Monday, June 27, 2011

Caught Up!

Alright folks, with this post, I have caught up on every e-mail in my Run For the Bling of It inbox.  So... if you don't see your race recap, or haven't seen it in a previous post, please don't forget to e-mail it in!!! 

Let's get down to the awesome runners and the races they conquered...

Jill ran the Parke County Half Marathon in torturous humidity!
Traci ran the Best Dam Run 10K in May and the Sunrise 8k In June.
Christy D got in a Mother’s Day 5k just before having emergency surgery for a kidney stone.  Get well Christy!!!
Stephanie ran the Komen 5k.
Christy C ran the Firefly 5k night race and the Dad’s Fest 5k!
Carly ran her first trail race (and met Dean Karnazes – JEALOUS!!!).
Lauren ran the Soldier Field 10 Miler!
Fancy Nancy completed three 5ks!!!  (HERE and HERE)
I (Lesley) ran the San Diego RnR Marathon and also recapped a race from April (oops!).
Melie was also in San Diego running the half!
Melissa completed her first half Ironman!  Wow.  Congrats!
Darlene completed a Women’s Run and her 12th race – a 5k in the rain!
Susan ran a 5k with her 7-year-old son.
Caroline ran a 10k!  (recap and photos)
Jess did her first race 8 weeks after an injury.
Nora ran a 20-mile Race a half marathon, and her FIRST marathon!  Congrats Nora!
Stefano ran the Run for the Acorp!
Jill ran her 10th race and 11th race – one more to complete the challenge!!!
Christina ran a hot local 5k!
Nora also did a 5k (oops, missed this one in the list above… Nora has been busy)!!!
Sunny ran the Bay to Breakers 12k and Fremont 5k.
Laurie ran a 50k!!!  (Part 1 and Part 2)
Sara ran a June marathon and has a belated report from a March half marathon!
Kim ran the Ragnar relay as her 11th race.  Super fun!
Richelle ran a 10k and placed in her age group.  Congrats!
Allison ran (and swam and biked) the Metroplex Sprint Tri!
Christy got a huge PR at her 7th race of the year.
Angelia and Julian posted four recaps – American Heroes, Mesquite Rodeo Ride, Kids Tri, and Try the Tri.
Savitre ran the 13.1 in Chicago (I heard about that heat… yuck!).
Linzi just ran her second half marathon and shaved 42 minutes off her time!  WOW!!!
Hannah pulled off a PR in a Virtual 5k!
Crystal also ran a virtual 5k!
Tiffany has already raced 10 races this year!

Shew!!!  Tons of racing going on!  So glad to be caught up with your reports.  Now go clickety click and support your fellow bloggy racers!  Congrats everyone on some awesome races and race reports.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Some More Crazy Race Recaps!

I'm still catching up!  I promise, I will get to all the race reports.  I'm through all the e-mails for May with these recaps, and I'll be getting on the June e-mails soon!  Keep sending them in when you complete them.  I'm just going through the e-mails one at a time from the bottom up.  I love getting through these e-mails and knowing I'm not the only crazy race-addict!!!  There are some really amazing recaps in here, so get out there, read them, and support your fellow racing bloggers!  (Yes, I like the exclamation point!) 

Let's get right to it...

Darlene ran a 3.5 mile corporate challenge.

TutuRunner completed her May race (Part 1, Part 2)

JoAnn accomplished a long-time goal of becoming a triathlete!!! 
Kim completed her 6th race by doing a duathlon with her hubby!

Tanya had a lot to report for May… three 5ks, two with age group awards! (Race 8 & 9, Race 10)
Jill completed her 10th race of the year.
Danielle rocked a PR and a 2nd place AG award!
Darlene had a great 5k race.
Lesley (me) ran a 3rd half marathon in 15 days.
Carly ran a Warrior Dash!!!  (Recap and the Photos)
Sarah ran her first half!!!  (In my hometown, I might add.  ;-)  )
Stefano ran the Race for the Cure.
Elizabeth ran Big Sur!!!  (Jealous… definitely on my bucket list of races!)
Andrea had a ton of May races to report!  (A half marathon, a tribute race, a 5k, another 5k, and a marathon relay.)
Richelle ran the Stillwater 10k!
Nancy ran a Virtual Marathon!
Kim completed her 4th race of the year with a team duathlon.

