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Hood to Coast! January 17, 2011

Filed under: Marathons,Running — Kelocity @ 7:00 am

This week, the documentary film Hood to Coast came to theaters for a one night exclusive event.

We ventured into Burbank to see it. It was fun sitting in the theater with lots of other runners!


It’s a film about the ‘Hood to Coast’ race that takes place in August every year in Oregon. It’s a 197 mile relay race made up of teams of 12.

The movie documents four teams on their journey from training to finishing. Some of it was funny, some of it was really sad, but most of it was raw emotion that takes over the body after sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion takes over. I just love watching people run. The way the body sustains the same movement over and over intrigues me. I think I look like a tensed up angry runner when I’m out there, so I like to watch the gracefulness of a seasoned athlete.

SIDE NOTE: When the teams switch out, instead of passing a baton, they use a slap bracelet!!! I kinda want to do this race just for that! Do they even make those anymore?

Some of the runners were elite Olympians, one man had even won the Boston and New York City marathons before.

But other runners were just there to say they did it. They didn’t train much and weren’t very prepared, and that was the most fun to watch. They agonized over running hills and contemplated what foods they probably should or shouldn’t be eating. It was that uncensored look into the mind of a runner.

It was the perfect movie to get my psyched up for the Phoenix Half Marathon this weekend. I’m not really prepared (mentally or physically) but I’m pretty darn excited! I recommend Hood to Coast for any runner who loves to watch running movies. 🙂


The Next One… November 20, 2010

Filed under: 20 before 30,Marathons,Running — Kelocity @ 6:00 pm
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What’s that blog readers? You want to see more posts about running? I’m here to please!

The next half marathon will be:

I’ll be running my first Rock N’ Roll race on January 16th in Phoenix! I’m so excited.

Guess I better start running, huh?

This will be my 12th distance race in my quest to run 20 Races before I’m 30.
The 20 Before 30!


2010 Nike Women’s Half Marathon – Race Recap October 19, 2010

Filed under: Happy,Marathons,Races,Running — Kelocity @ 10:33 pm
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It was a rainy, wet, cool day in San Francisco, but 20,000 runners still gathered in San Francisco to run one the  biggest women’s race in the country. 🙂

But let’s back up to 4:30am on race morning! We took our time getting ready, making sure we didn’t forget all the little things you need to run a successful race (GU, timing chip, race bib, watch, etc).

I put my Ipod on to make sure it worked… and you know what? It was completely empty! All the great songs my sister Mikaela gave to me were gone! I must have lost them when I sunk it up to my computer this week! How did that happen? I’m Ipod-challenged. Oh well, I can run without music.

We headed down to Union Square to the starting line. It wasn’t hard to find with all the crowds of people.

I only had to wait about 20 minutes until the race started (Score!) But then I realized one more thing…my Garmin was dead!! I had charged it the night before, but maybe I left it on?! This happened to me last year too, and it ruined my race. But not this year… I wasn’t going to let a few numbers get in my way of enjoying this!

So I put my chin up and walked towards the startline. I didn’t have a goal in mind this year, so I was just going to listen to my body, enjoy the scenery and take in the race without staring at my watch.

Let’s do this!


The first mile wizzed by, I ran the first two miles straight without stopping. I watched Pier 39 go by as the sun was rising. I took a good look at Alcatraz as we ran along the bay.

There was absolutely NO fog, which is pretty rare for a fall day in SF. It was gorgeous.

Then we headed up the teaser hill to Ghirardelli Square.

And up the bigger hills in the Presidio.

Then we saw the stunning Golden Gate bridge staring at us.



I asked a spectator to snap a picture of me with the bridge, you get the idea.


One of my favorite parts of the race this year was the many “Power Song” stations along the course. Out of nowhere, you’d hear blasting music coming from these boxes. It was an ad for ‘Nike+’, but I appreciated the bursts of adrenaline the loud music provided!


Between mile 7 and 8 is the steepest hill of the race.

But the views of the bridge are worth it!

I’m not sure who these guys were, but they were quite funny.

Another spectator shot of the bridge!


Along mile 8 or 9, Kaiser had a bunch of motivational signs!
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And my favorite…


And they provide oranges here (my favorite!)

Mile 10 is definitely my favorite mile of the whole race. That’s when you start running down towards the ocean. The views are gorgeous! And Irving texted me at this point too, and it totally gave me a boost of energy!

You can see finisher’s village from up there too!

The last three miles are in Golden Gate Park. It started to drizzle when I entered, but I knew I was almost done.

I know this picture is blurry, but it just made me laugh. Why do marathoners LOVE running quotes so much? They make me so happy!!

“You measure happiness one mile at a time”!


Almost done! Two miles left! And the rain had started to come down by this point. I was wet and sticky. Ew.

At mile 12 is the Ghirardelli chocolate mile! They hand out chocolates to all the runners! I saved mine for later!

Almost done! The final turn into home stretch!
Which side do you think I ran under? SURVIVOR!

A nd then I booked it to the finish line! (Yea, I was SOAKED at this point)!


And I’m not sure what came over me, but I made some weird pose when I crossed the finish line. It kinda looks like I’m doing the Hokey Pokey. Um??
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Either that or I’m making a “I’m #1” sign? HAHA


Official Time: 3:03:18

Out of my 8 other half marathons, this is in the middle of all my finish times. Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Not too shabby for not really training.

