Me with Boston Marathon Legend Kathrine Switzer
Finish of 2012 Twin Cities Minneapolis St Paul Marathon!
50 year old Christ Follower, wife, mother, clinical social worker, psychotherapist wanting to get in shape. I love to exercise especially running!
Lose 40 pounds - have lost 22
Become a competitive Masters Runner. My 10K PR set in my late 20s is 42:54. I am now trying to set new PRs for myself as a Masters Runner.
Pre Masters Runner Status PRs:
1500M 5:39 (6:03)
1 mile 5:45
5K 20:45 (6:42)
5 Mile 34:14 (6:51)
10K 42:54 (6:57)
5K 23:13 (7:28) All American Standard of Excellence
10K 48:50 (7:53) All American Standards of Excellence
Half-Marathon 1:49 (8:19) All American Standard of Excellence
Marathon 3:57 (9:04)
1. Chicago 2000 4:27
2. Kansas City 2009 4:25
3. Chicago 2010 4:38
4. Little Rock 2012 2012 4:38
5. Illinois 4:41 2012
6. Twin Cities 2012 4:14
7. Illinois 2013 3:57 NEW PR by 17 minutes!
8. Illinois 2014 4:14
1-1-15 Hair of the Dog Run 5K Spartanbug SC 48:10 (9:53)
1- 10-15 Grasshopper Run 5K Cowpens, SC 25:56 (8:41)
1-24-14 Hot Chocolate Trail Run 8K Spartanburg SC 48:26 (9:44)
2-7-15 Foothills 6K Trail Run Greenville, SC 33:30 (8:59)
2-14-15 Green Valley 8K Greenville, SC 1:04:11 (12:55) ran with friend Cindy Perkins
2-28-15 Greenville Health System Half Marathon 2:05:48 (9:35)
4-25-15 Earth Day Half Marathon 2:05:34 (9:37)
10-31-15 Spinx Half Marathon 2:09:05 (9:57)
11-26-15 Thanksgiving 8K
12-13-15 Galloway Half Marathon Atlanta
3-23-14 Richmond - London England Half-Marathon 1:53 (8:39)
4-26-14 Illinois Marathon 4:14
5-17-14 Bridge the Gap Half Marathon Quincy IL 1:53 (8:37) 2nd in Age Group
6-14-14 Strawberry Strut Carthage IL 42:28 (8:23)
6-28-14 Raider Classic 10K Quincy, IL 54:52 (8:45) 3rd in Age Group
7-5-14 Hannibal Cannibal MO 15K Injury DNF
8:24-14 Run by the Sea 12K Santa Cruz CA 1:04:33 (8:16) 2nd in Age Group
10-28-14 Had injury from a fall and missed several planned races
11-27-14 YMCA Turkey Run 10K 56:05 (8:59) 2nd in Age Group
12-6-14 Ring a Bell Run Quincy, IL 26:50 (8:26)
1-27-13 Ground Hog Run DONE! 49:06
1st out of 65 females ages 45-49
31st out of 709 females
174th out of 1,325 overall
4-27-13 Illinois Marathon 3:57 17 MINUTE PR!
5-18-13 Bridge the Gap Half Quincy, IL 1:58 (9:04)
8-17-13 Hull of a Race 5K 25:05 (8:05) I'm coming back!
