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A Legendary Summer Weekend

I feel somewhat recovered from last weekend to muster up enough energy to write about it.

It started off last Friday with the Legends of Summer concert at Candlestick Park. It was predicted to be one the worst evening commutes in Bay Area history because of the concert and other sporting and musical events going on that evening. In an effort to avoid the congestion we got to the ‘Stick at 3:30 pm — for a 7:30 pm show. And the headliners – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z – didn’t even come on stage until 9 pm!

Legends of Summer Stage

I hadn’t listened to the new albums of either artist and I didn’t have high expectations for the show. But it turned out to be one of the best concerts I have ever been to. They both played a lot of their old hits that I loved, and seeing them perform them live made me appreciate their talents even more!

It was also my (likely) last time at Candlestick since the 49ers are building a new stadium. I can’t say I’ll miss it but I did have some good times here. After all, it is the birthplace of my love for the SF Giants! :)

Candlestick Park

I had a 9-mile run scheduled on Saturday which didn’t happen (I did manage to run 6-miles on Sunday though!). I spent much of Saturday recovering from the concert and getting ready for out-of-town guests. My cousins arrived on Saturday night from Washington.

During their four day visit we:

+ Went to a Giants game
+ Ran up the Moraga Street Stairs
+ Explored Fort Point at the Golden Gate Bridge
+ Visited Fishermans Wharf at Ghirardelli Square
+ And much more!

go_moraga

August will mark 15 years that I’ve been a Bay Area resident and this was my first visit to the Moraga Stairs and Fort Point. I’ve run by Fort Point a ton of times but I guess its always been early in the morning, before it opens because I had no idea there was a museum in the building!

On top of all of this I also started private swim lessons.

Needless to say it was a really long weekend+. While I had (as always) so much fun spending time with my family I was definitely ready to get back to my normal routine.

I’m looking forward to (hopefully) an uneventful August.

Priorities

Unlike the rest of the world I was sound asleep by 10:30 pm last night. Personally I find the whole countdown-at-midnight-thing overrated, and I had a race to run this morning!

I was registered to run Brazen Racing’s New Years Day 10K at Lake Chabot. Brazen puts on excellent trail races. I’ve run four but hadn’t run one in a while and was really looking forward to it.

Tangent: About a month ago I was feeling sick and tired of my usual running routes. I wanted to branch out and find new routes and trails to run at. Realistically I am lazy (and chicken) about exploring new areas on my own which is why I signed up for last month’s ZombieRunner 5-mile race. Races are a great way to explore new places – you’re not alone and you’re committed (i.e., paid money) to be there. For the same reasons I signed up this race so I could explore Lake Chabot and run some hills (the route was basically a mountain). /tangent

I slept till my alarm went off (can’t remember the last time that happened). I was groggy and not at all in the mood to run, let alone race, but once I got up and got moving, I was good to go.

I was out the door by 7:15 am. As I drove across the San Mateo Bridge to the East Bay I got a call from my cousin Matthew. He had spent the night at Oakland Airport on a layover (how’s that for a NYE?!). He was meeting Jonathan and Janelle, his brother and sister-in-law, for breakfast in 20-min and wanted to know if I could join them.

My first instinct was to say, “Sorry I have a race” but one of the things I want to work on in 2013 is to live a more balanced life. I have neglected one too many relationships because I had a long run or was too tired after one. I have friends who I hadn’t seen at all in 2012 because of running.

I have been thinking a lot about that and the communities that I had chosen to associate myself with (check out this fantastic post “redefining communities” for related reading) and realized that I need to make room in my life for other things and people.

So I told Matt that if he texted me the address to the restaurant they were meeting it, I would skip the race and meet them there. Coincidentally it wasn’t far from the race itself.

While I had just seen Jonathan and Janelle last April, I hadn’t seen Matt in four years. We were long overdue for a visit.

Breakfast with my cousins

Breakfast with my cousins

It was so much fun to catch up on lost time. To check-in on what they are up to and what their plans are. To laugh, recalling past memories.

There will always be another race to run but family comes first and is non-negotiable. Reconnecting with loved ones is priceless and something that should never be passed up.

I anticipated writing a race report today and never envisioned starting the year off with a DNS. But I’m so glad I did. I can’t think of a better way to have begun 2013. Happy New Year!

The Thanksgiving Weekend

I’m winding down the Thanksgiving weekend with a Fat Dog Day…

{Def of Fat Dog Day: a day where you have no obligations – no where to be and nothing to do where you can sit around the house in pj’s and watch movies, sports, read magazines, sleep and essentially do nothing.}

…and have been playing with Photoshop all morning.

I came up with this fun little graphic for my weekly workout recap.

Weekly Workout Recap

A summary of my weekly workouts.

It looks simple (and very amateur) but it seriously took me at least an hour to make this! There’s so much to learn!

All I have to say is that these running workouts are a lot tougher than long runs. They may be short in distance but they’re significantly more intense and leave me ten times sorer than double-digit runs!

As for the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, it went down like this:

Turkey Day
Spent with family and friends visiting from Hawai’i.

I contributed the following gluten-free items to the feast:

• Gravy: the first time I ever made gravy!
• Stuffing
• Dinner Rolls
• Pecan Pies
• Chocolate Pudding Pie (it came out perfect on the second attempt)

Thanksgiving Dinner Table

A partially set Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving Sides

I did accidentally eat something with gluten (the yams) and my stomach (almost immediately) painfully revolted. It was testament that I definitely need to stick with a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.

After dinner we watched football and my friend Mel taught us how to braid hair. That night I slept with my hair braided so I could have wavy hair in the morning.

Braid for Wavy Hair

Braid for Wavy Hair

Black Friday
It was my 20th year of spending Thanksgiving in San Francisco, which also meant it was my 20th Black Friday anniversary.

My aunt, cousin and I have made it an annual tradition.

Black Friday at Nordstrom

Black Friday at Nordstrom. {Note: No crowds!}

We don’t go to Best Buy, Target or all the other stores where the crazy shoppers are; rather we spend the day in downtown San Francisco where it doesn’t even get crowded until after lunch!

For us it’s not about the sales or discounts, but rather it’s about spending the day with each other strolling around the City. It’s probably the one day of the year that we get to do this together with no kids or schedule that we have to adhere to.

Opera Singer on Maiden Lane in San Francisco

Opera Singer on Maiden Lane in San Francisco

Part of our routine is having brunch at The Rotunda restaurant in Neiman Marcus – again, the only day of the year we go there.

Christmas Tree Under the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus

Christmas Tree Under the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus

Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf As A Vest

Wearing my Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf As A Vest

Now that I’m eating gluten-free I was sad that I couldn’t have the chicken consommé or popovers, but my lunch was still delightful!

Chicken Consumme at Neiman Marcus

Chicken Consumme at Neiman Marcus

That evening we met up with the rest of our gang for dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Fisherman's Wharf Sign at Christmas

Fisherman’s Wharf Sign at Christmas

…and dined on Grilled Lobster….

Grilled Lobster at Fisherman's Wharf

Grilled Lobster at Fisherman’s Wharf

Saturday

Saturday was my Black Friday Recovery Day.

I slept in, went to the Farmers Market, then spent some quality time at the track.

High School Track

High School Track

I had zero motivation to do this workout; I had to dig deep to find the energy to get it done.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone…I guess the holiday season is officially upon us!