The London Marathon

27. April 2016 Milestones 1
The London Marathon
I did it. I completed the London Marathon. I ran non-stop for 26.2 miles and not once did I hit the infamous marathon “wall.” I crossed the start line with hip pain and other worries, and finished strong at 4:01:31. I owe my thanks to the unbelievable atmosphere and course support, especially from my friends in the crowd. ...

Why I Run London

17. April 2016 Milestones 2
Why I Run London
Less than seven days till the London Marathon. I just made it through my last Sunday long run. Supportive adverts and road closure warnings are posted everywhere. Shit’s definitely getting real. I have to admit, I often questioned why the hell I wanted to run 26.2 miles. Or if I even really wanted to. A few ...

March Madness

March Madness
March is coming to an end, and another busy month has passed without a blog post. More importantly, April is just around the corner, meaning the London Marathon is fast approaching. I fail again at writing a more focused, insightful post, but too much has happened to just skip over it. So here’s another bunch of highlights ...

Will Run 4 Brunch

29. February 2016 Food, Milestones, Run 0
Will Run 4 Brunch
The running community is such an invaluable support system that I’ve taken for granted lately. I generally had always preferred running alone, for the convenience of planning around my own schedule and the selfishness of wanting time to myself. However, now that I’ve been building up my mileage, I realize I can only handle enough ...

Halfway Point

23. February 2016 Milestones, Run, Travel 0
Halfway Point
It’s been over a month since my last update, and a lot has happened in that time. I’m now halfway into training–week 8 of 16. Crazy to know that the London Marathon is just two months from now! Although I’ve fallen behind a bit, I’m generally pretty happy with where I’m at in training. Some ...

Week 2 of 16 Done

17. January 2016 Milestones, Routes, Run, Winter, Yoga 0
Week 2 of 16 Done
I’m loosely straddling between two 16-week marathon training programs and just finished week 2. One program is a sub-4:00 plan that I pulled out of an old Women’s Running magazine, and the other is Nike+ Coach’s “Intermediate” plan (whatever that even means). My current 1:55-ish half marathon time apparently puts me at a marathon finish time of ...

Overcoming Tahoe Trauma

30. December 2015 Milestones, Travel, Winter 0
Overcoming Tahoe Trauma
“Wanna go to Tahoe? We’re leaving tomorrow night.” Jessica presented me with this glorious dilemma over lunch earlier this week. My last trip to Lake Tahoe was sparked by this same spontaneous question almost exactly a year ago–by the same person, same time of day, also while at work. We were going to meet up with the ...

Movember, Yoga, and Holiday Treats

It’s December already?! I’ve been behind on my updates and a lot has been going on, so I’ll breeze through the highlights of my training and fundraising. Last weekend, I ran my last event of the year–the 10K MoRun Greenwich. The event was part of a series of Movember-supporting runs happening throughout the UK and Ireland.  It ...

One Year

02. November 2015 Milestones 0
Just a little over a year ago, I ran my first event–Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2014. At the time, my friends couldn’t believe that my lazy self had actually signed up for this endeavor. In fact, as an established non-athlete who could barely make it through two miles on the flat, scenic roads of San Francisco’s ...