"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I have tried to come up with something fun for a contest. Due to my runners brain it appears that my brain is not working properly.
We will do the standard:
Contest Rules:
Guess my predicted time, closest to my finishing time wins!
You will win a Boston Marathon Care Package. It will include items that represent my Marathon Weekend.
You can track my run by:
TEXT - Simply text the athlete's Bib Number to 345678 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive an sms text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. You will receive up to 6 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for help.
MY BIB # 15339


Saturday, April 19, 2014

35 hours to go: Boston Marathon

I am keeping this short and sweet.

  1. I enjoyed sleeping in until 8:30 this morning.
  2. The people in Massachusetts are coffee lovers, there is a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks on almost every street corner!
  3. Took the "T" into Boston. I LOVE the "T"
  4. My client Debbie had Boston Red Sox tickets waiting for us at the ticket counter. We had killer seats! We arrived to the game early enough that we were able to meet and take pictures with some of the players. I posted a picture of Alec and I with a Red Sox player. I challenged my followers to guess who was in the pick. No one GUESSED! Check our picture out at Running Against the ODds. Place a guess and if you guess it I will send you a Red Sox prize!
  5. We won the Red Sox game!
  6. We did some browsing around Faneuil Hall. Watched a street performer. Andy got brought unto the stage with him. This is the second year in a row they have pulled Andy in!  
Check on My Facebook page at Running Against the ODds or Follow in on Twitter for Boston Marathon Weekend activities.
*So Easy I could teach my mom to do it over the phone!
TEXT - Simply text the athlete's Bib Number to 345678 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive an sms text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. You will receive up to 6 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for help.
MY BIB # 15339
Tomorrow: The EXPO!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

FEAR: Walking on Water

I received a text message from Karen M. a couple days ago. "You have to be nervous, I know your FAITH is helping with any FEAR but people are NOT God Fearing."

Karen is right, People do things that I can not control. I can be as God fearing and faithful as I can be but have to make responsible choices and trust God in it all. I can not control or predict what others will do who are not God fearing.
Earlier this week there was an incident with a "Hoax device" at the Boston marathon finish line. This rattled me pretty bad.
Then today Hal Higdon posted on Twitter "Just evacuated #Boston Marathon at expo over. False alarm?"
Nervous, concerned...quite honestly, Yes. For me, for my family and for the ones I love that would worry when they read the news. Alec, is so worried. Last night at Wonderworks there were big booms in the building. This completely drained the color from his face. His fear overcame him as he looked for the exits. "Mom, what is that noise? MOM, what is THAT?"
To see your son so fearful hurts you.

I believe that the Lord is calling me to walk on water. I believe that he calls you to walk on water as well. I believe that he's leading me across the finish line of this among many things. The Boston Marathon is one of those. I hear his spirit asking me to step into his glory in Faith.
I look across the waters and feel fear first. My heart skips a beat, my palms begin to sweat, my eyes fill with tears, I am overcome by the emotion of fear. I struggle trying to balance it with faith.

It is more than 26.2 miles. It is the unknown of others. It is fear of the uncontrollable circumstances.

I see myself sinking in fear, and I even see others I love sinking along side of me.

I hear myself saying "What if God..."
I look out across the waters as they crash into me. I hear God whispering, "Anita, you have come this far with me..Take my hand."

Turning around I see the boat too far to go back. I see my losses, losing Ariel, last years tragic Boston Marathon, I see painful training runs, sleepless nights and how God kept me above the waves.

I hear him in my fear calling me forward.
In my human brokenness, I still feel fear. But I go out in Faith that God will carry me through my fears.
It isn't denying my fear that keeps me afloat.
It is Faith in God to overcome those fears.

It is knowing God is beckoning us to Greatness. He has "Great and Mighty Things" for us. He wants to show us things that will take a little FEAR to overcome. But it is dying to ourselves and looking across the waters in his direction. Sometimes it is walking out unto calm waters and sometimes it is walking out into the crashing waves.

The Boston Marathon is more than just an event. It is a special piece of me. Last year this marathon engraved itself into my heart. The Boston Marathon has my Heart. Yes, It even has my fears. So many will run this marathon and leave all their fears at the starting line with me. We will all step across that starting line in Faith of our own desires. In Faith of something beautiful, full of love, peace and hope.

I haven't ran in 3 days. I asked Austin if he would run a couple miles with me. We found a park about a quarter mile up the road. It was a evil beastly incline! The path literally went straight up! We only ran 2 miles. It was a scenic run with cut out trails off the road. It was also a exhausting run!

Summer made a Picture Poster for me!! She even put me in in Green my favorite color!

