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I have been very relaxed and thoroughly looking forward to running the Parkway Half Marathon.  I trained with my friend, Debora.  We ran on our own during the week and ran our long runs on either a Friday or Saturday.  We learned so much from them.  One day I would have a bad run and then the next would be Debora.  We had plenty of time to discuss our ‘issues’ and trying different ways to avert the ‘issues’ on our next long run. The issues range from hydrating to fueling to foam rolling our muscles to cadence to pace to breathing to compression socks to digestion issues to TMI issues . . . 🙂

Trust me when you run 15 miles with a friend you can cover a myriad of topics.


Me and Debora after our 15 miler 🙂

I’ve learned that for less than 10 miles I only need to hydrate – no fuel.  When I run 10 – 15 miles I need to hydrate with fuel added.  I use a product called Fluid Performance, which has electrolytes and carbs in it.  That seems to be enough for me.  I take a gel along just in case, more for security – I haven’t had to use  it.  Things may change once I start doing longer runs for my marathon training.

I learned when I am done with my long run I need to drink something right away. I drink Fluid Recovery, which has protein and carbs for muscle recovery, as I walk around for about 10 minutes.  Then I can stretch.  Debora and I have had many conversations about what’s best for each of us and our guts during this running process.

So I have trained . . . I have done weight work for my legs, my core, and my upper body . . . I have read many running blogs . . . I have worked on my nutrition – upping my carbs when getting ready for a longer run . . .

So . . .

Why, after rereading the race schedule, reviewing the race map (Debora and I already ran the path, mostly), figuring out parking, going to pick up our race bibs today . . . why am I so uptight (nervous, anxious) at this moment??

In my mind I’m thinking . . . “Really, Patty, why did you sign up for this race and the two others you are signed up for? Why can’t you just run your short miles, your longer miles, your really long runs and just be happy with that? Why race?”

I can’t answer that!!!!

I don’t even know if I like running anymore . . . I don’t even know why I run . . .  


I would go out for a run right now to clear my mind, but this week has been my taper week, lower mileage week, and today most definitely is my rest day before the race tomorrow.

From everything I have read, this is a very normal feeling.  Well . . . honestly . . . I don’t like it!! No, not one bit.  Hence, I am writing today and getting this out, if it can’t be on a run it will have to be here.

This is what I can/will do today –

– Remind myself of all the training I have done. I am ready.

– Remind myself why I am running . . . what it has done for me . . . the closeness I feel with God, as I run

– Remind myself it will be a time to be around others with the same passion for running that I have . . . a time to be encouraged and a time to encourage

– Remind myself that I am running with a good friend, Debora, who has listened to me go on and on about whatever, who has encouraged me, who has waited for me (bathroom stops) patiently with a smile

– Remind myself that it is not all about me . . . it’s an opportunity to celebrate my love for running with a bunch of other runners . . . and run for Him!!!

Okay . . . if you have gotten this far, thank you!!! I feel much better.  I have a little more perspective . . . still shaking a little . . . 🙂

I have a goal time that I would love to hit . . . we will see . . . I’ll keep you posted.

I’m thankful for a God who knows my weaknesses and He loves me in the midst of them. 

I’m thankful that He has given me the ability to run . . .

Tomorrow I run for Him with a smile on my face . . .

Patty 🙂

PS – I just remembered . . . this is my do-over race . . . ’cause I never got to do it last year due to a broken foot while training for it . . . and I get to run it this year with my daughter, Emily, and some other great friends!!! Woohoo!!!








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I broke my foot on May 10, 2012 – one year ago.  I remember the deep feelings of despair as I realized I wouldn’t be able to run the first half marathon I had ever signed up for.

Much has transpired in this past year – a complete recovery of my foot and I ran my first half marathon – Urban Cow – the first weekend in October.

I continued to run after the half marathon wanting to keep up my mileage.  I started with 20 miles a week, to 25 miles a week, and the last couple of months 30ish miles a week.  I feel stronger as a runner and signed up for another half marathon – Parkway Half Marathon on May 4th of this year and plan on running the  – Four Bridges Half Marathon  – in October.

Finally, yes I did it – I signed up for my first marathon – CIM – in December!!!!

Now that’s a way to celebrate recovery and running and life!!!

I celebrated my year anniversary by getting these –


My new Brooks PureCadence running shoes.  I am over-the-top excited about these. 

I want to just run, run, run in them, but they are designed differently than my Brooks Adrenaline’s and I have been advised to start with shorter runs and gradually build up my mileage with them.

