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[race recap] Hollywood Half’s 10k

8 Apr

This has been a crazy week for me – arriving back home from Vienna, dealing with moving, and then, you know, actually moving. Although I was literally run ragged last week, I’d remembered I’d signed up to run a 10k on Saturday, April 6 in Hollywood.

Whitney signed up to do it too (along with a couple of her co-workers), so I hit up the expo at Universal City Walk’s Hilton on Friday evening, and then spent the night with Whitney in Santa Monica so we could trek to the race together pretty easily.

I have a couple of thoughts about the expo – first, it bothers me that a relatively local race doesn’t have race-day registration or bib-pick up. Getting anywhere in LA during rush hour is just a bad call. Also, since participants are essentially forced to go to the expo, it seems like highway robbery to charge me $10 for the privilege of parking my car for 8 minutes. Despite that, the expo was fine, relatively painless. They get points for allowing friends to pick up their friends’ bibs, provided they have a copy of their photo ID.

Whitney and I prepped for the race the night before – we pinned our bibs, planned our 4:30 am wake-up, and managed our playlists. I decided to go for mostly Rihanna and Justin Timberlake.

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Oh, and they get points for cool bibs.

We headed to the start at Hollywood and Highland (after picking up one of Whitney’s co-workers, Jennie) and got there with plenty of time. We also were lucky to find street parking for free (or, well when you park at 5:30 am no meters are running).

Just to put you in the frame of mind I was in heading into this race: my Garmin was packed in some bag somewhere, I borrowed my Dad’s earbuds, and I ran with my phone because I had no clue where my iPod was. I decided to run without any timing and just try and run comfortably. I viewed this as a training run more than anything else.


Whitney and Me before the race.

Whitney and Me before the race.

The start was a little bit disorganized – we seemed to be have been assigned our corrals completely arbitrarily. It ended up being fine, but in hindsight if I had been in a faster corral and could have run with people closer to my speed (instead of nearly 6.2 miles in no-man’s land), it could have been a different story.

Not having a watch was awesome. I just ran what felt like a steady pace – I guessed I was in the 8:30-8:40 range, maybe a little bit faster. The course was an out and back, heading East the entire time on Hollywood Blvd. We turned around after about 4 miles and then retraced our steps, and finished a mile East of the start, at Hollywood and Vine.

The “Hollywood” nature of the race was sort of cool – people were dressed up and there were a few bands playing along the course. I mostly felt bad, though, that these poor hipster kids had to be before the crack of dawn to play music to people literally running away from them with headphones in, listening to other music. Nice idea, though.



The race itself seemed to be a lot of people’s first race – there were a LOT of runners but it wasn’t insanely competitive (more on that later). Also, the fact that all of the events (5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon) started at the same time was annoying toward the finish. The 5k turnaround meant that I came barreling down on a bunch of (slower) runner’s. It was particularly frustrating in the last 200 m or so. All in all, though, the course was flat, pretty fast, and fun.

I crossed the line (no clue what my official time was) but I felt good. I didn’t take a picture of my medal, but it’s pretty cool – star-shaped (in keeping with the theme) and coated in silver glitter. I waited a little for Whitney and cheered her on – this was her first race since high school track! Her legs were a little sore but I know she’ll be half-marathon ready in a month.

Later that day, I checked the results when they were posted. My official time was 47:34. (7:40/mile pace) Not a PR, but still a good day.

It also happened that I won my age group (25-29), out of 211 runners. I was the 4th woman (out of 998) overall – and I missed 3rd by ONE SECOND. If only I’d been able to start in a faster corral or something. Overall, I was 38th out of 1,469. I’ll take it.

After a very trying week, this restored the pep in my step. Funny, too, because 10ks aren’t my favorite race distance.

What’s your favorite race distance and why? 




2012 remixed.

31 Dec

If you haven’t been able to tell by reading this blog, I love traditions. One thing I have done on this blog for awhile now is to recap my year via songs. [Check out 2010 and 2011 here!] I love music and I think it’s a great way to reminisce on the past year – plus I like re-reading these posts to remember everything that happened in that year! Before you check out my 2012 song selections, you should listen to DJ Earworm’s 2012 mash-up. Here’s mine:

January – Calvin Harris Feel So Close

I picked this song because it reminds me of the best winter break ever – where I checked out a ton of new restaurants, went on a bunch of LA hikes, went out, and explored LA. In January I also started second semester and reunited with some of my favorite AXOs,  celebrated my birthday with a dinner + drinks, and ran a half-marathon with one of my best law school friends, Blake, at the Rose Bowl, and battled running injuries off and on.

loving LA.

loving LA.

i'm not that old but i'm not that young.

i’m not that old but i’m not that young.

