Mar 252014
 

I did it! I finished. I ran 26.2 miles on March 9, 2014 in the Los Angeles Marathon. Pinch. Me. I couldn’t believe it was happening then and two weeks later, I still can’t believe it. It was one of the hardest goals I’ve ever worked for so of course it came with the biggest sense of accomplishment. I was high after crossing that finish line. Completely high. So, I wanted to wrap up the experience with a final Thank You to the oh so many individuals out there that came forward to help, to listen, donate and to cheer.

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To the {jcp} running team-

Together we brought in a total of $8,429.40 in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and then, ran like hell. You guys are amazing, always inspiring and I can’t wait to run with you again.

To our donators-

My mantra during this journey was “every amount helps, donate what you can and know that every amount helps” and so we had donations starting at $5.00 and up to $500.00. Collectively, we were able to soar high over our original goal of $3000.00. We doubled it and nearly tripled it and it’s all due to the collective attention that our donators brought to it. It’s because of your generosity that we were able to help St. Jude achieve their goal of $100,000.00 for this #LAMarathon. Whoop Whoop!!

To my Soundtrack Contributors-

You have no idea. The tunes you provided for me and the beautiful messages that accompanied them, helped to carry my feet when I thought they could no longer go on. And the creativity behind the choices- “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne and “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. Brilliant. (I have some clever friends). They kept me happy, laughing and moving. Thank you so much.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot say it enough. This experience was such a sweet ride.

Mar 062014
 

It’s finally here… The Los Angeles Marathon 2014! I can’t believe it. I’ve spent seven months in training, went through six pairs of running shoes and ran a total of 348 miles; the equivalent to running to San Francisco from Los Angeles! I never used to think of myself as a runner but feel I’ve now earned my stripes. I cannot wait to do this and am so proud to be doing it alongside two of the coolest cats that have ever graced my path- my husband Joe and my good friend Nadim. On Sunday, we’ll be representing St Jude Children’s Hospital, the families that they aid and the many individuals that donated, allowing us to reach our goal and run with purpose.

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It’s interesting, when I first started, I was given a myriad of opinions. Strong opinions. I didn’t ask for them. My mind was already set but I listened. I get it. It’s human to worry. The whole project was a lofty one and totally out of our norm. I made sure to do my research, found the right training/eating plan and scheduled a few appointments with specialists in order to add a professional outlook to that list of opinions. After that, any little black cloud that tried to push it’s way into my game plan was simply used for fuel. When they rained, I pursued it with greater confidence, stronger legs and insatiable endurance. Over time, I found my group of supporters and not just through donations but through words, gestures. In a journey like this, your true believers; your true friends and family are the ones who cheer you on no matter the odds and help you up when you’re completely exhausted. I could not have done it without them. That encouragement was priceless. Today I am proud to state that my team and I have succeeded in raising over $8000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I’m up to eighteen miles in distance. Sunday will cap me out at the well-known 26.2. So a whole lot of good came out of this!  Which, reminds me of a quote I came across recently…

“Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” -TS Eliot

You never know until you try so…. Let’s Do This!!!!!! Keep an eye out for BIB# 11456!

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Of course, I being who I am, scheduled a photo shoot for my team, in order to represent St. Jude and have a little fun in the meantime. I went HDR with this one. Unfortunately Nadim couldn’t make it but he was there in spirit. PS: How completely awesome are my mans compression socks?… That was rhetorical of course. Sexeeee! Love ya babe.
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& Big buckets of love out to Andrea, our Los Angles St. Jude representative. She’s been nothing but pure love and encouragement the entire way. Thank you Andrea!
26.2 miles, cancer awareness, fundraising, los angeles marathon, 2014, non profit, st jude children's research hospital, goals, pushing through
26.2 miles, cancer awareness, fundraising, los angeles marathon, 2014, non profit, st jude children's research hospital, goals, pushing through
26.2 miles, cancer awareness, fundraising, los angeles marathon, 2014, non profit, st jude children's research hospital, goals, pushing through
Dec 312011
 

I spotted this on a friend’s Pinterest page today and it instantly rang true for me.  I’ve never been a big believer in the New Year’s resolutions but I do have hopes for the upcoming New Year and while I do believe I can achieve all that I set my mind to, the most important part to me, the part I reflect on the most with each New Year’s celebration, is the journey.  My lessons, goals and aspirations come from the triumphs and tribulations of my prior year.  My journey.  It’s not so much about whether or not I did fly but how I attempted to do so and how I can attempt it again and again within each and every new year that comes my way.  It’s just that simple.  Get cape.  Wear cape.  Fly.

Happy New years

Happy New Year Everybody!

 

 

 

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