Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 142

A goal reached is not the end of the journey.  
The finish line is not the end of the race.  

After a day of rest and relaxation, I'm ready to head out the door.  It's interesting how the feeling of "I did it" turns into a challenge "Now, let's see if You can do it again, but better".  That's what is so great about life.  You set a goal.  You accomplish that goal.  You set another....  You set Your sights on the next step.  

I know what I want.
I want to continue to run.
I want to run faster.
I want to run farther.
I want to be better than I am today.
I want to be stronger than I am today.
I want to feel emotionally stronger, physically stronger, spiritually stronger.
I want ...............

What do You want?

Results Don’t Come Over Night 
It requires hard work and consistency, 
so be patient.

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 141

Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon

Congratulations #2556 SHEILA PHELPS!
Here are your results for the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon:
Your final time is 02:09:33 at a 00:09:53 pace.
You finished 1793 out of 4670 in the HALF MARATHON.
You finished 30 out of 207 in your class F50-59.

SO EXCITED!!!  My best time ever!!!  I knew that morning it was going to be a great day, and it was.  

I'm taking today as a well deserved rest day, a reflection day, a relax day, a rejoice day.  Let me just call today, a day of "R".

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 miles Day 140

I read this before running the Colfax half-marathon today.  So glad I did.  I WILL run the best race ever.  

A message from Tony Garcia posted on Facebook:
Today, you will face your challenge with grace and grit.
Today, you will conquer your fear with trust and faith.
Today, you will move forward on your path with strength and patience.
Today, you will fulfill your promise with courage and conviction.
Today, you will shine your light with beauty and confidence.
Today, you will unfold your wings with belief and power.
Today, you will speak your truth with clarity and intention.
Today, you will count your blessings with joy and gratitude.
Today, you will grow into your self with love and acceptance.
Today. You will. ~G
will post race results tomorrow.

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have a race to run!!!!!!1

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 miles Day 139

Getting ready to head out for Denver this morning.  Tomorrow my son and I will be running our 6th Denver Colfax half-marathon.  I've trained my trinity - body, mind and soul.  I am ready for this.  As I run tomorrow, I will have along with me the words from one of my favorite warrior poets.  As I run tomorrow, I will have along with me the ownership of my success.  As I run tomorrow, I will have along with me the courage to run faster.  As I run tomorrow, I will have the joy of knowing that this is going to be a great race.  

Now, GET OUT THERE - You're ready!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 138

An excerpt from the book "Wanna Know a Truth" by Tony Garcia.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

Here are some simple observations to help you go get today:
  1. When you're standing tall, reach higher.
  2. Falling down happens.  Staying down is a choice.
  3. Everyone gets weary.  Everyone breaks.  It is not a sign of weakness but of  humanness.
  4. When you fall down, get back up.  Every time.
  5. When the weight getts too heavy, it's OK to put it down.
  6. When obstacles appear in your way, jump with both feet.
  7. Some obstacles you'll have to overcome more than once.  That's OK.  Been there.  Done that.  You can do it again.
  8. If you feel yourself coming a little undone, take a moment, tuck yourself in, and then start again.
  9. A challenge, by its very nature, is meant to be difficult.  Life is a challenge.
  10. You are never alone.  Others understand what you are going through.  Call upon them.

If you like the words of Tony Garcia, you can purchase his book on Amazon.  (click on the book)  It's one of the most inspirational, insightful books I have read. Tony's words certainly give a person pause to think about things that really matter.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 137

"How  many of us stop short of success on purpose?  How many of us sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we're familiar with?  

Success, however, dreams come true, are a whole new kind of terrifying, an entire new species of responsibilities and disillusions, requiring a new way to think, act, and become.  

Why do we really quit?  Because it's hopeless?  Or because it's possible!"

~ Jennifer DeLucy


"... sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we're familiar with?"  The word "sabotage" has a very interesting meaning.  To sabotage, to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct.  Why would I want to deliberately destroy something that I worked so hard to accomplish?  

