Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to all of the veterans and their loved ones. We went to the parade this morning and I was saddened by how few old vets there were marching...Too soon there won't be any soldiers left from my father's era. Dad was in World War II. He was a radar man, and had lots of stories. I so miss hearing those stories. I miss celebrating the patriotic holidays with him. I miss him, period.

I took a lot of fun photos of the girls today, while trying out some different techniques. I put a handful of them on the photography blog. The link is on the top right of the page.
Here is one of each little lady....

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Talking Monkey

Amelia is now 20 months old....crazy. She is talking up a storm and adding new words and phrases every day. Over the last two or three days I've been writing down what words she is using, trying to get an approximate word count. There are many that I am forgetting, I'm sure, but she is over 40 words. She also says four three word sentences. I'm going to list them here for future reference.
Edited to add that this morning she grabbed her butt, said "poop-poop" and pooped. She's getting aware of it :)


  1. Where'd you go?
  2. What is this?
  3. Here you go.
  4. There it is.
  5. Impeach Bush! (...okay, wishful thinking)
  1. Mommy
  2. Daddy
  3. ball
  4. Libby (pronounced Bibby)
  5. sit
  6. down
  7. no
  8. yes
  9. kiss
  10. Elmo
  11. tickle
  12. pupy
  13. house
  14. hi
  15. bye
  16. bubbles
  17. cup
  18. please
  19. cheers
  20. up
  21. jump
  22. down
  23. sister
  24. more
  25. Chris
  26. hat
  27. go
  28. cheese
  29. grandma
  30. grandpa
  31. five
  32. shoe
  33. socks
  34. pretty
  35. poop
  36. done
  37. outside
  38. thank you
  39. toes
  40. nose
  41. Ethan
  42. flower

Friday, May 25, 2007

New Photos of the Girls on the Photography Blog

I took some fun photos of the girls tonight. I put a few on the photography blog...go to Soul Reflection Photography...The Blog and check them out!
here is my favorite of the bunch....

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Libby The Marathon Winner

We pushed ourselves as hard as possible....but we couldn't catch Libby. She beat us by 3.3687 seconds. Maybe next year.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Tonight I was making dinner and Libby took the Cool Ranch Doritos out of the cupboard. She put some in a bowl, closed up the bag, and put it away. Next she came over and showed me the bowl of chips and asked, "Do you want some diarreah chips?"

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

2007 Green Bay Marathon Race Report

The following is loosely based on the real life events of two nearly-elite runners surrounding the completion of their second Green Bay Marathon, as told by Reb (one of the two nearly-elites).

Jo arrived at my house on Saturday afternoon to collect me and drive to the pre-race expo and packet pick-up at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. When I opened her car door I was knocked back by an avalanche of debri, tumbling off of her passenger seat. I pulled myself up off of the concrete, with only a few scratches on my arms and face from the accident. Jo quickly tossed the piles of unread mail and half-eaten food into her backseat, where the mice attacked the granola bars with glee. Unfortunately there was still too much dirt and crumbs for my delicate behind, so we retreated to The Hornet (my yellow Vue).

The weather was threatening. The sky was black. Wind howled. Horizontal rain pelted The Hornet. A few close calls and many prayers later, we arrived at the historic home of the frozen tundra and abandoned The Hornet.

People came to the expo in full dress. Two men in tuxedos. A woman in a shiny satin gown. Another young woman in a flowing white gown fit for a bride. Glancing down at our casual dress, we blushed and lowered our eyes sheepishly to the ground. A photographer captured images of the four appropriately-dressed people on the steps of the stadium as we shuffled past them and into the expo.

Upon entering Lambeau’s atrium Jo and I made our way to the packet pick-up area and got our race bibs and timing chips. Next we made our way to the chip activation station, picked up our t-shirts and goody bags, and headed into the throngs of formally-dressed racers to hit the expo. I was in search of a long-sleeved running shirt. I was going to need it for the race. We found my shirt at the first booth…a bright pink and orange baseball-style technical shirt. Totally Reb. I was going to look CUTE laying face down in the street at mile 23.

