Cancer survivor, marathon runner, wonderful teammate, hilarious person, hard ass worker – are a few ways to describe Emily- she’s basically a SUPERSTAR. The saying that most comes to mind when I think of Emily is when the going gets tough , the tough gets going!!! Emily will take on the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, running and representing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!! She’s got what it takes (and than some) to dig deep and get the job done, no matter what the race conditions may be like. Have fun out there and give them hell girl!
1) Mantra for this upcoming marathon –
I have two for this season. They are inscribed on the inside of my shoes.
#1 is my go-to: Think Strong, Run Strong.
#2 is my “if all else fails” mantra: Don’t be a weenie.
Sometimes I need to just remind myself that I’ve done this before, and I’ve been injured, sick to my stomach, and hot as hell in a few races – races that I’ve finished. I CAN DO IT. It’s supposed to be hard, and I wasn’t being a weenie when I signed up, so why start now!?!
2) What number marathon ?
This will be my 5th marathon! Can I get a high five?
3) Particular goals ?
In my two marathons last year, I just didn’t feel good or enjoy it because of the pressure I put on myself. I want to run this race with a smile on my face and enjoy as much as possible. I’d be silly to say I don’t have goals (cough cough, 4:30 and below), but I’d really just like to enjoy the experience for ME and not beat myself up the whole race looking at my watch or thinking about the people around me. I’m just ready to run MY race.
4) What are you looking forward to most in this experience?
I LOVE running in other towns and cities and do it a lot when I’m traveling for work. Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and I’m so excited to run this big course in this city I love to explore, but have yet to explore in my sneaks. And, while I love running in Philly, any break from Kelly Drive and Forbidden Drive is a break worth taking!
5) And feel free to share anything else:)
This season has been a fun one for me – I’ve run my fastest mile ever, and I’ve stuck (mostly) to my plan. I am so thankful for the running and fitness community that is GoalsFit. Running with Goals means running with friends and family. Even when track Tuesdays suck, they don’t suck entirely, because we’re all together. THAT is what keeps me coming back.