Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Very Emotional GTS

Today, Anna came out to our group training session and shared her story with our team as our weekly Mission Moment. There were not many dry eyes in our circle.  So many people on our team know Anna well - she is being honoured by both her daughter and myself, as runners, and our coach has known her for years - it made for a very emotional start to the run.   I am hopeful that this week we will get to have some happy news to add to her story.   She will be finding out how well her treatments worked.  Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Remission!

Great news!   I just heard from Anna this morning.  Her Lymphoma has officially been beat into remission!  Now we can all breathe and celebrate!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Training Update

I haven't been posting weekly updates on how my training is going, but thought it was about time I posted something :).   I have been attending our weekly group training sessions and as of last weekend we were up to about 8K on our Saturday morning runs (next week should be over 10K as we are running for 75 mins!)   It has been really great getting to know everyone and I am enjoying both the runs and the post-run coffee and visiting!  

Last week, I started both speed training and hill training.   Both will help me build the strength in my legs to go for longer at a more consistent pace, while the long Saturday runs are to build up my endurance.   I am going to be honest - I HATE SPEED TRAINING lol.  Or maybe I just hate pick-ups - interval running where I go as hard and fast as I can for 2 mins and then recover for 2 mins.  But whenever the going gets tough, I am reminded of one of my favourite Steve Prefontaine quotes "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" and I keep going.  I am capable of doing it and I should give it my all or it isn't worth doing it at all!  It's not easy, but it will be worth it when I cross that finish line in October. 

For my first hill training session I dropped the twins with my sister in law for an hour and headed out into Fish Creek Provincial Park in the deep south of Calgary.  There are some nice rolling hills on the paths there and it gave me a chance to tackle them while on a decent length run.  It is so pretty down there that I ended up going for 20 mins longer than I had planned!   This week I will be running hill repeats (basically running up and down the same hill over and over) with a group of friends who will also be running in San Fran, though not with Team in Training.   I'm really looking forward to it.

On the fundraising front, I should break the $3000 mark sometime this week, as the money comes in from the silent auction.   And on Saturday, we had our first group fundraising meeting with our mentor and decided that we will hold a group fundraising event in the next few weeks (tentative date: June 30).  We're aiming for a Pub Night and Silent Auction - so I should be making an announcement about ticket sales soon.  Also - if you have anything you would like to donate to the silent auction, please let me know! I will likely be allowed 3 items and I may put in a couple of things myself, but I would definitely be open to donations of great items :)   All of the money from ticket sales and my silent auction items will go towards my goal so I do hope to have my cheering section in attendance :)  If you are interested in Tickets, please let me know and I will keep you posted on the event details when they become available.

I am also very happy with how the magazine sales are going!  I just checked my profit totals tonight and it is already at almost $150! Thank you so much to everyone who has subscribed through my site!  It doesn't give me a list of who has been buying, but please let me know if you have so I can thank you personally!  If you know of anyone who would be interested in magazines (either new subscriptions or renewals), please send them the link to my website.  37% of the sales goes directly to my fundraising!  http://www.magfundraising.com/runningforacure

I have also posted a couple of PDF flyers on the homepage of this site (right column).  There is one about my donation site and another about the magazines - each with tear-off tabs with the web addresses on them.  If you have a bulletin board at your office and would be willing, please print one off and post it for me to help spread the word!  Thanks!

Until next time - thank you all so much for your support!  I am so touched by your caring and truly appreciate everything you all have done!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So far...

I was playing around with my Garmin tonight and thought to look at the history on it for the first time.   I bought it right before I started formally training with the team so, in just over a month I was surprised to see exactly how many kilometers/hours I had logged!

For those of you who don't know what a Garmin is, it is a running watch that has a GPS in it and it will track your pace and distance, as well as timing how long your runs are.  It will even tell you how many calories you've burned, based on your weight, speed, distance etc....and that's only SOME of what it does - I still have alot to figure out!  Pretty cool little gadget!  I got mine for a steal on eBay!

Anyways - so far, I have run 84.06 km and that works out to 10 hours, 12 minutes and 33 seconds of running in just over a month! (and burnt 7307 calories apparently - I KNEW my clothes were fitting looser!) And I am still at the point where I am not running for over an hour a session yet!   By the time I am done the half marathon, some of my long training runs will be 2.5+ hours long EACH!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Adventures in Fundraising!

I was playing around with my Garmin tonight and thought to look at the history on it for the first time.   I bought it right before I started formally training with the team so, in just over a month I was surprised to see exactly how many kilometers/hours I had logged!

For those of you who don't know what a Garmin is, it is a running watch that has a GPS in it and it will track your pace and distance, as well as timing how long your runs are.  It will even tell you how many calories you've burned, based on your weight, speed, distance etc....and that's only SOME of what it does - I still have alot to figure out!  Pretty cool little gadget!  I got mine for a steal on eBay!

Anyways - so far, I have run 84.06 km and that works out to 10 hours, 12 minutes and 33 seconds of running in just over a month! (and burnt 7307 calories apparently - I KNEW my clothes were fitting looser!) And I am still at the point where I am not running for over an hour a session yet!   By the time I am done the half marathon, some of my long training runs will be 2.5+ hours long EACH!
Adventures in Fundraising! - Edit
June 7, 2010
I am well on my way with my fundraising...but I still have a ways to go and am going to still be sending out many event notices until I meet my fundraising minimum for this event (I'll just try to keep them from overlapping the way they have this last month).   It is my hope that I can get that minimum out of the way before I get into the really heavy training this summer!   In the meantime, I thought I would post an update about my fundraising events!

First, an announcement.  The Gold Party that was scheduled for this coming Saturday has been CANCELLED.   I did not get enough people to RSVP to make the Gold Party Canada rep's time worthwhile.  I know how hard it is for home party people to make a living - let alone to have them come out to an open house where only a couple of people are in attendance.   I still intend to send my own gold away to sell and the money will go toward my goal as it always was going to (I've already sent away my silver so am a little less hesitant about the gold now).

Today, I started a new fundraiser that will be ongoing until the middle of August!   Magazine Sale!  I have partnered with an online fundraising company to sell magazines to raise money.  The company will pay me 37% of each subscription or renewal to go towards my goal!   If you have a magazine you are coveting or if you'd like to renew a current subscription, please check the list of over 650 magazines that are available on my site:
http://www.magfundraising.ca/runningforacure

and don't forget to tell your family and friends in case they might be interested!!!

The Silent Art Auction is going very well so far!  Please check it out and see if there are any paintings in there that you might be interested in bidding on.  I have tried to include a variety of subject matter to appeal to everyone! 

and last, but not least, please stay tuned for some more unique fundraising opportunities that I will be posting in the next few weeks!  I am hoping that at least one of them will appeal to you! :)