Omos do Dallas

Hard to believe this was the Omos’ third annual summer trip to Dallas! The boys are growing up so fast and the time seems to be flying – which sounds so cliche but it’s the truth! My sister’s  family arrived the Wednesday after we got home from Montana.  We had two days to get ready to host the youngsters in our home …

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Hitting the TRAILS – Simon Family Vacation

If you knew me in my past life you wouldn’t guess I would be excited to trek through the woods, white water raft or kayak through the icy lakes of Glacier National Park, huh?  Well this designer-denim lover, handbag fanatic and acrylic nail Chica has changed a bit 😉   On July 1st we flew to the Pacific Northwest to start the …

Julie SimonHitting the TRAILS – Simon Family Vacation

Goodbye June, Hello July

  And then it was July?  When I look back at June I am pleased with some of the “mini goals” I have hit – my first 50 mile ride, a time trial mile swim in 25 minutes and finally achieving double digits in a single run (10, but hey- that counts!) On the other hand, I look at my …

Julie SimonGoodbye June, Hello July

Gym Goers: Meat Heads to the Creeper

After a rainy week with many of my workouts forced inside, I am reminded (and always amazed) by the varying types of people I see at the gym. I think it tends to switch up by morning-goers and evening-goers? But, I personally can’t speak to the evening scene myself.  I like to get up and go before my body fully wakes …

Julie SimonGym Goers: Meat Heads to the Creeper

Break for Buffett

“Jules, how far are you going tomorrow?  Remember to save some energy for Buffett tailgating!”  Said Paul with a giant smile.  Yes, how could I forget – it was one of Paul’s favorite days of the year (next to Simon Olympics).  He was as giddy as a schoolgirl on spring break and had been looking forward to this since … …

Julie SimonBreak for Buffett

Well, Hello Officer!

We had just made the almighty climb up the infamous Windhaven Hill. My body was fatigued to say the least. I, of course, was the last one up and the guys had been sitting there a few minutes waiting. I arrived  (finally!) and circled around to find my place again in the back of the pack.  “Alright, let’s go! Jules …

Julie SimonWell, Hello Officer!

A little piece of home

This week a dear friend from college sent me this Nike tee from Gazelle Sports in Michigan that says, “She Runs the Lakeshore.”   It got me thinking – If I were still “home” would I be running the Michigan Lakeshore?   I think about that all the time.   Would I still be a “runner” if I was still there? And, …

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Letting go of Boston 2015

Almost immediately after I bonked the Virginia Beach Marathon (thanks to that dreaded calf injury almost forcing me to crawl)  I was online looking at the next Boston qualifier. I was hopeful to sign up for a new race that would lead me to next year’s Boston starting line.  Actually, I spent way more time than I’d rather admit trying to find a race that would …

Julie SimonLetting go of Boston 2015

It Happens for a Reason

This past weekend I was suppose to be in riveting Lawrence, Kansas to compete in my first half ironman. Well, God had other plans for me – teaching moments, character building events and other opportunities which kept me right here me in Dallas. Surprisingly, I entered this weekend with a sense of calmness I haven’t seen before from myself. I …

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What I’m reading this week…

There is so much great information out on the web for athletes.  I find myself getting lost on Facebook and Twitter not because I’m stalking my high school buddies or in awe of what my neighbors are doing on Saturday afternoon — but, because of the inspiring athletes I see in the groups I’ve joined.  Because of the new and …

Julie SimonWhat I’m reading this week…