Thursday, December 27, 2012

Huge progress despite minor setbacks

Apologies for the delayed blog. Prepping for and then enjoying the holidays can be rather time consuming! Before I launch into giving you a training update, I have amazing news: a huge TNT fundraising announcement to make. I just received an incredible $1500 corporate sponsorship from Deloitte Management Service LLP. I am absolutely thrilled! My sister works for this company and they offered the sponsorship in support of her, knowing that I am running to honour the memory of her late husband, Francois. What a beautiful gift to her from her workplace, and such a beautiful gift from one sister to another. I am ecstatic that this sponsorship will be acknowledged further by having their corporate logo screened on the back of my jersey and all jerseys of every one of my TNT teammates this summer as well. And I'm thrilled to know that there are companies that give back to the community and support worthy causes like the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

I am so excited to see that I have now reached 79% of my fundraising goal of $4000 to benefit blood cancer research and patient services. 

Here is a photo of my sister, Sabana, presenting me with the cheque. We just happened to be dolled up for a pre-wedding gathering, so this picture is doubly awesome.

I also received a very generous corporate donation from BC Financial Solutions Wealth & Estate Planning, the financial planning firm co-owned by my brother, Nadir, and his business partner, Jackie. They are both fantastic at what they do,  and are committed to supporting their local community. They sponsored me both as a company and as individuals. Thank you!

In addition to the above-mentioned corporate sponsors, I would like to acknowledge the following family and friends for their recent sponsorship:
  • My beautiful Auntie Gillian
  • My dear cousin, Farah
  • My cousin, Aamir, who I have not seen in ages!
  • My wonderful friend from UBC days, Negin
  • My cheerful friend and running buddy, Patti
  • My cousin Faiz, Saeed's brother, whom I reconnected with in San Francisco this past October
  • My lovely running friend, Jess
  • My hilarious brother-in-law, Morgan
  • My good friend and TNT alumna, Rebecca
  • All the many friends and colleagues who purchased prints of my artwork! I've made close to $600 in art sale profits to benefit my fundraising!
Thank you! You've all helped me exceed my goal of raising $2000 in 2012, getting me to 50% of my total goal of $4000. But as I'm now well over $3000 raised, I have decided to ambitiously raise my total goal, to $5000. I'm already 63% of the way there. What do you think? Why raise $4000, when I can raise $5000. I already have myself in some public markets to sell my art work and have ideas brewing in mind for some events.

As for my training update... my other goal for 2012 was to run 2000km for the year. It should have been no issue to get there, and surpass it in healthy fashion, but December 2012 has proven to be a month of setbacks. First my left foot where I have a bunion started to give me severe pain. I had to stay clear of running for a good week while it calmed down. I think I was running a bit too long in my New Balance 880 shoes, with over 600km on them. They seemed ok, but clearly weren't; I knew I was pushing it a bit.  Since taking them out of rotation, running only in newer shoes, and regularly icing my foot, the pain is gone and my foot feels as though it is back to normal. 

But then this past Saturday, setback number 2 took place. I went out for a run with some friends and we ended up on an icier street than what we imagined it would be. Right in front of a police station (of all places, the sidewalks weren't cleared of the snow, which turned into a sheet of ice after days of cold rain.  While I slowed down considerably and tried to watch my footing, I slipped badly and landed harder on my tailbone than I ever have. I feared I broke or fractured my tailbone, but it is clear I was lucky to just get a bad bruise. Not a comfortable thing for running! I tried a short run a couple days later but it felt terrible. Yesterday I went a bit further and the 8km I ran didn't entirely suck, until I went downhill and gravity was doing its thing. I'm confident I'll feel better soon, and I'm just 11km shy of the 2000km goal. I'll get that in no time at all with a few days to get there.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

30% of my goal

I'm getting right back into training hard again after a relaxing couple weeks since my last race. I'm easing my way back in so it's not too much too soon, given the time off, given that the next races aren't for about 6 weeks and 8 weeks respectively, and given my schedule and how I've been feeling physically. I think I pushed things a bit too far on one pair of running shoes, so it's time to take them out of rotation to see if it'll make a difference to my left foot that's caused me some significant pain the last few days. I am running less now and cross-training more to give my foot rest. Hopefully I will be able to increase my running days next week. 

I've started to think about increasing the mileage of my long runs when my foot allows, not just so I'm ready for my next half in February, but also so transitioning into full-on marathon training is a little easier. While that race feels far away, it'll get here soon, and I want to be the readiest possible. And the excitement for the race is already huge, especially since within a few weeks of trying hard, I'm at 30% of my fundraising goal, well on my way to raising $4000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my generous sponsors to date. I've been overwhelmed by support and have made some really great sales off my art prints. Then there are the friends and family members who've given so generously early on in my campaign, to give me a head start, and lift pressure off my shoulders. Thank you for supporting me and my journey, but most importantly, thank you for believing with me that a future without cancer is possible.

Without further delay, here are some of my amazing sponsors:

  • Cil: An absolutely beautiful woman, teacher, and mother. I met Cil when we were in the Teacher Education program at UBC and we got super close back then. I've been lucky enough to connect with Cil a few times since then despite our geographic distance. I've always been blown away for Cil's strength of character, her unrelenting love for her family and friends, and the way she's never shy to support those around her who need it. You've always been there for me. Thank you!
  • Kristy: I haven't seen Kristy in person in a few years, but we've stayed in contact via social media after working together at UBC years ago. Kristy is an incredible woman, mother to the cutest kid ever, and today I learned the details of her health journey. Both Kristy and her husband, Marty, have had an incredible journey to health very much like my own. I'm thrilled to have them in my network, because they truly get what an accomplishment this is. The 3 of us have so much to be proud of. Thank you for your support, kindness, and congratulations!!!
  • Carolle: Carolle is an incredible woman too! The mother of Francois, my brother-in-law we lost about 15 years ago, and a mother-figure to my sister. Carolle, thank you for all your love, all your kindness, for truly being there for my sister, and for being such an important part of our family. Merci beaucoup!
  • Saeed: Saeed is my cousin whom I've mentioned here before, and on my Team In Training page. Saeed's personal journey with lymphoma is one I am looking forward to learning more about over the coming months. It will help me further my understanding of the work LLS is doing. And I look forward to reconnecting in person to run this race with him. Thank you, Saeed, for allowing me to do this race in your honour, and I am so excited for this journey together. 
  • Christian: One of my awesome colleagues at LLSC whose smiling face is one I look forward to seeing at the office. Thank you for all you do in the office behind the scenes to enhance the work we do, and for your history with the organization and commitment to the mission. You seriously rock!
  • Matt: What can I say, Matt, you're one of my closest friends, and someone I know I can always count on. We met at a concert because of our mutual appreciation for the Canadian band, Sloan. The rest is history, but Matt continuously amazes me with his friendship. Thank you! 
Thank you!!!

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