My Proudest Running Moment!

I’m linking up again this month with Amanda at The Lady Okie and Becka at Sunshine To The Square Inch for their Runner’s Tell All monthly link-up.  If you remember, I’ve previously written My Running Story In 250 Words and Favorite Running Gear And Products as part of their link-up.  This month their cue was to write about your favorite or proudest running moment.


Coming up with my proudest running moment was very easy for me; well, actually two moments immediately popped into my head.  Since I’m only supposed to write about one, I’ll talk about it a little more, but I really do want to mention my other proud moment.

Last summer our oldest son Joseph decided he wanted to run an ultramarathon, but due to a busy fall schedule he didn’t want to have to train through the fall.  I suggested organizing our very own ultramarathon, and The Crusiers’ 45-Mile Ultramarathon was born!  Joseph would be the only runner planning to run the entire length of the W&OD Trail; however, we would have Cruisers placed along the trail so that he always had a running buddy accompanying him.

At the end of a very hot and long day in July, Joseph crossed the finish line with his girlfriend (soon to be fiancé ) Julie, our family friend Beth, Bill, and me.

No parents have ever been happier than Bill and I were when we ran across the finish line with Joseph.

The event was a big undertaking, but totally worth it to be able to share such a great moment with our son!  Congrats, Joseph, we’re so proud of you!

Another very proud moment in my running career was back in 1998 when I coached for the National AIDS Marathon Training Program.  I started the training season with about 120 runners, mostly novices who had never run before. Using the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk-Run Training Method these self-proclaimed non-runners built up their mileage and became marathoners.

On the day of the Marine Corps Marathon, I finished my race and then headed back to the bottom of the hill that leads up to the Iwo Jima Memorial and accompanied most of my runners (about 70) to the finish line.  Every one of my runners who started the race that morning, finished it!  One of my ladies was the very last runner to finish, but she finished!


Finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in 1998


So there you have it, two of my proudest running moments…


  • Questions:
  • What have you done that you didn’t think possible?
  • What’s your proudest running or athletic moment?
  • What’s your most memorable running or athletic moment?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. June 21, 2014    

    What a great story about your son-I’m sure you are very proud of him. That’s a long way to run.
    Deborah recently posted…5 Tips to Beat the Heat this SummerMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      It was an amazing (and long) day!

  2. June 21, 2014    

    I think mine are all the same – my BQ! So many years in the making, so much work, multiple injuries, moves, job changes, cancer, family stuff that happened in the time between when I first realized I wanted it and when I achieved it.
    M recently posted…Friday Five – Five Ways to Beat the HeatMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Yes, I am very proud of my BQ’s, too, but there’s just something about helping others reach their fitness goals! It’s why I chose to be a personal trainer.

  3. Kim Kim
    June 21, 2014    

    I love that you set up an ultra complete with people to run with for your son – maybe that is how I should do my next attempt!!!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Wish you lived closer… I’d set one up for you! 🙂

  4. June 21, 2014    

    I love your interpretation of this month’s link-up! I still think it’s so awesome that you organized the Cruisers W&OD Ultramarathon and of course it’s awesome that Joseph ran 45 miles!! Not only can he brag that he has run an ultramarathon, but he can also say that he has run the entire W&OD Trail at one time.

    It also must have been such a great feeling to watch your running group progress through training, and then escort each of them across the finish line at MCM!
    Meagan recently posted…Runners Tell All: Proudest Running MomentMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Thanks! Both were really amazing days.

  5. Amy Amy
    June 21, 2014    

    Great Stories. I can’t think off the top of my head what my proudest running moment is. First marathon, maybe? I had no idea what it would start but I was so glad I managed to do one!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Think what that first marathon has lead to!

  6. June 22, 2014    

    That race for your son was just AWESOME! 🙂 recently posted…Sacred Mountain Prayer Run ~Race Recap~My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Yes, it was!