February  – Big Sean f/ Nicki Minaj – Dance

In February, I met my first real blog friend in person (Katherine of Left Coast Contessa). I also became re-obsessed with spin (indoor cycling) after almost a YEAR away and spent more time in the gym. Other than that, February was a pretty low-key month. I was briefly obsessed with this song due to the part when Nicki Minaj says “Islands of Waikikiiiiiiiiii.” I annoyed everyone repeating that for a few weeks.

view from my gym's parking lot.

view from my gym’s parking lot.

March – Flo Rida f/ Sia – Wild Ones

In March, I took a torts midterm, headed to Palm Springs with Whitney, Matt, and Jenn, and was able to fight off a knee injury to run three miles with my Dad during his marathon. During March I also went to my first Kings game, headed home to celebrate my brother’s 21st birthday, and studied a good amount.


palm springs bound.

palm springs bound.

April – Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (FatRat remix)

April was a pretty intense school month – I had a lot of assignments due and geared up for finals. I had a beach day with my law school bests, went to a couple of comedy shows, had an oral argument, and lived vicariously through my parents’ trip to Vegas. I also did the She Runs LA 10k, tried Pure Barre, and did  The Color Run with my friend Riley. At the end of the month I went to a  Bruce Springsteen concert!

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

blake, armita, me, and taylor all pretending we like each other. (aviva was our photographer.)

post she runs la 10k.

post she runs la 10k.

post color run.

post color run.

baby we were born to run.

baby we were born to run.

May – The Naked & Famous – Young Blood (Tiësto & Hardwell Remix)

Like any month where finals occur, the majority of it is spent studying. I spent the first 2+ weeks studying for and taking my finals, punctuated by small study breaks with my law school budz – like the time we celebrated Cinco Day Drinko instead of studying for Torts. In May I officially FINISHED 1L buttttt then immediately spent a week on the write-on competition to join a law review or a journal.  I finally kick-started summer with kayaking with my mom, a hike with Taylor, and some solid vedge-time. I also discovered my love for SoulCycle in May.

Cinco Day Drinko

Cinco Day Drinko

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

law school bests celebrating the end of the year.

kayaking in Ventura.

kayaking in Ventura.

it was love.

it was love.

June – Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe Mash-ups (Call Me Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia + Call Me Maybe v. 99 Problems)

June was officially summer. I kicked it off with a short trip to SD  with Jenn where I PR’d in the half-marathon (1:38:55), began my externship at the criminal courts building, did a little paddle boarding  (I still have a bruise on my hip),went to Dodger games, hiked, and spent a weekend in SF where Whitney, Kathleen, and I created the “cerveza cycle.”





my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.

my buddy/co-extern aaron and me.



...and drinking.

…and drinking.

July – Kirko Bangz “Drink in my Cup”

July started off with a bang with a Fourth of July 10k in the Palisades, followed up with a little rage-fest with my section budz. I also discovered electronic musician Sahy Uhns, celebrated my blog’s third birthday, and saw The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl.



sahy uhns.

sahy uhns.


August – Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz “Mercy” 

In August, I saw The Hood Internet perform live, was inspired by various Olympic endeavors + caught up with friends from home, wrapped up my externship, went through On Campus Interviewing at Loyola, and traveled to Orange County with my mom for a few days where we saw Pageant of the Masters, paddle-boarded, and soaked up the sun. I also missed a one-night stint in Vegas due to a sudden onslaught of an illness, serving as a reminder that sometimes I need to listen to my body. I also celebrated Aviva’s birthday on the Sunset Strip and went back to school as a 2L.

The Hood Internet!

The Hood Internet!

paddle-boarding in Newport.

paddle-boarding in Newport.