We saw lots of interesting people…the 1% body fat short-haired women who look remarkably man-like…the people who wear all of their running gear to the expo (are they trying to intimidate people? Make people see how ‘serious’ they are? Look like they ran to and from the expo? Think that sports bras and nylon Nair-short shorts make them look sexy?)…the people offering spine scans and massages on the floor….But the most remarkable was without question…….

….the incredible seven-foot-tall farting man.

I’ll try and get through this for you, because I think you will be entertained, but it will be painful and emotionally draining. Please forgive me if I start to mumble or cry out.

Jo and I were walking down the center aisle of the expo behind a very, very tall man. He may have been wearing a dress. I don’t know. I looked over at the strange beaded jewelry on the table next to us and then it happened. The seven-foot-tall man farted in my mouth. I turned to Jo, who was safely tucked behind me, my face green and stomach heaving. “What?” she gasped. I couldn’t talk. “Ohmygod” Jo hissed, “He farted in your mouth, didn’t he?” Before we risked taking another breath, she grabbed my arm and pulled me to safety. Thank God for caring running partners.

We left the stadium in a rush, searching for fresh air and noodles. We found both at Noodles & Co, where we gorged ourselves on noodles of the Far East and diet soda.

We parted ways Saturday evening, going home to prepare our gear, pin on our race bibs, and get to bed.

My alarm went off at 5:00 am. I stumbled out of bed and made my call to Jo, making sure that she was up and nearly ready to go. Sounding stressed and slightly frantic, she told me that she had pinned her race bib to her stomach by accident and couldn’t get it off. I talked her down and told her that I’d cut the pins off with our wire snip when she got to my house.

To my amazement, Jo had spent four hours emptying her car and laying paper towels and Saran Wrap on the passenger seat so I could sit down without incident. (or maybe it was in case I peed my pants in a state of nervous panic…)

As we’d been told, there were to be only 2,000 parking spots for over 6,000 participants. We were both very concerned about finding parking and making it to the starting line on time. Exiting the highway, we made it a mere few blocks before traffic slowed to a standstill. I heard Jo’s respiration speed, saw her hands begin to shake and eye begin to twitch…. “Get into the right lane!” I barked. She questioned me, “but we need to go to the left up there!” I urged her to trust me, and we dove into the other line, flying past block after block of runner-filled cars. Finally we approached the stadium entrance. Jo tried to pull into the long line of cars, but I grabbed the wheel and pulled it to the right. Screaming, Jo skidded around the corner and we headed in the wrong direction…towards the convention center. After convincing her to perform an illegal u-turn, we rolled up to the stoplight, crossed the street, waved to those waiting in the long line to turn left, and pulled into the parking lot. Tricky, tricky, tricky. It is just this sort of inventiveness and agility that would make us compete with the elites.

Inside the Lambeau atrium once again, we made our way to the bathroom before heading for the starting line. It was a long wait, but we used the time to stretch and get to know some of the other runners. Walking into the bathroom, finally, you could smell the nervousness. Literally. We got in and out as fast as humanly possible, and nearly passed out from holding our breath.

The weather was brutal. Temperatures in the low 40’s and a strong wind. Jo and I walked to the starting line and then kept walking…and walking…and walking…until we found the starting area designated for the elite runners. I thought it was funny that the elites had to start in the area marked “5 Hours” but shrugged and jumped into the crowd. A gentleman to our right told his running partner that he had a really hard time getting that timing chip down…he had gagged and choked a couple of times before successfully swallowing it. We commented that he may have a harder time getting it out….

Next was the official false start. When you are an elite and start at the back of the pack, there is always a delay after the starting gun. The gun fires, the crowd cheers, and then….nothing. Moments later another cheer and we take a few steps forward…then a collective “whoa” and we stop…repeat three times, then start for real.

We are proud of, and impressed by, the people who have the gumption to walk the entire marathon. But PLEASE, walkers….PLEASE can you start at the back of the pack, behind the runners, and stay to the side of the road??? It is so frustrating to get caught behind walkers during the first mile of the race when you are already weaving and bobbing constantly, trying to find a free spot in which to run.

