Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Boston Marathon Countdown

Five months ago today, I qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon at the Philadelphia Marathon by finishing in 3:46:13 (personal record).

Four weeks from today, Leah & I run the 2017 Boston Marathon together. Leah is a time qualifier and I am a charity runner with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

If you can, please consider donating $5 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I will match all $5 donations to double the impact of your generosity.

No donation is too small and 100% of every $1 funds cancer research.

Thank you so very much for your support.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Malinda's 1st Boston Marathon: Running to Support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to run my 1st Boston Marathon to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

I chose to run my 1st Boston Marathon as a charity runner with #RunDFMC because 100% of every $1 donated funds cancer research.

Asking people to donate money has never been easy for me - even though I've been running to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer since 2012.

Fundraising is more difficult for me than training for the 12 attempts it took me to qualify for the Boston Marathon - and that was extremely, extremely difficult. ;-)

Thanks again to my friends, family and anonymous donors who have already generously donated to my fundraising page.

Because your support means so very much to me, I've matched every donation to double the impact of your generosity.

As of March 15, my fundraising total is $3,940.

I will continue to match all donations until I reach to my 1st fundraising goal of $5,000.

Leah and I are grateful for the opportunity to run our 1st Boston Marathon together in memory of Leah's brother-in-law, Michael and our grandmother, who my daughter affectionately called GG.

As we run, we will be thinking of our many friends and family who have been affected by cancer.

If you have not already donated, please consider donating $5 to my fundraising page.

No donation is too small and every $1 donated will help us go the distance to conquer cancer.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Are you running the 2017 Boston Marathon?
Are you a time qualifier and/or charity runner?
Have you ever been a charity runner?
Did you have difficulty reaching your fundraising minimum?

Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & Rothman 8K Race Recaps

Many thanks to all the staff, volunteers, spectators, runners and police officers at the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. I was blow away - pardon the pun ;-) - by all the support!

I'm currently gathering my thoughts to share the long story of my 22nd marathon. In the meantime, here's the short story:

Since 2013, I failed 11 attempts to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ). On Sunday, November 20, I finally succeeded at my 12th attempt and qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon!

I'm so very grateful for every opportunity to help fight childhood cancer one mile at a time with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's Team Lemon. Thanks to all who have donated to our fundraising pages since we started running with Team Lemon in 2012 in memory of Leah's brother-in-law, Michael, and our grandmother, GG.

I'm also very grateful for the opportunity to run the 2017 Boston Marathon with Leah as a charity runner with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (#RunDFMC) to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

No donation is too small to help fight cancer & 100% of every dollar raised by the #RunDFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,

Any donation is greatly appreciated. And, I'll match every donation until I reach my first fundraising goal of $5,000. Donate $2 (or more) here:

Did you write a race recap? Share your link in the comments and we'll add to our lists.

Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K Reviews on Facebook

Rothman Institute 8K

Rothman Institute 8k; Race Recap by Mastering Running

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recaps (listed alphabetically by blog/website)

Philadelphia Half Marathon on

Philadelphia Half Marathon Race Report by The Daily Fitness Journal

Going with the Flow - Thoughts from the Philly Half Marathon with Coach Teresa

Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.44) by Fueled by LOLZ

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap by Lisa Catton

2016 Philly Half Marathon by Love Life Surf

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap by Scoot A Doot

Philadelphia Marathon Recaps (listed alphabetically by blog/website)

Philadelphia Marathon Review by BibRave

The Philly Marathon by Candid Celebrations

Relax: Nothing is Under Control by Dashing Whippets

Following Philly Marathon City Official Review New Features by CBS3 Philly

Philly Marathon Recap and Reflections by Dietician Jess

Philadelphia Marathon Recap by I'd Rather Be Strong Than Skinny

The Running Life: Back from Philly, LaFave looks forward to checking off more marathon races

Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap - Part 1 by Lively Chicken

Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap - Part 2 by Lively Chicken

My 4th BQ Finally a Reality - Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap by Mere the Runner 14

