Such a busy week! Last week we said “good bye for now” to our incredible trainer, Siene Freeman. She has coached the Lucky 13 for years through her work as a personal trainer at Tri-City Wellness Center. And now, she’s been accepted into the Carlsbad Fire Academy. If any woman can do this, Siene can! Our Lucky 13 team and alumni of the program came out to celebrate her success and thank her for all she’s done for us. Today was our last Saturday training run. It was only 6 miles. We’re now all focused on staying strong and healthy for next Sunday’s race. Our emotions race from nervousness to excitement to disbelief – are we really going to do a half marathon? You bet we are!
With the race date so close, the Lucky 13 are now focusing on what to wear race day, including getting new shoes (time to turn in their training shoes!) and, of course, staying injury-free for the big day. Stretch! Lucky 13 team member Tina Knight will run @Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half next Sunday—despite losing her toes, fingers and a kidney to sepsis 16 years ago. She credits Tri-City Medical Center for saving her life. This will be her first half marathon but she plans to run two more this year to complete the Triple Crown! “People say I’m an inspiration, but I’m inspired by others, especially my Lucky 13 teammates. They’re all very special. We’ve become very close and supportive. If someone doesn’t show up for training, our first thought is “Are you OK?”
One week before their 55th and 61st birthdays, Lucky 13 racers Ceci Haas and Laura Keany completed a 10-mile training course and both will complete the 12-mile course either on or a few days before their birthdays. Ceci won’t let rheumatoid arthritis in her 20’s, a double foot surgery in her 30’s and a recent rear-ender that left her with thoracic outlet syndrome slow her down. Ceci joined the Lucky 13 to be a fit and healthy grandma for her two grandkids and wants to be an inspiration to them and others as she enters the middle of her fifth decade. Now five months into her training, Ceci says she’s lost 10 pounds without making any changes to her diet. With a month to go until the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half, the Lucky 13 completed a 10-mile training run. On Dec. 27, they’ll lace up for 12 miles! All of these athletes have come so far during the past six months of training, and it’s all leading up to January 18 when they’ll conquer 13.1 miles. And they’ll show their friends, family and all who are following their progress what six months of dedication to a fitness goal can do!
For the runners today, 12/13/14 was indeed lucky as their long training run was “only” 8 miles. Carlsbad resident Melissa Cappuccilli, who had a heart transplant just one year ago, summed up the Lucky 13 mood today: “I remember when we did our first training run of 2 miles and thought that was hard! Now I’m saying ‘only 8 miles!” The group, however, did not get lucky with the weather. Melissa and teammate Laura Keany, a breast cancer survivior, were greeted by a downpour when they started out at 6:30 a.m. The storm made for dramatic coastal views, including a rainbow! By the time all of the Lucky 13 crossed the finish line, the skies were smiling once again.
Today, the Lucky 13 knocked out an 11+ mile training course! It was a spectacular December morning along the Carlsbad oceanfront with just 6 weeks to go until the Carlsbad Marathon! Ellen Wityak of Carlsbad is coming back from breast cancer in 2010. She started the morning with a stretching routine to avoid injury. Lucky 13 alumni Lynda Barrett (who did the program and finished her first Carlsbad half marathon in 2011) joined her on the training course. Like many Lucky 13, Lynda has continued her healthy habits. Lynda’s husband Dick now joins her in the training and race each year too. Look out! A healthy lifestyle is not just addictive, it’s contagious.