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Final Entry - Marathon Day
Nov 29, 2010

We did it!


First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who supported me and this event. Without you, this would not have been possible.


Fundraising

Last night, there was an "Inspirational Dinner" that Amy and I attended. It was a night of inspirational stories, rememberance of survival, and those who lost the battle to cancer. This really was a reminder of what's really important in life.


One particular story who touched us all was from Randy. He's been fighting acute myeloid leukemia (AML) for 10+ years. He's been through tough treatments, numerous side-effects, blood transplants, and insurmountable medical costs, but still continues to fight as a survivor. What's even more amazing is that he'll be participating in a Team in Training event next year at Disney World...WOW!!! Way to go Randy!!!


10 years ago, survival rate for AML was 15% for 5 years. Today, it still remains as 15% for 5 years. That shows that we still have much work to do.


As a survivor of non-hodgkins lymphoma, I related to many of the stories shared last night. I drew upon these stories for inspiration during the marathon run.


Ready for a nice surprise? By raising $3,440, we were the #2 Team in Training fundraiser for Seattle Marathon in Washington and Alaska! Yes, in ALL of Washington and Alaska!!! Thank you to all who contributed! This will all go to a great cause!


Marathon (26.2 miles)

The longest I've run prior the big event was 18 miles.


This was by far the most physically demanding, difficult task I've ever attempted.


  • • Start of the Race: What a rush! I've never seen so many people running together through city streets that's been shut down. It was truly awesome.
  • • Mile 1 - 13: No problem. Been there, done that.
  • • Mile 13 - 19: It was tough, but still felt strong.
  • • Miles 19 - 22: Then it started...the hills. OMG, I thought I was going to pass out. Luckily, I was running with a fellow Team in Training partner who was very strong with hills. He kept me going. *Whew* got through it.
  • • Miles 22 - 24: This was when I hit the infamous "wall". My body (thighs, arms, ankels, feet) screamed for me to stop, but with encouragements from Team in Training coaches, mentors, running partner, and stories from last night's Inspiration Dinner, my legs kept moving.
  • • Miles 24 - 26: By this time, I was able to get my pace back, and saw the end in sight.
  • • Mile 26 - 26.2: It was the most amazing experience! As we were running into the large stadium, it was an emotional finish filled with high-fives, cheering from the crowd, and familiar faces waiting at the finish line.

Marathon Results

Please remember, this was my very 1st marathon. Considering that, I'm actually very proud of myself.


I finished 1,477th. Yes, 1,477 of 2,301 finishers. Not that impressive, but my goal was to just finish. I would've even been happy finishing last.


As for my time, it was 4h:33m:39s. My "wish time" was 5 hours, so I was very, very, very excited. My splits were pretty even as well. Split 1 = 2:16:49; Split 2 = 2:18:51.


Final Thoughts

I know it cliche to say, "If I can do it, so can you!" But it's really true.


Prior to this marathon, my last "long run" was 3 miles more than a decade ago. Think about that...I went from 3 miles to 26.2 miles in 16 weeks, and shed 25 lbs. You can do it too!


Lastly, and more importantly, you've been part of a fundraising event that benefits those who's been impacted by a tragic disease.


For that, I want to thank you for your support, and taking this journey with me. THANK YOU!!!



I Will Still Keep On Running,

Kenny


P.S., I want to thank my beautiful wife for putting up with:

  • Listening to my "longest run ever" stories...every week.
  • TMI information about where I need to apply Body Glyde (to prevent chaffing).
  • Giving me leg massages when I need it.
  • Showering me with endless encouraging words, and pushing me, even on days when I didn't want to run.
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Weeks 9 through 14
Nov 14, 2010

First of all, I apologize that I didn't post an update for so long. I've been receiving calls, emails, etc, from people wondering if I fell apart and too ashamed to admit it through a blog post.


Sorry to disappoint, but I'm still going strong. I've just been really busy with traveling for work, moving, and settling into a new condo.


There has been many changes in the past couple of months, so I'm trying to get into the groove. So here are some updates in my life...


