More Traveling, More Training

This past week, less than a week after returning from Hawaii, I left home again.

Traveling with Runner's World

Traveling with Runner’s World

This time I took off to Kentucky to get some research done for my dissertation. I flew into Nashville and then drove into Kentucky. I spent most of my days in archives reading documents over a hundred years old (super cool!). On Thursday, I headed to the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village to complete some more research. I was lucky enough during this time to get help from some great archivists and historians who helped me find the information I needed. After hanging out at the village, I took the river boat down the Kentucky River, which made a nice way to finish up the day.

Sweet ride for the week

Sweet ride for the week

Berea College

Berea College

My coffee break stop

My coffee break stop (photo compliments of Google)

Research!

Research!

Shake Town

Shaker Town

Shaker House (East Family)

Shaker House (East Family)

 

Big Furry Friend

Big Furry Friend

Shaker Path

Shaker Path

 

River Boat!

River Boat!

 

Kentucky River

Kentucky River

This trip wasn’t all work. I also got in a lot of running. While my first run in town was hard and slow, the rest of my runs went well, despite crazy humidity! And I even logged my longest treadmill run (a whopping 6 miles! ha!). I got in some solid mile repeats and a sweaty track workout. This was hard and really tested my ability to run in heat & humidity, but it ended up helping me score a new PR this weekend (see upcoming post).

Intense running conditions!

Intense running conditions!

Mile repeats powered by Graced by Grit

Mile repeats powered by Graced by Grit

Before flying home, I stopped back in Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry and get some new cowboy boots!

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Look forward to an upcoming post recapping my Wharf to Wharf race.

My San Francisco Week

This is the first post of three to recap what was an amazing week spent in my favorite city and place – San Francisco! It began with me joining the hubs on a work trip and ending with running one of the best races in the world (that’s not hyperbole), The San Francisco Marathon (well I ran the half but whatevs, still awesome!). Because so much happened this week I am writing one post for my time with the hubs, one post the SFM expo, and a final post on the race itself. Get ready for some awesomeness!

On June 9, Kevin and I headed up to the city because he was attending WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference – yeah he’s cool like that). Since hotel and his food was covered by his work and my classes had already taken their finals, we had decided I would come up for the first half of the conference (I had some commitments in the Cruz on Wednesday and Thursday).  We got into the city easy peasy (love when the traffic gods are working in our favor!) and met up with some of his co-workers for dinner at Tropisueno. I had eaten here years ago with Tawny and was stoked to return. I indulged in a tasty mango chile margarita.

margarita

Adventurous Margarita

On Monday, Kevin had to get SUPER early to be able to attend the Keynote. This is where they announce all the super cool new stuff (this year it included new OSX (Mavericks, love the name!), new iOS, and the Mac Pro). And I slept in. What a role reversal! Monday was a running rest day so I was hung out in the hotel room with our awesome view and watched the Keynote streaming live online. After lunch (a super yummy veggie burger from Super Duper Burgers), I indulged in some serious shopping: Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Lululemon, and lots of window shopping too. I had been saving up a little shopping money just for this and I didn’t do any crazy damage (half of what I purchased was on sale: score!).

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

Tuesday it was time to return to running. I had 800s on my schedule but I wasn’t near a track, so I decided to run around AT&T park. Running the loop around the park was almost perfect for one set of 800m followed by the 400m recovery. Unfortunately, the nice distance did not result in a good workout. All my 800s were about 10 seconds slower than I had wanted them to be – boo! Oh well. After my lackluster workout, I had brunch at The Grove (where they serve Santa Cruz Coffee, Verve!). I spent the afternoon at the California Historical Society and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. I ended all the fun with some ice cream in the park, yum!

Brunch at The Grove, yum!

Brunch at The Grove, yum!

Ice cream in the park

Ice cream in the park

Both nights Kevin and I met up for dinner with his co-worker Mike. Monday we had some casual food from Jasper’s Corner Tap and Tuesday we had Indian food from Amber. I love eating in SF! We were lucky too because everything was in walking distance. The night I left Kevin also enjoyed beer at 21st Amendment Brewery, sad I missed out on this one!

