Lily's Fundraising Page!
Sep 05, 2010 by Lily Mershon
We're Running to Save Lives!
12 June, 2010:
Hi there and welcome to my Team In Training home page!
I'm spending the next five months training for the Nike Women's Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission. Any amount is truly appreciated!
Want to run with me? Donate $50+ to this awesome cause, and I will write your name on one of my limbs during the race! :)
I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress and training photos! Thanks so much for your support!
13 June 2010:
My teammate Susan and I held a bake sale at Riverwalk Park for Team in Training- we only made 16$ each, but it was a day well spent after being touched by one woman who donated $20 in honour of her father passing away from lymphoma.
Will you help me get to my goal of 2700$? So many of you already have, and I appreciate it with all my heart! <3
14 June 2010:
Whew, we woke up at 430 AM to beat the heat! We only went for a little less than 20 minutes, since it's our first REAL practise where we just got up and went. Good to get out with my teammates, and it was pretty easy so I just talked the entire time. Haha, me and my big mouth! I know it's gonna get harder though!
19 June 2010:
Participated in the Hart Park 5K Fun Race with the team! I am so glad to be a part of a group of much motivating and friendly people... It keeps me going. Anyway, I ran the 3.1 miles at an average pace of 10:01, and finished 61 out of 124 runners. :D Below are some photos after the run:
Coach Michele and me. She's awesome!
The group photo.
Our team being goofy and doing the "thinker" pose. ;P
Haha, just a photo of me, relaxing by the river. :)
17 July 2010:
It was REALLY great to go out with the team this morning- we started at 5:30 AM (well, more like 5:45, since some people didn't show up on time!), and for those of us who are training for a full marathon, we were supposed to go for 1.5 hours.
So, off we went! Marti (one of my teammates) and I are pretty tight (we text during the day, even if we don't see each other during Mon/Wed morning practises) so we stuck together. We're both doing the Nike Women's Marathon, so we try to pace each other. We went out at 6m run/3m walk intervals, and on our way back, there were a couple intervals where we walked 4 minutes (as well as a couple minute water stop to fill up her Camelback bladder). So that's what this time reflects- and I think it's a pretty good pace, in light of said intervals. :) It was also my first time running with a hydration belt, so that was fun... not! Man, it was pretty annoying, but after awhile, I did get used to it. And I was very glad to have the water, especially since it was already 80+ degrees by 6 AM! Sadly, I did have to wear my old NBs, since I was wary of wearing my brand new Asics GT-2150 that Coach Jane helped me pick out after the whole severe arch pain ordeal after only 30 minutes of jog/walk on Wednesday. I'll have to just start wearing them during my weekday short runs and get used to 'em... or I'll do what many of my friends suggested and exchange them for maybe a NB stability shoe (since I've had success with NB neutrals before).
Anyway, we ended up going 7.39 miles (!!!), and afterward, Marti and I "chewed the fat" at Starbucks over coffee (which we bought with scrounged-up change, since both of forgot our wallets at home!) for 2 whole hours. Good times! Now, here I sit, my feet in cold Epsom salt water. Woohoo! :)
(Also, for those of you who might be wondering: my thumb is starting to heal [after it got infected and I had to have outpatient surgery on it]; however, it still has to be bandaged up, and I can't put any pressure on it. :\ At least it isn't swollen and throbbing anymore!)
31 July 2010:
Woke up at 4 AM, headed over to Marti's house at 415, and we left for the Bluffs (by Bakersfield College) at 430. Yeah, talk about early! But praise God, it was so cool out. Today was our 2 hour run, and OMG, the Bluffs are known for their hills, so we got lots of practise looping around and around, climbing up and down and upside down. Haha.
The insoles "worked" but I think I'm ready to exchange the new shoes, sadly, with another pair. I felt waaay too many hot spots on my feet, and my shins killed! But we both made it, and did great- nearly 9.5 miles in 2 hours! :)
And then later, it was time for the TNT honorees' potluck/BBQ at Marti's house to celebrate making it halfway through the season! The photos above are of the two honorees (Bryna and Barbara) who made it to the shindig! All of us who made it had a great time. :)
Hanging out with TNT friends over some tasty grub- (L to R) Coach Michele's twin boys, Marti, Marti's hubby John, my hubby Kevin, and me! :)
7 August 2010:
I gotta say, I woke up at 415 AM this morning, and NEARLY flaked out. I really did not want to leave my bed, after I spent the majority of the night tossing and turning and had only just fallen asleep when the alarm went off. I went to text Marti that I wasn't going to make it, but then I saw her texts that said I "better be there!" and I decided I was NOT going to chicken out. Besides, I ALWAYS feel awesome and really accomplished after a long run.
