Archive | July, 2010

WooHoo!

27 Jul

So Saturday morning was the kickoff party for winter training season with Team in Training.  Woohoo!  It was great to see all the people who are taking on the challenge of a half marathon or sprint triathlon and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the same time.  I met some of the people who will be training with me for the half marathon.  I will meet everyone this coming Saturday when the training really gets started.

At the kickoff party, I got my training shirt (picture to follow soon) and training schedule for the first month of training.  The program really is set up to help non-runners achieve the goal of completing their first endurance event.  I think I may have a little advantage, as far as knowing what to expect from the training and having started running a little bit, so that I will hopefully be able to improve my pace through this process.  According to my schedule, this week I am just supposed to get out for a 20 minute run or walk 3 times before Saturday’s 2-mile group run.  I still plan to run at the beach Tuesday night with the new running group I have found, but I will make sure to get in at least 20 minutes on two other days.

On Saturday I also met my running coach Paul and my mentor Jacqueline.  Paul was leaving after the party to head up to San Francisco to run the SF Marathon on Sunday morning.  Jacqueline, my mentor, has trained with the program before and this year is here to help us with our fundraising, training, and any other issues we may have in the program.  She seems really nice and is very enthusiastic about helping us.  She was already working to come up with a group fundraiser that we could all do together.  I’ll be sure to let you know about that as soon as it is set.

Vicki, the campaign manager for the 1/2 marathon training team in Orange County ran the kickoff party and introduced us to all the wonderful staff members who will be helping us through this process.  We were also reminded that 75% of the money raised through the TNT program goes directly to the mission of the LLS and will directly help those who are suffering in some way.  She also introduced our honored teammates.  Unfortunately, the honored teammate for the OC marathon team was unable to attend the kickoff because he is preparing for a stem cell transplant.  I look forward to meeting him soon and learning more about him so that I can share it with you.  We did get to hear from the honored teammate for the triathlon team.  She is a mother of 3 daughters who was diagnosed 3 years ago with leukemia.  She had a bone marrow transplant and is now in remission.  She will actually be training with the triathlon team, and will compete on the third anniversary of her transplant procedure.  Her story was amazingly inspiring and reminded me that my life is not as bad as it feels sometimes.  One thing she said that has stayed with me and I think will help me through this journey is that she is doing this because she can.

I run because I can and I will run for those who can’t!

I also have to say Woohoo! and thank you to everyone who has donated to support my goal.  Over the weekend I surpassed $1000 in fundraising and am now over a quarter of the way to reaching my goal.  I want to thank the following people who have made donations since my last post:

Hakim Elaby

Ken Nelson

Tom Simmons

Skip Newhall

Elaine Lawson

Roger Newhall

Amy Truong – Pilates Hound

Mark Chung

Peggie Tomas

Bana Hilal

Katie Haven

Bonnie Brown

Cindy Prewitt

Barbara Klein-Robuck

Paul Gadebusch

Jeff Jones

Patrick Scott

John Moreiko

You are all motivating me to reach my goal and you are helping millions of people by supporting the LLS and their mission.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, please visit my fundraising page to make a donation.  You are all part of my team and I truly appreciate your support.

Go TEAM!  WooHoo!

Help me reach my goal

21 Jul

So, it’s been a week since I started my fundraising and running again.  Things are progressing … just a little more slowly than I would hope in both the fundraising and running.  I ran again last night with the local running group.  It was another good run and I picked up my pace a little bit.  The only problem was that I had a cramp in my side through most of the run.  I am still trying to figure out whether it was because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday or because I haven’t found my breathing yet.  Hopefully, next Tuesday night’s run will go better.  I still have a little over a week until training officially begins, so at least I will have gotten in a few runs to prepare myself before then.

The fundraising has also started.  It is progressing steadily.  I am hoping to raise at $1000 of my $5000 goal by this weekend, so I still need your help.  Please visit my Fundraising Page to make a donation.  Don’t forget it is tax-deductible and you will be supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure blood cancers.

I would like to send a huge THANK YOU out to those people who have graciously supported me so far:

Jean Brotherton

Gail Sahara

Brian Peulicke – my big brother!

Catherine Peatross – the daughter of Charles Whitesell, one of the people in whose memory I am running

Tony Newhall

Svend Peulicke – I love you daddy!