New Condo (City-view from our place below) We love it. We love the location, the city-view, and did I say location? Come visit. Just call first...I might be busy. :)


I look like a monk. Please thank my mother's side of the family for lack of protein fibers on the scalp. I just shaved it off...who needs 'em? *sob, sob* ,-_-,


Now, back to your original programming...Marathon Training Update.


Here is the past schedule of the long runs (Saturdays) from weeks 9 through 14. Week 14 run was just today. It was difficult, but I got through them all!


In addition to the long runs below, I also run about 14-16 miles spread throughout the week.


Week 9 = 14 miles

Week 10 = 12 miles

Week 11 = 16 miles

Week 12 = 11 miles

Week 13 = 18 miles (Ran 3 hrs @ 10 min pace...will be the longest run before the big day)

Week 14 = 10 miles (my watch logged 10.36 miles...need to squeeze out every step)


To be quite honest, I didn't think I'd ever be able to run this much. But remember my last post? I said I'm going to be playing "air guitar"? After each run, I really do feel strong and awesome...like a rock star!!!


The big day is now only 2 weeks away (Nov. 28th). I still have my doubts and fears. What if I hit a wall I can't break through? What if I get injured? My longest run was 18 miles...can I really run another 8 miles (plus change) to finish? What if I can't control my bowels and need to take a 45 min bathroom break? (TMI?)


One thing I learned is to look back at the smaller milestones I've accomplished. My first 6 mile run...I thought I was going to collapse, but got through it. My first 10 miles...another huge challenge, but a 10 mile run seems easy now (relatively). Then the big 18 miler. It was the biggest physical challenge of my life so far, but I got throught it.


These small wins/milestones during my training gives me the encouragement and confidence that I can leverage during the Seattle marathon.


Keep on running,

Kenny

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Marathon Week 7 & 8
Oct 06, 2010

Have you ever hit a wall in your life? And, you don't know exactly happened?


One day, you're hitting your stride, feeling like a stud or babe (maybe both), but the next moment, you're feeling like crap?


No, I'm not emotionally depressed...this feeling just applies to my marathon training.


You know who I felf like?


Have you ever seen an elderly grandpa w/ snow white hair, in his 70s - 80s, with mirrored metal navigator sunglasses, in a white t-shirt and short-shorts, jogging with his elbows tucked next to him, and his hands moving side to side looking like he's playing the piano? And as he's "jogging", people are leisurely walking past him. I was that rockin' grandpa this past week.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not AT ALL saying that the grandpa is depressing and sad (I actually draw inspiration from him), but I'm just trying to convey that's how slow I felt this week. OK?...geez. I had to over explain myself....NEXT!


Yet, during this past Saturday's long run, I had the longest run so far (12.75 miles). But boy...it's getting tougher. Both physically and mentally.


Motivations


I originally had to devise few tricks in order to get my body moving. However, there were true motivations that came along the way this past week.


1) Get Starbucks for my wife. I ran to SBUX with a canteen to get her an "Iced Grande Non-Fat No-Whip Mocha** " that was 2.5 miles away one-way. 5 miles round trip. Since that SBUX seating location was closed for remodeling, I had to go through the drive-through window....no joke. They almost didn't serve me.

** It took me 5 years to get that drink right...I still struggle sometimes.


2) Return Blockbuster videos. Run with DVDs in my hands, then stink up the store with my sweaty body b/c I wanted to browse through the new releases. I won't be doing this in the future for the sake of others.


3) Wifey surprised me with a new runner's watch. To just say "a watch" is a major understatement. It does GPS, elevation, heart-rate monitor, teleportation, and bending of time-space. I love it, thank you babe.


4) Lastly, but not least...we crossed the $3000 threshold for fundraising! That's 150% of goal! Thank you everyone for your generosity and contribution to this great cause. WHOO-HOO!


Motivation #3, and #4 got my butt moving, and I managed to run almost 13 miles this past weekend!


This week, I'm going to be playing air-guitar while running, not the piano.


Keep on running,

Kenny



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Marathon Week 6
Sep 21, 2010

It was definitely an interesting week! I ran in 4 difference cities in 1 week.


