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We Ran the Rock! Kona Marathon 2015

We Ran the Rock!!!

It was 95 degrees with nearly 100% humidity, on a record setting day in Kona.  But we ran the Rock or shall I say, we Survived it!!!  Despite the heat, The New Kona Marathon is better than ever! Yeah!!

Upon arrival into The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort, I was excited to see the Queens MarketPlace.  A beautifully landscaped village with shops galore, eateries and more.  Lush trees and gardens lined the streets which made me even more excited to know we would be running through there.

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We arrived at The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort and I can’t say enough nice things about it.  They just placed number 4 on Travel & Leisure’s 2015 World’s Best list for Family Travel.  I can see why, first off, it was BIG, like amusement park big. There were dolphins, a giant lagoon that fed into the ocean, water slides, pools, boats, even a monorail, yes you read that right.   Even with the magnitude of this hotel, everything was centrally located and easy to get to.  Ancient artifacts decorated the hallways within the hotel, it was like walking through a museum.

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The EXPO-

This was one of the BEST expos I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot).  The expo was located at the convention center at the The Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort , it overlooked the waterfall on the lagoon, it was breathtaking.

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Everything was so well organized, the vendors were great, including  UCC Coffee, the best Kona coffee ever.

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The Big Island Running Company was there and even gave me a purple shirt. Here I am representing in Santa Monica:

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Also, The Kona Marathon running logo apparel was so hot they sold out within a few hours.  However, you can still get the Kona Marathon Towel with your name on it (if you registered before June 12), click here: Kona Marathon Towel

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You could feel the excitement and Aloha Spirit in the air.  It was an honor to represent Project Purple, the Nations Top Pancreatic Cancer Running Charity, Essence Water ph10,Worlds Best Alkaline Water, and take Goddess Pose photo’s with so many friends in front of the Kona Marathon Start Line Back Drop.

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Race Day

Race morning we could feel it was going to be a hot one, that’s ok by me, it just means HYDRATE, adjust your pace and have FUN!  And that’s exactly what we did.

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The race volunteers were there in abundance, greeting you with their warm Aloha spirit, smiles, water, GU Hydration drink and Ice.  We may have poured more ice and water on our heads, than in our mouth.  I ran with Mark Kramer, Brian Salm and Cheryl Baumann. They are all fellow marathon maniacs and Mark and Cheryl were both finishing their 50th state. We all ran together for a while, making the miles fly by (even if we were baking on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway). We knew the ocean was waiting for us we could see it in the distance.  Plus running on part of the World Championship Ironman bike course really made you feel like a Bad Ass :)

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We finished hand in hand and although it wasn’t our fastest, it was definitely very meaningful, both Mark and I have lost a parent to pancreatic cancer.  We were grateful to be there together on his special day.  We had so much fun, helped each other when we struggled and brought it home smiling from ear to ear.

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After we finished we celebrated at the Legends of Hawaii Luau at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel, where David and I did our Honeymoon dance :)

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I am so happy that I will be returning next year, which will make it my 5th year at the Kona Marathon.  I am beyond blessed and truly love the New Kona Marathon venue.  I hope you will join us in paradise at the 2016 Kona Marathon, June 26.

Aloha and until we meet again a hui hoi..

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Registration code now available for the 2016 Kona Marathon, use code KMGODDESS and save $10 off early registration prices.  Win Win!!!   Register here

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This Kona Marathon was dedicated to Beverly, who loved Hawaii and lost her life way to young from pancreatic cancer.  We must find a cure!!!   We Got This! Click here to make a donation to Project Purple to help: DONATE

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My Thoughts on this Father’s Day!

5 years ago I lost my beloved father to pancreatic cancer. So far my efforts have raised over $300,000 in research to find a cure. On this father’s day, as I think of my Dad, the happy memories, the gratitude I have for what he gave our family and the tragic loss, I wish that he were still here.  He could have been here had there been a cure.  Please donate with the hopes that perhaps next father’s day many people who have had their father’s or loved ones afflicted with this disease will still be here to enjoy a life with the friends and family.  Thank you for giving this some thought and the time it will take you to make a donation. We need your help now more then ever. The following sights will gratefully accept any donation you are able to give.  Happy Father’s Day!  In loving memory of Maurice Weiss 1935-2010.

