Lately I find myself saying thank you to multiple people EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

I feel like I have been crazy blessed in 2012 and have had so many fun and exciting things happen in my life. I don’t for one second think that any of these opportunities have come to me on my own. I don’t feel like I deserve them.

What I do know is that I am surrounded virtually and in real life by some pretty awesome people who HELP me in countless ways. When I say COUNTLESS I actually mean countless. If I had to sit down and write out how many people have helped me this month and in what way it would take me no less than 4 hours.

A simple thank you just never seems like enough in these situations.

This morning I rolled over in bed and checked the percentages for the Womens Running Cover Model contest. My next closest competitor had climbed over night.

Every day I have asked myself why I want to be on the cover. I am not a model and there are some REALLY pretty women in the final 8.

What I decided is that I want to be on the cover for the same reason I get excited over anything big that happens in my running. I want other women who may be depressed, or down and out, or overweight to feel like they can make a change. I want someone to read this blog and think hey if she can do it – I can do it. I want people to really believe what I said in the Saucony Find Your Strong video. AS BIG AS YOU CAN DREAM – YOU CAN MAKE IT COME TRUE.

I say I want to inspire others but what I should be saying is that I want to be inspired. YOU INSPIRE me to be a better person. Your comments give me motivation to get out there and run – to not give up – to push through the pain.

I know I’m yammering on here but bear with me.

After I checked the percentages – I checked twitter.

My feed was filled with people voting for me. People who took time out of their busy lives to help me win something I really want.

I felt loved and if you have ever NOT loved yourself before [if this is you – then you KNOW what I am talking about] then feeling like people actually like you is a great feeling. It makes you like yourself more because you think – hey maybe I’m not so bad? 

Anyways I digress. Basically this post is a THANK YOU to everyone who has rallied around me and is helping keep my percentage up. It is also a HUGE thank you to Pam who happens to be one of the other contestants.

She wants to win.

She wants to be on the cover.

When I returned from my HARD 10 mile heart rate run I saw these tweets from her and started getting a little teary eyed for obvious reasons.

If you are on twitter I’d love it if you gave Pam a shout out [or a follow – ]. She totally deserves to be on this cover and I am honored that she is now helping me DREAM BIG.

If you are a mom who runs and are looking for other mother runners then check out the NATIONAL running club Pam started.


  1. It would be awesome to see you on the front, Dorothy! I enjoyed reading your reflections on why it would be meaningful for you. I’ll keep voting! :)

  2. good luck a million times over! you deserve this and inspire so many of us, I want everyone to know how awesome you are!

  3. Katie @ msfitrunner says:

    What an amazing thing to be part of – you deserve it!! I’ll keep voting. And I will admit, I’m slightly envious – would be so amazing to be in the COVER of an amazing mag!! I hope you get it!!!!

  4. aggghhh. She is catching up. We need to kick it into second gear. We need to get behing the triple stroller, head up that hill and finish strong!

  5. Just voted for you! Good luck! :)

  6. Dorothy, whether you win or not, please know what an inspiration you are to so many people. Just yesterday, I thanked you in a blog post….you are inspiring so many people that you don’t even know. Thanks!

  7. I think about you on almost every single one of my runs. You are such an inspiration and beautiful person (inside and out).

    I’m also a member of my local Moms Run this Town and it is an absolutely wonderful group. It’s free. Every mom who runs should join. I have meet so many great friends, shared so many laughs, and found an endless source of support from every single one of them.

  8. we gots this!!

  9. I keep voting everyday on all my various PCs and devices!

  10. Denise P. says:

    When does voting end? I can’t seem to find that in the rules.

  11. I love how you write from the heart :) I hope things turn around. It seems crazy she can get as many votes as she is with all these people supporting and backing you!

  12. What a great post today – I have read your blog a few times in the past and enjoyed it (I didn’t read it more because of bad internet access)……Now it is a site I visit daily for inspiration. Yesterday I read a few of your older blogs …. and as I read them I totally connected with them….. I even wrote down a few of your lines to post around my house to get me out the door!! And then once I got reenergized I sent your site to a friend who has just begun her learn to run program and is having trouble fitting her runs in and staying motivated when she says she will……My intention today was to comment to let you know how much I am enjoying your post and they are inspiring me to work on my speed and distance (My current goal is to move from my 5K comfort to 10K and eventually the marathon)…….
    SO a BIG Thank you for sharing. I hope you win the cover, but either way know that you are inspiring people everywhere!!!

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