Wednesday, May 30, 2007

So worth the read..

My friend Larry sent this to me and such perfect time. Read it, listen to it and then do something about it..I did!

I wish you all a day full of love and peace.

My father is doing so much better with my being here, it is all good. My fear is what happens when I leave on Friday. What I am learning is you can only do and be so much to so many people. You can only do what you can in each given day and at the end of the day it is enough.
You must make some hard choices in life and try to live with no regrets.


Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain" And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?
Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over."Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!" Life is short; break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Down South

Good morning!

I write to you today from sunny and warm Louisiana! This is where my father lives as well as many relatives of mine. Looks like I left Jackson Hole just in time for the cold and snow to come back!! The first few weeks of May were so amazing in Jackson warm and just did not seem right that it would last!
I left Sunday morning and drove straight through to get to Louisiana. My father just cant seem to get back on his feet...Of all us have such full schedules and busy lives but I have to say taking and making the time to go and visit and spend real time with the people you love and care about is what means the most. When I told my father we were coming to see him, I heard the change in his voice immediately. I pray that God gives me a long life so that when I am his age my kids will think enough about me to come and see me if I am down and out.
Drop what you are doing and call someone you love that you have not called for a long time or better yet go and see them. Talking about making there will make yours to:)
Right now I am sitting here working on training schedules. My father is sitting in his favorite chair with both of my girl's watching Curious George. I sit here and just smile, knowing how happy his heart is and how much my girls love there grandpa!

Life is short in so many ways..spend time with those you love.

Training..well..that is going to have to wait, this is far more important right now.

Have a wonderful day

P.S. nice running to so many of you at all the races in the past few weekends!!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Yummy Salad!!!

Some friends had us over for dinner and we had this salad. Hands down one of the best salads I have ever had! Yummy!!
The photo was taken on mother's day at Jenny Lake. If you are coming to run one of the Teton races in Sept. you can tell it will be a beautiful spot to run and to bring your family.

I am sore from my track work!!!
Long workout on Sat...back pack and all up and over the Teton Pass..not sure how many times yet!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Salad Recipe –
Baby greens with Asparagus and Pistachios

Lemon Vinaigrette:
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. lemon oil
¾ tsp. honey
¾ tsp. sherry vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. fresh ground pepper

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2in pieces
½ c. fresh fava beans
8 ounces mixed baby greens
½ c. shelled pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

To make vinaigrette, in medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients until blended.
To make salad: bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in colander, rinse with cold water until cool, and then drain again. Repeat with beans, cooking about 1 minute before draining.
In large bowl, combine greens, pistachios, asparagus, and beans. Add vinaigrette and toss.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Danelle's amazing recovery!!

For an update on Danelle’s recovery, here is a link to a story in today’s Denver Post on the Sports page

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My own training!

It is yet again another sunny beautiful day here in the Tetons! I don't remember a mothers day when we did not have snow, so this was such a treat!!

I am trying a different way of training this year for doing the BW double and then 2 bikes races. You can't ride a bike very well if you don't ride a bike:):)

I will and have been only running 3 days a week at the most. One day right now is about 2 hours with steep climbs and a back pack of 12 pounds..have to wear a pack to run the Desert Rats race next moth!

One day at the track doing all kinds of running, stairs, jump rope and all the fun stuff/cross training I love to do..if you were at camp you now know all my secrets...most of this workout in done with a medicine ball.

The 3rd day is a long run of up to 5 hours...the Teton pass which is 10-12% grade and is the best training for BW. 5 hours will be my longest run except for the 145 miles I will get in while running Desert Rats race on top of the great heat training this race will be.

Then..2-3 days I ride my bike and one of these days another cross training session with jump rope and medicine ball. NO gym needed for me right now. The bike rides will include lots of hills..1 short ride with speed, one medium ride with hills and one long ride that will get up to 200 miles..but this wont happen until Aug.

So..there you have it!

Chris the RD of Badwater had this quote on his newsletter..I love it!


"When you're in the desert, you look into infinity.... It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big." – David Lean

Monday, May 14, 2007

Dreamchasers Newsletter Trivia Winner!!!

In the most recent Dreamchasers Newsletter, we included a trivia challenge. Today, my daughter proudly choose a winner…MARCY SHONE!!!

Congrats, Marcy!!! We are getting your bag of prizes together today…and its going to include some pretty great stuff…including some new running shoes!

Here are the correct answers to the Trivia Questions:

1) What is the discounted price that Dreamchasers offers for 32 oz serving of Heed?
Marcy: $16
Me (Lisa): For a complete list of products, click here:

2) What is Lisa's marathon PR?
Marcy: 2:48:52
Me: Marcy must have found my bio!

