Starting from the beginning with my very first race and working forward. Most of the newer races have race recaps linked in the title if you’re into that sorta thing. And if you’re into celeb gossip, call me.
10.19.08 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco — 2 hrs 15 mins
This baby started it all, by “all” I don’t mean very much, but I had a really fun time. This was the first long run I’d ever done and definitely first half marathon.
11.01.08 Santa Barbara Newspress Half Marathon — 2 hrs 2 mins
I was visiting a girlfriend in Santa Barbara and decided to run it on a whim. The course is along the beach and passes all the gorgeous megamansions like Ty Warner’s, who started Beanie Babies. I single handedly paid for a couple bricks on his patio because I am guilty of buying over 200 of those little stuffed animals. Give me a break, this was a long time ago. Like last week.
11.27.08 Dana Point Turkey Trot 10k — 50:19
This was not a fun run because it poured down rain the entire 6 miles. Of course, I wore a white t shirt. I was SOAKING wet and actually worried that my ipod sensor in my shoe would quit because of all the water. Husband J was so sweet and stood under a store awning the whole time waiting for me.
12.14.08 Make Room for Santa 10k run in Irvine — 47:o2
This was a good run for me and a flat course, but a guy pushing a double stroller blew by me. At one point I saw him feeding his kids and grabbing a falling blanket. Wanted to quit or trip him, thankfully did neither.
01.10.09 Kaiser Permanente SoCal Half Marathon — 1:46:20
I once again got passed up by a new and different guy pushing a double stroller. Maybe there’s a little motor under the babies in those things… But that theory wouldn’t explain why all the 5th grade boys passed me up either.
01.18.09 Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon — 1:45:45
This was a HUGE race, about 40,000 people. It was probably my favorite of all my races. I just had a really good time running; two years ago I would have never uttered those words and still can’t believe I just did… don’t tell anyone.
02.08.09 San Dieguito Half Marathon — 1:49:49
This was a really difficult race for me; I wasn’t prepared (what’s new?) and the course was quite hilly. Ok, it super sucked and I hated it the whole time I was running but once I finished, I wanted to sign up for next year.
02.15.09 Palm Springs Half Marathon — 1:42 :33
This was my first time ever running without any music, and I was scared that I’d peeter out and die. In a weird twist of fate, I set a new PR. Thank you, Lord!! It was a really flat course, small run, and great weather which all helped… and the wheelies in my shoes.
03.07.09 45th Sue Kren 15k in Mission Bay — 1:10:44
This was my first 15k. I like the distance, but I think I might prefer the half. It was a gorgeous route and beautiful weather which always makes everything easier.
03.22.09 Newport Beach Spirit Run 10k – 58:37
I ran with my girlfriend for fun, not for time. We ran at her pace and she did awesome for never running 6 miles before! It rained on us which made everything super sexy and steamy. Or cold, drenched, and drowning. However you want to look at it.
05.03.09 PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon (injury) – 2 hrs 2 min
I ran this half with a friend and also some not-so-friendly butt/thigh pain (piriformis). So it wasn’t that fun at all really, but I can’t wait to run this event next year because it was beautiful weather, great crowds, and a fun expo that included a puppy petting zoo with little yorkies. HECK YES, I’ll be back for those even if I can’t run at all.
10.04.09 RocknRoll San Jose half marathon – 1 :44:11
This was my first race back after being injured and taking 4 months off. I was really surprised by my time and how good I felt. I guess those doctors and physical therapists might actually know what they’re talking about…. maybe.
10.11.09 Long Beach Half Marathon — 1:42:08
Set a personal record by about 2o seconds. Happy with that but still dealing with some leg pain.
10.18.09 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco — 1 :47:34
A year later after the race that started it all… this course is hilly and hard, and it was fun to run it again, but I’m not completely satisfied with how I ran today. Oh well, at least I got a Tiffany necklace out of it!
10.24.09 Huntington Beach Distance Derby 10 miler — 1:21:28
My absolute worst race. I had diarrhea and actually threw up a little at mile 4. The only good thing I can say is at least I didn’t quit. And I didn’t wear a white running skirt.
11.07.09 Santa Barbara Newspress Half Marathon — 1:41:05
I ran 21 minutes faster than last year’s race. And most importantly, beat Andrew Firestone by a butt ton!
11.15.09 Siver Strands Half Marathon — 1:40:55
Had a Hammer Gel for the first time during the race and wanted to take it to Vegas and marry it. So good.
This was my first full; definitely an experience. But it was a great event. It would have been even better if I have won some money at the blackjack table….
01.09.10 SoCal Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon — 1:39:56
This was a weird race that I wasn’t even taking seriously, had to stop and use the pooper and still ended up PR’ing. Not even sure how that happened….
01.10.10 13.1 Series Los Angeles Half Marathon — 1:46:16
I ran this race for fun, the day after PR’ing. Good times were had by all, especially me since I didn’t have to stop and use the porta pooper.
