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exercise is my medicine. I run, swim, and lift weights anything to keep my body in top form. I am an RN, a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am grateful for my life and each new day. My PRs Los Angeles Marathon (March 22, 2010) - 6:00:03 San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon (June 6, 2010) - 2:47:53 Redondo Beach Superbowl 10K (Feb 2010) - 1:03 Redondo Beach Superbowl 5K (Feb 2009) - 27:31

Sunday, January 31, 2010

challenging goals

If you think you can or if you think you can't you are right!

my intention remains strong

Yesterday I jumped back into endurance building mode. Having been sick most of January has kind of thrown my training plan out the proverbial window. I need to either say forget it it was a good idea but I can not do this marathon or get back at it NOW.
MARCH 21, 2010 7:20am

So I am continuing to go for it. Yesterday I decided to go for a long run. I ran 12.17 miles with my Garmin 305 and so I have to fun of knowing lots of details both during and after my run.12.17 miles took 2:27:13 and that gave me a pace of 12:06/mile my heart was going at 152/minute most of the time with the maximum of 166/minute.
It was a nice day for a run sunny almost no wind bike path so basically flat although my Garmin gives me credit for a climbing 1176 up/down not sure where that was but OK.

I felt good but not ready to go double that distance plus a few more miles which is what I will be asking of my body in 48 days.
So with a strong intention I press forward. I would lie if I did not admit to a creeping little voice telling me I am insane and it is impossible to run 26.2 miles in 48 days. But a friend of mine reminded me to keep on plugging away and know that I am able to do whatever I set my mind on. So that remains my intention. I just need to keep plugging away at it~and plan my long run schedule and balance rest.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Run because you can!

0630 whole wheat toast/peanut butter/coffee
0830-0930 full body workout including abs using wii fit (still raining)
0915 24 ounces of water
0930 egg over easy/1c fresh spinach/5 cherry tomatoes/slice avocado and oatmeal no-bake cookie
1230 romaine lettuce 1/4 c each black bean/corn 1/2 chicken breast leftover and a tart apple+ 12 ounces of water
1330 1/2 c original chex mix+ 12 ounces of water
1530 skipped
1815 homemade steamed vegetable dumplings yummy!(cabbage/shitake mushroom/carrots/fresh ginger/soy/hoisin/sesame oil filled into wonton wrappers and steamed serve warm with soy sauce/rice wine vinegar as a dip)
2100 shredded wheat 1/2 cup and 1% milk

Run because YOU CAN!
I called home to chat found my father there as my mother ran some shopping errands. My dad is 81 and is upbeat and encouraging. He has recently developed difficultly walking and has been evaluated and prescribed compression hose to wear. He still volunteers at a local nursing home doing odd jobs and drives and maintains a home.He rarely complains so when he asked me how my marathon training was going and I said slow due to my cough and the recent wind/weather he said "run while you can" That really sank into my heart. I will run while I can and use all my other abilities that I have. Use them while you can be present and thankful. I hope those compression hose help my father maintain his independence and mobility.

I feel thankful
basic needs are met with ridiculous abundance
able body/ sound mind
honesty/beauty/love my life
loving healthy family
weather for a change in paradise
mostly for my new awareness of all my blessings

finish paperwork for Home Health
clean area behind the computer
be present
library return DVD

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

rain go away

Today is Wednesday and my cough is just about in the history books. So ready to run? Ummm not so fast. The weather is conspiring with the universal plan to toss road blocks into my line of training. 59 days left until I attempt to run 26.2 miles and the heavens have decided to open and grant Los Angeles basin with 10 years worth of water in 5 days. This may be the worst storm system in over a decade here. OK I get it~I will do yoga and core work and stay inside until the water/waves/wind/funnel clouds and electric storms move out to the East.

Yoga is allot harder than it looks, so is most everything for that matter. I did 18 exercise on the WiiFit yoga. Now on to planks/side planks and other core work torture. All not too bad and so happy I found time to run yesterday.

