Sunday, February 27, 2011

Over 50 and Fabulous

I'm over 50, Fabulous, and Amazing!!! (quoting my husbands words) I'm also holding 4 titles!!!


  3. PACIFIC COAST TRAIL CHAMPION 2010 (age group)


Keep believing in yourself and your dreams!

Yolanda "Walking Diva" Holder

I'm featured in February issue of Black Sports Magazine

I'll be at the LA Marathon...I love LA!!!

The Marathon Show will make you famous!


In the Spot Light is Sally

Meet Sally from California, she's beautiful inside and out...

I'm a mother, wife, volunteer, coach, swim instructor, college graduate, and domestic engineer to name a few of my titles. But, when I wake up in the morning, I'm a runner. I run because I can. I run because I love it and I guess I have always loved running. I took a break during college to focus on my studies and after I completed college I still only got back to dabbling with my running so I could stay fit. It all started when I was 8. Oh, it seems so long ago now, but I don't feel my age and refuse to act my age. My mom and dad hired me a coach. I say that loosely because back in 1976 there weren't many running groups and around and my first 5K was over 2 hours from our house. My coach had one other runner and the three of us went running a few times a week. I also ran with my dad when he had time. My dad started running because his brother was on the cross country team and he wanted to follow in his brother's footsteps. Well I wanted to follow in my father's because girls love their father's and I'm the leader of that group. So I ran with my coach. I played soccer as well, but the ball coming at me scared me so I only played a few years. I swam competitively as a child, but now I know why that didn't last either. It's hard to talk with your friends when your face is in the water and your sucking in as much air as you can when your mouth is out of the water. Plus, the water was cold! In junior high my cross P.E. teacher said I was a good runner and asked me if I wanted to come try out for the Cross Country team at our high school. He was the head coach and I said "yes" I ran Varsity Cross Country all four years in high school. I wasn't the fastest on the team, but that didn't matter. I was taking care of my body and I was having FUN! It was fun to run and have a social life at the same time. What a concept. These other athletes in other sports didn't know what they were missing. I'd chat with my friends, run, stretch, and chat with my friends some more. It was AWESOME!

In 1993 my father decided he was going to run his 2nd and final marathon. The L.A. Marathon was local and he figured he should do it as his final hooray. I mean the bucket list was complete complete so this was just icing on the cake. He trained and trained and the day of the race I came to watch him. Well, watching wasn't too much fun so my brother and I decided to run the race back towards my dad so we could go find him. We ran about 2 miles and then ended up running the final 2 miles back with him. When we found him he didn't look so good and he had blood oozing out of one shoe from a blister that had developed on one of his feet. However, I was amazed at the experience. I couldn't believe the people that were running beside him. I mean how could an old lady be beating my 48 years young dad? How could a fat man be beating my fit 48 year dad? It just didn't make sense to me. I was amazed, confused, and motivated to discover the secret. Before we left the race I told my dad, "Hey, dad if you want to do this again next year, I'll do it with you." What could he say? He'd been a runner since he was in his teens. He was a lifelong runner and his oldest daughter wanted to run a marathon with him. Being the good father that he is he said, "yes." I know now since he hadn't recovered from the pain of that marathon that he really didn't want to, but what's better than doing something that you love with your children? Nothing!

We trained together almost every weekend. It was great! My fiance', Chris, would come with me to Riverside and he'd hang out with my mom and dad and I would run. We'd stop for Michael Jordan's favorite Gatorade at the local 7 elevens as a treat along the way and enjoy each other's company. It was fabulous and at the time I didn't realize how important it really was because I didn't have any children of my own. We completed the 1994 L.A. Marathon. We ran, walked, complained, and had a ton of fun that day as we crossed the finish line together hand in hand.