Wednesday morning I took a running tour of the bay. I started at the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero. I ran Pier 39 at the Fisherman’s Wharf. I love running it early in the morning. Seeing it empty is my favorite way to see the classic tourist attraction. I stopped to photograph a few sea lions and enjoy the view of Alcatraz. While Tuesday morning had been grey, Wednesday was perfectly clear. What a great day for a tourist run! Then I headed toward Fort Mason, stopping to grab some nice shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. I miscalculated the distance of the Wharf when I added on for my turn around, this meant that I finished my 8 miles before I made it back to the hotel. So I enjoyed a nice cool down walk up Market Street – no complaints here! That afternoon I headed back to Santa Cruz… only to return Friday for the SFM expo!

Some photos from my Wednesday morning run:

Empty Wharf - so peaceful

Empty Wharf – so peaceful

The Rock

The Rock

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

skyline

Clear Day!

Clear Day!

sail boats and GGB

What are you favorite things to do when visiting SF? Do you run on vacation?

Maui Honeymoon!

A couple of days ago, Kevin and I got back from our honeymoon (yes, it was almost a year after our wedding but whatevs, right?). We went to Maui for an amazing two weeks.  We stayed on Kaanapali Beach and spent most of our days on the beach and/or the pool relaxing. But we did have a few little adventures and outings that I’m sharing here. (I apologize in advance what the long post.)

Race

Pre Race


Of course I had to find a race while I was there! Before we left, I did some searching and found an inaugural 5k the first weekend we were in Maui. I thought it would be pretty small since it was the first year and the race organizers thought the same thing. But over 600 people showed up and it got a little chaotic. Kevin and I waited in line for about half an hour to pick up my race stuff and the race organizers had to push back the start time to accommodate for everybody. By the time the race started, it was hot and the runners were ready. We had a pretty funny false start but the race itself went smoothly. I felt pretty good maintaining a 7:06 pace in the hot and humid weather. I thought I was in 3rd place for the women (I never saw the girl in 1st!) but came in 4th (just seconds after the 3rd woman) and came in 1st for my age group. We hung out for a while after the race to get my medal, but were treated to a free breakfast and shave ice as we waited. Click here to read an article about the race.

All the race photos were from a runner’s GoPro, so there’s lot of photos of me running in front of the guy, haha.

Snorkeling
When we first started planning our trip, we knew we wanted to do some snorkeling. I envisioned it to be in shallow, flat water. Then our buddy told us about a boat trip out to Molokini that included two snorkel stops, breakfast, lunch, and cocktails. I do not consider myself a strong swimmer and was terrified of this idea. But I wanted to be a good sport, so I agreed to go along. That same friend also hooked us up with snorkel gear for our entire trip (thanks Casey!). We decided before the trip I should get some practice snorkel time in at Black Rock. The first two times, I was super scared even though I had a floatie (ok its a float belt thing, but whatever). But it was beautiful! I saw at least one sea turtle every time I went out as well as a million types of fish. Finally the snorkel trip day arrived and, yep I was scared. It had been windy and the water was choppy. Too choppy in fact and our trip got changed from Molokini to Coral Gardens and another stop that neither Kevin nor I can remember the name of. But both times we saw turtles and tons of sea life. It’s amazing how clear the water is in Hawaii. And the free mai tais after we snorkeled didn’t hurt either! We snorkeled a few more times at Black Rock and the last time I saw a spotted eagle ray! I don’t have any photos from our snorkeling but believe me, it was amazing!

Luau
The first Monday we were in town we went to a luau with a couple buddies (a few guys who live in Maui and our good friend Pat who was visiting those friends during part of our trip). The luau was awesome! Good food, drinks, and entertainment! Rather than describe it, I’ll just share some of the good photos.

Buddies!

Hula Dancers

Fire Dancer!

Oh yeah, Kevin hula danced too! What a good sport.

