About Me

I was a lady in her 50’s who was searching for the “Fountain of Youth.”  Along the way I discovered RUNNING. Read my blog and you’ll get to see how it all unfolds. (and 21 Things About Me)


April 2008 – I love playing tennis and started golf last summer. Now I’m on to running and hope to run a 5K!!! Am I crazy?

October 2008 – I’ve run 13 5k races. I love running but I’m taking the winter off. (I hate the cold more.)

April 2009 – After a long lazy winter, I’m back to running and signing up for as many 5Ks as I can. It’s an addiction. (BTW, I gave up on golf.)

December 2009 – 17 5ks this past year and I joined a gym so I plan to keep running on a treadmill through the cold weather months. I want to get faster by next year!!!

December 2010 – Between boating and tennis matches, I’ve still managed to squeeze in 21 5ks.  I’ve also lowered my PR to under 28 minutes.

January 2011 - I ran my first Half Marathon!!! I plan to run another as well as other distances.

April 2011 – I’ve run 4 mile & 5 mile races, in addition to, my second half marathon. I now do yoga once a week.

November 2011Several 5Ks under 28 min but then an injury which curtailed my summer running.  I did, however, complete my 3rd half marathon in September, my 4th in October and my 5th in November!!  I also ran my first 15K race.

December 2011 – I fell on ice and broke my left ankle in several places and had surgery!!!  Will I run again???

June 2012 –  I ran again (slowly) but I ran. :)

October 2012 - Back into running.  I ran 11 races including my first 10K.  Now I have a stress fracture in my right foot and my running is on hold… again.  But I’ll be back!

January 2013 – I’m back running…slowly.

March 2013 - I completed my 6th Half Marathon!!

June 2013 – I have entered a new Age Group, have completed 11 races and four 5ks so far this year under 30 minutes. I even won 1st in my AG twice. But I am on the DL AGAIN with a broken 5th metatarsal in my left foot. My running is on hold but I refuse to give up.  Stay turned…

November 2013 – My foot has healed.  I have run several 5ks, a 10k, a 15k. I even finished my 7th Half Marathon!

January 2014 – Still healthy… ran my first 10 mile race.

March 2014 – I completed my 8th Half Marathon and it was a PR!!

July 2014 - I have been running 5ks and winning Age Group awards. I even had a 10k PR.  I also completed my second 10 mile race and my 9th (and hardest) Half Marathon.

September 2014 –  A lot more 5ks and more Age Group awards plus a 5K PR!!!! Also joined a training group for the Troy Turkey Trot 10K.

November 2014 – Started volunteering with a Couch to 5K group and had a 10k PR!!  I also completed my third  10 mile race and it was PR and PRed in a 15k race!!!

January 2015 – Completed my 10th and 11th Half Marathons. Both were PRs.


You can contact me by e-mail at dsc59@nycap.rr.com

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10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great articles, thanks for sharing it! Would love to feature you on Wellsphere.com, a site that helps people to live healthier. Can’t find a contact form so thought I’d comment; look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Larisa


  2. hey! I’ve been searching your page for an email address, but I can’t seem to find one! ( if you want to email me, you can at thenheathersaid at gmail.com )

    I’m not sure if you already have a race scheduled for July 17th (a week from today) but a few of the local bloggers I’ve recently met and myself are going to be running the Schenectady/Greater Glenville YMCA 5K. It’s in Scotia, and starts at Freedom Park. We are thinking of doing a sort of potluck brunch/lunch after the race as well – (I live less than two blocks from the park, so if anything needs to be kept cool we can store it at my apartment) – either outside at the park or if the weather is gross, we can have the meet up at my apartment.

    Let me know if you’d be interested!



  3. Hi Darlene. I am really enjoying your blog!
    I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging!


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