October Highlights


Andrew…was in a musical with Glenn:

…went to LA with his Theater class:

…got his license:

…and got a job at Black Bart’s busing tables. This is the perfect job since it’s not only a steakhouse… but also a Musical Revue and Andrew gets to sing every night he works!:

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…played High School Soccer:


…had a successful Step Into Running program:

… and was proud of Nick Arciniaga’s appearance in Runner’s World and Running Times:

I did lots of running (including the Soulstice Mountain Trail Run)…


This weekend I’m running the McDowell Mountain Frenzy 25K instead of the 50-miler I registered for initially. I’m sure being at the race will be bittersweet and I’ll experience mixed emotions about not running the 50-mile distance.

November updates soon (Happy Thanksgiving!)…







Perhaps it was because it was zero-dark-thirty in the morning on Saturday, but I was already upset about three things before I left for my run. An email frustrated me (doesn’t anyone take my feelings into consideration?), a Facebook post shook me (how could someone think what they posted wasn’t insensitive?), and the final straw was a reminder note left for me (how could someone think I’d make that particular mistake twice?).

First lesson: don’t hop on Facebook or check email first thing in the morning…

I left the house in a snit. I made sure that Glenn was well aware of how upset I was as I stormed out the door (did I lay it on a little thick?). The first 6 miles of my run I replayed my feelings over and over in my mind. This was not a productive or constructive thought process… it was a pity-party I was sure I deserved to have.

When I stopped to take a picture I had a strong desire to say a prayer. I was ready to ignore the urge. Grudgingly and halfheartedly I decided to do it anyway. What came was a prayer of gratitude.

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The email was a group question about the possibility of a get together. Community.

The Facebook post – with my personal perspective removed (and it wasn’t, contrary to my own popular belief that morning, all about me) was an expression of affection from one individual to another. It was made by an individual too young to realize how significant word choice can be. Love.

Early in the morning I am not always thinking clearly. A mistake I made in January cost us lots of money and was made under the same circumstances. The reminder note was truly just written to be helpful. Thoughtfulness.


Photo: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/doesnt-matter-the-glass-half-empty-half-full.html


Second Lesson: My heart felt lighter. My mood improved tremendously.The final step – letting go of the negative feelings I had been holding onto for those first six miles – was easier because of the positive spin gratitude had put on each circumstance. The events didn’t change – but my perspective made all the difference.


In the Meantime…

Running a race often sounds like the perfect idea to me.

Sometimes, however, even if I’ve already signed up for it (or maybe especially since I signed up for it), I start to doubt that the idea is a good one. This is happening to me for a number of reasons:

  • Fear – can I really DO this particular 50 mile race?
  • Dread/Uncertainty – do I really WANT to do this particular race?
  • Scheduling – did I really think through the reality of training for a race of this magnitude this particular semester?
  • Fatigue/Burnout – do I really WANT to do the training?

There are answers in the “go get ’em” and “you can do it!” spirit to all of the above questions.

There are answers in the “if now isn’t the right time or this race isn’t the right one, that’s ok – maybe you need to wait” line of thinking to all of the questions, too.


In the meantime…

Andrew started his Junior year of High School…

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We bought a second car for the family that is coming in handy since Glenn and Andrew are doing so much rehearsing for their upcoming play and Andrew can take them to rehearsal. It’s a musical, “Closer than Ever” that features a four-singer cast and a script that is entirely made up of songs. They will perform in Flagstaff and in Sedona… wowza!2015-08-10 12.01.42I went running in the rain on Soldier’s Trail…

I enjoyed an epic 17-mile run with almost 1900 feet of elevation gain that left me sore for a week…

2015-08-15 09.05.41-1I hit the urban trails…

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I looped (and looped and looped) Buffalo Park…

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I was blessed to spend some time with friends and with Glenn…

Gabe started his Freshman year of High School. He had his first scrimmage and his team played well. He did, too! He turns 14 tomorrow!

Saturday I ran Gaspin’ in the Aspen – the last race in the Flagstaff Summer Series (though I didn’t register for that this year)…

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Photo credit: Neil Weintraub

Photo credit: Neil Weintraub

I enjoyed my recovery with goodies from Late from the Train at Gabe’s scrimmage…

This morning I did my long run out in beautiful weather in the neighborhood and on the FUTS…

Finally, tonight was the Flagstaff Running Community Picnic…

Phew! It’s been a busy August.

I’ll keep the blog posted regarding what I decide about the race in December. As for now I will continue to train as if I plan to run it!