Marti Renaud-DiPaola and I have been running partners for almost two years now.  We trained for the Disney Half Marathon almost two years ago and when we went to Disney, we ended up not running the race due to injuries.  After that, we stopped for a while.  I ran the NYC Half with my husband in 2011 and then stopped again.  Then about a month or so ago, Marti and I ran the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Running has always been a struggle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to run.  There’s nothing like feeling the breeze on your cheeks as you run and watching the gorgeous colors of the sunrise.  But I find that if I don’t run first thing in the morning, I’m not going to run the rest of the day.  That’s why I try to push myself to get up at 5 am and get out there.

I must admit, there have been so many times when I actually put on all my gear and just got lazy and didn’t run.  After that, I always feel guilty.  I should have run.  Why didn’t I force myself?

So now Marti and I are gearing up for the Disney Tower of Terror Run.  This is a night run in Disney where the Disney Villains actually run after you.  (Hey, you never know, maybe I’ll have my best time.)

We’ve been running on the new Long Beach boardwalk.  I don’t think it’s quite a mile yet so we find ourselves running on Broadway in the street.  It’s actually a little dangerous.  But I won’t run on the sidewalk because of the surface and the street is the best option for shin splints.

We haven’t run on the Wantagh Parkway yet but as we build up the mileage, I’m sure we will.

We’ve been training using two different methods — NY Road Runner’s marathon training (We’re not gearing up for a marathon and the mileage is rapidly increasing.  I’ve been reviewing the emails every day for motivation and tips and strategies.).

I am also using a virtual trainer who I met via LinkedIn. His name is Mark Eichenlaub and he is with Teach to Run (  He’s been sending me emails each week and has been answering questions about running.  He’s been wonderful.  I’m in week 2 and will certainly let you know how that goes. He is a USATF Certified Running Coach and his number is (815) 216-5153 and email is

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on our training and if you have any good tips or strategies, let me know on my blog.  Thanks!