Marathon Training, Fundraising & Just Because



Approximately sixteen weeks to Chicago and eighteen weeks to The New York City Marathon. I mean WOW! Where did the time go? Am I alone in thinking that we’re not the only ones running here, that so is time! That being said, technically, I should to be in marathon training mode, which means I’m suppose to be running practically everyday working on mileage, speed, strength and endurance. In reality, I figure to take the next couple weeks to myself and run for sheer enjoyment – just because it’s Summer, it’s hot, it’s pretty and because there’s the inescapable fact looming that I’m about to embark on some crazy running; two challenging marathons in two successive months.

Rest assured, I’m not crazy, people do this all the time – not really. Not ordinary people anyhow, but then you’ve probably already figured out that normal does not describe me. Not to worry, it’s not my first time, only the second..wink..and I’ve already figured my strategy is more mental than physical. See, I’m training for a marathon so I’ll just keep running..joke..but really, it’s just a shift in focus after the first run as the next is within two weeks. This is ideal as it works to keep the momentum going. With enough sleep, training and cross-training, the right diet and proper hydration, I should be fine. In fact, I predict they’ll be runs of a lifetime, providing I stay injury-free. My past record notwithstanding, I aim to stay positive; run a few races between now and then and try to maintain top form. With God on my side, I can’t lose now, can I.


On another related note, I haven’t been all-ensconed in fundraising efforts for my project – Team UNICEF re the NYC Marathon – as I should be. I’ll have to be a bit more brazen in my approach if I am to reach the $3500 goal that is allotted me. While I’d love to raise more, it being for such a great cause and all, I’ll settle for being within target range for now. If you’re reading this, please feel obligated to help a runner and sister out; plus you’ll earn bragging rights for a good cause and get your name on my running-T on marathon day. I also have a few cool T-Shirts for very generous donors and a couple pom poms for you if you go the extra mile and show up to cheer me on race day. It rarely gets better than this but I’m sure you deserve it!


Running for causes aside, I really treasure each opportunity I get to make a difference while running. Being a force for change is something we can all benefit from; hence why I think I take running and training so seriously leaving very little time to enjoy the sport. So excuse me while I fix that before doubling down for some record running in the coming months.

Be a trooper and support my cause here:


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. runner1313
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:51:19

    OMG! Glad I found your blog. Following you now. Know why? We are both running Chicago and NYC. I am also fundraising for the James Blake Foundation for my charity team in NY. I’ll support you if you support me. 😉


    • Lori
      Jul 16, 2015 @ 23:38:20

      That’s awesome! Glad you dropped by and I’m happy to support your run. We runners have to stick together😉. Good luck with your training!

      Ps: send me the link for your charity


      • runner1313
        Jul 17, 2015 @ 09:20:11

        I got into Chicago through the lottery last year, and had the time of my life at that race! I decided to throw my name into the lottery pool again this year, knowing that if I didn’t get in I would have NYC to fall back on. Low and behold, I got into Chicago, so two Fall marathons, it is. You can search my blog for a post called “Every $ Counts”, or “Wimbledon Fanatic”, those posts both contain links to my fundraising page on crowdrise. Thanks in advance, and I will return the favor! Happy training.

      • Lori
        Jul 23, 2015 @ 14:00:28

        Thx you! Did it😀

      • runner1313
        Jul 23, 2015 @ 22:55:23

        Thank you Lori! Now it’s my turn to return the favor. Luckily pay day is tomorrow.

  2. runner1313
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 05:56:15

    Matched your donation! Have a great time training. See you in Chi-town and NYC!


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