Sunday, June 8, 2014

I Guess This Is Goodbye

20 time was an amazing opportunity given to Mr. Provenzano's students. It gave me the chance to run a marathon. I would have never gotten this into running without this project. I am a happier healthier teenager because of it and I couldn't be more grateful. That being said this project was introduced perfectly and I didn't have any problems with its original setup. I didn't like when the blog post requirement was changed to every two weeks because it threw me off a little bit. I had trouble remembering when they were actually due and I enjoyed writing them. The project definitely should be introduced to students ASAP because it is a pretty intimidating task to select your project but should be looked at as an opportunity rather than an annoying homework assignment that never seems to end. Advice to future 20 timers would be to pick something not because you think it will be praised by others but because you are super excited about running or writing or designing. Also I liked that with my project I had a definitive goal and was able to really see the results of working all year. The Ted X event was a very interesting production. It was great public speaking practice and a nice push to put yourself out there but it maybe went a little long. I noticed by the end there weren't many spectators left. Thank you for this wonderful experience I am taking away so much from it. Cannot wait to run Detroit in October! S T A Y H A P P Y - Lauren

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Feeling Good

This experience has really made me a better person. I am so happy and confident and have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment with me always. I love looking back on this year and remembering how it felt each time to reach a new distance each one farther than the last and how good it felt to complete those runs. I'm super excited for training to start for the Detroit Marathon October 19th. Below is my wall where I have a completed training schedule and my medals to look to for strength when training for Detroit. If you can do it once you can do it again. Lets go! This weekend is the Ted X conference which I have been selected to speak at. I'm very excited for this incredible opportunity but I am nervous about actually speaking. I would like to share what I learned about instant gratification v delayed gratification throughout the training process because as teenagers I feel like we are so caught up in wanting something immediately if we can't have it right away we stop trying for it which causes us to miss out on some incredible feelings of accomplishment.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mission Complete

Wow I ran a marathon. It was incredible. It was so fun to go out to Lansing and spend the day with the best people I know. The race itself was fun and it was going really well until about mile 21 and then my legs hurt sooooo bad. The pain was radiating from the inside of my thighs to the outside and up into my back and down into my feet. I walked a half mile until I got to the last exchange point at mile 22 and I picked up a jog again and then as soon as I saw the finish line I just started running as fast as I could. Seeing the finish line and seeing my team and my parents jumping up and down cheering me on I completely forgot how much my legs hurt and just ran. When I crossed the finish line a wave of emotion hit. I was so incredibly happy and excited and being hugged by 11 different people and worried about getting food and I could not stop smiling, it was probably the most fulfilling thing I have ever done in my entire life. After I crossed the finish line 30 minutes later I felt like I couldn't even walk. I was hobbling around. Then when I got home my dad stopped at coney and got me the after marathon meal I'd been fantasizing about since I woke up that morning. I had a chocolate milkshake a cheeseburger and a lot of French fries. It was the most delicious meal I'd ever had. I plan to start training again June 22 for the Detroit marathon. This taught me that you can do anything you want. You just have to make a plan and follow through.           Lauren

Monday, April 28, 2014


The marathon is this weekend! I am so excited but at the same time nervous. I know I'm physically prepared but this is 6 miles longer than I have ever run, but I keep telling myself that this will probably be easier than the 20 miler I ran by myself because I will have an incredible support system with me. My two best friends, two running "mentors", my teacher and two classmates will be there actually running with me and my family will be there to cheer from the sidelines! I CAN DO THIS

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rock CF Half Marathon

2 weeks ago I participated in my first race, a half marathon. I ran the Rock CF Half Marathon in Grosse Ile with Ms. Rabidoux. It was really fun, a great experience, and was a charity run. I was sick that next week so I only ran 5 miles on Tuesday, but this weekend is my 20 miler. This week I plan to run 5 miles Tuesday 10 miles wednesday and 5 miles Thursday. 20 miles, on Saturday, will be my longest training run that I will do and I need to be ready for it. Less than a month away from Lansing and I'm so ready. LETS GO

Sunday, March 23, 2014


This past week was great! I ran 4 miles on Tuesday with Ms. Rabidoux, 9 miles on Wednesday (in the rain), and 18 miles Sunday morning with my other mentor Jeannie. It feels so good to go over that 15 mile wall and here I am. I felt a lot better on this run than the 15 or 13 milers I did a couple weeks ago. I'm finishing stronger and with more energy. It's so funny to think about how difficult I thought 6 or 7 milers were and to think today I ran 18 miles and it really was not that hard. Running is funny because I love to complain about it but once I get my butt out there and a killer song comes on I'm totally pumped up and think wow this is so much fun. 6 weeks away from Lansing.... CRAZY. I have my relay team set and my mentor Jeannie will be running the whole thing with me. I got a new pair of running shoes today super exciting and can't wait to try them out on Tuesday's 5 miler. This weekend I am running a half marathon to fight cystic fibrosis, it will be my first race and I'm a little nervous but I am sure it will be great! Ms. Rab will be running in it as well. Keeping a positive state of mind LAUREN

Sunday, March 9, 2014


This morning I ran 15 miles! It went really well. I pretty much did the exact same thing as the thirteen miler two weeks ago because it was only 2 miles more. Still utilizing gels and water and just not stopping. Lets keep working Holla Lansing 2K14.