I love the color.  I love the feel – almost like slippers on my feet.  I’m looking forward to many runs with them.



Spring is in the air!! Everywhere I look I see flowers blooming, new leaves leafing out . . . it feels kind of weird because as beautiful as it is, I have found I really enjoy running in the cooler temps of winter and find myself mourning a bit for winter to leave and spring/summer to come.

Different seasons, as they begin, always seem to take time for me to adjust to.  Isn’t that the same with life . . . we walk through so many different seasons, some harder than others, taking time to adjust to each one.  But . . . there is a reason/need for each season and I’ve learned or am continually learning just to trust and rest in it with God’s help, to stop fighting and wishing for something different.

So . . .  it will be with the seasons of the year – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – I will learn to enjoy the season for what it is and stop fighting against it in my running adventures. 

Enjoy the seasons . . .

Patty 🙂

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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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Sometimes unplanned runs just turn out to be the best runs of the week, like my run around Sly Park Lake.

My son, Matt, and I were only going for a couple of miles out and then back  at our local lake, totalling 4-5 miles.  It was an absolutely beautiful fall morning, just the perfect temperature for a run – not too hot and not too cold.  Perfect!!

You can see from this picture that the lake is really, really low right now. 

When Matt and I got to about 3 miles we just decided to go for it and continue running around the lake, which totals 8.5 miles.

I’m not sure if it was the wisest decision of mine, seeing as I had planned not to run any trails until I had purchased some trail running shoes, which have a stiffer sole.  This was mainly due to breaking my foot last March while running around it.  I was  ultra-careful as I ran past the place I broke my foot and all rocky, rooty places on the trail.  In the back of mind, I knew if anything happened to my feet or ankles I would bear the consequences of “I told you so” for years to come.

I was determined to continue this run, enjoy the day and the beauty surrounding me, try to keep up with Matt, AND NOT DO ANYTHING HARMFUL TO MY BODY!!

Well . . . I made it safe and sound and ever-so-happy that I finally ran around Sly Park Lake with no incident of ill-health in any form.   The third time’s the charm and I’m soooo happy!!! Woohoo!!! 🙂 

Yes, I was going to wait until I had trail running shoes.

I was. 

I really meant to.

What can one do when faced with such a situation as this?  My son had time and wanted to go with me. Marley, our dog, was thrilled.  I was thrilled Matt had control of her.  When the question came up whether we should just continue around the lake instead of heading back after 3 miles . . . well, just maybe, endorphins had kicked in and made me say, “Yes, let’s do it!!”

I’m glad for this run.  I’m glad nothing happened.  I’m glad I ran with Matt and Marley.  I’m glad it was a perfect day. 

I’m thankful for my health.  I’m thankful I can run.  I’m thankful for such amazing beauty to run in and the creator Himself, who allowed this moment in my life.

I am looking forward to many more runs . . . and getting trail shoes . . . 🙂

While the weather is this beautiful and before winter sets in, make sure to get outside and move in one form or another.  You won’t regret it. 🙂

Patty 🙂


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Here is my recap of my very first ever half-marathon!! Woohoo!!! 🙂

Here we are before the race: Amanda, Debora, Pam, Julie, Teri, Kim, Patty, and Emmi!! Brrrrr . . .

It’s funny how I seem to have no problem getting up early for a run.  I know to make my run go smoother I have a little routine of a cup of coffee, bathroom time (TMI), and then my scrambled eggs and a bowl of oatmeal.  Then I’m ready to head out the door.  It was early on Sunday morning, 4:25 to be exact when I exited my house, met up with everyone and headed to Sacramento, as we live in the foothills.

I tend to get really anxious before a long run, usually thinking of everything that could go wrong – stomach issues, bathroom issues, cramping, hydration, falling, what type of carbs to use, etc.  This day, I must admit I was pretty calm, for me.  I knew I had plenty of training runs under my belt.  I had learned what worked for me and what was a digestive disaster.

My plan was to run the race in 2 hours and 15 minutes.  I thought this might be possible with my times from my training runs, but I would be happy with 2 hours and 30 minutes.  Actually, I would be happy just finishing my first race with a smile on my face.

Pam, Debora, and I got in our places at the 2:15 marker.  It was pretty amazing starting a race, starting to run with thousands of people surrounding me – front, back, sides.  I must admit it was almost overwhelming to me.  I believe there were 5,400 people racing that day.  Wow!!!! I stayed with Pam and Debora for a while, but it was hard to run together, the three of us, with all the people surrounding us.  I ended up just squeezing here and there around this person or that person.  I realized it was going to be hard to keep together so I just ran my race.  Everyone else ran their race.

