I’ve been spending my summer training for this race and keeping in touch with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship foundation has opened such amazing opportunities for me and have continued to remind me to keep pushing forward.Two weekends ago, the foundation invited my mother and I to have dinner with the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. I was lucky enough to speak with the Commandant personally and he had nothing but amazing things to say about our father. When I explained the accident of the V-22, he simply gave me a hug. He and his wife fly in the V-22 often and told me that the aircraft has been perfected… thanks to people like Dad.
Two generations of physically fit fathers. You already know about our dad, but did you know that Pop (last photo and dad’s father) was a runner in his day and even qualified for the Olympic trials. He still volunteers at the firehouse he once worked at as a fireman in Baltimore. And did you know that PawPaw (second photo and mom’s dad) was in Vietnam and received a purple heart after his service in the Navy. He was also an amazing boxer.
I didn’t even know this marathon existed until Max emailed me an article with the results. Despite my ignorance, 28,000 other runners were aware of the marathon and showed up just after midnight to race the streets of Singapore. The Sundown Marathon started at 12:30 a.m. and ran through Singapore’s iconic landmarks including Marina Bay Sands, Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay. The winner finished in 2:56:00. To read more about the race, visit http://www.sundownmarathon.com/
Not only is my entire family turning out to be runners, over the last two years of high school i have managed to some how becomes friends with the entire track team. While I love them all, they’re all crazy. Spending my Saturday doing 90 minute runs and core works outs doesn’t sound ideal. Yet some how they’ve convinced me to do Cross Country next year. I agreed because hey, i’m already running so why not and I know it will help me train. Training for cross country starts this week. My best friend Cassie (super runner) is going to help me! I’m so excited to be running with all my friends next year! I went out and got new running shoes yesterday which took some careful contemplation and lots of advice from my track friends.
#1. Minimalist shoes are not good for new runners. I was interested in Nike Free Runs but because my muscles aren’t built up very much I needed a shoe with support so I don’t get injured.
#2. Running shoes are not a fashion statement. No matter how cute they are if they don’t fit don’t get them. You need a shoe that works for you. “Get the right ride for every stride”
I ended up getting a pair of Brooks “Launch” I can’t wait to try them out!