Monday, December 27, 2010

My first giveaway - Love 2 Run Necklace by Jessica's Gifts!

I am very excited to announce my very first giveaway!!!  A while ago I was on etsy and came across some very pretty jewelry for by Jessica at Jessica's Gifts.  I loved it so much that I immediately contacted her and asked her if she'd be kind enough to donate one of her pieces for my first giveaway...and she did!

So here it is!  Jessica was kind enough to send my favorite necklace, the beautiful "Love to Run" necklace.  I love it because it's so delicate and simple with love to run.  I love to run for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because it makes me happy and leaves me feeling fantastic!

There are four ways to enter (please leave a separate comment for each):

1.  Tell me why YOU love to run
2.  Check out Jessica's Gifts on Esty and tell me what your favorite piece is
3.  Become a follower & let me know (if you already are, let me know :) )
4.  Post this on your blog and let me know!

*Giveaway ends Sunday, January 9, 2011 @ 3:00pm PST and the winner will be announced that same day.
Please note I can only ship within the US.

Good luck!!!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

May your holidays be filled with love, laughter, and joy!
Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

LA County Holiday 1/2 Marathon Recap

Last Sunday, Lisa and I ran the LA County Holiday 1/2 Marathon out in Pomona.  We had the absolute best time that morning!

It was kind of strange leading up to the race though...I kept forgetting I was running a half!  Earlier that week, Kristy and I went tutu supply shopping (she was making a tutu for her Santa to the Sea 1/2 Mary, and I am making one for the Walt Disney World 1/2 in Jan).  As we were walking through the aisles picking our ribbon and tulle while talking about her upcoming race, she looks over and says "Aren't you running one this weekend too?"  "No, mine's in January."  Kristy then says, "No aren't you running the LA one or a holiday one this Sunday?"  Ohhhh yessss!!!!  THAT one!!!!  With my recent engagement, studying my bum off for finals (first semester of my MBA program is now done!  woohoo!), and work, I had forgotten all about this run.  It didn't help that by the time the race rolled around I hadn't run in 2 weeks.  TWO weeks!!  That's a long time.

I called Lisa up Saturday before the LA County 1/2 and said I was planning on running/walking, probably mostly walking.  She was on board with that plan!  So I laid out my red sparkle skirt and hit the hay.
I woke up around 5am on race day, got dressed and cruised out to Pomona.  I met up with Lisa and her hubby David, and Lisa was debuting her brand new green sparkle skirt and it looked awesome!
The gun was scheduled to go off in about 15 minutes so we rushed to the restroom so we wouldn't have to pee along the course.  Of course the bathrooms at the Pomona Fairplex only had three stalls in the ladies restroom we were in line for, so the line was horrendous.  While we waited in line David picked up some free Minute Maid goodies for us.  Yep, I'm smelling this unfamiliar concoction and looking like a little bunny rabbit.  I'm a goofball :-P
We ended up missing the gun time by 10-12 minutes.  But we didn't care!  This was going to be a fun run for us and we were going to finish together!
This is one of the proofs so it's a lesser quality
We ran for the first 2 miles and I have to say, it was a little boring.  The course ran through the fairplex parking lot and it looked like an asphalt desert.  Not much to see.  Around mile 2 we ran on the race track which was kind of cool.
I started to feel fatigued around mile 3 and we slowed to a brisk 14:30 pace walk.  Man was I feeling out of shape or what?!  As disappointing as this could have been, I wasn't upset that it ruined my race.  Lisa and I had the best time together just talking and laughing.  We talked a lot about my wedding too (she's my maid of honor :) )!

Towards the middle of the course we ran by a beautiful park and lake.  We ended up running around the lake and it was gorgeous!  The water was so still and mirrored the crystal clear day we were having.  The course was pretty hilly, and for not having run in a while, it was a challenge.  Here I am conquering one of the hills by the lake:
We ended up walking most of the course, but we were still nothing but smiles.  David met up with us at mile 10, and snapped a few pictures of us.
Mile 11 and almost there!  We ran on and off more frequently at this point.  When we hit mile 12 we decided to run straight through.  Just before the mile 13 marker, I thought I was going to throw up.  I had been feeling nauseous since mile 8, but brushed it off as nothing.  But before mile 13 I lost my cookies a little bit.  I walked a minute, then pushed through to the finish line!
We did it!!!  And we HAD A BLAST!!!!!  It was a beautiful day (and ended up getting up to 92!) and a great wake up call for me to get my bum back in gear!  We got our free beers which tasted delicious, then cruised home.
On another note, I will be hosted my first giveaway soon!  Jessica at Jessica's Gifts has generously donated a beautiful running necklace, so don't miss out!!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm Engaged! My Fairy Tale Proposal :)

