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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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

never ever quit

during mile 20 now dubbed "purple heart hill" through the VA complex in Los Angeles I had a moment of clarity.

I was tired~and there looming ahead of me was another hill. I saw many runners move over to the curb and sit down or lay down on the lawn. I thought about joining them..... For one second~then I thought if I stop it is going to be so hard to start again. I also thought I wont ever get to the end if I stop~I told myself just keep moving. No matter what just keep moving and each step you take you get closer to the goal.

So no matter what~NEVER NEVER NEVER QUIT! just keep going in the direction of your goals.....no matter the pace fast or slow just keep heading towards your goals and you will get there!

Monday, March 29, 2010

spectators had that cracked me up!

Cool signs I saw:
"You're on mile 5, the Kenyans are on mile 15"
"Run, you're in LA bitch"
"If it were easy, we'd be running it too!"
"Pain is temporary, victory is forever"
"Don't stop -- people are watching.
"If it was easy, I would do it."
"You're not slow. You're just enjoying the course."
"It'll feel better when it stops hurting.
"All walls have doors."
"wall? what what I don't see no stinking wall"
There's beer at the finish line."
"You are no longer a runner, YOU are a marathoner."

my favorite
"26.3 would just be ridiculous"

need to consider time goal

the only time I ever ran 13.1 miles in a race was last year in the Denver Half Marathon my time was 2:52 forget the seconds that is just annoying to me really!

well I just signed up for my San Diego in June I am considering adding a time goal ? 2:30? Why add the pressure of a time goal? need to think about that while I run today.... but running in that race is for certain because I paid and so GAME ON!

need to get out and run today I took 7 days of rest after the Los Angeles Marathon~so today out the door I will go before it heats up!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

solo runner here

solo or group runner

I admit that I prefer to run alone. I have never found someone else who shows up at the prearranged time willing to run at a mutually good pace. So I am a solo runner.

I imagine that some people enjoy chit chat to help pass the time during exercise. The power of the pack to keep going when you would rather quit can be good! The marathon last week proved to me how powerful a group can be~between mile 20-24 I wanted to stop but so many people were all around me doing the same hard run as me we held each other up in spirit by each person's individual effort. We dared not stop we were all in it together with the same goal run until 26.2 do not stop and we did it!
But I enjoy the silence and appreciate the beauty of the world. I use my running time to reflect or just be present and feel the energy passing through me~pretty amazing this gift of life!!!!!

whatever type of runner you are just get out there and run today!

Friday, March 26, 2010

now what?

last weekend was so much crazy fun
this weekend ????????

mile 24-26 is when my husband jumped in to run with me and he was caught on the official photos.

wish it was a replay~I loved it!

still smiling!

Monday, March 22, 2010

the best day ever!

aww its is now a memory could make me sad it was so fun training planning and running my first marathon!

I enjoyed every minute

from the 2:30 wake up the morning of the race
from my driving friend hitting the snooze and arriving 10 minutes late (thanks Andrea for sharing this day with me!)
to the empty dark parking lots in Santa Monica with pre-run racers gathering gear and sunscreening
to the endless row of luxury buses waiting to drive up to the Stadium
to the anxious chatter on the buses
to the wrong age listed on the runner bib
to the free breakfast and dark restful tents pre-race naps and last minute bathroom dashes
to the endless delay at the start to tales of runners parking and abandoning cars on the congested freeway
to the guy next to me who thought a pre race high was in order and smoked a joint? whatever dude LOL!
to the first mile walk because no one would move
to the interesting neighborhoods
to the water/power-aide volunteers ~THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
to all the cheering crowds calling out your name~love runner's names on the Bib!
to the gooey stations slippery with dropped fruit and drink
to my dear husband who ran miles 24-26 with me~love you sweetheart that was beautiful!

to the day and all the support
so glad I picked Los Angeles as my first Marathon it was fantastic!
I smiled the whole way hills (schmills I did not mind them stinking hills at a pace of 13:40 who the heck feels a hill LOL!)

my goals were exceeded I set out to run 26.2 with no no no time goal and I just had the most fun ever jogging through interesting crowds/neighborhoods and saw the absolute best side of this amazing place I call home!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I can do hard things and so can you!

my first marathon at age 49 done in 6:00:58

amazing experience!

hard to do but anyone with the right mindset can train and do this.

I am sore but it is now a sweet memory

knowing that all my friends believed in me and were cheering me on helped so much. I could not stop knowing that!

at mile 24 when I was toast my husband appeared next to me he was not running the marathon but just came to bring me home~his presence boosted my spirit and got me to the end strong! I love him!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

freak out

race day eve freak out

-I will loose my way and get lost in Los Angeles the course wont be well marked and I will run so slow that I will get lost!

