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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, February 28, 2010

2010 plans

today I ran about 6 miles down to Ruby's and back home up a big hill I usually walk the hill but today I ran it it was really hard I need more hill work the next 3 weeks no more long runs just hills and run 4 to 5 days out of every 7 days lots of stretching!

I am running another Marathon in June the San Diego Rock and Roll last night I was thinking about OK what is next and picked San Diego~ my husband said really why don't you do this one first~so funny in my mind this one is a done deal so I am thinking about the next one and the next and the entire year.

so 3/21 Los Angeles

After this Marathon I will see how I like this event and then decide what I want to do next but these plans are on my mind!

in April Joshua Tree hiking/camping

in May the 5K for Women Downtown Los Angeles

in June San Diego Marathon

in July/August Mammoth Lakes to train at elevation run/ hike/maybe bike?? and Zion National Park Utah to hike run and maybe bike

in Oct ?Denver Marathon? not sure this was fun but $$

in Dec Los Vegas Marathon for sure!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

running humor

trailboy got me thinking about the funny side of running~so here is what I found today!!
Now I am not an ultra marathoner but who knows what I will try next but I found this list so funny!! ENJOY
and may your hills be down and the wind always at your back!!

You know you're an Ultrarunner if:
1. Your wife tries to introduce you to your three children and you reply "Three?"

2. You spend more time in the drug section than the food section of the local market.

3. You wonder why they don't make all running socks a dusty brown color.

4. You have more dirt on your shoes than in your garden.

5. You think that flagel and ibutrophin belong on the breakfast table.

6. You get more phone calls at 5:00 AM than at 5:00 PM.

7. You don't recognize your friends with their clothes on.

8. You have more buckles than belts.

9. You postpone your wedding because it will interfere with your training.

10. You keep mistaking your boss for Norm Klein.

11. 6am is sleeping in.

12. Your feet look better without toenails.

13. Your idea of a fun date is a 30-mile training run.

14. You're tempted to look for a bush when there's a long line for the public restroom.

15. You don't think twice about eating food you've picked up off the floor.

16. You can expound on the virtues of eating salt.

17. You develop an unnatural fear of mountain lions.

18. When you wake up without the alarm at 4AM, pop outa bed and think "lets hit the trails together".

19. When you can recite the protein grams by heart of each energy bar.

20. You don’t even LOOK for the porto-sans anymore.

21. Your ideal way to celebrate your birthday is to run at least your age in miles with some fellow crazies.

22. Your ideal way to celebrate the new year is to run as far as you can afford to with some fellow crazies.

23. Your ideal way to have fun is to run as far as you can afford to with some fellow crazies.

24. You know the location of every 7-11, public restroom, and water fountain within a 25-mile radius of your house.

25. You run marathons for speedwork.

26. You have more fanny packs and water bottles and flashlights than Imelda Marcos has shoes.

27. You visit a national park with your family and notice a thirty-mile trail connecting where you are with the place your family wants to visit next, which is a 100-mile drive away, and you think "Hmmmm".

28. Someone asks you how long your training run is going to be and you answer "seven or eight ... hours".

29. People at work think you're in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.

30. You actually are in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.

31. Your weekend runs are limited by how much time you have, not by how far you can run.

32. You always have at least one black toenail.

33. You buy economy-sized jars of Vaseline on a regular basis.

34. You tried hashing, but felt the trails were too short and easy.

35. You think of pavement as a necessary evil that connects trails.

36. You’re read this and relating to some of it.

37. You rotate your running shoes more often than you rotate your tires.

38. Your friends recognize you better dressed in shorts than in long pants.

39. You really envied Tom Hanks' long run as Forest Gump.

40. You carry money around in a ziplock bag because store clerks complained that your money's usually too sweaty.

41. Any time a plain old runner talks about her aches and pains, you can sympathize because you've already had that at least once.

