Saturday, May 19, 2012

Running With Sole

This morning was the goal race for my Evenings in San Elijo Hills Beginner 5K program and the Run + Yoga Club Beginner 5K Program with Ignite Yoga Fusion. Ten weeks ago, my runners made the decision to change their life by learning how to run in a fun, supportive environment. Over the course of the programs, we've gotten to know one another well, overcame some motivation issues and learned that it's ok to do something for yourself.

We ran the City of Encinitas 5K, which started and finished at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. It was a cool, overcast morning. Just about perfect. The marine layer wasn't thick, so it wasn't humid. Really, it was a nice morning weather-wise.

I think this was the perfect ending for the newest Sole Health and Wellness running program alumni! To my runners: I wish you nothing but happiness in your new found running career. Whether you become a runner for life or dabble in it from time to time, know that what you accomplished over the course of this program is something that will stay with you forever. You set a goal and reached it, something that is difficult to do with jobs, kids and other obligations. I hope the confidence you gained by reaching your goals permeates through to other aspects of your life. You can do anything you want!

If you're thinking about joining one of my upcoming programs, you're in luck! We're starting another Run + Yoga Club with Ignite Yoga Fusion. Starting May 29th, we will be training for the America's Finest City Half Marathon OR 5K. So, this program is perfect for the beginning runner wanting to do their first 5K or the experienced runner ready to conquer the half marathon. There will be an information session at Ignite this Tuesday, May 22nd, at 6:00pm if you'd like to meet me and the Ignite folks and have any questions you may have answered. You can learn more about the program and register on Sole's website. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Team for Kids

You all know about the crazy year we've had: having twins, John getting a new job, moving across the country, etc. It's been a whirlwind but we're feeling a little more settled everyday. Part of what has helped me get back on track here in California is exploring the roads and trails as I run. Running has always been my therapy and a way for me to connect with life, and it has been no different here in our new home.

As I was looking ahead to what races I wanted to do this fall, I realized that my fall marathon will be my 10th! I am pretty excited about this, especially since it's been so difficult training with everything we have going on. I decided I wanted to do something special.

I decided to make the ING New York City Marathon my 10th marathon. It is, by far, my favorite marathon and there isn't any place else I'd like to celebrate this goal. I'll get to see my family and some friends and go all out. But I felt this wasn't really enough. So I decided to do some fundraising for the New York Road Runners Youth Programs and Team for Kids. Team for Kids are volunteers who raise funds for critical services provided by New York Road Runners Youth Programs. These programs combat childhood obesity and empower youth development via running and character-building programs in low-income schools and community centers in New York City, throughout the country, and in South Africa. You know how helping kids has always been a constant in my life, whether it was through my work with Girls on the Run, coaching kids privately, volunteering at kids races, or helping my own kid become more confident and empowered through running.

I'm asking you all for your help in bringing much-needed youth programs to the kids who really need them. These are kids who live in low-income areas and don't have access to free programs aimed at helping them live healthier lives. And what these kids learn in the programs will go back to their families, indirectly helping thousands more people be healthy. This isn't just about providing fun sports programs. This is about giving them the tools to make healthy choices, while keeping them safe and off the streets.

You can read more about my goals, what Team for Kids and the NYRR Youth Programs do and to donate to our cause by going to my personal fundraising page here: No amount is too small and EVERY bit helps! Please forward this info to anyone who you feel would like to give back to a wonderful organization. The more people we reach, the more kids we help.

Whether you have kids, work with kids, or know a kid, I hope you'll join us as we change lives through running! Remember, running changes everything!

THANK YOU and happy running!