Let's take a closer look:  Training for a half-marathon takes dedication, hard work, and a mind set that You will accomplish your goal of running 13.1 miles with a personal record time.  (This Sunday, May 21st, I have set my goal at running the half-marathon with a time of 2hrs, 10 min or less, a 10 min mile pace)  You set that as a goal.  You spent 12 weeks working up to that goal.  Now, a couple of days before the race, doubt starts to creep in.  What if I can't keep up?  What's the use - I won't be able to do it.  If I sabotage my race by going on a drinking binge, at least I'll have something else to blame it on - it was the alcohol in my system that prevented me from doing my best.  The blame is shifted and the familiar failure to succeed, the familiar not-good-enough feeling, the familiar, comfortable, miserable, don't expect too much or you'll suffer disappointment again, sabotaging words are spoken to You by You.  QUIT doing that!!!  Ok, easy to say - hard to do.  But it really isn't.  Make up Your mind that You are not going to sabotage your race.  You have the strength, the will, the power, the ability to run your best.  The next couple days are going to be easy and relaxing.  Make smart beverage choices, hydrate, eat nutritious food, get plenty of sleep.  Rest, Relax, Rejoice in your ability to succeed.  And, most importantly ............


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 miles Day 129

Our cousins are visiting from California this week.  I think my posts will have to wait - I'll catch up later.

Enjoy your day!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 miles Day 128

Not much to post.  
Hope you're having a Blessed Day!!!  

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 miles Day 127

Whew!!!  Ran 12 miles this morning at an average pace of  10 min/mile.  Felt pretty good.  Now I have work in the garden to do.  But before I do, let me share a something from  Mr. Tony Garcia:

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And so, I wish for you ... More as well.  

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 miles Day 126

Enjoy this day of rest - You deserve it!!!

Relax with a little music ....................

Saturday, May 6, 2017

2017 miles Day 125

A lot of work to do in the garden today.  The first crop of radishes are almost ready for the table.  Potatoes, peas, kale, spinach, and arugula are up.  Getting ready to plant tomatoes and peppers and beans (might be a bit early, so will have to watch the weather reports closely for freeze warnings.

So - Enjoy your Saturday!!!

Now GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 miles Day 124

It's Friday - not much to post today other than.

and ask 
What do I GET to do today?

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 miles Day 123

May the 4th be with you!!!  

Ok, just couldn't help myself........  Actually, music composed by John Williams is a great addition to my running play list.

I'm 17 days away from running the Denver Colfax half-marathon.  I have a goal of running it 2 hrs, 10 minutes.   (10 min/mile avg pace)  These next two weeks I will focus on the long runs to make sure I don't die at mile 10.  
Here is my plan for the rest of the week:
  • Yesterday was a 6 mile run at just under a 10 min mile pace.  
  • Today I'm planning a 10 mile run at an easier pace.  
  • Friday will be a 6 mile run again under a 10 min mile pace. 
  • Saturday, a 12-14 mile run at an easier pace (to prove to myself I can)
  • Sunday will be a rest day.
  • And every day remember to hydrate, make smart beverage choices, eat nutritious food, not junk, take time for Me, exercise my trinity, enjoy and dance to the music of life.
That is my plan.  I wrote it down.   What's Your plan?  What do You get to do today?

Now .... GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 miles Day 122

Today, the third of May.  This month I have set aside to plant something, and also remember to wear sunscreen.  I found a YouTube video originally written in 1998/99.  Enjoy!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!
And.............Remember - Wear Sunscreen

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Miles Day 121

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The Boston Marathon is one of the few marathons that a runner has to have a qualifying time in order to pin on that bib.  In the running world, running Boston is a dream that many strive for, but few achieve.  Three friends forged bibs to run the Boston Marathon instead of earning their place either by running a qualifying time, or raising money for a charity.  
The dream takes shape in the heart, the path is charted in the mind, and forged through hard work and dedication of the heart, mind, and body. Continued commitment to excellence is truly an inspiration. I understand, but have never experienced (yet) the type of commitment it takes to run the Boston Marathon. Through Tony's story, I pray others looking for the short cut to glory will take a second look in that mirror and see in the reflections those that dedicated mind, body, and soul, who accomplished their dream with honor, and ask - "Do I belong standing with this group?"

