September Rewind

One of my favorite months has come and gone, but before recapping the marathon, it’s time to look back at the past month.

Miles run: 89

Races run: 2 (River Run Half Marathon, SF Aloha Run 5k)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 9/16 – 10×800 repeats

Books read: Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?

Place traveled: San Francisco & Napa, California

This month’s mileage was lower than the previous months, but mostly because of taper. I definitely missed the challenge of hitting another 100 mile month, but by the end of the month, my legs felt fantastic. Hitting almost 90 miles was a stretch in the past, so it feels good that I was able to get it even while cutting back on mileage.

I ended up racing twice this month, one a half marathon, and the other a 5k. The River Run Half has always been a favorite of mine and I was excited to have a chance at it again. I ended up with a 2:01, and it was hard to believe, but it was my 20th half marathon! My other race was a 5k in San Francisco, and even though it wasn’t my best, it was great to race along the Golden Gate Bridge and change up the scenery of my normal races.

Despite spending half of the month in taper, I had a fantastic track workout, which turned into one of my favorite workouts. My final hard workout was my last set of 800 repeats, all 10 of them. I hit the splits exactly where I wanted them, and even finished the last one in 3:34, something I definitely didn’t expect.

September also brought a vacation, where I knocked out Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? during the flights, which was absolutely hilarious. We spent time in San Francisco and Napa, enjoying the sites, nature, wineries and more importantly, getting engaged! It was a wonderful trip, and I definitely recommend visiting them both.

So September ended up being a pretty great month, and it will be pretty hard to top. October brings the marathon, cooler weather, and picking out what races I’ll be running next!

How was your September? What big plans do you have for October?

Vacation Part 2: Napa

There was no doubt that while visiting San Francisco we’d spend time in Napa. We decided on two days, and wanted to visit as many wineries as we could. Napa held up to and surpassed my expectations, and I almost can’t believe we spent a few days in such a beautiful place.


We drove up to Napa where we spent the day on a wine tour. Rather than worry about who would drive, we joined Platypus Tours, who picked us up, drove us around, fed us lunch and dropped us back off after the tour was done. They took us to four small wineries and each was unique in it’s own way.

Welcome to wine country!

Welcome to wine country!

So much wine, so little time

So much wine, so little time

Leave me here all day

Leave me here all day

Last winery made for a memorable one!

Last winery made for a memorable one!

Wineries we visited:

Judd’s Hill Winery– Our first stop on the tour with some beautiful views. We tried mostly reds, which I wasn’t a big fan of, but the whites were pretty good.

Rutherford Grove– This place reminded me of a cottage nestled in the woods. The views were pretty and the picnic our drive prepared for us was spot on. The wines were mostly red, so I didn’t enjoy the wine too much at this one.

Hagafen Cellars– This was my favorite winery because they had a large selection of whites. The winery had a unique feel but was also very cozy.

Razi Vineyard– The last stop for the day was very chic, but private. It was again mostly reds, but I surprisingly enjoyed a Chardonnay, a wine I typically don’t like. This winery will always hold a special place in our heart because it’s where we got engaged!

Where we ate:

Ristorante La Strada– A celebratory dinner with some delicious pasta and local wine. The service went above expectations when our taxi driver never showed up, so our waiter ended up driving us back to our hotel. Risky, but we survived.


Monday was our second day in Napa, but since we were up so early, we started with the Jelly Belly factory before visiting some more wineries.

Quick tour and time to stock up!

Quick tour and time to stock up!

The view at Artesa....I could live here

The view at Artesa….I could live here

Mountains and wine..these are a few of my favorite things

Mountains and wine..these are a few of my favorite things

Jamieson Ranch, metal horse included

Jamieson Ranch, metal horse included

Wineries we visited:

Artesa Vineyards & Winery– Everything about this place was amazing. The views where breathtaking and the wine was our favorite of the entire trip. We could have easily spent all day there.

Etude Wines– This winery was decent, but it was probably our least favorite of the day. It didn’t have a warm, welcoming feeling, but I was able to find some pretty good Pinot Gris.

Jamieson Ranch– This winery was beautiful and had some amazing views. We both enjoyed many of their wines and learned about the new trend of wine on tap. (Note to self, add one when we remodel the kitchen).

Where we ate:

The Market at Caneros Inn– We stopped here for a light lunch after visiting Artesa. Everything was healthy, and some of their food was even grown outside of the store, which was pretty neat.

After we finished our wine tours, we headed to the hotel, dropped of our rental car, and sadly got ready to leave. Without a doubt, I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. Next time we go back, we want to spend more time in Napa, two days just isn’t enough. I’ll be counting down the days until I’m back in wine country sipping on my wine….


Wineglass Marathon Training: Week Sixteen

The first week of taper is complete and half of it was spent on vacation. This wasn’t originally planned, but when everything aligned about a month ago, it seemed that taking a vacation would be the best way to kick off taper and reward myself for all the hard work I’ve done.

I’m done lifting for the training cycle, so my first workout started Tuesday. I had my final set of 800 repeats. I got a little carried away on my first one, but I was able to settle into a comfortable pace and was feeling pretty strong. By the time we got to the second half of the workout, the sun was setting pretty quickly, and we ended up running the last 3 in the pitch black. I’ve definitely learned to love the 800 repeats and this workout was no exception!


Track essentials

Wednesday I took off to do last minute things, but Thursday I did a morning run before we left on vacation. I headed to the trail and zoned out. It felt great to fully relax and enjoy the start of the day.


Friday I had hoped to run in the morning after we landed in California, but unfortunately, we were tight on time, and I didn’t feel comfortable going out by myself in the dark. Saturday however, I was finally able to get some miles in. I found a 5k a few weeks ago, and registered for it before we left. So Saturday morning, we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge and I ran a 5k. I’ll have my recap up later this week.

Not my typical morning run view

Not my typical morning run view

After the run we had a chance to head up to Muir Woods and hiked 7.5 miles. The weather was absolutely perfect and the views were breathtaking. It was definitely a hard workout at times, and there was a ton of vertical, but it felt great and I was able to spend a decent amount of time on the trails.



And I finished out the week with a run outside of our hotel on Sunday morning. I surprisingly felt pretty after the previous day’s hike. The hotel we stayed at had a 6 mile loop around the harbor, which was perfect for a safe trail and some beautiful views.

Harbor views

Harbor views

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 7 Miles, 1 mile w/u, 10×800(3:59, 4:07, 4:04, 4:00, 4:05, 4:06, 4:02, 3:57, 3:55, 3:34), 1 mile c/d

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 2.4 Miles

Friday: Off

Saturday: Aloha Run 5k + 7.5 Miles of hiking

Sunday: 3 Miles

Total Miles: 15.4 Miles Running, 7.5 Miles Hiking

So there we have it, week 1 of taper is complete. I definitely had a chance to relax and let my legs recover from the hard training cycle. I didn’t get in as many miles as I had hoped, but traveling makes it hard to get everything done. The views were amazing, and I’m glad I got to spend time in new locations. My only complaint was the sun didn’t come up until late, so with a busy schedule, I was limited on outdoor running when it was light. But still, running and hiking around San Francisco was definitely a great way to begin taper!