Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

30-mile week

Just a quick update (shhh...I'm supposed to be working). 

So, this week is my first 30-mile week in my mileage build-up schedule.  I ran 5 mi on Monday, 6 mi yesterday, 6 mi this morning, sheduled for 4 on Friday, and 9 on Saturday.  My 5 mile run on Monday was GREAT!  I felt really good the whole run.  A couple of times, I looked at my Garmin for pace and it was in the 8's!!  ....Didn't even know I could go that fast.  Ever.  Not even for a short distance.  It's nice to know what certain paces feel like as I'm running.  Again, I'm not big into time, but I feel as the marathon gets closer, I'll want to set some kind of a time goal in which to finish, and it will be good to know what pace I'll need to reach that goal.

Tuesday's run also felt pretty good.  Today, it was rainy and I forgot my Iphone at work yesterday, so I didn't have music (yes, I believe those ARE good excuses...think what you want).  I felt pretty sluggish the whole time.  I kept waiting for that wonderful point mid-run when you suddenly find your rhythm and feel like you can run forever (happens in almost all of my runs).  Never happened today.  I think the rest day tomorrow will do me much good.  

 Hope that all who read this are having a great week!  Happy running!!  :)


  1. how awesome it is to see improvements! It truly is so good to be able to "feel" what those paces feel like because in the future it will get easier for your body to get there! I am excited for how well your training is going! keep it up!

  2. What a great week! Keep up the hard work. It will pay off :)
    I like it when I get a surprise on the garmin too =D

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog...

    It always feel great to hit a 30 mile week... The rest will be good for ya tomorrow.

    I look foward to following your journey..