*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 14-20*

Mileage for the week of November 14th – November 20th

Total weekly mileage: 26.5

Total November mileage: 90.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,293.5

Week in review:

11/14      No run/rest day

11/15      30:15 min./3.5 mi./8:37 pace

11/16      31:20 min./3.52 mi./8:54 pace (+1.98 mi. of hill repeats at NP) (5.5 mi. total)

11/17     48:01 min./6 mi./7:59 pace

11/18     31:51 min./4 mi./7:57 pace

11/19     No run/7.5 mi. hike

11/20     1:01:29 min./7.5 mi./8:12 pace

This week turned out to be a little lower in overall mileage but I made up for it with some good cross-training between the workout with the November Project and my hilly little hike Saturday. (My glutes are still sore from that hike too!)

My hope is to up my mileage a little bit this week since I have some extra time in the mornings. My son is out of school for the holiday so I get a break from the morning prep/drop-off routine, not to mention a long weekend coming up. What better way to fill that space than with some extra miles and added strength training?

I’m eager to dive into training but I really want to focus the next few weeks on building some strength and creating a solid foundation for when I do jump in. That, and create a plan of attack for the Christmas and New Year holidays so I don’t completely derail myself. Then balls to the wall come January!

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*The high life*

Over the weekend I attended my first Oiselle Volée meet up!

Before I share that story, let me just tell you that in order for me to go, I had to step outside my comfort zone. So here’s the truth bomb… I drove on the freeway.

Any SNL fans out there familiar with the skit, the Californians? (Google it if you’re not. It’s hilarious!) “You take the 101 to the 405 toward Santa Monica, exit at Sunset…”

The freeways and the amassed traffic are a nightmare. One that I managed to avoid for 8 solid months. Until Saturday. The 405 is such a joke here. So much so that I actually saw a greeting card in a gift shop once that read “I’d take the 405 for you.”

Which is exactly what I ended up doing in order to drive out to Pacific Palisades where I met up with two other SoCal members of the Oiselle Volée team. It was worth every steering wheel-gripped mile!

We met up at 8 AM for a hike up the Los Liones Trail to the Parker Mesa Overlook. It was a cool morning to start but sunny. Round trip, the hike was 7.5 miles with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Basically, all uphill as we made our way to the overlook and then all downhill to return to the parking area. The trail became more crowed as we made our decent so clearly it’s a popular choice for hikers, runners, and cyclists looking for a challenge.

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New friends, Saturday morning hikes, sunshine, and ocean views!

The view was incredible! Given that I live on the east side of town, it’s not too often that I get to see the ocean and to be able to view miles of it stretched out as far as I could see was pretty spectacular. I also tend to forget that there are some vast green spaces here too. It was a welcome reminder that there are wild lands within the sprawling city.

Whenever I explain to someone that I’m still fairly new to the Los Angeles area, the first thing they ask is how I like it. My typical response is something along the lines that it’s growing on me or I’m starting to feel acclimated. However, while hiking back down the trail in the company of two great women, the sun shining down on me (in November!), breathing in the fresh ocean air… it occurred to me that I’m actually sort of starting to love it here. (Minus the traffic, I later told my husband.)

It was a fantastic morning and I’m so grateful for the connections I’m starting to make through my Team Nuun, Oiselle Volée, and November Project affiliations (as well as a Saturday morning group that meets for a run and coffee hosted by the Fleet Feet store in Burbank). So worth the drive on the 405!

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The high life!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 7-13*

Mileage for the week of November 7th – November 13th

Total weekly mileage: 31

Total November mileage: 63.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,267

Week in review:

11/7      No run/rest day

11/8      42:21 min./5.25 mi./8:04 pace

11/9      35:35 min./4 mi./8:54 pace (+ 2.5 mi. at November Project)

11/10     48:08 min./6 mi./8:01 pace

11/11     33:14 min./4 mi./8:17 pace

11/12     26:09 min./3 mi./8:41 pace

11/13     51:15 min./6.2* mi./8:15 pace (Griffith Park Trail 10k)

*According to my GPS, the Griffith Park Trail 10k course was quite a bit short… my watch calculated the course to only be 5.79 miles with my average pace being 8:50 rather than 8:15. With my warm-up (.55 mi.) prior to the event, I know I ran at least 6.25 miles for the day. I’m never sure how to calculate these types of discrepancies but I’m very careful not to give myself credit for running mileage I did not run.