PROJECT PURPLE

LAZAREX CANCER FOUNDATION

PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

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My biggest fan. Miss you Papa xo

 

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Happy National Running Day!! 26.2 Reasons Why I Run…

1. Running gives me goals to motivate me.

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2. Running challenges my inner being.
3. Running gives me a sense of accomplishment.
4. I run so I will no longer be depressed & overweight.

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5.  I run for medals.

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6.  I run to be with friends

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7.  I run to be the best version of myself.

8. I run to make my Dad proud.

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9. Running heals my soul.
10. I run to beat pancreatic cancer.

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11. I run for those who can’t.
12. I run for Hope.

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13. I run to inspire the world.

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14. Running makes me feel Alive.
15. I run to find my own sunshine.
16. Running makes my spirit shine.
17. Running makes me Happy.

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18. I run to show people anything is possible.

19. I run to qualify for The Boston Marathon.

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20. Running pisses me off :)
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21. I run to have fun.
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22. I run to find inspiration.
23. I run to stop thinking.
24. I run to get places.
25. I run to cross finish lines.

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26. I run for life.

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I run the extra mile for these amazing foundations to cure pancretic cancer. Please donate if you can. Thank you! Happy National Running Day.  #GoRunItJune3 We Got This!

 

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Exciting Things Happening at the 2015 Kona Marathon!

As the Kona Marathon get’s closer,  the more excited I get.  I wanted to share just a few more of the amazing highlights of the Kona Marathon with you:

The 2015 Kona Marathon will be located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. The race will start and finish at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden. The Marathon course has some moderate hills, never exceeding 290 feet above sea level with gentle climbs and drops. That sounds great to me!

I will be running with  one of my good friends, fellow Marathon Maniac, Mark Kramer who I met on my journey of 52. Sadly he lost his mother to pancreatic cancer. We are brother and sister in Arms.   This year he will be finishing his 50th state with his good friend at the Kona Marathon.  The 3 of us will run together, estimating about a 4:30 finish, but more importantly, crossing the finish line all holding hands, signifying that you can do anything you put your mind too, anything is possible, including finding a cure for pancreatic cancer!

What do you do when you are not running?  You shop and eat of course.  There is a fun family life style resort destination shopping experience with something for everyone called The Queens MarketPlace within the Waikoloa Beach Resort. With an exciting collection of boutiques, galleries, shops and services, plus a delightfully diverse Ono Food Court, upscale restaurants and a full schedule of free Hawaiian cultural activities and entertainment.

After the marathon at Hilton Waikoloa Village, The Host Hotel,  is The Big Island Luau. How fun, right?  We will go there to celebrate so many things  like Mark’s 50th state,  My Honeymoon and seriously, just being alive. I’ve heard it’s an exhilarating experience, under a magical Hawaiian night-sky and swaying palms, featuring exotic dance, music and entertainment for the whole family with hula & fire dancers and a lavish Hawaiian buffet. E ‘Ai Kākou! (Let’s Eat!)

This year I will be representing Project Purple! Grateful my running continues to help the fight against pancreatic cancer with this amazing charity so close to my heart, who’s motto is “Running to Beat Pancreatic Cancer!”

Please Click here to make a Donation

Click here to register for the 2015  Kona Marathon

Remember to use code KMGODDESS to save!  

Looking forward to seeing you in the Land of Aloha June 28th!

xo

Julie

We Got This!!

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How do I run so many marathons and not get injured?

