My Marathon Adventure

12 Days of Marathon Prep
Oct 04, 2011 by Stephanie Osborne

No, not the 12 days of Christmas, although that is coming up too. 12 days until race day. I've been training since June 4th for this. I am ready. As ready as I'm going to be physically. Mentally I'm already having panic attacks about traveling. I realized this afternoon that my flight out is next Friday. How is it time already? What will the food be like? Will my body accept the climate and elevation change in time? Will I be able to pack my oatmeal and Shakeology in serving size baggies without airport security thinking I'm a terrorist? How is the long flight back going to feel the next day? Why am I not staying in San Francisco a little longer, and why isn't my husband going to be there with me? So many questions! If I let them, they would take over. So I won't! Instead I will continue to focus on running and planning for the next phase. 2012 is the year of the adventure race, you know. I have to be strong, agile and coordinated in addition to having the endurance built up from running. In that case, I'll bring on a little Insanity. :) You'll have to keep up with me on Facebook and on my blog to check out my progress.

Am I Ready For This?
Oct 04, 2011 by Stephanie Osborne

Going into the run yesterday morning, I didn't allow myself to think about how far 20 miles was. It was just a number, and I wasn't going to stop until I'd hit it.

When we showed up at the LLS office, we were greeted with bib numbers, gu, power bars, most of our team, a map of the routes, and lots of support from the staff and coaches. We were to run just over a half mile west on 86th street, about 4 miles through neighborhoods on our way down to Broad Ripple where we catch up with the Monon, take the Monon south another mile or so to 54th Street, then back north all the way to 131st Street, come back south to 86th Street, and another quarter mile back to the LLS office. It was still dark as we headed to the "start line", and about a mile in it started raining. Being in the mid-50's and coming off of being sick the week before I was a little worried. I didn't want to get worse or push myself too hard and relapse. Luckily it was a gentle rain that let up after about 5 minutes. And it turned out to be a beautiful day for a run. As we ran through some neighborhoods on our way from 86th Street to Broad Ripple, the sun came up and you could see its outline through the clouds. I was very grateful to have chosen the tank and tights I was wearing, and believe I have a winning outfit for race day.

Jessica and I stayed together throughout the run and developed a plan for keeping hydrated and fueled...every 4 miles we would stop for gu and water, and we would also stop whenever there was water or gatorade available. We'll have to check the race route to see if the every 4 miles plan will hold up since we don't really want to wear the water belts on race day. Anyway, the plan worked great. The first 8 miles felt amazing. Never thought I would hear myself say that. It wasn't until just after mile 10 that my feet started hurting this time. An improvement from two weeks ago. By mile 13 I was feeling sluggish and thinking about turning around early, still being worried about pushing myself too hard after a sinus infection and still being on antibiotics and decongestants. Of course at mile 14, where I would have turned around, I had already talked myself into going for it..."it's just another mile to the 20 turnaround." So I pressed on. At 131st we stopped early for our refuel and opted to try solid food...and an ibuprofen. It seems half a Clif bar is more than enough for a belly on the move. With both of us struggling a bit, we walked for nearly a half mile to let the food settle and hope that the ibuprofen would kick in soon. Starting back up was so hard, there were outcries and muffled curses. We were almost out of water when we passed the Monon Center again, so we stopped to refill our containers and again ended up walking for about a half mile. By this time the arches of my feet and my calves hurt so bad I didn't know what to do. I had thoughts of having to call the office for someone to come get me. Then we started running again, and I realized it actually hurt less to be running than it did when I was walking. And the bonus of being able to run - I would get to the end faster. About a mile from the finish we saw our coach, Marc, coming towards us. He had come back out on the course to see how we were doing, and ran back in with us. Having someone else join us pushed us on, and made the way back seem not nearly as long. We crossed the "finish line", 20 miles, at 4 hours 10 minutes. Because we are running nerds, we have the gadgets that tell us splits, times, distances, elevations, etc. And looking at that data, all the stop lights we had to wait for and water refill stops, added up to about 14 minutes. With that, I am going to say we completed 20 miles in under 4 hours. I feel pretty darn good about that. And now...

BRING ON SAN FRANSISCO!!!! After the taper of course. I'm thinking we are going to need every minute of these next couple weeks to recover from yesterday.

200 Miles and Counting
Sep 20, 2011 by Stephanie Osborne

This definitely calls for an update. I have been horrible about logging my miles right after my runs. Thank goodness for the app on my phone that keeps my history. After inputting the past months worth of runs and miles, the spreadsheet tells me that since starting this journey on June 4th I have run 200 miles in 47 hours, 33 minutes and 15 seconds. Woohoo!!! That just sounds amazing to me! With only one long training run left, a few short runs in the next couple weeks, and the actual marathon, I will most likely log about 275 miles by the time I cross the finish line. I may not reach my personal fundraising goal of $4000, but some very generous friends, family and strangers will have helped me reached the minimum goal of $3200. I feel so blessed to be able to do this for LLS, the patients and families.

Catch up with me on Facebook to see more updates on the training and fundraising!

