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.
My Personal Web Log
It's Race Week!
Thank you once more for your generous contribution to my Team TAPS fundraiser for the Marine Corps Marathon! I can't believe Sunday is race day!
This week I received information on the Fallen Hero that I will be dedicating my run to. While TAPS supports and honors all of the military members that we have lost and their families, they also offer the opportunity to connect with the family of an individual in order to dedicate your race to them and to help support that family.
I'll be running the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of Army PFC George Howell. On December 21, 2007, PFC Howell was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb outside Riyadh, north of Baghdad. Four other soldiers in the vehicle were also injured, two critically.
His wife, Kristen and I have been exchanging emails this week. PFC Howell was a father of three - Kristen was expecting when he passed away in 2007. She told me that he was buried in Arlington National Cemetary on January 25, 2008, which would have been his 25th birthday. I'm hoping to have a chance to visit him while in DC this weekend.
I'm really honored to run MCM for PFC Howell, and to support the Army Family, particularly with Charlie being in the Army National Guard.
This weekend, there will be a number of ways to track me as I run the course, if you wish to! You can get text or email alerts, or there is an app where you can watch a little blue dot (me) move around the course. While they offer an app for receiving messages, I'm not planning to use it as it will consume too much battery. I'll have my cell phone on me, so a normal text message will be the best way to reach me. You can visit the MCM website, or email me, for the information on how to track me!
by Lisa McCurdy on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 11:04 AM
Half Marathon #2 down, Time to Taper!
On Sunday, I completed the 3 Beach Minimum Half Marathon in Hull, Mass. Since I had 20 miles on my training schedule for the day, I ran 7 miles as a warm-up before the race. I ran from Nantasket Beach to Hull Yacht Club and back to the beach where the race started. Along the way, I was treated to a stunning sunrise over the beach!
The race was beautiful, with rolling hills and through some of Hull and Cuttyhunk's most beautiful neighborhoods. I finished the race more than 4 minutes faster than last weekend's half marathon, which was very exciting! On the course, I met another runner, Libby, who is running MCM as well! We finished the last few miles of the half together and crossed the finish line pretty close to each other, so we're both feeling pretty confident about our time.
It took me approx. 3.5 hours to run the combined total mileage for the day. I'll be running an additional 6.2 miles in the race, so I'm feeling confident that I can finish pretty well ahead of any time constraints for the MCM. I'd like to finish in under 5 hours, closer to 4:30 if I can. Since it's my first marathon, my #1 goal is to finish happy and healthy, though!
Now, my focus is to maintain my level of fitness through shorter runs, slowly reducing my mileage so that when race week comes, I'm running on very fresh, but still conditioned, legs.
3 weeks to go!
by Lisa McCurdy on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 8:32 AM
13.1 down, 26.2 to go!
This past weekend, I donned my Team TAPS jersey and headed to neighboring Jamestown, Rhode Island for the Jamestown Half Marathon!
My training plan called for 18 miles on Saturday, so my friend Heather joined me before the race to run an extra 5 ahead of the start. We took it nice and easy so that I could save my legs for the race; I had a high-mileage week last week so I was pretty sore/stiff.
I ran the Jamestown Half in just under 2hrs30mins. It was slower than my goal (I wanted to finish somewhere around 2:20) but the course was VERY hilly and there was a headwind until about mile 7 -- the leftovers from Hurricane Jose. Coupled with an extra bathroom/snack stop because of the volume of mileage, and I finished 2:28:44. Though this is a race personal best for me (by almost 15 minutes!), I have run 13 miles much faster in training. However, they didn't include 5 miles before running 13, and they weren't on a week when my total mileage was more than 40 since that Monday!
At this point, one of the most stressful parts of Marathon training is figuring out the best configuration of gear to wear on race day! I was excited to sport my Team TAPS jersey in this weekend's half. I'm not sure this will be the shirt I will wear at the Marine Corps Marathon because it was riding up a lot. That being said, it was a great weight for the high50's-mid60s with the wind, so if those are the conditions in DC at the end of next month, then I might!
Up next? On Saturday, I am running the 3 Beach Minimum Half Marathon in Hull, Mass. I'm scheduled for 20 miles that day, so I'm going to run 7 miles before or after -- right now, my plan is to do an extra 4 before and an extra 3 after, but I may try to do all 7 before if I can find the time. I really liked crossing the finish line and being fully finished last weekend, I think I'd like to try to do that again.
Then, after that 20-miler, I'm tapering! This means a slow reduction in mileage in the 2 weeks leading up to the race, in order to give my muscles time to heal and rest. For my long runs after this weekend, I'll run 12 miles the next weekend, then 8 the next, and then it's race time!!!
by Lisa McCurdy on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 @ 1:05 PM
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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