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ABC Award – Awesome Blog Content

abc-award awesome blog contentI received the ABC Award–Awesome Blog Content Award (thank you Chronicles of a Public Transit User): This award is simple – to ‘accept’ the award you just add the ABC award logo to your blog – the links are at the bottom of this page for you… and then you can share something about yourself with your readers and then pass the award on to other worthy bloggers – there’s no limit to how few – or how many – other bloggers you can send this to.

To share something about yourself – you will need to go through the alphabet and choose a word or phrase for each letter and use that to describe yourself – it might be something about you, something you like, or a place or thing you dream about. And that’s all – no long descriptions or detail – just create a new post, add your shiny new blog award badge and alphabet words and let your readers enjoy finding out a little more about you.

And then have fun choosing the other blogs you would like to award this to…. Send them an e-mail and the link to this award logo and watch the fun begin! (rules cited from The Thought Palette)

About Me

A – Adventurous
B – Brainy
C – Creative
D – Determined
E – Environmental
F – Funny
G – Genuine
H – Honest
I – Intelligent
J – Jokes
K – Kind
L – Loving
M – Moving
N – Nerdy
O – Organic
P – Painter
Q – Quiet
R – Runner
S – Studious
T – Tenacious
U – Uber
V – Vintage
W – Wolverine
X – X-Files
Y – Youthful
Z – Zen

abc-award awesome blog contentMy nominees for this award are all running blogs (or a blog by the wife of a runner):

Ranting about Rectangles (a.k.a., my wife)

Fit for a Year

Running Sunflower

Pudding the Damage On

My Journey to Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Race for all 50 States

Racing the States…

RunGirls Ramblings

Running for Reachout

See Nancy Run

75 days to…

Some of these blogs are strictly about running, while others are like mine… showcasing running and other parts of their lives. Marathon runners, 5K running, weekend runners… whether you are a casual runner, or a beast that runs over an hour a day, some of these blogs will be exactly what you are looking for. Thank you for following my blog, thank you for reading!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

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Marathon Training Issue #9: Running for Charity — “Um, So How do I do that?”

Earlier this year I heard about the financial struggles faced by Womenspace, a domestic violence resource located in Eugene Oregon. Services provided by Womenspace include crisis intervention, advocacy, and education. The financial struggles forced Womenspace to close its walk-in advocacy program. When I heard this I wanted to help but was unsure how.

I began a fundraising drive with IR4C.COM. Through this platform you can make  tax deductible contributions Womenspace. I know for many people the economy is hard right now. But domestic violence does not go away in a bad economy. My guess is that it gets worse.

I was, and still am, raising money for Womenspace. I cashed out the first round of donations, which was $74… that went directly to Womenspace. When I ran the Eugene Half Marathon, I wore a Womenspace shirt to help promote them. I felt like I worked hard… but, how do I raise more money for this next marathon in Canby? If you have not heard of Fauja Singh, he has raised thousands of dollars for charity through his marathon runs.

Fauja Singh, espn.com

“His last [race] before complete retirement (he will continue jogging for leisure I am sure) will be the 10-K at the Hong Kong Marathon on 24 February,” Harmander Singh wrote in an e-mail to Runner’s World Newswire. “He is honoring a commitment and was invited to run again, being the highest charity fundraising individual last year (HKD $104,000).”–Runner’s World

Granted, being 101 would be a great attention getter… but Womenspace needs money now, and I won’t 101 for over half a century.

So how do I raise $100s or $1000s for Womenspace considering I am not 101-years-old? Your comments, suggestions, and help are appreciated.

Running for Charity

Earlier this year I heard about the financial struggles faced by Womenspace, a domestic violence resource located in Eugene Oregon. Services provided by Womenspace include crisis intervention, advocacy, and education. The financial struggles forced Womenspace to close its walk-in advocacy program. When I heard this I wanted to help but was unsure how.

Being a graduate student does not shower me with extra funds. I enjoy running most of the time although I don’t like running in the rain… which is a challenge in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, running in a marathon is one of my “bucket list” goals.

Although I do not have extra money to give… I can run. And with this platform through IR4C.COM I am able to run, bring attention to Womenspace, and also raise some funds to help with their domestic violence services. There is nothing super human about me. I am an average person wanting to make a difference, no matter how big or small it may be.

Whether you know me and want to support me, or if you know Womenspace and think this is a cool way to support them, I hope you will make a financial donation to support Womenspace through my races.

Your contribution is tax deductible. I know for many people the economy is hard right now. But domestic violence does not go away in a bad economy. My guess is that it gets worse.

So whether you can give a couple hundred pennies or a few thousand dollars, know that anything will help. Seriously, thank you.

Individual donors and business sponsors can make donations online through: IR4C.COM (I RACE FOR CAUSE).

If you have questions, feel free to ask me.

Marathon Training Issue #8: I Lost 5 Pounds In One Day

I’m sure there are women who hate me. Possibly even some wrestlers or boxers. But yes, a few days ago I lost five pounds in one day. My wife watched me weigh in before and after the run because I was concerned about how much weight I was losing for each long run.

I am not happy about it and it has weirded me out a little for this whole marathon gig. I doubled the amount of fluids I drink while running, but I obviously am not drinking enough. According to a study discussed on webmd, the average weight loss for marathoners was 2.3-percent of their body weight. My weight loss was 2.9-percent of my body weight… but I only ran 12 miles. That is less than half a marathon!! This is an issue because I am not sure how to drink more on my long training runs.

I will try different clothing so that I sweat less… but other than that I feel like I hit a wall in my marathon training. Am I supposed to run with a giant jug of water in my hands? I was concerned about eating while running… but now drinking while running seems to be the issue.

Marathon Training Issue #7: Eating While Running 26.2 Miles

Seattle Marathon

What do you normally eat while running 26.2 miles? WHAT!? — You’ve never tried to run and eat at the same time? Well, that is my next issue as I train for the Seattle marathon. My body is a machine, and as such it needs fuel to sustain it for the duration of this run. I find that around 6 miles my fuel reserves have burned up. For the past two Wednesdays I have run 8.14 miles. So it is time to start eating while running to take my marathon training to the next level.

My main concern is getting sick. Have I ever thrown up before, during, or after a run? Nope. Not once. But for me to reach the finish line I will need to eat something… and I have never eaten anything while running cross country/5k races.

Have any of you tried LÄRABAR? This seem to meet a lot of the necessary requirements “I have” for food… Fair Trade, no-GMO, etc.

LÄRABAR

I need to eat something when I do longer runs… especially when I do the marathon length training runs. What are your thoughts?

In other marathon training news:

I am officially registered for the Seattle Marathon. Of the possible additional race options I purchased the post-marathon massage. It sounds awesome…

In addition, I have contacted a local charity. I am waiting for them to reply back to make sure they are okay with me fund raising for them during my marathons. If they say no for some reason, then I will try someone else! I am looking into using either crowdrise.com or IR4C.COM.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!