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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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

artist awakened


For many years I have collected sea glass. I have mountains of the stuff. I love to find the ever rare blue or red glass. I came across this artist and I am inspired to try to create a mosaic for my backyard wall now. I have no idea how but I am going to invent the process because this artist does not want to share his methods. That is OK I will figure it out for myself.

link Marathon Photos


crazy day but in all the photos I am smiling I really enjoy running (actually at this pace it is really a slow jog!!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

miles of happiness

I love running, even in the rain!
Here I am running down Rodeo Drive smiling I think this is around mile 17?
I really love the entire process of marathon running because it is so much fun! I just love focusing on doing something huge and typically not seen as fun and making it fun!
Last year the weather was beautiful and crowds made the marathon a blast! This year, while there was excellent volunteer support even for slow runners like me the rain caused many people to just stay home.
I still had a blast!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lessons learned from a soggy marathon

  I fell off my training schedule in Feb  due to pain in my left hip. I had decided not to run. But when my hip stopped hurting after 6 weeks of basically resting I decided to run the marathon. The weather was horrendous. 50’s and rain torrential rain with sheets of water slamming at me almost comical. I was doing alright, at first because I was not tired yet. The weather won when I got tired. At mile 22 my legs were tired due to lack of long training runs so I slowed way down and was running really really slow this was the turning point. At that point my core temperature was dropping from 5+hours of rain/wind. When I slowed down the weather beat me. I started shivering fiercely I dropped to the curb and could not get up~someone had to help me up. Then I somehow made it to the Starbucks on the corner of 26th and San Vincente were I fell onto a stool and could not move. Two firefighters shocked by my shivering and inability to stand shook their heads and said they wished more people would know when to stop. When my husband arrived to drive me home. I could not get up. He had to lift my legs into the car. I shivered until 3AM. I am certain I had hypothermia to some degree.  In retrospect, if I had been prepared. Put in all my training runs the weather would not have been able to overtake me. Also a raincoat might have helped.

I ran 23 miles in 5:30 any other day that last 3.2 would have been nothing but 3/20/11 that last 3.2 was 1,000,000 miles.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Los Angeles Marathon 3/20/11

Sheridan Ghaby - Runners and Walkers  |  Bib 3553  |  Redondo Beach, CA - USA  |  Female  |  Age 50   
7:58:0301:18:03 01:59:29 02:46:25 03:32:31 04:20:56 05:12:21  did not finish

Saturday, March 19, 2011

LA Marathon 2010 - Don't Forget to Look UP

phone charged up (ziplock)
ipod charged and playlists made (ziplock)
salvation army to purchase toss away sweats
camelbac filled with water and zipped pouch loaded with GU
money/credit card/drivers license in running shots pocket
good luck shoes that made it the distance last year are the choice!!
ribbons with 26 names made so I can pull out of my pocket each mile to run with that person in my mind
husband agreed to drop off so I don't have to get up and do the shuttle!!!
son agreed to brave the pick up at the pier
rain is coming so mentally prepare for it rain resistant nylon shell

it is on!

prayers for Japan


Prayers for Japan

tomorrow is a 26.2 miles of gratitude I have so much abundance in my life and I am running with awareness for all I have

I met a 95 year old man yesterday ~he was so beautiful
I said Good Morning How are you
He said eyes open....check
breathe in breathe out check........
another day to live check check check
all a bonus after that right?

love it!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I need your positive energy!


(in case you dont know me my name is Sheridan Ghaby, I am a 50 year old mom of 3 teens. I work as an RN case manager in ICU. I run because I can, it gives me energy and keeps me fit)

I am running Los Angeles Marathon this Sunday to raise money for relief efforts for the tragic ongoing hell unfolding in Japan.

I need all my friends to send me positive energy this Sunday~race begins at 0730 PST and if last year is any indication I will be done early afternoon! If you want to track where I am live you can click on the above link and have emails or texts sent to you as I cross various mile markers.

Wish me well. I know I can do it!  as long as I keep moving and don't quit I will get to the Santa Monica pier~and flop into the Sea around 2:30 give or take a few.......

I am making this Marathon a prayer of gratitude
each mile will focus on a person I am grateful for

I am making 26 bands with the 26 names each mile is dedicated to in my thoughts
thinking of these people who mean so much to me will keep me moving to the end.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

today's thoughts

crazy busy life
2 jobs and last semester of my degree
middle daughter home with a friend from Humboldt
they drove took 3 days camped in Sonoma, Big Sur and Santa Barbara

oldest child finals at UCLA
home next week to de-stress

looking seriously at a neighborhood business~ could be an owner again ~it has been 20 years since we owned 2 pizza stores.

marathon this Sunday~I am re fired to do this because I can ~end of story
Japan is always on my mind I can not imagine the despair and pain there and the destruction is not over~yikes!

eating is on track
need to run today after work
planning the Marathon in my mind all day even though I will be working!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Staffan Svahn - The Pearl - Original Acoustic Guitar

Did you know that the pearl, this natural wonder, is actually the result of a mistake? Natural pearls only grow if a grain of sand is mistakenly introduced into an oyster and this happens rarely in nature.
So the pearl is either a wonderful creation or a mistake depending on how you look at it.
In my life I believe that some of the best things have come out of my mistakes. This is especially true when it comes to my music. It is usually when I make a mistake that I suddenly find new and interesting chord progressions.
Maybe we should not be so afraid of making mistakes and judge less harshly, what we believe are, the mistakes of others.

