Good Run Thursday

Yesterday I had a really great run. I walked for 4 minutes, jogged for 22, and then walked for the last 4 – and THEN did some strength training at my gym. Overall, it was a fantastic day, and though I’m achey this morning, yesterday’s work out felt really, really good. Some the the achiness I attribute to the strength training. I need to find a good way to tone my abs, as that I hate most of them, and the ones I don’t hate wrench my back (because I’m doing it wrong, I’m sure.)

My pace for my walk/run averaged at 11:10/mi. My heart rate still got a little high if I want to stay in the moderate training range, but wasn’t too crazy, so I feel like I’m doing well. I look forward to see how my run Saturday will be, since it will be my first 30+ minutes running during a week of regular exercise for a few weeks.

I haven’t managed to make it to a Team in Training practice yet – mostly because I’m still unsure as to my ability to do the event, both running and fundraising-wise.

Rest Day Healing and Charity Binders

I nearly missed my scheduled acupuncture appointment all together today, but I’m glad I didn’t. My body is slowly starting to feel better after the punishing doubling of my training over the past couple weeks. The training exhausted me, and I’m convinced threw my hormones out of whack. Slow and steady! Embrace it!

On my way out of my appointment I passed Westlake Center where the usual charity binder guys were trying to get my attention. Usually I tell them kindly that I’m not interested, other times, I let them know that I’m unemployed and volunteer my time at a local non-profit, but today I shouted “I have $3200 to raise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!”

He stood bugeyed and then responded, “How are you going to do that?”

“I don’t know, I was thinking of grabbing s binder and doing what you do.”

He said, “It works.”

I don’t know about it working for me.

Yoga Today, and more TnT

I started my morning with some much needed yoga. I used Shiva Rea’s Solar Flow Yoga, which is an invigorating vinyasa program that has the option of mixing and matching the programs together. It’s not for a novice, and requires the ability to flow in and out of asanas quickly, but it’s exactly what I like. I should do this more often. I spend so much time running, and not enough being still, or just being in one place. I figure this might be a good counterbalance to all that pavement pounding.

The Team in Training sent a flood (ok, just a phone call and an email) to check in and remind of the upcoming kick-off. I’m not bailing out yet, because I signed up for this, and frankly, maybe I *can* do it without too much stress. The fundraising is a little stressful, though. I’m far more worried about that than running 26.2 miles (though truthfully, I may just go for 13.1). We’ll see! I just don’t want to be in debt!!

Take care – have a great weekend!

If you’re looking for something to do, my scuba friends with Girl Diver are hosting an Earth Day event, Girl Diver Goes Green (Not with Envy)

Plant a Tree! Spread some mulch! Come help GirlDiver & People of Puget Sound celebrate the 40th Anniversary of EARTH DAY with restoration of North Wind’s Weir located at Seattle’s Duwamish River. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!!

No diving required – but a great group of people doing good stuff.

Team in Training

Uh oh, what have I gotten myself into?

Yesterday I went to the Washington/Alaska chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training informational meeting held at the REI flagship.


No doubt that they do good work (they have a 3 out of 4 star rating through Charity Navigator), and considering the healthcare gaps in this nation, and the expense of fighting cancer, I’m glad that there are organizations that help fill in the gaps with emotional and material support to families who are undergoing treatment for serious (and expensive) diseases.

However, there are a gazillion other charities that I’m also fond of and wanting to give my time to. Many of them local (think globally, act locally, etc.)

The thing is, not all charities have distance training as part of their draw.

And so I went to the info meeting, plopped down $50 to start (and got a moisture-wicking t-shirt), and signed up to train for a marathon in October.

The catch is that in order to get to the end point of all this, the marathon, not only do I have to train, but I have to raise $3200 (maybe less) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by October. I don’t have that money in my bank account (and I know that many of the people I know also don’t.) They assured me that we will learn how to fund raise – and yes, this is what I’m worried about, not the actual marathon.

I can back out at any time before July – though I’m sure there’s pressure to not do so. I will have only lost $50 (to a good cause) and gained 2 months or so of training. I’m so intimidated!

Also – a half marathon is a crazy distance. A whole marathon? OMG.

I’ll be thinking on this for awhile.

In the mean time: My Fundraising Page