My sincere apologies for taking so long to pick a cadet and for the delay in getting this post up. I wanted to read through every single comment and really think about who I was picking for this adventure. There were so many amazing stories and I have a list a page long of women that I wanted to pick for this. As I said in my YOU CAN DO A MARATHON post I sincerely hope that if you want 2014 to be your year you make it YOUR year.

If you think a marathon is any less scary to someone else, it’s not.

I had planned to run the entire Boston Marathon with my mom. In the early miles of the race I told her I was going to sprint up to a port-o-potty – with out thinking I didn’t say – wait for me – or I will catch back up to you – I just assumed it would be no big deal to find her, I was wrong. I stopped and waited and she assumed I would catch back up so she never stopped running. I lost her and spent the next 6+ miles trying to find her – waiting for her on the side thinking she was behind, then sprinting to try to catch her when I realized she was ahead. At first I was bummed that I wasn’t going to be able to make the turn, see the finish line and then ultimately cross that line together. THEN I freaked. The doubt demons in my head weren’t worried about being bored or lonely for the rest of the race, I honestly questioned based on my training {if you can even call it that} how I was going to finish the race. I quickly got it back together and had a cheesy pep talk with myself – a talk where I basically said to myself – ultimately you and YOU alone are the only person who can make the choice to get to the finish line – it’s like life. It’s nice to have friends and help and all that jazz, but really it’s up to you – you have to take responsibility for your own life. Not getting to that finish line just because things didn’t go as planned or because I was suddenly alone was a giant excuse. I may not have been fit enough to race a marathon, but I have run 26 of them so I can pretty much finish one any day of the week. There was no reason to question that.

Boston 2014 2

So here’s my thought for 2014 – Do you want to look back and think of all the would-have, could-have, should-haves or do you want to look back and say F*CK yeah – I did that! If you want to run 26.2 this year – commit to it and make it happen!

Boston 2014

My cadet for the 2014 Saucony 26Strong program is Danielle. You can email me at irunthisbody at gmail dot com and I will give you more details!! CONGRATULATIONS and thank you to all who entered.


  1. I love this post Dorothy! I was at Boston watching my husband race and I got extremely motivated to make it happen and get there myself. I have heard so much negative talk to me about it and it’s been a struggle since I deal with self doubt myself. I set my goal and regardless of if I fall short I’ll never get there if I don’t try! This was a great post and what I needed to hear!

    Congrats Danielle!

  2. Krystin C. says:

    Can’t wait to follow along on your journey with Danielle! And you kicked butt in Boston, you made a positive out of a mini panic mode! Great job lady!

  3. Congratulations to Danielle! And how are more people not going crazy over how cool it is that both you and your mom ran Boston??? Seriously so special.

  4. Jamie Seifert says:

    Congratulations on your finish, even if it wasn’t exactly as planned! And congratulations to Danielle! I think I’m still going to attempt the Richmond marathon in the fall. I can’t stop thinking about it so I guess the only way to get it out of my head is to actually do it. :)

  5. Did you ever find your mom? At the finish line did you catch up? I’m so sorry you lost her, but I you always have the wisest words to yourself to get it together. Congratulations on another Boston finish to you and your mom! I must admit, I fell slight bit jealous of Danielle- I want to be your cadet! No really, the two of you will make some seriously amazing memories! What marathon is she running? Will you be running it with her?

  6. How great that you get to run marathons with your mom! Maybe one day my daughter and I can do that. It’s going to be great to watch you and Danielle train together. I’m kind of jealous as I would have loved to have been your running buddy. Maybe I will apply next year. Congrats on another great race!

  7. Congratulations, Danielle! I love that you run marathons with your mom, amazing!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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