Philadelphia Marathon Review by Minnesota Don

Philadelphia Marathon on

Never too late - Becoming a runner at 64 on

Attack survivor, 69, conquers Philadelphia Marathon in racing wheelchair, with helpers

2016 Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap by Planes, Trains and Running Shoes

Philadelphia Marathon - Miles Change You by Race Pace Jess

Philadelphia Marathon by The Road Less Run

26 Things I Saw During the Philadelphia Marathon by The Road Less Run

15 Photos That Define Philly Running by run215

Philly Marathon Recap by Run With No Regrets

A Principal, Her Dad, a Marathon, and a Sweet Tale of Thanksgiving by Runner's World

Philadelphia Marathon Race Report: Vomitphest and a Lesson by Running and the City

Race Review; Philadelphia Marathon by Running with Music

When Life Hands You Lemons by Summer Runs the World

What Nobody Tells You About Training for a Marathon by You Make You

Runners Help Man Cross Finish Line at Philadelphia Marathon by 6abc

Half Marathon & Marathon Recovery 

Fall racing season is over....what should I do next? by PR Training

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Overcoming a Bad Race - @LeahCville's Lessons Learned at the 2016 Chicago Marathon

I ran my 5th Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th and it was my slowest in that city by about 13 seconds. Even though I didn't have a good clock time, my trip was so special because I traveled with a very good friend who was able to run a huge negative split and PR - go Nicole!

A Goal = 3:55:00 or under
B Goal = 3:59:59
C Goal = finish and still be excited to train for Boston 2017 w/ @malindaannhill

I've qualified three times for the Boston Marathon on this course, but due to a less than ideal training cycle this summer plus a September filled with a serious sickness, extreme stress, and frighteningly low mileage, I knew hitting my A or B goals would be a stretch. However, my coach encouraged me to try because I did have a decent time at the Women's Four Miler in early September.

My plan was to go out with the 4 hour pace group and try to run a negative split. The only time I've done that was in 2008 when I ran the 1st half of the National Marathon in 2:00 and 2nd half in 1:54. I was hoping I could pull that off again, but unfortunately I just didn't have the energy. Should I have started even slower so that I could have at least run a negative split even if my finish time might have been over 4;10? I'll probably obsess & regret that when the ruminating and race dissection phase starts!

The only good thing about this year's race is I didn't feel any serious pain like I did in 2011 when I ran my first Chicago Marathon. After finishing in 2011, I wrote a post about needing a medal for dropping out because I really should have stopped running that year. So even if I felt tired and could barely life my feet off the ground at times, nothing really hurt (except MY PRIDE!)

I started more slowly than I have ever in any marathon in the past 6-8 years, but I just got slower. Sometimes sh-t happens. When you have a bad race it makes you appreciate the good ones even more. Last year I hit my goal of under 3:55 by 4 secs (3:49:56 which got me into the 2017 Boston Marathon!) and I was happy for about one hour, then I started criticizing myself because I didn't run a negative split and I didn't run even faster. This is how my mind works. Even when I achieve something, I dissect it and tear it apart. So I guess it's a little comforting to feel badly about doing badly because that actually makes sense! :)

When I was getting my post-race massage in the Balboa Tent (that experience is worth every penny!), I decided I wasn't going to end Chicago on a disappointing note. Now that I'm a "legacy" I've got guaranteed entry into the 40th running of the Chicago Marathon in 2017 and I plan to be there for my 30th and final marathon. Yes, I mean it. I've been running marathons since 2007 and it seems fitting to end my marathon "career" 10 years later with my two favorite marathons - Boston with my twin sister in April and Chicago with 40,000+ fellow runners.

One final note: When I realized I wasn't going to run under 4 hours I saw a man pushing a running stroller. He had a memorial on his back for his wife who died of ALS in July 2016 and in the stroller was a framed photo of her. I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw that. It put my "failure" into perspective. I had submitted a motivational text for my friend Nicole before the race, "Each mile's a gift! Negative split!" and seeing this man persevere through this race without his wife reminded me that indeed each mile is a gift. I'm so grateful to have been able to run so many miles with so many people I care about and who are important to me. Thanks so much to my coach, Mark Lorenzoni, my twin sister, Malinda, and all my family and friends for supporting me all these years!