Hana
One of the coolest things we did while in Maui was drive the Road to Hana. Hana is a small town in South Maui, but you want to take the drive not just to see the town but for the drive itself.  You weave through 68 miles with 620 curves and 59 bridges (46 of which are one lane only) hugging the coast with rainforest along the way. We stopped multiple times to hike, see waterfalls, and see the ocean for all its glory. Two of our favorite stops were the Wainapanapa Black Sand Beach and the O’heo Gulch Pools (also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, but note there are neither seven pools nor are they sacred). After we got to Hana, we kept driving around the island and took a crazy dirt road that provided amazing views and entered a lava wasteland that made us feel like we were on the moon. After an entire day of driving and hiking, we were exhausted. So we treated ourselves to one of our favorite spots, Maui Brewing Co and a pie from Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop (soooo good!). Here are just a few of my favorite photos from our Hana road trip.

Upper Waikani Falls

Inside a lava tube at the black sand beach

Self portrait by Kevin at Seven Sacred Pools

The falls at Seven Sacred Pools and the bridge we crossed to get there

Favorite Eats
We ate amazing food while we in Maui. I thought I’d list some of our favorites with links.
Aloha Mixed Plate – Real Hawaiian food, so yummy! And if they have Hula Girl as their special drink, make sure to order it!
Maui Brewing Co – Lots of yummy beers, the only ones actually brewed on the island. And the food is good too!
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop – Chocolate Macadamia Nut Praline and Apple Crumb Pies, so good!
Lahaina Pizza Co – Deep dish pizza
We at the following places at Kaanapali Beach
Hula Grill – Ahi Sandwich is the best, order medium rare
Leilani’s – We ate here twice. The first time our waiter wasn’t great, but the second time we got amazing service and the most delicious fish (Opakapaka).
Maui Fish & Pasta - We ate here for breakfast. They have Eggs Benedict over crab cakes… yes, it’s true. So good!

Photo from the Westin

In short, our trip was amazing! And we came back relaxed and tanned. We can’t wait to go back!

Travelin’ Along

I got a little behind on blogging due to some traveling… and I fear that as the beginning of the fall quarter starts to creep up on me, I will get behind again. But before that happens, I wanted to share some of my fun travels over the past two-ish weeks.

Kevin and his friend, Wes, had been eagerly planning a trip to PAX. Not surprisingly, I did not have any interest in attending the conference but I really wanted to go up to Washington with him. I had only been one time before and only for three days. This time, we went up for a whole week! While Kevin spent 3 days at PAX, I spent time with his family, my uncle (who is currently working in Washington),  my friend Natalie, researching, and enjoying some nice runs.

Before Wes flew in and PAX began, Kevin & I met my uncle for some delicious Italian food in Post Alley. The Pink Door not only had great food but excellent ambiance too. Plus, I rarely get to see my uncle so that made for a wonderful evening in Seattle.

The first day that Kevin and Wes attended PAX, I ventured up to the University of Washington. They have a beautiful campus and a library that had some great documents for my research.

Kevin’s aunt Kathy and cousin own a yummy little cafe, 2 Blocks Up. They hosted a birthday party the Friday night that I was in town, so since Kevin was in Seattle that night I offered to help out. While I don’t have any photos to prove it, I promise I did wash a great deal of dishes and provided some other assistance. But the best of the night was spending time with Kevin’s family (especially my partner in crime, Marylou) and eating and drinking some mighty tasty stuff!

I also found out that one of my best friends, Nat, had moved to Oregon over the summer. She volunteered to drive up to Washington to visit me. I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year and a half – so this was the perfect opportunity. She brought along her two sons and we had some great times eating yummy food and eventually making our way to Pike Place, where we posed with the famous pig!

I also ran while in Washington (of course!). Kevin’s dad shared a great trail with me that provided a beautiful run, even in the rain. I had just completed the Dirt Inspires Race so I kept my runs short.

Well we flew back into San Jose late Tuesday night, but I was on another plan the next day. My parents paid for me to have a quick visit with them before the fall quarter starts (thanks Mom and Dad!). When I’m in town I make sure to visit some of my favorite spots: Beach Break Cafe, Garcia’s (yum Mexican food!), Vinaka’s, and of course the Museum (my previous post has all the good information on their current amazing exhibition). But mostly I just relaxed and hung out with the fam.

While I love seeing my parents, I missed Kevin & Sami so much! And now, just about 2 weeks until school starts again.