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0 215:48 PM Apr 12, 2018
One day I'm gonna be brave enough to get this ridiculous, yet sentimental, home-town honoring tattoo. Until then, my illustrated version of the Encinitas Surfing Madonna shall sit in my feed and somewhere in your algorithm. #encinitas#california#savetheocean#surfingmadonna
9 491:57 PM Apr 11, 2018
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3 2210:34 PM Apr 8, 2018
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We need this for #moonlightbeach 😁🙌 The Surfing Madonna Beach Run uses proceeds for ocean education, conservation projects and helping children with special needs and disabled veterans get in the ocean for surfing and swimming!
10 12912:37 PM Mar 23, 2018
#SurfingMadonna gives back $40,000 to help transform Pacific View (former elementary school in Encinitas) into a Arts, Culture and Ecology Center for the public! With the Surfing Madonna Beach Run and the Encinitas Half Marathon, we’re able to give back so much!!
7 7912:29 PM Mar 23, 2018
Benefits of Beach Running! Burn 30% more calories, gain muscle and give your joints a break. Training for the Surfing Madonna Run is GREAT for your body!
The most unique race in California! The entire 5K, 10K & 12K course is on the hard packed sand next to crashing waves and massive cliffs. Try something different this year and come run with 5,000 #beachrunners on Oct 7th!
3 681:28 PM Mar 14, 2018
Seaside Reef. Enough running photos for now. Okay, so maybe I took this whilst running. But still ... it’s time to get back to the beach. Right now though, I am headed out for a Sunset bike ride. Did you play outside today? There is still time!
3 591:24 AM Mar 12, 2018
Along the 101, a cowbell-ringing fanatic cheers for the race leader (and eventual winner, I believe,) who is escorted by a race official, who is escorted by the PoPo. Since you might be about to ask, of course I have had police escorts ... although mine always come right after someone says something like, “How did you climb up/get in here?” or “You are definitely not supposed to be here.” before they escort me off the property. Does that count? Also, check out that tiny little cloud, toughing it out all by itself ... amongst the last to burn away for the day. Find your Fast, and chase it relentlessly
3 5711:59 PM Mar 11, 2018
Boom box was boomin’ as I Kooked out mid-run
3 548:14 PM Mar 10, 2018
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1 417:08 PM Mar 10, 2018
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The Encinitas Half Marathon After Party was JAM PACKED! DJ Leif was playing awesome tunes, the sun was shining and the beer was flowing!! #goodtimes
5 996:34 PM Mar 9, 2018
I lived in Encinitas years ago. If you have spent time with me out here, we have been to this stretch of the 101. Perhaps we grabbed breakfast at Swami’s, which was right behind me as I snapped this picture. Perhaps we stood atop the bluffs and watched the surfers enjoy the “other” Swami’s. But we definitely went to the Self-Realization Meditation Gardens, which is one of my favorite places in San Diego County. Center yourself. Also, keep running.
5 5512:22 AM Mar 9, 2018
INSPIRATION OF THE DAY: Local runner, Brian Charles, led Carol, an incredible athlete that is visually challenged, through the entire #EncinitasHalfMarathon course! Hats off to Carol for never quitting and making the most out of life.
21 2221:14 AM Mar 8, 2018
I have probably parked on this hill behind Moonlight Beach at least a hundred times, but I only get to run up it a couple of times a year. I love hills, whether it is in my runners or on my bike. Hills make you tougher. Eat ‘em up yum.
Storytime: Start Line/Let the Sun Shine in -Race Day is hard to describe. It means something different to different individuals, but Race Day is special. Runners can be very ritualistic people. For me, my brain shifts into an Alpha-State-like focus as race day approaches. Calm and relaxed, I shift into autopilot. When I pick up my bib a day or two before the race, as far as I’m concerned, it’s go time. Sometimes I wish I could run the second they hand it to me. Race mornings can begin early, as early as 3am for marathons or super-longruns, as I like to eat, relax, meditate, and digest. Foam roller, doggywalk, and I’m out the door. I generally blast the music in the car, but once I’m there, I am usually silent. Sometimes people come with me to watch, and at some point I’ll usually ask for silence before the race. I take some time alone to reflect on how grateful I am for my health, and I visualize my run, my gait, and I take a deep breath. Years ago, my Yiayia pounded her chest and yelled that I was tough because I was a Spartan. So the last thing I do before before a tough workout or run is sway back and forth as I punch my chest, harder each time. And then I am ready. The start line is peak potential energy in human form. It is a bottle of champagne which has been shaken. Loud music. Cheers. Overwhelming positive energy. People ready to be their best selves on a beautiful morning. Don’t ask me why I run. Ask yourself why you do not. Come and join us. If you are curious and/or apprehensive, I will sign up for any kind of race with you. If you are in the SD area, and would like to come and check out a workout with the San Diego Track Club, just let any of us know, and you can come and check us out. In life, all you have to do to light your fuse is light it. If you spend enough time with me, I will light it for you. Boom!