Chris and I got married in 1995 and started our careers and saving for a house. Dad and I ran the Palos Verdes Marathon in 1997. He pulled me though that one and motivated me like I'd motivated him back at L.A. We are a great marathoning team! Then Chris and I stared having kids in 1998. I wanted to say that my kids were marathoners so dad and I walked/ran the L.A. Marathon in March of 1998. Dad is a doctor so he was concerned for his first born grandchild. We monitored my heart rate to make sure my baby was okay along the way. On July 8, 1998 my first daughter, Delaney, was born. I love that girl, but I tell you I was hungry when I was carrying her and I gained 45 lbs. I couldn't think of a better way to lose the weight than to rain for a marathon. So dad and I stared training again. We couldn't train together much, but we were together for the races. We ran my 4th and his 5th marathon in January 1999 at the Walk Disney World Marathon. We wanted the Mickey Mouse ears medal and were willing to go anywhere and make a family vacation out of it. As a bonus, my weight came off and I was back to running. As a double bonus, my husband, Chris, who said he didn't run when we started dating, now wanted to run a marathon.

Now it's 2001 and I've had 3 children and I've run/walked a marathon when I was pregnant with each of them because I figure what you do for one, you've got to do for all of them. I've also run 3 marathons after having my children so I could lose the weight that I gained with all of them. I ended up gaining 45 pounds, 45 pounds, and 50 pounds with each child. Wow those kids made me hungry and not even exercising through my pregnancy could keep the weight off. I've got 3 kids and when the youngest was born my oldest was 2 years and 10 months old. It was time that I retired from corporate America and begin a job that I never thought (though now I know differently) made a difference. My mom was a stay at home mom and I wondered why she didn't work like many of my Friend's mom's. She was always tired because she was doing everything for us 4 kids....making breakfast, lunch, dinner, running the carpools, helping with homework, etc. I thought she had the easy life, but what she was really doing was giving us her all so that we would be prepared for the real world. My mother is awesome and is always there for me and my family. I love her and aspire to be like her every day.

After I'd retired and was busy with 3 young kids I knew I needed something for me. I didn't want to lose my own identity because I became a mom. I wanted to be a great mom, but being a mom wasn't enough for me. So I ran. I ran for me because when I'm running I can organize my day. I can solve problems. I can come up with great ideas. I can be myself and not worry about anyone else. I also figured out that in life we need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others. This is my simple philosophy on life. Investment advisors tell us to take money out of our paychecks for our retirement first. Then pay our bills with the money we have left. Anything leftover is for play. I say take care of yourself first and then you can take care of everyone else. So, 99% of the mornings,I get up and run first. Then I come home and get the kids ready for school and start switching hats for all of the jobs I do during the day.

Delaney was in 1st grade in 2004 and I'd been taking care of myself and my family, but that wasn't enough. I loved running and I wanted to inspire the generation to run. I talked to the school principal and asked her if I could start a running club at our school for anyone who wanted to join. She liked the idea, but said I needed to get insurance. Well, I couldn't afford insurance as I was a stay at home mom and we'd taken a big cut when I quit working, I was so disappointed.

In 2005 I approached our school's PTA and told them about my idea to start a marathon club at the school. I'd invite all of our students (k-5) and we'd run a marathon the healthy way for kids this age. We'd run two times per week and we'd add up all of the miles that e ran until we hit 26.2 miles. When I say run, I don't mean go out and just run. We'd make up names for runs like the gorilla run and while we ran 100 yards we'd make monkey noises and raise our arms like a monkey. We'd make up all sorts of fun runs. We'd do relay races, amazing race runs, and destination runs, just to name a few. We'd make it fun for these young athletes. We'd then go to the OC Marathon and run our final mile. All of the kids would get a marathon medal and they'd all become marathoners. They'd feel like superstars, which of course they would be and I'd be a volunteer. They accepted me! Since it was a school wide function and sponsored by the PTA I was able to use the PTA's insurance. Yeah! Our marathon club has just finished our 6th season. I've had over 800 students complete a marathon during this time and I love every minute of it. Along the way I've inspired many people to run a marathon and take care of themselves. Many families of these kids at Barcelona Hills Elementary School now do more to keep themselves physically fit. I try to inspire everyone I can to take care of themselves.