As always, Jo and I talked to lots of runners during the race. We love to laugh and joke throughout the event, making it fun for us and the other elites we run with. Those Kenyan guys are real pranksters, but we give them a run for their money in more ways than one.

A couple miles into the marathon we met a couple of middle aged gentlemen running their first marathon. We talked about training and strategy and chatted. Then we left them behind as we pushed forward. About a half mile later we came up on those guys again, making a comment about lapping them. Chatted for a while again and took off. Another mile down the road we came up on them once again, making the same joke about lapping them and encouraging them to hurry up. They said that they were taking it easy and enjoying the scenery. With that, I slapped my ass, said, “yeah, you just like this scenery” and we took off, listening to their laughter falling into the distance. We never saw them again.

Several miles later we came upon an older man, probably pushing 60. We talked with him a bit and he commented that he needed some angel kisses to get him through. I told him that if we finished at about the same time I’d give him a kiss. He agreed, said, “thanks, Angel” and we parted ways.

We saw lots of strange people throughout the race…the half-marathoner dressed as a sheep, the disabled man (possibly minor CP or a stroke victim) who does a very fast semi-paralyzed shuffle in shiny American flag shorts who we see during every marathon (he told me that he’s run over thirty marathons), the cow guy who wears everything Holstein, and other characters of every shape and size. We did not see Barefoot Bob this year, unfortunately. I’m still trying to get over that pain.

There are always long lines at the porta-johns. Therefore, there are always a lot of men running off into the bushes on the side of the road. Usually they run in at least several feet, so that they are somewhat hidden. One man, however, who was running in sandals by the way, decided that it was fine to simply stand facing the bushes and pee right on the side of the road. It was really gross and everyone was commenting on it. Soon afterwe saw an opening in the woods and went for it. We ran off of the course, sprinted into the woods and found a private-ish spot, dropped trou, and let ‘er fly. Jo had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, but said ‘what the hell’ and we ran back out, arms stretched above head, inspiring cheers of several female racers.

We ran a few feet behind a short and squat man for a couple of miles. He must have been a cop because he knew most of the officers along the course. He’d yell out and get a high five or a fist-bump. After he got a fist bump from one particular cop, I ran over with my fist extended, yelling, ‘don’t forget about me!’. He looked at me with a look of complete confusion and fright, paused, then slowly raised his fist to mine. I had scared the crap out of him, and it’s a wonder I didn’t get shot.

The cramping started somewhere around mile 14. For me it was a constant cramp from everything from glutes to calves. Jo’s alternated between muscles, keeping her guessing. The cold and wind definitely contributed to this phenomenon. My hands were freezing through the entire race, and there were times I actually shivered while running. The weather was definitely a major contributor to making this marathon my toughest so far.

Chris and the girls waited for us at two spots during the last half of the race, and then again at the finish line. Each time I saw The Hornet off in the distance I told Jo, “there’s Chris…stand up straight, try to keep your mouth closed, and do your best to look like you’re not dying for the photos”. I think we did pretty well…Team Dingo (We are members of Team Dingo, the most impressive and accomplished running club of mothers on the planet.) members who saw the photos say that we look like we had only run around the block a couple of times.

At some point we hooked up with the 4:45 pace team and hung with them for many miles. We walked through each aid station in order to get the Gatorade down, and then she blew her whistle and called for a roar. And each time, Jo and I howled like the Dingos we are. After about mile twenty we fell back and let 4:45 lady vanish into the distance. They needed our help no longer.

The last six miles were tough. I would not say that we hit the wall. We haven’t yet. But it was tough. A struggle. A true test. It was sheer will that kept us moving forward during those last miles. Our legs were cramped, we were cold, exhausted, and….quiet. That is not normal for us. When we turned onto the last street of the course, a spectator (or was it a cop) told us that there was only one more turn. We ran a couple of blocks and then the stadium came into view. We were within a mile of the finish. A guy at the 25 mile aid station offered us beads. I did not have the energy to flash him, so passed them up.