01.17.10 Rock n Roll Arizona Full Marathon — 3:29:05
I started fast, kept up a good 7:59 min pace, and surprised everyone, especially me. Everything came together for a really good race. And this was the first race my parents were at so that was fabtastic.
02.21.10 Birch Bay Marathon — 3:23:40
Tiny, small race but absolutely gorgeous as well. Tougher course than what I’d ran before. Was the 2nd place finisher for women. How’d that happen?? Must have only been 3 women running.
03.14.10 Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon — 1:36:51
It was a gorgeous course, good weather, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were there. Honestly, what more could you ask for in a race?! I was happy because with this race I qualified to get into the NYC Marathon.
03.21.10 LA Marathon — 3:28:58
This was a tough race for me; I really, really wanted to quit. I had a little mental breakdown but made it. barely.
03.27.10 Chesebro Half Marathon — 1:41:07
This was my first trail race, and it was hard! But really fun too. I finished in the top 10 women, but I can’t guarantee there were more than 9 women running.
04.17.10 Camp Pendleton “Hard Corps” Marathon — 3:35:33
2nd in my age group, a really “blah” race for me, nothing exciting went on except for running by lots of cute Marines. I love running.
05.02.10 PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon — 1:37:49
1st in my age group and 3rd woman overall. A fun, kid-focused race.
05.15.10 Palos Verdes Marathon — 3:31:17
Very scenic, gorgeous route but very hilly. very hilly. Did I mention it was a bit hilly? I paced myself really well and finished strong despite the course being hilly. very hilly. 2nd in age group, 4th woman overall. small race.
09.25.10 Say No to Drugs Half Marathon — 1:53:55
My first race after the fishing season. Tough course in Pasadena and hot. I’m definitely not back in marathon shape though…. Saw the Lakers Girls there and that made everything better. 1st place in age division.
10.03.10 Camarillo Half Marathon — 1:44:25
Great weather, flat course, super boring, but I did a lot better than I thought I was. Probably because 2 readers recognized me and I felt like a celebrity all day.
10.10.10 Portland Marathon — 3:40:09
First marathon back after the fishing season. It was a nice, big race but poured the whole time. I ran in honor of my nephew Sutton and my family was there to cheer me on which made it all worth it.
10.17.10 Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco — 3:43:49
My personal worst but also the first time I’ve ran marathons on back-to-back weekends. Hard, hilly course but with beautiful views of the city. I added my third Tiffany necklace to the collection, and I think three is good. No more NWM for me.
10.23.10 Huntington Beach Distance Derby 10 miler — 1:15:51
Ran this flat, fast 10 miles last year and had poopy diaper. This year, sweet revenge. and clean undies. 10th woman and 3rd in my age division.
An AMAZING experience; everyone should run this HUGE race once. Best race experience to date. Plus, I chicked Andy Baldwin, reality star, at mile 25.
11.14.10 Malibu Marathon — 3:58:17
A PW! Ran my 10th marathon sick. not fun. at all. Had some bathroom issues, had all sorts of issues. Just a tough race.
11.20.10 Fishbowl Half Marathon — 1:43:46
By a strange turn of events, I might have come in 1st or 2nd in the race. (Update: I didn’t.) Did I mention it was super duper small? Like I was practically the only runner.
11.25.10 Dana Point Turkey Trot 10k — 44:11
I hadn’t ran a 10k in a year and a half… thought I was going to die. 10k runners are too fast for me! But beautiful, cold weather and nice scenery around the harbor.
11.28.10 Seattle Marathon — 3:26:36
A good, cold weather run for me. My mom and brother were there, and I felt pretty awesometastic the whole race.
12.05.10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon — 3:22:10
My 12th marathon in 12 months. It was hard but incredibly satisfying… only because some guy told me I was “hottest runner on the Strip”. yeah, baby.
12.12.10 LA County Holiday Half Marathon — 1:38:35
My 7th race in 6 weeks, legs are tired. Finished first in my age division. Fun course.
1.09.11 Kaiser Permanente SoCal Half Marathon — 1:35:00
I was really indifferent and not really wanting to race but ended up pulling a PR out of my butt.
1.16.11 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon — 3:20:54
Great running weather, flat course, had a cute skirt on. I practically had to PR.
1.23.11 Carlsbad Half Marathon — 1:36:04
Beautiful course, nice weather, I spent the whole time stewing in jealous envy of the full marathoners. good times.
2.13.11 San Dieguito Half Marathon — 1:39:01
A hilly course but fun. Accidentally had my first alcoholic drink while running. Who knew sangria’s the new Gatorade?!
03.05.11 Red Rock Marathon — 3:46:31
I ran this hilly, hard course with my friend Pam. We took it a little easy but paced ourselves well and finished strong. Always a good thing.
03.20.11 LA Marathon — 3:21:36
Monsoon’ed almost the whole race. Terrible weather, my ipod was wet and didn’t work but I pulled out some tasty negative splits and one of my faster marathon times.
03.26.11 Pacific Hills Half (Agoura Great Race) — 1:39:54
A hilly course made worse by the fact that I ran behind a guy who farted OUT LOUD twice. Being behind him, I got to hear and smell it.
