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10 Sep

Except this isn’t a fashion blog.  It is, however,  after Labor Day.   Moving right along…

I am the worst blogger because I never blog anymore…but I’m really great at Instagram (#humblebrag?) so catch me over at @gillianbcn for more consistent micro-blogging.   That said,  I wanted to give all y’all a little round-up of how my summer ended.  Here’s a random assortment of what I got after:

IPAs + some Cal bears

Once a month,  the Cal Alumni chapter of LA does a happy hour downtown.  I’ve only made it to a few of them,  but it’s fun networking and talking about how much Berkeley has changed since we left.  In August,  my BFF Jenn and I hit up the Pez Cantina happy hour, which just so happened to be on National IPA Day.  #boom

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Ryan’s Engagement: One of my good friends from my high school, Ryan aka Ryry, proposed to his girlfriend Shana and we all went out to celebrate.  Good times with awesome people.  Can’t believe how long these hoodrats have been in my life.

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Dinner Lab:  My buddy Eric and I hit up Dinner Lab recently for a 5-course “Cali Creole” meal.  The best part of the night was when his ex’s MOM randomly sat next to us.  LA is a small place.  Also,  I tried frog legs and determined they’re just okay.  I love this event because I love meeting new people,  trying new food,  and exploring LA.

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Work Stuff: The last month has brought some interesting work including a couple of interesting cases, a few random hearings at cool places, and work at a Small Claims Clinic at Southwestern Law School.

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12th Man in San Diego:  My parents and I went on an adventure to San Diego a couple of weekends ago to watch the Seahawks beat the Chargers.  While Qualcomm left something to be desired (how is it cash only? This is 2015) was all had a great time, and the Seahawks managed a W.

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South Bay Soul Cycle with Fit & Awesome:  I met Lindsey through social media a few years ago,  and her blog hosted an amazingly fun Soul Cycle class in Manhattan Beach,  taught by the amazingly energetic and rap-loving Jillian.

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Wedding Crasher:  My friend Robert asked me to be his plus one for a wedding of two of his law school friends — and I had a great time even though I didn’t know anyone else there.  The bride and groom’s vows were so personable (and funny!) that I felt like I knew them by the end of the ceremony.  I’m just glad I managed not to cry at the wedding of two strangers,  although I may have told the bride on the dance floor that I loved her.  GET IT TOGETHER, G.

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Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari: I joke a lot on Twitter about online dating and how it’s the worst,  but now I’m sort of glad I’ve gone through it/am doing it so I can relate to Aziz’s hilarious book.  Aziz wrote/narrates,  but it was co-written by a sociologist Eric Klinenberg straight outta NYU.  This book explains things like why having too many options/choices has hurt millennial dating,  why texting is the worst,  and how social media facilitates cheating.  I expected to laugh out loud dozens of times while reading this, but I didn’t expect to relate to it as much as I did, so that was cool.  Shoutout to my friend Dom’s boyfriend, Josh, for hard-selling me on this.  Also shout-out to a dude I went on two Bumble dates with for also urging me to read this — we will never speak again but hey, I got this awesome book experience out of it…and some beer I didn’t have to pay for. #winning!

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best of january.

7 Feb

I have been the worst blogger, ever. I’m trying to find “balance” in all of my ridiculous hobbies and I let the blogging slip last month.  Whoops!  I realize I like this little outlet so I’m going to try and make a concerted effort to blog more often.  Here are some of my favorite moments from January:

Favorite Race

Well this is easy, since I only did one.  I had a great time racing drinking beer(s) after the 10k at the New Year’s Race.  The course was tough, but I managed 3rd woman overall.

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Favorite Run

This is a toss-up.  I haven’t run REALLY long since marathon training last year, and I hadn’t seen double digits since December.  But when I heard DTLARunning and Blacklist LA were teaming up to do a 16 miler from North Hollywood metro through the LA River bike path, I had to be part of it.  It was an amazing run and I realized my speed has improved significantly over the last year.

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Two weeks later, I joined Blacklist LA and DTLARunning for an epic 18-miler.  We started at the Culver City metro station and ran along the Ballona Creek bike path to Dockweiler Beach and back.  I started struggling around mile 14-15, but still had a great time, and my crew helped me through those last few miles.

