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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 30, 2011

what I did, ate and drank today

today I ate
toast with peanut butter and coffee with cream and sugar
ran 8.2 miles
then I drank
 orange gatorade in Hermosa Beach, because I hate to carry water on runs
then I ate
 1/2 sun dried tomato bagel with 1/4 fresh avocado 
then I took a long HOT shower (I always get cold after a long run....Memories of Los Angeles Monsoon, I mean Marathon)
then I ate
a few bites of California Roll
then I drank
hot plain green tea
then I chilled
watching Project Runway's new season (I am glad my DVR remembered I like this because I forgot the new season started)
then I ate
some BBQ Popchips 
then I baked 
chocolate chip oatmeal cookies at my son's request, of course I had to do quality control
then I
made Welsh Rarebit (ooey gooey cheddar cheese sauce with rosemary bread)
also at my son's request, for dinner I haven't made that it years it was deeelish!
then I drank  at Fat Tire Amber Ale
then I listened 
my teenagers make life so interesting!
and it is only 6 PM 2 more hours of daylight and a super High Tide coming in at 9 PM I must check out
My favorite song today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlUKcNNmywk&ob=av3n

Monday, July 25, 2011

sunshine and fresh air

I love summer, sunshine, gulls, sounds of waves, smell of suntan oil, warm breezes, french fries and crabs cooking at the pier.
I have today off so that is a bonus!
No pressure of school currently on my kids makes life relaxed.
So grateful for all that is today including my outlook!

walked 5 miles today needed a break from running but I walked fast and even passed a few runners. I love moving my body it feels great!
Summer food is excellent as well fruit tastes better, salad is divine with fresh tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers from my garden~feel like I could like on sunshine, fresh air!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

why I run reason #??

I run....
to blast music and sweat!
this morning I ran 6 miles at race pace 10 min/mile and I had this song on replay because I hate it when random music ruins my run and I like this !!
Long Beach is 76 days away so I am having fun I love Half Marathon's

Friday, July 22, 2011

Demetri Martin - Flip Chart

it is up to you

Restless long night
My husband has a cold and he tossed and turned all night
My 14 yr old made popcorn at 2 AM and try to sleep smelling that
My 18 yr old went out clubbing and came in at 4AM and not quietly

I have to work today
Let me try to reset my mood

OK try this

I am so lucky to have a new day, my health is great, and I have an active close loving husband to share my bed with, three healthy loving children, a beautiful beach home and two jobs.
 That worked I can chose to be happy and then I feel good.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rambling thoughts on another perfect day

I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health~ Voltaire

Perfect morning for a run overcast skies and 62 degrees and I don’t work today!

Every day and turn my face up to rain or sun, stars, clouds...listen to music...SING...dance...PRAY...LISTEN instead of talking so much...pay attention...appreciate (LOVE) each person, place, thing for its unique beauty (including me). Call, talk to or somehow connect with one person each day, be it family, friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger - let them shine.

I chose to be happy today.
I inspire others by the way I live yesterday at work everyone wanted me on their team as we started a hospital wide competition to see which team can record the most steps taken (walked or run) 7/25-918 almost everyone knows I run because I always bore everyone with the topic!

Just ran 6 miles in an hour and I feel great love overcast skies best running weather

WHY do I run at 50 

I run to inspire others mostly my youngest child to do hard things and believe that they can! Summer cross-country training is in full swing and she is a newbie runner. Since I have been there done that I can talk her through it and help her form a powerful mindset to run hard or stay home. Today she ran 4 miles including the dreaded bridle trail and she was so proud to tell me that she did not walk! Her coach is quiet and easy on the new runners letting go of the ones who just don’t want to run before August. His only requirement is no walking because according to him walking is contagious.  I agree walking is not acceptable in a 3-mile run no way!
With that thought in mind I have a new goal no walking. Long Beach Half is coming up in October and I will do it with no walking because it is hard and I can do hard stuff.

I run because it is my medicine it brights my mood all day!

I run to support other runner's causes I personally don't feel compelled to be a fund raising runner I do support others who have taken up this reason to run!

I run so I can eat macaroni and cheese, pastrami on rye with Russian dressing and an ice cold locally brewed pale ale and still fit into my favorite jeans!

I run to get views like the one in this video I took this morning; it was overcast and the harbor was quiet and grey.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ok I am in


my friend Janelle set a challenge I accepted below is the explanation  copied from her blog

Yes, the challenge here is to take a picture of yourself - but not just to take a picture - to capture the ESSENCE that is "You."  

Well, Janelle, isn't that a little narcissistic?  Naw..... it really isn't.  

The reason for this challenge is to practice self-compassion and self-acceptance.  
If there is one thing I am learning on Life's Journey, it is that you can't give away 
what you don't have.  If we don't have self-compassion and can't accept ourselves, 
we are just faking compassion and acceptance towards others, or not giving it all.  

Get creative, express yourself and share with other bloggers!  If you want to keep your identity hidden, surely there is a way to do that and still participate.  Use your imagination.  

Self-Portrait Reveal Date:  August 29th!!  

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Way I Am lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson

in such a happy mood
I love love my husband he is such a sweetie and he takes me the way I am!

ran 5 miles this morning at the beach which may be the reason I am so happy
running is my medicine and I love summer warm air, sunny skies, my husband and life in general.
I wish I could bottle up my feelings and give them away to anyone who feels unloved or sad!

Sunday, July 17, 2011




words that can die now include: EPIC, VIRAL, JUST SAYIN', WOW FACTOR, FAIL, AND SWAG.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

running can wait

In Ohio having fun spending time with my brother and sisters. Spent the day biking on a towpath in the http://www.nps.gov/cuva/ohio-and-erie-canal-towpath-trail.htm then had lunch at http://winkinglizard.com/
enjoying family and loving exploring the trails! tomorrow we are going to go tubing on the down the riverhttp://www.loudonville-mohican.com/activities-rec-canoeing.html   Hot and humid here perfect summer weather unless you want to run! Running will wait......

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

how I spent my 4th

yesterday was travel day
woke up almost before I went to bed!
here is breakdown up at 2am
drove to Ontario airport about 1.5 hours (ugg)
then huge seurity lines made my way to gate plane already boarding
planes were packed!
to Denver (that place has memories for me all good!Transformation event and running my first Half Marathon)
then to Pittsburgh(hot and HUMID)
rented car
dove to Morgantown WV(they drive slowly here)
in rainstorm ( memories of last rainstorm~Los Angeles Marathon)
to my Huband's sister's house
it is wonderful reconnecting with family and having the kids hang out with so many cousins!
and wow can my sister in law cook! food was a Lebanese feast!
humous, fatsoush, kafta, shishtawook YUMMY!
wine was flowing, conversations relaxed and family is wonderful I am so lucky to have married into such a beautifu open loving family!
then the kids did fireworks and it was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!!

Seeing my son was the best part! I missed him, he is doing research with a pathologist this summer at WVU.

Now I have to go find a running trail in the woods and by a river!