Race Schedule and Results

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Updates

First, sorry if some of your google readers or whatever show that I wrote a blog titled "Purging". I did write it this morning, then deleted it. It was just about clearing some things from my life and well... who needs to be bored with that nonsense! :)

So, one REALLY great update. I'm the chair of an event called High Heels and High Hopes. I've talked about it before (like here when I wrote about last year's event). Long story short, it's a women's night out fundraiser for Women's Health at the local hospital. I was the chair last year and we started the new event and totally had a great time, super successful, raised about $25k for women's health, yada yada yada. The pressure was on for me to get my committee rallied to make this year's event bigger and better - not an easy feat in this economy!!! We worked so hard for the last 9+ months though and I'm happy to report that it was AMAZING! On Thursday night, 300+ women came together, ate, drank, enjoyed spa services and then shopped their little hearts out at our silent and live auction. All proceeds for the evening go directly to the hospital and I'm so excited to report that this year, we'll be writing them a check for $60,000!!!! I might have been the chair woman and definitely got a lot of the credit for such a successful event, but I have to say, without my amazing 10 committee members, my two favorite Grady Foundation Sues, my contacts at OhioHealth, all of our sponsors and my hubby, it wouldn't have been the success that it was. I finally realize the unbelievable feeling of giving and saw first hand on Thursday night what a commitment my community has to helping women's health. I don't know if I could have asked for a better success story. Question is... do I do it again next year and if so, how do I ever top that? Not a bad situation to be in!

In training news, Tom and I did our last long run before the Columbus Marathon. It was weird that we ramped up for Ironman (our longest run was 18 miles) and then had to ramp up again less than a month later, although after Ironman, we did a 13, a 16 and then the 20 so it wasn't like starting from scratch. I'll be honest, I was seriously considering backing out of the full and just doing the half. I signed up for the full just because... it wasn't one of my key races this year and I did it just because of the frustration with IMLOU. After Sunday's half Ironman, I kind of just wanted to enter my off season. You see, I can't though. I have Beach 2 Battleship in 41 days and I have some concrete goals that I'd like to hit there. Might as well do the full marathon then right? :) We decided to run 10 miles out and 10 back, down the same road, along a river. We train there a lot, but usually turn around at the 5 mile point. Tom said that the last time he ran all the way to the end of the road, it was 2002. I've never done it. It was a great day for a run - overcast, 50 degrees maybe, a little breezy (okay, a lot breezy). It should have been a piece of cake... At mile 2 I had mentally convinced myself to back out of the full, do the half and just turn around at the 5 mile point. Everything hurt - my head, my ovaries (yes men, they can hurt), my hammies, my quads. Mile 2. How the eff was I going to make it to mile 20? But it just happened and I remember the power of the human body. Something clicked and I just ran. Tom and I talked about the past, our future, new things and old things. It was awesome. Before I knew it, I was turning around and heading home. The last mile, we both found another gear... and then another. We finished around 3:05 and were thrilled with that. Tom wants to go sub 4 at the marathon in two weeks. We'll start out together and if I can't hang, I'll drop back. I'm hoping to just PR - anything under 4:21 would be a good day for me!

Today... I feel like I ran 20 miles. It's cold, crappy and blah out and I couldn't be happier. I did a little shopping alone this morning (Tom's out of town), and now I'm home in sweats, making applesauce, eating snacks, enjoying my Zensah's (sweet relief on my tired leggies) and about to catch up on my trashy tv.

And finally, most of you have seen this around, but it's such a great video, that I want to post it again! What an inspiration...

17 comments:

Velma said...

Love the video and best of luck at the marathon. I am also pacing my hubby next week in Chicago :)

Niki said...

Thanks for posting that video! It was awesome! Great job on the 20 miler, you will rock your marathon girl!

Kristen said...

What a great video! What Ironman did he finish, do you know? Almost looks like Louisville.

High Heels and High Hopes was so much fun. I'm so proud of you for all the hard work you put into it, and then to find out you raised $60,000! WOW! Way to go!

xoxoxo

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Nice job on the 20 miler! Way to turn the bad start into a great run! Having a positive attitude makes all the difference!

I love that video!

Lauren said...

Great job with the hospital fundraiser - what an undertaking! I'm sure many women will benefit from all your hard work. Good luck in your Columbus race (I think I do Nike Women's the same day!)

Ben said...

Awesome 20-miler! With a 3:05 split on a training run, you'd have to bonk really bad to miss 4:20:59 at the marathon. You got this.

I found your blog after your husband emailed me today. Thanks for posting my video and saying nice things about it.

And, Kristen, yes it was Louisville. What an awesome day.

Keep on trucking. Good luck at B2B!

Kristin said...

I love that Video!! You will do great on your marathon!! Keep the positive attitude up!

Colleen said...

It truly inspires me that an athelete like you can honestly not want to run. I've been in such a workout rut lately. I still do them, but I have been dreading them.

Alisa said...

Great job on the 20! I have a hard time with out and back 20's, I much prefer point to points, though they are logistically a lot more challenging.

Fundraising is not something I'm good at so I'm glad there are others out there that can raise big dollars for good causes.

You're definitely not in off season with B2B and your full. =)

Chris said...

Wow, congrats on a great event. Good luck in Columbus next weekend!

Molly said...

yeah I love that video....

I'm slightly jealous that you and your husband train together, it's great you can share that experience!

Nice job with your fundraiser, you topped it last year, you'll do it again next year!

Betsy said...

way to stick it out! It really is a mind-body game a lot of the time out there, especially when you know it's a long day and you're not feeling it at the start.

teacherwoman said...

Great video! Good luck with the marathon. You will rock it!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Funny how the brain plays tricks on you.. I felt the same way after I qualified for Boston at Eugene...I was sooo TIRED.. but I had a goal of 2 more Marathons.. I slogged through and made the most out of it. GOOD LUCK!!

Aunt Nan said...

That video was awesome. What an inspiration he can be for so many...including me. Thanks for sharing. High Heels was fantastic. A Mom couldn't have been more proud. Great job to you, your Committee and your hubby. Love you

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wow 60k that is a wonderful outcome!!!

no downtime for you, this is busy time for running now! :)

Emz said...

Yay for the video. Completely awesome!!

Great job on the 20 miler!!

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