Abby's First Marathon

Abby's First Marathon
Jan 27, 2009 by Abby Goldberg

RUNNING WITH TNT...


Thanks for visiting my TNT home page.


If you haven't visited before, I'm training to run the San Diego Marathon (my first!) with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT). Whether we are running, walking, biking or hiking, all of us with TNT have the same goal - to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.


Over 823,000 Americans are fighting Leukemia or another form of blood cancer. 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!


Abby


San Diego Rock & Roll

It's been 5 days since the marathon. I am a little late posting this entry...trying to find that perfect photo, but actually I am not sure there is only one that would capture that amazing day. So you will see here Halle and I are crossing the finish line, just over 6 hours, but WE DID IT!!!!!


It was surreal at the start, up at 3 am, on the bus at 4. standing with a crowd of people waiting to start...purple shirts everywhere. it hit me then and all during the run, seeing TNT everywhere how huge this is...the impact we are making. Every coach would yell as we ran by "go Halle" because she had her name on the front of her shirt (smart girl) and every time, she would yell "go abby" so that I stayed motivated too. Every time it made me laugh, kept me going, even when it was hurting (I would be lying if I said it didn't), but it was so worth it, crossing that finish line, doing something I never thought I could do.


I have learned a lot from this experience, made great friends and became a part of an amazing organization that one day, will find a cure for blood cancers. Thank you everyone for your continued support and encouragement, I couldn't have done it without you!

Be the change you want to see in the world.

--Mahatma Gandhi


1 week away

The marathon is less than a week away. Yesterday was our final practice....it is strange to think that all these weeks have gone by. I remember the first run, how hard that 3 miles was! Not knowing anyone, but instantly bonding with Halle, who has been so great all these weeks, a true friend. And my running group, so much fun and all dressed up yesterday, which caused quite the stir on the boardwalk!


Unfortunately yesterday's final 8 miles wasn't as easy as I hoped...what had been runner's knee has now turned to IT band syndrome, which is not fun when I run. The plan is to rest, ice, stretch, massage and hope I am feeling much better come Sunday. I am excited about the race and nervous, but hoping the adrenaline and tylenol can get me through. Plus all the amazing TNT people will be there cheering me on, so I know they will keep me motivated.


For all my friends and family, thank you for all your support!


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke





20 miles

The marathon is in less than 3 weeks. Yesterday I ran 20 MILES! We now begin to taper, rest as we get ready for the big day.


It was a challenging run yesterday. I had a tough week....small running accident left me bruised (thankfully that was all!) and I seem to have pulled a hip flexor, so I was hurting. I sadly left my fabulous running group half way in to move down and took it easy for the balance of the run. 6:1 intervals (that's 6 minute running, 1 minute walking) definitely helped after doing 7:1 for the first 10 or so. Amazing what one minute can do! My buddies Halle and Ken joined me...there was comfort in knowing that others felt the increased mileage.


When we were finished we went into the ocean to help our sore muscles, then had treats made by our fabulous mentors! All in all a good day!


My plan is to take it easy this week...the pulled muscle hurts, my knee aches. I want to run, go to yoga, but I risk further injury in pushing myself. But I also feel compelled to keep going, I feel I haven't been training as hard as I should have, but I don't really have time now...I need to rest and recover so I am ready for San Diego.


Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes - buddha


Week 14

Well, it's Thursday and I am getting ready for the big run on Sunday - 20 miles! I am definitely nervous...my body is definitely feeling this and I hope my knee holds out. I had hoped to try aqua jogging last week to give my body a break, but the pool was closed, so I ran. I felt OK, so I am doing my best to push forward, as I know I can do this, despite some minor setbacks. I have to keep the reason I am doing this at the forefront of my mind and focus on that. I feel a renewed sense of purpose after learning about a fellow teammate whose husband has a non-curable form of leukemia, but is kept alive by a drug that was developed with funds raised by Team in Training. To know that what we do WORKS and has tangible results is amazing....


So , check back on Sunday night or Monday (depending how I feel) and you can hear all about my 20 mile run!


