Lisa M's Marine Corps Marathon for TAPS
On October 22, 2017, I will be participating my very first marathon, the 42nd Annual Marine Corps Marathon. I'm running the marathon to support the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS provides direct support to families who have been impacted by a death in the military.
The funds I raise will flow directly into TAPS programming which supports these families through an amazing network of resources, seminars and publications. TAPS provides these services at no charge to survivors from all branches of the service, including Reserves and National Guard. Please help me honor our fallen heroes by supporting me in this effort. If you are unable to contribute financially, consider sharing my page (http://team.taps.org/goto/LisaMcCurdy2017) with friends and family to spread the word about the work TAPS does every day.
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45 Days & a Triathlon this weekend
I can't believe that now I can say, "I'll be running a marathon next month!"
The MCM isn't the only race on my Fall calendar, though! First, this weekend I'll be tackling the Newport Triathlon, a sprint-distance race that involves a 1/4 mile swim, 11-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. I'm so excited to participate in my first Triathlon! Training for the biking and swimming portions has been excellent cross-training for the marathon, though I am looking forward to getting my mileage back up next week as I turn my focus back to running for the rest of the season.
Next up after that will be the Jamestown, Rhode Island Half Marathon on September 23rd. On that day, my training plan dictates I run 18 miles, so I'm going to be doing 13 of them in the race, and after I finish I'll be running the extra 5 with a friend from my running group, and hopefully Charlie, too!
Then, the following weekend I'll be running the South Shore Half Marathon in Hull, Mass. Like the weekend before, I'll be using the 13 miles of the race course as a part of a longer training run, only this time I'll be running 7 miles after the race, for a total of 20 -- my longest training run on my plan!
From there until October 22nd, my mileage will slowly decrease, and I'll be focusing on shorter recovery runs. Then, it's game time!
by Lisa McCurdy on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 11:44 AM
96 Days and 22% to go!
While training seems to be dragging on and on, the Marathon really isn't that far away!
Last week, I tackled my longest run to date, 15 miles, and had a taper week this week to help my body recover before re-increasing my mileage again next week! The longest distance I will run before the Marathon (26.2 miles) will be a 20-mile training run on September 30th. The distance is hugely intimidating, but I've signed up for the 3 Beach Minimum South Shore Half Marathon that day (13.1 miles) so that I can run a portion of that long day with other folks.
As of today, there are 96 days to go until 10/22, or Marathon Day! Over the next few weeks, I'll be booking our plane tickets and planning out any gear I need for the Marathon, including new sneakers, so that I have time to test everything out and break it in before the race!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my TAPS fundraiser so far! Over the next 96 days, I hope to increase my % of goal met to 100%.
by Lisa McCurdy on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 @ 1:20 PM
Memorial Day is a difficult day for family and friends of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in protection of our freedom.
On the TAPS Facebook Page, the organization shared a number of touching stories that really put faces to the larger idea of Memorial Day. I encourage you all to take a look and read a little more about these families, as well as the work that TAPS does to support those who are left behind when the highest duty calls.
by Lisa McCurdy on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Raising the bar
I am so thrilled to have met my fundraising goal in such a short period of time. I'm so touched by the support that so many family and friends have given to TAPS! It really is a great organization -- I had the opportunity to meet some folks fundraising for Team TAPS at the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay this past weekend. It was so fun!
Since we've knocked this fundraiser out of the park so far, I've decided to increase my goal to see just how much good we can all do together. Thank you, again, to everyone who has shared or donated so far!
by Lisa McCurdy on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 3:02 PM
Wow, I'm blown away! In less than a week, I've been able to reach more than 75% of my fundraising goal thanks to the support and generosity of many friends and family. Thank you so much for your contributions to TAPS!
This weekend, I'll be running as a part of a 12-member team, running the length of Cape Cod in a relay-style event. I'll be running 13 miles over 36 hours in 3 legs, and I'm looking forward to the challenge!
Have a great rest of the week and weekend!
by Lisa McCurdy on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 1:14 PM
Thank you so much to those of you who are interested in following my road to the Marine Corps Marathon in support of TAPS!
My training kicked off a few weeks ago, but my mileage is now starting to creep upwards. This past weekend, I completed an 8-mile training run in Newport, and also got this page launched. I'm excited to start on the fundraising side of things!
I'll be posting updates on both my fundraising and training in this space. Feel free to share the link with anyone who you think might be interested in the mission that TAPS serves.
Have a great week!
by Lisa McCurdy on Mon, May 08, 2017 @ 11:32 AM
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