Conquering the Hills of Newton
Feb 28, 2013 by Victoria Kutilek
One of the most notorious parts of the Boston marathon course is the 'Hills of Newton,' a 4 mile stretch of rolling hills that starts at mile 16 and culminates at mile 20 with Heartbreak hill, a 6% grade over 0.4 miles. While none of these hills is overly intimidating on it's own, after having already run 16 miles, these hills are the ultimate nemesis to the Boston marathon runners, standing in the way between them and the finish line in Boston.
Every Saturday our coaches incorporate these hills into the end of our long runs, so that we become accustomed to running these hills with tired legs. Each of us training for the marathon has had our struggles with the hills. I definitely have had some runs where my legs felt like concrete blocks, and other runs where you half way up the hill my IT band starts cramping or my knees aching.
Our coaches have been great throughout this season and as they pointed out running the marathon isn't just physical it is mental. Therefore, our coaches have encouraged us to have a mantra, a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation." We can say this mantra to ourselves to inspire and revitalize our spirit when we get bored, tired, and maybe even hurting a little.
So as I have been training to run these 'Hills of Newton' I have started incorporating my mantra into my training.
I must admit I am a little embarassed to admit that my mantra is actually a pop song by Kelly Clarkson, but today one of my coaches posted a video that truly inspired me and provides me with an incredibly powerful image to keep me going and remind me that I am running for something bigger than myself. I am running with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support the cancer patients and cancer research.
To find out what my mantra song and images will be floating through my head as I run up "Heartbreak Hill' click on the following link, http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/09/watch-child-cancer-patients-sing-kelly-clarksons-stronger/
So on April 15th, know that around mile 16 this will be what is floating through my head.....
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,
stand a little taller,
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I am alone
What doesn't kill you makes you fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn't mean I'm over when you are gone.
So what is your mantra????
Training through Nemo
Feb 10, 2013 by Victoria Kutilek
Winter storm 'Nemo' hit Boston in a big way this weekend. For the first time in two months I did not do a 'long run' with Team in Training on Saturday morning as there was travel ban on all MA roads. More importantly I couldn't get my car out even if I wanted to. Even though, I didn't do the actual prescribed mileage on my marathon training plan (I was suppose to do 15 miles this weekend) I definitely got a workout in, be it slightly unconventional.
The Nemo workout plan ( which will soon be on DVD) consists of the following:
1) Carry 25 lb dog for 8 blocks in 3 foot snow. At every tree, do high kicks to create space for her to do her business. This workout should take about 40 minutes.
2) Afternoon workout consists of digging out my car. This exercise routine is both a cardio workout and an amazing upper body workout. If you want to try to make the workout more challenging try to shovel and carry the snow to the sidewalk. During this workout I had extra motivation from the old lady whose car is parked in front and proceeded to yell from her window where I should put the snow.
In the picture on the left my car is underneath that snow bank.
3) Do an 8 mile run on the treadmill at gym. This is really more an exercise of the mind. Running in place for 1 hour while trying not to stare at fellow gym members doing awkward leg lifts, planks, and weird moves with stability balls, etc on the mat in front of my treadmill is truly a test of one's will power and perseverance. This is actually the first time I have used a tread mill for a workout since I started the Team in Training program. All my other runs have been outside.
I am definitely looking forward to getting back to my more conventional training program where I can get back on the open road.
Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the winter wherever you are.
And the winners are
Feb 09, 2013 by Victoria Kutilek
Once again, I want to thank all of you who have contributed to the Leukemia and Lyphoma Society on my behalf. The support I have received has been amazing and exceeded my expectations. Your donations will go to support the patients and their families who are struggling with this disease in addition to supporting translational research to develop more effective therapies. At the same time your kindness and support will keep me going as I persevere through the 26.2 miles of hills that make up the Boston marathon course.
