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2010 LA Marathon video

Unfortunately, due to my injury I was not able to run the 2010 LA Marathon this year. I planned on running it, was registered for it, and was looking forward to this race. The new course was going to be amazing, but I hurt my knee and I was down for the count. Even though I did not participate in this year’s LA Marathon, my friends did. Here is a video I made for them about their 2010 LA Marathon.

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Running Scrapbook

I finally updated my running scrapbook. If you are looking for something to do with all of your racing bibs, here is an idea. I have some of my timing chips and safety pins in here also. What is really neat is seeing how my times have improved throughout these past couple years.

If you live in Southern California, or race here, you will recognize a lot of the races ūüôā

These are my first 2 5Ks after knee surgery.
Left: Run For Russ 5K – Chino, CA – 2/3/2007
Right: Claremont Village Freedom 5000 – Claremont, CA – 7/4/2007
My First 1/2 Marathon!
Left: City of Angels 1/2 – Los Angeles, CA – 12/2/2007
Right: OC Half Marathon – Irvine, CA – 1/6/2008
Surf City Half Marathon – Huntington Beach, CA – 2/3/2008
My First Marathon
Los Angeles Marathon – Los Angeles, CA – 3/2/2008
More LA Marathon
More LA Marathon
Long Beach Marathon – Long Beach, CA – 11/12/2008
More Long Beach Marathon
Left: City of Angels 1/2 – Los Angeles, CA – 12/7/2008
Right: Surf City Half Marathon – Huntington Beach, CA – 2/1/2009
Left: Inagural Pasadena Half Marathon – Pasadena, CA – 3/22/2009
Right: Harvest Festival 10K – Chino Hills, CA – 10/3/2009
Long Beach Half Marathon – Long Beach, CA – 10/11/2009
Inagural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon – Las Vegas, NV – 12/6/2009
More RnR Vegas
More RnR Vegas

This is it for now. I left out 1 5K, the Chino Hills Challenge in May 2008 (my PR race) because there wasn’t any room, but other than that all of my races post knee surgery are here. Two 5Ks, Seven Half Marathons, and Three Marathons.

Favorite 2009 Running Moments

At the end of every year, I put together a list of my favorite running moments from the year. It is my way of reflecting on the good and looking forward to the future. This year, I am also adding in a list of my running goals for the new year as well.

Top Running Moments of 2009
5. Finally getting over my anti-running capri attitude: Running capris are awesome and until recently I hated them. I only bought them because Vegas was going to be pretty chilly and now I wear them all the time.
4. Running with and meeting even more running friends: What can I say? I LOVE the people in my running group. I enjoy their company on our long runs, I thrive off of their motivation and support, and I look forward to seeing them every Saturday morning. Even if I’m not in a running mood, or if I am dreading the long miles, or if the weather is horrible, I wake up early on Saturday mornings with a smile on my face because I know I am about to be in the company of some of the greatest people.
3. My New  1/2 Marathon PR: For what seemed like forever, I was stuck with a 1:50:XX half marathon time. I trained and trained and still had difficulty breaking that mark. But, that was until 2009. In October (a week after my favorite moment #2) I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon. I can honestly say that I’ve never run a half marathon with so much heart before and I left every once of evergy I had on the course. I finished in 1:42:19. First, I was exstatic that I broke 1:50; secondly, I was even more pumped that I completely smashed my previous PR of 1:50:XX!

2. Winning the Harvest Festival 10K: In October, I signed up for a 10K on a whim. I’d never run a 10K race before and felt that the 6.2 miles run would be an excellent tempo run for my 1/2 marathon the week after. While I didn’t meet my time goal for the race, which was coming in under 45 minutes, I finished in 45:19 and was the first female to cross the finish line. I’ve placed 1st in my age group before, but never as the first female to cross the finish line. It was awesome.

1. Accomplishing my goal of running a sub-4 marathon: In December I ran the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon. I completed this marathon in 3:58:04 and was so elated that I accomplished a goal that I’ve been working toward since I started training for marathons in 2007. Even though I am super happy with my time and progress, it is time to step it up and eventually shave off an additional 18 minutes.

Running Goals for 2010
1. Run a 3:40 marathon and qualify for Boston
2. Run a race in another state besides California and Nevada
3. Run a sub 1:40 half marathon
4. Run a sub 45 minute 10K
5. Log in at least 1500 miles throughout the year.

Cheers to all. Have a happy and healthy 2010!

