Saturday, August 25, 2012

8/25/12 TNT run

Today we went to South York County for our run.  The York team hosted.  It was a trek to get to New Freedom PA where we started, but they put together nice course.  There were a few hills, but nothing compared to what we did last week at Messiah College.  Today was our "fall back" week for the Marine Corps training.  I "only" had to run 10 miles today.  The reason I say "only" is because we have been slowly going up in miles.  The last two weeks we've done 12 and then 13 miles.  It was a welcomed break.

I must say that even though 10 miles was supposed to be a "break" it was harder than I thought.  I think this was due to me not mentally preparing as much as I typically do.  In addition, I got lost on the way to the run and that didn't help... but I made it and before we started so it worked out :-).  I had a decent attitude about this.

Anyway, I found a few people to run with who are going to be running the MCM that were a part of the York team.  I am hoping that I will find someone who I can stick with most of the way during the race.  I'm not sure if that's realistic, but I do know that there are at least 30,000 runners.  I know I will have someone to run with.  All of these training runs have helped me to realize that it is more fun to have someone to talk to during the run, but I can do it either way.

I appreciated the company that I had during this run since I was able to keep up with the "Yorkies."  I actually ran an 11:22 pace for the 10 miles which is awesome since that's what I was running before it started to get hot.  This means to me that I'm getting stronger and faster (even though it doesn't always feel that way).

Overall this run went well.  The fact that it was a shorter course for me helped as well.

There are several things that make running with TNT an excellent decision.
1.  I get to meet people who are passionate about running and helping those with blood cancer.
2.  Running to find a cure for cancer is motivating.  Gets me out in the morning.
3.  The cool people and the motivation and inspiration that they give me.
4.  Hearing stories of how the research that LLS is doing is helping so many people.
5.  Running rocks!  TNT has taught me to run my own race/training run and help others along the way.

I am having the time of my life doing these runs.  Next week I have 15 miles on the schedule.  This is extremely exciting for several reasons.  1.  It will be my farthest run to date.  2.  It is my 32nd birthday.  3.  It is in my hometown of Hershey (I grew up there and graduated from Hershey High School).

I am still raising money for LLS to find a cure for cancer.  I'm sure you can see my passion is for more than just running.... it's to find a cure for cancer.  Want to help?  Just go to my secure website to donate:  I've raised $2,500 dollars so far.  I'd like to raise $1,000 more dollars.  Thanks for your help!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

8/18/12 Run

I met with the rest of the TNT team at 7:30am.  There were close to 50 individuals running this morning. We had several mission moments and one was very emotional.  It reminded me why I get up so early to run.  Running for the purpose to raise money to find a cure is so inspiring.  It felt fairly cool at the start of the run. Obviously compared to how warm it has been this summer today felt great.

We started out on somewhat of a trail run for the first mile.  I was able to run with Amy M. during most of this run.  The cool part about this is that she runs pretty much my pace which made it so I was not trying to catch up with others running faster than I am able.  I felt absolutely amazing during most of the run.  The most notable moment was Moore Mountain Rd.  There were several "friends" aka hills before this, but this was a very long steep hill.  I was determined to run all the way up the hill by shortening my stride and putting one foot in front of the other.  The amazing thing is that by telling myself over and over again that "I love hills" that it actually worked and I made it up strong.  I only stopped because I wanted to wait for my fellow runners.

It is amazing the difference just a few minor changes makes.

1.  I ran 6 solid miles on Monday and then missed the run Tuesday, but I did 3 miles Thursday.  Actually getting in 9 miles during the week instead of 3 made a huge mental difference.
2.  Changing up my nutrition was huge.  I had my Greek yogurt, oatmeal, raisins, and an 8 oz glass of Orange Juice.  I also took 3 shot blocks right before we started (with h2o of course).  At about mile 3 or so I took 3 shot blocks and 3 more at about mile 6 (give or take I can't remember).  I made sure I was hydrated during the week.
3.  My attitude was very positive going into this run.  I knew that it would be very difficult and that there was a good possibility that I would be running the longest I have run before, but I was up for the challenge.  Having Amy M was a huge plus with this because I had someone running my pace which is tremendous.
4.  In addition, for most of the run I did not have any feedback from my watch except when it came to how long we had been running.  I made it so I could not see how fast I was going nor how far I had run.  This helped a lot.  I just kept running until the end.

Cool sightings: I saw three cows that were together that looked at us and we think they were asking "what in the world are those people doing?"
We saw at least 3 Hawks of some sort (not sure if the were Eagles, but it was still very cool!)

I am so encouraged by this run.  I've been saying that it was difficult but empowering.  I came home after the ice bath in the Yellow Breeches Creek to chat with Cindy for a little bit.  Then I downloaded the info from my Garmin to my computer and uploaded to Daily Mile.

