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Georgia Gives Day (Plus an Injury Update)

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Since today is Georgia Gives Day, I thought that I would shine a brief spotlight on some of my favorite local organizations that could benefit from your donation today. But first, a few quick updates on me, since it’s been a few weeks:

  • Despite my blog absence, I didn’t die during the Atlanta Marathon 10-Miler a few weeks ago. In fact, I felt pretty decent at the finish line, all things considered. Expect a full recap in the coming weeks, along with recaps from the 13.1 half marathon and some in between stuff for both.
  • I haven’t done anything more physically taxing than walking the dog for over two weeks now. Rest seems to be doing my ankle injury a world of good, so hopefully the worst of that injury is far behind me at this point.
  • Rest does NOT seem to be helping my knee injury. In fact, while I had a low level of soreness during my first week of rest, it actually seems to have gotten significantly worse over the past week. Walking down stairs is incredibly painful right now. I’m working on getting a referral from my primary care physician to see a sports medicine doctor about it which hopefully will happen soon. I’ll keep you posted on what comes of that.
  • Too much rest is also causing a (very) old hip injury to flair up as well. Years of gymnastics and dance classes have left me with chronically weak and achy hips which running actually seems to help with, not hurt. However, all this not running is causing my left hip to really (REALLY) hurt, especially when I try to turn out that leg. So I’ll be talking to the sports med doc about that too.
  • Because I have no idea what the prognosis will be for either of those injuries, I’m holding off on registering for any races for the rest of this year and even into next year. Even I was suddenly cleared to run tomorrow, I’ve lost so much fitness that racing anything longer than a 5K this year would be laughable.
  • Not running is making me CRAZY. I didn’t think I had been bitten by the running bug this badly, but clearly, I have been. I’ve particularly been struggling with the fear that I won’t be able to get back to where I was before I got hurt, and that all of the gains I made this past year will be just a blip in my running “career” instead of the beginning of a long period of continual improvement.
  • Because I’ve been so down about not running, I haven’t really felt like blogging about running. I also had a cold that left me physically voiceless for almost a week plus I’ve had some stuff going on at work. I just haven’t been feeling the blogging thing, which is why it’s been two weeks since I last posted. BUT! I’m back today and that’s what matters.

So that covers what’s been going on with me, running- and blogging-wise. As I mentioned, I’m trying to get back into the blogging swing of things and have a bunch of overdue recaps coming up soon. However, I was motivated to hop back online today to write about the second annual Georgia Gives Day!

Georgia Gives Day was started last year by the Georgia Center for Non-Profits (or GCN) in recognition of the fact that we are all affected by the work of our local non-profits, whether we realize it or not. Or, as the official website puts it:

Whether you know it or not, you live your life in nonprofits. From the hospitals where we are born, to the day care centers, schools and colleges that educate us. From the clubs, sports leagues and cultural institutions that entertain us, to the religious institutions we worship in. From the invisible impact of groups working on literacy, hunger, blight, disease, disability and job development, to programs that train our doctors and police and rally volunteer firefighters, to groups that fight for our voice and for justice. From the preservation of our green spaces and great places, to parks and paths, farmers markets and pet adoption, hospice providers and historic cemeteries.

Whether you have ever given a dime or a minute of time, your life has been affected by the work of a nonprofit. Now, we are creating an opportunity for everyone, in every corner of the state, to support the causes that make Georgia great.

Georgia Gives Day is an initiative that has been co-created by the nonprofit sector itself. It doesn’t support one cause or one locale – it’s all of us in the state’s nonprofit sector pulling together to ask you to stop and consider your life and your community without nonprofits. How much less connected, less vibrant, less interesting and less supported would our communities be without them? 

It is really as simple as that. Our non-profits help us all in a myriad of ways. As we head into the season of thanks and giving and all of that, what better time than now to shine the spotlight on some of these great organizations?

