Oct 12, 2013 by Amber Tuyen Pham
It was our last practice together. It was bitter sweet. We have been at it together for the past 22 weeks. We have been through heat and cold as well as sweats and tears together. If all that doesn't bond us together I don't know what will. I have to say every season I have had awesome teammates and I am so glad that I have the opporturnity to meet them. I want to thank my son, Kyle, who got up at 4:15 am today to be at the water stop for us. I know it was tough on him since he usually doesn't get up until 10 am on the weekend. We appreciate your support.
I am excited that next Sunday is race day. We commit and are ready to conquer the hills of San Francisco to benefit those who are fighting blood cancers. We have done an incredible job of raising funds for the cause. The OCIE chapter has raised over $250,000 and still counting.
Mission moment of the day:
"During your pains and efforts and belabored breaths, remember the pains and belabored breaths of the dying who, at this very second, fight for every last second of life. Then suddenly, the real reason for the race gives you strength"
Training week 20
Sep 29, 2013 by Amber Tuyen Pham
Week 20 and we are running 20 miles today coincedence I think not... We started at 5 am. I could not sleep so I got up at 3:45 am and had my breakfast of jelly sandwich. It was too early in the morning for me to enjoy food. I felt really good the first 15 miles. It was a piece of cake, but the last 5 miles I just crashed. I had nothing left, my knees hurt, my legs hurt and I felt my left baby toe was in pain and I knew thata blister was in the work since it had happened to me before. However, I just kept going and finished my run. Miraculously, as soon as I finished I felt better and everything was fine after 2 tablets of Tylenol :-).
Mission moment of the day:
Our team in training member, Dr. Campo, was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2006. He was given Rituxin, which was funded by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for chemotherapy treatment for 2 years. He was in complete remission.
In 2011 Dr. Campo cycled 100 miles around Lake Tahoe raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a member of Team in Training. He and his team were successful in this endeavor to raise awareness and obtain funds for more effective treatments and ongoing research to stop blood cancers.
In late 2012, Dr. Campo became ill again and it was determined that he needed a bone marrow trasplant. Unfortunately, Dr. Campo did not make it he recently passed away.
I was so touched by his story. How he wanted to do his share in raising funds to find cure for blood cancers as well as raising awareness. Dr. Campo's life was saved during the time he was in remission he in turn had saved many of his patients' lives. When I hear of story like this it really gives me hope and know that we are doing a good thing in supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Fundraising event with Bello Cristo
Sep 10, 2013 by Amber Tuyen Pham
Our fundraising event was a huge success. We raised a grand total of ...drum roll please... $2217.00. It was beyond my expectation. Before the event I hoped that we would have a great turn out, but I did not know what to expect since it was my first time. It was a nice surprised.
I have been fundraising for the past three years and during that time I have had hundreds of people say "no" to me for donations and it does get discourage at times, but when a total strange offers to help it gives me a burst of energy to go on and continues with my journey of finding a cure for blood cancers. Rudy, the owner of Bello Cristo, was that stranger who offered to help me. He opened his salon on his day off and asked his stylists to donate their time to come in to work. He asked his friend to come to DJ the event to make it lively. He asked his relatives to donate foods and we had BBQ. We had face painting. We had a bone marrow drive. We had a vendor, who sold jewelry. It was a carnival-like atmosphere. The best part of all is that all proceeds went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Thank you to everyone, who came out to support the cause. Most of all a HUGE thank you to Rudy and his incredible staff, without you all this would not have been possible
Please go to my link and make a donation for a good cause. I am getting closer to my goal. HELP!!!!
Aug 13, 2013 by Amber Tuyen Pham
August 10, 2013
My alarm went off at 5 am and in my mind I thought it could not be 5 am already I barely went to sleep. I opened my eyes and sure enough it was 5 am. I quietly got up and got ready. I made my oatmeal and was eating it while I was driving to meet with my teammates.
The weather was perfect for running it was in the high 60s. We ran in Riverside today and scheduled to run 12 miles. Our route was very scenic. We ran along the canal and there were ducks we saw along the way. My friend, Marcie, and I got lost. We later found out that the arrow on the street to help us with direction was block by a car so we did not see the arrow and continued to straight instead of making a turn. We asked other runners and were told that we went the wrong way. We turned around and were laughing at ourselves after we were done. This is an improvement for me since this is the first time that I got lost for this season. Hopefully, the rest of the season will go a lot better.
There is still time to make your donation
Jul 18, 2013 by Amber Tuyen Pham
July 13, 2013
Our first double digit practice today (10 miles) and it was our first time in Riverside on Mary Street. The weather was not too bad since we started pretty early (6:30 am). Our route took us thru Kingdom St. and Overlook St. as you can tell by the name of the street. Overlook St. was on one of the stiffest hills in Riverside. The road to the top was difficult, however, when we got up there the views were incredible. I have run thru this route many times in the past years, but I have never taken the time to look around. I was glad that I did today. Training has been pretty good so far. I am so lucky that I have found again a good running partner, Marcie, who has been getting me thru the past few practices.