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Marathon Training

When I was 18 I trained and ran two marathons. Since then I’ve signed up for six different marathons but have not run any of them. Paul says I’m really good at signing up for marathons but less good at training for them. I start out with good intentions but then real life competes with the discipline and time it takes to train for a marathon and real life always wins. If you saw my New Year Resolutions this year I decided to train for the Big Sur marathon. 26.2 Miles! I’m about halfway through my training and some mornings it has taken every bit of willpower to get out of bed and train but I’ve actually been doing it. This last weekend I ran 16 miles and felt really great. I would say my biggest motivator and the key to my success this time around is I am running for charity. I’m raising $2500 for Doctors Without Borders. I feel so accountable to this commitment I’ve made and with the support of my family and friends I know I can’t let people down. It is the thing that gets me out of bed early in the morning. I’ve raised 60% of my goal but still have a ways to go. If you are able, please consider making a donation to my marathon training. I will be forever indebted. All proceeds go directly to Doctors without Borders and will help me accomplish my goal.


photo from one of my training runs.

  1. Sarah D.

    March 14, 2014


    You are so inspiring! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. Anna

    March 14, 2014

    Excellent charity! Thanks to a generous employer, my donation was matched! Good luck with your training and the event.

  3. Toby

    March 14, 2014

    Good luck with your training! And yes, always remember what you are running for – a great cause with tons of people supporting you. It’s the best motivator!

  4. Birdy& Bambi

    March 14, 2014

    We’re impressed!!!! So inspiring… We’re thinking about running a marathon as well!

    Much love and a wonderful weekend from Germany,

    Birdy and Bambi

  5. Mo

    March 14, 2014

    I just checked out the Big Sur marathon…it looks awesome (and hilly)! Best of luck to you! Since you’ve run two marathons before, at least you know what you’re taking on. I didn’t train enough for my second marathon and it was painful (figuratively and literally). It’s incredibly admirable for you to donate to such a fantastic non-profit, too. Double props!

    If you were able to get your 16 miles in already, you’re in great shape! Keep it up!

  6. Jennifer

    March 14, 2014

    That’s awesome! When do you find time to run those longer training runs? Are you training with a group?

  7. Cameron

    March 14, 2014

    I’m doing Big Sur this year, too, along with my husband. I ran it (ok, jogged it) in 2012, and it was amazing. My training has been lackluster this year, but I’ve decided to see this as a benefit rather than a liability: the slower I go, the more I get to enjoy the sights!

    Good luck to you!

  8. chloe

    March 14, 2014

    that photo from one of your training runs is absolutely gorgeous! I hate running but i love the way i feel afterwards, i guess it’s a love-hate relationship.
    enjoy your runs!!

  9. Ana

    March 14, 2014

    Wow, that’s awesome. Go for it! I’ve never even run a 5k, so I’m super inspired by your commitment to train. 🙂

  10. Raquel

    March 14, 2014

    You go! Make sure you get plenty of hills in there! You may just motivate me to get back out there, love your posts 🙂

  11. Eve

    March 15, 2014

    This is such a nice photo! It was set up just at the right time!

  12. Paola Ysabel

    March 15, 2014

    It takes great commitment and dedication to do what you’re doing. I love that you’re raising money for Doctors Without Borders. 🙂 I wish you luck in your endeavors!

  13. Franca Bollo

    March 16, 2014

    Good for you! I hope to run (plod) a second marathon one of these days but I’ve lost my training partner and don’t think I can survive an 18-mile-training run on my own. What group are you training with? DWB?

  14. Kelby

    March 18, 2014

    Wow! What an awesome post. I just wrote about training for my fourth half marathon. Half marathons are tough enough. I can’t imagine training for a full! I give you so much credit! Running for a charity is a great motivator. Big Sur looks like a beautiful race. Good luck!

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