Before the Universe said “Ha HA” – Vlog Week 6


Yes, I know I forgot to record something for week 5 – so this is a two week catch up.

First of all – please please donate Christina’s Fundraising Page I’ve currently got $885 which leaves me a tad over $2100 yet to raise. We are doing some team fundraising but I would feel so much more encouraged if I could pull my own weight from all of you lovely readers/friends/supporters. It is your donations that keep me going even when I feel a huge huge case of the “Don’t Wannas”

Speaking of those – literally about an hour after I recorded this video in which I sort of crow about feeling pretty darn good after a 12 mile training walk…guess what happened? Yup – BONK! I was part way through my grocery shopping and my brain just stopped. Followed closely by the rest of me. I pushed through to unloading the food and then making a super quick lunch thinking that what I needed was food. Meh – kind of felt better? But, I still needed to do a 3 mile walk (remember this is going to be a back to back 25 miles each day event so we have to train like that). I wisely decided to just stroll the 3 miles. Ok, check that – I almost only did 1 mile since I had to go to the ATM to deposit a cash donation a friend had given me Saturday night (thank you Jeanne!). I nearly went home after BUT I plugged along down to the trail anyway. Not sure if that was the best plan since about at mile 2 a headache dropped down onto me and the last bit I felt as if I was constantly bargaining with myself between calling for a rescue ride home or taking another step forward. I did finish it, but I spent the rest of the day on the sofa or in bed. THANKFULLY feeling much back to normal-ish today (Monday) and very very happy to see TWO rest days on the plan for this week – the first one being today.

Anyhow – enjoy this unfocused little missive on stuff and know that the universe said “Ha HAH” out loud about an hour later 😉

Vlogs -Project Athena Week 3


There were FOUR new donors this week – THANK YOU!

Donate here and you too will get a shout out! Christina’s P3 Page

Shout outs in the first video and then come along with me as we tour my house and get dizzy inside to avoid what ended up being 50-60mph wind gusts Sunday in San Diego. It sounded like waves were crashing into my house all day yesterday!

Mindful Eating World Summit 2015


Dear friends,

I cannot recommend this enough! Last year, I subscribed out of casual curiosity. Dr Kellee at the time was a new friend and business partner with my very good friend Renee. The title at first wasn’t a big draw since I wasn’t looking to lose weight. I already had that under control with a healthier diet and all the running I was doing right? Well, guess what?!

First of all, I learned that I could still eat in an even more healthy – MINDFUL way that has brought me to a place now, at 50, when I am seriously more vibrant and healthy than at any other time in my life! My doctor looked at my blood test results last month (all perfect!) and said “WHAT are you DOING?!”

(For old time readers, you might recall that five years ago I had high cholesterol and *really* high triglycerides.)

I take no medications at all. I just eat really, really well and run a little bit 😉

That extra leap was inspired by the Mindful Eating Summit last year. BUT….this is NOT just about eating and diet and weight loss. Dr. Kellee rounds up some of the most diverse coaches, doctors, healers. There is something there for everyone. What makes it so useful though is how well she conducts her interviews. They aren’t interviews really – she has conversations with everyone. Her questions start it off, but then it just rolls along like friends having a deep talk over an afternoon tea or coffee.

Many of the experts offer some really awesome free gifts too. Many of these folks will touch something in you. You’ll be inspired, your curiosity piqued, and you will learn about possibilities you didn’t know were out there.

It’s free – which will boggle your mind just 2-3 interviews in, I promise you!

I Don’t Care What I’ve Been Told….


(I don’t care what I’ve been told)

Some damn snakes are really bold

(Some damn snakes are really bold)

Keep your eyes trained on the ground

(Keep your eyes trained on the ground)

Because they do not make a sound

(Because they do not make a sound)


One, Two


Three, Four

Shadow, Stick, or Snake?


(apologies to Marines everywhere for this weak adaptation, but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay alert, stay alive!)

RUN May4


After two instances of the Shadow, Stick or Snake game coming up SNAKE, I suddenly understood why the Marines might be singing when they run. Yes, the cadence helps keep you going, but as a bonus, the level of noise would make snakes scatter a little more quickly. As opposed to simply being stretched out across the full length of the trail, soaking up the sun in a relaxed pose, with no intention of moving at all causing a lone runner to come to a complete and rather abrupt halt as her brain registers “SNAKE!” and her iphone blurts out “pausing workout.”. Damn straight I’m pausing my workout Nike+! Of course, neither snake felt like having their photo taken so they did meander off after a moment.

