When I was 20, I ran my first marathon. When I was 29, I ran my second. When I was 32, I ran my third. These were all BS (Before Sophia)
For those of you who have been on my newsletter for some time, you know that I have mentioned that running is more or less "in my blood". My mother ran the 1979 and 1980 NYC Marathons, with me as a toddler to cheer her on ; my father has also completed two NYC Marathons.
I've always known that my marathon days are not over, it was just a matter of when. While running my fourth and my first since Sophia had not been top of mind until recently, it now is.
A few months ago, on a brutally hot July day, I was teaching my 11am class in Central Park. The class which averages 13 moms only had three that day, as the temperature was bordering on unbearable. I was definitely considering canceling, but two of the moms had been previous clients of mine were there, ready to work, and one new mom.
"Hi, I'm Stephanie," the new mom said as we did our introductions. "My son Reede is one and my son Hunter is two. My son Hunter has cancer."
Stephanie's candor was inspiring; what was equally impressive was her ability to tell us this information in the sweltering heat while not missing a burpee or jumping jack. Despite what Stephanie was going through, she was there to work out and to do something for herself. Knowing this, I wanted to give Stephanie whatever I possibly could in that hour to help her on that journey.
Since July, Stephanie has been a consistent client of mine. I've been honored that I can provide her with an environment where she could get a good workout, meet other moms, and perhaps "forget" about what is going on in her life outside the tabatas, planks, and glute work in front of her.
But I wanted to do more.
Houston Chevron Marathon2015 and LLS
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a fantastic organization; I've known countless people who have ran for them in order to raise money for blood cancer research. LLS has the Team in Training program, where they mentor and help train both seasoned and aspiring runners towards achieving their goals while fundraising for an extremely important cause. I had the opportunity to coach for their Moms in Training program this past spring. On Sunday, January 18th, 2015, I will be running the Houston Chevron Marathon and raising money for LLS in honor of Hunter Sterling. For those who would like to make a donation, you can click on this link right here
I first met Courtney during the fall of 2013 when she was working as the Community Outreach Coordinator at Jack Rabbit UWS. For years, I have thought very highly of Jack Rabbit, as they definitely got me through the 2007 and 2010 NYC Marathons by prepping me with the right shoes and the right clothing to get me through the 26.2.
Jack Rabbit was a savior for us moms last winter (and will be this winter!) as they let us use their indoor space to hold classes during the brutal months.
Courtney is from Houston, and will be running the Houston Marathon (you'll have to ask her yourself what number marathon this is for her!) She is our business development coordinator here at MamaFit, a fantastic running coach and a friend. You'll be hearing from her over the next few weeks as I train for my first winter marathon.