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Life, running, and the pursuit of old age…

January 31st, 2012 by MomsLA

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

I am not a runner.

I just signed up for The Hollywood ½ Marathon.

I might be losing my mind


I might be getting smarter



Reason # 1:

My mother died at 67 way too soon – she was healthy and vibrant until her last year – she died of cancer … so did my father  – he was healthy and vibrant too until he wasn’t …

I could defy the odds in my family and live to be a cranky 90 or 100 year old like I tell my soon to be 10 year old son I will and I want to be here to see him do all sorts of things – at least I have to try …

I have been shocked and saddened while watching my now 13 year old dog (91 in dog years) starting to deteriorate in all sorts of ways…

I realized that will happen to me one day – scary but true – my list of ailments has surpassed a single page into a scroll already…

and it scares me – that and…

Reason # 2:

Because I haven’t been exercising consistently EVER and I have no real good excuses

Some excuses I have used:

I’m too tired

I’m too old to start now

I have no time

I’ve had knee surgery

I’ve had hernia surgery, fibroid surgery, a caesarian section

I don’t like it

I have flat feet, an ingrown toenail, weak ankles


Reason #3

I have a HOT husband who exercises often and he says I wasn’t born with the ‘fitness gene’ just the ‘artist gene.’ He is right but I would like to prove him wrong!

Reason #4

My son likes to poke my stomach and say ‘squishy, squishy, squishy’

Reason #5

It’s on the bucket list and I ain’t getting any younger to start checking off more from that list.

Reason #6

Imagine my exhilaration at the finish line!

to be continued… gotta run now!

Jeannine Chanin-Penn… xoj9 | event curator | smart & beautiful events…
My son, my husband, lobster & the color purple make me happy…






MomsLA (502 Posts)


  1. I am so very proud of you!! It’s a good thing you’ve got two experienced runners for stepdaughters to answer any and all questions about this. I think Ari is running that half herself. Let me tell you, crossing the finish line of my first half last January was incredible.

    Please do yourself a favor and go to Runners Circle or another proper running store and get properly fitted for running shoes that match your gait. Arch and Sole on La Brea is also good.

  2. Well, as you know I think you are completely insane. But your reasons are definitely good ones, especially #4, which happens to me, too. Darn kids.

  3. I hate to run! I’m so glad you have inspired yourself to kick ass. Go get em!

  4. You go Jeannine! Surf that wave of endorphins!

  5. I am not a runner at all so impressed. You go girl!

  6. Your excuses in #2 sound a lot like mine did as my reasons for walking instead of running my 1st marathon. But reading this today is serious inspiration for the next time around. Especially because my daughter said to me recently “Mommy, you’re really skinny”. With a look of amusement, I said, “Oh no honey, I’m not at all skinny.” Her response: “Yes you are mommy – you’ve got a LOT of skin!”

    Rock on!!

  7. I might run/ I might walk … I’m just going to show up and do the best I can – it’s a step in the right direction

  8. Congratulations Jeannine! Way to go. My idea of a marathon is a walk. I’ve never been much of a runner. I have a lot of respect for you ladies. Go get ‘em!

  9. Any excuse is good to exercise! You go girl!

  10. Good luck! I have never done a marathon, but have a lot of respect for those who do! If you need a little training run, join our Team Pier to Peer Race for the Cure team! We’d LOVE to have you!

  11. So happy for you! You are going to do awesome!

  12. Go for it! Reason #4 is all I need!! :)

  13. best of luck training! and enjoy!

  14. haha! Sounds like my excuses. You can do it! I actually enjoyed running back in the day when I was single and had all the time in the world. Now it’s a struggle to get just a small amount of activity in….

  15. I’m cheering for you. I used to run all the time! I have to get back into it!

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