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Some Pre-Race Thoughts and a Change in Fundraising Plans

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

13.1 packet pick up

Ready to complete my #ATLChallenge at the 13.1 Half Marathon!

The AllState 13.1 Atlanta Half Marathon is tomorrow morning. Almost twelve hours from now exactly. I’m ready for this race. I’ve been training hard for this race since July and my hard work has already been paying off. I beat my previous 10 mile PR by eight minutes two weeks ago and I notched my first sub-28 minute 5K last weekend (besting my PR from April by a whopping 35 seconds). Other than an unfortunate bee sting (and subsequent allergic reaction) on one of my last runs earlier this week, I am physically ready.

I took advantage of my current furlough status and headed to packet pick-up early yesterday. Mike and I swung by Dick’s and Big Peach earlier today to pick up some last minute things that we needed for the race. We have plotted out our game plan for getting to the race start on time tomorrow morning and I’ve studied the course map to plan my fueling strategy. I am ready.

But yet, I feel completely, totally NOT ready. The sole reason that I feel not ready for this race tomorrow morning is because I haven’t done one big thing that I promised myself and all of you that I would do: I haven’t met my #Run4Results fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society. I don’t just mean that I haven’t hit my $1000 goal. I mean, I haven’t done all of the things I laid out in this post to give my fundraiser the best chance of success. A big part of that was unavoidable – I was without a functional computer for 10 days and I’m still fighting with properly re-establishing our WiFi network here at home. Fighting with all of that has left me without the time or energy to sit down and write my fundraising letters. So they haven’t gotten done. I’ve also been trying to take advantage of my unplanned “vacation” from work and take care of a bunch of tasks and errands that have been lagging for awhile now. As a result, I haven’t really re-started my fundraising efforts and my fundraising totals have remained stagnant for weeks. Just thinking about it is bringing me down and putting a damper on my enthusiasm for the race tomorrow morning.

I have enough experience as a runner now to know that carrying this heavy mental load with me for 13.1 miles will only make my performance suffer. So tonight, I’m choosing to let it go. Not forever, but for the next 24 hours. For the next 24 hours, I’m going to focus on running my best half-marathon and cheering on Mike as he finishes his first half. I’m going to celebrate our (hopefully) successful finishes and let myself relax and recover post-race. I am ready for this race and I am going to give it everything I have.

And then, starting on Monday morning (if I’m still furloughed) or Monday night (if I’m not), I will resume my fundraising efforts. I chose to make the 13.1 Half Marathon my “goal race” for my #Run4Results fundraiser, which means that I can choose a different race if I want to as well. So I am doing just that. I will be running the Atlanta Marathon 10 Miler on October 27th. And I will toe that starting line knowing that I have given my best effort to reaching my fundraising goals on behalf of American Cancer Society. I would LOVE to run that race in an ACS DetermiNation race bib that I earned through my fundraising efforts. But more importantly, I want to run that race knowing that with the help of my friends and family, I have done everything that I can to help the fight against cancer in my own small way.

My fundraising will resume in earnest on Monday and will continue for three weeks. For tonight, I will simply remind you that you can make a donation in support of my efforts by clicking the image at the bottom of this post. And then, I will settle in for a carb-tastic dinner and an early bedtime. I’ve got a half marathon to run in the morning, after all.

 

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

You’re Invited to the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This weekend, October 6-7th, marks the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and while it’s too late now to register for this year’s event, I’m here to encourage you to head out for a few hours this weekend and do what my pink people do best: cheer each other on!

The Atlanta 2 Day, which markets itself as “the kinder and gentler breast cancer walk” is put on each year by a local Atlanta 501(c)(3) organization called It’s The Journey, Inc. It’s the Journey was founded in 2002 after the Avon Walk left the Atlanta area as a way of raising funds that will stay entirely within the local area, supporting Georgia breast cancer patients and breast health programs. Officially, the mission statement of It’s the Journey, Inc says:

It’s The Journey, Inc’s mission is to strengthen Georgia’s breast cancer community by raising money and awareness for local organizations that focus on breast cancer education, early detection, awareness and support services, as well as the unmet needs in the breast cancer community.