Storytime: Race day. Full disclosure: I had not yet begun my training season, so I only have a few runs under my belt this year, the longest being a 10K. I was surprised with a bib, and I would never turn down a 13.1 mile run. All that was left was seeing how long my body would take to tire. Turns out, it was at exactly 9.6 miles. First time I heard my body. My left knee and my hip flexors decided to remind me of their existence. Fine. Mile twelve was a little tough, and I started to get teary-eyed and emotional on one of the hills. Mile thirteen was hard. I had to stop a couple of times to stretch my hip flexors and quads. While I usually ramp up my speed over the last kilometer before my finishing kick, my body couldn’t do it. It was not my stamina. My legs were not strong enough, which makes sense. With less than 500 meters to go, I started shifting gears anyway. It was time to empty all of the gas tanks. My legs were screaming. With about a hundred meters to go, I was in full stride. I was grimacing and shouted in pain a couple of times. While passing an elite, who was watching with his girlfriend, said to her, “He’s good babe. He’s just charlie-horsin’.” I was handed my first medal (I got my second a few minutes later for running both this one and a 15K/9.3miles on beach sand a few months ago.) For about a second, my hands went on my head so I could open my chest and breathe. Then the emotions hit me. Hard. I dropped the medal, put my hands on my knees, and sobbed. I almost fell over. Overall, it was a beautiful, while emotional, day. So grateful to the people at Surfing Madonna/Encinitas Half. These races are worth a run. Shoutout to the San Diego Track Club as always, and it was extra awesome to bump into some buddies from SDTC North County. People often ask me what it is like to live out here as a runner, so over the next few days, I will share a few more pictures. Play outside. Choose awesome.
6 4712:16 AM Mar 6, 2018
Our Favorite race support signs of 2018!! ❤️😎 Thank you little lady! Your signs are great!!
💜 13.1 more miles for you, Jaime. Every single time I lace up for any run or ride, race day or not, I take a moment to remember not only how lucky I am, but also how grateful I am that I am healthy enough to do things like this, along with all of my other shenanigans. Every Half is for Jaime, and for those who knew Kelly P, know that I also take a moment to think of her every single time I head out for any workout. For those who never had the pleasure, Kelly wasn’t just “bigger” than I, she was a superstar. Cervical cancer robbed us of Kelly far, far before her time. Back at the afterparty, I was carded and handed a beer ticket. Even though I have not had a drink in a month, I thought about what Jaime would have done. She was from Buffalo, so I asked one of the beertenders if I could get a Labatts Blue. They were fresh out, so I grabbed a Pizza Port, because that’s my spot. I took one sip of the IPA and tossed it, because my race stomach disagreed. Anyway, this might be the first time I walked away from a race with two medals, along with a coffee mug and a pint glass. More about all of that race stuff tomorrow. Right now though ... remember, kids. Life is finite. Act accordingly. I miss you, Stampy. 💜
5 8512:16 AM Mar 5, 2018
13.1 miles in the books today at the Encinitas Half Marathon! It was a gorgeous day and I managed to better my post ACL/meniscus surgery run time by 20 minutes so I’ll chalk that up as a victory for me! I saw so many inspiring runners on the course today...a blind woman, kids in wheelchairs being pushed by their family, little kids, seniors, a bodybuilder dude that was as big as a house, a woman who underwent a double mastectomy & several rounds of radiation, and the ever inspiring everyday men & women who battle with their weight. Most people think I’m crazy for doing all these races...paying money, getting up at 0’dark thirty in the morning, driving all over and fighting the crowds. I just LOVE it! The energy in the crowd is amazing and I always leave feeling grateful for the abilities I am blessed with. All I have to do is look at the picture of my dad that I carry with me and he gives me the strength to keep pushing and put one foot in front of the other. .
12 919:30 PM Mar 4, 2018
March 4: Wow, one of my best races! Thanks to Krystal (not pictured) for charging up the hill at moonlight and pulling me along, to Melody for sharing goo and encouraging me on that last mile, and Bear from Beast Pacing for keeping me on track the whole time and believing in me!
Also thanks to the security and logistics people for making everything run smoothly and safely. Last but never least thank you to everyone for cleaning up - keep our beautiful city clean!
Find people who will do hard stuff with you and make time to do it together. 👊🏼🏃🏼♀️🔥Just finished our second half marathon - sweaty, tired, and real sore. But so fun and so worth it. Until next time, Encinitas! #encinitashalfmarathon#surfingmadonna
We are all winners when we run together towards a cleaner mother ocean! Huge thanks to all the Groundswell Surf Sisters who volunteered their Sunday morning surf session to support the powerful work of @surfingmadonna to raise awareness and funds to clean to sea!
To say thank you for sharing your stoke @suga.yoga, @mesarimsd and @stickybumpswax have donated some radical prizes for two extra lucky Groundswell volunteers!
The winners are🥁🥁🥁🥁
@runsurround for a @suga.yoga Surf changing mat made from upcycled wetsuits!! And
@catchiuphillips for a 2 person learn to Climb pass for @mesarimsd !!!
And you both get a Groundswell t and @stickybumpswax to seal the deal!
Thanks everyone for coming out to Support Groundswell and for @surfingmadonna for the donation that will help us scholarship women in need of healing, empowerment, and community in the waves!
Obligatory night before race pic. Fun fact, despite running 13.1 miles or more dozens of times, this will be officially half-marathon number 10. This was the first race shirt I received from my first one back in 2013 when I signed up for the NYC Half with my old employer at the time (check the link in my bio) @covenant_house having not run more than a 5k in my life. Wake up call set for 6; time for bed. #EncinitasHalfMarathon#SurfingMadonna#SoCal#Runner