Runners become friends & running friends become a community

I'm blessed with the best. Really I am. I open my email the other night to find an email from my friend Sara. Typical, no subject line, no words in the body of the email, just a link for me to click on and see where it takes me. (one never knows with Sara!) I end up on the Runners World Cover Contest Page . Before I scroll down, I have to laugh and think, it's probably a picture of her and I drinking wine rather than running or some joke, nothing serious. As I scroll I am completely brought to tears. This girl, she never ceases to amaze me. Below the picture she describes herself in one word and also what personal running accomplishment she is most proud of: (while you are there, take a second and vote please, I mean why not...you're there! And keep voting daily as well. Please share the link and have others vote for us too) click here------:> Our Runners World Cover Contest Picture The photo was taken by a member of the  Union Leader, a local newspaper in NH. He captured what was one of the most emotional moments in our running lives. Crossing the finish line with my best friend, holding hands and fighting for a cure & raising awareness for the terrible disease. The photographer asked to take our picture after we crossed and he jotted down our names. We didn't know THIS photo existed until the next day when it made it's way to the cover. I was so moved by her thoughtfulness to choose this picture and help raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Marie. Will we win the Runners World Cover Contest, probably not.  But that's okay. To me, it's not about winning (as freaken awesome as that would be) My hope is that people see it and are inspired to run and raise awareness as we do. I just had to ask Sara some questions (after I thanked her of course):

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Heidi and Sara's shirts say " I'm running for Marie" . Mine says " I'm running for my Mama B"

Why did you choose the word empowering?

"I chose the words empowering because a small race has a big ripple effect. Running for a cause makes a race personal, emotional, and meaningful. The City of Manchester NH half marathon is the hilliest in the state. Marie empowered me and I hope running empowers others to do what they can. The website speaks of it as highly difficult half marathon. We ran this entire course and each hill big and little had a bigger meaning. There were times I wanted to give up and walk or stop running. You pushed me because you knew of the larger fight. It spoke of the highs and lows that Marie was experiencing and her tenacity to fight, and her family’s determination to fight with her. It took everything out of us and we were left exhausted, emptied, and yet proud that we were able to make a difference in one small run."

What did you learn on this day?

"Sometimes in life you can’t change circumstances but I learned on this day, running is within my power. I can run, and I can make a difference even if I can’t change circumstances or a diagnosis. It was powerful to see friends and family come out with signs and cheer us on that day. Remember I called to check on you that evening and you mentioned you guys were having a conversation about pastries. I remember distinctly going to three bakeries that night so Marie could have a lobster tail. Each one I went to was closed and just as Marie was inspiring us and fighting I was determined to get her the lobster tails. I finally found them and was able drop them off for Marie, with our pictures of the race on the box. I know she knew she was leaving behind a legacy far beyond her friends and family. A legacy for the community on hope, strength, and love. You and I finished and as we rounded the corner completely exhausted all we could do was cry and love each other- so very parallel to what any family must feel. We did what we could in that moment because we were inspired by Marie’s fight."

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How did you feel running the race in 2013?

"Since then, I have run this course with the same purple shirt and purple balloons at a friend’s house on the course. Strangers have commented while running they would donate. They have yelled for me to keep going for Marie when I have stopped. Recently in my running group, someone lost her dad to pancreatic cancer and she is involved in the NH Pancreatic Cancer group. It’s amazing how many people are affected and what wearing a purple shirt can do. One day, one race can change a lifetime the same way one diagnosis can."

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Thank you Sara and to all of our friends who support us. This is a day I will never forget. The evening before the race, I was able to show Mama B our shirts and tell her that we were running for her. I remember hugging her and her crying - she was so touched that anyone would do such a thing, for her of all people. Marie was the most selfless person. Truly honored that we were out there fighting for her and raising awareness and honoring her. I remember the race day well. I remember all the tears that were shed as we pushed up each hill. Small or big, they were difficult, like life. Like Marie's fight. Like everyones battle with anything difficult. But we did it. I remember not speaking except to respond to Sara's repeated question "are you ok?"

The next morning Marie passed away and our lives changed forever. All we can do now is remember the beautiful woman Marie was and try to live life like she did; always taking the time for those important to her. Life is now dedicated to making change and creating HOPE for a cure.

