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16 miler and race signups gone wild!

So Friday night at work I bit the bullet and signed up for the two races that were on my radar. I was a little nervous doing so since I haven’t had a good long run yet, but I was hopeful that this weekend’s run would go well. So without further ado, I’m all signed up for the LA Marathon on March 20th and the Oakland Marathon on March 27th! I can’t believe it! I am so excited and nervous and scared! So Friday night was low-key early night to bed for my 16 miler on Saturday with Maritza in LA.

When I left my house in the morning, it was SO foggy and I really was hoping for some sun. Thankfully, once I hit Carson, it was sunny and gorgeous. Beautiful weather for a run. We started off in Santa Monica at our normal spot where we park sort of by the finish line of the LA Marathon, and then headed out to UCLA!

That’s right! I even wore my Long Beach shirt. I have never had a bad run in this shirt and I felt like I needed it for my long run to get me through it mentally! It was a GREAT run. Best part of the run? Running down San Vicente and Maritza pointing out…. The guy married to Fergie! Helllllllo Josh Duhmal!

I left the picture huge so you can just drool over his hotness and yes, I was pretending I was texting to take that stalker picture! So back to running, I couldn’t believe how awesome I was feeling and we ran a lot of hills to prepare us for LA as well. I was shocked how awesome I was feeling and when the last two miles came, I was completely pooped and it was a struggle for those last two miles. I also realize this is the longest run I’ve done in a long time and I was glad it was great up until the last two miles because it gave me the confidence in the miles I had put it and the last two miles should be hard when I haven’t run that far in a while. Stoked to feel so awesome especially after signing up for two big races not to far away and having the Surf City Half next weekend!

Then we went to this great place in Santa Monica called Jinky’s and had an awesome time stuffing our faces! We were both famished and this place had such great selection. I got the red white and blue waffle, and was SO hungry, I dug in before taking a picture of the glorious waffle I was dreaming about all morning. It was HUGE!

15 minutes later…

Demolished! It was amazing, and both Maritza and I decided that we need to learn the Oliver food song to sing on our runs to each other. Once I finally got home I knew it was time to ice my ankles for sure. Since I NEVER run hills around here, since there aren’t many, they were a little beat up the last part of my run. I don’t know WHY my feet are so dirty though? I know my shoes let in a lot of dirt but I didn’t realize it was this bad!

It was a great day for a run on Saturday and Sunday I finished it off with a great  gym session for some strength training. It was one of those days when I REALLY didn’t want to go to the gym but I was really glad once I was there and worked out harder than I thought I would. I felt awesome and went home and planned my lunches for the week and really want to work hard this month at incorporating more fruits and produce into my diet and eating at home.  This week is a big hill week for me so I was really glad to kick it off with with a pretty hilly run with M on Saturday. Big training weeks coming up!


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