Over the past nine years, It’s The Journey, Inc has funded 169 grants totaling $8 million to various Georgia and Atlanta-area breast cancer programs and organizations. That’s a huge amount of money for a relatively small group to be investing in breast cancer programs in my adopted home city and I am sure that every single cent is very appreciated by their grantees. More impressively, to my knowledge, the vast majority (if not all) of that money was raised by the participants of the Atlanta 2-Day; I don’t know of any other major fundraisers that It’s The Journey does. So when I say that these 2-Day walkers deserve the support of the greater cancer advocacy community, I really, truly mean it.

As for the specifics, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is modeled after endurance events like the Komen 3-Day for the Cure and the Avon walks. For this event, participants walk 30 miles over two days and “camp out” on Saturday night at their host hotel, which for 2012 is the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Participants have the option of walking both days, or walking only Saturday (20 miles) or only Sunday (10 miles). As with other multi-day walks, walkers are asked to meet a fairly significant fundraising minimum just to participate. In this case, that means $1000 for 2 day walkers, $750 for Saturday-only walkers, and $500 for Sunday-only walkers. It really is an event that lets you choose exactly the right level of participation for you. They don’t call themselves the kinder, gentler breast cancer walk for nothing!

So, if you have a few free hours this weekend, I highly suggest that you come out and cheer on these walkers as they take on this challenge (perhaps after you’re done with the Making Strides event in the morning!). Opening Ceremonies will take place at 7am on Saturday morning, out on Peachtree Street in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Following the conclusion of the ceremonies, the walkers will head out on the route. You can view the Saturday morning route here and the Saturday afternoon route here. In general, though, you’ll be able to find the walkers heading east towards Agnes Scott College in Decatur in the morning before turning back towards to downtown after lunch. Official cheering stations are planned throughout the day on Saturday and will probably be the best option for catching the walkers on the route:

  • Cheering Station 1: Fishburne Parking Deck, Emory University (free on Saturday), 1672 N Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322 from 8:45am – 10:30am
  • Cheering Station 2: Downtown Decatur, at the intersection of Church Street and Sycamore Street from 10:00am – 12:30pm
  • Cheering Station 3: Candler Park Village, at the corner of McLendon Avenue and Clifton Road from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In addition, you can cheer for the walkers as the return back to the Marriott Marquis after a long day of walking as well. The hotel is located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. It’s The Journey asks that you cheer on the Courtland Street side of the hotel. They expect walkers to be returning between 2:30 and 5:30pm.

Sunday’s festivities will also kick off with Opening Ceremonies, this time at 7:30am in the Atrium Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis downtown. From there, the walkers will be walking north from their hotel up to Atlantic Station. Closing Ceremonies are planned for noon on Sunday at Atlantic Station. You can view the complete Sunday route here. There are no planned cheering stations on Sunday besides at Atlantic Station as the walkers are finishing.

In the past, I’ve expressed my hesitation in promoting and encouraging It’s The Journey, Inc and the Atlanta 2-Day. It really bothers me that It’s The Journey positions this great walk as a competitor to the 3-Day and other multi-day breast cancer walks, rather than as an additional walk. I thoroughly believe that there are plenty of passionate advocates that will fill up however many walks we need to have in order to raise enough money to finally cure cancer. There is no need for cancer organizations to compete with each other. If your organization is doing good work (and I think It’s The Journey ultimately is), people will take part in your events. I really wish It’s The Journey would figure that out and change their marketing going forward. Regardless of if they actually do make changes, the walkers that take part in the Atlanta 2 Day aren’t doing this walk to spite some other organization (I hope!). They’re doing it because they want to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. And seriously? $8 million dollars for local breast cancer centers and patient support programs? That’s AMAZING. These walkers deserve everyone’s respect and encouragement for their hard work. They’ve earned it, regardless of my feelings about how It’s The Journey chooses to promote their walk.

So, with that, I say:

GO ATLANTA 2 DAY WALKERS!! TURN OUR CITY PINK THIS WEEKEND!!

Boston 3 Day Spectator Info!

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Attention friends, family and assorted supportive strangers in the Boston area!  The Boston 2010 3 Day for the Cure is just five days away which means it is time to make your plans to come out and support all of us during our 3 day, 60 mile journey!

