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Training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco

Nike Women's Half Marathon necklace 2004

In just 17 days, I’ll be running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I ran it one time before, way back in 2004. It was my first half marathon and I wasn’t prepared for the hills or the distance. Plus I was still nursing my baby and I hadn’t lost the baby weight. Nevertheless, I finished and I got the most amazing prize that awaits every finisher of ... Read More »

I Completed 1,000 with Nike+; Sadly, There Was No Parade

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I did it. I ran 1,000 miles and I know it because my phone said so. Actually, I’m sure I’ve run many more miles than what shows up on my Nike+ app (I started using the technology 2006). But there’s something about seeing it documented  that made me consider running on a swollen foot while battling record temperatures. I wanted to complete the 1,000 miles by Aug. 31 and make ... Read More »

Tinkerbell Half Marathon 2013; A Personal Best

Mile 9 sign at Tinkerbell Half Marathon

At first my friends and I complained that the Tinkerbell Half Marathon was starting at 5 a.m., 45 minutes earlier than last year. We were worried we would sleep through the start of the race or that it would be too cold that early in the morning. Thankfully, none of that happened. We made it to the start on time, along with about 14,000 other people, and the weather was ... Read More »

The 5 Best Things About Finishing The Hollywood Half Marathon

Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon April 7, 2012 Finisher Medal

Over the weekend, I, along with nearly 9,000 other people, participated in the Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon, and it was an amazing experience. I have been blogging about the Race as the weeks led up to the day on Saturday, April 7th, when we all headed to Universal City and ran down the hill into Hollywood – and then back up again. And I will tell you that no matter ... Read More »

Hollywood Half Marathon 2012: Driving The Route

Hollywood Half Marathon Route Map 2012

As I get closer and closer to the day of the Hollywood Half Marathon (April 7, 2012), I keep wanting to see where we’ll all be running – and walking – those 13.1 miles. I’ve scanned the route map, but I wanted to get a feel for it “up close”, so I today I drove it and made this video. I have to say, it starts out nice and sloping ... Read More »

Hollywood Half Marathon 2012: The Stress Test

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The date of the 2012 Hollywood Half Marathon looms ever closer and this Mom is starting to get a bit anxious. As you may know, I’m signed up to run the race and may be regretting it a bit right about now… My friend Yvonne convinced me to sign up and then conveniently was unable to run the race herself. But I soldiered on, attending a Natural running workshop, getting ... Read More »

Hollywood Half-Marathon: One Mom’s Journey, Part 1

Hollywood Half Marathon: One Mom's Journey MomsLA Sarah Auerswald

I am feeling old, fat, unattractive and poor. It may have something to do with the fact that it’s raining in LA, something that always makes me blue, or it could be the fact that I just walked out of an interview at a private hair salon where celebrities pay $625 for blowouts and the stylist was 25, tall, thin and blonde, or it possibly has something to do with ... Read More »

Life, running, and the pursuit of old age…

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“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey I am not a runner. I just signed up for The Hollywood ½ Marathon. I might be losing my mind or I might be getting smarter WHY Well… Reason # 1: My mother died at 67 way too soon – she was healthy and vibrant until her last year – ... Read More »

Running: It’s Not Just for Mom

Yvonne Condes at the 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon

Running is something I’ve done on and off for about 20 years now. It’s a solitary sport that gives me time to be alone to clear my head. Not only is it great exercise, but it’s something I love. I’ve felt a lot of guilt in the past few years about taking time away from my family to run. It’s time consuming to train for marathons and triathlons and much ... Read More »