Many years ago I started running and I ran several 5 and 10 k races but nothing more. Running a half marathon or a full marathon was beyond my dreams and honestly I never thought one day I will decide to run 42 km (26.1 miles)
Encouraged by my friend Evelyn, I started training to run a full marathon. After several months of training and hard work in October 2010, Evelyn and I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. One of the best experiences in my life.
What I learned about training for a Marathon that is applicable to any situation is:
- Be consistent in your training
- Prepare your mind for success
- Be ready for not-so-good days
- Give yourself a break
- Learn from those that have gone through a similar path
- If possible train with a team
- Enjoy the journey and love the race
Speaking about teams, the last two Saturdays I have run with my dear friend Kelli who joined Team in Training (TNT). TNT is a training program created by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Through the program LLS trains thousands of people for run a half or full marathon.
Kelli is training to run her first half marathon this summer. She is running on my honor and in loving memory of Harry Lebowitz. While training, Kelli is raising funds for the lymphoma and leukemia research. To make a donation, please go to http://pages.teamintraining.org/md/rnr12/klivay
Thank you Kelli for joining Team in Training. Can’t wait for the run on Saturday!
PS. Last Friday I had my fourth chemo, I am doing well. I am more tired and I have experienced nausea. But oh well…. I am prepared for not-so-good days :).
Thank you for your prayers and good vibes that keep me energized and strong.