When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.

The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire

The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott

Monday, December 17, 2007


I won't take long of your time. Just so I don't feel guilty - I ran, I worked, I took Stephen around, I got another horrible bout of some nasty cold on Thursday night a mere 2 weeks after recovering from previous one, I visited Gail, I shopped for Christmas now that I have an extended family of Monika's...Charlie found a new home in South OR in a hunter's house and will be doing what English Setters are supposed to - bring birds to the table. Stephen won a fight on Saturday - it was beautiful, he really got so much better, and he brought a first win to the Team that night after 4 kids lost. I was so sick, I drifted between the bouts of fight on the bench, falling asleep or simply out of it, but I saw all of 3 rounds my son did:) I ran on Saturday, but due to been sick shortened 5 hrs down to 3 hrs, yet those 3 hrs I worked really hard, did even splits, sucked it up on a lot of pain and breathing/weakening problems and was happy how it went. There was a point with 3M left when I thought I am spent and done, yet I talked myself into not giving up (we were discussing our best performances on the way to the run, so how could I succumb to negativity?), and I found another gear to finish well. I was only 2 min back after BW (amazing me, ha! it's a joke, really). Sunday I felt worse bodywise and after arguing with Mike for 2 miles about benefits of his running ahead earlier than last 6 miles finally kicked him out - he had a great 14 mile run (Mama Bear always knows best!) and I did my 2 hrs the way my body dictated: I ran down, shuffled flat and walked up...while at times I felt my legs are going to buckle under me, I'd say any day spent on trail is better than the one not. I was glad I decided to go. We bumped into Caroline, Liz and Kamm - friends who we didn't see a long time - and chatted a bit. I skipped this morning's outing as I caughed all night long. I was hoping to come to 3,000 miles for the year (last 2 years I was well over), but with been sick and traveling plans I just have to let go this idea...with some 50 missing, so close, yet so far. After all, it is only a number...and I am ok with it. Still lots to do before I leave. Work is crazy too. In case I won't get back to you - happy Holidays, all!

Isn't he the cutest? His passion was so familiar to me when I watched him after fight - talking to kids, shaking hands, discussing the whole way home and next day details...like us after the race, right? Doesn't matter what makes you tick, something has to - find it and don't be afraid to give your heart to it.


  1. Ouch. Get well soon. Happy Holidays.

  2. Congrats to Stephen! When are you leaving town? I hope you are feeling better by then so you can enjoy your travels. Take care! :)

  3. I was wondering where you have been!! It sounds very busy and being sick makes everthing seem so much harder. I hope you get better soon and stay healthy for your trip. Congrats to Stephen!

  4. Get healthy so you can enjoy your trip! Congratulations to Stephen on his win!

    Please take good care over the holidays and truly enjoy your time off.

    Trail Scat

  5. Awesome about Stephen's win! Rest up and have a great Christmas.

  6. Keep Kicking BUTT Stephen...in the ring only OK :-) CONGRATS!!!

    Get better Olga & Have a safe Travels & Very Happy Holiday Rest!!

  7. Olga,
    Tell Stephen Way To GO!! I love that smile on his face - and the big dimple! You are so right - it doesn't matter what the activity is, it's the same when you love it.

    Feel better soon and have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time away.

  8. Happy Holidays! They are just numbers, but doesn't it always feel so much better to reach the goal than to fall short? As you say, we are not defined by the numbers, but by who we are and the way we live.

    Congrats to Stephen!

  9. Nice to "catch up" on what your doing Olga.Congrats on Stephens win and enjoy your holidays.

  10. Yes, I hear you on the busy! Get well soon and happy holidays to you as well. Congrats to Stephen too, that's awesome!

  11. Wow, that Stephen could beat up most of your Ultra running friends now. Ha Ha Ha!

    We've been fighting colds at my house all winter too. I hope there's an end in site.

  12. It's going around. I got sick two weekends ago and I'm still recovering. Seems like everyone around me is sick too. Yikes.

    Stephen is hitting his stride with the boxing thing huh, training, comparing notes, whooping butt, that's great.

    Take care of yourself and have a great time with your vacation. It's been busy for me too trying to get all these things done before my trip. Get me on the plane already!

  13. Bummer on the cold again!! I hate getting sick, I am such a "wuss" when I get one. I am amazed how you keep going with all that going on in your body.

    Sorry to hear the loss of your dog but he will probably have a blast doing what he is supposed to do.

    Nice job Stephen!!! Tell him congrats for me.
    See ya both soon.

  14. I hope you are feeling better and that you have a wonderful trip. I'm glad that Stephen has found something he enjoys. I know you are proud of him. Hope 2008 is a great year for you.