Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One month AFTER

One month AFTER

I miss this. I miss you all. Today, it's been a month since the race day. It feels like it was ages ago. It took me 2 weeks to recover from the race, beating the cold and replenishing my whole system... Now I am obsessed with the next thing. Another one? Absolutely.

I was thinking about writing this entry then I received the letter from Rover Rescue last night, then I was sure to write this.

It has been a busy month. I had lots to catch up with. I am so happy to be able to spend more time with friends and family. I think Vodka and Lilo are the only ones that are missing my training schedule. They got lazy and bored. We started rollerblading together but in Vancouver it's hard to predict the weather...I have been doing some other activities like rollerblading, snowshoeing and last weekend we had some spring snowboarding as well. But I am working on a new training schedule, let's see what happens...

I actually have so much to say since the last time. There is still too much misery, injustice and violence happening around us. Yesterday was the anniversary of the BP oil disaster... How can we forget the past so easily? Did we change to be better? The wars are still out there, brothers killing each other, Japan is still trying to heal his wounds while some people in the world talk about a royal wedding... I read that there were more than 10,000 people died in Libya. Where do we draw the line for humanity? A 6 year old in Houston Texas brought a gun to his elementary school and injured 3 kids. I remember learning how to write and read when I was 6 in Turkey.  What do we leave to the next generation? What lessons are we teaching them? We all have a special responsibility: to protect common interests of humanity by any means. The future is too important to be lost under the burden of our mistakes and personal desires. But this is not defeat, I always believe in overcoming difficult times and I know hope begins in the dark  and we will not give up.
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." - Gandhi

Don't forget to expand your circle of compassion to all living things. Believe in animal rights and give them the gift of the gentle stroke of a human hand. Here is Vodka and Lilo, they're my family...

Now go out there, it's a beautiful sunny day. Take a huge breath and open your heart. Forgive, laugh and hug.

Lots of love to you all and take care. xo

Monday, March 21, 2011

The day AFTER

The day after
Sleep, eat, take painkillers. Repeat.

Wow, it's 5.30pm and I am finally awake   enough to write.
Yesterday, I thought I will be able to go work today but I woke up so stiff and so dozy, decided to take the day off to catch up on some sleep and try to recover a little. I am good standing up, or laying down or sitting down. The transitions between those 3, not so much... Even my writs hurt! I took some muscle relaxants and I slept until 2pm :)

This was an amazing experience. I was slower than I thought I would be, but who ever said that this is a downhill race, definitely started from the finish line to the start. It was 24 miles uphill and last 2 miles downhill with windstorm. It rained for the whole 4hr49min. I brought over the Vancouver weather to LA and added some big drops with windstorm. They even closed the airport last night due to rain and we sat down in the plane for 40 min. It was that bad. But I decided to make the best out of this, I wanted to have fun. You never have a chance to enjoy "your first" of something ever again once its gone. I wanted to remember my first marathon as a fun event not a painful one. I smiled the whole time, didn't stop and gave up. I felt stronger than my training runs. There were a lot of people cheering despite the rain and I got a lot of "go Bubbles go!" from them. I gave high fives to everyone who were raising their hands, waived at every photographer. I got a mail from Rover Rescue this morning: "Our thoughts and prayers were with all of the brave runners who faced the rain and cold and winds! It was so great to meet you on Saturday and to see you on the course on Sunday. You looked great! You looked happy and smiling even in the face of that awful rain!!"
I received my t-shirt last night, a little late for the race but it wouldn't do any good in the rain anyway.  I am really proud about what we achieved all together. LA marathon raised around 2 million dollars for charity this year. 
We had a moment of silence before the race for all those in Japan and there were around 100 runners who were from Japan, running for the victims. And another amazing thing I saw during the race: Students run LA. There were around 100 kids ages between 12-16 running the marathon with their teachers. What an amazing thing to teach teenagers of America... Teaching them determination, discipline and solidarity. They were running together with their buddies. Staying together, not quitting. It's a hard thing to teach a teenager... I respect all those teachers who initiated this movement. Great work.

Anybody who are "thinking" running a marathon once in their lifetime: There is never a good time for it. You shouldn't delay it. Life happens, you need to do it against all odds. I saw all kinds of people. I passed those "gym freak" guys who were walking the last 2 miles. It's not about the age, size nor class. I hope my story can inspire some to take the challenge themselves. Run, walk, be active for charity. The world need us to do good to survive all evil.

And back home, I got 2 little ones who apparently missed me while we were away. Or she just wants some cookies. Hard to tell sometimes.

I can thank you enough. All the messages and posts that I received made it all worth it. I am so grateful and proud to have you all with me. We raised total of $5150 for the rescue of abused, neglected and homeless dogs. We are the top fundraiser for the event. "Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank

This is going to be my last entry. This was an unforgettable thing to accomplish. I love you all and always. Thank you so much for being with me and being part of my life. I am going to miss this. Now go out there, grab your life and do something.


Sunday, March 20, 2011


26.2 miles run

Been there, done that. This was an amazing feeling. I wish the rain and the wind storm didn't attack us all like this but oh well we all managed to run and not worry about being wet.

I took the shuttle @5.15am. It's funny to be in a bus with bunch of runner munching on stuff and anxious...

The stadium was like a Rock concert and it was super super windy and cold.I waited in line for the bathrooms for 30 min.

