Notes On Camping

I’m back in the saddle after spending 6 days camping at New Hogan Resevoir (it’s about 30 miles East of Lodi to save you the time to Google).  At last count, there were about 50 people at the campsite.   This is our second year as family campers and I have to say we’ve got the system down pat.
Awesome air mattresses?  Check.  Earplugs?  Check.  Big tent?  Check.  Camp stove?  Check.  Camping Kitchen?  Check.

Wait, you don’t have one?  This baby is the must-have for all of you tent campers out there.  It’s a table that extends and flips up to hold utensils and block the wind.  Mine is extra fancy because it has a sink AND when you close the top you can play backgammon or chess/checkers on the top.  I know, we rock!!

We took the boat and logged many hours a day dragging the kids and their friends around the lake our the inner tube.   We went through a bottle of spray sunscreen a day, two cases of water and all of the salads I’d pre-made.

We got home yesterday afternoon, all of us exhausted and dirty  – what else can you ask for?

This week I’m back to the running and bootcamping.  More to follow…

Now go run!



News Flash

The following tidbits are from the June 2009 issue of Fitness Magazine.  

The Bad News

1. The average person has 10 billion to 20 billion fat cells

2. Eating too much for too long and your body can actually create more fat cells

3. Genetics and Lifestyle play a role in determining how many fat cells you have

The Silver Lining

You can outwit your fat cells by eating a healthy, balanced diet ( losts of produce, lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, etc.) exercising regularly including a mix of strength training and cardio.

Now go run!


When Your Brain and Body Don’t Agree

No matter how much you have trained for a race, there will be one (or more) runs where your brain flat out tells you that you can’t do it.  Can’t complete the run or can’t go another step.

Here are gentle tips to help you finish your run or workout.

1.  Stop, take a few deep breaths, begin again at a slower pace.

2.  Turn off your watch.  Run for enjoyment.

3.  Shorten your workout.

And here are a few, not so gentle tips.

1.  Pick up the pace.  You know you can do it so bust it out.

2.  Add intervals to your run.  This forces you to focus and concentrate – this will help you on race day.

3.  Stop whining.  We are not quitters!

Now go run!


Who Wants To Run?

I am blatantly recruiting runners for our running group with PacWest Athletics ( .  We have a small but mighty group of runners currently but would LOVE to add more runners to the mix.

Here are some myths debunked about our Marin running group:

1.  You don’t have to be a seasoned,  hard core runner.

2.  You don’t have to be fast.

3.  You don’t have to be training for anything.

4.  You don’t even have to be able to run more than a few miles at a time (and if you don’t even run that but WANT to run more, we can help you).

You should only have the desire (whether burning or passing) to explore the wondrous playground of trails, paths and fire roads that exist in our county and a pair of running shoes.

Simple enough right?  So contact me if you would like more information about our group.  Nice people, doing fun things.  Check it out!

Now go run!


Tennis Anyone?

This summer I am going to try some new things.  Tennis is first on my list.  My parents both played in the early to mid 80’s, played in leagues, ladders and tournaments and were pretty good from what I remember.  (My mom was also quite the fashionista of the times, wearing those ruffly little panties under her tennis whites!)

I never played tennis formally, but since I do have natural athletic abilities (just enough to get me by in most sports) I got the hang of it quickly and can hit reasonably well.

I have always wanted to play more and take a few lessons to get some basic skills under my belt.  The bottom line is that I have the power, but have absolutely no finesse.  None.  Same way with golf.  I can hit the heck out of the ball, but can’t putt to save my life.

But this year I found a gal I run with who will give me some lessons and I’ve wrangled some friends into the mix.  I mean if I’m learning to play, I want to have friends to play with.

I wonder if they still make those ruffly little panties??

Now go run!