42. You put more miles on your feet than on your rental car over the weekend.

43. You don't need to paint your toenails; they're already different colors.

44. You start planning the family vacation around races and vice-versa.

45. You say "Only a 100K to go."

46. When you start considering your next vacation on the merits of its ultras

47. You spend you entire paycheck on running gear, ultrabars, and entry fees.

48. You become a quasi-expert on different detergents so as to not "hurt" your tee shirts.

49. You leave work early to hit the trails

50. You wear t-shirts based on if you've had good work outs when you've worn them before.

51. Have a trail shoe collection that would make Imelda Marcos envious.

52. Running trail is better then sex(even if you don't get any).

53. You walk up the stairs and run down them.

54. Peeing in the toilet seems unreal.

55. You start wearing running clothes to work so that you're all prepared.

56. Vasoline isn't just for fun anymore.

57. You know you're an ultrarunner when the start of a marathon feels like a 5K and you're wondering "Why is everyone in such a rush? Where the ##@@**!! is the fire?"

58. You're an ultrarunner (and this is an absolute requirement, which I feel should be included in all race entry forms) if as an infant you were dropped on your head.

59. You're an ultrarunner if nobody recognizes your power T's. Met a guy at the market the other day who was wearing an American River 50 T. So was I. I gave him a hearty, "Ta-da." He said, "Oh yeah, I tell people we were all aquitted and the charges were dropped."

60. You know you're an ultrarunner when you sign up for a 10K and you strap on your fanny pack because you never know where the aid stations are. You bring your own drinks. You bring potatoes and salt. You start fast and a six year old passes you. You are the only one walking the up hills. You run it a second time because its not far enough to call a training run. You are the only one around who is eyeing the bushes THAT way. You punch the lap button on your watch instead of the stop button at the finish.

61. When "NEXT GAS 36 MILES" signs start sounding like tempting runs.

62. Your pedicure kit includes a pair of pliers.

63. The number of toes and toenails you have is not equal.

64. You drink from a water bottle at the dinner table.

65. You consider the mold and mildew in your bottles extra electrolytes.

66. You just found out Poison and Oak are words by themselves.

67. You see a 1 quart water bottle colored like an Advil bottle, and don't realize that it's not in fact an Advil bottle.

68. You know you're married to an ultrarunner when Valentine's gifts come from Ultrafit.

69. You know you're married to an ultrarunner when she helps you up and says, "Come on, suck it up, keep moving!" and you know she means it in love.

70. You know you're an ultrarunner when a prospective employer asks for a photograph and all you have is race photos.

71. You know you're an ultrarunner when the races you enter end in a different area code and pass through several different Zip codes enroute.

72. You know you're an ultrarunner when your crew tries to keep you motivated by saying, "You're in second place and only 6 hours behind”.

73. You know you're an ultrarunner when you go to your 8:00 a.m. college geology class and you can use the salt crystals, still caked on your glasses frames from your early morning run, in your talk on the category of sedimentary materials called evaporates.

74. You know you're an ultrarunner when, on the night of a bad thunderstorm and downpour, you ring for a cab, and your announcement that this is the *first time* you're not getting home under your own steam causes a stunned silence in the office.

75. You know your an ultrarunner when you actually sit down and read all of the postings about, "You know your an ultrarunner when..." and can laugh and relate to all of the comments.

76. You know you're an ultrarunner when you don't finish on the same day as the winner.

77. You know you're an ultrarunner when people praise you to the high heavens for being able to finish a marathon, and you feel insulted.

78. You know you're an ultrarunner after you post your third ULTRA message about relative 100 miler difficulty.

79. You know you're an ultrarunner when our dogs can drink out of water bottles.

80. You know you're an ultrarunner when you meet the opposite sex you see a possible crew, a possible pacer, a possible search and rescue team, a possible race director, a possible source of race entry fees.

81. You know you're an ultra runner when you can really identify with those scenes at night in the woods in The Blair Witch Project.

82. I knew I was an Ultranrunner when my wife asked me the morning after my first 50 miler if I was still planning on that 100K in five weeks, I smiled and said "Sure!"

83. If so many places on your body hurt you can't figure out which one hurts more, so you ignore them all and do another 50K, and then you feel better!

84. You strap on your water bottles and walk the hills . . . . . . in a 5K race and consider that your 10 minute pace is a blistering pace.

85. You know you're an ultrarunner when you do a triathlon and it is your RUN time that is slower than the years when you specialized in triathlon.