This tune is inspired by Jackson Browne, one of my all-time favorite artists. I feel that he has an unsurpassed magical mastery of words and music. I have been spellbound by his music ever since I heard "Running on Empty" for the first time one summer evening, more summers ago then I care to remember.
I think you can hear some chords from his song "The Road" in this tune. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

do something to help


I am running Los Angeles Marathon next Sunday 3/20/11 because I can.
I value each moment of life it is a gift.
My heart is heavy seeing the images of suffering in Japan.
I felt compelled to act~if you do too join me every little bit helps.

Remember to live each day like it may be your last because someday it will be. Do not waste time. Act now. Do whatever you need to do to make your life meaningful.



perfect day
woke up with a smile
coffee and new favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey/Flax 1/2 cup dry and crunchy!
birds singing got my paper and my heart breaks with the images from Japan.
I think again my life is perfect
I am so thankful for today, my health, my family
I can not waste a moment
life is a precious gift
praying for those suffering
outside to run
I my left hip is finally not hurting after resting about 20 days.
I run to the Redondo Pier ~walk around the harbor and ~no dead sardine's I guess they all got cleaned up?
I run back home I am happy my hip is no longer hurting.
question to myself
will I show up next Sunday to attempt Los Angeles Marathon after taking about 20 days of rest~Can I do it?

live life aligned with intention
throw your eyes to a distant point of where you see yourself and let the intent pull you in the right direction
what is the purpose of your life, why are you here?
I know that I was created to be love~that is my purpose
so my actions, thoughts come from that.
Have you ever walked on a balance beam?
If you look at your feet you wobble and loss balance
If you look into the distance at the end of the beam suddenly you can almost run along the beam without falling
this is what living in alignment with your life's intentions feels like

Saturday, March 12, 2011

just be love

be love that is my life's purpose
be love all day
it is fun when all day I say I am love how can I be love right love in this situation.
I am here to gain mastery over myself
my thoughts and actions to be love, joy, peace understanding and all that makes us one.
my purpose is to be love and not get sucked into the web of hate, gossip, and everything that separates me from love.
whatever I focus on expands~love expands.
we are one only in love.

by the way this is true for me
if my ego says love can overcome~I can be sure the universe will send me challenging situations and people to test how strong my love is. I see this people or situations to be the wind on a long run or the hill I encounter at mile 20 on a marathon! I thank these people/situations for making me test my love and helping me grow ~I am love!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The A, B, C's of me ...

... why don't you play along?

A. Age: 50
B. Bed size: queen
C. Chore you dislike: scrubbing floors
D. Dogs: None, but I love them.
E. Essential start to your day: meditation
F. Favorite color: purple
G. Gold or silver: Silver
H. Height: 5'8"
I.   Instruments you play(ed): I played the flute and piano poorly
J.  Job title: case manager RN
K. Kids: 3: 1 son 20, 2 daughters 18, 14
L.  Live: Redondo Beach,Ca
M. Mom’s name: Joan
N.  Nickname: lamb
O. Overnight hospital stays: Had my tonsils out when I was 18. I went crazy after the surgery I do not do anesthesia well~apparently kicked a nurse!!
P.  Pet peeves: liars, and mean people suck
Q. Quote from a movie
R. Righty or lefty: Righty.
S. Siblings:5 sisters and 3 brothers.
T. Time you wake up: around 0600
U. Underwear: none of your business
V. Vegetables you don’t like: okra
W. What makes you run late: my husband.
X. X-rays you’ve had: only dental I guess.
Y. Yummy food you make: I can whip up a dinner in 5 minutes or slowly make a soup or roast I love to cook….not so much a baker savory food not sweets
Z. Zoo animal favorites: dislike zoos and seaworld type of animal jails
Okay, now it's your turn

Monday, March 7, 2011

I got an award~for this blog

A great blogging friend who takes the time to post supportive, encouraging comments on my blog, has nominated me for a "Versatile Blogger" award.   Thank you so much, Jackie!

