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I don’t feel like finding the marvelous in this weekend. But I will throw mad respek to Katie for the ability to party 😀

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

Let’s do magnificent, shall we?

Magnificent: Coming home.

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Atlanta Half Weekend 007

Magnificent: Warmth.

Atlanta Half Weekend 001

Magnificent: Atlanta snow. NOT CHICAGO SNOW.

Atlanta Half Weekend 008

Magnificent: Race expos; samples galore. Free greek yogurt.


Magnificent: Creativity.005

Magnificent: Swirlgear #swirlselfies


Magnificent: Site-seeing.


Magnificent: Flip Burger.


Magnificent: My family.


Magnificent: Better than we imagined.


Mom was aiming for 4:30.  A few stops for the bathroom, lots of pep talks and coaching, so much amazing scenery, free Jelly Belly (YES), and 1/2 of the course spent FREEZING. But I got her across, and we finished a few minutes under 4:00. She wasn’t sure if she could. She proved herself wrong. Step by step. I couldn’t have been more proud of her.


I will treasure this medal not because I finished–Alex and I walked just about the same amount our first full day in Paris–but because she did. This medal is a piece of my mom with me, all the time, and a piece of my city with me in cold, blustery Chicago.


I’m not going to cheapen the weekend, the day, the feeling, other than to say, I am honored to call you my teammate, my best friend, and my reason for being. I inspired you to walk your first half-marathon; you inspired me to run my first; now I am about to start training for my second marathon.


Never believe in the impossible. Believe in the possible. Achieve what is now possible. And then go and take a nap. I did.

Where do you call “home”?

For those that have, what spurred you to run your first half or full marathon, rather than just sticking to everyday miles? 

What is your favorite time and place of year? Nothing compares to Atlanta in spring. Not even fall in New York City. Spring and Fall in Charlottesville are closest.

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  • Reply Laura

    What an amazing (and magnificent) weekend! Congrats to your mom!

    March 24, 2014 at 8:26 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Thanks! I will pass it along! I was so, so proud of her. Plus I didn’t give her much of a choice 😀

      March 25, 2014 at 7:58 am
  • Reply courtruns4cupcakes

    Congratulations to you and your mom! My mom is my running partner and I love racing with her, I will forever cherish the races I do with her. Home for me is Ohio so I do not get to see my family very often but when I do make it up there I never take my time for granted. I’m so glad you had a great weekend!

    March 24, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      It really is amazing the perspective you get once you leave home, and how special home becomes for you whenever you leave. I feel the same way–you can never take that time with the ones you love or in the places you love for granted. And I love that you and your mom run and race together!

      March 25, 2014 at 7:59 am
  • Reply pickyrunner

    Aw congrats! Your weekend sounds fabulous. Walking with my mom is my favorite thing in the world, so I can only imagine how amazing completing a half with her must have been. Home for me is Rhode Island first, New Hampshire second. But really, it’s wherever my family is.

    March 24, 2014 at 9:03 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      So, true. Home really is wherever you can be together. But there will always be something about the nostalgia you get when you drive through your neighborhoods (or marina :)) and see the same trees and sights. I rarely go home to see the same (non-family) people–I want to see my family and my city. And do the half with Mom was great, especially because it was more than just a walk–I was PUSHING her! haha

      March 25, 2014 at 8:01 am
  • Reply your mommy, Clare

    ……..and, YES, we did cross that finish line together, Suse! ……..a moment of enormous pride in each other, but also in ourselves.
    I wanted so much to cross a finish line again, I needed to do it. As you know, I’ve had some half-marathons that didn’t end quite as they were planned.

    You helped me get across it, but, you didn’t carry me, or prod me–you walked me through it. That is what true inspiration really is–not a handout, but a hand.
    YOU knew I could do it, again, but you had to convince ME that I really could do it again.

