Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Running clubs in Seattle

Now that we're finally settled in (took a few months) it's time to find a run club.  I LOVED my run club in San Francisco (GGRC), and loved leading run clubs for Lululemon.  I've been on the lookout for a good group in Seattle but was coming up empty handed.  Last week I drove all the way to Issaquah to try the "Seattle Running Club" - after a 45min drive, I couldn't find them!  Not their fault - I got lost on Cougar Mt.  Come to realize, there are MANY great looking run clubs closer to home ... and I'm looking forward to testing the trails with some of these groups and then finding "the one" ... or two.

In no particular order, here are some run clubs in Seattle - I hope this saves you some searching time:
Seattle Front Runners
Wednesday at 6:30pm at Volunteer Park
Saturday at 9am at Green Lake
Sunday 9am at West Seattle Stadium
Running & walking club for gay men, lesbians & friends

Fleet Feet Seattle
911 E Pine St Seattle, WA 98122
Tuesday at 6pm - 6 miles (7-11 min pace)
Thursday at 6pm 3.5 miles (10+ min pace)
Saturday – at 8am LONG RUN (10-15 miles; varying pace)

Eastside Runners
Varying locations
Tuesday Morning Run  at 5:30 am - at Bella Bottega shopping center in Redmond.
Wednesday Night Track Workout at 6:00 pm - at Lake Washington High School.
Wednesday Night Run at 6:00 pm - at Foot Zone in Redmond Town Center (Across street from REI).
Thursday Night Run at 6:00 pm - runs start at Bridle Trails NY Pizza in Kirkland.
Saturday Morning Run at 8:30 am - roving run every Saturday morning, year around, with breakfast afterwards! Great mix between Sammamish, Redmond, University District, Kirkland, Green Lake, Mercer, Bellevue … all over!

Nike Run Club
Nike downtown Seattle
Tuesday at 6pm 3-8mi

Skyline Running Club
Tuesday at 7pm track
Thursday at 7pm track 

Seattle Running Club
Cougar Mountain
Sundays at 7:30
10-15mi trails

Seattle Runners
Wednesday at 5:45 at Nathan Hale High School
Sunday at 9am Green Lake Starbucks

Seattle Greenlake Running Group
Greenlake Starbucks
Wednesday at 6am
Saturday at 7am in different places

West Seattle Run Club
Alki Beach
Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm
Sunday at 8:30am at Statue of Liberty on Alki

Saturday, December 25, 2010


What a terrific Christmas!  This was our first Christmas away from family in CA, and our second Christmas as a foursome (although to the boys it was still just another day with lots of colorful paper), but it wound up being filled with family, great food, and lots of love.

It seems like Christmas has being "going" for two months now - ever since the Halloween candy went on sale at markets.  The past two days cinched it, though.

Last night we enjoyed an awesome steak dinner.  Then, the boys set cookies out for Santa (after nabbing a few themselves).

 This year we ordered most of our gifts (twins + work leaves little time for shopping) and wound up having a very brown and white themed Christmas.  In other words, we didn't bother to wrap most of the gifts - what can we say, the UPS and FedEx boxes were just so festive.  Before bed our stocking were laid out and we were all on the lookout for reindeer.

Come morning I think Matt and I were more excited for gifts and Christmas festivities than the boys.  They kept trying to put their stockings on, and when it came to gift time climbing in the boxes and playing with paper was more fun than discovering the gifts.  What an awesome reminder - you don't need to spend tons to have fun with what you have.  The major hit of the morning, though, were the boys' P'Kolino Little Reader chairs.
After breakfast and a bit more play-in-the-boxes time, we packed up and made our way to Salt Point for a walk.  
 A nap and some more play-with-paper time and we were off again to my cousin Rebecca's for Christmas dunch.  We hung out with her husband's family, her father and his wife, and her kids and had SO much fun!  There is absolutely nothing better than being with family.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Early bird

Last night I was restless.  I don't know if it's the fact we watched Inception just before bed so I was over thinking dreams, or if I'm just too excited to see Santa.  The solution?  A 5am run.  And it felt great!  I rose with the first binkie drop and bawl this morning, laced up my Newton Distance running shoesand made it out the door into the black and still of the morning.  I saw two people on the street - a man in a suit at the bus stop, and a college kid on his way home.  I only made it about 3.5 miles with a quick out and back to the University District, but all in all it felt great and I'm looking forward to more early runs.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Being a woman / mom / professional / teacher / me ... yeah, I want it all!

