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Halfway There!
Aug 14, 2017 by Brittny Yuloo

There are officially less than 8 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, and I'm feeling great about my training so far this season. I ran 18 miles this past Saturday (!) and the rest of my training includes running the Giants Half Marathon in a couple weeks, another 18 miler and concluding my long runs with a 20 mile long run. This leaves room for a 3 week taper and then the big day on October 8th.

I know I'm not alone in that I get nervous about my long runs. The thought of running that many miles at once is physically and mentally intimidating. I follow this training plan, and on this plan the long run distance starts at 6 miles and in the course of 13 weeks advances to 20 miles. Again, that's 6 miles to 20 miles in 13 weeks! To reflect and think that your body has become strong enough to run 14 more miles in a single run is crazy and completely amazing.

That is why I love running so much. Because running is the development of both physical and mental strength. Running forces introspection; it teaches you to really listen to yourself. And when you do listen to yourself, to be kind. You are the only person at the end of the day who can make all of this worth it. What you put in, you will get out. No one can run the miles for you.

There's an honesty about marathon training that gets overlooked. We can't skip every workout because we don't want to make yet another sacrifice of a missed event or another absurdly early morning workout. At the same time we need to listen to our bodies, treat them well, and also know the difference between true fatigue and doubt. Because more often than not, it is doubt. It's the doubt in your brain that will manipulate you to believe that you can't hit your paces, that 18 miles really is too long.

So what is it that overcomes doubt? It's confidence and perseverance. People start running for different reasons, but these two factors, confidence and perseverance, are in my opinion the most valuable outcomes when you train for a race. Confidence to overcome doubt. Perseverance to keep going, try anyway, and overcome. Listening to yourself, doing what's best for you, accepting that you are human, and knowing that you are still strong and bad ass to even try in the first place.

I've loved being more involved with my Team in Training group this season. In case you missed it, I'm running the marathon with Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Wednesday nights we have track practice at Kezar Stadium and Saturday mornings we meet up for long runs. While it's challenging getting to the other side of San Francisco after work some Wednesdays and difficult to pump yourself up at that notoriously windy and foggy track, it's thrilling to feel myself get faster each week. Our coaches, Joe and Megan, come up with the workouts and plan out our long run routes, and I couldn't be more thankful for the variety. When I was training for the SF marathon solo last year, I would procrastinate my long run until 10 or 11 am and run the same route over and over. Our Team in Training long runs start at 7 am, and knowing that I have other people to run with and am done by the time I used to start has been a game changer.

I have some donations that I haven't submitted yet, so I'm over halfway to my fundraising goal, too. I'm getting pumped for Chicago and have appreciated your support tremendously, checking in on how I'm feeling, asking about my shin splints, how my run went, etc. If you'd like to donate, I'd be so grateful and you can do so here.

Running does so much for my body and soul, and I love sharing my journey with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. Go Team!

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I'm back!
Jun 09, 2017 by Brittny Yuloo

I ran my first event with Team in Training with one of my dear friends, Justine, back in October of 2014. We ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon in honor of Justine's mom, Joyce. After two cancer diagnoses and a courageous battle, Joyce passed away on June 30, 2014. 

 

Over the last few years, I've heard from more friends and their stories of how cancer has affected them too. Whether it was the loss of a parent when they were young or a friend of theirs who was recently been diagnosed, cancer continues to have a tragic impact on so many of our lives. None of us are safe as all of us, in one way or another, have a family member, friend or loved one whose life has been altered from this disease. 

 

Last July I ran my first marathon in memory of my roommate, Kate. Kate passed away on June 22, 2016 after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle in a crosswalk in San Francisco. While cancer didn't take Kate away from us, my first marathon will always be a special accomplishment, in memory of someone I loved. I have hopes that my second marathon will be equally special, as I will run for those who are fighting and in memory of those we have lost to cancer. 

 

I hope that you will join me in my journey as I train for the Chicago Marathon this October. While I often associate running as an individual sport, it's through organiziations like Team in Traning that I invite all of you to share my goal and bring purpose, awareness, and meaning to my passion.

 

Go Team!

 

With love,

Brittny

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Supporter Comments

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    "Best of luck Brittny! So proud of you!"
     

    Lisa & Greg Guadagnolo

    Sat Jun 03 10:23:01 EDT 2017

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    "Brittny, Best of luck in Chicago! "
     

    Leo Bialis-White

    Mon Jun 19 11:03:07 EDT 2017

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    "Yay Brittny!!!"
     

    Mengchao Wu

    Mon Jul 10 04:10:10 EDT 2017

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    "Get it girl! You're going to rock Chicago!"
     

    Christine Ofrecio

    Fri Aug 18 12:20:40 EDT 2017

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    "Get it, Girl! "
     

    Lauren Parra

    Fri Aug 18 10:51:06 EDT 2017

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    "Go Brit!"
     

    Gordon Anderson

    Mon Sep 18 10:42:46 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck! "
     

    Hanna Nassiri

    Mon Sep 18 02:41:18 EDT 2017

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    "Nice work girl!"
     

    Brian Mitchell

    Mon Sep 18 03:06:49 EDT 2017

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    "get it girl! #mostmode"
     

    Justine Morey

    Tue Sep 19 12:08:17 EDT 2017

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    "So proud of you!!!"
     

    Jenny Breffle

    Tue Sep 26 09:33:13 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck! You've been training so hard, I know you'll do great!"
     

    Mei-lin Carameros

    Wed Sep 27 12:11:46 EDT 2017

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    "Go Britt! Get that PR!"
     

    Allison Don

    Fri Sep 29 01:02:13 EDT 2017

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    "Yasssss"
     

    Kyle Venegas

    Mon Jul 10 08:09:14 EDT 2017

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    "Run as big as your heart is 💗"
     

    Frank and Adrienne Cook

    Tue May 30 11:52:50 EDT 2017

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    "Rock it girl!!! You're amazing!"
     

    Jackie Yen

    Tue May 23 06:06:23 EDT 2017

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    "Run Brit Run...."
     

    Matt Kiely

    Mon May 22 08:22:14 EDT 2017

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    "Go Brittny!!!"
     

    Emma Porteus

    Mon May 22 04:54:17 EDT 2017

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    "Go get em Yuloo! Your heart is as big as all the miles you have ever run! Proud of you!"
     

    Amanda Bernaudo

    Mon May 22 03:50:27 EDT 2017

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    "Love you Britt! "
     

    Mandy Motl

    Tue Aug 15 01:07:14 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,125.00 | Goal: $2,800.00
 
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Join Brittny Yuloo in the Mission to wipe out blood cancer:

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My Thanks To

Whitehall Parker Securiti... $1000.00
Mike Gettman $365.00
Frank and Adrienne Cook $200.00
Lisa & Greg Guadagnolo $150.00
Allison Don $100.00
Anzini Family $100.00
Google, Inc. $100.00
Jackie Yen $100.00
Matt Kiely $100.00
Brian Mitchell $60.00
Google, Inc. $50.00
Mei-lin Carameros $50.00
Jenny Breffle $50.00
Justine Morey $50.00
Marissa Plume $50.00
Gordon Anderson $50.00
Kristin Waymire $50.00
Amanda Bernaudo $30.00
Sheree Hamaoui $25.00
Christine Ofrecio $25.00
Mandy Motl $25.00
Kyle Venegas $25.00
Jamie Gilfix $25.00
Mengchao Wu $25.00
Evan Maxwell $25.00
Rocky Insinger $25.00
Emma Porteus $25.00
Marisa Walton $25.00
Leo Bialis-White $20.00
Hanna Nassiri  
Lauren Parra  
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