Congratulations on Achieving a Major Milestone

Just as recovery is filled with small successes that add up to long term sobriety, your training is a series of successes that are giving you so much to be proud of.  We are now in Week 5 of our training, and already you have achieved a lot. Not only have you been consistently getting up and showing up, you are getting stronger and going further.

The most common distances for races in the distance running community are a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.  If you did the full 3 miles either this Sunday or the Sunday before, you completed the equivalent of a 5K!  That’s the first major milestone. Awesome!  In just a few more weeks, you’ll be celebrating the fact that you just completed the equivalent of a 10K!

Yes, you can do this.  Keep believing in yourself, and keep showing up, and you’ll be very proud of what you accomplish.


Four Reasons to Join the Early Morning Midweek Training Sessions

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout Marathon Season, Robin will be leading midweek training sessions.  These sessions have a multitude of benefits, benefits that are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Here are some of them:

  1. Your muscles and joints will thank you. Even if your cardiovascular system is strong, your joints and muscles need time to adapt. Let’s give them plenty of opportunity to do so. If you get your body accustomed to running/walking several times each week, your muscles and joints will be fully prepared for the longer distances that will come later in the season.  Midweek training is an opportunity to honor yourself by honoring your body. 
  1. You’ll feel good about yourself afterward. It may be hard to drag yourself out of bed, but think how good you’ll feel once you get out there, and how you’ll feel throughout the rest of the day as you congratulate yourself for getting out there and doing it. You will have made the decision to get up and show up, and that will be a reason to reflect on your day with pride.
  1. You will enjoy the camaraderie of the team. We’re all in this together.  We will celebrate our successes, and hold each other accountable.  Be part of something bigger than yourself.
  1. Robin will inspire you. Robin supported the team during the 2015-16 season and he did an awesome job. He was consistently there and consistently positive. He knows that training is tough.  He knows how to keep you motivated and he brings a sense of enthusiasm that will put a smile on your face no matter what.

If you are already doing the midweek runs, awesome! Keep it up.  If you aren’t doing them yet, I encourage you to check it out.   The benefits listed above are but a few of the many.  See how many more you can experience.


You’re Starting a New Healthy Habit!

Congratulations to all of you who showed up for training two Sundays in a row.  To those of you who came for the first time, welcome; and to those of you who showed up for our first Sunday and missed this past Sunday, we hope you’ll come back.

As we start the season, it’s time to commit to a new habit, a habit that will serve as a metaphor for recovery.

Just like training for a full or half marathon, achieving the goal of long term sobriety means working hard every day, and surrounding yourself with those who support your goal.  It means you get up and show up. It means going the extra mile.  It means not giving up when the going gets tough.  And, when you need support to go the distance, you will have coaches, volunteers and the rest of your team to rely on. We’ll help you on the road to the LA Marathon finish line, and there will be others in your life who will become your support network as you journey beyond Beit T’Shuvah.

And most importantly, it means that because of your efforts, you’ll be able to look back and be proud of what you accomplished out on the Marathon route and in your journey through life.  

You can do this!