Archive for January, 2009

Up & Down and All Around

Posted in gym, quotes, road on January 24, 2009 by afuntanilla

Been some interesting days lately…..last sunday i had a scare with some knee pain. thankfully, it is all gone. (knock on wood) last monday, MLK jr. day, I got up on what was a very grey day and was driving to work when i was pulled over by a police officer for making a “california stop” at a stop sign right near my house. i had not even had any coffee yet. i was not happy. i should have just stayed home instead of go to work on my day off! 

Tuesday – gosh things were sooo much brighter. I woke up and drove to work and there was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. watching the tv at work and seeing the inauguration festivities begin was pretty neat. when was the last time our country gathered in such a way for a PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. When have i seen people in the streets and in coffee shops talking about all this and being hopeful and proud. How awesome it was to see a man take office who was not an old white guy; the typical choice forever. how awesome was it to see someone who people can feel in touch with rather than so far away from….pretty neat all around. I did not watch Obama’s speech live, but caught it in it’s full replay on NPR in the car later that day. I was glad to hear his sobering and realistic message; 

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

And so it was that Tuesday ended and Wednesday began. Wednesday I left work and found my car window busted open. Sure, i was angry. But also I was reminded that even though i want to see the good in everyone, people will still do “bad” things and cause harm. 

Throughout the week I have been watching past episodes of LOST, which has been great. I am totally into it! 

Friday came and with it my 5 year anniversary with my job. This is the longest I have ever been at a job and i’m proud. So many years of my life were full of tumultuous change and its nice to see myself STAY in one place for a while…however long that might be. Friday also was a day a friend at work who had been there for 10 years decided to leave. It was an odd feeling to watch her leave even though i am wishing her the best. There was an aura of uncertainty in the air at our offices of what is to come next. Not the most pleasant energy to be around. 

Saturday morning came and I went for a run with a friend. Was a solid 6 with hills and i felt good up and over the hills. While we sat at a restaurant counter eating some breakfast, the SUN came a shining!

Jan 24: 6 miles, 59:07,9:51 pace – outside w/ hills

Jan 22: 3 miles, 27:27, 9:08 pace – outside

Jan 21: 3 miles, 28:43, 9:34 pace – treadmill

to the person who bashed in my car window…

Posted in random on January 21, 2009 by afuntanilla

i bet you were surprised to find in the bag you took out of the window and left on the sidewalk had nothing in it except old schoolwork from my college days. 

i’m sure you were pissed off it was nothing you could sell for cash. well, i have no sympathy for you.

thanks, asshole for making me pay for a new window. hope you are happy.

too good not to share

Posted in quotes, road on January 20, 2009 by afuntanilla

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that. ” -Princess Diana

I’ve added a new page to this site of my favorite quotes. Found this one today and wanted to post it separately. When I read it, it stopped me in my tracks. 


Did something strange to my knee WHILE STRETCHING yesterday during a run. Totally weird. Don’t know what it is. Doesn’t seem too serious; i am thinking maybe a lower hamstring strain. ? I’m taking precautions even though i don’t really want to. I iced yesterday and rode indoor bike today and iced again. We’ll see how it goes. I’m crossing my fingers it is minor. 

Jan 19: 8 mile indoor bike

Jan 18: 4.5 miles, 44:18, 9:50 pace – hills

Jan 17: 5.5 miles, 55:14, 10:03 pace – hills

Jan 15: 3 miles, 28:36, 9:32 pace – treadmill

The Show

Posted in random on January 17, 2009 by afuntanilla

When I was a kid, i used to say, “I’m going to the show” (instead of movies) I wonder when I stopped saying the former…

Anyways, I have always loved going to the show. It’s been one of my favorite things to do in life; get in line, pay for my ticket, maybe get something from the snack bar, find a good seat and settle in. I feel happy when i am inside, sitting there with anticipation for what i am about to see and experience. I have also always been kinda star struck. One of the reasons I love going to the show is because i get to see some of my favorite actors/actresses and even discover some new ones.

