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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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

do it!

I am off work today and I am excited because that means I can go for a run. I feel asleep last night thinking about where I should run today. I could run everyday but I don't. I only run three days a week because I like to get outside first thing in the morning. Some weeks I try a sunset run but I really am a morning person. It is pretty windy today so I get built in resistant training. I am hoping to get into the http://inside.nike.com/blogs/nikerunning_events-en_US/2011/03/16/2011-registration-information-nike-womens-marathon
so I would be wise to train on hills and in wind so I am ready. I do not want a repeat of this year's Los Angeles Marathon (EPIC FAIL) where I was unprepared for wind and rain and did not finish. So today I am happy to see the wind (not really trying to psyche myself up haha!)

I did not always get excited to run especially in wind or up hills. So you might be asking yourself is this old lady crazy? I used to watch tons of TV eating chips and sour cream, candy, ice cream, french fries, fast food and spend my days off shopping and buying tons of useless crap. Then I got really unhealthy and slowly started to realize if I did not change I was going to get really really heavy. My mind was already there and I was lucky I woke up before my body followed my mind to deep despair!

Now I try to surround myself with inspiring people who have challenging goals and life took a pleasant turn. So to all my readers who are trying to figure out how they can change here is my suggestion. First of all never give up on yourself, believe that you can change. Next just go outside today and move just do it make it simple. I love to keep things simple like the blog Zen Habits


Saturday, April 23, 2011

garden joy

Last Fall my husband and I decided it would be nice to give our outside space a makeover. This Spring has been so much fun watching the grasses, succulents and flowers fill in the space. Every morning when I run out to grab the Los Angeles Times off the driveway I am so happy with the way the plants seem to be enjoying showing off the front of the house! I especially love the long fluffy wild grassy plant at the end of the driveway. I call these plants "my blonde girls" and love to swish them with my hands. These plants bring me joy. My husband keeps asking if he can trim the plants and I tell him don't touch they are perfect. He is an engineer and likes things all tidy in a row. I am much more of a free spirit and I love the way the plants move in the breezes.
The back is a big jacuzzi with a huge deck and mostly natural stone. Perfect spot to read a book~the TV is always on inside the house which can drive the most sane person to run off a cliff!
The South side of the house will be the herb and vegetable garden. The fresh oregano, mint, rosemary and thyme are already growing. This weekend we are planning what else gets planted. Tomatoes are my favorite I am still using some I canned last Fall.
The front of the house has a beautiful teak glider on the porch. My favorite place to have coffee and watch the barefooted surfers, bike riders, and runners go by on their way to the Beach
The space will soon have seating and a fire bowl: that is why there is a gas line poking up through the stone.
When we save a bit more money the plan is a teak picnic table and chairs here by the BBQ.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

rocks and kelp

I ran down the beach in the wet sand at the water's edge  this morning. There was a super low tide and lots of shells were scattered around. Then I decided to run up a steep trail and my heart almost jumped out of my chest. I need a ton of practice running hills! This video was where I enjoyed the beach I love the rocks, kelp beds, gulls screaming, salty air and the empty open space.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Boston on my brother's mind


My brother inspires me. He is my hero so smart, such an excellent journalist and mostly he loves to run!
 He is a distance runner who while ramping up his intensity a few months back to attempt to Boston Qualify he developed painful IT Band Syndrome. Now after months of rest, and by rest let me say distance road biking is his idea of rest, he is jumping back into the distance training and Boston is on his mind!

Yeah!!!! John I am sending you thoughts of health and many more miles before you rest!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tell Your Story Walking

Some of my best thinking happens when I run

I decided to go for a run on my day off and happy I did

I am letting go of results and focusing on doing what I know

I am letting go of ego and allowing things to be

still waiting to see if I got into the Nike Women's Half 10/16/11

got a group of girl friends going so it will be a blast no matter what!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

beautiful day

I  enjoyed my run to Redondo Pier

post run  green tea and sushi with my husband.
life is a gift
I am so thankful for all I have especially my awareness

Spring in Los Angeles  pre-June gloom is spectacular.
I am uplifted by the energy of life

waiting to see if I made it into the Nike Woman's Half Marathon 10/13/11 (sign up is a lottery due to popularity of this event).
I realized I do value running events because they provide a positive pressure to get up and out the door.
I signed up for the 13.1

Saturday, April 16, 2011



I am an RN with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and my Public Health Nurse certification! It was my goal to finish when I was 50 years old and I did it!

This was a long journey and I am proud of sticking with it (marathon training taught me discipline).

On to new things.  I like to look at it in this way ... nothing ever ENDS .. it simply transforms to a new beginning. All things are a continuum. We perceive endings but they don't truly exist. All things go on in one form or another, so see things through to their conclusion as much as possible so that the next plane of existence, portal, is opened....................

Monday, April 11, 2011


the end of things

I get bored or lazy whatever the reason and I have a low level habit of not completing things.

I have been this way forever.

I don't eat the last bite of toast,  don't sip the last gulp of coffee, do not read the the end of a book, leave before a movie is over, get up before a show ends .....it goes on and on. most recently I got a little past mile 23 of 26.2 of the Los Angeles Marathon before I bellied up to the bar at a Starbucks. I am done mentally before it is over. (Probably because I knew I had already finished a marathon the year before it was easier to stop when the winds and rain came).

and this week is the final week of my  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
and I have one paper left The Individual Professional Development plan, YAWN!! I am 50 years old my plan is to retire (giggle).

I wrote this and went for a trail run..................here is what I think after an hour of challenging my body on hills......

I do not like the end of things

that is a fact about me.

So what can I do? Simple be present in the moment BE NOW.

I am fine right now. 

around mile 19 of the marathon in the pouring rain a few weeks ago I had a freak out second in my head. I thought crap this is mile 19 I still have a billion more steps to take, I should just forget it. Then I told myself to do a quick personal inventory. After a quick mental survey I noticed that I was fine and concluded that I could keep going. I do hate the end of things. human nature most likely.
So from now on I am always beginning. The moment I am in is the first step the beginning. 
Each day is a new challenge~day #1. I am going to have only day #1 from now.

~no past mess ups to bog me down
~no future mountains to scale
just now this moment.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

faking it

I spent all day with my husband's side of the family. His Uncle died and we went to the funeral and grave and reception.
The challenge for me was my heel broke off my boot and I had the challenge of pretending nothing happened so not to draw attention to myself during their grief. I did a good job no one noticed!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

talking myself into a good day despite what's going on

1.Last week of school~tons of stuff to do to finish strong (not my forte! remember I stopped on mile 23 of 26.2 just saying)
2. Niece doing a little better, but remains in Pediatric ICU) after brain surgery following a bike accident (she was not wearing a helmet)
3. husband's Uncle died last night after long illness
4. out of state relatives will be coming to stay with me for 7-10 days as a result of #2 and #3
5. Palm Springs 0700  tomorrow morning for a long ago planned Spring break get away
6. I went for a run to help get stress level down and it felt amazing
7.  post run green tea and sushi ~the best meal of the week!

I feeling a bit stressed as a result of all the above things~recognize the stress will not let it get hold of me. I will focus on NOW finish my school work~get it done graduation is just a breathe away!