No Quit in My Sis – Running for a Cure!

Lewis_2862 profileHappy 4th of July! Quick update on our fundraising efforts to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research:

Training Update –
I’ve been doing lots of hill work to get ready for the upcoming races and I just ran 8 miles on this beautiful afternoon… and I have some good endorphins going right now! Tomorrow promises to be even better running weather so I’m spending Independence Day doing a 50-ish mile training run…yea I know, “training” run! It will be at Oak Openings park which is one of my favorite places to run. Come out and join me if you can!
 
Getting ready for the Eastern States 100 on August 16th and the Oil Creek 100 on October 11th…has been tougher than I thought it would be. I think it’s more mental than physical…this is the earliest in the year training season for me ever. I’m a little behind where I think I should be so tomorrow will be telling. Finding the time and the energy to get out and run over the last few weeks has been a struggle. But, we’re going to keep on keeping on! Send lots of good vibes for strong legs! :-)

Honoree Update –
My friend George Evanoff is doing well. He is already finishing chemo and radiation and looking into some clinical trials. Keep your fingers crossed! I took him to church last Sunday (he can’t drive due to the surgery so I get to play chauffeur once in a while!) and he was cracking jokes and is highly optimistic…there’s no quit in George!

My sister Elizabeth had her chemo delayed a little bit and should start next week…and that will last several months. Then she has several years of meds…fun stuff…and she expects her hair to be gone by the end of August…I told her “bald is beautiful!” I have a feeling she’s going to embrace her baldness…no quit in my Sis either!

Please keep them both in your prayers!

Donor Update –
Big Woohoo! to our early donors Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle! Thank you Ladies! I’ll be thinking of you and all of our Honorees …162 to date…all day tomorrow while I am on the trail. You keep me going!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story.  I would be honored to run for them!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate to my TNT fundraising page!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immunotherapy’s that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research! Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!

You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

Running for a Cure!

It’s that time again!Lewis_2862 profile I am on a mission-to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers and all cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m running 2 special races this year in Honor of 2 special people…as well as running for all of my Honorees!…and doubling my annual fundraising goal to $10,000!

My 2 special Honorees this year are my friend George Evanoff and my sister Elizabeth Lewis-Smith. Both were recently diagnosed in the last couple of months, George with a brain tumor and Liz with breast cancer. Both have had surgery and George started chemo and radiation treatments a couple of weeks ago and Liz starts chemo next week. They are two of the hardest working, most positive, can-do attitude people I know…they are fighters and doing well!

For them and all my Honorees, I am running the Eastern States 100 on August 16th and the Oil Creek 100 on October 11th…two very tough races for two very tough individuals! And in the middle of all that, on September 27th, I will be supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the good fight by running the Akron Marathon…all in all, 226.2 race miles for a cure! Woohoo!

Through all of these races and many long training days over the next few months I will be carrying my Honoree list made up of friends and family with cancer and lost to cancer. The list includes Herb Landis, Paula Massey, my friend Rodney Cundiff – brain tumor survivor, Judy Evanoff (George’s wife!) – lost to melanoma, my uncle Jack Connor – colon cancer survivor, my Mom – breast cancer survivor and many others…162 to date. It is my honor and privilege to run for all of my Honorees. When the miles get long and lonely, I remember their struggle and they keep me going!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate to my TNT fundraising page! By participating as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immunotherapy’s that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal! Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures for all! It won’t be easy…it never is…but it will be worth it!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story. I would be honored to run for them!

Please consider a donation. We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight. Thank you!

Donate at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!

Write it on your heart…

Stay in the moment for that is where you find
peace
productivity
prosperity
business will be good…you will be strong…life will be balanced

on your heart

A Peace of Success…

In the solitude on the trail…findpeace

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

Peace on the inside…brings peace on the outside

Discipline, effort, choice…to find balance, self-worth, value

Not a thing measured but a feeling…and a knowing

Recognize Your Progress

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noun

1.  a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage.

positive change…an attitude…a vision…a change of pace…one more mile…the next level…even the smallest of steps

with heart

No Running…Lots of Ketchup!

ircHaven’t run in 2 weeks…been resting the knee which I tweaked 6 weeks ago at the Oil Creek 100 and then ran 2 more marathons over the next 30 days…yep, crazy idiot stuff which qualifies me for the IRC, Idiot Running Club, (a real club…thinking of joining)… but it was for a fundraiser, $4500, to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research…worth every mile!

So, the last 2 weeks with no miles…yesterday tried a couple of miles walk/jog…did ok but not great, so maybe another week…but what’s weird is that I feel strangely ok with not running…

Part of it may be that I: ketchup

    • logged nearly 1700 miles to get ready for the races…might have overdone it
    • am finally getting out of Marathon Brain – kind of like when you hit the wall but carried over to real life…you can’t do the math, can’t remember where you were going…very embarrasing
    • am finally catching up on 6 months of procrastination…more like 8
    • am eating cookies again…and pizza…and Ketchup! :-)

Found this quote…only logged a couple of 100 mile weeks…but it seemed appropriate:

“If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want — Why? Because (a) you’ll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway.” –Don Kardong

Working on next year’s training schedule… I think I hear a cheese burger calling my name!  :-)

Success is a choice…

The choices we make now move us to a better place in life or a worse place.  What choices are you making?

So I put in my application…western states 100…holding my breath till December 7th! :-)

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Enthusiasm Makes or Breaks You…

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm:
– is to be inspired
– is a self-fulfilling prophecy
– is a signal for what is right
– is infectious
– is the match that lights the candle!

enthusiasm

Success starts here…

“Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.”  – Mark Victor Hansen

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The Fundamentals Translate…

OilCreek2012achieveIt’s the fundamentals that make the difference in business, in running, and in life…and they are pretty much the same!

1. Don’t Take it Too Seriously:  It may be important but if it stresses you out, your performance will suffer…laugh often!
Runners: Leave your Garmin at home on occassion.  :-)

2. Ask:  Ask for the sale, ask for help…from the heart, for the right reasons!  No one really wants to do it alone.
Runners:  Run with buddies…to speed you up or slow you down.

3. Stay in the Moment:  What you DO right now is all that matters…not yesterday, not tomorrow.  Right now.
Runners:  Run the mile you are in!

4. Be Generous:  If you want something, give something first.  Trust that it will come back to you.  Givers gain.
Runners:  High five fellow runners, congratulate the winner, volunteer.

5. Use Your Time:  We all have the same amount of time available to us.  You can choose to use it or not.  The keyword is “USE.”
Runners:  Go run!

6. Reflect:  Take some time to slow down, look around, breathe.  Find some quiet time.  You may see something new in that mirror.
Runners:  On occasion, stop and enjoy the view, the quiet, the moment.

7. Feed the Fire Within: …to live with joy and passion but make choices with your head.
Runners:  Do what you love whether fast or slow, short or long, but listen to your body.

8. Find Balance: Work, family, faith, health…the tree that leans too far will fall.
Runners:  Mix it up, cross train, rest!

9. Find the Positive:  In winning and in losing. In Everything.
Runners:  It hurts but it’s a good hurt!

10. Face your fear:  That which we are most afraid of is exactly the thing we need to go after.
Runners:  Sign up for that race already!

11. Choose…to be successful, to be happy, to be you…then ACT on it.
Runners:  Run Steady, Run Strong!

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