I usually go alone to the show. I’ve been thinking about this lately and wondering why might that be because I RARELY invite anyone to go with me. I know. Big Shock, right?  I think it is because I kinda regard the experience as an intimate one and i either want to share it with the right person or just with myself. Of course, it doesn’t feel like an intimate experience if it is something like Casino Royale or some other bang-bang shoot ’em up movie. I rarely see those kind of flicks. Especially now in the winter which is when it seems all sorts of real quality films come out. I don’t want to share them with anyone. I want the experience just for me. I don’t care if its selfish. Lately, I have seen 4 true quality movies, the last one being THE READER, which I went to see last evening. It was an amazing and devastatingly good film. Kate Winslet’s performance  broke my heart and made me  cry. I have seen her back to back now in Revolutionary Road and The Reader and my goodness, I feel lucky to see such an amazing actress. So talented. 

All of the 4 films I have seen lately have been enormously moving and stirring. And i love it. And i love being alone with all of it when i leave the theater. it lingers on for a while and i get to reflect. its just how I am.

I’ve got at least one more show to see in the immediate future. can’t wait.


Posted in quotes on January 16, 2009 by afuntanilla

Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator, and spiritual communion.

– Lorraine Moller

this will be a hodgepodge…

Posted in random, road, travel on January 14, 2009 by afuntanilla

-I feel like I am in the freaking desert. I feel like I am in a place where I don’t know anyone who speaks the same language as I do. I’m a little concerned if I don’t do something, I may forget how to speak altogether.

-If I am in my office all day, I usually will walk across the street in the afternoon to go get a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Not always, but most of the time. Today, before I walked out of my office, I asked my (work) partner if he wanted anything. He said yes and I knew to get him a Venti cause that is the size i see him drinking. I asked him what he wanted in the coffee; just whole milk, he said. WHOLE MILK? Who the heck puts WHOLE MILK in their coffee? Very odd, I thought….me…I’m a half-n-half kinda girl. and 2 packets of brown sugar. thanks.

-been very grumpy today. hate it when i feel this. of course, this is PRECISELY the times I need to be compassionate and gentle with SELF. Um…yeah, like I REALLY FEEL like that!

-went to Biloxi, Mississippi last weekend. Was a blast! Maybe I’m grumpy because the trip was SOOOO short!

-went to see ‘Revolutionary Road’ the other day. Very good. Thought Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio did some phenomenal acting, especially him. Powerful.

-still want to see ‘The Reader’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, & ‘Gran Torino’

-I’m easily disappointed in others. This creates a lot of problems. 

-On a positive note, workouts have been going well:

Jan 13: 4 miles, 38:48, 9:42 pace – w/ incline intervals

Jan 12: 3 miles, 25:25, 8:28 pace – YEAH! – treadmill

Jan 11: 7 miles, 1:07:08, 9:35 pace – outside, cold, windy

Jan 10: 2.9 miles, 27:23, 9:23 pace – just to get my legs moving after 6 hour drive! – outside, rainy

Jan 8: 4 miles, 38:11, 9:32 pace – treadmill

Lance is down under and ready to go!

Posted in articles, bike, motivation on January 11, 2009 by afuntanilla

Go. Be. Inspired!

Posted in random on January 9, 2009 by afuntanilla


past-present motivation

Posted in motivation, races, road, travel on January 7, 2009 by afuntanilla

sf marathon 2005

sf marathon 2005

sf marathon 2005

sf marathon 2005

Here are a couple of more photos I recently got scanned onto my computer. Photos from 2005 SF Marathon. One of my most memorable races. For many reasons. 1) I raised money for the first time ever. over $5k and all went to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA. 2) ran in honor on my mom who was born in SF 3) finished with a bunch of my friends cheering me on and waiting for me at finish line. It was really great!

The top photo was a section in Golden Gate Park. yes, that is fog in the background. Summer Fog in SF.
The bottom photo is near the finish line. I was so happy. I felt on top of the world right then as I was about to go through the finish banner up above. Unforgettable.

Jan 6: 3.25 miles, 31:07, 9:34 pace – treadmill
Jan 4: 3 miles, 28:35, 9:31 pace – treadmill
Jan 3: 9 miles, 1:34:37, 10:31 pace – outside, all hills, NO FLATS
Jan 2: 6×400 on treadmill; avg pace was 8:12 per 400
Jan 1: 6 miles, 1:00, 10:00 pace – outside

I am really itching to go somewhere. Maybe this weekend???


Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2009 by afuntanilla

“Racing is pain, and that’s why you do it, to challenge yourself and the limits of your physical and mental barriers. You don’t experience that in an armchair watching television.”
-Mark Allen