The following entries (from beginning runner to half marathon finisher) represents a continuing journey of tremendous grief and sorrow, and of transformation - largely through the therapeutic power of running. The sorrow that has broken my heart open wide has in time allowed me to experience the beauty of being in the present moment. And of course, without the support of family and friends to guide me, I would not have made it this far.

If you have lost someone in your life, I offer these words and verse (some Kristy's, some mine and others) with the hope it may touch your heart and help you heal.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Kristy and her first love, Sonya, thank you!

I just have to share with everyone a great site from a woman who wrote to me after reading about my journey. If you are interested in any type of endurance sport, especially triathlons, you should check it out. It goes through all the regular myths, such as: I have no time, I can't afford it, I'm too old, I'm afraid.... It also gives great ideas and resources from places like, Twitter, Facebook, and

From personal experience I know is a good resource for runners. I found personal training routines, articles on nutrition, testimonies from other runners (newbie or experienced) and lots of other applicable and valuable tips.

Personally, I plan on continuing to run three days each week with a cross training day in between each run. One day a week will be for rest. My goal will be to do a marathon next year. I know if I put my mind to it I can make it happen. Remember, I was not a "runner" until 7 months ago. I am also 56 years old - if I can do it so can you! The greatest thing I can say about running is how it has affected me on the inside. The outside is just icing on the cake. If you take the time to read my entries from the beginning you will see what I mean.

I will still share my thoughts and feelings as I continue on my journey. Thank you to everyone for your support! To those of you who also went the extra mile and donated to Peta in Kristy's honor - a double thank you. Together we raised close to $4,000.00 to help animals. Your comments and notes to me are so encouraging - it has helped me though a time in which I did not know whether I could go on.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Karen,
    I love John the Penguin Bingham's quote about running. From his book The Courage to Start:

    "There's nothing more to becoming a runner than running. It isn't how fast or how far you run. It isn't even how long you've been running. It's only that you run that makes you a runner."

    Thanks too for your sweet note. I hope to follow your journey. And I hope running continues to help you remember and connect with Kristy.

    Train well,