The Best Miles to Run

….are those for others…are those with others…..They are FUN!!! 

My business trip to Richmond was cancelled late this week and I knew that I couldn’t wedding crash on Christa & John so I decided to go out to the Portland Marathon this AM and cheer and run along with some of my Tumblr friends and IRL friends!!

I saw Bonnie first at around mile 11.5 and ran almost .75 miles with her.  She was doing great, was all smiles and, other than dealing with a finicky tummy, was ROCKING the race!!!

Just after turning back from Bonnie and heading back to my cheering point at mile 11.5 I found run-doozer-run so after a quick hug and hello I turned around and joined her for another .50 of her race…just long enough to check in on her and see how she was doing and wish her well.  Due to an IT band injury she was only doing the half…but the girl looked AWESOME and it was soooo good to be able to share in just a snippet of her race with her!!

After I left Doozer I ended up finding three (3) other IRL life friends either running or walking that I jogged with, chatted with & shared their experience with!

I decided to head up to where runswithpoodles was spectating to see Bonnie one more time!!  She was stationed at mile 20 and had the BEST sign!!  So many of the runners chuckled, giggled, commented and even had their pix taken by it!!

I just have to tell all of you….

Running a marathon is nuts – its hard work – its a time suck and when you are out there you often wonder what in the hell you were thinking….

But being part of this community of friends that I have found on Tumblr and being both supported by all of you and also supporting and cheering on my fellow friends and runners…

Well, we are a LUCKY and BLESSED group of folks with a bond of community that very few share!!

I was happy, proud and honored to run with and share just a small piece of their races today…

Those were the best 4 miles that I have done all week!!!!


Last night was our local Run for Boston put on by Uberthons.  This organization did a great job of pulling a race together in less than a month…with 100% of the proceeds going to the OneBoston fund to help the victims of the marathon bombings.

First off I want to thank my sorority sisters of Tumblr ( themotherrunner, runswithpoodles & melanieisdoinglife) for coming out and supporting the race and my efforts at public speaking!! You girls are Da Bomb!!

And also a big thank you to my kiddo for hitching a ride out with these crazy kids to come & support my speaking and run with me!

Anyway, last night I was asked to speak at the race start…

I really had no pre-planned speech so I just winged it and from what everyone told me I did pretty good!

This guy however, wrote a speech!!  He also was the FIRST person to finish the 5k last night, blasting past us (kiddo and I) just as we were approaching mile 1 – I am pretty sure he finished around 15 - 17 mins…

It was hot, muggy and sunny but the turnout at the race was great!!

There were all levels of runners from serious & competitive to families with strollers and dads running with kids on their shoulders!!  

They had very cool race medals that were done similar to the Boston Marathon medal – the were $5 extra but the proceeds went to the OneBoston fund!

There were no PR’s for me…not even close…probably one of my slower runs ever (40:22) but it was fun to get out there and be with my friends, daughter and local running community to give back and pay it forward!

PDX Tumblr Meet Up ???

Is anyone planning on doing anything tonight while @thisfearlesslife is here ???

Is anyone available?  

I KNOW that I am missing others – anyone else?  Chime in!!

And most importantly – WHERE SHOULD WE MEET UP?!?!?