2014 Thus Far and One Run For Boston!
Alright, since I can hardly consider myself anything more than a participant on the interwebs, let’s contribute. After cramming to reach my total mileage for 2013 my body staged a revolt. A little ache in my foot turned into a throb and next thing you know I was out of commission for two weeks. Two positives emerged out of the negative, first, I have switched to an 80% vegetarian diet and second, I rediscovered Pilates. Those adjustments have led to a stronger but unfortunately slightly leaner me. I am also back to running around 25 miles a week to go with one day each of Yoga and intense cross training at the Rose Bowl. That means I have very few rest days and have been falling in love with back to back workouts. I have also incorporated push ups, planks and squats into my daily routine so I am feeling much stronger in 2014, now if I can just get into the gym to lift twice a week all would be right in the world. Physically all is well!
As for the rest, I am beginning to see all possibilities of my new path. I won’t pretend that I don’t miss the old path but they aren’t in opposition, they are just different and I am embracing the new as much as I did the old. So what exactly does that mean? Primarily it translates to a shit ton of traveling, running and some sporadic volunteering. I went to Denver in February and had a blast hanging out with fellow bloggers Tayler and Kelly. I absolutely loved Denver. Snowboarding, trail running, eating, museum perusing and general exploring via foot and bicycle…the city and state exceeded all expectations and I look forward to visiting again. Some visual highlights, although I could/should do an entire post on the Mile High City because it is an awesome place…
I have the San Francisco Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in early April. The thing that makes San Francisco so awesome? Not only will it allow me to cross running a half in the City off the bucket list (Jen, you, me, Gypsy and beer after the run?) but it’s also the first race for my old friend that I somehow inspired to become a “runner”. My friend Damaris always commented on social media about my running as if I was doing the impossible and over time I was able to motivate her to DO IT, not try…DO. I don’t know if there is anything more fulfilling in running than helping someone to positively confront their self-imposed limits. She has stuck with her training and watching the growth has been amazing. The week after San Francisco is Coachella, I keep saying I won’t go back but this year I really don’t have a good reason not to attend, so back I go for 4 days of fun and music in the desert sun. By the way, I have so much music to share, if you need some recommendations let me know…I got ‘em.
In May I head to back to New York to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon with my friend Nathan. I am excited about this one for a different reason, this race will be an attempt at a half PR so speed training steps up soon. Oh, and yeah, it also means I get to go back to New York. Once I return from New York, I will have about four weeks of calm before I finally free myself from the invisible borders of North America for the first time. I still can’t believe it has taken this long but I leave in June for a 7 week adventure with my best friend and I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for the journey to begin. Worth noting, this trip will include lots and lots of running, I will share the full details soon!
On the volunteer front, I have participated in all three snow mentor days this season for Stoked and it has been fantastic, now the weather needs to cooperate so that the season can extend past March and we can continue to impact the youth of Los Angeles on the snow. More information on Stoked HERE. It’s not really volunteer work but this past weekend I went and cheered on runners at the LA Marathon because it had such an impact on me in New York that I felt I needed to TRY and return the favor that so many strangers extended me. I turned hype man for a solid 5 hours and the time melted away. Side note, I will be running the Los Angeles Marathon next year (committed now), who wants to join me? I will also be working with California CareForce in Indio for two days next month to provide free dental, medical and vision services to the Palm Springs area. I worked the event last year and it was incredible to see how many people utilize the service and how badly it is needed. More information HERE.
But the most exciting thing on the schedule is the One Run For Boston that begins this weekend. A quick overview, One Run is a continuous relay that starts in Santa Monica, CA and ends in Boston, MA, all benefiting the One Fund, a nonprofit organization that aides those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing last year. There are over 1,400 runners signed up right now for the 300+ stages, covering 3,300+ miles and to say that I am honored to be a part of it is an understatement. I will be running Stage 6 at around midnight this Sunday in California. 10 miles of glorious road with the One Run For Boston baton, so excited. Here is a quick video :
If you would like to donate a dollar or ten, please do so HERE.
That is all for now but as you all now…I am still here…still reading and commenting…I will write more when it feels right again! Stay up!