I love making new friends, especially speedy kick butt chick friends! Lynde spanked me at a local 5K race several weeks ago and thanks to her boyfriend contacting me, we met up today for a run. Lynde is super fast and is training for Boston. We have been trying to get together for several weeks and this one finally worked. What fun! I introduced her to the Highline Canal, and thank goodness for that. Now she won’t have to run 3 million loops around Wash park for her long run!

Her run was 17 today and mine was 12. I was excited to meet someone new and excited to see how we would run together. It all turned out quite smashing. I love hearing about peoples lives, how they got into running, and what their experiences with it have been. It’s super neat to listen to where people are headed with their sport of choice, what their dreams are, and how they quantify their goals.


It was refreshing today to run hard. All this long running has left me content with 9-10 minute pace for a long ways. Sometimes I’m shocked that I am able to retain any speed at all. Todays run felt like I was cleaning out the pipes. Lynde has a great base, at a quick pace, she should do wonderfully at Boston. I felt lucky today to hang onto her, chat it up, and enjoy a gorgeous day in denver.

Thanks Lynde, for reminding me today that I can run sub 8 minute pace…for 12 miles…and talk the whole way through it. I can’t wait to run more together.


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  1. Thanks Emily! This is turning into the “outing yourself” post! Pregnancy is such a wonderful time for a woman, you are doing amazing and inspiring things by growing a new person! I always felt that it’s the “greatest adventure” we woman can endeavor into!

    Grow that baby well, prepare for the test of birth, and feel free to email any time for post baby fun outings, I have lots in my arsenal!

    Many congrats!

  2. Ok, after reading Nicole’s comment, I have to out myself, too, Sonja. Only I’m a “creepier” stalker cuz I know you and haven’t commented yet! (I’m not much of a blog commenter) But I totally echo everything Nicole said about you. You are very inspiring in the way you share your goals, your ups and downs, and your journey. It’s really fun to read what you’re up to…you’ve done some really impressive things! (I’m inspired right now, but hugely preggo, so I’m deferring the inspiration for a few more weeks! I may be contacting you for some advice!)

  3. Nicole!
    You just made my morning (and being up at 4:39 right now, that’s takes something serious). Thanks for reading all along, and thanks especially for coming out of the closet with such a nice comment. A half marathon! You go girl. It sounds like you have a great attitude, and therefore, you will be successful. When things get tough in the 1/2 mary, just remember that you are choosing to push your limits, and that you will become stronger because of it. You rock!

  4. Hi Sonja! I’m one of Tyler’s friends from Ohio and I decided to out myself as one of your blog stalkers today. I have been reading your blog for months now, and have even gone WAAYYY back to see where you started. I just wanted to tell you that reading your posts and hearing about your accomplishments has played a big part in motivating me to push myself harder! I’m running my first half-marathon next weekend which is something I never thought I would do, but after hearing about your HR to Boulder run, I am starting to redefine what my “limit” might be!
    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration, and I look forward to stalking you throughout 2009!

  5. Thanks so much for your comment Marilyn! You have quite the fantastic daughter, I really enjoyed getting to know her. You must miss her quite a bit. Enjoy the Boston Marathon, it should be a very neat experience!

  6. Thanks for the blog. So nice to read about my daughter and her friends. I miss her way up North is Spokavegas. Hope to catch her class act in Boston. Nice to meet you…..Marilyn

  7. We were so lucky! It was 61 today and we ran later in the day (Troy was skiing so I had to wait for the drop in day care to open!). I was in shorts and sports bra! Oh Yea!

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