Running for Ramie

Monumental Motivation Feature:  HEREI hope everyone has had a lovely Thanksgiving! Almost a year ago Ray, Ramie, and Shey Harris passed away, and this season especially reminds us of our dearly missed friends. As a reminder, my motivation for the marathon "Running for Ramie" was chosen by the Monumental Marathon Team and today they featured Ramie's story in their promotional pieces. This feature included and email to over 10,000 race participants and many others who visit the race site. I am so thankful that we can still honor Ramie and the Harris family by continuing to share her story and allow others to be impacted positively because of the inspiration she was to so many. Thanks and blessings to all who have supported me in this effort. Check out the article HERE!...

Heather:: "Hands are Freezing" pose Me- also very cold! My dear friend Heather ran the last 6 miles with Bethany and I to encourage us and help us to keep on going! She fed me energy blocks when my hands were too cold to open the package, and lent me her gloves even though she was just as cold! In case you couldn't tell, it was raining during the race. It actually hailed first, then rained for the last hour. We were all too determined to even consider stopping, so really it made us more motivated to beat the circumstances. Heather also recorded some of the race with her phone and made this awesome video for me:::: Running for Ramie...

The special running shirt I ordered for the race! After months of preparation. The weekend of the marathon is finally here! I am beyond thankful and encouraged by so many things that have happened over this span of time. There is one I would like to share with you today, and more will follow post race! I posted on September 6th about an opportunity the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon offered for participants to share the cause they are running for. I sent in information about Running for Ramie and just learned today that my "Monumental Motivation" was chosen! They will share the story in a series of Monumental Stories that will run along with a promotion for the new 2013 calendar following the event this weekend. In addition, I have been awarded two entries to next years race. The reason I was so excited to hear about this was that it really highlights the reason I chose to run this race. In the sharing of this story, Ramie's life can be honored and God can be glorified. I would appreciate prayers tomorrow during the race and recovery process. If you want to receive text updates when I pass certain checkpoints or just when...

My 2012 pumpkin:: carving is the perfect post-run therapeutic activity! The race is in 5 days! For those who may be considering joining in the race day fun, I've done a little research on the course MAP. There are a few hot spots we pass like Broad Ripple, Butler University (my first alma mater), and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Most of those are in the second half of the race and would be great places to stake out a spot. From my understanding, usually the last 6 miles is the toughest, simply because the runner is exhausted and at that point they are beyond normal training mileage. I'm looking forward to seeing those Running for Ramie shirts during those tough times! Also, just knowing that nearly 100 people have supported me in this way is such an encouragement. Email 09tamarabarrett@gmail.com with a picture of you sporting your shirt and I'll post it on the blog! The funds earned will make a big difference in a future student's life! Check out the monumental website for more race info!...

The first order of shirts has arrived and they look great! Thanks to our friends at The Art Press and over 70 supporters! There is one week left to order a shirt or tank-- All proceeds go to the Ramie Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund. Order yours today! Good for wilderness exploring, dancing, staying dry in the rain, jumping higher, becoming smarter, and becoming more flexible! [Studio Photo cred to Jonathan Wormgoor]Also Check out this Student Video & hear about the race in Interview form: Running for Ramie Interview ...

Anyone who knew Ramie well knew she had to have the best gear. Wether it was a heart rate monitor watch or a sharp looking warmup, Ramie would always be sporting the latest and greatest. In my training I have entered further into this realm. I purchased a belt to hold my nutritional supplements while running and was just gifted some wonderful socks from a Chicago marathoner. There is definitely a link between how you look and how you feel. Being a psychology major, I am familiar with research that shows higher test grades correlating with students who dressed up for a test compared to those who wore normal clothing. I think this is true in running as well. Runners want to be comfortable and wear functional clothing, but also find the most streamlined option for doing so. Included in this post are some shots of the gear that gets me excited for running....

I had the opportunity to visit some dear friends in Boston over our school's fall break time, which was a great retreat! Because of my limited time there, I decided to suspend my really long run for later this week. After this run, of about 18 miles, I plan to taper my mileage and start the recovery process to get ready for the big day! Things are certainly coming together for the race. The finished shirts should arrive soon and donations have continued to be received. Again, I am so thankful and humbled by this continual support. Here are a few pictures from my trip: Beacon Hill, Harvard, a Salem Mass Cafe, Sitting Beach at Sunset. Friends Reunited ...

I completed a 17 mile run this morning. Other than facing the wind for a few stretches, I enjoyed a beautiful, brisk fall morning. It is the first time I have kept a second layer on the whole time, and I will probably start wearing gloves next week. This is also the first time I have run by myself without my ipod. I was encouraged to try it because on race day there is a lot to take in and being "in my own world" might take away from the experience. My only concern is that the last hour or so will probably be the hardest and I might want that distraction, but I know I'll be able to push through regardless. I included some pictures of the breakFEAST I made myself after the run. This should reveal my growing passions for photography and nutrition/cooking. Also, I love breakfast! Have a great weekend! 1. Mustache mug half filled with Orange Juice 2. Coconut vanilla yogurt, banana, almond butter, and a bit of granola. 3. Feta, mushroom, onion, green pepper & avocado omelette ...