I love you Mama B, I hope you are proud. xoxo

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HOLY SH*T! I'm in.. #werunSF

I have a routine - get up disgustingly early, catch up on social media while I wake up & wait for my computer to update. Typical Monday.  As I'm scrolling through this morning I come across Run Nike Women Series. Think to myself, hmmm, I haven't seen an email saying if I was selected for the random draw I entered June 4th for the San Francisco race 10/19 /14. Well apparently on June 26th they sent out emails to those selected.  (I've been busy. Work, moving, wedding planning, life etc. I learned something this morning. I receive WAY to many emails. I have to add clean up / unsubscribe to my already to long to do list) Quick search in gmail and BAM. There it is. The email I had been so hopeful to receive sitting in my junk mail.

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Nike Womens Half Email

I'm excited for so many reasons.  Nike has a great website for this race that includes a 12 week training plan.  Training starts today. First up, 3 miles, later this afternoon, I've got this. But first, I have to go to work.

Have you ever run Nike Women's Half Marathon?

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I never cared much for the color purple

I never cared much for the color purple, it just wasn't my color. But now, you can find it on me almost daily since it is the color for the cancer that took the life of one of the most amazing people I have ever met, Kyle's mom, Marie Martel.  The words pancreatic cancer .... ugh. No body wants to hear that. No body ever wants to hear the word cancer, ever! It's scary, I know it is. It's an uncomfortable conversation and we just want to run. Please don't, well yes..please run, just don't run away. Keep reading -- we need you. Trying to turn a life changing negative into a positive -- Kyle and I have taken on core volunteer roles with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help raise awareness and funding towards the terrible disease [pancreatic cancer] that took his Mother at the young age of 59.

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Marie Martel was born in Manchester, NH on April 14th 1953. She led a life filled with love and commitment to her family and friends. She touched the lives of so many with her loving selflessness that was admired by everyone who ever had the privilege of knowing her. On September 21st 2012, she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. A short 45 days later on November 5th 2012, she passed away.

Kyle and I, along with other members of the affiliate, were lucky enough to experience a tour of the lab of Scott Seeley, grant recipient and pancreatic cancer researcher at UCSF. Scott and his team are absolutely amazing. It was truly an amazing day learning more and hearing about their findings and hope for a cure.

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Dr. Scott Seeley, MD, PhD

On June 22, 2014 - San Francisco will hold their annual fundraising event, Purple Stride 5k at Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop. I am honored to be taking on the core role of event coordinator for this event. It's a lot of work, but the least I can do in the fight for a cure and to raise awareness.

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We can't do it alone. This is our fundraising event for the year and I am reaching out to my readers asking for help! If you are local, please consider walking/running/volunteering for the event : purplestride.org/sanfrancisco (Check out this short video to see how great PurpleStride is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRfjLVbcud4 )

If you aren't, please take a moment and check out our team page Inspired By Marie and consider making a donation. No donation is ever too small.

http://purplestride.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1089448&lis=0&kntae1089448=DC67DA5A2A134E30951D6D22CF9F4FCE&team=5834257

Please help us raise money so that amazing individuals like Dr. Scott Seeley, MD, PhD can continue to receive grants and work towards finding a cure. A breakthrough in one kind of cancer can help lead to a cure of them all. I don't wish the pain we feel daily from our loss on anyone.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

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11/2/13 San Jose, CA
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11/2/13 San Jose, CA -- The one and only, Marathon Goddess #WeGotThis
11/2/13 San Jose, CA -- The one and only, Marathon Goddess #WeGotThis
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April Challenge - Yoga to the Core

I've never successfully done yoga. I tried hot yoga once and just about passed out doing it and had to sit down. The thought of going to a yoga studio to try again was intimidating since I had no clue what the basic moves were in the first class I had unsuccessfully attempted. Lately, yoga pictures have been flooding  my Instagram feed. These monthly Yoga Challenges where you post a photo a day. A friend had been posting photos of her April Challenge #inversionsmakeyouhot. So impressed with her ability, I commented on her  post about the new one starting in March - Backbend yoga Challenge. She tried to talk me into it, but I wasn't ready to commit. I was just looking forward to watching her progress and getting inspired to one day soon, give it a try myself. (( She suggested I check out YogaGlo.com  (it's $18 / month). There are so many styles / teachers / levels to choose from. She loves it and and recommended Kathryn Budig as her favorite instructor so far. ))

March 31st she posted her April challenge #YogaToTheCore - I'm all in. It's time to pull the trigger and try yoga. I have nothing to lose by adding this to my daily workout routine & I hear it will help with running. So here it is! Feel free to join in the fun. Follow me on Instagram @hereforthewine , I'll be posting my daily photos. If I can do it, you can do it. Click here to find out more -  Kino Yoga

Make sure you follow @GlideSup @Beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @stoked_yogi  (and tag them in your photos). They each post videos on instagram daily so you know how to do the move. Each one will post their variation which is helpful as well.

