Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Marathon at Sunset Beach - #46

As we pray for America, we also pray for the soldiers, airmen and sailors who help keep our nation free. The brave men and women in our military sacrifice each and every day to let Americans live a life where they are free to worship God and to be safe from our enemies. We should never forget the sacrifices that they have made, not just today, but in years past. And not just those serving in the military. The families of our men and women in uniform give to our country as they make hard decisions that allow their loved ones to serve.

When your dreams become your life and your life becomes your dreams you begin to see God all over them.
Keep Believing,
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Gallery

Nanny Goat 12/24 Hour Run - #45

Levy from Henderson, NV is not a Marathon Maniac but he should be. Levy has 4 buckles!!! That's 4, 100 milers!!!( in less than 12 months) and he's only 26 years old...

Nanny Goat 12/24 hour race takes place on a one mile dirt loop on a private horse Ranch located in Riverside, CA. The course is flat and the object is to complete as many laps as possible within 12 or 24 hours. Last year I did the 12 hour and completed 48 laps. This year I did the 12 hour but completed 32 laps in less than 9 hours.

Jennifer, MM1756 from Reno is working on her first 100 miler. Jennifer loves ultras and has completed 18 ultras and a quadzilla this year. Jennifer is hoping to get her first buckle this year...Good luck Jennifer!

Jean, MM1695 is amazing. Let me say it again...Jean is AMAZING!!! Jean got her first buckle last month at the Rocky Road Endurance Run in Coto de Caza, CA. She finished 100 miles in 38 hours. Jean was the only woman to finish the brutal 100 miler!!! You are truly amazing Jean!

Nanny Goat 12/24 Hour Run also had relay teams. This team of men wore pink running skirts. How cute!

At noon it was already in the high 80's, which didn't help my hot flashes!!!

These ladies know how to have fun...Keep running you still have 18 hours to go...

There were lots of beautiful horses.

Thank you Steve, Annie & Shelly for a wonderful race. Good food, nice tech shirt, beer mug, and my favorite goat medal.

In a trail race it's not the number of breaths you take,
but the number of miles that take your breath away.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday - Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend I'm doing things a little different. I decided not to do a triple marathon this Memorial Day weekend. I'm still on track to 101 marathons. I'm menopausal and it's making the road to Guinness very difficult. I cry all the time. I went to the doctor for my yearly physical and I'm in the best shape of my life but emotionally I'm a wreck so my doctor recommends I do other things. I started back taking yoga last week. I love gardening; I'm going to redecorate my backyard. Happiness must be grown in one's own garden and finding your own personal balance is the key to becoming your personal best. I'm growing out of my comfort zone and choosing to let go of past rejections, wounded feeling, insecurities and messy relationships. The Comfort Zone Poem:

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I couldn't fail,
The same four walls of busy work
were really more like a jail,
I longed so much to do the things
I'd never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
and paced the same old floor,
I said it didn't matter
that I wasn't doing much, I said I didn't care for things like diamonds or furs and such,
I claimed to be so busy
with the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for
something special of my own,
I couldn't let my life go by
just watching others win,
I held my breath and stepped outside
to let the change begin,
I took a step and with new strength
I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone good bye
and closed and locked the door,
If you are in a comfort zone
afraid to venture out,
remember that all winners
were at one time filled with doubt,
A step or two and words of praise
can make your dreams come true,
Greet your future with a smile
success is there for you!
(author unknown)

Remember, with God all things are possible.
Keep Believing!
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hope Sight Mission Marathon - #44

I'm tired and sore from yesterday's brutal marathon. I have blisters on my right foot. Ouch!
I was so happy to see my idol Larry Macon. Who is Larry Macon?

Larry is the current Guinness World record holder for the Most Marathons Run in a Calendar Year, 105, in 2008! Larry has run all 50 states 10 times!!! His lifetime total of marathons is over 650! Larry is the kindest human being you would ever meet.

Remember James MM#1642 from yesterday's brutal marathon. James finished his toughest marathon ever in 8:00. Today at Hope Sight Mission Marathon, James did a 2010 Personal Best!!! 3:50 Even Race Director Charlie was amazed. James has run 24 marathons this year. Way to go James! Two thumbs up.

This is Sally and she finished in 1st place 3:42.
Let your light shine in 2010!
Our Greatest Fear
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -by Marianne Williamson
Keep Believing in yourself and your dreams,
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

Rocky Horror Marathon - #43

I'm trying to get the sexy back...oops I mean the excitement. Rocky Horror Marathon was just that...HORRIBLE AND BRUTAL! Last year I did Leadville Trail Marathon in Colorado and it was my PW(personal worst). Leadville Marathon brought me to tears but Rocky Horror Marathon scared me!!! The course was four 6 miles out and backs, and one 2.2. mile loops on the challenging Coto trail. As we entered the trail there's a sign that said "beware of mountain lions". The sign really didn't bother me. On my first loop a runner said watch out there's a snake up a head on your left. Snake??? Hmmm...snakes and lizards don't scare me. You stay out of my way and I will stay out of yours. Are we cool??? I'm saying this to myself. On my second loop I was getting close to the turnaround about half mile away, a 4-5 foot SNAKE was crawling across the trail, I screamed so loud!!! As I was appoaching the turnaround which was in a beautiful neighborhood with million dollar mansions, a man playing with his dog said "was that you screaming?".

I knew James MM#1642 was behind me so I waited for him. James is a fast runner and he wanted to drop out after the second loop, but stayed to protect me from the snakes. Well, guess what? James almost stepped on a rattle snake!!

I wasn't too scared so I took a picture.

Steve and Rob were having a good time. Steve was singing to Sade and Rob knows these trails like the back of his hand.

If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards" - Paul "Bear" Bryant
I finished with a PW 9:18:42 Thanks Debbie and Charlie for pacing me.
Each marathon is an adventure not a destination.
Keep Believing!
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Going Bananas Marathon - # 42

Going Bananas Marathon

I must be honest. I am exhausted!!! These back to back doubles are not much fun. This was double #20 this year and my mind and body are feeling the effects. The passion is still there but the excitement is not. Two of my Marathon Maniac friends Ed and Joe are injured. Seeing Ed with his boot and Joe with his sling gave me the strength and motivation to stop my complaining. I finished 6:48:52

This week I'm going to try something new, instead of Pilates, I'll try Yoga. Maybe the relaxation will bring back the excitement. Yoga

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called failure. A loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called enemies and caution lights called family. You will have flats called jobs, but if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called success! May God continue to bless you.

Keep Believing!

Yolanda "Walking Diva"