We turned into the parking lot of the stadium and headed for the player entrance. Ran the familiar route through the tunnel and out onto Lambeau Field. Jo said, “and now a lap for Owen”, I said a few words to him and we took off around the track. I had chills and knew without any doubt that my father was running with me. I could feel him there.

Running back through the tunnel and out into the parking lot, we could see the finish line. We waved to our families, gave some high fives, joined hands, and ran as hard as we could. The announcer called out our names on the loudspeaker and we got lots of cheers.

Libby came running up to me full of excitement, yelling, “mommy, Santa Claus knew your name and said, ‘here come Berecca Klich and Jo Phillip’!!!!! She swore that it was Santa who announced our finish and was AMAZED that he knew our names.

A photographer took our finish line photo, we got our medals, and staggered over to have our timing chips cut off. We started to walk off to meet Chris and the girls and Jo’s sister and the EIGHT kids she brought along with her without help. Jo said, “you’ve got some kissing to do” and I saw our older friend who I promised to kiss at the finish. He smiled, stood up, and I gave him a big kiss on the cheek and a hug. He had popsicles stuck down each shoe and was looking pretty rough, but he was smiling….and he finished before us. As we walked away, a paramedic came up to check on him, but he claimed that he was fine.

Official finish time: 5hours, zero minutes. Average pace of 11:27 minutes per mile. Although my Garmin said that we actually ran 26.62 (all of the weaving back and forth in the first five miles and the run into the woods added up) miles with an average pace of 11:18 minutes per mile.

Both of us are sore, but neither is injured. Last year I hurt my hip and knee, wound up in physical therapy, and was unable to run for a couple of months. Three days post marathon I am walking fairly normally. I had no chaffing and only one small blister under my toe. Unfortunately, my flu from last week returned with a vengeance and I spent last night violently vomiting and until moments ago hadn’t eaten in 30 hours. I left work after two hours and slept for six hours straight, until the Chris and the girls came home. I’m still feeling rough, but I think I’m on the mend.

Jo and I decided during the race that we would not run Green Bay next year. Instead, we will pick a different marathon each year…starting out with a different race in the state (maybe Madison or Milwaukee or up North somewhere), then a different one in the region (maybe Chicago?)…then somewhere really fun like the Rock N Roll marathon in California. I plan to run the half marathon at the Fox Cities Marathon in September, but who knows…maybe I’ll run the full. We’ll see!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Marathon Girls

We did it!!!!

Jo and I finished the Green Bay Marathon in 5:00 flat. We missed our personal best by four minutes, but that's still good! I had the flu most of the week and we've both had a MILLION things going on in the last month (both of us closed on the sale of our houses, etc), so we did better than I had expected. Plus, the weather was brutal. Very cold and very windy. My legs were completely cramped up from mile 14 to 26.2....well, they still are......
I'll do a complete marathon report tomorrow, but here are some photos that Chris took today :)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

T Minus 10 hours

Ten hours from this moment I will be nervously standing in the parking lot of Lambeau Field, staring down the starting line of the Green Bay Marathon.
...well, I suppose I'll actually be staring down the back of some dude in Nair-short nylon running shorts and neon green racing singlet.....
And I won't really be will be more of a bounce-and-rock manuever reminiscent of Rainman missing Wapner.
Oh, yeah...and I'll be verging on losing my cheerios and coffee.

The race starts at 7:00 am, which means that Jo and I will be on the road well before 6:00. Apparently there are only 2,000 parking spots for 6,000 runners. The starting line and finish line take up a lot of the Lambeau parking lot, which eats up a lot of stalls. They are anticipating major parking issues. I think I'm more nervous about finding parking and getting to the start on time than I am running 26.2 miles.

They are predicting that it will be 44 degrees at the start, and about 52 when we finish. AM clouds, afternoon sun. I bought a long sleeved running shirt today at the marathon expo, so I'll have something weather-appropriate to it's super cute--bright pink and orange baseball style shirt.

So at least I'll look cute laying spread eagle in the middle of the road at mile 24.....