8-24-13 Mississippi River Run 10K 52:51 (8:31) 2nd Masters Female 5th Female Overall
10-26-13 Cemetery Ridge 5K Palmyra, PA 25:01 (8:03) 2nd 40-49 Female 3rd Female Overall
11-2-13 Trojan Turkey Trek 5K 24:45 (8:12)
11-28-13 Turkey Run 10K
3-4-12 Little Rock Marathon DONE! 4:38
4-28-12 Illinois Marathon DONE! 4:41
5-12-12 Bridge the Gap Half-Marathon-DONE! 2:02
6-9-12 Tri-Jesus Triathlon 1:29:46 First in Age Group
8-25-12 Mississippi River Run DONE! 52:51 (8:31) 2nd place Masters Female 23rd overall
9-9-12 Northeast MO Triathlon DONE! 2:27:05
10-7-12 Twin Cities Marathon 4:14 *NEW PR!*
11-3-12 Tri State Warrior Run 10K 48:11 Course was short but ran and 8:16 pace
11-10-12 Beat Beethoven 5K DONE! 24:20(7:49 pace) 3rd female overall
11-17-12 North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 1:51 29 seconds away from an age group award! 4th in my age group out of 42, 64th female out of 493, 183 out of 841 overall
11-22-12 YMCA Turkey Run Quincy, IL 48:50 (7:53) **New Masters PR by over 30 seconds per mile!**
12-1-12 Ring the Bell Run Salvation Army Quincy, IL 23:43 (7:38)
4-30-11 Illinois Half-Marathon-Champaign, IL DONE! 2::01:42 (9:17)
5-14-11 Bridge the Gap 5K-Quincy, IL DONE! 27:58 (9:00) 3rd in Age Group
6-11-11 Strawberry Strut 5 mile Carthage, IL 44:04 (8:48)
6-25-11 Raider Classic 10K 57:03 (9:11) 2nd in Age Group
7-2-11 Hannibal Cannibal 10k Hannibal, MO 59:52 3rd in Age Group
Races done with my 15 year old daughter:
10-23-11 Rock and Roll St. Louis Half-Marathon (2:13:18)
11-5-11 HLG Turkey Trek 5k Hannibal, MO (32:22)
11-24-11 YMCA Turkey Run, Quincy, IL (1:08:05)
5-8-10 Bridge the Gap 10K - Half-Marathon Quincy, IL DONE! 1:49 (8:19)
6-12-10 Tri-Jesus Triathlon DONE! 1:28:45.65 Age group winner!
6-26-10 Raider Classic 10K Quincy, IL DONE! 52:45 (8:30 ran 5 miles before race)
7-3-10 Hannibal Cannibal 10K DONE! 55:34 (8:56)
7-24-10 Bix 7 Davenport, Iowa DONE! 58:20 (8:20)
7-30-10 Run FOR the Cross 4 mile Quincy IL - Race Director
10-10-10 Chicago Marathon DONE! 4:38:31 (10:37) Not the time I was looking for but I did it!
01-25-09 Ground Hog Run 10K DONE! 55:56 (9:00)
05-09-09 Bridge the Gap to Health 10K DONE! 55:36 (8:57)
06-13-09 Strawberry Strut 5 Miler Carthage, IL DONE! 42:56 (8:35)
06-27-09 Raider Classic 10k & 5k, Quincy, IL DONE! 55:43 (8:58)
07-04-09 Hannibal Cannibal 10k & 5k, Hannibal, MO DONE! 55:29 (8:58)
08-07-09 Run FOR the Cross - Race Director- Quincy, IL
08-15-09 Hull of a Race Hull, IL DONE! 24:06 (7:46)
10-17-09 Kansas City Marathon DONE! 4:25:55
11-7-09 Trojan Turkey Trek 5K Hannibal, MO DONE! 23:13 (7:28) **MASTERS PR**
BACK INJURY-PHYSICAL THERAPY! No Running!
11-26-09 YMCA Turkey Trek 5K Quincy, IL 24:25 (7:52)
12-05-09 Jingle Bell Run 5K Quincy, IL 24:53 (8:01)
08-16-08 Hull of a Run 5K DONE! 24:12 (7:47)
09-27-08 Mississippi River Run 10K DONE! 54:21 (8:45)
10-26-08 Dare Pumpkin Run 10K DONE! 54:12 (8:43)
11-27-08 YMCA Turkey Run 10K DONE! 53:16 (8:34)
12-06-08 Jingle Bell 5K DONE! 26:00 (had dog!)
I am starting a quote collection!
