An apology and today's stats...

First off, I must apologize to my bro, Kent. Because whether he did it or not, jumping to conclusions about him being the snownapper was just wrong. Besides, he doesn't have a digital camera and couldn't have sent this to my in-basket right after our family party before I'd even noticed that my new snowman hadn't come home with me:

Don't involve the authorities or it's the greenhouse for Mr. Snowman

And on with today's run...

The miles: 3.14
Total so far: 112.89
Still to go for goal: 387.11

That one was for you Vonnie. Hugs to you and all your family. Much love from ours.

Happy New Year My Darlings!


Woe is me...

First of all, it seems that the comments on this site are down more than they are working lately. I may have to switch which comments I'm using. If I do that I'm going to lose all of the ones I've collected so far, though. That will suck. But I really like getting comments and I hate it when you guys can't leave them. So I'll be changing that in the next couple of days if things don't improve quickly within Blogspeak.

Migraines also suck. But I swore I'd get some time on Lurch if I had to crawl.

It was a weird day today. Strange pickups in the driveway. The headache. The dog being obnoxious (oh wait, that's normal).

Keli is off at a New Year's Eve Eve party tonight. I'm catching up on some reading and might do some crocheting.

Here are today's stats...

Today's miles: 2
Total so far: 109.75
Still to go for goal: 390.25

Tomorrow I'll run for Vonnie, a dear friend of the family who just learned of her cancer. This really sucks, you know? I don't like having new victims to run for. We're all praying for you, Vonnie. I hear you have an MRI coming up. Fingers crossed here.


On the road again...

Okay, Christmas is finally over. My family had it's party yesterday and I can get back to business around here. No more days off. Not even New Years. I'm finished with the slackin'.

I ran while watching a tape that Alta's roomie got for The Warrior from The History Channel - The Men Who Shot Kennedy. Pretty interesting stuff. I've always been interested in this stuff. He was killed a couple of years before I was born, but I find the topic fascinating still.

Finished that trashy book. WOWSER! Did pass it on to my folks. :) Think they can handle it? I should have mailed it out to KathyC... I remember she used to love those books... hehehe. It isn't harlequin, but I think you might have liked this one Kath... It wasn't at all a typical old romance, though. It was twisted!

Okay, here are the stats for today...

Today's Miles: 3.25
Total so far: 107.75
Still to go for goal: 392.25

Sorry to have kept you from your shower for so long Trudi. Glad you are clean and tidy once again. And Kent? If you're reading? I want my snowman back.



Got back on the horse so to speak.

Did it while reading today. Reading a really silly book. Trashy thing. The word erotic on the back should have been my first clue, huh?

It looked like a good mystery thriller for reading in the car during all that time I'm sitting in the car waiting for Keli.

It's a thriller all right. Phew!

Today's Miles: 3.5
Total so far: 104.5
Still to go for goal: 395.5

Hope Christmas was peaceful and happy for everyone. Hope all that are struggling had a little respite. KathyK, I know that things were pretty dodgy for you because of your dad's health. I hope he is doing better. Hugs.

And huge hugs to Annie and her family who lost Great Grandpa Carl early this week.


Yep, it's true...

I been slackin'.

Not runnin'.

Takin' time off.


Today's Miles: 0
Yesterday's Miles: 0

It's true. Haven't done a thing.
But I'll get back on Lurch. I will. I know I will because I'm picking up Keith at his apartment tonight and he crack's the whip. He doesn't cut me any slack at all (as you can see from his comments when he's away).

So check back when you're done eating your Christmas Ham or whatever it is you'll be eating during your holidays if you celebrate something else.

Because I'll be racking up the miles again.

Hugs to my fabulous lyrical cheerleaders. You all are the bestest!



Today I ran watching Face/Off with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. It's a movie to keep the heart pumping all by itself with all of it's action and confusion and shoot-em-up bad guys and heroes.

I saw it once many years ago when out at Keith's mom's house for a holiday with the whole family, but couldn't remember most of it, so it was fun watching it with Keli and having her speculating on what was going to happen next. She hadn't seen it before. And she loves John Travolta, so she was enjoying his parts in it.

But the big news was hitting the 100-mile mark! Yahoo! I had set a goal of hitting 60 miles by the end of the year and I kicked that one in the butt! So I added my second rubber duck and am continuing on my way down that road to nowhere.

Today's Miles: 2.5
Total so far: 101
Still to go for goal: 399

Time to help Keith make his famous Fantasy Fudge... Then it's off to return him to his apartment. He says he feels like he is getting sick now. Hope he recovers quickly. Me... I'm still healthy as a horse and have every intention of staying that way. No WAY I'm getting sick. No way.


For Carl...

I ran today for Keli's best friend Annie's step great grandpa Carl. He is really sick right now. In fact, her mom is out visiting and not home because of how sick he is. And it is because of Cancer. So today's run was for Carl.

Keli and I watched Nine Months together with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore while I ran.

Today was supposed to be the family progressive dinner if you've been following my misadventures at all. Well that fell apart. Kind of like the family. Dad got sick several days ago. Mom got sick day before yesterday. Keli got hit with it yesterday. Niece got hit with something last night. I'm still feeling great (knocking on wood). Keith appears healthy. Sibs are all fine, and most of the other nieces and nephews are okay. We're still trying to pull together a date that will work for everyone for the makeup date.

Guess I'd best get back to my baking. Russian Tea Cakes are still on the agenda for this evening.

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 98.5
Still to go for goal: 401.5

KathyK, how is dad doing?


A quickie!

A quick run this morning before dashing off to my mom's to drop some things off and then it was off to meet Miss Marge for writing and gift exchange at Baker's Square (alright, there was some breakfast in there, too!) for a couple of hours and then BACK to mom's to make lasagne before the family progressive dinner tomorrow at eldest brother's house and then the folks' house. Did a little dashing about in the old home town, too to a couple of stores. It was another of those days!

Now I have some fast cleaning to do and then a grocery list to prepare for the holiday baking that must occur around here this weekend and early next week because WOW, Christmas is days away!

There is wrapping paper and bows and ribbon strewn about after Keli wrapped things for her friends last night and I've been working on getting things wrapped as well. I'm still trying to unpack the decorations and get them out. Man, it's just creeping up more and more quickly.

So this is it for today's post folks. Dashed off as quickly as possible because after cleaning and list making I have to dash off to get Keith from his apartment and then stop and get those groceries and then get back here to the house and get him settled in.

And now the dog is telling me it is his dinner time gosh darn it. And looking at the clock, I guess he's right!

Today's miles: 2.0
Total so far: 95.0
Still to go for goal: 405


For Phil C...

