First, a quick reminder that we are currently taking applications for bloggers through Monday September 24 and we will notify applicants of our decision by October 1. We’re super excited and so ready for some new voices on the site! So far we have some great applications, so keep ’em coming ladies! For more information, instructions and the application go here.
In other news, last week’s COTW winner, Diane H. finally checked her Facebook messages and had this to say about her huge COTW win last week:
Wow! I am honored! I am a 38 year old SAHM of 3 kiddos (8,5, and 23 months) in North Dakota. (Ya Sure Ya Betcha!) I was always athletic, but never a runner until the 2008 Fargo Half Marathon. It was my first race ever and was just 11 months after my 2nd c-section! (I didn’t know most people do many 5ks or 10ks before venturing onto a half! ) Since then, I have completed 5 halves, and my 6th will be coming up in October. I’m not fast (2:22 my PR this past May, but it was 13 minutes faster than last year…. and it only took me about 5 hours to process that was 1 min/mile faster! DOH!)
I run because I like food, and wine, and it’s the only way to process a thought without the word “mommy” interrupting it. But a huge reason was losing my mom to emphysema in 2003, and her last words to me were “Take care of yourself.” I only have this one body and I KNOW it is stronger now at 38 than it ever was at 28, or even 24.
I have started a Facebook running support group based in our community called Chaos in Motion. Check it out!
THANKS again, Diane! But now it’s time to move on to this week’s winner.
This week’s winner is Sarah, also known as MomRunningOnEmpty! Sarah commented on Rosemary’s Don’t Judge post, which was about training yourself to quit the negative judgments when training runs and races don’t go as planned. This is what Sarah said:
I had one of my best long runs of my life on Sunday because instead of judging myself, instead of spending 2 hours pissed off at not making pace, I just smiled and cheered myself on for what I could do. When I felt myself slow, I encouraged myself rather than my usual inner temper tantrum and a day later, I am still proud of myself because slow or not, I stayed out there and I got myself through what could have been a long, ugly, angry run and chose to have a better happier one!
We love this comment because it really demonstrates that it IS within our power to overcome the negativity. We can make training and racing less about beating ourselves up and running out of fear of failure and actually enjoying the process! For more about this run, you can read her blog post about it here!
When Sarah isn’t contributing awesome comments on Salty Running she’s a wife and a working mother who decided at 30, in her words, that she wanted to be “something more than just another mom who wore pants that were too tight and complained about wanting to look and feel better!” Since then, she has lost 70 lbs. (!), finished quite a few shorter races and several half marathons. She’s found that a commitment to running has helped her “lead a happier healthier life while learning to balance work, volunteer commitments, the joys of being a working mother and [her] disdain for doing laundry!”
THANKS so much, Sarah and good luck in the Wineglass Half next Sunday!