2014!

Looking back at 2014, I accomplished my one goal, which was to run with purpose. Without focusing on a specific time goal and making all my running have meaning really helped me run harder than I have since high school and allowed me to run with purpose. It definitely wasn’t easy but it was a great year and I did something that I never thought I would EVER do, which was qualify for the Boston Marathon.

I made each run count towards something, getting faster, doing a different workout, working on my form, instead of running endless junk miles or recovery miles. I rested when I felt tired and I ran faster than I’ve run in a quite a long time. I made workouts count and did them for a reason. I’m really happy with how this year went and know that next year will be a lot of fun experiencing one of the biggest races I will have ever encountered.

I started off the year running down the coast, from Huntington Beach to San Diego, with a great group of women and helped raise awareness of Rett Syndrome and Girl Power for the Cure. It was a great experience and I really started to see my ‘running with a purpose’ pay off. I was running a lot faster than I had run with them the previous year.

Ragnar for Rett - Huntington Beach to San DiegoI coached my first full track season and now know that I truly do really love coaching. It’s a crazy amount of work but I find it to be the most rewarding thing I’ve done with my life. Every day when I coach, I know how I am making an impact on these kids and I hope that running will become a lifelong thing for many of them. I never have felt this way about anything before and know that coaching is definitely my calling. Coaching at sunrise

Coaching at Lakewood High SchoolI’ve run in beautiful places this year, including along the Ragnar Relay trail, and in Big Bear. Running has helped me enjoy my surroundings more and I really enjoy the fact that I can get to awesome places just by running there.

Running in Big Bear Lake, California at Running CampI was honored to be asked to be a part of the Saucony 26 Strong Program {more of that in January}, which had the outcome that was both disappointing to my cadet and myself, but we still inspired her entire family to run more and I learned a lot about coaching from across the country. She is already feeling much better and is working on training to run the Nashville Rock and Roll Marathon.

City of Oaks Half Marathon FinishersI had a great time helping my best friend plan her wedding {and attending all the fun events that went along with it} and finally found balance in my life with running, family and friends, which is something I’ve always struggled with. It’s hard to have a good balance when you’re training for a longer distance run, and running is important to me, but it’s not my entire life. I took time off to vacation in July and came back {a little too fast} in August but I didn’t regret taking the time off for my friend’s events and to spend time with B. This has really helped me with the anxiety I get when I look at a training schedule and feel overwhelmed or getting really anxious about not getting in certain training runs.

Golden Palm Springs Weddingsource

Cabo VacationOne of the biggest things I’ve learned is to run how I coach my kids to run. With heart. Pushing yourself. With PURPOSE. Making every run count and really getting to your limit and going past it. Which is why I crossed the finish line with tears in my eyes {that has NEVER happened before} and the most proud feeling in my heart on May 25, 2014 and with a new Marathon PR of over 23 minutes. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon at Mountains to Beach Confirmation of Acceptance to the Boston Marathon 2015I know that keeping this mindset into 2015 will help me as I prepare for Boston and moving forward with my running. I think I do best when I push myself to my limits, and not focus on time as my only benchmark. I had an incredible year in 2014 and can’t wait to see what 2015 holds! I’ll post a few goals I have for 2015 soon!

xoxo

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November Running Recap

After Shea’s wedding on November 15th, I had much more time and was able to run more. I ended the month with 37 miles and I’m happy with that. I have been doing a lot more injury prevention and care so that I don’t get injured again. Running 3-4 days a week and doing shorter runs has really been helping me and has increased my confidence that I didn’t lose all my fitness during my time off.

November Running Recap

It’s been nice weather for running too and I’ve been enjoying dusting off some of my ‘winter’ gear to wear these past few days. With cross country season officially over and track in full swing, it’s also different not having to run with the kids and being more supervision, so planning when I run has been different as well. I normally don’t run hills much at all when I’m running, but I am trying to pick different routes, even on 3-4 milers that will give me the most hills possible to get me back into shape and also prepare me for the Boston Marathon.

Every time when I get home after a run, I always make sure to ice my heel and I’m still sleeping in my boot which seems to be helping a lot. I hope to finish December with about 55Ā  miles, which I think will be able to be done with the schedule I’m running right now. I’m going to continue to try to keep running hills as much as possible and I know when I actually do start doing longer runs I will drive to the Newport Beach area where I have run in the past to make sure I get in a lot of hills.

Here’s to another injury free month!

xoxo

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Runner’s Christmas List Accessory Guide!

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas time! Running isn’t just about having clothes that don’t chafe, though that’s pretty important. Running is also about making the most of each run, whether you’re tracking your run on your iPhone, listening to music, or preventing injury once you’re done running, these thoughtful gift ideas will most definitely make your runner smile come Christmas morning. So wrap one of these up and they will thank you!The Christmas Gift Guide for Running Accessories! Any of these gifts will make your runner happy this holiday season!

 

1. ArmPocket iPhone Running Armband I fell in love with this armband this year because it comes in SIZES. So many arm bands don’t fit my arm, weird problem to have, but I have to pull them so tight that they ruin the elastic or the screen gets torn out. Thankfully these come in sizes and have ample room for a key, cash or card AND have a handy dandy little earphone spot to keep the cord from hitting you in the face. Continue reading

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Runner’s Christmas List Clothing Guide!

This year has flown by and it’s already time for another Christmas Gift Guide. Today I’m posting about clothes that should be on any runner’s wish list and tomorrow will be the accessories that are perfect to stuff in their stocking! Hopefully these fun clothing ideas will have the runner in your life smiling from ear to ear on Christmas morning. Some of these are for running and some are for relaxing after a long run. Most of them are for winter wear, which is all about thumbholes, hoods and staying warm while they head out. Also, the links at the bottom lead to the page, where you’ll be able to see more colors and the price!

Christmas Gift Guide - Running Clothes! These are perfect for the runner in your life with a few options for running, post running and recovery. Enjoy!1. Reebok French Terry Long Sleeve I can usually be found in French Terry after a long run. I love how soft it is and how comfortable it is. I do love a good fleece but the terry doesn’t pill like fleece and is a bit lighter. This shirt comes in a few different cute colors! Continue reading

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Thankful

There is so much to be thankful for this year. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to coach. I love coaching so much and it really brings me so much joy, even on the hard days. I am so thankful for a wonderful, supportive husband who loves me unconditionally, even when I’m acting crazy. I’m so thankful for our freedom we have in this country. It’s not a right and people fight for us to be able to do what we most of the time take for granted. These past two months have been difficult for me, because I was dealing with an injury but I, knock on wood, seem to be over the hump and making a slow comeback and I’ve never been more thankful to run. I’ve really realized that it allows me to clear my head, helps me be creative and an overall better and happier person to be around. I’m thankful for my health, for the ability to run and the improvements I made on the running front this year.

I’m thankful for those who believed in me. In order for me to run faster, my kids believed in me, B believed in me, the coaches I coach with believed in me and it helped me believe in myself. I was so inspired by the entire team to push myself harder than I ever have before all because I told them to do the same. I still think about the magical day when I qualified for Boston and how special it was to me. At the end of the day, I crossed the finish line alone, but it was through their encouragement, inspiration and love that I could mentally get there. I can’t wait for all of them to cheer me on virtually while I run Boston next Spring. Knowing that I have them all rooting for me means so much to me and the fact that B will be there is icing on the cake.

Monte Verde Park

It’s a day to celebrate all of our many blessings. On my run this morning I just reflected on so many different amazing aspects of my life and my heart swelled with gratitude. I truly am so grateful.

xoxo

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