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2,015 Miles in 2015, WHY?

Why am I running 2,015 miles in 2015? Well, the only answer that I can give is that it makes me feel alive. I’ve been a runner for over 20 years and have raced in the 4x100m all the way to the marathon, and everything in between.

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Last year, was tremendous. I set out to qualify for and run the 2014 Boston Marathon to show my support for Boston and the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. I did it and it was beautiful. I had to stop myself from crying nearly every step of the way on that fan-full course. The scene and cheers were so overwhelming, I couldn’t help myself from high-fiving every little kid standing on the sidelines.

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Being stricken by the flu the week before the marathon and really struggling to finish the race, I swore I didn’t want to do another one. Two days later, after reading that Team Healthy Kids and Dean Karnzases (Team Healthy Kids Amabassador for the Chicago Marathon) needed some additional runners to join them, I found myself inquiring and signing up for the team and persuading my husband to join as well. Six weeks leading up to the marathon I succumbed to my plantar fasciatis, but my husband stayed strong and was able to compete in the race. Being a contender in the fight against obesity, it was an honor to be on the team and surrounded by such passionate, healthy people.

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With a little time off, we decided to give the marathon one more go in 2015 – Foot Traffic Flat in Portland, OR . Just one more chance to post a super awesome time. Being a little sick of road running, I also signed up for the Portland Trail Series this spring/summer. I thought my running calendar would be stacked with super fun running in 2015 and then, 2,015 miles in 2015 came into my life!

2,015 Miles in 2015 was created by Run the Edge, the team of Adam Goucher &  Tim Catalano. In a few days, a few thousand runners have signed up for this awesome challenge. I’m on a FB page dedicated to all of the runners taking part in this and it is truly inspiring to read everyone’s reasons, progress, and excitement AND it’s only been ONE day! Wow!

So I guess running 2,015 miles in 2015 means being a part of community, taking on a different challenge, and sharing in the glories of running with a few thousand people. 🙂

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-Keely Grand
What will move you in 2015?

 

 

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Play Time!

Have you ever heard of Boccer? Well, I hadn’t until I started subbing at the Portland Waldorf School. I saw the seniors play it in the beginning of the year, and then I immediately went home to research what it was. Basically it’s using this ball: soft, bouncy, slightly hard and using it in a game of soccer/basketball – BOCCER!

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Why play boccer?

Because it’s a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of sweat. Why not make exercise fun and learn some new skills or relearn some old ones.

What is boccer like?

Boccer is a combination of soccer and basketball. If the ball is up in the air you can pass it and shoot, and if it’s on the ground you can kick the ball to a teammate or goal. You cannot move with the ball though, which is super tricky to remember. You need a basketball hoop and a soccer goal on either side of the court and a team split up evenly. You will run back and forth so much and be constantly thinking about making a basketball or soccer move, that you won’t even realize you are gettng in a workout!

Go play boccer and tell me what you think!

 

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