Alabama

I was VERY excited to go to Alabama for one main reason… Yes, there was a lot of singing. We’ve noticed that since Louisiana, the states seem to look fairly similar. Very lush and green. Lots of trees and vegetation. Long motorways lined with greenery on either side. It’s really very pretty. We drove through…

Race Report: Healdsburg Half Marathon

It was awesome, I PR’d.  Quick version Fell apart at mile 8. Didn’t PR. Cried a bit. Wonderful friends cheered me up. Long Version.  My goal was very clear going into this race. I wanted to PR. My training had mostly been awesome, I felt as good as I have for a long time now…

‘Race’ report: The Tour de Tahoe

Last Sunday, the Husband and I cycled the Tour de Tahoe – a 71 mile  ride around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. This has been something we have wanted to do ever since we first saw the gorgeousness that is Tahoe so we were really excited to finally do it. We opted to pay for…

Race Recap: Danville 10k

On Saturday, I raced the Danville 10k! This was my Q2 goal race, building on my 5k PR in the first quarter of the year. Before I go any further, I need to talk about my existing 10k PR a bit – sorry about this. I set my PR in February 2014 at Bay Breeze when…

Race Recap: Oakland 5k

So I had an A,B and C goal for the Bank of the West 5k at the Oakland Running Festival. A) A PR… 24.49. B) Anything under 25. C) The solid knowledge that I ran my socks off and couldn’t have done any more. The day before the race, the Dude and I went up to…

Race Recap: Crissy Field parkrun

I’m not sure how many US readers are aware of parkrun. It’s a British phenomenon which has literally changed the face of running in the UK. It’s a series of free, weekly, timed 5k runs across the country – there are over 300 in the UK plus parkruns across Europe, South Africa, Singapore, NZ and Australia. I…

Race Recap: ZeeBlu Santa Barbara Turkey Trot 5k

Before I start…thank you all for your lovely comments and emails about my left boob. I was really touched by your words and the things you shared about your own boobs. Much love to you all. On Wednesday, we endured a delightful 8 hour drive down to Santa Barbara, crammed into the car and playing endless…

Race Recap: Beat the Blerch Half Marathon

My original autumn goal race was the Beat the Blerch 1/2 marathon in Sacramento which took place on Saturday. I ditched it as a goal race a few weeks ago when I realized I wouldn’t be anywhere near PR shape, opting for Walnut Creek in December instead. But I had paid for the race and…

Race Recap: The Strawberry Stampede 5k

Last week, due to my online commitment to get my bottom into gear, I did just that. I managed to do at least half an hour’s exercise every day except Saturday. I cycled, I ran and twice I did the Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred, which left me drenched in sweat and aching! I didn’t…

Spectating the HITS Napa Valley Triathlon

On Saturday, the Husband did a half-ironman distance triathlon. I wanted to blog about it because 1) it was a good day and 2)it may help any people racing it next year who find this post via google! I have to admit, this was the last prepared we have ever been for a race.I mentioned…

The Dude’s First 5k

In case you missed it, my race recap is here. This one is cuter. So yesterday, the Dude ran his first ever 5k. His first proper race, the Ironkid, was about a kilometer, so I was a little concerned that he’d bitten off more than he could chew. However it was his own idea, he…

Race Recap: Race to End World Hunger 10k

New Year’s Day saw my first race of 2015 – the ambitiously named Race to End World Hunger in nearby Mountain View. It was a bargain at $35. The Husband signed up to race the 10k as well, but when the Dude said he wanted to run the 5k last week, he dropped down to…