|Malibu Dirt Dash|
|Los Angeles Kings 5K|
|5K and 10K awards at Malibu Dirt Dash|
|Gladiator Rock 'n Run|
|Ready for the heat (and humidity) of battle in Kona!|
|There was no whining after we all received age division awards at Wine Country Marathon! Bottles of wine, of course!|
|An unexpected appearance by Coach John armed with a camera at the Malibu Dirt Dash!|
|Coach John and his "angels" in Kona, Hawaii|
5. Goats. In October, I began my reign as Queen of the Santa Monica Mountain Goats. For about 30 years, this group has met at a different trail every Saturday morning. Unlike other running groups, this one is free, and there are no pace or distance requirements. Everyone starts together at any pace they want, then after 60 minutes, we all turn around. No one is too fast or too slow to be a part of the group, and everyone is welcome. Being asked to be the "shepherd" of this "herd" was quite an honor. I can't describe how happy it makes me to share the beauty of the trails with others, seeing the joy on someone's face after a successful trail run, and the sense of "family" I've experienced now thanks to being the "mother" of about 40 "kids!" Baaaah!
|A little "tough love" for the herd!|
6. Arkady (there are six letters in his name, that's why he's number 6, but he really belongs in the top 3 because most of my accomplishments would not have been possible without him.) Best training partner ever. There's a fine line that separates being too "talky" from so much silence that I might as well just run by myself, and he gets that. He doesn't smell, he doesn't ask dumb questions and he respects the "no discussions while running uphill" rule. These may seem like little things, but if you've ever trained with someone who didn't possess these qualifications, you'd realize they are indeed critical. He's much faster than me, but he also has the patience of molasses. Before we met, he transformed himself from having a body composed of 40% fat, to completing multiple marathons (in under 3 hours) and triathlons and Ironmans, so he's an inspiration. (Sorry ladies, he's taken!)
8. I joined Crossfit Hollywood. (Crossfit has 8 letters, that's why it's number 8 on this list). It's a gym with group workouts that are timed. Every day, the workout is different. Every day, the workout is very very challenging. Since joining, I have noticed that I've not only become physically stronger, but mentally tougher.