The USA Half Marathon Invitational Recap


I’m avoiding the whole Black Friday shopping thing at the moment. I’m not sure how crazy it is out there, but maybe I’ll give it a go in a bit.

Instead, I thought I’d recap last week’s USA Half Marathon Invitational. Given the race was only 6 days after the Silver Strand Half Marathon, after a week of being on my own with the boys with Daddy out of the country and something I signed up for just 2 weeks prior, I’d say it went darn well.

I had a very timely delivery from Frieda’s as I got home on Friday.

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Oh heck yes, Stoke’s purple sweet potatoes are back in the house. The are my absolute favorite, especially when my training gets a little tougher and I need more carbs. It’s all about roasted purple sweet potatoes. That’s exactly what I had race morning with coconut oil and cinnamon.

I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood to race as I really hadn’t been the week before, but I set out my outfit the night before to get myself mentally prepared a bit.

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(Handful bra, Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 shoes, Mizuno Inspire Singlet, Phoenix Print Shorts, Pro Compression socks, Halo Hairband, Mizuno gloves and Auria all-weather musicbelt.

This was the first year they’ve done this race. You never know quite what’s going to happen when it’s an inaugural race. Logistically though everything seemed to be done really well. You could park either close to the start line or close to the finish line. I chose the start line because I still had to figure out where to pick up my race number and such. I figured I’d rather take my time walking back to my car afterwards than running like heck before the race to find out where to go.

I’m really glad I made that choice as it still took me forever to find the race support table (it was teeny tiny at the very back of where everyone was lined up to start). By the time I got my number and got in back of the port a potty line I had a bout 10 minutes before the race started.

Whelp, the line was SLOW and I was still in it at start time.

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At least I wasn’t’ the only one.

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It was the first time I’d run across the start line after everyone was already gone though. Man was it quiet and I think there were probably only like 10 people who started after me. I didn’t have to worry about any crowds though. Ha ha.

I made it a little challenge to try to catch up to as many people as I could. Every time I passed a different pace group I got really excited.

I felt good. I wasn’t coughing like crazy like the week before and I could actually breathe so things were really looking up. The weather was perfect and the race course was a really fun one. There was quite a bit of climbing at the beginning that I didn’t anticipate, but maybe I would have if I actually looked up the race course ahead of time.


I kept telling myself that if I could survive a week on my own without the hubby home then I could run my heart out here for a bit. I was hoping to come in under 1:40, but didn’t really look at my Polar too much. I don’t like to pay attention during races because it messes with my head. I prefer to just run on feeling. Maybe that’s why I’ll never really be competitive.

The finish line was right on the bay in downtown San Diego. Oh and I almost forgot, Meb was out giving high fives around mile 6. IT was a quiet mile and there he was standing all my himself on the side with his red gloves on. It was was awesome. I thought about stopping to take a picture, but I already have a bazillion and one pictures with him and wanted to see what kind of time I could get.

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This race was a qualifying race. They said it’s like the Boston Marathon of half marathons. It was organized and Hawi Management (Meb’s brother).

Wouldn’t you know I found him right at the end.

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Then I found cute little Carlee.

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It was a good darn day. I had made it under my goal.

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Carlee and I headed out pretty quickly.

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I was really excited that a little volunteer offered me a box to stock up on some goodies they had for us at the finish line.

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Sometimes it’s the little things. Ha ha.

(The jacket the guy is wearing in the background is the jacket everyone gets. I didn’t go to the packet pick up so I had to send money to get mine in the mail. Twice I tried to mail my envelope and information without a stamp and it got returned to me. I’m so smart sometimes.)

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The medal is legit friends.

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I think my whole matchy matchy thing I had going on was good luck too.

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My Polar V800 was just 4 seconds off form my official time.

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Official time was 1:37:31 (7:27 per mile pace).

I will take it. I will also let this be my last race for awhile while I figure things out training wise. This was one heck of a way to end the year.

Wouldn’t you know on my drive home my little coach Polar Paul had the nerve to tell me it’s time to move. I mean really.

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And that’s a wrap.

Well, I guess that’s not a complete wrap on my races from 2015 as I’m running the Del Dios Trail Half Marathon in a couple weeks on December 12th, but just for fun and will probably run it with friends.


