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I am still here!  I haven’t blogged in a while, but yes, Runnergal22 is still around!  I promised that I would blog about my two May Virtual Half Marathons, so here we go.

I had to get in two virtual halfs in May go get “caught up” from missing one in April.  There were TWO GREAT virtuals.  The first one that I ran was hosted by Kimberly at Barking Mad About Running.  I did a virtual hosted by Kimberly in February as well.  She is running 13 Half Marathons in 2013 just like me.  The May virtual was called “No Day But Today”.  Her daughter formed a Relay For Life team to honor a music teacher in their school who is a 15 year Lymphoma survivor.  This really hit home to me as I am a music teacher and my dad is a 3 year Lymphoma survivor.  So of course I was in for this virtual race!  It went well and the medal is just fantastic!



The second May virtual half was hosted by Darlena at Run Find Your Happy Pace.  It was the “Sparkle Cupcake” race.  I love Darlena’s medals and bands!  Her virtuals also benefit cancer and of course I’m in for her virtuals as well. 



This past weekend, there was a first annual Irish Fest!  My son and I went for the weekend….hubby had to work…and we had a great time.  To kick off the weekend, there was a 5K.  My son walked with my sister and some cousins.  I ran with my cousins.  I had to dress up for the Irish theme.  It was hot and humid, breathing was very difficult for me for the first mile, but then the rest of the run went great!  Here is my son and me before the race.


Suddenly the end of June is creeping up!  I have a virtual half to get done this month and not sure what’s going on in July yet.  I have been gone from home quite a bit traveling, so not been very good at planning.   However, I am putting one foot in front of the other and taking it day by day.  I’ll be home now for a while so I can get back to planning out what’s next for me!

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Happy June!  For those of us in southeast Minnesota, it is CRAPPY already.  Not a lot of sun and a lot of rain.  In fact, today, June 5th, I am in sweats with the fireplace on.  Really?

As many of you know, I’ve been training for a June 1st race with my friend Trish.  I did not get to run that race.  My son’s baseball team advanced to the next round of tournaments that previous week and that next game was the day of the race.  Had to be there for my son.  They ended up losing the first game, but I am glad I was able to see it.  Trish did a great job on the race…I’m so proud of her!  I wish I could have been there too, but can’t be in two places at once…especially when they are two different states!

5 By The 5th Series:  I signed up for this series in January which was hosted by Mommy, Run Fast.  You were to run either a 5K or 5 miles by the 5th of each month, January through June.  The last run was today!  You didn’t have to specify in any way which distance you planned to run.  You just ran either and put in your time on her spreadsheet.  It was a GREAT series and I’m so glad I did it!  I did a mixture of 5Ks and 5 milers. 


I have a few virtual half marathons coming up and of course I’ll keep you all posted on those as I’m SURE you all will be on pins and needles wondering how they went!  😉

Funny story to end today’s blog.  After my son’s baseball game on June 1st, my hubby and I, along with another couple whose son was also on the team, went to an Applebees near the baseball field.  We each ordered a beer and were deciding on an appetizer to share.  The waitress came over to check on us and my husband said, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”  We say that a lot meaning that we are going to take our time, not rush our order, not chug our beers etc….you get the picture.  Here is the conversation that followed:

Hubby:  This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Waitress: (eyes huge, shocked voice) You’re running a marathon today????

Hubby: No (a little shocked she said that) But my wife is a marathoner.

Waitress:  Are you running the marathon tomorrow???? (still shocked we are drinking a beer and maybe running a marathon…not getting the point of the phrase)

Hubby: No…(explains the meaning of the phrase)

Waitress: OH!  I see!  My brother is running a marathon! 

Hubby:  That’s great!  Which one?

Waitress:  My older brother.


Waitress:  He recently quit smoking and is working on getting healthier.

All of us:  That’s great!  Good for him!

Waitress:  Yeah…he’s up to 4 miles now and I told him, ‘You are soooo close to your marathon!’


All of us:  (just smiled and simultaneously took drinks of our beers)

Moral of the story:  not everybody fully understands what we runners do!  🙂

Happy National Running Day!