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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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

runner's tummy

77 days until I run a 2:30 Half in Long Beach!

today I ran to Hermosa Beach and back in the cool morning fog I went out fast and tried to come home even faster. I did keep a good pace but lost the times and numbers sometimes I hate technology.

Anyway I get this thing whenever I run long and hard my body lets me know about it for hours. I get an upset stomach. So hear this stomach...stop whinning...I mean it it is only going to get harder so shut the F@#$%*K up!

Tonight my best friend's husband is turning 50 and she is throwing a surprise party for him and the food is sushi and cocktails~normally i would be excited as I have recently come to adore sushi and I never turn down a cocktail with friends...but my tummy is upset?
If anyone reading this has advice please I am open to ideas!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

getting back on track

83 days until I run 13.1 in 2:30

with that said I had a few weeks of unscheduled rest.

my parents health and independence is currently at risk and they are not coping well with decisions about how to move forward.

my dad fell more than a month ago and that changed everything for them. I went to ground zero this past week and it was exhausting. while my dad is making slow progress at regaining mobility, the house they live in is too difficult for them to stay in but they will not make the necessary decisions to move forward they are frozen with fear of change or don't know how to make decisions and are abdicating responsibility to anyone brave enough to step forward....then they shoot down every suggestion.....

my current mindset has been derailed by their struggles, they are my parents.

yesterday I ran 5 miles in 1 hour and it felt excellent.
eating has been haphazard and this changes this second

starting this second my meals will be simple, fresh,local, small portions every 3 hours and water lots of water all day.

Last night we were tourists in our own city. we packed our 3 teens into our little BMW 330 and drove to Canter's Deli for dinner.
Pastrami Ruben and pickles (heart attack on Rye)
then we headed up the hill to Griffith Observatory to check out the full moon and the LA basin in lights
and we drove home through the packed streets through Hollywood.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


well my daughter gave a good try at cross country but after 3 days 3 mile runs that were HOT HILLY mid-day runs at a fast pace (to keep up with the team and not get lost) she opted out and decided to join beginning Dance Team instead. too bad, I wish he did not start them out in the cool morning she did not ever run before and it was not gentle couch to 5K this was start out running 3 miles fast. She could barely walk, let alone run I felt for her I had her agree to some easy runs with me after all I would hate for her to Hate running.

I am heading out to Ohio to visit my parents. My father is recovering from a Left hip replacement after a fall. I hope to snag a trail run with my running buddy Brooke while I am there. She is training hardcore for her first Tri and is doing open water swims at Fairport Harbor at 5AM and trail runs at 4:30 AM at North Chagrin Reservation. Lets see if I am up to that early time with my time change. According to her that is the best time to avoid the heat and humidity...yikes!

and a final thought for the day Los Angeles Marathon opened up to registration today......do I want to do this again? hmmmm need to think about it but it was amazing...but I did it as planned before I turned 50....I need to think about this. I think my favorite race is the 10K. The others are a bit too brutal.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

still working

last week was a bust
I was very negative and grumpy 2 of the 5 days were 13 hour drives to and from Arcata, CA......not fun I do not enjoy 90mph as a passenger nothing fun about it. I am aware that I am a grump no fun to be around when I am not getting my daily runs in!
We did have fun checking out all the local food and breweries (as a result 3 pound gain)YIKES! back at my proper food/exercise plan NOW!!

the actual time in Arcata was fun sight seeing and exploring Humboldt State University where my oldest daughter is going to study Marine biology this Fall.

it was cool/damp up there among the giant trees. I love the Redwood forest it is amazingly peaceful and the air smells so good!
I never did a trail run (my left hip was acting achey) instead I exercised in the Hotel exercise room, which was not too bad!

I am still working towards 2:30 Half in Oct at Long Beach

today I ran my usual run from my house down to the bike path at mile 0 out to Redondo Pier and back home 4.94 miles but today I did not stop and rest at the pier i just powered through and right on back home! I felt great!

my youngest child is 13 and she just joined Cross Country at South High and is on day 2 of running! The brutal beginnings of no breath I want to quit everything hurts phase! I told her she is doing it and to journal or blog because it will never be this hard ever again. I make certain she is doing stretches and has proper shoes/socks the proper mindset is her choice I sure hope I have inspired her enough to power through!

Monday, July 5, 2010

is faster really better?

Heading to the "LAND OF THE GIANTS" Arcata, Ca. for a week of Redwoods, clean air, beer drinking(many small little breweries to explore) and running on trails!
I am excited to go except for the 700 miles of driving I get to endure tomorrow!

today I ran 4 miles in 38 minutes and felt good.
yesterday I was a spectator at the Redondo Beach Firecracker 5K first place finisher was in under 15 minutes!!
first place female was under 17 minutes! dang lots of talent out there!
begs the question
are they having fun?
are they overtaxing their bodies?
I just wonder because my goal (or reason for running) it sets the mood for the day with its free endorphins and keeps my weight down and my health better. But does running faster still offer these same benefits? I don't know but I am still attempting to run 13.1 miles in 2:30 or less.....but I still have to ask why?
when I trained and ran Los Angeles Marathon my motto was "slow is the new fast" and I really enjoyed training and March 22, 2010 was one of the most enjoyable 6 hours of my 49 years of life.

so cautiously I go forward but still allowing myself to question....WHY go faster?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

back in my groove

4.94 mi 00:55 11:08 pace

breakdown of my run
walk down to beach
mile 1 at 9:59 pace
mile 2 at 9:59 pace
mile 3 at 10:19 pace
mile 4 at 8:52 pace
walk home

Avg: 155 Max: 189