I ran my first race when I was 8 years old, way back in 1973.  Over 35 years later, I’m still running!  This is my blog about my life on the run, our family’s adventures in running, and 3 generations of running in one family.

I have been running my whole life, my favorite game when I was little was freeze tag!  I loved running around and never getting caught.  🙂  My dad started running in the late 60’s/early 70’s, and when we moved to Northeast Ohio he started running races.  When I was 8 he ran a 10 mile race that had an accompanying 3 mile race, and I begged and begged to be able to run it.  My parents must have decided nothing bad would happen, because they let me run.  I don’t remember too much about the race, I know I ran as long as I could and then walked some, and a nice man encouraged me to keep going.  We left before all the awards were handed out, but a week or so later in the mail I received a package – a medal for being the youngest finisher!  I was hooked.

There weren’t very many road races back then, and we would all go to watch my dad when he ran.  Gradually we all started running.  We were even known as the “running Hartley’s” because all four of us would run the races – my parents, my brother and I. 

I ran on the track and cross country teams in high school and college, and have kept running while having four children.  I’m lucky enough to have a very understanding husband who has helped with the kids while I run!  And all four of them now run too – well, the oldest one, DS#1, is primarily a swimmer who started running for fitness.  DD#1 ran cross country and track in high school, and now runs for herself in college, DS#2 is in high school and is running cross country and track, and DD#2 is in grade school and runs cross country and track for her grade school CYO team.

I am a volunteer assistant coach for local high school girls cross country team, and I’ve been helping out the distance coach with the track team also.  This has really revitalized my running!  All the speedwork with the teenagers has helped me to get fast again, and they are so amazing to be with – it’s my dream job, really, if only it paid. 

I am trying to see if I can reach the potential I never quite reached in college.  Hopefully a new year will bring some more Master’s PRs!


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