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 10.25.55 PMThis is the question I get all the time?  How do you stay injury free?  I’ll tell you. The key to running multiple marathons back to back is all about recovery.  If you are not recovered from the first, you stand a high risk of being injured on the second.  Being sedentary is not as productive for cellular regeneration as something that will generate greater blood flow in the affected areas.  Running in water, walking, even swimming may generate that greater blood flow.   In addition to recovery, creating less cellular damage in the muscles can be important, as well. This can be done by running slower and even walking during parts of your marathons. When I am running back to back marathons, I slow down my pace by at least an hour of what I am capable of running so that I can recover quicker.

Before your first marathon, building additional strength, to support the joints, during a marathon, can be beneficial to injury prevention.  Stretching can also be beneficial to reduce tightness which could create pulling and imbalance issues.
There are many other components like, nutrition, getting enough protein for recovery, like my favorite Vega protein shakes, proper shoes, like my favorite ASICS,  getting enough  sleep and of course marathon training, but you’ll have to buy the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Marathon Training for that, written by David Levine (my husband) and Paula Petrella :)
That’s all for now.  Hope to see you out there out there on the course.  Running to beat pancreatic cancer. #wegotthis

Running Day Shoe Giveaway: On June 3rd (National Running Day), for every 100 tweets using the hashtag #GoRunItJune3, ASICS will give away a free pair of running shoes to a random winner.

 

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11 Reasons to Run The Kona Marathon:

I am so excited to be heading back to the Kona Marathon for the 3rd consecutive year. Kona was number 11 in my journey of “52 marathons in 52 weeks “ to fight pancreatic cancer. Since it was number 11, I am going to give you 11 reasons to run this race. My particular favorite, Number 11 was like running in Heaven ☺

1. Okay, the real obvious reason is the race is in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even if you did not train well enough and didn’t quite have the race you wanted , when you finish, you are in Hawaii. Right? Enjoy it.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.43.32 PM

2. There is something for everyone, The Kona Marathon, Kona Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K, so bring the whole family!

3. Clean air. I just enjoy the air quality in Kona with views that will inspire you. Also, the friendly, fun Marathon volunteers and staff are great with the beautiful Aloha Spirit.Kona Finish

 

4. The Kona Marathon has been rated #1 Marathon in the State of Hawaii by TripAdvisor

5. The Kona Marathon is sponsored by UCC Kona Coffee. Best coffee on the planet and it will make you run faster, guarantee.
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6. This year the race will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kona/ Kohala Coast

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7. David and I will be celebrating our honeymoon there, come join us in our bliss.
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8. Save $10 on your registration Half or Full, using code KMGODDESS (all Caps) www.konamarathon.com

9. The Host Hotel, The Hilton Waikoloa is offering discounted room rates for the dates of June 23 – July 3, 2015 based on availability. Book Here : https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

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11. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon runners will continue onto the Queen Kaahumanu Highway and the famous Lava Fields of Kona, running a portion of the famous Ironman World Championship bike route before returning to the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the welcoming throng of spectators at the finish line. And super excited to share the finish line with my awesome friends, fellow Marathon Maniacs, Mark and Cheryl who will be finishing their 50th state.  What a perfect place to do it! We Got This!

Register today. Come join us and Run the Rock in the Land of Aloha June 20-28, 2015.  Looking forward to seeing you. 

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What I learned at the ASICS LA Marathon: Mental Toughness is Not Enough!!

Who remembers this training tip I posted a week before the marathon?

“Extended forecast is in and it’s getting hotter by the minute. Yikes. Your heart rate will be higher so everything will feel more difficult and you will deplete resources quicker, so you need to take in more resources( water, carbs & minerals) and possibly slow down. If water starts to taste bad or you feel nauseous or you’ve gone a long time without water and don’t want it, you are probably sodium depleted and suffering from hyponatremia. This can become a dangerous condition. Get some sodium in you fast Like these salt tabs.They can also help with cramping. On hot days I take one every 30 minutes. You also need a minimum of 4 to 8 ounces of water every 10 to 15 min of running. Stay cool and hydrated. Be prepared and you will have a great race. We Got This!!” But did I listen? Not even close. I commend those of you who did, you probably had a great race.