September – Psy “Gangam Style”

In September, I ran my high school’s annual pancake breakfast race, hit up the SC/Cal game, and went to Monterey for my friend Angela’s wedding. I also started going to Trivia night at Barney’s Beanery in WeHO. When I wasn’t gallivanting around, I was busy with my course-load (Con Law, Law of Sales, Torts II, and Ethical Lawyering) as well as my extra-curricular activities of the Entertainment Law Review and the Wilhelm C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration team. #phew

OPXC alumni.

OPXC alumni.

in real life, we're friends.

in real life, we’re friends.

angela + adrian.

angela + adrian.

October – Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” 

In October, I continued the trivia night tradition, played tourist in Hollywood, spent a weekend in San Francisco for the Nike Women’s 13.1, celebrated my friend Blake’s birthday in Manhattan Beach, and saw Adrian Lux perform live at the Exchange in DTLA. All in all, a fantastic month.



blake's b-day.

blake’s b-day.

we don't waste no precious time.

we don’t waste no precious time.

November – Zedd “Clarity” oh…and Morgan Page f/ Greg Laswell – Addicted 

I hit up another SC game (this time v. Oregon), saw Book of Mormon, and visited my parents at the newsroom of the Los Angeles Times on election night! I also ran two 5ks – the ‘Stache Dash in Costa Mesa with my roommate and her boyfriend, and the Conejo Valley Turkey Day Trot at Cal Lutheran University with my running buddy Hannes on Thanksgiving morning. I also enjoyed a long weekend at home for Thanksgiving that was punctuated by our annual “Blackout Wednesday” tradition.

jenn and me post-race.

jenn and me post-race.



happy Blackout Wednesday!

happy Blackout Wednesday!

December – I couldn’t pick just one: f/ Britney Spears “Scream & Shout” AND Bingo Players + Flo Rida “I Cry

I spent the overwhelming majority of December studying and taking finals. I finished on December 14th and then celebrated in Manhattan Beach. Celebrations continued with Loyola Bar Review, the Santa Monica Pub Crawl, and my friend’s Hawaiian Christmas party. My family and I spent Christmas Day in Las Vegas (#VegasChristmas) and the very last week of December has been soul(cycle)-filled.

christmas in the library.

christmas in the library.

loyola bar review.

loyola bar review.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.



I hope everyone has an exciting and fun NYE celebration and an even better jump-start to 2013! I’ll be posting my goals and resolutions for the new year tomorrow.

What was YOUR favorite song from 2012?

weekend wars.

20 Nov

This weekend was sort of weird. It was the first time ALL SEMESTER I didn’t spend any time in the library Friday-Sunday. While that is tragic in and of itself, it’s probably worse that I chose to do that as finals approach. Whoops.

On Friday, I spent more than a few hours scouring my favorite music blogs. Dancing Astronaut has been a favorite of mine for years. It’s sort of my go-to place for new remixes, emerging artists, etc. Occasionally you can score a free download or two.

I’d also heard really positive things about Hype Machine, but never made the commitment to check it out. It is incredible. It is an aggregate of music blogs updated constantly. You can sort based on genre, log in and save your favorites, and share music with friends. This was one of my favorite finds of the weekend. The iPhone app is also $3.99 well spent!

Here are my Hype Machine Favorites!

I took a break during the day from outlining for Ethical Lawyering and headed to The Grove (ended up being a huge failure shopping wise). I hate things that are overly commercial, but the Christmas charm at The Grove is sort of irresistible. And how can you not be obsessed with LA weather?

After hanging out all day doing nothing other than listening to music and some low-key school work, I went out in Hollywood for my best friend Whitney’s boyfriend’s birthday. His choice? The most touristy and ridiculous bar in LA – Saddle Ranch – but I wasn’t going to let his poor taste in watering holes stop me from celebrating. At least they had Lagunitas IPA on tap.

I really like this duo of pictures from the night. The top one was taken by a very drunk individual. The second was not. Oh, what a difference.

Whitney and Tyler at the second stop of the night, Cabo Cantina:

My friend and former roommate in Madrid, Alia, was in town visting from SF, it was SO great to see her on Friday!

On Saturday, I enjoyed brunch with my high school guy friends/neighbors, and watched UCLA destroy U$C. I tried to go running, but of couse I decided to leave at the very moment a downpour hit LA. Cool. I did more lounging, read some Con Law, and kicked it with Armita. We may or may not have had pancakes for dinner.

