Helping Is Easy – Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K for My Friend’s Place

The blog is still technically on hiatus but I couldn’t forego sharing a recap of the very special

2014 Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K to benefit My Friend’s Place

Run Hard Rock Cafe, runner bling, 5K, running medal

The 2014 Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K medal.

“Helping is easy” is an expression we’ve used in my household since Wild Boy was a toddler.  I’m a helper by nature.  I’m easily “called to action” and even went into the helping profession of dietetics nutrition to serve my dual interests in health and helping others.  However after tweaking my back in spin class recently, I haven’t felt motivated to do much of anything but I definitely wanted to give my all to the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K in Hollywood.  The run was such a blast last year and I very much wanted to do my part to help the small but mighty organization, My Friend’s Place, in their support of helping homeless youth in Los Angeles.

I was excited at the prospect of being among friends during this race.

Some friends that I didn’t see were Jen@FindingMyInnerBombshell, Stephanie@Acti0926, and Jaclyn@JaclynMullenMedia.

Some friends that I did see at the crack of dawn included:

Sam Bangs (one of the first Friday’s Featured Females) from Fleet Feet Burbank and LifeIsBangin’:

Sam Bangs, Life Is Bangin, Fleet Feet Sports

 

My music and run buddy, Josie (the goddess who brought me to the Billy Idol Sirius XM show) and her friend, Wendy.  Aren’t the shirts she made for the race adorable (Bring The Funk/Bass/Beat)?

Josie, Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K,

Some local mom-friends, Jessica, Lynn and Wendy:

Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K 2014

and the very fabulous Anne@AnneHogan (her recap is here):

Anne Hogan, 1st 5K, HRC 5K

Me with Anne

 

But I had no idea that helping would go to the next level when my neighbor Andrea told me that she had never run a 5K before.  Getting the chance to help my friend through her first 5K (and LA Metro ride) made this a race to remember for me.

This year’s race was after Daylight Savings began so even though we missed the sunrise over the famed Hollywood sign (one of my favorite parts of last year’s race), Andrea and I got a chance to see Hollywood Boulevard in a way only few people ever have before.  It was great venue to run a first 5K and Andrea really gave it her all.

RHRC 5K

Andrea running like the wind down Hollywood Boulevard.

 

Along the short out and back course, it was great to get a little boost from the homemade signs of encouragement and thanks on display at My Friend’s Place:

My Friend's Place, Run Hard Rock Cafe

 

Andrea and I finished in 33:46 (10:53 per mile) which is absolutely respectable for a first (or a 1 millionth) 5K.  We were both proud and happy to run and to be able to help the LA community.

 

Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K 2014

Before and After Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K 2014

 

The race may be over but the need for help hasn’t ended for My Friend’s Place.  

This small organization needs a steady influx of money or in-kind donations to serve the homeless youth of Los Angeles.

My Friend's Place, Open House, Homeless Youth, Los Angeles

On November 20th from 6-8pm, My Friend’s Place is holding an Open House in Los Angeles

(click link for details).

If you’re local to Los Angeles and want to understand and experience the center where homeless youth receive services that help them to lead independent lives, click the link above to RSVP.  If you can’t make the Open House but still want to donate, you can give money or find out the items are on the In-Kind Wish List,

If you’re not local to Los Angeles, there are organizations around the country (and the world) that would love your help.  As the season of giving arrives, think about what you can do to help in a way that is meaningful to you.  It will be mean more than you can imagine to the recipients.

Run Hard Rock Cafe, My Friends Place

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Surviving and Thriving After A Fitness Injury

Hello All!  I haven’t disappeared.

I know I haven’t been posting consistently but there are some personal things that have required my undivided attention lately and it’s kept me from blogging.

However, you can find my latest post, 5 Tips to Survive and Thrive After A Fitness Injury over at Live Well 360 (yes, the awesome fitness bag company):

Live Well 360, fitness, injury recovery

I will be posting sporadically until the end of 2014 but will be back on a regular posting schedule with a totally updated site in 2015!

 

You can keep up with my more daily happenings on Instagram and Twitter until my more regular posting resumes!

Tunes For Tuesday – Breast Cancer Awareness & Women’s Month: Sinead O’Connor

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – It’s Women in Music for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

 

 

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m highlighting some of the great women in music.  While I’m well aware that men also can be diagnosed with breast cancer (according the American Cancer Society the risk of breast cancer for men is 1 in 1,000 vs 1 in 8 for women), I figured that giving the spotlight to women for the month wasn’t a bad idea.

 

Today’s Tunes For Tuesday pick was an exceptionally controversial figure in the 1990’s but Sinead O’Connor has always been a favorite of mine.  Whether I agreed with whatever she said or did (or still says or does), it doesn’t matter.  I’ve always been in awe of someone who speaks their mind no matter what!  I was lucky enough to see Sinead sing just a few feet in front of me at the Daltrey Sings Townshend Carnegie Hall event that I worked in 1994 (see details here) and she was mesmerizing.  She was tiny and shy but her voice was incredible.

Today’s Tune is one of my favorite SO tunes, “Mandinka”.  This clip is from 1989 when Sinead was 21 years old and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, Female.  It’s worth waiting the 5 seconds to skip to the ad.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Did you know that “Mandinka” is the name of an African tribe and mentioned in the book, “Roots” by Alex Haley and that Mr. T wore his hair and gold necklace to represent his Mandinkan heritage?  See here.

Billy Idol – Sirius XM Artist Confidential at the Troubadour

It can’t be said any more plainly than this:  Billy Idol is back

With a New York Times best selling autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” (released October 7, 2014) and his first album in nearly 10 years , “Kings & Queens of the Underground” (released October 21, 2014)  Billy Idol is showing the world that he can still rock.

