San Jose RNR 1/2 marathon race recap

New PR! Woot Woot!  2:50:02, 18 seconds better than my previous best which was last year in Capitola.
I was super prepared this time around, and had all my stuff out and ready last night. I spent about an hour at the expo yesterday trying very hard not to buy all the things. On my list for future purchases: new running jacket, more sport bras, new shoes, and anti-fog sunglasses for running. Yes, I need all the things!

I settled for a 13.1 magnet for my car, and of course, the race shirt pictured was included with the entry fee.

I did buy one shirt, but shhhh…. let’s not talk about that.

It was a beautiful day for a race, not too cold and not too hot. Kimmy and I met up in my corral, and
 waited patiently for our turn to start. We both knew she’d be far ahead of me, so we wished each other luck as we crossed the start line.

I really wanted to run this race in 2:45, so I quickly caught up to the 2:45 pace team and settled in. For the first 3 miles, everything was going well, and keeping pace with the pace team was OK. Then around mile 3, I started to get some cramps, so I had to walk for a bit. Thankfully, I was able to keep the pace team in sight and catch up when I would run.

Around mile 5, I was passed by my ex, so that gave me a little motivation to kick it up and start running a bit more, as by this time I was doing run/walk intervals. I’m pretty sure he saw me pass him, so he dashed ahead. For someone who claimed to hate running, why is he at every 1/2 marathon I’ve done since breaking up with him??!

To my amazement, I was able to keep in view of the pace team until mile 8. This was very exciting for me! However, I definitely don’t do enough long runs, and the last 5 miles were miserable for me. I passed by my ex again at mile 9, and boy, it sure seemed like he didn’t like that. I had seen him ahead of me for about mile, walking most of the time. Once I passed him, again he blasted past me. I didn’t see him again after that, and good for him for finishing before me, and thanks for not trying to talk to me. 🙂

By mile 10, I was starting to hurt all over. My TFL and my adductor muscles have been acting up, my heel felt like I was getting a blister, and the cramps came back, worse this time.

When I was walking, I tried to really walk as fast as possible, since by now, I was walking way more than I was running. I kept trying to calculate how fast I needed to go to finish with a PR and how fast I could walk to get there. The trouble is GPS never quite matches the course distance.  Argh.

At mile 11, my GPS and the mile marker lined up almost exactly, and I knew I could make it to the finish line around 2:50, which wouldn’t be the best PR but at least it wouldn’t be slower….

Mile 12…. ah the final mile. I felt so miserable, everything hurt and I just wanted to be done! I did my best to keep a good fast walking pace and to run when I could. 

As I approached the final stretch, I kept thinking “where the hell is the 13 mile marker??!” and “where the F is the finish line?”. The one thing I hate about the SJ RNR is that the approach to the finish line is full of turns, so you can’t see it until you are almost there (less than .1 mile to go). Once I turned the last corner, I went for it and started running. And then I realized that it was almost 2:50 so I made a mad sprinting dash for that finish line!!!

Kimmy was waiting for me at the finish line, and boy oh boy was I happy it was over!


And guess what? Next year we are going to Vegas for the RNR 1/2 marathon in November. Running on the strip is going to amazeballs!! 

Here’s how I’m spending the rest of my day:

race recovery

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how to make a salad that’s not boring

Here’s my handy guide to salad making.

IMG_2523Base – start with a nice, tasty green base

examples: spinach, baby kale, mix greens, spring mix, but PLEASE not iceberg!

Fruit – I love fruit in my salads

examples: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or apple slices are some of my favorites

Protein – for me, a salad is not complete with some protein

examples: marinated tofu, white beans, chickpeas, black beans

Seeds or nuts – my version of croutons 🙂

examples: sesame seeds, pistachios, candied walnuts, sunflower seeds

Spice it up! – If you like a little kick, add some!

examples: shallots, red onion, garlic

Other – other fun things to add

examples: quinoa, cauliflower rice, corn, grape tomatoes, radish

Avocado – goes with any salad if you ask me!

Dressing – there’s so many choices, my personal favorite is olive oil and pineapple white balsamic vinegar

Today’s salad (pictured above):

  • baby kale
  • sliced strawberries
  • white beans
  • shallots
  • sprouted sunflower seeds
  • green tahini dressing

summer reading update

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been reading this summer…

Seveneves by Neal StephensonSeveneves by Neal Stephenson

I loved the first half of this book, and I didn’t really care for the ending. However, I don’t think that should stop anyone from reading it.

Seveneves is a realistic, contemporary sci-fi novel that poses the question “what would happen if the earth became uninhabitable?”  Our characters learn they have approximately 2 years before that happens, and the novel follows their preparations, their struggle, and what comes after life on earth.

If you like sci-fi where the science is accurate, the technology is something that seems possible, then you will enjoy this book.

On the surface, it reminded me a little of the TV show “The 100”, except with better science, a more realistic plot, and well, it’s really not the same, except the part about earth being uninhabitable for a really, really long time.


And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

I mistakenly thought this would be a young adult / fantasy novel about vampires. Turns out it’s historical fiction about Vlad the Impaler, but re-imagined with Vlad as a girl.

I loved this book, and found it very intriguing. I don’t know much about the Ottoman Empire and I feel like I’ve learned a little more after reading this. I’m looking forward to more from this author!




Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

If you haven’t seen Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on Presence, go watch it now!

While I enjoyed this book, I felt it was a little repetitive, went off topic a bit, and could have been a lot shorter. If you really love her Ted Talk and want to know more, then read the book. Otherwise, just enjoy what you learned from the Ted Talk and read something else.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day by Felicia Day

Before reading this book, I knew of Felicia Day from her role on Eureka! and from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I had heard of her show The Guild, but never watched it.

Turns out that she and I have had some parallels in our lives. We’re about the same age, and we both grew up right as the internet was becoming mainstream. We both made friends online at a young age, when it wasn’t typical to do so. Both of us had mixed results when meeting those friends in person.

Felicia moved to LA to become an actress, and while I did not do that, while she was searching for an acting role, she became addicted to World of Warcraft. I can totally relate to that!

Her book is funny and honest, and was a quick, interesting read. After finishing it, I did watch The Guild, which I recommend to anyone who’s into gaming. It’s quite funny.