Monday, March 23, 2009

Better Late than Never.....(right?)

Hello Runnin' Friends!

This picture is a little teaser for all of you Wasatch Backers! This is me (in 2007) heading out for my night run at the Wasatch Back. It was 5 miles of running in the dark at 1:45 a.m.. I LOVED it. It was my favorite leg of the race. Can't wait to do it again!

It's time for my overdue introduction.

My name is Chelle (pronounced "Shelly") and I love, love, love to run. I also LOVE to do yoga and have been known to talk for hours with people about both. Wanna? We'll have plenty of time for that when we're stuck in a van at the Wasatch Back!

Yes, I am one of those crazies that is in love with running. I started running right after I got married (14 years age). Before that, I was a running wimp. And I mean a BIG wimp! Example: I begged my Mom in junior high to convince my P.E. teacher that not all of us can run the mileage she was requiring us to run. Umm.... it was maybe 2 miles, if that!
And that is what I love about running. Running truly has changed my life for the better, on the whole. I feel like I can do more in life, and I learned that from running.

So, I am busy, busy (just like the rest of you!) I even feel too busy to update my blog these days, I've decided to share some "basics" with you here and then link to some of the running posts that I've written in the past on my personal blog. I love to read anything about running, and if you are the same... these might be fun to look at (or not!) ; )
I live in SLC with husband (Chris) and four kids, ages 11, 9, 7, 5 (notice how the pattern stops at 5? yep, we're done!!)
I love raising my kids, reading, playing piano (but mostly just end up nagging my kids to practice piano), doing PTA and anything involved in my community, overanalyzing and philosophizing about life (I get myself into trouble with this one, but makes for such fun conversation!) and my second most favorite thing beside running is YOGA! I love it!

Here are some links from my personal blog where I've shared running experiences:

About the Wasatch Back 2007

About the Salt Lake Marathon 2008

About Why I Run

About a Half Marathon (Race Report)

About running and weight (ugh!!)

I can't wait to meet all of you!



Amy said...

All I can say is... LOOK AT THOSE LEGS!!! If I have to run marathons to get legs like that SIGN ME UP!!! :)

What changed your mind about running 14 years ago?

Kristyn said...

I'm so glad to meet you, and it will be a blast being "stuck" in a van with you for 24 hours or so. I have to admit though, after reading your post about last year's WB, I'm a little nervous......I've never done anything like this, and I'm definately going to be the slowpokey one in our van. YIKES!

Jen said...

I loved reading your experiences, we have similar feelings about running! It's really a place for me to clear my mind and hear those whisperings. I can't wait to meet you! I wish I had a great yoga class to go to, it looks like fun. And your WB experience does make me a little nervous!

Mrs JP Chaos said...

I do adore thee.

I'm so excited when I think about June and hangin' with you (and these other awesome ladies) and share this experience.

Cannot wait!!

Chelle said...

Amy, first... you need to get your intro on here. Don't hold out on us. : )
And in answer to your question -- I was going to the gym (aerobics classes) and just didn't love it. I had a co-worker who was a runner and she gave me a bunch of her running clothes that were extra. I had no excuses! So I started running and the rest is history. Running in and out of pregnancies was interesting. I didn't get serious about racing until after Katherine (the youngest) was born. : )

amydear said...

Okay, that yoga pose is totally sweet. I aspire to become a yogi. My back used to be that flexible, but I'm not so sure these days. You sound like a great runner and I'm excited to meet you!

Tall Girl Running said...


I've always thought you write a very poignant blog... you really capture well the emotional and spiritual essence of running.

The leg you ran for last year's Wasatch Back sounds like the same one I requested as my first choice for this year's race. That downhill seven-miler in the dark sounds divine. The last "moderately uphill" one, not so much. But it's all good... and I can't wait to experience it with you and the other gals!

Mel said...

I loved reading about all your races! I am very impressed with you as a mom, runner, writer! Thanks for sharing with us.

Sarai said...

Yeah, that Wasatch Back entry of yours sounded like a toughie, but fun at the same time. We won't be in the same team, but I'm looking forward to meeting you and everyone else in July!