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Best Trip

I made an MLK-weekend jaunt up to SF to visit my friend Whitney who recently moved up there, and I LOVED seeing some of my best friends from my sorority in college.  I also made pit-stops at one of my favorite Oakland eateries, visited the new SoulCycle in SoMA, sipped on both Blue Bottle and Philz coffee, and worked out of my firm’s SF office.

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Best meal

A couple of weeks ago, I got to check out a new LA restaurant called The Lost Knight (think British pub fare with a gastronomic twist).   I’ll definitely be back!

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Best beer(s)

I celebrated my birthday with seriously the best mix of people at Angel City Brewery.  I loved being surrounded by friends from high school, college, law school, the gym, and my running group.  It was an epic day and I am SO grateful to have such a diverse array of amazing people in my life, who also put up with my ridiculousness.

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Andres taking a picture of me taking a picture of him taking this picture.

see?

see?

 

there's cool art there, too.

there’s cool art there, too.

Best street art

I fell in love with this piece by Tristan Eaton in DTLA’s Arts District.

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Best randomly fun thing

My law school friend, Ross, has epic themed birthdays every year.  This year, we all dressed up as bananas (well, some of us wore yellow.  I learned my lesson and will take next year SUPER seriously) and then raided a couple of bars in Newport Beach.  Ross dressed as a gorilla.  We met Dennis Rodman (really bizarre experience). So much fun.

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this birthday was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

this birthday was bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S

February is off to a more low-key start.  What was your favorite memory from the first month of 2015?

booze + sweat (aka what i did when i wasn’t studying).

13 Aug

I know you’re all sick of hearing about the bar — I’m sick of talking about it — but I WAS able to squeeze in (very small) pockets of fun throughout the summer.

The weekend after the test, I met up with my parents for a mini Conejo Valley IPA crawl of sorts.  Our first stop was The Lab Brewing Co.  I enjoyed their house DIPA and we all shared some candied bacon.

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We headed to dinner at my very favorite place just down the street — Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie — for brews, chow, and to watch the sunset (my mom is also a sucker for a good one).

They didn’t have my fav beer of all time on tap (Cheseboro IPA) so I opted for my second favorite, the aptly titled Ladyface IPA. I also tried a sampler of a new IPA they offered – the Cataclysm IPA.  This one wasn’t my style, it wasn’t hoppy at all.

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Ladyface IPA with Ladyface Mountain in the background.

Notice how the mountain looks like a woman’s profile? Imagine the woman is lying on her back…

And then my dad caught me in the act…

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Also that weekend, I celebrated with my BFF Whitney at a bar down the street from her apartment called The Chestnut Club.  Would definitely recommend.

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When I haven’t been boozing, I was doing what I normally do (working out, obviously).  On July 20th, I ran the Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay with a team formed last-minute with some social media friends. When Tiffany reached out to me via twitter, there was no way I could say no, and I’m so glad I didn’t!  We had a blast each running 5.25 miles through the super-hilly Griffith Park trails, and soaking up the morning.  I would definitely do this race again.

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On the team:

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Race bling in the form of a STICK!!!!

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so worried I was gonna drop my phone…

It was a great morning.  I love doing relays because I love being surrounded by “my people” — meaning people who “get it.”  These guys understand the compulsion to wake up super early on a Sunday to go run 5+ miles through hilly terrain with people you barely know.  I am also so grateful for the power of social media connections for making this team come together!

The week before the bar, I heard about an event taking place at my favorite building on the planet – the Ritz Carlton/J.W. Marriott in DTLA. I dropped everything and RAN when Whitney wrote about a free yoga/mini-spa treatments event taking place at the Ritz spa. I got a hand massage and headed up to the rooftop for a short and very relaxing yoga session.

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#swoon

That about rounds out the fun things I did during the bar (I told you, it wasn’t a ton).  I start my job in a few weeks and until then have a lot of downtime, so I’m trying to enjoy the relaxed schedule and do some fun LA-only events. Please drop a comment if you have suggestions on fun things I should do!

WEST weekend.

15 Apr

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to share some highlights from last weekend.  You may have seen me hashtagging some photos #WESTWeekend.  My best friend (Whitney) has a hyphenated last name, and her initials are WEST.  The weekend was named in her honor because her two college best friends (Dominique and Riley) and I kidnapped her for a night and we spent a night in San Diego. It was so much fun!

