Wednesday, December 31, 2014

26 reasons to run... reason #1

A marathon is 26.2 miles.... that's a lot of miles, and since I'm not a fast runner, that's a lot of time to be out there running. When one is logging long miles (and long hours), there is plenty of time for sight-seeing, plenty of time for making new friends or enjoying the company of old friends... and plenty of time to get lost in ones thoughts.

When the miles start to take their toll, and I start contemplating all the reasons that I don't actually need to finish this darned run anyway... I bring my thoughts to the reasons that I find myself out on the course, and raising money to help find a cure for cancer.

I meant to start this 26 days before race day, but life got busy and I forgot... so I'll do an extra  "catch up" post at some point, but in the meantime... here is reason #1 that I run, and that I am trying to help find a cure for cancer.

I run for MY MOTHER

My mom is one the primary reasons I ever started running... in 2002 she told me that she had always wanted to run a marathon. I didn't think that I could run a marathon, but with a little perseverance and support I thought I could probably manage a half... so we found a 16 week half marathon training schedule in a Runner's World magazine, tore it out and stuck it on the fridge. Then we found a half marathon that was 18 weeks away, so we'd have a couple extra weeks training time in case we had a down week or two... And then we spent the next 18 weeks running 3-4 times a week together. We ran on the local track after work. We ran trails on the weekends. We ran in the pouring rain. We ran through the woods and by the ocean... And on race day, we ran every step of the (half) Marathon de Deux Rives in Quebec City together. The next day I left the country for two years... but that was not a reflection on my mother!!

It was such an amazing thing to experience with my mom. And to this day, she remains my greatest running supporter. She regularly calls me during my long Saturday morning runs. She and my nephews call me a couple hours into a race, to cheer me on... and she came down to Virginia to cheer me on in person during my first full marathon.

Last year my mom was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma... that is, cancer of the eye. She had four surgeries to remove parts of her eyelids, eye socket and the conjunctiva of her right eyeball...

We were so fortunate that they caught it early, and were able to treat her cancer with surgeries alone. Not everyone is so lucky...

In Mile #1 of my next race (and every race, really)... I think of my mom, and run in her honour.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

get your tickets here!

my technologically savvy friend helped me turn a pdf into a jpg (thanks Tracy!)... and you can now download your Mercedes-Benz raffle ticket right here!

as always, i am ever so grateful for your support.

and so are the people who benefit from your fundraising dollars... patients (and their families) who receive support from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and researchers who are able to continue their work in finding new treatments.

together we will find a cure.

Monday, December 15, 2014

tis the giving season

It's been a while.. story of my life. I mean to be vigilant with blogging but taking care of animals and our company move.. and training for and running a fairly busy fall race season... that has left not much time or energy for writing.

Briefly, I am currently training for the Rock & Roll New Orleans Marathon, which takes place at the end of January. As usual, training is going pretty well, but fundraising is a bit of a struggle.

If, like many people, you find yourself looking to make end of year charitable donations for tax reasons... look no further! Donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help to find a cure for blood cancers. You would also be helping me to meet my fundraising commitments, for which I would be eternally grateful ;-)

Current Fundraisers:
Jams for a Cure
In the fall I made a little over 300 jars of homemade jams, marmalades, chutneys and sauces... using local produce (including some from my own garden)... with the intention of selling them at a local craft fair. The craft fair has come and gone, and I still have some inventory.

If you are looking for unique (and delicious!) stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, please let me know and I'll send you the full details on flavours, sizes and pricing. 

Options include (but are not limited to..) strawberry jam; strawberry, apple & honey jam; peach jam; peach & ginger jam; white peach & lavender jam; lemon, apple & honey jam; lemon marmalade; grapefruit marmalade; cranberry sauce; peach chutney; apple, ginger & tart cherry chutney; apple butter; and apple sauce...

Raffle Tickets - Win a Mercedes-Benz
Once again, Mercedes-Benz has generously donated two vehicles to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A 2015 C400 4MATIC (MSRP $48,590), and a GLA250 4MATIC (MSRP $33,300).

There are only 5000 tickets being sold, so your chances of winning a new car are 1:2500
Tickets are $100 each. If you would like to purchase one (or more!), again.. please contact me and I'll send them to you.
The raffle draw will take place on March 28, 2015 at the Leukemia Ball... winners do not have to be present to win.

Training update:
This coming Sunday we will be doing our 18 mile training run. Normally, long training runs up to about 14 miles are within my comfort zone. Tiring but not daunting...

Getting through the 16, 18 & 20 mile training runs... those still cause me some anxiety. So, think good thoughts for me on Sunday!

I'll be thinking about loved ones who have died of cancer... like my grandmother, my cousin, and my mother-in-law. I'll be thinking of loved ones who are currently battling cancer... like my great-aunt and my cousin. And I'll be thinking of loved ones who are enjoying life after cancer... like my grandad, and friends Keiran and Chris.

Research and patient support, funded by organizations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, are what gets people through cancer diagnosis and treatment, to where they can enjoy life after cancer. Donations made by people like you and I make that possible.

If you are able, please donate now...