From Pudgy-Wudgy to Athlete: My Journey
When I was about 5 or 6 years old I started putting on weight. A little tummy at first, and then a big roll around my middle, followed soon after by another roll just above the first and some jiggle to my thighs. My family used to lovingly (? I ... Read more
Conquer the Bridge... then Cruise the Beach...
This is the theme for the CA Dreamin' Racing Series, comprised of three events (Marathon or Half-Marathon Distance) done in three cities within a specified time frame. This year I started with the Surf City Half Marathon in Huntington Beach in F... Read more
I admit it: I'm FAT
I started writing this blog half an hour ago, but as I got to the part where I accept the truth about my weight my system froze and I lost the whole thing... Is there a message there? I don't know, but I'm going to face my fear anyway and try to... Read more
Disneyland 1/2 Marathon... or, the Race of the Month
Most of you know that I have been struggling with knee pain since mid-May. In spite of this I have entered and completed one race per month since the OC 1/2 Marathon on May 3rd. Well not exactly one per month, since I ran both a 1/2 and a full M... Read more
I returned last night from a 7 day Alaskan Cruise. While it was fun, I'm sorry to say that it didn't live up to my expectations, and I was a little bit disappointed :( Don't get me wrong, I had a good time, its just that in my head I had built i... Read more
San Francisco Marathon Race Report
Some of my Spark friends have been asking when they're going to see my race report from last Sunday's 1/2 marathon... and I've been avoiding writing it, because I've been struggling with my feelings about this race. I went to SF with trepidation... Read more
You may know me, but I'm still learning about myself...
A few days ago I rhetorically asked "Do you know me?" and went on to describe what I imagined would be my experience in the San Francisco 1/2 marathon. My plan was to walk as much as possible and run only when necessary to maintain the minimum p... Read more
Do you know me?
I'm the walker at the back of the pack.
I'm the runner-wannabe with the knee brace, ankle wrap and ibuprofen bottle.
I'm the slow one who keeps thinking "Maybe I should try running?" but know that I really shouldn't, at least not tod... Read more
10 p.m. and I've got a confession to make:
I hate house cleaning. I don't mean the spring cleaning - attacking the whole house and making it fresh kind of house cleaning, although I'm not a big fan of that either - I mean the everyday, run of the mill dust/vacuum/scrub/mop kind of cleani... Read more
My first duathlon and the Angel who found me
Today I completed my first duathlon (run, bike, run). It was an all women's event held at and around Disneyland. I entered it about 2 months ago during a moment of insanity; at the time I had only been running but I was lured by the promise of a... Read more
26.2 - Courage to Start, Strength to Endure, Resolve to Finish...
It's Monday morning, 22 hours post marathon finish and I'm sitting in my easy chair with ice on my knee, ankle and back, and my medal around my neck. I debated whether or not to put that medal on this morning since I had no plans of leaving the ... Read more
"T" minus 2 days and a wake-up
T minus 2 days and a wake-up, and I'm having a crisis of confidence.
I have come full circle since my first (and only) full marathon 14 months ago. I started training for that goal with every intention and belief that I would accomplish it... Read more
My 5th 1/2 Marathon or 14 down, 36 to go...
I was trying to think of an appropriate title for this blog, and I realized that I've been counting races this year, and this is my 4th 1/2 this year, but my 5th in my lifetime. Hard to believe, because it feels like I've been doing them forever... Read more
How to run and save a marraige...
I guess that's not an entirely accurate name for my current state of affairs since my marriage is pretty solid, but I have started to feel like running, which was a unifying activity for us for the past year and a half is starting to become divi... Read more
18 miles, Just another (Run) Sunday
This morning I ran 18 miles and thought nothing of it. That in itself should be cause for celebration, but the truth is that the run was a piece of cake and it gave me plenty of time to think... the real celebration is not that I ran 18 miles, b... Read more