Archive for January, 2013

I am excited to announce that I have signed up for another half marathon, the Parkway Half-Marathon on May 4th.  This is the half-marathon I signed up for last year with my daughter, Emmi, and broke my foot while training for it.  Yay, for that being behind me and a chance to run it this year with Emmi and other friends.


Emmi, Ian, and Jenna right before the race last year.

After training and running the Urban Cow Half Marathon in the beginning of October last year, I continued to keep up my running.  It just seemed a shame to let all that training go after working so hard to build up my mileage.  I started with a weekly goal of 20 miles a week, which was doable and felt good.  Over the weeks, I increased my mileage to 25 miles a week and am now running about 30 miles a week.  My runs during the week vary from 1 mile to 6 miles with a long run thrown in there somewhere of between 8 to 10 miles.  I can’t really explain why I chose these numbers – more a competition with myself.  Yes, I’m crazy that way . . . I love numbers . . . I love competing with me . . . 🙂

I am also, it makes me shaky to write this, contemplating (almost 99% sure) on signing up for my first ever marathon this year – the CIM  in December.  Yikes, I said it. 

After reading some posts on running marathons I either get really scared or I get very encouraged – especially the ones that give me permission to walk (which is something I don’t give myself) throughout the marathon if needed.  I have much to learn, much training to do and I get a bit giddy thinking about it.  Does that seem weird?

I think this is part of the reason I have kept my running up and am increasing my weekly mileage.  If I am going to do something as crazy as sign up for a marathon at the age of 58, I really want to be prepared for it.  Wow, I can’t believe how anxious I am getting just writing about the possibility of signing up for running 26.2 miles.

I think that until I sign up and run a marathon, I will have this nagging in the back of my mind, wondering if I could run one.  So . . . why not just run it.  I’m not getting any younger . . .

Again, I am forever thankful to a great God who has given me a body that can run and the freedom to do so.

Get out there this week and run or walk . . . just move in the fresh air.  You won’t regret it.

Patty 🙂



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This was quite a challenge for me.  I have never run 41 days in a row, through sunny, cold, wet, rainy, snowy, windy conditions.  It was sometimes hard to fit the one mile in amidst all the holiday goings on and commitments.  I found I had to plan my runs to make sure I could get them in.  That usually meant on Sunday mornings I had to get up earlier than usual to get my one mile in before church.  Some days I found I was running at dusk, almost dark.

I learned a lot about myself.  I can be disciplined if I want.  I can be creative in when and where I run.  I can run in ALL types of weather and it will not kill me.  I actually have found that I enjoy cold weather running.  I also found that I am not a fan of running in slush and/or ice on the hills by my home.  I do want to be safe and continue running for a long time without injury.

Running is refreshing to me.  It was so hard to get out many days and make myself get out the door, but I never regretted a run.  I always felt energized when I got back.  I could leave with a mind filled with turmoil and indecision, possibly frustration and I would come back with clarity and peace.

Running has made me stronger.  I believe just running everyday, even for a mile, has made me stronger physically and spiritually.  I feel stronger  both inside and out – learning to persevere, despite my feelings, in the midst of life and what it brings.

I’ve learned that just running a mile can be a rest if taken slowly and with no goal in mind, just running and enjoying the fresh air – breathing in and breathing out.

I loved this RunStreak so much that I have extended it for me until Valentine’s Day and then I will reassess.

How many did the RWRunStreak? Did you enjoy it? Did you learn something about yourself.

Happy Running/Walking . .

Patty 🙂


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I Like Fresh . . .

I started writing a new post titled ‘Endings . . . Beginnings’ and decided why share a post about the past year when it’s all on my blog and the New Year . . . well really, what do I think about the New Year? Hmmmm . . .

I don’t like resolutions because they lead me to feeling a great sense of failure when I don’t keep up with them.  It seems each year I am dealing with the same need for de-cluttering my house, getting more organized, spending more time with God . . .

After writing the above mentioned post and sharing with a friend my frustration, on yesterday’s run, I came to this conclusion – I like FRESH!!

 I like the freshness of a new day, a new week, a new month, and this time of year – a new year. 

 I like the freshness of starting a new book, a new recipe, a new project, a new run, a new exercise. 

The freshness of meeting a new friend and seeing an old friend. 

 The freshness of clean; as in a clean car, a clean bathroom, clean sheets on my bed, a clean house.

 The freshness of a raked and weeded yard, a swept porch.

 The freshness of a brilliant blue sky with puffy, glimmering clouds.

 The freshness of the next day after a rain – the smell, the feel, the clean air.

 The freshness of snow – covering gently everything with soft white

I could go on, but I think you get the point that I like fresh, new, clean moments in life.

 So . . . I love the freshness of beginning the New Year of 2013 and all it will bring with no big resolution’s, but a heart desire for changes which I believe will come as I take the time daily to just sit with a great God and spend time in His word –  letting go of the past and looking forward, pressing on to the goal that is set before me . . . in all it’s freshness.

As I was finishing my one mile run for the RunStreak Challenge that I am doing, a song came on by Kristene Mueller, “Homeward Bound.”  It sums up how I’m feeling about this New Year 2013.

 I will run.  I will run this race and I will do it all for love . . .

Your love compels me forward . . .

I will fight this good fight of faith . . .

May all be blessed with a fresh New Year of 2013,

Patty 🙂

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