12.16.2011

College Bowl Pool

As part of my fundraising efforts for Team In Training, I am inviting you to join my private College Bowl Pick 'em Pool called TNT Bowl Pick 'em.  The pool is being hosted on a website called officefootballpool.com.  We’ll be collecting $10 for each entry that will be broken out in the following manner:  $5 to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, $4 to the prize pot (1st place gets it all), and $1.00 to cover the website cost.  It’s a worthy cause and a great way to have some fun this bowl season.  I appreciate all your support and I ask that you please help me by doing the following:

1.  Please make sure to copy and paste my name (Kimi Coy) in the pool website text box labeled "Supporting" when registering each of your entries.
       
2.  Invite as many people as you can to join the league and have them paste my name under "Supporting"!

How's It Work?

  • Participants pick the winning teams from a list of all the bowl games starting on December 20th.
  • The entry with the most correct picks wins.
PAYMENT DEADLINE AND METHOD:
Try and get all payments in by December 20th but we can wait for checks in the mail.  Payment can be made in one of the following ways:

1.  Give cash/check to a Georgia chapter Publix Full Marathon TNT member (Kimi Coy)
2.  Paypal:  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XVT8T9QCD9DDY
3.  Send check payable to (he's the TNT member managing the site and payments):
     Kevin O'Rourke
     808 Greenwood Ave #101
     Atlanta, GA   30306


INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOINING:
Click on the link below and you will be guided through the process for joining this pool, including registering on the website if you haven't registered before. 

Click here to join my pool: 
http://www.officefootballpool.com/pools.cfm?poolid=80110&p=2&pwd=yt4j8g

If you have any questions about the pool rules or format, please write me back.  If you have any technical problems joining my pool, please let me know or contact the website.  If the above link doesn't work and you need the Pool ID# and Pool Entry Code (a.k.a Pool Password), they are shown below:

Pool ID#:  80110
Pool Entry Code:  yt4j8g

Thanks for all your Support!!!

12.15.2011

Building Base Milage: The First Month

Well I never thought the day would come where I would come back from a three mile run thinking, "Wow that was it? I felt like I was just getting warmed up" Here I am now in almost in week six of training and I am surprised with how well things have gone. I'm sure many of you thought I had already given up, but with wedding season it was hard to get everything accomplished and update everyone on my progress. Now that we are building up in mileage I hope to start updating at least once a week. 
Here's a recap of the first five weeks of training -

Week 1              Long Run: Three Miles             Total Week Mileage: 12
Going into the first GTS (Group Training Session) I had mixed emotions. I was nervous because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I was afraid of everyone else in the group being in much better shape than me, and yet I was excited for the challenge I was about to begin. The morning started at 8AM and the first hour of introduction was both encouraging and inspiring. We got to personally meet Megan and learn more about her struggles with cancer. It made me want to go out and single handily find a cure for cancer.

After the introduction it was time for us to head out and run three miles. I quickly found my running buddy Leanne and it was nice getting to know someone new while running. After about 1.5 I was exhausted! I finally had to stop and walk for a bit. I kept thinking how in the world am I going to do 26.2?? I continued to run walk for a bit and finally the three miles were over. While I enjoyed the company of new people I wasn't sure if I would be able to do this.

The following week it was time for two mile runs to get our bodies use to running and build a foundation. Adam was really excited for my new running adventure and wanted to go out and run with me. During that run he told me the most important marathon piece of advise to date "SLOW DOWN". I was trying to run 8:30 min/miles and would quickly tire out. I needed to find a comfortable pace where I could continue to talk the whole time and keep running the entire time. This dramatically changed my runs and made me excited for week 2.

Week 2              Long Run: Three Miles             Total Week Mileage: 8
The GTS Saturday morning run was another three mile run that I was actually excited about (well maybe I was more excited about the fact that as soon as the run was over it was time to pack and head home to Colorado). Nonetheless, I was excited for the morning and ready to go. We once again had an hour team meeting prior to running, this time it was on wearing the proper running attire and shoes. The most important thing they stressed "Cotton is Rotten". After college I figured workouts were really the only chance I'd get to wear my many DG t-shirts but I was wrong. It was off to Target for some new attire.

The Saturday run went quickly for Leanne and I. I was impressed with the slowing down method and I felt as though it was one of the first times I had ever run three continuous miles without stopping. It really was a great feeling. After that we headed out to Colorado for wedding week. While I didn't get as many runs in that week as I should have I did have two good running days. The first, my dad and I did a short one through the neighborhood. Regardless of being a Colorado native, five months at sea level really made me feel the altitude.  The second run was the Briargate YMCA Turkey Trot 5K. Both of our families and some of the wedding guests all gathered together and did the race together. It was a great experience.



