Saturday Scenes

 Lots and lots of pretty pink flowers… …strangely delicate mushrooms… …a funny little bunny that squeezes under the fence just like Peter Rabbit… …a neighbor who wins at yard play equipment… (Easter Island head? AH-mazing.) …and a 6:30 start time to beat the heat. These are five things I’m grateful for on my run today….

…and I’ll raise you 1.68

So a little more than a week ago, I posted about beginning a Gratitude Challenge. For the most part, I’ve posted my daily five items here as footnotes. (When I haven’t shared them, I’ve kept track on my own.) But today, this list is more than a footnote…and I’m grateful for more than five things.  No, I’m grateful for…

Six Seconds

Today I saw a story about Gunhild Swanson, a 70-year old woman who this weekend ran the Western States Endurance Run — a 100 mile course* ending in Auburn, California. Not only did this grandmother become the oldest person to finish this race, she did it in unbelievable fashion. She finished in 29 hours, 59 minutes, 54…

Sunday Scenes

It’s amazing how early the first signs of light are appearing in the mornings now. I needed to get downtown SUPER early to pick up my bib for another 5K race this morning. This sky set the tone for the day with warm shades of pink and orange*. If a sky can be described as looking…

Cupcakes and Grace

This weekend, I took a short road trip to my hometown to participate in a very special (Cupcake!) 5K to support two of my high school friends who have a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare, cruel and incurable disease.  It was a family affair, including my sister and brother, as well as my son and…

Second Place?

I spotted this on the ground near the high school track during my run last night. I’d have loved to know its back story. Was this second place ribbon discarded in disappointment because a first place finish was the only acceptable result? Was this ribbon accidentally dropped and someone was now upset and missing it?…

Sunday Inspiration

92-year-old Harriette Thompson crossed the finish line of the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego today in 7:24:36, becoming the oldest marathon finisher ever. Otherwise known as a ROCK STAR. Right down to her fuchsia lipstick. Life goals.

Girl Power!

 During a run awhile back, I spotted a baggie affixed to a tree along my route. It was filled with colorful hair doodads along with a note that said, “You are beautiful when you move! Go GOTR!” Which is Girls on the Run, an organization that partners with schools to mentor and empower young girls through running….

Worth A Thousand Words

Since I started participating in races a few years ago, I’ve always tried to manage a smile at event photographers at different points along the course. However, given what I know I look like when I run (red-faced, sweaty and not even remotely cute), I’ve never really felt the need to own any of the Kodak…

Similarly Unique, Uniquely Similar

This little white tulip in a sea of red caught my eye the other day and made me smile. Pretty little rebel.   The next day, I took this photo. This is the start line of my very first marathon. Believe it or not, these photos feel very similar to me. In a sea of…

Without a Doubt…

…the St. Patrick’s Day Run is my favorite race of the year. Lemme tell ya, St. Louis does St. Patrick’s Day right. We are ALL Irish in this town when it comes to this holiday. Look no further than our run from today. (This is my running buddy, Holly, pretending to lift up the kilt…

He’ll Be Back Again Someday

 I’ve learned since I started running that my inner photographer doesn’t co-exist easily with my inner runner. But over the years, I’ve learned how to make it work by taking “Distracted Runner” photos. The world looks entirely different on foot and I can’t decide if photography keeps me running or if running keeps me taking photos. Either way, last…

Celebrating the View

Words cannot describe how much I loved this article that I stumbled upon today. It’s called “Marathon in the Slow Lane.” Link here. The author muses: “There was a time when I was embarrassed by my painfully slow pace, but not anymore. Since I began training for a marathon this spring, I’ve discovered that the view…

Ohhhh…..

Photo credit: Jennifer Meckles, KSDK-TV Please take a minute to read a very special article from Runner’s World. I ran the short (5k) track at this race in Forest Park this past Saturday and saw this runner pushing his son (albeit briefly; our courses were different). I’m so thrilled to see this story gain national attention. This story…

Holiday Lights Run

An unexpected addition to our calendars actually made it possible for me to cross an item off my winter “Travel in Place” list. Tonight we ran in a local running store’s “Holiday Lights Run” in the south part of the city, including…Candy Cane Lane! Before we even got to the famous street, we made our way through some other…

Rock ‘n Roll, Baby!

It started Friday night at the Expo packet pickup. My boy was an aspiring marathoner. Then, bright and early Sunday morning in downtown St. Louis… He became an official marathoner. In 3:56. My brother and younger son ran along side him outside of the course for the last .2 miles or so. And I didn’t…

You Sure Look Happy

This is that utterly perfect time of year to be a runner. In my mind, any way. Temperatures are cool. Sunlight lingers long enough to get in a few miles after work. A lot more people are out and about. And of course, there’s that little matter of changes in color. Tonight I had one of…

You People

Yesterday I went on a long run while my car was getting serviced at a place down the street. My car wasn’t finished by the time I wrapped up my run, so I headed to a convenience store across the street for a drink. When I got up to the counter, the cashier looked at…

Happy Day

“Making Tracks for the Zoo” with the boys at an early morning 5K. The finish was a personal best for both of the boys — and Drew finished 2nd in his age group, Tanner finished 14th. It wasn’t a personal best for me in terms of time, but I finished in the top 35% of women…

Time to GO!

Today was a very good day. For several reasons. After several months of training, Drew and I got to run the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon! This was Drew’s first half and my third. And boy, did he smoke that course. Initial race results had him finishing 100th out of more than 6,000 runners, but…

Top O’ the Weekend to Ya

Lemme start this by saying it: this has been a very, very good weekend so far. While there’s good in every day if you look around hard enough, this is the kind of good that hands itself to you in a colorful package with a big, sparkly bow. A Pharrell-Williams’-“Happy”-playing-in-your-head kind of weekend. It started…

Distracted Runner, Sunday Edition

This morning brought sunshine and my long run for the week. While I enjoy them, long runs are tough for me — but not for the most obvious reasons. Ten and a half miles outdoors provides a lot of territory for observation and the risk for distraction is super high — especially for someone who dabbles…

Sunday

This view has become pretty familiar over the past year or so….the arch at sunrise, race spectators lining the sidewalks with funny signs (i.e., “You’re my inspiration, complete stranger,” “You’re running better than the government”) thousands of jittery runners packed into corrals waiting for the horn to go off… But yesterday was a little different….

Fall Sunday Fun Day

  …And they’re off!! See Batman and the Riddler at the front of the starting line? Those are my guys, barreling out of the gate and running their first 5K race with reckless abandon. Pre-race silliness. I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked to pose for photos with them. It was hilarious….

Geeez …

Just a small glimpse into what happens when we shop for socks and boxers in our house. Gotta say, my kids are funny and fearless. Not shown: my hot pink compression socks for running. They’re supposed to help prevent further injuries. Given that my single pair of running socks cost as much as nine pairs…