Every couple posts, I am going to review a benefit of running with Team Inheritance of Hope in an endurance event. Of course, the greatest benefit is knowing that you are making a lasting difference in the lives of families facing a 'marathon' of their own. But, this week, I want to tell you about the online training module made available to Team IOH members...
Team Inheritance of Hope had a strong showing in the 2011 NYC Half Marathon. 21 runners raised over $35,000 to support young families with a parent experiencing a life-threatening illness.
Going Goofy: Disney runs benefit Inheritance of Hope
By Caroline Maynard Lamar Special to The Daily Times
I wasn’t born a marathoner. For much of my life I regarded people who ran those kind of distances with a mixture of fear and awe. But there I was in the fall of 2007, crossing the finish line of my first 26.2 mile race. Immediately I knew that I had to run another one, so in 2009 I traveled to Orlando to run the Disney World Marathon. While I was there I learned that Disney offered a special medal, a Goofy medal, to runners who completed both the half marathon and the full marathon on back-to-back days. With that knowledge, I knew I had to be a Disney racer at least one more time.
I am happy to share a blog post from Michael Chappell. Michael ran with Team Inheritance of Hope in the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon. It was his first marathon – a memorable experience because of it being his first … as well as the fact that the temperature was crazy cold – about 30 degrees! Michael shined as he ran for the families attending the Disney retreat that same weekend. Inspired by this event Michael went from running for families, to running with his family. Michael will share a memorable experience running with his family this past year…
It's been an active fall for Team Inheritance of Hope. November saw our participation in two races on the west coast, the sold out Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, CA and the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.
This 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.
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.
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!
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....
I found 26 cents on my 7.5 mile training run today. (I always stop to pick up money while I'm running - and most of the time it's a penny!) I saw the quarter first and then about a 100 yards further, I saw the penny. As I ran a bit further, with the quarter and penny between my thumb and middle finger, I thought about the 26 miles I'll be running on October 10th for children and their families...