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I got a notification from Kindle that they believe I should cancel my blog subscription available through the kindle for lack of posting. I think that means I’m due for an update.

It’s crunch time in the photography world. We shoot a lot of family portraits this time of year – people want updated images for holiday cards and if you’re going to invest in wall art for your home, fall sure is a beautiful backdrop for such a thing. Vendors due dates are coming soon, holiday deadlines are fast-approaching. Oh, and did I mention I’m shooting 50 women’s headshots as well as speaking at and shooting the Allume conference? Yup, and still trying to meet my November 2 holiday portrait deadlines. There’ve been a lot of late nights. ;) I’d love for you to come hang out with me on Facebook if you want to see what I’ve been shooting. I posted a pic of our studio recently – we knocked out a wall!

Running update: I’m still doing it. I still don’t love it. Finishing feels wildly victorious – each and every time. Why? Because I have to mentally battle myself each day, every day, to do it. And when I actually accomplish what I’ve mentally bargained with myself to do, it’s hugely mentally rewarding.

Oh. And I have verbally committed to a Half Marathon.

A half marathon! I know, right? I’ve lost my marbles.

But here’s the thing. I’m running it with my mom. She’s got one of those birthdays with a 0 on it this year – and don’t those always feel bigger? And well, heck. If my mom (who is admittedly a Zumba pro and will kick my butt at this race) can do this, then I have no excuse.

I am so, so proud of her.

(Yeah, so what’s your excuse? Right?)

But this race is capped at 3:30:00. Yes, that’s three hours and thirty minutes. At that point the paddy wagon will come around and pick up stragglers. And I am determined that it will not be me and my mom. To beat the Paddy Wagon pace you have to maintain a 15 min/mile pace for 13.1 miles.

Last week I did about 5 1/4 miles right at the 15 min/mile pace. I’ve got 35 weeks to stretch that for 13.1 miles.

I’m also running with my sister(s?) and lots of cousins and aunts. There is a 5k and I’m so proud that my sister, several of my aunts and cousins have committed to the race, too. Isn’t that awesome? (Love you girlies!) We won’t be the fastest, we won’t be the buffest, but we will look good in our family t-shirts and we will accomplish something. Heck, just having that family goal feels amazing.

And by running, I mean doing whatever it takes to cross the finish line. Heck, even if I crawl across – as long as I beat the paddy wagon I will feel victorious. Don’t even care if we are last place. I just want to cross the finish line.

Want to get your buns moving and have no idea how to start? My bloggy bestie is writing a 31 Days about the running process. And she’s keepin’ real, yo’. I love her.

my bloggy bestie ruthanne at eclectic whatnot

(totally stole that from her blog.)

What are you working on these days? Shoot something you’re proud of? Leave me a link in comments – I’d love to come see what you’re up to.

If you’re going to be at Allume next week, please say hi. I’d love to ‘meet you’ before 400+ of us descend on Harrisburg!

Another gratuitous family photo courtesy of October Moon:

milder family photo credit october moon photography

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  1. YOU CAN SOOOOO DO IT!!!! Dang, I wish I lived near you. I run it with you! I thought I was nuts when I committed to a half. Looking back, it didn’t seem nearly so big and only served to make me want to try a full. Have you looked at Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run method? It really works.

    • Yes, I read his book. (Something I never thought I do – read a book about running!)

      And yes, I do this. I still run intervals – I still cannot run solid miles. I run-walk-run always. I totally recommend it. I will often run the first half or full mile or so, then I do 1 min run, 2 min walk recovery for the duration of my runs. I’m still incredibly slow but progressing.

      My friend Emily (http://www.remodelingthislife.com) is doing a full marathon in Feb, too. When is yours? I am SO inspired by all you ‘big time’ runners!!

  2. You are BUSY! Running is great. I used to run, but injured a knee so just walk now! Happy picture taking!

  3. Woohoo! That’s big news :) Proud of you, Darcy! xo

  4. Best wishes to you and your mom for a great race!

  5. Oh Darcy, is it bad that I’m glad that you still hate running? Because one of these days I will start running (soon?) and I am sure it will be a long while before I get past the hating it part! I totally get what you mean about being wildly glad that you accomplished what you set out to do. I can’t imagine running a half marathon– you are a superhero!

    Allume. I wish I could be there! Are you doing the shots solo or is Randy going too?

    Your family pic is absolutely gorgeous. *sweet sigh*

  6. Way to Go. Run Darcy Run.. (imagine a Forest Gump accent)
    You look great.