It’s been over 3 years since I’ve “raced” a marathon. For the 52, I was running to finish, without a care in the world about my time. It’s so much fun that way. But at LA, dispite the heat, I thought to myself, “I’m good.” I was wrong. I forgot how much fuel you really need.

1.) I need to consume enough carbs, in a form I can digest. There were a couple gels in a little stretchy zippered pouch I was wearing around my waist. It became impossible to get the gels and mineral pills out of there, while running. On the other hand, I don’t enjoy gels. A different form of carbohydrate is something I need to work on finding, and a different way to carry them.

2.) When it comes to big hills early in a race, I need to take them a tad slower, and to start my race slower. I did not do bad, but there was room for improvement early on during the race.

3.) I need to find some enjoyable way to raise my heart rate way up, during training, for short periods of time (over six minutes), to raise my ability level. I was doing some strong faster runs, at the end of my longer runs and I had a lot of volume, I peaked at over 80 miles in a week. But I was probably slightly fatigued after the long run, and may not have raised my heart rate enough to really make an impact on my VO2 Max levels.

I probably had about 125 calories the entire race, when you actually need that or more, per hour. I summoned the mental toughness, I dug deep, but guess what? There was nothing there. As soon as I was out of the VA, my pace slowed from about a 9 min mile to a 10:30, I was done. My only hope was that maybe somehow, someway, David would be waiting for me at the finish line and he was. The silver lining that made me realize that in the end, even though I didn’t qualify for Boston, all that really matters in life, is how much you loved. xo

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Running the ASICS LA Marathon? Don’t worry runners, We Got This!! Last minute tips and inspiration for a great race!

Running the ASICS LA Marathon? Don’t worry runners, We Got This!! Last minute tips and inspiration for a great race!
With everyone so excited and a bit nervous about the heat this Sunday, I thought I would offer you a bit of support. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Have Fun and enjoy the race!
2. If you’re not having fun, go back to #1, figure out why & fix it(Complete Idiots Guide to Marathon Training)
3. Adjust your pace, respect the heat and simply slow it down a little and enjoy the marathon experience. (from the ASICS LA Marathon)
4. Slow down on 2 hills at miles 4 & 5. If you do, you will have a better race, if you don’t you will screw it up completely.
5. Hydrate- We all know it’s going to be hot, drink water and add electrolytes. You need a minimum of 4 to 8 ounces of water every 10 to 15 min of running.
6. Carbo-Loading- What you eat 2 days before the race will still be in your body. It takes 24-36 hours to fully digest a meal.
So, if you want to have a big carbo load dinner with someone, it’s better to do it Friday for a Sunday Race.
7. Fuel- Because of the heat, you will deplete resources quicker, so you need to take in more resources (water,carbs & minerals) and possibly slow down.
Salt tabs every 20-30 min work great.
8. Wear sunscreen that doesn’t sting when it gets in your eyes. You’re going to sweat and that can hurt.
9. Stay in the mile you are in, enjoy every step. Be present. You’ll get energy from runners and supporters
10. If you get to a negative patch, say the word “Blessed” to yourself, or something that works for you. Remember what a gift it is to be able to run.
11. Relax, It’s all good.
12. Celebrate your training, you did the work, now it’s just a 26.2 mile celebration.
13. When you cross the finish line, raise your arms up in the air and own it. You are a rock star, victory is yours. Plus it makes for a really cool finish line photo.

You can find me Saturday at the expo. I’ll be at the ASICS Booth, near the exit at noon with the ASICS LA Marathon Ambassadors. Would love to meet you. #‎LA30Tweetup
I chose the Asics LA Marathon as my favorite big city race as noted in Runners World, with its fantastic course, the ASICS LA Marathon is one of the most exciting races in the country. Enjoy it!

Dedications- My dedication for the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon going out to 4 special people, even though my list goes a mile long. Running For: Amy McDonough Vaughan, Lupe Romero-De La Cruz, Elena Crucita Martinez Mendoza. & running WITH Phil Kent & the Hirshberg Training Team | Marathon Training for Pancreatic Research. Please pray for them. Pancreatic Cancer Sucks. You can help by making a donation to the Hirshberg Foundation by going to my website. www.marathongoddess.com

If you want to come out and support the runners, come to the Purple People Party, put on by the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Mile 21. Corner of San Vicente and Darlington. We need all the support we can get. Come spray us with water and love.

