Wednesday, January 28, 2009

12 Miles and Starting to Fundraise

Tuesday was my designated "long run" day of the week, and I managed to run the Medfield to Dover center and back loop (12 miles). This particular loop has a history. It was the same loop I ran in 1995 the morning after a dinner party discussion about someone who ran the Boston Marathon doing all of his training on the stairmaster. My two oldest children were babies in 1995, and the trip to the gym and dropping them off in the nursery was my only chance of having some time for myself. I worked out a lot in 1995, and I was a fiend on the stairmaster, cranking up the intensity to the highest level for my hour long workout. Before this fateful day in January of 1995, I was NOT a runner. In fact, I hated to run. Stairmaster training proved to be excellent pre-conditioning for running as I stepped out in aerobic shoes for my very first "run" in January of 1995. A few months later I ran my first Boston Marathon as a bandit runner...and the rest is history.

Of course the marathon experience took on a whole new meaning when I signed up with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in 1996. And this April will be my 14th running with DFMC. Times flies when you're having fun and giving back to a great cause. I recently sent out my first email to potential 2009 donors with my new "Save a Tree: Save a Life" theme where my fundraising with be paperless. My goal is to raise $10,000, and while I realize that we are facing financially difficult times, cancer does not care about the economy. ANY DONATION of ANY SIZE is greatly appreciated in our battle against cancer. To make a donation please visit my DFMC webpage.

On another note, last Friday I was honored to be presented with the Heights Award during the half-time of the women's Boston College basketball game. This particular award, presented by Boston College and the Massachusetts Lottery, "honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and advancement of women's sports in Mass. Through influence or personal achievement this individual inspires girls and women on and off the field." What a thrill!!!! My oldest daughter snapped this picture at the ceremony (a bit blurry but it's the only picture we have).


Anonymous said...

Sarah congrats on the Heights Award; I've been following your blog since joining the DFMC 2009 team and am so impressed with the Fit Girls foundation work you started and do. It is such a hugely important and wonderful aspect of supporting young girls. Rock on! See you at the marathon - Helen/H1202

sarah said...

Thanks for your kind words, Helen!
I'd love to recruit you as a volunteer "race buddy" to run/walk with some of the Boston Fit Girls at their final 5k race in the late spring! Happy Marathon Training!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great time! Look forward to chatting about it! Helen/H1202

Brianna said...

Wow! Congrats on your award - what a fabulous honor!!!