Category: Cheaper Than Therapy

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Delano 12 Hour Race Report

I’m still VERY overwhelmed by my day Saturday so I apologize if this report gets a little sidetracked. (I have no idea why I’m stating this like it’s anything different from any other entry on this blog in the last decade.) In the beginning… I had my brother drop me off at the park for the race start so that I wouldn’t have to drive any vehicle home. I loaded up my supplies: Food, extra shoes, clothes, 47 types of stomach medicine, gatorade, water, 3 sets of headphones, bandaids, a chair, and of course: My reward Diet Cokes. I had...

Photo by Gregg Gelmis taken as I rolled over the mat at mile 50. You can't tell but I'm sobbing my eyes out. 8

52 Miles of Gratitude

It is so hard to know where to begin after a race like yesterday. It was 12 hours long, for chrissakes, how do I condense 12 hours of experience and emotions into on blog post without blabbering like a fool about the value of Uncrustables and my hatred of gravel? So, first? I’m going to just write about gratitude and save the race report for later. The kind of gratitude that makes me wonder what deity I bribed in a past life to be gifted with such amazing people around me. I’m grateful for all of my friends in the...

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Ready? Ready. READY!

UPDATED! I added one more IMPORTANT bullet to the list. Two years ago I signed up for a 50-mile race in Nashville. It was going to be my first and it was “easy” as they go – road, not trails. Small, well supported etc. But then I got pregnant…YAY! And then I had what would be the last of my miscarriages…BOO! and that took me out of training for awhile as I had a D&C. Then, about 10 months later, I went back for an Endometrial Ablation and D&C to solve some of my major reproductive issues, again taking me...

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Into The Woods

I did an 11-mile road run yesterday: A 2-mile warm up and then 9 with the Fleet Feet group I’m mentoring. Then, I rushed up the mountain to catch a trail group for another 9 miles. Three different groups, essentially, to build my 20-mile day. It was PERFECT and basically the only way I can handle long runs. I’ll do an hour by myself if I have to, but I’d rather find groups to run with, even if I have to combine several groups into one. In the Fall, it’s easier to find groups doing long runs because everyone is...

Can You Run a 12-Minute Mile? Can You Walk For Two Hours? Do You Want To Help Me Run 50 Miles? 9

Can You Run a 12-Minute Mile? Can You Walk For Two Hours? Do You Want To Help Me Run 50 Miles?

Hi. In two weeks I’m making my first ever attempt at running 50 miles. I’m doing it at the Delano Park 12-hour run in Decatur, Alabama. I set my sights on this race last year, thinking I couldn’t manage more than 40 miles. I made it to 40 in about 10 hours and then decided, since I reached my goal, I was D-U-N. I managed 43 walking and waiting on my family, but didn’t feel like doing more once I made it to my goal. This year I’m doing things different. I’d like to make it the full 12-hours (Goal...