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Because I want to be a Marathon Maniac

All summer I have had this crazy idea that I want to join the ever exclusive and awesome club called Marathon Maniacs.  Most rational, logical, common sense retaining human beings would never fathom such a ludicrous idea.  Rather than elaborate on the cool details and criteria, I will let you click on the link and peruse the criteria for yourself…. I warn you, if you actually are crazy enough to click on the link, then you are probably headed down the same road as me.

I’ve tried to talk myself out of this silly idea, even reminding myself of the misery I feel at mile 18 or mile 20 of any long run, but I still can’t seem to shake the idea. So, I am officially declaring the inevitable – to become a Marathon Maniac in 2015.

Which brings me to my first step… creating a race schedule. The only criteria I have ever had is that a race location must be within driving distance. This criteria actually opens up several races in my radius through the Fall and Winter, and even Early Spring. In plotting out my schedule, I got stumped by having to pick between two races – the 26.2 with Donna Marathon for Breast Cancer or the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, which benefits several charities that I support, including St. Jude’s Hospital, Hope for the Warriors, and Operation Homefront. Continue reading

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#RUN10FEED10 Thomasville

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I am very excited to announce that we are putting together a RUN 10 FEED 10 group in Thomasville, GA! What is RUN 10 FEED 10?

Per Women’s Health:

About RUN 10 FEED 10

Right now, 49 million Americans are going hungry—they don’t know when they will get their next meal. The reality is there IS enough food in the world today for everyone to get the nourishment they need for a healthy and productive life.

HUNGER IS THE WORLD’S MOST SOLVABLE PROBLEM.

It’s something we can do something about. Together, we can make a huge impact in a very simple way. All you have to do is RUN!

This fall, Women’s Health will once again host our run with a mission. Run a 10K with us, and you will instantly provide 10 meals for those going hungry in your local and surrounding neighborhoods. You can join us by racing in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco, or you can join us at Fun Runs nationwide. If you don’t live in one of our host cities – you can still participate! Sign up to run your own 10K! The money from your registration and fundraising efforts will go to those metropolitan areas nearest to you.

How do I get involved? For the runners…

We are planning a 10k group run on October 4, 2014. It will be an open course run following the Rose City 10k course.

Visit Women’s Health RUN10FEED10 webpage and sign up to Run My Own 10K .

During the registration process, entering the following team name: Run10Feed10 Thomasville

Never run a 10k before…. no problem, we will help you! Here’s a peek at some 10k training plans to get you started:

Starting in mid-August, we will be hosting group training runs for anyone interested in joining us.

How do I get involved? For those who want to support the cause….

Visit the RUN 10 FEED 10 Thomasville webpage to make a donation today:  RUN10FEED10 Thomasville

The Ride for Hope… Stop Saying “Just”

Ride for HopeThe Ride for Hope celebrated it’s 9th year this weekend and it was my second year being involved. The Ride for Hope, a Tallahassee cycling event,  was created by two brothers in honor of their father and cancer survivor, Lou Farrah.  Lou’s vision was to promote healthy lifestyles through activities and awareness. As a result, the Ride for Hope, is  “‘not just a ride’, but also a family friendly event that includes the cycling courses, a health fair and expo, a family fun area, music, food, and so much more” (Ride for Hope).

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During the Vendor Expo and Family Health Fair there was one thing that people said over and over when I asked them how far they were riding… just 11, just 29, just 40, just the metric century, just the century. We would never say “it’s just cancer” or I am “just riding for my loved one who is fighting cancer.” Each and every person that showed up raised money for cancer, cycled through many miles under the hot Tallahassee sun. Whether it was 11 miles or 100, I want to say thank you! Thank you for getting up early on Saturday morning and helping fight the fight. Thank you for riding for those who can’t.

Take a moment to “like” the Ride for Hope Facebook page and see more pics from this year’s event and to stay updated on next year’s event — The Ride for Hope 

Century Start Vendor Expo