Whitney thought she and Riley were spending the day together in Orange County.  Dominique and I met up with them at their favorite little bar in Orange, CA near where they all went to college at Chapman.  Whitney was so surprised — she almost cried!

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Whitney, Dominique, Riley, and me behind the bar at O’s. Please don’t mind my entire arm of bracelets.

We had a drink at O’s and some really intense purple shooter and then headed to begin the weekend!

Our first stop was Stone Brewery in Escondido.  I had been wanting to check this place out since my IPA obsession began.  It was PACKED but we scored a table near the outside bar.

I did a flight of 5 different beers

  1. Stone Ruination IPA Wildflower Honey & Carolina Reaper Peppers (SO peppery I couldn’t drink it). 
  2. Cali-Belgique
  3. Go To IPA –> my fav
  4. Grapefruit Slam IPA –> second fav 
  5. Stone IPA –> a classic 
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alright alright alright.

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It was so fun incessantly quoting lines from #SELFIE relaxing and catching up with these girls! [Side-note: Riley recently got engaged (!) and I hadn’t seen her since, so it was also fun to celebrate her this weekend!]

Of course I had to commemorate the trip with a candle.  Don’t worry — it’s pomegranate scented.

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We drove to DT SD and made a pit-stop at Ralph’s before checking into our hotel for some supplies (read: Chex Mix and tequila).  Everyone’s goal was to “drink like college.” Well, that’s a lie, my goal was NOT to do that.  There’s no way I can do that anymore. #old.

We got ready and goofed around a little and mostly took some selfies.

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…and headed out for a late dinner and drinks.  We explored The Gaslamp and noshed at Las Hadas.  The service was great and we all enjoyed the food.

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After dinner, we bumped around at various bars (amidst a gaggle of bachelorette parties).  The first place we ended up at (The Reef?) lured us in with it’s $2 beer specials and overly friendly security guard.  He personally escorted us to the next bar — sweet of him, but not our scene.

We ended up at Barley Mash. I have no clue whether or not this place is “cool” or not but we had a good time.  Things that were awesome:

  • not having to wait in line due to some friends we met outside.  Shout out to the guys in town for the Padres/Tigers game who let us stand with them.
  • early 2000s hip hop music. (To the windows! To the wall!)
  • #SELFIE and Drunk in Love being played.  That’s all I need.

I drank the least, but somehow ended up being the biggest mess at the end of the night. #sweatmonster.

The next morning, I woke up at 8 and squeezed in a super short run before everyone else was up and about.  I headed out from our hotel for an out and back along the marina.

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We caffeinated and hydrated and then headed up to La Jolla for brunch before we got on the road.  I enjoyed my challah french toast at Nosh.

It was a great 24 hours and we accomplished our main goal of surprising Whitney with a fun weekend!  I’ve gotten to know Riley and Dominique really well over the years and I always enjoy spending time with them!  I also accomplished my secondary of keeping a secret for more than ten seconds — so that was a victory.

  • Favorite things to do in San Diego?
  • Favorite IPA?
  • SD people What’s Barley Mash’s reputation?

 

 

weekend eats. (or, the one with all of the bars).

13 Feb

I know, I know…another post?  I did a lot of fun things last weekend and wanted to share them before another weekend is upon us.

Last Thursday, I kicked off the weekend (enjoying my last few months — ever — of 3 day weekends.  Law school is the best)  with an evening session of yoga at YogaHop.  So far I’m on track with my “do yoga 50 times in 2014” goal).  It just so happens YogaHop is next to a Pinkberry, and I was there while Pinkberry was giving away free yogurt for National FroYo Day or something.

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I indulged in a small original with strawbs, mochi, and fruity pebs (a dream combo if I do say so myself).  Fun fact, summer 2007 and winter breack 2008  I worked at a Pinkberry.  I’m a pretty good swirler.

That night I went to Casey’s Bar and Grill for Loyola “bar review” and hung out with some of my section 3 peeps.

On Friday I was being super lazy — I went to Back on My Feet after 4 hours of sleep (whoops), came back and slept for 3 more hours, and then lolly-gagged around my apartment sort of cleaning, sort of catching up on TV shows…I know, #roughlife.  Luckily I ran into my friend Jordan as I was finally getting my act together stumbling out of my apartment in gym clothes to run some errands and we concocted a plan to hang out later.  I love when lazy days get salvaged!  We (+ Armita) went to DTLA’s brand new City Tavern.  I noshed on the brussels sprouts and the burger — both were excellent — and sipped on a Ladyface (!)  IPA. Our waiter was witty and well-versed in the menu and I ran into a friend from middle school so I’d say City Tavern was a success.

