Saturday, December 16, 2006

Holy crap!

Could it be that I haven't run this entire week (and most of last!)?!? This has to be the longest period of time that I've taken off from running. Last week was full of practices and concerts and this week was full of being sick and a few performances. Not at all surprising, after week full of singing (sort of like a marathon of singing) I got sick. Sore throat and a cough. I spent a few days this week in bed trying to get better as quickly as possible because I had more singing to do. Yesterday Otto Voci was on Alice Radio (FM 97.3) morning show with Sarah and No Name. Lots of fun. I had downed my cough syrup, had a cough drop in my mouth almost constantly and was spraying my throat with that numbing crap. It worked. I haven't heard what we sounded like, but everyone I talked to said we sounded pretty good. Not bad for missing two (out of 8) people, with three of us sick.
Only two more performances for the year and that's a wrap for 2006! We already have 6 gigs through the month of March. Pretty amazing since our group started less than a year ago (and we've had a few personnel changes).
Back to running. Well, since I have been coughing, I've been taking it easy on the running (and the fact that I've had to be somewhere all the time hasn't left any time for it). It will all be renewed after a holiday trip to Iowa. Johan will be meeting the family for the first time (he's met my sister Liz, but that's it). I'm not worried at all, he's a really nice guy and I think everyone will like him. So, about a week in Iowa then back to the streets of Oakland to ramp up for the spring/summer running season. I'll be looking for a training plan for my run across Iowa over the holidays. If anyone has any suggestions for a training plan (starting at beginning of January and ending the last week of June), please let me know!

Otto Voci singing at the Berkeley Art Museum

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

No WS this year!

After hitting "refresh" probably a 1000 times on the Western States Lottery Results page...I'm NOT in. Oh well. Looks like the run across Iowa has won.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for my run across Iowa, let me know. I'm thinking at the end of June, beginning of July timeline. I have a class reunion on July 7th and I have a chorus concert the third weekend of June.

Time to keep working on my legs to get them in a healthy state and get back out there running!

Saturday, December 02, 2006


I know it's a little late, but did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? Johan's family came over and we had a great time! The next day we took his two nieces on a hike. Here are some pictures!

Today's the day!

Well, today is the day I find out if I'll be running the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in Late June.

They should be updating the website every 10 minutes starting around 9am PST.

Training? I've been running very few miles the past week. I have been able to get to the gym which certainly doesn't replace the mileage, but hopefully it's starting a new routine! I've been having problems with my IT Band which is causing pain in my knee. I've been trying to get on the foam roller everyday, but its not always possible.

Tired of hearing about running??? Then come to my concert on December 9th @ 8pm or December 10th @ 5pm. (
Upcoming OEBGMC/Otto Voci events:
Montclair Presbyterian Church, Dec. 3rd
Union Square Stroll, Dec. 7th
Berkeley Art Museum, Dec. 7th
Lavender Seniors, Dec. 9th
OEBGMC/Otto Voci Concert Dec. 9th & 10th
97.3 Alice Radio, Dec. 15th (in progress)
St. Cuthbert's, Dec. 17th
Midtown Loft's Winter Solstice Party, Dec. 17th

We sang at a Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Mixer last Tuesday and since then, we've received two requests to sing at future events. It's a great group to be singing in!