The city by the bay ~ San Francisco!

Girls trip to have fun in the city and run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon perfect fit for my blog. Food, Drink and Fitness!


Here we are boarding a jet plane to the West coast!



We were luck to have our own personal travel agent with us. Tina she had us make a reservation on the Super Shuttle when we arrived in SFO to save time and money. I highly recommend this for traveling when arriving to a large city that you have never been to before. When we arrived at our hotel we were all tired and ready for sleep.

Good Friday Morning San Fran! This is the view from our hotel. Beautiful!


The concierge helped our personal travel director giving her directions to the Nike Expo and a popular breakfast restaurant.  We walked to Lefty O’Doul’s and Irish pub. It offered a variety of things. I would say it’s an average place to eat breakfast. Very convenient  for us because it was right across the street from packet pick up.



Packet pick up was very well-organized you checked in via computer and verified all your information. The person at the registration gave you your bib and a wrist band with your corral number. Then you move to the next line where you pick up your swag bag. Now on to the expo. Once inside the tent there is a huge marquis with names of girls checking in giving some motivation. We venture around the corner and it’s picture time!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!


Other things offered at the expo were Nike shoe strings, Verizon had a sign up for guessing your mile time from mile 9-10. Whole foods gave away a protein taster and chocolate macaroons. The NUN booth had tasters of their different drinks that were going to be offered on the race course. There were other booths but we didn’t’ feel the need to wait in the huge line.

Off to the Nike store we go. On the windows of the store all of the participates names are listed.  Now it’s time to decide what to purchase for souvenirs.  Many many items to choose from. Lucky we arrived on Friday because there were still smaller sizes available. I was going to buy a pair of the Nike socks made just for this race but when I tried them on they were HUGE on my small feet. So I decided on buying a nice warm up pull over.



Whole foods offered a free shuttle to the store for a swag bag. So we hopped the shuttle and made a few food and drink purchases. Then it was time to find Nordstrom’s. The girls wanted to do some shoe shopping. This is the place to find shoes for sure.


Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

After shopping it was time for showers and get dolled up for the theater. Unfortunately in San Fran it’s almost impossible to find a taxi especially for a party of 5.  Lucky for us Roger a limo driver was on break and took us to the sushi restaurant for a donation.




Our walk to the Orpheum Theater from the restaurant was cold and much father then the 5 blocks that we were told. Pretty scary too! We saw the Wizard of Oz a very good production. The theater was beautiful. It was freezing cold when we left the theater and once again we were challenged to find a cab. We split up in 2 different cabs for the ride home.




We are all early birds thank goodness because a night owl would not have liked sharing a room with us. Up early and out the door down to the Pier. The farmers market was amazing. Tons and tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats a chef’s dream come true.

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We found a cute little place to have breakfast. The porridge made out of Farro was delicious and a must have. I need to learn how to make this. AMAZING! I also found the best donut EVER a sweet bread filled with Nutella YUMMO!


Now it was time to work off some of the food we have been eating. We rented bikes for the day and headed from Pier 1 to Sausalito  over the Golden Gate bridge approximately 10 miles.  Not including the detour we took to visit Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.





We made it!

We made it!

Time for lunch!

Time for lunch!

What a fantastic day! Stopping in Sausalito for lunch and a bit of shopping then found the ferry for a ride back Pier 1.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Final Countdown!

Week 9

Day 1

Runner 1

Wow that run was a piece of cake compared to my 9 miles last week.

5 x .62 (400 M RI)

Total = 4.64 Miles

Pace = 12.20 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Day 2

Runner 2

What a killer class this morning. My favorite instructor and she played my favorite CD. One of the girls in class was like I am going to knock you out. LOL! I said you will thank me later! Boo Ya! 487 calories burned.

Day 3

I did Body Flow then 3 miles on the AMT Elliptical. I have something going on with my right hip flexor so I wanted to baby it. Deciding when to get an adjustment next week before the race.

Day 4

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Today I ran.

5.00 Miles

Time =57:45

Pace = 11:33 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Found the groove today finally! Must have been the big ole lasagna dinner I had last night. LOL!

Day 5 & Day 6


Insanity OMG! I am so freaking sore from that class. It’s a total love hate relationship. I was planning to rest yesterday and “The Chef” said he wanted to take a hike. So we climbed Mount Garfield. It is a very strenuous hike. For me it was the breathing and for him it was the strength in his legs just having surgery 4 ½ months ago.


These trails are steep and challenging, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended due to the rocky terrain and unstable footing. Despite the strenuous climb, however, hikers attest to the spectacular views at the top, making the trek well worth the effort.