86. You are told *not* to run another marathon during the next few months (because that would be bad for your health), and you really follow that advice - by immediately sending off the entry form for your next 50/100 miler.

87. You know you are an ultrarunner when somebody asks about the distance of an upcoming race and you, without thinking, say, "Oh, it's just a 50K." ...forgetting that for most people, a 5K is a heck of an accomplishment.

88. When running a marathon and at mile 20 say to yourself, "Wow, only 6 more miles left, this is such a great training run!" NB: saying it aloud can make one seem arrogant, beware!

89. Everything in your life, everything, is organized in different sized zip-loc bags.

90. You know you are an ultrarunner when you go for an easy 2 hour run in the middle of a Hurricane and think it is fun to get wet, muddy and run through the rivers that were once trails.

91. You know you are an ultrarunner when you get to the 81 mile point of a 100 miler and say to yourself, "Wow, only 19 miles left!"

92. You know you're an ultra runner when no one believes you when you say "never again".

93. You try to tie double knots in your Oxfords.

94. You pass a swamp towards the end of a run and think 'How bad could it be?"

95. You know you're an ultrarunner if your wife/girlfriend/significant other asks you if you want to have sex on any particular night and you respond with: "sorry, I don't have time, I have to go running" or "sorry, I'm too tired, I just went running" or "sorry, I would rather go read all my messages from the ultra-list"

96. You're embarrassed that you've only done 50K's.

97. When livestock salt blocks look good after a run.

98. You refer to certain 100 mile races as "low-key."

99. You number your running shoes to distinguish old from new, since they all look dirty.

100. Prior to running a difficult race, you check to see if local hospitals and urgent care centers are in your PPO.

101. The only time major household projects get done is in a taper or race recovery.

102. You know you are an ultra parent if; Your 6 year old knows the difference between a 100k and 100 miler. Whenever you announce an exciting family vacation, the first question is "Where is the race?"

103. You know you are an ultraWOMAN if... You have more fanny packs than purses. You have the complete collection of every "long lasting" lip color ever made. You have a walk-in closet dedicated to running apparel. You have a permanent combination scar/tan in the outline of a jogbra.

104. You know you're an ultrarunner when you need to ask for a ride from a friend because you drive a stick shift.

105. You call a 50-mile race "just another training run".

106. You think a 100-mile race is easier than a 50 miler because you don't have to go out as fast.

107. You say, "Taper? Who's got time to taper? I have a race coming up this weekend."

108. You have to rent a car to drive to a major event because you and your pacer own stick shits and neither will be able to drive them on the return trip.

109. You're tapering/recovering, and you'd rather drive 50 miles to watch Ann Trason's heavenly running style for 20 seconds than the Super Bowl.

110. You use your local 5 and 10km's for "speed work."

111. On a long drive you see the road signs listing various mileages to different places and think of how long it would take to get there on foot rather than by the car your driving.

112. You've started a race in the dark, run all day, and finished in the dark (if you’re lucky).

113. Your non-Ultrarunning running friends look at you strange when you tell them that 10:00/Mile is a fast pace for a 100 mile race (not to mention most ultras).

114. You don't hesitate to lie down in the trail (anywhere) when you are falling asleep on your feet during the early morning hours on the second day of a 100 miler; and it feels so comfortable.

115. You go to bite into a hamburger at the finish line bar-b-q and get a cramp in your jaw.

116. You know your an ultra runner when you meet someone of the opposite sex on the trail of a 100 and all of conversation is about what color is your urine, can you drink and were you able to dump?

117. You know you're and ultra runner when a girl changes her tank and her bra in front of you and all you do is take another drink of water, look at your watch, get up and tell your pacer "Let's hit the trail."

118. When you try to determine which 100 mile race is more difficult.

119. You know you are an ultra runner when you read these posts and reply, "So, what's your point?"

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Friday, February 26, 2010

what are you avoiding?

Stuff doesn't go away if you hide from it. I need to find a hill or two this weekend.

22 days is still far enough away where I am not panicky yet!

Today I am not sore except my left shoulder?? maybe the camelbak thing bugged my shoulder but I do not care I am bringing it

In Denver when I ran 13.1 last year after mile 8 all the aid stations ran out of water and power aide...and I did not have any water with me and I started cramping real bad. so with that lesson in my mind I am carrying my own liquid in Los Angeles.

