Pancreatic Cancer

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Flashback: The 2012 New York Marathon, The Marathon that Never Was!

The 2012 New York City Marathon was supposed to be Marathon number 32 in my streak of 52 marathons in 52 weeks, but it turned out to be, “The Marathon that Never Was.”  Now some 40 marathons later, we’re back and still going strong. 
Marathon 96, in my new Purple ASICS!

Marathon 96, in my new Purple ASICS!

Here’s a great example of what my life was like during the 52 marathons in 52 weeks, although this example is a little extreme.  Take The 2012 New York City Marathon. You may be thinking, there was no New York City Marathon in 2012.  That is correct, because about 1 hour after we landed in NYC and checked into out hotel; we found out, due to Super Storm Sandy, the marathon was cancelled.  Now what?  To keep the streak alive, I had to run a marathon that weekend.  I wrote about my New York Marathon Experience in my blog titled: The Marathon that Never Was! “It started as an exciting adventure, which quickly took a sharp turn.  As super storm sandy slammed down on the east coast, it took a piece of my heart along with it.  For me, I went to New York to run, along a with so many others, to show the American people that we are a courageous people in the face of heartbreak and recommit to hope and possibility when things are the hardest.  But it wasn’t meant to be.  We arrived on Friday at JFK.  In the cab ride to our hotel our driver was telling us all the horror stories going on.  Generators and back up generators were sitting there, not being used, and in place for the marathon.  Meanwhile there were still millions without power and shelter and some without food.  My heart sank.  As we got closer to the hotel I saw a two mile long line of cars waiting for gas.  Then I see a hanging crane dangling over the city streets. Wind had broken the massive steal crane, dozens of stories above the city streets.  If not for the wires holding it, the top of the crane, dangling 100s of feet above, would have crashed to the ground. The streets were barricaded off and no one was allowed within a block or two. I sank deeper into the floor of the taxi.  What other horrors were we in for, I wondered?  We arrive at our hotel and get a quick bite and we are ready to head to the expo for a great opportunity and interview with Poland Springs water.  I had CBS/KCAL news following my marathon adventure in New York, which quickly became more interesting to them because within just minutes after we arrived at our hotel, we hear a rumor that the marathon was cancelled.  The rumor quickly became a reality and honestly my first reaction was a sense of relief. The next thing I did was order a drink and console friends.  There was a young woman, who had also just arrived, and similar to us, also had not been to her room yet.  She had come all the way from London to do the New York Marathon. Ouch!  She was horrified, in a sad and quiet way. Now I had to figure out the next plan of action.  Quick find another marathon!  I called friends, posted on Facebook, someone please register me for the Santa Clarita marathon in California. I knew it was on the same day as New York. Next, get a flight home.  Called my travel agent and we booked the first available flight, back to LA, the next morning. We made the best out of our 12 hour stay in NYC.  I had a big press conference with the New York Roadrunners and a photo shoot which had all been cancelled.  A fantastic article in the official program was printed in mass.  Thousands of them, that no one got to see. L It would have been huge for Pancreatic Awareness.  We then had a nice dinner with David’s family, snuck into Central Park and did a quick bandit run.  The finish line had mostly been erected, but now completely abandoned.  With absolutely no one around, at night, in minimal street lighting, we ran the finish line of the New York Marathon.  Somehow, with no one there to give us a medal or even notice, it still felt good.  There is something special about a finish line, even one not fully assembled.
Sneaking into Central Park to run through the finish line ;0

Sneaking into Central Park to run through the finish line ;0

    Early next morning we hop on a plane back to LA, with little to no sleep.  Once arrived, we immediately drive to the Santa Clarita marathon expo to register. After another few hours of sleep, Sunday morning, I am off and running the Santa Clarita marathon, #32 of 52.  The 52 lives on and the people of NYC were heard. On the way to my marathon I heard that thousands of marathoners were on the ferry to Statin Island, to help out the now homeless and displaced.  Though the storm had destroyed the hopes of the marathon, the marathoners had brought a little hope to those in need.  That made my heart sing. Santa Clarita marathon was hot and fun. It was not NYC.  We had 500 marathoners vs. 50,000.  I ended up running 28 miles.  At mile 14 I went back to help out a friend who was ready to quit, which gave me the extra miles.   This marathon adventure was a bit crazy, but nothing as hard as the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Here is a picture of me sneaking into Central Park the night the race was cancelled to run through the finish line and on the right, here I am finishing Santa Clarita that same weekend.  Nothing would stop us, not even Super Storm Sandy!  
The Santa Clarita Marathon, marathon 32 of 52! We did it!

