Still Here, Still High

“Hello, it’s me…. I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be….”  Adele. Hi there.  I’ve missed you.  After I wrote my LA marathon recap in Sweat, Tears, Sea, I wasn’t sure if I would be back here again.  I felt like I had a marathon story to tell, and you graciously went on […]

Sweat, Tears, Sea

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  Friedrich Nietzsche. I did it.  I ran my first full marathon.  It was HARD.  I’d do it again…. I will do it again. To try to summarize a transformative experience like running your first full marathon […]

Letter

Dear Paria: You have entered the taper period and about to run your first full marathon.  How fitting that it will be on Valentine’s Day.  But before you run it, I thought that you should write a kindness letter to yourself.  A letter in which you talk to yourself the way you would to a […]

Feel

“When we numb the dark, we numb the light….there’s no such thing as selective emotional numbing….when we lose our tolerance for discomfort, we lose joy.”  Brene Brown, from The Gifts Of Imperfection. If you read my last post Next Chapter, then you know that I said that I was going to change direction…that I was […]

Next Chapter

“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”  Marty Rubin. Grab a box of tissues, just in case.  While you’re at it, pour yourself a nice full-bodied glass of Syrah, or if you’re not into that, brew yourself a steaming ginger chamomile tea.  If you’re in the middle of something with your kids or […]

Renegotiation

“It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”  Edgar Allan Poe. On our tenth anniversary, I made a toast to my husband, “Ten down, ten to go.” “What does that mean?” was his natural response.  I told […]

Mother

“If they would all sleep all the time she wouldn’t mind being their mother.”  Kate Atkinson. Do you remember when I wrote the post Pain and I said that I want to be Cheryl Strayed?  That I want to “set up a sleeping bag in a tent in her mind and live there, and I […]

Toddler

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Dr. Seuss. I had yet another running breakthrough last weekend.  One of my 2015 running […]

Thin Air

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt. In January, I made a list of my 2015 running goals.  One of them was to be a race volunteer.  I’ve always been impressed with all the people who wake up at 5 am to go and stand […]

Eight Things

“Everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything.”  Michael Singer. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a little social media addiction, and I’m ok with it.  For me, what I have gained from social media is more than the time that I have lost to it.  Lately, I […]