Friday, May 18, 2007

33 Hours and Counting....

33 hours until the starting gun of the Green Bay Marathon!!
I have had a stomach virus/flu thing all week (actually missed two days of work), so I'm a little concerned. We definitely won't be running for a new personal record this year. I just hope to finish as strong as possible.
You can track our progress with free automated text messages and/or emails if you go to the Green Bay Marathon website and sign up. They send updates every few miles letting you know where we are in the race :) you just need my bib number, which is 1724.
Wish me luck :)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Photography Blog

I started a new blog, solely for my photography business, since my new site doesn't allow for daily updates. On the new blog, I'll post a few of my favorite images from each session and general news. The address is
Stop on over!
(I'll continue to keep this as usual in gnomeland) :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New Website Coming Soon!

I should have my new photography website up very soon. I have finished loading the photos and editing my content. I like it a lot. It's nice and bright and clean looking, has plenty of galleries for me to show my portfolio to potential clients, and looks much more professional. I just need to get help with how to get it loaded so that it pulls up on the web instead of my current site. And I don't have a clue about how to do that. I'm hoping that I'll get help with that in the next couple of days!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Fun Business Cards

I've been creating a custom business card after every session. I pick one of my favorite shots, then make it into a card, print it on wallets, give the client six and keep a couple for myself. I stole the idea from my friend Amy, a photographer I met through the Audrey Woulard workshop. People love it. And are more likely going to pass out my card if it has their child's face on it :) Here are a couple of recent, huh? (I covered up phone and last name)
I am excited to load some of the photos from today's family session. There are some beautiful ones of my friend's three month old baby. (that's her on the card where she's in the grass) I hope to load them to the site tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New photos on the site

I had a really fun family photo session on Sunday. They wrecked their pants on the greasy railroad tracks, took off their shoes, posed in my living room chair out in the middle of a park, and climbed a tree....what amazing sports!! Check out some of my favorites on my website. Soul Reflection Photography

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The 12 Days of Marathoning

Twelve days until the Green Bay Marathon. I thought a song was necessary.

The Twelve Days of Marathoning
by Reb Klich

On the first day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
... a blister and a sore knee

On the second day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...two coughs with crud... and a blister and a sore knee.

On the third day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...three Vicoden... two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

On the fourth day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...four naughty words... three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the fifth day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the sixth day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...six socks decaying...five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the seventh day of marathoning my training run gave to me... dreams of winning...six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the eight day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...eight bouts of dreams of winning, six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the ninth day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...nine cramps advancing...eight bouts of wheezing, seven dreams of winning, six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the tenth day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...ten wounds a-seeping...nine cramps advancing, eight bouts of wheezing, seven dreams of winning, six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the eleventh day of marathoning my training run gave to me...
...eleven bursts of griping...ten wounds a-seeping, nine cramps advancing, eight bouts of wheezing, seven dreams of winning, six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

on the twelfth day of marathoning my training run gave to me..
...twelve needs for outdoor plumbing...eleven bursts of griping, ten wounds a-seeping, nine cramps advancing, eight bouts of wheezing, seven dreams of winning, six socks decaying, five sweaty things...four naughty words, three vicoden, two coughs with crud, and a blister and a sore knee.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

WalkAmerica Recap

Another 12 miles in the books for Rainey and Grace.

The weather called for rain and temperatures in the 50's, so I was prepared for a very wet and uncomfortable run. Fortunately, this morning the sun looked like it was trying really hard to burn through the cloud cover. Through the first half of the run there were some sprinkles, but nothing harder ever fell. There was a good sturdy wind, however, which did make the going a little more tough. Temperature was comfortable when running but chilly when at a standstill.

I have a bad cold which is greatly aggrevating my asthma. I also have a strained back from dropping my bike. Yes, I said 'dropping my bike'. I was not moving at the time, fortunately, and my bike is fine. So, I was unable to run yesterday when I tried due to the lung and back pain. That had me pretty worried about today. I used my inhaler a few times during the night and again first thing in the morning, took two cold pills and two Aleve.

Had a bagel and some coffee and did some stretching. Kitty did the same, and we got ready to go. She was walking six miles, for which she's been training for a month.