It's been a while since I put thought to keyboard (how poetic :) ) - things have been beyond nutty in our little provincial Seattle lives.  Work has been very exciting, and beating me up at the same time.  And that's my day job - I also teach online at night and that's been ... interesting.  It seems with the holidays come a lot of excuses and things "coming up" - funny that I get excuses more in the virtual world.  Understandable.  The point is, I want it all - and it's taking a lot of time.

Sheryl Sandberg, one of the woman who inspire me most in the workforce (besides my mom of course) recently gave a speech on women leaders which I find quite interesting.  This is about messages and about women leaders (and lack thereof) who stay in the workforce.  I'm inspired ... and my head hurts from nodding. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Weekend Roundup - holiday colds

I've come to think that the reason Santa was so rosy and Rudolf had a red nose is they were both sick the entire holiday season and just kept giving the cold back and forth to each other.  Mrs. Claus must have cooked tons of healthy goodness which is why Santa, as we know, ate everyone's cookies as he flew around the world delivering gifts. 

The past few weeks we've had four variations of colds flying around our house successfully hitting all of us.  It started with Cole and a cough.  Then went on to Wilson and sniffles.  On to Matty with a headache and sore throat.  And has landed with me with a cough, the spins, sore throat - you get the gist. 

But, this weekend we were all in healthy form (hurray!) which was perfect timing because we got together with old high school and college friends - and one new friend for Cole and Wilson, a 2 month old adorable Luis. 

We also finally got a tree ... but it's a bit on the dinkous side.  The boys are now champs at knocking over everything they're not supposed to knock over, climbing everywhere, and eating anything with any resemblance of food, so we decided a big tree and decorations probably weren't in the cards this year.  And if you're asking yourself "is that..." yes, it's a rosemary bush (tree).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

We have a candy cane situation

It's that time of year again - the time when money seems to fly out of wallets, stress levels rise, and being on the large side and wearing a red track suit with fur trim is rad.  OK, that's glass half empty - the reality is I love this time of year - the holidays!  Seattle is perfect for the holidays as we've already had a bit of snow (it's on hiatus now, though) and the dark nights, city lights, and crisp air seem to scream "Christmas is coming!"

Today we made our way for the obligatory Santa pics.  Last year we waited in the rain to get a pic with Santa and this year, despite being in a rainier state, was much easier.  Much easier except Cole has the sniffles and Wilson has the toddler sense of "don't touch me ... unless you're mommy."

We went to Swansons in Ballard where there were real reindeer (no joke), a camel, and a donkey.  Walking up to the nursery we heard "should we get the kids out of here?..."  Odd, but we kept walking.  When we got to the animal station we saw that the camel was a bit ... excited, and was chasing the donkey around the pen and smelling it.  In other words, the camel wanted to do some Christmas merrymaking with the donkey.
We walked on and found Santa.  When it was the boys' turn to sit on his lap, Cole lost it crying and reaching for daddy.  Wilson just got pissed that he had to stay still and grabbed a stuffed reindeer and tried to stick it up Santa's nose (he has a new nose fetish) and in the process knocked over all of the mini candy-canes. 

After the pics as we walked away I heard Santa say, "we have a candy-cane situation over here."

All in all, though, it was a terrific day.  We finally got a picture with the 4 of us (pics like this are few and far between) and enjoyed walking around looking at Christmas trees. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The business case for running a race: Seattle Half Marathon 2010

This morning I ran the Seattle Half Marathon and it was a ton of fun.  The race started at 7:30am right next to the Space Needle.  The race was super hilly which was surprising to me as I still live under the delusion that Seattle is flat (which it's not).  Much of the race was along the water which was beautiful.  I wound up running 1:36 - not my PR, but not horrible either.