The following is an open letter written by Tony Garcia.  
This. A whisper from my heart.
This. An open letter.
Dear Runners,
If this ever finds its way to you, I hope you will take the time to read and reflect on this letter.
Its purpose is not to shame or criticize or cast aspersions upon you. I suspect there has already been enough of that.
Rather, I hope it sheds some light on what it takes to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And thus, why wearing THAT bib and participating in THIS race holds so much mystique and value and meaning to so many.
I hope it sheds a light on the symbolism of the unicorn. How, for so many runners, it remains but an elusive and evasive dream to pin on THAT bib, to arrive at Hopkinton, to feel the energy of the crowds, to make that final turn onto Boylston, to finish THIS race.
Mine is but one story. There are countless others. Mine is but one story of trial and failure and overcoming. There are countless other stories which far surpass my own. And yet, mine is the only one I can share with the world.
I was, at best, a weekend warrior. And that is being generous. A man well beyond his prime. Life had settled upon me. Activity was minimal. Running not a pastime, pursuit, or passion. Sadly, the pounds and years began adding up.
By the time I decided I needed to change. There was much damage to overcome. Out of shape. Overweight. Embarrassed by my decline. My first attempt at running yielded a slow, painful 7 minute shuffle before I quit and walked home.
Fast forward five years. Although more active, I had begun to fall into old habits. Once again, I decided change was in order. So I signed up for my first half marathon. I would like to say "and the rest is history". As I fell in love with running and racing. For the next 7 years I ran as many half marathons as I could fit into my schedule.
Running a marathon was never even a thought. Half marathons were hard enough on me. If I were to finish a half and someone said now go and run back to the start, them would be fighting words.
But, as the story goes, never say never. My brother and partner in running crime, convinced me to sign up for our first marathon. I was now 50 years old.
When I finished the race, there was no joy or sense of accomplishment. I was just glad I got to stop running. I was out there for a long time. This race would become our "once a year" marathon. We did 3. And I pretty much had my fill. They just exacted too great a toll on this aging body.
And then, 2013. Boston Marathon. I had a friend running the race. Otherwise, it would have once again gone unnoticed. Boston was never my dream. And as for me, I was at home, injured. Unable to run.
My friend called me after she crossed the finish line, as she was making her way to her hotel. And then, chaos ensued. I was on the phone with her when the sirens began blaring and word got out that something terrible had happened.
For the rest of that day and the rest of the week, I followed the story that unfolded. And something whispered to me. I knew I needed to run the Boston Marathon.
How foolish was I? I didn't even know what a BQ was. When I found out the time I would need to qualify, I realized it was probably an impossible dream. That I would likely never chase down my unicorn.
But still, I set in motion the wheels to work towards this dream. For over a year, I reshaped my body, rearranged my life, dedicated my priorities to something bigger than myself. This dream.
I battled injuries and setbacks, doubts and fears. I pushed myself harder than I ever had before. And in May 2014, I ran the first of what would be Boston Qualifying races.
I managed to BQ, but not by enough. My time would not get me to Boston. So many had prayed for me, cheered for me, willed me to this dream. And I had come so very close. I was heartbroken. But not defeated.
Just four weeks later, I tried again. I failed. Again. Only more miserably. I hit the wall at mile 17. Got lost at mile 21. Was nowhere near my BQ time. I was heartbroken. I was defeated. It seemed, Boston would remain a dream.
Six weeks later, there was one final marathon I could run before the window closed for qualifying. But 3 marathons, in 90 days, felt impossible. And, my body was tired. Worse, my mind not able to comprehend another go at it. And still, I had to try.
Once more, I attempted to reinvent myself. Knowing something had to change. The new workouts humbled me. They left me broken. Nights I would go home so bruised and battered. Days I did not know if I could continue.
I recall one workout in particular. It was my lowest point. Already exhausted and seemingly at my limit, I was made to strap on a weighted vest and run another mile.
It was cold and rainy and dark. As I made my way up the hill, a solitary and broken figure, I wiped my eyes. Was it rain or sweat or tears? No matter, I simply wanted to quit.
But you see, I didn't. Boston meant too much. And having just witnessed its triumphant return, Meb's glorious win, and BostonStrong. I knew, I had to make it there.
And so, I ran that third marathon. And in doing so, I qualified for and was able to run my first Boston Marathon in 2015. Dream achieved.
And what I experienced, well, you know. For you wore THAT bib, you ran THIS race.
But for so many of my friends, for so many in the running community, for so many who hold this dream, they will not know this experience. Their unicorn remains elusive. And my heart goes out to them.
Perhaps our stories are similar. Perhaps you heard the calling. Perhaps this was your dream. Perhaps you tried and tried and tried to qualify. Perhaps yours is a story of reinvention and perseverance and overcoming.
But we will never know your story. For it is not what you chose to share with the world. And your unicorn remains elusive. And my heart goes out to you.
A Runner

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 miles Day 120

Sometimes our paths cross and we are filled with joy.  I read this post from a young man named Benjamin as a conversation with his Mom, Paige.  Benjamin is a young man with different abilities.  Check out his page on Facebook.  "Lemonade Logic"

"Mom, I think I know why opposites gravitate toward each other. It is so we learn that when you love someone it doesn't mean you will always agree, or understand one another. So, when you love someone, you love the whole of them. When you do, your heart is opened to see new and different ways to enjoy life. Because when you love someone enough to really try and see their perspective you are giving them so much. You give them your attention, your time, your trust and you give them respect. What you will get back is the stuff that fills your heart."