Did you ever have one of those days where you were running and running and you just felt like you were getting nowhere? :) Well that's me in a nutshell thank goodness! Wow! Past the 90-mile marker today! Should be able to hit the 100 mile goal by year end! That is cool. I never thought I would get this far so fast. I should have set a higher goal... don't tell anyone.

I'm finally getting somewhere on the Christmas thing, too. Started wrapping things today. That's cool, too. I hate the wrapping part. So tedious. I love how the tree looks once you get things under it, though. So I'll be glad to get a bunch of stuff finished so I can put them underneath the tree. It will be so much nicer that way. I might take out Keli's old wooden Brio train set and put it around the tree this year, too. Just for fun and for something different. We don't have any other real use for it anymore with no little ones in the family, so that would be kind of cute maybe.

Had to stop and do some more shopping on the way home from school tonight with Keli. She forgot a few of her friends last night. Shopping for all of the friends is a bit expensive. She's going to need to get a job if she's going to keep this up for next year. Wow. Her dad is going to be surprised when the bills come in on this one. I mean, it wasn't all for her friends, we did get a few things for him and for others, but I say again - Wow. She has a lot of friends. And I'm glad to see she is generous and the holidays aren't all about what she wants for Christmas anymore. But Wow.

Now I'd better go throw some dinner together. And feed the dog. He's looking at me with that pathetic "What about me?" sort of neglected look. Because you know, he's so neglected. Oh, and now he know's I'm writing about him. He's whimpering. He can tell. He's got a telepathic connection to all of us. He knows when we are thinking about him. He's smart that way. Just like he knows just when we hit that deep stage of sleep at night. That's when it is time for him to wake us up and tell us it's time for him to go back outside again. Poor thing. I think he has a little bladder thing or something (something being an "It's all about me and when you enter deep sleep you are no longer thinking, breathing, eating, sleeping or dreaming in my domain so wake up and get back to living your life for ME ME ME!!!"). Okay Bear. I'm coming.

Here are the stats for Phil's run...

Today's miles: 3.50
Total so far: 93.0
Still to go for goal: 407


For Tracey...

My dog is barking to come inside... it's cold out there!

So I'll be brief.

I ran a short one today in the hopes that I would be showering and rushing off to a massage appointment. Unfortunately, I got a phone call just as I was jumping into the shower saying that my massage therapist was under the weather.

So sad for her and so sad for me. I've been looking ahead with aching muscles to this for weeks!

So here are the stats for Tracey's run...

Today's miles: 2.50
Total so far: 89.50
Still to go for goal: 410.50

Tomorrow I'm running for Phil C.

I'm coming Bear... You can stop barking now!


For the BT Warriors...

For all you BT Warriors out there, I ran for you today. This includes Tim, from the Brain Tumor conference in Denver - one of the most endearing men you'll ever want to meet and his sweet wife, and all of you out on the boards at NBTF that we've met along the way, and those we haven't had the opportunity to meet yet.

And I didn't run watching some movie to keep my mind off my pain and agony or the miles or the exhaustion, although, I did have some distraction.

I put in the new Christmas DVD Christmas with Chanticleer. We saw this amazing group of men at The Ordway in St. Paul a couple of years ago and really enjoyed their concert, so this DVD was no disappointment. It wasn't as good as seeing them live, of course, but it was really fun to see them on stage again, even if only on TV. We have a few of their CD's, but this is better because they are all so yummy to look at. And because it can be so impossible to believe that all of the voices singing that music are male. They have an incredible vocal range!

So here are today's stats for the BT Warrior's run...

Today's Miles: 3.50
Total so far: 87.00
Still to go for goal: 413

Tomorrow I will run for Tracey, one specific friend of Keith's from the BT world.

Sure is quiet out here... sniffle.


For Joy...

Today I ran for Alta's friend Joy. And I ran watching Gosford Park. It was kind of a sleepy movie. And I was a bit of a sleepy runner. I just couldn't put Night Train to Venice back in the VCR. I doubt I'll ever finish watching it. Oh well. Some movies are just like that. I did enjoy seeing Jeremy Northam again - he was in Gosford Park, if only for a bit of annoyance as a Hollywood Star.

Then it was another run around kind of day. But I acccomplished some more spending for Christmas, that awful commercial holiday that it has become.

Here was Joy's run...

Today's Miles: 3.00
Total so far: 83.50
Still to go for goal: 416.5

Tomorrow for Keith, I will run for the many BT Warriors we have met along the path.


For the cheerleaders...

I finished watching The Freshman today with a young Matthew Broderick and a very old Marlon Brando. Very cute. Nearly lost my cookies at the whole idea of the Gourmet Club, though!

After finishing that I popped in Night Train to Venice. I've only seen about 10 minutes of it so far, but let's face it, I picked it up for Hugh Grant and I know nothing about it. So far? Bizarre. We'll see. The one review I just popped on at IMDB says "So bad that it's worth seeing!" uh oh.

Keli returns from the Wisconsin Dells today and then on our return from taking Keith to his apartment we'll hopefully stop and visit with my cousin Dianne who is in town this weekend celebrating Christmas with Uncle H and Aunt D and the gang. We want to get together with her and talk about Japan! Keli will be going there with her in April and this will be their only chance to get together and talk about it before then.

Now I'm going to go wrap some Christmas gifts before she arrives and tuck them under the tree. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Here are the cheerleader run stats...

Today's miles: 3.0
Total so far: 80.50
Still to go for goal: 419.5

Tomorrow I will run for my mother in law's dear friend Joy.

I broke the safety key that attaches to my clothes for the treadmill the other day. So now I'm just tucking it the waistband of my running pants. Last night I bought a tiny little clamp at the grocery store to use instead. I forgot to use it today. Will have to remember to attach it for tomorrow's run. If you are a treadmill user, always remember to use your safety key. Attach it to yourself. I have a long story which I refuse to post here because I have siblings (at least one sibling in-law) who read this blog and it is far too embarrassing to relate, but trust me. Safety keys are a good thing.

Use them.


In gratitude...

Today I ran in gratitude to all of you who have pledged my run and to everyone who already sent checks instead of pledging. I am so grateful for your generosity. It has been overwhelming and amazing. I am so touched and feel so blessed by my friends and family once again.

And what did I watch, you ask? Okay, maybe you didn't. Maybe you couldn't care less. But I'll tell you anyway. I watched Matthew Broderick in The Freshman, idea provided by Bill - Thanks Bill!

And Kent and Bonnie? I'll be over to raid your movie cabinet one of these days soon. I think the 5 for 5 deal at Mr. Movies only lasts through the end of December. :)

Here's how I did today...

Today's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 77.50
Still to go for goal: 422.5

Who should I run for tomorrow??? I KNOW! Tomorrow I run for the cheerleaders! I lurrrrrrrrrrvs my cheerleaders!


