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Hello Wendy!I was reading other articles about you AND your blog all day yesterday, cover to cover!, between taking care of my kids:) You're such an inspiration! What you have done is so amazing! And you're just getting started! I hope to keep on improving -- I don't see a wall coming for me either, any time soon, but I have been running for years. It is so cool that you just discovered this awesome talent of yours, as an adult! You have fresh joints to work with!I have run track (sprinter) since middle school, and xc since senior yr of HS, and marathoning off and on for the last 9 yrs, sort of between kids, pregnancies. And my third is 18 mo old, and I have been running pretty consistently since he was 6 wks -- that is what is new for me. I usually run a few months, then a season ends, or soccer starts, or again a pregnancy. SO for me, it's cool to be able to continue to build, rather than start over.But clearly you have amazing natural reserves, getting almost sub-18 for a 5k with NO training -- so lucky really, but what you have done since then, has NOTHING to do with luck, your dedication is amazing! I couldn't believe you were doing doubles all within 4 hrs! You've gotta know, but I'll say it anyway, you're totally RIPPED, and your family is beautiful! I hope you don't mind me posting your picture on my blog - I did a post on the trials - I hope to inspire other moms with yours and Kara's and Deena's example! (www.fresh-you.com)I'm sure there were many other moms, but anyway. It was interesting that you were chit-chatting during the race -- it is a marathon, so it makes sense, but it's Olympic trials, so it just seems like it would be so different.I can't wait to see what you do next! I hope to keep improving (on my level!) and see you do the same! There are a hundred other things I wanted to say to you, but anyway, I think you are just great! Thank you for all of your efforts and your amazing story! I think you will be off to the Olympics in 4 years, if that's what you hope for, and maybe sooner with track!!!! Have a great day and workout! Oh yeah, I totally relate with the whole obsessing over times/paces, and then NOT ...what a great feeling!!! I'm sure there are lots of runners like us, but when I heard you talking about it, I felt like I was saying it myself! Here is the post on my website: http://fresh-you.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-inspired-awesome-athletes-of-2012.htmlTake care, and CONGRATULATIONS!Sincerely, Colleen
Colleen I love you post about the trials! I am very flattered to be mentioned in it :) Thanks so much for all the kind words and support. I am truly loving every minute of this journey and having support from so many people keeps me going on the days that getting out the door is a chore! I feel very blessed!