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Every Saturday, I meet with my Team In Training team for a long group run.  (Yesterday was 5.5 miles.)  Before every long run, someone shares a mission moment.  Since I am prone to tears (I HATE crying in front of people), these mission moments make me a small mess.  But, every Saturday, I am reminded why I’m not just running for me.

Yesterday, I heard Tom’s story.  His mother had a seizure in January and they were not sure if it was a stroke or something else.  After numerous tests, they found 2 tumors in her brain (the largest the size of a lemon).  They removed the lemon tumor and determined she had a form of lymphoma cancer – a better case scenario w/ about 4 years to live instead of the weeks with the other possibility.  After going through two rounds of chemo, his mother decided she would prefer to spend whatever time she had left with her family.  One month ago from yesterday (it boggles my mind how things in real life have a perfect symmetry to them), she passed away.  Tom decided when she was diagnosed he would join Team in Training for his mom.  He is running the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco – wearing a skirt and all – to honor her.

Not all mission moments are sad.  Many are uplifting testaments to a person or a family’s courage.

If you would like to make a donation to fund research & programs for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please click here:  Donations are tax deductible & if you donate more than $20 by June 20th online, you will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Johnson family for their incredibly generous donation this morning!!


It has been a fantastic running week albeit a wet one.  All new running locations which has spurred me on to find new running locations.  Scott Pierson trail: check.  Cushman: check.  Union down to Ruston: check.  Point Defiance: check.  Downtown w/ a beer run club: check. 

I am running through a lot of my fears (running on roads, joining a group of RUNNERS, coming in last… and going to add running past restaurant windows where everyone is watching you to the list).   

The thought that has really sustained me through some of these moments where I’m likely to freak out (especially the restaurant scene) is this: I AM DOING IT.   And even though I don’t feel like a runner yet, I’m somewhere on the road to really feeling (and believing) it.

happy trails…


I am part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma team in training team – training to run a half marathon in San Francisco in October.  Stoked to run in one of my favorite cities.  Can’t wait to get back to City Light Books.  To find Korean BBQ.  And gelato.  And the flirty Italian waiters in North Beach…

Five weeks of training & I have 64 miles logged on my running shoes.  I may soon regret my pledge to donate $1 for every mile run.   Especially the weeks with 150 minute runs (2.5 hrs…all I can think about even though I have a few months before hitting that point).

I am running my tail off but do need help with the fundraising portion of this training.  I have to raise $2200 by October 1st, 2011.  I would like to have $1000 by June 20th & if you donate at least $20 by then – your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbucks gift card.  Happy days!

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how the story starts…

…Last August, I felt a little bad that I would come home from work, let the dog out, go to the gym for a spin & a yoga class a few nights a week, making my way home a few hours later.  I felt bad for all the time I wasn’t spending w/ my dog blu.  Mid August, I cancelled my gym membership and started walking & running with blu on the Cushman Trail near my home.  I had read about some guy who had continuously run for over 3500 days and felt I could do the same.  Every other day, we would walk 3 miles.  On the odd days, we would interval train.  I wanted to do the Couch to 5k program but didn’t know how to time the running portions.  Instead, I traded in running minutes for running utility poles.

Our first week out, blu would come home after a run and crash on the deck.  Eventually, her stamina (and mine) improved.  At the same time, we were in and out of vet offices because she had a large bump on her nose.  Diagnosis & treatment after diagnosis & treatment, a vet oncologist confirmed blu had an oral tumor.  With aggressive treatment, the oncologist gave blu 4-8 months left to live.  Without treatment, 1-2 months.  Four days later, on the worst winter storm day, blu had another bloody nose.  Three days before we were going to run our first 5k, she was put to sleep.

so…the blu dog running club is in her honor & exactly 6 months later, I am finally writing this blog!

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on the road