SOBO Member Of the Month: Lissan
Lissan Y. came on board in March and her favorite workout is running hills and climbing the bleachers in a stadium. In the next three months she wants to get back into the groove of longer runs and would like to do a 10K in the future or possibly the upcoming Baltimore Running Festival. After a tough race, her favorite meal is an egg sandwich-she says its so she can get back some much needed protein. Her last race was the Sneaks Come Out at Night relay- she and her team did well and really enjoyed cheering each other on towards the end of each relay leg. Running isn’t her only love though, most people don’t know that Lissan enjoys all kinds of intense activities- like skydiving, bungee jumping, jet skiing, hiking, rock climbing. When Lissan is running, she thinks about “all the other people that got up early that morning and are going through the same things I am. Also running for those who aren’t able to.” Her biggest challenge is trying to maintain a good running posture in order to keep pressure off her knees. To a brand-new runner, Lissan would say
“Pace yourself. At the beginning you may think that you have all this energy and try to run fast. However, you will probably run out of steam at the end, or somewhere in the middle. Instead, you should start at a slower cadence and try to maintain that pace all the way through.”
MCVET Members of the Month: Herbert and Cate!
Herbert C. started just one month ago in June, and since then he’s racked up 70.5 miles! Since joining, he has come to value “every day, every relationship” and points out that a a single moment doesn’t encompass the relationships he’s made. Herbert’s biggest challenge is to be patient, know that it takes time and to keep going. When he runs, he thinks to himself- just keep going. Put one foot in front of the other. In the next three months he wants to increase his endurance past the 3 mile mark, and in October he will be participating in the Baltimore Running Festival!
Peter (MCVET team leader) says that “ Herbert’s been a quite an inspiration to have on the team. Beginning as a walker, he’s pushed himself a little further and little faster each and every run and has made such tremendous strides to improve his running. Even more enjoyable than getting to see these improvements, has been the chance to spend our mornings with him. He brings a cheerful and positive attitude with him in the mornings that’s always brightens up his teammates day!
Cate C. has been a member since February and since joining, remembers two instances as the best running moments she’s had. 1- The first morning she was able to run two miles; and 2- The Operation Oliver 5K when her MCVET teammates and friends came out on the course to help her finish strong. “Their support and encouragement was just what I needed to push a little harder.” When Cate is running, she focuses on her running, her breathing and tries to take in her surroundings – saying “it is such a perfect way to be present in the moment.” Cate’s goal is to run a half marathon in the next three months and she plans on running the Baltimore Running Festival in October. Her biggest running challenge is “Listening to my body but not letting it be an excuse; recognizing which aches and pains can be worked through and which ones require some extra rest and attention. Some mornings these old bones have a lot to say! ”
Her team leader says, ”Cate’s devotion to her teammates is just one of the reason she’s been such a tremendous asset to Team MCVET’s roster since she joined this past winter. Personally very active in veteran affairs, she’s been incredibly supportive and involved in so many of our teammate’s efforts, whether its on behalf of our nonres teammates’ and their work in the Oliver community or through the support she provides each morning for our members. She and Herbert have become running companions, and she’s been encouraging him in his improvement as a runner, while she herself prepares for her own half-marathon! We’re so lucky to have Cate on the team and wish her all the best this fall!”
Helping Up Mission’s Members of the Month: Charmaine D. and Tony O. !
Tony O. joined us in June 2012 and has already logged an amazing 100 miles! He remembers his best moment so far as the Sneaks Come Out at Night race he completed recently. His biggest challenge has been gathering the motivation to wake up in the morning to run, and in the next three months his goal is to really focus on his step work. When he runs, Tony thinks about nothing! He says that’s what he likes best about running. In October, Tony looks forward to doing the half-marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival.
Rob C. (HUM team leader) says that “Tony’s a great guy and fits in well on our team. Although he’s pretty quiet, he has a way of making his teammates laugh. After starting out with some trouble waking up and attending runs, Tony has done an amazing job of attending all runs recently and has really embraced his training. A few of us have also had the chance to see him play the drums as part of the HUM band…and he Rocked Out! I am excited to see what will come next for Tony as he continues to move his life forward in a positive way!”
Charmaine D. has been a member of Back On My Feet since May 2009!! Her favorite moment in all that time was “our circle at the 2010 Baltimore Running Festival. We must have had at least 100 people or more! BoMF really does create this huge positive presence when we all circle up and say our serenity prayer. I remember it so clearly because I was running my first marathon that day and I was soooo nervous. Seeing all my teammates in the circle and knowing what they’ve achieved to get there gave me the energy and inspiration I needed. It was such an awesome day!” Running is Charmaine’s stress reliever. When she runs, she thinks about something that’s bothering her and puts it into a positive perspective. She says that by the end of her run, she feels stronger, has a clear head and feels ready to tackle any challenge! Her next race is the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18th. Baltimore BOMF is going to be representing at the Philly race with over 15 members going! Charmaine looks forward to running in Philly where BOMF got its start.
HUM team leader, Rob C. says “Charmaine is an All-Star Teammate! She is one of the longest standing teammates at HUM and she is more enthusiastic and involved now more then ever. She does an amazing job as our Social Coordinator and is very helpful and friendly in so may ways. You can always find Charmaine helping out a new teammate and offering support any way she can. I know I can always count on her when needed and that means a lot to me. We are very lucky to have Charmaine on our team and she truly is an awesome teammate and friend!”
Christopher’s Place Members of the Month: Karol M. !
Karol M. has been a part of Back On My Feet since January. She “absolutely loves the BoMF community! It’s so positive, motivating, & encouraging. Everyone is out there supporting each other. I remember my very first run with CP…as I was coming in from my run, people who I had just met were screaming my name and cheering me on. I thought to myself, Wow! This is amazing. I feel right at home. This is the place for me.” Karol sometimes finds it challenging to get out there and put in the miles for when she’s running alone. When she logs those miles, Karol things about all kinds of things. Her thoughts wander from work, to family, life in general, what she’s eating after her run… Karol is planning to do the Baltimore Running Festival Marathon in November.