Jeff's Fundraising Page
Apr 17, 2009 by Jeffrey Patyk
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page.
I'm training to participate in an endurance event 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.
The Power of your Donation:
- $25 - Covers the cost of one prescription co-payment.
- $35 - Provides transportation expenses for a patient living in the DC metropolitan area to a comprehensive cancer center for treatment.
- $40 - Covers the cost of sending a comprehensive support and informational packet to the family of a child with cancer.
- $50 - Covers the cost of one CT scan.
- $75 - Covers the cost of one tissue typing test that is used to become a bone marrow donor.
- $100 - Helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures
- $150 - Provides for 5 patients to make a First Connection with a trained peer volunteer patient/survivor.
- $200 - Provides funding for a Family Support Group Program for one year where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members mediated by a trained facilitator.
- $500 - Provides a patient with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma financial aid to support medical treatment and travel to medical appointments for one year.
I hope you will visit my web site often. I'll be updating my blog regularly with my progress. Thanks for your support!
July 4: The season has started extremely fast. It has been great meeting new people and catching up with everyone from last season. There is a definite difference between running in the spring and summer. Having sunscreen is important so is having a visor (or something to keep the sweat out of your eyes). If you are running near a lot of trees, flowers, and plants, allergy medicine can also be helpful.
July 5: Running and swimming on the same day equals sore knees. Hopefully I will not repeat this mistake again.
July 16: We did eight miles this past weekend. Our start time for weekend runs has been moved to 7 am to beat the heat. My current run/walk ratio is five minutes running and one minute walking. I am trying to increase it to ten minutes running and one minute walking. I was able to do that successful this past Saturday. I need to keep it up during my weekday runs. I have got a half marathon coming up on August 2 in Chicago which I am a little nervous about.
July 20: We ran 10 miles last Saturday. It went well. There were lots of trees, flowers, and plants along the path. Fortunately, I remembered my allergy medicine. The swimming lessons seem to be really helping my endurance. I was able to maintain my ten-minute run / one-minute walk ratio throughout the run, which made me feel good. When I am running on the treadmill during the week maintaining this ratio is more difficult. Overall, I feel better about my endurance and the half marathon coming up in a couple weeks.
August 6: Last week was extremely busy. The wine tasting fundraiser was extremely successful. The half-marathon I ran in Chicago went well and was a nice boost to my training. I was four minutes faster then I was during the half marathon in the spring. I am looking forward to the eight mile run on Capitol Hill on Saturday.
August 11: Saturday was my first real long run since the half marathon last Sunday. It was eight miles on Capitol Hill. I was a little slower than my usual pace (about a 10-minute mile) but my breakfast was not sitting to well in my stomach. I learned a valuable lesson. Before running in the morning stick with oatmeal and stay away from the cold cereal.
August 19: Saturday was my most difficult run this season. We ran 14 miles in Arlington. It is only 0.9 of a mile longer than a half marathon but it seemed much longer. My biggest mistake was not pacing myself. I was struggling to get to the end of the trail. Trying to make it back to the starting point was even more difficult. I went through my water belt too fast, which was a problem because of the heat. In hindsight though I figure there will always be days like this. Not all of the long run will be enjoyable.
August 24: We did 10 mile on Saturday. It was much better then last week. I was not a fast as I wanted to be but I paced myself and had a very strong finish. It was a little bit cooler which was nice. Pierce Mill is one of my favorite places to run. It is very scenic and it does not bother my allergies. I need to push myself more during my weekday runs.
September 7: Did 16 miles last weekend and 10 miles this weekend. I am still struggling to find a good pace and maintain my endurance. Things seem to be more difficult then they were during the spring.
September 22: The 18 miler last week went really well. I was running with a friend the entire time, which made things go much faster. This weekend I did 12 miles with my new pair of shoes. Amazing how much they helped. This Saturday we are back in Reston VA for 20-mile run. Things are rather hectic since Iâ€™m moving right now but I will keep everyone posted.
October 5: I ran 20 miles on Saturday and it was amazing. The weather was great and I was able to run with the same people for the vast majority of the time which was really nice. I felt really good because we ran in Arlington on the same trail where I had the really bad run on August 19. I continue to be inspired by my teammates and coaches.