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Settling back in Seattle

I am settling back in after being down in sunny SoCal for five days. We had amazing weather. Absolutely beautiful: sunny, cloudless, warm days. Ahhhhh…

The vacation went by way too fast, and I already miss the beach, but, as always, it also feels good to be back to my routine: work, run, sleep. Fun. 😉

I started week six of training yesterday, and jumped right in with 3 X 1 mile sprints. Oooooh, sprints, my favorite. (nope, not at all…I despise them). We had very funky (typical fall Seattle) weather yesterday, so I ran my sprints on the treadmill:

Mile 1: 7:00 Felt pretty good. Already dripping with sweat.

Mile 2: 6:48 Felt okay. Not quite as strong as the first mile, but still felt pretty good. Even sweatier.

Mile 3: I started at 6:40, and ran .50 mile at that pace, but then started shutting down and had to bump it back up to 7:00 in order to finish. Was really, really sweaty. I looked like I had jumped in the lake.

Feet felt okay. Tightness in quads.

Beautiful day today, so Baby H (I guess he’s not a baby anymore, so Toddler H) and I ran 4 miles on the Burke Gilman trail. When I push the jogger, my pace is about 30 seconds slower. It felt good to have a slow pace today because my quads are sore from sprints yesterday.

I run 28 miles this week. Time for a new pair of shoes…

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Running, Travel


I am the epitome of happy…right now

This is my Happiness blog. It has been a place for me to write about all the things in my life, which make me happy. I have written about some pretty great things, but now…right now in my life, EVERYTHING is happy. For a long while, although I only wrote about the happy stuff…or at least tried to, there was always so much else going on in my life that I wouldn’t necessarily say made me very happy. I avoided writing about it…I was dealing with it, yes, but I didn’t want to bring all of my readers down. I was working through it, and all the happy things I wrote about were what helped me get to where I am now. It’s a pretty amazing place.

I am doing everything I love right now…I am surrounded by people I love and who love me back. I feel great.

I wake up every day and come hang out with Baby H. He is my buddy, and my days are spent laughing with him.

While he sleeps, I do another thing I absolutely love: I write. I write a lot. I have a lot of different projects I am working on right now, and it all makes me happy.

Every day, I move my body and sweat: running, yoga, climbing, brisk walk with Baby H, hiking, stand up paddle boarding…anything that makes me feel good.

I have an amazing circle of friends who I talk to and hang out with as much as I can.

I recently met someone amazing whom I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know.

My life is calm, happy, easy, and fun. All the pain, hard work, and grief I have endured the past couple of years has paid off BIG TIME. I have learned how to take care of myself, how to make myself happy, and how to say no to things that don’t make me feel good. EVERYTHING is working out perfectly, and at the right time, and I am welcoming it all in with a smile on my face. Life is good…life is really good, and I deserve everything good that is in my life right now. 🙂



I am in Idaho for the week at a ranch riding horses. I was here last year. I am with Baby H and his family. It was a little difficult packing up and heading out of town when I just unpacked from my last trip, but now that I am here, and the worst part is over (7 hour drive with a toddler), it is semi-relaxing. I am going to enjoy my time here, and know my schedule opens up quite a bit after next weekend. There are dogs here. One of them is named Dude. I like him a lot.

My feet are not feeling the best, unfortunately. I have a half-marathon to run Saturday, and I really haven’t been running much. I ran 6 miles yesterday, which felt okay. I felt great cardiovascularly, and it felt oh, so good to get moving, but my right foot started aching at about mile 3. The left foot is nearly completely healed. I didn’t run Friday…actually I didn’t do anything! I was feeling under the weather, so I decided to forgo all exercise, and I felt okay about it! My body wanted me to rest. Thursday I ran 5 miles, and Wednesday I ran 5 miles. Tuesday I went to yoga.

I didn’t run today. I will run tomorrow. The rest of the week depends on how my feet feel after my run tomorrow. I am planning on running the Rock and Roll half Saturday, and will not be expecting to break any records. After Saturday, I will rest my feet and just focus on yoga and hiking. I will return to running full time after my feet feel 100%.

That’s my plan, and I am going to try really, really hard to stick to it.

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Outdoor fun, Running, Travel, Yoga


Spring has sprung!

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful Spring day. It was in the mid 60’s, sunny, and everything is in bloom! I LOVE this time of year!

Baby H and I went and took the puppy for a long walk in the early afternoon, and then Baby H and I went to the park for the rest of the day. I wanted to stay outside as long as possible…we were both loving it.

I had a 7 mile run last night. It’s interesting when I get to a certain part in my training that 7 miles is an easy run. There is almost no planning involved and I just head out the door to run 7 miles. It was a beautiful evening, and I ran in a short-sleeved shirt…Love that.

