Lexus LaceUp Half Marathon at Surfers Point, Ventura

Breathtaking views of the ocean always make a morning run along the beach the best. The Lexus LaceUp race in Ventura had a start and finish at Surfers’ Point which makes it one of my favorite races. The sunrise view over the ocean and crisp morning air created ideal race conditions. My goal for this…

jetBlue Long Beach Marathon

It is known that my husband and I do not play well together. Our competitive nature tends to get in the way. So when he offered to pace me for the jetBlue Long Beach Marathon I was hesitant to say yes. I quickly came to the realization that he successfully coached me during the birth of…

Lexus LaceUp 10k, Irvine

I’m still figuring out how far I can push my limits. Thursday before race day, I ran four miles to see how fast I could complete the run. I had my best four miles to date. My husband explained to me after, “It’s better to go into a race under, then overcooked.” I was completely…

Rock’n’Roll San Diego Marathon

Running has recently taught me to inhale confidence and exhale self doubt. I didn’t expect to run my next full marathon until October. While talking to my friend Sarah, I found out she was running the Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series San Diego full marathon with an injured calf muscle. I was signed up for the half marathon…

OC Marathon

I always say that running is so much better with friends. The first 13 miles of the OC marathon were fun. My running buddies Sergio and Oliver met me at the starting line and we paced a comfortable 10:30 mile for two hours as we watched the sunrise over the Newport Bay. It really is…

Los Angeles Marathon

I’m not a runner. I don’t have the body frame of a runner. I am slow. I have no business trying to run 26.2 miles. These are the thoughts that filled my head as I ran marathon number 5. I have decided that I am the definition of a battered marathon runner. A marathon completely…

Surf City Half Marathon, 20th Anniversary

Every time I visit Huntington Beach I feel like I’m on vacation. Having not grown up in California, it fits every mental image of the perfect Southern California beach scene that I saw in the movies while growing up. While parking, I had to snap a pic of the amazing sunrise. These are the moments that…

Coldwater Rumble Endurance Race

Bull riders hold on for eight seconds to earn a belt buckle. My husband ran for 31 hours and 19 minutes to earn his 100-mile endurance run finisher buckle. This wasn’t my race, but I want to share a recap of the experience from running, volunteering, and pacing for the Aravaipa Coldwater Desert Trail Runner…

Holiday Half Marathon & 5K

Celebrate the finish lines not the finish times is my race motto. Well, I got to celebrate TWO finish lines with finish times that I was pretty darn pleased with. This weekend was the Holiday Half Marathon & 5k Golden Snowflake Challenge. I had never participated in a 5k race the day before a half marathon. I…

Lace Up Lexus 10K, Riverside

By Southern California standards, it was a cold crisp morning to start. 50 degrees though is perfect running weather once you get moving, but the pre-race chill always gets me. I easily found my way to Freemont Park a bit before the race and quickly went through the bib pick-up. Same day bib pick-up is always…

Lace Up Lexus Half Marathon, Ventura

Part of life is finding people who are your kind of crazy. My running buddies are totally my kind of crazy.  Waking up at 3:20 in the morning to meet, driving 2 hours to run 13 miles, and talking about how awesome it was all the way home is crazy… BUT this is a crazy that…

LaceUpLexus Irvine 10K

It has been said, it doesn’t matter what happens between the starting line and the finish line. All that matters is that you cross both. Though, today I set a personal record for a 10K! Well, in all honesty, today was the first time I have ever run a 10K race. I ran seriously as…