Running to Finding Cures and Saving Children. Officially signed up as a St. Jude Hero

Today on May 1st Heroes VIP race registration opened for the St. Jude Memphis Half/Full Marathon which will be held on 12/5/15. I have chosen this as my destination race this year. Not Disney not Nike not NYC, I have chosen St. Jude. Why? because St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital means Hope, Faith and a test of Strength for many people. The doctors, nurses and supporters of St Jude have added additional memories for some to share with their loved ones and for others it is the possibility to ease the pain since the toughest cases come to Memphis for a chance to be saved. Some have won their battle against childhood cancer and some have lost. I have set up my Heroes fundraising page and it is called “Never Forgotten”. I am running and fundraising for those that lost their loved ones too young in life and for those that are still fighting in the hopes of a cure. Please consider donating on my page, afterwards send me the name of someone that you have lost or someone dear to you and I will write those names on my St. Jude singlet as remembrance when I run the Half in Memphis on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

 Why I am passionate about St. Jude:

  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. They won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
  • St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that “No child should die in the dawn of life.”
  • St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers.
  • St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world.
  • On average, St. Jude has more than 67,000 patient visits each year.
  • It costs $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude. 70% of the funds come from public donations from people like yourself.
  • Thanks to donors like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

For every child treated at St.Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. Let’s not forget those that we have lost and help those that are still fighting. 

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to support this wonderful cause. My personal Heroes fundraising page can be found HERE.

Thank you deeply for your support!

‪#‎NeverForgotten    ‪#‎TeamDevin‪    #‎CancerSucks ‪   ‪#‎ForYouDad   #RunForAReason

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Watch this VIDEO on St. Jude to see why I want to “Run for a Reason”

For those wanting to sign up for General Registration it will be available on June1st.

Please share with me your blog recaps if you have ran this race previously. Thanks!

Please visit my St. Jude Heroes Fundraising page:   http://heroes.stjude.org/NicoleDecker

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Maranoia

The countdown has started. Its 10 days out and I feel the butterflies in the pit of my stomach. I don’t doubt the work I have put in. I have no serious injuries going into next weekend’s race just a mild case of tendonitis in my right foot but the anxiety has definitely started.

If your running RNRNOLA then you totally get this! lol!!!!

If your running RNRNOLA then you totally get this! lol!!!!


• Monday I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on kale juice, veggies and salmon. Lots of healthy stuff to boost up my nutrition and immune system for this last stretch.
• Tuesday I started writing my to-do list and packing list for my race. I started thinking about race attire but I have no clue what I’ll be wearing since the weather has been so up and down from one day to the next. I contacted One More Mile to inquire about getting a custom shirt made but no response yet.
• Wednesday I started reading the final race instructions for Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans. I glanced at the course map and aid stations. I signed up for Runner Tracking so friends can check on me via Facebook and Twitter. Coral #12 woohoo! Estimated 18-20k runners! Madness!! (I love it)
• Thursday I started scoping out the weather even though it’s still a bit too soon. I am praying that Mother Nature provides great race weather for 2-2-14. That alone is probably my biggest concern at this point. Until then I have 6 miles to run after work today and 8 on Saturday. Taper has finally started which is a bit of relief.

What will Friday bring?
All I know is I need to stay focused and feel confident that I have put in the work. The rest will be what it is. You never know what race day brings. It’s just up to you to get to that Start line and take the first step. I truly am excited and thankful for all of the tips along the way I have received. I have enjoyed this experience thus far.

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Medal Reveal for my 1st Full Marathon! #RNRNOLA

I am so EXCITED!
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans FINALLY revealed there medals for 2014!

Half and Full Medals

Half and Full Medals


SWEET! This was just the motivation I needed to get my butt in gear and get serious about training. I have a long road ahead of me before that 2-2-14 date but I want to be able to wear that medal proudly and say “YES, I am a Marathoner”. I want to be part of the chaos. I love to be part of the apprx 17k people that cross that Start line and say YES, I am up for the challenge. DNF is NOT in my vocabulary.
Pic from 2012

Pic from 2012


Last night I looked back at my first Half marathon bling proudly from 2011 which was Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans and remembered that feeling of accomplishment. I WILL feel that again.
On the left my 1st Half Marathon bling from 2011. I ran the race again in 2012. The only reason I missed 2013 was due to Disney Princess Half was on the same day.

On the left my 1st Half Marathon bling from 2011. I ran the race again in 2012. The only reason I missed 2013 was due to Disney Princess Half was on the same day.

I cant wait to add to my collection in 2014!
I know I have said it before but I will say it again, “Thank you for all of the support in this journey” I have a ways to go but I have faith I will cross that Finish Line”.
Good luck to you in your journey whatever it may be. Just remember ‘YOU GOT THIS!!’
As a friend reminded me : “Self Defeat is the Enemy.”

Next up: Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon this Saturday. I am ready!
Question: What made you pull the trigger for your first Full?