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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


You know, I've been fretting lately that I haven't been running "enough!"  Well, it's enough for most 'other' people, but not for the 100-miler that I'm scheduled to run in 10 days!  I haven't gotten any long runs in for the past 3 weeks (had to stay home from my marathon last weekend coz I was sick) and I know it's gonna hurt when I run the Rocky Road 100!

That said, I HAVE been helping a few lesser-fortunate friends of mine.  One has MS and I take her places when she needs to go and I am trying to help her with some forms she has to fill out, etc.  The other, I'm afraid, is gonna lose her beloved Mother in the near future!  I try to  be here for her when she needs to talk or have a beer, etc.!  I know--I'm really going above and beyond the call of duty by having to have a beer!!!

THESE are the things in life that are important!  Getting outside of yourself and helping others!  Live by the three "E's" every day!!  Enthusiasm, Empathy and Energy!!!

Sometimes, helping others has been "the thing" that has gotten in the way of a long run.  That's ok--friends are more important than that.  I will always be fit and stay fit, so giving up a long run is the least I can do for a friend!

Today, however, "being THERE for a friend" and RUNNING came together.  My friend with the ailing mother, has to drive out to "break the news" about her mom's failing health and imminent death to her Dad later this morning.  So, last night--over a couple of beers--we decided to do a run together this morning!

I got up this morning, had a cup of coffee, and ran over to her place--6/10 of a mile--and was greeted by the happiest dog on earth before heading out on a run with my friend!  Animals are just the best spirit-lifters, aren't they?!

We headed out on a 4-mile run along the beach--heart rate rising, sun RISING over the ocean and the bluest sky!  We live in paradise, you see!  Sunny nearly every day!  So, we ran and we took walk breaks and we talked--sometimes about serious stuff, and we laughed and we sweat and WE KICKED BUTT!

It was the best way my friend could have started her soon-to-be-difficult day!  I was so happy to help her with that and was rewarded in return 3-fold by what she gave to me:  her friendship, a hug, a running companion!

This is LIFE my friends, and I cherish EVERY day of it!!!

Enjoy YOURS!!!  Get MOVING!!  Help someone ELSE today!!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending time with Patrick Sweeney this past weekend, thanks to a generous invite by Barefoot Ted McDonald to come and spend the weekend with them (and Reese Ruland) on Catalina Island while Ted ran the 50-miler.

Pat really touched me.  NO!  Not in THAT way!!!  He touched my heart and emotions.  Rarely do you meet people who are THAT down to earth and with whom you can relate to on so many levels AND he is so very funny!  He just makes me smile.

Another think about Pat is that he is a DAMN GOOD runner!!!  Along with winning road races of various distances (barefoot or in Luna Sandals), he has also won a NUDE run.  Check out one of his blogs ( to see just how awesome he is!!!

I've been following another one of his blog's ( and really liked the carefree nature of his running.  He runs mostly on the beach, in soft sand, barefoot!  So, that is what I did today:  Ran barefoot to the beach, on the beach for one mile in soft sand and then home for a total of 5K.

Unfortunately I didn't have the same luck as he does finding fun plastic toys and such!

For the longest time, I didn't find anything interesting in the sand except seagulls.

FINALLY, I found a plastic whistle!

When I went to wash the seagull poo off my foot in the ocean (see my footprint?), it looked like there were gold flecks in the sand/water.

Close up of the flecks!

Unfortunately the only other PLASTIC item of interest that I found was this extra large bottle of nasal spray.

My best find, was this nice, young lady, so I took her home!  How could I not, she had Luna Sandals in her hands!
So, from here forward, I designate January 17th to be "Be Like Patrick Day!"  Hopefully I will have another Marvelous Mud blog post before then!

My studio has been built...just waiting for the floor to dry so I can surface it and then prime and paint the walls.  Then, I will move the kiln in along with all the other equipment and start making art.  Already have TWO orders!!!  Thank gawd!  Coz I'm runnin' outta moulaaaaaa!!!

Have a GREAT "Be Like Patrick" Day!

On warm days, when I'm not running totally barefoot, I'm wearing LUNA sandals!!!  They're made by MONKEYS, you know?!!