More reports coming soon!!!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Two in One Day!

See... I'm on a roll!!!  I'll get through this pile of e-mails slowly, but surely.  Again, give me a few more days to catch up, *then* if you haven't seen your link or think I missed a report, then e-mail me!!!

I just realized that this past Sunday, I ran my 12th race of the year, already!!!  Anyone else already up to 12?  I bet there are several out there with as many awesome race reports as there are.

Anyhow, on to business...

Allison finished her first 70.3 Half Ironman!  Wow!!!
Lesley ran the Centennial Half as part of an 18-miler
Jill completed race 9 of the year at Cape Cod Irish Village Races
Heather ran Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge.
Richelle ran a touching Benefit 5k and a 1 Mile Race where she PR’d.
Megan completed a 5k at a Cajun Food Fest!  Yum.
Johann completed another Half Marathon.
Kim completed race 9 of the year with her second of 2 back-to-back half marathons!
Nora ran a 30k!!! 
Christine ran the Delaware Half Marathon.
Christina had a couple May races to report – Here and Here
Stephanie covered 4 races in this post!
Elizabeth ran the Cleveland Marathon.
Marcia conquered a 25k!
Melissa got 2nd in her AG at her 10 mile run and got an overall female win at this 5k!
Angelia and Julian were part of a triathlon relay! 
and Julian completed another kids’ triathlon.
Hannah got to participate in a costume race and scored a PR!
Laura completed the Tildon Tough Ten.
Linzi PR’d at the Race for the Cure 5k!

(Elizabeth's Cleveland Marathon Bling!)

More race reports coming soon!!!!!!!  Lot of catching up to do!  Congratulations on all the fantastic races... big and small.

Playing Catch Up!!!

Please forgive us... we have gotten way behind on posting your race reports. Sherry was attempting to pick up my slack while I tried to get through the remainder of the school year and marathon training, but then was surprised by the amazing news of her pregnancy... which, as all of us who have gone through it know, can be exhausting. So basically... we were busy/tired/crazy/pre-occupied etc and got behind. But it's summer, my marathon is over... and I am going to try to get us back on track with this blog. ;-)

With that said, there are a TON of race reports to post. I am going to do my best to post them in order that I received them via e-mail, and they won't all make it into one post. If after a week or so of playing catch up, you see I've missed a race report, just send me another e-mail with the link, and I'll try to get it posted for you!

Melie got in her 7th race of the year
Billie completed a really unique Survival Challenge
Ronda got in a Quarter Marathon
Julian & Connor (age 9 and 4) completed a Triathlon
     (these are my nephews, so go give them some shouts)
Angelia got it 48 biking miles on BikeMS
Darlene grabbed a 5k PR
Susan raced a Mother's Day 5k
Savitre travelled to Dallas for the Rock n Roll Half
Nora ran her first ever Trail Run
Kristen completed a 5k, Virtual 5k, and her Second Half Marathon
Richelle completed the Cool Kids Virtual Marathon
And blogger is being VERY temperamental, so that's all for right now. I'll try to catch up on more later. (It's not letting me link the other races I had in this post... oh well, we'll get it up soon!!!) Even though some of these reports are older, go visit some new blogs and show your support for all the racing going on!!!
And just in case you missed Sherry and I while we fell woefully behind on this blog... here we are on the beach in San Diego a few days ago (before Rock n Roll San Diego).

