Category Archives: Marathon

26 Strong

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I can not contain the big news any further…

Remember when I said I was running a marathon in the fall but not sure which one?

Here’s the reason -

Saucony and Competitor Magazine have teamed up to create 13 teams of runners – 13 coaches (the vets) with 13 newbies (the cadets) to train to achieve their marathon goals. Together we are 26 Strong for 2014.

That’s right. I was asked to be a coach.

My first words, “Is this for real?”

My second words, “You do know I’ve only run one marathon. Does that make me a vet?”

My third word, “YES!”

I wanted to do a marathon this fall and now it’s happening with some awesome perks. I chose my friend, Kailey, as my cadet. She’s run numerous half marathons already and was thinking maybe a marathon was her next goal. As soon as I asked her, she enthusiastically said YES!

Running Buddies | HappyFitMama.comThat’s Kailey on the right!

So here’s the details – Kailey and I will be choosing a marathon to run anywhere in the continental U.S. that has bibs available (my first pick was NYC but it’s not an option). We’ll train together to make both our marathon dreams come true. Along the way we’ll be getting some sweet swag from Saucony and running a half marathon through Rock n Roll or Women’s Running Series (again, anywhere in the country). There will also be media events, photo shoots (gah!) and articles in Competitor and Women’s Running Magazines.

This year it’s all ladies on the 26 Strong Team. I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of intimidated by the other coaches. They are all ladies who have mega marathon experience and some are way faster than I’ll ever be – Dmity and Sarah (Another Mother Runner ladies), Dorothy and Amanda to name a few. I’m excited to meet them and hopefully will get a few tips along the way.

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of 26 Strong! I feel honored to be included. It’s going to be lots of hard work with some fun mixed it. Hopefully Kailey won’t hate me at the end of this! I can not wait to begin training, it’s going to be marvelous…we just need to pick our marathon now!

Any marathon in the continental U.S. – which would you pick?

Dare To Believe

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Happy Marathon Monday!

If you are a runner, today is like Christmas. Everything is buzzing with excitement for the Boston Marathon. THE marathon of all marathons.

Over the weekend, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were flooded with images and stories of runners of all calibers coming to celebrate this very special race. The running community is united, stronger than ever.

I’m a sap for a good running story. It doesn’t take much for me to get teary eyed, inspired and itching to put on my running shoes. It’s the stories of real people, with real lives and real everyday responsibilities who put their heart and soul into first off, qualifying for this race and then actually training and running it.

Like so many other runners, it’s no secret that one day I hope to get my own BQ. While out on a run with friends yesterday (which was unbelievably marvelous, btw), we chatted about the race and what it would take to get there. We’ve got BQ fever!

Running Buddies | HappyFitMama.com12 miles and full of smiles!

Maybe it’s not this year. Or next. Or the year after that. But it will happen. I believe I can get there.

When I first started running seriously in 2010, I began to learn more about the running community. I got schooled on the lingo – PR, PDR, LSD, BQ, etc. I knew that the Boston Marathon existed but I didn’t get what the big deal was.

It’s just another race, right?

To the non-runner, yes. To a runner, it’s like the Olympics or the Super Bowl for the average Joe/Jane. Unless you are running for a charity, you have to qualify. They don’t let just anybody in. My friends who have run tell of how Boston connects runners and the communities along the course. The history of the race gives you a sense of being a part of something that’s so much bigger than yourself. Running can be a lonely sport but this race is all about the people. The community.

The more I learned, the more I wanted to be a part of Boston. Initially, I doubted myself. I thought there was no way that I’d ever, ever get a BQ. If it was going to happen, I needed to run for a charity. While I think it’s outstanding that so many do run for a charity and raise TONS of money for good causes, I made a promise to myself. The first time I ran Boston, I would need to qualify on my own. It was something that I wanted to personally accomplish. After that, I will raise money and run for charities.

I’ve got a lot of work to do to earn that spot. It’s going to take dedication, commitment, strength and ultimately believing that I can do it. Oh and of course, running fast!

I owe myself the chance to try and the possibility to believe it can happen.

I’ll be thinking of (and watching) all the runner’s today. May you run with the heart and soul that only a runner can have. #BostonStrong

It just so happens that this week in the Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge, it’s all about BELIEVE. Believing in your goals, your worth, your potential. Believe you can and you will. Check out my Pinterest board to get ideas and find motivation.

Is a BQ a dream of yours?

Do you have a big goal that you would like to believe you can accomplish?