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)

Sunday, June 12, 2011


While in San Diego, we were resting in the hotel room, and I suddenly sat up straight and said to my son, "Let me see your laptop!"  Why all the excitement?  I wanted to see if I won this hoodie:

And, guess what?  I did!!  This awesome mom and runner had a giveaway on her blog, and I loved this hoodie when I saw it. I was so excited to win! And....there it was in the mail yesterday!!

I's eerie how similar this is to the first picture. :)
This sweatshirt is sooo soft and comfortable.  I absolutely love it.  If you're interested in more information about it, you can check out this website.

Had a pretty easy week this week overall.  I'm following a mileage build-up schedule, and every third or fourth week is a recovery week.  That worked out well, since we had the San Diego trip last weekend.

Miles completed:
Wednesday - 4
Friday - 4
Saturday - 10:  (Had this little guy on my tail for part of the run...realized I could run faster when being chased by a dog, but I wouldn't recommend that as part of your training)

This week is much tougher. Somehow I have to figure out how to fit in 8 miles before work on Tuesday...ugh. 

Have a great week!


  1. that jacket is AWESOME!!! love it! congrats on the huge win!

  2. YAY!!! I am so glad you got it and that you like it. You look super cute in it! I am still wearing mine just about all the time. Thanks again so much for the donation!

  3. Congrats on winning the cute sweatshirt!
    Fitting in running before work must be very tricky- I imagine a very early hour for you.

  4. Gotta love being chased by a dog! And your sweatshirt is great! I'm glad you won it! And thanks for your sweet comments this morning!

  5. oh super cute! i love winning fun gear. You deserve it!

    lindsay cotter

  6. p.s

    that was me COTTER CRUNCH. for some reason my blog account would not sign in. weird.

  7. LOVE that sweatshirt!!! Congrats on winning.

    Hope you have been able to get the miles in this week =)