Today I am also considering nutrition that make running more enjoyable. Last run I did I had peanut butter toast on whole wheat and coffee and I really felt bloated. So next time I am going to try no cook oatmeal I found this recipe and gave it a test run today it was yummy!
Idea from snack-girl.com
No-Bake, Nut Butter, Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
(Serves 1)
1 small plate
1/3 cup oats old fashion kind
1 1/2 teaspoons peanut butter (I use smart balance)
2 teaspoons of 1%milk
1 teaspoon cranberry raisins
1 teaspoon brown sugar and sprinkle of cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with your hands (kids will love this!). Mush onto plate, wrap with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator for a bit overnight is my plan, but at least a few hours for the peanut butter and milk to soften the oats.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

will I need to build an ark?

I was only half listening to the local news last night while getting ready for bed. I do not like the local TV news they always exaggerate the truth and the focus is always death, murder, disease and chaos. If I was unaware of their plan to hook me with hyperbole I just might freak out!. No worries however, I am on to their plan. So back to last night's news they said we are in for a week of weather of "Biblical proportions" So what the Hell should I take that to mean? I asked my husband if he could draw up plans and start working on building an ark. He has major woodworking skills so he can accomplish this no problem.
I woke up this morning and the sky was slate grey. There was no rain so I jumped into my running shoes and out the door I ran! Only real dedicated runners were to be found on the bike path to the pier and home today, and one guy who walks while holding a rosary he is always out there~maybe I should ask him to include my health in his morning prayer walk!
I got the run done and happy I did because here come the heavy rain now and whooooohooo is that lightening and thunder? So weird that this weatherless paradise is actually getting what I consider real weather.
So today as I am in this empty house (kids are at school and my sweetheart is off in the coal mines)I will not succumb to boredom or temptation and go near transformation.com or facebook. Instead I will make cauliflower soup and Guinness beef stew and go through some long neglected piles and clean up this space I call home.
As for the ark, I may need something that floats good thing Cassandra's surfboard is in the living room.

Monday, January 18, 2010

on-line obessed

This week I am grabbing hold of my lowest level habit an internet obsession. I realize that for the past year or so I have spent entirely too much time on-line reading, planning, commenting and listening. What I really need is time off this chair, off the computer actively living. So the next seven days I plan to take more action.. I have forbidden myself to go on facebook and transformation because both of these sites draw me in and hours pass without my awareness. So yesterday was the first day it is a very hard habit to break so I enlisted my children, my husband and a few dear friends to help keep me honest. Today I feel a bit restless and feel like I NEED to go on these sites but I am staying strong.
Yesterday I ran 5.22 miles in 54 minutes I felt pretty good. I have had a "cold" with a wet cough for about 14 days now, so I have not been running like I had planned. Today I found a small window of opportunity to fly out the door between sideways rain and strong wind guts. I ran 3 miles then the head wind and rain came and I walked fast on the wet sand and enjoyed the storm.
Super Bowl Sunday I am running my first ever 10K I would love to finish under 1 hour but realistically under 1:15 would be great! I will be happy with doing my best and not focusing on the time. I will enjoy the actually running of the event and take it all in.

I feel this way about my up coming first ever 26.2 experience as well. The Los Angeles Marathon in about 60 days will also be all about enjoying the 26 historic LA sites. I want to see were I am running not stress about the time I get. I want to enjoy the process and just complete the marathon and feel good enough about it to want to sign up for another one.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

crack is probably easier to come by than antibiotics!

I am a whiny, patient. I hate being sick. much better at the caring side of this equation! I have been a RN since 1984 and I have a good strong immune system. I hardly ever get sick.

This winter I got a cold/cough that wont end and after 8 days of rest/decongestants and fluids I finally went to the doctor. IHe listened and questioned and decided NO to medicine. He said it was just a cold. I beg to differ! He sent me home to wait a few days.

Guess what sicker now can not run (65 days left to train HELLO!!)
so I figure that it might be easier to get crack on the street than a antibiotic prescription from my doctor!

Hallelujah he finally called in a Zithromax Z-Pak and said all should be well by Sunday (yeah I have a 15 miler on my training log waiting for me!!)

So off I go to fill this prescription and I hope it is magic and I loose this nasty chocking hacking sputtering gasping cough!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What is that wet stuff?

Los Angeles is getting a much needed slow soak today. I still have a cough that drives me and everyone within a city block of me insane. I mean REALLY coughing so hard I puke is that necessary? Can it please stop now? Are all the forces of the universe lining up to stop me from running? Hey out there please cut me a break. TICK TOCK!