​- leah

Random Notes:

Thrilled to see Joan Benoit Samuelson in the 15th floor lobby at the Hilton Chicago on Friday.. My coach told me to tell her he and Cynthia said hi next time I saw her, but alas that didn't happen. :(

Excited to see Deena Kastor sitting in the lobby of the Hilton on Saturday. (really should have had made a bingo card for celebrity runner sightings!)

Disappointed and annoyed at myself for not having a question prepared to ask Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski at the Balboa Tent before the race. ACK!!!!!!! (also regretting not getting a photo of the huge platter of meat at Belly Up before Nicole and I devoured it on Friday!)

Ecstatic to get to shake hands with Florence Kiplagat the winner of the Chicago Marathon (and realized I also saw her at the hotel like 3 times the previous two days)

Happy that Rock City Skirts saw me on the course and took some pictures of me wearing the custom skirt they made per my request! :)

Loved the view from the ladies bathroom at the Signature Room. Wow!

Enjoyed the Wendella Original Architectural Tour the day before the race.

Overjoyed I caught a new Pokemon on the course!

Random Photos:

Here are more resources on dealing with bad races:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Malinda is Running the 2017 Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (#RunDFMC)

Malinda & Leah (2013 BAA 5k)
On April 17, 2017, I will join hundreds of  Dana-Faber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) runners who will take to the streets to participate in the 121st Boston Marathon®. The DFMC team runs and raises funds with thousands of  adults and children affected by cancer in mind. From Hopkinton to Boston, we carry thoughts of thousands of adults and children with us every step of the way.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to run for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute because 100% of every dollar raised by the DFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Check out this short video to see how funds raised through DFMC are fueling some of today's most promising basic cancer research.

My identical twin, Leah, finished her 1st Boston Marathon® in 2013. We were reunited moments before the tragedy and deeply affected by the pain so many families had to endure.

In the years following the tragedy, I was determined to qualify for the Boston Marathon® so that Leah and I could run together in memory of those who died and in honor of those who survived.

Since 2013, I've attempted but failed to qualify 11 times while continuing to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.

I am now more determined than ever to qualify during the 2017 Boston Marathon® while raising funds to support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the DFMC team so that Leah and I can run together in memory of Michael, GG, Joe, Susan, Kyle and all those we know who have died from cancer.

Please join us in the fight to conquer cancer!

No donation is too small and 100% every $1 donated will help fund cancer research!

Together, we're headed toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Malinda's 12th Attempt to BQ at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon

Leah and Malinda are identical twins and masters marathon moms.

Leah and Malinda deemed themselves "Twins Run In Our Family" so they could share their experiences running together while supporting causes they care about.

Since 2012, Leah and Malinda have raised $3,054 to support Alex's Lemonde Stand Foundation in memory of their grandmother, GG, and Leah's brother-in-law, Michael.

Leah, the faster 1/2 of @TwinsRun, has qualified for the Boston Marathon (BQ) 4 times and finished 3 Boston Marathons (2013, 2014 and 2015). Leah's application to run the 2017 Boston Marathon was just accepted on Monday, September 19!

Malinda, the slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun, has yet to BQ after 11 unsuccessful attempts:

1st attempt: 2013 Chicago Marathon (4:04:21)

2nd attempt: 2013 Philadelphia Marathon (4:04:40)

3rd attempt: 2014 Charlottesville Marathon (3:56:14)

4th attempt: 2014 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:23:56)

5th attempt: 2014 Philadelphia Marathon (3:47:42)

6th attempt: 2015 Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon (3:54:58)

7th attempt: 2015 Charlottesville Marathon (4:19:12)

8th attempt: 2015 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:23:02)

9th attempt: 2015 Philadelphia Marathon (4:01:22)

10th attempt: 2016 Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon (4:00:23)

11th attempt: 2016 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:00:49)

Malinda is training to succeed at her 12th attempt at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20.

