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Update on CCFA 1/2 Marathon training

I wanted to give everyone an update on our progress for the Team Challenge program for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and the half marathon. The hubs and I set up a blog to make it easier to follow our progress (and save you from further updates).  We both post our thoughts and experiences as we continue our training as well as how each of us are coping with the training schedule and the disease. If you would like to follow, please click on the link below:

The blog is called One Step at a Time: http://bankers-onestepatatime.blogspot.com/

Also, I think I might have mentioned this earlier, but just in case...I wanted to let you know that I've decided to carry a list of names with me through the 1/2 marathon. These are people we know, or friends and loved ones of people who have generously contributed to our fundraising efforts, who live with, or were taken by, IBD. I wanted to carry these names with me to symbolize crossing this finish line together.

We have been overwhelmed by the generous donations we've received thus far. Thank you so much to all who have donated. Your contributions and generosity mean so much to not only us, but the 1.4 million Americans who suffer from this disease.

If you would like to donate, please visit our fundraising site here:


Every little bit makes a difference! But please do not feel obligated or compelled. Your virtual support means the world to me.

Oh, and if you have a name of a friend or loved one you would like me to add to the list, please share it with me. So far, I have 15 names of people who will be crossing that finish line with me.


In totally unrelated to marathon training news... new fic starting soon! I'll start posting Wake Up and Fight tomorrow and it will be complete by October 4th. With the final post on the 4th, I'll have a link to a fanmix created by secretlytodream, so stay tuned!


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Sep. 28th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Subscribed and subscribed. You can do it!!!
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, my friend! :)
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I checked out your blog and found it inspiring. It may even get me walking! Oh, and a physical therapist once recommended that alphabet exercise to me to help recover from a sprained ankle. It is a really good exercise!
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm going to keep at it -- but my legs (especially my left one) were shaking after doing it today. I think on Thursday when I go for my next 3 miles I'll do that BEFORE I start walking. :)

Thanks for checking it out!
Sep. 28th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
You're inspiring!

I have some names you can add to your list:
  • Dylan (my nephew - I'm not sure which kind of IBD he has - and I think his brother has been diagnosed, too, but I'm not sure)

  • Lois (my Mom - who has lymphocytic colitis)

  • Bill (my dad - who was first hospitalized with some kind of colitis as a teenager and was given last rites but recovered. I think I might have told you that he died of colon cancer when we five kids were all in grade school.)

So thank you for all you're doing for everyone touched by this disease!
Sep. 28th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
You got it, sister! Dylan, Lois, and Bill are now on the list. Thanks so much for reading this and sharing these names with me!

The hubs keeps saying that I'm going to get something out of this -- weight loss, toning, y'know, stuff like that. But you know what I'm REALLY getting out of it? This...feeling. Like I'm actually doing something for people.

After so many years of feeling helpless. I mean, of course this doesn't FIX anything. But I feel like it makes some kind of difference. :)

Thank you!
Sep. 28th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I'll be posting on the marathon soon, honey. *Hugs you tight*

And ohhh, ficcy!

*Dances happily*
Sep. 28th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, lady!!

I hope you like the fic. I will be watching for you, I'm not ashamed to admit. ;)
Sep. 28th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
gaelic, what a great cause to support.

One of my best friends, and the father of my God-daughter, suffers from severe Crohn's Disease. He and his wife have been through plenty of ups and downs as a result of the disease, (as I'm sure you can appreciate) but they remain so positive. So, please add my friend, "Fraser" to your list and all the best for your endeavours.

Sep. 28th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you!

I will add Fraser to my list. This disease is riddled with ups and downs...and sometimes it's hard because you realize your 'ups' aren't the same as everyone else's 'ups'....

We define 'normal' so differently than just about everyone else I know. Because of this disease. *sigh* *kicks it*

Thank you for this comment and for your encouragement. :)
Sep. 28th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Love the updates about yours & the hubs' journey, makes me wanna walk some while listening to good music (recommendations from you are always welcome :) & Yay for raising more than $5000!! WOW!

Oh I read some amazing spoilers (well more like an arc for the season - Dean centered) - no worries, I won't ruin but you're gonna LOVE IT assuming they do it properly.

& your fic - I'll consider it my new year's present ;)

Sep. 28th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! :)

I know -- I am so very grateful that we've been able to raise that much so far. It all goes to such a good cause -- a cause that will help so many people. My hubs included, so it's not completely altruistic. ;)

And EEEP! Spoilers! *bites lip* I want to know but I don't want to know but I want to know...but I don't.

Hee! I can't make up my mind!! Maybe I'll poll people in the next ramble. Question: Do you think Gaelic should give in and get spoiled? Or do you like reading these when she has no precog of what's to come?


Hope you enjoy the fic -- I KNOW you'll enjoy secretlytodream's trailer and fanmix. :)
Sep. 28th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
I wish you and your husband best of luck. I will keep you both on my prayers and will like to make a donation, hopefully i can do it sometime by the end of this week. Best of Luck. :)
Sep. 28th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your support and encouragement. :)
Sep. 29th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Kick it in the ass, fangurl!

My coworker, Will, has Crohn's, and he often goes thru hell. I haven't checked out your blog yet, but I will. Thanks for all you're doing.

Sep. 29th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Can I add WIll's name to my list? It definitely IS hell. Or one variation of it, anyway.

Thanks for the encouragement! :)
Sep. 29th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yes. Please add Will to your list. I'm sure he would appreciate it.

Sep. 29th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Paul's boss at work has Crohns. She is dealing with it but it isn't easy. She had an emergency operation a few months ago, which she bounced back from but it never goes away.
It's great you are doing this challenge - a half marathon is HARD!
Oct. 1st, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the hubs has had a total of 6 operations in 10 years, the most recent being three weeks ago. It's never easy.

And you're darn right it's HARD. Just training for it is hard...and I'm definitely anxious about finishing it. But I'm determined.

Can I add Paul's boss to my list? What's her name?
Oct. 1st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sure that would be nice - it's Julia Proctor. I have lots of admiration for people who run - the farthest I've ever done was 6 miles. My hubby is a runner (injured at the moment) and has done full marathons in the past. Mad fools, the lot of ye!. :D
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