Went for a run and discovered a new trail near our house!!
Driving to Stanford… peace sign!
Dress shopping with Hannah in SF!!! (window shopping in this case)
Dinner and dessert for my dad’s bday!
The Cave… where Banff National Park and the Canadian National Park system began…
A lovely morning start to our relay triathlon at Rancho Seco Park. Greg swam, Henning biked, and I somehow made it through the blistering run.
2nd Place amongst co-ed relay teams!
Seen while running through the Athletics area at Stanford…
Preparing for our relay triathlon at the end of the month! I have to somehow work up to a 10k (6.2 miles)…
The community a few blocks away is lovely to run through. :)
Pushed myself to run to the Mary Ave Bridge. Made it!
Second annual double duathlon at Lake Folsom!
Anyone know what these fruits are?
A coworker recommended running along the Matadero Trail, which starts at the corner of Page Mill Road and Junipero Serra Blvd. Really glad I did—look how beautiful the hills are!
Going for a run along the Union Pacific Trail to see where it leads.
Fun day at the park with Jen, John, Leila, Maeve, Liz and Etay. :)
A gigantic gluten-free blueberry pancake, the beach, and some of my oldest friends…
2004 –> 2014
Sneak peek of where we’re going tomorrow…
Preparing for tomorrow’s afternoon run with Becca. This time, we made sure there was a bathroom break location somewhere in the middle!
A slow walk/run is better than nothing!
Post V-day workout at (the very dry) Lake Folsom. Henning and I competed in a double duathlon (run-bike-run-bike-run) with Greg!
Thanks to Dan, Baxter & Milo for coming out to watch us! :)
We beat Greg! (…just barely!)
Run in the Rowland Heights hills with Steve, to work off last night’s food.
I’m allergic to most of this stuff, but the Nin Go (fried in egg) and turnip cake in the middle are two of my favorite things about Chinese New Year!
For more insight on some of the Chinese New Year goodies we often eat, check out OpallaOnTrails’ great blog post, with recipes! The rice cake, taro cake, turnip cake… all very similar to what I’ve grown up with here in California.
Here’s a little excerpt from her post regarding the reason for all the ‘cakes’:
The word Go is a homophone for “high” in the Chinese language. So the cakes are called Go, because anything that rises or is high (be it your salary, your rank, your grade or even the stock market) is supposed to be good.
Yay for knowledge!
Happy New Year everyone!
Becca and I ran to Shoreline Lake, where Henning and Greg biked to meet us.
Very exciting post-workout meal, with a view!
In honor of National Left-handers Day…
…and a short run/bike home. :)
Cold beach day!
Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve…
Got up at the crack of dawn to spend the morning with these wonderful ladies. Debbie’s first 5K, and Jess’s first Half Marathon!
Top Pot Donut 5K around Green Lake this morning with Molly and her dad!
After brunch and telephone pictionary (!!!)… we headed over to the Museum of Flight History.
Then time to go home! Such a fun weekend…
Also, check out the columns at the Sea-Tac Airport!
Becca and I ran our first half marathons!! (Alicia her second.)
Race: SF Giants
Course: From AT&T Park, up past the Bay Bridge, to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, and back to end inside AT&T Park.
In the evening, we took Erik to the SF 49ers game at Candlestick Park (vs Lions).
3 weeks until the half marathon!!
Semi-painful 10-mile run today along Vasona Park/Los Gatos Creek Trail.
I love this bridge we always run across! Painted by local kids.
I just couldn’t pick, sorry… The good photos are courtesy my mom.
A morning run with Steve… and construction… it’s a good day already.
“Tolerance and patience… are much deeper and more effective than mere indifference.” –Dalai Lama
…La Boqueria Market…
…pimientos de padron…
…tour around town…
…Olympic Park on Montjuic Hill…
…first time in the Mediterranean Sea!…
…stopping to listen to musicians play… nostalgia…
…dinner by the beach with the whole family…
…oh, the classy and classic doesn’t end…
7 mile run this weekend through Vasona Park. Becca and I have less than 2 months until our half marathon (13.1 miles) in September.
