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Miles with meaning - Cleveland marathon

Sunday, May 17, 2009

So, what did you do today? I ran a marathon - yup - 26.2 miles. This was my 4th marathon - 3 of which has been with Team in Training - raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

As you know from my previous posts I am involved with the leukemia and lymphoma society, and today it just got a little more difficult for cancer, and a little less difficult for patients with blood cancer, because $190.000 was raised for this event.

I am not the fastest one in the pack, and I have no intentions of becoming, nor do I have any aspirations of qualifying or running boston. I am really an ordinary guy.

The pasta party last night was nice. The speaker was a friend of mine, and a team in training cycling coach. He did a wonderful job. This morning the team met at 5:45am. Got ready, and at 7am it was off to the race. The sun was shining - low fifties and windy. I stayed with the 4:30 group that was where I felt most comfortable, and it was a great run, met a lot of people, and finished in 4:25 - about 15 min faster than my PB.

I feel a little stiff but great - and a little cold because of the winds from Lake Erie.

I want to tell all my SP friends thank you from the bottom of my head. Your SP mail, your postings with well wishes means a lot to me, and is much appreciated.

What is next - well in 3 weeks I will be riding my bike around lake tahoe - cancer is not going to stand a chance.

Livestorng - Jan
- will run for a cure-

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AGGIE_BELLE92 5/21/2009 5:39PM

    Congratulations! My team for the MS150 has very close ties to several folks who suffer with MS, and in fact, several were given an opportunity to ride in tandem for segments of the route with our team members this year. It really makes us realize our abilities are a blessing and makes the money raised more valuable.

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MARYRAM 5/20/2009 3:19PM

    Great marathon! congrats and kudos for your being one of the people who really do something to help others!

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MUSCLEMOM_2 5/18/2009 8:49AM

    I was thinking about you all day yesterday hoping and praying things were going well for you. I couldn't wait to get online today and see how you did....OUR WARRIOR NURSE SETTING A NEW RECORD....WOOHOOO!

You really are a very inspirational person to us all. Thanks for making a difference in MY life and in the lives of those who are suffering with cancer. TRAIN ON FRIEND!


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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/18/2009 7:22AM

    You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the comments. I very much appreciate them.

As for motivational speeches. If you participate in an event for Team in Training (fundraising involved as well) - you will get a motivational speaker the night before - it is someone who has been affected by the cause we have raised money for.

Whether it is for cancer or health
three disciplines, one mission, one goal.

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BFITNHAPPY 5/18/2009 7:15AM

    Congratulations on your PR, a great race and being part of a great group that is battling cancer. I love the "so, what did you do today?" line. 4:25 is a great did awesome! I have never gone to a pre-race dinner but you are making me want to go to one for some extra inspiration...

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SHORTHAIRDAVE 5/18/2009 12:52AM

  You're a good motivation for me - thanks for reaching out. Congrats on the personal best.

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_MAOMAO_ 5/18/2009 12:12AM

  emoticon Jan! Raising $$$ for a great cause & beating your PB, to boot. That is so cool!
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BILLALEX70 5/17/2009 8:08PM


Beating your PB must feel awesome. I agree that we, healthy people, must do anything we can to raise money or awareness.

You train hard and it clearly shows. I agree about not having to be one of the pace-setters; just doing it is enough for me.

Best wishes in Tahoe; no luck is needed.

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JOPAPGH 5/17/2009 7:12PM

    Happy to hear about your Personal Best and the great cause. Enjoy Tahoe.

Go Pens,


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L*I*T*A* 5/17/2009 6:11PM

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TRAINOF4 5/17/2009 4:53PM

    emoticon You beat your PB! That's just awesome! I'm very proud to know you even if it's from a distance.

Congrats on your outstanding performance & raising money for a REALLY good cause. Take good care of yourself today - maybe a long, soak in a hot tub w/some Epsom salts. LOL!


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IRISHLASS117 5/17/2009 4:38PM

    The Warrior strikes a blow! Bravo Jan.


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HEALTHYCHIC 5/17/2009 4:15PM

    What a great time! Congratulations on another marathon..and for a great cause too. Makes running even more special (as if running itself isn't gratifying enough). I'm just coming back from another foot injury. I had tears in my eyes running my whopping 2 miles because i haven't been able to run in so long and was so thankful that it's healing.

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SHADOW38 5/17/2009 3:42PM

    Way to go Jan! Congratulations on smashing your PR!!

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DDOORN 5/17/2009 3:31PM

    Way to SPARK Jan!!

What an inspiration you are to us ALL!

Keep up the super SPARKING and my we all be doing OUR SPARK with such enthusiasm!


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