Week 13

It's the end of week 13. The last 2 weeks we increased mileage, 17 last week , which was a challenge. Thankfully today was an easy day, at least for running, only 12 miles.


It wasn't a easy day for other reasons....one of my fellow teammates, Laura, who I have mentioned a few times, is sick again. She has a tumor in her bladder, malignant. So I am again reminded of why I am here and I hope as you read this you know that every dollar you give is giving someone a chance for a longer life.


Thank you for your ongoing support.




Week 11

Well, I started week 11 feeling a bit beat up after trying to run uphill for 10 miles (okay, not all of it, but it felt that way at the time). After feeling great after 13, I felt slightly defeated. I then received some sad news...one my father's closest friends had lost her battle with cancer. It was learning this that reminded me why I am here - we don't know how long we are here...do something to make an impact.


And this quote really sums it up:

�SWe say we waste time but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.�

==Alice Bloch


So I will run 15 miles this Sunday, to honor those fighting leukemia and other cancers. Please help my by donating and/or sending my emails to anyone you know. The money goes to helping families, treating patients, finding a cure!


Week 9 update

I just finished 8 weeks of training....12 miles last Sunday! I am still amazed that I ran 12 miles, but this experience has taught me that you can do anything you set your mind to. And I have had my doubts...the week before last we did 7 miles in the mountains and it was incredibly difficult. Talk about being sore in places you didn't know existed! But then I did 12 miles and it was a piece of cake, go figure....


So I am definitely feeling better about my ability to run a marathon.....and a renewed sense of purpose after receiving a recent donation from a family friend. I have never met this person, but she was kind enough to support me and also include a note telling me that her daughter was engaged to a man who died at 25 of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She ended the note by saying she would like to see a cure for these diseases. I do as well. If you can't donate right now, pass my link on to others. Please don't doubt your ability to make a difference; even the smallest gesture can and will help.


Week 6 update

It was another record week for me - 10 miles!! woohoo!! I never thought I would see the day, but I did it and I have my fabulous coaches and mentors to thank, as they keep me going when I am struggling.


Yesterday was not only a record day for me personally, but also because one of my teammates, Laura, had her birthday. While birthdays are always special, for Laura, a birthday is an especially big deal because it was 6 years ago when doctors told her she might not see another birthday. Laura is one of our amazing honored teammates, running along side us and reminding us ...this is why we are here!


Week 5 update

It's the end of week 5 and we will be running 8 miles tomorrow! Many of you may have read that last week was a record week for me, 7 miles! (I promise I won't email EVERY week saying I reached a personal best.) I was nervous about that run, having never run that much before. And while I know in the back of my head these are small compared to what's up ahead, they are still a challenge right now.


Thankfully, I have an amazing coach, Chris, who really helps motivate us with his positive, "can do" attitude. Last week Chris shared his story with us, his motivation for joining TNT. In an 18 month period, he lost his father to leukemia, his daughter passed away at birth and his wife was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with their second child. You might ask (as did I) why all of these things happened to one person? Seems unimaginable. But Chris found strength in light of these hardships. He pushed through and the course of events that followed led him to great things.


And so I will end my update with a quote Chris shared, as I think in our current world, it's appropriate....something we should all keep in mind during trying times:


The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.

-Thomas Paine









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    "Thank you both for being so amazing! Best power couple EVER!"
     

    FORTUNE FASHIONS IND LLC

    Thu Mar 16 11:19:15 EDT 2017

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    "Go Abby! You are awesome!!!"
     

    Jen

    Fri May 22 07:52:39 EDT 2009

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    "Together we can fight this!!! GO ABBY!!!!"
     