Today off to work I go and I am going to plan my next 22 days tonight in terms of training.

I think hills need to get work. The last thing you want to do is usually the first thing that you should do.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Longest long run ever

ok I may be crazy new shoes and out the door for longest long run ever. 20+ miles


so camelpac, honey nut cherrios, cliff bar~carrot cake, GU phone, ipod, Garmin 305 and since it is Thursday I am bringing $$ for farmer's market on the way home popcorn yum! see I do learn from my mistakes!

so since weekend weather is ?? may rain not sure I will go today depending on these shoes how they feel how far I will go if they suck in anyway I will bail and return the shoes and do log run on Sat or Sunday.

so plan bike path again heading north to mile 10. turn back lets see how it goes and I took a pre-run advil.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

new shoes

nothing sweeter than new running shoes!

I still have 24 days to break these puppies in! Could not resist when my favorites went on sale and I got a card in the mail for an additional $20 off due to a class action law suit pretty sweet! Asics Gel Nembus 11


Pre work out mindset
not feeling it today

but I am finding my ipod and lacing up my shoes a greydawn awaits me


I was feeling blah down ~ same story different day

grey skies= down mood

I know that if I take massive action I will feel better, but I so did not want to.

I put on my shoes and lied to myself "just lets walk outside and check the weather"
I walked down the driveway and it was cool and drizzily I fibbed again "lets just turn the corner and get a view down the hill of the Ocean"

as I got moving I said "lets just jog today not running no pressure"

as I started jogging I cranked up some tunes and by mile 1 I was once again in the groove

lessons I need to relearn ~ the gravitational pull of the couch is gone by the end of 1 mile!

I got to see California Poppies dancing in the breeze and want to share this sight with you!

I always feel better after I exercise hard yet I never want to start...

now let me see what else I can do today !!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

walking trails

today was a wonderful hike on trails I ran yesterday. I walked with a good friend and we talked solid for an hour~time flies when your in good company!

I may run at sunset kind of feeling the beach calling to me!

Monday, February 22, 2010

El Porto

My runs are taking on a new fun dimension. I am able to create videos from my new ipod~ I am attempting to share them but I am technically challenged so I am not sure this video will post here and work. Heck I am not sure even how to upload them to the computer I just plug it in and eventually it uploads so this is from my 19.5 mile run a few days ago.

Today I ran South on trails in Palos Verdes overlooking steep bluffs to the Ocean. It was the most perfect day ever! Lemon trees in bloom had me floating all the way on their heavenly scent! The out and back I switched up and decided to walk down at the waters' edge I am blessed to live here in paradise and doubly blessed to get to run. I am healthy and happy and am spoiled rotten by the sweetest husband ever!

So 26 more days to prepare for this run~It wont be easy but I will be able to do it after all this work! The next few weeks will be hilly street run. Drive the course to scope it out maybe trial run a few of its miles and one more long run either this week or next week depending on the weather and my legs which finally feel normal again.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

still stiff

major ouch but ran 6 miles today anyway and by mile 2 was glad I pushed through the stiffness
imagine how I will feel a few days after 26.2??

legs hurt in back of upper legs, never sore there before...but I never ran 19.5 miles before either

OK for sure now I need to do 21 miles next Thursday and then taper off until the marathon

Thursday, February 18, 2010

19.5 miles done

today I got a 19.5 mile run done in about 4 hours
I was planning since last night's evening meal was lentils and rice and whole wheat pita and a tossed green salad
this morning pre-run I had whole wheat toast with peanut butter and coffee
I wore runners shorts with built in underwear so yeah no chafing! that hurt for a few days last long run.
I filled the camelpak with filtered water and tucked in cliff bar shot blocks, a trial size cliff bar brownie flavor and a peanut butter granola bar
I left the house 0815 it was cool and foggy a true GREYDAWN my favorite!!
I planned to run from mile 0 to mile 10 on the bike path an out and back.
at 9.66 miles according to my garmin I took a long rest about parallel to LAX at the water's edge the planes taking off over my head about every 5 minutes. I felt good, but that was enough for me today so I headed back home. I did get hungry again at Redondo pier they had the farmer's market and I could smell kettle corn and grilled chicken I should have brought $$

home and ate a bowl of cereal plopped into the bathtub to soak.
I will need to do some stretching I am feeling very tight!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

slow is the new fast

Today I ran 3 miles. After reading blog about the hills involved in the middle of the marathon I decided I had better start running hills instead of walking. Why are hills so hard? I mean my heart wants to jump out of my chest.

