I am currently at 158.95 miles and we are still ahead of our goal with $175. I will probably be over 175 miles within the next two weeks so we need some donations. We have gotten a couple of big commitments for some sponsors, which we are really looking forward to. Janelle is going to be sending out a bunch of the sponsorship packets, so if you are interested let us know and we will send you one.
On October 1st Janelle and I ran the Tahoe Flume Half Marathon. The first four miles were straight uphill, somewhere around 1800 ft of elevation gain. Having been running up Peavine for the past six months, I felt totally prepared. I passed a whole lot of runners on the way up. At the top there was an aid station that had high power water bottles. I squirted a bunch of water straight into the back of my throat and had to wait a minute until the choking stopped. I then had to pass all of the people for a second time. I finished in the top 25 out of 269 people. It was good revenge on the half marathon distance after getting destroyed during the run of the Lake Tahoe Triathlon.
Since then, I have really been enjoying the cross training and just running my measly three mile runs every couple days. I am only about six weeks from training all of the time, and the weather should be nice and cold when I start. When I trained for my marathon a couple of years ago, it was during winter. I will remember those days and draw from that experience. Band aids over the nipples, thick underwear, gloves, and hot chocolate are a must. It is probably the best time to get into a solid training plan though because my hours at work are shorter and more conducive for it. Until December 18th, I will be enjoying the warmth of my home and family.
Everything is starting to get real. We have booked a cabin in Idaho for our families to stay at the week of the race. I am lucky to have the people in my life that support all of my crazy ideas. It will be fun to spend the week with all of those people and very special to see them along the course.
It is not too early for donations. We have $175 which is ahead of our goal now but the miles are going to pick up in six weeks so we would like to have a bigger head start. Go to the Olivia Caldwell Foundation's website and donate to the Race for Olivia to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.