About Me

I am married to Jamison, mother to four, grandmother to two, and a 25-year obstetrical registered nurse.  We enjoy running, backpacking, cycling, painting, rock concerts, photography, studying our ancestry, traveling and taking cruises, and our three Savannah Cats.

We are working on our goal of running a key race in all 50 states (14 done) as well as section-hiking all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  I started running in my 30’s to try to combat an auto-immune disease, stay medication-free, and control my chronic pain and realized that I also love competition with myself in trying to always run the next one better.  I met my first goal of running a full marathon at age 40 and my second goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon at age 45, which I ran two years back to back in 2013 and 2014.  To date, I have ran over 100 races of varying distances, and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon!

I am mostly a health nut (+ chocolate), a free-thinker, passionate about achieving my goals, don’t take “no” for an answer, and firmly believe in living every second to it’s highest potential.  I am not afraid to say or write it as I see it.  I see every uncomfortable situation and obstacle in life as a chance to learn, grow, and to be a better person.  Age is just a number.  I take care of myself and refuse to let a number define or slow me down!

I am the black sheep of the family because I do not conform to illogical, societal standards, or live to please or meet the expectations of others.  I am my own person and encourage that in others.  I spent the better part of my life trying to please others–parents, bosses, friends, you name it; but eventually came to realize that isn’t the route to happiness and inner peace; you have to be your own person.

My blog is mostly an eclectic collection of topics that range from running and hiking, life lessons, health and fitness, personal experiences, and our precious Savannah cat, Luna.  Luna has a lethal disease called FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), for which she has undergone a clinical drug research trial for a cure through the University of California, Davis in Sacramento.  She is doing miraculously well and we are cautiously optimistic that this new drug has cured her and given hope to the future of all felines stricken with FIP!

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