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It's not about time…

I read a lot of blogs where runners post their pace, their race results. That’s ok. But for me it never has been about time.

It is about memories.

I used to run track as a teenager and what I mostly remember from that time is the camaraderie and the fun times we had traveling to competitions each weekend, encouraging each other.

My first 5k was a huge achievement for me. Until then I considered every run longer than 400m (meters!) to be an endurance race. I had a grin on my face for a week after my first 5k.

I shared my second 5k with Paula Radcliffe (and another 10,000 runners). Of course Paula finished while I was still hovering around the 3k mark and she didn’t know me, but it was cool nonetheless. The spirit of this particular race most likely is one of the reasons why I continued running.

I remember thinking after I completed my first 10k that I could run a half marathon easily. Well, it took me another 6 years to finally run a half marathon and it wasn’t quite that easy.

My first half marathon I remember for the friendships I made that are still strong.

For my first full marathon I remember that I didn’t remember the main event. Now, you need to know that my first full marathon has been the NIKE Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. The “medal” is a Tiffany’s necklace given to each runner by a firefighter dressed in a tuxedo, kind of most girl’s dream. Some runners are known to take lipstick on the course and do a quick make-up check at mile 26.1. Anyway, I received my necklace, but was so exhausted that I don’t remember at all seeing any firefighter. I have run this race two more times just to make up for that and am planning on running again this year! 🙂 What I do remember from this race was my team. This was my first season with Team in Training and I was fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This was the beginning of new friendships and a new motivation for me to keep running until a cure for cancer is found. (I am running again with Team in Training – my fifth season with the team – this spring: the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon.)

My first half marathon in London I remember for a girl tapping on my shoulder right after I slowed down to a walk at mile 12, telling me to run with her. She paced me to the finish line and told me that I had been pacing her for the past 5-6 miles and she wanted me to finish strong.

So, yes, memories are what counts for me. The encouraging smiles from fellow runners. Making new friends. And doing a little bit to make our world a better place.

Happy Running!


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Official season start

Today marks the day of the official season start. It is only 12 weeks to the Edinburgh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon.

Time to get serious! Of course, that would be true if i hadn’t twisted my ankle a little on Saturday’s run. It’s not hurting, but I am going to be cautious for a few days. So, yesterday I did yoga instead of a run. I was very much worried about hurting like crazy today, but I am not! Now I am wondering, did I not work hard enough yesterday during the yoga class?

Today I went to the gym. OMG! I have not been to the gym since February last year and now I remember why… I was just happy that I rediscovered my iPod last week. 🙂 Stayed away from the treadmill, but “ellipted” on the elliptical trainer.

This week also is the official start of my Team in Training training for the San Diego Half Marathon. I am waiting for my motivational emails from my team! 🙂

It’s not what we have in our life.

But who we have in our life that counts.

~J.M. Laurence


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Heading for San Diego

Running my fifth season with Team In Training! I will be running the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in June with my beloved and very-much-missed Austin Team.

It’s been a great journey for me to run for a cause. I have been running races for causes for the past 10 years, but only took up fundraising in 2009 with my first full marathon, the NIKE Women’s Marathon. And I couldn’t have found a better team than Team in Training. I made new friends, pushed myself further than I ever thought I would and have seen the good work the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) does with their patient support.

I am a remote member of the team, so I can’t participate in the team runs, but can’t wait to see everyone in June in San Diego.

Be a hero and help support my fundraising or be a hero by joining the team.

We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.
~ Charlotte Lunsford


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Mostly a good week and my goals for the spring season

This weekend marks the end of my winter break. Weeks of running as and when I wanted are over. Funnily enough, I ran with far more smiles over the past 3 weeks and logged more miles than in previous training weeks where I just couldn’t face the run. So, I guess, somehow I did something right over my winter break. Let’s recapture this week:

  • OK – this was last Sunday, but it set the tone for the week: 13.86 mile run with friends as part of the NIKE+ Women’s half marathon
  • 4 runs this week & 1 walk
  • about 20 miles run this week
  • reached next NIKE+ level (green)
  • coldest day: 0C
  • warmest day: 12C
  • safely dodged the rain
  • longish fun run today with friend

I did twist my ankle this morning though during the run. It stopped hurting after a minute and I kept running. Not really hurting now, let’s hope it stays that way. Anyway, that why it reads “mostly” a good week…

Official half marathon training season is starting again on Monday. I want to preserve the fun I had over the past few weeks, so I am going to keep the fun elements in:

  1. If I don’t feel like running, I’ll go for a walk instead.
  2. I’ll ask a friend or two to join me on my long runs. Realized how much fun it has been running with S and Y these last two weekends.
  3. Remember to enjoy the run and the scenery. That should always be the number one goal!

I like these. I shall print them off and hang them on my kitchen wall. 🙂

Curious to know what goals are hanging on your kitchen wall?

Happy running!

Be not afraid of going slowly,

be afraid only of standing still.

~Chinese proverb


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Things you do on a Sunday…

Run a half marathon, have a drink and lots of food with friends, then relax with a movie…

My friends S and Y signed up with me to run the NIKE+ Women’s Half Marathon (N+WHM), a virtual global race to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with the motto: Your city. Your terms. Only thing you had to do is run 13.1 miles and sync it with your NIKE+ device. Cool stuff (geek runner talking)!

I have been supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for over 3 years and have run the real deal, the NIKE Women’s Marathon in San Francisco a number of times. So it didn’t take much for me to sign up here (just pray to the weather god for glorious London weather in January – no biggie).

S, Y and I had a great few hours in glorious sunny London weather (thanks weather god!), running along the river. I think there may just be a few more fun runs coming up with the three of us. By the way, we clocked 13.86 miles according to my GPS and 14.4 miles according to S’s GPS – take your pick!

Though, I have to say, the most important part of any run is the delicious food to be had afterwards – guilt free. 🙂  Here is what is now my best ever favorite dessert ever:

a cookie biscuit  filled with

chocolate brownie

topped with marshmallow

pieces and chocolate honeycomb topped

with vanilla ice cream

topped with caramel

sauce.

happy.

(a poem)