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Running for life

Happy Runner:

One of my Team in Training running buddies and friend is featured in this blog post. She is a great inspiration to all of us. Go Sharman!! :)

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Sharman completes the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Diego. You Go Girl!

When passions collide, the results can be inspirational. I know this is true because I’ve watched my friend Sharman prove it; mile after mile, running half marathons to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Sharman and I met as co-workers and quickly became friends. When she moved back to Southern California she spent some time working with a travel agent, organizing and leading trips for various groups. She also stepped up her exercise program, working out and improving her fitness. Travel and good health…two passions that continue to inspire her today.

In 2007, Sharman’s best friend lost her husband after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. When faced with more friends and family members battling blood cancers, Sharman took action. She ran her first half marathon in 2011, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Today, she has set her goals with plans to run two…

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The medals are in!

I am sooo excited!!
The medals for my virtual race – This Chick Loves To Run - arrived today!

The UPS guy knocked on my door. I saw the box. I picked it up. I waited.
I was scared! Very scared!
I looked at the closed box for an hour. In my mind I was playing over and over again the question “What if the medal is horrible?”

Well, I shouldn’t have doubted the ability of my friend Arek who designed the medal and Crown for executing the order perfectly!

The medal is adorable!
I know I am biased, but this is the cutest medal ever!

See for yourself:

This is the front:

And this is the back:

So, if you haven’t yet signed up, but want one of these, you can still sign up:
This Chick Loves To Run Virtual Race

All profits go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Happy running!



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My virtual race is about to start! Come and join!

On Tuesday our virtual race – the 2014 This Chick Loves To Run (For A Cure) – will start and I would love for you to join me!

This Chick Loves To Run (for a cure) Virtual Race

This Chick Loves To Run (for a cure) Virtual Race

This is an awesome opportunity for you to
- get off the coach!
- earn a great medal!
- raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

The race lasts throughout April and you can earn a beautiful medal by participating!

This is how it goes:

Run or walk 5K, 10K or a kilomathon (26.2K) in April to earn a beautiful medal. No need to worry about all the Easter chocolate that may come your way in April! You’ll run it off!

You can run or walk your miles anywhere you like. You can walk backwards, do cartwheels, stick your tongue out while running, hopscotch. No judgement!

You can run, walk, skip, hopscotch or cartwheel the distance in one day or take a whole month to complete it. You don’t have to set up an alarm or run in the rain. You have perfect conditions for every race!

Once you have completed your distance, post your accomplishments with a photo on the dedicated No Heels Just Sneakers Facebook page (only open to registered participants) or the G+ community page and give yourself a pat on the back for doing something great for your health while supporting an important cause.

What are you waiting for? :)

Sign up here:

I would love to see you join! Happy running!


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And she is still running…

After the first 10 minutes you don’t know anymore that you are running in the rain. It is the first few minutes while I am getting wet that are the dreaded minutes. Once I am wet I can run miles and miles in the rain.

20140302-192225.jpgAs I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it’s been raining and I have been out running in the rain a few times and it’s only half as bad as you may think… There are reasons to run in the rain. One of them is that the trails are empty. This past Saturday we ran a pretty much empty trail and had some  rainy views from the top of a hill that we never ran up before. Therefore, by default the (never seen before) views became AMAZING (even looking down on to a highway in the rain…). :)

We need rain in California and you can see that the reservoir is still pretty low. You can also see the highway and yes, we ran all the way up from there! In the rain!! RUNNING HEROES! ;) Elevation gain on our run was over 1300 feet, which was more than the Austin Half Marathon that I ran 2 weeks ago.

20140302-192300.jpgThis brings me to my next topic: The Austin Half Marathon. I already wrote a full race recap of the Austin Half Marathon and it was a fun race. Half marathon #22 and third race of the year! I am starting to get burned out of racing already and skipped a race this weekend and though the medal was great, I don’t feel I missed out. Instead I went shopping and bought 2 gorgeous dresses, but I am digressing…

A fun project I have been working on is my next fundraiser in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I have created a virtual race for the month of April and would love for you all to check it out. The medal looks great, but see for yourself.

If you are interested in the THIS CHICK LOVES TO RUN FOR A CURE – Virtual Race, please check out my No Heels Just Sneakers Virtual Race page. I am so excited about putting this race on. A friend of mine created the design of the medal and I think it looks beautiful. All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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My California Anniversary

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since I moved to California!

So last week has been a week of celebration and some reflection. In addition to this, it has been my first full week of rain in California. Which I find amusing… It’s like the weather God reminds me (during my minor complaints) that life in Cali is pretty good with sunshine most of the year (pretty much all the time last year) and I should stop my whining.

And the weather God is right. I have very little reason to whine. :)

It’s been an amazing year where I had to “learn” to run again after I broke my foot. But which made running even more precious. A year where I met an amazing group of people and made some awesome friends; friends who organized and came out to my Cali Anniversary party. A year where I started a new job in a new company and have been trusted to take on a new role within less than a year.

I am loving life and sometimes have to pinch myself to see that it is all real. Have you ever had to do this?

I am looking forward to continue my Cali journey and hope that year 2 will be equally amazing! My focus this year will be back to my wellbeing, being kind to myself and my body. A great journey to be on.


On a flight

I am learning. It’s not always easy to eat clean. As I am going through this change in lifestyle I have come up with one golden rule:

If in doubt, read the list of ingredients.

This rule works. Really!
Right now I am sitting on a plane that is taking me to Austin, TX where I will run half marathon #22.
The flight attend just brought my coffee and a snack. As I am playing with the thought of eating the snack I turn it around to the list of ingredients which includes high fructose corn syrup and other not-so-great ingredients that I just don’t want to put into my body.

The thought comes into my head as I am contemplating how easy we accept what’s in our food today:
When will we get to the point that we will stand up for our bodies and stop tolerating chemicals in our foods?


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January running recap

Alrighty, I know I know. February is already going, but I didn’t want you to miss out on my amazing January recap. :)

In fact, I did finish 2 races, one of them being a half marathon. That warrants mention, right?

So, January was in running-terms quite successful, but even more important FUN with an amazing group of Greater Bay Area Team in Training running buddies.

The first race of the year was a 10k: New Year’s Day Brazen Race (race recap).

This one came with a beautiful medal that showed a sleeping sun and the words: “Good morning 2014″. How inspiring is this?


The second race of the year was a half marathon, another Brazen race, the Coyote Hill half marathon (race recap). Luckily this one wasn’t quite as hilly as the usual Brazen races. We had a group of 6 running buddies out and it was a great day for a run. The medal was a coyote (duh!):


Of my 5 challenges for 2014, I managed to complete challenge #1: run 26 miles in January. Actually, I ran 81 miles in January which is putting me well into challenge #2: run (virtually) to Mexico.

A great start to the year. Now I just have to keep it up! :)

How are your 2014 challenges and resolutions going?


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