*Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes: Baby Caught The Bus
*The Script: Science & Faith
*Amanda Marshall: Tuesday's Child
*Jennifer Knapp: Letting Go
*Sade: Bring Me Home - Live 2011 CD
*Will Young: Echoes
After an early morning run and a Primal Class at AmenZone, I feel pretty good this afternoon. I'm ready to enjoy a quiet weekend at home in and around the pool. I plan to work on marathon training plan, work on my personal journal about the new goals I'm ready to tackle, and catch up on my reading.
My goals aren't just about marathon training and a healthier lifestyle. I'm shifting. There's so much more I want out of my career. I want to really focus and listen to my inner self about this portion of my Life. I'm no Spring Chicken so now's the time to address and make necessary changes.
I'm blessed to have such a strong Faith in God. Through him, I'm thankful to have Faith and confidence in myself. While giving presentations this morning, I felt an ease about the directions I plan to consider for the future. Nothing seems scary right now.
During these past few years, and most recently, I've surrounded myself with people that have become my Mentors of sorts. I'm blessed. I've learned so much about each of the personal relationships I've devoloped. I'd like to believe that all of this has made me a better Son, Partner, and friend.
I can't believe it's going on two years since Rodan and I attended Sade's last concert. It seems like yesterday we were sitting in the audience enjoying her songs of the past 30 years. How can that be? Sade's By Your Side still makes me emotional after all these years. I'm certain Sade's Bring It Home DVD will be playing often this weekend.
Current Music: Sade's By Your Side
Current Mood: Happy with a twist of Excitement for this evening's Happy Hour with Friends
Friday Happy Hour with Joy & Glory. Friday evening 11 mile run with Will & Yvonne. Saturday evening at home with Tamra enjoying Espresso martinis, good food, and a bit of TV. Sunday morning 5K race. Mid Sunday morning Mass. Sunday afternoon with Tamra & Brandon chatting over coffee & a movie at Tamra's. Weekend was all about friends & goals.
After a great weekend, I actually am happy to get this week started. My marathon training and healthy eating seems to be back on track. Tamra and I will be working on our training programs next weekend so that I know exactly what to expect once I begin my program in mid June.
I find myself to be in a good place. I feel as though I'm well connected and ready to conquer a journey with friends along the way. Open yourself to Life & I do believe Life will reward you with good things. Let's move forward!
*Beth Hart: Bang Bang Boom Boom
*Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes: Baby Caught The Bus
*The Script: #3
*Mutya Buena: Real Girl
*Nathan Angelo: Follow Your Heart
*ZZ Ward: Til The Casket Drops
It's been a wild wild week. I'm so happy to be home for a bit and just quiet times in my own house, bed, and cuddle time with my feathered Angels. I love traveling and seeing old friends and spending time with new friends. I'm a happy go luck guy that really loves to stay at home for the most part. So it's been a joy. When I returned home on Wednesday, before I unlocked the front door, I could hear the Cockatoos going wild with excitement ready to see their Big Daddy. It's always a pleasure to return home to such a beautiful welcome. I always put my travel bags down and head for the Arizona room to give my babies kisses and hugs. When I reached the back room, Kylie, Omar, & Baby Ella were screaming with delight. As I'm hugging Kylie, I notice something different on the wall. Oh yesh! Kylie created Art. Kylie probably forget all about his precious work while he was cuddling against me during our welcome moment. I laughed it off but then I'm the one who has to call Rodan and explain to him what Kylie did. Whew! I'm happy he took it in strides and laughed it off. The plan has always been to tear down that wall so we can extend the Arizona room and put the birds in the 4th bedroom. Kylie clearly wanted to get a heads up on this house project. There's never a dull moment in this Piccadilly House! My Welcome Home...
Current Music: Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes' She Plays Up To You
Current Mood: So Very Chilled
It's been such a joy since I've been back home. My daily Life continues as I know it. Run, work, boot camp class, private time with the Cockatoos, quiet time with myself. On special day and evenings, I throw in times with good friends.
New York City still continues to dazzle my mind. I can't get over how differ Life in NYC is compared to Phoenix. My city is like a little town compared to the Big Apple. As much as NYC fascinates me, I look around my house and realize that I am meant to be right here.
I am enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to Steve Means' Station on Last.fm and waiting for the perfect moment to head out for a morning run. It's going to be another great day!
Current Music: Steve Means' One Love Burning
Current Mood: Awake & Happy
Started off this morning with a 5:30am 8 mile run with four amazing runners and friends; Lora, Dalise, Bere, and Reinee. Since then, it's been all down hill today. Cleaning around the house and a full on lounge session on the couch watching television and spending time with my babies. It's been a perfect Saturday!
Current Music: Amin Van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Not Giving Up On Love (Extended Version)
Current Mood: Chilled
It's a grand Sunday. After yesterday's 10K race, I wasn't shure how much energy in the tank I had left. I will never run two long distance races in one weekend again. I didn't realize I did that when I accepted the invite/discount for the City of Peoria Half Marathon.