Sean proposed!!!!  We're engaged!!!!!!!
 Last Friday Sean and I went to New York with our dear friends David and Lisa for what I believed to be David’s surprise birthday weekend.  Lisa and I had been planning for a couple months.  I suggested some fabulous restaurants, which we ended up making reservations at, for David’s birthday brunch and dinner that Saturday.  Turns out, I planned my own engagement brunch and dinner!

We arrived in New York Friday evening after flying FIRST CLASS!!  It was quite a treat, and I was told David and Lisa upgraded us all because of all their frequent flier points.  Not quite the case.  Anyways, when we got to NYC, we checked into our hotel which was located in midtown {strategically picked by my fiancé (I LOVE saying this!!) because of its proximity to Rockefeller}.  We had plans to go skating at the Rockefeller Center ice rink that evening which I was so excited before because I had never done that!  We were quite hungry though and all were craving NY pizza…delish.  So we stopped at Ray’s for a couple slices, then stopped at Lindy’s for NY cheesecake.  By this time is was close to our skating time so we cruised down to the rink.  With the “VIP passes from my roommate” we bypassed the line and immediately got skates.  We skated for about 30 minutes taking pictures and trying not to fall, while admiring the beautiful tree and all the lights.

Just before 10pm they announced that skate session was over and asked to clear the ice.  David told me the staff member said we could stay on a second longer to take pictures under the tree, so he and Lisa skated to take a picture of me and Sean then we were going to switch.  Again, not quite the case.  The ice was cleared, and while David and Lisa skated off, Sean told me we should skate a lap.  I was a little nervous a staff member would holler at us to get off, but Sean held my hand any worry melted away.  All of a sudden, our song started playing over the speakers (“Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional).  Sean looked at me lovingly and with a smile said, “Babe, I need to tell you something.  This weekend isn’t about David’s birthday.”  He proceeded to tell me that there were a lot of people in the crowd there to see me.  We skated and he told me how much he loves me and that he’s never felt this way about anyone before, and he wants to spend the rest of his life with me.  He pulled me to the center of the ice, kissed me, then got down on one knee.  He held out the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen and said “Maggie my love, will you Marry me?”  I almost made him fall over as I flung myself on him and kissed him!  “Yes!  Yes!  With all my heart yes!”  And he slipped my ring on my finger.  He stood up and we hugged and kissed.
All of a sudden I hear my name being shouted.  I turn to my left and it’s my parents and my NY god parents!!  My parents were in on the whole thing (and had been since August when Sean took them to lunch to ask for their blessing!)  Then I hear another “MAAAAGGGGGIIIIIEEEEEE!!!” and I turn around and it’s all my NY roommates and friends and Lisa’s parents too!!!  I screamed so hard with excitement as the tears glistened down my cheeks!  It was the most beautiful moment of my life thus far.  Everyone in the crowd was cheering and screaming for us.  It was like a fairy tale.  Sean and I skated our “victory” lap as a newly engaged couple before getting off the ice and enjoying our champagne compliments of Rockefeller Center. 

As we enjoyed our quiet champagne in Rockefeller Café, Sean told me the ins-and-outs of how he planned it and how long he had been planning it (for the past year since we were in NYC last December!).  After enjoying our moment together alone, we met up with my family and friends to celebrate!  It was a magical evening.
The rest of the weekend consisted of brunch at Bar Americain (fabulous!); Sean and I being upgraded to the Park Suite of the Hilton Club Hotel (seriously, bigger than some houses…it over looked Central Park, had a kitchen, bar, living room, dining room, bedroom, and two bathrooms!!); drinks in our suite with my parents, David and Lisa, and Lisa’s parents; a limo ride with the 8 of us to the speakeasy-style PEGU followed by dinner at Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne (AMAZING!!).  It was by far the most memorable weekend of my life thus far.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of my fairy tale proposal.  And Sean, my fiancé, I love you more than anything!  You are my world and I couldn’t be happier than I am now to spend the rest of my life with you.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

NYC birthday surprise!!