Need some more inspiration, watch Spirit of The Marathon 1 or 2. Both available on ITunes. I love Spirit II, especially that girl who talks a lot.

Have a great race everyone. Just go out there, do your best and have fun! We Got This! #ASICS #LAMarathon #LA30 #Celebrate

RUNNER’S WORLD COVER CONTEST

I’ve just entered the Runner’s World Cover Contest. Getting on the cover would help us raise HUGE awareness for pancreatic cancer and all cancers while inspiring others to RUN. And hey, it would be pretty cool to get on the cover. You can vote each day. Please share with your friends and let’s take this opportunity to put a charity runner on the cover of Runners World!!

Please vote daily, and you can also sign up for a free trip to New York. Contest runs 7/1/14-8/26/14. When you share with your friends please include this hashtag #RWCoverContest Thank you and We got this!

Click on this link to vote: http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/781/rnana5a8chk2gbe8irvpdjck33

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Time to Recover!

The Marathon Goddess is tired. Go figure! But seriously What an exciting last 3 weeks it has been. From Boston to Big Sur to Orange County. If I keep this up I can do the 52 again, maybe not. It’s time to take a little time off to recover, rebuild and regenerate. Boston was beyond words, Big Sur was majestic and Orange County was awesome. Oh and let’s not forget about the LA marathon and Modesto just a few weeks prior. My last race experience in Orange County was great. I set out to run a sub 2 half marathon and completed it in 2:04. We said we would eat hills for breakfast, but the hills actually ended up eating me. My good friend Carolina went out and had a PR and so did so many others. I’m told if you want to get faster you need to do this thing called training and cut down on your marathons. Who knew? Well, I guess it’s time to step up to the plate and put the hard work in. It’s been a little over a year since I completed the 52 and I know, it’s time for me to build back up and get faster again. I can feel it in my soul.

Most recently I ran in honor of Virginia Heskett and in memory of Larry Conger. Virginia a pancreatic cancer survivor who is fighting like a champ, she completed a 5k last weekend. Wow! Her daughter Shawn just completed her 12th marathon in 12 months in the fight against pancreatic cancer and very fast I might add. Shawn qualified for Boston 5 out of the 12 marathons. I also ran in memory of Larry Conger who passed away on Christmas in 2012 from this dreadful disease. His beautiful wife, daughter and grand daughter drove all the way out from Ventura to see me finish. It was so touching and made our hearts happy. We walked, we talked we hugged about an amazing man who lived life to the fullest. I felt like he was there with us and I wanted to have beer and listen to Elvis with him. I am sure he was smiling from heaven above.

At the last minute I was asked to come speak for the We Run Orange County’s Kids (WeROCK). Funny story, it was so last minute I didn’t check dress code and showed up in running clothes and everyone else was in black tie. Cutest kids ever, but I had to go hide. Luckily I was saved and a friend brought me a dress that happened to fit perfectly. It was great to speak to this kids, inspire and see the possibility in their eyes as I told them the story of my 52 marathons, made one marathon seem so much less daunting. Lesson learned, always dress up! I ended up selling and signing a ton of Spirit 2 DVDs and met some of the most supportive parents, coaches and energetic kids you could ever meet. What a group!

Truth be told, I had a lot fun before the race and after but seriously during the race I was tired and I’ve been doing too much racing, and not enough training. Go figure. So with the past 3 weeks of thrashing my legs but fulfilling my heart, I’ve decided to take a good 3 weeks off so my body can recover and we can start some serious training for a PR in New York. Yeah! I am playing with the idea of having the LA Marathon 2015 be my 100th marathon, which could mean a PR in NY #85 and 15 more marathons till LA which will mean a slow time, but gratifying since it will be #100. Quantity or quality? We will just have to wait and see.

