Mid-season training update

It’s time for a mid-season training update!

Well, the biggest news of my training so far is that I’ve (rather unexpectedly) registered for the full marathon. I’d planned on doing the half, but since I’ve done four of those I thought it might be a good idea to try a new challenge.

With a longer training season than last year (the race is June 2, where last year’s was in early May) it turns out that I’ve been doing roughly the same distances on weekend regional runs as a year ago. That’s about to change, though; I did twelve very hilly miles this past weekend (vs. ten last year) and in the next few weeks my training runs will go past the 13.1 mile mark that represents the longest distance I’ve ever run. That said, training has been going pretty well. Not great, not fantastic, but pretty well.

I think I’ll be ready to run my first (and, likely, last) full marathon by June. And if I’m not, I can drop back to the half at registration the day before.

My fundraising board, over there on the right, is actually somewhat misleading; my fundraising obligation is less than shown because I’m a TNT alum and because we’re arranging our own travel to San Diego. I’ve raised $415 through very generous donations from family and friends (check out the hall of fame!) and I have more than enough coming in through corporate matches to fill out my $1,950 goal. That said, LLS is a very worthy cause – and a great tax deduction – so I’d still really appreciate your support. If you are considering a donation, please make it through our Team Quatchi page.


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Donate at least $25 to LLS, get a special gift from me.

As of today I’m at 62% and less than $1,000 to go to make my Team in Training fundraising goal of $2,400 by the end of this month. Sales through my Amazon storefront have slowed down a bit. So I’m making this offer to my readers and Twitter followers:

Donate at least $25 (My LLS page, or use the widget to the right) and you will receive a special gift from me. A real, tangible thing, not just a Thank-You email (though you’ll get one of those, too!). What is it? It’s a surprise, but I guarantee you’ll like it. Just make sure you include a mailing address in your donation.

Thanks again for your support and GO TEAM!


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I’m running for LLS – Help us save lives

It’s way too late to back out now. I’ve already sent the first fundraising email (some of you may have received it, and some may even have already donated – thanks!) and I’m fully committed.

Committed to what? To running my first half-marathon – the Avenue of the Giants on May 6 – as part of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Team in Training helps me train for my race and in return I am fundraising for LLS.

I hope to have as many of you as possible virtually cheering me on, and I’m asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign.

Please visit my Team in Training page to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. You can also see my progress in the handy widget on the right side of this page.

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nearly 958,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

I’ll post updates here as my training and fundraising progress and as I get closer to the actual race. And of course, I’ll post race-day photos.

Thanks again.

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