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Member Since:

Apr 04, 2007



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:


1 mile:  6:31

5K:  23:37

Half Marathon: 2:04

My first post-high school 5K, in which I thought I was going to die

The first time I won my age division.  Yippee!

My first half marathon, in which I attack Sasha

The time I beat my high school PR for the 5K (as a 31 year-old mommy of 3!)

My first 5K barefooted


Short-Term Running Goals:

I'm just getting back into running after a long break to have my last child.  I would like to race some 10Ks, a half, and a marathon in the next 2 years.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Be the oldest woman to complete a marathon.  Yea!  But hopefully I will also complete some BEFORE I geezer up, like, before I'm 40 for sure.  I think it would be fun to dress up really strange for marathons, like impersonating celebrities and stuff.  Except I don't really like celebrities, as a rule, so maybe I'll have to stick to the age old question of ninja, or pirate.  I say ninja. *Hyah!*


I am happily married to James W (Cool Runnings). We have 3 boys and 1 opinionated little girl.  I love reading and I'm also a news junkie.  I am a stinker.

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4 miles, mostly outside at 9:42 pace. Last quarter of a mile on the treadmill. Soooo, you may have noticed that I didn't break my most consecutive days of running record. Man, I hate falling short of my goals. However, I was prepared to cut myself major slack because for the last 2-3 weeks I was seriously convinced that I was expecting. It turns out, though, that my body was just playing a little joke on me. It is a stupid joke, and I have heard it before, yet I somehow fell for it once  again. It is easy to believe something you would like to be the truth. Anyway, no harm done other than a week-long vacation from running. It was a pretty good vacation. I got a little more sleep and got my legs nice and rested up. Now it is back to the serious business of surviving the summer heat. I need a snow cone.

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4 miles on the treadmill at about 10:30 pace on average.  I was watching "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"  and just kind of keeping a wary eye out for making sure I don't step off the belt.  

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4 miles . Half outside, half on Fred.

Our internet connection was down yesterday so I couldn't blog my run. One whole day off the blog! It seemed like an eternity. I don't see how anyone can run without being part of the Fast Running Blog Community. :) I know I wouldn't.

Those of you newer to the blog probably don't know how I started running. I married this really fast guy who seemed to need running like I need sleep. Although I ran in high school, I saw no point in running without a team to run for. Anyway, one day James told me that some guy he met on the internet and his family were going to come stay at our house for the weekend. I was a little bit ??? James, are you SURE they are not murderers? But murderers seldom travel with children, do I was willing to give it a try. So Sasha and Sarah and their adorable kids stayed at our house during the Del Sol relay--back when the blog was too small to support a full, fast relay team without including many non-bloggers.

Anyway, while they were down here I gave Sasha a 10 min. piano lesson and he ran 1 mile with me (which was an accomplishment for me!) So since then Sasha has played the piano every single day and I have become a runner. Although Sasha never misses a day with his piano practice (and I definitely have missed days of running) I am still winning, since I spend a LOT more time running than he does playing the piano (just kidding, Sasha).

I think the reason I wanted to start running was because I saw how running could be a family sport--with the kids involved and everything, instead of just being James' weird compulsion. So far it has produced a lot of positive results. My favorite is probably that my little boys were all able to come off their asthma medication. But being able to run a faster 5K than I ever did in high school was also very nice.  I have to remember these things at times like this when I am struggling just a bit.

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Wow! Today was SOOO much nicer.  Best run I've had in months!!!  It poured last night so today it was cool and fragrant.  YEA!  There is an inverse relationship between the temperature and my running enthusiasm. 

I got all excited today looking at upcoming races.  I want to run the Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K BARE FOOT this year and hopefully get a new personal record.  (Shauna, you must come if you can--you are my lucky charm.  What else explains my last 5k PR?   I've heard that elite athletes are very, if I can't be as fast as them, I figure that at least I can be as susperstitious...There are also some local half marathons coming up that I am...hmmm...seriously starting to...possibly some point.

Tomorrow we are heading off to Florida for a week.   I am SO excited about that.  (But geez, has anyone else noticed that we are gallavanting off to a different state every other week?!)    Anyway, I packed running clothes!  But I won't be able to blog.  Take care, bloggies!  I'll catch up with you guys when I get back.  Be good:  just say "no" to carbonated drinks.

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I intended to run today, but I had to pack in the evening when I should have been running.  Minus ten points for poor planning.

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We traveled to Florida all day today.   We had quite an adventure when our taxi never showed up to take us to the airport.  We ended up having to dash down there and park in the airport parking.  We were hideously late, and I was very grateful we run with our boys.  You should have seen us in the airport running with our suitcases and our three little boys following close like ducklings.  It truly was cute, and frantic.

We finally got in around 10 pm and I went for a frightful run alone in the parking lot.  I felt scared the whole time and finished as soon as I could stomach.  I though it would never end.  I had to do so many loops! 

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