But in the mean time, here are some fun pictures to enjoy. So even though my running performance was not the best, the joy I found in seeing my friends and meeting new ones along the way, made it all ok. Also now that I am running on behalf of Team for Life and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, it gives me such a gratifying feeling to know that all of the money I raise is going directly to helping all end stage cancer patients have a chance at life by getting them to clinical trials, in the hopes we find a cure now. It doesn’t get much better than that.

And as far as my running, well as much as we would love to PR and place all the time, it doesn’t always turn out that way. A lot of people say finishing is winning, well I say just getting to that starting line is winning. Believe me, I know what it takes to get there to and get there healthy. So remember, whether you’re in the front, middle or in the back of the pack, just make sure you are having fun and enjoying the journey, because that my friends is what it’s all about! Next up the Kona marathon on 6/22 and you know what? I may even do the half and that’s ok. Take care of yourself, respect your body and love yourself. Please consider making a donation on behalf of my efforts to the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. So others less fortunate may continue to live a happy, healthy and hopefully cancer free life. It’s about LIVING. We got this!

WE ROCK

Loui

Running in memory of Larry and meeting Larry's wife Patti truly made my heart happy :)

Running in memory of Larry and meeting Larry’s wife Patti truly made my heart happy :)

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Shawn Veronese "Marathons for Mom" Finishing her 12th marathon in 12 months with another Boston Qualifier!

Shawn Veronese “Marathons for Mom” Finishing her 12th marathon in 12 months with another Boston Qualifier!

The Real Dizzle Red and his brother Ray. Two Rock Star Runners and we all match. Met Red at Modesto and he told me it was his brother and even a little of me that inspired him to run and a PR at OC at that! What a pleasure meeting them both together. Congratulations!!!

The Real Dizzle Red and his brother Ray. Two Rock Star Runners and we all match. Met Red at Modesto and he told me it was his brother and even a little of me that inspired him to run and a PR at OC at that! What a pleasure meeting them both together. Congratulations!!!

A little blurry but beautiful.  Linda her daughter and grandaughter all doing the Goddess pose.  I'm thinking those sparkles behind us is more than just a sparkle. :)

A little blurry but beautiful. Linda her daughter and grandaughter all doing the Goddess pose. I’m thinking those sparkles behind us is more than just a sparkle. :)

Virginia (Shawn's Mom)  PC Survivor and just completed a 5K.  Love this lady right here. A true Champ!!!

Virginia (Shawn’s Mom) PC Survivor and just completed a 5K. Love this lady right here. A true Champ!!!

Carolina and I in the Jacuzzi recovering and celebrating.  She ran a PR 1:51 half.  Soon I will be able to keep up with her again.  So proud of her!!  She is a total Rock Star!

Carolina and I in the Jacuzzi recovering and celebrating. She ran a PR 1:51 half. Soon I will be able to keep up with her again. So proud of her!! She is a total Rock Star!

Tim Christoni aka Cheetah!  An unbelievable runner, super fast, inspiring, fun and incredibly nice. From a 6 hour marathon to a sub 3?  Come on, if he can do it, so can we.   One day I will be able to run with him.  Give me a year Tim.   For now, let me just hold the sign, cause I feel really cool :)

Tim Christoni aka Cheetah! An unbelievable runner, super fast, inspiring, fun and incredibly nice. From a 6 hour marathon to a sub 3? Come on, if he can do it, so can we. One day I will be able to run with him. Give me a year Tim. For now, let me just hold the sign, cause I feel really cool :)

Here we are before the race, Carolina and I huddling for warmth inside the Marriott hotel.  It was like a party, Smiling and happy.  I asked her what we were going to eat for breakfast before the race, she replied: "Hills"  and she did.  Sadly, the hills ate me for breakfast :(

Here we are before the race, Carolina and I huddling for warmth inside the Marriott hotel. It was like a party, Smiling and happy. I asked her what we were going to eat for breakfast before the race, she replied: “Hills” and she did. Sadly, the hills ate me for breakfast :(

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