My 50-Week Running Plan for 2015 and some promo codes

Posted by Lauren

In one of my first posts of the new year I said I would share my running plan for this year (because I’ve actually put a good deal of thought into it) but alas, no post yet.


Time to fix that!

Last year was the year of Rock n Roll. My mom and step dad kindly gifted me the Rock n Roll tour pass, which gives you unlimited access to the RnR races in the US. We did Washington D.C., San Francisco, San Diego, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas… am I missing one? It was so awesome to travel with my parents, see family, see the sights, dine in fabulous restaurants, and -well- the running was alright.


It’s no secret that since I started working at my current job, my running quantity AND quality have decreased. Sometimes it bugs me, but most of the time I’m just happy that I have a job that keeps me busy, challenged, and fulfilled. I’ve been actively going to Bar Method classes for 14 months now and although it’s $$$$, the money factor is what gets me out the door and into the studio 3-5 days/week. I’m still happy with my BM involvement and I do feel stronger (especially my “seat” lol).


But…. (there’s always a but)

I really want to be in better running shape mindset. I say “mindset” because I want to look forward to running and relish the opportunity to either get outside and clear my head or stay indoors (treadmill) and catch up on my favorite shows. Sure, it would be nice to get faster along the way, but that’s not my priority right now.


The better running mindset won’t happen overnight. I know that I’ve got to be more consistent, goal-oriented, and work hard for it. That’s my long winded, stream of consciousness way of introducing this (loose) plan. It’s mapped out through the end of the year and obv it’s only mid-February but I think I can stick to it.

  • Hal’s 12-week Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan
    • Start: Week of January 5th
    • End: Week of March 30th
    • Total: 13 weeks (one week to botch)
    • Race: April 4th – Marin 1/2 (link)
  • Week of April 6th: Ragnar Relay: SoCal on April 10-11 (link)
  • Week of April 13th: REST!!
  • Week of April 20th: Rock n Roll Nashville 1/2 (link) SO, SO, SO EXCITED FOR THIS TRIP!
  • Hal’s 8-week Intermediate 10k Training Plan
    • Start: Week of April 27
    • End: Week of June 15
    • Total: 8 weeks
    • Race: June 21 – Marina Bay 1/2 (link)
  • Week of June 22nd: REST!!
  • Week of June 29th: REST!!
  • Hal’s 8-week Hard 10k Training Plan
    • Start: Week of July 6th
    • End: Week of Aug 31st
    • Total: 9 weeks (one week to botch)
    • Race: TBD (Richmond 1/2 and Alum Rock Trail Hog 1/2 on my radar)
  • Week of September 7th: REST!!
  • Week of September 14th: REST!!
  • Hal’s 12-week Hard Half Marathon Training Plan
    • Start: Week of September 21st
    • Mid-Cycle Race: October 25th – Paso Robles 1/2 (link)
    • End: Week of December 7th
    • Total: 12 Weeks
    • Race: December 12th – Walnut Creek 1/2 (link)
  • Week of December 14th: REST!!
  • Week of December 21st: Figure out next year’s plan……

So far, I’m registered for Marin, Ragnar SoCal, Nashville, and Marina Bay. Registration hasn’t opened up for Walnut Creek yet and I’m looking for a coupon code for Paso’s race.

Speaking of codes!

Have you heard of the Cal Half Series? One year I did like 10 races in their series and quickly fell in love with the smaller scale, more local races. If all goes according to plan, I’ll complete 4 of the CHS races this year (aka the minimum for a challenge medal). I’m on their mailing list and they just sent out a bunch of coupon codes today. Take advantage of them if you’re interested!


  • 15% OFF – – Code: CAL15
  • 15% OFF – – code: CAL
  • 15% OFF – – Code: CAL
  • 15% OFF – – Code: CAL
  • 10$ OFF – – Code: CALSERIES – Valid through April 6 2015
  • 10% OFF – – Code: CAL2015
  • 5$ OFF – – CAL5OFF
  • 20% OFF ALL elite sports CA series events – – Code: CALHALF1520 – After Early Bird Pricing
  • 10% OFF – – Code: CAL – Valid through June 15 2015
  • 25% OFF – – Code: WCHM25POFF – Valid through Feb 28 2015

Are you signed up for any races in 2015? What’s your favorite race everrrr?


Getting nerdy, quidditch pong, and skipping a week

Posted by Lauren

Alrighty. So, after dressing up as a superhero on Thursday for work, it was time to dress up as a nerd on Saturday for funsies.

