Team training to stop animal abuse
Rusty,Jake and Streak
Melissa (Cavaliere) Monaco
Mrs. Jamie Paquin
John, Gillian, Jackson & Sam
Dan, Dani and Max Paquin
All my life I've been passionate about animals. I can't think of a better way to honor my love of animals than running with the Peta Pack & raising money & awareness to stop animal abuse. While I enjoy surfing and other athletics, I'm not a runner. This will require training and commitment on my part but I know I can do it with the love & support of my fellow animal lovers. I'm also running in honor of my dear departed diggity Crystal (video tibute posted here), as well as some very special animals I've had the privilege to know over the years - Spider, Spunky, Splinter, Conan, Huck, Sandy, Toby, Redbone, Prince, Spenser, Tracker, Jake, Streak, Rusty, Sam, Be-B, Dixie, Trixie, Clarisse, Churchill, Star, Dickens, Oski, Bubba & Bogus.
Thanks so much for your time & consideration...Jamie
My Personal Web Log
Training Day 1
So the first day of training didn't go exactly how I imagined but served its purpose none the less. It started with a 30 min slowish walk accompanied by three furry friends & one 4 year old daughter. Then we drove out to meet other Peta pack members and did a brisk two mile walk, pushing 4 year old in a stroller, around the newly revamped Echo Park. Later that evening we went for another 40 min slow stroll with the three furs & one child. Not exactly in line with the training program but we managed to get some exercise! Sometimes life can't be planned and you just have to surrender and roll with it.
For The Love of Nature
I love being outside. Whether it's surfing, hiking, biking, walking the dog etc, nothing makes me feel so alive as being outdoors. This experience is heightened when in a somewhat desolate uncrowded space. This is why I get so much enjoyment from hiking with a dog alone or surfing alone. I can recall hiking and really feeling the sun on my skin & getting goose bumps when a slight breeze blew. I wasn't cold, I was experiencing pleasure. Hearing our footsteps, smelling the trees & flowers and feeling the different temperatures on my skin all gave me shivers of pleasure. Same with surfing. Early morning paddle outs to an empty lineup are amazing. The water can be silky smooth like melted butter, the reflections surreal and the sound of the displacement of water as you patiently wait for a wave music to my ears. In the moment it is so pleasurable you just have to smile. Then the sun blankets you with it's warm glowing rays. Exquisite! For those who haven't experienced this go. Go alone. Focus on the sensations in the moment. Drink deeply. It's amazing!
To Shoe or Not to Shoe
So I'm about to start training and the first thing I think is that I need a good pair of shoes. Those that know me know I practically live in flip flops and when not wearing those I'm usually barefoot. My feet feel so unnatural in shoes, like they are suffocating. So the thought of finding/training with new shoes seems like a drag. Then lo & behold I stumble upon the whole minimalist/barefoot running movement. This resonates with me & reminds me of a run I tried years ago. Crystal (my dog) & I used to hike a place called Elk Meadow in Colorado pretty much every weekend. It was a loop trail about 5 miles long. One day I was inspired to run the trail. It was incredible. It was the only time in my life that while running I entered into a zen like state. All of a sudden I felt my breathing become normal & I literally felt like I could run forever. It was amazing. I was wearing Teva sandals, not running shoes. Maybe I was on to something...
We Did It!
Yay! We did it! In four short days we not only met but exceeded my fundraising goal. To say I am shocked is an understatement. YOU made this happen. YOU, the generous donors who without hesitation supported this effort to raise awareness to support kindness to animals. Thank you so much. Words cannot express.
A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step
Tota. Sweet little Tota is a monkey who lives in a small cage in a campground a couple hours south of the border in Santo Tomas, Baja Mexico. I'm not sure how long she's been there but we've seen her on our travels for at least 8 years. My heart breaks for her. We always visit and take her fruit and she slips her tail out of the enclosure and let's me pet her. Whenever I scratch her tail she hugs herself tightly and presses her body against the cage. She wants to be touched so badly. I always comment to my husband that I'm going to save this monkey. I've even spent some time researching sanctuaries, etc. I really don't know the circumstances of her being there...I need to find out.
Here's a link to a video of a recent visit with Tota.
Support. It's an amazing thing. I feel like I'm relearning the feeling. After the death of my mother, who raised us by herself, I didn't feel support. Quite the opposite actually. Kai Thomas & his family were the exception & continue to be to this day. I cultivated a lone wolf existence. Traveling around without a pack , while making you fiercely independent, can also be very lonely. Feeling supported is extremely motivating, especially when it comes from surprise places. Thank you all so much.
I'm officially registered for the Long Beach Marathon 5K race on Oct. 13th. I know it's only 3.1 miles but that is 3 miles more than I've run since I was 12 years old! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.