If you are inclined to give (regardless of if you live here in Georgia or not!), you can find a list of participating organizations here. I also highly recommend the following organizations (clicking the links will take you to each group’s Georgia Gives Day page so your donation will be included in the final tally):

And many, many more. This list is FAR from comprehensive. If you’d prefer to donate to another organization here in Georgia (and they don’t necessarily have to be in the Atlanta area), click through to the Georgia Gives Day website and use the search box to find the organization(s) you prefer instead. Just please give a little something today to help support my adopted state.

Also, while I believe very strongly in “think global, act local”, sometimes we need to act globally as well. If you can spare a few more dollars, please consider giving to an organization that is providing typhoon relief in the Philippines as well. Here are some great places to start:

Thank you everyone, for supporting me, my state, and the world!

DetermiNation

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Sometimes, in both life and running, it is about reaching new highs and achieving personal bests. And sometimes, it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other and getting through the commitments we have made for ourselves. It is about the DetermiNation to see the thing through.

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Tomorrow is the Atlanta Marathon 10 Miler. I am running it to raise money for the American Cancer Society through their DetermiNation mini-series program. I called my fundraiser the #Run4Results because I am inspired by the great results that the ACS has had in the fight against cancer to try to achieve the best results I can. As with all of my races, I am going to run it to the best of my ability in the moment. But that “best” will be far from my personal best.

In the last few miles of the AllState 13.1 Half Marathon earlier this month, I started to develop a twinge on the outside of my right knee. That twinge grew into a full blown IT band problem on my only other long run between then and now (a 9 miler two weeks ago). I haven’t been able to run more than 2.5 miles since then without it hurting immensely. Making matters worse, I learned on that rather awful 9 mile run that running through the knee pain caused me to alter my gait in a way that re-aggravated the left ankle injury that I never let properly heal in July. I spent over a week after that long run alternating between a seriously aching knee and a seriously aching ankle.

Since then, I have taken it VERY easy with my running. I have run only three times, and never more than three miles at a time, for a total of less than nine miles in two weeks. Even with that easy schedule, I’m still hurting. So tomorrow when I toe the starting line, I know that I will be running headlong into a painful situation. And I am going to do it anyways.

I am not required to run this race tomorrow. In fact, the smart thing to do would be to skip it altogether. But I made a promise to myself and to all of my supporters in my #Run4Results fundraiser that I would run this race and I want to live up to that promise.

In the last year, I have watched as some of my nearest and dearest have continued to fulfill their obligations while facing much more significant challenges than a sore knee and ankle. I have watched my mom face every new cancer treatment and every new setback with a resolute determination to just keep fighting. I watched my father-in-law face his own cancer diagnosis and treatments with a stoic steadfastness that is inspiring. I watched the running community come together and resolve to keep racing in the face of the Boston Marathon bombings. I watched my friend Julie struggle through an endless battle with plantar fasciitis to complete as many miles as possible during the Boston 3 Day this summer. And just this week, I have watched that same friend say good-bye to her mother after her sudden passing, something that shook all of us who know Julie and her mom Pat to our core. Watching Julie persevere in the face of a pain I can only imagine has been inspiring and has made my injuries seem downright trivial.

So, in honor of my loved ones, I will attempt to do as they have done. I will keep fighting. I will be steadfast in my determination. I will resolve to make it to the finish line. I will persevere and I will reach the finish line. This will not be my best run. In fact, it may very well be my worst. But without a doubt, it will be one of my most meaningful races.

If you would like to support me in my #Run4Results fundraising efforts, you can still make a donation to the American Cancer Society in my name at the link below. I am less than $100 shy of my goal of raising $1000. Please consider making a donation in whatever amount is right for you and helping me reach my goal. More importantly, your donation will help so very many others as they persevere through their personal fights with cancer to achieve their goals, something far more important than my race tomorrow.

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Please click on the image above to visit my fundraising page and make your donation!