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Andrea is new and has completed several races this year! ONE TWO THREE FOUR
Angi created a family triathlon
Brooke did a 40 mile bike race!
Carly PRed at a 5K!! and did another race HERE and a 10 miler HERE
Caroline ran a 10k!!
Christy did a couple of races. Here and her first half marathon!
Christy ran a free 5k
Cristina ran an awesome 10k!
Darlene completed a 5 mile race.
Elizabeth ran a half
Erin thought Dallas RNR was uneventful!
Hannah finished another race for the challenge!
Jan ran the Iron Girl Clearwater 5k
Jill finished her 3rd half in 35 days!
Jill had a couple of races to catch up on!
JoAnn completed the Urban Assault with her husband!
Kayla ran an 8k
Kelly ran in the Bunny Dash 5k!
Kerri ran a fun, low key lil' shin-dig in the heart of Wisconsin's dairy-land
Kim ran her 2nd ever half marathon!
Kim set a new PR at a half marathon
Kristen ran her first half marathon!!
Laura had a magical time!
Lauren ran a 10k!
Lucy did her best to Knock Out Cancer
Melie ran a 10k!
Melissa completed a race!
Melissa got a BQ!!!!!
Nancy made it a family affair in tutu's!
Pam completed another half!!
Ronda ran another half marathon ;)
Stefano completed another awesome race!
Stephanie completed a 10 mile race!
Tanya ran her 2nd half of the year and got a new PR!
Tara ran in the Knoxville Marathon
Valerie ran another half marathon!

It's been a fantastic couple of weeks racers!!! Keep up the great work! Please make sure when you email the links you put the exact blog link not just your main blog link. It will help save me tons of time! Appreciate all of you!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Quarter Over!!!

Allison rock-n-rolled this past weekend in Dallas!

Angie Rock-n-rolled!!

Brooke did a duathlon

Carly Ran the National Half Marathon Relay (and puked)

Christy ran the NYC Half Marathon

Darlene ran for her life at a 5k

Elizabeth ran the Fool's 50K

Hannah ran a new half marathon PR

James ran his first marathon

Jenn ran another half marathon!

Jennifer really enjoyed her race in TEXAS

Johann ran another half marathon

Julie ran her first 5k

Lesley finished the Cupcake Marathon and set a new PR at RNR Dallas

Meggan ran a 10 mile race on Ocean Drive

Michelle is hooked on trail running now!

Ros ran the Disney half a few weeks back and then hosted her own 5K

Shannon - Rocked her FIRST half marathon and completed her first virtual marathon

Shannon got lucky at her half marathon!

Shelley ran her first race after an injury

Sherry completed her 5th half marathon

Stephanie ran a 10k and the Cupcake Half Marathon

Susan ran the RNR Dallas Half!

Tara had a fabulous time at the NYC half marathon

Valerie completed a 5k , a half marathon and another 5k

Victoria ran a great race!

Hey all you racers!!! Great job on sending in the reports! I noticed that some of you commented last week that you did a race – PLEASE email the links to me at It’s too much work for me to have to track them down other places!!!

We are a quarter way into the challenge and y’all are really banging out the races it seems!!! GREAT JOB! Good Luck to everyone racing this coming weekend. It’s a rest weekend for me!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sorry it's late!

Hey guys! Sorry this is a few days late. I was under the weather and didn't have a chance to get it all together. This post will be everyone that made the Wednesday cutoff from last week. The ones sent in over the weekend will be up on Thursday like normal!

Bobbie ran a 3k and a 5k

Brooke was a warrior

Christine ran her first sub 2 hour half marathon

Cornia finished a hot, windy and sandy run!

Cristina ran a half

Crystal - hubby ran the half and she ran the 5k

Elaine did her first relay race

Elaine ran a virtual 13k

Erika ran a 4 miler

Erin did a non race

Erin ran a relay across Texas

Jill ran TWO half marathons FIRST ONE. and SECOND ONE

JoAnn ran an insane race

Johann ran a 50k

Kate ran a half marathon

Kim ran a 5 mile race

Lesley ran the Dash Down Greenville

Liz shook her shamrock

Marcia ran a 5k

Melissa ran the cupcake virtual marathon

Mike Ran a 15k

Monique ran an 8k

Nancy ran a Cupcake Marathon!!!

Nancy ran a half marathon

Richelle got lucky

Shannon ran her first virtual race

Shannon is getting a hang of these virtual races

Stefano ran a 10k and a 5k

Stephanie ran at the beach!

Tanya ran a PR for a 5k

TUTU Runner ran the farthest she ever has

Keep them coming guys!!! You are all rocking right through this challenge!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Christine ran an 8k!

Danielle ran a 5k

Heather ran the Disney Princes Half and the ESPN 5k

Jennifer ran Cowtown!