For Sydnor...

Today I ran for Sydnor watching the first half of a movie called Possession starring Gwyneth Paltrow. It was an interesting movie and did a lot of flashback stuff utilizing a couple of actors from other English Period pieces (Emma, Pride and Prejudice), Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle. I finished watching it in the evening while doing a little knitting. What a waste that was. I was trying out some new yarn I purchased. It was a wonderful and soft type of chennile and at first I tried to crochette it into a scarf but the hook kept getting caught up in it so I switched to the knitting needles. Unfortunately I didn't fare any better with those (I'm not much of a knitter; I always feel as though I have two left hands).

I then had an extremely busy day (and Saturday was busy too, obviously!) but satisfying - I got a little Christmas shopping done, got some writing done with Marge (hi Marge!), went to see a movie for a birthday celebration (hi Carolyn!) and enjoyed time to breathe in front of the tree with the knitting needles at the end of the day. Also saw Keli off to the Wisconsin Dells in the morning before all of the rest took place!

Here's how the run went...

Today's miles: 3.00
Total so far: 74.25
Still to go for goal: 425.75

Tomorrow I'm running in gratitude of all of the wonderful people who are pledging me and who have sent fabulous checks because they are so wonderful and generous. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!


For Marn...

Today I jogged for Marn with Bridget Jones. God I love that movie. I have watched it a bajillion times and I laugh every time. Every time. It kills me with laughter. Laughter is a good thing on a treadmill. It makes you forget the pain. I love laughter. I love Bridget. And oh my god do I love Mark Darcy. Mmm mmm good. Keith is okay with that. Really he is. Because he knows that his romantic bent is easily as strong as any movie character. Yep. He and his romance can make me cry tears of happiness any day of the week. So he lets me love all these movie characters.

When I popped Bridget into the VCR I found that I had been watching her on another jog. So I was just getting to one of my favorite parts of the movie - her birthday - when she finds she is not something of a genius in the kitchen. A kindred spirit. When Mark comes over and finds her splattered with the makings of her birthday dinner and he helps her salvage what he can and they cook together side by side and it's all very romantic. I lurrrrrrrrrvs that part. And much of the rest of the movie.

Anyway. I enjoyed the run immensely. And knowing I was running for Marn, that sexy and inspirational athlete from Canada who is the leader of the 500 Club, well... that was just the icing on the cake today. I would have run much longer than I did because it was going so well, but I had to dash and get Keli to a chiropractor appointment since we missed yesterday's due to snow and furnace fixers and smoke detectors beeping and all of that.

Here's the stats...

Today's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 71.25
Still to go for goal: 428.75

Tomorrow I will run for Elizabeth's mom, Sydnor, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last June. She is going through chemo (second round) and her tumor has responded a bit... HURRAH! Keep on fighting Sydnor!!!



Taking the day off to spend it with my girl...

and to deal with the furnace being broken...

and my brother coming over to change the batteries 15 feet up in my smoke detectors...



For Lauren and Dawn...

Today I read while I moved. I decided I'd better get going on Return of the King if I'm going to have any hope of finishing it before I want to see the movie. Obviously I won't be finished before they release it, but I'll be done before I go. I won't be seeing it as soon as it opens because I can't stand fighting the crowds, but probably around my birthday I'll get to it.

It's pretty hard bouncing around on the treadmill and trying to read so I did a little more walking/jogging than running today, but once in a while that's got to be okay.

Besides, I was finished with my movies. I'll be glad when Christmas arrives and a new crop of movies has entered the house. Although, I did see that Mr. Movies has kicked off their 5 Movies/5 Days/5 Bucks promotion for the month of December, and with all of the great suggestions I've gotten, I could go down and get five to watch. Unfortunately, I can't possibly watch five on the treadmill in five short days unless I'm really going to pack on the miles in a short time! Anyway...

There was a beautiful sight when I awoke this morning and opened the shades. Snow had fallen during the night and coated the trees of the Woods of Wisconsin. It is incredible out there. Gorgeous. I'll hate driving in it when I have to go out tonight and get Keli from her friend's house after their usual Tuesday night together, but I'm enjoying looking at it! Glad I don't have to run out there in it! I'm thankful for my Lurch!

Here's how I did for Lauren and Dawn...

Today's miles: 3.50
Total so far: 68
Still to go for goal: 432

Tomorrow I will run for Marn who basically got me going on this whole idea by inspiring me with her own 500 mile idea and doing the Jog for the Juggs in Canada. You can see story here and find the history of her own trek within its pages. She was the brainchild of the 500 Mile Club. Her own lump was benign, but that certainly doesn't make her any less important in anyone's eyes for all the good that she has done for the cause. Thanks Marn! You're a peach, luv!


For Brian...

Finished watching What Lies Beneath while I ran for Brian. The last part of this movie is the worst part but I'll give nothing away in discussing it here.

This few weeks building up to Christmas is getting so busy. Am I going to always be running a day behind in my posts? Going to try and correct this.

I'm thrilled to report that I've heard back from a third of my friends and family who I sent my pledge letter to. That is so awesome. You all are fabulously supportive and I really appreciate it!

Today's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 64.5
Still to go for goal: 435.5

Tomorrow I'll run for Dawn again because the chemo is really knocking her on her butt this time. And I'm running for her daughter, too. Lauren is having a rough week, so kiddo, this one is also for you.


For Aunt E...

I didn't skip the run on Sunday. I just never got back out here to write about it. So here in very condensed form is that info so I can get back on Lurch and do today's run...

(and I'm changing the date on the post to Sunday to keep track of everything)

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 67.75
Still to go for goal: 432.25

Tomorrow I'm running for Brian P. He's a fellow BT warrior here in town and the dad of another sophomore at Keli's school. He's already had to battle one recurrence since dealing with the initial finding around the time Keith battled his. Nasty beasts these brain tumors.


For David Bailey...

Well the bed wasn't spinning when I opened my eyes this morning and the world didn't twirl when I stood up, so I decided I could go for my run. Lurch was amenable and I popped What Lies Beneath into the VCR and put the headphones on so I could get the full effect of the whispers and screams and all that. Actually, I have to turn the TV sound up pretty loud to hear it over the pounding of my feet on the "pavement" and don't want to bug the whole family (Keli was still sleeping just down the hall).

There are some great creepy scenes in that movie and plot twists and turns. Not a bad flick. I go for a scary movie now and then. Not necessarily while running, but I'd already watched it snuggled in bed earlier in the week and this watch was to catch all the ghosties that I missed the first time around and to keep my mind off my aches and pains and shortness of breath.

