Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Since I’ve been gone….

Well, it has been way too long since I have updated my running blog, and I must say – I haven’t been doing too terribly great with my running training.  I am running a full marathon in a little over 2 months, and I’m not ready for it one bit.  I put together a training schedule that will start on Monday.  I can’t wait to get going with the new schedule – I just can’t get myself to run until then for some reason.  bah.

Since I updated last, I ran my half marathon (Sept. 18, 2010 – 16.1 miles)!!  This was two days before my 25 birthday, and I think it was a fun fun way to ring in my 1/4 century year.  The race went well.  Mom, my cousin Cindy, and I went to Ashville, NC, and stayed Friday night so that I could run on Saturday.  It was a bit rough because of the monstrous hills all over Ashville, but I had fun!!  I walked up the hills, ran the rest of the course, and finished in about 2hr 34min.  Not too bad for walking a lot of it!!  :)

i did it

After half marathon – still smiling for some strange reason! ;)

Since my last update, I also ran in the annual 5k for Breast Cancer.  This was a pretty touching race as many of the people ran with loved ones’ names on their backs – either in memory of or in celebration of.  The ones that read, “I’m running in memory of my mom.” or the like completely broke my heart.

Mrs. Rita

After the Breast Cancer race - I ran in memory of Mrs. Rita. 

Mrs. Rita was my Sunday School teacher for many years (high school and college), and she was also a youth worker all through my high school years.  She was always full of wisdom, laughs, and was an amazing prayer warrior.  

I can tell you the 9 Fruits of the Spirit because of a challenge Mrs. Rita gave us one year in Sunday School – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

And even now, when I get hungry late at night, I always remember her bit of wisdom that she shared many nights on youth trips:  If you get hungry late at night, you need to just go to bed.

Mrs. Rita didn’t let her cancer deter her from believing God’s word.  She knew full well that God would heal her, and although He didn’t heal her in the way we wanted, she is now completely healed and cancer free!  Woo!!

As I said, I’m running a full marathon in January.  It will be the annual Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida, and I can’t wait!!!  Throughout my training, I have been raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

It hasn’t been easy.  Out of the $2,900 that I have to raise before my race, I’ve raised a little over $1,000 of it.  Quite a bit left to raise!!  Please take a moment to visit my fundraising website - – so that you can read my running story and possibly donate towards my run as well!!

Through your donation, you’ll be helping the LLS supply money for researchers working to cure blood cancers, provide encouraging services to blood cancer patients, and educate the public about these diseases.  I can’t raise the $2,900 without you!!