Until 2018, I trained almost exclusively on a treadmill, running 1,000+ miles a year; I have even run 13 miles at 5:30am on a treadmill before starting my day. When I stepped out of corporate for a much-needed break, I had undergone steps to prevent cancer, including a double mastectomy with reconstruction and removal of both ovaries after learning I was a carrier for the BRCA gene mutation and was experiencing the side effects of invasive surgeries. My better half got me on the roads outside. It was a tough adjustment; I was sucking wind trying to run just seven miles through the hills of Cherokee county, and since then, I have worked incredibly hard to drive results through consistency and hard work. No shortcuts ever.

I am so proud of how far I have come running. Some accomplishments I am incredibly proud of are:

I ran 1200+ running miles in 2019, and 900+ running miles this far for 2020, just in time for the Jewish New Year!

I completed a full marathon!

1:53 Half Marathon

1:16 15K

48:46 10K

And just last week, I finally raced a sub 24 minute 5K, making me #2 for my age group with a time of 23:56! No match for Matt’s time of 20:15.

Men + Women are not equal. And that’s a good thing.

Our difference in time is right on par with the difference between the world record in the mile run set by men’s record holder, Hicham El Guerrouj, with his time of 3:43.13, while Sifan Hassan has the women’s record of 4:12.33.

Women are naturally slower than men. It is just how our bodies are made.

And I am beyond devastated for the future of women in sports with Joe Biden proposing that any man who identifies as a woman can compete in women’s athletic competitions. This will destroy the future of women’s sports with irreversible damaging effects.

I am no professional athlete, just a serious hobbyist who turned to running when I knew I could never take my health for granted again. Next year, I have my sites on a Half Ironman, and I can assure I am no match for a man.


  • Ilana Frenkel Kearns

    Strategic Business Operations and Communications Leader Connecting the Dots to Drive Process Improvement and Organizational Success | Chief of Staff


    With over a decade serving alongside top executives at global Fortune 500 and privately held companies as their trusted business partner and advisor, I provide strategic support for all operational efforts to relieve them of administrative functions, allow them to focus on strategic and tactical responsibilities, and achieve key business outcomes. The following are highlights of the value I’ve brought to organizations: Developed and lead and partnered with C-level executives to design and execute company-wide strategic initiatives, including working with department leaders to define, manage, and track their priorities. On-dollar projects, including new space build-outs, flagship events, and multiple-day offsite events to create team cohesion. Researched, prepared, and coordinated corporate communications and marketing programs to build awareness, and collaborated closely with internal and external partners to drive unmatched results. Guided companies towards increasingly sophisticated and effective use of technology, including effective remote work at the onset of COVID-19. Collaborated to produce and write articles, blogs, social media posts, and communications to build both professional and personal brands, increased partnerships, and boost revenue. Served as a Community Relations Strategy Leader for a multi-million-dollar corporation building relationships with 10+ unique nonprofits across the city of Atlanta and galvanizing volunteerism, sustainability, and people-driven community service. Reach out and connect with me here on LinkedIn so we can discuss the challenges you face with managing daily operations. I’d love to show you how I can lend my expertise to help solve them. Strategic Planning | Risk Management and Mitigation | Cross-Functional Leadership | Stakeholder Engagement | Corporate Communications | Project Management | Meeting and Event Management| Policy and Procedure Management | Collaborative Leadership | Workplace Culture | Resource Optimization | Conflict Resolution | Transparent Communications | Business Case Writing | Corporate Social Responsibility | Inclusion and Diversity