Given that, as I mentioned in my previous post, I walked away with a 2nd place finish, I’m completely content with how the week unfolded. I had a couple of great runs and a good workout with November Project. Everything seemed to come together how I had hoped it would.

I’m a little in flux as I begin a new week with no immediate goals… I’m still sorting out how I want to tackle my next big one. I’ve got some time but I’m anxious to get to it! ; )

Have a fantastic week!

*The latest WJTWT news*

What a week, right?

I’m not even going to go THERE. Rather, I’ll give you a little glimpse as to what I’ve been up to. It’s been busy, as usual!

Over the past couple of months I’ve eluded as to the reason I’ve been so absent in this space. I’ve had to rearrange my priorities a little bit in order to fit in a new endeavor. Completely by accident, I fell into a new career path not long after moving to California, when I started working for a real estate brokerage. Years and years ago, I actually quite seriously considered a real estate career. At the time,I had an infant and studying the course material while juggling my new responsibilities as a mother were more than I could handle at the time.

Fast forward, oh, 19 years or so, and I’m suddenly considering it again. So much so that I took the leap and began the coursework a couple of months ago. It’s a LOT of material and studying is slow going, but I’m very pleased that I completed the first or three courses and passed the test this week. Onto course number two!

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One down, two to go!

I’ve also hinted a few posts back that I was considering another large event… As it turns out, I just can’t quit the marathon and this week I made it official. I will be running the LA Marathon in March!

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Congratulations? You just spent $200 bucks for 16 weeks of self-inflicted suffering (in the best way possible)!

This is a big deal. I’ve got high hopes for this race and am trying to come up with a scheme to help me with my master plan. World domination? No. Maybe just a PR. ; ) More to come on this later!

In other news, I finally pulled the trigger. On trigger point rolling that is. I could no longer deny that I needed to do something different in terms of recovery. I’m sore. Like ALL. THE. TIME. My go-tos, stretching/yoga and Epson salt baths, while wonderful, just aren’t providing me with relief. I caved and invested in a Trigger Point roller. I’m already feeling a difference!

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My “I’m totally stoked” face!

The week culminated with the Griffith Park Trail 10k this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. The course description stated that it would be a tough, hilly route. I’ve trained out there and it is hilly, but today’s race was still not what I expected in terms of difficulty. It was like a roller coaster out there.

I take most races seriously and this was no exception. And, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a wee bit competitive. I like the challenge, both mentally and physically. The result this morning yielded me a second place finish! I worked for it too!

It was a fun little race and well-organized (aside from a medal mix up and the course being a little short, at least according to my GPS). The prizes for the top finishers were beautiful handmade mugs. I SO love mine!

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2nd place female!!!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy the rest of the day and gearing up for another busy week! Enjoy your Sunday!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 31-Nov. 6*

Mileage for the week of October 31st – November 6th

Total weekly mileage: 37.75

Total October mileage: 112

Total November mileage: 32.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,236

Week in review:

10/31    40:34 min./5 mi./8:07 pace

11/1      52:56 min./6 mi./8:49 pace

11/2      27:35 min./3 mi./9:10 pace (and November Project workout)

11/3      42:50 min./5.25 mi./8:10 pace

11/4      1:12:06 min.8.5 mi./8:29 pace (mix of trail and road)

11/5      26:24 min./3.17 mi./8:20 pace (rounded down to 3 mi.) (Coffee run w/Burbank Fleet Feet)

11/6     1:04:55 min./7 mi./9:16 pace (mix of trail and road)

What a week! And not in a bad way at all! I got in some decent runs in preparation for my upcoming 10k trail race this weekend. I did a great workout at the November Project which made me sore for the two days following. I managed two runs that were a combination of trail and road, both of which were hilly. I met up with a small group of runners for the Saturday morning Fleet Feet Burbank coffee run which was three easy miles followed by a coffee stop at Starbucks. Finally, my week concluded with a little outing to Beverly Hills (I know, right?) for a November Project gathering and screening of a new short film about the project titled Showing Up, hosted by The North Face. This all wedged in around the other interesting tidbits that make up my life!

