This past weekend was an incredible memory for me! I completed my first marathon with an amazing group of people.
We all ran to support Inheritance of Hope.
We ran so that families with young children who have a parent facing a life-threatening illness can experience joy in memories, comfort in community and hope in their circumstances.
I have been training for a marathon for the past several months. It has been long, hard work for me. I have never enjoyed running and never thought I would be participating in any sort of race, let alone a 26.2 mile one!
One of the places that I have been doing most of my longer training runs is a beautiful park. It has 2 huge playgrounds, a skateboard ramp, a fenced in dog play area, covered picnic tables and a 1 mile paved track.
Usually when I am there I am circling that 1 mile loop of pavement anywhere from 13-20 times. (I know it's crazy!!!) Anyway, I often see the same familiar faces during my many loops.
Written By: Jill Thompson
I am enthusiastic about Inheritance of Hope! My enthusiasm began when it was first founded and has continued as my involvement has grown.
When my best friend, Kristen Milligan, called me in 2003 to share her diagnosis of terminal liver cancer it was very difficult to see any good in that situation. It quickly became clear that it was not only Kristen who was battling this illness but it was also her husband and three young children. When they decided to start an organization that served families just like theirs, I was thrilled to be a part of it. I did what I could to help.
I cannot believe I will be running 26.2 miles in just 1 month. It is something I never thought I would do.
I have been training with an amazing team for the past several months, most of whom I have never met.
There are, however, a few people who I know really well that I look forward to seeing on race day!
I will be introducing you to Team Inheritance of Hope Athletes - today and in future posts - through the athlete's own words. Grace Gerdin is running with the Team IOH 2011 Marine Corps Marathon team. Read what Grace says inspires her running...
Today I was speaking with one of our Marine Corps Marathon runners about what to eat for optimal strength, energy and recovery when training and racing. She mentioned she eats quite healthy - lots of raw food and lean cuts - but she wanted to know if there was more she could do to aid her body in this endeavor to prepare for race day this October 30th.
When a runner hears that the marathon race he registered for is 16 weeks out, bells and whistles sound in his most inner-being. If he hasn't already, this will be the week that he begins his marathon training plan. I ran my first marathon in 2007 - the ING NYC Marathon...
I am not a runner!!!! There is no question about that.
I actually have said, "One thing I will NEVER do in my life is a marathon....I have no desire!" I do, however, have several friends who have committed to running marathons for Inheritance of Hope and I woke up at 3 am and stood in freezing conditions for hours to cheer them on during their route.
God created me to be a cheerleader. I like to stand on the sidelines and cheer (LOUDLY and EXCITEDLY) for people. So, why am I now signed up and training to run (walk) 26.2 miles??? Two reasons: