New Beginnings

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Semisonic Closing Time Semisonic released Closing Time in March of 1998 and on April 29, 1999 the song really hit a chord in my life. My new beginning began that day when I signed up to run my first marathon to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation andContinue reading “New Beginnings”


The body’s ability to adapt and mend is an amazing thing to behold. Eight days ago I ran a marathon, a week ago I was struggling to walk down hill, two days ago I swam 1,000 meters and was ready to finish, and today I went to spin class for an hour covering 20 milesContinue reading “Advancement”

A Few Things

Now that I am back home and getting fairly close to in my at home groove, it is time for change. Notice I did not say back in my routine, the routine keeps modifying – almost with the seasons. Today I started a few new things. As a dear friend says to me sometimes –Continue reading “A Few Things”


Travel is a passion of mine.  The actual activity of traveling however, can be hit or miss with me. Lately when I fly, my return journey home has involved less than pleasurable activities. Food poisoning tops the list and that has happened to me twice the day I left. The more common occurrences have involvedContinue reading “Spicy”

Napa Valley Continued

I woke up this morning feeling a little less sore than yesterday. My friend is also a recreational runner, so I got her up and we went for a thirty minute run. It really felt good to get out, run without inhibition, and enjoy the scenery. My legs got into the groove quickly as weContinue reading “Napa Valley Continued”

California International Marathon

I would love to report I had a PR in PR – pouring rain. But alas it escaped me. I did run my third fastest marathon with an unofficial time of 5:30:12. For my seventh marathon in by far the most challenging conditions, I will take it with joy. I have run two marathons whereContinue reading “California International Marathon”

Trust Believe Run

I made it to Sacramento safely and on time. Actually a little early. My rental car pick up went smoothly and I found the hotel easily last night. So far all is going well. This morning I ran easy for 15 minutes just to get the blood flowing in my legs. It was raining andContinue reading “Trust Believe Run”

Contingency Plans

This morning my run workout was thirty minutes easy, shake out the legs. I was able to run right within my desired race pace and keep my heart rate right in zone two. Two days before a marathon, this should make me happy. While I am happy at my progress, I still have feeling ofContinue reading “Contingency Plans”

It Never Rains In California?

Today was a complete rest day. Normally I would go to bed by 9:30, which I did last night, and get up around 4:30, which I did not do today. I slept in until 7:15. It felt wonderful. Then I checked my messages. I find a post on Facebook from the California International Marathon thatContinue reading “It Never Rains In California?”