Running the Columbus Marathon

Running the Columbus Marathon
May 27, 2008 by Emily Hooke

Tomorrow I Run

10/18/08

Tomorrow is the actual marathon. All my training is over. Tomorrow my body just takes over and does what it is supposed to do. Last night I put the names of those I am celebrating and remembering on my jersey. I celebrate - DANA MAZZARELLA, TYLER ALFRIEND and TALAT BUKARI that they are fighting to win everyday and that their win continues each day. I have more that I am remembering though. I will run in honor of their fight and their stuggle and most of all their memory to me and those that love and miss them each day - CATHY GREY, TOM KERLEY, JON WARDRIP, LOLA, AARON & LYNN GIOACCINNI.



While I am running I will be reminded that this isn't hard - fighting cancer - that's hard!



Running also to honor a father of four great boys and celebrate a friend's victory!



8/19/08 - Update



We are now exactly 2 months away from the big marathon. Training is going great and better than ever. I am able to run for over two hours without stopping and surprising myself. I would not still be training (I would have given up long ago) if I was not doing this for a cause and because so many of you have supported me. For that I thank you. You keep me motivated and going strong. I am not going to qualify for the Boston marathon with my speed but I will cross the finish line, before they tell me to clear the course.



Here is how I am doing. I completed a 10 mile race a few weeks ago in just over 2 hours. This qualified me as second in my category - I am an Athena if you are familiar with the running world. I am running a half marathon this Sunday and then on Sept. 28th, I will run my longest distance before the actual marathon - a 20 mile race.



I practice 3 days a week, short runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights and a long run on either Saturday or Sunday. Columbus is a great place to train for a first time marathon b/c there are great places to run and a lot of training runs available to race.



Let me not forget though, why I am doing this and why I chose Team in Training. Please continue to read on about the stories of those close to me. For they are the real reason I am running this marathon!

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Recently, close friends of ours lost their father to a long, hard battle with cancer. He has always been a name on my motivation bracelet, but now he is a name that I will continue to honor as I run each week. I still am running to celebrate my friend (read that story below) but I add even more to my runs each week in honor of a father who will be missed.

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My running story....



I've always been a planner. When I got engaged I started my "five year plan" and have done a lot in the last 3 years that are a part of this plan. I've started taking classes toward my math degree and I haven't had children despite the urging of many. There are some things that are part of this plan that I have kept to myself and not shared outwardly. I never really shared these plans for fear that I might fail them. But, I'm starting to learn that my five year plan needs to change.



Part of this change comes because shortly before Christmas a very close friend of ours was diagnosed with Hodgkin's. This was never part of her plan, nor of anyones with this disease, but its made me realize that you do need to live out all of your plans and celebrate life every step of the way. At 31, she is stronger than I know I will ever be, but she is my inspriation and my motivation as I begin to train.



Over the next 4 and a half months, I will push myself in ways I never thought possible, but I'm not just doing this for myself. I am doing this because my plan right now, involves supporting a cause.



I'm training for the Columbus 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 as a celebration to and 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.



I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!



Love,

Emily

You can also track my progress here at my blog

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Supporter Comments

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    "Emily: We are very proud of you. This is a wonderful cause and hopefully one day all cancers will be cured. Love, Joe and Mary"
     

    Mary Hooke

    Fri May 30 04:25:51 EDT 2008

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    "Emily- This means the world to me and I will be cheering you on every step of the way!!!! What you are doing will help thousands of people, you should be very proud of yourself! Love - Dana"
     

    Dana Mazzarella

    Mon Jun 02 08:48:35 EDT 2008

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    "Emily, Herb and I (and Maxwell!) are glad to have you all in our life and call you friends. What an admirable and selfless undertaking. Our support and encouragement is with you. Nighi, Herb & Maxwell"
     

    Nighat Bukhari

    Wed Jun 04 10:23:07 EDT 2008

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    "Good Luck! :-)"
     

    Beth & Tim Hooke

    Sun Jun 08 10:20:06 EDT 2008

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    "Good luck Emily, we know you can do it! Al, Melissa, Ben & Sophie"
     

    Albert Dethlefsen

    Mon Jun 16 02:37:15 EDT 2008

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    "Run like the wind Forest"
     

    Christopher Naccari

    Fri Jun 20 03:26:03 EDT 2008

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    "Go, Sandy!"
     

    Christopher Naccari

    Mon Nov 30 05:11:18 EST 2009

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    "Sandy, Good Luck; Thanks for carrying the banner for this fight for all of us! Larry"
     

    Christopher Naccari

    Thu Jan 07 09:49:11 EST 2010

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    "You go girl!"
     

