Friday, August 29, 2008

On Hope

"Once you chose hope anything is possible"-Christopher Reeve

I've been following this presidential race closely and tonight I finally feel at rest for making the decision to vote for Obama. His speech was personal, straight to the point, and moving. I'm just inspired by his spirit and his determination to restore hope in America.

I love that he gave specifics on what his plans are for America's future. He addressed some topics that I feel strongly about like global warming, ending the war responsibly, and on personal responsibility. I'm with Obama when he says eight years is ENOUGH.

I was so hyped up after listening to him speak. I actually made a donation on his website because I want to support him.

We need a change in direction. I believe that Obama can bring it. I'm encouraging everyone to register and rock the vote.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Road to L.A.

Training for my first L.A. marathon has been really challenging. I usually do really good at the start of the run but towards the middle of the run I start to lose momentum and all of a sudden I'm plagued by thoughts of stopping.  Its those damn hills!  I'm still trying to learn to love the hills.  Most of the time I'm chasing my pace group.

My goal for this race is to finish never mind how long it will take me . We are on mile 6 so 20 more miles to go.  Luckily the Loma Linda Lopers has different pace groups you can train with .  There are several groups ranging from the 7 minute mile group to the 17 minute mile group.  Jessica and I started off in the 10 minute mile group but later dropped down to the 10.5 mile pace group.  So far we are keeping up with are two weekday runs and the one long run on Sundays.

Every Sunday we meet at the Drayson center for our short lectures.  This past weekend was on water stop etiquette!    We stretch together and then off we go to our different pace groups.

Here's a picture of the Loma Linda Lopers.  Jessica and I are in the second row in the front. There is usually a flood of pink people running down the streets in Loma Linda on early Sunday mornings.  What I love about joining a running group is that you get to meet so many cool people! Plus everyone is always giving you great running and motivation tips.

Everyone needs a running buddy to keep you accountable.  Jessica is my running inspiration and I'm so glad she's on the road with me to L.A. 

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Scattered Thoughts

I'm on overload.  Some thoughts today:

1.  My legs are sore. It's painful running up hills.  
2.  I want to be on  I Survived a Japanese Game Show!
The making new friends in Japan episode is so funny! 
3  I'm changing my blog title and layout in the next couple of weeks.
4.  I'm thinking about getting a dog soon.
5.  Wherever I end up I need to live by the beach.
6.  There's  too many people in this cafe.  I wish I was back at Cafe by the Park in Saipan.
7.  I haven't found a church that I feel comfortable at yet. I prefer a small church vs. a big church. 
8.  I need new loupes.
9.  I need to send some resumes out.
by Jared Diamond is such a great read!
11.  I'm trying to get Jessica to run the L.A. Nike 10k Human Race with me.
12.  Do I really want to go back to school?