Our friend Kevin (aka Combo) turned 30 last week and his super creative, smart girlfriend Savannah (< her instagram is awesome) threw him a “Nerdy Thirty” party and asked everyone to “come dressed in your nerdiest gear for a night to remember.”


On our way to the party, Kit, Adrienne, Sallie, Kyle, and I stopped for dinner and drinks in Menlo Park. It was SF Beer Week and the restaurant had a special Ommegang (NY brewery) flight available. Kit and Adrienne both chose flights, whereas I opted for a whole glass of the Hennepin Farmhouse Saison. Pretty tasty!


Savannah (and Kevin) had amazingly nerdy decorations all over their apartment!!!

Like, the bathroom transformed into the Chamber of Secrets. How about that toilet?!


And Savannah as Dobby the House Elf…. carrying shots in test tubes of course.  nerdy-thirty-04

NERDY sidebar: I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but our high school dance team did a Novelty Harry Potter-themed dance in 2005. And we ended up on the internet…. Someone at the party asked if I have any HP costume materials, I said “Yes” (duh). I asked “guess which character?” and they said “Ron” and I was like, yepppp. So then I googled the Hogwarts Dance Team (to show him the dance and my Ron-ness) and for the first time I saw that we were on VH1’s website like 10 years ago. (OMG, 10 years ago!!)


Speaking of Harry Potter, Savannah made snitches out of cake balls and white chocolate!


She also had (Hunger Games) Peeta chips & hummus…


Everyone nerded up (check out the Quidditch pong)



I wore a tech conference shirt, a skirt with comfy sneakers, and my conference badge. I also had a swag bag from a previous tech conference. Sad part is, I dress like this all the time.


So, I was supposed to be finishing Week 5 of my training plan, but I slacked a lot and decided to do Week 5 the following week (spoiler alert: I slacked a lot, again). For the most part, I did something kinda active every day?

Day: {{Week NOT 5 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: 3 mile TM run + 5 mile stationary bike, after work watching The Bachelor
Tuesday: 6:15 am bar method
Wednesday: 1 hour walk at treadmill desk
Thursday: standing all day at tech conference
Friday: 7 am bar method
Saturday: 7:30 am bar method, 4 mile TM run
Sunday: 4:30 pm bar method, no long run

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I’ll be back soon to get fully caught up on blog/life, including how I spent Valentines Day!


My blue superhero jumpsuit, wacky coworkers, and The Melt.

Posted by Lauren

Doesn’t Super Bowl Sunday seem like decades ago? Remember left shark? And Missy Elliott? And the crazy 2 minute ending??

Where I last left off, our family had enjoyed a crab feed and I was about to do my “long run” before the BIG GAME.


I mapped a 7 mile loop around Stanford and Palo Alto. It took me exactly 1 hour including two red light stops (and that photo op). I enjoyed every minute of the run and even explored some new streets with gorgeous homes. I need to run around outside more, especially near Stanford.

Post run I think I showered (?) put on a Sharks shirt & 49ers leggings (team spirit!) and drove with Kyle up to SF to watch the Super Bowl at our friend Rob’s apartment. Over 20 people gathered, snacked, watched, ooh & ahh-ed… mostly at Katy Perry and the commercials. LOL


The ending was crazyyyyy. What a great game! So much better than last year’s Seahawks blow out.

Then, it was back to work. And time for jumping jacks. Clearly.


One thing I love about the job: The People… we are a wacky, wacky bunch.

Exhibit A: Joe’s charging cord monocle.


Exhibit B: Razor scooter tricks.


On Tuesday night (this was lasssst week peeps), I went to my mom’s house since I was already in the South Bay following a meeting. Shirley made dinner and while we ate we shared our rose & thorn for the day (such a good table topic). Then, Nicole and I drove to the grocery store to get ice cream. Pretty rad night.


On Wednesday we had lunch catered and a big cloud CRM company *cough* gifted us Kara’s Cupcakes. Talk about a sweet treat!


We also had Arts & Crafts hour while prepping for an event happening the following day.


Wednesday night, we all went offsite for a happy hour at St. James Gate. Who knew this random place near auto repair shops would be so big? They have live music multiple nights a week, a huge outdoor patio, and space for ping pong, billiards, and karaoke. Definitely a good spot!



And if enough stuff hadn’t already happened on Wednesday….. Kyle and I walked to his favorite Mexican spot, La Morenita, for a late bite to eat. Their (rotisserie?) chicken tostadas are super good!