Enjoy the challenge! I am so far. I've said it before - you never know who you are inspiring! - Thank you Shauna Burke for inspiring me and getting me out of my comfort zone.

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Day 1: Boat Pose
Day 1: Boat Pose
Day 2: Tiger Pose
Day 2: Tiger Pose

Day 1: Navasana, Boat Pose                                                                                                          Day 2: Vyaghrasana, Tiger Pose

Namaste

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....And I'm back!

If you have never been to Cabo San Lucas, you must go. We spent a week at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort and Spa . It was amazing. My favorite part of the vacation (other than disconnecting from work for a week, sitting poolside for days sipping on mojitos, the beautiful views, fabulous weather and spending time with Kyle's family) was him asking me to be a part of his family!! On March 12th on our balcony, Kyle asked me to be his wife. WOW. I will never forget this moment. It was truly special and nothing I ever could have dreamed of. I am still on Cloud 10! <3

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The scene of the crime. What a view!

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Still surprised and feeling so happy & loved. My fiance! I just love the way that sounds :)

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WHAAAAAAAT? I love you more than all the stars in the sky. You truly are, my best friend! xo

I could talk about our special moment all day, so for now, that's it. I'm back from vacation and it's time to get back to training.

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My last post I admitted that I hadn't run in weeks and I was okay with that. I told myself that after our vacation to Cabo I was getting back on the running wagon and getting back into shape.   Week 1 of not eating like a piglet and working out is complete. I am down 6lbs and couldn't be more excited about this journey. A friend introduced me to a unique group workout with top trainers right here in our neighborhood called FitMob . They offer classes morning, noon & night for as low as $5! A fun workout that doesn't break the bank...I had to try it and I'm glad I did. I tend to do much better in a group setting than I do by myself. I already started to feel the effects of cross training in my run yesterday.

Next Sunday is the Rock and Roll half marathon here in San Francisco. I'm not nearly as prepared for it as I would like to be. It is what it is thought. Life throws us curve balls everyday and we aren't fully prepared for those, so I know I will be okay. When the running gets tough, my person in mind will keep me strong. She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, loving wife & mother of two who is battling colon cancer. She was diagnosed January 22 just weeks after giving birthday to her 2nd perfect bundle of joy. She has a fantastic attitude, amazing support from friends and family and is kicking cancers ass!

You got this girl! As your shirt says, FUCK CANCER!

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No Excuses

I have a confession to make: I haven't run in weeks and I am 100% ok with it. No reason, no excuses.

I'm not in a funk. I'm not injured. I just didn't do it.

I'll be back at it middle of March! I have a lot of miles to make up for if I am going to make my 1,000 mile goal this year. I enjoy a challenge!

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you never know who you are inspiring ...

I want to thank everyone who reached out and left a kind note in my inbox, a comment on a blog, a text, a phone call etc. I don't write my blog for attention. I write my blog to create awareness. I write my blog to keep all my thoughts in one place for myself so when I need the motivation, I know exactly where to go. I write my blog for others to read hoping I motivate or inspire someone to reach for that goal they have in the back of their mind but are scared to go for. If you have a dream or a goal, GO FOR IT! The only person stopping you from achieving it, is yourself. I never in a million years thought I could run or that I would love it the way that I do today. Look at me now.

Success is the result of clear goals, unshakable confidence, proper planning, enthusiastic action and consistent persistence

Here are a few of my facebook posts from the past two years  followed by an amazing note I received yesterday that has left me completely speechless, emotional and full of tears. I love you H. Go for your goal. YOU can do it! I will forever be (one of) your biggest cheerleader. <3

June 21, 2011

I just signed up for my very first 5K! I can not believe I just paid to run for fun. I am excited and a little nervous.

June 25, 2011

First 5K completed! 28 minutes. Yahoo!

August 18, 2011

Two months ago today I started running. Tonight I will be running the Saunders 10k. Proud moment.

