I’m 34.

34 means that 16 years ago, I ran/walked through my first race and prayed that my mom would never ask me to run a race with her again.

34 means that 15 years ago, I hit my highest non-pregnant weight, and one of my lowest emotional lows. 15 years ago my mom said that she would help me with running.

34 means that 13 years ago, my mom told me that training for and running a marathon would change my life. I wasn’t sure she was right but I had nothing to lose.

34 means that I’ve been a marathoner for 13 years. As it turns out my mom was correct about running and more specifically the marathon, changing my life.


You know the quote from Earl Nightingale? “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Running was never a dream for me. It wasn’t something I thought I wanted.

At 34 I’ve learned that we don’t always know what we want, till it’s in front of us. Running is now a dream, a dream that is my reality.

Time passes anyways.


Why not give running a try, maybe one day you will look back and wish you had started sooner. I do.


This year I plan to try more. To continue to walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk.

I’ve wanted to do the splits my entire life. Instead of thinking – that ship has sailed – I’m too old – I’m walking the walk. Step by step I’m getting to where I want to be.

Splits Progress



  1. Stylistically I think this is my favorite post. I turned 34, 6 years ago so as I stare down the barrel of 40 I’ve revisited how 15 years of running has changed me. Additionally, to commemorate my 40th year walking he Earth I’ve challenged myself to complete 12 marathons in 12 months

  2. I love your story and I love this post. You’ve been such a huge inspiration in my running journey since I became a parent. I love how you never cease to set the bar and evolve as a runner. I aspire to keep that momentum in my running journey as well.
    Happy birthday and best wishes.

  3. Cindy Barbour says:

    As a competitor for 40 years now (gulp!) I can tell you that I never knew I would be running this long and hard at 50 years old. Last week I competed in the senior games (double gulp!)…am I as fast as I was 5, 10, or even 30 years ago? No…but you know what. I did it. I became an All-American in 3 of my 4 events. I say that not as a boastful person, but as a grateful person who never underestimates the power of a single run…..it may just change your life! Thanks for being so inspiring to so many, Dorothy, and again, “Happy Birthday, rockstar”! Embrace your age and keep that “relentless forward motion”.

  4. Happy birthday. You have inspired me to run…..my first distance greater than 5k. Thank you

  5. i love this! I’m working on doing handstands and the splits as well—never too old!

  6. Such an inspiration! Happy belated birthday :)

  7. Great informational article. Keep up the good work.

  8. Happy birthday! I’d love to follow your splits journey, keep posting.

  9. I think i will start running, wasn’t serious previously. Good post


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