Mar 21, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
Saturday was 10 miles, ten miles, yes it was 10 miles! I had a blast, along with moments of, "what in the world, why am I still running? I could just walk now" But, I kept going. Because when you are going through chemo, you can't 'just stop', even for a quick break.
I ran too fast with one of my all time favorite coaches ever! Mrs. Cecelia who was an assistant coach the first season I ran with team came out to cheer us on & keep us going. I loved running with her, catching up on the last 12 months + of not hanging out & sharing how the Lord is working in each of our lives.
Cam & the kids did a water-stop for Team. It was the best, running towards water-stop #2, about 5 miles into the run & seeing my three blondies waiting for me. I'm so thankful that Cam is so supportive of my efforts in raising money & awareness for blood cancers. All the while I'm away on Saturday mornings (and soon, into the afternoons too).
Another even-split!!! In case you don't know, it means I ran the second 5 miles in the same time it took me to run the first 5 miles! I didn't slow down, or walk any more on the second half of my training then the first!! Not always an easy thing to do. I'm starting to enjoy pushing myself.
There's an update for you. If you've read this, please leave me a comment. I love the encouraging words you all give me!
Mar 17, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
Me & my Soul Sister...still lookin' pretty good after 8 miles, don't ya think? ;-)
Last Saturday was our 8 mile run. It went awesome! Nikki & I had an almost perfectly even split, so cool. Especially with the crazy hills we faced on our route back to home base.
Thank you for your continued prayers as we face 10 miles this Saturday!
Mar 06, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
Yesterday we had 7 miles to do. It went really well & Nikki and I did a good job sticking to the pace Coach Brian has set for us. I was spoiled by my Soul Sister after our run with a yummy Starbucks! I came home to some happy kiddos & my best friend.
It all sounds good, dont ya think?
It was, it really was. But, for some reason, as the day wore on, my 'old self' started to come over me again. Not fun. The moody, depressed, not-so-happy Jessica is just no fun. I ended up curled up onthe couch, in a ho hum kind of mood for the evening...bummer!
I wanted to blog about my run so bad, but couldn't muster a postive thought. The picture Nikki & I had taken together is too blury to post, so I felt at a loss to share anything.
Onto today. A beautiful day, relaxing with the family, enjoying making breakfast for all and getting laundry done. But, still a little ho hum. Until now...every week both our Campaign Manager (who is awesome, full of energy & always ready to help all of us with our fundraising and keep us encouraged to keep going) and Coach Brian (who is the best coach I could ask for; to keep me running, improve myself and say 'you look fresh' at the end of a 20 mile run. He's crazy-funny & cool.) send us an email or two.
So, here is the email I just opened up from Coach:
"Hi Team, what a wonderful training we had this week. The weather was great and you all had what looked like an awesome training. It was great to see all of you there and your smiling faces and great attitudes made my day. I am so proud of all of you. I have to remind you how special you are. So few people in the world are willing to make the effort to improve themselves or help other people. You are the best of the very best. Be proud of yourself and brag about what you are doing it is very special."
Thanks Coach, my ho hum mood is gone! I'm ready to ask ya'll to prayefully help support my effort to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
6 wet miles
Feb 26, 2011 by Jessica Stevens
It's was raining, it was pouring & my Cameron was still snoring.
I must of bumped my head, because I still got out of bed & RAN 6 MILES!
No, 6 miles isn't much but it was seriously like running in my shower. That's how much it was raining, non-stop the whole time. Sorry, I'm not complaining, I'm trying to get you to understand my dedication. My dedication to raising money for LLS. I'm lucky to get to do this, it's an honor, it's a privledge & I'm thankful I have my health to be able to do it!
At one point when the wind really started to pick up during my run, I set my mind on a reason for my dedication.
My reason - So another mom out there, can get her kids ready to go visit their grandpa today. It's a rainy Saturday & what fun to just hang out with Grandpa, drink hot cocoa, and play games.
Why would 'another mom' be a reason? Because I so wanna be that other mom. It hurts that my kids will not get to hang out with my Daddy (their Grandpa) and play games, something my Daddy & I did a lot of.
So, I run in the rain, I write this blog, I share my link, to raise money and awareness of Leukemia and all the other ugly blood cancers so many have to deal with!
Thanks for reading, thanks for leaving comments, thanks for words on encouragement on here and on facebook & thank you for prayerfully considering a donation.
I'm gonna go spend this rainy day with my family.
I'm so blessed to have them!
My Fundraising Page
Feb 11, 2011
Together we train to beat cancer.
Welcome to my (2nd!) Team In Training page.
I am so over-the-top super-duper crazy excited to be running with Team again!!!
And for my new friends that the Lord has blessed me with, below is just a few of the most important reasons I am doing this, again! (And will do again, in the future!)
So why, as a busy wife & mother of three beautiful blessings, am I training for another marathon? Let me share some of the paths our Father has taken me down...
Easter morning, March 1986. I'm only 11 years old but I have wisdom far greater then my young age. Today isn't going to be a "normal" Easter Sunday for my family. I reluctantly left my Daddy's hospital room to get dressed for the day. A few short minutes later my Aunt comes to find me and tells me that my Daddy has gone. Gone where? Down the hall, to work, on vacation? No, he's gone to heaven. I'm only 11 years old but I already know that this is not something I want any other child to have to deal with and I know that some day I will do something to help that!
Late January 2001. It's been 9 months since Marcel & I said; "I do" to spending the rest of our lives together. Here we sit, speaking with the Hospice coordinator, our Oncologist, and a nurse. Everything has been done to stop the tumor from growing, but now Marcel has a blood infection, there is simply nothing more any doctor can do. It's up to our Physician to heal Marcel according to His will. Not two weeks after setting up a hospital in our small home, Marcel is no longer in pain. Our Father has decided that Marcel has served the purpose he was put on this earth for. Praise the Lord; Marcel has been healed, but certainly not according to this world's hopes.
Why did I need to share this with you? Talking about the trials God has brought me through is therapeutic and healing. But I have realized that talking about it is just not enough for me. There is much more healing to take place. After many years of thoughts and several months of prayer, I know my Father helped me find another way to help heal me. That is why I am training with Team In Training and raising money to help find a cure for blood related cancers. Thank you for joining me in this journey I am taking. Every penny raised is a blessing to so many!
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.