November 4, 2011

Huge thank you to Runners Alley for helping me achieve this GINORMOUS goal!! Thank you Betsy for always being so upbeat & supportive! Thank you Briana for pushing me to sprint up Harrison St during hill repeats when I wanted to walk! Thank you Jill for being a great leader on our early Saturday morning runs! I'm going to enjoy this moment for a very long time!!!

November 6, 2011

First 1/2 marathon completed! 2:08:57. :0) Thank you all for the support. Feeling great.

June 17, 2012

Today I celebrate my 1 yr anniversary of running. 3 half marathons and 25+ races...looking forward to another great season. Never say never!

November 5, 2012

Yesterday, I completed my 5th half marathon. Each race this past year has been special in its own way. I usually dedicate a mile or two to someone to help me get thru when the running gets tough.Yesterdays 13.1 mile journey was dedicated 100% to Kyle's mom. On the back of my bib I taped my profile picture and wrote "run with your heart not with your legs". That's exactly what we did. We ran with our hearts. I will never forget the way I felt yesterday.Thank you Mama B for the inspiration, motivation, support & endless love.Love you, Baby B oxxo

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Thank you again for the love and the support.

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Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday indeed! I have been so busy with my new volunteer adventure with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (more on that soon), working & running. Finally I have a moment to sit down and take some time to show the blog some love. Where to begin -- how about with goals. I set a goal to run 1,000 miles this year. I am excited because I am on track to succeed even though I am little behind this month (to hit the goal, I must average 3 miles per day). As of today, I have run 70 miles. WooHoo!!! February I will make up for what I did not do in January. I will start the month off strong with my 1st half marathon of the year. The 31st Annual Kaiser Permanente half marathon and 5K Fun Run is a certified 13.1 mile course and ranked as one of the most scenic in the country by Runner's World. This race has been selected as Road Race of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America. I am very excited to run this. The Hot Chocolate 15k I did a couple weeks ago was a portion of the race, so I feel very prepared.

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Being so busy, I lost track of time. Today is 10 week mark until my NEXT half marathon on April 6th;  Rock and Roll race here in San Francisco. I (barely) completed my first Rock and Roll half I did 2 years ago in Providence, RI. The roadtrip weekend was a blast celebrating my friend Sara's birthday. Many laughs, many memories, & nicknames of Thelma and Louise came that weekend - the race, eh. There may have been one too many vodka tonics that night... no photos, no proof ;)

Our friend Dena had created a 13 week training calendar for that race back in 2012 and I have been using it to set myself up for success in every half marathon I train for. I count backwards from the race date, 13 weeks and fill in the dates. If anyone is interested, I uploaded it to google drive to share. (click on the words google drive to access the link)  I love to print it out & hang on the refrigerator. Every day, I see it and know what my miles for the day are. Each day gets crossed off as I count down to the big day.

Don't forget to leave me a comment below with your favorite wines. I am always looking to try new ones. Next #Winezday is February 19th. Look forward to sharing some delicious finds.

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Life's too short to drink bad wine!

It's true. You know it. Life truly is too short to drink bad wine. A couple weeks ago, (4 to be exact, thank you Instagram time stamp) my friend Amber posted a picture on Instagram of a new wine on she tried and tagged me in it. The caption read: "yummy delight". How could I not want to try this?

I had been trying to come up with a name for my blog, and just like that, running and wine / #Winezday was born. I decided it would be fun on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to try a new wine that has been suggested to me by you. I'm a big Chardonnay fan. So I turn to you to help me find new wines to love. Here's Amber's:

Sterling Vintner's Collection 2011

Our Meritage is a classice blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from some of California's premier red-wine appellations. This richly textured wine has flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, black raspberry, and vanilla, culminating in a full, lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled or roasted meats and heavy vegetables.

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I have say I was pleasantly surprised. It was indeed "Yummy Delight!". This is a tasty blended wine that you could bring to a party (while not breaking the bank) and even a white wine only lover could enjoy.  Price point here on the West Coast is $8.99 - $12.99 depending on where you purchase.

I'm off to finish enjoying my glass and catch up on The Bachelor ;)

Who has a suggestion for next month's #winezday?

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Recap: #RnRSF Course Launch Party, Boston Sports & Hot Chocolate 15k = action packed weekend

What a weekend, and it's not over yet! Saturday was the #RnRSF Course Launch Party at Sports Basement, Presidio (610 Old Mason St.)  I got there early so I could grab my Hot Chocolate 15k swag bag and bib for the race Sunday.

