Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hill training run 12 mile

Today I completed my most challenging run to date.  This sounds crazy right?  Well, due to the hills and heat it made it much more difficult than the three half marathons that I have completed.  Whereas I didn't run 13.1 miles I did have an elevation gain of over 1000 feet.  According to my Garmin watch and everything that I know it that made it extra difficult. 

At first I emailed my coach (Coach Larry with Team in Training) and asked him if he thought I should do this run even though I haven't officially started my training with TNT.  He said due to me training so well over the winter and spring that he thought I could do it without getting injured.

This run was empowering because now I know I can do the hills near Messiah College.  I have confidence that my training will make sure that I cross the finish line in October with a smile on my face.  It was also cool that I met three people who will also be running the MCM.  They were from the York team so I will train with them on days that I'm running closer to York.

Next week I'm only running eight miles with TNT.  We always have a "fallback" week every 3 weeks to make sure our body is given a break.  We will be running in Wildwood Park so that will be fun.  I'm guessing a lot of it will be in the shade.

The more I spend time with those on the team the more passionate I am about my running.  I feel empowered to run and to become a better husband and father.  For me all of these things are related.

As of this moment I have raised $435 which is 17% of my total goal of $2,500.  Would you support me?  I'm doing all of this running for a purpose higher than myself.  I'm running in memory of Luke Belmont.  When I have a rough spot in my training I think about all that he went through in his struggle.  It truly does give me energy when I think about him and others like him.  If you would like to donate you can go to my personal fundraising website:

My goal is to raise $1,000 by the time the "kickoff" of my training which will be Wednesday, May 30th.  Will you help me?  A cool way to donate would be to donate $1/mile I run.  26.2 would be an awesome donation amount.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Marine Corps Marathon - LLS Team in Training update

Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.

On October 28, 2012, I will be running for a reason much more important than the personal challenge of completing the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles).

As a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training® program, I have pledged to train in memory of Luke Belmont who lost his fight to leukemia (ALL type) as a young child.  Luke inspires me to raise money for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma research and patient assistance.  To find out more information about how Luke and his family fought Leukemia please visit my personal fundraising page found at the end of this letter.

It is shocking to find out that about 1,012,533 Americans currently battle leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.  Leukemia kills more children in the U.S. than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20.  The cause of leukemia remains unknown, however steady advances in research bring us closer to finding a cure for all blood cancers everyday.

My goal is to raise $1,000 (of $2,500) by May 30, 2012.  So far I already have $305, which is 30% of my initial goal.  If you would like to donate, please visit my fundraising page.  In doing so, you will be supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s vital mission, which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  With the generosity of people like you, there is every reason to believe that a cure for blood-related cancers is in sight!

Thank you for your consideration,

Nate Wagner (running in memory of Luke Belmont)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

9th Annual DUI Victims Memorial 10k Run

Today was my first 10K race.  I was concerned about the heat and all of the rain that we have been getting this week.  This morning was more of the same, but the race started in the 60's and probably ended up in the 70's by the time we were done.  I wanted to give a race report and let you know what I learned from it.  Technically this should have been simply a training run, but it ended up being a true race for me.  My original goal was to get between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour and 30 minutes.  As I mentioned this was my first ever 10K race so I just used my training to determine those times.  My far reaching goal was under 60 minutes, but because of the heat I didn't think that would be possible.  I started out toward the back of the pack and I was running just slightly slower than a 10 minute mile (10:05) ... this was me going out too fast, but since it was "fairly" cool at the time I didn't think anything of it.  After less than a mile my Ipod died on me, but I did not let this discourage me, but I made it a point to focus on my breathing and thinking positive.  I kept this up until approximately the 5k mark (I haven't officially checked my Garmin watch to know for sure).  I allowed myself to stop at all of the water stops to get a least a few sips of water.  I took a Clif Shot gel once before the race and once before one of the water stops.   On the way to the finish line we had a wonderful breeze that gave me new life.  I was never worried about not finishing, but I was very surprised that I was able to keep running between a 10 and 11 minute mile.  I want to remind my readers that this was supposed to be a training running with a lot of support and a bunch of other runners... this was NOT my goal race so pushing myself too hard didn't make much sense.  As a side note:  on my Garmin watch I did NOT have the distance that I covered, but just the actual time and my average pace.  This helps me a lot so that I can stay focused on doing what I have been doing and not worry about how far I still need to go before I finish.    The most humbling thing about the race was that there was a lady that was pushing her running stroller who started behind me... and I saw her stop several times to take care of the kiddo... and she finished ahead of me.  I made it a point to find her so I could give her props... because I've run with Emma and it's not easy.  The coolest part of the race was the last .2 miles or so when I kicked it into gear and passed two people.  The best part about that was that I still had something left and I completed my race in just over 1 hour... 1:05.  It is a wonderful feeling to have cut off TEN minutes off my lower goal time.  I'm a happy guy.  Until next time... I'll see you out there!