26 Reasons I’m running the NYC Marathon

26 Reasons Why I’m Running The NYC Marathon and only ONE Reason I’m asking You To Donate …

#1 — Because I want to be a better version of myself.Mile Marker 0

#2 — “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” -Oprah Winfrey

#3 — Because running 26.2 miles makes most other difficult tasks seem like a walk in the park.

#4 — So I don’t feel guilty about all the yummy foods I eat while producing InnTheKitchen.com.

#5 — “Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

#6 — Because it gives me a reason to get out of bed early enough to catch the sunrise when I would have otherwise slept in.

#7 — Because one glass of wine is equivalent to 120 calories or 1.2 miles.  More miles = more wine.  :o)

#8 — “Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'” – Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner

#9 — Because pain is weakness leaving the body.

#10 — We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our NashvilleRace3society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” -Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile

#11 — Because I love the cool people I meet on the road.

#12 — “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.” -Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

#13 — Because it’s the type of sport I can travel with … all I need is my shoes.

#14 — “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” -Henry Ford

#15 — Because I love pasta.   And running makes carbs my friend.

#16 — “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner

#17 — Because race schwag rocks.

#18 — Because running 26.2 miles might hurt like hell, but the afterglow lasts for weeks.

#19 — “Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clear headedness that follow a long run.” -Monte Davis

#20 — Because when I run I feel more alive, even when it feels like I’m dying.Coconut

#21 — “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” -Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the NYC marathon

#22 — Because of the cool tracks on my Running playlist.  I can’t help but step in beat.

#23 — Because I enjoy the outdoors and the scenery.  It’s an awesome way to experience a city.

#24 — Because I have two medals … and overall I want to collect 10.  I will run for bling.

#25 — Because I love an adrenaline rush and a runner’s high.  And I know when I see the finish line and the crowds are 5 and 10 people deep, screaming at the tops of their lungs for everyone in the race … it will be  one of the greatest 100 seconds in my life.  I will probably cry.

#26 — Because it will remove the words “I can’t” from my vocabulary.

And the ONE reason I’m asking you to donate …

Because I’m running with Fred’s Team.  And Fred’s Team, named after running legend Fred Lebow, has raised more that $38 million to fund cancer research for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  This center treats more children with cancer than any other institution in the world.  Each mile I run and each dollar I raise puts the words “carefree and fun” back into a kid’s childhood.  And that makes me smile.

How You Can Help

Please make a gift to my Fred’s Team run today.  Your support helps fund new research and new treatments that brings true hope to people affected by cancer. You can find out more about my Fred’s Team event by clicking on the link below.


Thank You!

About Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is a writer, spokesperson, and travel videographer. She believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors and collects recipes from her trips to recreate them here on The Travel Bite. She’s currently the Food and Dining Insider for Visit Florida and was recently named by KRED as one of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the world.

As much as Rachelle enjoys traveling and tasting new foods, she also loves to run. She’s completed the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon as well at 5 half marathons.


  1. You go girl!!

  2. Oh man marathon shoot today followed by marathon emails while watching the A-Team and eating lasagna.


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