Mar 22, 2011 by Joseph Weadick
Well things are going good on the training front. After the Shamrock 15k, we had our Saturday run last weekend of 12 miles. Luckily the bluebird morning gave me good spirits and the run went really well. I had to stop in to a local run shop to get some glide cause my nipples were bleeding at 8 miles, but other than that my body felt great, my pace was good, and overall I wasn't phased. Which is a awesome feeling since a year ago I couldn't run a block without wanting to puke in my neighbors lawn. I appreciate everyones support and praying my body holds up for at least 6 more weeks
Mar 14, 2011 by Joseph Weadick
(Steve, Ina, me, Skye)
2011 Shamrock Run!!!
Well this was probably my best event yet. I felt a bit sore in the beginning and after but during the run I felt pretty good. Skye and I made record time with a pace of a 10:30 mile. I thanked TNT for the on-going training and seeing a few familiar TEAM members out on the course too. Was a wet day but not as bad as Portland Marathon last Oct.
Eugene 1/2 Marathon MAY 1 2011
Feb 28, 2011
WELL I GUESS WE JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF EACH OTHER!!!
(Portland Marathon Before and Afters 10.10.10)
Skye and I are BACK on the TEAM (TEAM & TRAINING) once again to help promote health not just for ourselves but others who need it even more so. We appreciate your continuous support and thanks for taking the first step and checking out this site.
Let’s play a little catch up first. I completed my first season of Team in Training this last October when I finished my first Marathon in Portland on 10.10.10. See picture above (yeah my eyes are closed and I could barely stand up but) what a feeling. I finished in 5 hours and 15mins which was about 45 mins past what my head thought going into it. But I finished and was lucky to have a tremendous experience even though it was a brutal experience all the same.
It rained so much in Portland on 10.10.10 that my feet were soaked by the time I hit the start line, they were prunes by mile 10 and you didn’t want to see it when my shoe came off. My joints were in pain from mile 16 to the finish line and I walked, jogged, crawled and fought my way across the finish. I was even called a ROBOT by my coach afterwards because I couldn’t bend my legs when I walked.
There were two things on my mind that day, one helped me finish and the other has me coming back for more. The thing that kept me going through that wet, painful, long day was my commitment to run for people who supported me and cancer patirents who couldn’t run themselves. I had the names of every contributor on my back and an 11year old honored teammate named Calib who had leukemia. The other thing on my mind that day was….MAN I SHOULD OF TRAINED HARDER. I am considered a MARATHONER but there is a still a lot of things I need to do to get better.
On the personal level, I need to lose more weight, become stronger both physically and mentally and become more focused on my health. I am facing in a direction right now that is exciting and challenging at the same time. I am a runner now…or at least I try to be. Last spring I could barely run to the end of my block with out wanting to throw up on my neighbors lawn. This year I am looking to complete multiple events including a couple of half marathons and probably another full in the Fall. I hope to PR in each of those. Last year right before I decided to train for the Portland Full I stepped on the scale and my eyes and heart nearly dropped on the floor, 260LBS…the heaviest I had ever been, I weighed in this morning at 223Lbs. My eyes are set on sub 200. One of the main reasons for this change in lifestyle and momentum for better well being was Team in Training and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
(The TEAM Portland Full 10.10.10)
Team in Training puts together a training schedule and makes sure you reach your goals for becoming a endurance athlete, They put together multiple weekly running programs and I in turn raise money to find a cure for blood diseases.
With Skye's recent detections of melnoma, our focus on health has become the forfront. We looked for answers as to why cancer was present, and hundreds of other questions popping in our heads but you don't know where to turn and you start to realize the answers are not always there. You look for resources and ways to educate yourself, looking for someone to tell you what to do, but even the doctors don't always know. You feel very lost.
Luckily for us, Skye was able to have surgery and remove the melnoma from the skin, though there is still physical rehabbing, early detection eliminated the need for chemotherpy or thousands of dollars in medical expenses. But we realized that we as a country are not even close to where we need to be on finding a cure. What we need is research and resources to educate the public and the medical world on how to eliminate cancer. LLS provides a lot of resources to the public and the medical research teams when it comes to Blood Cancers.
I recently met a little girl named KATE who just turned 5 yrs. old this January. She was diagnosised with Accute Lymphocitic Leukemia on Oct. 18th, 2008. She is currently in remission and undergoing treatment. Her and her family have used LLS over the last couple years to help with medical bills and continious support through this entire ordeal. She completed chemo on Feb 10th, 2011! It is good to know you have someone to turn to for support.
I turn to my family and friends and TNT to help keep up my quest for optimum health. Your overwhelming support is the reason I decided to keep up the momentum. Thoughtful people like you who contribute (even as little as $5) to these efforts help strengthen research, provide education and support to the patients and their families of those suffering from blood cancers.
Skye and I are on a life's journey for optimum health not only for ourselves but a global cause too. In turn we feel we can all relish and focus on a healthier lifestyle. We appreciate all your love and support.
Thanks and as the "Purple People" like to say………..GO TEAM!!!
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