It’s been a long time…

It’s been over 6 months since I’ve written in my blog and a lot has happened.  After chatting with my friends over wine last week they convinced me that I should make it a priority in my life again.  I took up my blog to work on my writing skills and of course to document all of my running and training.  So here I am.  My goal is to post at least once a week again.  So to bring you up to speed on my life (at least running wise) here are the highlights from January through August 2013.

  • I was out of my walking boot within a few days and fully mobile just a week after my surgery
  • I walked A LOT in February.  As a runner, going out for a casual walk is not the easiest thing.  I traveled to San Diego for work in February and my favorite thing to do when I visit a new city is to run, and I couldn’t, so I went out for a walk to see the city.Amanda & Jackson copy
  • My adorable and sweet nephew was born on February 26th – he’s brought a lot of joy to our family and I’ve been lucky to visit him in March and July!
  • I started running again on March 1st – it was a very exciting day!  It also was REALLY hard!  I ran 3 miles that day.
  • I signed up for the Portland Marathon two days later.  🙂
  • I ramped up my mileage slowly in March and April and was running 10+ Miles on weekends in May30th Birthday Dinner!
  • I turned 30 on April 29th, a pretty big milestone.  I celebrated with my parents and friends who surprised me with a great dinner followed by drinks.  It was a wonderful weekend!
  • I ran my first 10k in over two years on Memorial Day weekend.  I ran a 49:56 – a new PR for me!
  • On June 8th, I ran 10.3 miles of the Lake Tahoe Relay with 6 other women from my running club.  7 of us ran 72 miles in 11:05:39 in nearly 90 degree heat!  It was hot and exhausting but a total blast!Lake Tahoe Relay
  • On June 16th, I ran my first half marathon in over 7 months!  I ran the first half of the SF Marathon.  It was a tough race, very hilly.  I finished in 1:45:59.
    My cousin Michaela and I after the SF Half Marathon

    My cousin Michaela and I after the SF Half Marathon

  • I traveled back to Maine/NH/Boston for the 4th of July and spent two weeks back East.  My family ran our annual 5k.  It was 88 degrees with 100% humidity at the start, it was my slowest 5k in the last few years.  Ugh.  On a more positive note my little sister surprised me and ran her first 5k that day, I was so proud of her!
  • I ran over 148 miles in the month of July.  (My highest mileage month since October 2010)

Family 5kI am running pain-free after my surgery, it’s wonderful!  I am getting very excited for the Portland Marathon in October and looking forward to the Disneyland and Nike Women’s halfs coming up this fall!Family Hallke 5k

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Fantastic Fall 2012

It’s been awhile since I’ve written.  Life is just to fun these days to post all the time!  I do like to write on occasion though to document new races and new personal bests!  It was a great fall racing season for me.  I set 3 new Personal Record’s and completed my first International Distance Triathlon!   Although I took the Fall off from Marathons I ran 5 Half Marathons between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  It was a busy fall!

Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving I ran the Fisher Cats Turkey Trot with Dad.  The race was a 5k and my Dad was determined to go out and do his best.  I on the other hand wasn’t feeling super motivated, I was just happy to be out for a run before eating all day. The race started at 9am which was awesome cause we got to sleep in a bit.  We were down by the start around 8:25 and decided to do a warm-up mile together.  The warm-up was ROUGH for me.  Maybe it was the cold?  I haven’t run in 30 degrees in over a year (since last Thanksgiving).  Based on the warm-up I was just aiming to finish in under 25 minutes.

We headed for the start and shortly after we were off!  I took off at a 6:40 pace which I knew I could keep but tried to hold on to for as long as I could.  (So much for not pushing myself, right?)  After heading up a pretty solid hill I finished Mile 1 around 7:20.  I got a little nervous that I was going to really fail the last mile but I kept pushing aiming for a 7:45 pace on Mile 2.  My goal was now to beat under 24 minutes.  Mile 2 had a nice downhill and then flat so I ended up running a 7:25.  At this point I knew that I would be close to my person best a 23:22 so I decided to keep pushing and see what I could.  The last half mile was rough but I kept pushing.  The race ends on the NH Fisher Cats field so you run around the warning track finishing on the 3rd base line.  When I entered the stadium I could see my Dad ahead and heard them call his name at the finish, I was only about 30 seconds behind.  I kept pushing and finished in 22:58 (7:30 pace), a new personal best by 25 seconds!  I can’t lie, pushing that hard made the run suck from start to finish but it was awesome after!  My dad finished in 22:27 his best time in the last few years!