While I ran the scent of cinnamon and sugar kept wafting down the steps and into my nose and it was like a cartoon smoke arm and hand grabbing me and pulling me away and up into the kitchen... When I finished running and headed that direction, I found a cinnamon crumb cake cooling on the counter that Keith had made. What a darling hubby, eh? No wonder I bring him home on the weekends. Have I mentioned that Betty Crocker I am not?

Tonight we are off to see the play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. My niece, Erin has a small part in it, so we get to see her on stage this year. We missed it last year when she also took part. Think we'll go get some dinner in town, too.

Hmm, crumb cake, dinner out. Think I should have done an extra mile or two for David today! Here's the numbers...

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 64.25
Still to go for goal: 435.75

Tomorrow I will run for my Aunt E. who kept things so quiet that only a couple of people even knew she had battled cancer until we saw her at the Relay last year in the survivors' tent celebrating with the rest of the survivors.


Rain Check...

David Bailey is getting a rain check on his run. Not because today was a total wash, but because it was enough of one that I want to give him a better day.

I had a big mix up this week with my prescriptions. When I thought I was taking my blood pressure meds, I was actually taking an old prescription of Claritin-D. Not mine. Keith's. Pay attention and read labels folks. So I was not only not taking my BP meds this week, but I was doubling up on claritin 24 hour and taking the decongestent part, which I'm not supposed to have for reasons which I can't even remember any more. I made the discovery on Tuesday night when I went to fill up my pill container and thought my BP pills looked "off". Then I realized I'd been taking from the wrong bottle for about a week. Ack. I'd been feeling a little off for a few days, too. Especially when we were moving Keith and after the appointment for the MRI. I chalked it up to all of the stress. Guess it might have been the drugs.

So I got back on the full dosage of the meds Thursday morning. And when I climbed out of bed this morning, I nearly fell over. The room was spinning. BP meds? BP falling to it's lower range? Migraine? Don't know. All I know is I had bed spins when I went back to bed and the world was really flying. So when I finally did get up because the world slowed down enough, I didn't do a full workout. I did a slow and easy walk on Lurch.

I also put up the Christmas tree and cleaned the ceiling fans and putzed around the house, turning a fingernail black and blue in the process.

So Mr. Bailey? I hope you'll accept this rain check for tomorrow. Or another day if need be. We'll see how the bod is feeling when I climb out of bed in the morning.

Keep those pledges coming! Wait a minute Mr. Postman...

Here's the numbers...

Today's miles: 2
Total so far: 60.75
Still to go for goal:439.25

Tomorrow is the follow up for david m. bailey!


For Kimberly

Today with curly-haired Kimberly on my mind, and crazy Ferris on my screen shakin' up the Windy City (is there anything better than that scene of him on the float in the middle of the parade lip-syncin' Twist and Shout with The Beatles and dancin' his cute little free-wheelin' heart out? Ah, the simple life of an 80's teenager, skipping school and having fun. Those were the days... But I never skipped school... much... Pooh's not around here to verify that... are you Pooh? And I don't think Hutch ever cut with us so she can't squeal. I mean, she never cut either... We were all good kids. Not a class cutter in the bunch. Huh uh. Not us.

Wow, did I digress... As I was saying, with curly-haired Kimberly on my mind, I climbed aboard Lurch (that doesn't sound right, does it???) and ran 3.25 miles today.

I was reminded by my Naturopath to take my vitamins and minerals when she pointed out that I'm lacking in some basic mineral the other day (which one escapes me, of course) and she asked me if I was still taking them. I told her I had been a bit lax. So, she cracked the whip and told me to get back on them and I'd be feeling fit as a fiddle again. It would probably explain the sore knees and legs and such (has nothing to do with the running, believe you me). Today it was back to the good stuff and in no time I'll be whipping down those streets to nowhere again, probably putting in 20 miles a day! (hahaha - glad to know I can still laugh at myself).

Here are today's numbers before I'm off to do the many things yet to be accomplished, the least of which is to run to the mailbox for more joy!...

Today's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 58.75
Still to go for goal: 441.25

Tomorrow I run for a man who's brain tumor journey has inspired my Keith ever since we learned of him. His name is david m. bailey. I hope that you will visit his website and read about his own journey through the nightmare that is cancer of the brain. He was given less than a year to live when his baseball size tumor was found and now over six (if I remember correctly) years later, he is still going strong. He quit the corporate world and went back to his first love of music. He's a singer/songwriter with a really powerful message of hope and love and strength and I could go on and on. His music and message have meant a lot to us and a lot of other people that we know. That is why I'll run for him.

We've had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times after some concerts and he is as genuine a person as you would ever hope to come across. Check out his schedule and if he is in your area, please go hear him. Pick up a cd and have a listen. Click on his links online and have a listen that way. You might surprise yourself and like what you hear. Okay. Enough promotion. No, I'm not getting anything from it. Just the satisfaction of knowing that I'm exposing a few more people to something really great.


For Judy...

Today I ran with Ferris Bueller. Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? And Matthew Broderick only gets better looking with age.

And do you see the rubber duck at the top of the page? That rubber duck is a 10 percent indicator... Everytime I hit a 50-mile marker, I get a rubber duck... well I hit one yesterday so I'm 10% of the way there. This was devised by the originator of the 500-mile club, Marn.

It was a busy day! I had to get up and get going with that run because then it was off to the folks' house for an extended family meeting about Christmas Eve. Our family CE is getting smaller. Looks like it will only be 40 this year, but we'll still need to rent the local shooting range to hold it in, and Santa will still pay us a visit. The meeting ran three hours long and then I stayed to copy my notes for Mom and give a hand with some lights outside and chat with the folks a few minutes before heading back to the high school to pick up Kel. We came straight home to work on some of the Christmas decorating and a couple of other projects I have in the fire.

I've gotta say my favorite task of the day right now is picking up the mail. There is nothing like opening that box and finding another of the self-addressed stamped envelopes I sent out returning like a homing pigeon with a pledge or donation from one of my lovely friends or family members. I don't know how I will ever thank you. I guess by jumping on Lurch every day that I can and continuing this journey of 500 miles!

Yes, I did name the damn treadmill. Without any help from any of you. Perhaps you missed the request (See For Becky 11/24) - I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, the treadmill is hereby dubbed Lurch, for a couple of reasons... One of the reasons is because some days, that's what I tend to do when I climb aboard - I lurch along. It's all I can do, but I just gotta do what I can. Another is that you may remember Lurch from the original Addams Family TV series? Remember that sound he made in his throat when he was somewhat disgusted with Gomez or some other family member? That's how I sound when I'm about to climb aboard. When I jump back off nearly an hour later, I've got a spring in my step and a cheerful trill in my voice (yeah, right) and sound nothing like Lurch, but before... So I just thought Lurch was fitting.