Billy has been making the media rounds and I was lucky enough to attend a taping of his appearance at the world famous Troubadour on October 22nd for a taping of Sirius XM’s Artist Confidentialhosted by 80’s on 8 DJ and original MTV VJ, Mark Goodman.

Billy Idol, Sirius XM, Artist Confidential, 80s on 8, Kings and Queens of the Underground, Troubadour, #BillyIdolSXM

 

The SiriusXM “Artist Confidential” format provides an inmate live performance interspersed with candid interview questions.  The Troubador is very small and the audience was likely less than 100 people so shots like the following were possible (there would have been more but my phone started to die):

Mark Goodman, VJ, MTV, Sirius XM, 80's on 8

Mark Goodman, original MTV VJ and current 80’s on 8 Sirius XM host

 

Billy Idol

Snarl up close (with someone else taking a photo too)

 

Steve Stevens, Billy Idol, Troubadour, Kings & Queens of the Underground

Steve Stevens and Billy Idol

 

Not too many people can carry off the same punk rock clothes and hair for 30 years but William Michael Albert Broad not only looks fantastic (he’s aged very well – perhaps all the drugs he did in the past have pickled him) but he might even sound better than he looks.  The English accent coupled with the raspy growl in both the speaking and singing voices were undeniably sexy.  Let’s be clear though, Simon Le Bon still rules my world (but I can see why Billy rules the world for others).

It was fabulous to see Billy perform with long time collaborator and guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Stevens and one time member of The Cult, Billy Morrison. The set included 6 songs set list with 4 well-known hits and 2 new songs (very Idol-esque – hard but melodically danceable):

 

SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT

Postcards From The Past

Dancing With Myself

Can’t Break Me Down

White Wedding

Eyes Without A Face

Rebel Yell

 

The set was short but great.  The band was played well together and looked like they were all having fun.  Billy Idol is an exceptionally charismatic performer and yes, he does the fist pump and lip snarl just as well as he did in the 80’s.
Billy Idol, Billy Morrison, Troubadour, Sirius XM, Artist Confidential

In between each song, Mark Goodman asked questions about Billy’s early background including being in on the beginning of punk music, his childhood and musical influences.  The audience also got a glimpse into what the writing process with long time collaborator, the extraordinary guitar player, Brooklyn born Steve Stevens is like.  Mark even got Billy to tell the true story about how “Rebel Yell” got it’s name (it did come from the Bourbon bottle below but to find out who was drinking it, you’ll have to listen to the Artist Confidential broadcast).

 

 

During the interview questions,  Mark highlighted some stories from Billy’s autobiography “Dancing With Myself” and also mentioned his own book , MTV: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave (for my review of this book, click here).  I was a big dork and brought both of these books with me to the show.  Billy not only signed his autobiography for me but he also signed the MTV book too.  Mark was also nice enough to sign his book and take this photo with Josie (who brought me to the event as her +1) and me:

Mark Goodman, VJ, MTV, Sirius XM, 80's on 8

Josie, Mark Goodman (who looks great after his liver transplant in May 2014) and me.

 

We also got to meet Steve Stevens (and his lovely wife, also named Josie – not pictured):

Steve Stevens

 

Billy Idol was one of the artists that I’d never seen live and now I’m seriously contemplating going to see him in on his upcoming tour when he hits LA in February.  There were quite a few songs that I wanted to hear (especially “Blue Highway”, “Hot in the City”, “To Be A Lover” and “Catch My Fall”, to name a few) that didn’t make it into this mini set.  If

If you want to listen to the performance and interview, catch Billy Idol Artist Confidential on SiriusXM Radio (on 80’s on 8):

  • Premiere Date: Tue Oct 28 8:00 pm ET
  • Rebroadcast: Tue Oct 28 11:00 pm ET,  Wed Oct 29 12:00 pm ET,  Fri Oct 31 1:00 am ET and  Fri Oct 31 4:00 pm ET.

To find out more about Billy Idol:

Dancing With Myself, NY Times Best Seller

Disclosure:  My friend won tickets to this exclusive Sirius XM event and took me as her +1.  I am not meeting any obligation by writing about this event and all opinions expressed are absolutely my own.  Post does include affiliate links.

 

What is your favorite Billy Idol song?  Is it one of the popular ones I didn’t mention in my wish list?  Let me know.

Tunes For Tuesday – Breast Cancer Awareness & Women’s Month: Tracy Chapman

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – It’s Women in Music for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

 

 

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m highlighting some of the great women in music.  While I’m well aware that men also can be diagnosed with breast cancer (according the American Cancer Society the risk of breast cancer for men is 1 in 1,000 vs 1 in 8 for women), I figured that giving the spotlight to women for the month wasn’t a bad idea.

Before I started this series, I knew people with breast cancer but I’m exceptionally sad to say that I recently learned of both an elementary schoolmate passing away after a very long fight against breast cancer and yet another old elementary school mate being diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

I’m not close with either of these women but the news of both hit me very hard.  Cancer of every type is just awful.  There is a piece of my heart that is broken for these two women and the people that love them.  This brought the 1 in 8 women statistic very close to home.

In honor of all women and for Breast Cancer Awareness month, today’s Tunes For Tuesday pick is “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution” by Tracy Chapman.  I think I played Tracy Chapman’s debut self titled album to death in 1988 and 1989.  IMHO, this album is definitely one that is often overlooked on the lists of perfect albums start to finish and even though this song never made it past #75 on the Billboard Chart, it is quietly powerful.  I hope the tables will start to turn in the revolution against Breast Cancer soon.

Enjoy this acoustic rendition:

 

 

What is one of your “battle cry” songs?