Monday, June 25, 2012

Week 3 - Team Colleen part 2

I feel like I'm getting into a bit of a groove now with my weekly running. Except this week I had to change things up a bit because I needed to somehow run 5 miles on Sunday while also running the Chicago Women's Half Marathon and 5K. So instead of tacking two miles onto the 5k, I moved my Thursday 3-mile run to Sunday and did my 5 miles on Saturday. 

It was nice only doing two treadmill runs and doing two outside runs. Running on the treadmill gets boring. Since it was a step back week, my 5 miles was going to be a nice and easy run, and it was, until about mile 4 where I landed wrong or pulled something in my toe/top of foot area, and my right foot started to hurt. I've had some issues on and off with my this foot cramping and hurting, so I sorta slow shuffled the last mile. That afternoon I was off to the shoe store to see what could be done. A couple of hundred dollars later I had a new pair of shoes (as did Mr. H.) and a pair of insoles that, according to the sales person, corrected the weirdo gate thing I have going on with my right foot. We'll see.

Next morning I'm up bright and early and heading downtown to participate with the rest of Team Colleen in the aforementioned race. It was a bit humid, and while I had a great first two miles (9:09 and 9:25), a hill and the humidity caught up to me so I didn't finish quite as strong, running my third mile in about 9:45. But no matter, I actually did quite well running a 29:31 overall. I finished 19th in my age group and 158th overall with a field of 975 women. Team Colleen had a great turn out. The group raised more than $13,000 for to help send kids with cancer to camp. It costs about $1,000 to fund a week at camp, so that's 13 kids that get to have this great experience because of these wonderful women. Of course we all came out to honor Colleen and not only support her but raise awareness about this great organization. I'm still raising funds for Children's Oncology Services as part of my marathon training. My goal is $1,000, but I'd love to blow that out of the water and with your help, I know I can.

Finally, I'd like to give a shout out to my sister whose birthday was yesterday. She has been one of my major inspirations to start and continue running. I wouldn't have been able to complete the half marathon I did back in February '11 without her. And if I hadn't have done that, I would never have been able to even imagine myself as being able to train for a full marathon. So happy birthday Ms. K-P. Sorry about the cake.

Running stats for week ending June 24
Miles run this week: 15.1
Training miles to date:111.01

Monday, June 18, 2012

Week 2 - Team Colleen

Team Colleen (aka Caca for the little ones)
I spend my weeks training on the treadmill at work. It's a nice way to get a break from the office for a while and it allows me to catch up on the pod casts I listen to like This American Life and Planet Money.  

Weekends are for running outside. This week I skipped my Thursday run, but, determined to not miss any training mileage, I made up for it on Saturday. It was just a three mile run, but I wisely waited until about 2 p.m. and enjoyed a slow run in the high 80+ degree heat. Not something I would recommend. 

On Sunday, Mr. H.and I headed out the door shortly after 6 a.m (thanks Nana for hanging with Baby H.). I did 7 miles and Mr. H. finished 11. I would tell you how long it took me to complete the 7 miles, except my watch decided it wanted to mess with me, and the timer stopped for a mile (maybe more, maybe less). So I estimated 7 miles based on the 6 I ran last week, and my time was probably somewhere around the 1 hour 20 min mark. I try not to worry about how long the runs are taking me, just that I'm getting the mileage in.

This upcoming week my Wednesday run is increased by a mile but it is a step back week for me in the long run - only 5 miles. As part of that 5 miles, or maybe in addition to it, I'll be participating in the Chicago Women's 5k run on Sunday. On the front page of their website it asks, Why Will You Run? I'm running for Team Colleen. 

If you've read my First Giving fundraising page, you know that Colleen was the nanny who watched Baby H. last year. She left us to join Children's Oncology Services Inc. as their Development Coordinator. She has volunteered for COSI for several years and was a camper when she had cancer as a child. Well, unfortunately, her cancer is back. True to her spirit, when her family and friends rallied around her and asked what they could do to help, she asked that they continue to support Team One Step. And so, while she and the rest of the campers are enjoying themselves in William's Bay, WI on the banks of Lake Geneva, I am not only training for the marathon and raising funds for COSI, I am running to support Colleen. She is the inspiration that started me on this journey, and she's the one that keeps me going.

Running stats for week ending June 17
Miles run this week: 16
Training miles to date: 95.91

Monday, June 11, 2012

17 weeks and counting

Last week was the first official week of training for the upcoming Chicago Marathon. Previous to this I had a couple of off weeks where I only ran a couple of times and didn't do any of my Sunday long runs. But come last Tuesday, I was back on track going out for a hard...oh wait, training started with a 3 mile run, which I completed in just under 30 minutes on the treadmill at work. My long run for the first week of training was 6 miles. Since both Mr. H. and I are training for the marathon, but doing very decidedly different training schedules (his first long run was 10 miles), we went to the lake, started together and then I didn't see him until we met back up at the car. It was a nice 6 mile run that took me just over an hour. We started early, but the sun is pretty hot even at 6:30 a.m. Next week is the same as this week, but with a 7 mile run on Sunday (11 for Mr. H.). 

On the fundraising front, I am up to $300 with contributions from my dad (thanks Dad), a co-worker (thanks Kirk), my grandfather (thanks Grandpa King) a former co-worker (thanks Nachamah) and my landlords (thanks Tamara and Gus). Every time I don't want to go and put in my miles, I think of (a) the kids that are counting on me to raise funds for Team One Step and (b) those of you that are supporting me through this journey. If that doesn't get me off the couch (or out of my chair at work), then I usually tell myself that if I just do the miles I can have a big ice cream at the end of it. Works every time. 

If you'd like to donate, go to my fundraising page. If you'd like to learn more about who I'm raising funds for, go to Children's Oncology Services and read about Camp One Step at a Time.

Running stats for week ending June 10
Miles run this week: 15
Training miles to date: 79.91

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