Speaking of Becky, you may have caught Marge's meaning in her comments to me yesterday. They are still waiting on Beck's biopsy results. Poor girl found out Monday that the second set were "too close" to call and had been sent on to a second lab for their opinion and she now has to wait for another week or two. Keep those fingers and toes crossed please.

So today for my darlin' Southern Belle Judikins...

Today's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 55.5
Still to go for goal: 444.5

Tomorrow I run for Kimberly. She's another of Keli's friend's moms. It is so hard to see these young teen girls with moms going through hard-core breast cancer treatment and fighting for their lives. Kimberly fought hard during the summer of 2002 and has been cancer free for a year now. And WOW did she get a curly head of hair after that chemo! Her husband joked with me that it was an expensive way to get a perm!


Hurrah! We can breathe!

For those of you who read what's written elsewhere, you already know that the MRI results came back with good news. The doc says there is no sign of growth (is that how he put it?) at the site and that things are stable. PHEW!

Thank you for your good thoughts, prayers and well-wishes. We all appreciate your love and support. Yesterday we had that early set of appointments, then we headed back home to get our loaded car and met up with the folks and their loaded car and headed for Keith's new apartment. He'll stay there during the week while he's working and I'll head over and bring him for the weekends back here to our home in the woods of Wisconsin. It's a nice new apartment complex overlooking a lake with a really nice walking/bike path around it. As we got him settled in, we watched the sun go down over the lake. It was beautiful. I bet I put a lot of distance on my running shoes yesterday just running around with all of that! But I was far too tired when I got back home to get on the treadmill. And still too busy!

When I got home, I called Keli to see if she was ready for me to pick her up from her friend's house. They were just starting dinner, though. Then as I hung up the phone, I saw the note hanging on the refrigerator that I had a meeting to go to at the high school regarding registration for next year starting an hour later. After that, she and I headed to Target for a shopping excursion because three of her friends had birthdays to celebrate and we needed to shop for them (after all, it was The Boy's birthday today! And that was critical!). I was really beat by the time I got home and finally could really go to bed. I think she was up wrapping and writing cards until nearly 1. I couldn't keep track. Besides, she has teenage youthful vigor going for her!

So today's results, run in recovery mode...

Today's miles: 2.49
Total so far: 52
Still to go for goal: 448

Tomorrow I will run for Southern Belle Judy M. who battled breast cancer and won. I love her southern accent. I love to hear her say "Bless your heart." I miss her because she's a friend who is missing in action these days, but I think about her a lot, so this one is for her. I love you, Judy!


For Keith

Today I ran for my hubby. Tomorrow is his tube ride for the year. And we'll get good results. We're lucky because we'll actually get results. Tomorrow. Within an hour or so of the MRI. A lot of people aren't so lucky. They go for their checkups and have to wait for days for their neurologists to get back to them with results. And those results often come in the form of a phone call from the nurse. We'll get to meet with the doc himself. And since he's a professor at a University and loves to teach, any questions we have will be greeted with "I'm glad you asked." He'll sit back in his chair and answer to his heart's content. Did I say he loves to teach? Have I mentioned how Keith loves the University setting? I think we'll end up back at some little College some day with Keith in the roll of Professor if we can swing it. One dream. Anyway, we have an excellent team of physicians now handling Keith's case.

I ran for the final day with Anthony Hopkins. That is one wicked movie. And you thought he was a bad dude in Silence of the Lambs? There is some nasty stuff happening in Titus. N.A.S.T.Y. Shakespeare had some twisted ideas. Or the Romans had the twisted ideas I suppose and Shakespeare was just writing them? Whatever. It was violent and nasty.

Our friends P&C came to see us yesterday. We had lots of laughs, lots of food and enjoyed their baby Riley immensely. Hope to see them again soon, maybe even before Christmas. This year. One can hope.

I've done some chuckling of my own today. I had to convert my novel, completed at 3 am, to a text file so that I could upload it to be verified at the NaNoWriMo website as being large enough to qualify as a winner in the competition. Yep. I made it. My first attempt - beginners luck. I owe it all to my Grandma Lilah and her china teacup full of green tea that kept me awake long enough to finish it. Oh, I did a bit of sleep writing around midnight. Various new characters tried to creep in at that time... some old friends including one named Janet from my home town. She might find that pretty funny. I'll tell her about it some day maybe.

Anyway, while converting that novel, I found some real humor in all of the ridiculous twists the plot takes. I haven't read it all of the way through, you see. Don't know that I ever will either. Maybe some day when I need a good laugh. Could be fun. I flipped through it very quickly and added chapter headings this morning and saw characters that I had forgotten were in it. All in just a month of writing!

And I've only been running for two weeks. Imagine the twists and turns this adventure will take! So many more than the writing of a novel did... Hang in there with me cheerleaders and we'll have a whole new story to tell in the end.

The pledges keep rolling in. I'm certain to reach my hoped-for goal at this rate. Mr. Number-cruncher hasn't had time to plug in the numbers but once he's set in his new apartment I'll get him to do that and figure out where I'm sitting thus far if I hit that 500 mark... I'm aiming for the stars!!!

For my Keith...

Today's miles: 4.02
Total so far: 49.51 (argh! Had I known I was so close!)
Still to go for goal: 450.49

I'm not giving tomorrow's run to anyone because I'm not certain I'll get to the treadmill with all that is happening. If I get there it will be gravy. I might get on just for that last .49 miles when I get home! Happy Sunday evening all.


For Uncle K

Had this whole entry done once already but it was as dry as toast and I had to throw it away. I'm afraid that's just how it's going to be today, though... dry as toast. It's just one of those days. Where everything that rolls off your fingers is blah. And there's nothing you can do about it.

Glad deer hunting season is nearly over. The cannons were going off last night before I ran to town for the little parade we had to light up the town for Christmas. It seriously sounded like they were in our back yard. Close. They were on the corner of the lot line. I took the dog out to his dog run hoping he would start barking and piss off the hunters enough to make them leave, but he was just so afraid of them he ran in the garage and cowered by the back door until I let him back inside and I sat in his dog run whistling as loudly as I could instead, like I had a dog I was whistling for. It didn't help. They just sat down there shooting off their cannons. I finally yelled, "Sure feels great feeling like I'm living in a damn warzone!" But they couldn't hear me over the sound of their cannons. So I went back inside.

Well, I'd better go help Keli clean her rooms since she was so helpful to me last night. She got a wild hair and decided to clean the wood floors in various rooms. Really clean - not just dust. She did some other impressive stuff too. So I said I'd help her this morning. And things didn't get any less dry around here. Sorry about that. Hopefully I'll get a little damper tomorrow. May you all have a cheery day...

Here's the stats for Uncle K's run...

