Thursday, June 28, 2012

The 31 Initiative Is Now On Facebook!

As I mentioned in my previous entry, I created a Facebook page for The 31 Initiative.  It launched today!  Here is the link to the page:

Hopefully, this bolsters awareness in this endeavor and brings us closer to our fundraising goal.  Facebookers, start spreading the word!

Speaking of fundraising, I've added some new and improved donation instructions on my blog.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Big Happenings = A Big Post

I'm back!  It has been awhile since I've posted and I have a lot to get to so here we go:

The Past
I've run 2 races since my last post, the Carolinas CARE Partnership 5K on June 16th and the Race for Ellie on June 24th.  The Carolinas CARE race was run in Charlotte, North Carolina on my way to our vacation destination.  The event was held in a beautiful park and even though my legs were a little stiff from the drive, I finished in 21:55.

When I returned home from vacation, I ran the Race for Ellie, which raises money to fight Mitochondrial disease.  I ran a 21:13 but the real highlight was giving Ellie, a little girl stricken with the disease, a high five at the finish line.

The Future
I booked 2 more races.  On July 14, I will run in the Lifeline of Ohio Dash for Donation.  On July 20, I will run the Pig Run 5K, an event coinciding with the Columbus Jazz and RibFest.  Both races are in Columbus, Ohio.  If you are interested in learning more, please click on the names above for a link to the websites.

The Present
I recently learned The 31 Initiative has raised almost $1,000 in donations for the Jay Holdgreve Endowment for Testicular Cancer Research.  I want to sincerely thank everyone who has donated.  It means a lot and it is the reason I decided to do this endeavor.

At the same time, I realize we are running short of my goal of $3,100.  The Carolinas CARE race was my halfway point so I need to get the word out there.  Your help in doing this will be greatly appreciated.  To assist in this process, I'm going to create a Facebook page (something I probably should have done from the start).  I'll let everyone know when it is ready.  I know there are a lot of Facebook users out there so hopefully this will boost the level of fundraising.

I have rambled on long enough.  17 races down, 14 to go in The 31 Initiative.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Steady Pace

The heat returned last Saturday during my 15th race, the Lyndsey and Kyle 5K, and caused me to lose ground from the previous week.  I ran a 21:51 and finished 2nd in my age group (35-39).  I realized I  need to try some new pre-race training methods to help lower my times, however.  I keep hovering in the 21 to 23 minute range and have some work to do to try to get to my 20 minute goal.

15 down, 16 to go in The 31 Initiative.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Welcome Break

After several toasty races, the weather broke last week and I welcomed it with open arms.  I ran the 14th race in The 31 Initiative - the MoveMMORE 5K - and finished in 21:05, my 2nd best time so far.  I actually won a prize for finishing second in my age group (30-39) - a Cold Stone Creamery gift card!  Considering most people run to lose weight, I did find this choice of a prize rather ironic.

I booked two more races (my 18th and 19th by the way).  On June 30, I will run in the 2nd Annual Spook Central 5K in Defiance, OH.  On the following Wednesday, I will celebrate the 4th of July by running in the Clintonville July 4th Celebration 5K in, you guessed it, Clintonville, OH.  If you are interested in learning more, please click on the race names above.

I run my 15th race on Saturday - the Lyndsey and Kyle 5K in Dublin, OH.  I LOVE races close to home.