and tore them off, horrified. HA! My grandmother used to have a saying “Mutton dressed like lamb.” Yeah, my 46 year old butt is not wearing booty shorts, basically.

Here is a link to fellow SeaWheezwer and author of Luluaddict.com’s post about the women’s merchandise this year. Note how she confirms that 4 tracker prints offered vs 8 speeds. SeaWheeze 2015 the Merchandise.

My haul. I'm very happy with it

My haul. I’m very happy with it

I ended up getting two pairs of Crops (Run Inspired and Passion II), a pair of Trackers, and three CRBs. Honestly, I liked last year’s collection much better but I’m happier with what I bought this year because I bought outfits.

We went back to our hotel to nap. Only at Lululemon’s SeaWheeze is staying up (and on your feet) all night the night before the night before a half marathon a normal occurrence.

Sigrid and I went to have lunch with a bunch of women we’d met (Hi Amanda, Jenny, Tania, Charity, and Michelle!) and then headed to West Van to her home. I made dinner, we took a walk along the beach, then went home, laid out our race clothes, and went to bed.

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We woke up Saturday morning to 57 degrees and POURING RAIN. Oh well. It’s just water, right? However, this Californian was planning to move way the f out of my comfort zone and not only run in a tank top, but run in the cold in a tank top. Previously, faced with this weather, I’d be bundled up in long IMG_3031tights and long sleeves. Luckily, by the time we got down into the city, it wasn’t raining. It was, however, windy and cold. I was determined not to complain.  As the corrals filled in, I warmed up. Once I was running, I was fine. In fact, I could have been wearing shorts.

The race was– well atypical for me. I had only two goals: To finish and to finish in under 3 hours. I was running just newly recovered from a concussion that had me sidelined for 5 weeks. I was only cleared to run on Wednesday, three days before the half marathon. Oops!

Also, earlier in the summer my Dad had a seven hour long, very complicated heart surgery. He was in the hospital for a month. He is still recovering. There wasn’t a lot of running happening this whole summer for me. Life and injury got in the way.  Nonetheless, SeaWheeze 2015 was my 34th half marathon since September 1, 2012. It is a distance I am very comfortable with.

Apparently, Left Shark moved to Vancouver.

Apparently, Left Shark moved to Vancouver.

I knew I could power walk it.

I ended up doing roughly an 80/20 split of power walking to running. I had one stretch of roughly 10 minute miles that went on for a few miles and felt AMAZING…and then my shoelace came untied and the momentum was broken. Also, my running coach has a saying, in the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second, don’t be a wimp. I kept hearing that in my head over and over and over again. I ended up finishing SeaWheeze in 2:55. Not a great time for me by a long shot, but I’m very happy

In front of the mothership - Lululemon's Corporate Headquarters

In front of the mothership – Lululemon’s Corporate Headquarters

with it considering how undertrained I was for it. I basically got up after a summer of sitting and got 13.1 miles done in less than three hours with sheer determination and a healthy dose of stubbornness.

The medal this year was a golden carrot with a bite taken out of it, continuing the whimsy Lululemon is known for with the SeaWheeze medals.

I got my Saje runner’s reward kit and rubbed down with the Saje pain reliever as I made my way through the finisher’s chute.

This year, like last year we also got a finisher’s hat. (Full race swag picture at end of post.)

Sigrid and I reunited (she is much faster than I am even when I’m trained well) and headed away from downtown to grab brunch at the White Spot in the Park Royal shopping complex. This has become somewhat of a tradition for us. Also, pro-tip: this White Spot has the world’s fastest wi fi. I am not even kidding.

We went home and showered, napped, chilled out a bit, and ate some dinner before heading back to Stanley Park (recently named the World’s Best Park) for the Sunset Festival.

Here is where I admit Sigrid and I are frugal betches who save our cash for the important stuff. We left her house with a bottle of wine and some plastic cups with a plan to “pre-game” a bit in her car before heading in to the festival. While we were drinking wine in her car, she suddenly looks to her left out the window and exclaims:

“Hey! You’re from Lost!”

And sure enough, it was William Mapother, who played Creepy Ethan on Lost. He was hilarious because he leaned down into our window and said:

“Yes, and I’m coming out of the forest. How’s that for creepy?”

And then he walked away. We laughed and laughed and laughed.

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The Sunset Festival was super fun as always. The weather had cleared and it was warm and sunny and beautiful out. We got more wine, settled in to do semi-drunk yoga, and enjoyed ourselves. Later we met up with Michelle and her sister and enjoyed the bands that played.

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As always, I cannot wait for SeaWheeze next year. Jennifer was supposed to join us, but got sick. Next year, Jason and Tim are thinking about making the trip. We are already planning the Showcase Store Strategy for next year. 2016 will be year 5 (of 5) for Sigrid and year 3 for me.

