March 28, 2009

Why I Became a Personal Historian

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:49 pm by vikkyd

I started in video over ten years ago as a creative outlet. I received my Certificate in Multimedia from the University of California Santa Cruz extension and was fortunate enough to live in Palo Alto and as a resident could use the MidPenisula Media Center facilities for my video productions. Annie, Jessie, Elliot, Mrs. Roddy and crew — both staff and volunteers — were great and I learned so much there. I was involved with many productions, including some of my own… but, let’s fast forward several years.

I was asked to create a video tribute for my parents 50th anniversary celebration. This was a life changing experience for me. In going through the many photo albums and 8mm film in my parents attic, I found a treasure trove of untold stories. With every photo that turned into a story, I learned more about my parents. I had no idea (nor did I remember) that my parents enjoyed getting together with friends, who brought their own instruments (e.g. clarinet, drums, tambourine) and played along with the music until the very early hours in the morning! They sure knew how to have a good time — much more fun than the parties I’ve been too!

The personal satisfaction and joy that I got from this production drove me to focus my creative outlet. With a few Google searches I found out about the Association of Personal Historians. They were planning to have their annual conference in Portland, Oregon that year — only a few month away. I continued my research, developed a business plan and decided to start my own Personal History business: Vikkyd Productions, Inc. Attending the conference was invaluable to get me started on a successful course. It provided limitless opportunities for me to develop my skills and network amongst like-minds.

It’s been several years since my parents 50th anniversary celebration video (video tribute) and I have had the priviledge to produce many tributes since then. I have also produced Oral Histories, Video Biographies and many other video, audio and print productions — all about telling stories. Through each story, I have grown closer to the people involved and to my community. This year, Friday Harbor is celebrating their centennial. Providing my services to the community is the high point of my business — thus far. Too bad we can’t be celebrating 100 years — every year!

March 17, 2009

How to finish a half marathon last.

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:26 pm by vikkyd

This is my very first post. I have hesitated setting up a blog because I couldn’t think of anything that people would like to read about. Then, I got an ‘ah-ha’ and realized that I can create a blog and it doesn’t really matter whether it’s read by the masses. Instead, I’m going to just jump into this world of blogging and write what I feel like writing. Here goes…

I am trying to get myself motivated to train for my 5th half marathon — two a year for the past two years. A couple of friends asked for my training schedule, so here it is. Am I an expert? NO! I’m just a slow, overweight, lazy gal that was able to make it pass the finish line a few times now. Okay. I wasn’t last, but pretty close to it! My half marathon pace is between 3.5 – 4  hours. This training schedule has worked for me in the past, and hopefully it will help you too. It’s been modified from Hal Higdon’s training schedule. I’m training for the San Juan Half Marathon that’s on June 7th. What I have learned about training for the half marathon is DO NOT miss a distance walk. You can get away with missing a maintenance walk occasionally, but it’s very difficult to catch up once you miss your long walk for the week.

If you are on San Juan Island and would like to train with me — please do! I will probably ask you to slow down, but it’s about finishing… right?

Maintenance walk – twice a week; distance walk – once a week

Maintenance

Distance

Week 1 – March 16-22

3 miles

4 miles

Week 2 – March 23-29

3 miles

4 miles

Week 3 – Mar 30-April 5

3.5 miles

5 miles

Week 4 – April 6 – 12

3.5 miles

5 miles

Week 5 – April 13 – 19

4 miles

6 miles

Week 6 – April 20 – 26

4 miles

6 miles

Week 7 – Apr 27 – May 3

4.5 miles

7 miles

Week 8 – May 4 – 10

4.5 miles

8 miles

Week 9 – May 11 – 17

5 miles

9 miles

Week 10 – May 18 – 24

5 miles

10 miles

Week 11 – May 25 – 31

5 miles

11 miles

Week 12 – June 1-7

4 miles

RACE DAY