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Earlier in November I had to travel down to Orlando for a work conference.  It happened to end right before the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon which is my cousin Heather’s favorite Disney race.  It seemed like fate that my trade show ended two days before so I had to stay and run!  My co-worker joined my Thursday afternoon and Friday for two days of Disney fun!  Heather also joined us on Friday and we squeezed in 3 parks in one day!  Saturday was race day.  We took it easy that day checking into the Yacht Club Hotel and lounging by the pool.  We had lunch and relaxed with my cousin Heather’s friend Annette and Brian.  Annette was running the half with us that evening.  We headed back to our room around 4pm and laid around in bed for a few hours.  Around 6:30 it was time to get ready and head to the shuttle busses for the start line.

We were at the start line plenty early so we sat around eating a snack and contemplating just skipping the race.  🙂  It’s really hard to START running at 10pm.  We wanted to just go to Epcot and have fun!  We eventually got ourselves together, checked out gear, used the restroom and lined up.  I was in Coral A and Heather and Annette were right behind me in Corral B.  I had no intentions on running a fast race, I just wanted to enjoy it but the other half of me just wanted to finish quick so  I could have fun!  The race itself was really fun, we went through Animal Kingdom  Hollywood Studios and finished through Epcot!  I ended up running a 1:52:22!  I was very happy with that!

Before the race - notice the fluorescent theme?

Before the race – notice the fluorescent theme?

Post-Race

Post-Race

Love Disney Medals!

After the finish line they have changing tents set up so you can change into dry clothes and head off to enjoy the post race party at Epcot.  I finished first so I took a few minutes to sit and stretch, then I changed, collected my post-race beer (love when they have those!) and headed into the park!  I rode Spaceship Earth and Soarin while waiting for the girls.  We met up right in front of the World Showcase and went off to enjoy some food and drinks!  We had a fun evening closing down the park at the Rose & Crown Pub!

BAA Half Marathon

In October while on a work trip to Boston I ran the BAA Half Marathon with my Dad, Aunt Marie and cousin Greg.  I ran this race in 2010 with my friend Meredith while training for our first marathon.  It’s a great well-organized race but definitely a challenging course!  This race was my Aunt Marie’s first half marathon!  My family spent the night in Boston before the race so we could sleep in a bit later.  We had a nice day on Saturday sightseeing and having dinner in the North End.

My Dad and I met my Aunt and cousin at UMASS Boston to ride the shuttles together to the start of the race.  We got a bit of a late start so we arrived at the start just in time!  We headed for our place in line.  My Dad and I decided to run together, I was going to try to help him get to a new PR.  We had a great first half of the race, but most of it was downhill.   I knew that the second half was going to be tough.  By mile 8/9 I was really starting to struggle.  I knew it wasn’t going to be my day.  I kept trying to keep up with my Dad and help pace us but I was struggling.  I finally convinced him to leave me at Mile 9.5ish and he did.  I eventually caught back up with him around mile 11 but couldn’t stay with him long.  I was STRUGGLING.  It was one of the worst races I had run in a long time.  I finished in 1:55:51.  My dad finished about a minute before me but unfortunately missed his PR but just a bit.  We collected all of our gear at the finish and headed to finish line to watch my Aunt Marie finish.  She ran a great first half and finished strong.  I love watching people finish a half marathon for the first time, it’s always so inspiring.  Congrats to Aunt Marie on her first Half Marathon!

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Giants Half Marathon

In September I ran the Giants Half Marathon in SF.  I was excited for this race because I was in great running shape and it was a flat course.  I had a feeling that a new personal best was in my grip so I went into this race with a PR in mind.  The race starts right outside of AT&T park and also offers a 10k and 5k.  My cousin Michaela was running the 10k so we went to the race together, started together and ended up running almost the first 3 miles together.  I also found a bunch of girls in my running club who run around my pace at the start so I decided to try to stick with them.  Michaela and I ended up pushing each other running the first 3 miles at an 8:16 pace.  I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep that pace up but each mile I kept surprising myself.  At Miles 9 and 10 I slowed to an 8:30 pace but then I ran into the 1:50 pace group I knew that if kept up with them the last 3 miles that I would finish under a 1:50 and finally beat my goal of a sub 1:50 half!  I’m so glad I ran into the pace group, the leader kept really pushing me and kept me going.  I ran the last 3 miles at an 8:18 pace and was really starting to hurt.  At mile 12.9 the pacer reminded us we only had .2 miles left which is equal to two city blocks.  I was so close to my best I had to keep pushing and that reminder really helped me!  I finished at 1:49:14 according to my watch!  (My online time says 1:48:47 – I’m not sure why the 30 sec discrepancy)  I was so excited!  My running club friend, Laura, was right behind me and she had set a new PR as well!  The race finishes in the outfield of AT&T park so we took some pictures and took in the scene of hanging out on the field of AT&T park.  It was a great race and I’m looking forward to it again next year!