That was anything BUT a lazy Sunday run 🙂


I give up!


Seriously, wasn’t it supposed to get easier once football season and the holidays and the race were all over?

Sure, but then I forgot about it being a new year and so there’s preparing for taxes, and that rugby thing 17 decided to try out and then that whole college admission thing and oh maybe I might want to keep up with being in such good shape and look around for other races & fitness challenges.

And then, the rebound illness hit (as properly identified by my high school friend Stacey). You know, that thing that happens after some sort of either positive or negative Big Deal is done? The one when your body says “Hold up now! It’s time to REST!” Yeah – that hit me last week.

Perfectly timed of course – both boys were out of town so I had the house to myself. We had done the big holiday decoration clean up already and about all I had planned for the time was a run with Audrey to catch up with her and maybe some preliminary tax paperwork sorting and the annual side closet clean out (how does that one closet manage to multiply its contents every damn year?)

Thankfully, all that hit me was a head cold and not the dreaded flu so I actually did get some of the sorting and clean up done, but I did have to stay home the whole time and forgo running. Which may have been my body’s whole goal anyway eh?

In the meantime – those of you who followed my race prep and final results would enjoy reading this race report written by my most excellent (Best Ever) pacer – here’s an excerpt:

As our legs warmed up, I inched us up to around a 10:30 min/mile pace. This is what I was shooting for initially. But as the miles ticked away, our speed kept creeping up. We were consistently running closer to 10 minute pace, sometimes even faster.

Christina didn’t know how fast we were going, but she looked completely comfortable. She was working hard, but it didn’t appear to be stressing her too badly. I was pretty sure she could keep it up so I decided to go with it. 10 min/mile, here we come!

I told you I suspected she had some nefarious schemes up her sleeve! Read the rest HERE.

I do have plans for more events in 2014. I’m signing up for an event on 2/16 that is a local 10 mile run complete with 20 bands along the route! That sounds pretty awesome. Then there’s a series of trail races that start with a 5k and build up to a 1/2 marathon. Those *really* appeal to me since I do love trail running, and a friend from work wants to do that set so I think I’ll do those too. I’m pretty sure I will sign up for the 2nd annual Holiday Half in December 2014 as well – maybe see if I can improve that time 🙂

Somehow I have managed to keep up with one challenge I found on Tribe Sports called the 30 Day Squat Challenge. I started it on Jan 1 as Day 1 and even with the attack of the killer head cold, I managed to keep it up. I thought this would be a good one to tackle since I know that I need to improve my hill climbing strength if I want to keep running *anywhere* in San Diego, but especially on trails.

30 day squat challengeI can tell you that Days 1-3 are the WORST. I could barely even get through them, and that was with splitting up the squats into sets of 20 each. I literally fell on my ass after the very first twenty! I walked around, did some quick stretches and then went to start the next set of 20, and my quads quivered and then GAVE OUT. *Splat!* On the floor. OK then….I waited about an hour and managed to eke out 20 more and then finally the last 10. And then the next 3 days I was in agony with every step! Forget how much those 55 and then 60 squats each day hurt – simple use of my legs in any capacity was brutal!

But – after that blissful day of rest (which also happened to be the day we took down all the holiday decorations so, rest was not entirely accurate!) I was amazed to be feeling completely fine. Not only fine, but measurably stronger. The runs I had done before I got the cold were easier and faster than ever even with hills. At this point the biggest problem I will have getting the challenge done is simply time and boredom. I do them in sets of 50 now, and I might feel a little tight at the end, but proper stretching and walking it off and I back to normal.

That’s it from here – the rest of the week will be all about rugby – a mid-week game tomorrow and then a trip up to UCLA on Saturday to play two games against high school teams from Northern California – college scouts are expected there. Not sure what impact that could have on 17’s prospects given his relative newbie player status and that he is a senior already and college apps are supposed to be done, but…one never knows I guess! He’s willing to talk to anyone at this point to have as many options as possible before he truly has to make a decision. I know if he has a chance to play a sport, ANY sport, while in college that he will leap at the chance.



