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Yup, that’s right I planned all the way to 2013…

I’m a planner. I like to plan and make lists. If you know me you know I plan far, far in advance. Like crazy in advance – sometimes too far in advance that plane tickets aren’t even available for purchase. In this case races haven’t even started registration yet. But that doesn’t stop me. Below is the list of races I’m running/I’d like to run in the future. Wanna run with me???

– New York City Marathon – November 4th, 2012 (signed up and in!)

– Red Rock Half-Marathon – March 2013 (Last time was so much fun and I love how difficult the race was.)

– Eugene Marathon – April or May 2013 (I’ve heard great reviews and I love Eugene! Go Ducks!)

– Portland Marathon – October 6th, 2013 (I have to beat my time from 2011!!!)

Yup, that’s right I planned all the way to 2013… Before some of the 2012 races have been run… 🙂


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I’m a little nervous

I haven’t tried to run yet… I’m a little nervous. I’ve been doing hour long elliptical sessions at the gym and nothing hurts but when I stretch I can really feel the muscles. They’re still sore… I’m going to try and run tomorrow and see how I feel. 

My Dad sent me some photos from the race. I love this top one. I’m working so hard to get to the finish line!


The food at the race was really good.

My official time was 1:50:06 (8:24 pace). 5th in my age group!

Oh, and I signed up for another half marathon… The Verrazano Half-Marathon at Shore Park on April 28th! I just have to take the subway and it starts at 9am!


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Show those hills who’s boss

This trip was great! (minus piriformis syndrome when I got back…)

The weather was just perfect, I was able to see friends and family, run a half-marathon and go out and be social! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too!

The Red Rock Hotel was super nice. I loved the view from our room and the bathroom was super big and nice 🙂

For dinner Thursday night we went to Hash House A Go Go. I think they called it Southern farm food.

I got the chicken and waffles. HUGE portions. Super good but I would recommend splitting an entrée! As you can see I was a little overwhelmed…

Friday we walked around the strip for a while and then Ashley (far left) and I had to leave the group to pick up our race packets and have dinner with my parents!

Lucky number 238!

After a delicious pasta dinner at Terra Rosa (restaurant in our hotel) it was time to get ready for race day! We laid out all our stuff and lights were out at 8:30pm! Wake up call at 4:30am!!

My parents surprised Ashley and I with Red Rock wine as a congrats on the race! It’s a whole theme on this trip… Red Rock hotel, Red Rock half marathon, Red Rock wine… (went off on a tangent there)

Back to the race! The start was a little unorganized compared the all the NYRR Races I’ve run but still started on time. This was the smallest race I’ve been in. Ashley and I were talking at the start and then someone just yelled GO! and we were off!

Though this was probably the hardest race I have run I LOVED IT. The views were amazing and I love really giving something your all and succeeding. At times during the race I was all alone just running in the desert… pretty cool

I finally got a running photo! score!

With the elevation being way higher than New York breathing was the most difficult part of the race. Running up hills and not being able to get a deep breath is a little scary.

My pace was all over the place during the race. At the steepest hill I looked down and my Garmin said 10 min pace, and the last 3 miles I was anywhere between a 7 min and 8 min pace.

I think one of my favorite memories of the race was about 25 yards to go and my Dad yelled out my name – we waved at each other and then I saw my Mom at the finish line cheering me on! Best parents ever!!!

I would definitely run this race again. Though it really beat me up I want to run it again and show those hills who’s boss 😉

Red Rock 2013! Anyone wanna join me?!


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Hi. I’m back.

Hi. I’m back.

I’m still waiting on the final results from the race…

The race was really difficult and I hadn’t taken into account the difference in elevation. Here in New York we’re at sea level. The race… not at sea level. We were running between 3,000 – 4,800 feet. Meaning the air was a lot thinner making it harder to breathe. The hills were pretty steep but the not being able to take a deep breath really affected my pace. 

This trip was so much fun and I’m so happy I was able to spend the time with my parents and friends. I already want to go back to Nevada. The desert is just so beautiful.

I did bring one thing back with me that I’m NOT happy about. Piriformis Syndrome. It’s caused by running hills and sitting for long periods of time. So that’d be running the Red Rock half-marathon and then taking a five hour flight back to New York the next day and not getting up once… I can hardly walk… I’m doing the stretches now as I type this and it’s pretty painful. It’s my fault though – I hardly stretched after the race. I’m hoping I’ll be better by this weekend.