Although Malinda has yet to reach her 2017 BQ goal (3:55), you can help her reach her fundraising goal to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer!

No donation is too small - $2, $3, $4, $5 or more is greatly appreciated!

Text LEMONADE E1121983 to 85944 to donate $10 by phone.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Alex's Million Mile - Team @TwinsRun in Our Family

Leah and Malinda are identical twins and masters marathon moms. We deemed ourselves "Twins Run In Our Family" so we could share our experiences running together while supporting causes we care about.

Since 2012, we have raised $3,052 to support Alex's Lemonde Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer in memory of our grandmother, GG, and Leah's brother-in-law, Michael.

If you are a runner, twin, and/or parent of twins, please join our Alex's Million Mile team to help us reach our mileage goal this September.

If you can make a donation, please help us reach our fundraising goal. No donation is too small. Donate $1 (or more) online or text "LEMONADE E1222069" to "85944" to donate $10 by text.

Help us fight childhood cancer, one mile and one dollar at a time!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sting & Peter Gabriel - Rock Paper Scissors Tour

Obligatory Concert Selfie
by @LeahCville

One Concert Photo Allowed
by @MalindaAnnHill

We were so very grateful for the opportunity to see Peter Gabriel & Sting together again since their music has been an important part of our lives and our running playlists. ;-)

We first saw Peter Gabriel and Sting perform together as part of the Human Rights Now! Tour in Philadelphia in 1988. Wow. That was a long time ago!

The show was absolutely amazing - the songs, musicians, back-up singers, lights and video.

We also appreciated the audience who made us feel relatively "young" since the majority of attendees appeared to be card carrying members of the AARP. ;-)

We hope to share more about our experiences before, during and after the show in the coming days. In the meantime, we wanted to share the set list and links to articles, reviews and videos.

Have you seen the show? Will you attend a future show? We'd love to hear about your experience! And, if you see any links we should add to our post, please share in the comments*. 

*Note: Comments are posted after approval.

Sting & Peter Gabriel
Rock Paper Scissors
Verizon Center
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Set List:

"The Rhythm of the Heat" - Peter Gabriel
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" - Sting
*"No Self Control" - Peter Gabriel & Sting
"Invisible Sun" - Sting & Peter Gabriel
"Games Without Frontiers" - Peter Gabriel & Sting
"Shock the Monkey" - Sting
"Secret World"- Peter Gabriel
"Driven to Tears" - Sting (featuring violinist Peter Tickell)
"Fragile" - Sting
"Red Rain" - Peter Gabriel
"Dancing With the Moonlit Knight" (Introduction) - Sting
"Message in a Bottle" - Sting & Peter Gabriel
"Darkness"* - Peter Gabriel
"Walking in Your Footsteps" - Sting
"Kiss That Frog" - Sting
"Don't Give Up" - Peter Gabriel & Jennie Abrahamson
"The Hounds of Winter" - Sting (featuring Jo Lawry)
"Big Time" - Peter Gabriel & Sting
"Englishman in New York" - Sting & Peter Gabriel
"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel & Sting
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" - Sting
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" - Peter Gabriel
"Roxanne" (with "Ain't No Sunshine") - Sting
"Love Can Heal" - Peter Gabriel
"Desert Rose" -Sting
"In Your Eyes" - Peter Gabriel & Sting


"Every Breath You Take" - Sting & Peter Gabriel
"Sledgehammer" - Peter Gabriel & Sting

Set List Changes:
* "Digging in the Dirt" - Peter Gabriel replaced "No Self Control" in Chicago
* "San Jacinto" - Peter Gabriel replaced "Darkness" in Chicago

Set List on Apple Music

Links to Concert Photos & Reviews

Sting, Peter Gabriel Announce Joint Rock Paper Scissors Tour

Tony Levin Road Diaries - Peter Gabriel & Sting 2016 Tour - Washington Show

Welcome to Washington Sting and Peter Gabriel

Sting, Peter Gabriel Play Rock Paper Scissors at the Verizon Center

Peter Gabriel & Sting Bring Distinctive Raspy Voices to Washington DC's Verizon Center (Photos)