Matthew 14:25-31And in the fourth watch of the night he [Jesus] came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."


Syrucuse..Day 1:

Stephanie gave me a beautiful card and some of my favorite chocolates as a good luck gift. It was more than a card though. She filled the inside of the card with her heart and her words. It was so thoughtful. She took her time, her heart and wrote it all down. I was very moved.
The Hoffmans sent me another awesome card. This is my sister in Florida. Love this.

We made great time, with little damage getting out of the house yesterday morning. Mornings of vacation in my house usually result in uncontrolled chaos.

Things are forgotten, helping hands are not helping, kids are fighting, parents are yelling and neighbors are waving us off!

We made it to Syracuse about 4pm.We only passed our exit on the toll road by 7 miles, with 1 unauthorized turn and no tickets!

We went to the Destiny Mall. It was massive.
We went to Wonderworks for the boys. There was something we all could do. I personally liked the bubbles the most!

We had a great dinner at Cheesecake Factory. I laugh at how spoiled my kids are. As an adult, I feel so spoiled to have dinner here. These kids have no idea.

Alec was my sleeping buddy. I woke up cuddled up against and in hog heaven!

We are heading out, Boston Bound!

I will update later, if I have time.

I have updated my Prayer sheet.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Running with your Brain

Smart People learn from their mistakes, Brilliant people learn from others.
I have made plenty of mistakes. I have learned that most mistakes cause pain. And I lot of it.
I have always been that person who wants to absorbs all the information I can. Probably because I know 50% of it I will forget within 5 minutes of me carrying on. And the other 45% I will mess all up. If I get 5% of the most important stuff down it is a good day!
In March of 2011, My IT band bared its ugliness. He became I unwanted running partner. I went out to Clint Verrans office for physical therapy. He is considered the "Run Guru". He himself has ran Boston, coming 10th overall a few years back and also running the Olympic trials. This one of the best experiences I have had with physical therapy.
Because my injury was so close to my first Boston Marathon, I knew I had to run with more than my legs.
You do not have to have a brain to run. Even the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz could run a Marathon. If you have the Heart of a Lion you can run wherever your legs take you.
However, if you want to run with a purpose and effectively...Make it to OZ for a Brain.
Knowledge is Power.
I took that time with Clint not only to have him help rehabilitate me but also to absorb his knowledge of the course.
I knew that my Heart way the driving force. I also knew that there was a chance that my legs might fail me. I needed the Knowledge of the course and how to run with the best use of my legs.
"Clint I need all the info I can get on the Boston Marathon..." With out hesitation he says "OK..I will help you with everything I can".  Here are the main points...
  1. The First 16  miles is all slow decline
  2. Don't let the decline make you loose your pace..steady & smooth..Like your running on EGGSHELLS.
  3. At 16 there are a set of 4 hills called the Newton Hills..The fourth is the well know Heartbreak Hill.
  4. These 4 hills go on about 4 miles and are about a half a mile long a piece.
  5. This is why you do not want to blaze out of the gate because the hills will kill your quads and hamstrings and you will need all you energy here. ( you will feel good but DON'T.)
  6. From mile 22 to the finish is goes back into a steady decline all the way in.
  7. There are no pacers at the Boston..Try very hard to keep your pace so you don't bottom out!
  8. The race doesn't start till 10am so be careful how you eat.
  9. Clint got a PR at Boston. He came in 10th place OVERALL in 2006!
  10. You will go around a curve and then the HILLS start! This is one of the only curves in the race because it is a straight course.
Here is a Great Link sharing the MILE by Mile Rundown of the Course. Boston Mile by Mile.

When you see the Chevron SIGN you are on the homeward stretch!!!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Waiting for Anderson Cooper!

Over the last 4 weeks I have had 2 interviews, online links, front page articles and a snippet on the news.
Today, I came into work like a normal day. I was booked solid all day. I had no room for error.

The girls at work gave me copies of the newspaper article from the Oakland Press on Sunday. Heidi, went so far as to have the article laminated. It was beautiful.

Andy had made a post about me being a "Rock Star" which gave the girls at the salon ammunition to tease me.

About 10am Ashley came back to my chair. She had this quirky look on her face as she interrupted my client and I. "Anita, some guy from NBC is on the phone for you."
Thinking she was teasing me I respond "You are real funny!"
"No, seriously his name is Walter from NBC."
I look around at the other girls and everyone is laughing. I am laughing because I know the girls are messing with me.
I excuse myself from my client and head to the front.
Still laughing at their little prank I answer the phone. "Hello, this is Anita."
"Hello Anita, this is Walter from NBC 25. I was calling because I am doing a special on the Boston Marathon and was hoping that I could interview you."
It wasn't a prank!