After dinner we headed over they indulged my inner beer fiend by letting me drag them to Sixth Street Tavern for more IPAs.

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city tavern//las perlas//spring st. bar

On Saturday,  I had a little spin class action with my favorite crazies (I may or may not have had to rearrange an entire playlist to make sure one of my regulars got to hear “Drunk in Love” before he had to leave early). #Surfboard.

After spin, I headed over to Echo Park to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my friend’s vintage shop truck (think a food truck but for vintage clothes).  I loved checking out the truck and bought two rings I had been eyeing.  Check out Selvedge Dry Goods.

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That night, Jordan and Armita and I did DTLA drink fest part II.  We started at Las Perlas (because tequila).  I enjoyed a marg and Armita got some crazy cinnamon infused tequila with pineapple.  It reminded me a little bit too much of fireball.  After awhile we went to Spring Street Bar, mostly because I knew they have a good list of beers IPAs.   How I have any friends is beyond me.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun — it’s always a good night when a random stranger asks one of your friends if he can kiss her, and she makes up a fake boyfriend.  

On Sunday, I got up and lifted weights like a crazy person.  The highlight of Sunday was finding this awesome $7 bouquet in DTLA’s Flower District (and going to bed at 8:30 to prep for my 20 miler).

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Anyway, Happy Thursday!  My day is going to include some Business Associations, getting my computer back (!) and some yoga.

What’s on your agenda for this weekend?  

Fav DTLA bar? 

#becausebirthday.

7 Feb

Last Wednesday, January 29th was my 26th birthday so I thought I’d do a little recap of how I celebrated (mostly for my own posterity…now that I’m getting old my memory might not be what it used to be…).

The morning started dark and early at 5:30 a.m. at Back on My Feet at Homeboy Industries.  We ran a couple of miles and I brought 2 dozen donuts to share.  We always talk about how hungry we are after we run and I am hoping this sparks a tradition for other members.  #JustSaying.

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It was so fun to see how appreciative and excited people were over donuts.  Love it.

Later that day, I went to school — Wednesdays consist of two hours of Sports Law in the morning and two hours of Remedies in the afternoon.  I had lunch in between with a bunch of friends, and my friend Aviva brought me a Crumbs Peanut Butter Cup cupcake. (Sign of a true friend — she knows I’m PB OBSESSED).

After class, my mom met up with me — she did some work from the DTLA library and then hung out with me for the afternoon. She ALSO came bearing cupcakes — this time from Sprinkles. (Told you, total fat kid over here..). My mom picked two — my favorite of the two was the Red Velvet.

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cupcakes galore.

My mom and I decided to celebrate with happy hour at a local rooftop bar I love, Perch. I got mini sliders and we shared a fruit plate, and I sipped on the happy hour ale. So nice to be outside with a rooftop view of DTLA during January!

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After happy hour, we hung out a bit (my mom fixed my disaster of an ikea dresser using gorilla glue, happy birthday to meeee) and then I headed off to teach my spin class, and my mom took it for the first time!  (Major props to my mom for toughing it out the whole time.  One day we’ll get my dad inside the spin room as opposed to lookey-looing from outside).

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After spin wrapped up, I had a quick dinner with my parents, opened a couple of gifts, and dug into those cupcakes. (Aviva’s Peanut Butter Cup was the best, yay Crumbs).

make shit candle.

make shift candle.

My brother’s birthday card cracked me up:

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I got a lot of birthday bling:  two bracelets from my parents, two new covers for my Fitbit, and a RoadID I’d needed forever. I love that my parents included “Please pause my Garmin” on the RoadID.  Hopefully that is never used, but I love the joke behind it. Jenn also got me gorgeous bangles seen here –>

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On Thursday, the treats continued when I walked into my Biz Ass class and my friend Colleen had brought me a Mocha flavored cupcake from a local place in Silver Lake called Lark. She brought me a bunch of cupcakes last year when we worked together at Judge Klausner’s chambers, so I made sure to tell her that when you do something two years in a row it is a tradition.

