« April 2012 | Main | June 2012 »

May 2012 Archives

May 9, 2012

Hoist the Colors

By Mike Fuller

We all have our reasons for running; getting healthier, accomplishing a goal, running somewhere we never dreamed we could. The reasons are numerous, and each just as important as the rest. For me, it started as the same as most of us, wanting to get healthy. I had tried working out, but that meant a membership, driving back and forth, and all that involved. That is not an easy thing with toddlers running around. I needed something that was more accessible, something I could do on my own and not in front of others who are much better than me. I found that in January of 2010.

We were living in Orlando and found out my best friend Eric Bouchet was running the Walt Disney World Marathon. So we went and after seeing him finish, I simply said “I want to do this.” We talked about it on the way home; I told my wife my plan. To my surprise, she did not laugh at me, nor ask me if I was crazy, but simply said she was behind me 100 percent. Also on my side was my best friend Eric and Team All Ears, a group of runners who all run with Purpose. That purpose is to raise awareness and funds in the battle against Breast Cancer.

The training began for me. I was hooked on the Galloway (run/walk/run) Method, and, at first, used a conditioning training he had to help me in getting ready for my goals. Next in my sights was a 5K. I figured it was the smallest distance and a good stepping-stone in helping me reach my Half Marathon goal. Along the way I started noticed something, people not only took notice of my running, but also of the cause I was running for. It was no longer about me; it was no longer about getting healthier. I was running for something more, something bigger, and it took over.

I decided to run for my PopPop, who passed away in August of 2010 from Breast cancer. I started noticing something else along the way; it was more than just breast cancer I was running for. I was running for the survivors, the ones battling, and the ones who lost. Breast cancer, stomach, kidney, liver, leukemia, you think of the cancer, and I was running for it. I told friends and family what I was doing, and started asking if I could run in honor of memory for someone. That is when it really hit me, when I really noticed how big this cause really is.

Knowing I was running for something or someone other than myself gave me extra motivation to run. When things got hard, I remembered those for whom I was running, the ones who can’t run. It was my PopPop who I would hear which kept me going, “…don’t give up…don’t give in.” I saw him in his last days, how no matter what type of condition he was in, he never gave up. I would go see him and could see a twinkle in his eye. On his last day he held on until my Dad could make the drive down to make sure my grandmother was taken care. It was his strength I felt, and the strength of all those I was running for. It often reminded me of a scene from “Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End” when about to take on Beckett and the East India Trading Company.

Outnumbered, outgunned, Kiera Knighetly gives a speech. She essentially tells them to fight for their colors, to fight for their freedom, and that is what will allow them to win the day. It was the mention of the colors that brought the connection for me. I know we all ran for something, some cause, and that is what brings us together. Pink for breast cancer, white for lung cancer, orange for leukemia, light blue for prostate cancer to name a few. We all “fly” under different colors, but we are all part of the same team. So here is to your color, whatever it may be, may it drive you to the finish. I know it helped me, and will help me to be Goofy in 2013. “By the sweat of our brows, the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts-Gentlemen-Hoist the Colors.”

Eric_Mike_Fuller1.jpg


Where it all began!

Fuller_4_generations1.jpg

Poppop, my dad, me and my son Jacob.

Epic_dads1.jpg

WDW Half Finish, not a prouder moment.


May 16, 2012

Positive Peer Pressure

By Dee Dee Webster

Before joining Team AllEars, there were a lot of things that I didn’t think that I could do. One decision can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. I’ll be honest, when I became a team member, I didn’t run. Not even a block, let alone 13.1 miles.

I’m not sure how I got talked into the half marathon but it had something to do with Helen Norlund telling me that I could and would do it. She had more confidence in me than I had in myself. I will be forever grateful for her and her words of encouragement.

After I joined the team, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had quite a few people friend me on Facebook and a few days were spent trying to put faces with stories. Then the panic set in. I wasn’t sure if I could raise my share of the promised amount. And I was also trying to run 13.1 miles. I had considered withdrawing but what reason did I have? Fear? That didn’t seem right. Jamison Reynolds was assigned as my mentor. I’m not sure if he knew what he was getting himself into on that one. However, I’m glad he was the chosen one because he’s really good at talking somebody off the “OMG, what was I thinking?” ledge. Jamison also happens to be THE fundraising guru. He challenged me to simply ask for donations for the cause, not for me. Fighting breast cancer is a good cause and I wanted to make a difference so I did as he asked. I hope that I made him proud when I doubled my promised amount.

The time leading up to the half was a whirlwind. I did my first 5K in April. I met my teammates for the Wine and Dine half marathon relay. Libby Goldberg met me in Virginia Beach to do the Wicked 10K. Then I met more teammates at the Hot Chocolate 15K, DC. That was the worst race to date but you couldn’t beat the company, hands down. With every race, I heard my teammates telling me that I was strong, that I was fast, that I rocked, etc. I admit that it gave me a boost to have that playing in my head. I started thinking that I could do more and wanted to do more.

The morning of the Disney Half Marathon was magical. I wasn’t nervous at all. I was excited and determined to make the most of MY day. I admit that I cried when I crossed the finish line. I’m teary-eyed thinking of it now. I accomplished something that I never knew I could do; something that I didn’t know I wanted to do until I was “pressured” into it. I ran 13.1 miles. I raised money to fight a cause that I strongly believed in. I couldn’t have done it…

…until someone told me that I could…

…until someone had the confidence in me…

…until someone made me look at myself and help me find my inner strength.

I’m not sure who gained the most from this. Yes, we raised over $67,000 for breast cancer but I gained a more confident me.

That to me is everything.

Next year, you ask? I don’t know…but somebody did mention that I should do the Goofy.

Dee_Dee_Webster1.jpg


Return to Blog Central

About May 2012

This page contains all entries posted to Team AllEars® Running Blog in May 2012. They are listed from oldest to newest.

April 2012 is the previous archive.

June 2012 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.