Monday, September 17, 2007

5 Weeks and Counting!

In case anyone was keeping track, YES, I did go to the General Training Session (GTS).

See previous post Every breath you take ...
for why this is important. Coincidentally, my mentor was not there. HOWEVER, ALL of the coaches and coaching assistants were there. They rock. Seriously.

Before we ran, we sat through a brief forum on fund raising. One team member has raised over 10,000 dollars in 2 (YES TWO) weeks by simply sending out emails. I can only hope that the recipients of my emails will be that responsive! This is for a great cause and all donations are 100% tax deductible!

OK - now back to running. My last easy run was on Thursday, September 13, 2007. It was 2 miles. It's all uphill from here. Literally. I ran 3.2 miles on Saturday and was slightly faster (well, not really) than the run/walk team that was training. It took about 41 minutes total including 2 water stops and a brief stretch right before returning to my car because of a cramp in the arch of my left foot. OUCH! But the good news is that I am breathing.

At this pace, including water stops and bathroom breaks, I might be able to eek out the full marathon in a blazing 7 hours. That's real time, not football time. 420 minutes. That's FOUR-HUNDRED-AND-TWENTY-MINUTES. Just for fun, it's 25, 200 SECONDS ... I won't write that one out for you. So, in 420 minutes, you could bake 10 bundt cakes, watch 7 episodes of Grey's Anatomy or 14 episodes of Thomas the Train. You could wash you car 20 times or wade your way through two Wagner operas. But me? I'll be running (walking some, jogging some, maybe even log rolling some) - but I will finish this.

My friend Laura is on day 7 of her 100 days (after the bone marrow transplant). There's one final round of chemo and then waiting. I know that she and her family appreciate all of the encouragement they have received along the way.