We arrived at the park and got signed in. Because I'd raised $757.00 and Kitty had raised $600.00, we received 38 and 30 raffle tickets on which we needed to write our name and phone number. 68 raffle tickets later, neither of us won a thing. Bummer. There were some cool prizes.

We watched some older ladies and college-aged boys doing some Jane Fonda style calesthenics and listened to some local beauty queen sing an off-key rendition of the National Anthem.

Then we took off. I started in the front of the pack, since I was one of very few runners almong a pack of hundreds of walkers. I started my iPod, playing the mix I made for the half-marathon I ran by myself. It crashed after a mile and a half. It's not been working well lately. So I ran on in silence. Well, not really in silence...I listened to the plop-plop-plop of my feet hitting pavement and the panting, coughing, and wheezing escaping from my mouth.

I passed the three mile marker feeling better than I expected to (with the cold and back issues)and played running leap frog with a team of two runners and three rollerbladers for the next two miles.

At mile five I split off from the course and ran a mile South to the cemetary where Rainey and Grace are burried. Had a little visit with them and then backtracked to catch back up with the course. I ran across the finish line at eight miles. 'Eight', you ask? 'I thought you were running 12', you question? That's right. I crossed the line at eight but was running 12. They only had three or six mile courses this year, so I ran the six with two added on for the cemetary visit, crossed the finish line and took off for four more miles.

Those first eight miles really went very well. Cruised along (without music or conversation) thinking about all four of my girls, asking them to run with me. My legs were pretty loose and strong, and my back was not so bad. When I crossed the finish line, I took Libby to the trailer where Bobo the clown was making balloon animals and the beauty queens were stamping kids' hands and providing lick and stick tattoos. Grabbed her an ice cream, introduced her to the giant pink dress-wearing cow, returned her to Chris, Amelia, and Jim (Chris' dad), and took off again. I ran back through the finish line, in the opposite direction, and headed off to look for Kitty and then finish my 12.

It didn't take long to find Kitty. She was truckin' right towards me about a quarter mile from the finish, with a big smile on her face. I am so proud of her. She pushed through a lot of arthritic pain and crappy asthma to do this for our girls and the grandbaby of her friends in California, lost at about the same gestational age as Rainey and Grace. It was a beautiful act of grandmotherly love. Rainey and Grace must have been with her, too.

After stopping for fifteen minutes and standing in the cold wind, my muscles got cold and tight. That made the last four miles very difficult. The first mile out was not too legs were tight and heavy, but not terribly so. Miles ten, eleven, and twelve, however, were filled with cramping from my glutes to calves. Had I not been running for my girls, I would have stopped. But I promised them that I would always do 12 miles for them, and nothing was going to stop me from doing just that.

The last mile felt like I was running on legs made of lead, but I made it by repeating 'running for my girls' -- 'running for my girls' -- 'running for my girls'...... I finished mile twelve around the corner from my house, in 2 hours nine minutes of running time. That made for an average pace of 10:45. Respectable with the cold, asthma, back issues, no music or conversation, and wind. Most importantly, both Kitty and I finished our goal distances and felt wonderful about our experience.

I love you, Rainey and Grace...and we miss you terribly. Thanks for watching over your sisters. I'll run with you again next year -- same time, same place.

Friday, May 04, 2007


Tomorrow is WalkAmerica for the March of Dimes. I do 12 miles every year in memory of my twin girls, Rainey and Grace.
It's always a very bittersweet and difficult day for me. It's a day filled of thoughts and memories of my little girls..and of reminders of how badly I miss them. It's also a good day, as it's the one physical thing that I can do for them. I can't change a diaper or give them a hug or put on a band-aid. But I can walk for them and raise money to help other premie babies.
I'll be running the 12 on my own tomorrow, which will make it more difficult. Usually Jo runs it with me, but this year it's just me. I guarantee there will be some tears shed during those 12 miles, but also smiles.
Kitty, my mother in law, is also participating this year. She is walking 6 miles, which is just awesome.
Wish us luck, and if you pray, please say one for my twin girls.