Meet Lizzie

Hey there. I’m Lizzie and I’m the author of this blog.

I am also a wife and a mom, a sister and friend, among other things. I try to be a happy person.

I have three kids, a husband, and two aquatic frogs.

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I like being a mom. I love peeking in on my sleeping kids and seeing in what position they have fallen on the bedtime battlefield. I love hearing my toddlers learn to speak. I love watching them try new things and get to be good at them. I love the constant questions—the thirst and persistence for knowledge is inspiring. (It’s also maddening, for sure, but inspiring too.) I love being a mom even when I don’t like it.

I like to run. My husband does, too. We run together when we can, and when we can’t we support each other and cheer each other on from the sidelines. Running gives me a chance to work through problems and emotions, to push myself to do better, to spend time with friends and family as we run together. Sometimes I run alone, often I run with a friend, and usually I’m pushing a double jogger with one or two kids in it. Occasionally I run with my oldest kid by my side, riding his bike. We help each other up hills and chase each other down them. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment and let’s me see improvement in myself—things that are hard to come by on the long timeline of life and motherhood.

I like to bake and cook. I like to sew and clean and do all sorts of other traditional housewife-ish things. My family and I like to fix things and try to improve on them. We build and make and salvage and savor the results. We do it because we think there is a lot of value in living in a home where things are imagined and created, re-purposed and re-used, worked for and attempted.

And I like to write. It’s the best way for me to figure out what I’m thinking and feeling. I write to share and and learn from others. I write to make sense of the randomness of everyday living. I write to find stories and to tell those stories. I write to capture moments of sunlight and joy so that I can see and remember those moments in when things are not so bright and cheery.

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I hope that sharing my stories is worthwhile to those I share with and those who stumble across them.

So, welcome. I hope you’ll stay and enjoy.

cheers,

lizzie.

9 Comments

  1. I’m running my first post-baby race (5K) on October 2nd and haven’t officially started training yet. (Just running some mornings and doing other stuff other mornings.) Any quick training plans you’d recommend?

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  2. lizzie

    August 17th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    You read my mind, Heather. I’m planning on posting a training plan later this week. I really appreciate any other suggestions of what you want to see on here.

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  3. Lizzie-
    I LOVE your blog. I am so glad you told me about it; I can’t stop reading it and have added it to my google reader. I’m also going to pass it along to another friend who is also a mom-runner. Looking forward to more reading! Thanks again!

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’m so glad you enjoy it, Kathleen. I hope it continues to be enjoyable. And thanks for passing it on as well. :)

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  4. I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog :). I love reading about other mothers who are trying to lead and live a healthy lifestyle.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you did. I’ll be keeping up on your blog as well!

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  5. So glad I found your blog! I love it. I ran through both of my pregnancies, including a half marathon at 27 weeks. Good luck w/ your 10K tomorrow!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Julia! Good work on the half at 27 weeks! That’s inspiring.

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  6. Hi – we have a NASA astronaut who is a mother runner! She is available for interviews tomorrow if you are interested! visit the link above for background and call 281-483-8645 if you would like to request an interview for Tuesday afternoon! thanks!

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  7. Hi Elizabeth,

    My name is Jenna Jackson and I am the Fundraising Team Manager at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). This year, we’re launching a new event called the Million Mile Run and we’re asking your help to get the word out to your community of runners.

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 275 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

    To find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re going the distance…one million miles. That’s a long way, but a parent of a child with cancer would go that far (and then some) to find a cure. As a group of moms, I’m sure you can relate. We’d love to get your chapter or all of the chapters of you involved – by participating, blogging about it or however you’d like!

    Join us during the month of September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) as we collectively run or walk one million miles to raise funds and spread the word of the need to support childhood cancer research.

    How will it work?

    10,000 teams (or individuals) x 100 miles = 1 million miles
    We are recruiting 10,000 runners or walkers (or teams) who will run 100 miles each (or, for teams, collectively) throughout the month of September.

    Pledges/mile x 1 million miles = Millions of dollars for kids with cancer
    There is no fee to sign up, but we ask each individual or team to try to obtain pledges per mile. Just think, if we could collectively raise $10/per mile, we would raise $10 million for pediatric cancer research in just one month!

    For our first year, we are mostly focusing on the awareness and miles, but of course donations help us continue our research! I’d love to talk more about how you can get involved. Please let me know if you’re available to talk next week.

    Warmly,
    Jenna

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  8. Tennille Patterson

    August 20th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Liz,

    I came across your story and I am very interested in doing a tv talk show segment with you and a few other moms about this very topic. Please contact me ASAP 646-751-3150

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  9. Hi Liz,

    I found your blog through Motherlode and just wanted to say “Thank You” for admitting you left your 7 year old alone! I know tons of other moms who have done it – especially when they’re just running out and I’ve done the same (even wrote a post about it as well). Totally on-board with mini excursions into the world of responsibility – just as long as they’re armed with a phone, our address, and the dexterity to dial 911. ;) I’ll be following your blog. Best, Sarah

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Sarah! Nice to meet you!

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