Friday, March 16, 2012

I get by with a little help from my friends

I ran a little over 11 miles last weekend. Tiff, Dave, and Corn joined me for the run. I wouldn't have been able to do it without their company. Thanks guys!

And I received my marathon confirmation in the mail. It's official!

I'm a little over 75% of the way to my $5000 fundraising goal for Mass General Hospital. Donate here! 32 days to go...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I'm sure most of you know this, but I moved home a week ago. I miss all of my wonderful Ann Arbor friends but its great to be back home! I have a new work schedule that allows for alot of time to get long runs in. I've already been able to go to Goddard Park a couple times (my favorite running spot!). I run along the trails which overlook Greenwich Bay. Check out some of my photos. Thanks for reading! Remember to share my blog and fundraising page with your family and friends. I'm getting close to $5,000 everyday! Only 44 more days to give. Thanks for your support!

Final A2 Runs

Hi everyone! Just to give you all an update, I was sick for about two weeks which put a huge dent in my training. I feel like I'm starting back at the beginning but I'm trying to get back on a good schedule and continue to get mileage under my belt. The goal is just to finish! After I recovered from my never ending cold, I managed to get in a couple runs in beautiful A2 with my neighbors before I left! I will miss my running buddies.

This photo was taken during an evening run along the Huron River:

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Snowy Days

Last Sunday TZ and I headed out for a trail run in the snow. We haven't gotten much snow this year but it always seems to snow a little bit on the weekends when I'm about to head out for a long run!

Also, last Saturday I received another package of encouragement. Some CDS to add to my running mix and a beautiful card with a picture of my friend Caitlyn and her sister Aly! Thanks, Cait!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Acts of Kindness

As you know, the past year has brought about plenty of sadness in my life. Not a single day goes by where I don't think about my Dad or my Nannie. But throughout it all, I have been constantly reminded of the kindness of the human spirit. If anything, these losses in my life have opened my eyes to the great friendships I already have. I can't begin to explain how great my friends have been. The endless support has made me realize how truly lucky I am. In addition, I have experienced so many acts of kindness from people who I don't know very well at all. Simple phone calls, letters, or gestures surprise me all the time. For example, yesterday I came home after a long week of work to a little package in my mailbox. My brother's friend, Marie, who I've never even met sent me a little package in support of the marathon. I'm truly touched by all everyone has done to support me and my family and to fight this disease. I cannot thank you enough!

Check out Marie's page here. She makes beautiful jewelry. Marie also works at a wig shop that serves people fighting cancer. She sent me a baby harmonica necklace and a beautiful set of earrings. Thank you, Marie.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Training Continues

Hey there! Sorry I haven't written in a while. I've spent these past two weeks getting back into my routine (work and working out) after an extended break in Rhode Island for the holidays. I've been doing a bunch of 30 minute runs along with cross training on the elliptical, biking, and doing hot yoga. My goal for the upcoming weeks is to get more mileage under my belt and I think I've set a pretty good foundation for that to be possible. I've been doing most of my runs on the track at the Y or on the treadmill (unfortunately!). It's better than nothing and the hardest part is just getting to the gym. Luckily, I've been going to the Y twice a week to coach a youth basketball team (6 year olds!). They're really cute and pretty entertaining. It's been great to teach them the fundamentals of the game and to make it fun at the same time. We practice one day a week and have Friday games which gives me an opportunity to go right up to the track after and get a workout in.

Yesterday I went to yoga and it felt great to be in a warm room on a snowy winter day. The heat in the room really helps me stretch and I can feel myself getting stronger with every practice. Today I went for a 40ish minute run/approx 4 miles with my neighbor and running buddy, Tizoc (I call him TZ for short). We traversed our usual argo pond loop along the Huron River. It's a trail route and it was packed with snow! It was about 17 degrees out, sunny, and the air was refreshing. The terrain was a little tricky at times but since everyone in Ann Arbor runs no matter what the conditions, the path was pretty packed down from the runners that ventured out before us.

That's all I have for now. Thanks for reading and thanks for your donations. I've got 93 days to reach $5,000 and your support has been awesome! I have some fundraising ideas in the works that I hope to roll out within the next month. Updates to come. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please share! :)

East Matunuck State Beach - December Sunset

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

And so it begins!

I started my first official training run on Sunday 12/18. I just went for an easy 35 minute run but boy was it chilly! It was 35 degrees out in Ann Arbor but it felt like 27. I did my usual Argo Pond loop through the wooded trails along the Huron River. I spotted only a few other runners while I was out and a few dog walkers. It was a peaceful run and it really felt like winter with the cloudy sky and the naked trees. Luckily I was all bundled up in running gear that I've accumulated over the years and I was even wearing a new hat that I got for my birthday with a little hole for my ponytail (thanks mom!). I'm heading home to Rhode Island tomorrow and I can't wait to run through the old neighborhood and at Goddard Park. Happy Holidays!