I tried to take in everything I could –  the people,  the scenery, the energy surrounding me.

The race started in a park, went through neighborhoods, through parts of downtown Sacramento to Old Town Sacramento, on bicycle trails by the river, back through neighborhoods, back to the park . . .

Loved these signs – especially as the numbers got bigger!!!

It was interesting running with so many people at one time – never done that before.  I talked out loud once in a while, just trying to make conversation, not many responded.  I just smiled.  It was beautiful seeing all these people moving, doing good things for their bodies.  I loved running through neighborhoods and seeing families out in front of their houses sipping their warm coffee and cheering us on with their kids.  Made me smile BIG!!! I loved running by the river, through the park, through downtown . . .

I also loved seeing only 1/2 mile to go!! Woohoo!!

I had planned my water/electrolyte mix and gels so that I wouldn’t have to stop at any of the water/drink stations.  I felt energized throughout the run.  The only thing that seemed to bother me were my hip flexors, they were screaming.  That’s when I really had to dig deep mentally – “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

As I was running that last 1/2 mile, I became very emotional . . .

– I was so thankful to have a healed foot and the strength to run 13.1 miles.

– I was thankful Pam, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer, went through chemo and radiation and is cancer free now, had regained her strength and was running this race.

– I had run the race praying for the Davis family, whose husband/father is fighting the battle of his life right now with cancer.  Praying for complete healing and strength for this family and trusting a good and faithful God, who can do all things.

– I became overwhelmed with God’s goodness and His faithfulness in my life . . . so thankful!!! 

I crossed the finish line in 2:15:43 . . . I made my goal.  I cried with tears of joy, thankfulness, gratitude . . .

We all finished!! We all have our race stories!! We are all grateful!!

It was a good day – a good run!! I’m sure just the first of many to come!!

I am forever thankful and grateful to know and be known by such a great, gracious and faithful God!!!

Patty 🙂

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I didn’t mean to run . . . really . . . It was an accident of kinds . . .

I had really only planned a 3 mile walk just to see how my foot responded.


Ace Bandage did the trick.

It was amazing . . . it felt so much better than I had anticipated!! So happy!!

I just kept running up the trail 1.5 miles and back down in faster time than I have run since I broke my other foot.  (Wow, I sound pretty klutzy here . . . )

I ran another 4 miles today in my neighborhood with my trusted companion –

Marley – right by my side, quiet, never interrupts, great companion!!

If I’m perfectly honest, my foot isn’t back to 100 percent, but after the first mile or two it felt “mostly” fine.  🙂

I can go into my long run on Saturday much more confident that I will be able to make the run and complete it.

So grateful to God, who knows my heart, knows my desires, and He loves me in the midst.

Patty 🙂


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Okay, I pried myself off the couch to write/journal my 11 mile – longest run to date since my foot mishap!! Yes, the couch has become my bestest of friends after my runs, perfect spot to elevate foot and ice it.  Icing does wonders . . . 🙂

Today’s run was amazing . . . and overwhelming . . . and long . . . and all uphill for the first 5.5 miles . . . which means all downhill for the remaining 5.5 miles.  I had never run this particular trail before, called the Mosquito Trail in Placerville, 5.5 miles out, all uphill, turning from paved trail to dirt trail.

Actually, I have never run uphill for that distance . . . ever . . . ever . . .

I’m so thankful that Pam and Deborah were with me to share in that ‘special’ pleasure loooooooooong uphill journey!!

The day was perfect for running!! The clouds were beautiful!!

I must admit this was a push for me.  There were no breaks on the uphill run, no little flat areas or downhill moments – nope . . . just up and up.  But – when done together, fighting to get to the top together, all on the same journey at that moment together – you know you will get it done.  I wasn’t sure I was going to make it back down.  I was overwhelmed at how slowly the miles were ticking by, or really NOT ticking away.

What joy when my GPS said 5.5 miles – we turned around and ran, and ran, and ran downhill – it felt so good!!

The miles were ticking away like I like to see them – actually faster than I usually see them tick . . .

We didn’t even know how fast we were going until we were done!! Yes, done!!! The whole 11 planned miles, done!! What a wonderful feeling that was and still is!!!

We ran faster than we ever had, we were smiling, and we were done!!

I am thankful for this amazing body that God has given us/me!!

I am thankful for amazing friends!!

I am thankful for a God who is always there . . . He never leaves me or forsakes me . . . . He is always faithful!!!


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