NYC Marathon Episode 3: Back to School – Now the REAL struggle begins

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Can I just tell you that you are the best support team a girl could have?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! – For the donations, the encouragement and great words of advice! I appreciate every little thing!

Shout out to Julie S. for the great conversation about shoes and foot health! Also shout out to Vadim S. for great suggestions about Brooklyn running routes and hill training!

Brooklyn Bridge Sunday Sept 10

(A beautiful Sunday morning run over the Brooklyn Bridge)

Back to School – Now the REAL struggle begins

I just realized that training in the summer months was easy.

I had my own time, I could schedule runs in the morning before work and evenings after work and anytime at weekends as long the kids didn’t have a basketball game.

But now school is back in session and I have to schedule my runs around school, meetings, afterschool programs and homework.

I am just realizing how hard that is. 😦

The other night, I stayed up till midnight baking and decorating a birthday cake, got up at 5am to get the kids to school and still got in a 7 mile run before work.

birthday cake

Um….yes…this was me… tired

Nonetheless, I did a successful 14 miles on Sunday morning from Flatbush, Brooklyn, over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, up the West Side along the Hudson River Park running path (so pretty!!) to 72nd Street Subway Station, Manhattan. (and yes, I got on the train and rode home)

OMG, that is only half of the whole distance!!! shocked smiley.jpg

Almost there….53 days to go!



NYC Marathon Episode 2: Body Rebellion

Prospect Park Evening

(Entering Prospect Park, Brooklyn in the Evening)

Invariably the beginning of my run elicits pain and discomfort.

Pain in my left foot reminiscent of the plantar fasciitis I ran with last year; cramping in my toes first in one foot, then the other; aching in my knees; my lungs burning as they get used to taking in more oxygen faster.

This is the time when the temptation to give up is at its strongest. (a second wave of that temptation comes at about mile 10)

But if I just keep going, soon the pains subside and I find a rhythm. And once I am there, I am able to enjoy all the things I appreciate about running.

The sights and sounds in the parks and streets – The trees silhouetted against the evening or morning sky. The drums in the Drummer’s Grove of Prospect Park, the people dancing along.

The other runners in all ages, shapes and sizes; some pushing strollers, others accompanied by loyal four-legged friends.

The playground I used to take my kids to when they were toddlers. I smile at the memory and at the thought that I am teaching them a valuable lesson by running this race.

The families on the grass – relaxing, playing, laughing, eating (not so good when I am hungry)

It warms my heart.

And I am reminded of why I am running, and the people I am running for.

And I am filled with gratitude.

Gratitude that, unlike the many patients fighting to stay alive right now, I can indeed, run!

The body rebellion is squashed! And I keep on running.

12 miles and counting!

62 days to go!

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NYC Marathon Episode 1: 10 Miles down, 16.2 Miles to go



With just a teeny bit of trepidation, I am proud to announce that I will be running the NYC Marathon on November 5th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This will be my first full Marathon and I am running it in memory of three family members I have lost to cancer in the last decade – My mother, my sister and my uncle.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was started in 1949 with the goal of raising funds to help in the fight against blood cancers. Over the years, much of the research work done with their support has led to treatments in many other forms of cancer.

I am honored to play a part in the continued effort to support this important and necessary work and have made a commitment to raise a minimum of $3500 for the cause.

Please join me in the fight!

I will keep you updated on my training and fundraising progress.

Sincerest Thanks!


Getting Personal

Dear Readers,

I often see things or think of things I want to write about, but then I censor myself because I feel it is too personal or I am thinking it is something you might not want to read.

But that is not how blogging works, is it?

I should write anyway and then you, the readers, have the choice of reading what interests you.

I guess not every post has to work for every reader. That would be unrealistic. After all, we don’t love every single song by our favorite artist, do we?

And as far as being personal, well, that is what a blog is. So…

About a month ago now, I ran my first marathon. It was the New York City Marathon.

I ran with a charity and raised money for the fight against cancer.

I wrote a ‘blog’ for my donors, following my experiences as I trained and ran my race.

These blog posts should have been here. They are pertinent to the cause of The Woman Hood because they speak to the strength, love, and determination of one woman achieving a life long dream.

So I am sharing my posts here and hope you enjoy reading them as much as my donors did.

If you are inspired to contribute to this or any other cause, please feel free to do so.

And if you are inspired to start moving and to change your life in someway, we would very much welcome your story and comments here.

Be Blessed!