Two years ago my son, Nick who was tired of being a swimmer (something about the water being too cold...yeah, I remember) decided he wanted to try a new running club in the area. Nick joined Saddleback Running Club and he loved it. Saddleback Running Club is a club for kids in grades 3rd -8th. Wow! My son loves to run. So cool. Pretty soon they realized that I might know a thing or two and they needed a female coach. They asked me and I've been the girls head coach for almost 2 years. The awesome thing about our club is ALL of these kids love to run. Running really isn't that fun if you don't like it and not a lot of people like it. These kids love it. I love coaching these kids. They want to be out there running and they want to learn, grow, and mature. My daughter Delaney started with the club in September of 2010. After a meet at world famous Mt. Sac she said to me. "Mom, I love running." Wow, a dream come true. Two of my kids love running.

I have to go back a few years now because I'm also a daughter and I'd been having so much fun running marathons with my dad. Dad and I ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2004. We met a man during the race who was wearing a 50 States Marathon Club t-shirt. The man looked to be dad's age and he'd run a marathon in all 50 states. Wow! We thought that was pretty cool, but had no desire to do anything crazy like that. Two years later we'd run a few more marathons and had figured out that you could make family vacations out of these marathons. So mom, dad, Chris, Delaney, Nick, Maddy and I all went to Maui for the Maui marathon and a family vacation in 2006. Before the race started I saw the same man that I'd spoken to years ago at the San Francisco Marathon. I went up and introduced myself to him and he said he remembered me, but he's nice like that and I don't really think he did. His name is Larry Macon and he's phenomenal athlete. He's a few months older than my dad. Thinking back, I think it was probably Larry's fault or should I say Larry's good nature that led us to where we are today. I told dad that we should run a marathon in all 50 states. He thought about it and agreed. Now, dad and I travel the country together running marathons and creating memories. We run with a camera and I'm constantly slowing him down with all of the picture taking. He complains about me, but we have a great time. Then, in 2008, while standing in line to buy my Boston Marathon jacket,I met a nice guy and we started talking about marathons. He spoke about his group and how he'd volunteered here at the Boston Marathon in the past. I asked him what group he was in. He said Marathon Maniacs. Now I'd heard of them and I'd seen them,but I didn't really know them. Then he tells me he's Maniac #2, Chris (Hollywood). I was so excited. I knew then that dad and I had to be Maniacs. We were already qualified, but we just needed to sign up. Later at the expo I ran into Hollywood again and now he was with the other two wise men. I got my picture taken with them and flew home to sign up. I'm maniac #1463 and dad is #1463. We love the maniacs. These people aren't really crazy, they just like to run and have fun and so do we. We've met a lot of nice maniacs and people along our marathon journey. We've completed marathons in 31 states so far and we're loving every step of it. We plan to complete the states by 2014. Then dad, who will be way over 100 marathons, will patiently wait for his oldest granddaughter to become 18 so the three of us can ran a marathon together. Who knows what the future will hold, but we're having a great time. What started out as my dad completing his second marathon ended up as changing my life and so many other people's live. Thank you dad!

There are so many people that I need to thank for my running. Top of the list along side my dad is my mom and husband. Chris is very supportive of my goals and desires. He is always encouraging me and right there beside me to support whatever crazy idea I can dream up. When I said I wanted to run 40 miles for my 40th birthday he said, "Great, what day are you gong to do it." When I told him that I wanted to become a streaker (someone who runs at least a mile every day and doesn't take any days off)he supported me. He even cares enough that he reminds me on the 1% of the days that I don't run first thing in the morning to get out and run my mile. He knows I'd be disappointed if my streak ended. He is the best husband and father and I love him dearly. My mother is also there supporting us. She complains a little about what dad is doing to his body by being 65 and still running marathons, but she knows he's got the marathon bug and she lets us go run our races. She often comes and helps Chris with our children if we have a crazy sports weekend for them. She also flew our with us for our first double marathon (a marathon on Saturday and another one on Sunday) in Mississippi and Alabama so she could drive us back and forth to the states. She didn't want us being too tired to drive and getting in an accident.

My children are now 12, 11, and 9 years old. They are all currently doing 2 ports and are busy in National Charity League and Boy Scouts. My current goal in life is to help them become the best young people they can be and keep them busy with sports, social activities, and volunteering. School comes first and grades are very important in our house. I have great hopes for them in their future and I hope running and swimming (Maddy is my swimmer) are always apart of their lives. I want them to be healthy so they can be here for their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. That's my goal as well. along the way I hope to inspire many people to take care of their bodies and exercise. I lead by the only example I getting up every day at 4:30am and being a runner.