The starting line had a lineup of characters depicting those you might find in business; such as:
Do and ask for forgiveness: up close to the starting line it was packed.  One guy kept bumping into people, then apologizing, then bumping into the person in front of him as he tried to get ahead.
The victim: after getting bumped by a handful of "Do and ask for forgiveness-ers" a woman next to me looked like the world hated her.  No one should look like that at the starting line of a race (or in business for that matter) ... so sad.
The get ahead when not ready peeps: Behind me I heard a group of guys talking.  "What time are you going for?"  "Probably something like under 2 hours ... I dunno." (we were in the section for 1:30 - 1:40 runners).  "Yeah, me too.  I don't really care."  "I'm probably going to go out slow and then we'll see."  Argh - I can't stand these runners because it means others who are going for time are stuck tripping over feet just trying to get out of the gate.
The stud:  There was a woman standing next to me (it was 40-degrees this morning) wearing racing underpants (I don't know the right word for these, but they look like big panties) and a t-shirt.  Stud.  She passed me at mile 6 and I never saw her again.  She was good, and she knew it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Snow day, Turkey day, Rain day - YAY!

What a week!  On Monday it started snowing.  By Monday evening the roads were a madhouse, and by Tuesday Seattle was completely covered in white.  So covered, in fact, most of the schools were closed and my office instated a "work from home" option to avoid having people try to get on the road.

Introducing - snow day.  Our nanny couldn't make it Tuesday, so work from home day was a work from home / snow day with the boys.  And it was SO much fun!  Oddly enough the day was packed with nearly hourly phone meetings, but people didn't seem to mind the howling and laughing of the boys in the background.  Matt and I traded off play time with work time and the boys entertained themselves quite a bit.  One new achievement?  Lego palaces.

Thursday brought one of my favorite holidays of the year (second to Easter).  Thursday morning Matt and I packed up the boys and hit the road for Portland where we enjoyed an AMAZING Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt Laura's house with her kids (my cousins) Matt and Rebecca, their spouses, and their kids.  The house was full of babies and toddlers as well, of course, as good food.  It was funny, in year's passed, there was the "kids" table and the "grown up" table.  This year the "kids" table was really the parents of toddlers and younger table where we sat spooning mashed potatoes in between bites of our own and sips of wine.  Funny.

Friday the weather turned and we were greeted with rain.  Again.  The drive home was quite nice (it's a 3-hour drive from Portland to Seattle) - the only traffic was at off-ramps to malls.  When we arrived home there wasn't a speck of snow on the ground.  Crazy.  Seems the rain coupled with the "warm" 40-degree weather cleared it all up.

Now I'm prepping for the Seattle Half Marathon which I'm running tomorrow.  And by prepping I mean getting in some holiday movie time while the boys nap.

Monday, November 22, 2010


The weather outside is ... NUTTY!  It's snowing.  A lot.  This morning it was somewhere in the 30s, and now it's the low 20s.  I typically bike to work, but with all the black ice on the road I ditched the bike for the bus (lots of isms there, I need to write some musings soon).

On my way home I again caught the bus.  By 4:45pm (I don't usually leave that early, but when it's the first snow and the roads are bumper to bumper, there's no option) I was out the door and on the 16.  After 45min in traffic, and a 10-block drive to the Space Needle, it was apparent we weren't getting too far.  So apparent, in fact, that a guy across the aisle from me took a look at traffic on his phone only to reveal that cars were bumper to bumper for miles.  Another woman asked the driver "how long to Fremont" (the town next to mine) to which he responded "at least 3 hours."  Oh boy.  First off, there is NO way I'm going to miss dinner with my boys if I can help it.  Second, the bus smelled like pee.  I needed off.  So the guy across the aisle and I decided to walk ... the 4 miles ... up hill ... in the snow.  The walk was actually quite nice - I learned all about him applying to med school, his family in South Africa, his visit to San Francisco (where all he saw was China Town), and his hipster brother.  Just not a first name.  The problem was by the last few blocks home I couldn't move my chin anymore so conversation froze (get the funny use of words.  Harharhar - my humor didn't freeze.  Oh boy - own biggest fan.)

