About Me


About Me

I’m Tess (Also known as Teresa).  I go by either name pretty cheerfully.  This is my favorite photo of me ever and has nothing to do with running.   I take terrible running photos and decided I get to have a beautiful photo on here to balance all the terrible ones that always end up on running blogs.

I have not figured out the art of the selfie and I have lost count of the number of family events I’ve had that end with no photographic evidence that I was there. But I try! I will continue the fight and I promise I am a real person and not a robot.

I’m not elite. I’m not fast.  I have a job, a husband, three kids totally grown and on their own and a grandson who sometimes needs me to kiss his little cheeks.  I have Celiac disease with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which sounds fancy and super contagious really they are both autoimmune diseases and very manageable. I’ve had chronic migraines since I was little and thankfully those are also managed but when you throw it all in together it does sound like I’m a mess. I’m not. I’m incredibly healthy and happy I just have my own story.

I think the important info here is…I run.  I’m an average runner who doesn’t ever hit the 8 minute mile,  I just hit the road to feel my feet.  Friends and races along the way are bonus.

I look forward to every mile ahead of me. Run on, Friends.

I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith.  ~2 Timothy 4:7
Originally I came up with a plan to run 13 half marathons in 2013 and invited  Miss Michelle to run them with me.  Unfortunately, that girl is busy! So she ran a couple of them but she’s got two young boys at home and she has some serious mom skills so one does not force the issue.  She insisted I blog about it.  I insisted she join me. She started to and as the months wore on…she kind of…disappeared.  So at the beginning of our blog you’ll see posts by Michelle, too, but that was years ago. 

michelle blog picture

7 Replies to “About Me”

  1. I envy your conviction, both of you. I honestly do not know how to find the motivation to get out the door. I have always said that I hate running, sometimes I secretly wish I could do it, sometimes. Most of what appeals to me about this is the feeling of “belonging” to something. Tis, when we were little, you could convince me that we could do anything we wanted to do. We were definitely going to bike across America. I was set for that even though I was pretty sure I would die doing it. I know, there’s still time. So any ideas as to how I can be a part of this 13 in 2013 adventure? at a beginner’s pace? Or should I leave this one to the experts?

    1. Oh my gosh. I still believe I can do anything. Ask my husband. We were looking at a blog tonight of someone in India and he thought he would be envious…I just figured I was trip planning!

      I have complete faith in you! We would LOVE to have you join us on this adventure. My DARLING friend, Miss Andrea, is joining us on these adventures, for as many of these as she can, and her amazing daughter is going to outrun my slow ass on every single one of them. But Andrea is probably going to run a few of the attached 5 or 10k races that are there. My advice is to start the program. It gets you to 3 miles in 9 weeks. Then you can find another one that will build you up from there. It’s a healthy slow GREAT way to start running without killing the love of running right out the door. Pick a race and come join us! We are not experts. Seriously, ask Michelle. Her first race was last fall. I totally peer pressured her into this. LOL DO IT DO IT. It would be AWESOME.

  2. I know this is CRAZY but my given name is Teresa, called Tess by my HS friends mom and it stuck. I also answer to both. I have three children and my luck number is 13!!! My Mom’s birthday is January 13 and my youngest son was born on Friday, December 13. AND get this….the time was 12:13 PM (exactly the date). I also have diagnosed hypothyroidism and suffer from complicated migraines. I found your blog because of the sweet message you had left for Janae (hungry runner girl). I was AMAZED and a little SHOCKED with the commonalities we share!!! Your blog seems inspirational and witty! I congratulate you on sharing and motivating us all!!!

    1. I cannot believe the similarities. I AM shocked. I had to read your message a couple of times. This is pretty crazy. I’m so glad you popped in to tell me all of this! It’s kind of good to know I’m not the only nutty out there but so cool about the lucky number 13!!! Thank you for the compliment on my blog! I do try, it’s not always a success. I give it my best shot. Do you have a blog? I’d love to read it.

      1. Funny, I had to read your about multiple times too just to be sure I’d read it right. I do not have a blog but enjoy reading them and giving support to ladies who keep us all inspired!! I’m definently going to spread you blog around. Do you have a twitter? I would love to give you a shout out!

  3. You are so sweet! I do have a Twitter. I’m working on using it more. You’ll inspire me to. I’m Tess @runtess and I really appreciate that. I am the same way. I have terrible insomnia when I’m not asleep at the counter (thank you thyroid) so I’m always reading everything. I love spreading smart, positive blogs around. I just found you on Twitter and am following you so maybe I can keep up with you that way.

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