Longest run yet

It’s been a while since I’ve written but just wanted to say thanks to all of our donors so far. We still have a long way to go and it’s only 8 weeks until the marathon.

Jen and I did a 14 mile run through the streets of Waltham and Lincoln this past Saturday morning. It was our longest run yet, and should get us well on our way to upcoming 16, 18, and (gasp!) 20 mile runs as we get closer to the big day.

I’ve discovered that during the first 25% of a run (regardless of distance) I feel the worst and I psych myself out the most. I come up with a lot of excuses for why I’m going to do a shorter one. My big excuse is that I’m getting older and that I should be doing everything gradually. Both Jen and I slacked during our vacation and Jen had her hamstring issue, so we didn’t stick to our schedule as usual. I used that as a BIG excuse this past Saturday, saying I was only going to do 10 or 11 miles. After the 2nd water stop, I stopped complaining and I felt a lot better.

We have the benefit event coming up 4 weeks from Friday and we’ll be starting to aggressively promote it this week to make sure all our friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else interested in helping fight cancer know about a really fun night.

We’ve got the Fender Strat guitar at our apartment and it’s VERY sweet. Can’t wait to give that thing away to someone at the show.

All for now. On tap for tonight: 5-7 miles.


p.s. It’s very nice of Boston Sports Club and Healthpoint to let us use the upstairs area and bathrooms before our group runs, but they should learn from the example of the other clubs we meet for group runs and NOT charge us $10 to use their facilities and showers for one morning.

Welcome Facebookers!

I just out a bunch of invitations to a group on Facebook to support my fundraising goal.  Hey guys!

A quick training update:  I’m fairly back on track and I don’t have many band shows until the marathon, so I should be able to get back into the full swing of things.  Jen and I are headed to Florida tomorrow morning but we’re going to keep training while we’re down there.  Running in high 70’s weather should make it a little easier.

Fundraising:  I’m making progress but I have a long way to go.  We’re planning a benefit event & show for late March.  Stay tuned.


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!

Yesterday, in the 20s, today, 60s!

Global warming is laughing at us and I’m smiling back. Andy and I braved it through freezing temps and were victim to endless chills and frozen fingers. However, today, we’ll run in shorts! What is going on? I’m not sure, but I’m keeping my mouth shut until April.

What’s new?

Fundraising: Well, we’re getting our plans together for fundraising and donations. Expect harassment soon! (kidding) Our shared google docs are a starting point, and we’re listing out local businesses and organizations that might be interested in donating or being a corporate sponsor for our Rock N Run event on March 27, 2009.  We start knocking on donor doors this week 🙂 If you know someone (or are someone) interested in helping us out, let us know! We appreciate every ounce of help.

Yes, we set an official date. We’re waiting for the line-up to firm-up, but we’re excited nonetheless.

Training: We are also beginning more challenging runs. Saturday is our first Dana Farber Marathon Challenge run, 11 miles–yay and yowzer. Our longest run will be Saturday. We’ll be out on the Cape on Sunday and hopefully we’ll be able to get the rest of our miles in for the week. I underestimated the difficulty of sticking to the workout schedule. I attempted (once) to run in the morning, with success I might add. Despite my enthusiasm the night before, dragging myself out of bed in the am is proving to be a difficult challenge. I do not like seeing 6 am on my clock.

And in the spirit of Christmas enjoy!

My friend Brett participated in the Santa Speedo Run last year, he strikes again this weekend.

My friend Brett participated in the Santa Speedo Run last year, and he strikes again this weekend.

Hopefully that’s about how bad it will be

We did another 7 miles last night, in addition to 7 on Friday.  We were thinking about doing 10 but we figured the sub 20 degree weather was enough of an added level of difficulty.

We’re hoping this is about how bad it will be through the winter.  The winters have been fairly mild the last few years and temps haven’t really stuck in the teens or single digits, so we’re hoping that 20 will be the average of the BAD.

And it wasn’t too bad!  As our esteemed salesman at Marathon Sports said, “You should start out a little chilly for the first few minutes.”  We were used to that but last night’s “few minutes” lasted about 3 or 4 miles, and then we both said, “This ain’t so bad!”  The headwinds on the Mem Drive side were tough though and my numb foot kicked in for the last couple miles.  Hoping that’s just my foot getting used to working again.

We did BU Bridge to Museum of Science.  That’s 5.6 miles plus the distance from our place to the river (.7 miles each way).  Here’s the Charles River Running map so you know what these loops are all about:

Charles River Running Map

Charles River Running Map

Numb foot

After a bad couple of weeks not really sticking to the calendar, I’m back at it this week.

I got achilles tendonitis this past March and spent a while rehabbing it.  I’ve got inserts in my regular shoes and my sneakers, but I noticed that my other foot/leg has been feeling funky.  I think it’s overcompensating.  So I decided to take out the insert and see how it felt.

Strangely, it felt like someone rolled up an extra sock and put it under the ball of my foot.  It didn’t hurt but just went numb.  I’m hoping this is just my foot getting used to working normally again.  At least the other foot didn’t feel funky!

Sending out another fundraising update early next week.  LOTS of friends have said they’ll donate but they haven’t yet.  Get on it people!

I cheated.

Thanksgiving. I gave thanks for everything I have and reflected on how much my life has changed throughout the past two years. I am especially thankful for my family and how close we’ve become.

I have two nurses in my immediate family. My stepmother Loretta works in the ICU at Stony Brook Hospital and my Aunt Julie works on an oncology floor of the same hospital. I wish everyone with cancer had them as their team or someone as good or better.

They are a super-team drilling and grilling every nurse caring for Loretta’s cousin Pete, who is fighting an intense battle with cancer–he’s going through radiation, etc. He’s been in and out of the hospital during the last few weeks. He was sick again and they nurses released him from the ER because they didn’t know what was wrong. Through their medicial expertise and (common sense) deduction they figured he was dehyrated, which was causing some not-so-nice side effects.

But to the point I want to make, Loretta was on the phone everyday pulling information out of the nurses giving him care. Question after question she drew out the information she needed to figure out what was happening with him (before the nurses caring for him were clued in).  It was very impressive and made me proud.

I did run while I was home! Go me.

There is a little village named Poquott near my end of Port Jefferson. I ran down by the water admiring all the gorgeous houses and the beautiful water. It was a challenging run. I felt Thanksgiving in my tummy, legs and arms. I was a brick. And to top off my five miler, a GINORMOUS hill at the end. It was the second hardest run I’ve done since I started training.

I skipped yesterday. I was bad. I didn’t run my 7-10 today either. But I did run about four, in the pouring rain, fast.

I’m ordering some dinner-mmmm pizza and planting my booty on the couch.