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Disneyland Half Marathon

Over labor day weekend I went down to Disneyland and ran the Half Marathon for the second year in a row.  I was joined by my cousin Heather and her college friends Leah, Annette, and Jamie, Leah’s friend Sue and Alaska friends Annie & Martha!  We all arrived at various times on Saturday morning and met at our hotel.  In early afternoon we headed over to the Expo to collect our numbers and swag.  After that we headed for the parks.  We had twilight tickets for Saturday night and headed over to Disneyland.  We got in a bunch of rides and had dinner at “Pasta in the Park”.  After our carbo loading we did a few more rides and headed back to the hotel for bed.

The Disney races always start bright and early.  The Disneyland half is no exception.  The race started at 5:45am.  I can’t remember exactly what time we were up but it was long before any of us wanted to be up.  We took shuttles over to the Parks and walked to the start.  We did our usual routine of bathroom, bag check and head for the corrals.  I started in Corral A and was not feeling that race.  I was exhausted at the start.  I remember getting to Mile 4 and thinking, I just want to stop running and take a nap.  Never the less, I found the energy and kept pushing an 8:25ish pace.  The excited part of the race was that we got to run through the new Cars Land in California Adventure. It was so cute and entertaining!  We then headed through Disneyland and then onto the streets of Anaheim.  The next big landmark was Anaheim Angels Stadium.  As we were approaching around mile 8.5 I was really loosing steam.  I was ready to slow my pace and just focus on finishing   It was just then that my friend Katie from the year before came up from behind, recognized me and pushed me again!  She got me into the park the and then I told her to head off without me but to wait for me at the finish because I wouldn’t be far behind.  I kept up my pace and finished in 1:51:55.  I was really happy with that time, anything under 1:52 makes me happy and I was just under!  I found Katie at the finish and we chatted.

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Disneyland Race friend Katie!

I headed towards our designated meeting area and one by one the other girls arrived.  We sat around and chatted as we waited for everyone.  Most of us collected our “Coast to Coast” medals at Disneyland.  You earn one of those medals for running a Half or Marathon on the East Coast and West Coast.  We took a million pictures of our bling.  It was a fun morning.

Heather & I with our Marathon, Disneyland Half and Coast to Coast Medals!

Heather & I with our Marathon, Disneyland Half and Coast to Coast Medals!

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Post race we headed for the pool for lunch and relaxation.  We showered and headed to California Adventure around 4pm and had a great afternoon/evening in the park.  Of course we finished off the night with drinks in Downtown Disney.  Monday we all went our own ways throughout the day but we had a great girls weekend and were all sad to see it end. The Disneyland Half is my favorite race.  I really love it.  I think we’ll all be back next year, fingers crossed!

That sums up 2012 racing!  (Finally)  I set a 5k, 3.5 Miler, Half Marathon and Marathon personal best!  I’m hoping to get better at blogging agin in 2013 so I won’t have to do major posts like this anymore!

Over the river and through the woods to Tommy’s house we go…

So I have definitely been slacking on my blog writing. I’m actually surprised I haven’t gotten a text from my sister informing that I haven’t written in a while. It’s been a busy month and I actually have 2 half marathon’s I need to post reviews for!

I may or may not have mentioned that I am training to run the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 8th with my Dad and cousin. I’m really looking forward to the run and completing my 3rd marathon! I just completed my 10th Half Marathon last weekend and that felt like a pretty monumental number! My medal rack is almost full and has just enough room left for my the Mickey Marathon Medal (pending my completion of course). My dad and cousin are running their first Marathon and I actually may be more excited for them because they are about to earn the title “Marathoner”.

