Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Tradition - 8 Summers

For my herd - Yes, it's blog post! Don't faint!

We started running in 2006. Wow, almost 9 years ago. It still amazes - that we ever got this crazy idea to start running. 

In 2007, Elsie, Betty and I decided to do the End of Summer Fire Run for the first time. I have no idea why. Do you remember why we did this? Betty and I had run the AFC 1/2 Marathon for the first time the previous weekend. It was our first half. Maybe a four mile run sounded like fun? Maybe we signed up for the race before the half, not really thinking about what we were doing?

We hadn't run a marathon yet, so there was no Hefferblog to record the event. I was pretty surprised that I had a photo. Thank goodness Millie was there, or I probably wouldn't have any photos!
Fire Run 2007 - Elsie, Betty and D2... before she received her Heffername - Millie
Fire Run 2008 - I guess we convinced Mik to run with us this year. It looks like it was cool, but it probably wasn't. 
Fire Run 2009 - The years of the neon, day-glo, glow-in-the-dark, lime green shirts. We ended up on local TV because of them!
Fire Run 2010 - Must have been another cloudy year, thus the sweatshirts. After-run breakfast at The High Dive with Irene and Michael. Apparently no Mik that year, but Walter decided to join us!
Fire Run 2011 - Elsie and I are committed to the neon, day-glo, glow-in-the-dark, lime green shirts.
The only year we missed the Fire Run, was 2012. Actually, we had signed up for it, but the girls decided that I needed to see REO Speedwagon for my 50th birthday, so they kidnapped me for the weekend, and we missed it.
 Fire Run 2012 - DNS - We sent winetasting and REO Speedwagoning instead - An excellent tradeoff!
So, for the last two years, I guess it's really become the end of summer tradition! 
Fire Run 2013 - We were BAAAAACK! Big Crew at the PB Bar and Grill. You have to know that there would be no link to a previous blog where I wrote about the race ...the Hefferblog was clearly in decline by last year. I guess I could note here that there were quite a few PBs last year - myself and Walter included.
Fire Run 2014 - I guess we are kinda over the bright green now.  Beautiful and sunny morning. We have certainly gotten a little lazy about our pre-race prep. Shout out and THANK YOU to Betty for carrying my and Walter's gear since we missed the bag check...GAH! (had to get one GAH! in there!!!)
Here's to 8 more years of Fire Running!
Here's one more - From PB Bar and Grill.
Love you gals! 



  1. At first I thought I was seeing thing in my blog roll! Great tradition, hope it goes more than 8 more years!

    1. I somehow knew you'd respond Keith. I've been a bad blogger. My hope is that in the next 8 years, I'll have more than 8 more blog posts... It's a goal!

  2. I would have thought the pictures of the herd with celebratory beverages after each yearly race would have been much easier to find (and maybe more appropriate) than the cleaned up "running" pictures.

    Good to have you back.

    1. I KNOW! You would think that would be true. Truth is, there were plenty of those too (but fewer than you might imagine!) It's good to be back.

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