A large number of my teammates are running in honor of someone close to them who has blood cancer. There are a few, including myself, who actually do not have any specific person they are running for, but are running just to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and help raise awareness. We refer to our small click as "the Preventors," the people who are being pro-active and fighting for a cure before someone in our life has to suffer. As I am not running for anyone specific, I offered opportunities for the two highest donors by Jan 31, 2013 to write a phrase or inspiration on the front and back of my race bib, respectively.
Two donors made extremely generous donations by Jan 31, 2013 and will be given the opportunity to write a dedication or inspiration on my race bib that I will wear on April 15th, 2013 as I run from Hopkinton MA through the hills of Newton to the finish line on Boylston St in Boston.
And now for the top two donors for whom I will bare their words of inspiration..............
1) Joshua Ghaim
2) The Austin BioBitches ( Greg Pitzer, Maria Svinth, Kara Bortone, Amanda Gregory, and Jamie Caras)
And in third place and runner up should one of the top two choose not to participate
3) Mark Kutilek and Family (Amy, Rosie, Caden and Maggie)
Thanks to all of you for making such a special effort to help me make my fundraising goal!
Step 1 -Fundraising Minimum Accomplished. What is the next step?
Feb 01, 2013 by Victoria Kutilek
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I am truly touched and honored by all of you who have reached out in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on my behalf. In the 2 months that I have been a member of Team in Training we raised over $4000! That is truly amazing!
I never imagined Team in Training would be so rewarding. Not only am I training with a super fun group of people to run in the world famous Boston Marathon, but fundraising has given me the opportunity to reconnect with so many friends near and far. Most importantly, it has given me a greater perspective of cancer and how it effects the patients who are inflicted with this disease. Every Saturday morning before we go out on our long run, one team member gives a mission statement discussing the patient for whom they are running. Hearing these different stories, reminds me how difficult and scary the battle against cancer is both for the patients and their families, but that new therapies are more effective increasing the overall survival rate.
With that in mind, my next fundraising goal is to raise a total $6500 which is the cost for a monthly supply of imatinib (Gleevec). Imatinib is a targeted therapy, inhibiting an enzyme only found in cancer cells, resulting in only the killing of cancer cells. This drug is a major breakthrough in the world of cancer therapeutics, with chronic myeloid leukemia patients on imatinib showing similar mortality rates to the general public. Imatinib is an inspiration for me as a scientist, and I strive to develop another drug of such a nature.
Therefore, my goal is to raise $6500 so that leukemia patients can benefit from this breakthrough drug which can literally change their lives.
Please consider helping me help those suffering from leukemia and donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on my behalf.
Victoria Kutilek's Fundraising Page
Jan 13, 2013
Welcome to my Team In Training home page. Team in Training is an endurance sport training program that has been raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since 1988 to support blood cancer research, education and patient services.
I have always been passionate both about my science and my sports. In my work as a biologist, I have spent countless hours at the lab bench with my colleagues in the effort to develop new drugs against various cancers, including leukemias and lymphomas. Running has always been my escape from the lab, providing me a physical and social outlet that rejuvenates my spirit.
Now I am combining my two passions (science and running) to provide researchers, the medical community and patients with additional financial support needed to find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish this mission, I’m embracing Boston as my new home and participating in the world famous 2013 Boston Marathon as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team in Training. Like the other members of TNT, I will be raising funds to help find cures and better treatments for
I’m improving the quality of my life by participating and with your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families as well.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures. ***** If your company has a program for matching charity donations, please let me know and I can provide you the information needed to ensure the matching funds are also credited to my fund efforts*******
And as a special incentive to encourage everyone to dig deep into their pockets (and inspired by NASCAR), the top two donors, who have donated by January 31, 2013, will be offered the opportunity to write a message of their choosing on the running top I will wear during the marathon. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge someone special who might have been affected by a blood cancer (or any cancer) or to just acknowledge yourself as a generous donor to LLS.
Thanks for taking the time to consider donating to this cause on my behalf.