Pikes Peak Conquered

This time last week, I was running—er—hiking up Pikes Peak. In all honesty, there wasn’t much running for a couple reasons. There were just too many people on the trail to move much, and…elevation kinda slowed me down. The race was on a Saturday (August 19th), and we drove up from Phoenix starting on Wednesday. Arrived early afternoon Thursday. We got settled, met up with Addie and Joni to pick up our race packets, then it was into the “hurry up and wait for the race” mode. A brief run on Friday to shake out the legs was helpful in[…]

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#QuoteOfTheDay

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary ****** Three more sleeps and then I really will be climbing a mountain.  Pikes Peak in Colorado. Yeah, I’m a little nervous, but also super excited. I’m running it as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of an amazing woman, Mary Sue Seymour. I do all of my adventures with someone – or a few someones – close to my heart.  Running for someone (or a cause) helps me stay focused. Not so much focused on the event and winning, but the process. The challenges each[…]

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Wow…

All I can say is WOW! Marathon weekend was amazing. I’m nearly 100% recovered, just some residual foot pain, but it’s all good! Thanks for all your support, both financially by contributing to the American Cancer Society and those who cheered me on, whether it from the sidelines or virtually via Facebook, Twitter, etc. You guys are ROCK STARS! Here are a few pictures in case you missed them on Facebook and Twitter: Soooo, what should my next adventure be?   🙂

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This is for you, Lynn

Dear Mom II, Today, two years ago, you died. Finally went home to be with your heavenly father. Time has gone on since that day, though you were rarely far from thought. With every book I published, every award nomination, every sale made, you were remembered. You taught me strength. Passion. Determination. Not only from what you told me, but what you showed me. You were faithful throughout your struggle through treatment, right up until your death.  Such a strong testimony. Saturday is my first ever marathon. I’m scared and excited all at once. Your name will be on my[…]

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#CancerSucks Update

Hey gang. It’s about that time again….#CancerSucks update. As you know a portion of all my sales benefit the American Cancer Society. Cancer hit my family hard and fast over the last two years, and I thank you for all the support you’ve shown. This update has both good and not so good news, so I ask you for your prayers. My Mum had another CLEAR blood scan this past week. This mountain climber and marathoner was reduced to a wheel chair at one point during her spinal surgery to remove her cancer. She’s back to walking just fine and[…]

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This is for you, Penny

We’re getting closer to the big race. Just over a couple of weeks, so it’s “taper-time.” This is the period of training that’s pretty difficult for me. It’s where I have to back off on the miles I’m logging. Rest up a little, while still doing some running, so I’m fresh and ready to bang out twenty-six miles. 26.2 miles for YOU! This post is for my Mum. Technically she’s my step-mom, but she’s from England, so I like to say Mum. It’s just fun. She’s ran twenty marathons in her life. Climbed quite a few mountains, too. Kind of[…]

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