I’m running for my friends and their loved ones

Thank you friends for all of the donations you have sent me. Your support and stories are keeping me motivated.  I really wouldn’t be able to do this without your help.

As most of you know, this is the FIRST time I train for a marathon and it is also the FIRST time I have ever run 9.5 miles!

Rick:  Today’s run was for you and your dad.  I know I’ll never be able to understand what you and your family went through, but running in your honor gave me the strength to keep going.  Happy father’s day to you and your dad.

Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.



Faster or Better?

If my pace decreases does that mean I’m getting faster?  Am I still getting faster even if the amount of time I can run at that pace is less than the amount of time I had previously ran?  What if I could run at the slower pace for longer than before? Wouldn’t it be better to run longer and slower?

Those are the questions that run through my head as I literally run down Embarcadero.  To calculate my pace I’m relying on my WP7 app called RunKeeper. How accurate the data is… I could only hope it is accurate.

Training has gotten really difficult. I feel as if I have no direction.

One training plan says to run 5x a week, and another training plan wants me to incorporate cross-training.  Which one do I follow? Do I stay with what I know best or do I take a risk and try something new?  Which plan is better?

All I know is that I’m determined to run this marathon and that somehow, someway I will figure it all out before October.

Running San Francisco

As promised, I have kept up with my training, and what better way than to train in the morning before work along San Francisco’s embarcadero.  I’ll probably be doing this run 3 times a week, since it’s so convenient and so close to work and my apartment.

If you’re interested in joining me on this run, or want to do the Golden Gate Bridge run just let me know. =)  I know doing the same course over and over can get boring, but I’m hoping to do this course 5x a week.

WARNING: Do not try to do this run when it’s windy, unless you’re prepared to run twice as hard to get to half the distance you normally would cover.

It’s not a good bye, it’s a see you later

For the next 11 weeks, I will be living in downtown San Francisco and working at Google.  Although I wont have an amazing team to keep motivated, I will have great memories to last me the summer.

I’ll more than likely be drowning in work, but I will not let it interfere with my training.  When I signed up to run on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I made a commitment and I intend to honor my word.  I will keep running and just as Dory (from Finding Nemo) would say, if she were a runner: “Just keep running. Just keep running. Just keep running, running, running.”

If I could spam the inbox of every Washington TNT member, I would send them all a thank you for all of their encouragement these past couple of weeks.

Dear WA/AK TNT Team:

You guys were awesome! Thank you for being so welcoming and showing me the ropes.  I learned so much from each and everyone of you.

Gerb helped me pimp my shoes with amazing bright yellow laces.  Coach Ginny helped me pick out running shoes.  Coach Jay was there with advice when my knee started hurting.  Michelle and Liana gave me amazing pointers for fundraising.  Emily promised to make sure Jose would keep running. =) Irene, our honored teammate, has inspired me with her strength and positivity.  Lastly, but not least, my mentor, Cathy was always there to answer questions and keep me going.

I really enjoyed talking during our runs, and getting to know so many amazing runners.  I didn’t just gain teammates, I also gained friends.

Can’t wait to visit soon!



Small setback

I am extremely content with all of the progress that I’ve made these past couple of weeks and I will not let a little setback bring me down.  I don’t think I have ever consistently ran this much!  Look at the chart!

A while back, my doctor had recommended a biopsy and he referred me to a specialist in the field at the Seattle Women’s Cancer Care.  After days of phone calls and messages, I finally got an appointment for Tuesday.  I showed up to my appointment optimistic and when Dr. Muntz told me I needed surgery.  I said to him, “Okay, but we need to do this as soon as possible.  I am training for a half marathon and I don’t want to miss my practices.” And that’s how we were able to schedule my surgery for the following day.

On Wednesday, I underwent exploratory surgery to figure out if there was something wrong with my lovely lady parts. :S  I had not realized until that day the importance of running for LLS in my life. Before undergoing surgery and knocking out I remember having a conversation with the nurse and anesthesiologist about running in Las Vegas. I’ve been to Vegas several times but never to run, so I have no idea how I made the connection.  It must have been a sign that I need to run a marathon in Vegas. 🙂

Also, before signing the surgery consent forms I asked my doctor to reassure that I would be running shortly after the procedure. Although he said I could probably be running after a week, he said the most important thing is to listen to my body. Most of the nurses suggested waiting two weeks to run and to take it easy…and that is exactly what I am doing.

The biopsy came back with everything looking good.  I have attended team practices, but instead of running, I am walking and taking everything one step at a time.

Now that I’m recovering and slowly getting back to running, I still need everyone’s support with my goals.

Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.


I conquered the lake!

I had my first 50 minute run and it was at Greenlake somewhere in Seattle. I’ve never really gotten out of the Bellevue area and the journey to Greenlake was much easier than I expected. i dont know what I would do without a GPS.

I continued doing intervals but I switched them up a bit. I had been running 6 minutes and walking 2 minutes. At Greenlake I decided to challenge myself and run 8 minutes and walk 1 minute. It went pretty well until about 45 minutes into the run when I ran past the water stop. Just the thought of water tortured my bladder and I had to take a potty break.

Season Kick Off

Last week we had our season kickoff and it was such an emotional experience. During the presentation I got to see all the reasons why people have come together to run for a cure and why many keep coming back season after season. Some did it because a relative had or continues to battle cancer, while others did it because they were cancer survivors. Rather than being a group formed by a common hobbie, Team in Training is more than that, TnT is a support group that reaches out to the community affected by a common atrocity.  Everyone running for Team in Training is running for a cure.

The most inspiring reason to be a part of Team in Training came from one of our honored teammates: to protect future generations.  When she first joined TnT, she joined in honor of her grandparents and parents.  They had all battled cancer.  Years after joining the team, she was also diagnosed with a blood cancer.  Now as she battles cancer, she stresses the importance of funding research to find a cure. She runs so that her children and grandchildren do not become another statistic.  She runs to protect future generations from cancer’s wrath and to honor all those patients, like herself, who have not given up in the fight against cancer.

Since joining Team in Training, not a day has gone by that I haven’t been motivated to run.  I run with the hope of finding a cure and ridding the world of one less evil.


Please help me reach my goals as well as help fund cancer research and patient services by donating to Team Bring It.