How Long To Focus On Big Event

The big question I get from many athletes is when do I need to start focusing on my training if I'm doing "x" event on "x" date. I'm here to say that yes there is too long and yes there is too short. So that begs to ask the question stated above, how long to focus on a big event. 

Some may say a year in advance, and depending on who you ask you may come across different answers, but what I find best is 6-8 months of structured training leading up to an event works best. There are so many things that go with this though that I feel I must touch on all aspects regarding time and training load. 

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One of the biggest wastes of time and stress are uncontrollables. As a coach, I can't tell you how many times I've had athletes ask me questions of concern regarding things that weren't within their  control. Such things that come to mind are wind direction, pool closings, weather, flat tires, torn shoe laces, ripped shoes, or any other detrimental misfortune. The following post will touch on methods to look past these pesky uncontrollables. If you can take away any of these pieces of information, you may find that your training and races become much more enjoyable and you stop putting so much pressure or stress upon yourself.

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Why 90% is better than 100% this year

I could have simply put the title of this piece as "moderation=success", but that could have been mistaken and left to thought from a subjective perspective. Therefore, because I wanted to be more concrete and objective with this piece, I'm tying in ab2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0422.jpg percentage that you should always keep in the back of your mind. That percentage for your new year is 90% 

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Team Spotlight: Teresa Meier

As an endurance athlete, Teresa Meier knows a thing or two about perseverance. And as an oncology pharmacist, she is familiar with the effects of cancer.  Those two roles have helped make her a champion of Inheritance of Hope (IoH) and strengthened her conviction that leaving a legacy is one thing cancer cannot take away from anyone.
“Raising money for research is very important. But what I love about IoH is that they make an impact on families TODAY. IoH focuses on developing a legacy, living right now and creating memories. Those are things that cancer cannot take away from you.”

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Thankful for Legacies: Larisa Gjivoje, Team Inheritance of Hope

Our founder, Kristen Milligan, left a profound legacy with her family and the families we serve. As we approach the second anniversary of her death, we showcase members of our Inheritance of Hope family and what legacy means to them.
Larisa Gjivoje ran the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon with Team Inheritance of Hope. She raised $8,301 -- more than enough to send an entire family to a Legacy Retreat®
The Legacy of Love: My parents created a loving home environment. We told each other "I love you" when leaving for the day, ending our phone calls, going to bed, and many other times. My husband and I do the same in our family with two young children. Expressing love for each other is powerful and everlasting.
The Legacy of Family Togetherness: My family usually ate dinner together, which was a tough feat. Because both of my parents worked, it was late sometimes. But the trade-off was priceless; it was an important tradition to share each other's day and be connected. My mom even insisted on candlelight during our meals. My husband and I follow this legacy with our children –- and even use candles!

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Dalzell Coaching

Inheritance of Hope has partnered with Dalzell Coaching.  While the partnership will be an incredible asset to our Team IOH athletes, there’s more to the story.  Meet Derek Dalzell…

Growing up as a child without a parent is without a doubt the hardest thing that I’ve encountered in my short life. At the age of 10, I lost my father, who was my best friend. I went through most of my childhood feeling like

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Volunteer Spotlight: Chantel Azevedo

Nearly 200 volunteers participated in Inheritance of Hope’s 2nd Annual Legacy Run! This year, Team IoH Director, Candice Walsh, identified Chantel Azevedo to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. A native of Toronto, Chantel graduated from Brevard College in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and Communications. Her leadership was critical to the success of the Legacy Run.

As Volunteer Coordinator, Chantel coordinated, planned, and managed all aspects of volunteer initiatives. In addition to race day volunteer communications and responsibilities, she also planned and managed the volunteer work-night and volunteer appreciation dinner. Chantel’s leadership was also integral to the efficiency of the Pre-race Pasta Dinner and Bib Pick-Up event. Thank you, Chantel!

Chantel (second from right) with a few of her fellow Legacy Run volunteers.

How did you become involved with Inheritance of Hope?
As a senior student-athlete at Brevard College last April 2013, I volunteered my time to help with the first annual Legacy Run Pasta Dinner and Bib Pick-Up at the Brevard Community Church.  At the time, I did not know what the Legacy Run was nor who Inheritance of Hope was.

I had so much fun meeting many of the runners who were going to be participating in the race the next day and as a bonus, the pasta dinner was excellent!  As the night progressed, the time came when Executive Director Deric Milligan as well as Director Candice Walsh were scheduled to be on stage to talk about Inheritance of Hope.

After they each spoke, I began to have a true understanding of what Inheritance of Hope was as well as why they were putting on the Legacy Run.  After watching the video of Inheritance of Hope’s founding story, I became hooked.  The video and message truly touched my heart and I was so honored to be volunteering my time for such an amazing cause.

On Saturday after the race was over, I was so touched and moved by everything that I learned about this charity and everyone that I met who was involved with them, that I reached out to Candice and asked her if there was any way that I could continue to be involved with IoH.  I explained to her how moved I was by the IoH’s message and story that I knew I had to someway continue to give of my time and stay involved.

What surprised you most about working with Inheritance of Hope?
What surprised me most about working with Inheritance of Hope was learning that there are many, many families who are affected by the loss of a parent with a life-threatening illness.   By realizing this fact and knowing that my work was helping to give these families hope, I felt honored that I was able to play an important role.

What was your greatest reward in your work?
The greatest reward that I had while working with Inheritance of Hope was the true understanding that all of the time, effort, and hard work that I was putting in was all for an amazing cause!  Not only was I helping to make race day run smoothly, I was also helping families and friends of families who are struggling with a life-threatening illness, which was the most important thing.

Each day, as I worked on various tasks regarding the Legacy Run, I was constantly reminded of the reasons as to why I reached out to Candice in the first place and why this organization touched my heart.  I knew that I was meant to be a part of Inheritance of Hope from the moment I began volunteering last year and I feel so blessed that this year I was able to take on a much bigger role in the planning and organization of the Legacy Run for Inheritance of Hope.

The Legacy Run is an amazing event!  It is such a fun day filled with the support and love from family and friends. By either walking, running, or volunteering, you are helping a family in need. The Legacy Run is not about what place you come in or what your 5K time is, but it is about inspiring hope in families who are facing the loss of a parent.

Inheritance of Hope and the Legacy Run have truly changed my life.  I am so proud and honored to say that I was able to be a part of Team Inheritance of Hope this year.  I will forever support this organization and the true mission that they have set out to accomplish!

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Fall Races

The 2013 fall race season has begun!  Team Inheritance of Hope runners will be found in 4 amazing races.

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Inaugural Legacy Run 15K/5K/Kids' Fun Run Recap

Almost 370 participants, over 100 volunteers, HUGE community support and God's smile ... the Inheritance of Hope 2013 Legacy Run 15K, 5K and Kids' 1/2 Mile Fun Run took place on April 27, 2013.  Gathering at Brevard College, Brevard, NC, for festivities and the start and finish - it was a great time for all!

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2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon

45 Team IOH runners hit the Asheville, NC, streets Saturday morning, September 15th, taking part in the 2012 Asheville Citizen-Times 5K and Half Marathon.  Families and individuals joined forces - in support of families served by Inheritance of Hope.DSC_0135

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