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Introducing Live Updates

Stay up-to-date with the NYC Legacy Retreat!

For our Times Square Legacy Retreat, I am excited to introduce two new online features!   During the entire retreat I will be posting live updates on both this blog and Twitter.  I hope these tools will help friends, family, and supporters stay up-to-date on our experiences in NYC.  Check back often to keep up with us!

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Highlights of the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend!

DSC_0301This past weekend, Team Inheritance of Hope members participated in the 35th running of the Marine Corps Marathon.  The weekend began on Friday, with Inheritance of Hope hosting a booth at the Marine Corps Marathon Expo held at the Walter  E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

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NYC Legacy Retreat

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Most of my days are spent planning, coordinating and thinking about the upcoming Legacy Retreat in New York City.  I am very excited to meet these 9 families and I am excited for them to meet each other.  I was privileged to meet one of the families (pictured above) attending this Retreat  a couple of years ago.  I didn't know our paths would cross again but clearly that was the plan!  Check out my friend Nikki Farley's recent post on her husband's caringbridge site regarding the timing of this Legacy Retreat for their family.

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Retreat, Retreat!

I was watching a movie with my son this week....The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. There is a climactic moment in the movie when the Narnians are fighting the Telmarines and things are not going well for the good guys.  King Peter makes the decision to pull his troops out and he yells at the top of his lungs, "RETREAT...RETREAT....RETREAT!!!"  This message is yelled until the entire army hears the order and pulls back to safety.

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3 Days Until Chicago

The clock is ticking.  The Chicago Marathon is in 3 days.  18 weeks of training are behind me - I ran my last training run this morning - a 2 miler.  It is a great feeling to know that I have finished my preparation for this Sunday.  I have completed my long runs, often in high humidity and heat.  I have run... in rain; when I didn't have the time to run; when I didn't feel like running; and when I did feel like running.  I even had to jump over a copperhead snake on my last 20 miler!  The really great thing is that I'm still running, have all my toenails intact, and I'm injury free.  Often, I am totally amazed at how things can work out!

I believe my last big obstacle for the race this Sunday is completing the mental preparation.

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What Motivates You?

As I sit by my computer, thinking about the above question, I wonder what could have possibly motivated me to run another marathon?  Because I'm asking myself this question, I realize that my 20 mile run this Friday is weighing heavy on my mind!

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Running on Empty?

When my gas light comes on I know I have another 60 miles (at least!) until I will run out of a gas.  I tend to push that limit and have been known to be a little risky when it comes to keeping my tank filled.

My husband, on the other hand, rarely lets his gas tank get below a half of tank.  Seems like his tank is always full.

I guess someone could analyze our opposing behavior and probably figure out our place in the birth order, personality types, learning styles, sleep patterns.  OK...maybe not.  But surely this says something about the way we operate.

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I'm a Runner?

Today I'm happy to bring to you a post written by Heather Mosman.  I met Heather last January at the 2010 Disney Marathon Weekend.  It was such a joy getting to know her ... and I'll get to see her again in a few weeks in Chicago!  As Heather says, "Go Team IOH!!!" ~ Lisa

Last year I would not have called myself a "runner".  In fact, I haven't run for exercise (or pleasure) since college.  Even then, it wasn't really my thing.  However, I have always been a person that can be inspired by a good cause.  That is what has made me into a runner....

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Soccer Time

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Soccer season is in full swing in my life right now.  Most of my days are spent in a black canvas fold-up chair next to a huge field of grass.

I have learned a few lessons from my days at the soccer field.

If you try to play offense and defense at the same time, you're gonna kill yourself.   The field is large and if you run after the ball every time it moves you will not be able to maintain the stamina to complete the game.   If you're playing forward you have to trust your defensive players to do their job while you get open and wait for their pass up field.

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Organic vs. Conventional


I have a real interest in food, including food quality.  What we put into our bodies matters - for race performance, as well as for general health.  I have been eating a vegan diet since 2003.  This has been a little challenging - especially when trying to make sure I don't eat too many processed carbs when eating additional calories during marathon training.  Another challenge is deciding when to buy organic vs. conventional produce...
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