Here's a look at the front of our house just after dinner:

And here's the great snow in Seattle a few years ago:

I hope it doesn't get this bad.  The problem is it's already looking like this in front of our house.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Feeling beige

The weather has turned in Seattle, and snow is in the forecast.  So - it's time to get out my cold weather duds.  I have fallen for sweater dresses this year and they seem to be my go-to staple.  But, in the dark/cloudy days of Seattle, a bit of color is needed, too - intro, the scarf.

Here's my dream outfit of the day:

Feeling beige

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Roundup - a whole lotta twin greatness

This weekend was spectacular.  Matt's parents came to town on Thursday to hang with the boys.  Friday night we had a great family dinner (steak, potato, and asparagus - this one tops the list).

Saturday I slept in all the way to 7am.  Upon rising it felt like a whole new world was available... which was quite nice as I had a 10k trail race later that morning.  I won the race (first woman overall) and felt GREAT! 

Saturday afternoon I was off for a birthday facial (a gift from Matt's mom for my 30th birthday (last year - I just turned 31)) at an amazing spa called Jill Bucy.

Sunday Matt's parents left early.  We spent the day cleaning the house, looking for furniture for our 3rd bedroom, and dancing - lots of dancing.  It seems dancing is Cole's new favorite passtime (one for which Wilson grooves in, wiggles, and then runs off to try to climb on anythinghe'snotsupposedto).

Other notables for the weekend include fort making time, reading time, and raking time.  All in all, great times!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Seattle's best!

You know, I wrote that and it just sounds wrong ... how about: "Holy Curd What an Amazing Dinner!"  or "Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!" or maybe just to the point "Speechless from eating in Seattle"?

OK, enough on the blog title - let's get to the good stuff - food.  Last night Matt and I enjoyed our first date night in ... hm, 6 months maybe?  Too long, but things have been busy.  We got a babysitter and set out in the pouring rain to find a place my co-worker recommended: "Elemental Next Door" otherwise known of as "The END."  The restaurant is the sister restaurant to "Elemental" down by Gassworks park - the good news/bad news is this is in our hood.  Elemental serves set tasting menus only paired with wine serving six plates in all.  We decided to go to the pick your poison option of the two at The END where we could pick our plates and wines.

We walked in and arriving at a very blue plate special time (6pm) were the first people there.  When we walked in the waiter handed us each a glass of champagne, pointed to a roll of parchment on the wall and said "that's the only menu" then pointed to the back wall which was packed with bottles of wine from around the world and said "any half bottle is $15, any full is $30."

I wound up taking a picture of the menu partly because I wanted to remember it, but also with there literally just being this one menu Matt and I wanted to reference back for more plates.  We wound up enjoying persimmon salad, stuffed peppers, pate, an AMAZING quiche with bacon (all homemade and home cured), and a great dessert tart.  Heaven.

The only downside of the meal is with today being daylight saving's, we were ready to sleep in and sleep off our gluttonous last night.  The boys forgot it was daylight savings and were up and ready to rumble at 5am.  Yeeha!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wood and silverware

Today is Matt's and my 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!  Wow time flies.  Really, wow. 

Here we are five short years ago:
 And here's us now:

And oh what a 5-years it has been!  So lucky...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy birthday Marathon!

Today marked the 2,500-year anniversary year of the marathon.  Happy birthday marathon!  You still look young, exhausting, and awesome to me.

Here's an ode to marathons past with a pic of the Boston marathon last year:

And, being that it's Halloween, here's a Halloween race last year and the boys trick or treating (or walking up, looking at candy bowls, taking a piece, then putting it back-ing):

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Roundup - Halloween prep!

Twas the weekend before my birthday
And all through the house
Not a twin was un-stirring
Not even a min
The boys were all run
And we calmed them with ease
With a BOB and a run
The energy, appease

OK, long poemstory short, this weekend was rad.

On Saturday we met up with Lisa, Frank, and Lila for some pumpkin picking.

Sunday came a lazy day with two, count 'em TWO runs - much needed!  The first was a goodmorning sunshine run with the boys, and the second was all me-time around the lake (in the dumping rain).  Sunday afternoon we made enchiladas, and Sunday evening we had a dinner party with my co-worker and his wife.

