Wow! Posts two weeks in a row!

Weekly miles run: 50 (!!!)
Total mileage this season: 525

Dear Adoring Fans,

From the very bottom of my heart, thank you. Last Saturday I needed to raise $800 more to reach my minimum fundraising goal for this season of $2000. Thanks to your amazing, continued generosity, I am so very happy to say that we surpassed that goal. Together this season we have raised $2285…and counting! Thank you to everyone who has donated, encouraged, and inspired me as I’ve been training for this marathon–my sixth.

Can you believe that this will be #6? It seems a bit hard to believe. My first marathon was in 2005, and it is slightly harder to believe that I have been doing events with Team In Training here in Tucson since then, every year, and you have all continued to support me in my fundraising efforts, to the tune of ~$20,000 over those seven years (along with five (soon to be six) marathons, two century rides, two triathlons, and one half marathon). Twenty-thousand dollars to help find a cure for blood cancers, to provide support to patients and families, and to make a real difference in many lives. You have all been such an important part of this, and again and again I am humbled by how much we can accomplish together. I thank you.

It is Saturday afternoon, which means we had our long team run this morning. I ran 19 miles, bringing my weekly total to 50 miles run. 50!! I have never in my life run 50 miles in a week before, but I’m feeling good. Tomorrow I will head out for a 2 hour run (~12.5 miles, probably). Then we have one more big week of training before we begin the taper. Race day is June 3rd, right around the corner. I definitely feel like I will be ready for the race, and am trying to decide what my goals will be. I am thinking of these four possibilities:

  1. Finish the race.
  2. Finish the race and beat my current PR (4 hours, 21 minutes, 8 seconds)
  3. Finish the race in 4:15 or less.
  4. Finish the race in under 4 hours.

I am not worried about Goal 1. Unless something goes drastically wrong between now and the race, my coaches have made sure that I am ready to complete a marathon. I am also feeling pretty confident about Goal 2–with all of the mileage and long runs I’ve been getting under my belt this season, I have never felt more prepared for a marathon. Even Goal 3 seems in the realm of the reasonable. Goal 4–that is an ambitious goal, but I figure it is good to have something to shoot for, right?

I was just reading back through my race report (typos and all) from the last marathon I ran, the Nike Women’s Marathon back in October 2008 (you can read all of my old race reports here: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jnduby/updates.html). It was a good reminder of how difficult the marathon is–I had forgotten the details of that race, of how I felt great until mile 19 or 20 and then sort of fell apart during the last 10k. In the next few weeks I want to think a lot about strategy (when/how much to eat, how much and where to push myself, etc.)

I usually try to take some good pictures to include in my post updates, but this week I find that I have slacked in that department. Instead, I will delve into the archives from earlier this season, when my fundraising hit the $500 mark and I got a pair of TNT socks. The card in my left hand is a multiple myeloma pin that one of my teammates had handed out to us at practice that day–I will wear this pin on my race jersey in June in honor of my Honored Teammate, Jan.

Socks!

This was a month or two ago, when my fundraising total hit $500. Silliness ensued.

In addition to running lots and lots, this past week I had the good fortune to be able to attend the Madrean Conference, held here in Tucson. I was in charge of volunteer coordination, so I split my time between working at the registration table,  helping to coordinate logistics, and listening to some exceptional presentations by inspiring people about their conservation work in the Sky Island region.

Side note–what has two thumbs and got up at the crack of dawn on Wednesday in order to get in her 90 minute run and still be at the conference by 8am? THIS GIRL!!!!

(Side note to the side note: the above picture was taken in 2005, during my first season with TNT. I still wear that purple hat, which I got that season for being the first one on my team to reach $500 in my fundraising.)

In non-training news, my square foot garden is growing my leaps and bounds and I have kale, spinach, and salad greens coming out my ears, but in a good way. Here’s the kale harvest from the other day–I get this much every week.

Kale!

Kale!

This is the portion of the blog post where I usually give a fundraising update, but since I already covered that earlier in the post, I will just say that it is not too late to make a donation if you would like to be part of my team this year. Although I have reached my minimum goal, I would love to raise even more, and every contribution, no matter the size, is important. You can make a secure, online donation by clicking on the link in the upper right-hand corner of this page, or just contact me if you’d prefer to send a check and I’ll get you all of the details.

Thanks again to everyone for your generous support, both financial and moral. It means more to me than I can say.

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