Rocky Road 50 miler - February 26, 2011

Rocky Road 100 miler, 50 miler, Marathon, Half marathon was held in beautiful Coto de Caza California on the well groomed horse trails. The weather called for cold and rain, not much rain but very cold. This was my first 50 miler of the year and probably my last. I just couldn't get a rhythm going. The race was well organized with many volunteers. It was nice to see lots of familiar ultra marathoners. I did manager to finisher 14:39:14...oh well...I finished.

It's always an honor to see Mr.Jim Simpson. Jim is on his 14th round of the 50 states. Welcome back Jessica!

Jean is defending her title. Go Jean! The Amazing Joe is attempting his first 100 miler!!!

It's always a pleasure to see Deo...Marathon Maniac #22!!!

Way to go Cadillac Steve...go get that buckle!

Martha Washington (1732-1802)
Believe you can!
Yolanda "Walking Diva"
The Marathon Show will make you famous!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My journey continues...February 22, 2011

"For me to become the Guinness World Record holder, it took hard work, passion, dedication, determination, believing, faith, focus, motivation, support, persistence, and a competitive spirit willing to risk it all in order to make it to the finish line!" Find that passion, find that dream and go for it...


Most of us know exactly what it is that created the pain, confusion, stagnation and disruption in our lives. Whether it is a habit, behavior, relationship or fear, we know. Unfortunately, we seem powerless to stop whatever it is. Sometimes we believe we don't have the discipline or willpower to stop. The behavior becomes so habitual we do it without thinking. Other times we know exactly what it is. Sometimes we believe we don't have the discipline or willpower to stop. The behavior becomes so habitual we do it without thinking. Other times we know exactly what it is and what we do, but we simply keep doing it anyway. We are the only ones responsible for what goes on in our lives. We can make excuses and blame others, but we are responsible to and for ourselves. When we find something or someone creating in our lives that which we do not want, we must muster the courage and strength to stop it. Today I use my power to stop what is no longer good to me. - Iyanla Vanzant-

In the "spot light" this week is Dotty from Arizona...She's a beautiful and courageous woman!

What an honor to be asked to contribute to Yolanda's blog. I am totally inspired by her attitude, perseverance, and initiative in bringing this diverse community together. All of you reading this know how much Yolanda's big smile means when your paths cross with her during, before,or after a marathon. Thanks, Yolanda! I'll try to keep this fast paced, so your readers don't get too bored.

I should have suspected something back in high school when my favorite part of field hockey was running the laps at the end of practice. Everyone else would moan, and I couldn't wait! You see back then (yes, I'm a "baby bloomer"), women's sports were limited to field hockey, basketball, and softball. Anything else, apparently, wouldn't suit our delicated feminine temperament. Hah!

Flash forward to a marriage and divorce later, when in frustration with my life I decided to "go for a run". I don't know why I thought of it, and it was RAINING outside too. What a discovery! Suddenly things weren't so bad, and there wasn't anything I couldn't do.

Jumping forward a few more years, I'm into successful marriage, interesting career,and have three beautiful daughters. The challenge is finding time for me, and to relieve some of the stress that inevitably builds. Again, I dissted off the sneakers, asksed my husband to watch the girls, and headed out the door. Life was suddenly in balance again. At 40 I was looking opportunities to feel a sense of accomplishment, just for me. So I entered my first 5K (Race for the Cure), and was blown away. ALL THESE PEOPLE get out and hit the road, just like I do! Who knew?

Being a type AAA personality, 3.1 miles was not enough. Within a yeear I progress to 10k's, 10 milers, half-marathons, and 25k's. The marathon distance called, but I remembered pictures of people staggering over finish lines. But how could I resist? I remember walking the half mile to the post office and back with my daughters to mail the race registration to the Tucson marathon in 1996 (there wasn't online registration in those days). What an experience that first race was! I'll never forget passing he mile 24 marker, and realizing that I was actually going to finish! Dose it get any better than when you see the finish line, experience the applause, and receive your finisher's medal?

