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Almost Driven to Tears

Monday, 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.