Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July Update

Hi everyone!

Once again, the end of the month has snuck up on me and it is time to send out another update on how my training and fundraising has been going.  Only 82 days until I am running in San Francisco!

I am still meeting up with my Team in Training team for our Saturday group runs.  It is really great to be a part of a team for those.  I truly can't imagine going for a 15K run by myself!  Just last weekend, I ran the entire way around Glenmore Reservoir in just shy of 2 hours!   I hope the next time I do that that it will be much cooler than the +25 it was at 8am that day! 

My fundraising has been going extremely well.  I am nearly at my fundraising minimum of $4500 and then I will push onwards to raise as much as I possibly can.  I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far.  Your donations and participation in my fundraising events has been most appreciated!   If you haven't had a chance to check out my fundraisers or to sponsor me - please check out the links at the bottom of this email to see what I have going on right now!

On the race front, I ran my first 10K in the Stampede Road Race on July 11!  Did it in 1 hour and 10 mins, which was pretty good for me.  I'd been running it in about 1:15 in my training runs!   My next 10K is in Edmonton towards the end of August.

Ultimately, I am enjoying this amazing journey I am on!   I can't believe that just a few short months ago, I couldn't have run further than the end of my block and when I am done, I will be able to run almost the equivalent of running out my back door and reaching the eastern edge of Calgary!  

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Love Cori :)

Please consider supporting me in my run for a cure

Current Fundraising Events

Magazine Sales: 
The magazine store will remain open until August 15.  If you have a magazine subscription that needs renewing or would like to order a new one for yourself or as a gift (they make great gifts - we just bought them for our niece and nephews birthdays and they were a BIG HIT!)  Check out the over 650 magazines that are available in my fundraising store:

Online Tupperware Fundraiser Party:
My sister-in-law is a Tupperware consultant and she has kindly set me up with a fundraiser store!   Items purchased from the online store will have 40% of the sale proceeds donated to my fundraising.   If there is something that you would like that is not in the online store - just contact me to place an order and 15% of those sales will also be donated!   OR - book a home party and Crystal will donate $25 for each party booked!

Please check out my online store at:!twx$eparty_ctl.p_guest_welcome?pv_eparty=56128c7b765397edab9d0f9...77f1c4876&v_item_category=efund15

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Race Report: Stampede Road Race 10k

Today I ran the Stampede Road Race 10K.  It was a great day for it, weather-wise.  Cloudy and not too hot.  No real rain, except the 4 drops I dodged around the 7K mark.   It was super humid, though.  Because we had Gramma visiting, Cam and I headed into the race and left the babies with her at home.   It meant we made it to the start line with plenty of time to spare (not like my last 5k lol).   I was really excited when I was getting close to the start line because my running power song (Worldwide Suicide by Pearl Jam) was playing on the speakers and I took that as a sign of great things ahead.

The course, itself, felt familliar because I have run in that area alot lately.  Parts of the route, I had even run earlier in the week.

When I turned up onto 14A street, I could see the first water table and it was manned by people I knew (my coaches hubby, some people he is training for the NYC Marathon with, and a couple team members of mine).  When they saw me heading their way, they started up a chorus of "Go Cori!!!!" It's really amazing how hearing your name being cheered really helps lift your feet!   Loved it!   Cam was nearby snapping a zillion pictures of everything (he was shooting everyone so it seems like people thought he was the official photog for the race).  

And then it was off through the park and across the dam.   I thought the TNT water table was at the 5K mark but I didn't pass another table so I am guessing they were on the course for the half).   As I was coming around to head to the bridge to cross over Glenmore again, I came up on 3 members of my TNT team and they helped me by lifting my spirits to carry me through to the end.  Thanks guys!

And then, when I hit the 8k mark, my left knee was really complaining again so I started taking more frequent walk breaks.   Not long ones but I wanted to finish strong.

And then I was turning into the Glenmore Athletic Park again and heading up the little grass hill to the track.  It felt so good to hit the rubber on the track after pounding asphalt for 9.5K! 

In the end, I finished strong.   My Garmin had me at 1:10  and the clock had me at 1:07.  A really good time for my first 10K.   I'm so happy with it.  I can hardly wait to see what the actual chip time was!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Running Biomechanics Clinic

Last night we had a clinic on Running Biomechanics at the Running Injury Clinic.  Karen Kendall gave a great presentation on how to make sure our bodies are balanced in a number of areas so we can run injury free.   I got so much out of this presentation and I think I might now be equipped to make adjustments to my running form so I won't be plagued by some of the knee complaints I have been having.

I also won the draw for the Team in Training fuel belt that was up for grabs!  So excited because I really wanted this one :)  

And in sad news - we got official word yesterday morning that our big black dog, Abner, has cancer.   He's only 5 and a half years old so this was a bit of a blow to our family.   He is now on prednisone for a year to try to prevent regrowth of the giant tumour that was removed and the vet is very hopeful that he will respond well.  In the meantime, I am on the hunt for a canine cancer ribbon to wear on race day to count him among my honourees.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Mission Moment

On July 3, I volunteered to provide the mission moment for the group run.  Below is what I shared:

Everyone here knows that I am running for Anna.  Because she's been the mission moment for the last 2 weeks, I felt I should come up with a different story to share.  But before I do, I want to share some great news.  The test results show she is now in remission!

So, in preparing to do my mission moment, I took to the internet and stumbled upon the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Life Mosaic site. At our second GTS, we met up here at Eau Claire and for our mission moment, Sheena directed us to wander through an amazing cancer photo exhibit that had been erected right here - this website is very similar, except it is all inspirational stories of blood cancer patients and survivors.   I'd like to share one of the stories I read on this site as my mission moment today. Lemme tellya it was hard to narrow it down to one…

This is Joe's story:

It's been a year now since I was first diagnosed.

'You have cancer,' the surgeon told my wife and me. 'I'm sorry.'

We went to the oncologist and found out that I had advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with bone marrow involvement. 'We can try a new drug that has hope,' my doctor told us. 'It's called Rituxan.' We will give it to you in high doses with your chemo treatments. Expect the worst by December from the medicine.'He was wrong. The 'worst' was telling my daughter.

How could I tell a 5-year-old that her daddy might die? How was I going to hold my family together through this crisis? Should I prepare for my own death? Cancer seemed so unpredictable to me. Why do some people live and why do some people die?

My daughter withdrew from me, my wife held us together, and I went through the much-dreaded chemo for six months. March was my last treatment, and all the test have shown that I am in remission.My daughter has once again become 'daddy's little girl,' and my wife did a wonderful job of holding it all together. Our lives will never be the same, and I think of what I went through every day. I have to go back to the doctor once every three months for checkups, but that is a small price to pay to be alive.

This is an amazing website and I encourage everyone to check it out at  The stories shared there are such a powerful reminder of why we are here.  Together we are making a difference!