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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

20 time

This project is great. It has really given me that extra push to move toward something great. When I was trying to come up with project ideas it got me thinking why haven't I been doing this? Why haven't I been trying to challenge myself and do something that would really make me a stronger happier kid. Training for a marathon has been incredible. In the beginning my parents, friends, and even my mentor Jeannie were skeptical. They thought I was too young and were concerned that I would injure myself. They'd ask me "are you sure you don't want to do a half marathon?" And every time my answer was "of course not." I just completed a training run equivalent to a half marathon and it was great but there's no way I'd feel the satisfaction that completing 26.2 miles on race day should give me. Every time I go a little farther than I have ever ran before I just prove to myself that I can do whatever I want. I feel so capable and really everyone is. My mentality right now is to just be my own hero. You can look up to other people and love what they do but remember that you can do that too. Maybe not to the same extent but if you want to do something enough and you put the work in anything is possible. That's what this project is teaching me.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


This morning I ran 13.1 miles with my mentor Jeannie. It felt really great and I finished strong. I got to try out some gels which were fantastic and I realized I could go a lot farther without water or gatorade which is nice. Over the break I completed training runs of 12, 3, 6, and 3 miles while in Florida. I've decided that I really do not like hot weather while running. It was hard to stay hydrated and I wasn't as prepared as I should have been for a lot of these runs. Feeling great and always moving forward.. Lauren :)

Monday, February 10, 2014


Weekend long runs are weird because if its "warm" enough to run outside then I'm almost excited to go and I set my alarm and make my route and I'm up and out by 6 am.. But when it's too cold for the outdoors I have to go on the treadmill and I put it off and put it off. After HW after dinner, you name it I've put running after it. Yesterday I ran 7 miles on the treadmill and managed to get myself on at 8 pm. That was after 2 slices of pizza and not even close to enough water. But that was my fault and not an excuse to quit so i powered through and now I've completed another training run on the road to success. Go me.

Monday, February 3, 2014


My birthday is on Tuesday and so this weekend was my time to celebrate with my mom but this weekend also had a 10 mile run in store for me and on top of that it was a blizzard outside on Saturday and Sunday.It was really looking like I wasn't going to get that run in, but I did. I got back to my dads and I went down in my basement and was on the damn treadmill for a solid 2 hours accomplishing a goal of running 10 miles. I want to run this marathon so badly and that is the thought that I look to for strength during the most enduring runs. I just think, "this is necessary to get what you want." Don't complain about it. JUST DO IT. Short term discomfort will (in my case) lead to an amazing race day and even more amazing feeling when I step over the starting line and come in over the finish line. "Desiree is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attempt the success you seek" (Mario Andetti).