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I am pleased to be running in the 2018 Mountains 2 the Beach Marathon and raising money for the Ventura Land Trust. I am passionate about preserving open space in communities and promoting the establishment and maintenance of public trails.

In the wake of the Thomas Fire and subsequent rains, The Big Rock Reserve and other trails in Ventura County need a great deal of maintenance.  Debris now replaces the scenic trails and threatens a delicate ecosystem. 

Please donate to VLT to support the work of restoring our public lands to help ensure that we all have more opportunities to enjoy nature. 


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Penetrex Anti-inflammatory Discount

For a limited time, I am partnering with Penetrex to offer a 15% discount on all Penetrex products. I am thrilled to be able to partner with Penetrex, because I use the anti-inflammatory cream, daily. It is a great product for pain relief and recovery.

For a discount, use code SIGNAL at https://penetrex.com 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday Skirt Sports Mother's Day Sale, 5/9/2018

What does a runner do that is injured? Obviously shop...lol


Skirt Sports launched a Mother's Day sale with current season Holiday prints 30% off sitewide & up to 60% off other items. No additional discounts can be applied to the sale items.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Update Tuesday 5/8/2018

I know that I haven't been posting, but it is so difficult to post when I don't have anything positive to say. I've trained for months and I know that this marathon is going to be a very difficult to even finish, much less sub 3:30. My upper quad hurts. It seems to include my hip flexor, inner thigh and the middle quad muscle. I'm taking time off entirely, but I have hardly been running at all. It is what it is. I will try to post more,

Skirt Sports Peek-a-Boo Review Part 1

The Peek-a-Boo is easily one of my favorite Skirt Sports skirts. I like nearly everything about it.

  • It is the perfect length.
  • The skirt is as light as a feather.
  • The shorts underneath are super comfortable.
  • The print is sassy and cute.
  • There are pockets on both sides.
  • The skirt stays put. It isn’t too tight, but it doesn’t move.

If I have to think of something to criticize, I guess it is a little tight in the tummy area. I’ve got some flab around the middle, and this skirt, definitely, gives me a muffin top. For some reason, my muffin top bothers me less these days, but that isn’t the point. Honestly, I’d rather have a muffin-top and not need a drawstring, then no muffin top and a draw string. Of course, just tight enough to not need a drawstring and no muffin-top at all would be ideal.

If you want a fun, short, summer skirt, this is a great choice.

This skirt is going fast. It is at a great price point right now, but sizes are limited. Check it out here. The peek-a-boo is on sale, but use my discount code (825Sign) if you would like to a try a full priced item.

Skirt Sports Peek-a-Boo Skirt Review Part 2


This skirt is going fast. It is a great price right now, but sizes are limited. Check it out here. The peek-a-boo is on sale, but use my discount code (825Sign) if you would like to a try a full priced item.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Redemption MP 4/27/18

Training is mostly very much about your mental state. Yesterday, I expected my quad to feel good when I stepped on the TM. When it didn't, I talked myself into an almost hysteria. Mental fear gripped me. The fear that I had trained for months and might not get to the start line AGAIN! I really felt like I could pass out during the run. When I got back to the house, my son asked me if I had used positive self talk. I told him that positive self talk was the furthest thing from what I was doing. He advised me to tell myself that I was a beast.

So, this morning I was determined. It didn't matter if the leg hurt or didn't hurt, I was running, and I was going to run at MP pace. If necessary, I was going to actually use the words, "I am a beast." That isn't usually my preferred mantra, but I was desperate.

When I got on the TM, my quad just didn't hurt very much. I could feel a twinge of confidence, and I grabbed it. The run was successful, but my leg hurt a great deal after.

I haven't mentioned much about this yet in this log, but I think that I have a hernia. It doesn't hurt, so I am hoping to completely put it on the back burner until June 1st.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Failed MP 4/26/2018

I tried to do my MP run this morning and I just failed. It all started when I got on the treadmill. I expected my leg to feel great, but they didn't. I started to get upset, but instead of talking myself down, I just let the anxiety build. When I went out to run, I started thinking about my leg and the probable hernia that I have and the months of training that I have done. I got so distracted with negative self talk that I missed my turn. I jogged down a short hill before I realized that I was going the wrong way. When I figured it out, I went way too fast up the hill. I started breathing hard, sweating and getting nauseous. I stopped to catch my breath and calm down, but I didn't have the will to start up again. I just walked home.

I will try and run this afternoon and run the MP tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday, 4/24/18

I made a decision, on Saturday, to take a few days off from training. My run on Saturday was difficult. I couldn't imagine my quad taking me 17 or 18 miles on Sunday. I think if I keep pushing, I'm going to find myself seriously compromised. I'm not running again until Thursday. I'll be concentrate on recovery for the next few days. I'd rather lose 4 days and actually run the marathon, than keep pushing and be out completely.  Hopefully, a little rest gets me back on track.

Pineapple-Orange Juice
I have been doing my hip exercises faithfully, and juicing every day. I usually don't juice fruits, but pineapples are an excellent anti-inflammatory foods, so I've been juicing a lot of pineapples lately. The juice is green in the pic, because I juiced the peel, too. If you juice the peel of a pineapple, be sure to use some kind of veggie soap to wash the peel. Pineapple peels hold onto bacteria. You can also make a tea out of the peels.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Neverwear Challenge Part I

I love Skirt Sports, but I never thought that I would buy the Tough Girl skirt. I wasn't sure about the bootcut leg. I just happen to come across a great deal, so I took the plunge.

The best thing about tough girl is the quality of the tights. They feel great! they are perfect for working out with a kettle-bell or doing errands. The skirt is a good length, too. I'm going to get a lot of use out of this versatile skirt.


If you would like to try a Tough Girl, now is a great time. Skirt Sports is having its semi-annual thank you sale. Use TAKE10 for $10 off a $50 purchase. This can be combined with code SHARE15 for 15% off, as well. This offer expires on April 24th.

 After the thankyou codes expire, feel free to use my discount code 825Sign for 15% off.

Neverwear Challenge Part II


If you would like to try a Tough Girl, now is a great time. Skirt Sports is having its semi-annual thank you sale. Use TAKE10 for $10 off a $50 purchase. This can be combined with code SHARE15 for 15% off, as well. This offer expires on April 24th.

 After the thankyou codes expire, feel free to use my discount code 825Sign for 15% off.