Week 1 of marathon training DONE, and I couldn’t be more confident about the weeks to come (only 158 days till the Richmond Marathon). Seriously, I didn’t know what to expect after having taken such a long break from running then jumping straight into a training plan without even easing into it, but you guys. It’s been FANTASTIC! A fellow runner even complimented me on my pace. WHAT!? THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

It looks like I’m power walking. I’m not.

I hope you are rocking the socks off your training! What are you excited about this week?

PUSHING ON! IT’S MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY!

Last week I shared on Still Easier Than Chemo’s Facebook page an article about a girl who left her family a secret message they found after she’d died of cancer. Athena Orchard’s words were still with me during yesterday’s long run, so I thought I’d share them with you again here:

“Happiness depends on ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

Read the rest of her message here.

Our number one goal should be this: to be content and satisfied with our life. What anyone else thinks doesn’t matter. Because life is too short. Those who have been affected by cancer know this truth intimately.

Still, it’s not easy. We all have a million-and-one things going on at any given moment; it’s natural to get hung up in the day-to-day. For me, running is a way to quiet my mind, to reflect and refocus, and that is why I’m challenging myself (and you!) to carry Athena’s words with me:

Find happiness. Love and be loved. Embrace the journey. Take risks. Don’t take shit. Be extraordinary.

Run the marathon.

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY! YAY!

What the heck is national running day? It’s the one day a year us runners totally geek out over how awesome running is. (Just kidding, that’s everyday.)

Today I am running with my favorite local running store: Point 2 Running Company. (A short run; my calves are still screaming from yesterday. Man, I’m out of running shape.) If you’re in the area you should totally come out, because free hats!

There are ALL KINDS of happenings going on today in the community and online in celebration of running – I can’t even. So let me share my favorite thing: pledging your miles in support of a cause you really care about. It’s so easy. Here’s what you do:

1. Download the free Charity Miles app to your iPhone or Android.

2. Choose the charity you want to support.

3. Select walk or run, and start moving! Every mile logged produces a donation toward your selected charity.

More info here.

I promise to do some charity miles for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Still Easier Than Chemo’s own Sarah Pierce, Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor and half marathon crusher. Who’s with me!?

I confessed on Twitter recently I haven’t ran since the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k two months ago. Lately I’ve prioritized other things in my life and sometimes when I feel like I JUST DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, running is the first thing scratched off my very long to-do list.

My running hiatus came to an abrupt end yesterday as it marked Day 1 of training for my second marathon. Instead of going it alone like I did for last years’s marathon, I’ve joined the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.

MTT is a bit like a cult here in RVA minus the creep factor. Not only is it a fantastic training program lead by experienced and enthusiastic coaches, but you feel like you’ve joined not just a team but a family of really fabulous runners. (P.S. It’s not too late to sign up — you can register through June 22 SO GET ON THAT.)

I know a lot of you in Internet Land are also training for a fall marathon, whether it’s Richmond (like me!), Marine Corps, New York City, Dallas, Twin Cities, Chicago, etc.  The weeks ahead will be some of the most grueling and most rewarding you’ve ever known, so I thought I’d start a series of blog posts to keep us all motivated. Each Monday I’ll post a little something I hope you find uplifting after the weekend’s long run.

For me, yesterday’s short four-miler was like starting over, and studying my training schedule I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed  – in the next 24 weeks, I’ll log 551 total training miles! Sorry, feet.

Hello, new beginning.

Psst! Any of you RVA locals also training with MTT? I’m running with the Pink Pacific team (YEAH PINK NATION) on Sundays 7:00 a.m. 

Are you training for any of the marathons I mentioned or one that I didn’t? Are you a first-timer? Marathon vets, got any tips for us?

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