Travel Log Day Not 1
Jan 12, 2013 by Paul Huffman
Travel Log Day Not 1: Yeah I bet you expected a day-by-day travel log of event weekend. Well so did I, but it has been crazy busy and hectic. So here is the run down. After the super boring long drive and a night of well rest, we arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the Walt Disney Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. For those of you unfamiliar with running events, this is where everyone picks up their race packet which has their race bib and other goodies in it.
Then after that, it was off to check out our home for the weekend Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Nice Place. After dropping stuff off at the room and relaxing a bit, it was off to Downtown Disney for dinner and the night’s entertainment. This entertainment consisted of live bands as well as my first ride in a lighter than air vehicle (I would say hot air balloon ride but it’s not a hot air balloon).
Then another well appreciated night’s sleep and we’re off again for a team meeting and 2 mile run at 8:00 am. Shower, then head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take on the yeti!!! Successfully summit Mt Everest on our expedition (you see because the ride is called Expedition Everest). Take Monorail to the Happiest Place On Earth. Enjoy The Kingdom, until back to the hotel at 5:30pm for the Inspirational dinner.
WOW!!! Team In Training raised $3.4 million dollars to beat cancer!! Go Team!! Got Inspired, slept fast (3 hours) and now up to go cheer on the half marathoners this morning, Stay Tuned for more.
Travel Log Day 1:
Jan 10, 2013 by Paul Huffman
Travel Log Day 1: The journey to the most magical place on earth has begun. It has been a pretty uneventful journey, so far. Lots of just sitting in the car, wishing to not be sitting in a car.
That being said, I want to thank everyone again for helping along the way and for donating to help fight cancer. It means a lot to me. Sadly though, last night I was informed that a friend of my Business Organizations professor just passed away from one of these terrible disease that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is fighting to eradicate. Therefore, I will be running the marathon in his friend’s memory. Stay tuned for travel and race updates, 3 days to the race as of the time of this posting.
Dec 31, 2012 by Paul Huffman
Well folks, I can’t believe we are this close. In less than two weeks, I will be in sunny warm Florida running my first marathon. It’s very scary because of the recent change in weather here in Ohio and the holidays have prevented me from keeping up with my training. So I feel a little unprepared. Regardless, I am getting really excited and antsy. As you can see from the side we have almost reached the fundraising goal. Therefore, there will be Tinker Bell attire on race day. So stay tuned for more updates and photos.
Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon
Nov 13, 2012 by Paul Huffman
Another race has come and gone. On October 21, 2012, I participated in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon’s half marathon. This being my second half marathon I now had a time that I was attempting to be. I accomplished that with a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 19 second, successfully cutting almost 30 minutes of my previous time.
However, the hard part is now upon us. The weather is getting colder, exams are quickly approaching, and the miles are starting to increase. This Marathon is starting to become more and more daunting every day, but the stories like the previous one I posted keep me inspired to keep trudging head.
In the weight loss news, I have now lost 75 pounds. It is pretty incredibly I must say, as I now weight less than I did in high school. I have also reached the weight I was hoping to be at by the time I ran the Disney World Marathon. Allegedly, I still have another 30 some pounds to lose, but I am not so sure about that.
TNT: Its about doing what people say is impossible and saving lives
Nov 10, 2012 by Paul Huffman
Double lung transplant survivor is gearing up to run the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon with TNT in honor of his donor, Jarred McKinley Carter.
Justin Legg thinks of Jarred McKinley Carter while training for Saturday night's Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. With every breath Legg takes, Carter's lungs fill him with oxygen, with hope, with life. Legg, who underwent a double lung transplant in July 2010 because of complications from leukemia, then turns his thoughts to Julie McCarthy, Carter's mother. Carter's sacrifice and McCarthy's decision to donate her son's organs after he was declared brain-dead at 19 gave Legg life when his future was bleak. "She sees some part of her son is still living,'' said Legg, from Virginia Beach, Va. "Her son saved my life, and I'm trying to do everything I can to enjoy life, give back to others.'' McCarthy, a Titusville resident, and Legg have communicated online for several months and will meet face to face for the first time Saturday morning. More than 14,000 runners are registered for the half marathon, and the race field is full. "The way I think about it is that Jarred never stopped breathing," McCarthy said. "There was always air in those lungs, so when I hug Justin, it'll be like hugging Jarred." Said Legg, 34: "From the day I was diagnosed, the first four, 41/2 years have been filled with a lot of lows. The highs have only come since after the lung transplant." Less than eight months after his transplant, Legg walked a half-marathon and climbed Mount McKinley. His goal is to run a marathon by age 40. In September, Legg partially walked and ran another half-marathon. Since then, he has raised more than $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All of his earnings go to a research project named after Carter. "I can't imagine life without [Legg] and what he's done," said McCarthy, who recently raised $1,000 for the LLS. "He hasn't just done this for Jarred. He's done this for everyone that's been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma. "It's given me a reason to go on. Now I have a purpose. We wanted to find a cure for any kind of blood cancer." Said Bob Schniedwind, Legg's coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training: "My very first impression was, 'Holy cow, this guy is amazing.' He immediately came across as a guy who has never taken no for an answer."
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