However, there is seriously something to be said for running with other people. Cribbed from my all time favorite running (and life) podcast, Two Gomers Run for Their Lives which you should listen to immediately from start to finish, whenever Marc and I run together we make a date of it - it's a Romance Run! It's a great opportunity for us to catch up with each other, especially since our schedules are usually opposite and we don't get a ton of time together during the week. Also, his long legs almost always push my pace, which is great for me in my new quest to work on my speed! More on that next week...
Today's entry, though, is really about honoring my running lady-friends. (Sorry, Marcus!)
|Laura, Luisa, me, & Lisa.|
I didn't get the "L" name memo...
|Laura has taught me the art of|
race pictures. Bk Half, 2016
You can check out her chronicles on the Road to the Goofy Challenge on her awesome YouTube channel, Laura Runs and Eats. Subscribe! She's hilarious and awesome.
|Lu crushing this year's Brooklyn Half.|
Inspirational isn't a strong enough word, and I can't do justice in describing what she went through with her diagnosis, her treatment, and her long, hard road to remission and recovery. Today, she is cancer free (YAHOO!) and getting stronger and stronger. She was a runner before cancer changed her life, and now she is running to help others afflicted by it. Lu is running the 2017 NYC Marathon (!!!!!) with Fred's Team, raising money to support leukemia research at Sloan-Kettering which provided her with truly life-saving care. Please please please click here to donate to her fundraising effort! She already crushed her original goal of $3,500 and is now stepping it up to $5,000. I'm pretty sure she'll be able to step it up one more time before November...just sayin' . Let's get here there! And while you're at it, read her blog. She's an incredible writer, and you need to read what she has to say.
|At the marathon. Best sister ever.|
Finally, I would be totally remiss not to mention my sister and very first running partner, Megan. She started running very shortly after I did, and always having been the natural athlete between the two of us, really took off. We ran our first race distances together - first 5K in Williamsburg, VA (I thought I was going to die), first 10K in Charleston, SC (also thought I was going to die), and our very first half marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC (funnily enough, that one felt fantastic!). We planned to run our first marathon together at Disney, but fetal Atlas & Zoe got in the way of her plans. She has always been there for me, commiserating over our struggles to eat healthy vs. eat everything because running gives you a great excuse to do that, sharing tips when we were running together, and providing tons of support when I've been running and she hasn't been able to - which has been the dynamic for the past three and a half years. We haven't run together since a 2014 Turkey Trot - which we took easy, since she had just found out she was pregnant (with, we assumed, one baby...ah, the innocent old days).
Luckily for her, she found a phenomenal surgeon who has helped her get through the considerable challenges that having two back-to-back pregnancies had left her with. I wrote last week about how she's been recovering beautifully, and her recovery gets more impressive every week. She finally has a functional core again, and the more time that goes by the closer she'll be to fully recovered. There's a laundry list of reasons why this surgery has been amazing for her, but I have to say I'm so excited about my most selfish reason - we can finally run together again. We always have good conversations when we run, and considering our last running conversation was all about anticipation of her first baby...we have a lot to talk about on our next one!
|April of 2008, after our very first 10K...who are these people???|