"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep."

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

An Update

I’m only two and ½ weeks into the Team In Training – Marine Corp Marathon – training schedule so perhaps it’s a bit early for an update. But what the heck, I feel like writing.

So far it’s been easy … too easy if you get my drift.

It’s a sensation not unlike that which precedes a massive storm … it lulls … it calms … it seduces. It tricks you into thinking this exercise will be a walk in the park.

It lies.

Therefore I must remain ever cognizant of the impending double digit mileages which are quietly waiting on the near horizon lest I be caught off guard. I must be vigilant in the shorter distance runs and the weekly cross training trips to the YMCA so I will be better prepared for the challenges which lie ahead.

I must continue to eat and hydrate properly.

I must learn to treat beer as an occasional self reward instead of a major food group.

And I must abstain (as much as possible) from spending too much time with Mr. Fuente, my little Dominican friend.

In the process, I must also continue to get the word out as to why I’m doing this (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) … and why it’s important (an estimated 35,070 new cases of leukemia and 66,674 cases of Lymphoma will be diagnosed in the United States this year).

According to the LLS, 1 in 5 people are touched in some way by a blood cancer. It either affects them or someone in their family or circle of friends.

Take a look around you and remember you can help by supporting a Team In Training participant. Just log on to their site – TNT – and they will show you how you can make a difference.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
- John Wesley


Bill Lawfield said...


Beth said...

Good advice, honey! Anyone (including myself)could heed such worthy counsel, even if one is not training for a marathon!

Amy said...

You are truly an inspiration, not only to all of us runners, but to the patients diagnosed everyday!

By the way, who told you beer wasn't a food group????