TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY: Really happy to see how far I’ve come since 2 years ago. Back then I was very inconsistent with my running, averaging about 3 workouts per week. On top of that I wasn’t disciplined about my diet, allowing myself to have far too many cheat days. I would often treat myself to some beer and bar food on Saturday nights, the day before my races. Today, however, that’s simply not the case because as someone who now takes this sport very seriously I am conscientious of the finer details, being fully aware that the little things I do on a consistent basis have a profound impact on race day.
6 10617 April, 2019
From my last visit
October 2017 Notre-Dame of Paris. I’m so shock and sad.. 😢
The obligatory finish line post from 3/31. 😁 [Not pictured: Death that was quickly creeping up inside of me.] I’ll remember to smile next year. 😂🏃🏼♀️ #encinitashalfmarathon
10 639 April, 2019
i ran today for the first time since the half and i realized that i am transitioning into yet another season of running. for the past 9 months i have run for many different reasons: to train for a race, run from problems, clear my mind, impress people, alleviate heartache, improve my mental health, push my limits, make myself stronger, teach myself not to quit things that are difficult, tone my body...among other reasons. when i ran the 13.1 miles last sunday i had many moments where i reached for motivation from many of the above sources. i thought about people cheering me on and how strong the experience was making me and honestly, most of it didn’t really work. being out there doing the thing i trained so hard for was a very different experience than i expected. it felt difficult to get the high i usually feel and maybe that’s just because with so much going on it was hard to be present. so today i went out to run with the intention of being as present as possible. to feel the joy of running. not for anyone else, not for a medal and not even to progress or grow. just to do it, be fully in the moment and to have fun. because that’s what matters most to me 🏃🏼♀️✨
One of my favorite feeling is the one that comes over you when you cross the finish line. No matter the distance that cross the finish line and raise your arms high in celebration is the best 😁. This is how I feel today bc this weekend was great or maybe it was that 31 mile run with all my kind of humans that’s got me feeling so happy today. #sdtrailcrashers#iloverunning#getoutsideandplay#encinitashalfmarathon
0 528 April, 2019
Those are big shoes to fill girl! I’m being quite literal... they’re like a size 9 😂
It warms my heart to find surprise pictures that were taken while I wasn’t home.
All signed up for #encinitashalfmarathon 2020! @encinitashalfmarathon
4 697 April, 2019
3/31/2019 was my first solo half marathon bc my uncle had a last minute work trip and it was definitely a challenge! Luckily, this Encinitas Half had the most beautiful route and the goodies were so good! The atmosphere was electric. Running still isn't therapeutic or fun for me but I'm crazy and make myself do things I dread constantly. Nothing is more satisfying than overcoming mind over matter and crossing that finish line. Oh, and getting medals.🏅 #encinitashalfmarathon#encinitas
4 527 April, 2019
No ones opinion should ever matter! Own it, live it, love it 💜
4 507 April, 2019
The determination through the 13 mile journey has definitely shown in the last 3 miles (pictures speak for themselves). My right calf (and hamstring) was ready to call it quits after it cramped up the second time during the 12th mile. Cramped so bad that it almost made me stop completely. Every step after that was so painful. I had to breathe in and out and take one step at a time. I never gave up and the crowd leading to the finish helped me along the way. 😊❤️🙌🏾 Thank you, all! Shout out to Captivating Sports Photos (@captivatingsportsphotos) for the awesome shots!
Last Sunday we decided to switch it up and instead of running🏃🏽♀️ through the finish line, we decided to volunteer on the other side. Natasha & I helped separate the bananas🍌 and passed out the finishers medals🥉I also passed out the 1st place in each age group category plaques and medals 🥇...it was great to see all the different types of people young and old up to 80+ cross with joy whether it was 3 miles or 13 miles.....it goes to show we can do anything we put are minds to, it just depends on how bad you want it ❤ #mypacemyrace#nevertooold#running#encinitashalfmarathon
Pretty amazing hardware earned at the @encinitashalfmarathon and 5K yesterday. The end of training programs are always so bittersweet. I’m so happy and proud of all my participants’ accomplishments but sad to see our time together end. We’ve spent so much time together each week for the past 3 months, we’ve formed our own little street gang. I’ll miss them! Granted, it isn’t like I’ll never see them again but I’m still a little sad. It just means it’s time to prepare for another program! Congrats to everyone who raced Encinitas yesterday! #runswithsole#medalmonday#moonlightbeach#encintas#halfmarathon#5K
What a beautiful morning in Encinitas! Felt a little beat up from yesterday’s day of AC100 course trail work, 5+ hours of driving round trip, and a moderate-hard effort training run yesterday, but I still managed to nail today’s goal of keeping below threshold at 150 bpm heart rate effort.
Thanks so much to the good folks at Muir Energy @muirenergy for fueling us on course today — Red Raspberry and Passionfruit Pineapple Banana definitely hit the spot!
MEDAL MONDAY: Last year’s hardware did not disappoint and this year’s was no different; I love how big, heavy, and colorful this medal is. It also displays a beautiful landmark that you cross by early on in the @encinitashalfmarathon so it’s very relatable. The race this year was significantly larger than it was in its first or second year and some changes were made as far as the course was concerned. Both of which I liked because the bigger the race the more it excites me and I thought that the slight change in course was nice because I’m so used to running the same exact course year after year. Tried to stick to the race plan as much as I could but that didn’t exactly pan out as I hit more water stations than I envisioned I would because I was surprisingly parched once the race started and was off pace from the start because I always go faster than planned early on in races no matter how much I tell myself to slow down. Fortunately I didn’t slow down too much in the middle of the race; the race was starting to feel a little uncomfortable at mile 11 where I slowed down a bit due to fatigue setting in; however at mile 12 I turned it up a few gears, passing several runners who had a significant lead on some since the start of the race, and carried that momentum to the finish line. I know the majority of the opinions I’ve heard from other people who ran this contradict mine, but I thought it was a relatively easy course with ideal weather. So glad that these factors were working in my favor because they helped give me that breakout performance I’ve been wanting for quite some time. The last race that I crushed my goal was at the Scripps Ranch 10k last July, so I’m glad that 6 races later I was finally able to do that again.