One Fun Broad


A couple of months ago, Ryan and I took a day trip to LA to wander around and wandered straight into the Museum of Contemporary Art. Later that day, on our walk from the MOCA to its sister museum, The Geffen, it was hard not to notice the incredible lines at the museum across the street.

Hundreds of people were snaked around the corner of one of LA's newest museums, The Broad, which opened only a year ago in September of 2015. And still, a year later, people regularly wait in the 90+ minute line to enjoy The Broad's colorful collection.

I wanted to be one of those people.

Marathon Monday: Life, Happening


Part of the reason that marathon training seems so daunting to most people (aside from the fact that it, of course, is), is that you can't pause your life to do it. You decide, months, sometimes over a year, in advance that you're going to run this race. You train for four, sometimes five months, prior to the race, and all of this without any guarantee that you'll actually be able to run this thing, that you'll be able to follow through on this huge commitment. Because guess what? Life happens. 

So that's my theory. That for a lot of people who say they want to run marathons, and even for the people who mean it, the reason they don't is because of a fear of commitment. There's just too much of a time runway and too many things that can go wrong in that time that people worry they won't be able to follow through on this huge life achievement that they've committed to.

I don't have that fear. Why? Because I've already backed out of two marathons that I registered for in the past and shockingly, the world didn't end. [insert cry laughing emoji here] 

But barring any serious injury, I am absolutely not backing out of New York. I am fully aware of what a once in a lifetime opportunity this is. Which is why I am so stressed out about the fact that I effectively stopped training over the past two weeks. 

At the end of July I was doing great. I had hit about 90% of my scheduled runs, almost broke triple digits for mileage that month and was feeling pretty good about my training plan and progress overall. Then life, as it's wont to do, happened. Something had to give and it was running. 

But instead of dwelling on it, this week I plan to just jump back into my scheduled runs without skipping a beat, stop beating myself up about the past two weeks and take the sore legs and exhaustion as punishment. 

Month 3 of training may be off to a pretty worthless start, but it definitely can't end that way!

NYC Marathon Training Week 6: 7/18/16 - 7/24/16
  • Ran 4 Days For a Total of 22.34 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'17" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x
NYC Marathon Training Week 7: 7/25/16 - 7/31/16
  • July Total Mileage: 95.6 miles
  • Ran 4 Days For a Total of 25.52 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'46" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x
NYC Marathon Training Week 8: 8/1/16 - 8/7/16
  • Ran 1 Day For a Total of 3.11 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'47" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x
NYC Marathon Training Week 9: 8/8/16 - 8/14/16
  • Ran 1 Days For a Total of 5 miles
  • Average Pace: 11'41" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x

¡Viva la (Avenida) Revolución!


Growing up in Connecticut, all I knew about Tijuana was that it was the place where Marissa Cooper overdosed in an alley and almost died. God, The OC was such a great show. 

And as a San Diegan for the past 6 years, all I knew about TJ was that none of my friends liked the idea of going there. The ones who grew up here, including Ryan, and had gone all the time as kids, had spent the past 15 years hearing how bad it had become. And whether they grew up here or not, no one was really sure what there was to do on the other other side or why it was something that couldn't be done, if not better then at least safer, here in San Diego.

But slowly, over the past year, more and more of our friends and friends of friends started taking day trips to TJ and telling us just how much our neighboring city has evolved. 

With it's blossoming reputation as a foodie destination, it's vibrant art community, and it's deeply discounted tequila (watch out, you can only bring back 1 liter per person!), I was determined to make it to TJ before my 30th birthday as part of my 30 Before 30 list. And since our first trip in January, we've been back several times already! 

So to encourage more San Diegans to head south of the border, I've put together an easy little Tijuana daytrip guide. I say easy because all of these places are located on or very near to Av. Revolución, Tijauna's main street... essentially TJ on training wheels. Vaminos!

Marathon Monday: San Diego Pride 5K


As far as I can tell, it's been almost three years (!!!) two years one year since my last 5k. And I'm not going to lie... like a lot of other long distance runners, I tend to be a bit of a distance snob when it comes to the 5k. Which is a shame because it can really be a great little marathon training boost of confidence.

I signed up for the Pride 5k at the suggestion of my friend Megan who has run it the past two years in a row. Mostly because I wanted to just have fun hanging and running it with her, but also because: 1. I regrettably had yet to experience any of Pride weekend in San Diego over the past 6 years and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss out again; 2. the proceeds go to a wonderful cause, to support LGBT Youth Housing Center and Pride Charity Giving; and 3. because I'm getting to the point in my training where I will find any excuse to not have my training runs be just me and my thoughts.

Because who wants to be alone with their thoughts for 20+ miles a week?

Marathon Monday: Baby You're A Firework


...on a Wednesday! Because I was too busy enjoying great company and these fireworks to finish this post on the 4th. 

But if I had posted this on Monday, I would have started by saying how grateful I am that Mondays and Fridays are rest days for me in my training plan... they're the hardest days for me to find motivation on, especially when one lands on one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year.

Well, Week 3 of (pre)Training is done and in the books. I'm slowly but steadily dropping time and anticipate to be able to start doing some marathon pace short runs in a month or so. 

I've found myself wanting to get my runs out of the way earlier and earlier to avoid the humidity. This past Friday I jumped out of bed at 5:15am to make breakfast and get out running by 6am. It's exhausting but worth it to avoid the sun. 

This by the way, is something I'm still in denial about: the fact that I'm going to log 400 miles in the hottest months of the year. 

Anyway, by this time next week pre-training will officially be over and I'll have a month and 75-ish miles under my belt. And then the real fun begins. Cross-training, Yassos, hills, running 5 days a week instead of 4...

NYC Marathon Training Week 3: 6/27/16 - 7/3/16
  • June Total Mileage: 47 miles
  • Ran 4 Days For a Total of 16.13 miles
  • Average Pace: 10'31" /mi
  • Strength Training: 0x
  • Yoga: 0x