Thursday morning (after like 2 hours of sleep, blerg) I drove up to SF for a SaaS Exec event. Our company had a pretty big presence (insert ginormous booth) and our CEO spoke on a panel.


They had great food too…. My absolute favorite jalapeno chips ever (TIM’s!!!) + salmon + they brought out whole candy bars during the afternoon.


And I had an opportunity to reprise my role as Sally the Customer Success superhero.


Gotta fight churn, ya know?

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Although it was a great event, it was SERIOUSLY lacking female representation. As a sponsor of the event, we had ~7 women present. I only saw maybe 15 other women the whole time. (Side note: my coworker Sam shared this NYT article about the lopsided perception of men & women who offer to help in the workplace. Great read!)


Last Friday was fairly basic, minus dinner at The Melt in Stanford Shopping Center.


For some reason, they sent us a “Buy $20, Take $10 Off” coupon so Kyle and I trekked over during the rainstorm and shared a cookies & cream shake + cheese fries. We both ordered chicken sandwiches (mine with mushrooms & mustard, his with buffalo sauce). Once we got home, we watched two episodes of Silicon Valley and hit the hay.


The following day (Saturday) was super fun and deserves to be the highlight of it’s own post so I’ll save that for next time.


If you could describe your coworkers in one word, what would it be?

Warriors, stars, and a whole lotta crabs

Posted by Lauren

Hellooooo… I took those orange vanilla + chocolate coconut cupcakes over to my mom’s house Sunday afternoon and then my mom, David, Nicole, and I drove to Kirigan Cellars in Gilroy to deliver and say “Happy Birthday!” to Sarah’s mom, Sylvia. Everyone was wearing festive head gear and enjoying the 6 pours per tasting.


We stayed for about an hour, and had a chance to catch up with everyone before we hit the road for Oakland!


For Christmas, our parents gifted us tickets to the Warriors v. Celtics game. We had no idea that we would be Row 2!!!! You wouldn’t know it because Nicole stopped (paused?) blogging back in the day but she is a big Warriors fan. She roped David into rooting almost exclusively for Golden State and he was definitely excited to be this close to the action.




The Warriors won with 114 points to the Celtics’ 111 points. We missed Klay’s kickass game by two days (darn!) but still saw a great game with a pretty nice dunk by Steph Curry. After the game we walked down to the floor and took a family selfie. :)


Fast forward to Thursday… Nicole stayed over and we went out to dinner at Pizza My Heart. I worked in a different location when I was in high school so you could say that a piece of my heart belongs to Pizza My Heart. <3 Plus, their D’Lex is my fave.


Friday I went to the 5:30 bar method class (in an effort to break my 2-week streak of closin’ up the office :( on Fridays). It worked! I was home and on the couch at 6:30 and it felt so, so good to just chill. On Saturday I went back to BM (basically my second home) and added another star to my name. There’s a gold star challenge going on and I’m now at 12 stars. :)


After BM I usually go to Starbucks but 1) it was crazy crowded and 2) Krizia texted me saying she was in downtown Palo Alto grabbing brunch at Coupa Cafe. I asked her if I could crash and she obliged! I swear I took a photo of our cappuccino, espresso, crepe, and quiche… but it’s nowhere on my phone! (So you get this gif :) We had a much needed girl talk sesh and strategized for Ragnar So Cal …yup, it’s relay time again!

I made sure to get in my tempo run of the week (details below) before showering and heading out to a crab feed with my family. Last time (2013) I ate waaaayyyy too much so this year I tried to keep things under control. It’s a charity event that David loves to support, and we were game to get our hands dirty (literally). Nicole and her bf were also there! I told him to tell her to blog again, fwiw.



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They are so cute together :)

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, I’m making sure to get my long run (7 miler) in before the festivities. Details on that next post!

Day: {{Week 4 Hal’s 1/2 plan}} >> {{actual}}
Monday: strength >> bar method
Tuesday: short run >> 3.5 miles (slow! 9:11 pace) + bar method
Wednesday: 35-min tempo run >> went for a walk? moved tempo to Saturday
Thursday: strength + run >> bar method (no run)
Friday: rest >> bar method
Saturday: 3 mile run >> BM + Thursday’s tempo:
….10 min @ 8:53 avg pace, 20 min @ 7:59 avg pace, 10 min @ 8:37 avg pace
Sunday: long run >> bar method + 7 mile run (scheduled)


What are you doing for Super Bowl Sunday???? Any miles pre-game?