  7. June 22, 2014    

    as a non-runner who completed the training for her first half-marathon with intervals, THANK YOU for your coaching! every time someone I talked into starting couch 2 5k runs her first 5k, I almost explode with pride. it’s the best!
    Betsy Transatlantically recently posted…Runners Tell All: My Proudest MomentMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      You are so very welcome! Helping others get started on their road to being fit really is the best, isn’t it?

  8. June 22, 2014    

    OMG, that is amazing that your son did that! How cool, and what a great idea!!! I hope you took him out to an awesome brunch after that in DC!!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      HaHa! Considering it was a 45-miler and he didn’t finish until almost 5 PM, it was a bit late for brunch! He didn’t want to go out, so we did carryout from his favorite pizza place.

  9. June 23, 2014    

    Coming alongside other runners to help them achieve their goals is so rewarding. I’m sure all those you assisted are so grateful for it!
    kari recently posted…how i qualified for bostonMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      Thanks, helping people achieve their goals is so very rewarding when you see the smile on their faces!

  10. June 23, 2014    

    I can’t believe that you set up an ultramarathon for your son! A few years ago some of my neighbors set up a 5k in our neighborhood and it seemed like a huge task. I can’t even imagine figuring out all of the logistics for an ultramarathon. Also, coaching such a big group of non-runners to run a marathon must have been super rewarding! Thanks for sharing these great running moments!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      As the race director for an 8K for about six years, I can tell you that organizing the ultra was easier. I was basically coordinating a point-to-point run with friends. I didn’t have to worry about sponsors, a timing company, road closures, getting permits, hiring axillary police, etc…

  11. June 23, 2014    

    Those are some great moments! I’ve had a few this year – completing my first ever 10K, first ever 10 miler, first ever Tough Mudder and first ever obstacle race that I did every obstacle (this past Saturday). My first Spartan Race is this Saturday and first half marathon in September so I’m sure those will be added to the list when I’m done with them! 😉
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 23, 2014    

      You have so many running moments to be proud of, especially considering that you are a relatively new runner!

  12. June 23, 2014    

    BOTH of those are fantastic! Congrats to your son on the ultramarathon. And I love that one of your moments is training others and helping them become marathoners. I love the pictures you shared! Very inspiring.
    Amanda recently posted…Runners Tell All: My Proudest Running MomentMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 24, 2014    

      Thanks, Amanda; and thanks for providing the linkup topic!

  13. June 24, 2014    

    These are such beautiful running stories! I love that you guys teamed up as a family to do an ultra! Great job to your crew that you trained who all finished. That is really neat!
    Beka recently posted…Life Lately #18 – Whidbey, Siblings, Colorado & The World CupMy Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 24, 2014    

      Thanks! I loved that your favorite running memory was running a race with your brother! We both had the family theme in mind. 🙂

  14. June 29, 2014    

    Both of the moments you shared are so sweet! I’m sure it meant so much to your son to organize his very own ultramarathon. I think my proudest moment was completing my first 5k… I never thought I’d be able to do it, and it totally kick started me to challenge myself in new ways.
    Caroline recently posted…My First Runnerversary!My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      That’s awesome! I just tried to read your First Runnerversary post, but couldn’t connect. Happy Runnerversary!

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Race PR’s (Personal Records)

5K - 22:57 (7:23 pace)
8K - 39:25 (7:55 pace)
10K - 47:05 (7:40 pace)
Ten Mile - 1:16:22 (7:38 pace)
20K - 1:45:30 (8:30 pace)
Half Marathon - 1:54:34 (8:45 pace)
Twenty Mile - 2:46:14 (8:18 pace)
Marathon - 3:29:04 (7:59 pace)
Ultramarathon - 10:50:30 (13:00 pace)

2016 Race Schedule

February 14 - Run Your Heart Out 5K
April 17 - Loudoun 8K or Half Marathon
April 29 & 30 - Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra
May 22 - Chicago Spring Half Marathon
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 21 - Leesburg 20K
September 16 & 17 - Ragnar DC
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
December 11 - Frosty 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - favorite trail marathon


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