Monthly Archives: January 2010

All in the Name of Charity – A challenge

Before I get to the challenge I want to talk a little about Team In Training(TNT) and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization.  My uncle, Jimmie, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his wife, my aunt, left such a sweet comment on my fundraising page.  My heart has grown infinitely over the past few months due to many things.  Most of them are personal, but know that my heart is 120% into raising AT LEAST my minimum requirement put forth by TNT and LLS.  (Did you know that at least 71% of every donation made to LLS goes to research or directly helping patients/patient’s families?) The more people that I talk to about TNT, the more people I find out have been affected by leukemia or lymphoma – some with happy endings and, unfortunately, some without.

I will be sending out letters to everyone I know that has not donated yet.  They may be in the form of emails or actual letters for some who may find it easier to donate by check.

So, on to the challenge I talked about.  It’s not a challenge to me.  My challenge is train hard to run the best 13.1 miles I can.  Okay, my challenge is also the fundraising, but that’s where YOU come in.

My challenge for you, and you, and you (and YOUR friends and YOUR family) is that I will shave my head (not BALD, but 98% of my hair will go away) if I AT LEAST meet my goal of $3000 by April 2nd.

But because T is not thrilled at all with the prospects of me lopping off all my hair, I’m compromising.  All those who donate between now and April 2nd will get a vote.  When you donate online there is a place to leave a comment.  Leave me a comment saying whether or not I should shave my head.  (I will include the voting info in my emails and letters also so those not donating online can still have a voice.)  The votes will be tallied on April 2nd.  The majority rules.

If the “yes, shave your head!!” votes win, I am hoping that my hair is long enough to donate it to Locks of Love (it must measure 10 inches in length by that point). My scalping will be videotaped and posted here and probably over at The Sisterhood so everyone who voted can appreciate the wonder of my (essentially) bald head.

To make it interesting and so I can get as much exposure as I can, I would appreciate everyone linking and posting and tweeting and sharing with as many people as you can.  For every donation of at least $30, your name will be entered into a random drawing at the end of the challenge for a $50 gift card to your choice of major retailer. (If you all are as awesome as I think you are, and I reach my goal before March 15th I may just have to come up with more ways for you to win or more prizes or something.)

The link, again, to my fundraising page is found here.

Please help me fight cancer by donating to this awesome organization.


Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Uncategorized


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January 9-16 / Monday Project – Motivation

Okay, I know today is the 15th, but in my little world of structured exercise, Friday is the end of my week.  Let’s recap the week and see how I did.

Monday I went for my “long” run of 10K.  It was a good run.  I felt strong and happy to be back on the treadmill. Tuesday I joined the Sisterhood on twitter with their Biggest Loser Last Chance workout.  I definitely got a work out.  Between the squat holds, the jumping jacks, the calf raises, and who knows what else, my legs were definitely feeling it in the morning.  Wednesday’s run was okay.  Since T was gone this week and I had a full week of kid activities and MY activities, I wanted to make sure I got my run in, so I set my alarm for 5:45 and actually was up and running on the treadmill by 6:05 am.  For those of you who know me, you know that anything before 7 is early and I don’t wake up that early unless it’s to catch a plane.  But I did it.  I put in my 4.25 miles.  It did not feel good.  I felt nauseous since I had nothing in my stomach and my muscles were nowhere near close to being awake.  The calves were also a little sore from the previous night’s workout.  With that said I still ran the 4.25 in 36:34.  So not bad.  Today before I got changed for my run I saw the mailman drive by, so I trotted out the door to see what presents he brought me.  For one, he brought me my paycheck for the week!  Second I got a little package with this stuff inside (along with other more boring paperwork).

And the detail from the top left corner

Can you say excited?  So I ran and I ran hard.  Friday’s I usually only do about 4 miles.  I felt like I could have done 10.  And maybe if I didn’t have a sleeping 4yo in the other room I would have done it.  The first mile flew by.  I ran my last half mile at a 7:30 pace!!  I am so excited to be fundraising and to be part of such a fantastic organization such as Team in Training.  And to think we haven’t even officially started training!  I am feeling so positive about this experience that I am going to meet, not only my personal fitness goals, but I am going to reach and go beyond my fundraising goals.

So that brings me to the Sisterhood’s Monday Project this week.  It was to create a motivation wall.  Here’s my confession.  I didn’t make one.  I know. I know. I’m slacking.  But… remember this?

No?  That was my Tiffany & Co. inspired necklace I received when I finished my first official half-marathon in San Francisco last October.  I put it on and it has yet to leave my neck.  It is with me and bouncing around my neck 24/7.  It is my inspiration and my motivation.  I ran that 13.1 without walking.  I did it. And that race inspired me to sign up for Team in Training.  This time, though, I am going to be completing this half-marathon with my “sisters”.  The women who have helped me achieve what I have.  They are my motivation.  I can’t wait to meet all of them in San Diego in June.  Then I will have a picture of all of us “sisters” that I can hang on my wall.

I know I am strong enough and determined enough to run 13.1 again come June.  I am hopefully going to do it in May also for a local half-marathon.  I want to see how well I can run at elevation.  So wish me luck.  I also will have some interesting, fun, exciting, crazy news come the end of the month.  It’s all in the name of raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Can’t wait to share the details with everyone!


