When I first started this blog, I knew this post was inevitable. When I first started this blog, I was recovering from an injury and just returning to running. When I first started this blog, I was so mad at my injury that I decided to run a marathon.
That was nearly 3 years ago. Surprisingly, not much has changed since then. I’ve been injured for 33 days and haven’t run since my last race, 30 days ago. (Yes, I ran that race injured. Yes, running that race injured made my injury worse. Yes, I’m an idiot.) And recently, I signed up for another marathon.
So if you were wondering why I’ve been so quiet lately, that’s why. Injuries are stupid. Injuries are depressing. Injuries take you 50 trazilmilbillion steps back in your training process. But, injuries also give you a break when you need it, teach you that you aren’t made of steel, and remind you of all the things you take for granted while healthy. Continue reading →
I have a handful of friends who, once dedicated road runners, now give 100% of themselves to trail running (these are my crazy ultra friends like Kate and Anya). When I spend time with trail runners they often say, “Laura, I really don’t know why you are still running the road! I hate road running!” That’s fine and all but I honestly love road running. I also love trail running. Both are incredibly different experiences and suit my needs in a variety of ways.
I’ve been spending a lot more time running trails lately mainly because of the post-run effect on my injury- I was diagnosed with a bone spur on top of my right foot back in June after the SF half and since then, when I complete any road mileage, my foot is left black and blue, swollen, and SO PAINFUL for the next couple days. After I complete a trail run, the spur is still black and blue but the pain just isn’t there- such a relief!
So, after 4 years of road running, I have to admit that the pavement has finally become- for me- more risk than reward… Continue reading →
I realize today is Monday but I had such a great day yesterday that I wanted to share it with you yesterday but didn’t quite get around to it! Anyhoo, Saturday I woke up with a tummy bug and basically slept the entire day away- I HATE it when that happens- so I was determined to make Sunday a great day. And that I did!
Kicked Sunday off with a long, blissful trail run at Redwood Park in Oakland. Because I wasn’t feeling completely 100% I told myself anywhere between 5-7 miles would be fine but after I ran (literally!) into a couple friends running the Skyline 50K, I got distracted and lost. Missed a turn somewhere and ran 9 very hilly miles total trying to find the trail that led me back to the car.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the race and will be my 4th Nike run- I did the SF full in 2011, the SF half in 2012, ran Nike DC half earlier this year, and now am getting ramped and amped up for #4! I’m wrapping my head around training for all those hills and getting my plan together for a successful 13.1 come October 20th. Continue reading →
“What’s a Color Run?” you ask? Well, the picture above is your answer: an un-timed race of 3 miles in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in a rainbow of colors. And there are only two rules: wear white at the start and get completely plastered in color by the finish!
Seems crazy but it is really, really FUN!!! The Color Run isn’t about your 8, 9, 10-minute-or-whatever-mile pace, it’s more about having the time of your life!
On August 3rd, I am competing as a member of The Guardsmen Trail Run Team in the Angel Island 12K Race to raise money for Bay Area at-risk youth and the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.
I became a big fan of The Guardsmen after participating in their Presidio 10 race last year and then again when I did one of their trail training runs earlier this year- I met a lot of The Guardsmen volunteers and after speaking with them about their cause, I was happy to help spread the word.
The Guardsmen help at-risk Bay Area youth by providing outdoor education programs and scholarships. They are committed to making sure that fundraising dollars are spent wisely- approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs for kids- so I am holding a raffle in their honor! Continue reading →
There’s something kinda strange about me and if you know me in real life, I think you would agree- when I find something I really like, I don’t easily let go and even start to identify with whatever that thing may be. Some call it obsession, I call it passion.
One of my first loves was radio, and I listened constantly as a kid, enjoying every genre of music, knowing all call letters and the on-air schedules of all my favorite DJs. I grew to also love singing, dancing, anything purple, red wine, fine dining, and then eventually- you guessed it- running.
I originally went to college to study acting and at USC I had to start working full time in order to afford such an expensive school yet found no money leftover for head-shots nor any time leftover to audition. I then decided go the academic route instead and when I got into film school, my absolute obsession with all things cinematic began…