And as soon as I crossed the start line it started pouring rain and it did not stop raining until the end and it's still raining out there while I am writing this.

I need to keep this short since the hotel wants us to get out of the room as soon as we can.

I want to thank you all for being with me, thinking of me. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but I may change that statement tomorrow morning when I get up. And we're flying back home in couple of hours...

I ran for me, for my greatgrandma, and for everyone who supported me, especially mom and Ollie and this was for all the animals who are abused, neglected and homeless...

Love you all. I'll write tonite in full details. xo

Saturday, March 19, 2011

1 day to go

1 day to go
No training

So here I am in LA. I got to the hotel pretty late last night but managed to go out and grab a bite to eat.
This morning, we woke up early and drove to Dodgers Stadium to pick up my race bib and say hi to Rover Rescue.

We were there when the 5K race was finishing up and Rover Rescue was at the finish line. It was funny, I introduced myself and she was like hi, then she was like "oh you're the Tuba, oh wow from Canada". It was kinda funny. Anyhow, I hope to see them at mile 18 tomorrow during the race and hope that remembering why I am running this will make me feel strong...

It seems like it's going to rain tomorrow. They say it's %75 chance of showers... I'll be soaked if that happens. And the hotel doesn't know if they are going to allow us to have a late checkout... I will be like a stinky wet dog if I can't get a shower right away... fingers crossed for late checkout!

That's all for me right now. I'll be heading out to have dinner in an Italian restaurant around Santa Monica tonite (carbo loading). I have a shuttle to catch @5.30 am! I'll try to write another entry before I hit the road.

Love you all and think of me when you wake up tomorrow.


Friday, March 18, 2011

2 days to go

2 days to go
6.30 am 3 miles run with Lilo

Today was my last run before the race. That's it, I should be ready now. Vodka and Lilo trained me well and now I am on my own, doing the big run on Sunday.
I am flying down to LA this afternoon, I am going to try to post more often once I get there. I am looking forward to meet Rover Rescue team tomorrow.

I just saw on TV that Shelterbox boxes are being delivered in Japan. I posted on Facebook but I should mention it here as well. If you want to send supplies, if you already help the search and rescue teams or any other organization that you trust, think about Shelterbox next. It costs around $1000 for a box to get delivered to the disaster zone, but you can convince your co-workers to chip in to send a box, and you can track it online as well.

I read about the animal rescuers as well yesterday. They were saying that Japanese SPCA is allowing pets to stay in shelter for 72 hrs, then if nobody claims them they get put down... Sad truth about certain governments. In Turkey, we don't euthanize animals, it's illegal. They get neutered/spayed, and if nobody adopts them in 10 days, they go back to the streets. And then we have loooots of stray dogs in the city... It's a humane solution but it doesn't apply to certain countries like US, Japan, Canada... It makes my run to rescue the abandoned dogs so much more meaningful to me. I hope I can bring some awareness to this issue and I hope by me doing this, there would be more people supporting no kill shelters and adopt pets rather than buy.

Another note, it's about Libya, I am happy about the desperate measure that UN is taking against Gaddafi. I hope he'll be smart enough to stop attacking his own people and not cause a war in Africa. Because we sure don't need another war with US and UK involvement even though it's for an humanitarian mission.

As always, if we see only the worst, it kills our capacity to do something. I hear a lot of people talking in cliches about the world, politics... Speculating is a reaction. We need to live for a life of action, not reaction. Don't wait for others to take the first step, if you take the first step yourself on your own, it's exhilarating to see the ripple effect that you create...

LA I'll see you tonight, goodbye Vancouver for now.

Lots of love to you all and Happy Friday! xo

Thursday, March 17, 2011

3 days to go

3 days to go
6.30 am 4 miles run with Vodka

Here is a fun photo to brighten up the day. Vodka and Lilo LOVE eating apple   skin. So here, my mom is peeling an apple and the girls are watching her every move. I gave Lilo a piece and look at Vodka's expression! priceless...  After seeing the footage of 2 dogs not leaving each other after the tsunami in Japan, I thought my dogs would do the same since they are so attached to each other in a way that I cannot express. I read that they rescued those 2 dogs and now they are safe and getting medical treatment. It is amazing to see the organization of the local rescue groups. I am so impressed and so happy to have them there helping reuniting animals with their owners.
On the other hand, you see a man with no gun trying to say something to the police in Bahrain and he gets shot right in front of the amateur camera... And Libya... They just fire those huge guns, not aiming to anything, or naively aiming at the planes hovering... It's difficult times all around the world. And the news agency are just making it worse. I read this yesterday and I love his point: Kuni Yogo, a former nuclear power planner tells the New York Times that the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the troubled nuclear plant, "try to disclose only what they think is necessary, while the media, which has an anti-nuclear tendency, acts hysterically, which leads the government and Tepco to not offer more information". 
Be smart and support Japan, don't just run away.
I don't want to be bitter about things. I want this entry to inspire us all, not make us feel bad. Our dreams and imagination give meaning to life. I choose to dream big and to imagine a life with lots of sunshine, smiles and hope and with no suffering and with no wars.  How about you? Tell me, I would love to hear it.
3 days till the big day. I am nervous but I am excited as well.

Lots of love to you all. xo
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead"-Louisa May Alcott