Today I kept my eyes on the ground at my feet instead of looking up at the huge hill I had to climb, this made it a little easier. I still need tons of hill work! I did not wear my Garmin but am certain I was red lining it in terms of "Hey old lady...what the hell are you doing walk before you stroke" kind of message my Garmin would have told me! But I did it and now I will continue to run hills I encounter instead of walking them just go slow and keep going....

thankful I am able to challenge myself to this marathon
already I am thinking what will I do next? Considering biking because my husband does that and maybe someday when I get stronger we could go on rides together.

Since this marathon I want NO EXCUSES~ I have decided to have no more alcohol until after I run 26.2 miles and flop into the Pacific Ocean on 3/21/10!

Monday, February 15, 2010

why workout inside?

Why would anyone choose to workout in Gold's Gym Redondo Beach on a treadmill or exercise class when they have the bike path and endless miles of sun/sand?

I read Please, mall walkers, go outside and live a little

trailboy's blog today about mall walkers and then headed out the door for a run. As I got past Redondo pier I decided I better increase my distance so I headed up to the street to pass the harbor. I heard a woman screaming into a microphone some stupid music blaring and I noticed Gold's Gym. I guess they were having an exercise class. Begs the question Who in their right mind would be inside listening to lady loud woman screaming at them when the beach is in plain view????????

it is 70 and sunny we rarely have any weather that stops a runner all year long. Why would anyone choose inside especially when their view proves just exactly they are missing WHY...I conclude everyone inside that gym has gone insane.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


things to figure out

what is the best pre long run food 24 hours before?

how not to get blisters from my underpants.....ouch!

what is the best fuel to have while running? I was so hungry by 3rd hour last run!

what pace should I run at the beginning? 11 min/miles was OK for first 13 miles but ran out of legs after that not sure if it was because of lack of food or pace was too fast.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

17 miles was so hard!

I decided to go for a 18 mile run today
I drank a protein shake filled my camelback with water tucked in my phone/ipod and a few pretzels and a pack of clif bar shot blocks (yum)
I felt great about 50 degrees and sunny perfect running weather. and my Garmin 305
plan was to run out along a bike path to 9 miles away then turn back voila 18 miles
well out the door I wen running 10-11 min/mile pace wrong wrong wrong toooooooo fast I would pay for this BIG time!!!!
around mile 7 I stopped to pee and ouch I had?? diaper rash minus the diaper?? ouch my underwear is chaffing me.
so anyway I went on to mile 8 in El Segundo I had to turn back no way to press on to mile 9 so I turned back feeling OK

I was hungry but dummy brought 3 pretzels?? and shot blocks all gone STARVING!! water does not provide fuel.
I walked and ran home barely surviving but I did it! 17 miles in 4 hours.

OK 26.2 miles is really playing with my brain if 17 was this difficult I am glad I still have more than 30 days to get ready.

OK breathe relax. eat I am starving!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

my new favorite distance

my first 10K was so fun!

Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K was so much fun~ I was hoping for a sub 1 hour but I had fun stopped for water and a glimpse of the huge waves crashing over the breakwater and came across the finish line at about 1:03 according to my Garmin (official results not yet posted). I really felt good because of all this running I have been doing to get ready for the upcoming 26.2 a mere 41 days from now.
Then we went to the seaside lagoon and Asahi Beer (one of the sponsors was giving free beer away to those who ran....I gave mine away to my husband's friends....who wants a beer at 9am??)
today is a free day but rather start the feasting when the game starts ~so I opted to run home 3 miles so I got in 9.2 miles today....now time to whip up a protein shake with berries.
I feel happy and energized. If you have not gotten you exercise in yet today go do you will not regret the post workout brain!