Saturday, December 12, 2009

LiveSTRONG Seattle Marathon training week 3 - one more reason

Hi everyone - another week of running is in the books, and it was a second tough week of training in a row.  The week started out fine with a 4.02 mile run in 36:28 on Sunday.  Monday was a busy day at work, and with my new hip dysplasia diagnosis, I figured running every other day for a while - until I learn to listen to my body a bit more - wasn't an unreasonable approach.  However, Tuesday I started feeling run down.  Another rest day, this one unplanned.  Then when I woke up Wednesday morning, the dreaded fever - 100+.  No running for me.

As it turns out, I basically lost the middle of my week, from both running and work, due to a sinus infection.  And for those of you who are "knowledge workers", I highly suggest not attending conference calls and trying to sound intelligent when you're running a fever and taking sinus medicine!  Fortunately the infection finally passed, and Saturday afternoon I finally got back on track with a 4 mile run in a leisurely 37:44.  Not a great pace, but I'll take it.  So now the total for the week ended up being 8.02 miles in 1:14:12.

Ultra training resumes next week, with a planned 21 mile (or 3.5 hour) long run.  Yes, that's right - as of right now, I'm still training for the Hagg Lake 50k despite the hip.  I'm going to see how the longer runs go, and if they give me problems, I'll drop the goal of an ultra.  But I suspect this will be my one-and-only ultra if I do make it, because I don't feel like I really need a hip replacement when I'm 50.  And after the Seattle RnR marathon, I'll have to re-evaluate running marathons as a hobby.  But even if I drop that from the repertoire, there's always 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and even triathlons out there.

As for Seattle, the support has been good - I've gotten both encouragement from many of you as well as donations from some of you, which I really appreciate!  Of course, the most impressive fundraising I saw this week was from the supporters of Fat Cyclist (aka Team Fatty).  If you don't know about him, check out is site... and definitely check out the links regarding his most recent fundraising challenge here, here, here and here.  And no, I'm not going to be able to give away a bicycle or a trip to France as part of my fundraising... but if you have any good ideas on giveaways (or something to donate other than $$$ which might help encourage others to donate), please let me know!

Now in case some of you are wondering about the title of this blog entry.  Yesterday (yes, within the last 24 hours), I've learned that a member of my extended family has just been diagnosed with what is likely Hodgkins' disease.  Hodgkins is a cancer of the lymphatic system, and even in advanced stages, it has a good survival rate.  Right now, there's still no word on a prognosis - but obviously the fight against cancer is something that touches everyone, and usually in more than one way.  In fact, right now my wife and I know three people battling three different types of cancer.  That's why support to various cancer research and support programs are so important.  So even if you don't donate to my Team LiveSTRONG effort, please consider supporting the fight in some other way!

Until next time.... onward. 

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