How many times do we hear that phrase? It starts at the beginning and continues to be a mantra for life. If we are parents, we find ourselves passing that mantra down to our next generation. Oh, and it is so satisfying when we complete the task set before us! Big or small there is a sigh of accomplishment when we finish!This past weekend my amazing friend Krista and I finished what we started. We ran in the Niagara Falls International Marathon and completed the race of 26.2 miles. Or, should I say 42.2 Kilometer, since we were in Canada for most of the race.Undoubtedly, the most important part of the marathon experience isn't even the marathon itself. The most important and beneficial part is the training that leads us to the end goal of completing the marathon. ... Keep Reading
So I’ve been running since high school days. Running has been my escape over the years. The benefits for my mental health have certainly outweighed the benefits of my physical health. When i was a Senior in high school i made the decision to enlist in the Air Force to have an adventure and pay my way through college. Needless to say, I didn’t pass the physical because my feet have crazy bunions. They told me that I would never make it through the running with these feet. Well a lifetime later and I’ve ran 5ks to marathons. So back to the benefits of mental health. Running has carried me through raising children, a difficult marriage, heartbreak and loss. It’s my stress reliever and my time of prayer and meditation. Most of my life I have ran without a running partner. My Sweet husband Matthew and i go out the door running, but for the most part I slide into my pace ahead of him and we meet together at the end. He likes the motivation of trying to catch up to me and i like the competition of staying ahead. Recently I’ve started having days of running with one of my girlfriends. That has become a real treat. We can solve the worlds problems over a good run. It’s the best therapy session around !! Over the last couple of years, Matthew and I have added relay races to our challenges. We have done the Adirondack Ragnar two years in a row. There is nothing like cramming a group of twelve runners into a van for about thirty hours, while taking turns to run 194 miles through the mountains. This years challenges include at least two different relay races. Both are in August. The first race is local and the second is in Vermont. That should be a neat weekend. Along with the relays, Matthew and I will do several 5k’s and maybe a couple of halfs all leading up to the goal of a full marathon in October. I’m excited to have this outlet to write about these adventures and share the experience and the life lessons they bring . All of this being said, I’m praying that throughout the training I can pace myself to stay fairly injury free. If you too are a runner, surely you will chuckle a bit on that one. Oh the injuries. We won’t go down that trail, (pun intended) yet !! There will be time devoted on the subject of running injuries. That’s just part of what makes us runners a different breed of people. The type of people that non-runners will never understand.
This past weekend I was one of six ladies on a relay running team, that took the challenge to conquer one hundred miles of hills and turns, from Stowe to Killington Vermont. We were a seasoned group of gals in our forties and fifties. We all come from different backgrounds and different life styles. Some of us met for the very first time, this past weekend. We had one common goal of embracing the challenge and having fun doing so !This was my first time being on an all ladies relay team, but I'm sure that it won't be my last. There was something extra special as we came together united as a team and bonding as we encouraged each other and applauded each others accomplishments along the journey.These ladies inspired me with their go for it attitude. It was a break from real ... Keep Reading
This weekend Matthew and I completed a 99 mile trail run with a group of running friends . Some of these running friends were people that we just met. That is just one of the joys of being part of this type of running event. You make friends quickly as part of a team of folks, that are up to the challenge of pushing themselves to extremes, that they weren't sure they could complete before hand.Our two teams were made up of the best sort of people. A variety of people. Some young and well, some of us not so young. Also a variety of grit and stamina. Most importantly these were groups of people eager to encourage and cheer for each other. Complete support was felt among not only our teams, but from all of the runners and all those volunteering their time to make the event ... Keep Reading
Judge our Standard Poodle puppy is now 9 months old. He is such a love of a dog and is also a giant, just like his name sake Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Even though he looks fully grown at fifty seven pounds of curl and fluff, he is definitely still very much a puppy. My goal is to train him to run with me and we have already had some great adventures. Now if I can just keep him from knocking me onto my bottom. We ran just a little under five miles this morning and I'm pleased to say that this old lady tired the massive pup out !! ... Keep Reading
Spring is such an exciting time. Don't get me wrong, I do love winter, but by the end of the season, I am ready to move on and enjoy what is to follow. As the snow melts away, we start to see those little signs of new life. Just today, as I started picking up sticks scattered across our lawn, I noticed hosta poking out of the ground. Then, while on my run, I had the chance to rescue a Woolly Bear Caterpillar, who was making his way across the middle of the road. The days are getting a little longer and the air has the smell and feel of spring. All of the local farm stores are filled with little chicks and ducklings. There are signs of Spring around every corner. So, even though it would be nice to be able to bypass the mud that comes with Spring, I will choose to embrace all of ... Keep Reading