Walter came out from Flint. He showed up in the middle of my clients color. Good timing really.
He was a taller man. Very friendly and kind. All the girls warmed right up to him. He had us laughing and very comfortable.

Walter did some investigating before arrived. I asked Walter how he found me. He said that he GOOGLED me and my Blog came up. He then read my blog. Walter only chose 2 people to interview today. Me and a 87 year old. Something in my Blog directed him to me.

He did the interview right there in the salon. One of the things that Walter asked me was about my Prayer Sheet. I was filled with joy that I had the opportunity to share my Faith.

HERE is That Part of the VIDEO. I am so Thankful to Katie for Videoing Him interviewing me.

After my interview, Walter wanted to catch some footage of me working. My client at the time had color and highlights on her head. Rhonda would have killed me. So I grabbed Kelli and pretended!
Kelli, wanted to kill me more for not giving her lip gloss for the camera!

And just when the fun was almost over, He asked to interview one of the girls about me!
I grabbed Katie. Katie and I directed a 5K race together. I am usually the pun of most of Katie's jokes. I probably should have thought this through better!
Walter asked Katie what she thought about me and my running.
"Anita is Crazy, anyone that can run that much and not have anyone chasing them is Crazy!"
It was fun to listen to Katie's comments. They all were witty and fun like that.

As Walter gathered his gear I invited him to stay with us. I think he may have taken us up on it had he not been on the clock!
Here is the Link to the interview..this is not a live video. I can not find the live one.

The rest of the day the salon was in a buzz. We were all laughing about one another's comments and description of the interview.

A couple hours later the phone rang again. I laughed at the girls and said "OH NO, There is Anderson Cooper!"
In my dreams!
"So Anita, You are going back to Boston this year. Tell me your thoughts on this years Boston Marathon"


Monday, April 14, 2014

Tapering the Brain.

It’s always too early to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale

It seems like with this tapering for my marathon, my legs are not the only thing resting, apparently it is also my brain!
I totally forgot I had the Running group I lead on Monday morning. I took the boys to school in my red Christmas flannel pajama pants without the intention of changing when I arrived back home.

Thank goodness some wire sparked in my head. I normally run up to the school. Not today, I was running late!

I was excited to see so many waiting for me to run. As we headed out the door a massive gust of wind came after us. It was mixed with rain and a ugly sky. We lost 3 runners right there!

Running with those who stuck around, we ended up running 3.1 miles. The weather was mostly smoke and mirrors. I was so glad that we didn't let mother nature scare us off!

You have to want it so bad, that you let nothing stand in your way. Not even a little wind and rain. Sometimes you have to change the plan but never let QUITTING be part of the plan.

When the odds are against you, realign your thinking. Try not to entertain thoughts of throwing in the towel.
This is in ANYTHING you do, not just running. Maybe the initial goal seems so far out of reach. Maybe you see the odds are stacking against you.
Just do not let your FIRST option be QUITTING!

The weather cleared up. The wind even died down. I reminded the girls we ran in far worse conditions. After all, it was 50 degrees out, without any snow.

Our run was great. Everyone felt accomplished and challenged. Not to mention the camaraderie of just running together in a group. There is something magical in the sound of laughter.

I haven't really mentioned it in my blog. But I made the front page of the Oakland press yesterday. It was a nice article. A couple things were wrong and the good stuff was left out, (My faith) but overall very nice.
As if Andy didn't have enough to make fun of me about, today gave him more.
I forgot to buy Alec his CC shoes. You would think as one of his coaches I might remember that! But then I already explained my brain is also tapering!
So, as I was paying for Alecs' shoes at Baumans I saw a camera man. I ignored it. I didn't want to glance remotely in that direction, I looked terrible! I know that sounds vain, but I keep it real!
They were doing a segment on Boston. I almost made it out of the shoe store until "Bill K" the cashier pointed them to me. I had no makeup on and my hair looked like I stuck my finger in a light socket!
Yep, I ended up on ABC12 at 5:30. It is so embarrassing to see yourself out of the box. "Ugh, do I sound like that?" I said out loud. My boys were around the TV cracking up at me. Each one laughing and saying something that I even found myself laughing at, even though it was about me!
Andy decided to add more by posting "....I married a Rock Star!!"
I told him I was going to take it down. I do this a lot. But then he got really mad.
Well, I guess it was all in good fun.
Something to look back at and laugh!

"Do not take life to serious. You will never get out alive!"

P.s Thank YOU, for all the prayers and loving support. I am so grateful.