Category Archives: Quotes

Running toward the light.

It’s practically Summer here in the southwest, we seem to skip Springtime. And what’s that have me doing? Run, run, running my winter coat away!

But, of course.

I love to slack off in the winter (okay, really I hate that I am slacking off in the short cold days but cannot seem to stop myself), but come Spring I grab my shoes with vigor again. I start looking at races, calculating how I can afford to sign up for them, which training plans I want to follow, read runner’s blogs with earnest, inventory whether I need new shorts or shoes and do research on top recommendations even though I ALWAYS buy Brooks, find myself grabbing Runner’s World and Trail Runners magazines in the grocery store line, start pestering friends to please come for a short run with me, and talk incessantly about running to strangers, family, and friends who don’t care about running, well,  about running.

Weeeee!!! Yay! Yippy!

So this year so far I have signed up for four races in the next two months:

  • 5k – Miles for Smiles in less than 2 weeks

  • 10k – Cherry Garcia in 4 weeks

  • 5 Mile – Golden Gate Trail Run on 7-14

  • Half-Marathon – Napa to Sonoma Wine Country on 7-15

Yes, you see correctly there. The last two are back-to-back. 5 Mile trail race near San Fransisco on a Saturday and a Napa to Sonoma Half the next morning. Should be, um, interesting.

One is road, one is trail.

One is flat, one has a 100 ft gain in first 1.5 miles.

One is vineyards, one is oceanfront forest.

One is slower, one is a good chip pace.

I AM EXCITED!

I love a good challenge. The 5k and 10 I am throwing in as part of my training regimen. The 5 Mile got thrown in for fun. The Half was always a goal. The Napa to Sonoma is a Destination Race that sells out each year on the very first day registration opens. I have been wanting to do this race for years. This year I got in in time. I have several other races I want to sign up for this summer as well. There is a dirty 10k that I hear is super fun in the foothills of the Sandias, I would love to do the Duke City Half again this October, and I kinda want to go crazy and do the world’s toughest 10k up the Sandias. A friend also just asked if I wanted to do the winter quad race as a team, which combines 4 sports in one race. Signing up for that could help cure my winter slack off hopefully.

Every year I say (to myself) I am going to do several races but often just train hard for one. Money is usually the factor, since it can add up, signing up for multiple races or long distance races. Then I look back the next year disappointed I didn’t try to do more. I am making this year the year to squeeze in all the races I can. Part of my push is also that I will be graduating next Spring and likely moving on the greener (pun intended) pastures. So I want to do as many of these desert runs I have been eye balling for several years as I can before I move.

Another thing I am setting summer goals for is backpacking….but that’s a whole other story for another day.

Wish me luck!

 

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.”

~John Bingham


Weeds in the Garden

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or, even better yet… EAT THEM!

That’s right, I said it.

Weeds.

If you can’t beat ’em, EAT ’em.

Most weeds are edible at some point in their growth. Even tumbleweeds here in the Southwest!


Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough

Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough.


Quote of the week…

Quote of the Week (From Organic Bytes)

Monsanto’s Corn Is Toppling Over

“As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect – the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

“In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

“The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

“‘Monsanto’s insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,’ reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

“[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto’s Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto’s corn in ‘rapid’ fashion.”

– “Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science,” by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011

Ummm, seriously. How do we continue to uphold a system that supports this sort of agricultural practces!!!???

“Monsanto’s insect-killing corn”

Sounds like something we should run away from screaming, not support through practice and policy!!


Flowers

‘Earth laughs in flowers.’ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Come quietly and…    Meet me here.

Fix my smile.

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Fluoride: did you know it is bad for you?

Excerpt from Organic Bytes:

 

Consumer Alert on Water Fluoridation: 41% of American Teenagers Have This Disease

The CDC, ADA, and local health officials continue to promote fluoridation even though just this January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended a nation-wide reduction in fluoride levels after it learned that 41 percent of American adolescents, ages 12-15, have dental fluorosis, a clear sign of overexposure to fluoride, and that the rate is continuing to increase steadily.

Only now is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water reviewing the allowable amount of fluoride in drinking water, more than four years after the National Research Council reported to Congress that the current allowable fluoride levels (MCL/MCLG) were too high.

In the face of lax federal regulation, health activists are acting locally. More than 250 communities that have rejected fluoridation.

This year in New Hampshire and Arkansas, citizen groups got legislation introduced at the state-level which would require notices on all municipal water bills warning parents not to feed infants fluoridated water. Citizens in Tennessee, led by the Lillie Center were successful in getting a prominent team of bi-partisan legislators to call for an end to the promotion of fluoridation by the state. In Alaska, Fluoride Free Fairbanks along with many concerned citizens urged their city council to review fluoridation, and in March the city council’s task force charged with studying the issue recommended that the city stop adding fluoride to their water. Clearly, a small group of educated and dedicated citizens can accomplish a lot when they organize locally against fluoridation.


Gonna keep searching…

Daisy May – Like This lyrics

You gotta stop, and keep your head up
You gotta trust, it’s in your chest
It’s all you got, so you better keep that head up
& Don’t you think love is gonna take you where it’s best.

And it’s the echo of a heartbeat
Slingshot and a stone
Feel my lovely feeling in my bones
I don’t need no wishing well to go making this wish
You just ask anywhere, whoa, love like this

You gotta stop and throw your hands up
you gotta trust what’s in your heart
And you can’t top this, no matter how you move up
Did you really think love was gonna tear you apart

And it’s the science of a sunset
It’s a bird on a wire
Whatever heaven hasn’t touched yet
Whoa it’s on fire
It’s rollerskates on railroads
Rudebega’s first kiss
Hummingbirds, honey pie, whoa, love like this

You gotta stop and put your feet on
You gotta trust the steps you take
And when you’re hot, you better cool off baby
Do you really think love
is gonna wait?

It’s a boxcar on a blue day
It’s a guitar made of gold
Whoa hallelujah it’s the race of your soul
I don’t need no wishing well to go making this wish
You just ask anywhere, whoa, love like this

And it’s the echo of a heartbeat
Slingshot and a stone
Feel my lovely feeling in my bones
It’s rollerskates on railroads
Rudebega’s first kiss
Hummingbirds, honey pie, whoa, love like this

It’s a boxcar on a blue day
It’s a guitar made of gold
Whoa hallelujah it’s the race of your soul
I don’t need no wishing well to go making this wish
You just ask anywhere, whoa, love like this
Love like this, love like this.