My Journey

Fortitude 10k Race Recap

September 9, 2021

When the hard work pays off.  In its short history, the Fortitude 10k has become a Colorado runner’s favorite, and Fort Collins one of the most runner friendly cities in the state. (Link to Daily Camera Article) The Fortitude 10k is a great race for runners of all levels — whether you are chasing a…

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2019 DC Wonder Woman 5k

July 24, 2019

Another woman turned around, looked at me and smiled, then beckoned to me as if to say, “Come on! Let’s finish strong!” I looked at her, tapped into the fumes of whatever I had left and said, “Let’s do this!”

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2019 BOLDER BOULDER 10K RACE RECAP

June 10, 2019

Race day conditions could not have been more perfect: 50 degrees at race start partly cloudy, light breeze. As I hit the start line, I wasn’t really focused on the race. It wasn’t until I was high-fiving the security team that I thought, “I should probably get set up.” I found my run program in my watch, turned on my playlist, and the gun went off.

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2019 ROCK AND ROLL NEW ORLEANS HALF MARATHON RACE RECAP

February 20, 2019

While I was pretty much focused inward on my music and my pace, whenever I paid attention to the other runners around me, I found myself continually passing people. On only a couple of occasions did I have runners overtake me. I feel like I was passing dozens of runners per mile, which is very much new to me. Normally, I feel like I’m just in the way…that so many runners will pass me at the start. This time, I didn’t even notice.

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Beat the Blerch Half Marathon Race Recap

September 23, 2018

  Everything I ever understood about support and encouragement during a race weekend was put away on Saturday at the Beat the Blerch Half/Marathon weekend. Karen and I donned big “Blerch” Suits and spent the greater part of the day telling runners to slow down, maybe have a nap on the couch…oh, and we have…

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Fortitude 10k Race Recap — the Perfect PR

September 9, 2018

11:00 pm Sunday night: I’m staring at the ceiling, mind racing with anticipation. I laid out all my clothes and gear hours ago. I ate a healthy dinner, and even turned the lights out at 9:00 pm. Yes. I’d been lying there for 2 hours waiting on sleep. Finally, after tossing and turning, I decide…

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Ogden Half Marathon Race Report

June 3, 2018

Our training doesn’t exist in a vacuum. I say this all the time, and it couldn’t be more true than with the Ogden Marathon event. This “perfect for first-timers” race truly was an unexpected redemption from the poor experience I had at my last half-marathon. This weekend held some significance: Ogden Marathon hosts other events…

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Walt Disney World Half-Marathon Recap from 2018

January 19, 2018

Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm off at 1:45) 39 degrees at race start. Character Stops: Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweets, Red Queen, Sebastian, the Cinderella Mice, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Mary Poppins Penguins, Genie, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Stitch (plus many other’s I’ve forgotten). Finish time 3:09:22 I went…

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Walt Disney World 10k Race Report from 2018

January 15, 2018

RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend continued on Friday, January 5th with the Minnie-themed 10k. Over 13,000 runners made their way through the cold, dark morning hours to finish this second event of the weekend. Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm off at 2:00) 37 degrees at race start. Character Stops: Ducktales, Flik…

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Walt Disney World 5k Race Report from 2018

January 13, 2018

RunDisney’s 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon weekend started in grand style on Thursday, January 4th with the Pluto-themed 5k. 13,000 runners participated in this family fun run, kicking off the first of the four races in my Dopey Challenge Journey. Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm went off at 2:00), 35 degrees at race…

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Running, Fire, Water, and a Race Recap

September 9, 2017

Actually, this is a pre-race report, rather than a post-race recap. There is a lot happening here personally, and I want to use this opportunity to remind myself, and maybe you as well, that when it comes to race day, there is only so much we can control. Hurricanes and wildfires affected so many of…

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About My Journey

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -- Lao Tzu

Every medal tells a story. Every mile, a lesson learned. My Running Journey has taken me through the ups and downs, ins and outs of life since 2004. Sharing my lessons learned with strangers from the internet helped not just me, but many others realize that perfection in running isn’t possible, and that when we accept that, we unlock our potential to become Runners Without Limits.

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