Check out my SeaWheeze 2014 Recap Here

the swag. Shorts, bag, zippered bag, medal, water bottle, finisher's hat, and Saje essential oils kit.

the swag. Shorts, bag, zippered bag, medal, water bottle, finisher’s hat, and Saje essential oils kit.

A wrap party, a Pair of Races, and a Birthday 

well hello! It has been busy in these parts to say the least and I’m epically exhausted. I did not take a break post LA Marathon. Instead I’m running with the awesome So Cal Coyotes to train for this year’s San Francisco marathon. I’m very excited. 

In the past few weeks I’ve had the Team NutriBullet wrap party, the Hollywood Half Marathon, my Birthday, and the inaugural Sunset Strip Half Marathon.  It has been a whirlwind. Tons of fun but no time to catch my breath. So, that said I’ll leave you with photos. 

First, the amazing and crazy fun Team NutriBullet wrap party. Being a part of this team was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. My teammates are the most amazing and inspriring people I’ve ever met. I consider myself honored and lucky to train alongside them and call them friends.  I cannot wait for next year and hope I am lucky enough to be chosen for this team for a second year.   

Second the Hollywood half marathon. My third year in a row running this. Jennifer came in town for my birthday weekend and to run this with me. A bunch of my Team NutriBullet friends also ran and everywhere I was on the course I saw people I know and love. This was also my birthday race since it took place on the day before my 46th birthday. I was wished a happy birthday in every mile of that race. So fun. It was also Jason’s very first half Marathon and he smoked it (and me). I’m so proud of my friend and loved running into him on the course.   

Third, my birthday weekend marched on. Jason R, Bob, and Suzanne were also in town. On Saturday night Jen and I and the aforementioned friends plus Original Flavor Robin (not to be confused with Cool Ranch Robin) went to see a bunch of metal tribute bands at the House of Blues. We were the guest of the Guns n Roses band and they wished me a happy birthday from the stage. (Thanks Bob!). The other bands were tributes to Judas Priest, Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Stone Temple Pilots. 

Then on Sunday, my actual birthday, we did brunch for 23 at a local restaurant. It was a perfect way to ring in 46. I had my core friend group there, some college friends, some running friends, and some work friends. It was so much fun!!   

And finally today I ran the inaugural Sunset Strip half marathon with my Team NutriBullet friends Corazon and Cynthia and also saw a bunch of friends out on the course. It was great to be able to walk to the start line from home and I look forward to running this again next year.   

In between some of these I began to fall in love with trail running while running the Backbone Trail with the Coyotes. I’m learning how to HOWL as we ‘Yotes say. 😉

Unless I randomly pick up a race, today was my last half Marathon before the San Francisco marathon at the end of July. Time to focus on running and strength training and eating right while also having fun because as Coach Jimmy says: “if you’re not having fun you’re doing something wrong.” 

My SF Marathon vs My LA marathon 

I finished my first marathon on July 27, 2014 and never wanted to run another one. 

I finished my second marathon yesterday and cannot wait to run another. 

After my first marathon I didn’t run again for months (except for 1/2 marathons I was already scheduled to run and ran untrained). Running and I were having a bad moment. 

Then I was selected to be a part of Team Nutribullet. In the beginning running and I were still at odds. 



Then one Saturday I had a good run. And then another. And then another. I was surrounded by the most amazing coaches and inspirational teammates and with their help and examples I found my joy in running again. 

Less than 24 hours after I finished the 2015 LA Marathon I cannot wait to be recovered enough to get out and really run again. 

Thank you Colin Sapire, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Nicole Sedmak, Sarah Lefkowitz, Kenton, Kelley Puckett, Craig Harrison, Steven A. Schuman, Peter De’Avila, Monique, and all of my teammates. This has been a life altering and unforgettable experience.

LA Marathon recap #1 

I have many thoughts and feelings about Sunday’s LA Marathon. There will be a few posts. 

This  was an amazing experience. I especially want to thank coach extraordinaire Jimmy Dean Freeman for taking me through miles 19-22. i could have fallen apart there but he wouldn’t let me. i kind of hated him in the moment for that but love that he had so much faith in me. 

marathon #2 in the books. my time did not improve but given the brutal heat in west la and way above average temps elsewhere on the course i can live with that. it was a vast improvement over SF in the most important ways. i enjoyed it. i didnt hit the wall. i moved forward with purpose even when i needed to walk. and i remained joyous. running is a gift and i am grateful for the lessons it teaches me and the way it challenges me. 



there will be another mararhon to be faster in. like san francisco in july!

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