What to do this weekend in LA:

Spring is in bloom and here we are already in the second weekend of May. Ayer festejamos a las Mamás mexicanas y el domingo May 13 we do it again para las Mamás in the US. Did you already get you Mom a nice gift? I hope you did!

But there are other things to include into your weekend festivities if you live in LA.

The Lea-LA Book Fair (La Feria del Libro en Español)  opens today at the Convention Center in DTLA, organized by la Universidad de Guadalajara. It’s a 3 day event that promises interesting book selections and purchases, and a number of author presentations and conferences. Click here for the complete program and go support la lectura en español. It is a free event for the entire family, lleven a los niños y compren libros en español, para que se vayan acostumbrando.  Goes on from Friday May 11 to Sunday May 13, 10 am to 6 pm.

Lea LA starts Friday May 11 and goes on til Sunday May 13, from 10 am to 6 pm. Don’t miss it.

Another big event this Saturday is the annual Revlon Run-Walk at the USC Campus in LA. It’s a major fundraising event for the fight against breast cancer. I’ll be participating in this walk with Team Macy’s, which is a major sponsor of the event and always supports the cause with a big team of volunteers and walkers. If you know anyone who is going through cancer, and you want to support them, you may want to check out this link and see how you can get involved.

Revlon Run Walk is happening Saturday May 12 at the USC Campus. Join the fight against Breast Cancer at do.eifoundation.org

The runner in me is BACK.

Start up the “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack, people…. I am running again!

After a few years of hiatus and silly excuses (my back pain, no time to do it, la flojera– who are we kidding!) it feels good to know I am putting the effort into it. The progress has been slow, extremely slow, pero ahi la llevo. I guess you can say I can’t run a mile yet without huffing and puffing. I can swim a mile or two, but I can’t run it. How ironic is that?

You wouldn’t know it if you saw me, but there was a time when I ran on a daily basis. I finished two marathons, Honolulu and New York. I had a subscription to Runner’s World Magazine….Then one day about 3 years ago I stopped running. My back was hurt from an earlier incident and a doctor advised me to switch to walking. And then it became a habit NOT to run. Every time I started going again, it was hard, it was torture, it was not what it used to be. So I gave in to my laziness and idleness, and I’m sorry to say, my body has paid for it.

This year however, I had an an AHA! Moment and realized: MY (40 year old) BODY WANTS TO RUN AGAIN. Not to do any marathons, not to race anybody, I just want to experience the “Runner’s High” that makes me feel so good.

One of my favorite paintings by my favorite painter, Abel Quezada. “Corredor Solitario del Cental Park”. 1978. Vi este cuadro el año pasado en la exhibición “Código AQ” en el DF. Click here to see the images.

My homage to AQ, a version of the Solitary Runner of Central Park, a totally random photo that popped up from my NY photos, sin querer queriendo! I took this photo on Feb. 18 this year.

So it has been going pretty well so far. Then the universe conspires, you know how that goes, and this morning I heard a story on NPR which scientifically explains why human beings are  basically “born to run” (nod to a great Bruce Springsteen song) and all the benefits you get out of it, including the “runner’s high.” You can check the link here: “Wired to Run”

To make it official, this weekend I invested in a new pair of running shoes. My sister told me of this great store called “Road Runner Sports” where they test your running style and make customized insoles for your feet. It sounded like something I needed and frankly my old Nike’s had seen their better days. Time for new shoes.

After a video test and cushion molding at the store, I came out with a running shoe profile and a new pair of insoles that make all the difference for my high arch and medium flexibility.  They even took a video of my feet running on the treadmill which proves something my Mom has told me all my life: that I run/walk with my feet pointing out…basically that I run like a duck! (Las Mamás siempre tienen razón. Listen to your Mother!)

Sorry Nike. For the first time in my life I will not be running in Nike’s or Asics. I purchased the Brooks Ravenna which feel amazing! Who knew? Next to them are my state of the art customized running insoles, which support my arch and back. So far so good.

So the shoes are broken in and I am planning on adding on the mileage to these babies. One step at a time.

For inspiration, I have a few of my friends’ blogs on file, which I have been reading (and secretly envying, pero envidia de la buena ok…) and which help me get off my butt! Here are their links, you may want to check them out. Son excelentes escritores y los admiro mucho.

Iron Kai (Go Karime!)

Sosaku Runner (Dale Gonzalo!)

Araiz Corre (Vamos Araiz!)

My Sophie era la más excited con mis nuevos running shoes. She LOVED them, and the fact we can now run a little bit longer.