Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…

Running with the Redbirds

“Unless you give it all you’ve got, there isn’t any sense in playing.” – Stan Musial Today I got to run in a really special event — the Cardinals Care 6k. (“6” was the legendary Stan Musial’s number. Our 6k started at #6’s statue.) There’s only one word to describe this race: amazing.  Hugs from…

In the Now

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle As daylight has started to linger longer into the evening, my runs have begun that transition to spring as well. No flashlights, no shadows. Just total visibility. And photo opportunities, of course….

No Comparison

“Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.” — unknown You know, social media is such a mixed blessing. On one hand, it’s wonderful to stay in touch or reconnect with old (or new) friends. On the other hand, it can be…

Life Lately on the Run

  The fall running season has begun. And here are just a few things I’ve seen along the way… – Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis starting line – Someone who takes his carb-loading very seriously – Happy little critter – Apparently this neighborhood display represents Game of Thrones – Late bloomer – Okay, this wasn’t…

Life Lately on the Run

“September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson, American author and poet Best of weather indeed. Running lately has been an absolute pleasure. It’s cool enough to be comfortable, but light enough to still see the gorgeousness along the way. Roses are still blooming in the…

Find Your Strong

“You’re going to be happy,” said life, “but first I’ll make you strong.” Maybe it started with the purchase of this “persist” shirt, but I’ve been thinking about strength lately – both the physical and spiritual kind. The “I can do this” kind of strength. Perhaps it’s because my nest will empty at the end…

Little Surprises

I’m gonna be honest. Sometimes I wish I could be a fast and serious runner. The early-corral-assignment, knows-all-of-her-PRs-by-heart, badass type of runner. But the longer I do it, the more I realize that it’s just not in the cards for me. I’m slow. Running doesn’t come naturally for me. Plus, the only thing shorter than my stride…

She Persisted

So signing up for a 5K the same week as dental surgery wasn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had. But it was Girls on the Run, so being my stubborn self, I did it anyway. There are few things more inspiring than supporting the accomplishments of a sea of strong, determined young girls — and watching their…

Change is Good

This weekend brought the GO! St. Louis Marathon Weekend to our house. And if I could describe it in one word, it would be…different. Not bad different. Just different. For starters, and most obviously, the start and finish points physically changed from the Union Station area on Market Street to directly under the Arch. It…

New Light, New Discoveries

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – unknown This weekend brought a sunrise run after a good number of evening training runs by flashlight. I was surprised to realize how much of a difference natural light makes. During my night runs, my attention is confined to the small sphere…

Distracted Runner

A couple of really good runs this weekend brought the most distractions I’ve had in awhile. It was remarkable. I didn’t even get photos of everything.  I marvel at some of the random stuff I find along my routes. After four years, I just now spotted this peace sign — the fourth one of these…

Rock ‘n’ Roll, Chi-Style

Just a few scenes from a quick weekend trip to Chicago for a race with my boy — a half marathon for him, a 10K for me. And apparently a half marathon for a Pokemon trainer and his Pikachu. The 10K took a different course than the half…all along Lake Michigan. It was gorgeous. And…

Freedom 4 Miler

Started the long weekend running the Freedom 4 Miler race with Drew this morning. A solid race for us both — and you simply can’t beat a start (and finish) line at Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium. The rain held off long enough for us to get in the entire event, so we were super fortunate….

Are We There Yet?

“Small progress is still progress.” – unknown This weekend brought a road trip to Kansas City to see my bestie — and my second half marathon of the year, the Hospital Hill Half. My bestie and her family were at the start line by 6:30 in the morning to see me off. It was a…

In a Word…

“This is why your race times are so bad.” That thought crossed my mind so many times tonight as I took photos along my running route. Including when I took the above photo of what I presume to be a discarded ice cream cone wrapper in the grass. Which was along the same street as this. This…

Putting the “Her” in Hero

What a gorgeous Saturday for my favorite 5K! This was my third time running the Girls on the Run, but this was the biggest one I remember. 8,000 people were registered, all coming together for this wonderful program designed to empower girls through running. Seriously, this view never gets old. And neither do sweet little…

What’s the hurry?

I’m pleased to share that I have a Distracted Churchgoer post that does not include photographs from church. It nearly killed me, but I promised myself ahead of time that I’d leave my phone in my purse during the service. First temptation: a man with four children slid into the pew ahead of me —…

Running Around Town

The Spring Girls on the Run 5K was so much fun that it only made sense to run the fall 5K as well. And it didn’t disappoint. I never get tired of the view of our downtown. Almost all of the races I’ve run have had the arch as the backdrop. So, so lucky. Today’s…

A Very Good Day

If you have to be up at oh-dark-o’clock in the morning, this isn’t a bad view. On a whim, I signed up this week to volunteer at the St. Louis Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon. For the first time in years, I didn’t have any family running and, after Chicago last weekend, no way was I doing it….