How I went from a 4:49 marathon to running a BQ

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Fit and Feminist

A commenter asked me last week to write up a straight-forward post looking at the path I took to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  I realized that I’ve dribbled the information all over my blog but I’ve never bothered to do a comprehensive post.  I read a similar post by Teal at Miles to the Trials, where she details her path from a 4:09 marathon to qualifying for the Olympic Trials, and so I’m going to model my post after hers (and by the way, if you haven’t read hers, you should – talk about freaking motivational!)

I ran my first marathon a little over six years ago, at Walt Disney World in Orlando.  My most recent marathon was last March in Albany, Georgia.  I’ve run about one marathon a year since 2010, which is when I decided that it made sense to pay someone a bunch of money to…

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Leonard Peltier’s MRI Confirms Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Diagnosis

Breaking News

Published January 10, 2016

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years

COLEMAN, FLORIDA — The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) in an email to Native News Online on Sunday evening said that the preliminary diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurism has been confirmed. MRI results indicating the size and location must be reviewed by physicians who will consult with Peltier.

“We would expect the Bureau of Prison to act with utmost urgency, but have long ago learned not to get our hopes up for speedy action,” says Peter Clark, co-chairman of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. “The last time I visited Leonard was June 2015. During our visit Leonard put his hand on his abdomen and said ‘I know something is wrong in here.’ He then went on to describe symptoms of this condition. Leonard had described his illness to the medical staff at Coleman USP I prior to June 2015.”

“ILPDC has put out numerous calls to action since that time, and Leonard’s legal team and supporters have fought for years for adequate healthcare for Leonard. ILPDC will provide further details as they become available. Supporters should keep pressure on the Bureau of Prison for timely treatment and transfer to a suitable medical facility,” Clark continued.

Please visit Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and USP Coleman I. Voice your concern about Leonard’s medical treatment, and let the federal Bureau of Prisons know that the world is watching. Demand that Leonard receive the best possible care.

Please also contact:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534

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California 500-Mile American Indian Spiritual Run Continues

Keeping the tradition alive

Keeping the tradition alive

Published January 10, 2016

SAN JOSE – Fred Short, AIM spiritual leader, John Malloy, 500-mile spiritual run organizer and Norman ‘Wounded Knee’ DeOcampo, a long-runner and AIM spiritual warrior, are keeping a tradition alive.

On Saturday, John Malloy and Wounded Knee were doing just that when they were at the 500-mile run training at Windy Hill Park, just outside of San Jose. Though the routes and the participants have changed since it began in 1978,  the spirit of the run has remained the same.

Organized by co founder of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks in 1978  in order to call attention to 11 bills pending in Congress that were detrimental to native people. One bill that stood out was HR 9054-(Congressman Cunningham from Washington). This bill asked the president and congress to abrogate or terminate all Indian treaties. *

Spiritual runs follow the tradition of early Native American runners who were messengers. This 500-mile team is a multicultural group of individuals dedicated to preserving the tradition of spiritual running. Their principal message is “All Life is Sacred!”

The runners train together in different locations once a month. In June, the runners will run across California in the annual 500- Mile Spiritual Marathon. It’s a non-competitive relay where teams of runners participate in a running prayer by carrying a sacred staff. Runners will often pray for those who are sick or in prison. They also pray for the preservation of sacred Native American sites and Mother Earth. At the end of each day, the teams gather in a circle to drum, sing songs, participate in a ceremony and share stories.


Team members

The emphasis in the event is spirit, not only the participant’s running ability. Men and women runners from many cultures and of different ages run together in prayer. There are also non-running team members who support the runners by driving vehicles, preparing meals and setting up camp.
At the same time the 1978 run was happening in California, The Longest Walk was entering Washington DC. There were legal issues that did not allow Dennis Banks to leave California, so he started the sacred run in California to be in tandem and add to the effect of the longest walk. The Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs will leave California on February 13, 2016. The 2016 walk will bring much needed attention to sacred sights, mascot issues, domestic violence, drugs and other issues harmful to indigenous people.

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Alaska Native Lydia Doza will Sit with First Lady for State of the Union Address

Lydia Doza

Lydia Doza

Published January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — The White House announced Sunday that Lydia Doza, 24, an Alaska Native woman from Anchorage, will be seated with the First Lady Michelle Obama for State of the Union on Tuesday night.

Each year, the White House selects citizens to sit in the First Lady’s box during the annual State of the Union address. Doza is one of two dozen chosen to sit with First Lady Obama.

Doza is a participant in the Administration’s Generation Indigenous initiative and a college student, who is pursuing a degree in software engineering technology at Oregon Tech, where she’s also an event organizer for Engineering Ambassadors, which focuses on outreach to kids as young as three years old through high school to encourage a career in engineering.

Originally from Anchorage, Doza was brought up in three Alaskan tribes – Inupiaq, Tsimshian, and Haida – as well as her grandmother Joanne’s influence taught her the value of an education and the importance of mentorship.

She discovered her passion for engineering early on through her high school robotics team. She’s engaging with rural youth in disciplines across the STEM fields to apply their skills and education.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Doza hopes to work full time as a software engineer while continuing her involvement in the community to promote the importance of STEM and higher education. She ultimately hopes to pursue a master’s degree in data science and encourage more women to go into STEM. Her mother, Maria Graham, and two brothers, Dorien and Leland, live in Wasilla, Alaska.





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Imam “under investigation” due to a fatwa against Christmas greetings to Christians – Fides News Agency

Social tension and the risk of sectarian conflict have recently occurred in the Egyptian city of Damietta, since the imam of a mosque in the port city, addressed to the faithful Muslims, issued a fatwa, containing the prohibition of direct greetings and messages of congratulations to Christians on the occasion of the Solemnity of Christmas. Precisely for this reason – inform Egyptian sources such as the Copts United site – the same imam is under investigation on behalf of Awaqf, the Ministry for Religious facilities (Waqf), which also has functions of monitoring the activities of mosques.In the last year (see Fides 24/06/2015), the Egyptian Waqf has increased monitoring initiatives in bookstores and libraries of mosques throughout Egypt, to withdraw all books and materials of extremist and fundamentalist propaganda from the circulation which had been widely disseminated especially at the time of the government led by the Muslim Brotherhood.On the eve of last Easter, celebrated by the Copts in Egypt on 12 January (see Fides 10/01/2015), certain public statements of recognized Salafis Islamic leaders had sought to set aside the recurring controversy in Islamic environment with regards to the lawfulness to address messages of good wishes to Christians on the occasion of their liturgical solemnities. In particular, the Salafist preacher Osama Qusi stressed that no rules and Islamic prescription forbids Muslims to congratulate Christians, and therefore all the fatwas that claim to prohibit such practices must be considered as invalid.

Source: Imam “under investigation” due to a fatwa against Christmas greetings to Christians – Fides News Agency