Sep 13, 2011 by Stephanie Osborne

What a run! Saturday morning I woke up feeling strong. My goal for the run was between 15 and 16 miles. As we started out I had to remind myself to break the run up into segments in my head. Just two 10k's and a 5k. The first 10k was fast and over before I knew it. The path is 1.5 miles out, 3 twisty miles through the park, and 1.5 miles back. The out and back are the longest parts mentally for me, but time flies in the twisty part. So my second time out, I ran the twisty part twice staying away from the out and back. Aside from my feet starting to hurt at mile 7, I felt great! By mile 13 my poor aching feet really wanted me to stop. I was determined to make it a full 3 hours so I pressed on...and ended up finishing at 16.09 miles. Woohoo!!

After the run, my friend Erin Lemme set up a massage table and gave post-run massages with assisted stretching to all the Team In Training participants as her donation for the cause. She rocks!

And I finished the morning with the most awesome, fluffiest pancakes I've ever had. Or maybe they just tasted awesome because I was so hungry. I guess I'll never know.

Mind Games
Sep 08, 2011 by Stephanie Osborne

It's no secret...the last couple weeks have been rough. And a lot of it has been a mental/emotional struggle and frustration at not being able to reach my goal. It has been suggested that I change my previous post in order to not put people off or seem ungrateful. I'm not going to for two reasons: 1) What I wrote is me, it's how I felt at that time. 2) I want to share my struggles in case anyone else is feeling the same way. I know I'm not alone. Whether it's in fundraising, or day to day relationships, or the workplace, or even in our fitness & nutrition routines...when we don't get feedback from our peers, self doubt rears its ugly head and plays tricks on our minds. It's what we do when that happens that matters. We need to press on, stick close to those who lift us up, and shoulder our way past the negative/frustrating obtacles. As with most things in my life, I have been going about this whole process the wrong way. I have taken control and want to do it my way and in my time. That's just not how it works. Whenever I take the reigns, things tend to get messy and words end up lost in translation. I need to remember that God is in control. (Yes, even in fundraising.) When I hand my projects and problems over to Him in prayer, he never lets me down. I may not get the answer I want, in the time I want. Most often, though, I get something better. And just so you know, whoever may be reading, I am so very grateful for every person who has given and every penny that has been donated to my fundraising and the cause as a whole.

Matthew 6:34

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Update: About an hour and a half after I wrote this and posted it, my running partner Jessica handed me a check for $250. Her sister had used her company's charity fund to donate to both of our fundraising goals. When I let go of the wheel, I am allowing God to show his mercy and grace. Thank you Lord, Jessica and Meredith!

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    "Good luck Stephanie! Melanie and I support you in this great cause!"

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    Tue Jun 14 12:09:35 EDT 2011

    "Good luck, Steph!"

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    "You Go Girl !!!!"

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    Tue Jul 26 10:12:31 EDT 2011

    "Go Stephanie!! God's blessings to you on this amazing journey!!"

    Al & Karen Phillips

    Sun Jul 31 11:35:02 EDT 2011

    "Congrats on Recommitment Stephanie !!! Go Team !!!"

    Amy Barker

    Tue Aug 02 10:43:21 EDT 2011

    "Thanks for arranging for the massage yesterday! Amazing!"

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My Fundraising Total

Raised: $3,581.65 | Goal: $4,000.00
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My Thanks To

Stephanie Osborne $471.81
Meredith Egg $250.00
Heather Shah $150.00
Don Hermanek $150.00
David Vignes $100.00
Lorri Reinke-Stenoien $100.00
Billy Schaming $100.00
David and Judith Barker $100.00
Angela Schnippel $100.00
Sidney Kerley $100.00
Ray Skillman Buick GMC $100.00
Tom O'Brien $100.00
Ted & Dena Strand $100.00
Mabel Osborne $75.00
Leigh Anne Dearing $75.00
Broad Ripple Bucket Shake $68.85
2 Indy Monkeys LLC $62.00
2 Indy Monkeys LLC $55.80
Jessica Jones $53.49
Eli Lilly $50.00
John Kett $50.00
Kent Morrison $50.00
Jerry Butler $50.00
Joe Hughes $50.00
Kelly/Kristen Ingersoll $50.00
Joe Sieger $50.00
Daniel Tainer (soccer8) $50.00
Dan & Nicole Bartley $50.00
John Krupnik $50.00
Angela Brown $50.00
Larry Dow $50.00
Pam Egg $50.00
Stephanie Osborne $40.00
Chrissie Duncan $35.00
Howard Price $30.00
Kassie Kissinger $30.00
Tony Haworth $26.20
Bob Mason $26.00
Carolyn Savage $25.00
Robert Collins $25.00
John Bean $25.00
Nanci E Schubert $25.00
Amy Barker $25.00
Al & Karen Phillips $25.00
Rebecca Lyons $25.00
Rita Hernandez Figi $25.00
Ana Overshiner $25.00
Joy Mooew $25.00
Kelly and Melanie Wilbur $25.00
Rebecca Lansberry $20.00
Patsy Longino $10.00
Dena Laverty $5.00
Jessica Auxier