The Santa Clarita Marathon, marathon 32 of 52! We did it!

The New York Marathon will always be special, not only because of the amazing spirit and the people, but my Dad was from Brooklyn, I know he’d be proud and I know he’s still here with me.  Next week is Santa Clarita Marathon, next week!?  Here we go again!! We Got This! Please donate today and let’s put pancreatic cancer out of business!  Thank You!  Click here to donate to Project Purple!
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How to survive back-to-back marathon marathons!

Just recently, I ran The Bank of America Chicago Marathon and The Rock n Roll Denver Marathon, which were a week apart,  and I guess what? I am exhausted, but I’m alive and filled with a sense of accomplishment of  completing marathons 94, 95 and 1 step closer  to 100.  Now with the New York Marathon less than 1 week a away, the question is, How does one survive back-to-back marathons? Recovery is the name of the game.  It’s important to make sure you are getting enough protein which rebuilds muscle tissue, sleep which replenishes hormones, hydration and minerals which are also very important for recovery. In terms of running midweek between marathons, don’t do it.   Stretching, is good, recovery takes precedent over training when you have a week between marathons. For us non-elite runners,  it’s important to slow down your pace when running frequent marathons.  It helps to take the marathons slower, you utilize less resources, which make recovery quicker and reduce the risk of injury. I pushed it a little in Chicago to a 4:38, even while stopping to take pictures and giving out hugs on the course.  The course was super flat, so that helped. Do you know the joke about the Chicago Marathon? “What’s the biggest hill in the Chicago Marathon? … The Curb 🙂 ”
Photo Op with the Project Purple Flag at mile 3 in the Chicago Marathon.  Fun!!

Photo Op with the Project Purple Flag at mile 3 in the Chicago Marathon. Fun!!

  Then there was the RocknRoll Denver Marathon one week later. I knew it was going to be slow with the altitude and heat and it was just that.I finished in 5 hours and 20 minutes, with a smile on my face and a skip in my step.  Partly because I had my Project Purple Team waiting for me at the finish line, I was thinking about all the amazing pancreatic cancer survivors I was running for.
Awesome to have friends at the finish line!!!

Awesome to have friends at the finish line!!!

The Project Purple Team.  Running to BEAT pancreatic cancer!

The Project Purple Team. Running to BEAT pancreatic cancer!

Now with just a few days left before the New York City Marathon, I am getting excited, not only because it’s one of the top marathons in the world, but also because I just received my brand new kicks, for marathon 96,  my new Purple ASICS! Good thing too because the Santa Clarita Marathon is the follwing weekend.  Marathon 97 with these ASICS will be like running in Heaven!

ASICS

Check out these Awesome Gel- Quantum 360s!!!

We Got This!

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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. Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 6.48.23 PM 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. Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.03.04 PM Everything was so well organized, the vendors were great, including  UCC Coffee, the best Kona coffee ever. UCC The Big Island Running Company was there and even gave me a purple shirt. Here I am representing in Santa Monica: Run ALoha 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 Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.34.40 PM 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.

Bioastin:Essence

KONa

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. Sunrise 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 🙂 Baking 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. Finish After we finished we celebrated at the Legends of Hawaii Luau at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel, where David and I did our Honeymoon dance 🙂 Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.21.50 PM Dancing 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.. Medal Registration code now available for the 2016 Kona Marathon, use code KMGODDESS and save $10 off early registration prices.  Win Win!!!   Register here Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 8.50.22 PM 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 beverly              

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
My biggest fan.  Miss you Papa xo

My biggest fan. Miss you Papa xo

 

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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
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