Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training

Fundraising Update: I’m at 10% of my $500 goal to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with $50 raised! And there’s still plenty of time to donate. This past weekend, I wasn’t quite sure how many miles I should run on Sunday, so I posed the question to my social media followers and asked for donations in the amount of miles I should run. I got two $25 donations and, while I didn’t run 25 miles this weekend, I was on my feet for 51.7 miles between Friday and Monday. It’s definitely a fun way to contribute. šŸ™‚

This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!
This was a fun way to get donations: ask your donors to be your coach and donate the number of miles you should run in a weekend!

Not that I know, but I have heard that the wedding you set out to have is almost never the wedding you actually have. The same can be said about race training plans. Sometimes you take a rest day to take care of some business, and then that rest day has morphed into another rest day and then it becomes three days off then four and then you’re facing five days since you last ran and you’re wondering how that happened. I’m here to tell you, it happens to probably a lot more runners than you know. Just because I “run all the time” doesn’t mean I actually run all the time. I’d say it doesn’t happen as often when I am marathon-training, but I have had a few weeks here and there that were just like….wtf, Sara? It can neither be explained or predicted. Continue reading “Week Four: 2017 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Training”

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Why I Am Running the Marine Corps Marathon for TAPS for America

Marine Corps Memorial at sunset
Marine Corps Memorial at sunset

Last week, I decided to take the plunge and register to run the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon. I’m running as a member of Team TAPS to raise funds to provide grief counseling resources to the families of our nation’s fallen heroes. I’m so honored that my training will mean something of this magnitude, but I need your help.

Who I am Running For

I live really close to Arlington Cemetery and the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. When you’ve lived in Washington, DC for 6 full years, it’s easy to get desensitized to the grandeur of the memorials and monuments here, but I really haven’t. Somehow, I always keep in mind that those monuments were built and those memorials constructed for the sole purposeĀ of honoring those whose sacrifices have made our country great.

But there areĀ sacrificesĀ madeĀ that areĀ not memorialized. Continue reading “Why I Am Running the Marine Corps Marathon for TAPS for America”

Raising Money and Training

Tending bar at Maddy's Pub in Washington, DC, May 2010 as part of my fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training
Tending bar at Maddy’s Pub in Washington, DC, May 2010 as part of my fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

While most runners are taking time off to cross-train and condition during the harsh cold winter months, I bet most runners have already decided which races they will want to participate in for 2014. Endurance events like marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons are increasing in popularity, making some of the biggest, most popular races in the country sell out in record timesĀ or require lottery entries to participate. If you find yourself shut out of some of the most popular races in the country, you’re in luck: most races partner with local or national nonprofits and keep a limited number of race slots open for runners who want to raise money through their training. As endurance events continue to gain popularity, this is a win-win situation for runners and resource-strapped nonprofits both. Continue reading “Raising Money and Training”