There are three different opportunities for spectators to come out and be a part of the 3 Day experience: Opening Ceremonies on Friday morning, Cheering Stations along the route throughout the three days of the event and Closing Ceremonies on Sunday evening.  I’m going run through each of these to give you all an idea of what to expect should you choose to join us (and you should!).  Please note that I am borrowing much of this information directly from the Spectator Information section of the 3 Day website, which can be found here.

Opening Ceremonies

Friday June 23rd at 6:30am 
Farm Pond 
100 Dudley Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Map

Spectator Parking Directions:

  • From Route 135/Waverly Street, proceed on Fountain Street, turn right onto Winter Street and proceed for approximately 0.9 miles.
  • Turn right onto Dr. Harvey Cushing Way.
  • Turn right into the parking lot for Summerville at Farm Pond.
  • Please note that parking will not be permitted at Barbieri School, across the street from Farm Pond.
The Komen 3-Day for the Cure begins early Friday morning with the Opening Ceremony. When you arrive, take a moment to write the names of the people in your life who have lost their lives to breast cancer on the white ribbons we will provide. Those ribbons will be used to create a special memorial flag that will be raised during the ceremony.

This celebration is not just for participants. Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair. Please allow extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion at the site.

After the Opening Ceremony is over, participants will begin walking the 60-mile route and start a journey of a lifetime. It will be even more special if you are there to help send them off with smiles and encouragement. We’ll also have the 3DayGear.com™ store on site if you’d like to purchase a souvenir for yourself or your participant.


Opening Ceremonies, Atlanta 2007

Cheering Stations

Friday June 23rd

Cheering Station 1, 8:30 – 11:30am         
St. Paul’s Church
502 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
Map
Cheering Station 2, 12:30 – 6:15pm
Yolanda’s Parking Lot
355 SR-60 Waverly Oaks Rd.  
Waltham, MA 02452
Map 

Saturday June 24th

Cheering Station 1, 7:30 – 10:45am         
Robbins Farm Park
51 Eastern Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476
Map
Cheering Station 2, 9:45am – 2:00pm
YMCA Greater Boston Area
North Suburban Family Branch
138 Lexington St.  
Woburn, MA 01801
Map 
Cheering Station 3, 11:00 – 5:00am 
Parker Field Playground
81 Worthen Rd.
Lexington, MA 02420
Map

Sunday June 25th

Cheering Station 1, 7:30 – 10:15am          
Shaw’s Supermarket
699 Mount Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Map
Cheering Station 2, 8:15am – 10:45am
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Ave.  
Cambridge, MA 02139
Map 
Cheering Station 3, 9:15am – 1:00pm 
Boston Public Garden
(between Paul Revere and Swan Boats)
Commonwealth and Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02127
Map
Public cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise – anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.


Cheering Stations, Atlanta 2007


Cheering Stations, Atlanta 2008

Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. 

University of Massachusetts
100 William T Morrissey Blvd. 
Dorchester, MA 02125
Map

Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair.

Public Transportation: UMass Boston is located less than a mile from the MBTA’s JFK/UMass Station, which serves both the Red Line (subway) and the Old Colony Line (commuter rail). The university runs a regular, free shuttle bus service between the JFK/UMass stop and the campus. The trip normally takes less than ten minutes. Route 2 Bus runs Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. every 20 minutes.

Parking: University of Massachusetts is located off of 1-93. Parking will be available, at no charge, on the University of Massachusetts Campus.

After three days and 60 miles, participants will take a final and incredibly emotional victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. Friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to get the best view of the program. We encourage you to carpool or take public transportation. Not only is it better for the planet, but it will help lessen traffic congestion for everyone.

All walkers and crew members should remain in the Participant Holding Area where they will receive a victory shirt, cheer on fellow walkers and crew members and celebrate one last time together before their dramatic victory walk. The Participant Holding Area is CLOSED to spectators. If you wish to meet with a participant before the Ceremony begins, please have them meet you at the Closing Ceremony site. All participants must return to the Holding Area no later than 4:30 p.m. in order to join the victory walk.

Don’t forget to continue the spirit of kindness we’ll be building on the 3-Day for the Cure throughout and beyond the Closing Ceremony!