Today was no exception- it's the longest I've gone in this season of my life (AKA, at a healthy weight/in a balanced fashion), and I adore running with Marti. We just have so much fun. Did I mention that she and I are doing the Santa Rosa half-marathon on the 29 August?! Yeah, I don't think we'll really have much of a problem, really! :D
After our run, Marti was going to volunteer for the TNT Memorial 5K, but we were both sooo sore, so she opted out of it (wisely) and we went to Starbucks for something to drink (caramel macchiato for Marti; iced coffee for me)!
We parted ways and I had to get ready for work (I wish I weren't serious, but I am!), and I had a Fage 0% plain Greek yoghurt and a sour green apple for my meagre breakfast. Worked for 4 hours (until I was literally shaking from hunger!), and then met my husband for lunch. Nothing like a LARGE helping of salad, sweet potato with pecans, salted carrots, some fresh fruit, and a bite of a cinnamon roll to calm down the "FEED ME!" beast within. :P
Knees are killing me, hips are tight, feet are sore... but oddly enough, the blister didn't act up, my left arch wasn't shooting sharp pangs up my leg, and I generally just didn't feel any unbearable pain. I guess that's what happens when you are focussed on the awesome friendship between you and your run-buddy! :D
GO TEAM! <3
14 August 2010:
Okay, yes, it was painful and yes, this was HARD (especially the part where we did 10 hill sprints after a 1.5 mile warm-up)... but I adore going out with Marti and the team. Our long run was for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and my GPS registered us going for ~12 miles, including the hill sprints. Pretty dang awesome, if I do say so myself!
Me + Marti after our run. Yeah! We got our "recommitment" shirts at the end! Woohoo!
21 August 2010:
WE DID IT! :D
So, we had a good start. Loved having Greg with us for awhile, but Marti and I were jerks and sorta pulled ahead when Elisa stayed with him. However, after Marti had her Sports Beans (I had five of them too), she needed to stop for a bathroom break. Five minutes later, we were back on track. But it gets better (haha)- at around 2 hours and 15 minutes, Marti's guts just decided to completely "crap out" (pun intended!), and we ended up having to walk 45 minutes back (for a total of 3 hours). Oh, poor Marti... she was in a lot of pain. I kept telling her I would try to block the view if she wanted to go off in the bushes and let loose. AHAHAHA. She didn't go for that. Plus, we didn't have any "trail $$$", eh, Marti? ;P
But anyway, my iPhone GPS app totally stopped working and said we did 12.41 miles, but we were POSITIVE that we went farther, and so was our coach. I decided to map it when I got home, and sure enough, we went ~14.53 according to my careful mapping! Here is the link, in fact: Our TNT Long Run! WOOHOO!
Long run: check. And now, after my ice cold shower, I am going to go stick my swollen blistered feet in an ice cold Epsom bath. Ahhhh!
4 September 2010:
We don't need no stinkin' therapists! :) Running partners and moving our legs are good enough, right, Greg? :D
Anyway, notable things from our Team in Training long run at Hart Park today:
1) What I thought was a skunk running after us in the dark (we got out there by 5 AM) was actually a tiny baby kitten with its tail sticking straight up in the air. We figured that out after shining a flashlight on it when it started mewing. I know this is bad, but I picked it up and ran with it for a little bit because it was SOOO cute, and followed us for so long. <3
2) Talking about things you never thought you'd talk about, and sharing your heart with another strong (yet wounded and confused) Christian.
3) (And on that note...) Running so slowly you could actually walk, but doing so because your running partner needs a listening ear and you also should rest your body. (As a side note: I was able to do 15.16 miles in 3 hours and 15 minutes today!)
4) Seeing the sun come up around Ming Lake.
5) Getting cheered on with a purple pom-pom and cowbell by the mother of one of your team's honorees. :)
6) Cursing just a little too much... OOPS. :\
7) Running around the corner, just to run into two volunteers feeding about 30 stray cats. Uhm, yeah.
8) Getting to see an albino peacock. :D It was completely white! :D