While waiting for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon San Francisco event to start, I met and chatted with Zari. She started running last June and decided that this year, her goal would be to run a Half Marathon! Go Zari, Go! I look forward to following her training and meeting up again at the race on April 6th (if not sooner)

Zari & I at Chrissy Field before the 3.5 mile fun run. Can barely see Golden Gate Bridge, it was so foggy
Zari & I at Chrissy Field before the 3.5 mile fun run. Can barely see Golden Gate Bridge, it was so foggy

I also finally got to meet Pavement Runner, aka Brian!  Was nice to finally meet the man behind the twitter handle @pavementrunner and learn his real name. After we watched the video of the course (which looks like it will be fun & hilly!) we went out for a fun 3.5 mile run with Mario Fraioli & Marathon Matt Pace Team.

Headed home after that and down to San Jose. We caught most of the New England Patriots on tv  and then made our way to the SAP Center to cheer on the Boston Bruins vs San Jose Sharks. Both Boston teams won! WooHoo!

After a late night (didn't get in until Midnight), 4:45am came very quickly today. I crawled out of bed and made my way over to Golden Gate Park for the  Hot Chocolate 5k/15k . With 10,000 participants I thought I would have a hard time finding my twitter friend Brie, who is a Boston transplant here in the city. We have been social media friends for a couple of months so it was great to finally meet her! After chatting for a bit we wished each other well and made way to the starting line.

My personal goal for this 9 miler was to run the entire thing, no stopping. (primarily because I had to hurry and get back home for work, and I also wanted to catch the San Francisco 49ers game.)   As the race started, I quickly realized that this goal was most likely not going to happen, I couldn't feel  my feet, they were so cold. It was very chilly this morning I had a hard time warming up.

Finally after we exited Golden Gate Park (roughly mile 2.5) and made our way to the Great Highway, the sun was shining along the ocean front and I finally warmed. At mile marker 5 I was still going strong. Checked out my Nike Plus watch and I was right on track, averaging a 9:30pace. I've got this! At mile 8 the volunteers were cheering us on and pushing us to step it up and finish strong. I looked at the girl behind me and playfully said "I'll race you..."  I ended running the last 1.4 miles at an 8:20 min pace. It's amazing what a little motivation can do. As I approached the finish line, the announcers called my name out and asked for a wave to go along with my smile. So cool.

Thank you Brie for tweeting me into running this. It was a great race, It was great to meet you, It was a great morning. I will definitely do it again next year.

Watched the sunrise, met a new friend, ran 9 miles with beautiful ocean views & was rewarded with chocolate fondue at the finish line.
Watched the sunrise, met a new friend, ran 9 miles with beautiful ocean views & was rewarded with chocolate fondue at the finish line.

What do you think of my blog so far? I'm new, so be kind. :)

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#RnRSF Course Launch Party, Boston Sports & Hot Chocolate 15k = action packed weekend

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I am really looking forward to this weekend. It is going to be a busy one, but a great one. It starts Saturday morning with the official Course Launch Party for the 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon that I am running in April (4/6/14 here in SF). If you haven't signed up yet, click here for details. Very excited seeing  Pavement Runner announce on his blog today that he will also be at the #RnRSF Course Launch Party. I "met" him via twitter, but have yet to meet in person, #TweetUpMeetUp !

Course Launch Party Details:

Date:Saturday, January 11, 2014

Time: 9 am – 11 am

Location: Sports Basement, Presidio (610 Old Mason St.)

What:

  • 5K Fun run led by Mario Fraioli & Marathon Matt Pace Team
  • Post run snacks and beverages
  • First viewing of the course route video
  • #RnRSF & Sports Basement discounts
  • BIG Raffle full of gift cards, gear, and more
  • Live DJ
  • Mini-Expo with vendors and local charities

Ample parking is available, so spread the word! RSVP HERE

After the launch party, I have to boogie home and get ready to head down to San Jose for an evening full of Boston Sports! We have the New England Patriots on at 5pm (PST)  to catch on tv before we head to the SAP Center to catch the Boston Bruins vs San Jose Sharks. I can't wait.

