I can hardly believe it as I type it but I am officially running the NYC Marathon on November 1, 2020! For my non-running friends that is 26.2 miles through all 5 boroughs in NYC starting in Staten Island and ending in Central Park. I know this is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I know that I am going to struggle and it is going to be tough physically and mentally. However, I will not be…Continue Reading “Leona Runs A Marathon”

  On Monday next week, I start half marathon training. This will be the first time since 2014 that I am really training for a race. This training will provide me with the strength and confidence that I need to start training for the NYC Marathon in a few months. (I am not officially in the marathon yet, but fingers crossed or charity). I have chatted with my incredibly patient coach and he believes I can do the race (both of them). I want to…Continue Reading “Real Talk Here …”

Am I strong enough? This simple answer I really want to say is yes, and then ask strong enough for what. I know I want to believe I am strong enough for anything. I want to believe that I am not only capable of being physically strong enough but also mentally strong enough. I remember several years ago I was on a one-on-one run with Coach Paul. He was about to take a group to Sweden to run a marathon and jokingly he said I…Continue Reading “Am I Strong Enough??”

I have lived in New York for a year and a half now. I have a job that I love. I work with amazing people. I am making friends and real connections, yet something is missing. That something is I miss what I had with my amazing running club in Florida. PRS is different. It is welcoming and inviting and there are so many people that you don’t care that you are the slowest or the new one. I joined PRS before it was the…Continue Reading “My Kind of Brave”

I have always heard that comparing yourself to others is one of the worst things to do. There is an old saying that says something along the lines of remembering you may be in chapter 2 and not to compare yourself to someone else’s chapter 15. That is not exactly right but you get the general point.  I think we can all agree that comparing yourself to others is not really a great idea. There was a time when I really struggled with that. I…Continue Reading “Playing the Comparison Game”

Running is hard. Working out is hard. Consistency is hard. Life is hard. Balance is hard. Sometimes you can only handle so much hard in your world and you know what that is OKAY! There is a season where working out and running are the hard things in my world that I can focus on. Then there are seasons of life where life and living is the hard that needs the focus. It is really great when the stars align and I can do all of…Continue Reading “Don’t call it a comeback”

Why do I desire to be a stronger person today than I was yesterday? The most common answer I have given in the past as to why I decided to make the changes in my life to become a healthier person was to be a role model for my nieces. I love those girls more than anything or anyone else in the world, however they can not be my why. They can still be a part of my why but they can not be my…Continue Reading “Finding my Why”

In the past few months, I have experienced a lot of questions about who I am. I lost my belief in myself and I lost my self confidence. The worst thing I feel that I lost though was my voice. I made a terrible mistake of reading the comments on the video  I did with Iris. The vast majority of the comments were kind and encouraging; however there were so many comments that were just not nice. There were some downright mean comments and these were…Continue Reading “Finding ME Again …”

It has been a while since I have posted about my life in NYC.  I am happy here. That is the most important thing. Yes, sometimes I get lonely and homesick but I am happy. I am still living in various Airbnb locations. So far I have lived in Manhattan (Harlem), Staten Island, and Queens. I have continued dog/house sitting here through Rover. I am slowly making friends and finding my “people” this is not happening as fast as I wish it did but I know…Continue Reading “My Life in NYC… Four Months Later”

Why is it hard to believe in yourself, and yet so easy to believe in others? This is the question of the hour. This week I have really struggled through my workouts, but have been getting them done. My coach has had me on the devil incarnate machine known as the elliptical and the rower. I have done the workouts but man I have struggled. I spent every second of every minute telling myself I could not do this. I could not get out of my…Continue Reading “Believing in MYSELF”