Charity run

Russ and I have JUST three more weeks of training before we run the Lake Placid Half Marathon for  Team in Training, a fundraising  program of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This will be my third and Russ’ second event with Team in Training.  My first event was the San Diego Rock’N Roll marathon, second event the Bermuda International half marathon and now we are set to run in Lake Placid!

Today we were slated for a 10 mile training run. I can’t believe we are going to do this….

First we got in some good stretching, an very important part of any run! I don’t look too happy!!?

Off we go…

Training this time has been a bit challenging for me.  I just haven’t been able to get myself completely motivated to run the long runs.  But I have kept up the pace because I want to be ready and enjoy the run on event day. Thankfully I have a great running partner.  Did I mention Russ and I have been running on weekends together since I was 16 years old? I talk Russ’ ear off, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

Training for this half marathon has had many perks.  For one, I have quickly got back in shape after a brutal New England winter in which I can honestly say, I was a bit of a slug.  It also allows Russ and I  time to talk and catch up.  And lastly, I like to give to charity each year and this event created an awesome opportunity for just that!  Learn more about Team in Training here!

Together Russ and I raised nearly 8 THOUSAND DOLLARS for this wonderful charity that provides research and support for those with blood related cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma.

Here’s a picture of Dave, my brother and Kate Klim, one of our favorite folk singers! Russ and I are running in honor of my brother Dave.  Dave just visited us from Chicago last week so this provided extra inspiration.

One of the doctor’s that I work with is doing the ‘couch to 5K’ training program.  She is doing great! Have you heard of this program for newbie runners? It provides a reasonable approach for those interested in getting into running.  I had decided to try to get my entire office motivated to run a 5K. (They just don’t know it yet!)

This morning I found a great 5K called, the Royal Rooters Run-geared to Boston Red Sox fans and finishes at an Irish pub in Boston—I think this one has my name on it!! Check it out here!

After our long 10, yes, TEN mile run!  WOO HOO!!  I made a deelish smoothie to give our body a BIG dose of antioxidants, vitamins and protein–to help repair and build our sore muscles.   This time-I used a mix of frozen cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries, and a few frozen peaches too!

 I tossed in some Greek yogurt with 22 grams of protein per cup and chia seeds to add a bit of extra fiber 3 grams per Tablespoon.

YUM!

Mixed Fruit, Yogurt Smoothie with Chia Seeds

1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1-1 1/2 cup mixed frozen fruit

1 TB. chia seeds

water to thin

Mix all in blender and enjoy!!

To celebrate our BIG run, I treated myself to a new pair of running shoes.  Check out these beauties!!

 Do you have a favorite event you have done for charity? Please share!