Family, Work, Training Balance

Last weekend, I made my way back to Madison, West Virgina for the 85th Smoot Family Reunion.  Smoot roots run deep.


Milton and Sarah Smoot


1st Smoot Reunion 1929

Our family’s tradition is to have a fish fry and dance on Saturday night.  Normally, it is held at the pavilion, but this year it was moved to the Madison Civic Center. 


Mom and I mastering our "for the blog" pose

Sunday is the reunion program consisting of church service, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” scholarship presentations, acknowledgements of oldest and youngest,  keynote speaker, and “West Virginia Hills.”

At age 103, Cousin Vada is the oldest family member. She worked for 50 years and only missed nine days. 

There were nine scholarships awarded with several college freshmen planning to major in Physics.


Uncle Doug, Dr. Carolyn Stuart, and Cousins


No Flex Zone (inside joke)


It's not a reunion unless at least one photo is taken on the steps of my Grandparent's house.

After a quick change into comfy running shoes, we headed back to the Bluegrass.

On Monday, I saw one of my favorite co-workers, Ms. Logan.  I told her we had to take a pic with our coordinating florals.  Her personality is equally as bright.  She is a lady you interact with and walk away feeling uplifted.


Making a difference one student at a time.

This past week has been very hectic with meeting and exceeding goals at work.  The same passion I put into staying fit is transferred to helping my Smoodents reach their goals. 

I took a poll on what it means to BQ.  Some of the responses were:

•  Be Quiet
•  Best Quality
•  Beauty Queen
•  Bon QuiQui

On the St. Louis RNR training front, things are up in the air.  I took two weeks off to nurse my knee.  I eased back into training and did a 14 mile long run at a 8:31 pace yesterday. 

I have concerns over the Wave Mizuno Paradoxes.  I’ve walked 6 miles and ran only 27 miles.  The tread in the toe area looks worse than the four tires I just replaced on my car! 


Excessive wear after 1 week of running

My knee is still not 100%.  The pain is coming from my patellar tendon.  I purchased a Shock Doctor patella support strap to see if that helps.

Taking it one day at a time…

♡Kelsie Lou♡


About KelsieLou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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8 Responses to Family, Work, Training Balance

  1. piratebobcat says:

    Looks like a fun time! So cool that you know your family like that. We’ve never had a reunion. Smoot is fun to say. Smooooooot! Smooooooooooot!


  2. runsaltrun says:

    I really hope the strap helps. I have a knee strap that I’ve used in the past and I liked the results.
    What an amazing family reunion. I wish that my family had that sort of deep-rooted tradition!


  3. cardamone5 says:

    As usual, awesome post, filled with uplifting messages and fascinating family history. Thanks for sharing.

    Fondly, Elizabeth


  4. Steve says:

    A rich history and a beautiful family.


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