Sting & Peter Gabriel - Photos from 6-24 by Concertchick27

Peter Gabriel and Sting Concert Review by Note-Tation

Sting and Peter Gabriel Trade Hits, Covers During Three-Hour Tour Kickoff

Videos & Setlist: Peter Gabriel & Sting Share Stage At Rock Paper Scissors Tour Opener In Ohio

Peter Gabriel and Sting Kick Off U.S. Tour With Exuberant, Inspired Collaborations: Concert Review

Concert review | Sting, Peter Gabriel may be combo for the ages

Watch Peter Gabriel Debut New Song “Love Can Heal” At Joint Tour With Sting Opening Night In Columbus

Music Review: Sting, Peter Gabriel Rock Jones Beach In Seamless, Sold Out Show

Sting and Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors Tour at the BB&T Pavilion, June 26, 2016

Sting and Peter Gabriel's dueling tour was karaoke magic in Camden (PHOTOS)

Peter Gabriel and Sting: Odd couple on tour, but it works

Sting and Peter Gabriel: The ‘Tantric Twins’ Stretch Out in New York

Concert review: Sting and Peter Gabriel

Rock Paper Scissors: School of Communication Collaborates with Peter Gabriel and Sting for North American Tour

Sting, Peter Gabriel and London’s Royal College of Art

Peter Gabriel's So Album is Still Big Time 30 Years Later

Sting and Peter Gabriel at the Palace - Photos

Review: Sting and Peter Gabriel play a winning game of Rock Paper Scissors at The Palace

Sting and Peter Gabriel at the Palace of Auburn Hills

Sting, Peter Gabriel merge effortlessly for ACC show

Review: Sting, Peter Gabriel team up in Worcester

Last Best Show: Sting & Peter Gabriel at the DCU Center

Sting, Peter Gabriel hit 'Big Time' at DCU Center

Fans Win Sting and Peter Gabriel's Rock Paper Scissors

Peter Gabriel and Sting at the Bell Centre

Everyone Wins in Peter Gabriel and Sting's Rock Paper Scissors Tour

Peter Gabriel & Sting Talk Brexit, Orlando & More in Final NYC-Area Appearance

Sting et Peter Gabriel : tout le monde est gagnant

20 Insanely Great Peter Gabriel Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Rock Paper Scissors – Two Englishmen in Qu├ębec via New York and Solsbury Hill

Sting, Peter Gabriel at peace in Quebec music festival

Sting and Peter Gabriel's 'Rock Paper Scissors' Tour Showcases Friendship and Music

Sting and Peter Gabriel: Bell Stage, Quebec City QC, July 7

Sting and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ Tour Showcases Friendship and Music

Sting, Peter Gabriel go great together on Summerfest's closing night

Sting and Peter Gabriel delight with synergistic collaboration

Peter Gabriel and Sting bring giant "Rock Paper Scissors" tour through Windy City

Sting and Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors Concert Review

Gallery: Sting, Peter Gabriel rock the UC

Sting and Peter Gabriel Teamed Up at the Pepsi Center - Photos by Aaron Thackeray

Review: Sting, Peter Gabriel prove to be brilliant teammates

Sting and Peter Gabriel will swap songs in Seattle on ‘legacy tour’

Peter Gabriel & Sting Revisit Genesis, The Police & Iconic Solo Catalogs in Denver (Photos)

Sting and Peter Gabriel get cozy with each other's material at the Hollywood Bowl

Eddie Vedder Is ‘Driven to Tears’ With Sting and Peter Gabriel in Seattle

Sting and Peter Gabriel Seattle Superstar Summit

YouTube Videos*
Rock Paper Scissors Tour Playlist (82 Videos)
Sting & Peter Gabriel 7/2/2016 Worcester, MA Full Show Playlist

*Disclaimer: We recommend that you attend the show and be fully present without cell phone distraction. We acknowledge that an audience full of raised cell phones is annoying and technically against the rules. We've already noticed that several videos have already been flagged and removed by itspetergabriel for copyright violations. Fortunately, we noticed few cell phones around us and saw security asking a few people to put down their cell phones. Nevertheless, we're grateful for the few videos that were posted so we can appreciate the experience from others' perspectives. We suggest you watch them while you can since they could disappear at any moment due to copyright infringement.