The tile of this post was inspired by my 20 mile run last weekend with my Dad. We decided to do our 20 miler one week earlier so we could each have a running buddy, and when I trained for Boston we did our 20 miler and had two weeks of “short” runs to recover before the 22. I liked that strategy so I adopted it for this training. On Saturday night we were trying to decide where to run and my brother suggested we run to his house in Candia. (I was in NH for Thanksgiving) So we got out the computer and started mapping. Funny – it was exactly 10 miles to my Bro’s house – so that’s what we did. It was definitely through the woods and to Tommy’s house we go although we may not have crossed a river….

How cute is this doggie?

My brother said the run would be pretty flat with some rolling hills. However, my brother is certainly not a runner and when you don’t run you don’t notice the slight inclines when driving. I would say that 8 of the 10 miles to his house were uphill. Not serious San Francisco hills but challenging. I had a horrible first half of the run. I was really struggling. My dad on the other hand was doing great and keeping a nice strong pace for the first half. I think my body was still on PST because I was just completely exhausted when I started. All I wanted to do was go back to bed. Regardless, we made it to my brother’s house and were halfway done. It was nice to go inside, use the bathroom, drink some water, have a GU and refill our water belts. We also got to visit with my bro, Hannah and their little dog Artie! (So cute)

The second half of the run we so much better for me. I finally felt awake and was ready to go. My Dad started to struggle a bit. He was having issues with his IT Band and hip flexor. (Did I mention my Dad ran 18 and 19 miles the two weeks prior? Training was for 17 and 18….) I think his body was just done. He pushed through and made it to Mile 20 though! That’s the thing about Marathons – it’s half a mental a game. I felt pretty good at the end of 20. I certainly had a few more miles in me which felt good. I was tired and my legs were certainly hurting but that’s all a part of the game.

My two favorite east coast beverages

We met my Mom at Dunkin Donuts where we ended our run and I treated myself to a nice hot Dunkin Donuts Coffee. I didn’t realize how much I missed Dunkins until I got back East. After that it was showers and out to breakfast with my parents. I sat around on the couch all day which is exactly how I like to spend a day after running 20 miles.

I’ll close with my favorite quote…

“I’ve learned that finishing a marathon isn’t just an athletic achievement. It’s a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible.” – John Hanc

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

My Sister's Pumpkin from this weekend!

I just spent a great weekend with my parents!  We visited Sonoma and did a lot of sightseeing around SF.  My parents lucked out with the weather.  They actually couldn’t have picked a better weekend.

This was the weather back in NH on Saturday…

Notice the snow...

And this was the weather in SF on Saturday…

Should be a familiar image...

Overall a great snow-free weekend.  I love SF.  🙂

My dad and I ran 15 miles yesterday all along the bay.  It was a great run and another big one to cross off the list.  My knee had been bothering me last week but after taking the week off from running (back to the spin bike) it seems to be better, no pain  yesterday or today!

Next weekend my best friend Laura is in town.  It will be another fun-filled weekend of touring and my 4th weekend out wine tasting…I’m not complaining.  🙂  Sunday morning is the US Half Marathon that runs across the Golden Gate Bridge.  I’m looking forward to the race and crossing off another week on the Disney Marathon training schedule.  I’ll be half way done after next week!

Have a spooky Halloween!

Portland Half Marathon

A week and a half ago I headed back to Boston for a tradeshow (aka work) but tagged on a few days of fun with family in friends the weekend before.  It was a CRAZY weekend but it was fun.  I’ll spare you all the details but the quick recap is  that I saw a TON of people both former co-workers, close friends and family, attended 2 tradeshows/events, was out way to late multiple nights (fun nights) and ran a half marathon.

I ran the Portland (Maine) Half Marathon with my Dad and cousin(in-law) Greg.  (We have 2 Greg’s so just clarifying :))  Here is my quick summary of the Half Marathon: RAN IN THE RAIN FOR NEARLY 2 HOURS.  Yup, that’s about it.  Woke up at 5:30 EST (pretty sure my body was still on PST) and it was pouring rain out.  The kind or rain that you hear and think, “what a perfect day to lay in bed and watch movies all day”.  Nope, my Dad and I were out the door by 6:10am in the pouring rain.  I was armed with a full set of dry clothes for after the race – so glad I thought I ahead.  After a quick trip back to the house for our running watches (my Dad and I both forgot them) we were off the Portland.  We got stuck in some really bad traffic but still has time to squeeze in one last bathroom run and then stand in the rain waiting for the race to start.

