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Berkeley Half Marathon Ambassador, Round 2

Hello all!

Long time, yeah?! Just a quick update-I ran the San Francisco Half Marathon (recap pending!) on July 31st! Also, after a month long training program in the summer (hence the lack of blogging), I am officially teaching fitness classes! I love my job, but more on the later!

For the second year in a row, I scored an ambassadorship with the Berkeley Half Marathon!

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This year, the race will take place on November 20th in (duh) Berkeley, CA. There are THREE distances to choose from: a half marathon, 10K and 5K. I am going to run the 10K this year, as I have never raced at that distance before! So, in the coming weeks I am going to be working a lot on speed an conditioning. Other runners have expressed their various grumbles challenges with the distance: too short to run at an “easy” pace, but too long to run at a 5K pace the entire time; however, I’m looking forward to trying something new! Who knows, as a middle-of-the-pack half marathoner/second-half-of-the-pack marathoner, perhaps the 10K will be my true calling! 😀

For those who are interested in running Berkeley with me, I have a discount for you! Use “BHM2016JAMIE” to save $10 off the half marathon or 10K, or “BHM2016JAMIE5K” to save $5 off the 5K. Hope to see you at the finish line!

-J

 

 

 

 

Presidio 10, 2015: A Race Review

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Sunday, April 12th 2015

website: http://guardsmen.org/presidio10/

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Yesterday I ran my first race of 2015, The Presidio 10! There are multiple distance options available for this event: a 10 Miler, 10K and a 5K. I chose to run the 10 miler with Taylor, although I recently tweaked my left knee and thought I would run the 10K instead. However, come race morning I decided to go for it and run the full 10.

Pricing: I paid $65 to run the 10 mile race. The race is a fundraiser and ALL of the proceeds go to the Guardsmen, a Bay Area non-profit that support at-risk youth 🙂

Packet Pick-Up was held at the Sports Basement in the Presidio. It took all of 10 seconds for me to get my bib and go!

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Race Day: 

I have a history of NOT falling asleep before a race; however, I slept for a record 5 hours!

The 10 mile race started promptly at 8 a.m, followed by the 10K at 8:30, and the 5K at 9. There was plenty of parking in the area. We had about a 1/2 mile walk to the starting line, but it was no big deal. There were only small lines for the bag check and bathrooms. Essentially, it was an easy morning!

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And we’re off!

The Presidio is a National Park within San Francisco, and is known for hills. Within the first half mile were were sent right up the longest, steepest hill of the race, and continued to climb for what felt like miles. There are plenty of trails in the area; however, we were kept strictly on roads along the outskirts of the Presidio.

It was an exceptionally hot morning, and I could feel the affects of the hills and sun early on. I never felt too bad, but definitely not in race mode. Instead of focusing on time and pace, I treated the race as my first real long run in preparation for the San Francisco Marathon.

After 3+ miles of winding, uphill roads, we ran out-and-back across the Golden Gate Bridge! The 10K merged with the 10 mile race around this time, and the fastest 10K-ers started to run past us. I never felt like the bridge was overly crowded though, just hot and sunny!

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After the bridge we were FINALLY treated to a significant downhill, and around the 8 mile mark I felt my best as we headed to the finish line at Crissy Field. At some point the 5K merged with us and our pace was stalled, so I used a ton of energy to weave around people. I still managed to finish with relative ease; it was nice to finish feeling better than I started!

My official finish time was 1:35:07, which is only just a little slower than my half marathon pace so I was happy. All finishers received T-shirts…

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And there was a big festival at the finish line. It was a bit crowded, but the post race amenities were pretty amazing: a FULL breakfast…

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as well as Bloody Marys and beer! I REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary, but they ran out while we were standing in line!

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All done!

My experience with the Presidio 10 was overall very positive. We did not run through the trails of the Presidio as much as I expected, but you can’t beat the stunning views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Also, the volunteers with the Guardsmen were exceptional. Without drawing out the details, I had an email correspondence with someone named Andy when I initially wanted to switch race distances, and he went out of his way to accommodate me. I’m very happy to add the Presidio 10 to my repertoire of Bay Area races!

Finis!

-J

 

Back to Golden Gate Park

Between work, an internship, and (of course) running, I’ve been a busy, busy lady lately! I’m currently 3 weeks in to my internship as a fitness coach, and everything has been going amazing well so far. My new schedule has been an adjustment for me, with late nights bartending and early mornings at the gym, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Official training for the San Francisco Marathon will begin in late March, and I’ve been working on building my running base. I’m SUPER excited that Rich, my boyfriend, will be running the marathon with me this year! This will be his FIRST 26.2 miles, so he is going to need ample words of caution encouragement. With a marathon training cycle about to begin, I was in need of new running shoes, so I picked up a pair of Asics at the Sports Basement:

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All shiny and new

Earlier this week, I took them on their first 4 mile run in Golden Gate Park. I’ve run plenty of mileage in the park before, but it has been a couple of months since running here so felt good to be back. The scenery is always gorgeous! Year-round you will see beautiful flowers throughout the park…

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And so many different trees!

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There are also many of lakes and ponds throughout Golden Gate…

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…and multiple museums, and gardens:

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Outside the Japanese Tea Garden

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And the Shakespeare Garden!