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Showing Up

With the time change yesterday (and every preceding year when we return to standard time in the autumn) my internal clock is waaay off and likely will be for a couple of days as I adjust. I’ve never been able to figure out why I’m so sensitive to the time change but instead of fighting it, I’ve learned to allow myself some gentleness through the transition. (Bed at 8:00 PM? Yes, please!)

The timing is probably good since I’ve got a race this weekend. While it’s not an “A” race (even though I had originally hoped to tackle it with a little more gusto), I’m still hoping for a decent performance so I am trying to step up the pre-race self-care rituals this week.

One other random thing to pass along… because I don’t have enough on my plate already… HA!… I’ve started a new Instagram page for an outlet to house my deep fascination with holistic, nutrient-dense, and superfood nutrition. Over the past few years, I’ve been diving a little deeper into the study of superfoods and ways to apply their qualities to help me, as an athlete, train harder, recover faster, and perform better. I’m just get started and not sure exactly what direction my feed will take, but if you’re interested in what I learn on my journey, I’d love for you to check it out!

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*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 24-30*

Mileage for the week of October 24th – October 30th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total October mileage: 107

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,198.25

Week in review:

10/24     No run/rest day

10/25     48:05 min./5.25 mi./9:10 pace

10/26     27:47 min./3 mi./9:16 pace (+2.75 mi. at November Project)

10/27     32:47 min./4 mi./8:12 pace

10/28     59:34 min.7.25 mi./8:13 pace

10/29     51:48 min./5 mi./10:20 pace (*mostly on trail)

10/30     No run/impromptu rest day

Clearly, I’m a little behind posting last weeks mileage report. I feel like I’m behind on a ton of things. Ha! But for a good reason.

I blew off my run Sunday morning. That is not typically like me, especially with a race coming up, but I stayed up late to welcome my daughter to California who is visiting us for a few weeks. An extra rest day never hurt anyone and I feel like the timing was actually really good as I’ve been plagued with prolonged psoas discomfort. (It does seem to be easing up, thankfully!)

The ultimate result of taking Sunday off is that I felt the need to rearranged my schedule a little bit this week and am targeting some solid workouts. So far, so good. For the third straight week, I’ve attended the 5:30 AM November Project workout on Wednesday mornings and I’ve had a couple of good runs that are building up to even better runs! This upcoming weekend will be my last opportunity to get in some time in on the trails so I’ve got to make them count!

Life is good. It’s so nice to have my family under one (albeit cramped) roof. I’m looking forward to the quickly approaching holidays and time with our extended families. I’m really excited about future training, races, and various related activities. I feel healthy, strong, and just about fully recovered from my last marathon, three weeks ago. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire that have me stoked on future possibilities. Woo!

Happy November!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 17-23*

Mileage for the week of October 17th – October 23rd

Total weekly mileage: 28.25

Total October mileage: 79.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,171

Week in review:

10/17     No run/rest day

10/18     35:16 min./4 mi./8:48 pace

10/19     28:40 min./3 mi./9:20 pace (+hill repeats at November Project)

10/20     36:40 min./4 mi./9:06 pace

10/21     47:24 min.5.25 mi./9:01 pace

10/22     53:07 min./5 mi./10:36 pace (*mostly on trail)

10/23     1:12:15 min./7 mi./10:18 pace (*mostly on trail)

Last week was truly a transition week as I returned to my regular running schedule, began to carefully increase my mileage while keeping the pace easy, and got out on trail for two runs over the weekend. I also did one 30 minute yoga session (on my own), attended a November Project workout, and did a couple of strength training sessions.

I was challenged by some lingering psoas discomfort on my right side but besides that, I’m feeling pretty decent. The two trail runs over the weekend were both really hilly so I’m glad I was feeling good enough to tackle them.

This week will be similar, structure wise, though I’ll up the mileage a tiny bit and hopefully add some form of a speed workout in somewhere. As I mentioned in a post or two back, I’m really feeling the need to incorporate more of both yoga/stretching and strength training. The strength training comes so much easier.

Enjoy the final week of October! (I can’t believe we are a week away from November already!!)