Today's miles: 3.12
Total so far: 45.49
Still to go for goal: 454.51

Tomorrow I'm running for my hubby Keith because of his tube ride on Monday. Give him an extra thought tomorrow or an extra prayer tomorrow night, please. This is his annual checkup to make sure his tumor site is behaving itself and that there isn't any sign of regrowth.

We are lucky enough to have a great team that we meet with who give us the results right away. Some people aren't so lucky and don't get their results for days after their MRI, so I'll already have the news by the time I come back later on Monday, but I'll also be helping him get moved in to his new week-day apartment that day. At any rate, by the time I post my Monday workout (if I can fit one in with all of that going on) I'll be able to let you know that we got the all clear. (power of positive thinking)


For KathyK's mom...

I was going to just pretend yesterday didn't happen. Thought maybe since the cheerleaders were kind of non-existent for a couple days, nobody would notice if I skipped a day. And then Trudi happened. :) I'm not complaining. I love Trudi. I'm glad she posted on my post about the 26th wondering where my run for Thanksgiving was? She's keeping me honest.

So here's the thing. I slept in every day this week. Every blinking day! I couldn't drag my sorry butt out of bed! I've got a really cozy bed. It isn't comfortable. The mattress, which we spent a helluva lot of money on, SUCKS ROCKS. (don't ask me what that means, or where I picked up such a stupid phrase, but it does... the mattress sucks rocks). But climbing out from between those sheets and covers? Hard to do. And not even because Keith is home to snuggle with all week. Nope. He is up and out of bed by 6:30 because the dog doesn't let him sleep in. It's just me. In the big cozy bed. All alone. So comfortable. Well, by the time I did get up, there was food to be cooked to take with us to the folks' house and showers to be taken and there just wasn't time to run before going.

And by the time we got back, I could barely move for the food I'd eaten. But it was a good day. Much fun and laughter. So no. I didn't run. But I ran today!! (after sleeping in again...)

I ran with Anthony Hopkins in Titus. It was a good run. A slow and steady run.

And now I have a whole mess of cleaning to do. We're having dear old friends over tomorrow. And their new addition to the family... Riley.

Here's the stats for my run of the day...

Today's miles: 3.52
Total so far: 42.37
Still needed to goal: 457.63

Tomorrow I will run for my Uncle K, who battled prostate cancer and beat it. Love you uncle! And that was after battling many heart problems (open heart surgery, heart attacks, etc.).


For Barb...

Alrighty then. After getting dressed and heading downstairs and getting sidetracked by Keli who needed a ride to The Boy's house because she had a party to attend with him tonight, I finally got started around 5 on Barb's miles. I finished watching Untamed Heart and started on Titus, but only rolled through the intro and opening credits before I'd had it for the evening and decided I'd better get the oven heated and the pizza out of the fridge...

Tonight's dinner in order to hold back the mess and the cooking for tomorrow: Papa Murphy's Gourmet Vegetarian Pizza (hold the onions). Delish!

Received a couple more pledges in today's mail. It really makes going to the mailbox exciting! Had a letter in the box from a former co-worker, which was much fun - hello! I'll write you soon, thanks for the updated e-mail and the pledge! People are so generous and wonderful...

And another very surprising and overwhelming pledge arrived today as well... all I can say is wow and bless you and thank you.

My updated stats...

Today's miles: 3.11
Total so far: 38.85
Still needed to goal: 461.15

Tomorrow's run is dedicated to KathyK's mom, who battled breast cancer and is a 10-year survivor! KathyK, your family has been through the ringer with this stuff, eh darling? I'll have had your whole family after tomorrow! Do I need to start on your hubby's side after this? I haven't heard you mention his family battling the old Cancer beast, but I'm sure with as prevalent as the bugger is, it is highly possible. Thanks for your visit yesterday. Hugs to you and yours. I hope your dad continues to fight hard with his chemo.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in case I don't get out here tomorrow to post! We're heading to the folks' house for a family dinner... Enjoy the time with your loved ones... thanks to all of you for your support.


It's only Wednesday!

I can tell on this day before Thanksgiving that as the holidays approach, they are going to be some tough days for getting on that treadmill. I mean, here it is the day before Thanksgiving and it is 4 pm and I'm struggling to get on the monster.

Also, the holidays are going to mean that my cheerleaders are busy with their own lives and not hanging out on their computers just waiting for me to need their assistance... So here I go. Just letting you know that it's a tough day. But I'm going. Right now. And I sure am glad I've got Barb to run for. This one's for you, Barb... I'll be back.


For Dawn...

Spent quality family time last night with the Warrior (who cooked his fabulous cheese tortellini dinner) and Keli (who wanted to watch a movie, so I rewound Grosse Pointe Blank and we watched all of that together).

So today's movie on the run was Untamed Heart with Christian Slater (yes, another one) and Marisa Tomei. This is one Keli picked out as it has two of her favorite people (the aforementioned) in it also. So far, so good with that whole 80's romantic thing going for it. And another perk is that it is set in the Twin Cities area, looks to be right around the U of M campus, so that's fun.

I'm getting some e-mails and phone calls with questions regarding the fund-raising letter I sent, so I will try and clarify a couple of things here, too. I tried to make the letter crystal clear, but that's difficult sometimes - trying to make it short enough to get people to read it and yet clear enough to avoid questions.

  • You needn't send any money at this time (and I'd kind of prefer you didn't because of the delay before the relay, but I'll take it if you really prefer it that way).

  • If you are sending money now, you can send a check made out to the American Cancer Society. Do you mind if I hold that check until next spring when we start depositing for the relay?

  • All I am hoping for at this point, is the tear off of the letter returned pledging whatever (for example, a penny a mile would be a $5 total donation when/if I make the 500 mile goal... a nickle a mile would be a $25 donation on June 1 or when/if I make the 500 mile goal, etc.)

  • If you are reading this site and did not get a letter and would like to because this sounds like a great idea, please send me a comment to that effect and we'll e-mail each other and connect somehow. I love you!

    Any other questions? I'd be happy to answer them for you. Let me know. I hate being confusing.

    Here are the stats for Dawn's run...

    Today's miles: 3.50
    Total so far: 35.74
    Still needed to goal: 464.26

    Tomorrow's run is dedicated to my friend Barb. She battled the breast cancer bugger several years ago when I worked with her in downtown St. Paul. She beat the beast and took on a new lease on life asking herself what she was missing from life that she really wanted to have there. The answer was horses and she brought that old love and joy back into her life. We should all learn from her example. Hugs to you, Barb! I hope you are well. It has been too long, old friend. We must get together again - all four of us.

    The pledges are starting to roll in! Thank you so much!!

  • 11.24.2003

    Oh my gosh!!!!!

