Marathon Plus!

Started training to run the Oil Creek 100 Ultra-marathon on October 10th along with the Akron Road Runner marathon on September 26th to support the fight against cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

The fundraising goal is $5,000 and if you can donate, please do at:  Thanks for your support!

Started the training two weeks ago and am just now getting the blogging going.  Running and blogging eat up a ton of disposable time, who would have thought…?!

Logged 54 miles two weeks ago.  Hardly noticed as I was pretty excited about getting started on the training for my first ultra-marathon.  Seemed really cool then, and still does, not so sure what it will feel like in about two more months…maybe even just one month… logged 58 miles last week and can feel the fatigue already.  Will stay at this level for a couple of weeks before bumping it up again.

Using a training plan outline used by famous ultra-marathoner Tim Twitmeyer and my hope is that if I even get close to that level and mileage, I can hit my goal of completing Oil  Creek in less than 24 hours.  That’s the plan!

Ran 8 miles this morning with friend Rachel and Elizebeth and had a beautiful morning for it.  Ran a 7:28 pace which is almost race pace for getting to Boston and that’s part of the goal for spring of 2010 so there’s a little more work to do there.  Logged 18 on Sunday and 15 on Saturday this past weekend and also had great weather both days.  I think someone has been looking out for us in the weather department!  Knock on wood!

Be Positive, Find Success

Times are tough as we all know.  People are dealing with job loss, business closings, uncertainty, fear and depression.  However, if you look around, there are some people and businesses doing fairly well and it begs the question:  How do we do well when everything seems to be so bad?

In general, there are a number of things we can look at to get us out of the negativity.

1)  Accept What Is.  This is one of the hardest things to do but it’s imperative to get us moving in the right direction.  Times are tough and we can agonize over it or we can say to ourselves, “OK, I get it.  Now what can I do?”  This question puts us in a pro-active state of  mind and gets us out of the victimization mentality that plagues so many.  We either keep spiraling down or we stop ourselves and start to spiral up!

2)  Get Busy.  Once you’ve asked the question above, it’s time to do something with it!  Being productive is key to success but it is also key in generating a positive state of mind.  Less to do means we have more time to dwell on the negatives of the past or the uncertainty of the future.  Idol hands…

3)  Change Your Environment.  If we watch the news 24/7, guess what…we’re going to get depressed!  The media reports on what people want to dwell on and what gets their attention and a lot of people are in a negative place right now.  If you want to get out of the negativity, watch the news a little less, stay away from negative people (yes, this is doable!), go do something fun.

4) Set a Goal…A Big Goal!  Getting busy is helped by having a target to aim at and the bigger the target, the easier to keep at it, get inspired by it, and find a reason to celebrate achieving it…all positives!

As an Executive Coach, my emphasis is now more on motivational workshops, presentations and coaching sessions.  Helping people find their positive energy, make a difference, and find success is what they need and what I do best.

Personally, as a runner, I’m looking at running my first ultra-marathon in October to support fund raising efforts for cancer research.  One hundred miles in memory of and in honor of 100 cancer victims and survivors.  That’s a huge motivator for me and doing something for others helps to keep my mind in a positive state which helps me stay productive.

Where’s your energy and what’s your goal?  Let me know.  Thanks! – Ernie

7 Day Update – Marathon to Fight Cancer

Hey There,

Wanted to give you a quick update on our progress.  In the first week of our efforts to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the fight against cancer… with on-line donations, checks and pledges, we are already at 20% of our $5,000 fundraising goal!  Thanks so much for your financial support and words of encouragement especially to friend Tom Hopkins and The Delp Company in Maumee Ohio.  They are holding a Jeans Day on May 29th where employees will donate to help support the cause and be able to dress down.  They expect a lot of participation and hope to raise up to $500.  Their support and enthusiasm is inspiring!  Thanks so much!

We are adding to our Honoree list as well.  I’ll be running in memory of Phyllis Brown lost to Lymphoma (for cousin Jane Gnass), for my friend Carol Haddix survivor of colon cancer, for Scott Tong survivor of bone cancer (for friends Chuck and Sue Thayer), and in memory of Winifred Kain and Gladys Bless for friend Darlene Lorenzen.  Here is some of Darlene’s story:


You are very welcome.  I think it’s great that you’re doing this.  My grandmother died from leukemia when she was only 26 and my mother had a blood disease….not Leukemia but very similar.  I know what it’s like to see someone suffer from this disease.  My mom, for the last few years of her life, received blood transfusions…..near the end she needed 4 units a week.  So good luck…and God bless you for your support to this worthy cause.


 If you have a loved one that you would like to add as an Honoree, send me their name and story.  I would be honored to run for them.  And of course, if you haven’t already, please consider a donation to help advance the Society’s mission to find a cure and know that any help is greatly appreciated. 

You can donate on-line quickly and securely at:

For those that prefer to donate off-line, please make your check payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail it to:  Ernest Lewis, 3936 Elmhurst Road, Toledo, OH 43613.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and all of our Honorees, thank you so much!

Marathon to Fight Cancer!

Marathon to Fight CancerKicking off the 2009 Marathon Fundraiser to Fight Cancer.  Please help the cause at:

I appreciate your support! – Ernie

Glass City Marathon

Ran the Glass City Marathon yesterday!  Came in  at a decent 3:58:11 finishing time considering the 80 degree heat.  3:30 was the orginal goal under ideal conditions but at mile 16 there was little breeze and lots of sun so the goal time was out.   I’ll still take the finish since that’s what it’s all about, finishing, meeting the challenge of the distance, and having fun!

After 16, I was pouring water over my head at every waterstop trying to keep cool.  From 17-20 there was little breeze and I felt I was overheating so I slowed to a walk/run.  There were two people out with garden hoses and that was helpful.  I was wishing every homeowner was out there.  At 21, I started to find a decent stride and was able to run most of the rest of the way, albeit at a slower pace!

Mind games helped.  The Broadway section of the course is long and flat and kind of boring.  Imagining the trail at Oak Openings metropark where it’s more scenic, has twist and turns, and is cooler, helps to keep your legs going.  Keeping your mind occupied and not thinking about how tired your legs are will get you to the finish line every time.

Other than the heat, the race went well.  The Toledo Road Runners hosted the event and it went smoothly aside from a small glitch or two.  It was a relatively small race with 1,600 plus marathoners, half-marathoners and 5-man relay teams and 5k racers.  They made improvements in the course and added the half-marathon this year and they did a good job.  Next year should be even better and probably have a bigger turnout.  The volunteers were great as usual!

Friends Jim Hunt and Frank Cody were there to run as well.  Frank got a second place in his age group in the half-marathon which he does regularly and Jim finshed well in spite of a pulled muscle.  I was able to run the last few yards with Jim and I always admire how he can push through tough races.  Way to go guys!  Christine Hunt and David Large met us on the course for encouragement and support.  Friends and family like these certainly make going 26.2 a whole lot easier.

Last year was freezing cold and this year was blistering heat.  Wonder what next year will bring… though it may not matter as I hope to be running Boston with 25,000 of my best friends next April!

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