It was a slow race for me.  I was exhausted from the beginning.  I ended up running the whole race with my Dad which was really nice. Always nice to have QT with the parents. 🙂 After about two miles I didn’t notice the rain.  Once your feet are wet, what can you do?  We were approached an intersection at mile 2.5 and heard sirens.  The sirens resulted in holding the entire race back for a minute while 3 fire trucks crossed the race course.  Wow, major bummer.  We knew we had lost about a minute of our time AND were now stuck in a big crowd of people we had to weave through again.  Luckily, I forced my Dad to turn around and get my watch because I was able to stop my watch for the fire truck and get a more accurate “net time” then what the results showed.

Mile 4.5 was GU time for me.  I needed the energy.  Only problem, my hands were wet, the GU was wet and I dropped it in the middle of the race.  I was so desperate for the energy I stopped to pick it up.  I know better than to stop in the middle of a race, it’s dangerous for me and the runners behind me but I did it anyway.  Well, I paid the price.  Some guy ran smack into my head.  It hurt – a lot.  I moved on, ate my GU and started to get into my grove around mile 6.5.  It never takes me that long to find a good rhythm, just a rough race day.  Miles 7-12 flew by.  My Dad and I made friends with a nice guy from Maine and talked about all kinds of races we had done or were planning on running.  The last mile I had a lot more energy than normal, I picked up my pace and left my Dad but he was only a few second behind me.  I finished in 1:55:30 according to the results but my watch which removed the fire truck time said 1:54:29 – so that’s what I’m going with.  It’s my 3rd best time.  My dad was just a few seconds behind me (resulting in a PR – 1 min 30 sec off his Manchester Half time) and my cousin Greg finished in 1 hour 46 min.  Amazing!

The Portland Half would have been BEAUTIFUL if it wasn’t rainy and foggy.  It was a great event despite the rain and fire truck (two things out of their control).

Here we are all soggy after the run….

Notice the bibs sideways?  It made the Runners World Blog

As always – shirt, bib and medal….

Couple quick pics from the weekend…

Me, my mom and sister at the Fitchburg Football game (Aka Family weekend)

Me with my parents and Aunts and Uncles at Frankie & Johnny's in Maine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland Half Marathon Recap

This is a long overdue Disneyland Half Recap!  I’m going to keep it short because it was a few weeks ago and I want to move on to all the new things I’ve been doing!

I arrived at Disneyland on Friday night around 10:30pm.  I took a shared van to the Hotel and shared lots of marathon stories with other runners in my van.  It was actually really fun to be filled in on all the good and bad things of West Coast Marathons.

Saturday morning I slept in and then hit up Starbucks for caffeine and breakfast.  I sat out by the pool for a bit and read.  It was nice to be in warm weather as it was freezing in SF during August.  Annette (one of my cousin Heather’s best friends) and I headed for the airport to pick-up my cousin Heather who landed at noon.  The ride was really interesting…I’ll spare you the details but Annette and I had some good laughs.  🙂   We picked up Heather and then were off to the Expo!  Number pick-up first and then upstairs to get our shirts and shop around.  I was very excited because I was placed in Corral A!  I have never been in the first corral and I’m sure if it wasn’t Disney I wouldn’t be, but nonetheless, very exciting!


Saturday afternoon we headed over to Disneyland for the Pasta in the Park Party and of course some rides!  The Disney characters were at the Pasta Party and of course we had to take pictures with them.  (I know I’m 28 but it’s hard not to get into the Disney spirit!)  We headed home around 9:30 to get to bed early for the big race on Sunday.

Leah, Annette, Heather, Me, Leah and Addison

Me and Minnie

Pluto, Heather, Me and Mickey

We were up at 4am on Sunday morning.  First alarms went off before 4am.  Gross.  Everyone was up and out the door by 4:20am to take the shuttle over to the starting area.  Disney of course had a full show going with a ton of energy in the waiting the area.  They had a big video screen, music and very energetic (and happy) Disney people making announcements at 5am.  We did bag check and a bathroom run and headed off to the appropriate corrals.  Everything was really organized except the corrals – see Heather’s blog post re: corrals.  I made a friend in line, Katie.  We chatted and shared marathon stories, talked about different races and passed the time quickly waiting for the start.  We started right at 6am and because I was in corral A I wasn’t far behind the gun time.

