May 29, 2004
My honor patient, Charlie Peters, is now also new celebrity around town! I saw pictures of him posted all over my local area Baker's grocery store in support of Charlie's Challenge to raise money for Children's Hospital. Customer's "round up" their charge at Bakers to the nearest dollar, and that change adds up to potentially $25,000-30,000. Please support "Charlie's Challenge" at your nearest Omaha Bakers!
May 16, 2004
Picnic, Mahoney Run, Pictures
The picnic today was a nice conclusion for my Team in Training (TNT) campaign. As a Team, it looks like we will have raised over $200,000 together for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - "the best season yet" they said. There are many athletes still training though, with the 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe coming up next, along with the Anchorage Alaska and San Diego "Rock 'n Roll" marathons later this summer. It was actually very windy today out at Mahoney state park, and so I have some stories to share below about that, as well as: my run with Roscoe (my dog) at the park, pictures from the race and some other TNT info.Continue reading "Picnic, Mahoney Run, Pictures"
May 11, 2004
TNT Send-Off & Victory Party
On Sunday, May 16, 2004 our Team in Training chapter will host a Send-Off and Victory Party for those team members still preparing for their marathons this summer, as well as to conclude those of us who finished our campaign with the Lincoln half and full marathon. The celebration is from 1:00-3:00pm at Mahoney State Park in the Lakeview Picnic Shelter, 28500 W Park Hwy - Ashland, NE. (402.944.2523). I just rsvp'd so you should see me there.
May 06, 2004
My Cancer Story
They say later is better than never at all... so now that I have most of my finals out of the way, I figured it would be a good time to tell my story with Cancer and why the Team in Training (TNT) event has been so personal and rewarding for me. If you're up for a longer story and just interested in a little piece of my life, please continue on reading. I'd love to hear your comments as well.
My ordeal with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma begins back in Janaury of 1999, when I was just a junior in High School...Continue reading "My Cancer Story"
May 03, 2004
I did it! Well, we did it more accurately! I ran the Lincoln 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) nonstop in just 1:33 and raised over $2,700 -- I think that's pretty good for my first time! And yes, it's a good feeling. I finally got to meetup with the rest of my "Team in Training" the morning of the race, and even ran along side some of them during the run. I think I may actually have finished among the top runners in our "Team"!? The race was just fantastic though, from the nice cool weather, to the supportive fans and TNT supporters in the crowds, and especially the booming motivational tunes along the way - it was all very motivating, and kept me smiling.
I also luckily ran into my old cross country coach Todd Nott before the race (he was doing the full), Anne Medeiros (ran with us in H.S.) at the starting line, found Jerry Hoeschen (my running buddy) right after the race and an old H.S. soccer friend John How who also ran the half. My own parents luckily came along to take a few pictures and support me, and they ran into Marion Berg (my friend's mom) out there running the race as well.
I have a lot to talk about, so please keep reading...Continue reading "Half-marathon Success!"
May 01, 2004
I can't believe it, the time has finally come! I run tomorrow at 7am in Lincoln for my first half-marathon! I've been stuck doing homework and fixing misc things today, but I'm heading back home to Plattsmouth now to get some dinner, sleep, and get up early in the morning for a 5am drive to Lincoln. The Team in Training group is meeting up to start the race together. More reports after the race!
April 26, 2004
16mi on the Wabash Trail
This last Sunday morning was a wonderful day for a run, especially on the Wabash trail just over the river in Iowa. It has just rained the day before, so the ground was a little software but not muddy, as the trail has a good curvature for drainage and is made of granular compact rock. I wish I would have brought Roscoe along, but I don't know if he could have handled the distance! (This has been the longest run of my life so far!)
We ran 8 miles out and back, with a short stretch and water break at the four mile marks. The flesh around my arm pits got a bit sore from all the rubbing as I swung my arms, so it was at least good to get used to that. I'll definately put on some vasoline before the 1/2 marathon to prepare for that. Jerry and I held good pace, and I think we ran the whole 16miles in an average 7:45 minutes per mile, maybe less? I ran the last mile in hard, but so did Jerry, so I know he was definately going all out.Continue reading "16mi on the Wabash Trail"
April 23, 2004
Reached $2,500 in Donations
Well, today was the original "deadline" for my fundraising efforts, and I'm glad to say that we've reached $2,500 together just in time! I've had a few generous checks come in this week from friends and coworkers, and that was just enough to put me over the top with $2,516.50 so far. I'm quite thankful for everyones contributions, and wanted to let you know that I am still accepting post-race contributions until May 10th or so. May God bless you all for your sacrifices to this good cause, and I will continue to do so in my training for the half-marathon next week!
April 21, 2004
Running is Great!
Sometimes after taking a break from running for a bit, and then going back through break-in phase again, I start feeling a little like Forest Gump! Really! Yesterday was when I first noticed it. I ran for 1/2 hour near and around the UNO campus and a pretty good pace, with some speed intervals in there as well. I was ready to cool down, but decided to go around campus again, ended up being another 15 minutes of running.
I just started "flying". My lungs were just about as efficient as possible, heart rate was pumping right in step with my pace, and my legs just kept flying out in front of me without any sign of stopping! I got another 4-5 miles in tonight at HPER, and I must say, at a pretty good pace too. (Somewhat hard to compare against all the pretty ladies just walking the track though.)
April 19, 2004
Nearly $2500 Raised!
This is so rewarding... though the generosity of many family, friends, coworkers, and student organizations -- my fundraising has now reached nearly $2,500! This is amazing to me, and makes me feel just great that we've been able to accomplish so much. Please see my current list of donors, which is still being updated constantly, and know that these are the ones who have made the difference. I was training extra hard this morning in the weight room -- giving as much as I can since so many others have given so much as well.