Flash forward today, and marathon maniac #651! Here I am at 76 marathons run (and one marathon on in-line skates), over all 50 states, and a 7-star maniac. So many memories! I couldn't begin to captue them all here. I do believe that running (or physical exercise, in whatever form works for you) is a "silver bullet"> When I lost my hearing, I turned to medical solutions, but it was running that kept me going. It was all about what I COULD do (not what I couldn't). Of course, I've had the wonderful support of my husband, my kids, and my friends, and the strength and comfort from my faith. But somehow it's running that keeps things all in perspective.

That's plenty about me. If I see you out on the course, let's share "high fives" and the knowing look of those who understand. -Dotty-

Believe you can!

Yolanda "Walking Diva"

The Marathon Show will make you famous!

I'm featured in February issue of Black Sports Magazine

Yolanda Fox interview

Rusty interviews Yolanda

Yolanda Holder going for Guinness record

Beautiful Miniatures by Felma

Motivational Speaker and Author Herb Ammons present 12-Steps to a Happy Life

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My journey continues...February 15, 2011

"WHEN I STAY FOCUSED ON THE END, THE DETAILS ARE HANDLED".Staying focused on a project or plan is one of the most difficult challenges we face. There is always the house to clean,calls to make, laundry to fold, movies to watch, news to catch up on, deadlines to meet and expectations to live up to. There is so much pulling on us, distracting us, keeping us from doing what we say- no wonder it never get done. Actually, there is only one thing that keeps us from our goals, that is lack of focus. Very often, lack of focus is caused by fear. Lack of focus/fear means you can find a million reasons not to do what you say you want to do. Lack of focus/fear means if you do what you say you just might succeed. Success means you would move out and beyond your comfort zone. Somehow, somewhere deep inside, that is frightening. The key is if you would just stay focused, all of those frightening little details would miraculously be taken care of. Before you know it, you would be exactly where you say you want to be.
-Iyanla Vanzant-

This week in the spot light is Retrina and all I can say is WOW! You're my shero Retrina!

Since as far as I can remember I've always had a problem with my weight. I realized I was different from other kids when I was in Kindergarten and was teased about my weight. I was told by family and friends that it was baby fat and would eventually go away. Well it never did.
I started yo-yo dieting in my early teens. I tried all the quick fixes, by quick fixes I mean diet pills, liquid diets and all the fads that ever existed, if there's a diet program you can think of, I've tried it. Now in theory those programs work because you'll lose weight, but the reality of it is, the weight always comes back with friends and by friends I mean additional weight. People always want the quick fixes, those things that we feel are going to lesson our responsibility or workload in the weight loss process. For example, I loved liquid diets because that meant I didn't have to cook and the results were fast, my meal was simple to prepare because it was already prepared for me. Diet pills, well they help you to "control" your appetite and I absolutely loved prepackaged food because again, that meant less work on my part. The academics of diets work, but in reality to me they're a fraud because they don't address the core issue or the reason why you gain the weight to begin with, which is a lack of self worth. Until that is addressed along with proper nutrition and exercise, the problem with obesity will never go away. Until you value and respect the person in the mirror who you can see, you won't respect the internal person who you can't see and for that reason have no problem damaging him/her by consuming things that you know will eventually adversely affect it.
I have a freedom of speech in this area because I yo-yo dieted myself into a 400+ pound body. I've lost over 200 pounds with 30 more to go. When you change the mind properly you seriously change everything! That is the goal of my company, to give support to people so they can change their view regarding the inner person in order to achieve permanent weight lost. I really want to help people let go of the fear of realizing their potential.
Believe you can!
Yolanda "Walking Diva"
Breaking news! Marathon "maniacs" prove 26.2 miles is a challenge not a barrier...

Monday, February 7, 2011

My journey continues...February 8, 2011


This week in the spot light is Annette from Chicago and she has a wonderful story.