Jill ran a 5k too but is having a bit of blog trouble right now ;)
Kadie ran a St. Paddy's Day 5k

Megan was a warrior, ran a 5k in Feb and in Jan.
Melie completed a 4 mile race.

Pam ran a 5k!!

Paula ran the Little Rock Half Marathon

Ronda ran two races in a weekend - The Royal Family 5k and the Princess Half

Traci ran in the rain

Wow - I remind yall to send in race reports and yall listened! We have tons of reports to read this week - the most ever so far! It's March now and a ton of you are rocking right along in this challenge. Remember, if you don't have a race near you or the cost is a factor, pick up a virtual race or two to get you by!

Sorry about the formatting! Sometimes blogger has a mind of it's own!

Happy Racing!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Get your Race Reports!!!

Amanda ran a 4 mile race
Angelia and Julian Angelia ran her first 10k and Julian placed in his a/g for the 5k!
Brooke ran 2 races at Disney. The Beauty and the Beast and the Disney Princess
Caroline ran a 5k in PINK!
Corina ran Cowtown
Corina ran in the Texas Independence Relay Day 1 Day 2
Crystal ran a virtual 5k during a training run
Erika sent in a few race reports for us to read Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Jan ran a 4 mile race
Jess did another tri
Johann ran a great race!
Kayla was a princess for day
Lauren was a princess
Lucy was a Princess for her FIRST half
Melie had the flu and still ran in a 5k for a great cause
Michelle ran Cowntown too
Mike ran his first race back after injuries
Savannah ran the Princess too.
Shannon ran a 5k with her son and niece
Stefano ran a half marathon
Stephanie ran Disney
Stephanie ran two races for the price of one
Valerie completed another 1/2 marathon

There were sooooo many great races this week... it's super fun to read them all for this blog post! Work is SUPER CRAZY this week, so I'm going to keep it short here! Great job racing and looking forward to even more reports next week!

Thank you all sooooooo much for remembering to send in your reports when you have them ready!!!! Have a fantastic day! I can't wait for the weekend so I can sleep ;)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Impressive Race Results!!!

Allie ran in a relay!!!

Angelia and Julian took home some bling!
Bobbie Race 1 Race2 ran a couple of races recently
Danielle rocked it!

Elizabeth rocked it NOLA style
Jason ran a great hilly and windy half!
Jess completed a tri

JoAnn ran a 10k!!
Kellie rocked it at RNR NOLA
Leslie ran another race!

Marcia Ran a 5k!!!
Sheridan ran a 5k!!!
Sherry ran another half marathon
Stephanie Ran RNR NOLA
Susan ran her first marathon!
Theresa ran a great race!

As always, you guys are amazing and put up some great race results! Make sure to email us as you write your posts so that we get them up on the weekly post!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another Week of Great Races!!!

First, congratulations to Hannah who got a different type of bling!

Cristina had a PR!
Johann ran the Pick n Pay Marathon for the 9th time!
Julie reached the finish line with her dad and brother.
Kim ran a 5 mile Sweetheart race.
Laura ran a couples relay!
Laurie ran a 5k.
Lucy completed a 5k to support her daughter's school!
Melissa smashed her PR!
Pam got a 5k PR and 2nd in her age group!
Richelle ran indoors!
Ros ran her first 5k!
Sheri ran a Valentine's Run.
Terri got a 14 minute half marathon PR!!! Wow.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Amanda ran her first race ever!
Angi ran a superbowl race for her Steelers
Christine ran a 4 mile race!
Cristina Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 submitted her race results
Darlene ran a 4 mile race!
Darlene ran her first half!
Elizabeth ran a hard and snowy trail race
Jan set a new PR on this 5k course
Katie swam in a race and got a really cute medal!
Kellie ran the Houston Half
Leslie ran a 9k race
Melie ran a half marathon on the beach!
Rose ran a virtual race!
Savitre ran a RNR half marathon!
Shannon ran her first 10k!!!
Shannon ran a 10k in snowshoes!
Tanya set a new PR
Victoria ran a 5k!

Awesome job runners! Enjoy reading the reports!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One month down and Eleven to go!

