Bon dia! Up early and ready for a 5:30am Boxing Class led by Taylor Wright-Johnson at AmenZone's South Scottsdale location. Bring it on!
I'm still on a Runner's High after this special race. This marks the third year in a row that I've completed a Half Marathon on the first Saturday of January. I believe this is a tradition I would like to continue for as long as I can. The New Year's Race Los Angeles 2013 was different than most since the race began at 9pm. To actually run along the streets in Downtown LA was such a thrill. Four to five miles of this race took place running through, in and around Dodgers Stadium. Like any California race, this one had it's share of hills, hills and hills! Thanks to Core training, I didn't have problems when the hills. I'm stiill getting over a heel injury and I didn't want to push myself too hard. By Mile 4, I knew that I was far behind my usual pace so I shifted to lower gears and enjoyed the race. I took many pics along the route and enjoyed this night race.
The chilly weather threw me for a loop! I wasn't expecting it to be so cold. I thought I drank enough water but felt cramps in my calves two hundred yards from the Finish Line. I had to stop for a moment to gather composure and just suck in the pain so I could end the race on a good note.
I didn't stay for the Festival after the race. The plan was to take a cab back to my hotel room but many streets were still closed in and around the hotel due to the race. So the cab driver dropped me off 4 blocks from hotel. Along the way, I encouterd a diner and treated myself to a nice reward and treat!
I am not even upset at my slower time and pace. I'm proud that I made the decision to Just Do It & Run this race. There's nothing like meeting up with good friends and sharing great moments. I do believe I'm off to a great start this year!
Current Music: Joey Youngman's Tongue Twister
Current Mood: Hungry!
*Matt Dusk: Two Shots
*Sade: Lovers Rock
*Nichole Nordeman: Woven & Spun
*Melissa Polinar: Self Titled CD
*Sia: Some People Have Real Problems
*Shelea: Love Fell On Me
I love the Christmas Holidays. I love spending time and catching up with good friends and loved ones. My social calendar is usually always full but I'm well known for canceling at the last minute. I do inform others that I usually will confirm at the last minute. I seem to enjoy staying at home lounging on my couch and watching movies and sharing time with my Cockatoos than to head out during the week. Christmastime changes all that.
It's also well known within my inner circle that I LOVE spending time at home during the Holidays and enjoy 'romantical' moments watching all the Christmas theme movies on The Hallmark Channel.
Training for the 2013 New Year's Race Los Angeles has been challenging. I'm a morning person and love to run early in the mornings before most people start their day. This race starts at 9pm so I'm having to train and run during the evenings. I try to take part in as many scheduled evening group runs as possible. I did quite well last night so I believe I'll do OK. Training during this time of the year also ensures that my figure should remain a Size 6! Between the training, diet regiment and the social mixers/parties, it's a huge help. I want to look my best and I gotta admit, I love the compliments.
Running keeps me grounded. I am usually the slowest one to complete groups runs. I'm thankful to have friends and running partners that encourage me to just run. So with that, I just run. When I run, I mediate and enjoy Conversations with God and Angels. I love when the mechanics of running are on my side and my body and legs ease into a state where my mind takes over. I am thankful on so many levels. Be thankful. Give Thanks.
Current Music: Sade's By Your Side
Current Mood: Thankful
I always get a tad bit emotional when I view the closing ceremonies of The Olympics. A part of me doesn't want the magic to end. I never compare the opening and closing ceremonies of past and current Olympics because it's all about diveristy and cultural differences. I personally loved every thing about the London ceremonies. My sleep habits are always funky due to watching as much French Open, Wimbledon and US Open coverage as much as possible when I'm not working. Throw in Olympic coverage and I'm never quite the same till after September.
I admire all the Olympians for following their dreams and being true to themselves. Each is a hero to me whether they left London with a Medal or not. The American team didn't disappoint! Tomorrow is Monday and this week won't be quite the same. Although I can do without aging, I look forward to 2016 Summer Olympics, Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio De Janeiro.
Love this Commercial. This is another reason why I'm proud to be a Nike Whore & Supporter.
*Aaron Beaumont: Nothing's Forever Not Even Goodbye
*Melody Gardot: The Absence
*Francesca Battistelli: Hundred More Years
*Sade: Bring Me Home / Live 2011 CD
*Will Young: Echoes
I'm all about the added goodies when I delve into a new hobby or project. So when I started running again after a 14 year break, I really dived into the sport. I bought all the spiffy shoes, shorts, shirts, socks, caps & beanies. First gadget that I fell in love with after a few runs was the Sony Walkman MP3 Player. Love this little gem. Headphones never slip or fall off. I love that that the band is flexable to adjust for my own comfort. I've used my MP3 player during all twelve (Yes, I had to get that number in somewhere!) of my half marathon races.
As a new Runner and a Nike Whore, I remember reading all about the hoopla regarding the Nike+ SportWatch GPS. I held off for three months untils Nike rolled out this tech toy. I received my watch the evening before the Havasu Half Marathon. I didn't arrive till late night before the race because I was waiting for UPS to deliver my goodie goodie box. Thanks to Nike+ Running site, I've connected and reconnected with friends and other runners.
Last week after a run, I returned home to upload my data from a run and my laptop and netbook didn't recognize my watch. I called Nike+ Customer Service and a Daniel basically told me that I was out of luck since I was beyond my warranty. He didn't bother to check for specific details he simply said there was nothing I could do. Okay, I understood that part but was rather upset that I sensed no empathy from this guy. After my first call to Nike, I did order another Nike+ SportWatch GPS from RunningWarehouse.com ***FYI: RunningWarehouse.com has the watch minus sensor for $149. Use code 'RunBlog10' to received an additional 10% off.***
So on the day I'm anxiously awaiting my new Nike watch, I called Nike again and this time was connected to a Crystal. I explained my situation to her and she mentioned that the watch was still under a two year warranty for defects and such. So she took down all my personal info and details about watch and connected me to their Commerce department. I was given the info to return the watch to be checked for defects and if so, I would qualify for a full refund. Nike received the watch yesterday morning and by the afternoon, a full refund had been credited to my PayPal account. I am so happy that I called again and that Crystal was able to restore my Faith in Nike.Thank you, Nike! A Bigger and heartful thank you to Crystal! I have a card ready to send Crystal.... so here's hoping that Nike will allow me to send it to her.
When my watch failed I was upset because I still had every intention of running the San Francisco Half Marathon on July 29th. Anyway, now that I'm not running that race due to my heel injury, I have a new watch waiting for me when I hit the roads again. Until then my Physical Therapist suggested that I concentrate on Core and Weight Training in the gym. So that's exactly what I plan to do...so off to the gym I go!
Current Music: Morley's On My Way
Current Mood: Restored & Rejuvenated Faith In the Little Things