I’m going to NYC this weekend!!!!  I’ve known about it for months now, but haven’t been able to say anything because it was a surprise.  Sean and I are going with our best friends David and Lisa.  It’s David’s big 25th birthday and Lisa wanted to surprise him with a weekend getaway in New York.  When she asked me and Sean to join the festivities, we shouted “OF COURSE!”

NY is my second home (I lived there for 4 years during college and go back several times a year for work and for fun to visit my roomies).  And Christmastime in NYC is absolutely magical.  The tree in Rockefeller Center is up and the entire city is decorated with lights.  One thing we’re doing, which I am TOTALLY pumped for, is ice skating in Rockefeller.  It’s always been a dream of mine, and I never did it when I lived there.  I suppose as a pseudo-New Yorker it was “too touristy and crowded,” especially to wait 3 hours. Lucky for us, one of my roommates knows someone who works there and got us VIP tickets – that means no lines!

One of my favorite things about New York is the restaurant scene.  I am a huge foodie and I love great food and wine.  We are beginning with Saturday brunch at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. I love Bobby Flay and I’m really looking forward to experiencing this restaurant. When Sean and I went to Mesa Grill (a Bobby Flay restaurant) over the summer, it was one of the best meals we had.  Then that evening for David’s birthday dinner, we’re going to the fabulous Bistro Moderne. Chef Daniel Boulud is one of my favorite chefs and I absolutely love his other restaurants.  This is going to be a real treat :)

On the running front, I have a 2 hour long run scheduled for Saturday.  It’s going to be cold with a 44/29 (high/low).  Since I’ve never run in this kind of weather before I was unsure what to wear.  I used my handy-dandy Runners Ally iPhone app cleverly called “What to Wear” and came up with running tights, a long sleeve, a jacket, gloves, and a beanie.  Lisa is going to join me on the long run, so we’re shooting on getting an early Central Park run in before brunch.  It’s going to be quite chilly, but at least we’ll be running together!

Speaking of traveling and working out, a while ago I came across a quick and easy routine to do in your hotel room.  It’s simple and requires no equipment making it ideal for doing on the road.  You should be able to do three to four rotations of this in no more than 15 minutes:
25 jumping jacks
25 sit-ups
25 body squats
25 push ups
25 lunges

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long Beach Turkey Trot recap!

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday!
My family <3 (minus a couple who couldn't be there)
Every year, my family and I run the local Turkey Trot the morning of THanksgiving before indulging in our delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  Here is my post from last year.  It's a great run because it's along the beach path and it's very flat.  The only downside is that it does bottleneck and get crowded in the beginning.  But it's still beautiful and always fun!

Originally, my November goal #3 was to PR in the Turkey Trot and beat my previous best of 33:32.  Over the last couple weeks I have been increasing my mileage and going to the gym to strength train, but as the fun run came closer, that's what I realized it was going to be - a FUN RUN.  I didn't think I'd PR, and honestly, I didn't care.  I shifted my focus to fun instead of time.  After all, I was there to have a great time with my family, and see my two nephews run, and be pushed in a stroller, their first 5K.

It took me by surprise when I hit the "stop" button on my Garmin crossing the finish line and saw 30:04.  30:04?!  I actually PR'd?  And by THREE MINUTES?  Holy moly!  I was am still pumped!  There definitely is something to be said for going into a race with the mentality to just have fun.

To put it in perspective, my 2009 Turkey Trot time was 34:18.  I shaved 4 minutes and 14 seconds off my time over the last year.  For me, that's a great measure of progress and growth :)

Here are some pictures from the run:
Me, my brother, my nephew (his 1st 5K!, my cousin, and my cousin (1621's mom)
Me with my two brothers, my sister-in-law, and their sons (my nephews)
My big bro and his son, who "cruised" his first 5K
Me and my baby bro
Our Turkey-Trotting family <3

Did you guys run a turkey trot?  How'd it go?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Awesome 8-miler + Family Festivities!

This past weekend was quite an eventful one! I woke up Saturday morning at 6:30am to meet up with Sole Runners after a fabulous Friday night dinner in Laguna Beach with a girl friend of mine. It was pouring Saturday morning, but made for a cool and adventurous run. I met up with my group around 7:20am and after doing our body looseners (warm ups) we took off, already drenched from the rain! I had a 1 hour 40 min run on my LA Marathon training plan, and it was the best run I think I’ve ever had! I ended up running 8 miles, and usually on longer runs like that I will take a walk break to drink water or eat my Sharkies. But this time, I never stopped! I felt like the energizer bunny and it was incredible! I kept a really easy pace (12-13min/miles) and I think the cool weather helped mask any fatigue I may have had.