(By the way, speaking of paths crossing, I am happy that our paths have crossed.  It makes the journey a lot more interesting - even if I don't know who you are, your name, or where you're from.  Thank you for taking time to read my blog.)

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 miles Day 119

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2017 miles Day 118

Top of the Morning!!!

I read an interesting article in Runner's World Magazine and thought I'd share it this morning.  Here's the link:

For Many With Autism, Running is a Sport That Fits

Too many times we look at people with different abilities with an attitude of pity and don't accept them as people who have something to contribute to society.  This article was very good.  

Have a GREAT weekend, celebrate You, and the last two days in April.  I'm going for a long run today and take tomorrow as a rest day.

With that commitment to a loooooong run today.  I better lace up my shoes and - 
GET OUT THERE, I have work to do!!!!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 117

Have a Fabulous Friday!!!

A couple of video clips that I found of


(There are a lot of others on YouTube, but thought these were really good.)

These people didn't just wake up one day and say "I'm going to do that and be awesome at it".  It takes A LOT of practice, commitment, dedication, courage, ..................  and an understanding the failure is a new beginning and knowledge of what not to do next time.

Remember - Today you have an opportunity to begin your journey from where you left off yesterday.  Continue to make smart beverage choices, take time to exercise Your Trinity, eat food that is not fake or processed with a lot of additives, reduce the amount of stuff you clutter your life with, compost, and have a Smile kinda day!

Now GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 116

Sitting here wondering where this day went.....  I did get in a solid 7 mile run in this morning, baked a loaf of home-ground wheat bread and started a batch of yogurt, and had some relax time for Me.

It started to rain this afternoon.  A nice, gentle, bringer of memories kind of rain.  A rain that you remember as a child playing in the attic on a day such as this - too wet and chilly to go outside.  A rain that spattered on the window and obscured the view of the outside world.   A rain that you heard on the roof as you tried on formal gowns from long forgotten dances, proms, weddings, special events of years long past, pretending to be a beautiful princess in a huge castle ... dreaming of the day you would get to dress up for real and not just for pretend, sipping pretend tea with the obligatory pinkie finger extended, from pretend cups, balanced so elegantly on pretend saucers, and eating pretend tea cakes.  What fun we had, and what fun I had again remembering the memories .. a gift from this bringer of memories kind of rain.

And so, I wish you good-night, and God Bless ................

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 miles Day 115

I was talking about running with one of my students and mentioned that I was getting ready to run my 7th half-marathon.  Another student asked - "Why would you run that far?"  For a moment, I was kinda stumped what to say.  How can I explain the feeling of running?  How can I really explain the sheer joy of it?  the fear of it?  the agony of it?  the exhilaration of breaking through a 10 mile "barrier" for the first time?  How can I explain the pain, the stiffness, and wanting to go back for more?  How can explain the run?  I found the answer:  "Explaining why I run is like trying to describe the color blue to a blind person."  (No, the words are not mine, I remembered them from the book, Running the Edge by by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano.)  or trying to explain bubble gum to someone who has never experienced it.  

The question still remains:  Why do You run?
My answer:  Because it's what I do.  It is a part of who I am.  It makes me feel great ... especially when I'm done and the sweat is pouring off my body.  

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 114

It rained last night, so instead of a muddy run, I'll hit the treadmill today.  Looking forward to an easy 8 miles.

Sharing another Tony Garcia post from Facebook this morning ... enjoy!!!