And now ... it's my birthday! Hurray!  I cannot believe I'm 31.  Oh boy.  I guess at 31 the fun has only just begun?  More poetry to round out the day/week/year.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tub Time for the Taylor Twins

Our boys love tub time.  If we leave the bathroom door open, after running in and pulling down all the toilet paper, they then make for the tub.  It looks like at one of their nanny's house they're the same way...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

What I learned while running, helps me in business

A while back I wrote on "The Business Case for Running a Race."  Today I competed (yes, again) in a 10mi trail run in Sammamish, WA.  The race was nutty - it started with the temp being just 34F.  The trail itself was so covered in leaves that often I felt as if I were off course.  In fact, at mile 5 I did go off course ultimately running an extra mile ... but I still won ... :o) happy joy joy.

Here are my musings on running and business - deep thoughts from the trails:
  • Looking back can just trip you up - seriously, in running, if you look back, you'll trip!  I did it.  It hurt.  You can think back to what you could've done better (e.g. hydrating, pacing, etc.) and leverage that to improve.  Same goes for business (minus the hydrating ... although that's pretty important regardless).
  • The run can get rocky - it's just important to keep eyes open - on the trail I stumbled over branches and rocks.  From my trips, I realized in some areas I needed to slow down and focus more than in others (e.g. wide open fields).  In business, there are some areas where I'm definitely not an expert (e.g. financial projections), there are the areas where I need to slow down and focus more.
  • Competition is foe and friend - during today's race I was running next to a man for the first few miles (side note, he was running in teva-like shoes ... weirdo).  While we were both going for the "gold," we also were both very much in it together - even while being lost.  In business I'm a firm believer of the "one team" philosophy - we're all in it to make the business successful.  At the same time, we all have our own dreams.
  • Whining gets you no where - in a race whining is wasted breathing room.  At work whining is just ... well, ridiculous.
  • There's no real finish - at the end of the race today I was already planning my next race.  At work we practice "sprints" (another running analogy for another time), at the end of each sprint, there's another just around the corner.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Does my butt look big in my spandex bike suit?

For the past two weeks I've been riding my bike to work (literally, over the river, through the woods, then through the city I go).  I typically ride in work clothes (ew, nast, gotta change that) because between my laptop, lunch, and some sort of high heal something, I don't have room for much else in my computer bag. 

A few funny things I've noticed while riding ...
  • The spandex crew: a LOT of people around Seattle ride in their logo'd spandex matching outfits (even spandex hats - no joke - it's like a swim cap for the rain here I guess)
  • Ya never know who the fasties are, and who the slow pokes are: when riding I'm constantly shocked at how the spandex crew can be SO SLOW!  I feel like I'm tailgating on my bike.  Then there are the 60 something men rocking shorts and an old sweater who could lap me around the city twice.  How do they do it?!  Dad?...  (side note, I do think my dad would be faster than anyone here - he should come - hint hint :) ).
  • Cars are nice!: In SF I barely rode my bike - partly because the steep hills scared the youknowwhat out of me, and partly because drivers are so mean there.  I used to be one of the mean drivers, too.  Some bikers in the city give bikers a bad name and then everyone pays.

To continue my riding-scapades, I've decided I need to get properly suited.  No matching spandex onsie thing, mind you, just prepped for the onslaught of rain that's around the corner.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A perfect 10!

Today lived up to being a perfect 10 (for 10-10-10).  We woke this morning to the rain (and the boys who have learned that jumping in their crib is a ton of fun).  I took Cole and Wilson for a short run around Gasworks park down along the water.  Back home we all cleaned and continued unpacking (the boys kept putting their toys in the moving boxes, but they were trying). 

Post nap, we made our way to the Farmer's Market in Ballard - LOVE that farmer's.  I bought a bunch of root vegetables (beats, turnips, and a handful of things I don't know the name of) to make baked vegetables with garlic and salt. 
Back home, more unpacking, and a walk around town, and we were beat.  We treated ourselves to takeout Indian food.  A perfect way to close off the weekend.