MARCH 21, 2010 7:20am

So I need to run, no matter what so I am going to wait until noon to see if it stops if not I wont melt in the rain RIGHT?
I am really blessed I mean I have a sweet husband who loves me and is the most hardworking guy I have ever met in my life. There is nothing that he can not do once he sets his mind to it. He rode a double century in Santa Barbara up and down two mountain ranges! yikes that is determination. I should cross train on a bike so at some point I can go road biking with him.
I am so blessed to live in Los Angeles. It is the perfect place to live. You can stay active and outdoors 12 months a year so who am I to dare to complain about a much needed rain. Actually the weather here is nonexistent this rain is just a drizzle no wind no thunder or lightening. I grew up just outside of Cleveland so I know about weather and this drizzle, mist well it can not begin to be weather.

I have completely fallen off my training plan set up about 2 months ago. I need to regroup and plan out the next 66 days.

My long run schedule:
Jan 10 12 miles
Jan 17 14 miles
Jan 24 16 miles
Jan 31 - 18 miles

Feb 7 20 miles

Feb 14 20 miles (rehearsal run -wearing the same clothes as I will for marathon, run at same time of day)
Feb 21 16 miles

Feb 28 - 22 miles

then taper off race day is 3/21/10

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tick Tock

MARCH 21, 2010 7:20am

I am feeling the pressure of this challenging goal. My first marathon is 67 days away...yikes! Note to self I said "my first marathon" so my future self must know that I survive to run others! Good to know because I am freaking out.

I got sick New Year's Eve with some damn virus that I can not shake. It started innocently enough. We were invited to a friends home to ring in the new decade,since I am an RN her teenage daughter disclosed her illness to me and asked me for my professional assessment of her throat. OK that is when the deadly transfer took place!

The illness started with a fever and sore throat and progressed to my current condition which is a wet productive cough. Sorry it is disgusting!

With this I have not done any long runs for two weeks, so there is my problem. I went to the doctor yesterday and after a examine he said I have a bad cold. I knew that already but now I have $40. less to buy running gear with, thanks Doc! He advised me that he would call in a prescription for me if I am not better by Thursday. So there goes another week

Well, today I just had to run I mean really HAD to run. So out the door I went I did 5 miles some soft sand a few hills and all in about 55 minutes. That felt good but I really need a long run this weekend. I will probably run 15 miles on Sunday.

The main reason I am freaked about 26.2 is the only other long race I have ever done was the Denver Half this past October. I had a bad experience with that I got leg cramps and had diarrhea. I did the run in under 3 hours but it was the single hardest thing I have ever done. So I ask myself why did you think that 26.2 would be a good idea? The answer is easy. I feel great when I run and I am getting in great shape! So with the calendar pages flying off comically fast I will continue to train so I can run 26.2!


I am reading The Power of Now. It is an interesting book and gives me a different way of looking at things. Here is my understanding. This moment is all I have, there now it is gone and that one and that one and so on for freaking ever. Can send you into a swirl. The future is the stuff of dreams it is never real because what you think now is now and it is ended every moment is is now the past. YIKES. The only moment we ever get is NOW. So much time and energy is wasted on anxiety, worry, excitement over what is coming next OR regret, worry, reliving over what already is done, over, written that we forget to live right now, oh shit it is gone again , crap there goes another second. NOW goes by fast, but cool thing is there is always another NOW right away to BE ALIVE IN. Release the sadness of past mistakes,move on as well from glories of things done well. Stop wanting the future it is never coming, dont worry about the things that lie ahead all this time in past and future screws around with the power you have right now it consumes your life energy.

I am today just going to BE. That is correct all day today I want to BE in each moment. Go spend time outside Be Present to my efforts, the wind the sky all that is each moment. When I am with another person again be present to that all that they are be respectful of their now as well actually listen to them BE there in the moment. Being alive in the time of NOW.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fate Worse than Death

I will turn 50 this year, gasp* gulp*

I remember when I was around 13 I made a pact with a friend. "If I am not dead by 25 promise that you will kill me" she agreed as long as I promised the same in return because we did not want to get old and mean and wretched.
Thankfully she did not come after me, nor I her but now I face the challenge of getting old.

This is my last year in my 40's. By 50 I guess I could be called old. That is a terrifying word in this country. Nothing is as bad as old to me. Why? This is my challenge to stay young in mind, body and soul and debunk this fate worse than death.