It’s a Beautiful day :)!

There are many ways to be insufferable on Facebook. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of every single one of these on any given day. I’ll do my time in the corner. There are many ways I love Facebook- connection, seeing friend’s vacation photos (I LOVE THOSE!), baby photos, wedding photos…. quirky weird status updates as long as you aren’t updating every five minutes…..puppy photos. Love those! I like seeing youtube videos of my friends whizzing down ski hills and their babies spitting Gerber out their noses. I don’t mind seeing pictures of your awesome food or cool cocktail and I never get bored of the sunset photos. Snap and post. Go on!

However, so much on Facebook….admittedly is not real. It’s like High School. High School wasn’t real. Sure I went. I was there. But that doesn’t mean it was real.

Regina: But you’re, like, really pretty.
Cady: Thank you.
Regina: So you agree?
Cady: What?
Regina: You think you’re really pretty?
Cady: Oh… I don’t know

Personally I don’t like being told by a 20 year old to Eat Pray Love. I didn’t even like it when I read the book and I was told by the thirty year old. Was I the only one who didn’t like that book? Perhaps. However, when it comes down to it who are any of us to question another person’s emotions? Ah-Ha! Like this High School was real!

“You don’t KNOW how I feel!”

There is no one uniform feeling and in a digital world Lost in Translation seems to be more common. Connection is important.

When was the last time that you had a disagreement with someone and you simply picked up the phone OR walked up to them and privately discussed before you texted, emailed, or vaguely Facebooked your status?

laughing-emoticonTone can be easily misinterpreted. Or perhaps we have grown to not only accept this, but “like” it. I give you the emoticon!

Did you know that you can say whatever the Fuck you like as long as you end it with a smiling yellow face?

Example:

You looked so awesome today! You’re one sassy fat bitch :)!

I totally HATE you :)!

I hope you break your leg, then I can have your job :)!

Pervert :)!

Porn Star :) :) :)!!!!

I met your mother :). Wow :). The apple never left the tree :)!

I’m shopping with your credit card :)

It was me. I farted :)

Just kidding. It was you. You smell like ass :)

SEE! No offending anywhere at all ever :)

So whatever you say……….. Say It with a :)

The F Word

I’m not writing this because I have the answers, I’m writing this because I have a daughter. I love the F word. The one that sounds like duck, puck, luck….but I don’t say this word around my daughter. If I ever do, my son quickly scolds me with wide eyes and three big UMs followed by a I’m telling! But that’s not the F word I’m talking about.

I’m talking about FAT. How many times a day do you think/feel/say FAT? I try very hard to not say FAT around my daughter. Not saying it, chances are….is not good enough. What’s the secret to raising healthy young women who have a loving relationship of mind, body, food and soul?

I’m asking. I’m not telling.

Recently, actually way more than once, my seven year old daughter remarks and asks me in the shower, “Why are your boobs so small?” Well, they come in lots of sizes and I’m lucky mine are because I like to run and these models are fit for running. I got what I wanted. Lucky me. (Reality- I was like every other sixteen year old girl that the Boob Fairy forgot on Boob-mas who woke up in Boob-ville to cry, Where the fuck are my boobs?) Turns out the Fairy didn’t forget me- I got the flat, but highly functional brand. Ah, breast feeding.

My daughter said back to me, “Oh, well I want small boobs too.” Ahhhh, they are listening! How would she feel if Mom got a boob job?

On a hike, my daughter examined my body climbing up a hill and remarked, “Your calves are the same size as your thighs. Why?” Well, I have strong legs. Better for running. I guess. Geez child! I’m getting a complex! Not really, I already had that message drilled deep in my soul when I tried to shop for skinny jeans. The most evil jeans a calf ever saw! Maybe if I put my calves through a food processor, I could actually get these “pants” up over my ass. Til then, skinny jeans are ankle warmers really.

I’m in a tricky spot. I love feeling healthy and strong and being fit. It’s highly addicting. I also know the horrors of eating disorders, too thin, too fat, too fat feeling, not being good enough….as if body weight measures this. And we keep letting it. We do. I do. You do. I know you do. We all do. I don’t want my daughter to.

skinny-model-2 Airbrushing has to re-shape the models to now look “healthy.” Which is still very very thin. And just like I heard my mother, we all hear our mothers…..especially when we are very little and they are our heroes….daughters hear the F word. Loud and Clear.

Get Dirty

2014-04-06 Tough Enough 028Abandoning impervious land cover and derailing onto trails can stimulate your run and soften the impact.

Easier on the joints and even easier on the eyes, Santa Barbara’s runners know how to off road. Here are some local favorites that raise heart rates in more ways than one.

1. More Mesa. From the 101 exit Patterson and head towards the ocean. Patterson will turn into Shoreline Drive. Parking is either at the end of Shoreline Drive just past the horse stables on the left or in the small lot on the right where the bike path crosses Patterson. Enter the Mesa trails just past the horse stables before Shoreline climbs into neighborhoods. Runners can wind and climb around and around the Mesa enjoying sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Even on a hot day, ocean breezes keep runners cool. A single loop around the park is about 3 miles, but it never gets boring and runners can rack up a lot of miles on these soft Oceanside trails.