Downtown LA - Kid Sister: It has been about 15 years since my lil' sister and I went on a run together. Last time we ran, I made her cry by pushing her too hard...I was such a bully. I can't believe how quickly time flies.


It was a night run mixed with 20 minutes of running on the treadmill, and another 30 minutes running a big figure 8 around Staples Center, and Nokia Theatre LA Live.


Westlake Village - 1:30am & a Pine Cone: Early evening, I felt so tired that went to bed at 8:30pm without a run. But, by 1:30am in the morning, my eyes were wide open, and I couldn't go back to sleep. "What the heck? Why not? Let's go for a run!"


Through the dimly lit streets of Westlake Village, my emotions vacillated between a calm sense of peace, and a very sensible fear of the boogie man chasing me and gnawing on my ankles.


After running for almost 4 miles, I wanted to finish strong, and decided to run for another 10 minutes and ran pass the hotel. After the extra run, as I was making a 360 pivot with my right foot to head back, I step on a freakin' pine cone and my ankle rolled with 3 quick successive snap, crackle, and pop. It wasn't even the cute kind, where you use it for decorations (some people, not me)...it was the tight, unopened, disgusting maggot cocoon shaped piece of lard.


I will admit...I did shed a tear or two as I painfully clutched my ankle...sitting on a bus stop bench waiting for the boogey man to get me.


After few mins of feeling sorry for myself, I sucked it up, tied my shoelaces tighter, then proceeded to hobble back to the hotel.


Vancouver, Canada - Lonely Treadmill: I decided to take Amy on an overnight weekend trip to Vancouver, which is a few hours drive from Seattle. Since we left early in the morning, I missed the group long run, but I was determined to get my long run. There was 1 old treadmill available at the hotel in Vancouver. I ran for almost 1:30 mins. It was uneventful...but I was still hating on the pine cone for my sore ankle.


Seattle - Back at home: There is no place like home, what else can I say? I ran lightly to give my sore ankle some time to recover. Oh, and guess what? I didn't see any pine cones in the city streets of Seattle. I love it here.


Lessons of the week

1) When you are down, take a deep breath, and just pick yourself up and go. Otherwise, the boogie man will get you.

2) Pine cones are runners' enemy #1.


Keep on running,

Kenny

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Marathon Week 5
Sep 13, 2010

Fundraising = 141% of goal ($2,810).

I'm very grateful...sincere thanks to everyone!!!


Training = 10 miles!

I broke the 10 mile barrier during my Saturday long run! I was pretty proud of myself, but my shins/calves weren't so thrilled. Moreover, Amy and I went furniture shopping afterwards, and that set my legs on fire.


I know thirty-somethings say this all the time, but I'm really beginning to feel my body's age.


El Creepo: During my 10 mile run, I tried to push myself and keep pace with two younger ladies (college age?). While I was huffing and puffing trying to keep up (my GPS showed 9:00 mile pace), they were just having a normal conversation..."Do you know, like, what he said?....OMG...did he really?....totally!".


After a mile or so, they realized that el creepo (me) was right behind them. El creepo flight instinct kicked in and they just took off...all without missing a beat in their conversation. I never saw them again.


Mind Games: After a while, I had to start playing mind tricks to keep myself going. "Just run to the corner that is coming up, then I'll rest for a few and walk." After I barely manage to run to the corner, then I'll look to the next big landmark/building, and tell myself..."sike, just few more minutes to the next marker!" I had to keep repeating this process in order to keep myself going. After a while, you start having mind fights with yourself...."You're a liar! No, I'm not...I'm just trying to push you! I hate you!"


No Pain, No Gain: I took a 5 min walking breather with my coach who was gracious enough to give me a crash course on eating while running (calories/frequency/hydration), as well as bathroom tips. Of course, I paid for it afterwards by running at a faster pace (8:30-ish) than my norm. I wanted to cry.


Next day, Amy gave me a leg massage as I was screaming like a little girl. It hurt a lot then, but my legs felt much better the next day. Thanks Amy!


At the end of the 10 mile run, my BuddyRunner rewarded me with 10'16" min/mi pace. Better than I've ever ran before....even with the 5 min walking break!


