Just 4 short months ago, I completed my first half-marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon with Team in Training. Crossing that finish line in 3:22:50 was one of the proudest moments of my life. What I’m even more proud of is that I’m still running and plan to keep doing so for years to come. That’s why I’ve chosen to make RnR San Diego a yearly tradition.

I stayed up until 12am PST, so 3 am my time, to be one of the first 500 runners registered so that I could save a measly $25. Every dollar counts people! I even booked my hotel room already. I am so excited to see the difference a year makes in my running. I can already run 3 miles without walking, which was definitely not an option in June, so I’m hoping by then that I can make it through the slightly hilly course without walking as well.

You know you’re a runner when you will yourself to stay awake into the middle of the night to register for a race 8 months away. SO excited!!


make yourself.

My first 2 weeks of training for the RnR USA Half Marathon have been nothing short of amazing. After an entire summer of not running at all, I’ve been able to come back stronger than I’ve ever been as a runner. Today I ran 3 miles without any walking for the first time…ever. in life. It may seem like a small victory to some, but to me it was a preview for what’s to come.

My biggest concern for this half is that I’ll finish it and stop running the way I did last time. I want to become a runner for life, not just someone who can complete one race. Running has changed me in so many ways and I never want to let go of that. So this week, I spent time creating my running goals. Some are easy, some are super ambitious, and some are just fun. The bottom line is, accomplishing these goals will make me a runner. maybe even an athlete. and the process itself will make me strong.

Present Goals

1. Finish the RnR USA Half Marathon {3.17.12} in 3 hours.

2. Finish the Hot Chocolate 15k {12.3.11} with little to no walking. (less than 5 minutes total)

3. Run (at least) 3 RnR races in 2012 and receive a Triple Crown medal. {definitely DC and San Diego, still debating/saving up for more.}

4. Train smart and hard through the winter. {treadmill runs, morning workouts, lots of cross-training and stretching.}

5. Run at least 100 miles by Jan. 1, 2012.

Future Goals:

1. Run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon (Fall ’12)  AND Full Marathon in San Francisco (Fall ’13?). {A race that gives out Tiffany’s necklaces instead of medals. Anyone who knows me knows this race was created for me!}

2. Run the NYC Marathon.

3. Qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. {I’m giving myself until 2015 to make this one happen. And by then I’ll be in a new age division and will get 5 more minutes on my BQ time!}

4. Run both of the Disney women’s half-marathons {Princess and Tinkerbell} plus the Wine & Dine half. {Again, anyone who knows me understands this one. I love all things Disney.}

5. Run the Marine Corps Marathon. {I basically want to run every major race in Washington, DC.}

6. Run all of the RnR races held in the U.S. and at least 1 abroad. This goal will take me years to finish and by then they’ll probably have 20 more races, but I’m definitely going to do it!

7. Place in the top 3 overall and in my age division in at least 3 races. {obvi small ones.}

8. Run in every city I visit from now on.

9. Run a race in Paris. Or just run in Paris. Or just visit Paris…

10. Just keep running.

There it is. My running goals. I’m going to post them on my running page and will tick them off as I accomplish them so keep checking back to see how it’s going. I could realllllly use the encouragement!


3 months ago, I ran my first half-marathon. {Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon} and by “ran,” I mean ran a lot in the beginning, walked a lot in the middle and hobbled across the finish line.

25 weeks from now, I’ll run my second. {Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon} and by “run,” I mean run.

I’m beyond excited for this half and I know that finishing this race will make me a runner for life, but I’m still nervous. What if I can’t run the whole time? What if I get injured during training? What if I run and still barely beat my San Diego time? All of this nervous talk has really been getting to me and during my first week of training, I could barely run an entire mile. That’s when I realized how powerful my mindset really is.

Yesterday, I went out for a run intending to run 1.5 miles without any walking, but before I could even step outside, I was already doubting myself. I started walking to warm-up and realized I already needed a bathroom break. (Nervous over-hydration perhaps?) Instead of putting off the run to drive to a restroom, I decided to run to one. Before I knew it, I had run a mile to a shopping center containing McDonald’s and Taco Bell. If you’ve never felt good about yourself as a runner, try running to your local fast food joint and stretching in front of all of the cars in line: Instant Confidence. I used that “I’m running and they’re just getting fatter” mentality to push myself through the next mile. I ended up finishing over 2 miles and only walking 90 seconds of it.

The moral of the story: I can do this. 

It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. Early bedtimes and early rises. Sore muscles and ice baths. But I can do this.

ode to lincoln center.

I’ve been dreaming about attending fashion week since for as long as I can remember. I’ve daydreamed about the runway, seeing Anna Wintour in person, being photographed by the Sartorialist, and, most importantly, having my name on “the List.”

As much as I’ve thought about fashion week, I never dreamed the opportunity to attend would come along on a random Monday morning at the beginning of my second semester of law school. But it did, and I went, and it was amazing. ah. may. zing.

Callula Lillibelle

{September 12, 2011}