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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!


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

We Got This!

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Why I’m running 100 Marathons?

Why 100 marathons? I know it sounds a little crazy, but actually so many people have done way more than 100 marathons. There are some people that have even done over 100 marathons in one year.  Yes it is true.  Yolanda Holder, Trent Morrow, Larry Macon they are all world record holders and have run way more than 100. So whether it’s 100 marathons, 100 years, 100 miles, 100 bottles of beer, (wait that’s 99), the number 100 is a milestone and a BIG number.  I figured it would be another great way to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.  It wouldn’t be easy though, I had to cram in about 13 marathons in 6 months and give up my goal of re-qualifying for Boston, but to me this was bigger and more important. It’s will be 100 marathons over eight years.  You see, eight years ago, I was a single mom, raising two teenage kids. I was stuck, depressed and overweight.  But instead of acknowledging that voice within, I filled the void with lots of comfort food and an array of extra-strength antidepressants, which I desperately needed at the time. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.10.51 PM In April of 2007, at my lowest point, my parents treated my kids and I to a week long vacation in Kauai.  When I hit the beach that first day swimming in the ocean and running on the sand something in me awoke.   In that moment, for the very first time in I don’t remember how long, I began to feel alive again.  It was if I was being reinvigorated by the energy of the sea, the waves and the sand.   While I was on vacation, I didn’t miss a day of swimming and running.  I immediately felt more positive, and confidant, so much so that I made a pact with myself to keep running with my dog when I returned home to Santa Monica.  And I kept that pact and did one better, I stopped taking those supercharged antidepressants. Running became my new antidepressant.  I simply did not need them anymore, however some do and I thank god that we have medication to help those who need it.  But with a clearer mind and a healthier body, I felt like I could take on the world!  With this feeling as my fuel, I signed up for my very first event, a triathlon. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.16.03 PM Just five short months after I stepped foot on the beautiful sandy shores of Kauai, I completed the triathlon.  As you can see exercise wasn’t just great for my spirit, it was good for my waistline too, I lost 35 pounds in about 5 months as I trained for this event. From the first Triathlon, my father became my biggest and most devoted fan. I thought, hey, if I can finish a triathlon and a ½ marathon, what’s stopping be from finishing a full 26.2 mile marathon?  So in 2008, I signed up for my very first marathon.  The 2008 Los Angeles Marathon. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.23.42 PM Don’t I look happy and refreshed?  No, I actually hit the wall at mile 14.  Ouch! I am happy to say I did finish, but when I crossed over the finish line I thought, that was truly AWFUL!  I think I’ll just stick to 10ks and ½ Marathons.  But the lore of qualifying for Boston kept me coming back for more.  18 times more, I thought the more marathons you ran, the faster you would get. I was a newbie and doing all my training at race pace, but I was still having fun, sort of. I finally hired a coach and on my 18th attempt, I missed qualifying by 2 minutes.  I was disappointed, but not nearly as disappointed as I would be when my mom called me the next day to tell me that my father had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and there was nothing the doctors could do. Papa Sadly, my father passed away just 35 days after diagnoses.  I felt lost, shocked, devastated and hopeless. My father was my biggest fan, there was nothing like the joy he got when he saw me run and I wasn’t about to stop now. I had another race coming up in just 10 days after he passed away.  Anyone would have understood if I didn’t run it, but I ran that race, and YES I qualified for Boston that day, with my hands pointed to my father in Heaven and my rapture is for us both.  He was in  my heart, and I knew we had done it together. I still get chills as I tell the story today! Boston High Res 5 After that day, one thing became very clear to me.  If your goal doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.  This was my truth, just a few years ago, my life was off course, and I lacked purpose, a north star. Running gave me the answer.  But after everything I had been through with losing my dad and learning about pancreatic cancer, I knew I needed to do something BIG.  So I woke up one morning, with this crazy, half-baked idea that I could run 52 marathons in 52 weeks.  I didn’t know how I would do it, but there was nothing that would stop me. Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.37.59 PM Now some would say 52 marathons in 52 weeks is crazy and enough, and for a while it was.  However, cancer does not take a day off and I feel like I still need do more.  It is my mission. So here I am, at 93 lifetime marathons completed.  Who would have thought?  If I at 37, a person who never ran in school, could complete such a feat, there is no telling what you can do.  Our dreams are still possible.  Maybe mine came in the form of a mid life crisis, but that’s ok.  Some people go shopping, some start drinking or far worse.  It was running that saved my life and now possibly the lives of others. While reflecting on the many lessons I’ve learned on this journey, one of the most important is to  “Always do what you are afraid to do”, but remember, whatever you do, means so much more, when you do it for someone else. Now with every marathon I run, I dedicate it to someone affected by cancer.  It’s not about me anymore, it’s not about the marathons, it’s much bigger than that. It’s about saving lives and changing the course of history of a disease called pancreatic cancer that has gone nearly unchanged for 40 years.  So live Boldly, live Big and know that you’ve got to touch your own life first, before you can touch the lives of others.  We Got This xoScreen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.43.21 PM I’m now running with Project Purple. The nations largest pancreatic cancer running charity. They are official charity partners with The Boston Marathon, New York Marathon and Chicago.  I’m currently over 300K in total donations, but let’s hit that million dollar mark by my 100th marathon,  The 2016 Los Angeles marathon, so we can really make a difference. Please share and donate today if you can.  Thank you xo  Click here to  DONATE 3      


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.



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



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

1. Running gives me goals to motivate me. Goals         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. Before and After         5.  I run for medals. .52 Medals         6.  I run to be with friends Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.44.49 AM         7.  I run to be the best version of myself. 8. I run to make my Dad proud. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         9. Running heals my soul. 10. I run to beat pancreatic cancer. Beatpc         11. I run for those who can’t. 12. I run for Hope. Paul and Julie         13. I run to inspire the world. Morante         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. Happy -) 2         18. I run to show people anything is possible. 19. I run to qualify for The Boston Marathon. Boston High Resolution         20. Running pisses me off 🙂 Mad1         21. I run to have fun. Fun         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. Passion copy           26. I run for life. .2 Just run! 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!

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!! HWV_Property Overview 1 HWV_Property Overall Evening Hilton Waikoloa Luau, Big Island, Hawaii.  ET HWV_Kohala Pool.Seaside Cabana HWV_Kayaking        

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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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. coffee copyKona Marathon 6. This year the race will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kona/ Kohala Coast Waik 7. David and I will be celebrating our honeymoon there, come join us in our bliss. David & Julie 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 10. This could be you enjoying the Waikoloa Beach Resort 
after participating in the Kona Marathon Events in Hawaii sipping 
a delicious cup of UCC Kona Coffee. Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 4.36.14 PM 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.  www.konamarathon.com 

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 Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 5.26.27 PM

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