Nancy Long – she’s run this Nike Women’s Marathon twice before

Your support for my goals and for the mission of the LLS is truly inspiring and will help me to finish this journey.  I also want to thank those who have indicated that they will be donating.  I will happily accept your donation in any form, but please consider making your donation online at my fundraising page, as it will add to my total and you will receive an emailed receipt for your donation immediately.

This weekend is the kickoff celebration for the Team in Training winter program.  I will be getting my training schedule, meeting my coach and mentor, and also meeting our honored teammate.  I look forward to telling you all about these wonderful people this weekend.  They are going to be providing me the physical support to improve my running while you all offer me the mental support to keep going toward my goals.

I am also working on posts to tell you all about Monsignor McGinn and Charles Whitesell, the two people in whose memory I am fundraising and running this race.  Monsignor McGinn was my parish priest growing up.  He lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma almost 13 years ago.  Charles Whitesell was the attorney who hired me to work at his firm 6 years ago when I moved back to California from Washington, DC.  We lost Charles to leukemia 4 years ago. I will tell you more about these two wonderful men soon.

For a little more information about the Team in Training program and all the wonderful work they have done to help LLS over the past 22 years, watch this video from their 20th Anniversary year in 2008.

Thank you again for all your support!  Please keep coming back to follow my progress and feel free to engage with me in the comments below.  You are all part of my team.

Go TEAM!

And so I begin

13 Jul

So today I began running and fundraising in earnest.

I sent out email requests and posted links on every social networking site on which I have an account.  I received my first donation – Thank You Jean Brotherton! There will be something special coming your way as the first one to make a donation toward my goal.  I hope there will be more donations soon.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an amazing organization and their mission to find a cure for blood cancers is so important.  In fact, the Team in Training program is one of the best fundraising programs in the country, with approximately 75% of the funds raised going directly to LLS to support their mission.

I appreciate any support you can give me to reach my goal.  Please visit my Fundraising Page to make a tax-deductible donation.

This evening I also started running again.  I found a local running group on Meetup.com.  They do a run every Tuesday evening in Corona Del Mar.  It was a great run along the bluff above the beach and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.  I took it nice and easy, walking for portions of the 3 miles, just to get myself back into the swing of things.  I met some really nice, supportive people.  I think I have found my Tuesday training run for the duration of this journey and beyond.

It felt good to get out there tonight and know that I was running for a great cause.  And it didn’t hurt that we finally were rid of the June Gloom today and had a beautiful, sunny summer beach day.

Now I think I will spend a little time knitting before heading off to bed.

Running for a cause

12 Jul

As I explained in my earlier post, I have been trying to get back into running this year.  It’s been about four years since I last ran regularly, and at that time I was training for a second marathon.  However, life events prevented me from finishing my training or making it to Florence for my second marathon.

I tried to get started running again earlier this year.  I kept it up for about 2-3 weeks.  It is difficult to keep myself motivated to go out and run alone.  I need another program to keep me motivated and to have other people with whom I can run.

So, last week I signed up to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with Team in Training.  The race is in San Francisco on October 17, 2010.  I officially start training with the Team in Training on July 31st, and once I start I will have a schedule for training and a great group of people to keep me motivated.  I am actually really looking forward to the entire experience.

Now, as the title of this post says, I am running for a cause.  The Team in Training program is training me for the race, and in return, I have agreed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from blood cancers and their families.  Since the Team in Training (TNT) program was started over 20 years ago, TNT participants have raised over $950 million to support blood cancer research and patient services.

The facts about blood cancer are staggering:

  • It is estimated that 912,938 people in the US are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or myeloma.
  • Someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every FOUR minutes.
  • Someone dies from a blood cancer every TEN minutes.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths among children under 20 than any other cancer.
  • Lymphomas are the most common blood cancer, and the incidence of it increases with age.
  • The survival rate for myeloma is only 37.1 %.

When I read these facts, my desire to help in any way possible increased.  Additionally, I have personally experienced two losses in my life due to blood cancers.  I will tell you more about those losses in the future, but it just reminded me that the mission of LLS is one that I want to support.