    I'm over a 20th of the way there!

    I might make it!

    Slap me some skin!

    For Becky!

    Finally I can update! Blogger was down for a while this afternoon and I was going crazy because I hate when I want to get something done and can't. Can we say i m p a t i e n t? Um yeah. That's me. Just a little bit. Ask the Warrior. He says when you look in the dictionary for the definition of impatient you'll find a picture of me. He's probably right. I don't know. I haven't looked it up lately.

    So today was the day Becky had to go into the hospital and have her tumour aspirated again (yes, I really did say again because the first time they didn't get any tumour cells... doesn't that suck?). She won't get the results until Friday, so send a little bit of lovin' and healthy vibes into the universe for the Beckster and for her mommy because they could use your good thoughts, okay?

    And so today (this evening, in fact because I really had a rough time climbing on that treadmill today) I climbed on the treadmill (taking your submissions for names for the damn thing because I'm sick of calling it "the treadmill" - please send your ideas to my comment section... another shameless plea to see how many of you are reading, aren't I tricky?) in Becky's honor because she is a good daughter to my best writing buddy and traveling partner Marge, whom I lurrrrrv.(Hi Marge!)

    Thanks to Billy's terrific movie idea, I stopped at Mr. Movies this afternoon while I was out running errands and picking my daughter up from school, and I picked up Grosse Pointe Blank (starring that handsome hunk, John Cusack - yum!). I began watching it on tonight's run. I've seen it before, of course, but I'd forgotten how much fun it was. I'm loving the 80's music and I really like Minnie Driver, so that's a plus, too. And Alan Arkin as the therapist is a hoot and I'd forgotten all about him. So I'm enjoying that thoroughly and it will make climbing on "the thing" tomorrow so much easier. I think that was part of the problem earlier today. I didn't have a great movie to pop in, you know?

    But, I did it. Even after a really slow start to the day and not wanting to do it, I finally climbed aboard "It" and did it. I'm not patting myself on the back here. I'm just damn glad it's over to be honest. Because tomorrow I have to do it all over again. But at least I'll have John to look at! Thanks, Bill! That was a great idea.

    And now Trudi has given me more great ideas. BJD, of course is in my stack of watchables and girl, she is committed to memory... Honey? You should see Keli do Bridget. You know the scene at the end where Mark reads the diary and goes storming out of her apartment and B hears the door close and comes out of her bedroom wondering what is going on in just her knickers and t-shirt? "Mark? Mark?" Peeking around corners and tip-toeing around... Keli knocks me over with her impression. I'm nearly wetting myself when she does it. Sounds like her, facial expressions, movements... only thing missing are the thighs and such. My dear daughter...

    Loved Bend it Like Beckham. Going to own that one soon. Haven't seen Men With Brooms, so I'll definitely check that one out on the next rental run! Thanks for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!!!

    On with the stats...

    Today's miles: 3.33
    Total so far: 32.24
    Still needed to goal: 467.76

    I'm dedicating tomorrow's run to Dawn D. She is currently going through treatment for breast cancer here in my home town. She is the mom of one of my daughter's very dear friends and every one of Dawn's sisters have also gone through treatment for breast cancer; one of them has been through it twice!

    Won't it be fantastic when they finally stamp out this nasty beast? Because they will you know. They will find a cure. I am positive of that fact.


    Stacey's Run...

    Well, aside from knowing that the battle against cancer is a beotch of a battle, I haven't had to fight it personally. Yes, I watched my husband fight it and in a way, had to fight part of it myself, but physically, I didn't go through it. I've never felt the effects of chemo or radiation, or had the surgeons knife remove any foreign tumour from me. Millions of others have.

    I'm not sure how much of that battle Stacey has had to go through. I just know that my friend Trudi has asked me to dedicate a portion of my 500 miles to her dear friend Stacey, battling breast cancer, so today, I did just that.

    I've never used the programs on my treadmill before. I've just hopped on and run the flat road and done a bit of time and miles as I've watched a movie. Today I thought I'd hit one of the programs while I finished watching Oceans Eleven (George Clooney, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt... Oh MY!)... I'm not a fan of hills. I hate them. They make the lungs and the legs hurt, dammit.

    But the way I looked at the pain today was, Stacey's been through a LOT more pain than what that little treadmill could dish out. So when the hill got steep? I kept going. For her sake. When my legs started to burn? I kept going. Because she does. Every day. So Stacey? This one was for you. Thanks for helping me get on that treadmill today and put in the miles.

    Huge hugs to you in your battle. I wish you the very best. You've got a really great friend in the Trudles. I lurrrrrrrrvs her a lot. I hope someday to meet her in 3D so I can give her a really big hug, too.

    Here's the stats for your run...

    Today's miles: 4.05
    Total so far: 28.91
    Still needed to goal: 471.09

    Tomorrow's run is dedicated to Becky. She has to go to the hospital and have her tumor aspirated (sp?) tomorrow so it can be tested for cancer. I don't know if this is the right way to put it or not, but that's the basics. A retest because the first one didn't work. Prayin' for you Beckster.


    For Ray...

    This morning I ran with Danny Ocean and Rusty Ryan. I've really got to get some new movies in my collection. I mean, Ocean's Eleven is a great movie, and it will keep me running (especially after that gorgeous Andy Garcia... I loves me some Andy Garcia!) for a couple of days. But I could use some new flicks to keep me going and distracted.

    Zen Master Warrior tells me to run unaccompanied and to just FEEL the perfection of the run. I love you honey, but I would fall flat on my butt after the first quarter mile if I just ran and had to actually pay attention to what the run felt like. Seriously. Zen Master Keri I'm not.

    I think I'm going to ask for some Mr. Movies gift cards from my folks for Christmas and my birthday (hint hint mom!) so I have plenty of backup movies for this running thing.

    Here's how I did on Ray's run...

    Today's miles: 3.18 miles
    Total so far: 24.86 miles
    Still needed to goal: 475.14 miles

    Thank you dedicated cheerleaders! You guys are the bestest! (((((hugging))))) (Hutch? Are you here?)

    Tomorrow's run is dedicated to Trudi's friend, Stacey R. Keep on kicking that breast tumour, baby-cakes! You know you can!


    For Kathy's dad...

    I put in four miles today. Finished watching The Two Towers. Alas. How many weeks do I have to wait for Return of the King to hit the theaters? This one was for KathyK and her papa. Hugs to you both. May he continue to do well with his current chemo treatment! And Kathy? Keep up the good work yourself, hunny-bunny! ESC!

    Glad to hear the letters are hitting your boxes. Been getting some good responses from people... (500 miles? Are you NUTS?).

