Cross Training Made EASY!


I ran a 5K race in January, after not having raced in over 5 years. My cousins called to ask me to join them while they ran the LA Half Marathon. I signed up for the 5K that accompanied that race. To my surprise, I had the stamina to RUN it with no training.

I ran one day for about 1 1/2 miles last November, and maybe a few times over the summer. I’ve been doing Power Yoga weekly, hoola hooping, hiking and walking — that’s been my cross training. I knew I could walk the 3.1 miles, but I had no idea I had the endurance to run it the entire way! When I crossed the finish line, I was overcome with the thrill of VICTORY — what all can I actually do? What else can I achieve? Could I actually be getting younger than older?

Ron and Clare

Clare, Gail, Jerome, Margo, Jason

My cousin stopped smoking by taking up long distance running. He and his wife have run so many half marathons and triathalons. I no longer want to run distances but the thrill of being with many passionate runners was a real turn on!

I think cross training is doing what you luvv to do, and then applying that to new things. I’m now adding dance to my cross training. Who knows what all I can do with the character developed through many ways of expressing and sweating myself? Here’s the biggest surprise of all: I FINISHED 6TH IN MY AGE CATEGORY!!

I Saw My First Steelers Game!

Call us crazy, but we went to Pittsburgh for a 4-day weekend as a belated anniversary gift to ourselves!  Pittsburgh in the winter, windy and snowy, cold and chilly, but refreshingly exhilarating!   A great highlight for me was seeing an NFL game live — the Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals!  I could really feel what the players endured by being there in person.  In almost every play there were piles of bodies, and each time I felt it personally — what about suffocating?  Someone’s elbow or cleat in your neck?  Being squished by the weight of so many bodies on you?  Obviously, being squeamish doesn’t work in this sport.  Continue reading