Once I crossed the finish line, a lovely firefighter in a tux gave me a tiffany necklace from a silver platter!
(And Yes, I made him pose for a picture before I took it!)

I got my mylar blanket and tried to warm up. It was FREEZING down by the ocean! I was so cold, I didn’t even wait in the photobooth line (and you know me and the photobooths!)

We had to wait almost an hour to catch the shuttle bus back into the city.

Once I was on the bus, I finally took a peek inside my goodie bag!IMG_0365

I felt like I was trick or treating gathering all my goodies after the race! You just hold out your bag and they fill it up with treats!

The finisher’s shirt was pretty awesome this year. It was a technical tee, in a gorgeous magenta (my fave!)


The necklace was different this year, it came in a longer box.

With a new kind of pouch:

Here she is!

And the back:

I heard a lot of people didn’t get the necklace because the ran out! I hope they get mailed to them soon!

That was my SIXTH tiffany’s necklace from this race! I now have quite the collection!


And there you have it! Another successful year at the Nike Women’s Marathon!
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I Run to Be…

Filed under: Food,Happy,Marathons,Races,Running — Kelocity @ 7:15 am
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This weekend I flew up to San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon for the SIXTH time!! Here was where I ran my first Marathon back in 2005, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Since then, I ran the half five years in a row. It was an excellent race!

Backing up to Saturday… the expo!


My flight landed at 7:30a so I got there really early before the lines formed.



I wizzed through the bag pickup, got a free massage and collected all the goodies before the crowds even got there.


The bag check bags were awesome this year! The race is “going green” so it was a sweet magenta reusable bag!

I loved the POM photobooth this year! Cheeeese!

The theme at the race this year was “I Run To Be”

I Run To Be:

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I Run To Be…ME!

And yes, I totally wore my Boston Marathon gear all over the place on Saturday. Woot!

I headed over to Niketown after the expo to look at all the (overpriced) swag. I didn’t buy anything this year, my collection of running clothing is getting a tad bit out of hand as it is. 🙂

On the wall outside the store, they have everyone’s names posted. I found mine!

All six? floors of the store were decked out in marathon gear! (But I used self control and walked out).

Who’s excited to run?!

After I fully exhausted the expo, I met up with my friend Niki and we went off to explore San Francisco together!

Lovely sights of the city
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We headed towards the Ferry Building to look around.


Such a cute place inside. I hadn’t been in a few years.

Later, we relaxed in the hotel that Niki (graciously) offered to share the night before the race.

Then it was time to find a place to carbo load! We ended up at Olive, which ended up being a nice surprise. It was a really nice restaurant. It was a bar, but we stuck to water!

Since the name of the place was olive, we got a bunch to share.

And a few tempura battered ones too (for good measure).

We split two of their thin crust pizzas (which were AH-MAZING).

Now… it’s race time! Check back later for the official race recap!


It’s that time of year again!!! October 15, 2010

Filed under: Marathons — Kelocity @ 9:01 pm
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This weekend, I will be completing my 6th (Yes, SIXTH!) Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon! At this point, I’ve been doing this race for so long that I feel like I just have to run! Every year I get butterflies thinking of the expo, the course and the TIFFANY’S NECKLACE! I can’t believe it’s here!

Seems like just yesterday I was at the starting line of my very first marathon!
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This time around, I’m doing something I’ve never done before… walking the entire course. I haven’t really been running as much as I should, and I don’t want to get hurt, so I plan on power-walking the whole 13.1 miles, while snapping amazing pictures like this along the way:
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It’s going to take a while, but I’m just so excited, I hope it does. It always goes by too fast anyways.

You can expect a full race recap next week (with lots of pictures)!


And if you want to see my race recaps, here they are!







Wish me luck!

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And she’s back… September 29, 2010

Filed under: Running,Training — Kelocity @ 9:39 am

With only 18 days until the Nike Marathon…. what better time to start training than… um… TODAY! YAY!

I ran 3.4 miles outside this morning before work and it felt amazing.

It’s no surprise that I’ve been less than motivated to train for this race. I took some time off from running this summer and just never really felt like I wanted to start again. Marathon training is completely draining. I busted my butt to train for Boston and I think it took a lot out of me. Plus, I had the post marathon blues when I was done. I was so sad it was over!

I’ll take a less ambitious approach to this year’s Nike Marathon, no real goal in mind. Under 3 hours would be amazing, but it’s pretty unlikely because I don’t want to hurt myself either. This will be my 6th year running this race! I’m getting pretty excited for it.

So from now until then… I’ll try my best to be less lazy and little more excited about getting out the door and running. There’s no time like the present, right?


Half-Marathon Training Begins (again)! July 26, 2010

Filed under: Running,Training,Workout — Kelocity @ 10:51 pm
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I’ve now been training for endurance events for over six years! I still consider myself “new” to the sport of marathon (and half-marathon) running, even though I have 8 half-marathons and 3 full marathons under my belt!

But I’m still a rookie and I need a training plan to prepare for my events in the fall. Here is my long run schedule I will be following more or less until the winter.


It follows similar plans to those I’ve had in the past. As much as I love marathons… it’s so nice to not see any 15-mile or 18-mile days on there. 🙂

I got off on the right foot today (literally)! Irving and I walked 2 miles before work this morning and then I did a 3 mile hike after work.

LA has been having some unseasonably cool weather lately and it’s perfect for hiking!

So I did a total of 5 miles, and it felt great!


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