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I also wondered what it is about me that people think I am a cupcake hound.  I think it’s because of my inner fat kid, but others insisted that because I work out a lot, it’s no big deal.

I extended the b-day festivities on Thursday by stopping by the Fig at 7th farmers market to pick up a bouquet to fill out the vase Aviva gave me.  Love:

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I celebrated my birthday for real on Friday.

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law school posse/”clique”/whatever you wanna call it.

We started with a small-ish group dinner at DTLA’s Border Grill. There were 10 of us total: 5 law school friends,  my best friend Whitney, two of her friends who are now my friends – Molly and Riley, and my roommate Jenn. 

We had a lot of fun, delicious margs, and they even let me blow out a candle!

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After dinner, we headed over to King Eddy’s Saloon, my favorite “skid-row adjacent” dive bar. This place is super divey but it was the perfect place to indulge in cheap beer with tons of friends. I loved combining all of my favorite people into one place.

I hung out with my DTLA Running crew:

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Find us on Twitter/Insta: @DTLARunning

And my DTLA Running AND Back on My Feet LA girls:

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Kim and Kendra 🙂

And my favorite Loyola 1Ls/spin fanatics.  If I had a fan club these girls would be in it.  It’s time for someone to tell them that would be the lamest club EVER.

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Gaby, Me, Lauren, and Alexis.

I call Alexis my own personal cheerleader — she is so positive and fun.  Mostly though we’re friends becuase she uses more hashtags than I do. #fit and #fab.

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Whitney has been my best friend now for about 8 years, and over that time I’ve gotten t0 know her core group of college friends really well.  I loved spending time with them and am so grateful for my friendship with them!

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Me and the Chapman crew: Dominique, Whitney, Molly, Riley, and my roomie Jenn.

Some of my high school guy friends came as well — loved seeing Eric, A.K and Andrea,  Matty and Sharon, and of course Jeff and his roommate, Jason.  I refer to Jeff as “my own personal Chris Harrison” because:  he looks, acts, and talks just like Chris Harrison, he gives good advice about dudes, and he has actually told me before:  “Gillian, Gentleman, this is the final rose tonight. When you’re ready.”  Pretty sure they need to cast us as the leads (him the host and me as the Bachelorette, because obviously) in a future season.

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Jason, me, and Chris Harrison I mean Jeff.

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Daniel, Sharon, Matty, Jenn.

My LLS buds were raging — love them:

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Joe, Sadie, Chris, and Sergio.

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Colleen, Joe, Charlie, Jackie, and Sergio.

It was such a great night — LOVED combining all of my groups: LLS, high school, college (thanks, Jenn, for holding it down), Gold’s Gym, and #DTLARunning.  It was an epic, IPA-filled birthday.

At the end of the night, 5 of us wolves remained in the wolfpack and we hit up Bar 107 for three minutes before I decided hip hop was in order at the Crocker Club.  Mostly I was just stalling until it was appropriate to order lobster grilled cheese at L.A. Cafe.  (FYI it’s always appropriate.  Most delicious thing ever).

4 hours of sleep later I taught a very fun and toxin-releasing spin class.

26 started off with a bang and I’m excited for the year ahead! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me!

#RnRLA half marathon recap.

28 Oct

On Sunday October 7th I ran my 12th half-marathon — Rock n Roll Los Angeles.

The weekend began on Friday with a walk from my apartment to the expo located at the LA Convention Center.           IMG_4910

The Expo was underwhelming — I picked up my bib, race shirt, and made the rounds through the vendors (picking up some Gu packets and a BIC band for my roommate).  I also sampled a few things (Loved whatever coconut ThinkThin bar I had, and the Nuun I sampled wasn’t too bad either).

I did spot Judge Craig Mitchell at the expo and on race morning again. His work with Midnight Mission is so inspiring, and I was able to meet him at the Midnight Mission 10k back in May.  If you haven’t heard of Judge Mitchell, check out this LA Times article on him that ran to coincide with the LA Marathon last year.

It was pretty low-energy, but it was an easy pit stop before I headed over to my gym for a yoga class.

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On Saturday, after my usual morning spin class, I headed to Yardhouse at LA Live for a #RnRLA meet-up/tweet-up organized by Dani of Weight off My Shoulders that I had heard about through Pavement Runner. I enjoy reading his blog and seeing what he’s up to in Northern California, and it was fun to meet him in person!

