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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 🙂

Larry Virginia
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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“Thank you for Running”- The 2014 Boston Marathon

You heard it all over Boston, “Thank you for running”. Everywhere people are thanking us for running the Boston Marathon. It’s even on the signs at the airport. I’ve never been thanked so much for running a marathon. I just thanked them in return for their support, because this year, we are all Boston Marathoners! Coming to Boston this year was important to me for so many reasons. I wanted to show the American people and the world that in the face of heartbreak we are courageous people and recommit to hope and possibility when things are the hardest and that’s exactly what we did. The tragic events last year were horrible, but the coming together was beautiful. Talk about beautiful, to remember those whose lives were taken, brave responders and those still recovering from the tragedy, The Old South Church in Boston put together the Marathon Scarf Project. The scarves are a labor of love by artists across the World. 7,300 scarves were passed out to the runners with a this blessing: “May the scarf warm your spirit, as you maneuver a new city, as you carry the weight of a somber anniversary year, as you look down 26.2 miles with resolve.” Wow! Boston Scarf I knew going into the race, this would not be my fastest race and wouldn’t be my slowest. It wasn’t about my time, it couldn’t be. This was something much, much bigger. Along with being a part of the race of the century, my dedication remains true to my cause, fighting pancreatic cancer. I received a message a month before the marathon about a woman battling pancreatic cancer, her name is Amy McDonough Vaughan. Amy is from Boston and I met her last year at the Unite to Fight event. This couldn’t be a more perfect race for me to dedicate to her. Amy is so awesome, she was going to meet me at heartbreak hill but wasn’t able to make it. Sometimes a fight or life can be compared to a marathon. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other, you keep going and you never quit. But the marathon is easy compared to this beast she is fighting. I was struggling on heartbreak hill but all the while thinking of the battle Amy is going through, made me suck it up and continue to forge on even when I wanted to walk. She told me to run my little tush off ☺ her funny sense of humor always shines through everything she does, I love her so much. I truly believe that her attitude is helping her heal. So I did, the best that I could, with the limited training that I had. The struggles that I faced on race day were nothing, compared to the courage and bravery she is showing in this fight. Monday was also 1 year since her father had passed. Amy is an only child, so this was a tough day for her. I was honored to be able to bring a little love and light to her world. I also got a medal for her. Sending it to her today. She is the real hero in this battle. Amy The Boston Marathon was like no other, heading out to our corrals and the start line, I couldn’t hold back the tears. When we finally took off, I was feeling united, strong and fast. Well, the fast didn’t last much longer then 6 miles, and as each mile went on I knew I better just settle in for the ride. The experience was epic and wouldn’t trade it for the world. The crowd support was off the charts. Sometimes, the competitive runner in me has a mind of it’s own, but I quickly realized to be a part of something that is uniting the world, how could I let the time on the race clock dictate my feelings? I don’t want to make excuses, sometimes life gets in the way of training. I know what it takes to qualify for Boston and I’ll try again next year. But as soon as my mind goes back to the clock, I was given another message from an amazing friend I met in Boston, Michelle Rubin. I met her through Molli Serrano, the amazing, young, beautiful, mother, wife, friend and IRONMAN who passed from PC last year ☹ She said, “Julie, your mission is way more important than a Boston qualifier”. Thank you Michelle and thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Whether I qualify for Boston again or not, my mission remains true: With passion, love and determination, we can do anything we put our minds to, including finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Running for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and Team for Life also gave me a new sense of purpose. I am so grateful to be extending my reach to ALL types of cancer patients (including pancreatic) helping those in need, find a cure NOW. Knowing that the money that I am raising is going directly to these cancer patients and helping them LIVE longer and maybe even save their lives through clinical trials warmed my heart. Thank you for Running, for cheering, for supporting and being a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. We are Boston Strong!!! Meb Meb Keflezighi 2014 Boston Marathon Champion

fitbie

Source:fitbie This weekend will be a special one for Julie Weiss: For the first time in an entire year, she won’t be going for a run. But we’re not talking about a jog around the block: Weiss, 42, is also known as the “Marathon Goddess” because she’s just finished her 52nd marathon in 52 weekends to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, the disease that took her father’s life.
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Prevention Magazine

Source:Prevention Magazine This weekend will be a special one for Julie Weiss: For the first time in an entire year, she won’t be going for a run. But we’re not talking about a jog around the block: Weiss, 42, is also known as the “Marathon Goddess” because she’s just finished her 52nd marathon in 52 weekends to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, the disease that took her father’s life.
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Daily Mail

Source: For many, just taking part in a single marathon is the achievement of a lifetime, but Julie Weiss, they’ve become something of a weekly routine.She has run 52 of them – one a week – for the past year in memory of her dad who passed away from pancreatic cancer.Yesterday, the 42-year-old California mother of two finally stopped as she crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon.
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Cash Sweat Tears Award Video

Source:Vimeo Devastated by the loss of her father in 2010 to pancreatic cancer, Julie Weiss channeled her mourning into an audacious quest – run 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money and awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council honored Weiss’ achievement by presenting her with the Cash, Sweat & Tears Award at the council’s annual conference in Atlanta. This video was part of the Award presentation.
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The Daily Breeze

Source:The Daily Breeze When Julie Weiss crosses the finish line on Sunday in her purple jersey and a flower in her hair, she won’t be celebrating having just run 26.2 miles.For the 42-year-old Santa Monica resident, the L.A. Marathon represents a much larger accomplishment.The race will mark the end of a journey Weiss set off on last March to run 52 marathons in one year. Read more..

The LA Times

Source: Julie Weiss of Santa Monica is indeed a Marathon Goddess.Weiss crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon in 5:17:44. The blogger, who details her running exploits at MarathonGoddess.com, would have had a faster finish if not for the media interviews she stopped to do along the way and the fans who met her for hugs and high-fives. Read more..

The LA Times

Source:The LA Times Friends and relatives who lost loved ones to pancreatic cancer and patients themselves are coming from near and far to spirit Weiss across that final finish line. Read more..

buzz60@AOL

Source:buzz60@AOL A California woman is running 26.2 miles every weekend to help cure a deadly disease. Femi Redwood has more on what inspired this journey.
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