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

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