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September 29, 2006

New personal record

Friday before work I set out very determined. I was going to run my usual 3.6 course but I was going to crush my old record of 25:54......and you know what .....I did....running an average pace of 6:59 I finished at 25:37 a new personal record. That is one recommendation that I give to all the race runners to be... set resonable goals and make sure you meet them..

I am finding out how powerful the wristbands can be... Most of the people I work with and consider friends do not realize my father passed, let alone a few months ago..The bands are a chance to tell them...I might have kept everything hush , hush when it happened but I like telling the story now. Everytime I tell the story, my father's life is renewed within me....and that makes me happy.....

Miles Logged
Today ---------9.6
This week ------13.2

September 28, 2006

7 Weeks and counting

My original plan to run a long run was foiled by a little laziness and the fact that I have to work and will be on my feet for hours. I ended up running a good , hard 6 miles. I warmed up a little extra and headed out around 130. My average pace was 7:30 and ran the six in abou 44-45 minutes. I really didnt think i was going to be able to keep the pace for that long.... I did do a little walking but for the most part my pace was 730 or less... only on a couple of hills did i hit 8. My ankle felt pretty good throughout, but then again that could be the tylenol talking....

In other news......

I mass ordered more charity wristbands. This will allow me to get some people to sell them . The more people that have a band the more good we can do... Now that the donation page is up, we will soon be going into two big publicity pushes. Just about 7 weeks to go...........

Miles Logged
Today ---------6
This week ------9.6

September 27, 2006

Let the donations roll in........

So before this site was built I had decided that I was going to run two marathons, 26.2 miles each, and raise $1, 000 for each mile. I might run more than two marathons but I kept the fundraising goal at $52, 400. By donating, you support Team Formyfather in their races, you honor the memory of loved ones lost to cancer, and you also fund one of the countries leading cancer research facilities. The donation page accepts Visa and Mastercard and other ways to donate will be made available shortly.

Donate Now

September 26, 2006

Birthday Run .......

So today is my birthday and I decided that I would start being 26 with a little run. My ankle had been bothering me for the last three days and no amount of stretching made it feel better. For those that do not know, I have had a bad left ankle for a year. I got some tests done and they didnt show anything. The next step is to get an mri. My ankle did not bother me too much during the run and only is a little tight right now. We will see how it takes to a little long run on thursday. Well i must go enjoy the last two hours of my bday, look for the donation page late night tomorrow.

Miles Logged
Today ---------3.6
This week ------3.6

September 24, 2006

Donations will go to....................

After a few long weeks searching for the perfect cancer cause to donate to, a decision has finally been made. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is one of the countries top facilities and their main mission is to eliminate cancer as a cause of human suffering and death. The deciding factor, when compared with another top rated facility, was the fact that this center does not have a "run" associated with it. I look forward to working with the people at Fhcr and making this Formyfather charity compaign a success.
The online donation page is being built as we speak and will be available by Wed at the latest.

September 22, 2006

Spreading the word

So today I ran 6 miles, the longest I have run since i started this site. It was a nice cool day and I went out around noon. I am very excited to be able to have some time to train, I just have to make sure that I dont over do it and injure my ankle again. At work I had the opportunity to tell my story again and ended up selling 8 charity bracelets and getting my second $20 dollar donation. I keep getting stories from people about how cancer has affected their life. One table had a child who had beat cancer. One table knew someone that had passed from it. Makes you think....maybe the little we do now will prevent someone else from losing a loved one......

Miles Logged
Today ---------6
This week ------10

September 21, 2006

Beautiful day for a run

So after waking up a little late, I headed out on this beautiful day to start a little Yasso's 800. For those unfamiliar with this training technique , let me explain. It is interval training where you run half mile intervals. I want to run a marathon in 3 hours and 10 minutes so I have to run my half miles in 3 minutes and 10 seconds. It trains your body for more speed than you need so when you relax the pace, things become comfortable.

I did 6 intervals and lets just say they kicked my ass.
I ran them at
3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:30, 3:33
I also tried to run a little lighter on my feet and ended up pulling something in my backside, lol
I have to get comfortable with the six intervals , running them all at no more than 3:10 , then i have to make my way up to 10 intervals before the marathon.

I have already talked people into running for this charity. The first unofficial event is on November 19 in Philadelphia. They are having a marathon , half marathon, and an 8k( which is about 5 miles). If you would like more information about any of these races please go HERE
I am talking to some people about getting shirts made for the race and that information will be released as soon as it is finalized. We can use all the runners we can get.......sign ups will be coming soon.

