Winter Training

I am finally feeling like I am settling in to a routine here in San Diego. Definitely feels like home now. I have some great friends to run with, I know where to go for different types of terrain, how to get there (!!), and when the best time to leave the house is to avoid sitting in traffic. We are also in tune to the many breweries of the city, thanks to Matt and my brother, Lukas.

Running wise, I have spent the last 2 weeks at just above 100 miles and have been feeling great. I ran the Cardiff Kook 10k on Sunday and ran 34:56- 2 seconds off of my PR. But, it was a great test in a big week to see where I am as I move forward in training. My splits were: 5:28, 5:31, 5:37, 5:40, 5:56 (ouch…uphill mile), 5:40 (trying hard to rally and catch the girl in front of me) 5:25 pace for the last .2.

At the start line, ready to race!

At the start line, ready to race! Pic from Cardiff Kook Run

I ended up in 4th place, one spot out of any prize money but am very thankful to Jim O’Hara and the Kook Run gang for having me. Super people, super competition, super race!

This Spring I have a pretty race-heavy schedule. I love racing and want to put myself in different types of competitive situations. Although I won’t taper and peak for every race, each one will serve a purpose.

Next up: The California 10/20 10 miler on 2/15!

My Afternoon Run Training Partner


We just purchased a stunt-puppy leash for Gussie. She loves it. (It may not look that way in the pic, but she really does, ha!) Β It is amazing how much better hands-free running is with her. I was hesitant because I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference, but it does! I highly recommend it. She is coming around on her leash skills, which is a must when trying to run with your dog!


I thought I would also share a few recipes that I have made in the last 2 weeks. I will continue to share each week, I find it so helpful to have a recipe that someone has tried out already. Along side the recipes below, we always include greens, whether it be a salad, steamed veggies, etc. to round out the meal.

Honey Sriracha Chicken– with rice, When I make it again, I will double the sauce, so good!

Soba Noodles w/Ginger Scallion Sauce– made this to go with the meatballs below.

Red Bean/Beef Chili– great w/ cilantro and corn tortillas. Definitely a good iron boost! We used Bison instead of beef.

Ginger Garlic Meatballs


Training log 1/26-2/1

M- 10/am, 5pm + 20 min Yoga

T- 10/am, 5pm + 50 min Yoga

W- 10/am w/ 4 x mile in 5:20 w/ 3:00 jog, 5/pm, 30 min strength and drills

R- 15 miles of hills

F- 9/am w/ last 4 miles tempo- 5:52, 5:54, 5:50, 5:49 SO TIRED!, 5/pm

S- Core, 10/am, 2 shakeout with Gussie pm.

S- Race- 17 miles total

103 miles for the week.


Have a great weekend, Happy Running!







  1. Hey Ariana! I became a fan of your’s after the Holiday Half in San Diego! I was about a minute behind you at the end and was blown away by how well you ran that race, especially as a woman! Anyways, I am currently in the indoor track and field season and specialize in the 800 and the mile. I’ve been really trying to work on my diet lately but am struggling to actually structure it well. I geuss what I wanna know is what are some of the best meals to consider, especially for breakfast, pre-workout, the night before a race, and on the day of a race? Also, do you currently believe in or use any supplements to aid you in training and race days? Any feedback would be appeciated…thank you so much for setting such a great example and encouraging others to strive for their goals!

    • Hi Christian! Thanks for reading and commenting! I will do a blog post this week about nutrition I use. It is so tricky finding out exactly what works and doesn’t work since it is so different for everyone. Best of luck training for the 800 and mile! Are you running the Encinitas Mile?

  2. I have a hands free leash too! I love it, but it’s not as fancy as the Stunt Puppy. We might have to upgrade soon! Thanks for blogging, your training inspires me!

  3. That’s an awesome 10k! I am so happy to hear you have settled in in your new home πŸ™‚ Great update, good luck with the next race, keep us posted! p.s. I am jealous (again) of the winter tan!

    • Thanks Marron! Hope you are doing well! Will you be at Shamrock Shuffle again? We are bringing a team so hope to see you there!

  4. Good to see you back and adjusting well to your new home!

    That’s a tremendous training week, no wonder you were tired – and then to pull of a good race, speaks well for your training and fitness. Thanks for sharing recipes. Would love to know more details of your training, strength routine and what yoga you find helpful. I love to learn from people who are so much faster and stronger than me since I’m still trying to get better in every way I can.

    Looking forward to your next race. Best wishes and good luck!

    • Thanks M! I will definitely share the strength and yoga routines I do next post. great idea! Hope your training is going well!

  5. Gussie is so big now! I remember when you first got her πŸ™‚ Good to know the stunt puppy makes a difference. I wondered the same thing. Congrats on the 10k. If that darn hill wouldn’t have been there…. Good luck on your Valentines Day race <3

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks Heather!! Hope you are having a great start to the month!

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