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Oct 01, 2014
TEAM UPDATE: October 1
We did it!
After months of training and fundraising, our team successfully completed the Lake Tahoe Marathon & Half Marathon. I am so proud of my team members, two of whom were running their first half marathon ever! I am also so very appreciative of all the friends, family, and community members who supported the cause, be it through monetary donations, attendance at our events (shoutout to the Incline Farmers Market and Hacienda de la Sierra), or kind words of support and encouragement.
This was my first time training for a full marathon without a running buddy, (While we were all participating in the Team in Training program, there is no chapter in our immediate area so we trained remotely with access to online coaches and training plans, and I was the only one of our group completing the full marathon) and I have to say that all of the support and donations were supremely motivating as I tackled 18, 20 and 22-mile runs by myself. It certainly kept me going because I knew this race was about so much more than just me – and what a race it was!
The full marathon event started in Tahoe City (north shore) at Commons Beach at 7am, just as the sun was rising.
Warren and I at the start
I had had my Clif bar, half a banana and a few sips of coffee and I was ready to go! The first few miles were relaxing and beautiful as we made our way down a bike path alongside the water. The first 11 miles of the course are quite flat for Tahoe standards and I found them to be painless and enjoyable.
I was actually shocked when I saw the sign that said “15 miles to go”, but I knew better than to assume it would be smooth sailing ahead. I had done the half marathon last year, which is simply the second half of the course, and I remembered some major hills. Still, I was secretly hoping that the flat-land Floridian I was one year ago was exaggerating the magnitude of these hills and that this altitude-adjusted mountain girl of 2014 would have no problem. Nope - still hard.
However, in true Tahoe fashion, some of the most challenging sections of the course are also the most breathtakingly beautiful. Mile 12 was the site of the first hill, coming up over Meeks bay, but that was alleviated by the fact that at mile 13.5 you meet up with all the half marathoners just beginning their race, and can hopefully feed off of their energy. Then the course hits you when it hurts.
My joints were beginning to ache and I found myself taking mini lunging breaks to try and loosen up. The next “hill” was a significant climb from miles 15-17. A series of seemingly endless turns with regular signs reminding you that you are climbing the “hill from hell” and you still have hundreds of vertical feet left to conquer. However, the reward is running alongside the majestic Emerald Bay.
Britt with the bay in the background - it's even better in real life
Becs pumping up one of the major hills
There is something extremely humbling about running on a narrow road with the immense sierra mountains to your right, and a plunging drop to your left descending into the sparkling blue-green waters of the bay. You look up ahead and see another steep incline, but all the runners look like tiny ants in this grand landscape. It’s an experience unlike anything you might feel while driving in a car, and once again I am inspired by the power of running - the clarity and self-awareness it brings. I try to maintain that mindset, ignore the screaming pain in my right IT band, and keep on truckin’ up that next hill.
Finally some downhill relief comes at mile 20. Yet, this is the point in the race where it would be least appreciated. We’ve been running for 3-4 hours, fatigue and joint pain have kicked in full-force, and a steep downhill with consecutive switcbacks is less than appealing. Well played, Tahoe. Still, I was in that interesting place in long distance running where everything hurts but I’m also numb to whatever you throw my way, so down I went.
The last 6 miles are pretty uneventful and feel quite long. The dramatic scenery is behind us and the last hour is spent running along a narrow path through various campgrounds.
Sabrina kicking it into gear for the last few miles.
My iPod was my friend here. I basically tuned into my music, sank into my rhythm, and cruised onward to the finish line. (I say “cruised” here, but it was likely more akin to a sad hobble).
The finish area at Pope Beach in South Lake is great. I was a beautiful day, probably 82 degrees and sunny by the time I finished. Once the entire team had crossed the line, I spent a significant amount of time standing in the icy water to cool off. I didn’t feel like I had over-exerted myself from a cardio standpoint, and my post-race appetite was good! I enjoyed pita and falafel on the beach with a variety of beverages, including: water, electrolyte drinks, iced coffee, and even a few sips of beer (in true Kelly fashion).
Our whole team post-race!
Warren and I post-race
The day was perfect, culminating in a Victory Dinner that evening with the rest of the Greater Sacramento chapter of the LLS. Our team raised a total of $13,206.13 and our chapter raised close to $75,000! I was recognized as the individual who fundraised the most, with a total of $5,927.45, about 2.5x the amount asked of participants by the LLS. All of the success we achieved is thanks to all of YOU who supported myself and this team along the way. I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this great experience, but know that my gratitude is sincere.
THANK YOU and GO TEAM!!!
TEAM UPDATE: August 14th
Tonight, Team Warren took our fundraising to the Incline Village Farmer's Market where we sold a variety of homemade treats including: PIES, cupcakes, cookies, oatmeal bars, pecan cups, chocolate covered strawberries, kale chips, and more! (I did not mention the fact that I am a dietitian to anyone at this event).
It was a great success and we were able to raise $726 in the 3 hours we were there!! While we are so pleased with the outcome, we still have much more fundrasising to do! If you haven't already, consider a donation to our team to help fund blood cancer research and work towards a cure!!
Here are a few pics from our event:
Sabrina & Warren setting up our awesome table!
Team Warren runners!
Team with our honoree!
Thanks everyone and check back soon for more updates!!
June 25, 2014
WELCOME TO TEAM WARREN'S HOMEPAGE
Across the US Team in Training participants are training together to prepare for various endurance events that will support cures and access to treatments for blood cancer patients! Our team is training for the Lake Tahoe Marathon & Half Marathon on September 14th, 2014. We are running in honor of Warren Kendall, a 26-year-old Incline Villlage resident who has been battling Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia for almost 6 years.
We are raising funds to continue The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's funding for the development and research of blood cancer therapies that have saved and continue to save thousands of lives. This LLS has funded major breakthroughs, such as the development of oral therapy drugs that allow patients to maintain a quality of life previously unseen, including Warren.
Please consider a donation to our team and visit our individual fundraising pages to obtain more personal accounts of why we are all participating, and help us all get closer to a world without blood cancers!