Week 3              Long Run: Three Miles             Total Week Mileage: 9
Since the wedding was Friday night my long run on Saturday didn't quite happen. I had intended on getting out there at some point, but by the end of it all I was simply exhausted. I took the weekend off and started again with the normal schedule that Tuesday. I was able to work from home all week so it was great getting in lunchtime runs.



Week 4              Long Run: Four Miles             Total Week Mileage: 14
Saturday it was back to GTS and once again I was nervous about the mileage increase. I'm fairly certain it's how I'm going to be feeling from here on out as each week is a mileage increase and some Saturdays its a two mile increase. We started off the session with an injury clinic. After that Leanne and I head out to add this one additional mile. We talked about our holiday season and before you knew it the run quickly ended and the four miles felt like nothing.

This week I went back to work and had to figure out when I'd get runs in. I didn't mind running at night but for some odd reason, Adam wasn't a huge fan of the idea of me running by myself at night. It was also rather rainy out so I opted for the treadmill (which use to be my favorite). The three weekday runs were miserable. I quickly realized how much I had gotten use to running outside and felt so limited by the treadmill. More than anything it became a mental challenge. While running outside I was able to forget about the time and not really think about too much. This wasn't the case and I think my style of running changed some which resulted in my ankle and hip hurting quite a bit. 

Week 5              Long Run: Five Miles             Total Week Mileage: 16

When I showed up last Saturday I had the expectation that we'd be running five miles. The coaches had forgotten to print the five mile maps and instead had printed the six mile course. They had us convinced that the six mile course was shorter than advertised and was actually more like five. Leanne, one additional runner Mary, and I set out to accomplish five/six. I was afraid my body was going to struggle, especially after the treadmill week I had had but I was able to run without any pain. We started talking and an hour and six minutes later we had completed 5.85 miles (I'm calling it six because we also had the .15 warm up run). I couldn't believe it!! I had done six miles and by the end I felt I could even do more! Next Saturday is the same course and it felt great to know how much progress I had made.

With the wedding done and base mileage under my belt it's finally time to start the fundraising portion.  Last week we were informed that Megan was having to go back into the hospital as there are indications she may not be in remission anymore. While I may struggle though each of these runs its nothing in comparison to what she is going through, especially during the holiday season. I hope to continue to raise money so that there will one day be a cure!

To make a donation visit my website: 

11.12.2011

What Have I Gotten Myself Into...

It all began three or so years ago when I made a promise to Adam Micheal that before we got married and after each kid I'd run a marathon....I had forgotten about this said promise until two hours after the proposal when Adam quickly reminded me what I had ahead of me. He wanted something that he could cheer me on and be the spectator rather than the participant. I agreed I would uphold my promise and marathon training began. My parents had run multiple marathons, how hard could 26.2 miles really be?! 


Well the first round of training began back in January and I was magically going to transform from the girl that absolutely hated running to a marathon runner in less than 8 weeks...well life got busy and my training days decreased. I thought it would be a great idea to just increase my mileage when I did get a run in. After three weeks of "training" I had increased to running 40 miles in a week, all on the treadmill. I came down to visit Adam for Valentine's Day and decided to take an easy five mile run in Piedmont Park and enjoy the outdoors. This quickly was a FAILURE. My legs were no where ready for hills, especially after the poor training I had been doing. Within a week my IT band had completely tensed up and I could hardly even walk. I took two weeks off...which eventually turned into five months. 



I had all but given up on the idea of running a marathon until four days ago. Adam had sent me a tweet about a Team in Training event and I decided to research it a little further. I started to realize that this might be the best opportunity to complete my marathon goal all well helping a good cause. All the reviews online and through the website showed what a supportive team they were and it seemed like something I wanted to be a part of, not to mention it would be a great opportunity to meet new friends in the area. I weighed the pros and the cons and yesterday finally made the decision. I was going to run the Georgia Publix Marathon. At that point I signed up and then it all began to sink in. Not only was I going to be running 26.2 miles on March 18, 2012 I also would need to raise $1,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to secure my space in the race. Both tasks seem daunting, but after receiving an email from the TNT cordinator I realized it was all possible and I wanted to do it for the woman below. We are roughly the same age and to read about what she's been through is something that I wouldn't want anyone else to have to face. 



My marathon training begins on November 12, 2011 and I hope that you will continue to follow my progress and donate to such a wonderful cause!! The donation website can be found at: 







 
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