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Tufts University: The President's Marathon Challenge

Joanna Xylas

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Donations this year: $1,826.20
My Goal: $2,000.00

Joanna's Bio

Graduation Year: August 2012

I am a Graduate Student going for my PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I am almost finished with my second degree from Tufts, but the TMT team is on my Tufts Bucket List! This will be my first marathon. I am not an experienced runner, but -believe me- I am up for the challenge! Please support me and donate to this great cause. Go Jumbos!

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Alexander Argyros
Jo, I want to see you finishing under 4hr... :)
Keep your eyes on the prize and the wind at your back
Impossible is nothing! Go big or go home! Push through! We'll be cheering you on! -Jen & Kyle
Juan Escobar
I'm so proud of you for doing this! I can't wait to meet you a the finish line, and go for a nice cold beer afterwards.
Karin Ajmani
Wishing you all the best! - Mira and Milan
Xiaozhou Yang
judging by your beer flop skills, i can tell your atheletic prowess is at it's peak. best of luck joanna!
Michael Konnon
$50.00 Gift
Good Luck, JoAnna!
Go Jo Go!!!!
Go jo!!!! Kick marathon butt like u did when u scored the TRI!!!
Go Joanna!
olivia peiretti
RUN Joanna RUN
Kate Vartholomaios
$20.00 Gift
Good luck and happy training! Xxx
So proud of you Jo, congratulations!!
George Kurdin
lets go! (will buy you a ski lift ticket if you beat Branko)
Ece Hanci
a good playlist and some vaseline for the toes and you are ready to go!
Run Jo Run!
keep running the never ending race. good luck!
Stephanie Coutrix
I am so happy and proud you are taking on this challenge. This means we'll have to run a marathon together!!! ROCK.
Charles Hotimsky
run baby run
George Manos
Brian Kaufman
Go Joana & Branko!
Ilana Baruh
So proud of you... I will be thinking of you throughout your journey and on April 16th. Great friend, great cause. lots of luck to you!!!! filakia:)P


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Thu Feb 23 10:25:24 EST 2012
February 23rd, 2012
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
-Albert Einstein

A theme for me throughout this process has been the battle to convince myself that I actually am capable of running this race.  Still, the feelings of fear and failure linger, but the true challenge has been turning those feelings into motivation and preparation.  Balancing discipline and happiness is the most significant lesson I'm learning - and- the most surprising component of all this is that discipline and happiness compliment each other quite well.  When practiced, both offer strength and peace of mind.  As for my training, this weekend will be an 18-miler.  If I can stand after this run, I'm just 8 miles shy of the grand-finale!! Stay tuned my loyal and generous supporters!  Thank you again for being there for me!!!
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Thu Feb 16 13:23:49 EST 2012
February 16th, 2012

"A run begins the moment you forget you are running." -Adidas

My morning runs have become my favorite time of the day.  The cold weather doesn't intimidate me anymore and my mileage is above 30 miles per week!  Rachel, my running partner and unofficial coach, has been training us well!  We have cut almost a minute off our shorter runs compared to when we started in October!  I definitely have lots of pride in that!  Our 16 mile run last weekend, an out-and-back over the Newton hills, was tough - but everything else this week has been a breeze!  Two weeks until our 18 miler and only two long runs that separate me and the Marathon!

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Tue Feb 07 10:39:50 EST 2012
February 7th, 2012

Whatever you can do,
Or think you can, begin it.
Boldness has power, and genius,
And magic in it.
- Goethe (German Writer)

We tackled a 13.4 miler this Sunday and I can hardly complain about it! It was a fantastic run starting from Davis Square, travleing through Cambridge and circling around the North End, Financial District, and cutting right through the Common!  The sun was shining and I was prepared and hydrated.  All I was thinking after the run was, "Last time I did this, I couldn't walk for three days!"  Well, that was NOT the case this time.  Post-run superbowl (with a NY victory- ooops, sorry Boston) was not bad either.  I am definitely looking forward to that long 16 mile run on the course this weekend with the TMT.  Pushing the limits here and getting GREAT results!!!!  Thank you all for the support and inspiration - I'm putting in those hours and I hope you're proud!

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