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)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

As the wife, sister, and granddaughter of veterans, I'd like to honor those who paid the ultimate price so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we do.  Thank you, also, to those of you who have served or are serving this country in the military.  Your sacrifices are not unnoticed or unappreciated.  Thank you!!

I thought that Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer.  However, we had this over the weekend. 
Yep, that's SNOW on our BBQ.  I'm glad we didn't have camping plans, as we often do this weekend.  Today dawned bright and sunny, though...hopefully it lasts awhile.  San Diego should feel very nice this weekend...can't wait!

Running's still going well: 
Friday - 4 mi (9:51/mi)
Saturday - 9 mi (10:38/mi)
Today - 5 mi (9:54/mi)

I did my own version of "speed training" (and I use that term loosely) today...I used the first 2 miles as warm-up, and ran approximately a 5k as fast as I could.
Mile 1 - 10:37/mi
Mile 2 - 10:14/mi
Mile 3 - 9:38/mi
Mile 4 - 9:11/mi
Mile 5 - 9:48/mi

I remember telling someone in February that, at my peak, I could probably run about 10:00/mi.  I guess I wasn't challenging myself feels utterly exhausting good to get out of my comfort zone a little bit!  :)

I took this picture during one of my runs last week.
While I complain about the snow and all the weird weather we've been having, I really do love living here in Nevada.  You couldn't ask for more beautiful scenery than the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We're within driving distance to Lake Tahoe, the ocean, and the desert.  No matter what you feel like doing, you can usually find what you're looking for.  I thank God every day for the beautiful world He has created!


  1. WOW! so glad you pushed yourself in your are amazing and those times are awesome!

    That last pic is gorgeous...the weather was pretty crappy this weekend...snow here as well. But you just cannot beat the mountains!

  2. I cannot believe you had snow! But amazing run girl! GREAT JOB!

  3. its snowing there and 100F here. Crazy. But I will enjoy GOd's beauty.

  4. Weather is CRAZY here too! It was 83 degrees, blazing sun, and humid on my run today. Unbearable but yet all my tomato plants died with the frost 2 nights ago.....

    Nice job on the run! Amazing what the body can do when you challenge it. Have fun in San Diego!!!!!!