    I may even have to post a photo of my sweaty and nasty self running some of those miles on the site someday. I actually got the idea from one of my neighbors. You know. To show me on that treadmill and oh how lucky it is that none of you have to actually witness the horror in person because by the time I've done 500 miles in my family room, it will need to be fumigated!

    Okay, so here are the stats:

    Today's miles: 4.02
    Total so far: 21.68
    Still needed to goal: 478.32

    Tomorrow I'm running for family friend Ray, who just had bypass surgery! Notice, I'm not having any trouble finding people to dedicate my miles to so far, but if any one of my three readers has someone special in their life that they want me to run for, it really helps get my butt on the treadmill to have someone special that I'm doing it for, so drop me a comment please!

    And your cheerleading really helps, too! (Shameless begging begins anew!)



    The first official piece of paper came in the mail today promising donations for my run! (Yes mom and dad - you were first!) Things are really starting to roll now. I'll have to get the number-cruncher working on those spreadsheets this weekend so I can just plug numbers in as the pledges come in. It's so exciting! Thank you backers! This is in addition to word via e-mail and forum chats. What great friends and family!

    Today's run was for Kat. It was lonely and small, but it was hard-fought. I had the didn't-get-my-own-Cities-Sampler blues.

    Today's miles: 2
    Total so far: 17.66
    Still needed to goal: 482.34

    Tomorrow I run for Kathy's dad. She is one of my Diva sistahs and her dad is battling inoperable lung cancer in both lungs. He has been taking experimental chemo, however, and they've just had word that the cancer is stable after 30 days on the treatment with no new activity. That's really great news!

    I'm dedicating my miles tomorrow to him, and to KathyK because she's had a really rough year. Love ya sweetie!


    For Dave...

    Today's run is dedicated to a stranger named Dave, who is celebrating being cancer free. I learned about him at d's place.

    I'll be back to report the miles later.

    I'm on my way, Aragorn!

    Today's miles: 3.09
    Total miles so far: 15.66
    Still needed to goal: 484.34

    That was for you, Dave. And I'm still Snoopy dancing for you, too. Because I am truly excited that you are clean of cancer cells. What is better than that? Congratulations! Huge cyber hugs!

    And tomorrow? Well, I've promised tomorrow's miles to Kat. They're all yours baby. I'm gonna do them when I come back from running all over tarnation looking for my Cities Sampler. Because I was unsuccessful in my attempts to win one on the radio. And I have my priorities. Music first. Then running.

    And for those of you waiting to hear about the Beckster's biopsy results? You're going to have to hang in there like the rest of us and wait a little longer because things were effed up at the lab and the poor dear has to go back in next week and have things re-done. Now tell me things aren't a little screwed up in the medical world. She's been waiting a week for those results and now she has to wait again. Love you guys. Hugs. Hope you get better and faster treatment this time around.


    The Two Towers?

    Today I ran with Shadowfax... We ran side by side our long legs quivering with speed and endurance as we raced up hills and over the mountains and through the forests on our way to Rohan.

    (all right all of you who know me, stop laughing at that long legs thing...)

    True, I felt more like Tree Beard and his creaky movements as he carried Merry and Pippin through Fangorn Forest, especially during the first mile, but I kept on and eventually I felt like I was running with Shadowfax, really I did!

    Today's miles: 3.25
    Total so far: 12.57
    Still needed to goal: 487.43

    The letters should be trickling out to people finally. I'm loving my cheering squad! Thanks gang!


    No Wimps Here!

    Okay Trudles... No wimps allowed.

    I got home from helping the Warrior husband move to his new weekly lodgings around 10 pm and I was bushed. Okay, so yesterday I took a day of rest. My second day on the 500 run to nowhere and I rested. I needed it to prepare for all those days ahead!

    Today, I got up at 6 to get my daughter off to school, prepared to stay up for the day so I could get some miles racked and determined to set the pace. This is November of NaNoWriMo and the start of the 500-Miles! There is much to accomplish!

    Today's miles: 6.16
    Total miles run so far: 9.32
    Still needed to goal: 490.68

    Now I'm going to go hobble off to my laptop and try to get some mega-words typed in on that story I'm working on. And then perhaps I'll be able to stand up long enough for a good hot shower. I sure hope we get some sunshine today. I know a few of my friends out there love these gray and rainy days that we've been getting but I seriously could NOT wake up yesterday. These Pacific Northwest kind of days just drag me into the doldrums (no offense).

    Thanks for the cheers, friends! Hugs to you!



    Why is it that the minute you make a commitment, you really don't want to do the thing you committed to do?

    Miles run today so far - 0
    Still to go - 496.84


    The Beginning

    Well, I guess in the beginning, one should really do a bit of an introduction. I'm not going to go on and on with a large, long-winded thing. I'm just going to state my intent.

    Next June 18-19 is my old hometown Relay for Life. For the second year, I am the Co-Captain of a family team (and a few very important friends) which goes by the name Keith's Brain Trust. Our Honorary Captain is my husband Keith. We formed the team in his honor after his battle with a brain tumor, which took place in 2001. A few of us participated in the 2002 Relay as members of one of the already formed teams just to see what it was like. We really had fun and decided that we could do this on our own with our own team, and would have a heck of a lot of fun doing it, so we gave it a shot in 2003.

    Since we did have a great time, we are going for it again in 2004. We exhausted our garage sale resources during the 2003 contribution-seeking period. As a result of that, I decided I'd better come up with some other idea for seeking funds this year and THIS IS IT!

    Welcome to my 500-Mile Run to No Where! I may not be going anywhere, but I'm working on seeking a cure for Cancer in my travels, and I'm using my feet and hopefully your donations to get me there.

    This is the site that I told you about in the donation-seeking letter. This is where I told you that I would keep you updated on how I was doing on my goal. I hope that along the way, you will leave me some words of wisdom, maybe just a hello or a "keep on going!" (by clicking on the word comment at the end of the things I write and filling in the blanks). I'll be thrilled to see that you've been here for a visit and to check up on me.

    Anything to keep me moving!

    I'm also in hot pursuit of a corporate sponsor that would be interested in doing some sort of matching funding or giving a cool discount to people who sponsor me on my Run to Nowhere. If you know of anyone that might be interested, send them my way! Let them know about me.

    If you haven't sent me back the donation letter, don't delay. Every letter that comes back to me, helps get me back on that treadmill every morning (or pounding the pavement on a good day).

    I already had my first person jump on the donations bandwagon - one of my Diva buddies said she would sponsor me the very first day I mentioned it! Thanks, Kath!

    Today was the starting day of statistics...
    So here are today's stats on the road to Nowhere...

    I ran 3.16 miles.
    Only 496.84 miles to go!

    Hope you visit often, and speak much! Encourage freely!

    Hmm. Okay, it's a little more long-winded than I thought it would be.