Now it’s time to decide if I’m going to brave some shopping or not. Hmmm…..

Things That Just Rock Right Now


There are quite a few, but for the interest of time for all of us I’ll just hit up the really good things at the moment.

I wrote up my own training plan for the Surf City Marathon. It’s 11 weeks away so that gives me some time to build up strength and speed. Yesterday I had some speedwork to do. I tried to talk myself out of it, but then had to tell myself that I’m not going to get faster if I don’t put in the work. Silly me.

The run was 15 minute warm up followed by 3 sets of 6 minutes at a 6:54 pace. I jogged slowly for 3 minutes in between and then stayed on the treadmill for about 20 more minutes for the cool down.

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It’s always not that bad once it’s done. Ha ha. It was tough on tired legs from the classes I taught Monday so I actually did a little rolling afterwards. First time I’ve done that in probably a year.

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Lovely shot.


This is the breakfast I’ve had for the past two mornings.

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Oh heck yes. AN entire bag of Trader Joe’s riced cauliflower with a cup of egg whites and an organic beef hot dog with truffle salt and nutritional yeast. It’s so darn good. It’s like a breakfast form of healthy, dairy free mac and cheese. Mmmm hmm…

I get excited to make breakfast when I’m on vacation since I never have time on workdays.

The boys have has these STUFT Silk Superhero Muffins the past few days.

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We seriously go through these so fast every time we make a batch. They are so good.

I love subbing classes at the gym when I’m off. I get way too excited to go teach other people’s classes and try to make it harder than usual. Ha ha. The favorite move from my chiseled class Monday was the v-sit.

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The boys always like to “help” me put away equipment. They think they’re cool in the big workout room. Then they have to show me how strong they are. Pretty impressive, huh?

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I subbed again today and started class with this move (click to see the video).


We braved both Trader Joe’s and Costco today which was not the smartest thing to do the day before Thanksgiving, but we made it out with our salad supplies (this super easy salad) and this pumpkin pie before 10:30 am.

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By the way, please tell me you’ve had the Costco pumpkin pie. It’s just delightful and I’m not even a pumpkin pie person.


Vega just came out with a new formula for their Vega Sport Performance Protein. I didn’t know what to expect, but holy moly it is amazing.

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They added some new ingredients to help performance and upped the protein a bit. They’re so much goodness going on I can’t even start. But, that’s okay because I’ll save it for another post which will include a little GIVEAWAY for you. Oh heck yes. This HAS to be shared.


This shirt is the bomb.

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Do you know what kind of bird that is?

I’ve been trying to get more greens in lately. There have been too many days as of late where I’ve been skipping out on the healthy stuff and going to too much Love Grown Foods Power O’s. Yes, they are amazing and healthy too, but not when I’m eating five servings of that instead of a healthy meal.

So, ginormous salads are back.

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Mmmm hmm…

So are roasted kabocha and roasted purple sweet potatoes.

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It’s just not as pretty before I roast it.


Another daily occurrence here is Silk almondmilk. My fridge currently looks like this. Again, thanks to Costco.

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I have a fear of running out and I drink about 2 cups of the stuff a day. Yes, this is really what the fridge looks like right now.

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Since I don’t drink regular milk I’m obsessed with this Silk almondmilk. There are so many great things about it and it’s one of the few brands that doesn’t have carrageen.

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I always buy the unsweetened version so I can add whatever sweetener I want. A full cup of it is only 30 calories. I use it for pretty much everything. I made those muffins with it and use it as tea and coffee creamer.

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My favorite thing to make is protein ice cream though. There is always a batch of frozen Silk almondmilk cubes in the freezer for when the crazing hits (which his daily).

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I just can’t help it.


I want to come up with a really fun healthy holiday drink recipe with almondmilk. I better get on that as the holidays are here.

Speaking of, the year is slowly coming to an end and as slow as my progress might be towards balance and figuring out my priorities at the moment, I’m getting there. I think it’s going to be a continuous life journey, but sometimes the actual journey is the reward. Right?

I saw this the other day from Lysa Terkeurst on instagram and love the message.

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I don’t need to talk about how to live or balance things out or be a better mom, I need to LIVE it. Live it each and every day. This is such a great reminder, isn’t it?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. I hope it’s filled with laughter. love, smiles, hugs and lots of good food.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.


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