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By Heather D. on May 01, 2013 11:45 pm
Anne ready to run this past weekend's Nike Women's Half Marathon in D.C.

Anne ready to run this past weekend’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon in D.C.

Anne Luck-Deak, mom to 2-year-old Domani, found solace and strength in running after losing her husband Joe to colon cancer in December 2011. This Jamesburg, N.J. mother runner, 35, just completed her second half-marathon—the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C.—and has big plans for tackling 26.2 this fall.

Best recent run: The day after Boston I did an early morning run along a familiar loop in my parents’ neighborhood. I did the loop twice to make my 11 miles, my last long training run before the Nike Women’s Half in DC. From my first step until my last I felt strong and I felt connected to every other runner in the world. I was propelled by meaningful music (I remember Seasons of Love, and Don’t Stop Believin’ as favorites) and for the rest of the day every time I saw another runner I smiled and my eyes started to well up.

With BRFs Malinda (center) and Melissa (right) at the Nike Women's Half Expotique.

With BRFs Malinda (center) and Melissa (right) at the Nike Women’s Half Expotique.

Second 13.1: On Sunday, I was lucky enough to run with my two favorite Mother Runners (Malinda & Melissa!) in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. When Malinda convinced me to sign up for it I had only just started training for my first half marathon (Miami Beach on 3/9), but on Sunday I managed to PR by almost 7 minutes! I actually had a rough training time in between Miami and Sunday’s race due to a hectic work schedule, but it has taught me to be gracious with myself and to give everything I’ve got whenever I can give it – good lessons for life and running.

Solo Parenting & Running: I started running as a way to get back in shape mentally, physically, and emotionally after I lost Joe. It began with a 5K in April and by December I was training for my first half. Being a single parent, I can never just go, but I know the importance of fitting it in. So, my family and friends have logged hundreds of babysitting hours and I get creative. Sometimes, I still get overwhelmed with missing Joe and single parenting, but I find strength in running that keeps me moving forward.

Each Step in the Present: My friend Malinda always says that each mile’s a gift and I think that’s a beautiful way to think about running.

Training Like a Mother: I love the Train Like a Mother plans for the ‘coffee cup,’ the ‘water bottle,’ [images used on the plans themselves] and the confidence I felt at the start line. With my crazy schedule I appreciated having a visual for the one workout I could skip if I needed to and the one I needed to move heaven and earth to make sure I fit on my calendar. I also loved knowing that when I stepped to that start line in Miami that I would be crossing the finish line too. Amazing!

Anne and her little guy, cheering on favorite team the Mets.

Anne and her little guy, cheering on favorite team the Mets.

Honoring her Husband: Last week, I made the decision to join The American Cancer Society’s Team Determination and make the NYC Marathon this fall my first full marathon. As a part of their program, I will train with their team and raise money in memory of Joe. In November 2011, just before Joe passed away, my friend Christon ran NYC in his honor, raising funds for ACS. When my friend Melissa asked me to join her and her husband Paul this year as they run NYC with Team Determination it seemed perfect. Time for Train Like a Mother: The Marathon! I can’t wait!

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