LIFEFOUNDONARUN's SparkPeople Blog LIFEFOUNDONARUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Stories Right Next To You... Picture it: 31,000 feet up, 555 miles per hour. Here I am on a plane on my way to Nashville. I'm in the second to the last row on a plane with every seat filled. Next to me is a young blonde girl. Next to her a red-headed young man. We all smiled at each other as I took my seat. Then silence. <BR> <BR> We were delayed on the runway for about 30 minutes due to stormy weather over Texarkana. There were at least 200 people on this plane, yet you could hear a pin drop as we waited. No... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:19:11 EST Volunteering For Divas... Yesterday was my first time volunteering for a run. Run Like A Diva, the Divas Running Series, came to our wine country and brought 2200 runners decked out in pink. This race is a fairly expensive one to run in. You receive some fun bling for the price though, complete with tutu, tiara and boa. All pink in color. The run was hosted by Monte De Oro Winery, so the participants also received wine glasses and wine tastings. The views on the run are truly beautiful with mountains in the dist... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:06:19 EST 10 Things To Do To See Your Progress... #1. Journaling - Writing in a daily journal is an incredible way to see your progress. My routine is to write first thing in the morning, and in the evening. Saturday is my "Reflection" day. I wrote a whole blog about this one. (Link for that blog is at the bottom if interested in reading it.) This is the day I run through the past week to find any growth and reflect on it. Celebrating all progress is important. <BR> <BR> #2. Tracking - Spark is filled with tracking tools. They are su... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:45:12 EST You Are Closer Than You Think... Sometimes along our journeys, we come to a place that might feel like it isn't where we were hoping to be. That feeling can be discouraging and make us think about whether we are on the right path or not. The frustration might feel overwhelming enough to make us want to give up on our goals altogether. Something I've learned through my own journey is, it's all part of it. The journey won't be all smooth with no rough edges. The rough edges represent some things though, and they are diffe... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 10:37:33 EST Choosing My Happiness... Through the trials and perils of life, finding happiness was my goal. The search was on for it. I looked and looked and continued to keep looking. In many things I looked for it. Still it eluded me for many years. Not until I realized that happiness was an inside job, did I finally find it. The happiness was in every little thing I did. The cup of coffee in the morning. The short evening run. The sunsets that colored the sky from my balcony. The moments during meditation. Simple te... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:04:10 EST Not Today... When I was a little girl, I had dreams of becoming an Olympic champion ice skater. I had everything you are told you need to fulfill your dreams. I had the dream. I put together my steps to achieve my goal. I put massive action towards those steps. Yet my dream was never realized. After years of training, I chose to end it. I've never forgotten the feeling after telling my parents that I no longer wanted to skate. It was the biggest relief of my young life. I've also never forgotten ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:28:10 EST San Jacinto Peak... At 10,834' San Jacinto Peak is the highest in Riverside County and one of the tallest in Southern California. John Muir has been quoted as saying "The view is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth." This past weekend I had the opportunity to summit this peak and words are hard to find to describe this incredible "spectacle" we had the privilege to see. But I will give it a try... <BR> <BR> Palm Springs: Fun little town located in the desert, surrounded by mountain... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:50:56 EST The Go-Giver... About a week ago I read a book that I have wanted to read for quite some time. It was called The Go-Giver by Bob Burgan and John David Mann. It’s a little story about a powerful business idea. I highly recommend reading this incredible book. It opened my eyes to new ways of giving back to this world. There are 5 “laws” in the book and I challenged myself to focus on each law for one week at a time, making it a focus of my day and see if any changes come from it. The first law is the law... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:51:22 EST Vegas 2017...My 10th Half Marathon... Better late than never! Las Vegas 2017. What an exciting time it was. From beginning to end, it was one of the best times, and best runs, I've had there. Cruising in to town on Friday afternoon, first stop was the airport. Had a minor delay due to some terminal confusion, but eventually I was able to locate my man, RUNSWITHDEER. After warm greetings and much needed hugs, we took off to start our Vegas weekend. We headed to the expo where we picked up our bibs, strolled past the vendors... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:03:17 EST Las Vegas... Las Vegas. To say my heart was torn apart by the tragic events this past weekend is an understatement. This past week has been an incredibly emotional one for me and so many others. This tragedy has hit us in a way that we seem to be feeling so deep. For me I find anger and sadness, mixed together and creating a new feeling of determination. Determination to make sure that love conquers evil. Light takes away the darkness. At four different times in my life, I've stood in the exact pla... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 19:19:18 EST Morning Routines, #YOSAB, Vegas and Fund Raising.... Here it is already August. How did that happen?! It seems each year flies by faster and faster. I remember as a child being on summer vacation and it seemed to go so slow, which I loved of course. I wasn't much of a school lover back in the days, so the longer it took to get to the first day back to school the happier I was. It seems like New Years was not that long ago, yet we're in the middle of summer already. The heat here in my SoCal town is overstaying its welcome. Fall is a nice... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 23:00:55 EST Mt. Whitney! There is a phrase I like to use when something strikes me in a way that is unusual. Something that seems extraordinary. Something that I never knew I wanted to experience until it was presented to me. It's my match to gasoline feeling. That feeling that instantly lights me up with a charge so fierce that it can't be ignored. <BR> <BR> A while back I was presented with the challenge of hiking Mt. Whitney. Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States, with an eleva... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 00:08:08 EST What Is The Story From Your Words... I am not a fast runner. I run slower than a herd of turtles. I’ve told everyone I know that I am not a fast runner. I’ve told myself this since I began running 10 years ago. Guess what? I’ve never been a fast runner. <BR> <BR> Recently I’ve been making some changes in life. I’ve taken on lots of different types of challenges to keep life fun and interesting, and to see as much progress as I can in various areas. One of my challenges is to run a faster mile than I have always ran. I s... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:40:52 EST Reflections... Over the past few months, I've put together a weekly reflection project for myself. Normally on Saturday mornings, I get up when it's early and know that I won't be disturbed. I make a cup of decaf coffee with coconut/almond milk creamer and a dash of sugar free vanilla syrup to flavor it up a bit. I bring out my journal and sit in my favorite area of my home. I've purposely made this area a place that is decorated in my favorite color of lavender, along with my silk flowers in a lovely g... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:45:36 EST Thoughts From The Top... Today I went looking for a new experience. A new adventure. A new place that I had never seen before. I found it! Indian Head Canyon. A pretty canyon filled with trails, hills and views. A fun and challenging 6-mile hike on a beautiful day that was blessed with sunshine and a gentle breeze. As I struggled to the top of the steepest hill, the view put a smile on my face. Seeing the ocean in the distance made the journey up that hill worth it for me. <BR> <BR> I took some time to sit... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:47:15 EST What is your "Movement"? After a long work week, I was so thrilled to have some quiet time at home on a Friday evening. I thought I would read a little, get caught up on some articles I had saved over the week, weed through the e-mails I neglected to look at. I jumped onto Facebook for a little bit to see if anything other than politically-charged conversations were going on. Nope. Not yet. Bad idea. Now I was annoyed. Just as I was about to leave, a posting by a business coach I follow popped up. It asked fo... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:41:07 EST LFOAR's 2016 Adventures... "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!' " ~ Hunter S. Thompson <BR> <BR> 2016 - summed up in that quote above. What an incredible year it was. Full of change, growth, adventure and challenges. Over the past few years, I've faced some challenges that brought discomfort and some fear... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 02:11:10 EST LFOAR's 2016 Adventures... "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!' " ~ Hunter S. Thompson <BR> <BR> 2016 - summed up in that quote above. What an incredible year it was. Full of change, growth, adventure and challenges. Over the past few years, I've faced some challenges that brought discomfort and some fear... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 02:10:49 EST If Not Today, Then When... Thanksgiving Day. For so many years while my children were growing up, this day was very much a replica of the one from the year before...and the year before that...and so on. I've found as my children have grown up, this day has grown out of its own routine. My daughter is now married and living on the east coast. This year was the first we've spent apart since the times she was in the Navy, away on detachment. Those years, if we were lucky, we would skype for what seemed like hours cat... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:09:59 EST History Was Made... This past weekend I had the privilege of watching, via Facebook Live, history being made by the first woman to ever attempt a paced cycle landspeed record. The woman's world record was set by her at 147.7 miles per hour, on a bicycle. I've followed this amazing lady's training over the past few years and it has been nothing short of absolutely inspiring. Her dedication and commitment to her dream was remarkable. Was it an overnight achievement? No. This was a dream that took 4 years to ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:56:51 EST Journaling...A Secret of Success Happy 4th of July! Wishing all of my Spark Friends a wonderful and safe holiday. <BR> <BR> Something I have not really taken too much time to look through here on Spark has been the "Secrets of Success" area. I took the time this morning to browse through the secrets of others and felt incredibly inspired. We all have our own secrets of success. You just never know how your secret may help someone else on their journey through life. I submitted the below blog as one of my secrets and wa... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:27:46 EST A Fast Woman... How are we already halfway into March? It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes by. Time is so precious and one thing we cannot get back. So lots of goal setting this month. Number one on the list is to stop being so busy. Life is just passing me by. Slow down. Love this life and all it brings to me. Time to set some funs goals. Another Whole30 starts 3/21. Write more. Appreciate more. Enjoy the ride. Speaking of rides... <BR> <BR> September 2016 is right around the corner... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:26:22 EST A Dog That Ran A Half Marathon... I came across this article during my lunch hour today and thought it was just too cute not to share. I love this! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rs-half-marathon-and-finishes-09485962<BR>7.html </link> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:10:08 EST Your Brain On Nature... I came across this article as I was enjoying the quiet, rainy view from my balcony while enjoying my coffee this morning. I found it absolutely fascinating, so thought I would share it here. I'm consistently drawn to nature and have always found my most healing thoughts there. I've slowly learned over the years that, for me, feelings are what make life what it is. It's a long read, but well worth it in my opinion. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> "At the end of the day, we come out in nature not becaus... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:34:56 EST Balcony Thoughts... As I was sitting on my balcony this evening, enjoying the chilly night air, I noticed off in the distance a beautiful display of Christmas lights. They were pretty mesmerizing as they glowed in the dark night, blinking and changing colors. It's hard to believe this is the last month of 2015. What an incredible year it's been full of growth and change. I look back to just one year ago and can remember the woman I was back then working through some pain, learning to love life in new ways, b... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 22:54:04 EST I'm a Qualified Fanatic... I did it! Goal accomplished :) The 3rd and final half marathon was ran and completed successfully last weekend. Am I happy this goal is over? Yes. Yes, I am. Did I learn anything about myself along this journey to qualifying for the Half Fanatics? Yes, I sure did. How much fun was Vegas? Well, *fun* was part of it, of course. Who the heck doesn't have fun in Vegas? Of course I found fun there, along with a myriad of other emotions. Come along for the journey for a few minutes: <BR... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:33:20 EST Waking Up The Runner's Way... A friend of mine shared this quote (below) and it really resonated with me. I've been a gymnast, an ice skater, a volleyball player and a runner. Each sport brought its own depth of "waking up", but running is what broke it all open for me. I've recently been thinking of moving on from it, but something never seems right about that decision. <BR> <BR> I have one more half to complete to accomplish a goal I've had for a long time. It's interesting to me to look at this 90-day journey to... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 22:38:40 EST Los Angeles... This past weekend was the Los Angeles half marathon. This was half #2 of 3 on my journey to qualifying for the Half Fanatics. Next up is Las Vegas in 21 days. Thankfully, no healing is required after this run :) It was an adventure though: <BR> <BR> * Friday evening I spent with my folks who are visiting from Arkansas. They rented a cabin in the local mountains. Fun evening spent visiting and chatting for hours. I ended up having nightmares throughout the night, to the point I gave up... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:34:59 EST Thoughts... First I wanted to thank everyone for the well wishes on my run today. I always appreciate the support I receive from my Sparkfriends. Unfortunately, this is a run I will not forget. The run itself went fine, but circumstances surrounding the area where the run was held was holding tragedy. I don't mean to be vague, but this has really touched me in a way that I'm not used to feeling. So I simply ask for prayers for the families who's lives have been drastically changed overnight. Life is... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:13:28 EST A Lake, A Puppy and A Family... The holiday weekend is just about over. Finally home after a lovely visit with my daughter and her family up north. I must say it was a much-needed, much-enjoyed holiday. Sometimes you just don't realize how much is on your shoulders until you step away from it for a bit of time. That feeling of "ahhhh, no stress today" always helps put things into the perspective of what is important and what can wait for another day. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Sep 2015 19:56:07 EST A Journey Filled With Lightbulbs... One of the things I love so much about running is a thing I call my "Lightbulb Moments." These are moments of clarity that only seem to show up when I'm in the middle of a long run or a faster-than-usual run. Either way, these moments normally only show up when I'm, for lack of a better word, kind of "out of my mind." Meaning I'm so involved in the run and how my body is feeling at that moment, that everything else is blocked out. Then whammo! Lightbulb moment. <BR> <BR> When I first ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 01:30:43 EST My Journey To Being A Fanatic... Summer training is up and running...literally...for me. I don't know what it is about training in the summertime, but I love the challenge of it. This morning's long run was simply a fabulous run for me. Something about being out as the sun is just peaking through, streets are quiet with the exception of the other runners out early to beat the heat. I overslept by an hour, so I had to plan the run as I went. Desert mornings can heat up quite quickly. It's a challenge to try calculating ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 14:13:02 EST Summer Stories ... The summer is certainly a hot, humid one so far! It's making it difficult to keep my training on track like I've planned. I've been able to work with the weather a little bit and run outside, but I've needed to bring it inside the gym on the treadmill a few times. It's been a fun change! Unfortunately, my left foot doesn't seem to like the treadmill like I wished it would, so I'm trying hard to get up early and head outside for my runs before the heat completely takes over. The gym where ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:54:21 EST Finding Awareness ... About 12 years ago, a company I worked for decided to send me to a driving class. I took on some new roles at that job and needed to use their vehicles to do some tasks. It was a requirement of theirs that anyone driving their vehicles go through and pass this course. When my boss told me I had to spend an entire day doing this, I actually rolled my eyes at him. My job was already demanding enough as it was, now I would be behind a day. I can be a bit rigid when it comes to breaking rout... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:32:43 EST Blog #100 ... April 25th, 2012. That was the first time I had ever written a blog. I remember writing that blog and looking at that *publish* button and hesitating for a little bit. It was a simple blog that very broadly talked about what was happening in my life at that time and I remember feeling so nervous to put those words out there. I didn't know what to expect. I had almost no interaction with other Sparkers here at that time because I was new and hadn't really reached out yet. 3 years later..... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 23:23:08 EST Santa Rosa Plateau ... I've made it a monthly goal of mine to find a new activity to try, or a new place to explore. For the month of May, I hiked a 7-mile trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau. How lucky for me to have this beautiful ecological reserve located just a few miles down the road. How weird of me to not have ever been there before considering I've lived in my town for almost a decade now. I've been told about the place many times and always made a mental note of it, but never went there. When I set this ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:44:03 EST Time For Another Whole30 ... Sunday starts another round of whole30 for me. Lately I've physically felt off and just not the best I know I can feel. This is partially due to my odd sleep schedule, but also due to some eating habits I've let slip. <BR> <BR> My first round of whole30 taught me which specific foods cause problems for me. Discovering that sour cream was not going to be part of my future was a sad discovery. I love that stuff! But it doesn't work with my system at all so I had to give it up. It seems... Sat, 23 May 2015 23:51:41 EST No More Gadgets... I must admit, I am a gadget junkie. I've been thinking about going gadget-less for my training towards the next 3 halfs I have planned. It's been on my mind a lot. And then a friend of mine shared this article at just the right time one morning and now I'm sold on the idea. I'll be running by how I feel now for most of my runs. We'll see how it goes :/ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ining/maccas-musings-step-away-from-th<BR>e-gadgets_90857 </link> <BR> <BR... Sat, 23 May 2015 16:42:11 EST Girls on the Go 5k... This past weekend was the Girls on the Go 5k fun run. This is the 3rd year in a row that I've participated in this one. It's ran at Mission Bay in San Diego, which just happens to be one of my favorite places to run. It was also Mother's Day themed so my daughter ran along with me. It was the first time we've ran together since the Las Vegas run this past November, so it was really nice to have her running by my side again. <BR> <BR> The weather was a bit dreary, but just a light mist. ... Mon, 11 May 2015 21:58:54 EST My Mother... All that I know, all that I am and all that I will ever be, I learned from my mom :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling so blessed to be able to say what an amazing woman my mother is. It was growing up watching her create her own journey towards the goals she chose for herself that inspired me to follow in her shoes. She laid the foundation I needed to find my own way to the life I've chosen to build for myself. She did ... Sat, 9 May 2015 23:29:15 EST Throwback Thursday... Throwback Thursday. I love this day. The social media sites just boom with pictures "back in the day" of friends and family. Sometimes I laugh along with them, other times I sit in remembrance of those times of old and wonder about them. Tonight I saw something that threw me back quite a ways, to a time that wasn't one I exactly wanted to remember, but found a smirk in anyway. And it just made me think about "right now". <BR> <BR> As I looked at this particular photo, the memories tha... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:12:37 EST And She Will Carry On... So it was a day that began feeling hopeful, but ended on not such a good note. But life goes on. I've learned to push through those times that don't go as planned. It's just time to, once again, tweak up a few things and make new plans to get to my goals. Yes, I could be bitter, but where is that really going to get me? I learned a long time ago that bitterness, resentment and the other types of emotions that go along with those, really doesn't do anything for me. So...I'm choosing to s... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:08:03 EST Role Models... Over the past few days, I've had a continual theme show up in my daily conversations. It was coming up out of the blue with so many different people, after the 3rd time I stopped for a few minutes and realized that this had been happening and maybe "someone" was trying to get me to think about it. Who is your role model? Do you have more than one? Who do you look to when you need the extra something to either get you motivated, back on track, for new ideas or just to bounce ideas off of? ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:09:44 EST Living In The Moment... <img src=""> It was a day of hiking in one of the most amazing places on this earth. 7 miles of peaceful beauty. Enough awe in me to shut me down from the usual go-go-go life of mine. Enough peace and serenity to quiet the thoughts for a while. And enough mileage to think...and know that all is as it should be at this moment. Yosemite is simply amazing. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:22:23 EST A Day By The Bay... So last month I wrote a blog about a weekend where I decided instead of sticking to the normal training schedule, I would simply go out the door and start running and see what happened. I had enough fun on that run that I made the decision to try and do something like this more often. I named that blog "Following My Feet". <BR> <BR> It's now April, and I decided this weekend to do something similar. Since I changed up my running goals for the year, I've had to change up my training a bi... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:19:10 EST 25 Years Ago Today... I spent last weekend celebrating an early birthday for my daughter. Her actual birthday is today. She is 25 years old today. A quarter century old. 2.5 decades old. And yes, it does make me feel old lol. But more than that, it puts me into disbelief that 25 years have gone by so quickly. Where did all of that time go? Why is it the older we get, the quicker the time flies by? In any event, it only serves as a reminder that time is precious. Live in the moment. Capture the memories ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:01:59 EST Plot Twist... Well...I did something last week that at first I thought was going to make me a bit sad, but in a turn of events, it actually made me quite happy. My running goals for this year were to complete 3 halfs here in California. One in May, September and October. Normally I run them with my daughter, but after Vegas last year she decided she would rather focus on 5k's. So I knew I would be running solo and I was fine with that, but I wasn't expecting this darn sleep interruption issue to be goi... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 00:23:33 EST Turning Around... About 7 months ago I was out on a run. The run wasn't anything exciting, just a few miles around the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon. When I got to the end of the run and slowed down to a walk, I caught my breath and felt a prompting to turn around. I remember it being an odd feeling and it just came into my head out of the blue, so I quickly turned around. Half expecting to find someone behind me, there was no one...just the long pathway that I had ran down. I stood there for a min... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:51:35 EST Workout Woes... Ever have one of those workouts that just doesn't go right? Of course you have. We all have. My most recent one happened just a little bit ago actually. Running felt like I was pulling along two legs of wood and my strength training didn't go much better. Why? Well, here's the list: I slept terrible and work was long and very stressful today. I didn't fuel or hydrate properly and I chose to do my workout after work which was just not a good decision. I'm trying my best to get my trai... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:36:03 EST Staring At The Ocean... I read this article a few days ago and it spoke to me in a way that I haven't been able to shake. I try to live my life as "whole" as possible, but sometimes someone comes along and puts your own thoughts into their own words and it all makes more sense. That's what happened to me the other day with this article. I thought I would share it with anyone who might be interested in reading something like this. Enjoy it :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ey-by-starin... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:21:26 EST