After such an incredible run, my day only got better! My big brother, sister-in-law, and two nephews arrived for the holidays. I picked them up at LAX and first things first – we stopped at In-N-Out! That night we had a birthday party for my big brother at the house, and when the family gets together (there were 25 of us, some cousins couldn’t make it otherwise it would have been more) we are loud, crazy, and totally fun! I think we were up until 2am talking, laughing, and listening to the Beatles!

Then Sunday I was busy with homework and working on a paper before going to school to meet my study group. Luckily it was a rest day on the training schedule because my hamstrings were really tight and sore. But on the downside, I didn’t hit my 20 mile mark for the week. I was shy by just 2 miles coming in at 18 for the week. It was a busy weekend, and I have always said I need to be flexible with training. But I fully intend on making up those 2 miles this week and hitting at least 24.

One of my runs this week will be the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I’m running it with my family (14 of us are doing it). I know I had said my goal was to PR, but I think it’s going to be more of a “fun run” where we all cruise together as opposed to racing it. And I am A-OK with that. I just want to have fun with the fam this Thursday! It’s also going to be my nephews’ first run (the older is running it and the baby will be pushed by mommy in his stroller), and my little 17 month old cousin’s first run too (he will also be pushed by mommy in his stroller). I can always sign up for another 5K soon and focus on PR-ing then :)

It was an exciting and super fun weekend, and I’m looking forward to more family gatherings and festivities this week!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Let The Thanksgiving Fun Begin!!

I am beyond excited for this weekend!!!!  Tomorrow my big brother and his family fly into town for the Thanksgiving holiday!  I can't wait to see them!  It's my brother's birthday on Sunday, so we're celebrating with the whole family Saturday night!!  Two years ago when my bro came out for his birthday and Thanksgiving we threw him a Transformer surprise birthday party and I made him this gem of a cake (yes, from scratch!):
Lots of family and lots of fun!  And I can't wait to see my two favorite nephews :) 
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  We all get together in the morning for the Long Beach Turkey Trot before getting ready for Turkey dinner at my Aunts.
Some of us at the Turkey Trot last year
My Grammie makes her famous (and my favorite) sweet potatoes with pineapple and marshmallows (DELISH!), my mom makes her broccoli and cheese casserole (my other favorite!) and my Aunt takes care of the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.  And of course there's PUMPKIN PIE!!!!  My favorite pie.  I probably could eat a whole pie to my face, but I won't :)

We're a very close family and we always have the most fun and memorable times together.  I grew up with the family getting together at someone's house every weekend.  Now that I'm older, not much has changed!
The boys in the family and my Aunt being goofy normal
The girls (my Aunt was still trying to squat for the picture)

Family is very important to us, and I am so thankful for my family and that we get choose to see each other so frequently :)

What do you look forward to during the holidays?

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nov Goals Update + Napa Run

Week 2 November goals update:

1.  I hit 20 miles for the week again!  I'm so excited, and this week I'm hoping to hit closer to 25.
2.  As for the gym, I met with my trainer last Thursday and he pretty much kicked my @$$!  It was a total body workout and I was so sore Friday!  It was great!  I'm going to hit the gym tomorrow morning before work and do my full body workout routine again.
3.  T-minus 11 days until the Turkey Trot!  My current PR in a 5K is 33:32, I'm shooting for better than that.  Don't know if it'll be 32 minutes or less, but we'll see.
4.  Today I start training for the LA Marathon!  You can find my 18-week plan here.  This morning I kicked it off with an easy 30 minutes of Chi Walking, mainly to practice form.  With this being my first full marathon, I know I need to be dilligent in hitting my workouts.  Sometimes life gets in the way (in my case working late, writing papers for grad school, traveling, etc.) so I know there will be days that I have to be flexible in my plan by maybe switching Monday for Tuesday, but I want to stay as on track as I can with everything else.
5.  My new obsession is KT Tape.  I wore it for the first time during the Chapman 5K in October, and loved it!!!  It totally helps me stabilize my knee preventing any ITBS flare ups.  I usually only wear it on longer runs, but if my knee is sore I'll wear it on a 3 or 4 miler too.  I highly recommend it :)

This past weekend I ran my 6-miler in Napa with my boyfriend.  It was so beautiful up north with the leaves turning colors -- the trees looked like they were made entirely of gold, or they were such a bright red that they appeared to be on fire!  We ran through Napa and talked and admired the beauty of the world.  We forgot we were running a lot of the time!
Here are some pictures I took on my phone:
This picture doesn't do the colors justice
Running through the local park in Napa
6 miles done!
This is actually Sonoma

On another note, check out Rad Runner's amazing giveaway here!  She's giving away beautiful Endure jewelry (retails for $78!).  I saw the Endure girls at the Long Beach Marathon Expo and I was thoroughly impressed with the simplicity and elegance of their pieces.  So check out her giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Debut on SNL!

