Bay Vista 5k


I completed my 2nd 5k this past weekend! The inaugural Bay Vista 5/10k in San Mateo was a huge success, with top name sponsors, a huge turnout, and super great organization, overall I was super impressed.

Not only was I impressed with the event, I am impressed with myself as well. My last 5k I completed in 30:31, and this time around I wanted to come in under 30 minutes. I ended up shaving off 3 minutes from my finishing time, coming in at 27:28! I sustained a 9 minute mile pace for most of the race, even with a gargantuan hill in the last half mile. I attribute my faster time to not having 12 creek crossings to slow me down, and perhaps the donut I ate the night before helped fuel me too (but I doubt it)!

Official times were posted online today. I came in 43 overall, and 6 in my age group (20-29) for women.

I think one of my favorite parts of this race was the goody bag!! Lululemon was a sponsor, and they provided the bag, which I have wanted, but could never afford to shop there to just get the bag. There were samples of several kinds of granola, rocktape, a Larabar and other goodies as well as a book of coupons and info on sponsors. The requisite race t-shirt I received was equally snazzy, and is made of dry-fit material and fitted to the body. This is unusual for race shirts, as they are normally unisex brands with a funny picture or sponsor’s names on it, and made of cotton.  I feel like I made our like a bandit! I probably wouldn’t do the Henry Coe 5k again, but this I would!

My friend Fraggle was my support staff for this race, as Billy was working and NO ONE else volunteered off my Facebook posting that begged for a friend. I thought it was funny that I got no other responses, even people saying “sorry gotta work/I’m busy” etc. I hold no grudges, it was just interesting to see.

Here are the few pictures we took at the race, it’s pretty hard for anyone to capture the action of a run, but Fraggle did alright, he at least caught me coming through the finish line 🙂

Heading to my place in the 9-11 minute pace group pre-race. I’m a happy camper.

Finish line. Why are there never any good action shots of me running? Just once I’d love a photo of me all stretched out, graceful and lithe. Sigh.

On my cool down post-race, again with the waving.  Oh well, it was over, I was happy!

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Official 5k results are in


Wow, I just got the Henry Coe 5k results posted by e-mail, and I am so impressed with myself!

I was the 35th of 113 people, 12th woman, and 3rd in my age group to cross the finish line, and my official time was 30:35! That has me very happy, and I look forward to working toward even better results in my next race which is to be determined.

Guess all of that training, healthy eating and goal setting paid off 😉

5k race pictures!


Wow, what an experience!! The Henry Coe Park 5 and 10k race was awesome! It was a ridiculous day overall, with the race and then the filming, but the pictures are more fun than detailing all of this hehe

The bald guy in the green shirt is my roommate Donald, one of Billy’s oldest friends from childhood. He is the perfect roommate, and I will have to write a whole blog just on him soon!

Billy and I created an “Adrian” gang sign to throw up while we were waiting on the race start. Should my Jersey Shore name be “A-Wow”?

Donald didn’t manage to capture the race start, because it was so crowded and the race start was narrow. So the race itself….wasn’t so bad! I had my iPod playing my training music, but I ended up skipping over the Lady GaGa that had been so prevalent in my training. I opted instead to listen to New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, Skillet, The Almost and Fire Flight. I have found that good music makes all the difference when I run, and it was true for the race as well!

One thing I hadn’t trained for or expected were the water crossings! The race was straight in and back, with a turn around at the first water station for 5k, which took us over 6 creeks that ALL had water in them each way. Normally, this time of year all of the creeks would be dry, but the late rains kept the creeks wet. 3 of the creeks had a little over a foot of water in them or knee-deep on me, whereas the other 3 were about ankle-deep. Running with water-logged shoes was the equivalent of adding about 4 pounds of extra weight to my feet, which made for a tough run, especially up the hills that dotted the course. I kept up my pace, even with the added water, and was able to weave through the other racers and charge up hills. It took me about a half mile to actually start looking around, and seeing the beauty of Hunting Hollow, with the sun yellowed grasses, the oak trees and absolutely gorgeous blue June sky! The dry dirt path was extra stirred up by all of the runners, so I tried to move out of the packs and pass runners whenever I could. It was incredibly difficult to swallow with the dry throat the dirt created, and at the water station I had a crazy hard time drinking water, and ended up spitting most of it out. Accidentally.

All through my training I was ending the last 1/8th of a mile in a sprint, but the end of the race where I would be sprinting (also where we began the race) was one of the wider creeks, so I had to hop through that and use the last 100 feet to sprint with soggy shoes…not a very good combination! I ended up running the 5k in 30 minutes and some seconds that I can’t remember now, so I made my goal of under 31 minutes! Tiffany’s husband Tom quoted a FaceBook update of mine from January 21, 2010 where I said I was run/walking 3 miles in 40 minutes, and set a goal to get down to 30 minutes, and I got that too, it was awesome to see where I have come from in the last 6 months.

You  see that LAKE behind me? I had to run through it, TWICE!

Giving my bib number to the time guy, I was still trying to catch my breath but I was thrilled to be done! Check out how wet the legs of my shorts got from trudging through the creeks!

Oh please, no more pictures! I was so sweaty, tired, and so over pictures of me in the previously mentioned state.

5k and a TV pilot- in the same day!


It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!! The Henry Coe Park 5k  that I have been training for the last 3-4 months is tomorrow morning! In the last 4 months I have: sweat gallons, had more aches and pains than I knew what to do with, lost 7 pounds (woo hooo!!), ate cleaner than I have in years, listened to Lady Gaga more than I thought I ever would, accomplished so much, and made myself proud.

My goal: to finish the race in 31 minutes. This is on par with my training, knowing I run a consistent 10 minute mile, and the course is 3.1 miles. If I can do it quicker, great!

Now, I had originally planned on going to a yummy crepe breakfast at a restaurant in Gilroy after the race, but a few days ago, one of my salon co-workers called and offered me a really cool opportunity. His karate master instructor John Ozuna of KO Karate has a book coming out soon, and is hoping to launch a TV program called “Save Your Life” to correspond with the content of the book- using martial arts training to overcome obstacles in your life. Some of the stories he writes about are a Holocaust survivor using martial arts to battle the emotional demons and scars from what he went through, a child with autism who is able to “come alive” and interact with his family and friends through martial arts, and also how the master himself used his training to deflect a violent situation that erupted on the street in New York.

We will be filming the last scene as part of the pilot tomorrow, after my 5k. Truth time? Yes, I think so. I am freaking SCARED to do this project! I have worked on a film previously, but I did hair, and occasionally touched up powder and lipstick when the makeup artist was off set. This is my first project where I will be key makeup and hair. I have this slogan that I have stuck with for the last 4 years: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. I have to embrace this idea tomorrow when for the first time I am completely accountable for how the actors look.  No pressure or anything.

I think if I am asking for any good wishes and luck, that it be for the filming, rather than the running. The running I have down, but the filming….yeah.

One last thing: good makeup is SUPER expensive!! Building my makeup kit has been quite the ordeal. I never imagined the cost makeup artists had to stomach when building their kits, because as a hair stylist, I buy bobby pins and products occasionally, and can use the same irons, products etc for every person. Not the case with makeup. Every person has a different skin tone, needing different makeup colors, and I have to provide them! Whew. You would not believe the amount of money I have spent the last 2 weeks, and I won’t share, because most went on credit, and that’s way scary!

Wish me luck!