Saturday, April 9, 2011

Team time

This morning began with the alarm squeaking at me quietly so I would not wake my husband. <I am not a morning person>  I wanted to get up earlier so I would have time to hydrate and eat some breakfast before heading out to meet the team for the Saturday morning training.

I am not sure how successful I was at not waking the husband as I did not gather my running gear the night before so I was using the flashlight on my phone to go in and out of the bed room.  <sorry honey, will do better next week>  Off to McKinney, I go.  Mentally saying 7 miles walking or running is still 7 miles, Go B, go!

This morning the training calendar said 7 miles.  So here we have it:

For those of you who have never been a part of a Team In Training event each Saturday morning we talk about our fundraising, we cheer the folks who had an awesome week, share tips and then there is a mission moment.  Mission moments are reminders of why we are participating in Team In Training.

Today a mother shared with us her passion for finding a cure for leukemia.  She shared with us about her son and her family. What a brave little boy who fought and unfortunately did not win the leukemia battle.  I cannot begin to imagine how this impacts a family.  She shared with us how they honor his life by continuing to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for blood cancers so, some day, no other families will have to go through what they did.  Tears are not uncommon on Saturday morning and today was no different. 

If you know someone who has battled these cancers and you can spare even 1 dollar please honor them by contributing to the cause.  You may do so one of two ways:

Click the "Donate Now" link on the right hand column of this blog or you may make a check out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and email me at for the mailing address.

In addition, if my conversion from couch potato to enrollee and training for an endurance event has inspired you to get involved.  Please email me or post a comment to the blog.  I can tell you how to become a participant in the Team In Training program.  It is a WIN/WIN experience!  My life has been blessed in so many ways by participating in such an amazing program. 

I am grateful,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday nights are for...

Jogging.  Last night I dropped back to 3 miles as I missed Monday night.  Tonight I will tackle the 5 mile jog.

You may have noticed I changed my terminology to jogging rather than running.  I think jogging more accurately describes my progress at this time.  I had to slow it down a bit so I could run for longer periods of time at once.  It makes for a much nicer story in the mind to feel like your stamina is steadily improving.

Fund raising is going well. I have an event on April 11th that should help get me one mid size step closer to the goal.  Many thanks to all of you have contributed!  I really appreciate the support!  If everyone on FB that is listed as a friend would donate $1.00 I would make my goal.  So what do you think, can you spare $1.00 to help find a cure for blood cancer and provide much needed care for those that need help?

I hope everyone is having a great day!  Looking forward to trying a new 5 mile run route tonight.  I hope TX weather holds on and there is no rain!

I am grateful,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wake up call

This past Saturday was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining, a nice breeze was blowing, and the temperature was perfect, perfecting for the team training. I was very tired this morning but I got out there anyway and enjoyed spring in Texas because before tooo long it will be gone.

My training plan said 5 miles but I was the only one there Saturday on the 5 mile route so I joined the 7 mile group.  Why not, right?  Next week I will be there, anyway.  I figured I might as well move on up!

I did not jog nearly as much as I would have liked but I had not stayed hydrated the week before while I was traveling and was very tired. This was my wake up call.  FOCUS!   I got out there and put in the time and at the end of the day that is the mindset needed to finish the race in June, go me!

This week I am in town and will be able to focus more on the training and make sure I stay hydrated and eat right.  San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and has amazing food!  I ended up out with co workers/friends having fun rather than taking care of business.  :)   Back to focusing on the task at hand.

Here is to a great week of training this week!

Til next time.  I am grateful,