I'm choosing to run for more than myself. I'm using my running to help save kids' lives by fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as I train. I'm running for kids who might be too sick to run today, but who could one day be running alongside me because the money I raised helped find a cure for childhood cancer.
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
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The plan for 4/22: Run 13 miles straight up the Los Angeles Coastline and take an Uber back to my car. Something about passing through 5 beach towns and not having to double back sounds exciting. I guess my idea of a good time has drastically changed over the years...
I did it!!! 13 miles! I had my doubts. It seemed like an impossible distance. At least to me, right now. But I kept telling myself, 'I'm Possible and if I'm possible, this is possible because I'm capable of anything'. That probably sounds cheesy to anyone who is reading this. But half of the time when I'm running, I'm in my head telling myself all kinds of positive affirmations. The other half of the time I'm just listening to my music. That's not true, I'm totally singing. Out loud. Kind of. It's really hard to sing out loud when I'm running for distance. Which is a good thing for everyone else's sake. But not that anyone is listening to me on the beach trail. Everyone else is in their iPod land too, hopefully telling themselves 'they're possible'. So I ran from Hermosa Beach Pier to Venice Beach. It was awesome to be going places by the will of my own feet. 2.5 hours. I don't care if that's a good half marathon time or not. The fact is I did it! Actually, the last mile was a joke. It's a bad idea to marathon through Venice Beach. SOOOOOO many people on the boardwalk. So that last mile was more of a jog and halt, jog and jump over someone, jog and throw elbows. But I didn't stop. AND I had a really great talk with the taxi driver on the hour drive back to my car in LA traffic. So it was a win, win, winningest win! The last 2.5 miles were hard, and now, the day after I am hurting. But I think I can do this. I think with more time, little by little, I can do this!
4/19: I had a dream last night. Not the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kind of dream. You know the kind of dream where you're being chased, but you can't run or get up to speed because your legs are so heavy. Except for this time, I wasn't the victim. This time, I dreamt that some girl came into my house because the door was unlocked and stole my purse because it was sitting on the table right where you open the door. And I walked into the room right as she grabbed my purse. We made eye contact and she ran out the door. So I ran after her. And I was really close to her at first, so I reached out to grab the purse. But she had 2 purses in her hands, so I grabbed the closest purse. But it wasn't my purse that I had grabbed. It was totally empty, like a dummy purse! So I had to run after her again. But she was far ahead of me now. And it was that moment when normally I wouldn't have been able to run. But I had the thought, I'M A RUNNER!!! I GOT THIS! And I put on the speed! I totally chased her down and tackled her. I got my purse back because she had messed with the wrong girl!! It was such an empowering dream! I'M A RUNNER and running has made its way into my dream life!!!! :)
On 4/15: I've run 67 training miles to date, but Sunday I ran 10 hard miles. I can't say how fast because I encountered every possible technology challenge that I could have encountered. My music cut out at mile 1. Yep mile 1. So it was me alone with my thoughts for about 2 hours. Plus the sound of the ocean and the sights of Los Angeles' South Bay to keep me entertained. It was awesome, and totally not cool at all. But I am getting really good at keeping my running thoughts positive and off track from the task at hand. In fact, I was fine. I now know that the first two miles are the hardest because my muscles and joints aren't warmed up yet. Also, my mind is fighting me the most during those warming up miles. Everything hurts then and the brain comes up with all kinds of reasons to not run. I had a good laugh at mile 5. It would appear that Yellow-Banana-Hammock-Man is alive and well and still trolling the beaches of Los Angeles. I thought you were some kind of mythical legend that died with the 80's, but no sir you did not! Then at mile 8, I thought wow, almost there. I could see the Hermosa Beach Pier, my finish line for the day. I wanted so badly to look at my watch to see if I was down to 1 mile to go, then I finally did and I realized that for some reason my watch had stopping clocking the miles. it had been frozen at 8.04 miles for the last 12 minutes. Devastated!!! I was literally devastated. I knew how far I needed to run to hit 10 miles, but I wasn't going to get the gratifying moment of my watch reading out to me the mileage, time and average pace. So insignificant, yet it was all that I had to look forward to at that moment in time! How hilarious that my smartwatch totally failed me. Of course, this WOULD turn into the Running Log for Murphy's Law!
On 4/8: 48 Training miles ran to date. I was going to head back up to LA because I really liked running The Strand, but I didn't get up and go early enough, so I settled for running around Lake Elsinore. BIG mistake! It was noonish, went I finally went out for my run. Around 85 degrees. It was SO hot. And 85 really isn't that hot for the LE, but it was SO hot. And there were hills. And then I got lost. Yep lost. I had looked at a map earlier, noting my ideal loop and where I would stop and buy water. And then I headed out. But once I got out on the road, I realized that my idea of noting my planned route was: "head up here, turn right here, then right here, right here, left here, right, left, stop at CVS.., etc." I didn't actually look at the road names. So when I got to the part of town that I had never been before, even in a car. it got complicated. I guess I missed one of my right turns. Because I ended up down a road, with no civilization in sight. Only the freeway up ahead. I prayed there would be a service drive. I was hoping beyond hope, I wasn't going to have to turn around and go back the way I came. I did make it, without turning around. But it had turned into an 11 mile loop instead of the 8 miles that I was going for. Once I got lost, I stopped running and started walking. My ambition had been decimated by the heat and not knowing how far I was going to have to go to get to water and back home. I had to walk through the brush, on the open road, through construction. It was less than ideal, to say the least. The worst run so far. I was truly saddened and concerned about my inability to complete that run. I bought a smartwatch after this run because I'm determined to never get lost again, and never to run further than I absolutely have to!
On 4/1: 29 training miles ran to date. I set out to run 8 miles after having Easter Brunch with my family. I was up in Los Angeles, so I thought I would hit the coast and run along The Strand before heading south to go home. I wasn't familiar with distances on The Strand and I learned that they are not marked well. So I thought, if I am running 5 miles in an hour, then I should run about an hour and a half to hit 8 miles. But then I felt like I was running really slowly, so I decided that I should run 2 hours to ensure that I hit the 8 mile mark, since putting in the distance is far more important than the timing right now. So as it turns out, I ended up running around 11 miles! I went from the Hermosa Beach Pier south the end of the trail in Torrance Beach, then back north to the Manhattan Beach pier and then back to Hermosa's Pier. 11 miles! I'm not gonna lie. It was hard. I was hurting afterward. But I ran 11 miles. :)
On 3/25: 12 Training Miles ran to date! This week, 6 miles was my long run. Next week it will be 8 miles. As of right now, I'm winning the physical and mental game but I haven't reached a new personal record just yet. This week was easy and I enjoyed the run. I know the road ahead is long and it will get hard. But I'm going to keep pushing. I'm going to keep pushing myself for the love of the run, for the challenge of doing something I've never done before, and for the children that we can help along the way.