To claim my award I've been asked to tell you seven things about myself and then pass the award on to some blogging friends.  So, here goes:

About me:

  1. I am the 5th of 9 children. I had the best childhood ever so full of happy memories. We had almost no money. Our home was full of love.
  2. When I was around 13 I won $25 from WIXY 1260 for being the 21 caller with the correct number of songs played in the prior hour~I think it is the only thing I ever won.
  3. I ran Los Angeles Marathon last year and finished it in 6:00 at age 49. I am very proud of that! I am signed up to run again this year but I have injured my left hip training so I am not sure if I will be at the starting line~time will tell.
  4. I met my husband in a club when I was 21~it was love a first sight! He still turns me on! He has sexy soft lips and big strong muscles!
  5. I mediate twice a day. This is a new part of my life and I highly recommend this practice.
  6.  Ways I have made money in my life include: collected newspapers and bottles door to door, babysat the heirs to the Murphy Oil Soap fortune (and vacationed with the family as the nanny), as a receptionist at a car dealer, short order cook at a sandwich shop, groomed/exercised horses on the hunter-jumper circuit,lifeguard at an apartment complex pool, owned and ran 2 pizza stores, worked mostly as an RN in ICU.
  7. I recently stopped drinking because it was interfering with #5. I am not making any blanket statement about the good/bad of drinking~just right now it doesn't work for me in my life.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


day full of simple pleasures
~the warm breath of my husband and a morning hug
~hot strong coffee
~morning fog creeping down the street
~the plants swishing in the mild breeze
~the hardwood floors on my bare feet
~morning doves cooing on my neighbors roof
~the smell of low tide in the air
~the sound of waves crashing
~bike riders intense energy as they pedal past my house
~peace of knowing I am lucky to have good health
~after glancing at the newspaper~happy I don't live in a country fighting a war
~plenty of healthy food choices and drinkable water
~seagulls screaming in the distance
~bare footed teenagers in wetsuits run past my house towards the Ocean carrying surfboards
I have only been awake for an hour and I am in such an excellent mood. I live with awareness of all I am blessed with~off to the beach soon to soak up more! sun, wind, salty air, poppies dancing in the garden, dolphins playing in the surf, sand crabs burying themselves after each wave, surfers and paddle boarders ride the waves.

I am going to run on the sand~I love life it is amazing~so happy I don't have to work today!

after my run

~super foggy
~high tide, SW swell fishermen and runners, walkers,bikers, skateboarders, scuba divers, Dolphins, gull, pelicans, rosemary, lemon blossoms
~Ran 7 miles in 1 hour and 30 mins. cool fog, sweet energy found at the beach this morning
~baking chocolate chip+oatmeal cookies aroma is intoxicating!
~happy to be a Mommy.... lucky 2 of my 3 kids are home
~tri tip roast slowly roasting with last summer's tomato sauce
~love my neighborhood, sweetest people live next to me!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Silly Olympics

learning how to live

Just back from a my morning exercise at the beach and I feel amazing!
I harvested fresh sea breezes, other like minded morning exercisers have beautiful energy, gull cries, salty mist, fresh oxygen and sunshine!

I had a thought
so I know that exercise is medicine
I just need to find the right dose.

just like 650 mg of tylenol cures most of my aches and pains~I know that the entire bottle of tylenol would shut my liver down, I know that the right dose of exercise is also important to discover.

I think that I learned that marathon distances were toxic to me, kind of like that entire bottle of tylenol.

so from now on if I feel low energy I will adjust my exercise to give me a higher dose of exercise to counter that low energy.
I know how important exercise for me I just need to listen to my body and adjust my dose for the day~

awareness is changing who I am becoming.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pink - Perfect [Lyrics]


thought for today~trust yourself

successful day so far
0600 coffee and 1/2 C Kashi Go Lean Crunch 
0830 1 hour beach run on soft sand (harvesting oxygen and Ocean energy)
1000 water and sweet potato/broccoli/halibut
1100 shower
1130 computer limit  (1 hour need to do more)
1230 yogurt 1 container 
1430 berries/nuts
1530 after school time with my 14 year old food~she is exploring vegetarianism~fun to create dishes with her since I was a vegetarian for 5 years and could easily go back/chat/listen more than talk
1800 dinner with my husband planning grilled salmon/ potatoes cakes/asparagus /chat/listen more than talk
1900 bake something sweet for weekend treat with my daughter~let her choose what the treat is and assist her in building her baking skills chat/listen more than talk
into the evening TV/shaing/computer time +college work/ laugh and play with daughter!
2200 private time ~important couple building time!
2300 rest/recover/dream journal 

I am grateful for today
warm house filled with love
hot coffee, hot husband
able body hard exercise
peaceful beautiful life
awareness is what changed my life!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

oops misses my exercise

I know that exercise is medicine I missed my dose today
result is low energy, sleepy, negative mood

plan better for tomorrow
up early exercise before work! set clock for 5 get it done
it sets the tone to a more productive day, brighter mood, positive outlook.

no excuses baby get it done

pack healthy food/water for work