Annette writes: I was never much of an athlete as a kid and not competitive in the least. However in early 2000 after having my last baby (four boys) over 14 years of trying (7 miscarriages) talk about persevering right? I think even my doctors thought I was a bit nuts. Well with high risk pregnancies I certainly never wanted to starve myself so at the age of 41 I noticed those pounds were impossible to lose without ramping up something besides a trip to the dinner table. My brother a tri-athlete goaded me into running, he said "you've never used them so your knees out to give you several years of running if you start now"! So I started walking a lot like you (Yolanda), loved it did an Avon 60 miler three day and realized it took awhile to get the miles I wanted to try for so started to run. In between I went on a diet and lost 65lbs which is still gone. Thank you God.

I think I really thought of myself as a runner when one morning while on a treadmill at our local fitness center one of the personal trainers said to me."hey you're a runner, why don't you join my running club?" Boy was that a compliment, that this fit cute gal actually thought I was a runner and the rest is history. I started with her club, added two more, met so many local people, many became very close friends, entered 5K', 10K's halfs and then the Chicago Marathon. Had the misfortune of being injured and running it in hideous pain, with my saint of a husband. I had bought him a bib for his birthday present sort of as a joke thinking if he ever did train enough to run with me, that would be even more fun. Well he surprised me, trained, got faster than me and stuck with his injured wife the whole 5:26 ish time and never complained while I complained. After the race we looked at each other and said this marathon thing has got to be better than this or so many people wouldn't do them. So we found one the following spring, ran outside in the snow and ice all winter and drove to Cleveland the following May. I ran 20 or 30 minutes faster and was hooked. I also thought we were pretty damn hot doing TWO MARATHONS IN 6 MONTHS. We loved the running ran another in the fall, then I went with one of my clubs to Miami in January. Heard about the Maniacs and the rest is history! The best part of the running honestly is the friendships with so many wonderful like minded folks, like you! I never cease to be amazed at what we can do when we persevere and join forces with each other.
My only regret is that my dad who died from a massive stroke 25 years ago and my mom who died from severe dementia 4 years ago could not have been around to witness. But somehow I think they know and approve.

I took your advice, I am registering for a doozie of a race Madison Marathon in MT in July at 9000 feet altitude I hate altitude but Diana Burton persuaded me she needed me to keep the bears away from her. Come join us, doubt I run a step, plan to enjoy the views. Best of everything to you Yolanda, you are such a positive good light out there for others.
"50 State Marathon Finisher 12/12/10"!!!

Motivational Speaker and Author Herb Ammons presents "12 Steps to a Happy Life"
I'm feature in February issue Black Sports Magazine

The Marathon Show will make you famous!
Rusty interviews Yolanda (The Rusty Humphries Show)

Yolanda Holder on Fox

Yolanda Holder going for the Guinness Record

Felma's Doll House Miniatures

My custom Guinness World record skirt is by Sheila Merrill

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surf City Marathon - February 6, 2011

Surf City marathon was held in Huntington Beach, California. It's been two weeks since my last race and I was ready. The weather was supposed to be sunny and low 70"s. I got my hair done and a pedicure. As the race started it was cool and overcast. It was hard to refrain from my "No More Fun" diet; I saw lots of maniacs and half fanatics and it wouldn't be fun without a picture with maniac celebrity Tony "Endorphin Dude". We both did very well and only took one picture. Things started to change when I ran into birthday boy Hector. Hector and I took a picture together and as I walked off I looked at the picture and I screamed! My hair! My bangs had turned into an afro. OMG I'm having a bad hair day. What was I thinking? Around mile 14 my feet were hurting. I way...blisters? I haven't had blisters in over a year. What was I thinking a pedicure the day before a marathon? I finished 6:03:32

IN THE SPOT LIGHT is new mom Jessica from Salt Lake City, Utah. Surf City is Jessica's second marathon. Jessica says that marathoning is a great way to have some "me time". Good work Jessica!!!

Happy Birthday Hector! There goes the hair...

I finished my third round of the California Dreaming Series.