I really could not pick one photo from today. Sorry…
Color Run 2012 with Hannah and Becca!
Brunch at Pomelo in Noe Valley. Here is their menu… I will also provide descriptions….
crispy afro-peruvian bean and rice pancake with yellow pepper sauce, topped with marinated grilled skirt steak, fried plantains and one egg sunny side up
with prosciutto, mozzarella, sun dried tomato and basil, pan fried in olive oil, served with a balsamic reduction, two eggs and seasonal greens
crispy white corn buns; one filled with egg, one filled with potato, tomato, queso fresco, one filled with beef mechada, black beans, fried plantain & grated cheese, served with guasacaca, venezuelan spicy avocado salsa
WORTH THE WAIT!!!
Then dinner at Éire Trea (Irish-Eritrean food!) in Hayes Valley…
Drinks in the Mission, with new friends and guitar serenades.
Becca and I ran our first 5 mile race with her friends Alicia and Jeff. We finished!!!
Running through Kelley Park and Happy Hollow Zoo…
Hannah’s first 5K!
running along the water…
celebratory breakfast at Lynn and Lu’s Escapade Café in Oakland!
Went for a morning run in Mackinaw! Tip O’ the Mitt!
(I was definitely the only crazy one out running…)
Then we all took a ferry to Mackinac Island for the day. :)
Watching them make fudge at Murdick’s…
Horse carriage tour… and the Grand Hotel!
Campus Drive loop run! Here’s the subtle entrance to Stanford from the southwest side of campus. Next week, I’ll run up Palm Drive and take some shots from the north.
I’ve spent about 7 years at Stanford, and still discovering new places.
2-mile 6am run to a park at the top of Lathrop Drive – who knew!
Took Roy and Derek to eat Thai Café at the Oval….
Hannah and I have each been getting up at 6am to run/work out. This is one of my favorite houses to run past – I think it’s so cute!
Quote I liked in SELF Magazine. For some reason it spoke to me.
I have definitely been seeing changes in my body from running, but I’m definitely going to keep doing it for a lot of other reasons.
Like sense of accomplishment – that’s probably one of the best ones.
Another run, another day of admiration.
Becca and I have been (together and separately) working on our Couch to 10K program. I love outdoor runs and taking in the beautiful Stanford campus!
Have I mentioned how great Stanford can be in the spring?
…my favorite tree in the medical center…
…watching the clouds roll in as the sun sets…
I’ve lived on the Stanford campus for well over 5 years, and still discovering new spots every day…
I orthodics came in, so I bought a new pair of running shoes to house them! The orthodics will take some getting used to, but I will certainly give them a try.
These Brooks Glycerin 9s are so comfy.
This photo is from Monday, but I wanted to share how beautiful this place can be at dusk. Nice view at the end of a run. You can also see The Dish in the background!
Becca and I participated in our first 5K run tonight in the Palo Alto Baylands. Our goal was to run the whole way – success!
Hangin out before the event…
…baller fruit display!…
…as we lined up, a lightning storm started!…
…standing around with friends during the rain/lightning delay…
…they eventually told us we could run at our own risk… so we did!
It was very very worth it. :)
On to the next one!
Borders is closing, Amazon has sales, and I just plain love books.
I’m currently still working on Shantaram, which is an incredible 944-page “almost autobiographical” book about an Australian who escaped from jail and spent 10 years living in Mumbai, India. I don’t even know how to describe this book. It’s so good. So India.
Anyway, my next book is “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer. And then I think I can return to “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, which I started reading last winter in Switzerland, and finally bought for myself last week. EEE!!!
Vibrams are apparently the new thing for running and sporting attire. There’s a story behind this particular shoe (it’s not mine)… regardless, I’ll have to give them a try soon.
One of Stanford’s most well-known trails and locations is “The Dish”… a 3-mile loop in the hills with a large radiotelescope dish (and great view) at the top. It’s popular amongst runners, walkers, and visitors to the area.