"For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. " -Lorraine Moller, Four-time New Zealand Olympian
"Running the marathon gave me an inner strength that changed my life...just finishing can have a profound effect on your confidence and self-esteem." -Henley Gibble
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit." -Wilma Rudolph, track athlete
"Running made me feel like a bird let out of a cage, I loved it that much." -Priscilla Welch
"Running has always been a relief and a sanctuaryï¿½something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. The best thing about running is the joy it brings to life." -Kara Goucher
"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible." John Hanc
"Good health, peace of mind, being outdoors, camaraderie - those are all wonderful things that come to you when running. But for me, the real pull of running - the proverbial icing on the cake - has always been racing." -Bill Rodgers, Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
-Sir Edmund Hillary
'I think I run my strongest when I run with joy, with gratitude, with focus, with grace. With that strategy in place I can push myself for pleasure, not punishment. Maybe you can only really go when you let go."
-Kristin Armstrong, Horizon, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com
"Without running, I would have missed the joy of rain. What could be considered an inconvenience or a bummer to the inexperienced is actually a gift. Without running, I would miss a lot of thingsï¿½like seeing cities in a certain way, or knowing certain people all the way to the core. I'm glad we don't experience life through glass, under cover, or from the sidelines. Good things take miles." -Kristin Armstrong, Getting My Feet Wet, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com
"No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
"The best part of a run? The birds chirping, the awesome air, and the fact that a lot of people are still sleeping." -Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medalist in swimming and TV commentator
"Every time I go out there, I win. Every time I finish the task that I've set before myself, I win again. -David James Elliott, actor
"Running is a thing worth doing not because of the future rewards it bestows, but because of how it feeds our bodies and minds and souls in the present." -Kevin Nelson, The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration
"The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart." -Bill Bowerman, Co-founder of Nike, Inc.
"Even if you don't feel confident, fake it. Time after time, I have seen a marginal runner act the role of confident competitor, and eventually become one. -Allan Lawrence, The Self-Coached Runner
"Motivation remains key to the marathon: the motivation to begin; the motivation to continue; the motivation never to quit." -Hal Higdon
"No one is born a perfect runner. And none of us will become one. But through incremental steps, we can become better runners. And that's the beauty of our sport: There are no shortcuts, nothing is given to us; we earn every mile, and we earn every result." -Peter Magill, 2010 USA Masters 5K champion
"Running releases more than just sweat." -Asics ad
"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." -William Barclay, Scottish author, radio and television presenter
"The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other but to be with each other." -Christopher McDougall, "Born to Run"
"Happiness is pushing your limits and watching them back down." -New Balance ad
" I love the fact that not many people can say 'Oh, I went out and ran 20 miles today.' I love how much dedication it takes and how much you learn a lot about yourself, your physical and mental limits. There's just something about it." -Shalane Flanagan, 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathoner
"Happiness is pushing your limits and watching them back down."
New Balance ad
"For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm far more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. It's that interest and exploration that make running fun for me. It's easy to become outcome-focused; for me the unfoldment of self is what is meaningful in running and outlasts any medals."
-Lorraine Moller, Four-Time Olympic Marathoner
"You've only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run." -Percy Cerutty, running coach
ï¿½The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to doï¿½ -Orison Swett Marden
"For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself."
-Haruki Murakami, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running"
"Running is like celebrating your soul. There's so much it can teach us in life." -Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run
"The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless."
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."
Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton, British philanthropist and politician
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist
"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I'm not." John Bingham, author and runner
" I ran solo for 1.5 hours in the mist and it felt like ten minutes. I thought. I prayed. I breathed. The fog outside did not clear, but the fog inside certainly did." Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, Runner's World.com
"Fortune befriends the bold."
ï¿½Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.ï¿½
A quote from that genius, Mark Twain;
"For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. "-Lorraine Moller, Olympic marathoner
"Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do." -Nina Kuscik, marathoner
"Whatever you may be missing right now - a person, a place, a feeling, maybe you are injured and missing running - whatever it is, have peace and take heart - remember that any goodbye makes room for a hello." Kristin Armstrong, Author and runner
"For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight." -George Sheehan
"Races always evoke some dread about pain that will come. But we can't escape the fact that the more discomfort we accept in a race, the faster we will run. Successful racing means courting the pain." John Elliott
"For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will."
John Bingham, The Courage to Start
"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before." ~ Albert Einstein
"Fortune favors the bold."
