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"Support Our Wounded Warriors"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018






Today, I am launching the second phase of the 2010 Freedom’s Light Charity Program. With the 70.3 Mile Toughman Triathlon and Tuesday’s Children Campaign complete, I am now preparing for the Marine Corps Marathon and supporting 2 additional charities: Fisher House and the Wounded Warrior Project.

To learn more about these charities, visit the “Our Programs” tab at www.freedomslight.org. To donate to these charities directly go to:

Fisher House: http://www.active.com/donate/FisherHouse2010MCM/2010PCurran

Wounded Warrior Project: http://WWPProudSupporter.kintera.org/curran

I’ve decided that the best way to represent the service members impacted by your donations is to let you hear from them directly. Attached is a movie trailer called “Warriors the Film.” In this trailer you will hear service members from multiple generations answer a series of questions starting with, “What makes a warrior?” Their responses are honest, sobering, and most of all, aligned with the values which make our country great. In short, it is why I do all that I do with the Freedom’s Light Charity Program.


Have an outstanding week, everyone. Don’t let the unimportant stuff bring you down. Keep fighting, stay motivated, and never quit!

God Bless,


Training Schedule:

After a week of very light workouts, I completed my diagnostic run yesterday. It went extremely well. My knees and hips have never felt better at this stage of marathon training.

Not sure if many of you know, but I broke away from traditional marathon training last year due to injuries. This year, I created a hybrid approach of training 7 months for the Toughman Competition which had a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. I’ve run as long as 14 miles to date but now have 6 weeks to get ready for the full 26.2 mile distance. Many experts suggest only running up to 20 miles 2 weeks before race day because the adrenaline will get you the rest of the way. I’ve used this technique for the past 3 years and it’s turned out OK.

So with this in mind, below is this week’s training calendar. It still maintains a swim-bike-run format but also has the first of 3 long runs within it on Tuesday. The following weeks will have a very hilly 18.6 mile run and a moderately flat 20 mile run to practice pacing. Then, I will conduct a 2 week tapering down period to let my joints and muscles recover.

Sunday: Diagnostic: 8 X 400m (~2 min ea); 3 miles @ 8:00min/mile; 1 mile race pace (9:30 mile)

Monday: Swim 4 x 400m; Long Stretch and Ice on knees/left hamstring

Tuesday: 16 mile distance run (10:30 min / mile)

Wednesday: Long Stretch and ice while traveling long distance by car

Thursday: Bike 1 Hour

Friday: 9 mile run at race pace (9:30 min / mile)

Saturday: Long Swim: 2 miles (80 laps; no wetsuit)


Last Thoughts

Thank you for all of the great emails of support after completing the 70.3 Mile Toughman Competition. In a few weeks, I will publish a detailed journal of the event. A lot happened that day which will take me a while to sort out and share.

All in all, I am in great shape going into the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31st. I get excited about this event, because if feels like one big “family reunion” with more than 30,000 people running during that weekend. They come from all walks of life from multiple countries, yet we all seem to be celebrating why this country is known for being the land of the free and home of the brave.

Please keep the emails coming!! Although I am slow to respond at times, I read them all. It helps me more than you know.


About the Freedom’s Light Newsletter

The Freedom’s Light Newsletter comes to a reader at no expense. Feel free to forward to others who would appreciate a bit of inspiration. All that we ask is that you consider stopping by our site at www.freedomslight.org to leave a small donation to any of our 4 charities listed.

The Freedom’s Light site also has free features to include motivational video clips, past journal entries, and the ability to leave a heartfelt message at our “Dedication Wall.” You can also sign up for future newsletters on the home page in the “Join Our Newsletter” section. The intent is to allow anyone to use the site to express their support for America’s best in their time of need.

All organizations associated with the site are 501(c) charities. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. Every penny an individual donates through the Freedom’s Light website goes directly to the organization.

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