Danielle Frabutt Garcia

Flute Performance and Instruction, Vocal Performance, Health & Wellness

1st long run 1st week down, 17 to go ;) — February 7, 2016

1st long run 1st week down, 17 to go ;)

Did you miss it? I’m training for the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on June 5th, 2016. I can’t believe it, but let’s blame it on the 30 Day Program and how it made me feel so GREAT and feel as though I could do ANYTHING. This will be my 2nd Marathon, after I pulled out of the Pro Football HOF, last year (I needed to mentally heal and spend my focus there).

Today was my first long run – 6 miles.  End of week 18 so there are 17 to go. I love COUNTDOWNS! Crossing off days, crossing of goals as accomplished, and crossing off miles feel so good.

As you saw, my Arbonne Phytosport line showed up this week. Today was the “big day” to really try it correctly. I had the Pre-workout about 30 min before I left for the run. I put the During Workout Hydration in my water bottle, and then the Recovery in my shake.  I made MPE try a sip of the Pre-workout and he really liked the flavor. I’ve never taken anything pre-workout but I do feel like it helps! I was most impressed by the during workout hydration. When I got home I told MPE – it tastes exactly like how gatorade SHOULD taste.  Let me elaborate:

My first Marathon, I had a coach/trainer and it was great. He told me during the marathon to not drink water but walk through each water station and drink the gatorade. While I don’t have digestive issues with Gatorade like some people, I typically do not like drinking Gatorade. In fact I don’t drink ANYTHING with artificial flavors or most importantly DYES. I avoid dyes the most (and high fructose corn syrup…I HATE THEM BOTH). Ultimately, I can taste dyes in “food” that has them, even though they are “flavorless” and I HATE IT. I hate knowing what they can do to your insides. If you don’t know, look it up and STOP eating ingesting them!

During that Marathon, I did what he said even though I didn’t want to. I struggle with hydration and overheating and it seemed like I should really listen to him. While I was on this short long run, I walked every 10 min and took a gulp of the drink. I could taste the proper “‘iums” as I like to call them. I loved it. I felt like it was VERY helpful.  I may be carrying my own hydration this marathon through, but I’m happy to do it because I KNOW that all the ingredients in this product is HELPFUL and not harming me longterm.

I also did enjoy the post-workout recovery in my shake. I could definitely taste the flavor! When I listened to the information on the Phytosport line (during a run earlier this week), I learned about the ingredients and how each product was supposed to be helpful. Recovery is really about helping your muscles recover properly. Most of my runs (throughout the last few years) start by ascending east toward the mountain. Getting some climbing in and then descending back down to where I live. Today was very much the same. Granted, I have been going to the gym lately, but I have not run 6 miles in a VERY long time.  My legs are NOT sore. So I guess the recovery is working 😉


Do you want more information on this line? Send me a message, I’d be happy to send you more information, tell you more about how I feel, and help you give it a try!

Two photos of the beautiful day we had here in Albuquerque! This path is so much fun to run up to our mountain! ❤

Performance reflections on Traditional Ceremonies —

Performance reflections on Traditional Ceremonies

Yesterday I had the opportunity of performing at a Funeral-Memorial Service at French Funeral homes in Rio Rancho, NM. This opportunity has been presented to me through a series of networking moments and is shared with my best friend of many years, Therese. This was our 4th funeral since July.

I consider this opportunity an honor as I perform for families in their various ceremonial or traditional moments. During this particular funeral, I was extremely touched by the many stories of the deceased and his love for his family and religion. It was inspiring and touched my soul.  I was also reflective in my own spiritual beliefs and desires to be a servant of the people as a musician. Let me describe:

I am a musician. Music is my career and ultimately every gig is a job in which I trade my time and talent for money. I can go on to say that the pay goes towards years of development in my musicality and professionalism, as well as to a knowledge of such ceremonious events. This is very true, yes, this is a job, but what I am proud to bring to the table is not the trade of talent for money. It is truly an honor to bring peace, comfort, joy, reflection, and more to these families with little-to-no-stress on whether the musician will know what they are doing, show up, and when to perform.  Therese and I both have a long history of church service, funeral, wedding and other service performances.

The widow at this particular funeral, touched my heart when she smiled at me after we finished playing the prelude.  Being able to sing two hymns that she chose brought me closer to my servitude to humanity.