1. I love my name.  When people meet me they instantly ask me what I like to be called.  Do you go by Dot? Dotty? Dolly? Nope – I go by my name – Dorothy.  The next thing they tell me is that their grandmothers name was Dorothy, it was my great grandmothers name too[Dorothy Lesley Smith].  I was listening to the radio the other day and Topher Grace was being interviewed.  They asked him where he got his name, since his ‘real’ name is Christopher.  He said that when he would meet people and introduce himself as Christopher, they automatically would call him Chris, to which he responded, Topher.  It ended up sticking.  I love my name because it’s unique.  Do you know any other Dorothy’s?  I looked up how many Dorothy’s are registered for National Marathon.  3. I’m the only one in my age group.  SMILE.

2. I’m super weird with numbers. I don’t think they are random and I sincerely believe it’s how God talks to me with out actually talking out loud to me.  Colton was born on the 9th of November, the 313th day of the year.  According to the birth charts he was conceived[implanted] on March[3] 7th when I was running my super lucky 13th marathon.  I also recently read that the Fall of the Berlin Wall happened on November 9th, 1989!  While the fall of the Berlin Wall is not a holiday[though should be] it does mean that all of my children have birthdays on days that are important in history.  Miles’s Birthday will fall on Easter this year, as does mine in other years.  Chloe’s Birthday, September 7th, falls on Labor Day some years.  My husbands birthday, January 15th, sometimes falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We are one big happy holiday family.

3. National Marathon will be my 14th marathon and my last as a 28 year old.  I will be running 26.2 miles on the 26th.  Boston Marathon will be my 15th marathon and my first as a 29 year old.  I’m excited to end one year with a marathon and begin another with yet another marathon.


  1. SupermomE12 says:

    So Miles' birthday is 4/24? That is my Marcus' birthday too! :)

  2. Heather says:

    My grandmother's name is Dorothy and her daughter's name is Dorothy too, but she goes by Dot (my Aunt Dot) or Dotty by her friends. Other than that I don't know any one else named Dorothy. It is a good name and it's great that you like it.

    Our 3rd son was born in the 7th hour, on the 7th day, of the 7th month!

  3. Gracie (Complicated Day) says:

    Dorothy – love that name myself!!! – for some reason I missed the fact that you ran Freedom's Run. I just read your post in the link at the bottom of this post and wow, I agreed with you so much! Such a beautiful course, but, um, basically mountainous in some places and very trail in others. I had only run one marathon before that one last fall, so I didn't have much to compare it to, but about a month later I ran a 3:40 on a course with fewer hills yet I was over 4 hours at Freedom's Run. Since then I've gotten faster and in better shape, so I've considered returning and running it again in 2011, but MAN that is a challenging marathon. I don't think it will be a PR, let's just put it that way!

  4. Samantha says:

    The 'Topher Grace' thing is hilarious. It happens to me too – As soon as I say my name is Samantha people start calling me Sam. Maybe I should start responding "Antha". I could never be Antha Webb though because that's way too close to my brother – Anthony Webb! Ha.

    Good luck at the National Marathon – I'll be there running the half :)

  5. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner says:

    I love that you use your name, Dorothy. I am one of those people who shortens everyones name. Rarely do people correct me but now I wonder how often I have offended someone. I'll think twice before I do it again.

    With issues in my life right now, I have noticed that numbers are appearing in repeating ways. I do think that it is God telling me that I am on the right path when I see those signs. It's not just by chance.

    Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Marathons make excellent birthday presents :)

  7. Jim ... 50after40 says:

    Dorothy is cool … Dot???? Really?

  8. Wow….very cool story about Topher. And an even bigger wow for 14 marathons! Amazing…..and fast.

  9. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    @supermom – yep – Miles is 4/24 :) Must be a 'M' thing!

  10. Being from Kansas, we really really love the name "Dorothy". (Wizard of Oz) But, my Mother in Law is named Dorothy, so your name is special to us in that way, too.

    I am a total number person, too. Everyone thinks I'm crazy, but I love it.

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