Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Less Than A Week To Go

After 5 months of training I have less than a week until the marathon. Thank you to everyone who has donated. You have helped the team raise over $750,000.00 so far. Our fundraising pages are active through May so continue to forward the link to friends.

Feel free to track me on Marathon Monday my bib # is 22866. I've been hit by some serious tendonitis this season so I'm expecting a slow, painful run. If you see me out there on the course, please cheer me on. I will need it, especially in the hills leading up to Heartbreak.

From what I have learned this training season, the marathon is an extremely gruelling task physically. The Boston Marathon, though, is a completely different monster. I have been lucky enough to have trained the entire season on the course, getting to know the ups and downs of the hills from Hopkinton to Newton. It is clear to me now why Boston is given such legendary status. Preparing physically is the easy part. If you don't show up prepared for the emotional toll the course takes, you will not finish.

It is the mental part of the race where I think I have been given an advantage. Running with Team In Training has put me in a position where I am constantly inspired to push through barriers. All I have to do is remember the stories of survivors or those who have lost the battle with blood cancer. Throughout the season those stories reminded me of what the team was accomplishing and they helped me to finish the long training runs.

I am dedicating my training, fundraising and marathon finish to my sister Beth who passed away on September 24, 2010. After witnessing her experience fighting cancer, I will never forget the incredible physical and emotional strength she showed when faced with a never ending uphill battle. She never gave up and neither will I.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Signs Your Beard Is Too Big

24 Weeks

I haven't done a beard update post in a while, I've been busy.  So here it is.  This is what 24 weeks looks like:

It's looks unkempt but that's just what happens at work when I start pulling the hair out of my head.

This is what I'll be sawing through on April 19.  I'm fueling the chainsaw now.
 10 days to go.  Donations still accepted!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Brian Wilson's Beard

Brian Wilson, All-Star closer for the San Francisco Giants, has an awesome beard.  You can explore it here.

Happy Opening Day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Salem Spring Fling Fundraiser

Join us on Saturday April 2, 2011 from 6pm on at the Salem Spring Fling.  This event is the kick-off to Salem Restaurant Week so prepare for good food, wine, beer and music.

We will have a Team In Training table there to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come by to enter our 50/50 raffle or to get some free goodies.  See you there!

When:  April 2 @ 6 PM
Where: Old Town Hall Salem

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Awesome Wetsuit for Sale - $ Go to LLS!

$125 or best offer.
 Actual value = $380
Size = Women's Small

Email: beardsagainstbloodcancer@gmail.com to inquire.  Thank you!

Friday, March 4, 2011


We have raised over $620,000 collectively.  Go Team!

PS: I am still growing a beard and this thing is no joke. 19 weeks so far without a shave - 7 weeks to go.  The donations keep me going, don't let my vanity or discomfort win this battle.  The razor is aolways close by.  Keep donating and help the team get to $1,000,000.00.

19 Weeks:
This is normal beard face: tired, lonely, reflective.  Help!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

20 Mile Run This Weekend

Come watch me experiencing crippling pain for 3 hours in my first 20 mile run.  The temperature is supposed to be in the mid-40's which may as well be 90 deg. after the single digits we had this morning.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fundraising Progress Beard

We are getting very close to our goal.  Please continue to tell your family and friends about this cause.  The fundraiser at Tides Restaurant went well.   Our next event will be the at the Spring Fling in Salem on April 2.  Details to follow.