Peoria is a suburb city to the West of Phoenix. The race began at a very nice park in West Phoenix: Rio Vista Community Park. I've ran a few 5/10K races there so I knew I wouldn't have a problem driving to this location. One thing I wasn't all that thrilled about was that this half marathon had a 8am start time. By 8am I'm enjoying a nice cup of coffee after a long run so I wasn't shure how well I do if the weather was on the warmer side. Thank God it was a funky weather weekend. Yesterday was much cooler today along with drizzle and cloudy & gloomy morning. I loved that I didn't have to worry about the Sun. This morning was completely different. It was cold when I arrived an hour early for today's race. Ten minutes before race time, I was still napping and enjoying quiet time in the car.
I wasn't expecting much for this race because I never know which Xavier will show up for any given race. It could be the one that has a great race from start to finish or the one that just gets clobbered early on and gives up hope for a good race time/outcome. My concern from the early get go was the number of runners entered for this race. I could tell that it was less that 250 (220 officially completed this race). I'm always worried that I'll cross the Finish Line dead last. Even though the number of runners was quite smaller, this was a fast bunch of roof rats!
I started off well and felt inner cadence soon after the first mile. For the most part, the first 3 miles are always the toughest for me. This time around, the first 3 miles were easy and began to feel the 'blahs' by Mile 4. I may have started out a bit too fast so I felt a bit of a fade. I depended on a few around me to help pace me for two miles. Once I hit Mile 7 I felt good. By Mile 10 I knew I was on to a good thing and realized that I could finish with a time I could never have imagined. I did a bit of quick math in my head and decided to go for it. I picked up the pace for the last 3 miles and just ran en Chingas. I finally understood during this time that proper training is the key. My legs were still feeling good and I have enough energy to git er done!
I am proud to state that I finished with a time of 2:14:26. Praise Baby Jesus! I'm still in shock. By the end of the race my body and legs felt great. Warmer temperatures and the Sun weren't really a factor once I was in the zone. This was just a great experience. I'm competely bummed that not one person from my running groups ran this race. Most ran two bigger races last weekend so I was on my own for this race. I'm actually known for running different races that most in my group so it's no surprise but this was a local one. Either way, I'm happy and thrilled I ran this race.
The purpose for this race was to simply get my miles and long run in for a half marathon I'm excited about on March 23rd. So this weekend I got my miles in and accomplished a 1 Mile PR, 5K & 10K PR, & a Half Marathon PR. I'd say it was a great weekend for running.
After the race, I headed home to get ready to enjoy Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic. This event features tasty edibles and samples from independently owned restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale along with various Arizona wineries as well those from around the world. So I ran, ate and drank like a King and enjoyed time with good friends, and returned home to enjoy cuddle time with my babies. Only thing that could have made this weekend any better was to have Rodan here with me.
Overall, I'm thankful for the blessings and joys this weekend brought my way. There's so much sadness throughout the world and in our own personal worlds that sometimes we're got to crave a way to get through the madness and take back our own joy. I'll never be a fast runner but that's OK. I'm thankful that I'm able to run. I'm grateful that I'm allowed and luck to plan a day so that I can run miles and miles. I attended Mass yesterday but look forward to attend Mass tomorrow morning so that I may properly Thank God, my Angels and Saints, and all those that have helped me along the way during this journey. Right now I'm thankful for this Good life!
*****Cheers & Blessings!*****
Current Music: Gary Go's Wonderful
Current Mood: Pure Awesomeness!
*Christopher Jak: The New Nostalgia
*Beth Hart: Bang Bang Boom Boom
*Melody Gardot: The Absence
*Coles Whalen: Nothing Is Too Much
*Colton Dixon: A Messenger
*Keane: Hopes and Fears
I feel as though today has been in slow motion from the moment I woke up. Allergies didn't help nor did the allergy medication...so today has just been a blur. The drive home from work was rather nice. It rained the whole time. I did manage to go to the gym and run 4 miles on the treadmill before heading home. I thought I should get a few miles in before a 10K race in the morning. I was looking forward to this race and now I find myself rather 'blah' about it. I'm shure I'll perk up minutes before the race. I hope it doesn't rain because I'm not really in the mood to get dirty or wet!
The last thirty minutes of work were rather slow. I was surfing about on the internet and came across the new that Valerie Harper was Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer. I grew watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show & Rhoda. I know that actors and actresses are in the same boat as the rest of us but I completely starstruck with certain celebrities. In my heart, many are immortalized and I only remember them from their glory days on the golden screen and on television. For as long as I live Valerie Harper will always be remembered. Valerie, thank you so much for all the joy you continue to bring to myself and millions of your fans - May the last days of your Life be filled with peace & love.
I made a huge pot of Fettuccine & Italian Style Sausage with homemade Alfredo Sauce. I plan to enjoy a bowl of carbs, cuddle with my litte feathered angels, and head early for bed.