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May oh my!

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It’s a new day and a new month. Looking back, I’m glad with the way April went. I signed up for my first graduate class, I pulled off a couple of successful fundraisers and stepped up my training for the half-marathon, and I helped put on a great walk to benefit the CCFA.

It’s going to be another busy month, but I’m looking forward to fewer commitments than I had last month. My main goal right now is to get prepared for my half-marathon. I’m focusing on my training and making up the ground I’ve lost. I was going over my training from this season and realized that the end of March hit me hard. About half-way through the month, I was doing great and on target to increase my speed for this half. But that’s when the pain kicked in and the last two weeks of March I hardly did any working out at all. I picked up where I left off in April, but was about three weeks behind at that point. But I’m excited that I reached my goal of running 7 miles in April! Now I’m hoping to find a good pace for myself to get back to where I need to be.

And while I didn’t drink 100 ounces of water EVERY day, I’ve actually done pretty well with getting myself into a routine of drinking at least that much. And on the days that I didn’t make that goal, I still usually drank about 75 or more ounces. I’m planning on continuing to get into the habit of drinking more water every day.

I have some other things that I am going to be preparing for this month, as well… but more on that later.

  • Team Challenge goals
    • Prepare myself to run/walk 13.1 miles in just one month.
    • Secure final donations/sponsorships for Team Challenge fund.
    • Join the group in Charlotte for send-off party and BBQ fundraiser.
  • Grad School goals
    • Apply for some other scholarships.
    • Start brushing up on some communications theories.
  • Personal goals
    • Celebrate 1 year of living a better life with my ostomy!
    • Continue to drink at least 100 ounces of water EVERY day.
    • Host a big Mother’s Day brunch for Hughes, Lindsey and Frye families.
    • Finish house refinancing process. (We had planned to close in April, but are pushing it back to later this month, but should already be set to do that.)
    • Read Emma for Jane Austen book club and host this month’s meeting!

A lot of ground to cover in one month

Stolen colon crohns ostomy blog ccfa team challenge half marathon colitis team challenge tuesdayIn just a few hours, it will be May 1st, which means we are exactly one month away from my half-marathon on Virginia. It is hard to believe it is coming up so quickly. I feel like there is so much to be done. So I have been trying to get caught up on some rest, but I have to jump back in tomorrow.

Training has been good. I made it through 7 miles on Sunday with a steady run/walk pace, averaging under 12-minute-miles. But I am still pretty far behind. The Team Challenge group is preparing to run 10 miles this weekend and I think trying to hit that goal is going to be pushing it just a little. I am staying in contact with our team coach on what she thinks might be an appropriate training schedule for me in these coming weeks. I’ve got a lot of ground to make up, but I’m feeling positive about it.

I am also a little behind on fundraising, but picking up the pace there, as well. The Happy Hour and Belk Charity Day Sale have gotten me back in the game and I’m still waiting to find out how much I brought in by working the day of the sale. Hopefully that will bring me even closer to my goal. At this point, I’m not worried about reaching it, but I am a little disappointed in myself for not working on it the way I had planned at the beginning. But as I’ve said before, I just took on too much and got caught up in all of it.

I’m getting up early to get in a quick 4 mile run in the morning. I wish the sun was up a little earlier so I could run outside, but I suppose the treadmill will have to do for now. I have been tempted to sleep in, but with only a few short weeks left and already being behind, I have to stay on top of the training. It’s going to be an intense month leading up to this race.


Just call me the Party Planner

It’s been a busy week. It has been filled with events and fundraisers and lots of planning for those events. Last night, we held our “happy hour” event at Top of the Hill. (Many thanks to Top’o for generously allowing us to use their venue and offering us some great incentives.) We had some wonderful friends come join us for food and drinks. It wasn’t quite the event we were hoping for, mostly because, due to time constraints, we weren’t able to publicize it as much as we would have liked. But we still raised several hundred dollars for Team Challenge, so definitely a success in my opinion!

top of the hill eventI’m so mad at myself for not taking any pictures! I only took this one silly one of the table as you walked in and didn’t even think about grabbing any more during the event.

And now, it’s time for more events! I’m going to start tomorrow off at Belk for their Charity Day sale. Hopefully that will help bring in even more for my race. It’s only 5 weeks away and coming quick, and I still have a good ways to go to reach my goal.

Following the Belk sale, I will be heading out the Take Steps Walk on Centennial Campus. I’ve had a really good time working on the event for the past several months. But I’m not going to lie, it has been a lot more work that I hard originally imagined. I definitely had not planned on doing so much all at once. I had planned to join the walk committee and that was it. But then the opportunity with Team Challenge came up and I had already committed to the walk, by that time. I quickly found out that I had taken on too much for my own good, but I wanted to stick with it. It has been a very busy couple of months and all of it has hit an apex this week.

I am excited about the event tomorrow. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for a good cause. But I am also looking forward to it being done. That means I will actually have some time to relax on focus on my half-marathon and everything else coming up. I would definitely be up for doing a committee like this again, but I need a bit of a break.

But I am ready to go out tomorrow and enjoy the day with a bunch of people who are all fighting for the same thing. And I’ll try to remember to take pictures this time!

Making strides

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Not much time to write tonight, but I wanted to give a quick Team Challenge Tuesday update. I actually got in a good run this week! And yes, a decent bit of it was an actual RUN!

As you know if you’ve been following along, I’m pretty far behind in my training for my half-marathon at the beginning of June. I figured if I could get in 6 miles this week, I could gradually increase by a mile every week and get up to 11 miles the week before my race and make the final jump to 13.1 on race day. But as of last week, even that sounded like a big stretch.

I decided to go about this a little differently. Instead of looking at it as “I have to run 6 miles” I broke it down into minutes. I said I would walk a minute, run a minute, walk a minute, run… That way I’m not just walking, but I’m also not trying to accomplish too much. It has turned out to be a great rhythm for me. My phone alerts me at every minute and most of the time I can run for 3, 5 or even 10 minutes at a time, then slow down for a brisk walk for a minute or two.

I made up my mind to make it the 6 miles, no matter how long it took. And in the end, I kept up an average pace of 12:58 a mile. That’s only about a minute slower than my race in December! Yes, I am fully aware of how slow that is in runner’s terms, but going from thinking that I wouldn’t even be able to complete the race to doing 6 miles in under 1:20 has made me feel so much more confidant about this race. Now, if I can just keep that up for the next 6 weeks, I’ll be good to go!

Don’t forget, I’m holding a fundraiser this Thursday at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill. I’d love to see you there! More info HERE.

Please take a moment today to pray for my friend, Nation. He and his wife, Jamie, were victims of a stabbing assault yesterday. He has been released from the hospital, but Jamie is still in critical condition. Praying for a full recovery for them both!