Cupcakes and Wine!

Cupcakes and Wine!



Ostrichland Solvang, CA bachelorette weekend continues!

Ostrichland Solvang, CA bachelorette weekend continues!



Joggin for the Noggin! 5k Beginning of the Bridesmaids weekend!! Woot Woot!!

Joggin for the Noggin! 5k Beginning of the Bridesmaids weekend!! Woot Woot!!



Cast is coming off! Woot! Woot Tia!!!

Cast is coming off! Woot! Woot Tia!!!



Taking the scenic way home today! Love seeing all the green.

Taking the scenic way home today! Love seeing all the green.



The GREAT RACE of AGOURA HILLS - Pacific Half Marathon Race Recap - Quest for a PR

When hubby started running back in 2011, the Great Race was one of his first races and he did a 5k that year, then each subsequent year at the Great Race he would do another one of the 4 races they have (5k, 10k, trail half and a road half). So this year was the last one, the road race aka the Pacific Half. Since he was running it this year I thought I would join him since it starts at a different location (than the other races) but then ends where all the other races finish. That way we could be together. Leading up to the race hubby then decided he would go my pace and just take it easy after the tough LA Marathon we had just 2 weeks earlier. Most times I’m fine on my own but it was super comforting to have him along side me, even though I was plugged in to my music most of the time. We arrived at Paramount Ranch and stayed in the warm car till a little before the start of the race and then got out. The weather was as good as it gets, overcast, cool and in the 50’s, just ideal weather. It was a mass start and a bit crowded at the start and the first quarter mile getting out of the ranch and up a short hill to the main road was tough. I initially thought I would do a 2:1 run walk ratio but then decided to go by feel. I knew this course would be hilly so I tried to go a bit faster the first few miles to bank some time. I knew a long uphill would be coming and it would eat into our time. I’m glad we did that, between walking part of that long hill and a few picture taking moments we lost a bit of time, plus we didn’t gain that much back on the long downhill after since I decided to be a bit conservative to save my legs. It did pay off though I had a lot of strength left in my legs. On the flat and slighty uphill parts I would push it. I only had to stop a few times on some of the stepper hills and to fuel. We are now finishing getting to mile 8 or so and at this point the loop now double backs and we are re-running a 2 mile stretch, which is kind of a bummer but in a way you know what’s ahead of you. It was still a tough go but once we were done with that we were at mile 10, where we would make a different turn and make our way along some different roads to the Chumash Park finish line.
At the Mile 10 turn I’m realizing we have about 40 or so minutes to run a 5k, which would match my half marathon PR. I thought I might just beat my PR. I also had that drive to keep going since we told a few friends I wanted to get a PR so darn it, if I wasn’t going to do my best to try and beat it ;-) All along I could see hubby checking his watch for our pace so I knew if I fell a little bit behind he would tell me. I also knew that I could slow down and still beat my previous PR of 2:35 but figured let’s give it a go and see what happens. So we are heading into the last 2 miles and I could see an aid station coming up and took advantage of the electrolyte drink and also to pour some water over my head. It was still cool but I was getting warm and the coolness on my head and down my back felt wonderful. It was just what I need for those last 2 miles. We then crested one of the final hills and then that’s where I decided to just push it as much as I could. One last uphill made me walk a tad more and at the same time I noticed my watch read 2:27. Even though I knew roughly how much was left, I wasn’t sure exactly how long it would take me, so I had to push it even more. We blasted down the last downhill and crossed the finish just under 2:30. I had done it!! I would have been happy with anything under 2:35:16 but to beat my best time by 6 minutes and get a sub-2:30 on this course was awesome! Woot!! Woot! for me ;-)
Numbers: Miles: 13.19 Time: 2:29:11 Pace:11:18
Great Race!! Great Day!!



I’m not even sure where to begin with this.
So I will start with hubby and me getting ready and making our way down to Santa Monica to park the car and get on a bus to take us to Dodger Stadium where the race would start. It was considerably more crowded this year it seemed or perhaps it was the increased security that caused a backup of lines at the buses. We approached our bus finally and were asked to open our hydration packs and of course we complied. Personally I was grateful for the extra security at the buses and throughout the race. We get to Dodger Stadium and try to find our friends. We were lucky to have a chance to say hello to Tanja before she took off and also Vera, who Robb would be running with.
I had to hit the potty again and by the time I returned it was basically time to get going, so Robb and Vera were off to get in a faster corral and I was left alone ;-). I didn’t really think anything of it at the time as I’m self-sufficient and all but it would come to get in my head a little that I was out there by myself. Stupid mind games.By the time I got myself into the massive start I was quite near the back.
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Happy Smiley Face 10 year Anniversary!!

In case you didn’t know Robbsrunning and I met online and it all started with a Smiley Face he sent to me to say he was interested and thought we had some things in common. 
I figure it was serendipity since it was my dad’s birthday as well. Not sure I believe in all that but since he had passed away a few years at the time, I guess you never know. 
Soon after we had our first date on St. Patrick’s Day and the rest is history as they say. 
Well it’s been a wonderful 10 years hubby!! Love you more every day!!

Happy Smiley Face 10 year Anniversary!!

In case you didn’t know Robbsrunning and I met online and it all started with a Smiley Face he sent to me to say he was interested and thought we had some things in common.
I figure it was serendipity since it was my dad’s birthday as well. Not sure I believe in all that but since he had passed away a few years at the time, I guess you never know.
Soon after we had our first date on St. Patrick’s Day and the rest is history as they say.
Well it’s been a wonderful 10 years hubby!! Love you more every day!!



Crystal you saved the day once again! I really needed that boost of seeing your face and the “drink” to carry me to the end!! Thanks for being out there!
Race report and more photos coming tomorrow about my little run through LA. 
I’m a tired girl so bed it is!!

Crystal you saved the day once again! I really needed that boost of seeing your face and the “drink” to carry me to the end!! Thanks for being out there!
Race report and more photos coming tomorrow about my little run through LA.
I’m a tired girl so bed it is!!



Half way there!!

Half way there!!