Long Beach marathon quoted me: Out of 106 marathons in 2010, "The marathon that was the most fun this year was Oct 17 in Long Beach"

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
-Author Unknown-

Fear, lack of confidence and low self-esteem tends to make us jump to conclusions. If what we are facing is near to our hearts, we have a tendency to expect the worst. We miss so much, including opportunities to change, when we jump to the end from the middle. We forget our focus and the goal when we poise ourselves for failure. The ancient Africans knew that no matter what was going to happen, it would not happen until it happened. Therefore, they were prepared for all possibilities, the good and the bad. Do not jump to conclusions, you could be wrong. Do not pull out in the middle, that is a total waste of time. Keep your faith, trust and stay focused, put your best foot out anyway. The ancient ones had faith and trusted, knowing the end is only a reflection of the beginning.
The end is not here yet.
-Iyanla Vanzant-

Yolanda "Walking Diva"
Guinness World Record 106 Marathons in 2010

Motivational Speaker and Author Herb Ammons presents "12 Steps to a Happy Life"

The Marathon Show will make you famous!

I'm feature in February issue of Black Sports Magazine

Rusty interviews Yolanda (The Rusty Humphries Show)

Yolanda Holder Fox News Interview

Yolanda Holder going for the Guinness Record

Felma's Doll House Miniatures

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My journey continues

My journey continues...You met the two ladies (Felma & Debora) that I'm training for their first half marathon at Disney Half Marathon in September. We now have a third person joining us. Debora's husband Greg. Debora has convinced Greg to join us and I think there's a little competition between them. Today we finished up our third week and the ladies are doing good, still excited and motivated to power walk their first half marathon.
Last week I faced my biggest fear. Public speaking! I spoke at the Circle City Rotary Club in Corona. I spoke about my journey to Guinness and once the butterflies went away I really enjoyed myself. Becoming a motivational speaker is something I would like to do. I do have 106 things to talk about.
Each week I'm going to take a person(s) and put them in the spot light. This week it's Cindy from Oregon and I asked her what are your plans for 2011?

I am Marathon Maniac #90. I met the Main Maniacs at the Crater Lake marathon in 2004. I was there with my best running friend, Cathy Troisi, Maniac #37, was featured in Yolanda's blog in September 2010 when she did the first Tahoe Double Dare (144.4 miles). As of today, I have run 129 marathons and 12 ultras in 14 years of running in races. I started walking and then running in 1994 for weight loss. I once weighed over 300 pounds.

Yolanda has now outed me because she asked me to share my marathon plans for 2011. My goal is to get at least one more Marathon Maniac star, but please don't tell anyone- I can't take the pressure. I have done three marathons this month. The first two were a double created in Seattle by emerging super race director, Steve Walters. He combined the "Second Chance" marathon with already super race director Adrian Call's "First Call to Run" marathon to make a fabulous New Year weekend. Then I went to the awesome Maui Oceanfront marathon, directed by the most awesome Les Wright. I am also headed to Les "Tahoe Triple" in September. Steve has also created a triple for Independence Day around the traditional Sauvie Island marathon, which serves strawberry shortcake post-race! In between all that, I will go to Yakima, where Lenore and Bob Dolphin (a marathoning legend) are the co-race directors. Yakima features a wonderful post-marathon potato bar dinner with plentiful awards. Then we have the Marathon Maniac reunion at the Fox Cities Marathon, which provides another double opportunity for Wisconsin lovers. All in all, it will be a great year. I look forward to seeing everyone out on the road!

Before you run, check to see if the bulldog has teeth.
-Les Brown-


Fear is a very natural and normal response to the challenges we face in life. Fear tells us there is something we must be cautious about. Fear puts us on alert and tells us there is something we must be prepared for. Fear means something we know nothing about is about to come upon us. Fear of change, the unknown, rejection, failure and success are like the barking of a ferocious bulldog. for people of color, the fear of being bitten, again, immobilizes us. A history that has not honored our sense of worth and value supports the fear. The best thing we can do to fear is confront it. We must know the validity of the things we fear. We must believe we can conquer them. The next time the bulldog of fear is upon you, stair it down, open its mouth and check to see if the thing has teeth.
-Iyanla Vanzant-

Felma is very creative and talented. Check out her doll house miniatures.

I'm featured in Feburary's issue of Black Sports Magazine

Rusty interviews Yolanda (The Rusty Humphries Show)

The Marathon Show