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All packed and ready!

I’m all packed and ready for vacation! I’m also ready for the hilly Red Rock course! (I hope)

I surprised myself this past weekend and was super busy! Even though I hardly had any down time I still fit my long run in! I can’t wait to relax and enjoy myself in Vegas. AND of course, I CAN’T wait to run this half marathon!!! This has been planned for so long I can’t believe it’s finally here!

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Begin the countdown

I feel like I’ve been talking about running the Red Rock half marathon forever.

And now that it’s a little over a week a way it doesn’t feel real. I’m in such a routine here – work, run, eat, sleep – that it’s strange to me that I’ll be going on vacation. And I really can’t believe that I’ll get to see my parents and some of my bestest friends from Oregon! Very surreal. I would love to beat my past half marathon times but I know this course is super hilly so I don’t really know what to expect.

All I want to do is run my best, relax and have fun with family and friends. 🙂


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Lots to Share

Since the start of the year I’ve made it a goal to try to beat my monthly miles from last year. February 2011 was the first month that I started using Dailymile – a site that tracks your workouts. Last February I logged 38 miles. As of today I’m at 37 miles! I’m a competitive person so I know I’m going to try my hardest to beat each month!

This weekend was really fun. I celebrated another friend of mine’s birthday (we just keep getting older!!) and the rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, cleaning and organizing.

(These pictures were taken with my new camera!!!)

Oh! And I found out my parents are coming to cheer me on at the Red Rock half-marathon!!! This was such a wonderful surprise!!! Now I have the best cheer squad! My friend Sarah and her boyfriend and my Mom and Dad. It’s going to be the best weekend ever!

Since I did not get my ten miler in on Sunday I woke up extra early today (5:15am) and hit the treadmill. Ten miles complete by 7:05am 🙂 Best Monday workout ever! I was a sweaty mess. I really don’t know how some girls at the gym look cute when they are working out. My face gets so red. It really perplexes me… I guess they aren’t running like a crazy person on the treadmill.

Oh and this happened.

YUM. Have you ever been to The Soft Serve Yogurt Company??? If not. YOU SHOULD. Ryan and I got one of their special sundaes and it was magical. It had banana soft serve, bananas, chocolate chips, pretzel bites, and peanut butter! 

Happy Monday! I have a feeling I’m going to be in bed verrry early tonight!!! And Happy Early Valentine’s Day ❤

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Side aches are annoying

My run tonight: 4 miles in 34:24 – 8:36 pace.

I’m still feeling a bit off but I did get in a great run tonight. I hit the treadmill hard with the Red Rock half-marathon in the back of my mind. Though towards the end I had to slow down because I wasn’t feeling too great I’m pretty proud of this run and I can’t wait to see what I can do once I feel 100%. It’s still a little hard to breath (go away cold!!!) and I did have a side ache for most of my run.

My goals for the rest of the week:

– Wake up early tomorrow and run. Speed does not matter. I just need to get miles in!

– Run at least 6 miles either Saturday or Sunday.



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Another GREAT workout in the books last night! And I came up with it myself! 5 mins, no incline; 5 mins, 1% incline; 5 minsn 2% incline; 5 minsn 1% incline; the rest of the 3 miles (about 800 meters) no incline. Total time: 26:35

Changing the incline every 5 minutes helped to keep me focused and not get bored. It was also pretty difficult and I know it will help me concur the hills in Central Park during the Manhattan Half as well as when I run the Red Rock Half Marathon in March. If you get bored on the treadmill easily try changing the incline! I’m telling you – the time passes quickly when working in 5 minute increments and your body gets an awesome workout!

PS – Seven more days until I’m home for Christmas!!!!!

How cute is my white sparkly BicBand!?


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You know what’s exciting???

Planning your next training program!!! Yesterday I sat down, found a half-marathon intermediate training program and figured out when I really need to start getting my butt in gear again.

Writing out my training plan made me all the more excited for Red Rock. The plan I found not only emphasizes mileage but also strength training. Something I have not been doing at all. I found a class at my gym called Total Body Conditioning. This class uses weights and bodybars that “promotes muscular endurance, flexibility and body alignment.” Starting December I’ll be taking that class twice a week.

I’m such a planner and now that I have a PLAN, I want to run and want to see my efforts pay off.

In other news:

The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is being set up as we speak!!!!


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