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It’s getting dark way too early! #RunnerProblems

DonateI’m sitting at my desk with the large glass windows behind me as they flood in ligh…. oh wait, it’s 4:53 pm.  The windows aren’t flooding in light! All the windows are doing is showing me how the day is coming to an end.  The sun is setting early thanks to the fact that it’s almost winter.  All the large glass windows are doing is reminding me that I need to figure out how the heck I am supposed to train for the LA Marathon.

Step one of my training is to get in shape for the Turkey Boogie 1/2 Marathon which will be held in Santa Monica, CA on November 30th.  My boyfriend Blair and I are committed to running this race. With just a few weeks left to train I have to say, I’m in for a rude awakening!

Because the sun is setting before I even leave my office I realized the other day that I have to figure out a new routine.  Gone are the days of leaving my office at the end of the day, throwing on some running clothes in my car and taking a nice long run in the sun along the beach. Finding a new routine isn’t easy though.  The only three options that I have come up with so far include:

  1. Run in the dark – My mother would not be happy with this option!
  2. Wake up early and run in the mornings before work – We will get back to this one.
  3. Join a gym – Which was my mode of operation when I lived in New York City.

Running in the dark is just not an option. It’s not safe, my mother (yes I am 27-years-old, but I will still listen to her) is against this.  Obviously I didn’t even need to explain that since all I have written about is how the sun setting early is causing me issues when it comes to running.  Let’s move on, shall we?

Waking up early has never been my strength.  Some people are morning people, some people are night people and some people are a mixture of the two.  I am notoriously a night owl. When the alarm goes off in the morning you can count on me to hit the snooze button a few times. What to do?

Should I join a gym? Well that has it’s downsides too.  The closest gym to my office is a YMCA or Equinox.  The YMCA is a family YMCA and is always swamped with children.  The Equinox is expensive and out of my budget.  That leaves me with LA Fitness which is over a mile away from both my job and my home.

With all those factors laid out I realized quickly that I had only one viable option to attempt and that is to wake up before work and run in the mornings.  Knowing that this would not be a challenge that I would excel at right away I decided it was time to make more than one change.  Not only am I increasing my running, obviously a must for training for a marathon or 1/2 marathon.  Not only am I waking up early, which we established is the best option out of those I presented.  I will also be adjusting one other thing in my life.  Alcohol.

November will not see a detox to the extent of which I did in May of 2012. Nope, I won’t be cutting alcohol out of my diet completely, but I have decided to restrict my intact.  I will no longer have a single drink unless it is at a social or work function on the weekends.  That way my body and mind will be easier to rouse in the mornings.

This morning was one of those mornings. It was easier to wake than it has been in the past, by my first morning run was none-the-less a struggle. As humiliated as I am to post this I still have to admit that I only hit 2.3 miles this morning.

It’s a start! One way to motivate me is by making a donation toward my efforts to raise funds for this wonderful organization that provides a year-round medical specialty camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses which you can learn more about by clicking on the graphic link above that says DONATE!

Mother & Son Running For a Cause!

Mom and I running the Bronx 1/2 Marathon to raise money for HealthRight International.
Mom and I running the Bronx 1/2 Marathon to raise money for HealthRight International.

In 2007 I decided to run the Richmond, Virginia marathon with my mother and then a few years later we hit the road to run the Bronx, New York 1/2 marathon.

I first got introduced to the sport of running by my mother. Running is a huge part of her life.  If you know her, you know her as a runner.  Someone who can’t take in air unless she knows she will be able to exercise soon. With countless marathons, 50 mile races and 100 mile ultra marathons under her belt she is definitely a runner to look up to and a runner who has influenced my health and life for the better.

A lot of people try to find ways to bond with their parents. This isn’t something I’ve ever had to struggle with in my life.  Luckily my mom and I have a great relationship and sync with each other on many levels.

One of the things we have grown to enjoy most is running together.  Now, 7 years after the first marathon we’ve ever run together we have decided to commit ourselves to running another race together (additional family members including my boyfriend may be joining our team later on).

This time around we decided running together wasn’t enough, although it’s plenty of fun. No, this time we have decided to dedicate our efforts of training for and running a marathon, the 2014 LA Marathon, to raise money for cause.

We are running to raise funds and awareness for The Painted Turtle!  Our team goal is $2,000 as of right now ($1,000 each). For those of you who don’t know, The Painted Turtle, a year round medical specialty camp where children with serious medical conditions can go to just be kids.

As a background, The Painted Turtle’s mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education and respite for their families. All campers and families attend free of charge.

As individual supporters we hope that through our networks we can help this wonderful

Mom and I after we completed the Richmond, Virginia Marathon in 2007.
Mom and I after we completed the Richmond, Virginia Marathon in 2007.

cause.  To follow my progress as I begin my training, sign-up to receive email updates for when new post are made by filling out the box on the upper right hand side of this screen or check back regularly. All post will be under the “running” category or can be found on my homepage.

To learn more about The Painted Turtle or to donate toward our goals and support The

Painted Turtle please visit my page here!

A donation of any amount will make a difference in the life of a child. 

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Join me at HealthRight’s Event on February 6th in NYC if you can!

On February 6th I will be attending an event for HealthRight International, an amazing Health and Human Rights organization that I have had the pleasure of working with and supporting for the past 6 years.  Next week we celebrate their Human Right’s Clinic which helps survivors of torture. To learn more read their press release below and please, if you can, come to the event with me, retweet this, or send in a donation. https://www.healthright.org/get-involved/events/detail/2013%20HC


HealthRight International’s Human Rights Clinic

 Celebrates 20 Years of Service



NEW YORK, NY – On February 6, 2013, the Board of Directors of HealthRight International and Executive Director Sostena Romano will host a special cocktail reception at The Harvard Club to honor the work of its Human Rights Clinic.

The special guest will be Dr. V. Seema*, Pakistani woman leader, human rights crusader and HealthRight International Human Rights Clinic asylum seeker.

HealthRight International will also celebrate its recent achievements providing sustainable access to healthcare for marginalized peoples around the world.

Founded in 1993, HealthRight International’s Human Rights Clinic mobilizes the health sector to assist survivors of torture and abuse seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief in the U.S. HRC trains and deploys volunteer physicians and mental health professionals to provide clinical examinations for survivors, document the scars and signs of abuse, and prepare affidavits for use as expert evidence in immigration proceedings. The rate of grant of asylum for clients who obtained expert affidavits from the Human rights Clinic has been about 85 to 90 percent as opposed to the national average of about 25 percent.

HealthRight International mobilizes the health sector to promote and protect these and other basic human rights and civil liberties for all people, in the United States and abroad. In collaboration with a network of affiliates around the world and in partnership with local communities, HealthRight International works where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties.


What:               HealthRight International celebrates 20 years of service of its Human Rights Clinic

When:              February 6, 2013

Time:               6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where:             Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St.

Price:               $150.00

To register:       healthright.org or call 212-226-9890


* Name has been changed