Part 1/2 marathon; part mastectomy. This section gives some brief info about Team Mb4M’s running adventures!


We’re back!

TEAM MB4M Is running the Providence Half Marathon on May 6, 2012.

Don’t want to run the 1/2 marathon? Well, there is also a FULL marathon and a 5K going on that day, too!

Not in this area? Then, come train with me virtually. I usually post my run distances online. Drop me a note if you want to start with a slow walk and lead up to a run on your own!



We decided to make it a small annual event! If you want to join us at Stonehill for a “casual 13 mile run”, then come along. Details to follow! If you aren’t local, then challenge yourself that day! Maybe this inspires you to walk a few miles, run a few miles, or do a combination of both. If the half marathon distance isn’t your cup o’ tea, then just walk as long as you can and want. The point is to move that day, commit to moving more that day than you usually do. That’s it. Simple 🙂


I’ll just say it – I AM AWESOME. I didn’t think this was even possible, yet I managed to run the 10k in 92 degree heat and finish in just under 2 minutes slower than I did pre-surgery. To me, that’s pretty dang cool! I felt great, especially since it was truly my first run since before the surgery.


This 1/2 marathon occurs just 5 1/2 months after my mastectomy. That means, I need to start training for it at least 2 months after my mastectomy. Can I do it? Is it even possible? Stay tuned to find out! UPDATED July 2011: The funny thing is that I totally don’t even remember posting about this race! How funny! So, no, I never did run it, and I’m TOTALLY okay wit that. Who the heck runs a half marathon just 5 months after surgery?!?!

BOSTON 1/2 MARATHON (10.10.10)

So, I decided NOT to run the Boston 1/2 Marathon even though I signed up. Instead, I threw together my own 1/2 marathon. It was a beautiful day filled with friends and family, and I’m so thankful for all of the support in this Brave Girl 1/2 Marathon! 13.1 miles done :).

Thank you to my running partners who ran in shifts and kept me motivated (and lots of cheerleaders!):

Carra Gamberdella, Lisa O’Donnell, Jon Talusan, Elizabeth McGuiness, Chuck Hannaford, Donna Castagna, Jorge Vega, Jenny Matthews Talusan, Ligaya Hannaford


FANTASTIC JOB, 10K Team Mb4M!! Way to run in 90 degree heat and end in Gillette Stadium! We had some first time runners in this squad who did absolutely wonderful! Thank you for your support, your running, and your friendship! Run on, dudes!

Liza Talusan, Jade Franco, Grace Niwa, Sandra Kim, Brian Donahue, Chuck Hannaford, Liz Dixon Neilson, Molly Flanagan, Alberta Neilson

WORCESTER 1/2 MARATHON (6.13.10)The original training race for Team Mb4M!
Congratulations to all the people who trained and who ran the 1/2 marathon! Whether it was with our Mb4M team in Worcester or in your own hometown, you did it! You pushed yourself, challenged yourself beyond your own limits, and completed this part of the journey!

If you trained but were not able to run the 1/2 marathon, you, too, pushed further than you imagined. Every day that you committed to health, you committed to your future. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Liza T., Jonathan T., Heather C.-M., Chuck H., Tamara M., Julie B., Beth B-R., Tina F., Liz N., Christina B., Jim H., Donna V., Aleta P.


  1. Heather Kristan says:

    Hey Liza!

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m registered and training for the Bay State Marathon in Lowell in October. If you’re running the half marathon there, I’d love to meet up at some point! Congrats on taking on so much! I follow your facebook updates all the time!


    • Liza says:

      Hi Heather! Secretly, I want to see if I can run the full, but I’m aiming for the 1/2 for now on that day. PLEASE keep me posted!! Would love to hear about your training and get inspired to do the full too 🙂

  2. Thank you for being inspirational. I’m exploring mastectomy blogs searching for others who have stayed positive amongst all the BS (pardon my French)

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