East Lake Sammamish Trail

This evening the weather was gorgeous with temps in the 70’s and clear blue skies. I took advantage of the perfect conditions and walked a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail with my mom and dog Pepe. This 11 mile soft-surface pathway stretches from Issaquah to Redmond and is another example of a great…

Sammamish

I’m in my hometown of Sammamish, WA for a week and a half. Naturally, the weather is cool and rainy. A steady rain fell all day today and temps struggled to get to 50 degrees. Fortunately, I am brining some of the California sunshine as a hot ridge of high pressure is expected to build…

Graduation Weekend Photos

Here are a few photos from graduation weekend with my family! Immediately after the graduation ceremony with sister, mom, and neice. Nice shade under the redwoods at Huddart Park. Enjoying Richard’s Road Trail at Huddart Park. Lots of fun on the slide with sapta! I loved slides this much too =)

Law School Graduation!

Today was the graduation ceremony from Stanford Law School! It was a great ceremony and reception with memorable speeches from the faculty member, Professor Bankman, and student rep, Onye. Lunch with the family was also great at Macaroni Grill. We topped it all off by watching some great distance running events at the Payton Jordan…

Shore Path, Part II

My hopes came to fruition and I was able to run the shore path in Pacific Grove again today. The fresh ocean breeze under sunny skies was awesome! Every time I run this awesome path I feel like I am getting a treat. The run basically covered all the paths from the Monterey Bay Aquarium…

Congrats Mom!

Big congrats to my mom, Ita Pantilat, for a great powerlifting effort despite being sick with the flu all week. She started off with squatting doing 231 pounds (not feeling great) and then felt better on the bench putting up 215 pounds and then 303 pounds for the deadlift. This was the first competition my…

A new boy!!

There is a new member in my family – my sister Talli gave birth to a boy this evening! Big congratulations to her and her husband David! The name of the boy is Bram, which originates from the Hebrew name Abraham and is used in the Netherlands (part of the boy’s heritage is Dutch). The…

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Today was the first sunny day since I have been in Sammamish (it took 13 days!). The sky was a clear, the air was crisp and fresh, and the temperatures were relatively pleasant in the low-40s. I took advantage of this rare treat and ran the Snoqualmie Valley trail between Carnation and Duvall for 100…

Records for Ita Pantilat!!!

I am proud to report that my mom had an awesome day of power lifting today (Thursday) at the WABDL world championships in Anaheim, CA. First, she broke the open womens (all age groups!) record for her weight class (108-114 pound class) by benching 225.7 pounds. This shattered her personal record at this weight class…

A couple more climbs

I got in a couple more speed climbs this week while the weather was good. On Thursday, I ascended Eldorado Peak in North Cascades National Park in 4:58 roundtrip! The first time I climbed this mountain in 2003 it took 10+ hours and I felt pretty studly afterwards. Now I climbed it in less than…

Monterey Bay Weekend II

So the trip to Monterey Bay was awesome. I got to see my sister’s sweet new Victorian house in Pacific Grove, tour the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and relax with my family. We also celebrated my 23rd birthday with an awesome dinner at a Thai restaurant followed by some great desserts at my sister’s house. The…

Monterey Bay Weekend

After packing and unpacking (very tiring), my mom and myself drove down to Monterey Bay to visit my sister who lives in Pacific Grove. It was an awesome weekend and I’ll write more about it later. In the mean time, here are some photos (click on image for larger version): Pacific Grove House Another Angle…