LIFEFOUNDONARUN's SparkPeople Blog LIFEFOUNDONARUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Following My Feet... I made it a goal this weekend to kind of make a change to my normal weekend running routine. I normally choose a goal distance along with a time I would prefer to run it in. I've been running for a few years now and realizing that I do it this way almost every weekend got me to thinking that maybe I could just try to do it a little bit different. I can be a bit tight with the whole routine thing, so this may not sound like much to someone, but to me it felt very strange even contemplating ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:18:57 EST Waiting For The Sunrise... If there is one thing I have learned about the way my body reacts to certain things, the most challenging of everything is lack of sleep. Or just having a night of poor quality sleep. Due to the way my schedule is right now and needing to be up hours before the sun even thinks about poking her rays out, readjusting the sleep cycle has been quite the adventure. I will go for 2, sometimes 3 weeks, feeling great, everything is working just fine and then I can almost plan on expecting one full... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:50:28 EST Let's Get Stronger... It never gets easier, you just get stronger. I love this quote. I believe in it. I used to think it wasn't true. I used to think that the more I ran, the easier it should be. For a while I did run in a way that did feel easy, but I didn't progress. I stayed at the same level. For me, I'm looking to level "up" in all areas of life. What are you doing to level yourself up today? Today I'm making it a goal to get my 5 miles completed early this morning and throughout the rest of the day... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:04:11 EST The Picking Myself Back Up Phase... In the middle of my long run this morning, an adjustment had to be made. I had planned on doing 7 miles. I was mentally ready for it, hydrated and overall physically up to it, but an unexpected situation came up that called for an end to the run after 2.22 miles. It was such a beautiful, cool morning and the run was going very well, so having to stop was a bit of a downer. Some things you can't run away from though and you have to make adjustments to accommodate them. So I did and plaste... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:06:18 EST Whole30...Week #1....Round #2 So I'm finishing up my first week of another whole30. I absolutely love this program. I'm a huge advocate of it because of what it does for my life, my energy, my outlook and how my body responds to it. I see such a big difference in all areas of my life because of it. I'm really grateful I stumbled upon this program last summer. It's been a real blessing for me. Cutting out all the things that cause my energy to drop, my waist to expand and my moods to shift all over the place is not a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:09:44 EST Now...I'm Loving Myself There came a time not so long ago when I took a stand and did something that I really didn't want to do. I knew I needed to do it, but I found all sorts of excuses not to. I believed that living in a state of denial was easier than living in reality, because the reality was going to be ... different. Reality meant there was going to be ... change. And how scary is change? To me it was very scary, but I also knew deep inside that it was going to happen and I could either stand up and take... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:07:35 EST And She's Back... It's been so long since I've written a blog <em>40</em> Sitting here at my computer writing this feels....good <em>30</em> Life has been all kinds of crazy for the last 6 months. I have been through so many different phases of change during this past half of a year, it kind of boggles my mind. I'm at a good place in life though. I'm happy, peaceful and am proud that I fought my way here. My journey has seen some things I wasn't planning on seeing, but that's the way the journey r... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:24:28 EST Time To Run...Los Angeles So 3 weeks from today is half marathon #4 for me. I will be running through the streets of Los Angeles alongside my amazing daughter. This will be an interesting run as the training for it has been not as solid as I wished it could have been, but living in the desert region and dealing with the blazing hot temps throughout the summer seems to interrupt things for me. For example, this weekend has been 104...and it's October...not pleasant. So I'm not expecting any miraculous PR's for thi... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:17:33 EST The Long Distance Relationship...Part 1 I talk so much about change, I think I automatically bring it towards me. Drives me crazy at times. But as I've learned, life is one big cycle of change. Either fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride, or pray for mercy. Change has been a huge part of my life over a year now. Anyone who's followed me knows, I was involved in a long distance relationship for 3 1/2 years. The past year was one of extreme change. Heartbreaking change at that. How tough is it to watch a loved one change ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:51:47 EST 3 Miles Out of 20.... As the weekend winds down, I'm at my routine ritual of looking over my past week and doing what I do...analyzing it. Yes, I do make myself crazy sometimes with my analytical thinking, but I am what I am. Take me or leave me...I'm a thinker by nature. <BR> <BR> I ran and walked over 20 miles this weekend. I'm training for my 4th half marathon which is at the end of October, so that's mainly why there were so many miles this weekend. The thought of "settling" came over me during my last 3 ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:38:31 EST "When We All Fell"... What was your reason for coming to Spark? This was a question that I came up with this week due to a very odd, incredibly vivid dream I had earlier in the week. I'll never forget this dream. It had a simple statement in it that led me to wake up abruptly, yet it was stamped into my head in a way to where I was forced to really think about what it meant. The words "When we all fell" were displayed for me when I wanted an answer to an issue in my life that I never seem to get answered strai... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:00:55 EST It gets easier...or does it? I've been an avid runner for about 6 years now. I originally began this running journey as a way to lose some weight, to get me outside a bit more often and to try and conquer something that I had attempted many times in the past, but always quit wondering why I started in the first place. Running was hard. It placed a lot of pressure on my chest and legs. Back in the day I really didn't care for how I felt while running, so I would quit and go to the gym to do something that didn't feel ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:30:40 EST I'm Tweaking Again... One of my favorite words/actions I've used here on Spark is "tweaking my perception". It wasn't until I began blogging here that I learned how to do this. I'm very grateful to Spark for providing the outlet for me to write and get those thoughts out there. It was during these writings that my perceptions started to change and I started to grow more as a person than ever before in my adult life. <BR> <BR> When I came to Spark, I was what I believed to be a scarred and broken person in th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:22:23 EST My Whole30 Challenge... For the month of August, I took on my first Whole30 Challenge. What an experience for me. It truly was nothing short of amazing. For anyone who isn't familiar with this challenge, for 30 days you eat only whole foods. You take out dairy, grains, legumes, sugars and alcohol. I've been a "healthy" eater for quite a few years now, so I knew it wouldn't be too tough of a program for me. But my normal diet did include all of the above, sugars and alcohol in moderation. Taking each of those ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:35:09 EST It's Worth The Effort... This isn't a blog about bragging. This is a blog about realizing. Realizing that it takes time to make a change. It takes time to reap the benefits of your efforts. If you take the time to invest in yourself, eventually the rewards appear. I'm training for my 3rd half marathon and tonight was a 6 mile training run. It was during the 2nd mile where I felt like my breathing was so off that I was ready to give up for the day, but I pressed on. I found a bit of a mental angle that I needed... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:20:44 EST Good Weekend Finally... I am just finishing up one of the better weekends I've had in a very long time. Life has taken me through a lot of ups and downs over the past two months and the weekends always seemed to be bearing the brunt of most of it. I made some changes to my regular life routine and am now enjoying the rewards of those changes. At first I felt deprived and very resentful for having to make these particular changes, but now as I look back at how these things were disrupting my life in a way I didn't... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:08:46 EST Half Marathon #2... A few weeks ago I completed my 2nd half marathon. I think that was probably one of the hardest runs I've ever done, even though everything was perfect conditions for a great run. The course was almost completely flat with just a few minor hills. The weather was gorgeous and cool. I was rested, hydrated and carbo-loaded. The energy was amazing. But for whatever their reason, my legs didn't feel up to doing their job that day. At least not in the way I had wanted them to. I finished the... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:38:29 EST Pieces of the heart... When you try your best to see the good in a situation, yet the good in it is so few and far between. That moment when enough feels like enough, yet that enough means you have to tear your heart into pieces and go through the process of putting it back together. When you're too tired to deal with the same thing over and over again, means it's time to change. I've tried tweaking it for a different perspective, but what I've learned is that you can tweak things all you want, but if your core ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:00:59 EST Creating Our Legacy.... I'm about ready to head out for my long run and I'm reminded how fragile and precious life truly is. The running world has been mourning the loss of a Virginia woman named Meg Menzies, killed by a drunk driver last Monday morning during her morning run. She has left behind a husband and young children, as well as many others who love her dearly. Thousands of runners all over the globe dedicated their runs yesterday to her memory, and to bring awareness to drunk/distracted driving. It's so... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:44:50 EST Great Diet Tips... I came across this article this morning and found loads of great tips, so thought I would share it :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-best-weight-loss-tips/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:04:55 EST Those darn voices in your head... Such a great article! I love the way she wrote this. Brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>t-there/out-there-6_89921 <BR> <BR> <BR> If the link doesn't open, I've copied it below. I also tried adding the link again underneath the text. I had to alter a few words considered profanity due to SparkPeople not allowing them to post: <BR> <BR> "Many times, you reap what you sow when it comes to race day. But sometimes, you get kicked in the gu... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:23:55 EST SparkPeople Challenge... The other day I signed up for one of the challenges here on Spark. I've done a few of the virtual runs, but never completed any of the challenges. I must say I'm really enjoying it. I'm on "leave" from running until the beginning of the new year to give a few achilles some much needed rest, and the challenge has been perfect in giving me options for cross training. It's been very refreshing waking up in the morning and feeling a bit sore in new places :) I'm also a person who kinda lives... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:56:39 EST My First Half Marathon... For me achieving a goal is bittersweet. My goal of a half marathon was a part of my life for over a year. I look back one year ago when I made the decision to run this, and the journey I went through is nothing short of amazing to me. The journey that brought so much growth to not only my running, but my life in general. The journey that was like a friend to me at times, because my training plan made me live that journey or else I simply was not going to be able to do this run. The journ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:40:51 EST Inspiring... I loved the inspiration in this article. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>-life/?fb_action_ids=10201514181788809<BR>&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=ag<BR>gregation&fb_aggregation_id=28838148123758 The Time of My Life: Staten Island Native Mike Cassidy Shares His Experience Finishing The NYC Marathon Hand-In-Hand With His Hero Meb Keflezighi | <BR> <BR> by: Mike Cassidy <BR> <BR> November 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> About 10 miles into Sunday’s ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:28:04 EST 9 days 21 hours 3 minutes 29 seconds... Received my final confirmation e-mail tonight for the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon. It instructed me to open a link that would show my confirmation page, and when I did that the countdown was displayed. It's just about here. This long awaited, long trained for half marathon is only 9 days away. Am I ready for it? I, I am. Yes, I am ready for it and now having to wait another 9 days is making me crazy. Long runs are done. Only 4 more short runs left. The last lo... 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