Week 10 Race Week

Day 1

Runner 3

Does a Half Count?

Nice little run this am. Easy peasy compared to my last 2 workouts even with screaming quads. Going to the chiropractor for my hip flexor this afternoon.

6 x .25 (400M RI)

Total = 3.25 Miles

Time = 43.17

Pace = 13:19 (includes warm up and cool down)

So I’ve been thinking of how to finish off the year. I really want to build up some muscle and get some definition. So that’s my plan starting on 10/28.

This am the chef found a race called the “Mt. Garfield Grumble” basically it’s a race similar to the hike we did on Sunday and I said let’s do it and his response to me was “you are sick” lol!

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Day 2

Chiropractor popped my hip back in. It’s very tender and I totally babied it this morning in kickboxing. He also recommended I wear some compression socks on the plane so my legs don’t get fatigued. I found some of “The Chef’s” teds from surgery that I will put on under my boots.

Day 3

Body flow

Hey Hey! Bodyflow felt so good this am. Legs all stretched out.

Day 4

To be determined probably a 2 mile tempo run.

Day 5

Golden gate

Bike riding over the Golden Gate Bridge

Day 6




Just a runnin!

I am sure all of you who follow my blog are ready for something other than my 1/2 Marathon training. Soon I promise!


Week 6

Day 1

Interval run today

5 min warm up

1.0 mile

.25 RI

2.25 mile

.25 RI

1.0 mile

Cool down

Total 5.15 miles

60 min

Pace = 11:37

Day 2

Kickboxing in the books! I am pretty sure I did not eat enough yesterday or got enough sleep last night as I was dragging butt this am.

Day 3

“Good Morning! A lot of you ask what to do when you hit a plateau, and what I have to wonder is this:

Have you truly been doing EVERYTHING that you can be doing? Are you working out with GREAT form? Are you sleeping enough? Are you eating food that is good for you?

Nobody is perfect, but when you aren’t getting the results you want there is something that is not spot on. I would start with those 3 things…have better form and really focus, SLEEP MORE, and eat less crap!” ….Shaun T

Hey hey! I thought this was a good way to start the day and a very good reminder for all. Body Flow done and I love meditation at the end of class.

Day 4

I did 8 miles on the EFX Elliptical this am. (Legs only)It took longer than I thought mainly because not using my arms to assist with the distance.

Day 5

I hiked Serpent’s trail with a friend today.  It was 4.86 miles total with the incline of 5042 ft to 5853 feet a gain of 1384.5 ft. I tell ya I was out of breath most of the way up. We hiked at a very quick pace of 13:48.

Week 7 (St. Mary’s Ball Week)

2013 St. Mary's Ball

2013 St. Mary’s Ball

Day 1

Interval training this am.

9 x.25

.25 RI

Total = 4.72 Miles

Pace = 12.42

Day 2

Boo Ya! Incredible kickboxing class this am. 482 calories and was soaking wet when done sweat flying off me. LOL! I am so stoked my gym is brining Insanity classes! They are offering one on Saturday boo hooo I can’t go because I will be finalizing the decorations for the ball. But so excited to try it out!


Day 3

New body flow track this morning! It hurt so good. My hamstrings and hips are so stinking tight from running. The ab track was very challenging

Day 4

10 LONG miles


11:31 Pace (includes warm up) I struggled a lot this morning. My hamstrings are tight and I just couldn’t get into the groove. Glad it’s over. I know that come race day I will feel really good!

Week 8

Day 1

Cinnamon rolls

This made me laugh today! I love love love cinnamon rolls my parents when they were still married would take us out for HUGE cinnamon rolls on Sundays after church when I was a kid. YUM!

Kickboxing in the books! Running behind on my running this week but I am not too worried I did 10 miles last Friday going to make this Friday a long run then have the Walk 4 Life on Saturday.

Day 2

Body flow done! Man my muscles are tight!

Yoga wine

Day 3

Rough run this am. I did get my groove about mile #5 then my dad stopped to talk to me and kinda threw me off and then a text came in that one of the girls in the office wasn’t coming in so I needed to be done earlier then I planned so I could get to work and I really needed to go to the restroom. Grrr!

Miles = 9.07

Time = 1:48:29

Pace = 11:57 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Day 4

Walk 4 Life

Did laps around the mall for the Walk 4 Life today.

Miles = 3.13

Time = 41:03

Pace = 13.07

I have to tell you that walking the mall is BORING as heck!


2 Weeks until race day!