Second Chances

When it came to education, I was born into a good situation: I had excellent role models and funding. This is a photo of my family, a bit daunting to live up to (my parents are on the far right). Anyway, I have been wanting to pay it forward, and since I don’t have my own kids, I decided this year to put a little to the side and create a nonprofit for the singular purpose of granting scholarships to five high school students from Title 1 schools. The scholarship name is the Second Chances Scholarship — because you know I love a redemption story — and is specifically geared to young people who have experienced hardship and then demonstrated resilience in changing course. I have read essays from kids who have come back from the consequences of their own poor choices, being bullied, trying to commit suicide, and major health scares. I am humbled. I don’t know how we’re going to decide the awardees, but luckily I have a board of awesome people to help me out with that. I am excited to do this and grateful to be in a position to do so.

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10 Things: Paris 2019

Since this was my — I think — ninth time in Paris, we don’t do the usual touristy stuff at this point. Basically we just walk around and hang out, soaking up the Paris culture, so this list doesn’t include visiting the Louvre, seeing Notre Dame, or going up the Eiffel Tower. Do all that on your first trip. But here’s some stuff that I loved on this particular trip as someone who has been there a few times.

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Montemarte. This spot was in a Mission Impossible movie.

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Training Week: November 18 to November 24

Week 3 post-Santa Clarita Half Marathon, and Week 3 of No Plan. It went from 0 miles and 0 workouts (Week 1) to some 3-milers (Week 2) and then 25 miles last week (Week 3). I got worried about losing running fitness and endurance since I’ll be traveling for 11 days later this week. Here’s how my week back to full-time training went.

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Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Santa Clarita was my last race of the year, so with the natural reverse taper and the end of the year at hand, it seems a good time to set out the game plan for 2020. Here’s the very fluid plan for the closing weeks of 2019, my tentative race schedule for 2020, and my goals for next year.

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Training Week: November 11 to November 17

7 and 8.

How many complete rest days I took — not even yoga! — and how many running days I took off. Trainer prescribed, and I didn’t argue too much ‘cuz I needed the mental and physical break. But listen, by Sunday night I had had it! I bargained with Trainer to be able to do short runs. He relented (awww). Here’s how the week went.

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The Good Things are Worth Waiting For

I had put off a few things until after my last race of the season, the Santa Clarita Half. Things like eating anything not “fuel” and getting my hair done, which was three appointments (cut, color, keratin treatment). But it was my last appointment on a Sunday afternoon that I had anticipated the most. Continue reading “The Good Things are Worth Waiting For”