Running for Kate....Alaska Style
Racing for a cure...One mile at a time!
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No I haven't completely lost my mind and yes, now I know how painful 26.2 miles feels. Neverthelss, I have signed up for the Mayor's Midnight run in Anchorage Alaska on June 21st. Why you ask? Because I thought my heart would burst with joy when they announced that the 1,900 TNT runners at the Disney Marathon had raised 5.6 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I want to be a part of that again. I need to be a part of something that is working toward a cure for Kate and others like her.
Of course my daughter, Kate, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for pre-B ALL (leukemia) was my motivation for undertaking both marathons but in large part, I run for those who have yet to be diagnosed. I am brought to tears each time I consider the fact that had Kate been born 40 years ago there would have been no treatment for her cancer. Now, she has an 85% chance for a cure. There are no words for my gratitude for the efforts of those individuals who preceded us.
Yet still, there are other more resistant forms of leukemia that do not have as favorable of a prognosis. I recently met the parents of one beautiful 15 year old girl who lost the battle to one such type of leukemia. I am spurred to action by her memory and hope that someday children like her will have a chance at a cure because of our efforts.
So here's the deal - I'll sacrifice my time and sweat, buy multiple pairs of running shoes, endure pain and ice baths, and wash tons of laundry (you have no idea how many stinky running clothes I go through), if you'll donate to this cause. There are so many things to spend your money on but this may be one the best investments you could make in the future. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission by clicking on the Donate Now tab to the left.
I hope you'll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support! Kate and I love you!
First GTS. It is kind of fun to see the nervous newbies and makes me feel like a veteran. Seriously, I am so grateful for their courage and enthusiasm. We did a whole 3 miles. Woo-Hoo! ;)
Big Peach Running - What a gorgeous day we had today for an easy 4 miler! It was a sunny day in the 50's. It was great to visit with one of my mentees, Kenny.
Kate and I worked a waterstop today so I ran later in the afternoon with Clairon. We did the 5 mile loop around Stone Mountain and did the first 3 miles too fast (sub 8 min miles)! After we slowed down to 9 minutes we felt a lot better!
Easy 5 miles from Peachtree Pres today. Love those running days when everything feels good!
We had an all group GTS today at Chastain. The 5 miles felt like 8 in large part because of the hills (perhaps it was also from working until 3 am). I tell myself during those rough moments that it's good practice for the marathon!
We ran 6 this week from Big Peach since I had to go to a Pinewood Derby on Saturday. It felt nice. I am so looking forward to daylight savings and more daylight running hours!
Ran 6 miles today. I am really enjoying getting to know my teammates and getting them to talk during the run. :)
Tornado curtailed GTS today, so no group run. Had to do the miles on a treadmill. :(
Ran 10 miles today so you know that we are starting to get serious again! Ran it in 1:41 and felt pretty decent. I was excited to be able to run with Kelly, one of my mentees, and Lindsey.