1) Create an amazing playlist for your run, even if it isn’t too long
( you may find yourself running further if you enjoy the music )
2) Stay hydrated (ALWAYS) – this is a huge concept to pay attention to and always listen to your body
3) Wear the proper running shoes
4) Go at a good pace – don’t start out too fast because you may feel very tired half way through your run
5) Grab a friend – running with someone can be challenging and may add a little competitive edge to your run
6) Set a goal for yourself and it will make running more enjoyable
It has been some time since I last had a post on fitness or healthy eating. There is no excuse for the lack of updates, but I am back with some exciting news you will enjoy. I have completed my first marathon! I ran 26.2 miles through the most magical place, a place I’m sure many of you have been to before, Walt Disney world.
The first time I heard someone speak of running a marathon I immediately thought to myself there is no way I’m interested, nor could I physically cross a finish line after 26.2 miles. I have run three half marathons and several 10k as well as 5k races, but never did I think I would run 26.2 miles until the day after the marathon bombing in Boston. Marathon Monday in Boston is a significant day to not only the thousands of runners from all over the world, but also to the many spectators watching athletes crossing the finish line on Boylston Street. As a Bostonian viewing the marathon for the first time I was beyond excited to experience a gorgeous spring day in the city with friends, until the unthinkable occurred. Marathon Monday will now have a similar impact on people the way September 11th did.
As I sat as my desk the day after the marathon feeling hopeless and afraid I knew I could challenge myself in a way that would allow me to break out of my comfort zone. I have always wanted to run the Boston marathon and I knew if I could train for a marathon I could mentally overcome all doubt.
So, on January 12th I crossed the finish line after running 26.2 amazing miles in Disney. I ran for all those runners that fought for their lives and for those who face obstacles everyday because of the bombing in Boston. The day will come when I cross the finish line in Boston and I will never stop running strong.
For all of my running followers, I will participate in a 7 mile race this Sunday throughout the beautiful town of Falmouth, MA.
I am running this course with the Dana Farber team. As many of you know with popular races it can be difficult to receive a number. I applied to run with Dana Farber for two reasons; the first is based on the fact that I have had several close family and friends touched by the team at Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund, secondly because I know the money will always go to a family who deserves the best care any one can provide for them!
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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. One of my life-long goals is to find a cure for this god awful disease and lower the risk which affects so many innocent people daily. I have lost many close friends and family members to cancer and I am more than ready to fight back!
This summer I will take on my next challenge and run with Dana Farber in the Falmouth Road Race. The Falmouth Road Race is a beautiful run in Falmouth, MA in which thousands of runners are fundraising for different non-profit organizations.
In order to reach my fundraising goal I want to spread the word about my fight against cancer. I won’t stop fighting for those who have lost their lives so innocently and deserve to live every day that we sometimes take for granted!
Thank you for your support!
Another race usually means another few months of asking people for money, which is exactly what I don’t enjoy doing. Running races for a cause usually have large fundraising guidelines and expectations.
In August I will be running the Falmouth Road Race with the Dana Farber Team to raise money for those receiving treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dana Farber is close to my heart for many reasons. One of the main reasons that I remain involved in the work that Dana Farber does is because they provided treatment for a very special family friend of mine. Karen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and attended Dana Farber for treatment throughout her battle with the disease.
Karen is just one of the many friends I know that have gone to Dana Farber and received the best care! I will run to remember our friend Karen and I continue to support Dana Farber because of the wonderful work that they do daily.
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For as long as I can remember the Boston Red Sox have been “our team” and Fenway Park has been “our ball park”. My grandmother watches every single Red Sox game from spring training through the regular season and my uncle works at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox are a team my family has supported forever.
My uncle notified me that there is a race that begins at Fenway every year and the proceeds go to wounded veterans. He had explained to me that the run ends inside Fenway and I would be able to cross home plate. Well, I signed up as soon as I researched the run a little bit more and found out that it was a 9K (which is 5.5 miles).
A few months went by and a whole lot of fundraising took place. Each runner had to raise a minimum of $750.00, which at the time seemed extremely difficult, but I had the support of so many friends to help me reach my goal.
Race day was this past Saturday and it was the first race in Boston since the Marathon bombings. The Red Sox Foundation had an extremely moving opening ceremony with motivational speakers and an amazing tribute to the veterans that work so hard every day to fight for us.
The race began at approximately 8AM and we started out to Yawkey Way where we started off our 5.5 miles. It was a gorgeous day in Boston and the crowd was enthusiastic! I felt great the entire way, especially as I began to circle back near the finish. I ran into the park with 2 people in front of me and my finish was 46:20, averaging a 8:18 minute mile. There were over 1600 runners on Saturday and I finished 365 out of 1646.
The race was an awesome tribute to the veterans who serve this country and I was proud to run through the streets of Boston after the tragic events that occurred on April 15th. We will all remain Boston Strong!
I will be running this Sunday with friends and many other Bostonians to support the victims and those who lost their lives last Monday.
Marathon Monday has always been a historic and exciting day for families throughout the Commonwealth. Monday, April 15th, 2013 will now be a day we remember as one that took the lives of innocent people. Marathon runners could not finish the race, families lost loved ones, over 100 people injured and millions left with an image that will never be forgotten.
For those of you living in the Boston area, do whatever you can to support the victims and families effected by this tragic event that occurred last week right in our city. We will remain a strong city and united we stand!