3) At what recent race did Jay recently place as a top American?
Marcy: Marathon des Sables
Me: Maybe Marcy read some of the MdS Press Clippings on Dreamchasers homepage?

4) Is registration for the Marathon des Sables 2008 still open?
Marcy: Yes
Me: Click here to learn more:

5) What is the date of the Tucson Marathon?
Marcy: Sunday, Dec 2, 2007
Me: Come join us in sunny Tucson in December!!!

6) What are the distances at the Grand Teton Races?
Marcy: Marathon, 50, 100
Me: Bring your family. Too – and have a great Labor Day weekend in the Tetons!

7) Name two people who provided testimonials about Dreamchasers camps and/or coaching services.
Marcy: Cynthia Rae, Beth Katzman
Me: I am so lucky to have SO many great students. Meet more of them!

And here is a photo of my daughter who choose the contest winner. She is with her new bicycle, which she just adores. The very first time she rode it, she finished her ride and asked me to go get her shoes because she was ready to start running. I assured her she could take a rest…I think she has some time before she starts to incorporate Brick work-outs!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

More camp details!

Can be found on this blog!!! Great story and photos..

Go Bob Go!

Have a wonderful day


P.S. I officially start my training today:)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

new events for me and race report

Good morning to all of you!

I have a favor to ask. After you read a blog and want to tell me something about the blog please post a comment to the blog and not send me an email. Everyone would love to know your thoughts and what you are thinking:):)

Calling all campers! There has been a big request from bloggers to have a camp update from how about posting one or even posting your blog account so we can all read them. I would love for any of you reading this that have your own blog to send me your blog so I can keep up with you to and if is ok with you for me to include your blog on my blog let me know. Thank you.

I have made some new race choices for this season.

1. Badwater 135 and then back yes the BW double again!!!
2.2007 LOTOJA CLASSIC..200 mile bike race in Sept.
3.Furnace Creek 508 bike race in Oct. going for the Death Valley cup!
4. Well..sorry I can't tell you right now but in the next few weeks I can let you know!!! :):)

Below is a great account of a friend and coaching students life changing run at Zane Grey 50 mile.

Zane Grey 2007 Report
On the eighth day, God took all the leftover rocks and liberally spread them over 50+ miles of the Zane Grey Highline Trail. Click here to read the full report.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Jim Simone is at it again! Help if you can!!!

Dear Friend & Supporter,

This year Dr. Jim Simone, a Harbor House honorary board member, is once again challenging himself in support of Harbor House. This summer he is competing in a series of events including: biking 260 kilometers on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, climbing the Peaks Challenge in Vermont where he will be running 50 miles on 6 peaks, and the Desert Rats race, running 147 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah. He has competed in many grueling events and has traveled the world in an effort to continually challenge himself, but more importantly, to raise funds for deserving charities. As in the past, all donations will be given to Harbor House’s “Run for Shelter” campaign.

Harbor House is a not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Harbor House has been in existence for over 25 years, and the need for our unique services continues to grow. Unfortunately because of budget cuts and shifting governmental priorities, Harbor House funding has not increased proportionately.

In order to expand our services to meet the needs of our community, we are asking for your donation. Not only will your involvement sustain Dr. Simone’s efforts to complete this series of races, but your generous donation will also aid survivors of domestic violence in their own journey.

We ask that you indicate your level of support on the form below. Your interest and encouragement are sure to be a great inspiration to him. Harbor House appreciates your donation and support as well.


Harbor House Board, Staff & Volunteers

Yes, I would like to support Harbor House’s “Run for Shelter” campaign. I am willing to make a tax-deductible donation at the following level:

*Corporate: $1000 Silver: $100
(Company logo will be on the Run for Shelter T-shirt)

*Platinum: $500 Bronze: $50

*Gold: $250 Other: ________ (Please indicate amount)

Check Payable to Harbor House Enclosed Bill Me Later Credit Card via PayPal


Street Address:___________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:_________________________ Email:____________________________________

Thank you for your participation. A receipt of your donation will be provided.
Please return form to: P.O. Box 1824, Kankakee, IL 60901

*Indicates donation levels receiving a complimentary “Run for Shelter” logo t-shirt

Monday, May 07, 2007

Thank You For Joining Us!

The Death Valley Camp was so great!

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

And I know you all have been hoping to visit Bob's Blog, too...

so here's the link!:

BOB, I am so proud of you!

And a special thank you to Badwater's Race Director, Chris Kostman, who visited our camp.

Not only did Chris share a great presentation about last year's Badwater race,

he joined us for a trip out to the sand dunes.

I am looking forward to keeping up the many friendships made and renewed over this past week...and keep doing those frog hops!