Monday’s Motivation: January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

It’s the start of a new week and sometimes it can be hard to get out the door and back into a routine, especially if there is 8 inches of new snow on the ground.  That did not stop this senior.


Throwback Thursday: 2012 Walnut Creek Half


December 8, 2012

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the completion of my 2nd Northern California Half Marathon Series, now known as the California Marathon & Half Series, at the Walnut Creek International Half Marathon.

Here’s what I thought after the race:

Hell of the run! Ran the first 4 miles. Then the hill killed me. Stormed the hill using Galloway’s walk/run method continued with walk/run to finish the race. The awesome volunteers and spectators made it easier to push on. Completed the Northern California Half Marathon Series.

Monday’s Motivation: January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday’s Motivation comes from King himself.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ~Martin Luther King Jr.


Throwback Thursday: 2013 Modesto Marathon


March 24, 2013

Since I am considering a return to the Modesto Marathon, today’s Throwback Thursday is the official race photo from the 2013 Modesto Marathon half.  I had the pleasure of meeting and running with Bart Yasso, Runner’s World Chief Running Officer.


Monday’s Motivation – January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

As athletes, we have ups and downs.  Unfortunately, you can’t pick the days they come on.  ~Deena Kastor


Why Do I Bother?

Once again it has been about 3 months between blog posts.  Why do I even bother?  I want to write more, but life sometimes gets in the way.  “I’m back.  Back again.”  How many times have I said that before?  This time will be different, right?  Let’s hope so.

Today I started to put together my running schedule for 2017.  Jumped on the elliptical trainer for 3.47 miles.  It kicked my butt.  Felt good though.  Feeling motivated and need to find ways to maintain this feeling.

It is time for me to set some goals for 2017.  I need to create an effective training plan.  Also need to incorporate strength training.  Considering running my second marathon this year.  I have work to do and now it is time to do it.



The Elliptical Machine

It has been years since I’ve attempted to run on an elliptical machine. Tested out Amy’s b-day present, the NordicTrack Elite 14.9. Whoa! The technology. It’s loaded with iFit, powered by Google Maps and RockMyRun. It even has a flat screen television attached. This machine has a 20″ stride. I assume that is good, but I really have no idea. There’s a USB port to charge your phone or tablet and an auxiliary jack for music. This is an impressive machine. Back to my workout. Years since I last attempted to run on an elliptical. Why? I could not keep my feet on the platforms. 20 years later, not a problem. I chose a workout to compete with others. I assume this information is gathered from other machines. Who knows? The course was Niagara Falls along Niagara Parkway. The digital screen allows you to see a Google map, satellite, or street view. I ran past a few busses. For the most part the course has an elevation of 7.0 to 8.0, but the course looked rather flat. Curious. The resistance was set at 7 to 8 for the majority of the run. On the map, you can see a flag for the fastest time. Okay, that one quickly disappears. Then there’s the average time and finally what your time is. I made sure to stay ahead of the average time. No, I’m not competitive at all. This machine was quite fun to workout on. The run was good and I felt the burn. I will likely incorporate running on the elliptical into my training.


Throwback Thursday: 2013 Training Run

June 3, 2013

Out with Hera for a training run.  The canal had water running.  The sun was beating down.  The mosquitoes were on steroids.  Music singing to me.  It was a perfect run.  Everything was going along just fine, until is was not.  Not paying attention I lost track of her and before IE1FE654F-03BA-4208-BEE2-2E1D0B4BD9E5 knew it we were tangled up.  Like a tree falling in the forest, I fell to the ground making every attempt not to land on or hurt Hera.  Maybe I was not as graceful as a tree falling in the forest, but I fell just as hard.  With a cut on my elbow and possibly a sprained ankle, I got back up and finished my run.  Always be aware of where your dog is when running.  Lesson learned.


Monday’s Motivation – June 13, 2016


“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
-Dean Karnazes



Throwback Thursday: 2012 Tough Mudder

September 29, 2012

For today’s Throwback Thursday we are taking it back to 2012 when I ran my first Tough Mudder at Diablo Grande.  Although I ran it alone, I was not alone.  When I struggled I was helped by strangers.  Even early in the morning, the heat was a killer.  I had never put my mind and body to the test like I did that day.  I was close to dropping out of the race for fear of dehydration.  I pushed through it and completed the course in about 4 hours.  On this day I truly became a Tough Mudder!  This weekend I will be in Tahoe running in my 3rd Tough Mudder becoming a 3X Legionnaire.