Daily Life

One Year Later: Dear Dad

Dear Dad,

Today is November 14, 2019. One year ago today, at the age of 61, you took your last breath. I am taking the time to write you a letter today because I feel that it is the best way to recap the past year. The days and weeks after you passed were filled with to-do’s, going through old photos, and figuring out the holidays. Amidst the busy stuff and being submerged in the things that made up your life, it felt like you were still with me. I spent time sorting through your old surf shirts, looking at photos from jobsites, surf adventures, snowboard trips, and hunting days.

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2019: Resolutions and Races

As we enter into the third week of January, many will have already given up on New Year’s Resolutions, where as I am still planning them out. I consider January a special month, in part because it is the first month of the year, winter is my favorite, and it is my birthday month. I used to give myself the entire month to think and develop my resolutions and then formalize them in a day planner at the end of the month. That tradition slipped through the cracks as life took numerous twists and turns over the past seven years. This year…. things will change.

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My first resolution for 2019 is to declare and formalize some resolutions and goals for year ahead.  And look at me write… I am already working my way through my first goal. Without further ado, My goals for 2019 are as follows: Continue reading

Running Through it All: Change, Loss & Grief

As the last few days of 2018 come to a close, many will reminisce of memories made while pondering resolutions and goals for the year ahead. As 2018 comes to close for me, I reminisce with a heavy heart the journey I have been on the past seven years.

In February 2011, our little family unit decided to uproot from Los Angeles, trek across the country and call South Georgia/North Florida home. This trek meant leaving behind many relatives in a large Hispanic extended family on the maternal side and a smaller family on my paternal side– including my father, grandparents, and uncle. At that time, my girls were 2 years old and 5 months old. The decision to move was not made in haste and it would take us years to get our feet firmly planted on the East Coast. Late in 2011, my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer and learned it had spread to one of his lungs. Up until his diagnosis he had played tennis, visited the gym regularly, and ate a healthy Mediterranean style diet. Once diagnosed, he had surgery to remove part of his lung and then began chemotherapy. The chemo and cancer took its toll and he passed in May 2012 (He was 81 years old). Continue reading

Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturday (18-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 8 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 18 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees makes. Thanks to Hurricane Nate pushing up through the Gulf of Mexico my run started out around 74° and never cooled off.

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Sunday (17-miler)

 

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 10 weeks

Long Run Sunday: 17 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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This was actually a long run Sunday, which was followed by church, lunch, movie time with the kids, dinner, meal prep for the week, and then hitting the pillow sometime after it got dark, which felt like quite the accomplishment considering I was ready to tag out and go to sleep about 7:00 pm.

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturdays (14-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 12 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 14 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year. Running three marathons in a year was never my plan, but when work sent me to New York in June, I had to add a marathon into the work trip. The timing of my marathons this year has been spaced out: February, June, and December. I have been able to scale back the mileage in between training for each marathon which has given me a little extra recovery time, not like in 2015 when I ran two marathons two weekends apart. Continue reading

Soccer Life: Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur

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Today Jossalyn wrapped up her fourth soccer season in less than two years. It’s hard to believe this little munchkin, who is only six years old, has played almost 7 months of soccer each year for the past two years. She has been amazing to watch and to hear her name cheered from the sidelines gets me every time. I wish her great grandfather could have seen her play and perhaps he is and perhaps she has a little bit of that amazing Croatian soccer player with her when she is on the field.

After playing soccer for the City of Tallahassee, we signed up with Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur at the recommendation of her previous coach. While the skill building practices and playing up an age group have been frustrating for her, she has come away each week smiling, running, sweaty, thirsty, and ready for more!

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