Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Felma and Debra's Journey to Disney Half Marathon

I am taking on a new challenge. Coaching...These two beautiful women trust me to get them to the finish line. This is their first half marathon. The Disney Half Marathon September 4, 2011. I'm not sure if they know that I'm a Maniac and I have goals for them. My goal is to get them to do their first full marathon at the Long Beach Marathon, October 9, 2011. Please give them lots of love, support and words of encouragement.

Meet Felma: Life is great living as a retired 61 year- young thrilled grandmother and ecstatic wife with a passion for dollhouse miniatures. Most of my days are spent in a fantasy world creating and making miniatures, which require a great deal of time sitting at my workstation daydreaming. My two very active toddler grandsons visit about once a month and no, I'm not physically active and yes, it's a challenge to keep up with them. Almost 11 years ago, before I was diagnosed with breast cancer and developed lymphedema as a side affect; walking and playing tennis was my passion. Mo goal is to find a way to challenge, "I used to walk 5 miles every day' and change it to "I walk 5 miles every day". Many of those miles "I used to walk" were with Yolanda and now, almost 11 years later, I have become her challenge. I am so thrilled that her goal is to train me along with other first-timers for Disney Half Marathon in September, a month before my youngest grandson turns two. Well, if you know Yolanda, my goal is automatic. I just added "Marathon Maniac" to my bio.

Sincerely, Felma

Meet Debra: My name is Debra Hatcher and I'm 46 years young. I'm a domestic goddess, wife and mother. Over the years I have watched the LA Marathon and thought that was something I wanted to add to my bucket list. I was an athlete in high school and swam competitively from the age of 8 until 12. I exercise a few times per month. Mentally I knew I could do it. I just needed my body to fall in line with my mind. Yolanda offered to help me train and I intend to take full advantage of the opportunity to be coached by a Guinness World Record holder.

Sincerely, Debra
Well, I think I'm going to cancel my "NO MORE FUN" diet until after Long Beach Marathon.


The wind changes directions a hundred times or more a day. It has no goal or focus to be anything more than itself. The wind is free to come and go as it pleases. But people, on the other hand, have an inner desire to accomplish, to achieve, to be productive. It is a human quality that enables people to select which way they want to go and to determine how fast or how slow their journey will be. People have the power to choose the roads they will travel. They must never forget that they are in control of their lives. So let the wind blow in your face and circle around you as you live day to day, but know in your heart that you are the one, the only one, who really knows which way the wind blows for you.
"Deanna Beisser"

Believe you can!

Yolanda "Walking Diva"








  1. love it all!! hope to meet you as i run 50 marathons in memory of my dad and to benefit the center for grieving children in portland, maine. you are a true testament to anything is possible!!! :) -Elizabeth Trask (50 For Billy)

  2. congrats on your new coaching endeavor and to your trainees for completing their first marathon!