Run Europe

Erma Bombeck, my favorite author and literary muse wrote this check list as a reflection on life: I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, […]

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Church vs Faith

I like church. I like the buildings – giant gothic cathedrals, gargoyles, pipe organs, gold crosses that seem to glow even in the absence of light. I like passing through Little Italy by Canal Street and seeing all the Marys-in-the-half-shell. I was raised in a church. Literally. My house was literally in a church. With […]

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New England – Part 2 of 2 – Girls on the Run! Run 50.

There is something magical about New England. Home to Norman Rockwell, the Kennedys, quaint towns like Hingham, MA where my father had a church for several years when my siblings were young… It’s warm and inviting even on the coldest days. And there are some very cold days. Like last week in Vermont – May […]

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New England – Part 1 of 2- Run to Win – Run 50

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. I need to start out admitting I missed New York. There are 3 reasons why. First, I ran out of time. Second, I ran out of money half way through New Hampshire. Third, I was traveling with not one but TWO preschoolers. This leads me to the […]

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Camp’n in New Jersey – Run 50

Over the river and through the woods To Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow. I grew up in New York. Every Monday we would leave our Rock Bound Highland Home and head over the river and through the woods for dinner with my […]

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West Virginia/Ohio – Run 50 – Run to Win

Sometimes we still say it with a whisper. Things like, “terrorist” or “infidelity” or “hemorrhoids….”  A few weeks ago I noticed two old biddies on the metro look at a young lady with a cute, freshly cropped hairdo and whisper… “lesbiaaaan”….. I will admit in my navigationally challenged and logistically naive condition I would say […]

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North & South Carolina

I’ve finished the Southeast and the Mid Coast Atlantic on my journey to run a road race in all 50 states to honor my father and his battle with Parkinsons Disease. Sometimes when I’m tired or sore I wish I had decided to do a movie marathon instead. Or a 50 state vineyard challenge. Or […]

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The Delaware Easter Bunny

Cherry Blossom 5k in Wilmington, Delaware 9:30am on a Saturday. This was a blah race. Not because anything bad happened but because nothing happened. I didn’t run faster or harder or grow stronger. I didn’t make friends or enemies or intentionally trip the sorority girl running in a hot pink tutu and “i run for […]

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Louisiana

3 races, 3 states, 40 hours. MS/AL/LA Louisiana — 8:30am on a Sunday My flight left New Orleans Sunday at 10:45 AM. The race was 20 minutes away and started at 8:30am. I knew three things. First, I needed to RUN LIKE THE WIND. Second, a photograph was going to be the only proof I would […]

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Mississippi

3 races across 3 states in 40 hours. MS/AL/LA. The DEEP south.(check back for. Alabama and Louisiana.) Mississippi — 8am on a Saturday My alarm went off at 5am. My dear hostess Holly PONIED UP and drove me 20 miles along the Gulf Coast to my first race in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It was a […]

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