I trained very little for this race and actually haven’t even laced up in over a week. I knew this race wasn’t going to be my best, but going into it with only the goal of finishing actually helped me enjoy it so much more.

I’ll start training for the Berkeley Half in a few weeks, and this run definitely pumped me up. It’s crazy how much adrenaline, muscle memory and will power can make up for poor training. Though I wouldn’t recommend it.

I ran the second half of the marathon last year, the first half this year and completed the Half It All Challenge. Hope to do the full marathon next year!

And like every other race I’ve done in San Francisco, I’ll be running with flowers in my hair.

Posted at 11:22am.

Mattie and I were sitting in a little park in Hayes Valley, eating frozen yogurt, listening to a guy in a tree scream at a guy across the street. I noticed this man walking toward our bench, then he immediately started singing to me. Mattie says, “is this real life? What is going on?!” And then caught the rest on video.

And those awkward faces I was making are 100% NOT exaggerated. He asked if I had a boyfriend, I said yes and he hung his head and walked away. Dude had guts, though.

(Also, please note his selected reading.)

Posted at 8:42pm.

Pittsburgh, Connellsville and Fallingwater.

Posted at 12:18am.

"I could see myself living here." -Stu Ohler

Thanks for turning on the nice weather, light traffic, and uncrowded restaurants and museums for us, KC. It also helped that microbrews are often $4 or less. And I don’t think the BBQ hurt either.

Posted at 10:03pm and tagged with: Kansas, Kansas City, KC, nelson-atkins museum of art,.

"I could see myself living here." -Stu Ohler

Thanks for turning on the nice weather, light traffic, and uncrowded restaurants and museums for us, KC. It also helped that microbrews are often $4 or less. And I don’t think the BBQ hurt either.

How I spent my long weekend.

Posted at 9:29pm.

How I spent my long weekend.

I spent the summer solstice in nature, camping with good friends at Hawk Camp in Gerbode Valley, the most remote camp in the Marin Headlands. The fog started moving in after the sun went down, the coyotes were loud and in the morning everything was still and covered in mist. The fog outside our tent (second to last photo) hid the ocean and the city from view.

Posted at 2:57pm and tagged with: marin headlands, Gerbode valley, Tennessee valley, Marin, California, San Francisco, camping, SF, hawk camp, sffog, fog, ca,.

This is my niece Lillian. She can walk and say a few words and look ‘rill cute all the time. I plan on snuggling her forever this up coming weekend.

Posted at 6:05pm.

This is my niece Lillian. She can walk and say a few words and look ‘rill cute all the time. I plan on snuggling her forever this up coming weekend.

Bubble tea run followed by impromptu photo shoot with the office puppy? These are my people.

Posted at 4:02pm.

Bubble tea run followed by impromptu photo shoot with the office puppy? These are my people.

The day I left for Florida, I accepted a design position at Omada Health. It was the end to a really, really long few months. I joked several times during my marathon training that training for a marathon is hard, but adding retail holiday hell, the end of a relationship and the quest for a new job to the mix was asking for a breakdown. And it really wasn’t much of a joke.

I took a week and a half off from working, which was a great decision. I needed that time to decompress. I spent a lot of time with Kismet, we ran and relaxed and hiked and healed. Kismet literally healed; she had a small tumor on her side (that was going to cost $1400 to remove) which completely shrunk and healed during my time off. Maybe she just needed a little extra love from her mama.

By the time I started at Omada, I felt new again. This company makes me excited about work. I needed to feel that again.

While those months really tried me, it also made me appreciate these past six weeks so much more. I learned a lot about what I need to be happy in my career, to be happy in my relationship, to be happy with myself.

Posted at 9:41pm.

The day I left for Florida, I accepted a design position at Omada Health. It was the end to a really, really long few months. I joked several times during my marathon training that training for a marathon is hard, but adding retail holiday hell, the end of a relationship and the quest for a new job to the mix was asking for a breakdown. And it really wasn’t much of a joke.

I took a week and a half off from working, which was a great decision. I needed that time to decompress. I spent a lot of time with Kismet, we ran and relaxed and hiked and healed. Kismet literally healed; she had a small tumor on her side (that was going to cost $1400 to remove) which completely shrunk and healed during my time off. Maybe she just needed a little extra love from her mama.

By the time I started at Omada, I felt new again. This company makes me excited about work. I needed to feel that again.

While those months really tried me, it also made me appreciate these past six weeks so much more. I learned a lot about what I need to be happy in my career, to be happy in my relationship, to be happy with myself.

I visited my best friend Stacy in Florida last week. Four days of sun and sand and warm salt water. I’m happy I got to see the place my friend calls home, meet her boyfriend for the first time and recharge on my first laptop-less vacation in two years.

Posted at 9:13pm.