About this Blog

I originally decided to begin a blog to track my training and corresponding life experiences while preparing for the 2010 – 2011 marathon season.  Go figure: I started writing this blog 12 years ago…..

The adventures continued in 2012, with my “12 in ’12 effort”.  In 2015, I completed a multi-day endurance event called 500 Miles For SMA, where I ran approximately 23-28 miles a day for 18 days, starting at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco on August 18th to the front gates of Disneyland on September 4th.

I continued to participate in marathons and triathlons over the next couple of years.  Then, in 2018, after more than 47 year living the Capital of the Damn World (New York City, of course), I found myself moving to Southern California.  The transition wasn’t easy: while I love the weather and the Pacific Ocean, I miss my old neighborhood and everyone back east.  Then – that August – my kiddo got accepted into the Disney College Program.  She was selected to be a lifeguard at the Disneyland Hotel right in Anaheim….so I scored myself an awesome roommate in mid-December of 2018!  But the transition really messed with my race schedule, as my focus really was on things other than training.

SO WHY AM I STILL WRITING THIS BLOG NOW????  Great question.  Glad you asked.

I’ve found that, over the past couple of years, there’s been a huge increase in the amount of negativity out there, overall.  I’ve grown weary of it.  So this blog is my effort to add a little positivity for my readers.  A little motivation, if you will.

I have goals of competing in the Badwater, the JFK 50 Miler, The Western States Endurance Run, the Leadville 100, and my ultimate unicorn: The Ironman World Championship in Kona.  It’s the journey that counts, and I plan to make this a long, ongoing one.

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“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act….it is a habit.”  – Artisotle

11 thoughts on “About this Blog”

    1. backofthepacker – A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.
      abronxturtle says:

      Thanks! Nice to meet you too! I hope you enjoy my blog!

    1. backofthepacker – A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.
      abronxturtle says:

      Thanks for the nice words, Bruce! Very fired up for the marathon – you are going to tear up that course!

  1. Sue Slaght – Calgary, Alberta Canada – www.traveltalesoflife.com Many years from now, when I am an old lady sitting in the nursing home, I hope to be the twinkly eyed resident still entertaining anyone who I can corner to listen, about all of the wild adventures attempted in a lifetime. Well into the second half of the game of life there is no time like the present to get out there, live big and laugh a lot. Living in Calgary, Alberta, married to my best friend Dave for over thirty years and Mom to adult children; my decades as a nurse have shown that in a moment life can change completely. Passionate about social justice, volunteerism and not letting the phrase “What would people think?” or my own fear get in the way of trying something new; the possibilities are endless. Enjoy the tales and I hope you will be inspired to try something you have been thinking about doing.
    sueslaght says:

    Glad to find you here at the back of the pack! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. backofthepacker – A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.
      abronxturtle says:

      Thanks for the follow!!!


  2. Hey there! I enjoy your blog and have “nominated” you for the Liebster Award (why we say “nominate” rather than “award” I have no idea)! I see you already have a “Liebster Award,” but I’m sure they’re like race medals – you can never have enough, right?! You can view the information and rules at The Liebster Award (and a collection of running blogs to check out).

    1. backofthepacker – A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.
      abronxturtle says:

      Thank you so much!!!!

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