I Survived My First Trail Race! (XTERRA Malibu Creek Race Recap)

May 24, 2016

There’s nothing quite like an alarm clock going off at 4:45am, huh? That’s when I had to wake up on Saturday so I could get to Malibu Creek State Park. I was competing in my first trail race, and I was nervous. Good thing the park was in the mountains,with plenty of pretty scenery to distract me.

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So there’s a wee bit of backstory here: My friend Jeff (a frequent figure on this blog, often featured in posts about Read the rest of this entry »


Oh Boy…Three Races in the Next Month!

May 19, 2016

Well, I’ve enjoyed some much needed time off from intensive exercise, and realized today that in one month’s time, I will have three more races under my belt! Good thing I started ramping up my workouts!

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That photo is from my first run in months, which I did the other night. It was in preparation for the first of the three races, a Read the rest of this entry »


Time to Start Ramping Up the Workouts

May 16, 2016

My plan, after my disastrous race in the Aon Center last month, was to take a breather from intensive exercise. I was due. That race was my seventh stair race in 2016 (so far). Tack on the four races I did in the fall of 2015, and I’ve had at least one major race every month for the past eight months. That’s a lot of racing… and a lot of training. I was feeling overtrained and exhausted, and the Aon Center race triggered some depression that hung around a little longer than I would have liked (although any depression is more than I would’ve liked, so that’s not saying much).

A few weeks ago, I looked at my calendar, and decided Read the rest of this entry »


What’s in the Crockpot? Part 13

May 10, 2016

How’s this for a blast from the past? It’s the return of a Keep It Up, David staple. It’s actually a game, and a pretty simple one at that. You guess what’s in the crockpot, and then keep reading to see if you’re right. Now that the rules have been explained, keep your arms and hands inside the train at all times, and have at it!

WHAT’S IN THE CROCKPOT?

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May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 4, 2016

The new month began when I was in Arizona, so my monthly weigh-in had to be pushed from the 1st of the month to the 3rd. Here’s my Weight Loss Chart…

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…and my weigh-in results: Read the rest of this entry »


Hiking, Horses, and a Helicopter During A Wedding Weekend in Phoenix

May 3, 2016

What a fantastic weekend! My high school friend Emily got married to a great guy named Rich, and that was an excellent reason to head to Phoenix for a few days. Here I am with the bride, and our high school friend Heather:

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That’s Heather’s husband Adam photobombing us in the back! You may remember Emily from this post, which has a photo of her in one of her jaw-dropping ballroom dancing costumes, but she was also Read the rest of this entry »


There Were Nazis In These Hills! (A Los Angeles Hike Adventure)

April 28, 2016

My friend Jeff and I took Maude for her first hike the other day, and it wore her out. It wore Jeff and me out, too! It was the most challenging hike I’ve done, and to a very memorable destination: We hiked to an old Nazi compound, right here in Los Angeles!

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Jeff and I have been talking for months about hiking to Murphy Ranch, in Rustic Canyon, above the Pacific Palisades. Murphy Ranch is where, in the ’30s, a couple of Nazi sympathizers built a compound, possibly under the influence of Read the rest of this entry »


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