I begin each week with the goal of figuring out how to manage it all.  How to balance three little people, a house, a husband, the laundry, the dishes, the books I want to read, and the books I’ve not yet finished, the blog postings I’ve written in my head and the runs I’d like to go on.  Some weeks I make progress and am on top of things, other weeks I take two steps back to my one step forward.

At 8:30 this morning I looked at the clock.  I had already gotten three kids dressed, fed, and out the door, driven Chloe to school – which takes 40 minutes, stopped and got coffee at Starbucks [I was out of cream at home], walked Chloe into school, and had gone to Trader Joe’s to do my weekly grocery shopping.  It was 8:30.  I think I am just as proud of getting that much accomplished this morning, before most people have even left for work, as I am about my 8K PR yesterday.

YES – I said PR!! WOOOO HOOOO.  I ran the St. Patrick’s Day 8K in DC and took my 8K PR from a 35:19 post baby #2 to a time of 33:48 post baby #3.  My time was good enough for 32nd overall female out of 3,176!!

This race was especially meaningful to me because the first time I ran it[it used to be a 10K] I was at one of my heaviest points in my life and wasn’t very happy with who I was or where I was at in life.  I ran it with my mother and father, both of whom 20+ years old than me, beat me.  I ran a 1:06:25 and was the 1,745th female overall out of 2,011.

My full race report will come later this week but I wanted to leave you with a little pictoral inspiration.

Age 18…..

Age 28……

As I write this post I hear Christina Aguilera singing in my head…..Keeps getting better….
Thank you Lord for giving me this life that keeps getting better!  I am truly blessed by your grace.


  1. Stefanie D. says:

    Nice job on your PR! That's a good improvement! Also as far as your morning goes…you are a ROCKSTAR!

  2. The Longendyke Family says:

    Wow, Congratulations!! And, I can't believe how different you look! Such an inspiration. :)

  3. congratulations on such a great race!!! you look happy!

  4. congrats on the PR! I love the comparative pictures!

  5. Julie D. says:

    that is so awesome! Congrats!

  6. runthelongroad.com says:

    That is quite a PR! Congratulations, you should be proud!

  7. gwenniepie.com says:

    That's AWESOME! Congratulations!

  8. awesome job!!

    Love that you just keep getting faster!!

  9. mickiruns says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! That's amazing!! Girl you are truly an inspiration.

  10. Rebecca Samson says:

    Amazing race and I'm so happy for you! I'm so impressed by all you have done by 8:30 am. That might be all I do in a day sometimes!

  11. Thomas Farrell says:

    Congratulations on the PR. A Big chunk taken off the previous one. Way to go.


    First of all, I want that day-glo orange gear. And second – holy moly that is fast! congrats!

  13. What a touching post! So nice you were able to run with your parents way back when. What a nice memory to look back on (despite the weight).

    No runners in my family. LOL.

    Amazing PR!

  14. I love love love your orange sleeves and singlet. Congrats on your awesome PR and the journey to get there!

  15. Omg, congrats!!! Its hard to believe that you weren't always super crazy fast!

  16. Congrats on the PR!

  17. Hey Dorothy! You rock! Great job!

  18. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    GREAT JOB AND CONGRATS ON YOUR PR!!! Ummmmm, do you age?!?! You look the same!! :)

  19. Moore On Running says:

    That is smokin! Nice race!

  20. Steel Springs says:

    Congratulations on the PR! Nice job on your pre-8:30 accomplishments, too. That's a lot to juggle.

  21. Congrats again on your awesome new PR! You just keep getting faster! Love the pic of you & Liz!

  22. runaroundmyblog says:

    WOW! Congratulations on the PR. You give me hope to get back my speed after my first baby — and YOU have THREE!!!! ;o)

  23. The Samson Family says:

    Two great things to be proud of! I agree the household/children-raising and jugging all of life's responsibilities is harder than running for sure.. and how true.. all because of His grace :):)

  24. Elizabeth says:

    You've come such a long way! That's truly amazing. And yeah, it sounds like getting three kids ready in the morning is no easy task!

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