It was refreshing to get out of my neighborhood for a run, and I was able to see so much in just a 4 mile, out-and-back run!

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View of the Sutro Tower

The San Francisco Marathon will be my 3rd marathon, and I think I’m just about ready to start training!

Happy Friday runners!

-J

Christmas Hike


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On Christmas morning, Rich and I went on an 8 mile hike!

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We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to hike in the Marin Headlands…

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We took the Tennessee Valley Trail to Muir Beach, the same route I ran with Jesse and Taylor a couple of months ago!

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It was hard waking up early on Christmas morning, especially after an indulgent Christmas Eve dinner…

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But I’m so glad we did! It was a beautiful day, and it was nice to get a workout in. We spent the rest of our holiday relaxing at home, opening presents, drinking Champagne and watching It’s A Wonderful Life.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

-J

Still Running!

Even though I haven’t been focusing on training for any upcoming races, and I’ve admittedly been a little MIA in the blog-o-sphere, I’ve still been running! I have given myself the rest of the year off of a rigid running schedule to focus on rebuilding my base.

Thus far, Fall in San Francisco has been relatively mild. I’ve enjoyed some new scenery as the leaves are starting to change color:

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And some slightly cooler air…but overall the weather has been PERFECT for running! As of right now, I am running mostly 3 and 4 milers, and my longest run since the Nike Women’s Half Marathon has been 5 miles.

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Next week, I’m hoping to increase my long run to 6, and then slowly work my way back to double digits by January!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I’m planning a healthy holiday dinner for my boyfriend and I to enjoy. Rich is fighting 2 days after the holiday, and must weight-in on Saturday morning…which means there will be no pumpkin pies for us! I picked up a small turkey breast to roast on Thanksgiving, and I’m looking for a few other vegetable side dishes to go with the meat.

I get a lot of inspiration shopping at Trader Joe’s, which is by far my FAVORITE (and most affordable!) store in the City. They have a seasonal, rotating inventory and I always find new, fun things to try. I picked up a butternut squash and cooked it for the first time the other day-it was so simple and easy!

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I cut the squash in half…

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then seeded and cubed the gourd.

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I drizzled just a little olive oil over the cubes, added a few sprinkles of pepper and cooked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. It came out perfectly! We will definitely include this on our Thanksgiving menu 😀

I also found this Heirloom Spinach, which is a beautiful Fall red!

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I cooked it in a pan with onions and a few other veggies. I liked the taste of the spinach, but the leaves were still attached to thick stems, so I had to pluck them before cooking. Also, the red color bleeds when warm, so be weary of staining your clothes. I may defer to another side dish. I’m considering cauliflower mashed potatoes, sans butter/salt/dairy. I’m open to any suggestions!

Lastly, I am still getting used to my new hair!

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I wanted to take my hair a little darker for the Fall and Winter seasons, and the color turned out even darker than I had planned. But it is starting to grow on me as the dye fades slightly 🙂

Anyone else enjoying a butter-free, salt-free, dairy-free, 99% fat-free Thanksgiving??

-J

 

 

 

Finisher!

On Sunday morning I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco!

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I ran this race with Miss Taylor, and we had an overall fantastic experience. This was one of my slower races to date, but also one of the hardest! As I learned from last year’s experience, Nike loves to send the ladies up in to the hills-and this year was no different. Considering we stopped for 2 bathroom breaks and walked through every water station, I think we finished in great time though!

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I will work on my full race recap when I have a chance, but for now here is a peek at the gorgeous finisher necklace!

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-J

Eating Clean with Sweet Potato, Eggs and Avocado.

Eating “clean” is a habit I strive for, especially living with my competitive mixed-martial artist boyfriend, Rich. With our busy schedules, however, it is sometimes hard to eat the healthiest food. Rich found a quick and easy recipe on a friend’s IG, and we decided to give it a try. I did tweak the recipe just a tad by adding the garlic, eggplant and onion but I loved the way it turned out:

Sweet Potato, Egg and Avocado Recipe:

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2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 in cubes

1 avocado, sliced or diced

2-4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup red onion, sliced

1 cup diced eggplant

chili power, turmeric, red pepper to taste

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1. Boil sweet potato cubes for 10  minutes, or until soft and ready to eat. Drain.

2. While boiling the sweet potatoes, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add minced garlic and red onion, and sauté for 2 minutes.

3. Add eggplant to the skillet and cook until soft.

4. Remove the garlic, onion and eggplant mixture from the skillet and scramble the eggs. I used the same pan to give the eggs a great flavor!

5. Once eggs are scrambled, turn off the heat and add the cooked sweet potatoes, garlic/onion/eggplant mixture to the eggs. Add avocado and gently stir everything together. Sprinkle with chili powder, turmeric and red pepper to finish.

6. Serve!

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We have made this recipe several times at home and it is becoming a go-to meal for us. The dish is time and cost effective, plus it is full of vitamins, protein, and healthy fats. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory spice (perfect for athletes!) AND it adds a nice subtle flavor to the meal. Best of all, the entree is filling and tasty.

Nothing beats a good homemade meal!

Bon Appetite! 

-J