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Race Day!
Jun 23, 2011 by Heather Caldwell

I've never been so nervous for anything, other than the birth of my children. The knowledge that I'm about to embark on something that will be painful and take time to recover from, but that will totally be worth it is amazing! I'm thankful to report that I did finish and my medal currently sleeps through the night, unlike my children!

It's an amazing process of training for a marathon, prepping for the actual race, and then finally race day. Team in Training is an amazing organization that really is a team! I felt some amazing camaraderie from people from all over the US! I spent about 7 miles of the race with Sara from the Arizona chapter and about 11 miles of the race with Tracy from the Monterey Bay chapter.

Because I wasn't caught up in finishing within a certain time I was able to have conversations with people and really find out why they chose to run. A lot of people are out there for more than just to run a race. Sara lost her dad a year ago in December and her and I both shed a tear or two at about mile 12 when we each told our stories. We both lost someone we love yet we chose to turn that into something positive! Tracy was having a hard day and was thinking about quiting, we encouraged each other and took our minds off the pain. I know I appreciated it as much as she did.

I will never forget this experience and I'm so grateful to all help I had along the way! Will I do it again? I know I will be signing up for more races, but no full marathons as of yet. I guess we'll just have to see. Running will definitely stick with me, I'm hoping for a long long time.

My shirt is ready! It was a privilege to run in memory of these wonderful people! Running for a reason is awesome!

Sue, Krista, and I trying not to be too nervous!

Running strong into Mile 9 aid station with my teammate/friend Aprille!

Mile 13 aid station with Sara and feeling the love from my guys!

Mile 20 and enjoying the encouragement from my guys! Blisters are killing at this point!

Mile 22 with Tracy! Almost there!

Coming up to West High School track were the finish is! Almost there!

Running with my coach Sara! She is amazing and helped me run up "the hill" at mile 25.5!

Running for the big finish with my little guys! They rock!

I'm a finisher and Declan wouldn't leave my side! He's such a cute little dirt ball!

FINISHER check in! Team in Training ROCKS!

My awesome teammate, Sue! WE DID IT!

I am so greatful to all the support and encouragement I recieved throughout this process! You all are amazing and I'm so happy you chose to join me in this fight against cancer! Have a great one and God bless!

1 Day Left!
Jun 16, 2011 by Heather Caldwell

Just went down to Anchorage to pick up my number and timing chip! This is really happening! I'm so nervous and excited all at the same time! I am also so amazingly greatful too all of my friends and family who have helped me reach my fundraising goal! You guys rock! I'm still taking names for the ribbons to carry with me. So far I have 4 names and would love to have more! Finding carbs, finding peace, and finding the inner Kenyan...I know they are around here somewhere!

THREE Days Left!
Jun 15, 2011 by Heather Caldwell

I'm having a hard time believing that I only have THREE days left before I become a full-fledged Marathon runner! When I look back at were I started this journey. I was really starting out of a way to deal with the grief of loosing a loved one but I have learned through this experience that it doesn't cure the problem! Each one of my teammates have different reasons to run and all of them has become motivators to me. Every Saturday we would have a team run a person would share a "mission moment" and the stories from different people about family/friends/coworkers (both sad and happy) have become my motivation.

Each person that reads this may have a different story from his or her lives and I plan on running for you also! Let me know a person/people's names and I will be glad to represent for you and them! I was thinking of something like this but I guess I'll see how many names I get.

I'm obviously not above stealing an idea from a past Team in Training member and I know that it's as long as we are all working together to find a cure it will be worth it! Thank you for all your support, prayers, and kind words! I'm so grateful that I have been given this opportunity and will continue to keep you all posted with how it goes!

You know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win! All those who complete in the games use self- control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that only last for a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So do not run with out a goal.

