Flashback Friday - Ragnar Napa Valley - September 2012

In honor of the Ragnar Napa happening today up in Napa I though I’d post some photos of the relay we did 2 years ago. Napa is probably one of my favorite Ragnars we have done. We also did as an Ultra team! Crazy!! 

If you want to read the original race recap and see even more photos click here

Happy Aloha Friday!!! 

Ventura Half Marathon Race Recap

What a great day! I was lucky enough to get a bib from my sister’s friend at the last minute to run the half marathon. We knew a few of our friends would be running but I had no idea just how many of our running friends would be there on Sunday. On our way to the potty we ran into Michelle aka westcoastrunner  and her friend Mary who was running her very first half marathon!! Yippee! I sure wish we had taken a picture together as that was about all we would see of them…maybe next time you’re in Cali or when we are in PDX.
After that I found my sister’s friend and then my sister and got my bib and timing chip and without much time we headed to the start line where we saw our Galloway group, the first running group Robb and I joined back in 2011. It was so lovely to see these ladies as I often reminisce about the great long runs we had as the miles just seemed to fly by when I ran with them. Miss those days! We then found our way into a corral and were the last ones before they pulled the tape for the next corral to go. So I’m running along and then I run into Becky, a friend from high school who i reconnected with a few years back at some local running races. We chatted for a few minutes and then I was on my way. The course was flat and I felt great. Soon enough I hear my name shouted out and it was Michelle!! So nice to hear a Cheer for me!! It didn’t stop there. More and more friends and my sis too shouted out my name as we ran by each other as we had a few out and backs along the course. Saw Vera, our running coach from Galloway too. Just before that I was stopped along the bridge to take a picture and another runner was kind enough to offer to take my picture. So nice of her!! Soon after that I saw my Sole Runners, Stacey and Brian. Another running group we belong too. What a nice surprise to see them. So I’m plugging along and have about a mile and half to go and some of the fastest marathoners are now passing the half marathoners. It kind of got me pumped to finish strong and I did despite some hamstring tightness. I knew I was on PR pace so I kept plugging away just to see how much of a PR I could get. This is where having music for me just makes it all come together. Half a mile to go or so said our friend Rafael, but it was actually less than that for which I was grateful. Again I hear my name called out and it’s Shari from MIM (Moms in Motion) We met last year at Malibu Creek State Park, where I offered to take a group photo at the Mash site. I was nicknamed Ragnar girl (the shirt I was wearing) for a few months till we knew each other’s name ;-) Well the MIM’s were out in full force cheering on their moms and all the runners! It was awesome! I then see hubby and he’s got his camera ready to take my picture as I near the finish line. So nice to see his smile. I cross the finish and he’s already found me and gives me a hug and kiss and says Congrats on the PR babe!! I grabbed a few things to eat and then we waited for my sister and any of our friends who hadn’t finished already to cross. We missed westcoastrunner unfortunately but saw my sister cross. I took a pic but she’d kill me if I posted as it’s not that flattering. Anyway a few more friends came through and finally we said it’s time to get some grub and get ourselves home. I couldn’t have asked for a better day; fun reunions, supportive and cheering friends, a short and sweet tumblr meet up, an awesome sister, pretty decent weather and a wonderful hubby at the finish. I’m a lucky girl. 

All in all the race organizers did a good job. The start area was not too crowded and had lots of porta potties, which is a plus. Corral system seemed to work spreading out the runners at the start. The course itself offered nice views and adequate aid stations. Volunteers were awesome as always and a police force doing their best with traffic control to keep the drivers from getting frustrated and protecting us at the same time. Oh and a great after party at the beach, which we did not stay for but looked like it would be fun to check out. Plus the beach…what more could you want. 

Oh and the stats: PR by 7 minutes :-)

Distance:13.17 miTime:2:22:37Avg Pace:10:50 min/miElevation Gain:58 ftCalories:1,478 C

Trippett Ranch - Topanga Canyon, CA 

A great trail yesterday for our group run on the course that is the Topanga Turkey Trot 15k. Super beautiful with lots of great views but also a kick butt course. Lots of single curvy single track was super fun on the downhill parts and a workout the other times but still super cool. Nice to finish with a mile downhill on fire road and food and drinks at the picnic tables  waiting for me!! 

Every Day is National Dog Day in the Boyle household!! We love our Matilda!! 

Another XC Run…this time in Chesebro…keep it simple…my Dailymile post…

My last “run with Thomas” during his XC practice. This time we started at Old Agoura Park and then ran a trail I had not been on before. Lots of another HS - Oak Park XC team runners coming back as I was going up and they were so nice, saying hello and good afternoon. Nice to see the young folk being thoughtful. Decided to split off and do a loop up to the Ridge Trail and back down to Old Agoura Park. Felt cool at times but muggy and humid too. Strange weather indeed.

Chesebro Canyon 6.8 mi 01:23 12:08 pace

Last part of the ridge trail I ran was so chalky that my shoes and legs were covered in dust…kind of fun ;-)    Run Happy…time for bed. Tomorrow a rest day and then back to lunchtime runs! 

Ginger Salmon with Wasabi mashed potatoes

Ginger Salmon with Wasabi mashed potatoes

Happy 13th Birthday Tia!!

These are a few of my favorite pictures of my niece Tia.
She is one of the most amazing people I know and she only turned 13 today. She’s one of a kind and I feel so blessed I have her in my life. I have a feeling she’s going rock the world! Love you lots my dear Tia!!

Bacon, Lettuce, avocado & tomato sandwich!

Bacon, Lettuce, avocado & tomato sandwich!

Shuffle Challenge

I was tagged by robbsrunning to reveal the first 11 songs that show up when I hit shuffle on my iPod. 

Rules: Hit shuffle on your music player of choice (or player on computer) and list the first 11 songs. No skipping!

Here goes:

1. All Fired Up - Pat Benatar
2. Come & Get It - Selena Gomez
3. My Body - Young the Giant
4. Best Day of My Life - American Authors
5. I’m not Calling You A Liar - Florence + The Machine
6. Animal - Neon Trees
7. Teeth - Lady Gaga
8. Sloom - Of Monsters and Men
9. Take a Walk - Passion Pit
10. The Walker - Fitz & The Tantrums
11. Mercy - Duffy F. The Game 

Kind of crazy what came up and some songs I really like didn’t but so it goes. 

I know I should tag some folks…but I’m not…anyway I’d love it if anyone would like to offer up their songs that would be awesome! Time for some lunch and then off to get the nephew and do some shopping for the niece’s birthday which is tomorrow!! She’ll officially be a teenager!! 

XC Team Car Wash Fundraiser…Tom trying to avoid me taking his picture.

XC Team Car Wash Fundraiser…Tom trying to avoid me taking his picture.