Sunday morning 5am will come quick. I'm sleepy thinking about it. Sunday is my first official race this year. The Hot Chocolate 15k course looks great. The run starts in Golden Gate Park and then down along the Great Highway (it's along the beach for anyone who doesn't know) I wasn't going to run this race, but my new twitter gal pal Brie (http://runfunfood.com/) tweeted me into it. Look forward to meeting her on Sunday as well for my second #TweetUpMeetUp of the weekend. We will lace up our #sweatpink laces and enjoy the race! A portion of the course is the same as the Kaiser Permanente half marathon I am running in February, so this will be good practice.

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Happy Hump Day !

recap: 8 mile trail run

I'm posting a recap, so clearly I survived. At mile 1.5, I wasn't sure I was going to. I know what you're thinking -- is she serious? 1.5 miles in, she was complaining??? Yes I am completely serious. Allow me to explain. Justin (my neighbor)  is the one who told me about the Meetup.com group he found. They were doing this 8 mile trail run and it sounded fun. We met up in the morning and made the trek down to the muni bus stop. (Riding Muni & Bart was a first for me today. Can you believe I have been in the city for just about 10 months and this was my first time on public transportation?!? It was dirty and stinky just like I thought it would be!) We made our way over to the Rockridge Bart Station . We were excited to get going. Weather was perfect!

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We begin down College Ave over to Claremont Ave where the climb began. I literally wanted to cry by mile 1.5. (the Meetup.com description of this run said it started off  with An unforgiving 2-mile climb on Claremont Ave) Unforgiving was a COMPLETE UNDERSTATEMENT. Not only was it a complete understatement, but it was also off by 1 mile. The first 3 miles were the absolute worst. We ran as much as we could. Sadly we walked most of it. Now if I was in shape (which one day I will be and I will conquer most of this hill) I wouldn't have had a problem. For someone who just got back into running - this was painful and not fun. (constructive criticism for the meet up creator: let your runners know this is an intense run. I would have prepared by fueling differently this morning.)

Justin and I thought about turning around and heading back home by mile 2.5. We pushed ourselves a little further. We thought this run wasn't for us. Just as we were about to surrender, we saw the rest of our group waiting for us around the bend. WHAT? They waited for us? They were cheering for us to finish. Okay, we got this.

After a couple high fives were tossed and we caught our breath, I asked the group leader if there were more intense hills. I told him we just were not prepared. He was honest and said yes, 400 or so more intense feet and the rewarding panoramic view of the bay was just up ahead.  He was right. We sucked it up and boy am I glad we did. What a view!

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Before we started our 5 mile downhill trail, we needed a little boost. I was VERY thankful I remembered to pack some Extreme Sport Beans. I like these. They work quick and don't irritate my stomach. No Cramps = Happy Sarah

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We were amply rewarded by a downhill trail with more panoramic Bay views spanning from Richmond to Emeryville.  The trail spills out by Strawberry Canyon pool and Memorial Stadium. No complaints along these miles. Justin and I chatted the whole time (and were surprisingly feeling really good!)

After what felt like hours, our run came to an end right back where we started - Rockridge Bart Station. All in all it was a good run even though we were severely unprepared.

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I look forward to conquering that massive hill in the future. Here's a link to the route: Happy Saturday!

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8 mile trail run

My friend Justin was talking about an 8 mile trail run he is doing tomorrow so I figured, sure why not! It’s with a group he found on meetup.com If you have not checked out this site – it is a great way to find running groups and other social activities around you. I have never done a trail run, so I am a little nervous. The description is “An unforgiving 2-mile climb on Claremont Ave. is amply rewarded by a downhill trail with panoramic Bay views spanning from Richmond to Emeryville. ” –  I am looking forward to the views. (I need to remember to apologize in advance to Justin in the morning. Kyle and I ate at the Stinking Rose tonight (a garlic restaurant). My sweat should be smelling good tomorrow. Ooops )  

I’ll do a recap of our 8 mile trail run this weekend. Hopefully I will have some pictures that do the view no justice! Enjoy your weekend.

Where are you running?

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years Eve & and a great New Years Day. I know I did. We rang in the new year with some of our new friends at our place. Drinks flowed, Cards Against Humanity was played, laughs were shared & memories were made.  

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Happy New Year!

I have challenged myself to run 1,000 miles this year and also do monthly challenges. After some re-hydration (thanks NUUN!) I  dusted off my shoes and headed out for my first run of the year. Beautiful day for 3 miles.  I did my January Monthly Challenge when I got back -  Plank A Day. Successful 20 seconds. For anyone who wants to join the Plank A Day Challenge, click here.

What are your goals for 2014?

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
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