1 Corinthians 9:24

16 days left!
Jun 02, 2011 by Heather Caldwell

One step closer to race day and I'm feeling more motivated by fear than anything! This journey has been a really good one and I've never looked forward to crossing a finish line so much!! I've learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. I've learned that I'm way harder on myself than I need to be (I'm working on that). I've learned that running is sometimes more about the mental rather than the physical (sometimes!). And finally, it's better to be undertrained and healthy than to go in to the event over trained and injured (not sure how many times the coaches said this but it is permanently in my brain).

I'm excited to report that if feel like I'm fairly well trained and healthy! As long as the next 16 days go smoothly race day will come and go, but our fight for a cure will still be there! The more you can help the better! I'm excited to do my part for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma but I couldn't and I still can't without the help of my friends and family. Any little bit helps!

18 Weeks of Training...Really!
May 25, 2011 by Heather Caldwell

I'm having a hard time believing it's really been 18 weeks since I began this journey and I only have 25 more days to go. There truly have been some ups and downs with this process and I'm amazed at how far we as a team and I personally have come. I recall that first Saturday team run and I was so nervous about running in the snow/ice. That run was maybe 3 miles and it hurt! Little did I know that my body was going to be doing that on the "easy" days in no time at all. I caught myself saying to another teammate that I only ran 17 miles on our last long run...really...only! I love that!

I've found that running comes easy to some people and I'm not really one of them. For me, physically I'm holding up quite well but it's the mental part of the long run that gets me. I find that my brain is my own worst enemy when going the long distances. Praying and keeping a positive attitude has been the only things that keep this runner running. I just called myself a RUNNER! I never thought that could be. A few weeks back I successfully ran a half marathon without dying or even thinking about dying, therefore I can consider myself a runner! I have a hard time going a few days without going for a run, therefore I can consider myself a runner!

This whole process had taught me a lot. I know I'm running this in memory of my step-dad but it has made me realize that he really taught me the value of hard work. He wasn't a runner but he was a worker! I will always be proud of who he was and I know he is looking down on me and cheering me on with every mile. I love you and miss you tons! Keep the cheers!

I love moose!

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Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Heather! This will be one of the finest accomplishments of your life."

    McCann Family

    Thu Jun 09 06:30:38 EDT 2011

    "Best wishes - you are totally amazing!!! We love you!!!"

    The Ferraro Family

    Mon May 30 11:25:58 EDT 2011

    "We are very proud of your efforts sweetie! Keep Running!!!"

    Rebecca Boff

    Sat Mar 19 07:17:35 EDT 2011

    "Been meaning to get around to donating! I know you will meet your goal, monetary and otherwise. Go Heather!!"

    Kristin Dunmire

    Sun Mar 13 07:55:04 EDT 2011

    "Thanks for being there & Good Luck!"

    George Family

    Tue Jan 18 10:54:18 EST 2011

    "Thanking you for your sacrifice and willingness to raise money for a great cause. I've prayed for you. When you are weak, He is strong. Terri McAngus :-)"

    Lee and Terri McAngus

    Fri Jun 17 03:14:38 EDT 2011

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Jim, Jean & Walt Lacey $250.00
Elizabeth & Andrew LaMarc... $250.00
Patrick Mede $165.00
Ryan, Ian, and Declan Cal... $150.00
The Venhaus family $100.00
McCann Family $100.00
Diane Caldwell $100.00
George Family $100.00
The Kohlenstein family $50.00
Sarah Axemaker $50.00
Mary Hurst $50.00
Kathryn Eagles $50.00
Heather Caldwell $50.00
Lillian Mattox $50.00
Lee and Terri McAngus $25.00
Cherie Taylor $25.00
John Rapano $25.00
Tabitha Knell $25.00
Sara Carvella $25.00
Alicia Schofield $25.00
Rebecca Boff $25.00
Kristin Dunmire $25.00
Lara Madden $25.00
Laura Carlson $20.00
Emily Phillips $15.00
The Ferraro Family $15.00
gloria dyba $10.00
Patricia Lacey Zavesky $10.00
Cindy Drake $10.00
Liz George $5.00