In 58 days I will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half-Marathon for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital!
So while I missed days 60 and 59 as far as blog posting, I have decided to do a post a day until the race chronicling what I am doing to prepare in the days and weeks leading up to race day.
This will serve two purposes:
- It will impose accountability on my day to day choices.
- It will give me additional exposure to raise as much money as I can for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. (Please see below for more info and links to donate.)
I recently was on the mend, suffering from shin splints. I took off two weeks from running at all but kept hitting the gym and my stationary bike and now I am feeling much better.
That said, I am feeling anxious about my preparedness to beat my time goal and more importantly to beat my friend Alicia.
She is a great gal and I really need to beat her. Competition is the life blood of our very special friendship.
So! I have decided to do a Sober 60 (really it will be more like a Sober 62 since I started three days early but also already have assigned a cheat day on August 30th because no one is going to stop me from having a bev on my 30th birthday)
Aside from sobriety I am focusing on walking more, to stay used to the distance without overdoing it for my poor shins, and weight training at the gym to improve my back and core strength.
I am also working on diet. Yesterday was bagel Tuesday, but I said no to bagels and yes to avocados. I bought an ‘As Seen On TV Veggetti’ and made zucchini noodles for dinner. I am swearing off all my vices.
I will be updating (hopefully) daily until the race with progress, anecdotes, and hopefully not too many setbacks.
Meanwhile! Below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Please donate to this wonderful cause here!
Donations make a difference
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.