Vegas Marathon Video Recap

Here is the video recap from the 2009 Inagural Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. It captures some of the greatest moments from this past marathon with the Pacers/MoFos.

Las Vegas Marathon

Third time’s a charm! I finally finished a marathon strong and in good spirits. This was an amazing race from start to end and I am glad that I finally crossed a finish line without thinking “I’m never doing this again” as I crossed the finish line. In fact, those thoughts never even crossed my mind.
The race started pretty easy, and it was freezing in Vegas due to a cold front that had moved in. The temp was below 32 degrees (yikes) and that had everyone a bit nervous. Luckily, I was able to get about four and a half hours of sleep for this race, which is a lot more than I’ve gotten in the past.

As we all walked toward the corrals I started to get super excited. Mentally and physically I knew I was prepared and I wasn’t nervous at all. I just wanted to start running. Once the race started we slowly started creeping up to the starting line. Once we got close enough, I saw the bengal tigers and show girls that stood on both sides of the starting line. It was an amazing sight to see; a starting line like no other.

Once I crossed the starting line I was pretty annoyed. As usual, people didn’t honor the corral system and were either running slowly or walking. There was some congestion for the first few mines. Running on the strip was super cool. As a little girl growing up in Vegas, I always thought the strip was a neat place. I was wrapped up in the glitz and the glamor of it all and this race captured that nostalgia factor.

As my group, the running mofos, ran on Las Vegas Boulevard, we received many shout outs for our shirts. They were a hit!

Around mile 11-13 or so, I started to pull away from my group. I tried to keep them running with me, but I felt strong and I didn’t want to slow down.

Once I reaced Hacienda, I started looking for my family. I knew they would be along the course somewhere on Hacienda and Rainbow. As I approached mile 17 I heard my family cheering for me. I’ve never had family course support before and it was awesome to know they were all out there for me. After I ran up Hacienda, I made a U-turn and headed east toward the strip. I passed my family again at mile 22 and I was feeling on top of the world. I had a ton of energy, I was smiling, and I was loving every minute of the race.

At mile 23, I knew I would come in under 4 hours for sure, as along as I kept my pace and didn’t have a major running catastrophe. I was optimistic, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up yet.
Finally around mile 24 I started to get tired. The two overpasses I needed to cross didn’t help, but I was so close to the finish line that I kept on trucking. I had to keep my pace to finish under 4 hours.
After the two overpasses, I found myself on the final mile. It was exhillarating. Never before in my first two marathons had I felt this great at the end of the race. I was finishing strong and with a smile on my face. As I neared the finish line, I heard my mom yell at me. She had suprised me and made it to the finish line. That was grear. I am so glad that she was able to see me finish.
Overall, it was an amazing race. I finished my third marathon in 3:58:04! I cut 26 minutes off of my previous PR! Even though I ran the majority of it by myself, I couldn’t have asked for better running friends that day. We had a great time and we all did very well.

Let the taper begin!

Reaching the taper of my training is bittersweet. On one hand it is sweet because I am this much closer to the marathon on the otherhand it is bitter because I have to drastically cut my miles, which is never fun.

I am extremely happy that I get to start my taper on a good foot. I just finished peak week and I was able to get in 50.5 miles this past week! That is the most miles I’ve ever ran in one week. Also, I just finished an amazing 23 mile run yesterday. My group and I ran it at a 9:14 pace and we significantly increased our pace at mile 16 and sustained it for the remaining 7 miles! Also, we felt strong when we finished.

Vegas, here we come!

Great 18 mile run – ice bath

I rounded out training for this week with an 18 mile run with my running group.¬†We started early (5:45) to beat the heat. It is supposed to be 103 today and it is already 95 before 11! I was a bit worried about today’s run because my hamstring tendon was a bit tight, but it was a great run and I felt strong the entire time.

The run lasted 2 hours and 59 minutes….so, 3 hours. I consumed one e-Gel pack, 6 sports beans, and one shot block. That is pretty good. I don’t rely on energy gels and beans as much for energy.

As I write this entry, I am currently submerged from my legs down in ice water. I have a garbage can that I designated solely for the purpose of ice baths. I put in 40lbs of ice, some water, and hop right in. I need to stand in here for 20 minutes. The cold is quite painful, but I know it helps tremendously.

This week, I broke the 40 mile mark! Whoo hoo!
I ran 41.3 miles in
6 hours and 26 minutes!

My running is almost a part time job!

2 weeks until the Long Beach Half and 10 weeks until the Las Vegas full!

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