about me

I’m a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, teacher, counselor, chauffeur, maid, cheerleader, dictator, peace-maker, runner, dog walker, scooter rider, and horrible joke teller.

Everyone asks me if I’m a pilot since I work in the aviation department at a college. Nope, I don’t fly airplanes myself, but I’m surrounded by people who do. I feel very lucky to work with people who are passionate about their aspirations and I love helping students reach their goals.

I have a wonderful husband (who IS a pilot), three great teenage kids–yes “great” and “teenage” can be in the same sentence–and a loveable lab mix named Rocco. I can always count on him to want to join me on the many journeys I take–whether that means a five-mile run in our neighborhood or a wooded mountain hike miles away from our home.


That’s the best thing about dogs–they are always looking forward to the next adventure with anticipation and excitement. I learn a lot from my dog.

I’ve been though a lot of difficult journeys in this life. But so have many others. I believe that there are reasons behind each and every journey we take and I accept that we might not understand those reasons for a very long time.

My primary aim in writing this blog is to I can keep track of my fifty-states running goal and share some race reports with other running friends and family along the way. If others stumble upon it and like it, all the better.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by angie on July 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    So glad you’re blogging my friend. I look forward to race reports from all 50 states! I love you – A


  2. Gail,
    I didn’t even know you started this blog!!! I am so excited you are writing about it, so I can keep up with all the details. You really inspire me, and I am so happy we have reconnected.

    Journey on my friend!
    Love yoU!


  3. Posted by Heather on September 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Gail: i am so going to miss seeing you in portland. love your blog and the suggestions within. hiking and yoga are awesome cross training activities. you are awesome.



  4. Posted by Jeff Peters on December 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Enjoying you’re blog. I’m looking to get back to running once I drop some weight. Hope you make all 50! I nominated you for The Leibster Award for giving me motivation!



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