Bobbie ran a virtual race!
Caroline ran her first half marathon!!!
Casey Ran a 15k
Chris ran a 10k
Corina ran a half marathon! Check the size of her bling ;)
Crystal ran a TRI
Danielle Ran a 5k in the sand
Elaine set a new 15k PR!
Eva did the Goofy Challenge Race 1 Race 2
ran her first half marathon!
Jan ran a couple of races Race 1 Race 2
Jessica ran a TRI
Kathy PR'd on a half marathon
Kim ran a race in snowshoes!
Kristen ran a 5k!
Laura crossed the finish line first ;)
Lesley ran another half!
Melie ran a hard 10k
Michelle Ran Houston
Paula ran a virtual race!
Rose ran a virtual race!
Shannon completed a half marathon!
Sheri ran a virtual race!
Sherry set a new half PR
Stefano had a great race
Valerie ran a half marathon!
Victoria ran a 5k

Congrats again to everyone who completed their races. January was a busy month for all of us! By now, most of us should be 1 down and 11 to go! Please remember to email us when you have written your race report so that we can link it!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Our Story...

Some of you that are participating here know me and Sherry from our personal blogs, but we also have several participants here that don't follow our personal blogs and just heard about the challenge from another participant... so... I wanted to introduce us!

Sherry has a personal blog HERE and Mine (Lesley) is HERE.  This past September, I posted about preparing to run the Heels and Hills Half Marathon (my 5th half).  Sherry commented on my blog asking if I wanted to meet up before.  From there we started e-mails back and forth and realized that our paces were very similar.  We agreed that we'd try to run some of it together.  We met for the first time about 60 seconds before the gun sounded at the starting line.  We look like Mutt and Jeff together.  I'm super tall and an Athena runner, and Sherry is super petite.  But regardless, we pushed almost the exact same pace.  By the way, this was Sherry's first half marathon.  There were parts where I was tired (the hills) and Sherry's motivation pulled me through, and then there was the end when Sherry was losing steam and I helped keep her going.  We crossed that finish line separated only by a couple seconds since I can't help but sprint the finish.

We also both ran the same first full marathon - White Rock Marathon, but we didn't run together since Sherry trained with a running group.  Despite running separately and having completely different days (hers comfortable and easy and mine starting too fast followed by massive pain and suffering), we finished only 2 minutes apart.  Pace twins.

On New Year's Day, we ran another half and agreed to not only stay together, but take it easy.  And we did... and it was an awesome run... again, at times she pulled me, and at times I pulled her. 

When you read this on Saturday, yet again, I will be running a half marathon with Sherry.  Little did she know that while she was writing this post, I was literally already halfway to the running store to register for the race so we could run together.  I texted her a photo of my bib as soon as I got it.  I had no clue she had posted to her blog about not wanting to run it alone!

So this challenge was brought to you by two runners, who met by chance via our blogs, and by some miracle run almost exactly the same pace, and who both LOVE bling.  Seriously?  Who doesn't love bling?

Thank you so much for joining in on the challenge.  We really spent some time going back and forth on ideas, and we wanted to make sure it was a challenge both beginners and advanced runners could participate in... and I love reading on race reports how you picked a race to make sure you got one in for the challenge.  I'm so glad it is encouraging people to set goals!  Happy running!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Week 4 - Challenge Report

Aimee - Ran a 15k and beat her previous PR by 12 minutes!
Ang - Ran a 5k and got 3rd place for her age group!  Awesome job!
Angi - Ran in a cookie race!  That's my kind of race!!!  ;-)
Angie and Randee - Ran a 15k around my favorite lake.
Danielle - Ran a 4 mile race.
Diana - Posted 2 race reports this week... Here and Here and Here
Hannah - Rocked a half marathon with her sister.
Jenn - Finished a half marathon.
Julie - Won her prediction race!!! 
Katie - Got in her first race of the year!
Kerri - Rang in the new year with a race.
Lesley - Set a new 15k PR.
Melissa - Ran a 10k!
Michelle - Ran a 15k (and beat her hubby...)
Pam - Ran a 5-miler.
Stephanie - Started the year with a 5k.
Traci - Ran a 5k, plus added on some miles pre-race for a distance PR!

Wow!  So many fantastic races this week. 

(Please note a few of the races happened earlier in the year, we post them the week we receive the links... so don't forget to e-mail us those links!!!)