Today I am thankful for my ability to go on road trips. I'm thankful for trips for races, holidays and family visits. I wonder how many people who can take their well-running car on a trip to do what they want to do actually appreciate that gift. I do.
Today, I am thankful for the ability to run alone. When you think of all the forces you fight to just stand, you realize you've accomplished a lot just to be upright. Then add in falling gracefully forward for 26 miles. It's a miracle. Whether you're running alone on the street or metaphorically in your convictions, dedications, or … Continue reading TDT 2.0 Alone
Today, I am thankful for idealism. I understand the need for realism from time to time, but idealists are what help us dream of things we never thought possible. How else do you think an asthmatic wins three olympic gold medals? Thank you, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Cynicism would keep the world dark and gloomy, even on the … Continue reading TDT 2.0 Idealism
Today I'm thankful for long times next to my husband. It could be next to him for a long training run, a long race or a long road trip. It's just the two of us; one mile after another. Happy. Free. This is the way life ought to be.
I am thankful for race deferments. They afford the opportunity to save your half marathon for next year when you aren't attending the Landmark Forum. And when I say, "you," I, of course, mean me. I know it's a boring one, but WHEW, a life saver!
Today, while running the Across the Bay 10K with my husband, I was thankful for the sun. The air was chilly but the sun kept us warm the whole way. It was stunning.
Today I am thankful for that time in any endeavor when everyone involved is ALL IN. They are completely invested. It can be a new race training plan, a new business or a tug-o-war contest. It's this wonderful glittery time where everyone is blasting full speed ahead with all their mind, heart, and might. What … Continue reading TDT 2.0 Moralers
I'm thankful for the cleansing and renewing power of the rain. Getting out for a run in the rain, with all the stingy drops feels like baptism by fire. Thanks rain!
Alrighty... Here goes Thirty Days of Thankfulness 2.0: Today, I'm thankful for all the people I spent the day with in New Cumberland, PA working to plan the charity running event: The Hope Express. www.thehopeexpress.org Brian, Hank, Connie, Jodie, Matt, Carolyn, Sarah, Bobby and Isabella helped make a wonderful day. I can't thank everyone enough … Continue reading Thirty Days of Thankfulness (TDT 2.0) Hope Express
As a kiddo I lived in an apartment house with my mom, aunt Judi and cousin Abby. Looking back on those times, endless memories swell upward. I loved the stories aunt Judi would tell about Ethel and Enda (Autumn and Abby in disguise). Judi told stories about when we got houses, had kids and when … Continue reading Edna and the Marine Corps Marathon
For my HE family... The last few days have changed my life, Just like they always do, And sitting here worn out tonight, I wonder, "Who else, too?" In the parking lot with old family and new, I donned the green and brown, HOPING the words I had to say, Would really sink, deep down. … Continue reading Hope Express Recap 2014
It's been sixty-nine years, today, since about 73,000 American military personnel (along with tens of thousands of Allied Troops) stormed the six beaches of Normandy. How many of you knew this before seeing it scroll across the bottom of the news screen today or until I just told you? Good for those of you who … Continue reading Ultra Marathons, Marines and Memorial Days
Thoughts on days like today can change your life: and they should. When someone dies, there are countless family, religious and cultural traditions that descend upon the community of those acquainted with the deceased. There are layouts, visitations, memorial services, funerals, burials and numerous other ways the general population is afforded the opportunity to bid … Continue reading Hope Express 2013 Recap
Caveat: This post is especially for Hope Express runners, past and present: Yet again, Hank has beckoned me to duty. My story, “start to finish,” about my experience with the Hope Express. I asked someone dear to me, what he thought that meant. He said, "What inspired you?" Herein lies my feeble attempt to answer … Continue reading Hope Express Story: Cast Your Stone
During my run this morning, my mind raced with the memories of three years ago today. Indulge me, if you will. Three years ago this morning, I woke up bright and early to embark upon a journey. At the time I knew two things: where I was going and how I was getting there. I … Continue reading Runner’s Weekend 2013
Well, it's been a while. There's been a lot going on: in my world and in the big, wide, real world. I've written recently. I've written a lot. The writing's been heavy. It's been sad and difficult for me to read myself and be inspired, let alone expect others to read it and be interested … Continue reading Nervous?
I'm thankful for every day I get to open my eyes and take a breath in. I'm thankful for the awareness (every once-in-a-while) that allows me to appreciate every joy I encounter and take every perceived hardship as a lesson. I'm thankful for all the teachers who have shown wonderful unending patience through my difficulty … Continue reading TDT: Wake up
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. -- Anais Nin My ideas usually come not at my desk but while running. This became abundantly clear last evening when I was trying to catch up with my blogs. Lately the internet has not been very supportive of me putting … Continue reading TDT: Magic
I'm thankful for this poem. I think of it almost every day. Coach Mayer read it to me one day after an extremely difficult practice. I was particularly hard on myself because I LIVED for cross country practice and did not understand why my body would not do what I wanted. At the time, we … Continue reading TDT: The Race
"Sometimes it's better to put love into hugs than to put it into words." ~Author Unknown Today, I'm thankful for hugs. There’s just something about a hug that can make time change; well, vanish really. It’s a special thing when you are blessed with a hug like this. I hope everyone knows what I’m talking … Continue reading TDT: Hugs