Lights Out – Earth Hour – Tonight

Mother Earth

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Earth Hour is under way on the other side of our planet.

Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. is supporting this new Global effort to lighten our carbon footprint. Tonight between 8:30 – 9:30 PM we are encouraged to power down our houses. That’s right, lights out. And after you do it, go outside and take a look at the sky.

I love living in So Cal except we are such a large expanse of land and people, and there are so many lights it is difficult to get a good look at all the stars in the sky. Tonight maybe the one night (hour) you can see more stars up there, stars you can only see once you leave the area.

What else can you do? Go to and sign-up to support this action. You can replace your light bulbs with those new florescent bulbs, ride your bike instead of your car more often (who can afford gas now days). Run or walk to the market.

Please tell a friend to join us ers in doing something that can make a difference for our children’s children.

See you tonight, or may I won’t.

Power down focused,

Steve Mackel, World Citizen

Yoga Teacher Training with Rosie Good Starts in May

Dear SoleRunners,

“If you want to learn something, teach it” Yogi Bhajan

It is my pleasure and honor to introduce you to Rosie Good. This is my yoga teacher. If you wonder why the yoga you practice with me in class or after running is so effective…this beautiful woman’s spirit and dedication to yoga is the reason.

Four years ago I began doing yoga. And three years ago I decided to take Rosie’s teacher training. Mainly just to learn more…she has more in class hours than any other yoga teacher training in Los Angeles.

Something happened to me in that training. I cannot even begin to explain the shift in consciousness…but it was profound. Runners comment every Saturday why I seem so calm and relaxed…I simply say it’s because I practice yoga.

I could barely touch my toes when I started Yoga Teacher Training with Rosie and now I have amazing flexibility.

More than that though, in a teacher training class you learn about the history, philosophy, and traditions of yoga. You read amazing books like the Bhagavad Gita and The Upanishads.

The best thing about the training for me was…I became a yoga teacher. Rosie has you teaching from day one…granted just one pose…but it builds from there.

By the time I was finished the training, I could teach for 30min – 60min easily and with confidence. Since then I’ve taught classes throughout Los Angeles, Catalina Island, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Most importantly, I’ve helped a lot of people become more flexible and recover from their running. I’ve brought a little peace and harmony and love in the world through a yoga mat. That’s pretty cool. And it wasn’t even me…it was just teaching this amazing tradition of yoga.

Well, SoleRunners is about to start in April. Since Steve and I started coaching together a few of our runners have become yoga teachers. We love to give aspiring yoga teachers the opportunity to teach to our runners or to help out our classes in the studio. We will help mentor you and give you teaching opportunities.

To tell you the truth, we need more yoga teachers. The one’s we’ve mentored like Larry and Laura have gone on to develop a busy teaching schedule beyond SoleRunners. Yes, yoga teachers are in demand.

So if you’ve been doing yoga for a while and would like to take things up to the next level, or would like to become a teacher so that you can impact the lives of many people in a positive way, then seriously seriously think about enrolling in Yoga Teacher Training.

And if that’s the case, I can think of no better teacher to study under than Rosie Good. Both Steve and I have taken many a yoga class from many a yoga teacher and Rosie is as good if not better than many of the “big” names in Los Angeles. And you get the convenience of a local yoga studio in a small class.

Her teacher training starts on May 1st and goes to October 4th. It is INTENSIVE (that’s why I loved it). You meet on Fri’s 7-9, then Sat/Sun 12-5. So if you are marathon training, you can still make the class.

The cost is $1400 which is an AWESOME price. Especially for all those in class hours and personal treatment from Rosie. Just look around on the internet for other programs…you’ll see.

So if you’re interested contact Rosie soon. Her number is 310-521-9555.

You can also visit her and talk to her about the training at her studio…

Namaste and God Bless,

Coach Gary

Coach Gary’s Catalina Marathon 2009 Part II
The second part of Coach’s Gary’s Catalina Marathon in 2009. This was an amazing weekend with lots of good friends and training partners at SoleRunners. To train with us visit

God Bless.

Coach Gary’s Catalina Marathon 2009 Part I
Coach Gary of does the Catalina Marathon with the rest of the gang from Solerunners.

It was my fourth Catalina Marathon and my most enjoyable one.

Thanks to everyone involved for such a wonderful experience.

God Bless, Gary

Catalina Marathon Saturday, March 14, 2009

Here it is, up only 48 hours after the race. I never know how it is going to turn out while I am filming and I wanted to show the whole day, because the Catalina Marathon is so much more than just a race. I hope this video does it some justice.

As usual, I had a great time and wished I could have interviewed more people. I was going for a PR which makes it difficult to pull the camera out in some sections, when I was pushing through some pain or flying down hills. Sorry if I missed you.

Remember, if you see me come up and say hello. I will pull out my camera and film you.

Steve Mackel – Sole Runners, Head Coach

Catalina Marathon Race Day Checklist

Racedaycheck list

You might want to add Gaiters to keep rocks out of your shoes – Check Out Dirty Girls Gaiters

Women, I’ve been told that tissues are NOT optional. Porta-potties are not abundant but bushes, trees, and hidden places are…

Race Focused,

Steve Mackel, Sole Runners Head Coach

Some Last Thoughts for The Catalina Marathon

Gary's 2007 Catalina Marathon Tips

A Hi-Tech runcast on running the Catalina Marathon, race nutrition your body, and how to not talk to cats??? This was good in 2007 and the course has not changed so there is some good advice still there. It is also just fun to check Gary 2 years ago. I think he looks younger today. Must be the running.