So, last night was the second night in a row where I fell asleep naturally. It took me a little while, but it was less than an hour and I remained relaxed. I have been working on some visualization prior to sleeping: I take all the crap from the day and throw it in a garbage bag or a box. I stuff it down to the bottom and then I throw the box over a cliff, or whatever I envision. I do not allow myself to think about anything I stuffed in the box. If I do, I have to climb down, get the box (or bag) and put the crap back in. Climbing down to get it is quite exhausting, and I have usually fallen asleep before I get there. 🙂

So, I know I keep talking about the past year, and how it’s finally caught up with me. A LOT of change has happened over the past year, and my focus has been on staying strong and moving forward. Now, since everything has FINALLY calmed down, I have the energy and time to focus on taking care of myself, and my body is definitely letting me know it needs to be taken care of, so that’s what I am doing.

Last week I went to the naturopath.

Last weekend I had a massage.

This week I had Reiki

This weekend I visit the chiropractor and have a massage.

Next week I have acupuncture.

And I continue to go to yoga.

I am my number one priority for the first time. It’s different, but good. 🙂

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Outdoor fun, Running, Yoga


Hola. Gracias.

Hola! I am back, safe and sound, but not healthy, unfortunately. My first trip to Mexico will not be forgotten, that’s for sure. It wasn’t the best trip, but I didn’t have any expectations, so I wasn’t too let down.

Everyone in our party got sick. Not Mexico sick, but sick sick: ear infections, fever, throwing up, achy. I got the bug on Saturday, and spent nearly all day in bed. The weather was AWFUL that day, so if I was to pick a day to be sick, that was the day.

I managed to do all my training runs, except for a 3 miler the last day. I even somehow managed to run 10 miles on Saturday…the day I was sick. I felt just good enough to run…told myself I would only run as much as I felt like, and ended running the whole 10 miles! I stopped every few miles for water (I ran on the treadmill. It was too stormy to run outside), and I think that’s why I was able to run so long! After the run, however, I got progressively worse, and went right back to bed. Ugh.

All my other runs were run outside, and boy were they hard. It is VERY humid in Cancun. I would say there wasn’t a day where the humidity was less than 80%, and it was hot. My first run there, on Monday…a 3 miler, I ran at 5PM, and it was extremely challenging. I am so glad we don’t have that humidity here in Seattle. It was unbearable.

So, I start week 5 of training today, but I am not up to running, unfortunately. 😦 I didn’t work yesterday, spent most of the day in bed, and didn’t go to yoga.

My plan is to go to yoga tonight, and get back on track with running tomorrow, but I am not sure if I am even up for yoga yet. I took Baby H for a 40 minute walk today, and was wiped out after. That is VERY unusual. I guess if I am to get sick, and take some time off from running, I would rather it be this early on in training. It is uncommon for me to get sick, and I am hoping this passes quickly. I don’t like feeling this way.

I know this may sound strange, since I was in a tropical destination in another country, but I am VERY happy to be home. I like my life here, my friends, my family, my routine, our crappy weather…well, I don’t LIKE the crappy weather, but it’s familiar. With all the change that has been going on my life recently, it’s nice having some familiarity. I feel like I do a better job at progressing my life when I have some constant surrounding me. I know my trip to Mexico, and everything that happened there, happened the way it was supposed to happen, and is part of my life progression, too, I just am REALLY happy to be home to my people, my weather, my yoga, and my bed. 🙂

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Children, Running, Yoga


Aujord-hui est le premier jour du reste de ma vie

Seahawks!! Wow. What a game. I haven’t been that excited over a football game in quite some time. It was fun. 🙂

Had a great 6 mile run yesterday. It was the longest run since the half marathon in November, and it was a piece of cake.

I went and saw Black Swan last night. Excellent movie. Dark and intense, and Natalie Portman is amazing.

Week 2 of pre-training starts this week.

When I got to work today, I was given a gift certificate for a massage from Baby H. My work family is awesome! They are so, so good to me.

Yoga tonight!

Aujord-hui est le premier jour du reste de ma vie. (Today is the first day of the rest of my life).

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Movie, Pablo, Running, Yoga


Change is good

And…I’m back. Miss me? I sure missed you. 😉

Happy New Year! I hope your Holidays were great.

So, 2010 is behind us. Hello, 2011! 2010 was a year of immense growth for me. I am looking forward to taking everything I learned in 2010, and forging ahead in 2011! My life is completely different than it was a year ago, down to the color of my hair. I still have a few hurdles to go over, but this is going to be a fabulous year…it already is!

I start pre-training this week for a FULL marathon! (one of my goals for 2011) I am excited.

I went snowshoeing for the first time over the weekend. I loved it…can’t believe I have never gone.

Grad school is on hold for a year. RELIEF.

After being blonde my entire life, I am now a brunette…and loving it.

The Seahawks made it (miraculously) to the playoffs.

I leave for Mexico in a month. It will be my first visit.

Yoga continues to be an activity I look forward to immensely.

I am totally into Lost. I am now on Season 2.

I love my new car. It did get hit on Christmas Day, but I was not at fault, and it’s already been in the shop, and looks as good as new.

Baby H continues to be charming, humorous, and very cool. He is 11 months today.

I have wonderful, amazing, loving, and supportive friends and family. I am blessed.

I am healthy. I can’t remember the last time I was sick.

I am in control of my life, and I am learning how to change the things in my life that aren’t working for me.

2011 is MY year, and NO ONE can take that away from me.

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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Outdoor fun, Running, School, Yoga