Monday, November 23, 2009

Wheaties Athlete!

I made it to the Wheaties Box!

After a years of striving to be the best I won the top spot by baking over 150 cupcakes for a great Halloween party. It was a marathon of standing in the kitchen mixing up batches of chocolate, white cake, and pumpkin cupcakes. Then I got some weightlifting points while frosting cupcakes for hours! I then refueled and re-hydrated while sipping on a barley beverage and eating vegetarian chili!!!

In a little more seriousness, I found this Halloween costume horribly fitting for my overall goals this past year. Who knows, I might even decide to wear the box while running my half marathon in May. Only spectators will find out, so come my way May 1, 2010 and you may witness it for yourself!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Team In Training, Here I Come!!!

When I was in High School I REALLY wanted to play softball but didn’t go out for the team. I still haven’t figured out why I chose not to try out and I refuse to live with regret, I do however think had I played softball I wouldn’t have the same desires as I do now.

So as you all know I am embarking on training for a half marathon, and I am going to do this with the support AND in support of Team in Training. Team in Training is a charity sports training program. They train participants in endurance sports; in turn the participants raise funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. At first I was skeptical about having the ability to raise the funds but after last night…

I went to the kick off event for Team in Training thinking that there was no way I could raise $1,500 AND successfully train for a half marathon. What I found was the greatest inspiration. This gentleman got up and spoke about his young inspiration whom he was introduced to when he initially decided to participate in Team in Training. I of course cried, and rediscovered my desire to improve the life of people who may be living with cancer.

Another thing I discovered was this great energy that I didn’t even realize I was missing. All of the people in that room had the same goal of finishing something that may have historically felt unattainable, some people who have been participating in endurance events for a long time who are now looking for a new adventure, people who were simply there to support those of us who joined. I will of course be chronicling this adventure with the same enthusiasm I now feel, thanks to the very inspirational gentleman who spoke last night!

Off to run (maybe I should be calling it jogging) a couple of miles!!!

If you have any interest in supporting me through this adventure, check out my fundraising page!

Stay tuned for my face on a Wheaties Box!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cap City Half Marathon

I will be posting a blog shortly with a great picture of my Halloween costume. It is so fitting for this blog!

While you all patiently wait for my silly display of "creativity" I thought I'd give you a snapshot of what is to come during my 31st year on this earth. That is right, I will soon be 30 and since I have accomplished some of my most sought after goals I figured I would begin to make a list that I can check off in my 30s.

In 2009 I will be participating in the following events:

And I'm sure a smattering of 5 and 10ks.

I put this in writing as a promise to myself to follow through with all of the goals I set for myself this year. While I train for the half marathon I will spend my cross training days riding and swimming as to continue toward my goal of finishing the triathlon.

If you have the desire you should join me on one of these adventures. My friend Erin took the leap and so should you!!!