Flashback Friday Kickoff Week!: August 2-3, 2014

Welcome to the third day of my Flashback Friday Kickoff Week!

ArtJournal 5Ahh…this was a wonderful memory! Running for chocolate! My niece and I participated in a 5K Chocolate run that was held in Chicago. I remember the day was warm but had a beautiful cool breeze that swept off the lakefront. The route was nicely laid out with lots of chocolate stops along the way. Yum! This was the first time that both her and I ran together in a 5K. She did a wonderful job keeping up with everyone who ran the course. I was so proud of her and was glad to have made the journey together. It was so much fun!

This time around last year my husband was on aArtJournal 6n activity kick with running, swimming and biking. You name it! A sprint triathlon! While I did not participate in the triathlon myself, I have very fond memories of training with my husband so he can compete in this event which was ironically held the day after my Chocolate 5K in Chicago. The name of his event was “I Tried a Tri” in Oswego, IL. Similar to my event, it was a gorgeous weather day and plenty of cool breezes and sunshine. Even though my husband was not a top finisher, he was a top finisher in my heart! Here was my tribute to my guy and how very proud I was of his accomplishment.

That’s all I have for today. Thanks again for visiting my memories with me today. Until next post…


Flashback Friday: July 31, 2012

Okay folks, it’s cold snowy and just plain dreary out there! I thought I would perk myself up by posting a journal entry from over the summer of 2012.


I remember I was pretty hell bent on keeping up with my husband as he trained for his first sprint triathlon. I was not in awesome shape at the time and was particular not very good at running. I usually limited my running excursions for chasing down buses on rare occasions. My husband really motivated me to get out of my comfort zone and start running.

This journal entry documented the improvement I gained as my running times slowly descended into the 13 minute mile mark. For me this was an huge achievement!  What really struck me about this journal entry was that it re-enforced my commitment to improve my running time and my belief that I will succeed if I put the effort in.

I learned to love and embrace what running does for me and look forward to running the neighborhood and trails again once the weather gets warmer.

So in the spirit of the upcoming winter Olympics, I dedicate this post to all those would-be couch potatoes and encourage you to give it your all this upcoming summer, find something new to do and aspire to try to get out of your own comfort zone.

Flashback Friday: July 29th 2012

Welcome to the second installment of “Flashback Fridays”!

This particular journal entry was an emotional one. The page chronicles my husband and sister-in-law’s awe inspiring feat of finishing their first triathlon together!

After months of training, it all came down to this single day. I couldn’t be prouder of my husband and sis!

I felt so honored just to be there to support them and be able put to paper about how I feel about this momentous occasion.

Thanks for sharing in this flashback with me- until next time!