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October 11th, 2008

Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your support so far. It has been a big help towards achieving my goal.

I am still $1645.00 away from my goal of raising $2400.00 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

My re-commitment date has been extended to the end of this month. Re-commitment is when everyone is asked to access whether they are able to raise the set goal and continue on to the finale – 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon. Please do what you can to help. No donation is too small or too great. You gift is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from the organization. I really want to be able to see this through to the end for obvious reasons.

Click on the link below to make a donation through my fund raising page.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/pb/wdw09/atelemaque

December 7th is fast approaching and this is where I will participate in the half (13.1 miles) of the Palm Beaches. I will keep you informed of the actual time and the location in case you desire to come out and support the cause by cheering us on.

Recovery Update:

I was finally released to run again this passed week on a trial basis. I was so excited the podiatrist did not know what to make of me. I am so bored with walking. The x-ray did not show a fracture; however we know that something is not normal. The next step is to gradually start running and then go back in two weeks for a bone scan. Walk or Run – I’ll do it for the patients and families of patients fighting this up hill struggle.

No Stilettos but Lots of RICE

September 22nd, 2008

Training Update: Sat. September 20, 2008:

This weekend, due to an injury, I trained with the Marathon Walk Team. I guess, “I’m not as young as I use to be”, as one person said it. I have been sentenced to not run for at least 1-1/2 weeks. I must say, although the people on the walk team were friendly and inviting, the training itself lacked luster for me. I was broken hearted when I saw the run team zooming by; but if I am to run again another day, in the meantime, I must RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. As for next weekend I will be tapping the pavement with the walkers once more. During the week I will maintain my cardio fitness level by cycling or swimming. After speaking with one of my coaches, I feel confident that I will be able to fall back in line with my teammates with a little extra effort.

AH-HA MOMENTS – 45 Minutes and Counting

September 13th, 2008

Training has been demanding on me. You see, I’m not an athlete by nature. I’d much rather go to the mall or dress fancy and go out and dine somewhere cozy. I hate to sweat and breathing heavy is not cute. I don’t particularly care for the running apparel or accessories; so needless to say, there are definitely moments when I feel like just stopping my run. You may be thinking, “Sorry missy, you’re in the wrong event”. Maybe so, considering what’s typical for me; but I have been able to put aside my fancies for the greater good.

Today it came to me in an epiphany; although I don’t really understand what it is like to fight cancer in my personal body, as with anything challenging, I imagine that there must be times when patients probably feel like giving up too – maybe when treatments are too taxing on their bodies. As we all know, it’s much easier to just give in when the news is not good. It takes great tenacity to push through at times.

Incidentally, what my teammates and I are doing is nothing compared to the courage it takes to fight for your life when the odds seems to be stacked up against you. Today, I found inspiration in patients and families who have not been lying down and playing dead; but instead is standing up and fighting. And so, now when I feel like stopping, or when I face the laborious bridge, I will be able to draw from the courage of people like my honored hero Tina that have enough grit to fight – fight for their lives.

TRAINING TIP

When you don’t know what you are doing you really don’t know what you are doing.

I know that sounds repetitious; but it’s a fact. I must confess, and I know none of you have ever done this; but I have, being a non-athlete and all. I have gone to the gym and observed other people who appear to be fit, stretching and flexing, and have concluded, “Hey, they look fit”. “They must know what they are doing”; so I would find solace in mimic their actions.

The truth is, they may have known what they were doing and why they were doing it; but I didn’t and it may not have been ideal for me. Today I was delighted to learn about Dynamic Stretching and Static Stretching. Dynamic stretching involves moving the parts of your body and gradually increasing reach and/or speed of movement. Dynamic stretching should be executed prior to running. Static stretching is basically stretching to the farthest point and holding the stretch for about 30 seconds. Static stretching should be executed following your run.

Now, thanks to the coaches, I now have a better idea of what I am doing and why I am doing it!

Almost Driven to Tears

September 8th, 2008

Over the weekend we pushed the training limits to 38 minutes. The hardest part for me, so far, has been the bridge, surprisingly not running up the bridge or certainly not down the bridge; but where it levels off on the top. It feels almost too flat after the incline. I must confess I came really close to breaking down in tears, at one point, on the way back in. I had to shake myself and say to myself, “You HAVE to keep running. You CAN’T be a wuss and quit, or furthermore go out crying.” I was really proud of myself that I was able to hang in there and even had a strong finish. I did have a slight incident with my left knee that seemed to be rectified by applying an ice pack and wearing a knee band for a couple hours.

There was also a nutrition workshop over the weekend that I felt was very necessary. We were re-introduced to certain foods and what they can do to further prepare us by supplementing what we exert throughout the course of our training and will exert on race day. We were also educated on various signals the body may give, what they mean, and how to regain balance. In my opinion, one of the most important points we learned was the importance of proper hydration. We always hear about dehydration. Drink lots of water and sports drinks to prevent dehydrated; but we almost never hear about over hydration; i.e. taking in too much fluid. It was an enlightening topic for me.

