Running with purpose- The Boston Marathon!


Good questions.

I asked myself the same thing when my husband, Jared, decided to run the Seattle Marathon last Thanksgiving. The whole thing was decided on a whim, something that our friend Misha schemed up in passing, and the next thing I knew he (and several other gullible suckers) were signed up for 26.2 miles of torture.

Being the decidedly more practical of our pair, I was reluctant. I mean, between three kids and keeping up with work, marriage—all the normal life stuff…how the eff was I going to find time to train? It scared the sh*t out of me and I didn’t want to fail. So, the sensible me compromised by agreeing to run the half-marathon.

The day of the race I was a tad overconfident, with a very excited, very giddy body telling me, “You can do it!” My body was right…at first. I kept up a 7:30 minute pace until mile marker 12.8 and then my body suddenly just quit. NO JOKE. I started skipping, walking backward, side stepping—anything to keep myself going. A bystander cheering on the sidelines saw me struggling and screamed, “Keep moving! Don’t give up!” I couldn’t let myself give in, even though it felt like my body was.

Once I saw the finish line, I tried to imagine myself being supported by otherworldly beings, friends, family—anything to make it in a timely manner. And I did! I finished my first half-marathon in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

I barely had time to bask in the glow of my finish time when a friend, Bostonite and big triathlete said to me, “You could run the Boston marathon with that time.” It sounded crazy. It IS crazy. But a couple of glasses into a bottle of celebratory wine, I guess I started feeling overconfident again. Next thing I knew, I woke up hungover, foggy, and (apparently) very much committed.

And so the insanity begins…

This April, Jared and I will be running the Boston marathon (!!!) to raise money for Dream Big. This incredible charity organization is dedicated to empowering young girls through sports, helping to provide underprivileged female athletes with all the equipment and fees they need to participate.

I grew up playing competitive soccer and know firsthand what an incredible role sports can play in your life and am thrilled to have an opportunity to pay it forward. The honor I feel to run for these girls (almost) makes up for the sheer terror I feel of actually having to run 26.2 miles!

I’m definitely going to need some encouragement along the way, so I’m putting together a little health challenge for Now & Gen with workouts, recipes, and maybe even some virtual competitions, in hopes that you’ll join me on this journey and help keep me motivated.

Are you in?!


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  • Antoinette

    I am soooo in!! I started running again 2 weeks ago, I run on the treatmill because we live in Grunthal Manitoba and it is -50 degrees outside.
    I don’t think I will ever run a half marathon but then again who knows, I am 50 now and try to get more fit, so for now I am running/speedwalking 3 miles every other day while watching supernatural, so hopefully you will give me a virtual kick in my beehind 😉 to go a bit farther than 3 miles, ALL the best, you can do it…I just KNOW.


    Hi Gen!! Yes, I’m in!! I have read research that daily green smoothies help triatheletes and marathon runners perform faster and recover quicker. I’ll be training along side you in Tucson, AZ 🙂 Way to go!! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement!! RUN GEN RUN!!

  • Monica

    Sounds good to me! I’ve never been much of a runner to be honest, I’m too clumsy and I’m scared to fall but I’ve been doing kickboxing for the past 2 years and had to cancel last week because I can never make classes anymore, I’d love to do something I don’t need a set time or schedule.

  • Jordy

    I really hope to one day do a marathon. I’m a terrible runner, but I’d love to a smaller one. I know I definitely couldn’t make it through a legit one.

  • Carly

    I’d love to join I’m a total cardio bunny! Running a marathon is on my bucket list and even if I don’t run in April I’d love to train virtually with y’all. Can’t wait for what is next on the blog! <3

  • Elena Alkhimova

    Hi, Genevieve! Unfortunately, I can not participate in the marathon. Because I live in another country and because my health does not allow me. But I am so proud that I live at the same time and on the same planet with such wonderful people as you and Jared! You do HUGE things. Love you all forever.

  • Priya

    I am so in for it!! In fact taking inspiration from you guys I restarted my cardio after about three months of procrastination. All these months sadly out of fitness and sleep, sleep kept winning in a consistent stride. However, you guys did inspire to me get off my ass and flex some muscles. Hopefully I can pesurade myself to keep doing this everyday.
    I had ran a half marathon about two years back, and would love to do a full one soon. Keep up the good job, I am virtually totally with you guys. And will definitely be on a look out for workouts and health tips. I desperately need quick and simple healthy recipes. (Not much of a chef here). Looking forward to hear more from you. Stay awesome.

  • Kimberly

    I am definitely behind you and will absolutely cheer you on..but jogging or training or Boston Marathon..h** i hate running down the stairs to the washer and dryer!! But Go Gen! You got this!

  • Kathy

    Gen! so proud of you and hubby!!! I tracked ALL of ya’ll during Seattle and it was really exciting seeing all the text messages saying where everyone was during the marathon. I have to say seeing the brothers cross the finish line together was the most amazing sight to see. Alright back to you dear heart! I can’t run do to my osteoarthritis in my knees but I am trying to eat more healthy I should say. The gym I was using at my apartment complex has been under construction since November so been up a creek. I am cheering you and your hubby on! ya’ll can do it! I’ll be here in Houston cheering you on!! and I will even track you! too bad there isn’t a way to send ya’ll messages along the way! I’d send messages constantly! lol even though I’m Squirrel Army lol . Team Gen! Team Gen! Team Gen!

  • michaela

    I am in! You are a legend gen ? I wish you nothing but love and success ????

  • Kim Jacobs

    I’m there with you guys in spirit! I can’t run, I have arthritic hips and am far too unfit. In my younger days I do a couple of 10k runs for charity, so I know the pain you are going through.

    My commitment is to support you in any way I can by donating to the cause, and working on getting myself fitter by the time you do your run.

    I’m so proud of you both.

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