I’ve been slacking a bit…

…ALTHOUGH 7 miles is fairly easy these days.  With all the shows I’ve been playing with the band, especially on weekends when the long runs are, I haven’t been keeping up my mileage.  I have shows today through Saturday and then only a few between next week and the marathon.  So it’s NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE time after that.  The Thursday night Crossroads runs are pretty amazing and I noticed marked improvement from my first to my second.  I only hit one trouble spot, at the top of Heartbreak Hill, but it was smooth sailing otherwise.  And then pizza and beer.

OK, off to battle the snow and I’ll be picking up my training and fundraising next week.

Kicking Butts and Taking Names

I ran 13 miles in 2 hours yesterday. I was on pace for just under 10 minute miles all the way through mile 6. On the way back, i felt great around mile 9 and picked up the pace to the finish.

It was FREEZING. Literally. My GU froze, the water and gatorade at the water stops froze, and a man had an sweat ICICLE on his hat! My scarf kept freezing. Despite the cold, I felt great.

Yesterday’s run makes me completely confident I will finish the marathon–without walking 🙂

Dear MBTA,

Thank you for not following schedules. For your total disregard for time. For offering minimal service with increasing fares.

This morning I waited 20 minutes for a bus that never showed and prevented me from doing my 14 mile run. I needed to take the bus to Watertown Sq. so I could meet a group of runners. The timing was perfect! I knew the scheduling of the bus was too good to be true. I would have enough time to walk to our meeting place with a few minutes to spare.

I watched the digital numbers change on my watch. After each transformation of the minutes, I became more unconvinced I’d be able to make it on time. I stood well rested at the bus stop with my wind breaker and water bottle in hand. I was so disappointed.

Thanks MBTA.

Holy Cow

I’m more than half way to my fundraising goal. If I was super good at math (which I should be considering my job requires me to run statistical analysis all day long) I could tell you what percentage I am away from reaching my goal.  Instead, I’ll tell you we’ve raised $3254.52. Thanks Brett for the .52–it keeps things interesting.

And, I still have letters coming in the mail. Holy Cow.

On Wednesday we had a Dana Farber team meeting. One woman raised $20,000 by using matching gifts. Some companies will match any gift their employee makes and her company matches those. I’m jealous. My company is yet to donate! Oh, and this is the most money DFMC has raised yet. Awesome.

So, I want to give a shout out to the Geanoules Family–Holla. Gracias.

On to training, Andy and I ran the Cross Roads run again last night. It’s a 9 miler on the hills of the marathon course. Fun stuff. Last time I ran it I felt like hell. This time, we kicked its booty. We had an awesome run. Last time we ran ok, rocked the beurit table. This time, ran really well, sucked on the beurit table. I’ll take that.

Ok, back to work.

Adios,

Jen

It is amazing

how much support everyone is giving for Uncle Pete. I am so proud and impressed with everyone’s strength this week. It is such a bittersweet (cliche, I know) time–I am excited and happy people are becoming part of something bigger than themselves by donating and supporting Dana Farber and me in the DF Marathon Challenge. But, at the same time it is so sad to lose someone and to see the pain in people’s eyes.

I didn’t know Uncle Pete very well, but I wish I could have known him more. He was in the Special Forces for the Navy–I would’ve loved to at least hear stories about that–I bet it was incredible.
Everyone told me how awesome he was and I wish I knew him better.  I’m happy I met everyone and heard about him through them.

I am very thankful for the family I met this weekend and the people who are touching me with their support.

I can’t quite put it into words how I feel.

Thanks,
Jen

Cancer took another life

We lost Peter Geanoules yesterday to cancer. Peter, a close family friend, put up a hard fight against cancer. For the last few months he’s been in and out of the hospital. Yesterday he finally passed. My thoughts and love go out to family and friends.

Love,
Jen

New sneakers and dry-fit socks

This is earth shattering news from training central!

I bought a second pair of sneakers this weekend at Sports Authority.  They are Asics Gel-Nimbus 10’s.  The WONDERFUL people over at Marathon Sports helped me with this purchase.  The Nike Zoom Vomero’s I have are sort of specialty sneakers, and I bought them at Marathon Sports, after an assessment of my running style from one of the guys there.  I gave them a call from Sports Authority and told them I had purchased my Vomero’s there recently and that I needed a 2nd pair of similar sneakers.  The helpful Marathon Sports man rattled off 3 types of sneakers I could go for, and I picked the Nimbus 10’s.

Here they are:

I also realized that my socks get wet when I run, especially when there’s rain or snow on the course (duh!)  I picked up some Nike Dry Fit socks and I’m looking forward to trying them out.  Not to get into too much gruesome details, but I’m pretty sure the moisture is what causes my pinky blisters.  Fun!  Hoping to put an end to those, or make them less pronounced.  (gross, right?)

Milk, out!