Success from the Heart

from deep within...

from deep within…

Success…is achievement oriented…is relative and finite…

True success builds from one to another

  • out of goals from the heart
  • is passion driven
  • is limitless

 

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Word of the day: Optimism!

"Feeling determined!"

“Feeling determined!”

Happy Labor Day Weekend…hope you and yours enjoy a special one!

Training Update – Made it up to the Poto trail at Pinckney State Park yesterday for a long training run. It started out humid as all get out…my glasses kept fogging up!…and it got warm…I wrapped my knee just in case…and I got in a total of 32 miles with very little trouble. It was a good day! Feeling optimistic for the upcoming races in 4 weeks and 6 weeks especially the Oil Creek 100!

Honoree Update – My Sister Elizabeth is doing well….just had her third chemo this past Thursday (that part still sucks)…sent the attached picture…and says she is “feeling determined!” She has the Eye of the Tiger baby!

George is still waiting on tests to see if he qualifies for a trial. In the mean time, he’s visiting family and getting in a Packer’s football game! It’s football season!

Lots of optimism around here…I love it!

Donor Update –More donations have come in…thanks so much!  Big Woohoo! to our most recent generous donors Matt Folk and John Frank! Thank you so much!

Add this to our previous donations from … Debby Peters, Honoree George Evanoff, Kathy Pigott, Brendon Matthews, Honoree Karen Landis, James Hunt, Martha Lewis, and Mike and Shannon Irmen, Honoree Carol Haddix, Pam Weirauch, Michelle Marentette-Hermanutz, Shelley Foos, Michelle Ansara, Tom Spy for an awesome pledge, Violet Stoycheva, Kevin Simpson, Honoree Rodney Cundiff, Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle.

We are now at $2,030…which is 20% of our goal and more still pledged.  Every little bit helps…we are getting there!  Woohoo!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to consider donating!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immune-therapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research!  Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!  You can donate online at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Or, if you want to send a check…make it out to: LLS…and mail it to me at: 3936 Elmhurst Road, Toledo, OH 43613

Run Steady, Run Strong!

 

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37ish Finally and Flexi Toes! – Training Update

Flexing my toes!
Flexing my toes!

Training Update –
Finally got a good long run,37ish miles, at Pinckney State Park on the Potowatomi trail…felt great!  It got hot, was about 90% humidity, the skeeters were thick, knee still acted up, and my right quad kept cramping, but all of that was ok…got it done!

The best part was taking my shoes off at the end and flexing my toes…such a good feeling!  Blessed that I can enjoy so much…

We have less than 2 weeks till race day #1…The Eastern States 100… oh boy!

Honoree Update –
My sister Elizabeth is doing good…gets her next chemo treatment this week.  Took George to church last week, and he was as chipper as usual.  Both are hanging in there…they are tough as nails!

Donor Update –
Big Woohoo! to our generous donors…long time Honoree Carol Haddix who donates every year and friend Pam Weirauch with a generous pledge!  Thank you both!

Add this to our early donations from Shelley Foos, Michelle Ansara, Tom Spy for an awesome pledge, and Violet Stoycheva, Kevin Simpson, Honoree Rodney Cundiff, Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle and we are now at more than 7% of our goal!  Woohoo!

Thank you Everyone!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story.  I would be honored to run for them!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to consider donating!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immune-therapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research!  Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!  You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

 

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Back to Poto! – Training Update

IMG_4028Quick Update on our fundraising efforts to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research:

Training Update – Back to Poto!
Last update, I was planning on a 40 miler up at Pinckney State Park…but that didn’t work out as planned. My knee started acting up the day before so I split the run over 2 days to give my knee a break…been working hard at staying healthy for race day…all of them! It seems to be better now so this coming weekend we will try it again and we’ll keep it slow and steady on the trails.

We’re less than 3 weeks away from race #1, the Eastern States 100…gettin’ nervous already! I thank friend Kevin Simpson for sending this along with his donation: Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – That’s pretty powerful, thank you Kevin!

Honoree Update –
My sister Elizabeth is a bit anemic and tired from the chemo but doing well. She said she feels tired and hollow and light…so I told her to be careful to not float away when she takes a nap. :-)

George is getting another round of chemo this week and is pretty well bald…and still as positive as always! He’s waiting for more tests to see if he qualifies for an experimental treatment…please keep him in your prayers!

Donor Update –
Big Woohoo! to our generous donors…friends Shelley Foos, and Michelle Ansara, and to Tom Spy for an awesome pledge of 50 cents per mile that I race…all 226.2 miles!…which makes me want to add a few more races to the list! Add this to our early donations from Violet Stoycheva, Kevin Simpson, Honoree Rodney Cundiff, Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle and we are now at more than 6% of our goal!  Woohoo!

Thank you Everyone!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story.  I would be honored to run for them!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to consider donating!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immune-therapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research!  Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!  You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

 

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In or Out on the Potawatomi?! – Training Update

IMG_4028Quick Update on our fundraising efforts to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research:

 Training Update – In or Out on the Potawatomi?!
Last weekend, I got up to Pinckney State Park in MI and ran part of the Potawatomi trail…it’s hilly, rocky and rooty…with about 2000 feet of elevation change… and just 16 miles of it kicked my ass!!  Running friends have talked about “Poto” for years but I never found the time to check it out…part of the reason being, I love to stay in my comfort zone.  That’s good and fine but the Eastern States 100 is going to be the toughest race I’ve ever run…only 30 days away!… and then I have the Oil Creek 100 a few weeks later… So, I asked myself “Am I IN or OUT of my comfort zone and how’s that working for me?”  I have definitely been IN my comfort zone running only local trails … and the races coming up are going to be really tough!  So it’s time to get OUT of my comfort zone!

