My heart gets carried away every time I take a break from running.

6 days full recovery. No running, no cross training. NOTHING.

It felt good up until a point.

I needed to run today. My mind needed it, my body needed it, my heart needed it.

Living so close to my favorite place to run makes me happy. Often times I find myself staring out my front window, lost in thought, watching runners and cyclists go by.

This is my dream house.

One day I want my ashes to be scattered on that trail. Is it strange to think of your own mortality at age 30?

I want to live in the present. Be happy in the moment. Stop worrying about the future and go with the flow.

I want to seize opportunities.

10 miles in exactly 1:20:00

Thankful for the trail today and for my legs that continue to amaze me on runs. One day I promise to stop thinking about all the things I don’t like about my body and focus on the things I do like. Why should I waste my life thinking negative thoughts or wanting to change what is a part of me. I am who I am.

  • Mile 1: 8:08
  • Mile 2: 8:09
  • Mile 3: 8:14
  • Mile 4: 8:25
  • Mile 5: 8:03
  • Mile 6: 8:28
  • Mile 7: 7:57
  • Mile 8: 7:42
  • Mile 9: 7:45
  • Mile 10: 7:00


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*photo by Eric M. Beal


  1. Ashlyn Bergman says:

    You inspired me The only words I have for you are ROCKSTAR!

  2. LOVE how you took a solid break, I like to do that after I run marathons as well…allow for a good, solid recovery.

    I don’t understand how people go for a run the very next day, I don’t think my body works well with that.

  3. Awesome splits… way to hit those last few miles!

  4. I too went for my first post-Richmond run today! My legs didn’t feel so fresh as I did a little too much at work this week. Next time I run a marathon, hopefully I can take the week off so I don’t accidentally find myself doing plyometric squats four days post marathon!

  5. I love taking breaks after races but I always get that “I need to run again!” feeling.

    Positive thoughts are key. You can’t let the negative ones get you down. You’re right. You are who you are– and you are pretty amazing!

  6. If I am feeling tired or hurt I always feel jealous when I see other people running! Good for you for listening to your body! And great job on the splits! :)

  7. Our new home is a 1/2 mile from the trail. It will be nice to be able to run there rather than drive.

  8. When are you going to hit that sub3:10 marathon? Uh prob never! Ha!!

  9. It’s hilarious to me that you come to my blog on a Saturday night to try to be mean….seriously is there nothing to do in Texas that you just come here week after week to try and bully me?

  10. Dorothy you are doing some BIG things girl!! GIVE THOSE HATERS SOME HATERADE and keep it moving…. And we know u can MOVE chica, FAST! I LOVE your positive, challenging posts and being a mommy of 3 myself I can’t use the kids as an excuse when I read your blog

  11. Again, Thank u for your posts and be encouraged as you move towards your goals! God is doing a work in you as Ephesians 3:20-21 reminds us! God bless!

  12. Well I’m just wondering when you plan to step up vs make excuses. You’re inspirational to women who have no idea what it takes to be successful… So they lOok to you … But you’re actually not successful so….I just h women would pick real role models rather than listen to your drivel

  13. I live in rural Ottawa (Canada’s capital city), and just outside my door I have several paved and gravel roads to choose from, some with hills and some without, some with a little traffic and some without, some with cattle, swans or alpacas. Whenever I run in the city, I am reminded of how nice it is to have so many open roads just outside my door.

  14. I’m sorry, but who died and made you God? What makes you think you have the right to dictate as to who women/runners find inspirational and successful? Last I checked, trolling around blogs leaving hateful comments doesn’t equate success. To me it signals someone who is incredibly insecure, lonely and depressed. I am sure Dorothy will join me in lifting you in prayer, seeing that you need it badly. Dorothy- don’t bother responding to this individual anymore. They are just looking to get a rise out of you and thrive off of your responses. I feel sorry for you, Texas. Show us what you have done to be successful, productive, positive and then we can measure it against Dorothy’s.

  15. Some of your sayings/mantras came through my mind around mile 12 of my half marathon yesterday! So thank you.

    Ignore the trolls. They are nothing more than simply the garbage they speak.

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