Monday, May 12, 2008

A Quickie

Sorry, it's not exactly as scintillating as the post title suggests. I just don't have a lot to report about these days.

Except, of course, for the latest members of the Fred's Team Honor Roll:


bringing the total raised for the Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research in honor of Liam Witt to


Don't you want to join the Honor Roll? Just click on the "My Fred's Team Home Page" link on the side or bottom of this page to donate. Or simply click right here.

I urge you to visit the Band of Parents site. Two of Liam's friends recently lost their battles with neuroblastoma. If there is a more important reason for soliciting money for the Aubrey Fund, I cannot think of it.

Not a lot of running this past week. Not only did the temps in Florida hit the dreaded 80/80 mix (80 degrees heat, 80 percent humidity,) making running difficult and a little dangerous, I was too busy cleaning and packing and heading back to NYC, which I did late last night. Arrived at my apartment around 1:00am, after a hellacious plane ride and an even more hellacious journey through LaGuardia trying to get a ride back into Manhattan. The cats, of course, made no pretense of being mad at me, Spot was in my arms within seconds. I was looking forward to a welcome-home run this morning, but even though it's 48 degrees outside -- heaven! -- it's raining. And I am holding to my promise of not running in the rain until we officially begin training. No point in getting sick now. Warmer and sunny tomorrow. Gonna do a loop!!!!

Lastly, I am in the process of starting a PODCAST. Or at least try to. It would be a good way to both get the message about the Aubrey Fund out, and also to share my training. A lot of people wrote me last year saying that they were following my training schedules for their first marathons and half-marathons, and thanks to Team coaches Jeff and Annie it is a very good schedule to follow, be you a beginner, middle-of-the-packer or elite. The training we do as a Team is for runners of all levels. We're not expected to work at the same speed, but to work to the best of your ability. So I'd love to put my training program out there for more folks to peruse. I've gotten a lot of encouragement to podcast from my Fdip friends, but I've got to say, it's hard! Firstly, I hate the sound of my voice, I think I'm really nasal. Second, I um and er a lot and start most of my sentences with "And." Why do I do that? Lastly, I fear being boring. I've been doing some recording, but as most of it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel, I might re-record the whole thing.

Got the Healthy Kidney 10K coming up this weekend, and some more races over the next few weeks. and I'm starting to come up with some new CONTESTS for this year, so STAY TUNED...

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