Day 2 Update – 5 Half Marathons – 5 States – 5 Days – 4 Living With Harmony!

Day 2 – Fueling our Minds and Bodies!

Hello All!

The Mainly MarathonsIndependence Series Half Marathon for day 2 is in the books with a time of 3:33:33.

Today’s course was at Fair Hill National Recreation Area in Elkton, MD and consisted of 9 out and back loops with 8 rubber bands.

Familiar Friendly Faces

Today was full of encouragement, familiar friendly faces, plus a few new ones.

I walked several miles with Stephanie.  This is her first Mainly Marathon series and like me wants to complete half marathons in all 50 states.  We share many things in common with our activity and are both working to improve our diets to fuel our minds and bodies.


No Solo Efforts Here

As you can tell from the pictures there are no solo efforts here.  We all support and feed off of each other. There are all shapes and sizes at these races conquering distances from 5K to 50K. Almost every pace is represented as well.  At this series the last place finishers at each distance are honored with a caboose.

There are no awards for first place and speed is not your friend when stringing this many races together.

Working on John Pierre’s Pillars of Health

pillarsI am working on growing the other three pillars of nutrition, motion and compassion while on this trip.

The pillar of compassion can easily be practiced while driving by letting someone merge.

I’m listening to podcasts to learn new skills and enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of nature when I’m walking alone.

There are group dinners which is another friendship building time.  I was pleasantly surprised to see three other people at a table of eight choose vegetarian options last night.  The conversations were great and the stories inspiring.

Today’s water table wisdom ‘You’re entirely bonkers.  But I’ll tell you a secret.  All the best people are.’ from Alice in Wonderland.

Until tomorrow , keep on walking!

Andrea RoseInterim BoardmemberAnimal Care Manager

My name is Andrea Rose and I love animals and the planet. I have felt a connection to animals and nature for as long as I can remember. By spending time with animals, I’ve seen they have emotions, are self-aware and truly value their own lives. Because of this, I believe we have an obligation to respect, protect and care for them.

That connection has turned into my life’s mission of working tirelessly to help animals in need. I currently work as a veterinary technician where I provide care for animals at work and I care for many animals in our microsanctuary.

Because of my deep reverence for animals, I decided to help start Living With Harmony with John Pierre. In my work at the sanctuary, I help our residents, many of them with behavioral or special needs and that have been injured, abandoned or neglected, so they can live out their lives in peace and with joy and comfort. We all strive for a fulfilling life full of happiness and it’s my honor to provide this same opportunity to animals in need. In my work at the sanctuary, I also try to provide education and resources about companion animals and classroom pets and the issues they face.

In addition to working and caring for animals at the sanctuary, I use my passion and experience as an environmental educator to bring awareness to the benefits of sustainable and greener living. At Living with Harmony, we hope to also inspire people to create a positive change in their lives through their experience and connection to the community that we are trying to create.

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