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The Sisters, Cascade Mountain Range

Brain Cleaner for My Writing

My brain cleaner for writing is running--or journaling. After last week's horrific attack on our nation's Capitol, I needed a lot of brain cleaning. Nothing works better than a run (without falling) along the BLM and viewing the stunning Cascades. The incredible views always remind me to take deep breaths, count my blessings, be positive, and start anew. So as…

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Sunrise Mill Valley To Sausalito Trail

Header, Blood & Get Up

On a 6:30 am 5 mile run, 39 degrees, headlamp in place, and bundled like a muffin, I tripped on some unknown giant ridge that popped out on flat, paved walkway along SF Bay in Sausalito. I flopped along for a bit trying to right myself and crashed to the ground on the side of my head, knees, elbows, legs.…

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Children's Masks

It’s the Small Things During Covid

In Jan. 2020, I decided it was time to learn my new (!) sewing machine. I hadn't opened it's box in 15 years. I took a lesson. March 14th, we entered the pandemic and shelter in place. A friend suggested I might consider making masks to donate with a volunteer group called #millvalleymasketeers. After all, I could now thread my…

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Selfie Along The Sausalito Prominade

Virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon

On May 23rd, Keating Vogel, Anita Castro Sparks and I ran the virtual Armed Forces Half Marathon in our area. This half marathon is usually held at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, and is one of the most poignant races as we honor our service members. In uniform they will welcome us at the finish with medals and thank us-which…

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April 19th Virtrual Bend Half Marathon In Mill Valley

Virtual Bend Half Marathon

Masked up and running. I had been so looking forward to the Bend Half Marathon 2020. But when COVID-19 hit, all races were cancelled. My running friends offered to train with me, and run the race with me. On April 19th, we ran 13.1 miles, from Mill Valley to Sausalito.

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Half Marathon Runners

Keep on Running

I hope to run to 103 years old - this is one amazing woman. https://www.businessinsider.com/julia-hawkins-record-runner-shares-life-tips-2019-6 Her philosophy is equally as beautiful as she is - keep in good shape and enjoy the magic moments in life. She felt fortunate to be married for 70 years to someone she loved and respected. She says just keep active, passionate about learning new…

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“People of Peace” Faces Magazine, April 2018 — Malala Yousafzai and Tegla Loroupe

For this issue on People of Peace, I focused on two of the areas I love - running and education and submitted queries on two extraordinary people who have changed the world with their efforts towards peace and human dignity. Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai has been a forthright advocate of a girl's right…

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Getting Ideas

Sometimes the best thing for your writing is to take a break, give your brain a break, and enjoy something that takes your breath away. That's why I like running. Fresh approach.  

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Livermore Half – here we come

I've been scaling away from full marathons and just doing a bunch of Half's. So the first Half for 2017 is March 26, 2017 at the Livermore Wine County Marathon - running and wine - works for me. Then onto the Armed Forces Half Marathon in May at the  Todos Santos Naval Weapons Station in Concord (Got our red, white…

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Now it’s about sticking with a schedule

My thoughts of speed enhancement are that - merely thoughts. I haven't done a lot, okay any,  speed or tempo training. But I am trying to maintain a schedule to stick with doing a bunch of HALF's. Finished Berkeley Half 11/22, the Hot Chocolate 15K (that after-run food knocked out any possible health benefit of the run) Oakland Half is…

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