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My chosen first Full marathon and why...it makes perfect sense

Friday, September 30, 2011

I think a revelation just came over me. Why did I start running June 2009 just out of the blue? Why did I run my first 5k August 2009 out of the blue. Why did I find an urge to gradually add miles to my runs? Why did I run my first HM? Why in the heck am I loving and fully embracing distance running and truly enjoy Half Marathons? Is it because it is my destiny to pay tribute to my mom who fought hard against the breast cancer that invaded her body without an invitation? I watched her fight, endure chemo, the wigs, the smiles, the tears, the solid month of radiation and the hope that she held in her heart that she would beat the Beast.

I watched her in her final weeks that eventually brought her to ICU. We did not know those would be her final weeks. Perhaps she did? That is only known by her and God. I feel deep in my heart that this is the driving force that propels me forward with my running. I still find there are times that I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that I am a runner. I have a Garmin that proves that I have run the miles and the pacing required to keep me healthy. I have a strong urge to now up the ante. I never saw this coming. Why am I doing this?

I am very active with the Jeff Galloway Spark Team and we are a tight group. Catherine (live2run4life) has been such a special supporter of mine since the beginning of my running career. Cindy (trillium22) knows the Galloway method every which way and is so eager to share her knowledge. Cindy, you will never know just how much I have learned from you and Catherine. These two special friends will be running the 26.2 With Donna Marathon this coming February in Jacksonville, FL. This event does not fit in to my running schedule which is sad because they will both be there. This event raises ALOT of money for breast cancer research. Breast cancer hangs over my head like a very dark cloud.

However, the light bulb seriously switched on in my head after Cindy shared a 26.2 With Donna video with me today. *Tears* I had that a ha moment and now I know. The 2013 26.2 With Donna Marathon will most likely be my first full marathon. It makes complete sense. My 2012 racing schedule is coming together and I will tweak it in order to start marathon training for 2013.

I will run my first FULL marathon in honor of my Mom. This particular running event offers Jeff Galloway pacing groups and a 7 hour time limit of which I am confident I can beat fairly easily. It doesn’t get any better than that for a JG runner. I am ready. I discussed this with my Dr. Lake that knows my body structure from head to toe. She gave me two thumbs up which is important to me. One of the best aspects of this event is it touts PINK and ya’ll know how giddy PINK makes me.

I am now starting to understand that God showed me the way to running and the personal growth that comes with it. I feel so blessed every day that I head out for a run that I have the ability to enjoy this sport. If it wasn’t for Mom, I wouldn’t have become so proactive with my health and ultimately found running. I am very sure that she is smiling and very proud of what I have accomplished.

Mom, you haven’t seen everything yet! You have the best seat in the house as you watch me from Heaven. I do this in honor of you. I love you and miss you so much. One day we shall be together again and I will bring my beloved bling with me. Oh the stories I have for you! I do this in honor of you!

If you are still reading this, THANK YOU!

Think pink and ladies, get that mammogram!

My favorite photo of Mom whom I miss so much.
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    What a great way to honor your mom! That race with Donna will be so awesome for you on many levels.

    A friend talked me into doing the 3-Day 60 Miler and I met a wonderful woman, a survivor, who has run in several of the races I've done. She's awesome, and reminds me why I run in honor of friends and family who, unfortunately, lost the battle.

    As for Jeff dressed in Mizuno - I've also witnessed him dressed head-to-toe in Sugoi, LOL!

    Just read your comment on my blog about logistics - my husband has family in Minooka, small world!
    3415 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/4/2011 8:02:35 PM
    Congrats Laurie!!! This will be so great for you, and for a great cause too!! Awesome way to remember your mom. (**sorry if I posted this before - - I thought I got kicked out of SparkPeople last time I commented on it, but I could be wrong!)
    3437 days ago
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    Darn, now I see it says 2013. Thats ok! Maybe we'll love it enough to do it 2 yrs in a row!

    If not, see you at AF!
    3454 days ago
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    Lori and I will be running that one, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3454 days ago
    Losing my mom made me start running. She's with me at every race when things get really tough. I called on her at mile 24 last Sunday. She came through! emoticon
    Maybe I'll join you in Jacksonville....
    3454 days ago
    Excellent blog!
    3462 days ago
    Wow. Synchronicity. How stunning it is to see everything come together in ways that you did not plan, but get to discover... May your love for your mother be the wind at your back.
    3465 days ago
    Great way to honor your Mom and welcome to the full marathon training family!

    Side note: I saw Jeff Galloway on the Sky Tram at the Dallas airport last Thursday. He had on a Mizuno cap, Mizuno shirt, Mizuno sneaks and a huge Texas style Mizuno belt buckle. Wonder who sponsors him?

    ...12 days until my first marathon, Ocotober 23rd, my 51st birthday...
    3470 days ago
    PERFECT race for you!!!!!! What a powerful reason to run that particular one; too. Love you Ms. Laurie!!!
    3471 days ago
    Laurie - this race is PERFECT for you and PERFECT for honoring your mom!!! LOVE IT!! Thank you for sharing your heart in this beautiful blog...had me in tears but not for long, as it radiates strength, hope and life like no other!! emoticon emoticon
    3474 days ago
    I may actually be in Jax for the race - one of my upper managers is running it and I volunteered to run with him if he's slow enough :)