    Emily Gildner

    Fri May 22 01:14:56 EDT 2009

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    "Run like the wind Missy!!! XOXOXO I'm so proud of you!"
     

    elisa holscher

    Thu May 21 04:09:29 EDT 2009

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    "Abby, You are my hero!! It has been amazing training with you!! Love and Laughter always, Your honored teammate, Laura Maloney"
     

    Honored Teammate Laura

    Mon May 18 11:36:29 EDT 2009

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    "Keep fighting Aunt Phyllis. The world is a much better place with you in it! Love Sharon"
     

    Fri Nov 04 03:29:59 EDT 2016

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    "Go Abby Go! I am so excited for you as this is one of the best challenges you will undertake and you will forever be changed by this experience. Two TNT marathons later and I wouldn't trade for the experience or the relationships I developed. You are helping not only those fighting leukemia and blood-related cancers but inspiring those who read your emails and website. Thanks for donating your time and energy to this cause. Are you running San Diego or Anchorage? Keep me on your list so I get your updates...it is fun to celebrate (and relive) those "this is the longest I have ever run" weeks because they happen every week now. Happy (and safe) training. Heather"
     

    Heather Bunkley Allen

    Tue Apr 21 08:41:00 EDT 2009

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    "Always precious to my heart! I Miss you!"
     

    Wed Aug 31 08:00:24 EDT 2016

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    "I miss your smile and hearing your funny jokes. RIP Darion. Pie & Family."
     

    Thu Sep 29 12:26:53 EDT 2016

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    "Best of luck Ernie!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Aug 25 04:32:09 EDT 2016

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    "Run Ernie Run! You are a Crazy Man!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Aug 26 11:08:48 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks for your fundraising efforts Ernie concerning this very worthy cause. My brother Matthew has been battling Multiple Myeloma for over 7 years a disease which I'd also lost my father to. God bless you and thanks again!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Sep 15 11:22:08 EDT 2016

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    "In memory of my uncle who passed 3 weeks ago and his short, difficult battle with lung disease."
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Oct 06 07:24:01 EDT 2016

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    "Enjoy Oil Creek and best of luck, Ernie!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Oct 06 07:52:37 EDT 2016

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    "Go Ernie! Cheering you on from Virginia!!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Oct 07 11:48:11 EDT 2016

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    "Thank you for kicking cancers butt, one mile at a time!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Oct 14 10:51:38 EDT 2016

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    "YOU CAN DO THIS Ernie!!! Run Strong! Your voice and your footsteps make a tremendous impact. Thank you for all you do! YOU are a blessing to so many! GodSpeed at all of your races- If God is For YOU, who/what can EVER be against you?? :)"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Oct 28 09:56:55 EDT 2016

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    "thank you abby. your effort helps all of us. i appreciate your involvement from the bottom of my heart."
     

    jane feil

    Fri Feb 06 10:30:15 EST 2009

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    "I am so pround of you Abby."
     

    Jane Goldberg

    Tue Feb 03 08:28:19 EST 2009

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    "We're keeping your legacy alive! Go Team Jayde!"
     

    Thu Aug 25 11:11:38 EDT 2016

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    "Great job as always Ernie"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Sun Oct 30 03:35:38 EDT 2016

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    "Proud of you Ernie. You are such an encouragement to so many people! Thank you!"
     

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    Thu Oct 20 03:21:57 EDT 2016

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    "Congratulations on an amazing job and thank you! Matt and the staff at Second Sole. "
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Oct 14 11:21:25 EDT 2016

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    "Way to go Ernie, congrats on another successful Oil Creek!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Oct 14 09:27:35 EDT 2016

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    "Ernie - we are all very proud of you!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Wed Oct 12 09:12:39 EDT 2016

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    "Thanks, Ernie. Your dedication is exemplary. "
     

    Amiee Howard

    Wed Oct 12 09:09:30 EDT 2016

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    "Keep doing what you're doing, Ernie. You are an inspiration (albeit a crazy one) and your email about the Oil Creek brought tears to my eyes. You are making a difference. Glad to be able to know you!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Tue Oct 11 12:59:28 EDT 2016

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    "Great job Ernie!!!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Tue Oct 11 10:49:28 EDT 2016

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    "Wishing you the best at Oil Creek. I think 28 hours is in the cards."
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Oct 06 12:58:12 EDT 2016

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    "Run steady, run strong!!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Tue Oct 04 10:06:12 EDT 2016

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    "I am honoring Mark Mackowiak....a brave 10 year old boy who was diagnosed this summer with Leukemia. I would also like to honor the memory of Shelley Killen who passed in September after a 36 month battle with cancer."
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Sep 30 10:48:56 EDT 2016

