I am a runner.

I like the way it challenges my entire being; mind, body, and spirit. It’s a way that I get a total body workout while connecting with Mother Earth.

This November, I will be running my first, and only, full marathon. I am training to run in New York City. As many know, NYC is one of my favorite places on this planet. It is invigorating, fashionable, delicious, romantic, peaceful, and simply put: a place that makes me happy.

When I decided that I was going to run a marathon, I knew it had to be someplace special. The NYC Marathon will allow me to run through all five boroughs. The idea of this makes me giddy with excitement, and I find a drive and a purpose on those training days in which my legs and lungs want to give out.

I also decided as a children’s author that I wanted to run for a cause when I do this marathon. That cause is Team For Kids, TFK. I will be raising money for fitness, goal-setting, and nutritional programs for students in schools and communities. I know the importance of a healthy lifestyle and movement, and I want to be sure other children get the same opportunity.

Running the 2019 NYC Marathon is a life goal, and I am asking that you join in my passion and pledge a donation. Please go to this site and show your support to help children get the opportunity to grow and stay active.

I will be sharing updates on my training as we move along the 2019 calendar year. So far, I am up to 15 miles. I have a long way to go, but I have come a long way in return. I do various exercises other than running, I eat right and stay hydrated, I am testing out shoes to be sure I have the best pair for my flat feet, and I see a chiropractor to make sure my spine and body stays inline as I put it through some torturous workouts.

Like IVF, this marathon is something I am excited to share with you. I will not quit. I will not let pain or discomfort get the best of me. No one said it was going to be easy.

But, I can do this.

Because an active life should not be a privilege. Everyone should have access to health and happiness, and it starts with me and Mile 1.

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