04.16.11 Gansett Marathon — 3:21:13
A very scenic, New England course but very, very windy. Still, a good, strong finish. This race was kinda cool because the time qualifications are 5 minutes faster than Boston’s.
The Holy Grail of races, ran it two days after Gansett. Felt good, maybe a little bored. Ate a bunch of candy on the course which was totally tubular and awesome.
I ran with my brother Matti – his first marathon! The last 6 miles were hard for Matt and hard for me to watch, but it will always be my favorite race of all.
06.27.11 Simi Valley Half Marathon — 1:38:26
Ran in 4th of July “peace” sunglasses. Felt like I was blind and inebriated but still got 2nd place overall and 1st in my age division. I probably should mention it was a super tiny race.
My first marathon after coming back from Alaska. Had 2 weeks to train so I’m insanely superhappy with my time. Btw, Hawaii is very humid and hot in September if you didn’t realize that like me.
I took a tinkle in some winery bushes and then had a bike escort because I ended up being first woman. Weirder things have happened, like UFO’s or Donald Trump’s hair but not many.
I ran as a piece of candy corn… not as easy as I had imagined. My thigh high socks didn’t want to stay up and my hat didn’t want to stay on.
A really unorganized, boring race, was suprised because I expected more.
I ran with HungryRunnerGirl and completed my first double marathon weekend. A great race, huge and exciting, just like last year.
One of the first times I’ve ran positive splits, yeah for me!
This was a surprise since I did a few miles beforehand and a few afterwards, but I was happy with it. and got to eat so much later on in the day!
Had some digestion issues for the first ten miles (a night race will screw up your eating!) and then had some major corral issues for the last 13 miles. super fun.
Great day to run and I just didn’t bring it.
Oh, sweet sweet redemption. I ran with a pacer, never looked at my garmin and about had a heart attack when I saw 3:14 at the finish. 8th woman overall. AMAZING DAY.
Ran as Minnie Mouse with my friend Monica who was Ariel and had such a fun time!
My first attempt at pacing someone; beautiful slightly warm day, great course, good fun even though we didn’t hit our goal.
My first time ever running over 26 miles. It was flat and near the beach and I had friends running with me. I don’t think it gets any easier.
02.19.12 IMS Arizona Marathon — 3:14:18
Couldn’t believe that I could break 3:20 on my own let alone PR. a great day.
03.11.12 San Diego Half Marathon — 1:34:04
A fun race through downtown San Diego. I tried to catch my friend Pam at the end but she killed me!
A warm day out and a way too fast start, but I managed to finish in the top 10 women. what?! I think all the real runners were too busy drinking green beer.
A beautiful but tough course with some serious wind, but my parents were there to cheer me on which made it so fun.
It was a hot race, near 90* at the finish, but I have a fun, relaxed race and enjoyed the Bostonmania.
My first relay experience – it was hard running but so much fun! Can’t wait to do another one.
I ran this the day after the Ultra relay and had a great time, fun but hilly course.
I paced my friend Margot to a PR, so proud of her for gutting it out!
After coming off a really low mileage month and a tight hip, I ran this race with Team Refuel. Plus, I got to be VIP! Obviously the most important part of it all.
Great running weather, flat, fast course, had a great time and saw a HUGE slice of pizza. How could you not have a great time?!
A tough, hilly race for me. Man, I struggled.
Another hilly course, but I paced myself well, had a great time and ended up second overall.
A great day to run and I ended up winning the race for the second year in a row!
NYCM was cancelled so this was a last minute race. I was second place woman so I was happy.
A really windy race, but it was so much better than the previous year!
A flat course in Ventura that I dressed up for as a candy cane
The weather was pretty crappy and so was I: had to make 3 porta potty stops. But a great course with friendly spectators!
A fun, flat race. I didn’t dress up this year, kinda a bummer but still fun!
Another marathon in the books, that’s about all I have to say about it.
Super small, low key race in Huntingon Beach, ran a half the following day.
Harder effort in the second half of the race, but a fun one.
A good race run on St. Patty’s Day in a tie and green, of course!
Such a bad race for me, had no energy whatsoever, started walking and wanted to quit!
A great race marred by tragedy.
I ran a little over 25 miles total, a lot of fun!
My third year running it and a surprise PR. Mason paced me for the last 3 miles which saved me.
Ran with Kristina and a group of friends. We double backed and ended up with exactly 27 miles for the day.
I ended up winning the women’s marathon which was fun!
I paced Monica, did a little back and forth running and ended up with 26.91 miles of fun with friends. a great day.
It was a warm day and I didn’t have a ton of energy and ended up running the second half 5 mins slower than the first! doh. But I did place 10th overall for women.
My first real trail race and 50k that wasn’t on a beach path. Lots of elevation, lots of sun and heat but I survived and came in 2nd female.
Legs felt a little tired but I ran a decent race.
10.19-20 Runner’s World Festival Hat Trick
Ended up winning the race for the third time in a row (it’s a small race).
The third time I’ve run this race and still my favorite!