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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.

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.” 

18 days 

I love these ladies!

I love these ladies

So, this happened yesterday. I’m in taper mode of course, the LA Marathon is 18 days away. My favorite local massage place offered a Groupon special for half off hour-long massages. I bought two. I was getting the second of two massages when a 78-year-old gentleman who lives on the priciest street in the Brentwood neighborhood of LA lost control of his 2015 Lexus SUV and plowed into my car as it was parked on the street at a meter. 4 cars were involved. He hit me, I hit the car in front of me, that car hit the car in front of it. The three of us were parked. Those two were in retail stores and saw it happen. I was, well, nekkid with my phone off getting a heavenly deep tissue massage.  Beverly Hills PD tracked me down via Facebook. The officer in charge was a runner too.

I’ve had my car for 15 months on a 60 month loan. Yeah so there’s that giant pain in the ass of still being upside down in my loan.

It would be very surprising if it wasn’t totaled. The jaunty angle of that back tire looks like a broken axle to me. The origami of the back end speaks to frame and suspension damage.

And fellow marathoners imagine yourself in my shoes – six jobs, totaled car, and a giant upside down loan and bullshit to deal with. 18 days.  I am so exhausted and overwhelmed. I really love Gino Jetta. He’s the 6th Jetta and 8th VW I’ve owned.

I’ll tell you one thing –  it is certainly distracting from the taper madness.

Slow and steady

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I maintain that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, long distance runners will have a distinct advantage.

Well after five weeks of healing my foot, dealing with my tooth infection, getting used to (still a work in progress) my new (and considerably more awesome) work schedule, and NO RUNNING – I went out yesterday and asked my body to run 13.1 miles in Long Beach without any training.

Yeah. I did that.

It was my slowest half marathon since my first one. (And Disneyland this year, which I’m not counting as I walked that whole race due to injury and stopped for EVERY character picture.) I started out slow. Usually, my first 5-6 miles are at a 10:30-11:00 minute per mile pace and end up in the 11:00-12:00 at the end of race, hence my usual 2:29-2:42 finish times. (Negative splits are not something I’ve been able to manage yet. I still have a lot to learn.) Right off the bat, my first mile was 11:40. I just felt off and clearly under trained. Slow and sluggish, but strong. I knew I’d finish. I just figured at that speed it was just going to get slower.

But you know what? It was a great day, a fun race, and I’m happy I did it, pokey as I was. Read more

Oh hi.

It is football season. I have season tickets to my alma mater, USC, AND my high school football team is ranked #1 in the country. This shit is super exciting to me. Also I started a newish job (actually took on more work at existing job but is a huge change and switch and all good. A great thing. More later.) For now I am just happy my Trojans won and I got to spend the day with friends I adore. USC has brought so many wonderful and amazing people into my life and I am forever grateful.

Also I haven’t run in 3 weeks. Am freaking out. Healing foot (healed) and dealing with a seriously rogue tooth that is fucking things up. One oral surgery down. Two to go. And two back to back half marathons starting in 2 weeks. Welp. There’s that.

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Attending to the non-running side of life

Monday Polar BearHey everyone! Well ever since the Disneyland half marathon it has been sheer madness in life. I was dealing with my injured foot (which is A-OK now), USC football season started, Dave Matthews Band made their annual swing through So Cal (I saw 2 shows in 3 days as I usually do), and I had a dental emergency requiring (the first of three) oral surgery(ies) on Friday. OW. And HI GOOD DRUGS!

Needless to say I haven’t been running AT ALL and my first priority is getting my tooth issue dealt with so I am ready for the Nike SF half marathon in October.

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13 Days. GULP. (and Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon recap)

photo 113 days until the San Francisco Marathon.

The Fueled by Fine Wine half marathon was a BEAST.  It was billed as a very hilly race and “you’ll have the BEST time but not run your BEST time.”  And they were not kidding. I was FREAKING OUT by mile 3. FREAKING OUT.  I was running and Facebooking my extreme angst. I asked someone to compare the elevation profiles of the race with the San Francisco marathon and let me know the outcome.

It turns out the Fueled by Fine Wine race is HILLIER than San Fran-motherfucking-frisco. 1,000 feet in elevation gains over 13.1 miles (almost all of it in the first 5-6 miles). TSFM is 900 feet over 26.2 and once you attain the elevation you pretty much stay up there until the end. You dip a bit but you don’t ascend it and descend it again and again and again like we did on Sunday in Oregon.  That did make me feel a bit better. Before that I was having the “I have NO BUSINESS” running the San Francisco Marathon thoughts. I figured I was either a mad genius for running this race or an idiot and I would not know the answer to that until the end of the race.

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