Thursday, April 30, 2015

Race Report: Big Sur Marathon 2015

Last weekend we had an adventure - we dropped the boys off with my parents in Marin, and then headed South (CA) for the Big Sur Marathon.  This was my 5th marathon; previous marathons were Bend, San Diego Rock 'n Roll, Boston, and Big Sur 2013.  Big Sur is hands down my favorite of any course (marathon or not, trail or road).  It's humbling, awe-inspiring, and really flipping hard!

First, the results - I ran 3:24:54 and placed 5th in my age group and 149th overall (out of 4,238).  I also qualified for Boston which was an awesome bonus.
Building up to the race I was completely freaked out.  I didn't get enough training in (being mommy, working, and trying to fit in hikes and other adventure just aren't conducive to lots of long runs).  Luckily my co-worker and his girlfriend were running too, so I had friends at the start.  The day began at 3am getting ready and then getting on a bus from Carmel to Big Sur at 3:45.  The bus ride was an hour during which I got to hear stories from other runners on their intense training build-up.  At 4:45 we were dropped off in Big Sur and told to "avoid the woods" as there was poison oak along the side of the road.  I sat on a curb between portapotty posts and just decompressed.

The course was/is TOUGH!  I'm OK with hills, in fact I prefer hills to flat, but this race was super windy.  
 
From miles 5-8 I wasn't sure I could push through the wind as it was so hard.  Around mile 10 I was finally in the zone, and somehow I just don't remember miles 16-17 at all.  My favorite highlights from the course were:
  • The ocean crashing up against the cliffs off the road 
  • The birds flying above (although sometimes I was certain vultures were coming for me) 
  • The grand piano player ON highway 1
  • The drummers on the big long hill
  • The people
  • The everything!  
 My favorite race gear digs from the race were definitely my Newton Momentum trail shoes (although I'm super bummed these are now discontinued), my Oiselle tank, and my kids' advice ("just throw your arms back to go faster").

I hope to get into the Big Sur Marathon again!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Being a grown up

A while back some friends and I realized we weren't "real grown ups."  We didn't have wills, life insurance, college accounts, etc. (all of which I have set up now).  There's a lot to being a grown up, though, and here are the highlights from my "grown up" life the past couple weeks...

Three weeks ago, we got together for a mom's night out.  We started wine tasting, and ended up at our local pizza place (which was comically fitting as the dad's ordered pizza from this very same place for dude's night in).

Dude night consisted of the dad's and 7 five-year-old boys pulling every toys off the shelf at our house.
  Grown up moment 2 that night was cleaning up the legos so I didn't get them in my foot in the morning :).




Two weeks ago we celebrated my favorite family holiday, Easter, at my cousin Rebecca's house.  It's crazy seeing all of our kids together grown and running around for eggs.

 Last weekend, Matt's folks were in town.  We went to almost every playground in the area and my major "grown up" heart attack moment was looking away from the boys for 1min only to find them on the top of a tree when I looked back.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Race Report: Mercer Island Half

The other weekend I ran the Mercer Island Half Marathon, and the boys did the kid's race.  The boys were so nervous building up to the race, but SO proud at the end.  I love seeing that happiness - don't care about the time or place, the smile is what it's all about.

Pics of the start ...  and post finish.
 Ribbons!

 I ran a 1:34:38 chip time and landed 5th in my age group and 104th overall (out of nearly 5K people).  I realized, though, I have a lot of work to do before the Big Sur Marathon.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekend roundup: ABCs

This weekend we had an Auction, (t-)Ball, and Carkeek park (aka, beach in Ballard).  At the end of the weekend we needed another weekend - you know those? 

The auction was for our boys' Kindergarten (for the entire school actually) and was quite a scene.  I felt like we were at a frat party with people we didn't know for a lot of it, but all in it was a good time.  Here's Matt and I with a creepy light picture on the way home from the auction:


T-ball started up Saturday and I can't believe what we're in for. The boys were so happy - they were reunited with all their buddies from pre-school and got to run all morning.  What could be better?!
Both Saturday and Sunday we hit up the beach.  Cole and I have given ourselves a challenge to fill up a jar with seaglass so Cole is always on quite the mission at the beach.  Wilson just wants to climb and play in the waves.  Always a great time.
 



Monday, March 2, 2015