Day's Run

A day's run is the distance traveled by a vessel in 24 hours.


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Thursday Thought

I lost a good friend last week.  Her name was Sally Ann Kribs.  She had been in my office for a long time.  Long before I got there.  Sally was born in 1935 so she had lots of stories to tell.  Stories about her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.  Lots of photos of them too.  Different jobs she’d had.  Places she lived.  However, the bond we formed was with shopping.  We both loved QVC.  We’d talk about the Today’s Special Value.  And what David was cooking “In the Kitchen”.  Oh let’s not forget our favorite host, Lisa Robertson, and PM Style.  She loved watching her.

What hurts the most is how she was talking about retiring.  To work so many jobs and to save so long (in between spluges for Dennis Basso coats or Tignanello handbags), and then not get to enjoy the freedom of retirement.  Now don’t get me wrong, Sally was a very happy person.  She loved her work.  She enjoyed helping people.  She was sometimes a little cranky about it, but I know she liked coming into work with us.  I just wish she could have had more time with her family.

It’s going to be hard to go back to work tomorrow.  Strange and quiet.   I’m going to miss seeing her everyday.   She had a great smile and a beautiful laugh.  Hugs and prayers go out to all of her friends and family.


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August Challenge

I’ve been working on a post for my birthday weekend, but so much happened that it’s going to take me a while to work it all in. For now, I have a challenge for all my girlfriends out their who are wanting to work on their arms and core muscles.  Jen over at Running With The Girls has issued a Friendly CompetitionThe Challenge?  See how long you can plank, wall sit and how many push ups you can do from TODAY until August 31st.  It’s only 18 days.  Let’s see what personal progress you can make!

So starting today, do as many pushups, wallsit and plank for as long as you can, and record your results each time.  See how far you can get by the end of August.  Be sure to head over to Jen’s site to sign up for the competition.  And on September 1st, email her your results at runningwiththegirls at gmail dot com.  On September 2nd, she’s randomly chosing 3 participants for a pair of Sweat Pink shoelaces!

Let’s have some fun ladies!


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Olympic Marathon & the Power of Friendship

Today was the women’s marathon at the Olympics in London.  Rainy weather on race day.  I love running in the rain.  Maybe because it doesn’t rain that much in Colorado.  I wanted to get up to watch the race, but my body had other ideas.  I ran 16 miles yesterday – 13.1 at race pace – and steam cleaned my rugs/carpet, and then went over to help my bud, Sarah, clean her carpets.  Or it could have been the beer and pizza she had for dinner!  We watched some of the Olympics and she learned how to operate the cleaner.  Good times!

This morning I woke up just in time to watch the last mile of the women’s finish.  Perfect timing!  I got to see them round Buckingham Palace and head home to the finish.  The pain and joy they had on their faces.  It was beautiful!  Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia beat the Olympic record by seconds to win gold – 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds.  Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya followed her five seconds later and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia won the bronze.  But I was watching for the Americans – Desiree Davila, Shalane Flanagan, and Kara Goucher.  I learned the Desi went out at the end of the first loop.  She’s been fighting a hip injury, but did her nation proud by getting to that starting line.  As John “The Penguin” Bingham says, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  Shalane Flanagan was the top U.S. finisher in 10th place, 2:44 behind Gelana and right behind her in 11th was Kara Goucher.  Flanagan in 2:25:51. Goucher in 2:26:07.  They both stayed with the front pack throughout the race and did an outstanding job!  Even if they didn’t medal, they poured their hearts into the race, did their best and in the end showed us the power of friendship.  Congrats to all the runners!

Courtesy of LaurenLundy Runs ForOwen

“I don’t think Kara and I have dedicated ourselves more to

anything in our lives than to this race.

 It’s a little heartbreaking.”