Guest Blog: KR Endurance Athlete John Rausin’s Marine Corp Marathon Race Recap! His First Marathon!

Guest Blog: KR Endurance Athlete John Rausin’s Marine Corp Marathon Race Recap! His First Marathon!

Race Recap: Part 1 So, this was it. 28 weeks of blood, sweat, tears, and living this event. This was it. The moment I had waited for and worked for the ENTIRE year! Friday I flew out of Knoxville, to Atlanta, and then onto Washington DC and my hotel in Alexandria. The training plan thankfully had me off on Friday. I got in early to mid-evening Friday and was EXHAUSTED. I went to bed thankful to have somewhere just to lay my head. Saturday, my plan going in was to get up, do my shakeout run, and hit the expo to get my bib, and then come back and get off my feet. I woke up and one of my dear friends, whom you will hear about more in the 2nd part, Tamara, messaged me. She asked me to come to the Wear Blue: Run to Remember shakeout & meetup. This was to honor the fallen that we run for. Since I had submitted a Soldiers Name, Staff Sargent Joseph P. Goodrich, I decided why not. So, I hustled and got ready for this event, and caught an Uber. We met at the Washington Monument for a circle of Remembrance, Prayer, the National Anthem, and to shake it out. We circled around the Washington Monument, around the WW2 memorial, around the reflecting pool, and back. It was a 1.6 mile shakeout that took about 22 minutes. I felt GREAT. I was careful not to do anything as I knew I had to get ready for tomorrow.   After the run, we ate and talked. I then headed to the...
KR Endurance Athlete Guest Post:  “Bigger Than You” by Amy Winstead

KR Endurance Athlete Guest Post: “Bigger Than You” by Amy Winstead

KR Endurance athlete and teammate Amy Winstead, shares with us in a guest post about being a part of a team. Her post was originally written for the Sgt. Sullivan Center newsletter: The Joy of Running for a Higher Purpose “Isn’t there some sort of special technique?” “Yeah, you put one leg in front of the other over and over again really fast.” -Run, FatBoy, Run I’ll tell you a secret. A secret that world class athletes and weekend warriors know to be true. Stroller Moms know it. Marathoners and road-racers know it. High school track teams know it. Olympians know it. All runners know it to be true but they will be loath to admit it to outsiders… Sometimes running sucks. Yes, there’s the pleasure of time outdoors in the sunshine. There are times when your lungs and your legs are so in tuned as to be a symphony of movement and endorphins. Sometimes the birds chirp and the flowers sway atop the rolling hills while happy farmers wave from beneath their large-brimmed hats. Sometimes the world is your playlist and you feel like the cover model from a trendy magazine, sailing along with your perfect stride and relaxed shoulders. And then there are the days when the wind whistles past your front door and you just don’t want to run. Days when the thought of putting on your shoes is too exhausting. Days when your breakfast doesn’t agree with your intestines and you just hate life. Sometimes the dog poo piles on your running path can’t be avoided or your shorts chafe or your sports bra is...