-advice is confusing! my friend wonders why I would dream of carrying a camelpack fill with water when every mile has water but I trained that way is it dumb?
~it is going to be hot I trained with compression capri length pants I will be too hot if I wear these...but I never run in just shorts hmmmm
~we are leaving home at 3am !! OK no sleep before I run because that means I get up at 2:15 to have coffee / bathroom/get ready YIKES way too early
~if I dont have a camelpac where will I carry stuff?
that settles it I trained long runs with camelpack and it is going with me tomorrow no matter how weird it looks!

many things to figure out

OK dinner is clear
whole wheat pasta and grilled mushrooms/peppers/asparagus/zucchini lots of water absolutely no alcohol and drop in bed around 9ish

Thursday, March 18, 2010

See it in the new sun rising

from White Shadows by Coldplay

We're part of the human race and
All of the stars and the outer space
We're part of the system plan

All this noise, I'm waking up
And all the space, I'm taking up
I said I cannot hear you, you're breaking up

Maybe you get what you wanted
Maybe you stumbled upon it
Everything you ever wanted
In a permanent state

Swim out on a sea of faces,
The tide of the human races,
An answer now is what I need.

See it in a new sun rising
See it break on your horizon
Oh, come on love, stay with me...

post run feeling amazing last song of the run left me feeling inspired and happy

why I think that everyone should run~ a short time ago i was feeling blah and the effects of last nights St Patrick's Day beer still clouding my mind. I shook it off about 1/2 mile into my 6 mile run ~ and OMG it it beautiful here in paradise! I made a mental image of me scooping up the cool ocean breezes and saving them to release on myself during the marathon~crazy thought? so what i know when I feel overheated on Sunday and I go into my mind and release those cool salty breezes i will float for a minute on it!

also isn't everyone nicer when your running? I mean other runners always smile and wave....the world would be nicer if everyone started running.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

go slow

start slow
slow down
double knot shoelaces
dont go fast
find a cool slow pace
be aware
slow down
drink water
relax the pace
have fun

wishing for a greydawn~but I do not control the skies!

and jump into the Ocean at the end for sure!

Monday, March 15, 2010

be aware

today as I was heading out the door for a little exercise and to get an hour of sunlight and breezes my 17 year old called me begging me to bring a forgotten article to school so I decided to just change the direction of the trip to be an out and back to her school, about a 3 mile trip thanks trailboy you always inspire! check out Trailboy he is clever in how he gets his exercise in as he strives to qualify for Boston! http://hitthetrails.wordpress.com/

so working exercise into our life and inspiring others around us to do the same is what my mission statement is lately.
making little healthy changes in attitude, food choices, exercise options.........its not complicated just keep it simple

move whenever you can, for as long as you are able

be aware of your abundance

share a loving smile and encourage others you encounter along the way you have no idea how your attitude, smile, encouragement, exercise or food choices will change someone else's life

we are all in the journey together the finish line is death so please stop, breathe enjoy NOW~and help someone else feel they were lucky to share their journey with you.

Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.~Tolle

Saturday, March 13, 2010

the pleasure is in the doing

7 days and 22 hours count down is single digit numbers

so am I freaking out?? no the simple truth here is that the pleasure is found in the act of doing. The events leading up to 3/21/10 were life changing. The idea of throwing down a huge goal and actually following through with the actions that could get me to that goal.

I enjoyed the process so much that I am thinking what is next?

Boston someday? attempt a triathlon? trail running? learn a new language? run a business?

I have shifted my attention to the present moment and that changed everything.

I just focus on what I am doing and let go of the results and let go of the fears and just do what I can in the moment.

Sunday I will run 10-12 miles, today will be a 6 mile run on somewhat hilly streets.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Blustery Day

the past few days wind has been a huge factor. sustained wind 25 mph with gusts 40-66 mph is nothing you can ignore!

today I had to get out there but I did not like it one bit for the first 15 minutes strong steady cold wind in my face not so bad but on a beach run that means you get a nice bonus a free microdermabrasion~AKA sandblasting!

I wish the wind would blow away! my run home was a good push with a tail wind that was fun minus the sting of the sand cutting at my exposed skin!

Monday, March 8, 2010

weird Monday

today has a weird vibe and I am not loving today.
I feel out of my own skin
Monday Monday weird day
son back at college
daughters at school
husband at work

huge vacuum here I do not like quiet house want people around
can not figure out which way to go
house is a wreck~where to start?
did not feel like running planned it but bailed out and just did not do it

I need to hit the game over and restart button to restart today
when I do not exercise the day is a weird jumbled wreck
I should just go right now(but I wont)
I should go at sunset(I might)

being the 5th of 9 children I like lots of activity and noise around me to feel centered....way to quiet here

Sunday, March 7, 2010

13 days left

14 mile run today in 2:15 strong headwind on the the first 7 thank God for the tail wind it blew my tired self home the second 7 miles.

