Head First

“Once you make a decision, the whole universe conspires to make it happen.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve become pretty good at hiding behind my computer screen, typing away and “exposing” myself.  I’m also pretty good at writing letters and emails to friends about my thoughts and emotions and sending it to them.  I’m much less […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ground

“Why are you here today?  Why do you keep coming back?”  Jake. A couple of weekends ago, I went on a 3 day yoga/meditation retreat with my favorite instructor Jake.  It took some work/family coordination to get away, but I’ve been wanting to go on one of Jake’s retreats for over a year, and so […]

Crossing Bridges

“Often the thing feared, once crossed, turns out to be an unexpected bridge from which we can see who we were and who we are becoming.”  From the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, but first heard by me through Jake. Jake, my yoga instructor/secret therapist, has been gone for a while.  He is in […]

Saltwater

“The cure for anything is saltwater:  sweat, tears, or the sea.”  Isak Dinesen. I had a birthday last week.  Forty-two.  Turning 40 was very fun and exciting.  All this “forty is fabulous” or is the new 30 (or the new 20) or the new black, and friends and family making a big deal and planning […]

Mile Shortage

“.2 is about completion… .2 is about mastering pain…  .2 is about commitment.  .2 is about growth.  .2 is about experience.  .2 is about life.  If you have experienced .2, then you will never be the kind of person who does something ‘almost’ or ‘half-assed.’ …  .2 is simultaneously the end and the beginning.  Because […]

Rivelazioni a Roma

“A run has never returned me exactly the same.  I go.  I grow.”  Kristin Armstrong I’m on a family vacation this week.  When I started packing for this Italy trip to Rome, Venice, and Florence, what did I pack first…my running clothes, 3 sets.  I knew that I would want to run at least once […]

Dedication

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward A letter I’d write to myself in March of 2012. Click…you did it.  You just hit the submit button on the online registration form for your first half-marathon, as you’ve decided to try to take up running. […]

How to Run a 5K In 6 Hours

“Our group runs are as social as a cocktail party in motion.”  Kristin Armstrong A few months ago, two of my “non-runner” friends independently sent me a link to an event called “The Chardonnay Run”, a 5K followed by a wine and cheese event.  My friends associating me with running and wine brought a smile […]