The tough run last week made me REALLY appreciate this week.  I would be really struggling if I did not have others to run with me.  I could have done it, but it is so much better to share the journey with others.

I look forward to our run next week with the York team in their territory.  It's always a good thing to switch things up with the courses so we don't get bored and we we are challenged in different ways.  My coach, Coach Mike, said that this run was the hardest that he can do in this area.  The elevation change was huge.  MUCH greater than I will face at the MCM.

70 days and 11 hours until the 37th Marine Corps Marathon.  I am so excited and I know I will be completely prepared for it when the time comes :-)!  The hills are my friends.... Running happy!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

8/11/12 run

My TNT coach decided to switch things up a bit and we met up with the York team in Wrightsville for our run. I had 12 miles on the schedule and this one proved that there is no such thing as an easy 12 mile run.

Overall it went okay. I don't believe I hit very many physical barriers during this run. However, mentally I had some tough times between mike 8 and 10. Fortunately, two of the coaches from York helped me out by running with me. I was the last runner and I'm completely okay with that. I was able to see at least one butterfly, some cool houses (one had a waterfall).

Things that I can tangibly change next week.
1. Go on my weekday runs as scheduled.
2. Get to bed earlier all week (by 9:30)
3. Stay mentally sharp with my running.
4. Continue to work on my fueling strategy. What I am doing now is not enough.

Overall the good thing is that I did not give up and I made it through. We meet a huge challenge at Messiah next week. I am determined to be ready to meet the challenge of "Moore friends."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

MCM training run with TNT 8/4/12

Today I met up with TNT in Hershey for our weekly long-run.  Today was our "fall back" week.  The training program is designed like many that I have seen to allow for a week to allow our bodies to recovery so that we don't get injured.  It was welcomed by me because the past two weeks have been very challenging due to the very high humidity that I still haven't gotten used to yet.  I also haven't been able to slow down as much as I know would be beneficial for me.  I missed two of my weekday runs this week, but I tried not to let that discourage me this morning.

We ran 6.5 miles this morning at a fast pace that what was comfortable with the humidity.  I found two people to run with that were my pace.  They are both running the Hershey half which I did last year so we were able to talk about that and other things.  The cool thing about this run was that it started at the Hershey High School, it ran past the house that I lived in for a while at MHS (parents were not houseparents, but my dad has worked for MHS for a long time), also ran past the house I used to live in when I went to Middle School and High School.  The cool part about running past this house was that I knew exactly what was ahead for the run plus I saw two large pine trees that I planted when I was a kid.  It was awesome to see how tall they are as they are almost as tall as the house.

So again, why am I doing this running?  Wouldn't have been easier to sleep in and get things accomplished at the house?  In some ways yes, that would have been easier, but by me running I was able to do something for a greater cause than myself.  It is one of the greatest feelings to know that what I am doing is not only helping me physically, but I am able to raise money for such an important cause.

I know that I talk, think and plan a TON in regards to running and the benefits.  It may be an obsession, but the difference is that I am not just doing it for me or my own glory, but rather to help others and for God's glory.

Thanks for reading and I hope that you will consider making a donation to this great cause!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MCM training run with TNT 7/28/12

Wow... it's already Wednesday night after the run.  I hope I remember what I wanted to write!

We had our 7:30am run on City Island on Saturday.  It started out being a fairly comfortable temperature, but that changed quickly as the sun made it's way through the clouds.  I did not fuel properly for this 10 mile run.  I also think that I expected it to be easier than it was.  In regards to fuel I had oatmeal... which was accepted by my stomach, but it is not my typical fuel before a long run.  I normally have a banana and Greek yogurt (Chobani).  For some reason I had in my head that the run would not be difficult.  I ran the first 6 miles fairly strong and at a good pace.  The main issue I think I had with the first part was that I ran too fast during the first few miles.  I did not have either the two people that I typically run with.  I'm very thankful for those that did run with me because if I would have done this run by myself I'm not sure that I would have completed 10 miles on Saturday.

I walked a little bit, but at no point during the run did I "give up" or think that I couldn't do it.  I think when it comes down to it I ran too fast, too soon and it was too hot and humid.  Things that I'm going to learn from this is that I will run slower at the start, allow for a slow factor in the heat... and more than anything make sure that I'm enjoying myself.  Running happy is extremely important to me.  Parts of this journey are going to feel like a chore, but I don't want it to completely feel like doing this is a job or anything of the sort!  I'm very glad that my goal is to finish and to do my best.

The latest news is that I officially signed up to run the Harrisburg Half Marathon as part of my long run for the weekend of Sept 8 and 9.  I plan to run to the race, run the race and get a few extra miles in after the race so that I complete 16 miles.  I will just need to get about 1.5 miles each way (and I live 2.5 miles from City Island.

Running for a cure to beat blood cancers...