I was worried about the pain in my left shin but rest healed it SO YEAH!! easy now until race day a few 8-10 milers slow and easy run 4-5 out of 7 with no running 2 days prior to the race.
logistics of race day screwing with me
my husband will drop me at Dodger stadium in the wee hours of the race day but pick up??? not sure where family will park how long this EPIC event will take me and so planning key for the next few days

Thursday, March 4, 2010

post run good vibe

nothing gets me feeling better than a run.

it was windy and cool this evening but I am working the next 2 days and will probably not run until Sunday

usually if I dont run early I just say forget it too many distractions come up and I never go but today I just took care of me and got out and got it done. Got to say I am proud of my determination to get my runs in.

so sunday should be a 12-13 miler at least will consider the route over the next few days.

sunset run is plan for today

Beautiful day outside 50 something windy blustery kind of day looks like a good day for a run but today has been so busy....I am 2 classes away from graduating and college is first on my list today.

but then again my first marathon is in a mere 16 days (no panic...I trained a ton I am ready!)

I will get a run in today hopefully a sunset beach run~that sounds heavenly OK that is the plan then out the door by 515 this evening!
food simple and often small portions

Lent~no meat no alcohol has not been too hard and I am sticking with it!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


rest day
balance is important my legs are sore
stretch core work weight but no running today
clouds are creepy I am so spoiled with constant sun
greydawns can equal grey moods
but not today as I turn my awareness to quiet stillness of this empty house
or crank up some tunes to do weights/abs/stretching

Be ok today!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I can do hard stuff

post run brain~all lit up and happy here~better than drugs and safe and legal
I live a blessed life in paradise
feels like 70 outside in the sun!

ran to new short run spot to floating dock behind Ruby's beautiful day

5.73 miles in 1:12 I dont bother to shut off Garmin when I stand at the turn back point for 5 minutes or so to enjoy the waves and seagulls

my new pledge to run all the way home is hard but I still do it

Things running has taught me
1) I can do hard things!
2) I can inspire my friends more with my doing than my saying (talk sounds like BLAH BLAH BLAH!!)
3) The training for a marathon is were it happens or it doesn't no bullshit!

Music on runs

evolution of my running playlist

a few years ago when I started running 1 mile was so long. I could not breathe. I ran/walked and mostly walked in reality. my music was anything to distract me from the pain I was feeling. playlist was pop music, whatever my kids had put on their ipods.

Then I wanted to run a little faster so I loaded my new Christmas gift of an ipod with techno/trance stuff the beat helped me go faster. That year I managed to get a little faster. But my runs were hit/miss because I was coaching a friend to run her first 5K and that slowed me down but it was fun run/walking and chatting with her, but she is not a morning person and was frequently late or no show that that running partnership was thankfully brief and once again I returned to ipod to keep me moving. This time I was mixing up pop/80's stuff and trance/techno....to say the least I was unfocused and confused.

in 2009 I decided to run the Denver Half marathon my first big long event so I had to push my runs longer. as I did this I slowed my pace down and found comfort in the music of my college days early 80's stuff was keeping me happy!

Then 2010 and I decided, well, I did a Half Marathon~no time like NOW to go for a Full Marathon since I am already training so I signed up for Los Angeles Marathon and started increasing my distance. Now the best music is musci from childhood~I am regressing!!! So The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd are excellent for long distance runs as well as some newer stuff like Modest Mouse(Float-on), Ingrid Michaelson ( be OK), Radiohead (jigsaws falling into place~I love this )and Sufjan Stevens.

I think no music is good as well. Music is a good distraction if the run is boring but if I head onto new runs or trails I like to hear the birds/waves and sound of my heart jumping out of my chest as I try to run up hills!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes,chopped
1 T canned chipotle peppers, minced
3 carrots diced
1 cup frozen costco mixed organic vegetables
1 cup brown rice already cooked
2 chicken breasts with bone/skin
water to almost cover
simmer 20 minutes
remove chicken let cool, toss skin/bone shredded chicken
season with salt/pepper/

add shredded chicken back to pot

simmer best next day like all soups but good same day as well
serve with little bowls of toppings
light sour cream
tortilla chips crushed
cilantro fresh
lime wedges
shredded hot pepper jack cheese
hot sauce

White Velvet

I love to make soup on Monday's amd then I have a quick healthy yum to grab and decreases the chance of getting tempted with crap.

white velvet
my cauliflower soup
today it includes
1 head of cauliflower
1 box of store bought organic vegetable stock
2 serrano chilies
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
put all this plus a bit extra water to almost cover in stockpot
simmer 30 minutes
puree in blender (careful!)
add back to pot with half/half or cream or nothing today 1 cup of half/half to the pot season salt/pepper/freshly grated nutmeg

Sunday's run

Yesterday 's run was out to Captain Kidd's and back with a huge hill back into Palos Verdes which I ran and it was hard!

I definitely need hill work! I focus on slow but keep moving up and I did it without stopping for the first time! Very proud of myself but wonder why after a year of building endurance hills are so hard??? I will continue to add hills because I really need to improve in this area.

The full moon, high tide and ??tsunami?? induced rise in water level made for fun views on my normally quiet run. The swell breached Redondo Beach Harbor breakwater completely submerging it in sections. Usually fisherman and kids are all over these rocks on Sunday. and the bike path which I run on was underwater in sections so I stuck to the street above the path.