Closing Ceremonies, Atlanta 2007


Closing Ceremonies, Atlanta 2008

We hope that everyone will come out and see us in Boston.  This event is hard to truly capture in stories and photos.  It really is a moving experience to be a part of and we would love to share it with you.  This event is the culmination of months of commitment and hard work.  We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you.  See you there!

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Send Me Mail on the Event!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

One of the things that I look forward to the absolute most when I am on a 3 Day event is getting the mail.  I know what you’re thinking – why on earth would we need to get our mail when we’re only living in the 3 Day camp for 3 days?  Well, because it’s a fun and easy way for our loved ones and supporters to send us some encouragement along the way even if they can’t physically be with us during the 3 Day!

The 3 Day is a really tough event.  We will be walking the equivalent of two and a half marathons in just three days.  We’re going to be sleeping in small tents, possibly in the cold or the rain.  We will be dealing with blisters, sun burns and swollen hands throughout our journey.  We’re going to be showering in tractor trailers for crying out loud.  And at some point during the event, everyone hits a wall.  For me, it’s usually the morning of Day 3.  It’s cold and wet in the morning and my Day 1 endorphins have totally worn off.  I’m usually getting sore and having to haul my stuff back to the gear truck is usually the last thing I want to do at that point.  I’m usually annoyingly cheerful and energetic but truly, everyone hits that wall.

For almost everyone that takes on the challenge of the 3 Day, there is nothing more motivating than knowing that there are people out there rooting for us to succeed.  Seeing our loved ones amongst the sea of strangers at cheering stations provides an energy boost that you cannot imagine.  And hearing from our friends, family and even strangers that can’t be there with us in person can be just as effective.  It is truly a highlight for me to read the encouraging words of my supporters when I get to the 3 Day camp after a long day of walking.

If you would like to send mail to me (or any other Boston 3 Day walker!), you can do so by addressing your letters and cards to:

3-Day for the Cure PO
Attn: Name of Participant
P.O. Box 8557
Warwick, RI 02888

Please note that this address is for the Boston walk only.  The mailing addresses for the other events will be released about eight weeks before each event.  Only envelopes will be delivered on event, so please, no packages.  

Finally, all mail for the Boston 3 Day must be post marked no later than July 13th to ensure delivery on the event.  Husbands and boyfriends, mark your calendars now, even if you will be at the event in person.  Your wives and girlfriends will love you for it – trust me!

Cheering Stations and Closing Ceremonies

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

In case anyone in the Atlanta area would like to come out and support Kelly and I this weekend, here is all of the information about the Cheering Stations and Closing Ceremonies from the Supporter Information section at the 3-Day website. If you want to read the full Supporter Guide, I have linked to it over on the right hand side of the page.

Cheering Stations

Cheering Stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise – anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Friday, October 24:

9:00 am – 11:00 am
North American Mission Board
4200 North Point Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Saturday, October 25:

9:15 am – 12:00 am
Oreck Vacuums Store
5005 Peachtree Pkwy.
Norcross, GA 30092

11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Duluth Monarch School
3057 Main St.
Duluth, GA 30096

Sunday, October 26:

7:45 am – 9:30 am
Lowe’s
4950 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Chamblee, GA 30341

9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Deka Athletics
375 Pharr Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30305

Closing Ceremony

After three days and 60 miles, participants will take a final and incredibly emotional victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. Friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to get the best view of the program. Please allow extra travel time due to expected congestion at the site. 

All walkers and crew members should remain in the Participant Holding Area where they will receive a victory shirt, cheer on fellow walkers and crew members and celebrate one last time together before their dramatic victory walk. The Participant Holding area is CLOSED to spectators. If you wish to meet with a participant before the Ceremony begins, please have them meet you at the Closing Ceremony site. All participants must return to the Holding Area no later than 5:00 pm in order to join the victory walk.

Georgia World Congress Center
Building C
285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Sunday, October 26th Schedule:
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Walkers arrive at Holding Area
4:30 pm: Spectators arrive and should head directly to the stage
5:00 pm: Participants begin lining up for victory walk
5:30 pm: Closing Ceremonies begin