Happy Friday!  I am officially on this season of SNL!!!

Okay okay, so I'm not one of the main people, but seriously I will be on every episode this season!  Here's the story...

I was in NYC in September on a business trip, and whenever I travel there for work I extend it a day or two to see my old roommates.  Well we were out at the Standard Hotel one night at the outdoor beer garden-type place (very swanky though) sitting near the ping pong tables chatting away.  We noticed someone with a gorgeous top-of-the-line camera snapping shots of the ping pong tables and thought they were shooting an add or something.

The photographer and the person who turned out to be the director came over to me, Sean and my roomies and asked us if we could stand behind the ping pong tables and "mingle" because guess what...they were about to film the intro for SNL introducing their newest cast member!!  And they wanted us in the scene!!!

Here's a freeze frame of the SNL opening credits:
I tried to point all of us out, but but one of my roomies is behind me and another is behind the new cast member, Taran Killam, who we ended up chatting with for a little while.  He was very humbled to be on SNL and obviously funny!

And here is the video link - Don't blink! (Season 36, episode 1):

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

LA Marathon Training Plan

As many of you know, I recently joined the running group, Sole Runners.  One of the races the Sole Runners are running towards is the LA Marathon, which I have decided to run as my first full!  Without further adieu, here is my Sole Runners training plan for the LA Marathon (only 18 weeks away!!!!!)

Note:  I'm very curious and excited because the plan is based on times, not mileage.  I think this will be beneficial for me in the sense that it's a little less daunting to go out and run for 2 hours as opposed to going out and running 10 miles without knowing how long it will take me (how will my legs feel? what's my mood? am i tired? etc.)
Training begins next week!!!!  Let's do this!

On another note, check out Early Morning Run's awesome giveaway today!  She has a Lululemon bag filled with tons of running goodies!


Monday, November 8, 2010

November Goals Update + NYC Marathon

Happy Monday!

Week 1 update based on my November goals:
1.  20 miles for the week!  Wahoo!!!
2.  Hit the gym hard twice last week for full body workout
3.  Increasing my mileage should build a stronger foundation, ultimately allowing me to run 3 miles faster
4.  Jay (@Tri2Thrive) is also running the LA Marathon as his first full so we’re going to keep each other motivated
5.  I had my first Chi Running lesson with my new running group, Soul Runners.  It’s a challenge for me, changing my form, but I definitely feel a significant difference in my running efficiency.  With practice, I believe chi running will help me become a better runner and less-prone to injury.

On another note, I woke up to watch the ING NYC Marathon Sunday morning (hooray for east coast channels)!  I was cheering for Shalane Flanagan, and even though she didn’t come in 1st, it was her first full marathon and she ROCKED it, coming in 2nd place at 2:28:40.  She kept perfect form throughout the entire race.  And a big congrats to the first place male and female finishers, Gebre Gebremariam (2:08:14) and Edna Kiplagat (2:28:20)!  I was in complete awe of both the elite men and women.  They ran 4-6 minute miles the ENTIRE TWENTY-SIX POINT TWO MILES!  To be able to keep that pace for that long is incredible, godly even.  And they made it seem so effortless – steady breathing, long comfortable strides, a perfect cadence.

It truly was amazing to watch.  And I might add inspiring too!  Today the lottery for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon opened at 9am PST, and guess who applied?  Yep!  Yours truly.  We’ll see if I’m accepted in March/April.  I’m pretty pumped.  I lived in NYC for four years, and it’s been a dream of mine to run the NYC marathon.  Since I’m planning on running LA for my first full next March, I thought, why not apply for NY too!  If I’m accepted, I will be honored and thrilled.  If not, there’s always 2012 and beyond!

How was your weekend?  Which races did you run?  Did you watch the NYC Marathon?


Friday, November 5, 2010

LA Marathon ’11 + Good luck to NYC Marathoners!