I also got this awesome text from my mom (she and my Dad were taking a much-needed vacation after the election in Hawaii):

Sunday morning featured a 5k with my roommate!

The rest of the day involved more Con Law reading, dinner with Alia and her friend Franny as well as my high school posse at Barney’s Beanery. Of course when we were walking back we saw Jonna of Real World Cancun. So legit.

Now that the week has started I am less of a wreck and am actually being productive. After Con Law tomorrow, I will be driving back to my hometown for our annual Blackout Wednesday (#BOW) festivities, and Thanksgiving with my family – minus my brother who will be staying with relatives in Northern California, since coming home from Santa Cruz is “too much of a hassle.”

Hope everyone is having a delightful week!

off track.

9 Nov

Hi blog world. I have gotten off track with two things that are important hobbies of mine: running and blogging…but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy doing a zillion things – both fun and academic. I figure, if I get caught up on my blogging, maybe my work out mo jo will come back too.

In terms of school, we are rolling right along approaching finals territory. Yesterday, my friend Aviva and I had a graded interviewing and counseling session with a fake client for our Ethical Lawyering class. It was a weird experience – conducting a client interview with an actor – but probably helpful in the long run. I’ve also been working diligently on a note about a case, Fraley v. Facebook, as part of being a member of Loyola’s Entertainment Law Review. I’ve been able to incorporate references to Antoine Dodson and Kim Kardashian in my article, though, so that has been pretty entertaining in it’s own right. My other classes (Constitutional Law, Law of Sales, and Torts II) have been fine – some days are more interesting than others, that’s for sure.

One cool thing about law school is the wide array of guest speakers that come through. In the last two weeks, I have been able to attend three really impressive lectures. The first one was a presentation called “Hamlet for Attorneys” given by Loyola alum Judge Gregory Alarcón. Alarcón is obsessed with Shakespeare and realized that Hamlet in particular has a lot of lessons that can be applied to being a successful trial lawyer. I really enjoyed the presentation and decided to try and read Hamlet again. A few days later I was able to hear Frank Gehry, the architect who designed Loyola (and also my favorite architect of all time). He was charming and funny, and just from hearing him speak for 45 minutes definitely revealed his status as an innovator. Finally, last night I got to hear one of the DAs on the OJ Simpson case, William Hodgman, discuss the process of jury selection, and to some extent, what went wrong for the prosecution in that case. I remember being really young when all the OJ stuff was happening, but this definitely made we want to go back and read more about it.

When I haven’t been nerding out, I have been gallivanting around LA a fair amount. Last Friday, I was able to see Book of Mormon at the Pantages. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I have been incessantly singing my two fav songs since (Hasa Diga Eebowai and I Am Africa). Offensive? Sure. BUT AWESOME.

my new love.

On Saturday, I took my buddy Kayvan up on an invite to go to the USC v. Oregon game. Tailgating was a lot of fun – and games at the Coliseum are always a good time…even if I wasn’t too concerned about the outcome of the game. #calfootball.

Last weekeend also included a lot of Mexican food – two trips to Border Grill and one to Lotería Grill…whoa nelly). I loved the cute interior at Lotería.

As everyone is well aware, we re-elected Obama on Tuesday! It was exciting, but not nearly as exciting as last year. I stopped by the LA Times Tuesday night to say hi to my Dad, and to see how things were going in the newsroom…and then my mom and I hopped across the street for dinner at Pitfire.

Also worth mentioning: I have been taking advantage of sales on various online shopping vendors lately. I recently fell in love with Madewell, thanks to my friend Armita. These gems arrived yesterday. And this is coming from J. Crew. Yay, sales! (I miss rebajas in Spain so much).

In terms of my workouts, I have been sort of in a plateau lately. After the NWM 13.1, I had about a week of pretty bad hip and IT band pain, but it has since dissipated. I have been running and hitting the gym, just with less gusto than usual. It is also the time in the semester where I am having to spend more time in the library, so that has shifted my priorities as well. I have a couple of fun 5ks coming up, so I am hoping that these kick me into gear.

Happy Friday, everyone!

How do you beat the workout blahs? 

What’s  your favorite musical?

hollywood forever.

11 Oct

Oh hey blog world. It’s been awhile. I have a bunch of fun stuff to report from the longest weekend ever.