This. A whisper from my heart.
Smile. For it welcomes another. And without a sound it speaks, "I mean you no harm".
Smile. For it lets the light in. And without a sound it speaks, "Today, I choose to be okay".
Laugh. For it is music without words. And it allows others to dance with you.
Laugh. For it is love without words. And it allows others the freedom to sing their own song.
Express joy. For it is the signature of your heart. And from there, you can write a beautiful beginning.
Express joy. For it is the signature of your life. And from there, you can write the dreams you dream.
Things to do: Smile. Laugh. Express joy.
Go get today. ~G

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 113

A message from Tony Garcia to start your Monday

This. A whisper from my heart.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the challenge set before you seems to demand too much.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the burden set upon you seems too great to bear.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the road stretching out ahead of you seems too long to travel.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the question posed to you seems too difficult to answer.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the task given you seems to break you into too many pieces.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the fears which grip you seem too real to overcome.
There will be times when it will not be easy. When the scale of the dream seems too immense to be realized.
There will be times when it will not be easy. And then you realize, you did not come here for easy.
Accept the challenge. Bear the weight. Start down the road. Seek your answers. Pick up the pieces. Let go the fear. Chase the dream.
Go get today. ~G

Yup  - pretty much sums it up for today.  Chase the dream!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 112

Happy Sunday!!!  Not much to post today.  Taking it easy and getting ready for the next couple of weeks before the Colfax half-marathon.

Enjoy your day!!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 111

Sharing a Post from Tony Garcia.  Enjoy!!!

This. A whisper from my heart.
These. 17 Life Lessons.
Learned during the Boston Marathon 2017.
1. Always have a Plan B
2. The time you had is more precious than the time you finished
3. Goodness and kindness still exist and they always win. Always
4. No matter how much you believe is owed you, take only what is yours
5. There are times, pain becomes a companion to everyone. Others know what you are going through
6. One man's hill is another man's mountain. Do not judge the climb of another
7. Walking is still a way forward
8. No matter the distance, it must be traversed a single footstep at a time
9. Miracles can be accomplished when you truly believe
10. Despite the cheering crowd, you will always hear your own voice. Choose words of faith
11. Weakness and strength are not choices. The choice is what you do when you are filled with one.
12. Fast and slow are terms of comparison, if the journey is yours alone, they are never needed
13. When you feel like quitting, it comes down to finding a single reason to continue
14. Daring to believe is the greatest risk of all. Take the risk
15. Each side of the hill presents its own challenges
16. You are likely to encounter obstacles you did not prepare for. Remember lesson 1
17. Sooner or later, your heart becomes visible. Capture that moment. ~G

Thank You Tony!!!
Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 miles Day 110

Post from Tony Garcia 4/21/13

Running Diary: Chase Your Dream
Stay strong
Stay humble
Stay focused
Stay disciplined
Chase the dream
Keep your head up
Keep your worries few
Keep your excuses fewer
Keep your eyes forward
Chase the dream
Remember who you are
Remember what you want
Remember setbacks happen
Remember the journey is long
Chase the dream
Remain patient
Remain confident
Remain hope-filled
Remain open to the lessons
Chase the dream
Be yourself always
Be faithful to the goal
Be a model of consistency
Be intentional in your choices
Chase the dream
Celebrate you
Celebrate living
Celebrate each step
Celebrate the journey
Chase the dream
Things to do: Chase your dreams
Go get today. ~G

I am Chasing the Dream, And I hope You are too!!

Now, GET OUT THERE, There is stilll some sunlight left..............


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 109

What do You get to do today? 
I have several things on my list.....  

We are in the process of revamping the garden and putting in raised beds with soaker hoses - have two more 10' x 4' beds to build.  We tore down a redwood deck a couple of years ago, so will be using that lumber.  That, along with edging the lawn sums up my garden day.  

Today will also be another longer speed run day.  My goal is 6 miles at a 8:35 min/mile pace with another 4 at a 10 min/mile pace, for a total of 10 miles.  At this point, I'm confident that I can do this.  My ultimate goal is to be able to run a half-marathon in 2 hrs. I know I can do it!!!  We'll see in about a month at the Denver Colfax half-marathon on May  21st.  

Tony Garcia posted this yesterday after running the Boston Marathon Monday.  Had to share.

This. A whisper from my heart.
When you trust your path.
When you find inner peace.
When you know your truth.
When you walk with faith.
When you come to know joy.
When you express gratitude.
When you no longer fear.
When you learn the lessons.
When you fully shine your light.
When you achieve a dream.
When you embrace who you are.
When you love the life you are living.
It will show. ~G
From the smile on his face in the pic he also posted, you could see that he definitely loves the life he is living.  As You journey through this day:   Embrace who You are...  Live Your dream...  Live without fear...  Find Your peace... Shine Your light...  