2. Ellwood Bluffs. From the 101 exit Glen Annie/Storke Road and head towards the ocean. Turn to the right onto Hollister Avenue and follow north past shopping district. Parking is to the left of Ellwood Elementary School. Trail entrance begins at parking lot. The Ellwood Bluffs offers trails winding through eucalyptus tree groves, tall California grasses, expansive ocean and mountain views, and glimpses of the Sandpiper Golf Course. A single loop around the park is about 4 miles, but can easily be made into a much longer runner by meandering down to the ocean or running trails all the way to UCSB. It is not uncommon to hear seals barking or spot dolphins playing in the surf.

3. Las Positas Park/ Elings Park. From the 101 exit Las Positas and head towards the ocean. The park entrance is on the left just after the Santa Barbara Municipal Tennis Courts. There is ample parking within the park or runners can park at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park and combine this run with the Douglas Family Preserve trail run, see below. Parking within the park, the trails have many entrances. A favorite is to run back down the hill from the parking area and enter the trail to the left of the park entrance and then climb back up to the park summit. Runners can wander around mountain biking trails and switchbacks. A single loop is about 1.5 miles. This run is especially spectacular at sunset. The summit offers some of the best sunset views in all of Santa Barbara. Bring a picnic and make it a date.

4. Douglas Family Preserve. From the 101 exit Las Positas and head towards the ocean. Turn to the right onto Cliff Drive and park at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. To run the preserve, follow the side walk leading to a trail along Cliff Drive and follow the path over a footbridge into the preserve. Although this trail loop is somewhat short, only about a two mile loop from the beach, it is spectacular. This 70 acre grassy mesa perches on cliffs high above the picturesque Arroyo Burro Beach and is covered with mature oak, eucalyptus and cypress trees. Runners will find it hard not to stop and “ah.”

5. Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point. From the 101 exit Las Positas and head towards the mountains. Las Positas Road becomes San Roque Road after crossing State Street. Continue on San Roque Road to the trail head located just above the filtration plant. Follow the trail to the Moreno Ranch entrance and continue on past the ranch following the trail signs. A series of twelve switchbacks have runners climbing out of the canyon to a magnificent vista of Santa Barbara and the coastline. Inspiration Point is an elevation of 1,750 feet. Runners can turn around here for an out and back 6mile run or continue down Tunnel trail. Tunnel trail ends at Tunnel Road which can be followed back down to Foothills. Once at Foothills turn right and follow for about 1.5 miles back to San Roque Road. The entire loop is approximately 9 miles.

6. Seven Falls. From the 101 exit Mission Road and head toward the mountains. Follow signs to the Santa Barbara Mission. From the mission, take Mission Canyon Road north towards the mountains to Foothill Road and turn right. Turn left on Mission Canyon Road and follow until the road splits onto Tunnel Road. The trailhead is at the end of Tunnel Road. Enter the trailhead through the marked gate and continue on until a three-way junction, where the pavement ends. Take the left fork, the Jesusita Trail, into Mission Canyon. Once across the creek, leave the Jesusita Trail, which leads to Inspiration Point. Follow the narrow path to the right up the west side of the canyon. Seven Falls is a beautiful, sculpted gorge in Mission Canyon. Runners can return for a 4 mile round trip or jump back onto the Jesusita Trail and continue to Inspiration Point.

7. Parma Park. In Santa Barbara, take Sycamore Canyon Road north to Stanwood Drive and turn left. Parma park is on the right. Parma Park is an undeveloped open space of more than 200 acres in the foothills of Sycamore Canyon. Although the trail loop is short, about 2.5 miles, runners can make several circuits for a lengthy, challenging run. The highest points offer 360 views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the ocean.

8. Romero Canyon Loop. From the 101 exit Sheffield Drive in Montecito. Turn right and drive to East Valley Road. Turn left and quickly turn right onto Romero Canyon Road. Turn right on Bella Vista Drive. The trailhead is a quarter mile on the left by a steel gate. Follow the main trail over a creek crossing and take the left fork to begin the loop. Runners will follow the creek until a series of switchbacks climb up to Romero Canyon Road. Take the road to the right, beginning a four mile descent with dramatic views of the canyon and coastline. The 6 mile loop is complete back at the creek crossing. Retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

9. Cold Springs Canyon. From the 101 exit Hot Springs Road in Montecito and head toward the mountains. Turn left on East Mountain Dive and drive 1.1 mile to the Cold Spring trailhead on the right, located where the creek flows over the paved road. The trail will eventually switchback up the mountainside away from the creek and joins a utility service road that can be followed to Montecito Overlook. Runners can venture further up to Montecito Peak making the entire out and back run just over 7 miles.

10. Los Carneros County Park. From the 101 exit Los Carneros Road in Goleta and head toward the mountains. Park at the Railroad Museum parking lot located on the right. From the parking lot follow the rail fence past the museum and along the paved path. Runners can follow the paved path over the dam and then weave around on multiple dirt trails following the lake. As runners complete a loop, there is a little wooden footbridge. It is easy to run as little as 1.5 miles or as many at 10 miles by looping back on dirt trails. There are willows and reed wetlands as well as expansive views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Although short, runners will not get bored.

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