My name’s Sarah and I’m a 20-something living in the heart of Seattle with my fiance, Joe, and Boston Terrier puppy, Lola. It’s truly gorgeous where we live, and I absolutely love it.
This blog details my journey to training for races, fitness endeavors, food, and good health!
I am two things mainly: a foodie and a crazy runner. In my spare time, I love to read food blogs, cook, bake, and dine. I find inspiration from so many of you online.
To counter-balance the foodie in me, I have an absolute crazy passion for running and racing. By December 2012, I’ll have run at least my 10th half marathon and 2nd full marathon. I completed my first full marathon (RNR San Diego) in June 2012 and my second full marathon in Portland in October 2012.
I’m also an ambassador and runner for Oiselle, the most amazing brand of women’s running apparel. They’re based in Seattle, WA and truly make the best-fitting and best-looking running apparel out there. Running while feeling great and looking great is truly the best. I urge you to check them out! And if you ever need suggestions on what to try, ping me. I will let you know.
On a side note, it is truly possible to lose weight and get fit while continuing to enjoy my favorite foods. I’ve lost more than 20 lbs since 2011 (well, it was my own fault after experiencing two years of letting myself go), so just know that it is possible.
Here is a picture of our adorable Boston Terrier pup, Lola. She is just so darn cute.
This blog was started on a whim, and I hope to continue this through. If you enjoy reading this blog, or have suggestions on topics you’d like to see, by all means let me know!
Picture of me below is at the 2011 Nike Women Marathon’s Run the Runway Sportswear show, so cool!
I look forward to connecting with all of you! Please feel free to leave comments or connect with me on Twitter: @sarahchan.
LOVE this picture!!!!
I just found your blog! My first full marathon was also Rock n Roll San Diego (2011) and I’m also running Surf City and Eugene this year (both fulls). I ran Surf City last year – you will love it! Looking forward to reading more!
Ah! So glad you found my blog. That is so cool that you ran the RNR SD full (gosh, can’t believe I fell at mile 15. Horrendous). And that is so cool that you’re running both Surf City and Eugene this year. And fulls even! That’s so impressive. I’ll be running the halves, and cheering on the full marathoners. Hopefully we’ll get to meet up! Looking forward to checking out your blog.
I am happy I found your blog. I am also from the Seattle area and an obsessive runner! I look forward to reading your blog!
Thank you, lady!! I look forward to reading your blog as well. Love getting to know other local runners!
Hi Sarah! Just came across your blog and am enjoying getting to know you! I am moving to Seattle in a week and was hoping to get involved in a running group to meet people (I know no one in Seattle!) and get to know the city’s best running routes. Do you happen to have any recommendations? Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for the comment. 🙂
First of all, congrats on your upcoming move to Seattle! So exciting. You’re moving here at just the right time as it’s the best weather all year. Good luck with the big move.
For local running groups, I would recommend Seattle Green Lake Running Group on Meetup.com. http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Greenlake-Running-Group/ I know several people who run in that group (various meetup locations and times of the week) and it’s a great way to meet new people with all different running goals and levels.
There’s also a local running store (my favorite) called Super Jock ‘n’ Jill. It’s located in the Green Lake neighborhood and they have a weekly organized casual fun run called The Monday Night Run (TMNR). https://m.facebook.com/themondaynightrun Super fun!
In my opinion, the best running routes are the ones below:
-Lake Union Loop: roughly 6.2 miles loop around the lake in the middle of the city. It connects partially with the Burke-Gilman Trail, runs through the neighborhood of Eastlake, South Lake Union, Wallingford. Great for running and biking.
-Burke-Gilman Trail: It’s perfect for biking and running; heavily frequented in the summer months. Goes from Ballard all the way to the city of Bothell for 18+ miles of paved trail and then extends to the Sammamish Trail which continues on for a long distance. Highly recommend running this. Use it all the time for long runs and shorter too.
-Green Lake Loop: Beautiful park perfect for walking and running. It’s around 2.8 miles for the inner loop and just a little over 3 on the outer loop. Very busy on sunny days.
-Discovery Park: Huge Seattle park with amazing views of the sound. Also has a training running loop for a little less than 3 miles.
I have a lot more suggestions but the above ideas should get you started!
If you’re on Twitter, feel free to add me @sarahchan and I’m happy to give more ideas 🙂 And restaurant ideas too! Love food and running.
Sarah, thank you so much for these wonderful running group and trail recommendations! This really makes me so excited to move to Seattle! Thanks again, I really appreciate your help!
Hi Sarah! Pumped we have new neighbors at UVilliage- Oiselle! Would love to get in contact with you about your blog via email. Thanks!
Hey Ryn, yes! Have you checked out the new store yet? It’s so beautiful. Let me know your email address and I’ll reach out.