    Christopher Naccari

    Fri Jan 08 02:10:24 EST 2010

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    "Come on people I am the first to help out with Rosy's fundraiser. I have a brother with Lymphoma and a lot of you must know someone with these kind of disease's lets help with as much as we can. I'll donate more when I get a job!!!! "
     

    Charles Dauchert

    Tue Jan 12 06:13:59 EST 2010

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    "Great Job Rosy... I hope my contribution can help to any one in need. My uncle suffered of leukemia in 1995. He survived and is doing good not a 100% but is alive. Thak's to Good. "
     

    Charles Dauchert

    Thu Jan 21 12:54:57 EST 2010

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    "Thank you everyone once again for your help to fight blood cancers!"
     

    Charles Dauchert

    Mon Mar 22 01:03:54 EDT 2010

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    "Emily, We are so extremely proud of you!!! Love, Maya, Chad and Maz"
     

    Maya Thompson

    Thu Oct 16 09:37:17 EDT 2008

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    "From my father, in memory of his wife, my mother"
     

    Debra Fitzpatrick

    Tue Jun 17 06:35:22 EDT 2008

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    "GO MOOSE TROOP!"
     

    Debra Fitzpatrick

    Fri Nov 06 01:15:05 EST 2009

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    "Congrats!!! Keep on running. Love, Deb & George"
     

    Debra Fitzpatrick

    Tue Jun 17 09:19:55 EDT 2008

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    "Em, It is amazing that you are doing this! Congratulations on taking the first step. We look forward to hearing about your training and the marathon. Love, Matthew and Cristina "
     

    Cristina Wardrip

    Sun Jun 01 01:54:36 EDT 2008

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    "Em, I'm very proud of you. Not just for what your doing, but also for who you are. Love, Dad"
     

    Thomas Olson

    Wed May 28 08:53:49 EDT 2008

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    "Good luck Em, it is such a great thing you are doing! love, Trish & Tim"
     

    Trish & Tim

    Sun Sep 28 08:39:57 EDT 2008

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    "Best of luck to you Vicki!"
     

    Trish & Tim

    Sun Feb 26 08:16:11 EST 2012

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    "Hi Emily, Thanks for including me on your list. I think this is a great cause that you're running for! Best of luck to you and God Bless! Shelly "
     

    Shelly Luttman

    Mon Jul 14 11:50:53 EDT 2008

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    "what will you be running from?"
     

    jarrod eastman

    Sun Jun 29 11:30:30 EDT 2008

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    "Good Luck!!"
     

    Kevin Kerley

    Sat Jun 28 08:54:10 EDT 2008

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    "Good Luck Sean. "
     

    Sat Jan 07 08:56:05 EST 2012

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    "Dear Kelli, This is in honor of your father and in memory of your mother! You go girl!"
     

    Philip De Terlizzi

    Mon Oct 10 08:56:42 EDT 2011

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    "Thanks Kelli, it all adds up."
     

    Philip De Terlizzi

    Mon Oct 03 02:54:59 EDT 2011

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    "Good luck Kelli!"
     

    Philip De Terlizzi

    Fri Sep 30 04:57:19 EDT 2011

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    "I'm a friend of Kyrsten's mom! I'm a TNT alum training for my first full marathon in April You're gonna rock the course and help cure blood cancer!!! Good stuff, Rosy!!!"
     

    Charles Dauchert

    Tue Feb 16 03:44:43 EST 2010

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    "Rosy, Here is my donation. I know this is for a great cause. Good luck on your run!!! lots of love"
     

    Charles Dauchert

    Fri Feb 05 12:56:35 EST 2010

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    "Clayton and I are more than happy to donate in honor of your Mom!!!"
     

    Tue Oct 04 11:38:11 EDT 2011

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    "It is my pleasure to support you and your family. Your mom was like a second mother to me growing up. "
     

    Mon Oct 03 05:38:14 EDT 2011

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    "Good luck buddy! Beat Weiss!"
     

    Thu Jan 19 02:44:09 EST 2012

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    "Go get em bro!!!"
     

    Thu Jan 05 11:59:08 EST 2012

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    "GOOD LUCK!"
     

    Tue Sep 27 11:02:21 EDT 2011

  •  
    "Wishing you all the best from 'over the pond' "
     

    jarrod eastman

    Tue May 04 05:46:41 EDT 2010

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    "Just pretend Adam's running behind you trying to do a forecast review...."
     

    jarrod eastman

    Fri Apr 30 06:54:01 EDT 2010

  •  
    "Good luck Vicki!"
     

    Trish & Tim

    Wed Apr 18 02:39:06 EDT 2012

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    "Have a great run Vicki!!!!!"
     

    Trish & Tim

    Mon Mar 05 06:35:14 EST 2012

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    "My sister-in-law and one of my close friends both have lymphoma, so I am donating in their honor. "
     

    jarrod eastman

    Mon May 03 06:35:57 EDT 2010

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,670.00 | Goal: $1,700.00
 
98 %

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My Thanks To

Philip De Terlizzi $100.00
Brian Rudner $100.00
Kevin Kerley $100.00
Debra Fitzpatrick $100.00
Debra Fitzpatrick $100.00
Nighat Bukhari $100.00
Dana Mazzarella $100.00
Mary Hooke $100.00
Thomas Olson $100.00