Runner

No misleading title, no fancy quote to start with it.  Just owning it. Valentine’s Day morning: “Are you going running today?” my husband asked when he saw how I was dressed. “Yes,” I answered. “You just ran a half-marathon two days ago.”  (The one with my 13 year-old son – his first.) “So?”  I was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sixteen

“Remember sixteen – when all the world was new and a lifetime stretched before you like fresh snow just waiting for your footprints?”  Peggy Toney Horton. This past Saturday, I ran 16 miles, for the first time ever.  The number 16 has significance in my life.  In a way, 16 has been a gateway number […]

Candy

“For me, the challenge of middle age was not to stand still.”  Jon Katz Recently, I have been bombarded with running decisions.  I’m still a newbie in this game.  It’s really only been a year that I have become a more “serious” runner who has actively decided to invest more time in my running, mix […]