Listen guys, I am even more driven now than when I first took on this venture. I shared with my younger sister my experience with the training and how accomplished I feel afterwards. She has been so encouraging to me throughout the entire process. She said, “Belinda, the body is a machine and you have to work it.”

I’m determined to run my heart out for this great cause. Please remember to give if you have not done so already and if you have, encourage your friends to give to help bring hope to patients and families of patients fighting blood cancers. It’s the least we can do. Again, thank you for your generosity and moral support.

A Wet Run

September 4th, 2008

This weekend’s training was one that I will not forget. Well, if you are in the Palm Beach area, you probably know that we had a couple thunderstorms over the weekend. If you don’t know, then I envy you because that means you were fast asleep. I got up pretty early, got in my car and started heading to the training. “I’ll just show my face”, or so I thought. There were lightning, thunder, not to mention the heavy down pour of rain. I got the spot where we run and saw that quite a few people showed up too and all the coaches, off course. One of coaches informed us, “the storm was heading north and as soon as it clears up we would start the run.” “Thank you all for showing up on this Labor Day weekend!”

After about 30 minutes it seemed to have cleared up so we began running. It wasn’t more than 3 minutes into the run when the loudest thunder broke through the sky. We all ran back to the start and found shelter against a building. “It would be cancelled for sure”, I thought. Inwardly I applauded. We laid low for about 5 minutes and were directed to reset our watches. We began running again and then came the rain. It was like the rain knew. Can you believe this time they didn’t say head for cover? We ran through the rain and, to make matters more difficult, a bridge was included in the training. I am so thankful for my teammates because if I was alone I am sure I would not have trained that day. I kept asking under my breath, “are we really doing this?” We were all drenched.

By the end of the run, the rain turned out to be a blessing. Although my sneakers were wet and my toes felt like they were drowning in water, I was not as hot and exhausted as last time. Yes… it felt gross; but I was still grateful.

When 30 Minutes Feel like 30 Hours

August 23rd, 2008

Question: When “does” 30 minutes feel like 30 hours? Answer: TODAY!

Today we did team training for the 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon to raise funds for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society- Three miles in 30 minutes. For you experienced runners this may seem really lame. But for me and people like me who have not seriously ran since high school, it could seem like an eternity and it did for me today.

There were moments when I actually though to myself, “I must be crazy this is only 30 minutes and I am planning to run 26.2 miles which could take about 5-6 hours?” When I realized I was thinking negative I decided to verbalize – I feel good! I feel great! I feel wonderful!” quoting from the movie what about Bob for some comic relief. – which is how I tend to deal with many situations. Nevertheless, I pressed on and through and was glad I did. I did it! I made it! I am anxious to see how my endurance increases throughout the training. I know that I can accomplish this through the strength of Christ.

I’d like to add, we have some absolutely great coaches that encourage us along the way and give excellent advice on diet, attire, and any other topic that will help us in accomplishing our goals. I got to meet some new people and learn about their reason for running. This inspired me more than I was already. I’d say today was a successful and productive day. I know as I continue to train it will become easier and I will be saying, “26.2 miles? Been there! Done that! And the money raised will be one step closer to finding a cure to blood cancer.

Please consider giving to this great cause: http://pages.teamintraining.org/pb/wdw09/atelemaque

Race to Save Lives – Training

August 21st, 2008

Yesterday we had tropical storm Fay. Fay brought lots of wind, rain, and even some tornados. I was scheduled to train for 30 minutes. The weather seemed to simmer down at about 6:00 pm so I decided to go out for a run.

As soon as I stepped outside the wind almost carried me away. So I was faced with a decision; 1. blow off the training for the day or 2. find a way to train in doors. Well, I chose option 2. I ran indoors for about 30 miniutes. I was even able to work up a good sweat.

Tomorrow I go for a outdoor run. It’s important that I get use to the atmosphere. Hopefully the weather permits.

Hello world!

August 19th, 2008

I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program and I’m asking you to help by making a donation to my fund raising campaign.

Please use the link in this blog to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/pb/wdw09/atelemaque

Racing to Save Lives

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

I will be running on behalf of a true hero – Tina. Tina is a 24 year old young woman in Stuart, FL diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Before being diagnosed, Tina was very active. She was a member of several swim teams and loved modeling and doing photo shoots. Tina was very afraid when she was diagnosed and was especially concerned about loosing her hair; but she didn’t want people to cry or feel sorry for her.

Good news: Tina’s hair is back and she recently graduated from Palm Beach Community College with her AA degree. Tina continues to work at St. Mary’s hospital and shares her experiences with newly diagnosed patients on the pediatric oncology floor. She was accepted into the Radiology Program at West Boca Medical Center and begins treatment on October 8th, 2008.

I would really appreciate your support to help Tina and others like her. Please send your contribution by September 8th, 2008. On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thanks again.
Belinda

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.