not just a runner, but a DISTANCE runner….(how I became a runner part 5)

At the beginning of 2012, I decided to look beyond 5K races.  I had talked about doing a 10K several times in the past, and in April, Lawrence would host the Kansas Half Marathon/10K/5K.  I decided to do the 10K.  Then I looked at the website and noticed that people doing the half marathon would […]

Finding the right inspiration…(how i became a runner part 4)

2011 was a big year for my running.  Firstly, I quit smoking once and for all on New Years Day.  That had a big impact…initially it was a negative one, actually, but paid off in the long run.  I’d quit so many times before, for a variety of reasons, and it had never really worked. […]

it’s the shoes…. (how I became a runner part 3)

In January of 2010, I faced a pretty major challenge.  My business partnership, which had been struggling for a couple of months, finally came to an end, and I found myself alone in managing the Mac store.  I was fortunate to have a really good, well-trained staff, AND a husband who was more than happy […]

ooooh, a trail run sounds fun!!!! (How I became a runner….part 2)

So after my incredible victory at the Thanksgiving Day 5K (ie, I crossed the finish line!!!), I was feeling somewhat empowered (or possibly I was a out of my mind due to oxygen depletion), so when John and Di said “we’re doing a 5K Trail Run at Wyandotte County Lake Park in February, would you […]

How I became a runner…..(part 1)

I hated running.  I liked to walk, but I hated running.  So how is it that now, as I write this, I am less than a month away from running my first marathon?  To understand this, we have to go back in time….(thank you PitBull) In Summer 2007, Captain John Ringquist was given orders to […]

My Fitness Pal

So now what?  A big part of my weight loss was just setting my mind to it.  But after fully committing myself to it, & understanding that the change was not going to happen overnight, and that I was in it for the long haul, then there was the how…. I knew how it *wasn’t*….no […]

Yes, that’s right, I’ve lost it!

I’ve lost it, all right, but *this* time, I’m not talking about my mind, but rather my body.  In August of 2011, I decided to get healthy, and I got serious about it.  I had started to take steps in the right direction before that, and between 2009 and 2011, I lost approximately 30 pounds, […]