Overall the race was awesome!  We ran through the parks for Miles 2-5 and then through

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the backlot.  I had to stop and use the bathroom at Mile 2.5.  I will spare details but I lost 2 minutes stopping.  ERRR – never had to do that before!  I was lucky because I was in the park and Disney opened all park bathrooms to runners – awesome because I wasn’t in a Port-a-Potty.  I spent the next 4 miles trying to catch up to Katie, my friend from the starting line.  I was running 8 min miles and one or two sub-8 min miles.  At the 10k marker I realized I had a great pace going and was definitely going to set a PR if I could keep it up.  I finally spotted Katie at mile 6.5 but she was running at a good pace so it took me a mile to finally catch her!  It was great when I found her again – she really pushed me.  We ran the rest of the race together.  It was awesome running through Angel Stadium, you could see yourself on the Jumbotron in the park.  At Mile 11 I was definitely starting to fade but Katie kept me going.  It was awesome to have a running buddy and someone to push me.  I finished the race is 1:50:53!  (And took a 2 minute bathroom break) I had a HUGE runner’s high after the race.  It was incredible, I forgot how fun it is to set a new PR.  It’s also fun to see that I am getting faster – all the hard work is paying off!

I got my bag, food, water and some ice for my foot and headed to the finish area to watch for my cousin Heather.  I got to see her finish which was really fun.  I never get to cheer people on so it was fun to be a spectator and I know that screaming my head off totally helped her pick up her pace to cruise to the finish line cutting 10 minutes off her personal best!  Amazing!  Also Congrats to Annette for cutting over 5 minutes off her time and Jamie for finishing her first half marathon!

Heather coming into the finish line!

Cousins!

The Girls!

The rest of the day we spent at the parks checking out the rides and walking around.  We finished off the trip with some celebratory drinks that evening.  It was a great weekend and event!

Cousins again


San Francisco

So it’s been quite some time since I wrote.  I didn’t mean to neglect my blog but life got VERY crazy in July.  Packing up your life and moving cross country while starting a new job is very time consuming.  It didn’t leave much time for running or blogging.  I will assure you that I did more running/exercising then I did blogging!

So I arrived in SF on August 7th with just a little bit of luggage.

I guess that’s how you travel when you move across the country.  It’s certainly cheaper to check boxes at $25 each then to ship them UPS.  Fortunately, my brother and sister-in-law were nice enough to drive me to Boston at 6am on a Sunday morning and my new co-worker was super nice to pick me up at the airport in SF.  Couldn’t have done it without them (not kidding).

My parents, friends and family were pretty awesome to me before I left.  Showering me with gifts, wine and dinner.  Here are a few highlights:

Dinner with my parents at MC Perkins:

My dinner:

View from dinner:

My 10 Mile run through Ogunquit:

I little Mani/Pedi with Aunt Marie and a little R&R on Friday afternoon:

My “see you soon” cake (It may or may not have traveled a long way to get to me and melted/slid in the car)

Back to SF….

The first week and a half has been really great.  My co-workers are friendly and welcoming.  My cousins have been nothing but great to me.  I currently have 4 boxes at my cousins apartment in SF and 4 boxes and 4 suitcases in Alameda where I’m spending most of my time.  They are super helpful and have invited me right into their family.  It’s been really wonderful to have them.  I’ve been learning public transit very quickly.  So far I’ve taken the Bus, Ferry and BART (subway) to work.

View when I walk off the Ferry...I love the Palm Trees!

Sidenote: My car did arrive on Monday morning safe and sound!  It will be nice to have it to do some shopping this weekend!

I found an apartment last week!  I quickly decided that I wanted to live in the Marina area.  The area basically has 2 Newbury streets that run parallel to each other and have all kinds of bars, restaurants and cute places to shop.  It’s also in a flat part of San Francisco (great for running) and close to the Golden Gate Bridge.  My apartment has a roof deck overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to use it!  The one problem with the Marina is it is VERY expensive.  I had to face reality and SF housing prices and get a studio instead of a one bedroom.  It’s a large studio apartment with a giant walk in closet and a separate kitchen area that even has room for a table.  The plus side is – I have a lot less furniture to buy!  I move in on September 5th – I can’t wait to get settled in my own place!

I have gotten a few runs in since I’ve been here.  I most have run in Alameda which has a nice beach to run along in the morning.

View of SF from my Alameda runs - just a little bit of fog...

That’s all for now but more about trying Bootcamp and upcoming races soon!