"It's utterly amazing what the mind and spirit can cajole from the body." -Kristin Armstrong
"Somebody has to run this world." Athleta ad quote
"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit." -Wilma Rudolph, track athlete
"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."
"No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences." -George Sheehan
"Running has always been a relief and a sanctuaryï¿½something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it's not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life." -Kara Goucher
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi
"Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms." -Joyce Carol Oates, author
"Be positive, ignore the critic, follow your heart, invest in your passions, believe in your dreams & get busy making them reality." -Josh Cox, U.S. 50-K record holder
"Running made me feel like a bird let out of a cage, I loved it that much." Priscilla Welch, retired British marathoner
"Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running."
-Julie Isphording, retired American long distance runner
"The race, the marathon, is a renewal of belief in one's self and the ultimate expression of confidence that you have created the foundation that enables you to go the distance. " Dolores E. Cross, Breaking Through the Wall
'The challenge of a significant physical journey on foot unleashes some primitive connections to our identity as human beings." Jeff Galloway, Marathon
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."- Bill Cosby, comedian
Life has no limitations, except the ones you make."
-Les Brown, author and TV personality
"The marathon has so many elements to prepare for. I think that is one reason I always want to come back for more. There is always something to change in your preparation and I am still trying to discover what I am capable of. I guess I just love the challenge." -Dathan Ritzenhein
"After running a few marathons I can explain to people why I run. It calms me. I can't imagine not having it in my life. It helps me to sort through things. It's like stepping outside myself and getting a better perspective of who I am." -Gail Kislevitz, First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-Mile Monster
"Take advantage of bad running days and take advantage of good running days. Take advantage of running."-Bob Schwartz, Running Laughs blog
"Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think what it might be."
-Joyce Carol Oates, American author
"When you cross the finish line, it will change your life forever" -Dick Beardsley
"Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves." - Robert Frost
"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent."-Joan Benoit Samuelson
ï¿½In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.ï¿½ - Albert Camus
"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Gandhi
"The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon." Fred Lebow
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."- Mark Twain, writer and satirist
"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit." -George Sheehan
"There will never be a day when we won't need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better." -George Sheehan
"The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank." -George Sheehan
"Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon." -George Sheehan
"The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one's own person, utterly and completely." -George Sheehan
"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."
- Robert Frost
"I have met my hero, and he is me."
- George Sheehan
"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means." ï¿½ Calvin Coolidge
It is wonderful that life continues to challenge and define us, great that there is always more to strive for and assuring that we will always grow from these experiences so the future will be better still." -Deena Kastor
Break 4:00 in a Marathon by age 50. I DID IT!
Start doing road races again. In recent years I have not been consistent with my running and my goal is to change that and become a competitive Masters Runner. I am shooting for the National Masters All American Standard of Excellence 10K time of 48:19. Achieved in 5K 23:13
Lose 20 more pounds
STOP night time eating!
4x per week:
CROSS TRAINING: Swimming/Cycling 2-3x per week
TRACK FOOD daily
on spark! It has been my biggest key to success in weight loss
I live in Quincy, IL and I love the Midwest.
I have an amazing and supportive husband and two great kids...see pics :)
I love to read and I also knit.
I am the Founder of the Heartland Road Runners Club in Quincy, IL. a member club of the Road Runners Clubs of America.
Secrets of Success
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| Pounds lost: 20.5
Karen! Thanks for the opportunity to share the journey with you! Your accomplishments speak for themselves. Like you, I have a partner who lives the healthy lifestyle! It's great to support each other! Be well, stay strong & never stop!
795 days ago
Have you set new PRs as a master runner? I'm very curious as to your goals and your expectations of yourself. I was a runner a lifetime ago and am just getting back to races. :-)
990 days ago
Thanks so much for the goodie and the well wishes! Congratulations on your half and just enjoying it and not getting tied up in the time! You rock!
1036 days ago
Thanks for your comment and your friend request! Holy cow, you are waaaay faster than I am--if I can finish the marathon in 4:30, I will be beyond delighted. :)
1040 days ago
I would love to have a fun half at your speed.
1040 days ago