Enjoying the View

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
William Shakespeare

photo-8This was where I went to run yesterday morning.  I drove about 20 minutes south from my house for a solo run at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon, CA. 

The bike path is flat and runs along the Tiburon Penninsula offering spectacular views of Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, the SF bay and San Francisco itself.

The path leads you into downtown Tiburon.  Turn back after you cross the 2.5 mile bronze placard in the middle of the main street and you’ve got a nice 5 miler under your belt.  You can continue along Shoreline Park (which offers a gorgeous view of the bay and Angel Island) and make your way up to the “turret” – this will get you another mile added on to your run. 

If you want to increase your distance and difficulty – you can turn right down the main street in Tiburon and run back towards Belvedere Island.  Going up and around the island looping back along the bay near San Rafael Ave turns this 5 mile out and back into a 7 miler.  With views and killer climbs to boot!

I have run this trail often – it was a staple of my earlier Team in Training days where we’d meet for our Tuesday night “buddy runs”.  Nowadays I make a trek down here only every now and then when I feel the need for some sea breeze and to escape my normal ‘hood runs. 

I realize, as I ran, that I don’t often appreciate or notice my surroundings.  Yesterday, however, I couldn’t escape the stunning beauty around me.  When I ran past the 2.5 mile marker I continued through Shoreline Park and took a moment to stop and enjoy the view.  At the end of the park I turned and made my way back.

Belvedere_around_San_Francisco_Yacht_ClubI marveled at the houses tucked high on Belvedere Island.  There is a main road that circles up the island and the houses are built along that road.  The houses are tucked up on the hillside with fantastic views.  The per capita income in this area is about $250K so it’s definitely a high-rent district.

As I returned back to my starting point I has come to the realization about 2 things. 

1) I need to place this route back in a normal rotation

2)  I’ve got to get out of cruise-control during my runs and look around more

Now go run!

Keli 🙂



Pity Party, Table for 1

Yuck.  I have been dealing with this skin thing, this condition I’ve been calling “mange” for about a month.

It started out as some bumps on my neck and chest that looked like a swarm of mosquitoes had descended on me in my sleep.  But the bumps didn’t itch, they were just bumps.

A few days later there were more – then they started to spread.  A few on my chest, a few on my upper back, one on my leg.  Again, not itchy.

Bedbugs, one person said.  Hives, said another.  Allergic reaction, thought my husband. I boiled my sheets and pillow cases, threw out my lotion and slathered on calamine to be sure.

They were going away (or so I thought).  The next week I put  on a very cute sundress for my daughter’s 8th grade graduation.  I turned to get a back view and was horrified.  My entire back was covered in bumps.  Some fleshy colored, some kind of scabby looking.  Oh.  My.  God.  I had mange.

The next day I made an appointment with my doctor.  I went in and she took one look at my back, arms and neck, assured me it wasn’t bug bites or bedbugs.  It was called pityriasis rosea, a common skin rash that leads to these horrible-looking bumps.  That was the good news.  The bad news was that there’s no cure or treatment and these suckers would be around for a while.  At least 4-6 weeks; and that’s a conservative estimate.  I’ve read (WebMD is both a blessing and a curse) that it can take up to 6 months for it to go away.  And apparently, it just goes away, vanishes.  Poof.

Because I’m a horribly vain person, I’m really bothered by my spots.  I feel the need to explain to, well everyone what’s going on.   It’s a bummer, to say the least.  Especially since it’s summer and I have a whole lotta sundresses just waiting to be worn.

So I got to bed hoping I’ll wake up one morning and be pleasantly surprised with clear skin.  Until then, I’ve got “mange”…

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Don’t Skimp On Summer Workouts

Summer schedules can put a crimp in your workout plans.

If you are staying home with your kids and running Camp Mom, odds are their schedule is a bit looser so you might not have to be up and ready as early as you had done the school year.

If you are a working mom (and please don’t email me about working in home versus out of home – I’m a mom who has done both so I get it) you may have more on your plate as you coordinate camps, play dates and the like with your kids.

Then throw in vacation plans, company visiting and other summer activities and whoops, there goes your summer and your workouts.

I know a lot of people who decide to take a pass on class or skip their regular workouts during the summer because of one or all of the above scenarios.  Please don’t do that.

The reality is, your body becomes accustomed to a certain level of activity and if you cut that activity and don’t change your eating or drinking habits to compensate for your lower activity levels, you’re looking for a shock come the fall.

To overcome this scheduling challenge, take a few minutes and plot out the days this next week you can get out for a run, a walk or a class.  Then the following week do the same thing. Aim for 75% of what you normally do so when you send the little dumplings back to school you’re not starting from scratch.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

A body at rest sits on the couch all day

I’m not a lazy person.  Normally.

Yesterday, however, I was lazy with a capital “L”.  I slept in until 9:30am and stayed in my jammies until about 4pm.  Even after my shower and a touch of makeup I was still lazy and spent more time on the couch than I did doing anything productive.

I justified my behavior because most days of the week I move.  I do.   Whether it’s running a certain distance, teaching my class, finishing a project at the office or tackling my to-do list; I’m working towards something.

Yesterday, however was spent trying to figure out the proper nap to tv watching ratio.

No Sunday 3 miler.  No cooking or cleaning.   And the best part?  I didn’t even care!  What bliss.  I must have really needed a day of doing nothing.

And now it’s Monday.  And today, it will be a different day!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

10 Things About Me

Many of you have been reading my blog for a while and know a little bit about me from that.  You know that I like to run, like to run hills, hate excuses and green tea.