Now, GET OUT THERE - You have work to do!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 108

From the book, Wanna Know a Truth, by Tony Garcia, pg 141

Every shortcut has a price usually greater than the reward.
~Bryant McGill

There are no shortcuts
Each step on the path must be taken 
This is perseverance

There are no U-turns
The path always leads forward
This is growth

There are no fast-forward buttons
You will arrive when you are ready
This is patience

There are no signs along the way
You must follow your heart
This is trust

There are no others who can walk your path
Only you know the way
This is your journey


Instant gratification.  I want it.  I want it now.  I want to skip the hard work.  I want to skip to the fun part of crossing that finish line.  But, that is not going to happen.  This is day 108 of the 2017 mile journey.  This is Tuesday the 18th of April.  This is NOT a rest day.  You have proven that You will not take the shortcut.  You will not quit and find the easy way out.

Stay with it!!!  

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 107

I spent the morning watch the Boston Marathon.  WOW!!!  and that's all that needs to be said.

Finished my day with a 6 mile run at a personal best pace of 8:45 min/mile.  Goals for the week will include a long run of 12 miles.
Hope you had a Marvelous Monday!!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 106

Today is Easter Sunday.  Sharing a post from "Lemonadelogic"
"Today should be resolution day, not the first day of the year. Today is the day where starting again, being free and renewal matters. I think it should be today. The day where regret and shame and anger and worry and doubt all got pushed aside. It should be today. This is the true starting over day. He died for our do-over."

Happy Easter
Enjoy your day!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 miles Day 105

500 miles!!!

Only 1517 more to go before January 1, 2018

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!!  Have a rest day today - you earned it!!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 miles Day 104


What do You get to do today?  

Today is a get it done, get going, get moving, get jiggy with it, get up, get to it - day

Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 miles Day 103

From the book:  Wanna Know a Truth? by Tony Garcia pg 127

If you wouldn't say those things to someone else you love, why are you saying them to yourself?
~Elaina Marie

Someone once glanced at my body and said, "You should be ashamed."

I felt shame.

Someone once looked into my eyes and said, "You are not beautiful."

And I could not see my beauty.

Someone once spoke of my aspirations and said, "You will never amount to much."

And I believed.

Someone once laughed at my dreams and said, "You are foolish to believe."

And I no longer dreamed.

Someone once crept inside my thoughts and said, "You should be afraid."

And I was fearful.

Someone once talked to my heart and said, "You are not worthy of love."

And I was never good enough.

Someone once too measure of my life and said, "You are simply a failure."

And I lived up to this.

Someone was me.  Once.  These were my words.  Once.  But nevermore.

For I no longer give myself permission to speak this way.

Words I would not speak to another.

Words that do not serve my good.

Words so unloving.

Words that are not my truth.


This piece has a very powerful message.  Words can lift  up ... Words can tear down.  Words can spark an idea ... Words can crush a dream.  Words can make the seemingly impossible, possible ... Words can make a small task, mountainous.  Words are not always spoken aloud ... Words are whispered, Words are screamed, Words - from our facial expressions, body postures, eye-rolling .........

What words do You use?  What words do You hear?  What words ... ???  

Do not give Yourself permission to speak the words of shame, fear, self doubt, failure..... to yourself or to others.  These words are NOT YOUR TRUTH!!!

Yesterday I committed to running 20 miles these next two days.  I will speak the words of strength, courage, and believe that I will accomplish this task.  How do I know?  Because I said so...  that's why.
Now - GET OUT THERE, You have work to do!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 miles Day 102

I really didn't want to run today.  Do You ever have days like that?  Instead of the "I get to" feeling, I had the "I have to" feeling.   It was very tempting to sit this one out, but I laced up my shoes and went.  The first half mile was just like I expected - drudgery.  I was very temped to turn around, but I didn't.   After mile one I decided to go one more mile, and I did.  By mile three I found my groove and mile four and five felt great and a wash of sheer pleasure took over as I neared the end of mile six.  My feet felt like dancing, and so I did - instead of the regular cool down and stretch.

Would I have felt guilty for not going for my run today?  Probably not.  Would I have experienced the joy of today's run if I hadn't gone?   The answer to that is - No.  I'm glad I chose to run today.  The next time I'm faced with the "have to" feeling, I will remember today and change my attitude to I "get to"

I am now 20 miles away from the 500 mile marker of my goal of running 2017 miles this year.  I want to reach this 500  mile marker by the end of this week.  Will I do it?  You bet I will!!!

And so - Good night, sleep well, and be ready to face tomorrow with a smile!!!