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, April 21, 2012


That's what I said yesterday when it fully dawned on me that my next half-marathon is next Saturday!  I knew in the back of my mind that it was, but, now it's just kind of a week...7 days.  I haven't been too worried about it.  I have a loose goal of 2:15 or less, but it won't be the end of the world if I don't get it.  For the most part, I've been getting all my training runs in, and they've felt pretty good.  I've gotten away, though, from my 5 runs per week, and have consistently been running 4 times per week.  My body seems to like this frequency much better.  I don't feel quite so exhausted by the time my Saturday long runs roll around, and my runs feel like they're better quality.  I seem to be able to keep the hip pain away, also, with the decrease.

I continue to work on speed, but not as much as I was hoping to.  I get a little sidetracked while I'm running because I just enjoy the thinking time....the alone time.  From what I've been reading, track work is probably the best way to improve speed, and I'm just not motivated to do that right now. 

What I'm really working on is (don't laugh) a form of potty training.  I was really frustrated last year with all the pit stops I had to take both in training and in my races.  In reviewing my recaps from my October 1/2 marathon and my December marathon, it's pretty obvious where I lost A LOT of time.  I was trying to follow the advice to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more in the days prior to those long runs, and I think I may have overdone it.  I've been experimenting with getting the water I need, but not so much where I'm constantly having to stop at those porta potties.  In doing so, I've run over-hydrated, a little dehydrated, and a lot dehydrated.  But, I think now I've found a system that works for me.  My only concern is that I've been used to running in cooler weather in the early morning, and it's supposed to be in the 70's at the 1/2 marathon next week.  That may throw me off a little. 

I've been looking for some more races to sign up for in the future.  These two are definitely on my radar:

Milwaukee Brewers Mini Marathon to benefit Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)


the 2013 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon

I wanted to run this year's Cellcom Marathon, but Lambeau Field is being renovated, so their tradition of finishing up at the stadium was omitted.  That would be the biggest pull for me to run this, so I definitely want to run it next year. 

While most of my family lives in Wisconsin, I don't, so I'll have to think about travel expenses and see if I can swing one or both of these races. 

In other news, spring has definitely SPRUNG here in northern Nevada.  It is a GLORIOUS time of year when the valley is coming back to life against the backdrop of mountains still dusted or covered with snow (depending on their heights).  Some pictures from this beautiful season:
One end of  a HUGE rainbow I saw while running one day
The other end
The middle
If you look very closely, you can see a faint double rainbow
Easter sunrise
Yay!  The beginning of 4-wheeling season!!
A different form of new life...our new grandnephew Noah.  Welcome to the world, little one.  Kind of fitting to have a picture of Noah along with pictures of a rainbow, right?
Now, off to catch up on all of your blogs!  I've been a very bad follower lately...sorry!!  :)


  1. Wishing you the best in your half! Glad you are getting the potty stops right, Jen. It can be tricky..
    Beautiful grandnephew!

  2. First, Noah is adorable! About the Potty training...I had this issues for awhile. It seriously had to become part of my training. I started 'eating' two hours before and nothing big. I also realized that I shouldn't drink too much the 20 minutes prior to run because I will have to pee. I would take sips and sometimes spit out that in runners world. Of course i still had to hyrdate but i had to train myself to realize i wasn't going to DIE from having to pee...soon the feelings past. I would just try to increase the mileage before I would have to pee...

  3. My potty training was for the, um, other kind of bathroom stop. Not fun! But I get it that this kind of training is absolutely essential.

    Your running training sounds like it's been really enjoyable--I'm looking forward to reading about your race.

  4. Yup, you gots to do Green Bay when you can run on Lambeau.

  5. Hah! Potty training - I feel your pain, boy do I ever!
    Love the rainbows and congrats on your beautiful Grand Nephew!
    Best of luck with your half!!

  6. Noah is adorable!!!!

    good luck at the half! glad you are finding a routine that works for you :)

  7. first of all, congrats on little Noah!!! way too cute! :) and spring is looking beautiful for u guys too.

    good luck out there and i really like the approach u're taking, u're not being so hard on urself and are finding a training plan that works for YOU! that's the most important thing. okay, GI issues, i kno how bad these things are and feel ur pain. and the over-doing it thing is really common and i'd say u're right on track with trying to actually ease back on that a bit more. too much in the gut leaves ur stomach with too much to handle..glad u found a system that works for u there too! :)

  8. Good luck on your upcoming half marathon! Love your rainbow pictures and little Noah is adorable.