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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

26.2 Tattoo

This past weekend, I got my first tattoo...26.2 with a heart instead of the dot!  I've wanted this since I finished my first marathon in Maine (Mount Desert Island) in 2008.  If you haven't checked out Mount Desert Island, I highly recommend it!

You'll Wait for Me

If you love running then you're probably on this blog right now.  You might be checking out my blog because you're just getting into running, or you've been running for a long time, or you're also running in memory of someone, or for a cause. Whatever your reason is for running, check out this video and you'll love running even more: You'll Wait for Me


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

50 for Billy Mission Statement

50 for Billy Mission Statement: I am running 50+ marathons in 50 states in memory of my dad, William Mason Trask, who passed away suddenly in 2006 at age 51. My dad loved to travel, but he never got to see all 50 states.  I am bringing him with me.

My goal is to complete #51 at the Mount Desert Island Marathon (where my dad grew up) age 51. This will not be a competitive journey. I will not have set goal times for each marathon, instead I want to inspire others along marathon courses to continue to run and to remember why they run. I hope to encourage others of all ages to take a proactive approach to coping with the loss of a loved one.

At the end of my journey, I would like to write a book and donate the proceeds to the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine. Please follow & support me through 1,310 miles. Who will you run for?

Elizabeth Trask

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marathon shirts

My shirts are going to look something like this with the picture of my dad on the front and the states on the back!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The eulogy I wrote...

Sometimes we just don't know the reasons why...I'm going to miss you Dad. My last memory with you was of us laughing in my car about nothing, simply laughing at each others' laughs to the point that we started to cry. Our relationship was very close and I will never forget laughing and crying with you on numerous occasions.  I was always comfortable and safe with you Dad, I still feel that way.  I know you are here with me right now as I write this, you are probably lingering right over my shoulder, helping me and telling me not to cry.  Just the other day I was outside and the weather was so strange, it was sunny and raining and then where I was standing the sky was dark, but I wasn’t getting rained on at all.  You are still here and I can feel you protecting me and telling me “everything will be ok”.  

The smell of your Red Sox shirts helped me sleep last night.  You were a hard-core Boston Red Sox fan.  I won’t forget going to Fenway for Opening Day this summer with you.  Trips to Fenway were always fun, you were the loudest fan, always starting the chants.  Don’t worry, I will keep that tradition going for you.  You really knew how to have a good time. I always had fun with you Dad. You always knew how to make me laugh and smile.  You are my courage and my strength everyday. My pain runs so deep that it is hard to even start putting it all into words. Without you in my life things will never be the same. 

Please always know I love you and no one can take your place; years may come and go, but your memory will never be erased. Thank you for teaching me what courage really means. You will always be my hero. May you now be at peace, with no more struggles or tough days and remember how much I admired you for the strength and love you showed me everyday. "ALL MY LOVE." I love you Daddy. XOXO, Bethy-Poo

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Follow me on Twitter @fiftyforbilly

Danielle convinced me to start a Twitter account to connect with runners and find marathons, etc.!! Follow me @fiftyforbilly  :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Nike Women's Half Marathon, 2010

I am running the Nike Women's Half Marathon in less than two weeks in San Francisco.  I am very excited since I've never been to the West Coast.  My mom and I are going to do all of the tourist stuff.  We're going to Napa Valley for wine tours and Alcatraz!  I am looking forward to a little break away from everything and some quality time with my mom.  So far I've found that the women doing this race are such an inspiration.  Nike has a Facebook page and women have been adding photos with captions about why they run.  I can't wait to run alongside other women who run because they can and/or in memory of someone close to their hearts.  I will keep you posted on my adventure to San Fran!