Friday, December 10, 2010

I did it.

That's right, all this leading up and preparation, which Lauren helped me immensely with, has paid off!

I ran the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon Sunday, and feel pretty good about it. Even though this was my first 1/2 and my legs cramped up about mile 10, I felt good and was satisfied with my time. The support on the course was amazing. As we ran from one end of the Strip to the other and back we had Team Challenge Coaches, Staff and Volunteers at every mile cheering us on.

With about 1000 Team Challengers running in the race and well over 2000 supporting them, we had an amazing time, and a very inspirational weekend. If you don't know much about IBD, it really is a devastating disease, and to see so many people supporting it was awesome!

Thanks to everyone for your donation and support, and special thanks to those that wished me well, and encouraged me to the finish. You were all posted on my back for the race and I couldn't have done it without you!
Jack & Trish Yard  Bob & Barb Burant
Lauren Yard

Phillip & Ann Marie Batts  Walter Chapman
Rick & Jess Moore  J.L. & Carol Abbott
Greg Hail & Steve Sokany  Mike & Susie Prewitt
Mike & Jackie Slekovich  Bill & Linda Putka

Grandma Yard  R. Burant’s  Roach’s  Kirkpatrick’s  Reese’s
Arnold’s  J. Yard’s  J. Yard’s II  McClelland’s  Perkin’s
Frase’s  Cassen’s  Cesa’s  Kim Rotsky  Wilson’s
Barb Wurster  Bagby’s  Floyd’s  Jose Vazquez  Patterson’s
Jim Ingersoll  Laura Wigington  Bliley’s  Hensman’s  Milligan’s
Coy’s  Vic Ragon  Sara Anderson  Serafin’s  Ruth Jaynes
Pelech’s  Lynne Johnston  Mary Curry  Collin’s  Kathy Magyar
Nelson’s  Shane Carr  Paul Martanovic  Price’s  Noreen Carozza
Mildred Kahr  Cason’s  Hilfer’s  Cindy Frolich  
Ronny Charlton  Janette Atkins

On to the next one. . . .

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Almost There!

So after running about 10 miles in 2 hours last weekend I think I'm ready, or as ready as I'm going to be.

We leave for Vegas tomorrow, and the race is Sunday morning, so wish me luck. I just visited my Mom over Thanksgiving, and she's still in pain and struggling, so I have plenty of motivation to get me accross the finish.
Not only will I be running for my Mom, but I just found out my Grandma is not doing well at all, so I'll be thinking of her during my 13.1 too.

I'm hoping Lauren's Ipod does the trick to, as mine just died, (fine time right!) and I need my tunes!

I am planning on putting all of my doners names on my jersey, so I printed out a list. Oh, my good thing I'm wearing an XL. . . . Theres a lot of names! I guess it's times like this that I realize how many caring friends and family we've got.

I thank you all for your support, and I'll do my best!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cool Runnings

So, now I understand why most marathon runners are from warmer climates. I've done two runs in the 30-40 degree range and it sucks. I am feeling pretty good getting more miles under me, and I don't feel nearly as sore as I used to, but this cold weather running is brutal.

I think I'll try every other run outside, since I doubt it will be 30 degrees in Las Vegas. I was just out there and it was 60+ in the morning and we're only 4 weeks away.

If there's anyone out there on the fence about donating, the deadline is fast approaching!

Thanks for all your support!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Get back to it!

Well, after 7+ days off due to my week long trade show, I am ready to get back to training. I need to do 4 miles tonight, which sounds daunting, but I am anxious to get back at it. Only 7 weeks left before the race, so it's now or never.

Please pass on my site link to anyone you think may be interested. I'm over half way to my goal!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New shoes

Wow, what a difference new shoes make!
I've always heard that it's all about the shoes, but I was never serious enough about running to pay for good running shoes. But we each got new Asics, and they are great! My feet and ankles aren't nearly as sore as before. I guess the right tool for the job is important!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Good Luck Akron Marathon Runners!
We'll be rooting for you this weekend!