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Happy New Year!

Has it really been over a month since I published a blog post?! There have been some BIG changes in my life, primarily, I quit my job. But more on this another time.  Also, though I haven’t been able to run since October due to an injury, things are finally looking up for me. This week I was able to run/walk a total of 2 miles without any pain in my foot. 2! II! TWO WHOLE MILES, THANK THE RUNNING GODS! I’m still not ready to resume a full training schedule just yet, but I have been abysmally keeping up my cardio on the stationary bike and elliptical. I’m also taking yoga and Pilates classes about 4 times a week, so my chi is chill and I’m ready to start a new year!

Instead of going through a lengthy recap of my holiday season, I would like to just share my favorite photos from a few big events in the last month of 2015!

 

Fall of the House of Usher at the San Francisco Opera

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Pivot fashion show in Santa Cruz

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Wedding Shower for my bestie

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Christmas Day!

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Tickets to Disney World!

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New Years Eve

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Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe on New Year’s Day

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Hello 2016!

-J

Running Recap 2013

Following suit with many of my fellow running bloggers, I’ve decided to write a review of my year in running!

Napa Valley Marathon

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On March 3, 2013 I officially became a marathon runner at the Napa Valley Marathon! I don’t know if I could be more happy with my choice of race-beautiful scenery, luxurious perks, awesome swag, and PERFECT weather!

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I was dehydrated, under-rested and under-fed (no dinner the night before-seriously, I was that nervous) so I was a little disappointed with my finish time of 4:52. However, the feeling of crossing that finish line was unforgettable. Now that I know what to expect-and have learned a few things about proper fueling and hydrating-I’m determined to be better prepared for my next marathon!

Oakland Running Festival

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After running the Napa Valley Marathon, I felt a sudden void-I had trained for so many months and suddenly I had no race to prep for. So, I found myself lining up for a half marathon on March 24, 2013 at the Oakland Running Festival. Under better conditions (and maybe for a more experienced runner) this would have been a reasonable decision. However, I was still recovering from the full marathon; I was tired, sore and underweight. The race itself was really enjoyable, but I ended up so dehydrated I almost threw up after crossing the finish!

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I have absolutely no clue what my finish time was-I never cared to check! I don’t regret running the ORF, but it probably wasn’t the smartest move. I went to work later that night with my head pounding and was forced to nurse a bottle of Pedialyte to re-hydrate. Lesson learned.

Running Blog

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On May 20, 2013 my blog was born! I love reading other running blogs for stories, advice and race reviews so I decided to start my own. I’ve never been comfortable with other people reading my writing, so this blog has been such a positive experience for me. I talk to runners from all over the world and it’s a place I feel free to talk endlessly on and on about running. Now on to more running…

The San Francisco Marathon

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For the second year in a row, I ran the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I was well recovered from my full marathon/half marathon/March Madness and the training camp for this race was one of my strongest to date.

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Rich ran this race with me and it was welcome company. I really enjoy running races with my boyfriend, I feel like we push each other when the other is lagging. We finished in 2:09.

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I was also able to meet up with a friend that I met all the way back in junior high school, so that was a lot of fun as well!

Injury

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I was preparing for the Kauai Half Marathon and Portland Marathon when I suddenly developed severe shin pain on a 10 mile run. I had only just replace my running shoes a few weeks before, and I found myself with burning pain on the inside of my left shin. Fearing I had a stress  fracture, I took 6 weeks off of running. When I was finally able to see a doctor, she was able to rule out a stress fracture and treated me for shin splints. I returned to running slowly and carefully, began foam rolling and icing after every run, and the pain never returned. I cancelled my plans to run Kauai and Portland, but I was eager to be ready for the Nike Women’s (half) Marathon in October.

Nike Women’s Marathon

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I was lucky enough to secure a spot via lottery in the half marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. I only had 7 weeks to train for this race, and decided I could walk half of it if need be. On October 20, 2013 I lined up with 30, 000 ladies (and a few gentlemen) for the best race of my short running career. I ended up PR’ing my half marathon with a finish time of 2:06, and had an amazing time doing it.

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A friend of mine from Arizona ran the race and we were able to celebrate together, making the day even more special!

 The Berkeley Half Marathon

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My boyfriend wanted to run the Berkeley Half Marathon so I decided it was time to experience a race from the sidelines. Thus, on November 24, 2013 I watched my first race. I fully appreciate the support spectators give, and it was a lot of fun cheering everyone on!

I had intended on running my first trail race in December, but recovery from the NWM took longer than expected. I decided to scale back my training until I fully healed, and will save trail running for next year.

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A new year always signifies something great to me- a new calendar of changes, experiences, goals and accomplishments to achieve. I’ve already started planning my races for 2014, and I can’t wait to take on new challenges. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, it’s been great sharing my experiences in running with you!

Happy New Year!

-J