I want to start out my HM project conclusion remarks with a big shoutout to my awesome husband, Tim. This project was as much his as it was mine. He not only agreed to do this HM project with me (I thought for sure he would tell me I was crazy)[I think I did! – Tim] for my birthday but he financed the whole thing, did all the driving, typed the blog, took pictures, and saw me through some pretty embarrassing meltdowns. Thanks Tim, this project helped me wake up from the depression I was sinking into in Elkton. It reversed my weight gain trend and helped me feel a sense of control over my life again.

On a lighter note, we still didn’t get to sleep in last weekend. Our sleeping plans were thwarted by our cat, Meowse, who has developed a strange new behavior. Between 4 and 5am, she starts walking around the apartment, meowing at the top of her voice. I have to figure out how to make this stop. Yelling, “Shut the fuck up”, does not work and I’m sure, just annoys the neighbors.

A Meowse on Tim's lap

She is usually so quiet.

So here we go with one of Sharon’s favorite activities, making lists.

 

Worst 3 runs

  1. Gateway to the Gorge (this was a no brainer for both of us)
  2. Shoreline Half Marathon (Sharon)
    St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon (Tim)
  3. St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon (Sharon)
    Mojave Marathon (Tim)

Top 3 runs

  1. Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon
  2. Newport Half Marathon
  3. The Enchanted Forest Wine Run

Top 3 uncoolest things about the HM Project

  1. Chafing (ballsack, underarms, nipples, arms, anus, thighs)
  2. The weekly commute
  3. Running in cold rain (Sharon)
    Running in heat (Tim)

Top 3 coolest things about the HM Project

  1. Meeting awesome people, hearing their stories and making new friends
  2. Exploring new places
  3. Testing our physical (and mental) limits

It was impossible for us to pick our top 3 favorite pictures so I am just going to end this with a bunch of our favorite photos. Remember you can click on the photo to make it full screen.

#52 - San Francisco

This is my favorite picture of us

#46 Wild Horse Half Marathon

Photography by Pat
Tim Takes the high road

#34 Spring Equinox

Our first sign

San Dieguito - Hash House Harriers

I want to join this club

EWEB Run to Stay Warm - Tim

This is what happens when Tim dresses himself

Run Like Hell - Ms. Kraut

Know what goes great with a hot dog – beers

Run Like Hell - Costumed

Drowned butterfly and butterfly hunter

Fans with Tim Olsen

Fans with Tim Olsen

Tim Olsen - The Mad Hatter

Tim Olsen – The Mad Hatter

Shoe Tree

Shoe Tree

Sharon on the beach

Sharon on the beach

#49 7 Day

Tim knew

#47 Mammoth Half Marathon

At least our before picture looks different this time

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#52 - San Francisco

They monogrammed our city for us – Tim

Bizz Johnson -

Camping at Wooldridge winery

Camping at Wooldridge winery

#42 Mojave

Look closely

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#36 Peace-Love-Run

Awesome!

#42 Mojave

#35 Chino Hills

I’ve had better runs

#44 San Diego Rock 'n' Roll

It’s a race, don’t shoot

Big Sur - Sunrise

Normal people are all still in bed

 

What’s next?

This is by no means the end of our running journey. We are doing our first full marathon (Beat the Blearch) in November. I plan to write a couple blog posts about our training and of course, a longer piece after our first marathon. I’m scared about doing a marathon so soon but comforted by the fact that there will be couches (really). As this was Tim’s idea, I look forward to doing something crazy that he suggested for once.

Thank you everyone who has been reading me throughout this journey. A special thank you to those of you who took the time to comment. It’s not over yet. Please continue to read as we work towards our first full marathon.

Last chance to leave a comment on 52-Tshirts.

9 Comments

  1. shooshooed@aol.com

    With Marilyn’s help, I finally made it! Love, ShooShoo

  2. HOORAY! I am so honored to be included in your wrap-up, and very thrilled to have watched part of this wild project in person! Love the pictures — is that phone booth from the Cascade Half? Which reminds me —

    DEAR GAWD, DO YOU REALIZE YOU RAN 52 HALF MARATHONS???? AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will look forward to your monthly posts — let us down easy, ok? Even if it’s just sticking up pictures of that pretty little cat. I think she’s howling because she’s so used to people getting up at “fuck this o’clock” that her schedule is all messed up, and she’s still thinking that bustle and breakfast should happening between 3 and 5 am.

    XOXOXOXOXO,

    Your Fan The Hotdog

    • I should have added “and new friends”to the hot dog caption.
      I will call you soon. Right now both of us are sick and I’m all grumpy about it. We were planning to start training for the marathon this weekend but instead we are binge watching Portlandia and blowing our noses.
      I ran 52 half marathons? Damn – no wonder I’m so tired.

  3. As usual it takes me awhile to comment… I always want to take the time to do justice to the reading and to be honest, with our retired schedule, I don’t have a block of time to sit and read.. until tonight. And folks think all we do is sit around at our ages! HA!
    Congratulations on 52 HM races, for taking the time to blog and take photos. Yes, you both are amazing and we are proud and blessed to know you.
    Short and sweet.. love to you both and keep running.
    Love,
    Double JJ’s

  4. Well, my last chance to read about your massive, marvelous birthday journey of 52 HMs. I am feeling quite emotional, a little bit sad, I’m going to miss my Friday Sharon-and-Tim fix. This posting, you two, was really like watching your journey, step by step. The photos are just over the top wonderful. One of them I had not seen before (sign with the S on top, welcoming you to the city).

    I will continue my good habit of checking your blog every Friday morning, just to see if there’s something wonderful going on you feel like sharing with us all!

    Again, I am in total awe of you two and this immense project that you have completed, and done so very well. I hope you are both enjoying some down time at the beach, and knowing that you have completed a really difficult quest. You both are amazing! Sending you love and hugs, always!

    • I felt a little emotional myself after posting the last blog. Tim found two pictures that didn’t make it into the blog. The S was from San Francisco and the other was a bridge from the Bizz Johnson. I’m only going to be posting about once a month but I will make sure that it is on Thursday night so it is there Friday morning. Thanks for all your support. I have gotten a little behind on my schoolwork so I need to give Tim 3 massages this weekend. Poor guy.

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