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May 13, 2011


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It was so awesome, Mom! You ROCKED!

Carolyn Scott Kortge

Good for you, Wendy. And that positive mental talk is the secret to exercise success. You're a natural!


You have your first PR (personal record)! I ran my first 5K at 48 during chemo, and my goal (like most first-timers') was just to finish without walking. Now I regularly run 2 races a year, 3.5 miles in the spring and 5K in the fall, and try to beat my own PR each time. Generally this works in the fall, not so much in the spring, but I always have a good time anyway--even when I spend the last mile mentally chanting "I'm not gonna walk, I'm not gonna walk," or when truly desperate, counting steps in Korean to call upon my tae kwon do training.

I hope you had enough fun to do it again.

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

My #1 goal was to not fall. My #2 goal was to finish. My #3 goal was to jog the whole time.

Yes, Finn, this was just my first. And now I'll think of you, too, when I do another.

with hope, Wendy

Jan Hasak

Congratulations on this accomplishment! I can totally relate. I ran in my first 5K on April 23 of this year and loved it! I had the same goals as you and ran all the way without walking. For cancer survivors this seems like an extra special accomplishment. Thanks for posting.

Jeanne M. Hannah

Wendy, I really like the way that you broke your challenge into mantras that could carry you through.

It's easy to fail when striving to achieve success in the big picture. But when a difficult task is broken into small tasks (mantra-driven), goals are achieved, successes are built.

Kudos to to you, Wendy! You are a proven winner.


Ronni Gordon


Congratulations on a major accomplishment. I am so touched that the race was a tribute to me, and so glad that I have affected you positively, as you have me. (I often think of your advice and pass it along to others.) And your daughters must be so proud of you! Getting off the treadmill and onto the road is an accomplishment in itself. On a lighter note, my friend Emily, who ran the race with me (well, ahead of me) had done some distance on the treadmill but had only gone on the road a couple of times. She found the transition very hard and was worried she'd have trouble. She said she wished that a car could drive her the whole way with her on her treadmill on top! Turns out she didn't feel very good during the race, but she did it anyway. I don't know what she was saying to herself, but I guess it was effective.

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