Saturday, April 19, 2008
Here we are just a little over 7 days away from my first half marathon (The Trail Half Marathon) for the year. Time has such a way of slipping by that I haven’t even given thought to tapering. For those unknowing souls, a taper is a period of time before a race wherein you reduce your mileage to a point where you’re probably running a third of your normal mileage. This is done to make certain you run your race with fresh, well rested “legs,” so to speak. Since I am really not racing the event, but using it as a training run, I’ll be OK; just building up to the Ultra come this September
Speaking of running and racing, my last training day was this past Thursday. Joanna and I ran some trails out near Northville, MI.; a place called Cass Benton Park. I was not disappointed. The trails were, well, trails and the hills were mountains…..not really, but considering that this was my hill training day, I was not disappointed. We ran somewhere between 4 to 5 miles. So for my training log I’ll carry it as 4.5 miles. Oh, Joanna is a friend of mine. We both were members of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” last year. She is also a walk / run coach for that fine organization.
So here it is: Total Mileage ran for the week: 21.5. Next week will be about the same, and that will include the half marathon, which is 13.1 miles.
Within the last few days, I had the privilege and honor to become acquainted with Julie Weber. I wish it could have been through a personal meeting, but that was not the case; still an honor none the less. Those of you who have been fighting the ravages of neuroblastoma probably already know of Julie and her daughter, Kayla who after fighting the good fight against neuroblastoma became an angel December 2, 2007.
Julie blessed me with permission to use a picture of our little angel Kayla on my racing shirt, the one which I will wear for my ultra. I will run in her memory.
I could go on and on about all of the fantastic work that Julie and her husband (family) are doing in the fight against childhood cancers. But I’ll let her web sites do that for me. She is such a good writer. Also, I am sure that she’ll not mind if I post the picture of Kayla I have put on my shirt. That along with the 108 names I mentioned in previous posts will make this shirt a treasure for me indeed.
Julie's links as I copied from an email from her to me:
Angel Kayla: Isn't she the most beautiful Angel...
And folks Julie and husband have some really great news I don't think I am giving any secrets away, but Julie is going to be a Mommy...
Congratulations to Julie and all the family.
Well, I rambled on long enough for tonight, but before I close, need I mention that we could really use your help...won't you please consider making a contribution to either the Band of Parents, or to Kayla Weber's Believe Foundation, a foundation set up honoring Kayla Weber.
I just can't believe how many blessings God is bestowing on me...Thank You.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sooooooooooooo first, some good news. ( I really like good news, don't' you?) Tomorrow I'll be sending off another nice donation of $108.00 to the Band of Parents. So in the last two weeks, the total donated to BoP is: $368.00. I sure hope this continues on...but whatever amount raised is in God's Hands and any amount raised furthers the cause.
And I am in the process of making many new friends. So, here's a really BIG HI to a special little buddy to be of mine, Charlie - HI Ya Charlie.
Now for my training update. Today I ran an easy 4 miles. I'll call it easy since it took me 42:47 to run it. My splits were 21:21 for the first split and 21:26 for the second. I was hoping for negative splits today, like I had for my five mile run on Monday. But the numbers are close enough... I am happy
Mileage ran for the Week: 17
As I wind down for the day, the setting sun reminds me of the beauty that each of us have within: His Beauty. Dwell with Him tonight, have no FEAR; He is with us till the end. In His Love-
Monday, April 14, 2008
Today's training consisted of a 5mile run and although not fast my time was 49 minutes and a few hundredths of a second. And I ran negative splits (24:46 for the first 2.5 miles; 24:14 for the second) - Now that does the soul wonders for sure. In fact, I was so happy here are a few pics of your truly hamming it up for Missus Gj. I wonder if she'll dance in the dirt with me
Nope! Missus told me that any if there were any dirt dancing to be done, I was the one that had to do it..Alone!
Hmmmmm..maybe if I show her my muscles?....
OK, One last try..Hunny, would you dance with me
Finally, she said yes. But I have to shower first..so I'll see you all later cuz I'm a going dancing with my Sweetie.
Before I go...............................................................
The real purpose of this Blog......If you haven't done so yet, please join me in supporting "The Band of Parents" in their quest to find a cure for Neuroblastoma. Now that is definitely something which warms the (my) Heart - to find a cure.
Hug your loved ones and Tickle your Heart...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
As for the training that too is going forward. As mentioned in yesterdays post I got some new running shoes (Asics Gel 2130’s) and I did have to try them. So this morning I ran a little over 8 miles in them and to paraphrase Tony the Tiger, “they felt great.” The comments below are out of my training log:
Today’s training run was on a TM and consisted of a 1.5 hour run with a 5 minute warm up, and 5 minute cool down The reason the treadmill was used was to help develop mental focus.
Asics Gel 2130
Perceived Intensity: Moderately Intense. All in all a good training run. The new Asics felt wonderful.
Total Weekly Mileage: 8.23
Missus Gj just called out that supper is ready, so till later...Always remaining in my thoughts and prayers