Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Love You Guys

Linear Trail: Temperature 74 degrees. Splits 9:43; 9:51; 9:53; 10:25; 9:55; 10:03; 9:58; 10:07; 9:58; 9:50; 4:39; 1:44:22 total for 10.5 miles; 9:56 per mile pace.

WOW! I didn't expect the support that I received after my post on Thursday. Thank-you so much for your words of encouragement. I'm probably going to join Team Autism Speaks and raise the $2600 needed to be on the team. The scary part about joining is this:
"On August 17th I am expected to have $1,300 raised. If I have not raised $1,300, I authorize Autism Speaks to charge my credit card for the difference between $1,300 and the amount I raised. On October 17th I am expected to have raised the minimum of $2,600. If I have not raised $2,600, I authorize Autism Speaks to charge my credit card for the difference between $2,600 and the amount I raised. All accounts must have reached the minimum, $2600, the day prior to the race, October 31st." I have a few contacts at work that may be able to help me with the $2600. My goal is to not only enter the NY City Marathon and support "Team Autism Speaks," but also to then have people pledge $$ per miles that I run in the marathon, and give the proceeds from that to ASCONN, which is the Autism Society of Connecticut. So it's a win-win situation.
Perfect day to run. Since I had a 10 miler scheduled, and had too much fun yesterday at Happy Hour, I decided to run the linear trail. I did learn something about drinking and running. The last time I had too much fun at Happy Hour, I was punished with Sam Adams beer burps as I ran the next day. My beer of choice yesterday was Guinness, and guess what? No beer burps! So, now I know to drink Guinness beer if I'm going to be running within 24 hours. I guess that's one tip you're all writing down right now, especially you Irish Creme. I must once again comment on how much I like Jeff Galloway's marathon training plan. Today I was scheduled to run either 9 or 10 miles, at a pace of about 10 minutes per mile, and take walk breaks every 4 to 6 minutes. I tweaked it so that I ran for a mile, and walked for a minute for the entire 10.5 miles. Even by walking, I still averaged a 9:56 per mile pace. As I did my last long run a week ago, I felt great the entire time. I tried the Blueberry Pomegranate GU Chomps that Lindsay recommended, taking one every 20 minutes. They taste great, and I believe they helped. Also, I've always used "Hammer" products, and today I had a Hammer gel prior to running, and also drank the Hammer Heed while I was running. If you're interested in trying Hammer products, click on the link in my blog. As I said a week ago, it's a "win-win" situation, since you save 15% off your first order, and I get a 25% credit in my account for whatever you order. Please use referral number 128750. Thanks in advance if you order!
Tomorrow I won't be running. Instead I'll be riding my bike for 25 miles, in support of MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, I was able to raise $225 for MS. Oh, and I'll also be catching up on all your blogs.


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Would love to support you once you get going. My best friend's son has a mild form of Autism and I would love to give my money to the cause..

Good work on your run!!!

Running through Life said...

Be sure to let us know how we can help!

I'm glad the Galloway training program is working well for you! It's amazing how fast you can run when you do some walk breaks.

Have a great weekend and 25-mile bike ride... for another great cause!

Mama said...

Give us a link to donate. I have two nephews who are autistic, so would be more than happy to contribute.

MCM Mama

Anais said...

*gulp* that is a little scary, but it just gives everyone else even MORE reason to donate!!! :) And you're in luck: I just received my tax credit so I actually have money to donate!!! loL!! :D

ps: I didn't run Friday because I had gone spinning and my legs were pretty much in jello consistency, but I had an AMAZING one yesterday!:D

Anais said...

Almost forgot! How exactly does it work to run a marathon for an organization like that?

Adair said...


I wouldn't worry too much about raising the money. Set up a website where people can donate online, send out emails and letters explaining what you're doing and why and you'll be amazed at how much you will raise. I have a friend w/Parkinson's who just ran the Boston Marathon for Team Fox (Michael J. Fox) to raise money for Parkinson's research. He had to raise $5000 before the race, which really sounded daunting, but he ended up raising over $10,000!!

My daughter has autism and runs marathons. Check out her blog below.


Mel-2nd Chances said...

i agree, a little scary, but sounds like you have a great support system, and lots of people that will help ya out... make sure you post up that link! :D Hope you have a great ride and well done on supporting another great cause!

lindsay said...

i don't know what you are worried about, you'll make both checkpoints! :) don't be afraid to hit up your blogging community too!