So, what did I do to celebrate? The next day, I ate a crap load of Dim Sum for lunch, and stuffed my face with asian buffet w/ dessert...that's right...cream puff balls, mini square cakes and almond cookies! Don't hate...celebrate.


Keep on running,

Kenny

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Marathon Week 4 - Hill Training Begins
Sep 08, 2010

This week, I came to a rude realization that our past 3 weeks was foundational training.


As week 4 began, we're rewarded with running up hills. To my fortune, I have plenty of hills to choose from in downtown Seattle.


Week 4 was also the week where I bought/used my running gear. Check it out.


Dry-fit t-shirt and shorts


Brooks running shoes - I had my feet and running gait analyzed by a pro, and they recommended that I get the widest shoes that they had available. Yes, I have fat feet.


Fuel Belt (batman water belt) - 4 water bottles at my disposal during my long runs. I knocked back 3 bottles during my 8.5 mile long run past Saturday.


Nike Dry-fit socks - this keeps my feet dry and happy


iPod & Nike+ - keeps my mind motivated with music/podcasts while tracking my time and distance.


BodyGlyde - this was new for me. I didn't realize that your skin starts to chaff after repeated rubbing on clothes and each other. My problem areas? Manboobs and thighs. Body Glyde keeps your skin nice and smooth. TMI? Maybe...but just wanted to give heads up to other new runners.


BuddyRunner - tried it for the 1st time during my long run (8.5 mile-ish). It's an app running my my Droid phone. Tracks elevation, distance, pace, and geo-location (GPS). Pretty awesome. http://www.buddyrunner.com/kennyklee


Besides from the routine training and fundraising, I was reminded during our Saturday group run, that all of us are somehow impacted by cancer. A fellow runner shared a story - she was running with LLS Team in Training for a friend who has survived cancer, but she found out last week that it came back. There were tears, and left all of us motivated. I gave the sock puppet monkey (named TIM) to her for motivation/inspiration.


Keep on running,

Kenny

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Marathon 3rd Week
Aug 31, 2010

Last week, my entry started out with "AWESOME!" - but this week was even better! If my weeks keep getting better and better, I'm gonna run out of adjectives.


As of today, I raised 124% of my personal goal. That's right, a one-twenty-fo'! Total of $2,485...all by week 3 of 16. Big shoutout to everyone who made a donation!


Now, the only thing left is the training, and the big day.


Kevin, one of my mentors, asked me to share my story during this past week's group run. I kept it short and sweet, but it was oddly refreshing to talk about it in front of a group.


As a reward, I get to keep the monkey pictured below for a week (sorry, forget the name) for inspiration! Every week, we switch the caretakers, so it gets lotta love and adventure. But to be honest, is it me or does this monkey look suffocated? If I knew how to tailor, I would give it a makeover. Lovely monkey, it really is.


As for the training, it went just as planned, but there was 1 big bonus this Sunday. Amy decided to come on a 6 mile walk/jog with me. Mind you, she's never walked that far in her life, minus the super/outlet malls when she's shopping. Eventually, we decided to take a cab after mile 4, but that was long enough. I was pooped as well.


Today (Monday) was my rest day, and I can honestly say, I'm looking forward to running tomorrow. Week 4...here we go!


Keep on running,

Kenny


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Marathon 2nd Week Fundraising/Training
Aug 23, 2010

AMAZING...


Past week was only week 2 of 16 for fundraising/training, and we already raised 84% of the target goal! Shoutout to everyone who contributed...BIG thank you!!!


My training went almost as well as the fundraising.


During my 1st week, my average treadmill setting was at 4.0 - 4.5 mph. As of yesterday, I was going strong and steady at 5.5 - 6.0 mph, and 7.0 for the last 3 minute finish. I was impressed.


On Saturday, I ran 7.5 miles around Lake Union (see map below), and I was impressed that I was able to do it. I felt good while running, but I did pay for it with aches/pains the day after. Later that night after the long run, Amy and I went to a sold-out Lady GaGa concert, which was quite an experience....to say the least.


In summary for week 2....I ran total of 20 miles....felt good (relatively).


Keep on running,

Kenny





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Marathon 1st Week Training
Aug 16, 2010

What a week!