    When you were born, 26 years ago next month (and a month early) you were tired of being cooped up and you were ready to get out and see this world. The second night you were alive, the nurse brought you in to my room and said that you were keeping all the other babies in the nursery awake by crying……loudly…….!
    When she handed you to me, you stopped crying and we just stared at each other. I laughed and thought, “Susie, what a fascinating time you and I are going to have together!”
    You weren’t sleepy, you were ready to get going! So, we stayed up and watched the Academy Awards until the end…..and then you went back to sleep. Ah, shades of things to come.

    Back in February, you had a post where you asked the question–
    “How are you contributing to your finish line, so that you have the excitement to start again?”
    I think that yesterday, you gave a great answer to your own question. You have to cross the start line before you can cross the finish line. It may not always be quite the start as you’d originally planned it, but the finish may be so much greater than you had ever imagined it would be.

    If you want to know what you will be like in 35 years.?….well, just check out the woman standing next to you in those pictures…….”There’s your sign!”
    . .

    March 24, 2014 at 9:09 am
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      OH GOD 😉 Love you

      March 25, 2014 at 8:01 am
  • Reply chasingchels

    Ahh love this looks like an awesome weekend 🙂 I’m glad that it was everything you wanted, and that is a kick ass time for your half!! I’m not sure what spurred me into running a race for the first time….a new challenge? Pushing myself from my comfort zone?? A chance to meet other runners? All of the above? Probably haha. But I’m glad I did 🙂

    March 24, 2014 at 10:42 am
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      March 25, 2014 at 8:02 am
  • Reply ranchcookie

    Home for me is where I grew up, being in college it is always so nice to travel home and spend it at my parents for the weekend 🙂

    March 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      So true. There is no place like where your parents are!

      March 25, 2014 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I love this. What a great weekend and a wonderful way to spend time with your mom 🙂

    March 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      Thanks 😀 It really was incredibly special and I was just so proud of her.

      March 25, 2014 at 7:50 am
  • Reply runningsouthern

    Congrats to you both!

    My brother and parents inspired me to start running. All 3 of them ran together, and I felt incredibly left out. They ran their first half marathons (and for my brother and dad, full marathons), before I ran my first half. I love being able to follow in their footsteps.

    March 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      That’s awesome! And now, too, you all can run together–that is always so special. I love it too because then you always have a built in support system and a huge connection point.

      March 25, 2014 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Awww lovely post, Magnificent really makes us feel good about our day! Thanks for sharing your magnificence! Congratulations to your mum, that must be so special for her, and I am sure she loves that she can celebrate it with you too! I miss my parents back in England!

    March 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm
    • Reply SuzLyfe

      I can’t imagine being a whole ocean away from my family, especially with the time differences. How often do you/they get to visit?

      March 25, 2014 at 7:56 am
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  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    March 3, 2015
    I just revisited this post of yours– from our half marathon last spring– March 2014.

    I may have inspired you to start running when I trained with TeamChallenge–but YOU just blasted your third marathon, the Phoenix one.
    I think the connection between the Phoenix, as a symbol for Atlanta, and the actual Phoenix Marathon is so much stronger than just a coincidence. The resurgens or rising again is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of work, effort, and belief or faith to “come back.”

    Sometimes, our goals have to change, by our choice or because of outside situations like our bodies deciding that they have had enough— thank you very much..
    Its now March, 2015, and I recognize that I’ve probably done my last half marathon…. and I’m OK with that now.

    This past 2 months, I’ve had the chance to do something that I set out to do 6 1/2 years ago, after I unexpectedly got launched off of Lad. My goal was to become the best rider that I have ever been. Last week, I rode better than I have in 40 years, maybe not as fancily, but better. Like that Phoenix, I have risen again–I had to overcome one of the greatest of enemies-fear.
    To move forward with our dreams, we have to believe that we can do it. A dream is fine and great, but execution is not simple or easy.
    You just finished that Phoenix marathon with an amazing time and a belief in yourself that you could do it. Last week, I did something that I had dreamed about for along time. We both “rose” to our challenges and believed in our own spirit to accomplish something way beyond expectation.
    We may not have been in the same city when we did these things, but I believe that we inspired each other to be the best we could be.
    We don’t have to win to finish first, but we have to start before we can finish……. We both just won!

    March 3, 2015 at 10:22 am
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