Posted by on January 15, 2010 in Uncategorized


Monday Project – My Story

For those of you who have been around The Sisterhood for a while know that I’ve been there since the beginning.  (There may be family and friends who are reading about this for the first time!)  You can find my story here.

But the idea behind this week’s project was to determine what works and what doesn’t for me.  I’m a list kind of girl, so here goes.

What works:

  1. In order for me to break the junk food habit (sweets, crappy food, soda) I had to give it up cold turkey.  Last year I gave up desserts/soda for Lent.  Dessert was my downfall because I didn’t eat a lot of junk during the day, just after dinner.  And I was a Coke-a-day girl.  I continued exercising during this time and by the time Easter hit, candy didn’t taste good and I had no desire for a Coke.
  2. Just do it.  There were days that I didn’t want to get on the treadmill.  But I knew I would be checking back in with The Sisterhood, and I didn’t want to let them down.  I don’t do well with outside pressure/motivation – whatever you want to call it.  If T ever mentioned to me about working out, I would take it as an insult.  But if he told me good job for running or exercising, I didn’t want to hear that either; it made me want to stop exercising.  Poor guy, he couldn’t win for losing.  I think that was a lack of self-confidence.  I wasn’t sure of myself and I didn’t want to have to look him in the eye and say I “failed”.  But with The Sisterhood, these ladies weren’t a part of my everyday life.  I could “ignore” them by not checking the site.  I was accountable to them, but really they made me accountable to myself. Now I’m proud of how far I’ve come, even in just the last few months.  My mindset has changed.

What doesn’t work:

  1. Listening to that little voice in my head telling me that one more cookie/brownie won’t matter.  It will taste really good.  Or hey, don’t get on the treadmill, you could sit on the computer and catch up on blogs.  Or, you slept crappy last night, you should take a nap.

Really that is the one thing that has been my downfall.  Listening to that little voice in my head.

I have come so far since I decided to get back on the treadmill 15 months ago.  I have never consistently exercised before.  Now? Now, I feel strong and confident in my running.  I know that I am going to run the San Diego half-marathon well and in a good time and be able to shine proud that I did my best and my best IS good enough for me.


Posted by on January 8, 2010 in Uncategorized


Many thanks to those who have donated!

Mike/Fega Porter, Michelle Fair, Barbara Ringstad, Jamie Castle, Barbara Trujillo, Jimmie/Lois Sanchez, Dave/Rhonda Baird, Ben/Nikki Willis, Wendy Hooten, Mark Liebendorfer, John Liebendorfer, Dan/Denise Weddell, Thea Rudland, Brooke Fradd, Renee/Paul Weddell, Christie Werner, Barb Mattson, Tony Kirkwood, Paul/Sonia Taggart, Stan Marshall, Dave Liebendorfer, Anita Lee, Beth Harrison, Lew/Barbara Dodgion, Alice Coffman, Steven Guttentag, MaryAnn Randall, Terry/Debbie Mitchell, Sangeeta Kalakonda, Will Brogdon, Bonnie Garwood, Sunni Tierney, David/Debbie Wiles, Deidre Reid, Toni Baxter, Pam Rox, Dave/Julie Kerkla, Jade Keller, Christina Alvarez, Steve Weddell, Donna Kozub, Heather Woodward, Debbie Bothe, Clare Leary, Eric St. Michell, Jack/Nora Wilson, Eric/Tami Matus, Katie Keating, Bill Brownlee, Sean Leary

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Posted by on January 8, 2010 in Uncategorized


This week

My runs this week were pretty consistent.  I’ve also tried to add my calisthenics back in.  I did two set of 20 push-ups (from my toes) Tuesday night about died the next day.  The pecs? They still hurt, but I’ve been making myself do at least 20 a day since.  I can’t have weak arms like that?  They also help your core be stronger too.  Which I use while running.

I made a goal for myself for the year to hit the next mileage milestone on Nike+.  My total distance for 2009 was 560 miles.  Since I started running with the Nike+ system back in May 2007 I have logged 884 miles.  Yes, I’ve stepped up my running quite a bit in the last year; although, it’s been more consistency than individual run mileage.  The next level starts at 1553.  So that means I have 669 more miles to run.  Which sounds like a lot of miles, but if you break it down, it’s only about 14 miles a week.  Which is what I’m running right now.

Monday’s have been my “long” run days.  I’ve been doing a 10k.  On Wednesday’s and Friday’s I’ve been doing just over 4 each day.

This bodes well for reaching my yearly goal.  Especially if we get picked again for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco again.  Because then I’ll be training for the better part of the year.  I might do sign up for another half in Reno the beginning of May, but it’s not set in stone yet.  I’d really like to do one locally though.  I want to know I can run a decent race at the higher elevation.  Although, it was fantastic to train at 4500 ft elevation and then run at sea level.  Totally awesome on the lungs.

Anyway, that’s my wrap-up for the week.

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Posted by on January 8, 2010 in Uncategorized



Running for a Good Cause

I am running in June in the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon.  (I’m running a half-marathon).  I would appreciate your support in raising money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society mission of fighting blood cancers.  You can find my fundraising page here.  Any amount helps me reach my goal.

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Posted by on January 4, 2010 in Uncategorized