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)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Water woes

First of all, I have to introduce my new toy.
YES!  I got a Garmin!!  This was on such a good sale on (I think they're discontinuing the model), that I couldn't resist.  I've been suffering from "Garmin envy" for quite awhile, and now can intelligently converse about average pace, etc.  I used it today on my run, and LOVED it!!

However, that was about the only good thing about today's run (other than I finished it).  I set out at about 7:00 a.m. for a 9-miler.  I have really been trying to experiment with what works best for me as far as hydration.  I've tried waistpacks, but found I really didn't like having anything around my waist while running.  I've also used a camelbak back pack, which has worked fairly well.  It keeps my hands free and carries stuff that doesn't fit in my pocket.  However, it's a bit bulky, and does cause my back to get fairly warm while wearing it.  I've been looking at the handhelds (a water bottle with a strap that wraps around your hand), and have tried them on at stores.  They felt pretty comfortable and have gotten great reviews, so I bought one and tried it out today.  HATED IT (at least for running)!  The first thing I had to do was dump all the ice out, because my hand was freezing.  It also just felt awkward to carry it while running, and I always felt like it was slipping because of my sweaty hands.  I know a lot of people use them and like just wasn't for me.  I was ready to chuck it after a mile, but the zippered compartments on the outside of the band were carrying some of my other essentials, as well, so I suffered through the whole run with it.  Some people stash water bottles along their route before heading out to run, but I worry about people taking them, or worse, tampering with them.  Maybe I'm a bit paranoid that way.  I think the camelbak  is going to be my go-to hydration on long runs.  It really is barely noticeable once I get going other than the warmth.

That wasn't the only water problem I had on this run, however.  At about mile 3, I - shall we say - felt nature calling.  Sometimes, I can run through this, but the call was getting louder, and I knew there wouldn't be a bathroom available for quite awhile.  This was at a pretty quiet section of my run.  On one side of the road is what's usually a dry lake bed, but right now looks something like this (minus the boat, a lot more reeds, and taller mountains in the background).
I carefully made my way through very dense reeds to find a spot with appropriate coverage.  I thought I found the perfect place, stepped down, and was over my ankle in marshy water.  So, when I resumed my run, not only did I have a slippery, sweaty water bottle, but also one soaking wet foot.  To my extreme dismay, Fortunately, I had about 6 miles to go, so my foot could thoroughly dry out.  Oh well....I know not every run is going to be perfect! Sometimes, too, it feels like a much bigger accomplishment to finish a run like that, and this was definitely the case today. 

In other news, here FINALLY is a picture of my new little nephew, David, and big brother Caleb.  I just LOVE this picture, and can't wait to meet the little guy in person.

Also, a HUGE congratulations to my brother, Jon, who graduated from college today.  I know it wasn't easy with a full-time job and a family.  Love and miss you, Jon! We're so proud of you.


  1. Congrats to Jon!
    And congrats on the garmin =D

    I am looking for the perfect hydration system too...there are so many options. My current method is to drive out for long runs- but i might try a belt soon.

  2. what a beautiful baby! congrats! I can't use camel packs either. The nathan fuel belt isn't bulky and sits well! Just FYI.
    Love my garmin too!

  3. Yay for the Garmin! I echo Lindsay's thoughts and like my nathan for long runs.

    A disappointing run makes you appreciate the good ones!! :)