"It is difficult to train for a marathon; but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon." -Aaron Douglas Trimble

I’m going to do it!  I am going to train and run the LA Marathon in March next year as my first full marathon!  Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and support!  I’ll need it all the way to the finish line :)

And good luck to all the NY Marathoners this weekend!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

November Goals

Happy November!!
In the past I've set yearly goals, such as my goals for 2010.  As great as it is to have those longer-term goals, I want to start thinking about my short-term goals.  Here are my goals for the month of November:

1.  Run 20-25 miles per week
2.  Lose 5 pounds and tone up (especially my arms)
3.  Run a 5K in 32 minutes or less (my current PR is 33:32)
4.  Mentally prepare myself to begin training in December for my 1st full marathon -- the LA Marathon!
5.  Run smart, stay healthy and injury free

And of course, HAVE FUN!

What are your goals?  Short-term?  Long-term?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Photo Friday!

I LOVE this:
Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

When is one ready to train for a full marathon?

How do you know when you are ready to run your first marathon?

With 3 half marathons under my belt, and numbers 4 and 5 around the corner (LA County ½ on December 12th and the Walt Disney World ½ on January 3rd), when am I ready to take the next step in tackling a full 26.2 miles?  I absolutely don’t know. I toyed with the idea of time – “I need to run a half in xyz time before I can progress to the full.”  I thought of mental preparedness – “If I set my mind to it, I know I will be able to.”  And of course I turned to the Twitter world – “How do you know when you're ready to go from the half marathon distance to the full 26.2?”  Some of the responses I got are as follows:


@Love2Mags you don't wait until you are ready and just do it, then trust in your training. 


@Love2Mags If you have run 4 or 5 1/2s without any problems, you can run a full

@Love2Mags I registered for my full on impulse..If I can finish in one piece, so can you. Find a training program & trust it.


When u've got the desire 2 make committment @Love2Mags How do you know when you're ready to go from the 1/2 Mary distance to the full 26.2?

@Love2Mags When you mentally want to and you're willing to train


You dont, you just register

As anyone who has read any of my race reports knows, I am not a fast runner.  Of course when I take the plunge and run 26.2 miles, I will not be running for time.  I will run as a test of mental strength and endurance with only one goal in mind – to finish.  I am toying with the idea for now (maybe the LA Marathon in March…?)

What do you think?  When is one ready to run a full marathon?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chapman 5K Recap

A few months ago, I signed up for the Chapman 5K.  Why?  Because: 1) I love to run, and 2) Chapman is my grad school!

The 5K was last Saturday, October 23, making it my first run post the Long Beach ½ Marathon on the 17th.  (Okay okay, I got a short 2-miler in on the 21st, but it was very slow because my left hamstring kept seizing up).  When I woke up Saturday morning, it was POURING!  Absolutely curl up in bed-wearing sweats-watching a movie-while drinking hot chocolate down pouring!  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my Company’s event, “Get Our Kids Moving” for pediatric obesity was being held that same day in Utah.  So in honor of our event, I wore my t-shirt!  I also wore my fabulous pink Team Sparkle skirt!  Just because it was dark, dreary, and down pouring, why couldn’t I be bright and sparkly?! Haha.
My friend and classmate, Sam, picked me up and we cruised to school.  The rain started to let up, and by the time we got the campus it was a light drizzle.  We checked in and got our bibs, then lined up at the start.  The gun went off and the beginning was so bottlenecked that it took forever to “run” the first 500 yards.  It finally opened up and I settled in with a nice easy pace.  My left hamstring was SUPER tight still.  Around mile 2.5 I heard “GO TEAM SPARKLE!!!”  I turn around and it’s Carrie’s (Team Sparkle) daughter and husband!!  I had been tweeting with Carrie the day before and this was her 8 year old daughter’s first 5K!  Very exciting!!  They passed me, and man oh man, she was keeping GREAT pace for an 8 year old ANYONE!

I picked up my pace and when I saw the 3 mile marker I bolted.  I don’t care how slow I run, I will always finish strong!  And that’s what I did.  I took off and sprinted to the finish!  Carrie captured these pictures of me in action:
I met Sam @ the finish line and we grabbed some Coach’s Oats, Vita Coco, and OJ.  I also saw the fabulous Team Sparkles girls, and two of them won the award for fastest in their age group.  Go Team Sparkle!
Chapman did a great job putting this event on. I really liked the medals, and I was thoroughly impressed with the tech-tees (non-cotton sweat wicking tees) even though the small I got fits more like a large. Great fun run through and around Chapman campus and through Old Towne Orange!