Holiday Fun Run 10k in Long Beach

Hello! Last night Ben and I headed to Disneyland to meet my mom, dad and little brother for dinner. (We have annual passes.)

Unfortunately, we were rained out so we had to scramble and make a Plan B. We passed by a shopping center with a bunch of restaurants and quickly decided to meet there. I shopped while we waited for them, but didn’t find a Christmas party dress.taking a picture in the store?

1.5 hour wait at Cheesecake Factory. NO thank you.

So we ended up at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Me and the birthday boy!birthday bubba gump shrimp

This place is super fun, but it’s not exactly known for the food. We started with apps.

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I got a very unexciting salad, but it was good. Corn makes a salad sometimes. IMG_9864 (800x600)

They made Matt dance during his birthday song. Super cute Smilebirthday bubba gump shrimp

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I came home and enjoyed some chocolate courtesy of Skinny Runner. Yes, we refer to each other by our blog initials. Come to think of it, I bet she doesn’t even know my first name…IMG_9879 (800x600)

This morning I woke up bright and early to run with the Sole Runners in Long Beach. Some of the group was doing a Holiday 10k and I decided to crash the party and run extra with Steve after. 20121215_102629 (600x800)

He pushed me the last 3 miles of the 10k and I felt like I was barely hanging on. At least I have a 10k time now? (This was a small, non-timed race so this time is unofficial.)

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Steve is a great running coach and my running form is horrific, so I am asking him to help me. He coaches locally and online check out for more info.

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After the 10k Steve was giving me and another client a Chi Running lesson as we ran another 9 miles. But I just couldn’t find my groove. We were running with the metronome aiming for a 180 cadence and I think that threw my heart rate too high.

So, I bailed after 10 miles Sad smile I did have to find my way home, shower and shop for a dress for tonight’s party but still I feel like I failed.

I hope this doesn’t get me on the naughty list! Santa??runner and santa

P.S. – I am in love with my ProCompression holiday socks!!!

On the way home I stopped at Whole Foods and got suckered into buying gluten free brownie mix for 8 dollars. Now I really hate myself.

Question: Cookies or Brownies?


  1. says

    LOL, I LOVE that you and SR refer to each other by your blog names. Cute.

    I’ve never been to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. I really wanted to go in NYC but never got a chance. HAppy birthday to your little bro!

  2. says

    No fail. A good learning experience and great training. I am sure you had a negative split. You worked on the second half of that race. Plus, without saying anything, I was impressed how you kept the 180 cadence the last 3 miles of the race. I knew it would raise your Heart Rate.

    After the race you still got in another 4 miles and we sped up each of those miles. Remember, there is no failing when you train, the only fail is when you don’t train and go back to bed. A good first 10k but you have a faster 10k in you. And that was without any warm up. Enjoy your evening you earned it. :) – Coach Steve

  3. Lynda says

    Brownies!! although I have a recipe for cookie bars that are the bomb. Kind of like chocolate chip cookie-brownies. LOL

  4. says

    It depends on what kind of cookie so I would have to say brownies because you always know they will be good! I don’t know if I would ever pay 8 bucks for a mix though!

  5. says

    Coach Steve sounds awesome! He reads your blog too! :)

    Wow, I never heard about cadence running, besides my husband’s Army runs. I am going to very interesting. Going to have to see if I can get myself a metronome. I always feel that I can do the distance, but it’s my speed that gets me. I’m way slow :(

    Hope you had a wonderful time at the party!

  6. says

    I just went to a running store yesterday to get new shoes and I strayed from my beloved Mizunos…. and they got me into those black/blue Brooks you’re wearing! I’m a little nervous, I love my mizunos and I don’t know why I am trying something new.. but we’ll see what happens…

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