Returning The Favor

As almost everyone that has read my blog knows, I run for a beautiful young lady named Lilyan. Lily is such an inspiration to me in many ways which I have written about many times. She has lived her entire life fighting up hill battles and winning them over and over again.

A couple of years ago in the blog Angels I talked about when I was sick and not doing very well that this (at the time) 6 year old girl went out, on vacation, and put in extra work just for me because her mom told her I was sick. Today I decided it was time to return the favor.

I told Ladonna that when I got off work I was going to try for a long run, with Phase II of training for Lilyan’s Run coming in just two weeks I needed to try for at least 9 or 10 miles, maybe up to a two hour run. When I arrived at the Kingsport Greenbelt it was already getting hot and sticky and I thought if I was going to go it had to be fast, maybe just 7 or 8 miles before it got miserable.  I decided that if I was going cut it short, I might as well run the hilly part and set off. By the time I got to the Exchange Place at the top of the hill where the actual Greenbelt ends and sidewalks begin the heat was already becoming a factor but I stopped at the fountain and kept going up Orebank Road. At some point I started to think about Lily and the message she had sent me back then, “I’m putting in extra miles on my walker for you.” This has been a hard week for her and her parents, harder than usual, as she has had some very important extra treatments done. How could I not do the same for her?

So here we go, “Lilyan, your mom told me what you have been doing this week and I know you had a couple of long, hard days, so I put in some extra miles just for you today. Instead of giving into the heat and turning around I ran 16.2 sweaty miles for you.” And there she is, my personal angel inspiring me yet again.

Phase II – Lilyan’s Run

Well the plans are in place for the second benchmark event to see where we are in the training for Lilyan’s Run. On July 1st we will be heading south to U.S. Army Ranger Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dehlonega, Georgia for Merrill’s Mile. This is a paved mile circuit and they offer several different endurance options. Continue reading Phase II – Lilyan’s Run

Your Help Needed-Lilyan’s Run

So, I know that I said that I wouldn’t bore you with the logistics of Lilyan’s Run and I promise that I will not. I am going to ask you all for your help in pulling this off though.

To make this a successful event I want to do 3 main things and am asking for help with each of them. Continue reading Your Help Needed-Lilyan’s Run

Lilyan’s Run – Phase 1 Lessons

So, now that the Oak Ridge Run Under The Stars is in the books it’s time to reevaluate training for Lilyan’s Run. Even though I cut the run short there were still valuable lessons learned and tweaks to be made as training goes forward.

The first thing learned was I’m not even close to Continue reading Lilyan’s Run – Phase 1 Lessons