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A Reminder

7 Dec

Ok, I know that I have failed to provide updates about my last few weeks of training and my race.  I promise to bring you up-to-date on everything later this week. (Spoiler alert – the Nike 1/2 was great, finished pretty close to my goal, and had a great time in San Francisco!).  Additionally, I am training again to run another 1/2 marathon in February.

But, what I really wanted to write about first was a reminder I recently received about the importance of the appreciating what I have and the importance of my efforts to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Over the past 8 days, I have been reminded in a number of ways about how precious life is.  As I have mentioned, I am an attorney practicing in estate planning and probate.  I enjoy the area of law in which I practice, but I don’t necessarily always enjoy some of the work involved.  Let’s face it, completing forms for the Court can get pretty boring.  However, I do really enjoy the parts of my job where I feel like I am helping people through difficult times, and in some way, I am making their life a little bit easier, even if just for a moment.  That is the part of my job that keeps me going.

Last week I was introduced to a new client who had been recently diagnosed with cancer.  He had been in great health until he went to the doctor with some stomach pains, then suddenly his whole world was turned upside down and inside out.  He realized he needed to put together an estate plan to ensure his wishes for his assets and his desires for providing for his family would be properly carried out.  And that is where I came in.

I first met my client last Monday, and while it was our first meeting, from the pictures around his house, I could see that the cancer had already taken its toll on his body.  Although he was physically weak, he still had a determination to fight, and win, his battle.

On Friday, I met with the client again to sign his estate plan.  The four days that had passed between visits had not been good to him, and it was clear that he was deteriorating quickly.  He was still fighting, but I could tell the fight was getting harder.

After leaving our second meeting, I was overwhelmed by the reminder that he provided me.  Life is so precious, and we so often take it for granted.  While just a week ago I had been thankful at Thanksgiving for all my friends and family, I was now even more grateful for them and for the fact that as bad as I sometimes feel my life is, my problems are small in the overall picture.  I have my family and friends, I have a job, and I have my health.  I am truly blessed and lucky, and I don’t acknowledge that enough.

Saturday morning I woke up early for my TNT group training run.  Little did I know that another reminder was headed my way.  Each Saturday morning before our run, our campaign manager makes announcements and gives us updates on our fundraising.  She also presents us with a Mission Moment, which is a story or fact about how LLS makes a difference in the lives of those suffering with leukemia and lymphoma thanks to the fundraising that we do.  This week our campaign manager had a special guest for our Mission Moment.  His name is John.  In fact, he was the honored teammate for my team when I was training for Nike, but we never got to meet him then.  You see, John is now recovering from his second battle with lymphoma after being in remission for 10 years.  John told us his story, and there were some tears shed in the early morning cold, but it was another reminder of the blessings we all have.  It was also a reminder of the importance of the fundraising aspect of our training.  Our fundraising helps patients like John continue to beat cancer.

Yesterday, I went back to visit my client again.  He is now in hospice and it is heartbreakingly clear that he will not win his battle.  I hope that knowing we were able to put his affairs in order will give him some sense of peace, and although they may not realize it anytime soon, I hope his family will be comforted by the fact that he took the time to make decisions to care for them even after he is gone.  I am so sad for my client and his family, but I am trying to remind myself that I did what I could to make this difficult time the slightest bit easier for them.

During the holiday season, we all often get caught up in the excitement of gifts and celebrations.  I hope you will all join me in taking a step back to appreciate the blessings we have in our lives everyday.  And once you are reminded of all the good in your life, pay it forward – volunteer, make a donation, offer support and compassion.

This past week has been a reminder … a reminder to appreciate life … a reminder to continue to help others.

4 Miles Done!

11 Aug

I have now completed my second group training run.  However, before I got to the 4-mile run on Saturday, August 7th, I had to keep up with my maintenance runs during the week.  I met a girl through the running meetup group that I have joined who lives nearby in Laguna Beach.  She was looking for someone to run with in the mornings, so we have started running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.  Right now we are running an easy 2-mile route through Laguna at 4-1 intervals – running for 4 minutes, walking for 1 minute.  Our route has some hills which are good training and keep the run challenging for now.  We are slowly improving our pace each day.  Having a partner to run with during the week keeps me motivated to get the runs in.  I know she is waiting for me down the street, so I have to get my butt out of bed and get moving.

I already told you that we received training shirts from TNT that they want us to wear to our group training runs.  They also asked us to get creative and put our names on the shirts.  At first I was just going to go the sharpie route, but last week I got creative.  After a quick stop at Michael’s, I pulled out the iron and personalized my shirt with my name on the front and a little Woohoo! excitement on the back.  I will try to get a picture of me in my shirt at m run this weekend so I can show you my craftiness.

So Saturday morning was our second group training run and our second clinic.  We actually had two clinics on Saturday – one on running form and one on stretching.  Both clinics were informative and will hopefully help me make it through the season injury free.

After we finished the clinics, we went out for our out and back 4-mile run.  I decided to stay with the 4-1 intervals I had run during the week.  My mentor Jacqueline and teammate Britney ran the route with me.  It was nice because we were able to talk and get to know each other throughout the run.  We ran through a residential area in Irvine, which included a lake and some ducks enjoying the early morning.  The weather was overcast and cool – perfect for running.  I finished the 4 miles in about 50 minutes, which puts me at about a 12:30 pace.  I am pretty happy with my pace at this point and think that with consistent training, I will be able to bring it down a little before race day.

I am keeping up my weekday maintenance runs this week, and I am also getting in a pilates session.  I have missed pilates for the past month and think it will be good to get back into it on a regular schedule.  Now, i just need to figure out what that schedule will be.  I do expect to be sore the day after my pilates session, since it has been so long since I’ve had a session.  But I think it will be a good balance to my running.

Thank you everyone who has donated to my goal.  I have raised just under $2000 and am still working toward my goal.  You are all amazing and give me the motivation to continue.  Thank you!

Prudence Noon

Hakim Elaby

Roger Newhall

George Newhall

Ken Nelson & Tom Simmons

Skip Newhall

Elaine Lawson

Svend Peulicke

Anthony Newhall

Pilates Hound/Amy Truong

Mark Chung

Peggie Thomas

Bana Hilal

Catherine Peatross

Brian Peulicke

Katie Haven

Robert Cormier

S A Electric Inc

Natalie Verbeck

Doug Long

Bonnie Brown

Cindy Prewitt

Barbara Klein-Robuck

Paul Gadebusch

Jeffrey Jones

Patrick Scott

John Moreiko

Nancy Long

Gail Sahara

Jean Brotherton

Jacqueline Peraza

Patrick Freeman

Deana Pink

Walter Semizorov

Miriam Kranser

Thank you everyone for your support.  Please share My Fundraising Page with your family and friends so that they can contribute to my goal as well.

My mentor is working to plan a group fundraiser at a local restaurant soon, and I will let you all know the details as soon as they are set so you can spread the word and help us raise money while having dinner out.

You all are the best.  Go Team!

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!

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