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)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Regaining Confidence / Minnesota-Bound

First of all, thank you for the kind words regarding my previous post.  Your comments made me feel so much better.  I ran 6 miles yesterday and 8 miles this morning...they were exactly what I needed to regain some confidence.  The weather was perfect (mid-50's at run time) and I felt strong the whole time.

I wanted to share a couple of events with you.  Friday, I leave for Minnesota.  My church is paying my way to attend The National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts  at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  The conference runs July 19-22, and is fairly close to where my sister and her family live.  My son and I are leaving early and staying a little later to get some visiting time in with them.  The two Saturdays I will be there have some noteworthy happenings.

Saturday, July 16, we will be attending and running in this: Fourth Annual HOPE Run in West Union, MN.

The bike/walk/run is organized by the family of a little boy, Isaac, who died in 2008, at the age of 2, of Neuroblastoma.  The funds faised in this event go to childhood cancer research.  My niece, Anna, will be one of those remembered this year at the run. 

Saturday, July 23, will be the First Annual

Anna Rogotzke Memorial Kickball Tournament and Family Fun Day

in Sanborn, MN (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon).  The funds raised in this event will also go to support sarcoma/cancer research.  I am THRILLED that I get to be in the area to attend both of these events.  If you live near either of these, stop by!  It's for such a great cause. 

I am going to try to keep on task with my training schedule throughout my time away from home.  I guess I'll have to get used to running with humidity and bugs for awhile (for some reason, mosquitos LOVE me).  Hopefully, the lower altitude will even things out a little bit.



  1. Have a great trip, and a GREAT race, and a FUN time at the kickball tournament!

    What a great idea, there :))

  2. have a wonderful trip and enjoy both events!! I wish I lived closer so that I could attend as well :) Good luck keeping up your training :)

  3. oh. and DUH. I meant to say. WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! about your runs...regaining confidence is such a great feeling :)

  4. Awesome job on your runs!!! Have a great trip and enjoy those 2 events. Wish I could be there to support you!!

  5. Thank you so much for your kind words on my post about Choices. :) You are so sweet!

  6. Have a great weekend and enjoy both events!! And I'm glad you've regained some of your confidence. Perfect timing =)

  7. thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! now i have to say that YOU my friend are such an inspiration yourself! while i am so incredibly sorry to hear about your loss and please know that i offer my most heartfelt sympathies, i can only imagine how tough that must have been, your being able to turn such a tragedy into a way to give back and support the cause is admirable...power to you girl!!

    okay, and i also have to say that as i just moved down to the sacto area i'll def be cheering for u! :)

    back to this post, don't EVER let a junky run or even a string of them shake your confidence. trust me, altitude climbs are a BEAST and when u're down here at CIM u'll be thinking, "wow, what a difference being able to breath makes." ;) we all have bad runs, it's how you come back and keep on plugging away that makes the difference! keep it up!