Thursday, April 28, 2011

wear your helmet

this morning i decided to run at the gym because the skies weren't looking all that inviting and besides, i didn't want to wind up in oz being there were tornado warnings running across the bottom of the tv.  when i got to the gym, my friend, krissy, was already running on the treadmill when i hopped on to the left of her, and the older guy trio was walking and talking alongside her on the right.  so krissy and i ran and chatted.  we ran and chatted.  we haven't seen each other in a few weeks.  so we ran and chatted.  we ran and chatted some more.  we ran faster and kept chatting.  a few times i felt myself drifting to the right, moving toward her, but i caught myself.
you know what happened when the girl is holding on.  well, that was me.  i drifted so far that i went too far to the right, off the treadmill with my foot but i took hold of the handles and i kept holding on.

somehow i never fell off .  krissy was leaning over to me and was trying to save me by pulling the red "in case of emergency" string (which i forgot about), and the older guy trio was looking over at us in disbelief.  those guys were concerned, i'm sure.  completely entertained, most certainly.  
i was able to slow down the crazy conveyor belt, hop back on, push the speed back up to 6.2, my heart rate now up to 3000, and we kept running.  we were laughing our asses off as we ran.  and i was laughing so hard i could hardly breathe.
then the voice came from the older guy clan to krissy.  "hey, what's in that water bottle?  vodka?"  i was already bright red in the face from running, and then add some more color from embarrassment.  but it was all good.  we were laughing (and sweating) as much as we were running, i think the word is guffawing.  krissy finished her run and left me in good hands, with the three older guys who now had a pretty funny story to share with their non-gym friends.  
i figured that being i didn't wind up on a gurney i would run another mile and a half to get to five miles.  one of the guys stopped by me to chat as he was leaving.  remarkably, he told me the story of how he fell off the treadmill last week and his friend turned to look at him with "big eyes".  he survived, as did i.  and he even complimented me, "i was impressed with your ability to stay on, and hold on, and keep got this thing going fast."  thank goodness i didn't fly off! 
and of course, he was impressed with the appearance of krissy's cape as she tried to rescue me.  every time i replay it in my head, i picture myself holding on and trying to get back up, then i laugh out loud....again...krissy said she's been laughing all day too.    i am crying laughing as i type this.  from the other room jeff hears me laughing and just said, "it's good to laugh at yourself, nik."
maybe it is safer to run outside, even with that crazy ol' mother nature.  but today it was funnier to run inside.  

mother nature even wound up smiling.....

tonight's sky

Friday, April 15, 2011


my route has led me every which way, except to my blog this week.  the days have gotten away from me, and unlike mick jagger, time has not been on my side.  

i found myself here right now and i found something wonderful to share.

it's a simple friday...  so i figure we will simply focus on our words.  

here is an awesome, yet quick, read and underneath there is a link an amazing, yet quick, absolutely have to watch it!!!

the impact of our words....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

it's all good

jess's daffodils
it's been a crazy week...  one of those weeks when you feel like the hours slip away way too fast.  you wake up and you blink a few times and before you know it, it's ovah.   i ran four out of five days this week and i even was able to run outside today (it was chilly but liberating and fun with my friend who is falling in love with the whole running thing).  the run outside is a completely different experience than the treadmill, and it was just wonderful today.  i had good today.
jess got off the bus today and told me she needed scissors and went outside and cut the daffodils on the hill adjacent to our house.  and then cut some purple vinca which she arranged with the forsythia she also cut.  the vase is in her room.  more good for the day.

jess's forsythia and vinca

yesterday morn at the gym i made friends with the nice older man on the treadmill next to me who was having a coffee klatch, sans the coffee but add the treadmill, with his two friends.  they walked and talked and held on and regularly checked their heart rates and talked and talked.  so i ran...and i ran...  like the flock of seagulls.   and then my new friend asked me if i ever checked my heart rate.  i lowered my music and after saying "no," he waited for me as i held on.  he shared my number with his boys and told me i must have strong heart muscles.  and then, as he departed he simply said, "just do it."  i had good yesterday.

catching flying food
happy birthday....aka communion
on wednesday night, the kids and i took gram to kiku to celebrate jessica's communion.  matty and shann tried to catch some flying broccoli and zucchini during the hibachi spectacular.  and the one lady who worked there was so earnestly hoping that someone at our table was having a birthday, we told her that jess was making her communion this weekend, so they sang happy birthday to her.  we had good on wednesday.
on tuesday, it rained, it snowed, and then shannon lost her last baby tooth!  we also received a huge donation for our run for diabetes. we had good on tuesday.
monday was monday, but it was also pa's birthday, so we had good on monday.

and these beautiful flower cookies were brought to us today by our wonderful friend, denise, who made them for jessica's communion.  

sometimes crazy is crazy, but sometimes crazy is good.  in a good way.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

happy birthday!

join us on may 15 for the 3rd annual "run the palisades" to benefit the diabetes foundation.  i am re-blogging blogs where i blogged about my dad who is celebrating his birthday today....

thank you to everyone who has contributed to our "run the palisades" to support the diabetes foundation.  I am so proud that we have raised over $1300. as of today, april 4th...   THANK YOU!!

my little superhero who supports me every day when i walk out the door to run...

here is my page if you'd like to check it out...

roberta schmidt, executive director of the foundation, sent out this awesome email:  
(i can't quite get it to fit in the space....) 

thanks, roberta!!!

and then continuing scrolling to another re-blogged blog showing my gold medal for running.....

Diabetes Foundation, Inc.

Nicole gets a hug from her husband after completing the run!

SUNDAY, MAY15, 2011
Cliffside Park High School
7:30 am - Check In &
                 Registration Opens
9:30 am -  Healthy Kids Fun Run/    
                  Health Fair Opens

10:15 am - 5K Run/Walk

11:00 am - Awards

$20 Registration
       (USATF members - $18)
$15 High School Students
$10 Kids Fun Run
Awards in all age categories

healh fair
 in the
Cliffside Park High School Cafeteria
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  Everyone Welcome!

   The Health Fair will provide information and resources for all people and especially those with diabetes. Over 25 million people across the United States are affected by diabetes, 57 million have pre-diabetes. 
  • learn about coping and living with diabetes.
  • hands-on teaching activities 
  • receive guidance and tips on prevention, nutrition, diet plans, exercise ideas
  • opportunities to talk to diabetes specialists and local agencies
  • discussion specific to other common healthcare issues, cholesterol, high blood pressure, pain management, etc.
  • Blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and eye screenings will be available.  

 Nicole Coyle has taken part in our last two races and has just signed up for this year's "Run the Palisades" 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Until this year, I only knew her as another runner.  This year I watched her enthusiastic start on and knew there was more to this story.  She sent me her blog which she has allowed me to share with you.

Please take the time to read Nicole's blog and see for yourself what an amazing woman she is - determined, dedicated to her family, and full of admiration for her dad who has lost his leg due to diabetes complications. 

I hope you plan to join us and run for someone who is important to you - it's a great day for a great cause. And, tell everyone about our 
Health Fair inside the Cliffiside Park High School Cafeteria - open to everyone whether you are in the race or not! Free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, eyes and blood sugar will be available.

You can easily register for the race and also get your friends to support you at 
Download a brochure at 
and send in your application.

Teams are welcome, too - a great way to raise more funds for people with diabetes.

Look forward to seeing you! 
 Roberta Schmidt
Executive Director


runners 3


Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
13 Sunflower Avenue
Paramus, NJ  07652

kids run