For the rest of you who may be new to my ramblings, here’s 10 general, non-running-centric things about me.

1.  I didn’t start to run until I was 32.

2.  I’ve watched Grease 2 over 20 times.

3.  I’m claustrophobic.

4.  I read the obituaries almost every day.

5.  I can still do a full lap of butterfly.

6.  There’s a flat spot on the top of my head.  (I’m not sure if it’s from when I got hit on the top of my head with a foul ball, hit my head on the diving board or fell head first off the slide)

7.  I can fall asleep anywhere except an airplane.

8.  When I start a book, I read the last page first.

9.  Brad and I took tap dance classes when we were first married.

10. I can juggle.

There you go, you now know more about me than most people.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

A Race a Month Through 2013

After my recent half marathon I’ve decided that I’m going to plan at least one race a month between now and December 31, 2013.

Normally I do a race then drop the training down to a maintenance level then ramp up as needed.  By scheduling and paying for races it will keep my training at a higher level for a longer period of time.

Here’s what I have planned so far:

June 16, 2013
Wipro First Half Marathon – San Francisco, CA (done)

July 28, 2013
Flower Power Sprint Triathlon – Novato, CA

August 4, 2013 
The Giant Race (Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and kids’ races) – San Francisco, CA
http://www.race-sfgiants.com/  – I’m doing the 10K for a change of pace.

September 7, 2013
Zero Breast Cancer Dipsea Run/Hike (6 miles) – Mill Valley, CA

October 6, 2013 
Urban Cow Half Marathon – Sacramento, CA

November:  TBD

December:  TBD

If anyone has any suggestions for races in November and December please let me know!

So here’s my summer and fall schedule.  What’s yours?

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Keli’s Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever

I’ve been running in races of varying distances since 1999 which I’ve decided, makes me an expert on how to put on a good race.  Based on some entertaining musings during yesterday’s race, here’s how things would go in “Keli’s Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever”.

Hills (duh)

Lots of them.  Big hills, little hills and rolling hills.


Triple the number at the starting line – yes.  Triple.

Double the number at every stop for the first half of every race over 6 miles.  A standard potty stop at the first 1-2 miles of any race will take 7-10 minutes.  If you skip the first stop and hope for a shorter line at the next stop you will increase that wait time to 15 minutes.  And trust me when I tell you that  there are more potties at the beginning of the race than there are further along so if you wait, you do so at your own peril. If you Google it, I bet I’m right.

Ditch the Keys – Ditch the Coins

If you were running in “Keli’s Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever”  you would have to leave your 3 pound keychain and/or spare change in the car or I’d personally kick you off the course.  You need your house key or car key and maybe a buck or two (paper please) when you run.  I doubt you’ll need your office, post office box, parent’s house or neighbors house key on a marathon and I will bet you dollars to donuts you are not going to find a Coinstar along the route.  

Move to the Right

I love that there are people of every shape, size, running or walking ability involved in races.  Everyone should feel good about getting out there and challenging themselves.

To help nurture the good feelings between our speedy and slower brethren please observe the following rules as you run in my “Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever”.  Yes, it’s kind of like if you were driving a car.

  • The far left side is for passing.
  • The middle and left of middle is for running at a steady clip
  • The right side is for walkers or slower runners

The right side ( like on a freeway) is for people with a pulled muscle or who otherwise need to get out of the flow of traffic.  Stopping suddenly or slowing down should NOT be done in the left or middle of the road.

Remember the Rear

Far be it for me to enforce a dress code so we’ll list these under suggestions.  Shorts and skirts ride up.  If you always run in your Lululemon shorty short mcshorts that’s great but please note that if you are running with a fuel belt, it will cause your shorts to ride up.  In fact, even if you’re not wearing a fuel belt or water bottle around your waist those teensy shorts take a trip up North.  And no matter how toned and cute your tush is, no one wants to see your butt cheeks waggling at us. Totally awk.

Picture Perfect

In my “Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever” it goes without saying that it will be in a lovely location with spectacular views.  I will designate “photo opp” spots along the course for your enjoyment so you don’t stop dead in the race to get a picture.  That’s simply annoying to others.


I text and use my phone often and have probably annoyed many people.  But I don’t text while running a marathon (luv u Barb) nor do I answer my cell phone.  I guess if  you want to quibble I could tell you that fine, text away, but please move over to the right.

Be Loud and Proud

My “Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever”  will be loud and proud.  Running a marathon is a very solitary and sometimes boring endeavor and trust me when I tell you that we need to be entertained.  Often.  I’m saying yes to music of any kind, cheerleaders, dance parties, 5 year olds giving “high-fives” and telling you how awesome you are.  We’ll have the course lined with people who’s sole job is to clap.  There will be clowns getting in and out of tiny cars, magicians and lots of cowbells.  But not those soccer horn things – those suck.


Ok yes.  But only because even with the above entertainment, some people are sticklers for their own music.  Whatevs.  But I promise that there will be designated “chatters” thrown in the course.  These people will respond when you talk or comment on something crazy going on.  They’ll reply back about the weather and of course they will laugh at your stupid, marathon-mush-brain, inane jokes.


I am a firm believer that if you are giving away a shirt as part of your “entry fee” than that shirt should a) be cute and b) be of normal people size.  Of course this will be rectified in my race.  I know some races are contemplating getting rid of the medals but I’m all for a large circle of bling – it’s hard earned.

Well there you have it.  “Keli’s Super Awesome Best Marathon Ever” is going to change the face of marathons.  I’ll just sit here waiting for the dozens of requests I’m sure will be coming from race organizers across the country.

I’m here and ready to help!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