Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MCM training run with TNT 7/21/12

It is already Wednesday, but I had an inspiring run on Saturday with TNT.  The primary reasons it was inspiring was due to the "mission mile" which meant a lot to me since I knew one of the honored patients, but had no idea she had Leukemia.  We ran in Elizabethtown at Masonic Village.  I used to live in Etown but I did not realize how beautiful the area is back there.  I ran 9 miles and it felt fairly comfortable.  Again my pace has been improving as a get stronger which is a side benefit to me running longer distances.  

The other huge benefit of this particular run is that I was able to spend time with others who are also running the Marine Corps Marathon.  I met several other runners from York who will be running with me in DC on October 28, 2012.  It is very cool to meet new people and even though I might have never met them before we can relate due to our passion for running and our passion for finding a cure for blood cancer.

Being a part of Team in Training was such a great decision due to the opportunity it provides to run for a cause greater than myself.  Also I have wanted to run with others for a long and and TNT helps me do that with individuals who run the same pace as I do.  

These past three days (Monday, Tuesday and Today) have been very difficult to get out and run.  Intellectually I know that I want to and that it will help me in every aspect of my life.  The problem has been my sleep since we got back from vacation.  I'm doing my best to get my sleep sorted out so that I can be the best possible counselor, husband and friend.

94 days left until the Marine Corps Marathon.  As the race draws closer I get more excited. 

Officially I have raised $2,535.40 toward finding the cure for blood cancer.  I am not going to stop running until we find a cure.  I believe that I'll continue running after that too (assuming that this happens during my lifetime).  Will YOU be a part of this amazing cause?  I am not just passionate about the running, but I want to be a part of ending blood cancer (and hopefully all cancer).  Thanks for your consideration in this huge undertaking.  My goal is to raise $3,500 (already have $2,535.40).  Any amount is a huge help and is greatly appreciated.

running happy!
- Wags the runner

Sunday, July 15, 2012

MCM training run with TNT 7/14/12

This morning we had our training run at Messiah College.  We had rain overnight and I thought this run might be wet.  It ended up being clear and we were in the shade most of the time which made the heat less signficant.  As far as I'm concerned the heat was not an issue at all due to the length of my run and the fact that I was finished by 9:30am.

I ended up running 5 miles because this week was a "fall back" week.  The run had several hills, but because I knew that this run would not be easy I was mentally prepared for them.

After the run I chatted a little bit so that I could refuel and catch up on how things are going with my fellow teammates.  I originally typed this on my IPOD on while Cindy was taking her turn of the drive to NC for vacation.  Even though it would have been MUCH easier to leave for vacation earlier (6am) and not run with the team I decided that it was very important for me to still run with the team.  I have only missed one run to date and that was because I already had a 10K race schedule that Saturday. 

I wanted to run with TNT this morning because I run for something much greater than myself.  I am running in memory of Luke Belmont who lost his battle to ALL Leukemia as a young boy.  I won't stop running until we have found a cure.

I'm looking forward to our next run because it's an "all team" training so I will meet people from different teams.  I plan to run 9 miles next week in Etown. 

As of this post I am in North Carolina visiting family.  I have a early morning run planned that is pretty fun.  I plan to run about 1.5 miles to a Krispe Kreme donut factory.  Then I'll have one (or two...) and then run back.  The trick will be not to revisit my donuts (however many I end up eating) during my run.  I thought I'd do my own version of an official race that I heard about through Runner's World (R) where they run about 2 miles eat a dozen donuts and run back.  I'm not quite that crazy :-).  Anyway, this is the plan and I'll let you know how it goes.  It's very humid in NC just like it has been in PA.  Until next time.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

MCM Training run with TNT on 7/07/12

Today I went on a hot and muggy run with Team in Training.  We started at 7am instead of our normal time because of the severe heat.  I believe by 8 or 9am it was in the 80's and it felt like it was for sure.  I'm very thankful for the motivation that I receive by running with others and running for a cause greater than myself.  Running to beat cancer is so much more motivating than just running for myself.  I would not have run at all today because I would have told myself that "it was too hot."  The thing is that those with cancer don't have that luxury.  They have to deal with it regardless of what is happening.  I was smart about it by making sure that I was very hydrated the days leading up to the run.  In addition, my coach made sure there was water almost every 2 miles.  I also carried about 10 oz of water with me as well.

One of my teammates and I decided that it was too hot to try to run continually so we did walk breaks.  We started with 5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking.  This lasted for a few miles, but then we landed on 3 minutes of running and 1 of walking.  The cool thing about this is that I feel great after this run.  We ran 7.24 miles and according to the schedule I was supposed to run 7 miles.  I feel good about how I handled the heat.  It was not nearly as bad as I anticipated it being.  Don't get me wrong there were significant challenges, but I felt like it went very well.

After I finished my run, took my shower, and had lunch, I took my wife's car to get an oil change and I stopped by Dunkin Donuts to get a large cold coffee beverage... I chose the new oreo coolata coffee version.  It didn't have a very strong coffee taste, but it cooled my core temperature while I was waiting for my wife's car to be finished.

I very much appreciated having Coach Mike, Linda and Shannon and all the help they provided for the run.  I do my best with trying to make sure that I'm telling myself "happy thoughts" and saying positive self-talk and having them check on me on a regular basis really helped.  I also very much appreciate being able to run with my fellow teammates regardless of what race they are training to race in the fall.  They have become my running family and I'm very thankful for them.

Running in memory of Luke Belmont is what gets me out on these very hot days or early mornings.  Thanks for your support!

I've raised $2,310.40 so far to beat cancer.  Please go to my fundraising site.  My personal goal is to raise a total of $3,500 by August 1, 2012.  Will you join me in this?  Every mile I run is to beat cancer.

Wags the Runner "running happy!"