Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Live a life that matters

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,

will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from

or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

It won't matter whether you were beautiful, brilliant, short, tall , heavy,
or thin….

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built,

Not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success,

but your significance in making a difference in people's lives….

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,

but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories of those who loved

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.

It's not a matter of circumstance, but of choice. As we enter the holiday
season and ring in the New Year with its resolutions…

Choose to live a life that matters, and celebrate those who matter to you."

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21st already?

It's hard to believe that it is December 21st. The year has just flown by. I hate that part of life. This flying through life is the pits. I want life to S.L.O.W. down. Christmas is here despite my dislike of it. I am sad that it has become so commercialized. Spending money we don't have and giving gifts to people we feel we have to. Christmas just seems so crazy, stressful and hurried. I wish I wasn't so Bah Humbug, but I am. Regardless of how I feel about it, it is upon us. I found this link on Mechelle's blog, which she took from Erin's blog. It is an eye opener. I think it will make you think. It sure spoke to me.

Despite how I feel about Christmas, I am excited to spend time with family and to begin the New Year. I always enjoy thinking up New Years Resolutions and this year will not be any different. I will come up with some Resolutions soon and it is always fun challenging myself trying to keep them. As many of you know, in 1981 I quit drinking alcohol for my New Years Resolution. 28 years and I am proud to say that I am still living an alcohol free life. Life is good. :) This year I know that I will continue training in the gym. I love the gym. I walk in and I feel like I've found my mothership. All the sounds and the smells of the wt. room feel so comfortable to me now. I don't feel like a visitor anymore. I feel like I've come home.

Running is going well. I love my La Sportiva trail shoes. The Fireblades totally rock. You can check them out at

It has been cold here in Santa Rosa. I scraped the skin off of my knuckles trying to scape together enough snow to through a snowball during my run with Wally a few days ago. But seriously, it is butt cold for this neck of the woods! I wore my Drymax cold weather socks with my new Sportiva's and it was great. I love the cold weather socks! They kept my feet dry and very warm. They are thicker than my other socks, but they felt great on my feet on a 30 degree morning.

I wanted to share that I have continued to work my upper body and have now incorporated ab torture. It's time to up the ante a bit, so my abdominals are beginning to join in on the fun. It fun to change my routine a bit. It keeps my muscles guessing. I am quite lean right now and that feels good for this time of year. I am thankful for my life and for that I am so blessed. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I remember my Mom always use to say that you needed 4 hugs a day to be happy. Give someone a hug this week and make their day!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

An Epic Run

Saturday was an epic day for a run. A really LONG run. A really LONG, COLD, BEAUTIFUL run.
Eight of us started at Bear Valley at 6am with our lights and the moon lighting our way. Our goal? To run about 70 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was beautiful under the canopy of trees and we all had a great time swapping stories and joking about Facebook. It was funny to find out that everyone running had recently joined. Well, everyone but Suzanna. I don't think we convinced her to join the madness of Facebook.

We continued along while other friends joined in along the way. A few stopped after about 25 miles, but Suz and I were continuing on for the whole enchilada. We had a roving aid station that met us at specific stops and it was the best aid station I have ever seen. We ate so much that I think I gained weight!
As morning became afternoon, and afternoon became night, we continued on. The moon was the biggest it has been in 13 years and the shooting stars were amazing. We all secretly hoped to see a mountain lion this year but that was not to be. At 12 midnight, we reached the Golden Gate Bridge. Five very happy campers. We had ran about 70 miles. Lots of mountainous trails and no pavement. It was totally epic! My Drymax socks rocked as usual. No blisters or hot spots. My toes were sore from pushing off on steep rocky trails, but other than that no problems. It was a great day for a jaunt in the hills. We all came to the conclusion that what is said on the trails, stays on the trails. Running with good friends is the best. Another great run with great people. What could be better than that?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Did I really just join Facebook?

I finally broke down and joined Facebook. I may regret it, though. It looks complicated and confusing. I don't know. I will give it a go for a few weeks and see if I can figure out what a poke is or what writing on my wall means. With this ADD mind of mine, it all seems too much. I want to scream, "Stop the bus, I want to get off." HELP!!

This morning a group of running friends and I are running a long run that will take us from Pt. Reyes to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is all trail and is a beautiful route. This years route is slightly shorter at approximately 60-65 miles in length. The weather calls for rain so I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the rain will wait until Sunday. I will be wearing my Drymax socks and it will be a good test wearing them out in the rain and muck. I will let you know how they perform. Have a wonderful day of shopping or doing whatever you want to do or HAVE to do. PEACE OUT!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A training Day in the Headlands

"By entering here, you agree to give 100% of what you have. There are
no second chances. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to excel,
to be more, to be your best. Do not squander your time by going
through the motions. Train hard and get results. At the end of the
day, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you gave it your all. If
you do not have this type of commitment, do not waste your time or
This was written on the door of a gym. Wow. It makes you think.....

The above photo is Suz and I running in the Marin Headlands. A cool, crisp, windy day on the trails. A long, slow run (time on our feet), all in all a great day to be on the mountain. This photo was taken a few days after Suzanna won the Quad Dipsea. It's always a pleasure to run with Suz when she is tired. LOL

I got my La Sportiva Fireblades in the mail yesterday. They fit great and I can't wait to try them. I hope they will be one of the shoes I bring to wear in The Coastal Challenge in January. I also got a new jacket from Matt. I finally have a very warm jacket that is so lightweight that you hardly know it is on. It is the Mountain Hardwear hooded compressor jacket. It is toasty warm and the color is a beautiful blue. Can you tell that I like it?

My training is going well. I am running strong and feeling good. My gym workouts have been a great addition to my running. I love the way my muscles feel and I love the feeling of being "powerful". I certainly don't "look" powerful, but I feel it anyway. Have a nice weekend, my friends.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Mind runs the body

"Now if you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." –George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

I ordered a pair of La Sportiva Fireblade trail shoes the other day. I can't wait to try them out. I would love to wear them next Saturday on our "epic run". Pt. Reyes to the Golden Gate. It will be a blast, I know. I am really looking forward to it. I wanted to give an update on my Drymax socks. I ran on the Western States 100 trail for 31 miles last week, and my feet and toes were unscathed. No hot spots, no blisters, nada. I hope you will give them a try. Gone are the days where my toes would be sore after a long run. Drymax works. Try them, you will not be disappointed.