Two weeks ago I was furiously packing my bags for the trip of a lifetime.

Yet I still sit here unable to put into words how amazing the whirlwind weekend was. I find that writing a post makes things final and when it comes to recaps it means something is over. Admittedly I don’t want that weekend to be over. I’d do it all over again ten times.

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I promise I will write about it soon. Until then here is how the mileage has stacked up this week.


Started the week of right. I’m determined to hit 70+ miles this week.

  • Mile 1: 8:48
  • Mile 2: 8:24
  • Mile 3: 8:14
  • Mile 4: 7:34
  • Mile 5: 7:42
  • Mile 6: 7:34
  • Mile 7: 7:24
  • Mile 8: 7:36
  • Mile 9: 7:26
  • Mile 10: 6:48


I’ve been a bit of an emotional roller coaster this week – the more I think about it I’ve been this way all year. I’ve had some amazing highs. When I think back on the events of 2012 I can’t even believe all that has happened, it’s been awesome. It has however made those LOW days feel even more low. Tuesday was one of those days. Normally I love rainy days – I love staying inside and not feeling bad about life slowing down for just a brief moment. Tuesday did not work out that way. No run made it even worse. Going to shove this day into my *I don’t want to remember you box* and forget all about it.

Wednesday: As bad as Tuesday was Wednesday was everything the opposite. Colton napped in the morning which gave me a couple of solo hours with Miles. I took a little nap in his lap for 45 minutes while he watched TV. The cool air from being out back in the screened in porch was amazing, as were the little kisses I would feel on my check every ten minutes or so. I love that kid. Colton normally naps after we drop off Miles at school – since he had already napped – we took advantage of the perfect fall weather and walked around the historic town area and enjoyed treats at the local coffee shop. I ended the day with a second run with a new running friend. I love my new town. Everything *literally* everything is better here. I feel at home.

  • Mile 1: 8:41
  • Mile 2: 8:23
  • Mile 3: 8:16
  • Mile 4: 7:51
  • Mile 5: 7:45
  • Mile 6: 7:55
  • Mile 7: 7:42
  • Mile 8: 7:21
  • Mile 9: 7:17

  • Mile 1: 8:05
  • Mile 2: 8:12
  • Mile 3: 8:11
  • Mile 4: 7:56
  • Mile 5: 7:44
  • Mile 6: 7:22
  • Mile 7: 7:14
  • Mile 8: 7:29
  • Mile 9: 7:49
  • Mile 10: 7:22


Ran with my speedy friend. I can’t even tell you how much she is helping me with self confidence. I’m a dreamer but wasn’t putting up the type of miles that show that I have confidence in my dreams. It’s a daily struggle to believe I am capable of more than a 3:11 but with her help [physically and emotionally] I truly believe that one day I will see a 2 in front of my marathon time.

  • Mile 1: 8:03
  • Mile 2: 7:48
  • Mile 3: 7:38
  • Mile 4: 7:36
  • Mile 5: 7:25
  • Mile 6: 7:28
  • Mile 7: 7:28
  • Mile 8: 7:29
  • Mile 9: 7:40


Overslept a tiny bit and then took too long getting out of the house. I only had time for 8 miles before my husband needed to leave for work. 8 miles is better than no miles. I’m 4 miles behind where I wanted to be today BUT considering I only ran 4 days so far this week I actually feel ahead.

  • Mile 1: 8:57
  • Mile 2: 8:06
  • Mile 3: 8:17
  • Mile 4: 8:12
  • Mile 5: 8:04
  • Mile 6: 7:57
  • Mile 7: 7:34
  • Mile 8: 7:54

Dream BIG run LONG


  1. Congrats on a great week. I think parenting weeks are often roller-coasters. One day amazing, the next utterly dreadful! My running this week has been tough but good…not sure why it was so tough and I seem to be getting slower on my long runs – I have no idea why. Any thoughts? You know much more about it than I do. I’m going for my first sub-two half marathon in four weeks time and I’ll be heart broken if I don’t get it.

  2. Awesomeness Dorothy! I can’t start running again till the beginning of October. No miles for me, make me kind of cranky. I’l trying to see the brighter side of things. :) Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Nice week of running! Glad you are gaining confidence with your marathon time going down! You will get there!

  4. Jessie Sebor says:

    We had such a great time with you! Love seeing all those sub-8:00 miles. You’re going to rock New York!

  5. Hi There,
    I started following you on twitter, not really sure how I stumbled to you but glad I did. Just wanted to say your determination and Find Your Strong saying/slogan has pushed me through many runs, we have lot of hills in my town and it has pushed me more than you will know. Thank you! You are very inspiring! We can all do it we just have to make our minds believe it. I love that you said 8 miles is better than no miles, I ALWAYS tell myself that when I get down about not getting more miles in. At least I am out there! Have a good weekend. Thanks for your post!

  6. That sounds like a fantastic week!! Great job! I always say, you are a rock star!

  7. You are such a whiny bitch.

  8. And WOW you are just the most considerate, happy, well mannered person ever. Does it make you feel good to bully people online? If you hate me so much you have a CHOICE NOT to read my blog.

  9. Also check out the definition of coward. Hope you are enjoying the lovely Austin weather!

  10. Thank you Dee!

  11. Thank you for your kind words Krystin :) I’d love to take credit for the #findyourstrong thing but it actually came from Saucony :) Hope you are having a great weekend!

  12. Thank you Jessie!! Wish we could do it all over again :) Congrats on signing up for Boston!!! xo

  13. Thanks Jen :) :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend with your little person!

  14. Dorothy, this is my first post & I just wanted to say how much your posts speak to me. You are faster than me but I feel like you go through some of the same ups & downs that I do as a runner & mom. Thanks for putting it out there!

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