Saturday, June 30, 2012

MCM Training run with TNT on 6/30/12

Today I met up with my TNT friends at the Conewago Recreation Trail at 8am for our weekly long run.  It was very hot, but because we started early I had a very good run.  Today I heard some updates on a few of our honored patients.  One of my fellow TNT runners found out that her honored patient passed away last weekend.  This motivates me to want to continue running and raising money until we find a cure.  Personally I am running in memory of Luke Belmont and since he already fought hard and lost his battle that means that I'm going to fight hard until we beat cancer.

My run went surprisingly well this morning.  I went out very fast for me for the first 2 miles (10min 30 seconds per mile).  The amazing thing is that when I slowed down for the other four miles I only slowed down a total of 30 second/mile total.  My overall stats showed that a ran an 10:59/mile.  The funny part about this is that I was going to slow down today, but for whatever reason my body pushed a little harder today.  The cool thing is that I set up my watch so that I did not know exactly how fast I was going, but just how far and how much time it took.

This training is so much more than just running fast or far... It's about finding a cure for blood cancer and cancer in general.  Will you help me in this?  Please consider donating... not to me, but for the cause of wiping out cancer.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

MCM Training run with TNT on 6/23/12

This was my first official summer run and it was hot and humid.  Fortunately it was not nearly as hot or humid as this week has been.  Before I made the decision to take it easy this morning my Garmin  beeped at me and told me that my battery was low.  So I have no specific stats for this run but I was able to run with no outside cues (which was actually a good thing!)

I made it a point to enjoy the run as much as possible (run happy!) even though it was a tough run.  I took a few walk breaks.  This was a Team In Training (TNT) run so I had lots of cool people who I could run with this morning.  I am a "back of the back" type runner and I am very thankful that have a few people who runs about my pace.  I think it's easy to go a little faster when you're with someone... I think it just naturally happens).

We ran at Wildwood Lake this morning and there are a few hills, but nothing to write home about.  We ran steady to the first water stop (about a mile and a half into the run).  We continued on and it was fairly uneventful.  We saw some of the other TNT runners coming toward us as this part of the course was an "out and back."  I yelled "go TEAM" to encourage those other runners.  Once we got back to the water stop (which was about 4.5 or so, but I'm not sure) I was ready to rock and roll and run the rest of the run the best I could.

The last several miles of this run was in the sun which made it a little more challenging.  Toward the end of the run I had to dig a little deeper and reminded myself that I was running the last hill (which really wasn't that big when I drove up it) it for Luke Belmont.  He fought so hard against his Leukemia (ALL type) and lost.  Anything I was feeling was nothing.  Therefore, I "dug deep" and ran as hard as I could until the end of the run.  I'm doing it so that we can find a cure.  Now if that's not a purpose greater than myself I don't know what is.

Also, something that I really appreciate about my runs is that the people I run with are amazing.  I had a really deep conversation with one of my fellow runners that helped me realize how this TEAM is different than others and how we support each other.

Thanks Central PA TNT!  Run for a cure!  Want to help?  Go to my secure fundraising site and donate any amount.  No amount is too small.

Friday, June 8, 2012

MCM Training update 06/08/12

I just realized that I haven't updated my blog for about three weeks or so.  I have been running 4 days a week since then.  Team in Training suggests that you run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and the run the long run on Saturday.  This has worked very well for me.  Typically I have been running about 30 minutes on my weekday runs, but for this week and last I ran 5 miles on Thursday.  This was mostly due to the fact that I had more time in my schedule and that I had a desire to go further.  I won't go through each of my runs, but I have found that I'm getting faster and stronger even though I'm not even working on getting faster.  My goal is to finish the Marine Corps Marathon.  All that needs to happen is that I cross that finish line without being picked up at any of the "cut off" places.

Since this run I have ran a run that was "about 8" at Wildwood Lake in Harrisburg.  Then I ran an "at least" 10 mile run in Hershey.  Tomorrow I will be running an "at least" 12 mile run at City Island. 

I have started working on my fueling strategy.  So far I've been taking a Clif Bar (r) shot gel citrus- "Key in on this lemon + lime masterpiece. Light, refreshing, and ready to rock, run, and roll."  To find out more click here.  It was worked fairly well for me, but I'm looking for more "consistent energy" and for that I like to look no further than than shot blocks.  I'm learning more about this, but if you want to learn more feel free to go here.

One of the huge benefits of running with Team In Training/The Leukemia Lymphoma Society is that I am running for something/someone greater than myself.  When the going gets tough I think about how those who are fighting with Leukemia or Lymphoma have/are struggling.  That is what gives me the strength to keep going when I don't think I can go any further.

Tomorrow I run 12 miles with the team and I will write a post to tell all about it.  Going back to fueling I will have at least a banana, peanut butter/honey and toast and my Greek yogurt (Chobani).

Thanks for your support!