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    "You rock Ernie!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Sep 23 06:30:29 EDT 2016

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    "You are such an inspiration to us Ernie! Great to have you as a friend."
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Sep 23 07:23:31 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck, Ernie. Run strong!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Thu Sep 22 03:37:32 EDT 2016

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    "Thank you for your continued dedication to end blood cancers. We will be there with you in spirit-every bear bell you hear think of us!!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Tue Sep 13 03:21:06 EDT 2016

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    "RUN STEADY, RUN STRONG. MAY THE BEAR BELLS BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN, THE BLISTERS BE NON-EXISTANT, AND THE MILES FLY BY. THANKS FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT ERNIE!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Fri Aug 05 04:35:58 EDT 2016

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    "My father died in 1983 of Pancreatic cancer. The advances in medicine had not reached the level they are today. he died after only three weeks once we found out there was a large tumor in the pancreas. We need to keep fighting for the cure. I appreciate Ernie's efforts. Run strong, run long - stop cancer!"
     

    Amiee Howard

    Wed Jul 27 08:09:31 EDT 2016

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    "Supporting the fight in your name- KEITH & LISA HOWARD"
     

    Sat Nov 05 08:23:56 EDT 2016

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    "Thank you for being such a fine young man.. You are always in our hearts."
     

    Thu Sep 01 05:57:34 EDT 2016

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    "You will always be my favorite son. XOXOXOX"
     

    Mon Aug 29 11:27:46 EDT 2016

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    "Blessings to All who have been or are effected by blood cancers Let's keep the faith! Ricky A. Williamson"
     

    Fri Aug 05 07:04:34 EDT 2016

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    "Praying for a cure for cancer & for Ben to stay cancer free. God bless"
     

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    Sun Aug 14 09:33:22 EDT 2016

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    Tue Mar 21 07:36:33 EDT 2017

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    "Dear Michael and Jason: Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Good luck in the race and post lots of pictures to FB. Love, Elizabeth, Connor, and Thomas"
     

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    Tue Mar 21 05:13:43 EDT 2017

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    Mon Mar 20 01:41:00 EDT 2017

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    "good luck you two. stay strong!"
     

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    "MIKE AND JASON, WAY TO GO FOR DOING SUCH A FANTASTIC EVENT FOR A GREAT CAUSE. I'M HONORING THE EXCELLENT RESEARCH BEING DONE AT DUKE UNIVERSITY (WOOD LAB IS WHERE MY DAUGHTER IS WORKING) SPECIFICALLY ON LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA. "
     

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    Thu Mar 16 01:52:28 EDT 2017

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    "Dad and I are so proud of the both of you. Can't wait to be at that finish line as you both cross that line. Luv u lots "
     

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    "God. Bless you and the entire family for all they do for so many!!"
     

    Mon Oct 17 12:03:25 EDT 2016

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    "Miss You!!!!"
     

    Fri Oct 14 07:56:35 EDT 2016

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    "My great aunt died of breast cancer earlier this year. We miss her."
     

    Thu Oct 10 06:09:06 EDT 2013

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    "Hi Sunhee: This is in honor of my father! He is smiling upon us, and carried us through our races!!! Thank you my friend!! Love, Helen "
     

    Barbara Lifton

    Sat Mar 29 01:44:34 EDT 2014

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    "Hi Sunhee: This is in honor of my father! He is smiling upon us, and carried us through our races!!! Thank you my friend!! Love, Helen "
     

    Barbara Lifton

    Sat Mar 29 01:44:34 EDT 2014

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    "Hi Sunhee: This is in honor of my father! He is smiling upon us, and carried us through our races!!! Thank you my friend!! Love, Helen "
     

    Barbara Lifton

    Sat Mar 29 01:44:34 EDT 2014

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    "Keep fighting the good fight my friend!!!! Thank you Ernie for all you do for others. You truly inspire me!!!! HUGS!!!! Kimber"
     

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    Fri Oct 28 09:24:21 EDT 2016

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