First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has sent encouraging words and donations. I cannot believe we already raise $750 in the 1st week!!!


During brutal 1st week of training, what kept me going was the support that I received. Without it, I'm not sure if I would've pulled through. I can't back out now!


Below is my first week training schedule...more than I ever ran in my life.


Monday: REST

Tuesday: 45 mins

Wednesday: 30 mins

Thursday: 30 mins

Friday: REST

Saturday: 70 mins

Sunday: 40 mins


That's a total of 215 min of running for this week. I would guess I'm running about 12 min miles on average, which would mean that I ran about 18 miles this week. That is 18 more than I would've ran this entire year!


Also, this past weekend, I went shopping for running gear (shoes, clothes, Nike+) with alot of help from Amy and John. With Nike+, I'll know how fast I'm running using that with my iPod.


I ran my long run (70 min) alongside Alki beach, with the Seattle LLS team. There were about 30+ people, and I got to know few of the mentors and coaches. Amazing & friendly people.


During our weekday group run this week, we'll be running in the honor of 18 year old Ashley Avins who has recently passed. Here is an article that was written about Ashley back in April.

http://www.seattlepi.com/moore/415047_moore05.html?source=mypi


Again, thank you all for your support on behalf of family and friends of LLS.


Kenny





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My Story
Aug 09, 2010

So, how did this all happen?


It all began about 6 years ago, when I was engaged to Amy (now my beautiful wife), when I noticed a small bump on the right side of my face near my ear.


First thought...a pimple? That theory was only good for a month as it began to grow bigger.


Maybe a cyst then? That theory also went on for months, even after our wedding.


Eventually, with many proddings (unstoppable) from Amy, I finally made it to the doctor.


"Let's take a small sample", he said. "We'll call you back in about a week."


Sure enough, a week later, we received the news. Hearts sank, questions unanswered, emotions flared. It's called non-hodgkin's lymphoma...cancer.


Fast forward 6 years. I'm alive, healthy, and enjoying life.


Now, I just want to do something to recognize the people, medicine, and organizations that supported me and others with lymphoma.


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Racing to Save Lives


I'm training to participate in a marathon event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training.


I'll be running at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on November, 28, 2010.


All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!


Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.


I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!

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Supporter Comments

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    "Awesome."
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Aug 09 05:16:20 EDT 2010

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    "You are amazing! Run brother RUN!"
     

    The Byean's

    Tue Aug 10 05:23:53 EDT 2010

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    "Dear Kenny & Amy, You will always have our support! Good luck on race day! Wishing you the best from Cali. :) With Love, Susanna Tram & Ray Quon "
     

    Susanna & Ray

    Sun Aug 15 01:08:32 EDT 2010

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    "Run Kenny Run!"
     

    Julia Francis

    Fri Aug 20 12:08:18 EDT 2010

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    "Wow Kenny. Very impressive. Keep it up! "
     

    Armen Moloian

    Fri Aug 20 10:23:33 EDT 2010

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    "My first husband died from cancer and I have an Uncle and dear friend battling leukemia right now. Run your socks off Kenny! I admire your desire to do this. What an accomplishment it will be when you cross that line!"
     

    Cyndy Kauhi

    Fri Aug 20 10:39:12 EDT 2010

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    "Way to go Kenny!"
     

    Guy Shaham

    Fri Aug 20 12:29:18 EDT 2010

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    "Go Kenny Go!"
     

    Cathy Deliso

    Thu Aug 26 07:29:25 EDT 2010

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    "Good Luck with the training and the marathon!"
     

    Scott Mitchell

    Fri Sep 03 06:08:37 EDT 2010

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    "Go Kenny! Haemin sent me the link to your site and I was cracking up. For laughs alone, here's a donation. And of course, b/c its a great cause! xoxo, Monica"
     

    Monica Bae

    Thu Sep 23 01:00:21 EDT 2010

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    "Way to go Kenny - I did Half Dome in June with TNT and had a blast. Personally I think your NUTS for doing the marathon, but each to their own. Go get 'em, boy!"
     

    Chris Stoneley

    Thu Oct 07 01:00:39 EDT 2010

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