My First Marathon: Alis Volat Propriis

After 21 weeks of training and exactly 26 days from my 51st birthday, I ran 26.2 miles and crossed the finish line of my very first marathon. It’s been a truly amazing journey. A journey that I had put off for so many years, for so many reasons. Reasons such as …my body won’t let me run that far, I’m too old for a marathon, it will take me too long, the training is too time consuming and even lying to myself and others when I would say that I truly had no desire to ever run a full.

While I truly believed these reasons excuses and they certainly have some validity, what they all boiled down to was fear. Fear of failure. Of course, I didn’t want to admit that to myself or to anyone else but that is exactly what it was. It was so much easier to wrap my fears in excuses than to face them and that is exactly what I was doing  …that is until January 27, 2018, when I stood at the starting line in the rain with an iffy foot and two black toenails as a reminder of the miles and miles of training leading up to this moment. This was it, I was about to embark on a new journey …a journey which would consist of 26.2 miles of determination, joy, discomfort, soul-searching, pain, pride, human will and ultimately a satisfaction and sense of accomplishment like nothing I’ve ever experienced.Mississippi Blues Continue reading

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Panama City Beach Half Marathon Race Recap

The 2016 #HoLottaFun crew had most of us in the ‘runner’ blogging world green with FOMO from their steady stream of social media and blogging posts during last year’s Panama City Beach half marathon weekend. I was thrilled when the Ho in #HoLottaFun invited me to join the group this year and didn’t waste one moment hitting the registration button back in late July. Several were not able to make the trip this year and others had last minute scheduling issues causing them to have to cancel, leaving us with a quaint little group of four (Karen, Tricia, Holly and myself) for our girls beach racecation….. we may have been a small group, but we had big fun! (Read all about it here)Panama City Beach

We decided at the last minute to order matching tanks for race day and since we all live in the ‘South’ (yes, Richmond Virginia is considered the South …it was the capital of the Confederacy you know!), we decided to go with ‘Southern Sole Sisters’ and #HoLottaPCB as our 2017 official hashtag. I mean, if you’re going to make this an annual event, you’ve got to make each year unique, right? Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 11: Soldier Half Marathon

I’ve had my eye on the Soldier Half Marathon for a couple of years now, knowing that Major Hubs would really enjoy it.  Imagine my surprise when I asked Coach HoHo if she could work this race into our training plan and she replied with not only a ‘yes’, but also that she has run this one several times and may could even meet us there! Must’ve been fate, right? Excited about the opportunity to see my ‘Southern Sole Sister’ again, I registered Major Hubs and I and promptly booked our hotel.  Continue reading

Dam Century Ride: #103freakingmiles

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …

No, it wasn’t Charles Dickens “Tale of Two Cities”, but it was Holly and Teresa’s “tale of 100 miles’ so sit back and enjoy the ride, pun intended, and I’ll tell you all about it!damcenturyride Continue reading

Utah Valley Half Marathon Race Recap

One week ago, Major Hubs and I were literally and figuratively, on top of the world in Provo, Utah! After a day spent exploring beautiful Sundance Resort, it was time to focus on the task at hand …running 13.1 miles through the beautiful canyons of Provo. FindingFabulousatFifty.png

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Quarry Crusher Race Series ~ Birmingham

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This series is the only group of organized races in the country which allow runners to run inside a operational rock quarry. They are sponsored by Vulcan Materials and currently there are six race locations: Atlanta, Birmingham, Columbia, Baltimore, San Diego and San Antonio. The inclines are brutal on the quads, the descents will grind the glutes while the spectacular views will almost make you forget the pain! Continue reading

Run thru History 10k Recap ~ Vicksburg, Ms

If you are looking for a challenging 10k course and just so happen to be somewhat of a history buff, this race is for you! It is a beautiful course run entirely within the Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War. It is filled with civil war cannons, fortifications, trenches, monuments, statues and plaques echoing the stories of the thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died on these battlefields. The beauty of the park will inspire you while it’s considerably dramatic hills will humble even the strongest of runners. Continue reading