But first – last night in my Torts II class we were talking about defamation and the internet, and my professor (who is BEYOND eccentric) asked if anyone had a blog. When I replied in the affirmative, he then asked what the title was, why I named it that, what I write about, what the URL is, and if people can leave anonymous comments. I explained all of that as the 25ish kids in my class were all (I’m sure) checking out my blog. One kid even left a comment. Not awkward in the slightest…

This week was SUPER short. I had no class either Monday or Tuesday due to 1L Midterms – so we had “flex days” and my professors decided to cancel class. So essentially…I had a 5 day weekend. Not complaining.

Let’s take it all the way back to a week ago Tuesday – a group of my friends and I headed to Barney’s Beanery for their Trivia night. I ended up blowing it for our team, but we still had a lot of fun, drank a good amount of beer, and even won free nachos.


raffle winnings.

The rest of the week featured a good amount of school work – and a new love: the new DeadMau5 album. SO good.

new deadmau5.

On Thursday night, my friend Chris and I explored Hollywood a little bit. Our first stop was Dillon’s Irish Pub for $3 pints (Hellooooo Racer 5 IPA).

Next up was Angels and Kings – which just so happens to be owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. Not exactly either of our scene, but the place was cool. How do you not love antlers ending in guns? Or old school emo music blaring? Or at least Lagunitas IPA? There we go…Also, this bar apparently has a Barcelona location. Sign. Me. Up.

Then we wandered around for a bit…sort of looking for food but failing.

Don’t worry, my feet are officially bigger than every actress’ at Grauman’s. Donald will have to do.

Before finally getting food, we were stopped by people from a YouTube channel called “Cartoon Hangover” who were filming randos on the street about their worst hangover ever. We signed some shantily created contract and they filmed us. Best part? Some girl screaming “You can’t turn a whore into a housewife” (presumably at me) as cameras were rolling. Awesome.

Friday I did a bunch of work and some yoga and went to bed early. Oh, but first I went to coffee with Jenn’s boyfriend, Daniel. Scandalous, I know.

Saturday morning featured a catch-up/gab-fest with my blog friend turned real life friend, Katherine, who blogs over at Left Coast Contessa. She just took the bar in July so it was awesome to hear about that as well as about her post law school  life. We met up to take a SoulCycle class at their new Brentwood location. I’ve blogged about my obsession with SoulCycle before  and this time was no different. Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross was in our class! Afterward we relaxed over brunch at the Coral Tree Cafe across the street. Such a fun morning!

Later that night I joined Jenn and a whole gaggle of her high school friends at Montrose’s delightful little Oktoberfest. First, though, we had brats and beers at her friend Kyle’s house – who dressed up in full lederhosen regalia for the event. I found a beer I like that isn’t an IPA. WIN!

Sunday…hmm. I ran 9 crappy miles in the morning. Felt beat and tired and just blah the whole time, which is GREAT considering I am running the NWM 13.1 on Sunday. Beautiful.

Later, I went to school (awesome) and met up with Taylor to head over to a team dinner for a moot court we’re both on. It turned out that our Professor/advisor gave all of the team members the wrong date for the event, so after 30 minutes of standing around and wondering where everyone was, we all left. Free dinner fail. I was in a weird mood and NEEDED to get out of my apartment. Luckily, the night was salvaged by a last-minute invite to go see The Grove to see Taken 2, where I ran into my old friend from 4th grade, Jaya. I hadn’t seen Taken, but was down to leave the house and surprisingly really liked it! Suspenseful and actiony, but easier to follow than most movies in that genre.

Monday I vowed to stay the heck away from campus, so I studied for a bit at a cafe Armita loves, called Stir Crazy on Melrose. This guy in front of me was doing some sort of podcasting mixing/DJ’ing. So cool.


This Tuesday featured more trivia – this time with Armita, Aviva, Chris, Jenn, and Michael Driscoll (YESSS). Jenn caved and made pancakes when we got back. My strawberry chopping skills were quickly deemed insufficient. Fail.

midnight pancakes.

Two days of school this week…still were two too many. Ethical Lawyering will be the death of me.

This weekend my mom and I are driving up to SF for the weekend! 13.1, friends, and extended family!

Have a great weekend everyone!