Friday, May 30, 2008

It's about that time

I run day after tomorrow. I'm excited, calm, and ready to do it.

I dedicate this run to Dipti Massi. Her strength and courage gave me the support I needed to finish this endeavor. In addition, I dedicate this run to her family and friends that have all supported me at this time.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

posted by ma | 12:49 PM | 1 comments

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Almost there...

I've been gone for a while, crazy work and personal schedule, squeezing in trainings has been difficult, but I've been doing it and I'm almost there. Less than 4 days to go!

I will write a post after the run and tell everyone how it went. I'm excited and can't wait to get it done!

Thanks for all your support thus far!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Distance running

The marathon is less than a month a way and I cannot wait to cross that finish line! I've reached my fundraising goal, I'm steadily training on my own and I'm flying Virgin to San Diego (so excited about that one!).

Fundraising - now at $5,253! That's a lot of money and thank you to all those that donated! There is still time, so if you want to donate, please do here:

Training - with a busy work schedule, it's been hard to get to all the team trainings, which I really enjoy; so I've been training on my own. It's a bit weird, not having a coach there or other people to run with, but I've been good about getting out there, pounding the pavement and finding places to run in the city.

My favorite area to run is on The Embarcadero. I feel as though the folks that were building San Francisco all those years ago thought, "hmmm... we need San Francisco to be a healthy city, so let's figure out a place for these individuals to run..." and built the beautiful 4.5 mile long Embaracadero. And while running on it, there are so many sites to see. Starting at the ballpark in SOMA, one runs by tall buildings, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and if you push yourself a little further, you go up the Fort Mason Hill and bam, you are in the Marina. Yesterday I pushed myself hella far and went from the ballpark all the way to Crissy Field. Ran for about 2 hours. Yeah, long. In my head, I was doing the mileage math and figured I ran about 8, at most, 9 miles... I looked it up today and guess what? I ran 11. Yes, 11, 2 miles way from my goal for the 1/2 marathon. 11 miles! I'm pretty excited that I accomplished that on my own. I'm sore today, but I feel good and so happy that I cracked the 10 mile mark.
Here is my route:

posted by ma | 10:02 AM | 2 comments

Friday, May 2, 2008

Thank you!!!


Oh wow... I just reached my fundraising goal today. And then some ($1... but still, that's $1 more).

Thank you to all the wonderful people who donated to this cause. I really believe in it and by donating, you've shown your belief in me. All their names are listed to the right of this post. Please scroll through to see who they are.

Thank you for all the support!

There is still time if you haven't donated yet!

Less than one month to go!

posted by ma | 10:44 AM | 0 comments

Friday, April 25, 2008

In honor of...

Dipti Massi and Shanu
Dipti Sutaria. Wife, mother, grandmother, best friend, Godmother, and for me, the one I wish I had gotten the chance to know better.

I've gotten to know her wonderful family and I'm highly honored to be running in honor of her for them. Her daughter sent me some photos of Dipti Massi and I want to share them with you.

posted by ma | 10:10 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Update time

I was out of the country this past week in Dubai for my cousin's wedding. Aside from choreographing a dance in a day and practicing for it, I hate to say, but my exercising took a break to the poshness that was Dubai. Instead of running and sweating, my hair and nails were done daily (I kid you not); lavish meals three times a day and NYC socialite style-parties nightly...

It was a dream that had to end and now I'm back and tonight, heading to my first practice with the team since I left *gulp*... wish me luck!

I'll post on how sore I am tomorrow and coming soon... "Connecting to the Cause." I'm going to post about my personal honoree(s) soon enough, but wanted to make sure I do it in a special way...

Fundraising update: I am ALMOST there! Yes kids, less then a $1,000 to go for my goal of $5,000! So if you haven't donated yet, please, please, please, help me fight blood cancers and donate some change! Yes, CHANGE (get it... you donate "change" you make a "change"). It doesn't have to be in monster amounts (although, that will be gladly accepted!), even a little help goes a looong way! If you are curious, the power of your money:
  • $1000 supports one week's salary for a medical researcher at UCSF, Stanford, or Berkeley who may discover key information to developing curative treatments for blood cancers
  • $500 provides a blood cancer patient with financial assistance for one year
  • $200 provides a Family Support Group Program for one year for a patient and their family
  • $75 is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor
  • $50 is the cost of a CT scan
  • $25 covers one prescription co-payment
As you can see, together we're making a huge impact and even $25 helps out in a big way!

So, thanks for hanging in there with me. We're almost there... a little over a month to go!

posted by ma | 4:30 PM | 0 comments

Monday, March 17, 2008

Marathon Update

In between working,training, and getting engaged...I've barely had a moment to update this blog, and apologies for that. So here we go:

-Two weeks ago, on one of my Saturday runs up in Marin; I ran through the town of Sausalito and back to Mill Valley Elementary school for a total of 8 miles! Yes, that's more than halfway to my goal of 13.1 miles, so I'm feeling really good about the half-marathon. I'll admit, the first 5-6 miles was fairly okay, and around mile 7ish, my legs started slowly petering out, but with a little practice, I should be comfortable running 8 miles in no time.
-My "comfort level" of running at this point is between 4 - 6 miles. When training started, I was huffing and puffing around 3 miles, so that's more than double the distance, in less than 2 months.
-Fundraising - I'm at a whopping almost $3,000 as of this morning! So many wonderful people have been donating and for those of you still wanting to donate, don't wait! And please don't be unnerved by some of the large amounts of money, those folks are family and they are required to donate that much (haha...) Every little bit counts. Donate

  • Monday nights: Buddy run with my teammates The Embarcadero - we run either towards the ball park and back or down the other directions towards Fisherman's Wharf/Ghiradelli Square
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays are on my own for cross training - I try and get to the gym in the morning to do some elliptical or try to walk a lot those days around the city
  • Thursdays - coached work out at Kezar Stadium; the coaches put together a series of track work outs for us
  • Friday - DAY OFF!!! - I'm usually sleeping by 10P
  • Saturday - team run all around SF/Marin
  • Sunday - run on my own

-Places that have felt my pounding of my feet on Saturdays:

  • 2 February: Sports Basement @ Presidio
  • 9 February: Blackie's Pasture
  • 16 February: Beach Chalet/Land's End Trail - we saw Robin William's pink house that day
  • 23 February: Ferry Builiding/Embarcadero - ran out past the PacBell and also the day I got engaged!
  • 1 March: Mill Valley - ran through the town of Sausalito
  • 8 March: Tennesse Valley; ran all the way down to Stinson Beach and tackled a very big hill that day
  • 15 March: I ran on my own that day, so I ran down the Embarcadero, through Fisherman's Wharf and then finished it off with a climb up the stairs to Coit Tower

So, that's what I've been up to so far to this point...

Thank you to everyone that has been following this blog, sending me e-mails, calling me, and otherwise personally encouraging me every step of the way. A special thanks to all the family friends last night that listened to my schpeal while they were trying to enjoy either the birthday cake (at Party 1) or the pizza (at Party 2).

Look out for a post soon on my "connection with the cause." So far I've been blogging about what I've been doing, my runs, the places, etc... I will be posting about the special individual that is the reason for all this effort.

Thank you again for keeping up with me... a little over 3 months to go!

Running at Beach Chalet

posted by ma | 11:14 AM | 2 comments