I also got to officially meet Tiffany (Running Hutch).  She was at #FitBlogLA with me but we didn’t meet, so it was fun picking her brain about all things healthy living blogging in LA.

It was so meeting everyone and nursing any pre-race jitters with a beer (Dogfish Head 90 Minute for this girl).

Check out their blogs:

Who knew having lunch with 10 strangers would be so fun…and normal?

photo cred: @pavementrunner

photo cred: @pavementrunner

When I came home, I copied my friend Andres‘ instagram post and got my gear ready for the next day.

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I stuck with what I knew and wore my favorite Lululemon Athletica top and skirt. I brought one gu (lemon lime) and decided to carry my phone for photo purposes. I had planned to run in my brand new Oakley sunglasses (thank you, #FitBlogLA), but it ended up being SO overcast I held them for much of the race.

I left my apartment at about 6:15 to make the 15 minute walk to the start — and my running group’s designated meet-up location.  I met a nice runner named Keith as I walked to the start — one of my favorite things about running is meeting new people and chatting about the race.  We planned to take a group photo at LA Live, so met up in front of Staples Center’s Magic Johnson statute. We talked about the race and hung out for a bit before making our way to the start.

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Chad, me, Cynthia, and Andres.

One of my favorite things about living downtown is running with my #DTLARunning group.  These people are awesome — fast, supportive, and fun. It’s so great having a community in an amazingly cool part of LA that a lot of people overlook.

Chad and Cynthia are studs and were assigned to Corral #1.  I was in #2, but I ended up sneaking into Corral #1. Peer pressure will getcha.

It was overcast.  LA finally decides to NOT be gorgeous, I guess it’s allowed.

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The course consisted of two 6.5ish mile out and back segments.

The first started at LA Live, went down Figueroa to Exposition, we did a lap around the outside of the Coliseum (#FTFO?) and then back up Fig.  That stretch on Fig seemed to last FOREVER, and I forget that it’s slightly uphill.  Still, my running group does a similar run often, so it was nice being in familiar territory.

The second loop consisted of running north on Flower to 3rd, through the 3rd street tunnel to Central, right on Central to 6th, across the LA River on the 6th street bridge, and then back the exact same way. So not exactly the most scenic of routes, but familiar territory and cool temps.

My friends Whitney and Armita were hanging out at 7th and Flower. It was so great seeing them — and so nice of them to spectate!

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When I got closer I yelled: “WILL ONE OF YOU TAKE THESE SUNGLASSES??! It’s definitely not sunny!!!” Armita took them off my hands.

IMG_4982I trudged a long a little bit and just two blocks later my roommate and her boyfriend were there to cheer for me!  Jenn had made an awesome Kanye inspired sign, which made me giggle.

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Having a little crowd support at what was essentially the half-way point ended up being crucial. That stretch on Fig seemed to last forever so having some friends there to cheer was HUGE at this point.

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so. foggy.

Going through the 3rd street tunnel was pretty cool — they had lights flashing and a DJ in there — (same as at #RnRSD this year).  I liked running down 3rd, saw a cool mural on Central, and passed the Mexican restaurant named for my Crim Law professor.

The stretch up the 6th street bridge over the LA river was TOUGH, but I think partially it was because it was so cloudy you couldn’t see anything around you or gauge how much of the bridge you still had to climb.

Dani said she cheered for me over here but unfortunately I missed it! I also saw Emily, a friend and former high school cross country teammate out on the course, as well my friend Ignasi from my running group.

Once we turned around, I looked forward to the long downhill stretch on Flower. I passed Jenn and her boyfriend again and they snapped and cheered away.  My feet are a mess in this picture. IMG_4979

I crossed the finish line in 1:42:42.  Not a PR, not as fast as two weeks ago, but I felt good, had a lot of fun out there, and took it easy when I got tired. Also, my Garmin said I ran 13.53 miles. C’mon.

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After I crossed the finish line, I downed a water, some chocolate milk, a sample-sized Jamba Juice and then made my way over to the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden.  #TrueToForm.

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I caught up with other finishers on Twitter — Andres CRUSHED his previous 1:50:XX PR with a 1:46:33.

I met up with my roommate and we headed back to our apartment.  The fact I was walking distance to the start and finish was easily one of the best things about this race.

Half marathon #12 is in the books! See you in December for #13 at Santa to the Sea!