    If so, would love to say hi!
    3474 days ago
    You made me cry! I run because of my aunt who fought cancer for 16 years. Your mom will be right there with you cheering you on for your run!!!
    3474 days ago
    Definitely a great motivation and a very appropriate event to choose. How exciting to have that on the horizon!
    3474 days ago
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    how wonderful! I love this.... you go!
    3474 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    i think this is a wonderful way to honor your mother. i am sure she is very proud of you and your accomplishments. she may not be with you but she is watching you. i need to find something pink to wear for my training this month. (sorry not the tutu)
    3477 days ago
    This is perfect in every way! I love the thought you have put into it. You WILL make your Mom and everyone around you proud.
    3477 days ago
    Your post brought tears to my eyes, too. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your mom!
    3477 days ago
    This was so beautifully written.. it brought tears to my eyes. I have no doubt you will do so well training and completing your first marathon. And what an awesome tribute to your mom!
    3477 days ago
    Laurie - I am so happy for you. I am glad you have decided for yourself that you are to run a full and which will be your 1st one. I may try to be there in 2013 to do the half.
    3477 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    Laurie I am so so so proud of you! How perfect this brings tears to my eyes!!! You are going to do great! I read this and the last blog (sorry I am behind) and I will tell you honestly my thoughts about training - though I did not do Galloway. I did a program given to me by a group here at home, and I only religiously followed the long run schedule, and got all of those in, no matter what. I did what I could during the week - including NO strength or cross training. Outside life was a bit hectic. The long runs on the weekend were VERY time consuing, preparing my body for them and recovering after. TOTALLY worth it though! I did not perform as I had hoped and would like to ensure when I do my next one (I swore there would only be one) that I have the time and am willing to commit the time during the week AND on the weekend... I just want one more where I am in tip top shape... and I do it right. JG is awesome and you will be GREAT!!! My point is, you will SO be able to do this, trained, semi trained, or otherwise - just do your best - your mom IS and will be SO PROUD!!! HUGS!!!
    3477 days ago
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    This is a perfect pink tribute to your Mom, and a wonderful reason to help you work through the training to get there. Go Laurie!
    3477 days ago
    I think this is the perfect reason to do your first full.

    The training and race will mimic the same battle that those with cancer battle everyday.
    3477 days ago
    AWESOME!!! I recently made that 26.2 decision, too! I'll be rooting for you just like I know you'll be rooting for me! emoticon emoticon
    3478 days ago
    Laurie, it sounds perfect! I know your mother is proud :-) Hugs, friend!
    3478 days ago
    That is simply beautiful! I am so proud of you, your goals and your reasons! I want to run that race too but am already registered for other events around that time in 2012. So maybe I will be there with you in 2013!

    3478 days ago
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    What an awesome way to honor your Mom! Love ya Lady!!!

    3479 days ago
  • EMILY1244
    I love you.
    3479 days ago
    Any idea how much you look like your mom? Awesome idea and I know you'll do her proud indeed!
    3479 days ago
    Laurie, you made the perfect choice for a first marathon! There is nothing better than running for a cause. We can't bring our loves one back, but they will never be forgotten. The beauty of that marathon is you show the world your love for your mother, and bring hope to others.

    3479 days ago
    This was meant to be and I'm so happy that you've found your race!
    3479 days ago
    Yes, definitely a great choice and a great reason. Now please excuse me while I go wipe the tears from my eyes!
    3479 days ago
    Oh Laurie! This is a great choice for your first marathon!
    3479 days ago
  • MBUSSAN210
    Oh how perfect! Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited to follow along as you race your 2012 year and then prepare for the 26.2 in 2013.
    3479 days ago
    Great choice Laurie. If you stay injury free you will find a marathon in Feb 2012 a breeze, It is really nice to have a generous finish time for your first marathon. My first attempt was the in town marathon which had a 6 hour time limit. Made me nervous. They ended up closing the course early and I did a RnR 3 weeks later with a 7 hour limit. I ran it in 5:21, so I but it was tough at the end.

    BTW, as much as I want to go the 26.2 with Donna this year I can't. My husband will be out of town and I'll be home with the kids. I'm hoping to go in 2013. My husband has 2 none flexible commitments a year--one in Feb, so I'm hoping it's a different weekend than the Donna next year. This is his March of Dimes grant review session, He'll be spending the weekend in a hotel in FL research grants. By 2016 we'll have an empty nest, so I'll be free to travel.
    3479 days ago
  • BAM0827
    Good reasons and good choice for your first! Go pink!
    3479 days ago
    emoticon What a wonderful idea!
    3479 days ago
    What a beautiful memorial to your mom.. to do your first marathon in honor of her at Donna! Wendy and I are planning on doing it in February (provided I can run by then) so I think we just have to make 2013 a repeat year to be there with YOU!

    Love ya, Laurie!!
    3480 days ago
    Great job and great choice. I also run for my mOm, who passed away from diabetes. I'm considering one of the bike rides put on by the diabetes association for that reason! Good luck training for your first full!
    3480 days ago
    Love you Laurie! You are a truly special person in so many ways. My beloved Mum also died of breast cancer - so inspired by you, I'll think of something me and my knees can do in honour of her. Thank you for being you x
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    3480 days ago
    hug that is sooo awesome ;p have fun training1 i am on day 1 lol my first is in may 2012
    what a great cause! i need to find one for depression, mom lost the battle ;p
    3480 days ago
    Great race, great cause. Get it girl!
    3480 days ago
    emoticon What a great thing to do!!
    My oldest sister had breast cancer but did survive. I do know how you feel to lose your Mom, though. Mine had emphysema and multiple strokes. My Dad had prostate and eventually died of stomach cancer.
    3480 days ago
    Okay I need a kleenex. What an awesome tribute to the power of the love you and your Mom shared and still share.

    GO FOR IT LAURIE! I will be cheering you on from Cali.

    3480 days ago
    Go ahead and make me cry! Beautiful Blog! A beautiful tribute to your mom a beautiful lady! Good Luck Flip Flop!
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