Saturday, May 20, 2006

First Group Run...

Today was the information clinic - exciting stuff like sports nutrition (essentially not habits I am practicing now), equipment (Dri-fit/Coolmax is king), and stretching (never enough of that). Then to the trail we went. The object was to run 3 miles for the purpose of timing us and putting us into pace groups. Two things about this were a little daunting: 1) my general tolerance is somewhere between 2 and 2.5 miles and 2) the timing! Ten years ago I could run 10 minute miles but today my goal was much more realistic - 45 minutes to complete the run (15 minute miles). I came out strong - probably a little too strong (old habits die hard). But I found my groove and more importantly someone with a realistic and steady cadence to pace myself on. 45 minutes later I was back at the start/finish line. Subtract two minutes for starting in the second group and voila 43 minutes. So first goal has been achieved!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Kickoff Breakfast Day!

Well I've either officially gone off the deep-end or I am just experiencing my quarter century crisis a few years late. Today I committed myself and my summer to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program.By Labor Day weekend I will have run more miles and fundraised more dollars than I have in my whole life.

Backing up for a second... several months ago I made a job switch and suddenly found that I had a lot of free time. I saw an ad for Team in Training and thought why not? (From my days as a rower I know that I am a glutton for punishment.) As the time got closer I reexamined why I wanted to do this and came to the INON conclusion (as in it's now or never). Plus Team in Training was a cause that resonated with me because the most common childhood disease is leukemia. So as much as I am doing this for myself, I am doing in hopes that no one I know ever experiences a child with leukemia.

As the summer progresses, watch my progress here. If you'd like to donate my webpage is listed below.