Whenever I tell people about the training they look at me as if I am crazy.... I mean I guess I have to be a little crazy to try to cut 50 minutes off last years time...Tomorrow I look forward to a comfortable run maybe with a little weight lifting afterwards.....

Things to look for in the next week

1. Donor page
2. Selection of Charity(by sunday )
3. Online Donation up and running

Miles Logged
Today ---------4
This week ------4

September 20, 2006

The kindness of strangers

I work at several restaurants and over the weekend I had this very nice table of three. One guy was messing with me the entire time and I thought it was funny as hell. Near the end of their visit, they asked me some questions about myself and I started to tell them about Formyfather. They took down the web address and told me how great of an idea it was. After they left, I picked up the check book , looked inside, and got a little choked up. They left me a tip on their credit card and also had left $20 with a note saying For your father. I was very moved by this gesture. Thank you very much kind strangers, you will never know how much that meant to me.......

September 15, 2006

25 in 2

So yesterday due to some rain issues I decided to do a little crosstraining to pass the time. A little crosstraining will help prepare me to lift weights in a week or two. Today I went out to run the usual 3.6 miles and the sky was still very cloudy. It was beautiful. I could see the sun breaking through around mile 2 and by the end of the run I was running towards blue skies.

I started the run today a little fast because I am trying to speed up my pace little by little. The first mile I was running 6:15 then went down to around 7 for mile 2. By mile 3 I was running around an 8 until the last section where I sped up once again. All in all my average pace was 7:15, the pace I need to qualify for boston. I also ran 1 minute slower than my fastest time on the course. :)

25 in 2

So on Wed I received my first order of charity wrist bands. I ordered 25 not knowing how fast I would be able to sell them. By Thursday night I had sold all 25. I sold 25 bands in 2 days. It was great to see everyone at work support this project by wearing the bands. I really enjoyed telling the story of my father to each buyer. Each person had their own story to tell about how cancer has affected their life , through friend or family member. Some people have even shown interest in doing races or doing pr work for the organization and I love it. Everything is starting to fit right into place. Now lets see how long it takes me to sell 50.......

Besides training, I spend a lot of time getting the word out about For My Father. Between talking to people and exploring ways to maximize pr, I keep myself pretty busy. Thursday night something happened that made me excited, even though it really wasn't a big deal. I have been testing some search engines just to see if the site shows up. I tried Google last night and For My Father finally showed up. The easier the site is to find, the more people I can get involved.

Enough for this entry, time for some more pr.

Miles Logged
Today ---------3.6
This week ------7.2

September 12, 2006

Feels good to be back

So today i managed to get out and run 3.6 miles after dealing with a cold for a few days. It felt good. There is definitely a high you get when it is just you and the pavement. I managed to cut a minute and a half off my time from last week running at about a 7:45/mile pace. Legs felt good today and my bad ankle did not bother me a bit.
I have several jobs and I talk about my runs at all of them. I love getting people into the sport and I love running with new people. It helps keep things fresh in my mind and helps pass a little something off to the people that start running.
At work last week , I was telling a gentleman about the fact that I have 6 jobs and that my sixth job is running my own charity. He told me that even though he did not know me , he was still proud of me. This , I guess, is why I started this journey. To pass my father's story along gives this such purpose.
I was in Philly on Friday and had the opportunity to see The Lion King. "He lives in you, he lives in me." These song lyrics made me think of my father and I got a little choked up. My father is still alive in me and that makes my work all the more important.

Miles Logged
Today ---------3.6
This week ------3.6

September 08, 2006

Learn how got started

Since I have been sick for the last few days my running time has been spent updating sections of the website. I now have an about author page and also an about site page. Things to look for in the upcoming week: 1 The selection of the cancer organization that will receive charity donations. 2. Info about the growing team 3. Updated training blogs. and much much more........

September 04, 2006

So it begins........

It took a little over a month... but I finally managed to put some time into getting this website off the ground. I will be updating almost everyday so please sign up for the feed to help keep me in line with my training. Today was the first day in weeks that I had been running. I missed it tremendously. My first marathon of the season will be on November 19th in Philadelphia. Last year, in the Philadelphia marathon, I managed to run a first marathon time of 3 hours and 58 minutes. This year if i want to be able to qualify for the Boston marathon I have to run 3 hours and 10 minutes. So much to do ......wish me luck

Miles Logged
Today ---------3.6
This week ------3.6