This weekend, I’m doing a 40ish mile training run on the much tougher Poto trail…upping my game!  Woohoo!  Send more good vibes for strong legs!  :-)

Honoree Update –
Attached is a pic of my sister Elizabeth getting her first chemo session today…hooked to an IV bag and all smiles!  That’s my Sis!  She has 5 more of these coming and she’s going after it heart and soul!  Please keep her in your prayers!  Cancer patients have no choice but to get their treatments…to get ”out of their comfort zones” for weeks, months and even years… 40ish miles is nothing…and so I run for them!

Donor Update –
Big Woohoo! to our generous donors…friends Violet Stoycheva and Kevin Simpson and Honoree Rodney Cundiff along with our early donors Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle!  We are now at 5% of our goal!  Woohoo!

I’ll be thinking of you and all of our Honorees …162 to date…all day Saturday at Poto.  You guys keep me going!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story.  I would be honored to run for them!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immune-therapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research!  Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!  You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Finally, along with his donation Rodney sent this:  “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17…thank you Rodney for your inspiration and thank you all for all of your support!

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

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Training Update – Stop Thinking About It!

Me Dave and Joe

Me Dave and Joe

Hope your  4th of July weekend is going great! Quick update on my 50 mile July 4th training run…great weather led to some great miles on Friday!

I ran the Scout Trail at Oak Openings in Northwest Ohio with a couple of running friends, Dave and Joe…Dave is also getting ready to run the Eastern States 100 on August 16th and Joe is going to be doing the Oil Creek 100k on October 11th.  Big stuff coming up for everyone!

Dave and Joe both had a good run with Dave doing 45 in just over 9 hours and Joe putting in 30 at a fast pace.  My run was decent…I was shooting for 10-12 hours, nice and easy, and finished in 10:40…right in the zone.

The trail was awesome!  Saw a buck, a snake, a black squirrel, a gazillion brown squirrels, smelled a skunk (glad I missed him), heard a turkey, crossed paths with half a dozen horse back riders, and there were a lot of people out at the park celebrating the holiday with their families.  It was nice!

Yesterday was a good long rest day and today I am running a bit more to loosen up the legs and then it’s time for hill work!  I love hills (not really!)

Felt like quitting a couple of times when my quads were getting tight and causing my knee to act up and especially when it got warm…but here’s the trick that works the best for me…stop thinking about it!…I tuck those negative thoughts into the back of my mind, just push ’em aside, and keep going…because the legs get stronger only if you work through the discomfort…

For Liz and George and all our Honorees!  That’s what matters…no quit!

Please consider a donation for LLS and cancer research.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!

You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

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No Quit in My Sis – Running for a Cure!

Lewis_2862 profileHappy 4th of July! Quick update on our fundraising efforts to support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research:

Training Update –
I’ve been doing lots of hill work to get ready for the upcoming races and I just ran 8 miles on this beautiful afternoon… and I have some good endorphins going right now! Tomorrow promises to be even better running weather so I’m spending Independence Day doing a 50-ish mile training run…yea I know, “training” run! It will be at Oak Openings park which is one of my favorite places to run. Come out and join me if you can!
 
Getting ready for the Eastern States 100 on August 16th and the Oil Creek 100 on October 11th…has been tougher than I thought it would be. I think it’s more mental than physical…this is the earliest in the year training season for me ever. I’m a little behind where I think I should be so tomorrow will be telling. Finding the time and the energy to get out and run over the last few weeks has been a struggle. But, we’re going to keep on keeping on! Send lots of good vibes for strong legs! :-)

Honoree Update –
My friend George Evanoff is doing well. He is already finishing chemo and radiation and looking into some clinical trials. Keep your fingers crossed! I took him to church last Sunday (he can’t drive due to the surgery so I get to play chauffeur once in a while!) and he was cracking jokes and is highly optimistic…there’s no quit in George!

My sister Elizabeth had her chemo delayed a little bit and should start next week…and that will last several months. Then she has several years of meds…fun stuff…and she expects her hair to be gone by the end of August…I told her “bald is beautiful!” I have a feeling she’s going to embrace her baldness…no quit in my Sis either!

Please keep them both in your prayers!

Donor Update –
Big Woohoo! to our early donors Jenn Wenzke, long time Honoree Andrea Loch, and Deb Yeagle! Thank you Ladies! I’ll be thinking of you and all of our Honorees …162 to date…all day tomorrow while I am on the trail. You keep me going!

If you have a family member or friend with cancer or lost to cancer that I can run for, please send me their name and their story.  I would be honored to run for them!

It takes more than one person to make up a team and that’s why I’m asking you to donate to my TNT fundraising page!  Your donation will help fund treatments through LLS that save lives every day; like immunotherapy’s that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. Every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these!

I need your help to reach my $10,000 fundraising goal for cancer research! Please consider a donation.  We need all the help we can get to fight the good fight.  Thank you!

You can donate at:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/RoadRun14/ealewis

Run Steady, Run Strong!
Ernie

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