★ Marathon Training Update

I thought I’d take a moment and update everyone on my marathon training. I unofficially started training at the beginning of the year when I got my Nike+iPod sensor. This is seriously the best marriage of technology and fitness. I’d love to do a review of my own at some point. I’m up to running 6 miles at barely under a 9 minute per mile pace.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m running the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon coming up this June. Two weeks ago, we had our summer season kick off meeting. I had no idea how big of a deal this was until I walked into the gym. Just the OC/IE marathon group was almost 90 people. There were probably almost 200 people combined doing different events. And all of us are training to raise money for LLS.

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Our first official training was this past Saturday and if you remember, it was raining that morning. Marathons are held rain or shine and so are our practices. It was only 2 miles so it wasn’t too bad but I was soaked by the end of the run. The thing that struck me about Team in Training is how friendly everyone is. I joined not only to complete a marathon but I figured this would be a good opportunity to meet people. TNT makes it very easy to meet people who are not only really friendly, but they are also into running and being in, or getting into, good shape. I finally got to meet my assigned mentor, Paul, who is planning to run SIX marathons this year! I also met John who is training for his third marathon overall. This coming weekend is our 3 mile run and also our shoe clinic where we have the option of getting properly fitted for shoes. Even though the practices are early on Saturdays and it keeps my from going out on Fridays, I know that once I cross that finish line, it’ll all be worth it.

I’m up to almost $300 in my fundraising efforts and I’d like to thank everyone who has already donated. I need a long way to go before I reach my goal. As an incentive to get you all to donate, I came up with a way that might motivate you to donate. I’ve decided to put up my body for sale as advertising. Similar to NASCAR, depending on how much you donate, I’ll write your name on a part of my body. Here’s how I decided to break it down.

  • $50: Name placement on my leg
  • $100: Name placement on my arm
  • $250: Name placement on my cheek (On my face!)
  • $500: Name placement on my forehead
  • $1000: I’ll shave my head and place your name on my head (!)

I’ll use Sharpie, nothing permanent, but I thought it would be a great way to recognize my donors. And for those that have donated already, I’ll grandfather you in. If you haven’t donated, please go to my fundraising page and help out however you can. I’d like to meet my goal and concentrate on training. Thanks for checking in and I’ll post more updates and pictures soon!