Verizon Center
Washington, DC
June 23

Love Can Heal

Red Rain

Solsbury Hill

Invisible Sun

Shock the Monkey

Games Without Frontiers

Don't Give Up

In Your Eyes


Nikon Jones Beach Theater
Long Island, NY
June 25

Games Without Frontiers

Shock the Monkey


Desert Rose

Opening Night
Columbus, OH
June 21

Rhythm of the Heat 
If I Ever Lose My Faith

Fragile and Red Rain

Desert Rose

Solsbury Hill


Madison Square Garden
June 27

Rhythm of the Heat

Dancing Out with the Moonlite King

Games Without Frontiers

No Self Control

Englishman in New York

Red Rain

Sting/Peter Gabriel 7/2/16:  Worcester, MA

Rhythm of the Heat


Hollywood Bowl

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 ODDyssey Half Marathon Costume Contest and Race Recaps

ODDyssey Half Marathon Costume Contest

3 of 140 (45-49)
54 of 1,419 (Female)
207 of 2,448 (Overall)

I'm the first to admit that I'm not the best at writing race recaps. As Joan Benoit Samuelson says, "every race tells a story" and I enjoy reading and sharing other runners' stories. I wish it was easy for me to tell my story but I'll try to share what I can. After suffering from severe and sudden shin splint type pain during my run on Thursday, I was seriously worried that I wouldn't be able to run at all on Sunday. Running is my stress relief and I just began marathon training so the thought of not being able to run for weeks was overwhelming. Fortunately, I decided to take it one day at a time and forced myself to rest (no more #RWRunStreak for me) and iced, iced, baby! ;-) Two days without running felt like 2 months since my shin still hurt while I walked and I feared the worst. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I taped my leg, put on my compression socks and hoped for the best. I was pleasantly surprised that I had no shin pain at all during the race. I was truly grateful for every step and enjoyed every mile (even that final hill!). Due to the high temperature, humidity and dew point, I knew that I had to race carefully. I tried my best to maintain marathon pace throughout the race and I was able to meet my goal - finishing in 1:54:57 (average pace 8:46). Since I just began marathon training (#Train2BQ) and I'm not a fan of summer racing, this was my last race until my 11th attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ) at the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon on Saturday, September 10.

Many thanks to all the volunteers, spectators, runners and walkers! I had an amazing time and hope to elaborate more on my recap in the coming days.

Did you run, cheer or volunteer? Write a race recap? 

Share your link in comments & we'll add to our list!

ODDyssey Half Marathon 2016 Race Recaps
Ready to run!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fighting Childhood Cancer, One Mile At A Time! #Journey2aMillion #TwinsRunInOurFamily #RWCoverSearchContest


On March 17, 2012, my identical twin, Leah, and I joined Team Lemon to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer in memory of Leah’s brother-in-law, Michael. On July 16, 2012 our grandmother, affectionately known as “GG,” died suddenly. Over the past four years we have raised awareness and nearly $3,000 for childhood cancer research in memory of Michael and GG. We've also shared our experiences running together to support Alex’s Lemonade and other causes we care about on our blog, "Twins Run in Our Family," Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Much to our surprise, we've gained a following of runners, twins and/or parents of twins. We're often recognized at races when we wear our shirt that has our logo on the front and our tagline on the back: "If you're passing me, I'm Malinda. If I'm passing you, I'm Leah." Over the years, I've struggled with chronic illness and depression. Because of my experience, I'm truly grateful for every step and I'm determined to make my miles matter. I'd rather run in a charity race to raise awareness for a worthy cause than run a fast time. Sometimes, much to my surprise, I'm able to do both.