30 Minute, No Gym Bodyweight Workout from Greatist


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I can absolutely CAN fit this in twice a week, right? Odd how I can create a new money saving habit, a new kitchen cleaning habit, and can push myself to run greater & greater distances on the weekends (even every day of a 3-day version), yet I am failing HARD at the mid-week full body workouts at home.

Ah well – March is a new month – let’s do this!

At home workouts for the week


Catching up from last week, I put $7.25 into the change fund so that is up over $44 as we rolled into Feb.

If I can keep up a $40/mo total I will be plenty happy at Christmas!

FWIW, what I do is get $20 cash every Sunday just to have something on hand for small things, usually snacks at work 🙂 When the following Saturday rolls around I empty out what is left into the change fund. Last week was a little lower because I had to give 16 money for school supplies he needed to get for the start of the the 2nd semester and I instructed him to shop after school for what he needed so he got $10 towards that.

Meanwhile, on the working out at home front – I have done three workouts in the last 6 nights.

The first night it was:

  • 90 squats (6 sets of 15 each)
  • 45 rows with 10lb hand weights (3 sets of 15 each)
  • 45 push ups (3 sets of 15 each)
  • 45 sit ups (3 sets of 15 each)

It was a rotation situation, but then I also added extra squats at the beginning and end because I really want to get my hill running legs built up.

The second night I worked on my arms using some bands and the 10lb weights:

  • 30 triceps pulls
  • 30 biceps pulls
  • 30 lat pulls
  • 30 shoulder presses

Finished up with hip flexor steps with ankle bands (40 steps) and then 90 seconds of bicycles for the abs.

 Tonight was totally without equipment of any kind:

  • 90 lunges (3 sets of 30) 
  • 60 cross over toe touches – eg: while standing you lift up one leg in front of you off the floor about 6 inches, then bend over and touch the lifted toe with the opposite hand. 20 sets of 3, 10 on each leg each set.
  • 90 mountain climbers (3 sets of 30)
  • 45 leg roll ups (from flat on your back keeping your legs straight roll up so that only your shoulders and head remain on the ground) 3 sets of 15
  • I warmed up with 20 squats and 100 jumping jacks, then did some more hip flexor steps before stretching

Each night’s workout was 30 mins long (no longer than 35 though) and I was sweating and growling through the last few of each set every night. I was damn sore after that first night for sure!

I took the first and third workout almost totally from the videos on this site:

The other one was from exercises we’ve done while cross training with coach Tanja over the years. I bought some resistance bands and hand weights so that I could duplicate a lot of what she showed us in the gym on my own time.

So far, so good! I’m trying to stay really disciplined keeping to a daily schedule of both work, chores, working out, and rest/reading/tv time. The workout tonight was MANDATORY no matter how tired I was and I am really glad I stuck to my plan.

Monday night was all drama because my car died on the way home from work and it HAD to get fixed because Tuesday night 16 and I had tickets to see The Who in concert. I bought those tickets in August for his birthday so we have been waiting a LONG time for this event and I couldn’t believe the car failed me so close to that! I guess that was still better than having it die ON Tuesday…anyway…it was thankfully a quick and not horribly expensive fix so we got to the concert without issue last night and it was FABULOUS as we expected but then that meant two nights of missing my routine so I to re-establish it tonight.

The aggressive work plan is already paying off  – I started out Feb having to enter 30 leases into the new system with just 19 work days in the month in addition to my regular work load. Less than a week later and I’ve knocked out 10 of those so now I have 15 days to convert 20 leases and I am a lot closer to a very manageable 1 lease per day rate.  The key has been working at home! Saturday I knocked off a LOT in just 4 hours and then because of the car situation I had to work from home on Tuesday and I got three leases entered all before 5pm! I know some people have a harder time working from home what with the various parts of the house calling out for attention (wash me! sweep me! dust me! pet me! OK, that’s the cats but still..) but I haven’t found that to be a problem for me.

IOW – I can ignore cleaning like a champ!

So, it was nice to take this mental break tonight and log an entry, but now I must shut it down and gear up for another three day push of tasks. Including getting new tires for the troublesome car on Saturday. Because, oh yeah, there’s chord showing through on the tread of the front tires. Nothing like crossing your fingers every trip out that nothing happens until then!