While there is a minimum amount that I am required to raise, I have set a personal goal to raise $5,000 for LLS.  This is where I need all of your help.  Please go to my fundraising website and donate to help me reach my goal.  Of course I am extremely grateful for any amount that you can give, but here are  some suggested amounts to consider:

  • $13.10 – One dollar for every mile I will run on race day
  • $26.20 – Two dollars for every mile I will run on race day
  • $33.00 – My age on race day
  • $65.50 – Five dollars for every mile I will run on race day
  • $75.00 – A nice round number
  • $100.00 – An even 100 … the percentage cure we are aiming for
  • $273.97 – The average number of people diagnosed with leukemia each day in the US

Don’t forget that your donations are completely tax-deductible.  In addition to your generous donation, you can also support me by sharing this blog and my fundraising website with all your family and friends so that they can also support this wonderful cause and help me reach my goal.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  I will be posting updates here throughout my training so that you can keep updated on my progress.  With all of your support, I know I will be successful in finishing the race and reaching my fundraising goal.

Hello!

11 Jul

Hello all!

Welcome to Run.Knit.Repeat…

I have been reminded lately that life is unpredictable and can feel completely unfair at times.  Thankfully, it is during these times that we are also reminded how important and supportive our family and friends can be.

This year has been extremely difficult for me, and it doesn’t look to get significantly better any time soon.  The specifics of my difficulties are not important now, but suffice it to say, they have been both personal and professional.  Yet through all these difficulties, I have rekindled old friendships, nurtured new friendships and hobbies, and been reminded how wonderfully loving my family is.  I know things will get better and that I will be stronger for having gone through this, but honestly, I wish I could just wake up and already be at that point.

But the purpose of this blog is not to hold a pity part for myself.  I started it as a way to help me stay sane and relieve stress by talking about  my new hobbies and endeavors, and probably also my pets (they are so cute!).

Earlier this year I began to teach myself to knit and crochet.  I thought it would be good to give my mind something to focus on at times other than all the big issues in my life.  I took to it very quickly and have become somewhat obsessed.  I think if I could figure out a way to make a living by knitting all day, I would, but I am not there yet.  I am still a knitting newbie, but I have completed a number of projects.  As soon as I finish the current baby gifts I am working on for one of my girlfriends, I am going to actually knit something for myself.  I have a few projects in mind – maybe a wrap or a cardigan – but I will wait to decide which one to take on.  I will keep you updated on my progress, and you can always click on the Ravelry picture on the sidebar below to find pictures of my projects on Ravelry (the social networking site for fiber crafters).

After taking up knitting, I also started taking pilates classes in order to get myself out of the house and active.  Pilates has been great for me.  It is the perfect type of exercise for me.  It challenges me but I still find it enjoyable.  I was keeping up with it regularly during the past three months, but now my instructor is on vacation and I let myself slack this past week.  Monday starts a new week, and I will make sure to get in a few sessions at home this week.

Once I found pilates to be what I needed for training and toning, I thought that I should try to start running again for some cardio.  I have never really been a fan of running or considered myself a runner.  But I did complete the Honolulu Marathon in 2005 after training with the AIDS Marathon program.  I thought once I started I would get into it, but it didn’t quite happen.  I kept at it for a few weeks, but it was too easy to talk myself out of getting out for a run.  So now I have decided I need to do another training program.  I need the camaraderie of other people to run with and the structure of a schedule to keep me on track.  Last week I signed up with Team in Training to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 17, 2010.  My training officially starts on July 31st, so that gives me a few weeks to try to get some running in and get myself ready for this challenge.

As part of the Team in Training program, I will also be raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support their goal of finding a cure for blood cancers.  I was given a minimum goal for fundraising, but I have decided that it is my personal goal to raise $5,000 for LLS.  If you would like to support me, I would be very appreciative.  You can do so by clicking on the “I am training” photo to the right, or going directly to my fundraising page.  We will have an Honored Teammate – a local OC resident battling a blood cancer – for whom our team will be running.  Additionally, I am running in memory of two people in my life that lost their battles with leukemia and lymphoma.  I will tell you more about all of them soon, as well as educate you further about LLS and blood cancers.

Through all of this I am still working to build my law practice – Trust Law Group.  It is tough at times, especially right now, but I will persevere.  If you are interested in keeping up with the legal issues I deal with regularly, you can “like” Trust Law Group on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

Well, I guess that is sufficient for my first post.  I hope you will come back and keep reading.

I’ll leave you with a picture of two of the furry faces that brighten my life everyday!

Daisy Mae & Boozer

Talk to you all soon!

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