Monthly Archives: May 2012

What an Attitude!!


I saw a dear friend yesterday that I don’t see often.  Afterwards he sent me a text saying, “I forget how open and bubbly you are to everyone you meet!  It was nice to see you.”  What a compliment!!

For the most part I really enjoy people.  I thrive off being in a group, feel recharged when I’m surrounded by others.  There are so many interesting people – everyone has a story and I want to hear them!

The running community is wonderful for this.  With a group of runners you can be in your own world or social.  It’s possible to have conversations with newbies who are trying to make changes and want as much information as they can soak up or seasoned veterans who have been everywhere and done everything.  It’s a group of healthy minded individuals who “get” why you’re there running in inclement weather because you need it.  No matter what, it’s always positive energy and I could bask in it everyday.

I’m glad it’s contagious – apparently I caught that energy from another runner and yesterday on my running adventure I passed it on to my friend.  Who knows??  Maybe runners will start an epidemic??!!

Another day, another run…


Today I did a mapped out route. Had a blast with my 20 year old daughter, Bri. Won’t write about that quite yet but it was really fun and fulfilling in a different way than running usually is…

This week is a slower mileage week because this is the weekend of epic running.

“Odyssey is a long wandering. A relay run ideally suited for teams of 12 runners on a 178 mile course. Starting in Downtown Reno along the Truckee River. Traveling through the Sierra Nevada mountains and along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Circling back through the Northern Nevada high desert to where you began in Reno.”

Yes, I’m in van two, leg eight.  I’m almost completely packed and I’m very ready to go!!  Can’t wait to meet and get to know my relay teammates.  I’ve wanted to do this race for the last few years but it just never fell into place so I’m thrilled!!  Due to the holiday, the race, etc..  I only work two days this week.  Then, time away from home for just a bit doing one of my favorite things…..

Lazy Sunday….


Sleeping late?? Check
Cuddling kids on the couch?? Check
Making dark chocolate chip pancakes in the pancake bowl and freshly squeezed OJ?? Check
Going for a 4 mile run?? Check.
Grocery shopping?? Check
Brianna making 2 loaves of banana bread?? Check
2 mile hike with the dogs?? Check
Kids playing outside for a couple hours?? Check
Shower?? Check
Spending lots of time barefoot and comfy?? Check
Dinner made?? Check

Sometimes it’s such a good day all you can do is be thankful, smile and sigh…..

Free Swag!!


Don’t get me wrong, free swag is always a good thing. I love getting packages in the mail. I like the thrill of seeing a package addressed to ME, opening it, looking through it, etc… I’ve won two items previously – neither of which were things I necessarily wanted but I still enjoyed the process.  Even packet pickup goodies – many of which I don’t use – is exciting.  Silly, I know.

A couple days ago I got a package in the mail…  I had applied to be on a relay team this August in Oregon with NUUN – an electrolyte replacement company.  I use their product and really have enjoyed watching the company.  I wanted this race.  Badly.  Really badly.  I knew my chances of getting on the team were slim to none but still I held out hope.  When the team was announced, I was not on it.  Although I knew this was the probability, I was still bummed.  Really bummed.  Sigh….  Maybe next year.

At any rate, the good people at NUUN decided to send me a “we know you didn’t get chosen but we’re going to send you a box of stuff to take the sting out” package.  Nothing can replace the race and how badly I wanted to be on that team, but it sure was a nice thing for the folks at NUUN to do.   It c ame!!  I was excited!!  It’s great to finally get something that I use, I want and I support!!!  Thanks, NUUN, for keeping my hydrated and replenishing my electrolytes for all the training I’ll do to get on the team next year!!!!

Two water bottles, 4 pack of NUUN!!

Desert Survival


Our elementary school 6th grade class does winter survival (snow caves, starting a fire, etc…) and desert survival every year. They’re fun, teach some basic skills in the even you’re ever stuck somewhere. It’s really pretty well done for a very elementary level field trip, however we bring the items needed – garbage bags for shelter or rain, plastic, a cup, a rock and water for the solar still…. The kids learn a lot before the field trip though and the goal, I think, is to give the kids enough information so that in a real survival situation they could improvise.  I enjoy going to my kids field trips and enjoy even more that they WANT me there.

All I can say is that if you’re ever stranded in the desert together and we have plastic, a cup, a rock, a shovel, 5 garbage bags, we’re dressed in layers and have a backpack full of food and water….  I CAN SAVE YOU!!!!