A tribute to my Fremont training grounds 1

A tribute to my Fremont training grounds
It’s my last day at my current job. I’m really, really excited because this will be the end of my 80-mile daily commute, as well as the era of 7:30am meetings and conference calls. The 10+ hour days will most likely stay, but I will be working in downtown San Francisco now, in an industry ...

Running with others and entering the danger zone

Running with others and entering the danger zone
Reading about other runners at the Coyote Hills 1/2 marathon has re-inspired me to get my butt moving. It’s always exciting reading about other people’s races and how they did and where they placed and stuff like that. Maybe some day, that will be me. Hah. I didn’t make it on my ‘long run’ again ...

LA rain <> SF rain

LA rain <> SF rain
Spending the weekend in LA again. I just found out there is a Lululemon store really close to Norm’s parents’ place! As you can see, I’m really excited about it. I’ve never actually set foot inside one of their stores. My mind was blown by how expensive everything was, so we hurried out of there ...

3 lousy miles

That’s all I could muster today on the treadmill. I was aiming for 5 but after 2.76 miles I just couldn’t bear it anymore. I think part of it has to do with my deliberate effort of increased cadence and making sure my foot lands under me and so on. It works, because no more ...

Finishing strong

Finishing strong
I signed up for Bay to Breakers┬átoday! This 12k is touted as a ‘San Francisco original’, and usually it’s run/walked by hoards of drunken people in costume although it actually is a race event complete with timing chips and all. It’s awesome because the course traverses the length of San Francisco (7 miles x 7 ...

$5 lesson

$5 lesson
I followed through. Yesterday I posted that I would make up for not getting a spot in spin class by going for a swim at Quarry Lake instead. It was scary, because it was only 11C out today. None of my coworkers approved but I drove to work loaded with a wetsuit, neoprene cap and ...

Perfect running weather and making adventures of your mistakes

I am so sorry I didn’t bring my camera with me today. It was a beautiful sunny day, not a cloud in the sky, slightly breezy and chilly with an average temperature of 8C (that’s 47F for the rest of the country). It was perfect! After spending the day in Tahoe in single-digit weather (that’s ...

Toughing out bad decisions

Toughing out bad decisions
Oh boy. It all started out with me being lazy and deciding to squeeze my workout (3 mile run + climbing) into one block between 6pm-10pm today. I really could have woken up earlier, gone for a run (outside!), come home and worked and had climbing to look forward to. Nope! Cold weather, you win ...

The first time I (almost) cried in spin class 1

The first time I (almost) cried in spin class
Our usual instructor Jessica was out today, so we had a sub for spin class. His style is a little different from Jessica’s. We ended up doing 5 x 7-min blocks, with 3-min rest breaks in between. He didn’t specify tension or whether we should do a seated climb or anything like that…all he asked ...

3 out of 6! (so far)

I came across this article today and had to share with y’all because it talks about the Stairs From Hell. I told you they are no joke. It was also interesting because I always wondered who lived in those humongous mansions next ┬áto the stairs, and now I know. Also, now I know where Billionaire’s ...