Friday, August 28, 2009

Upcoming Events

Next week, the school year starts again. I am excited to start with a new group of kids. The ones we had last year were really great! If this year's kids are half as good as last year's, then last year's were twice as good as this year's. Think about it.
September 20 is the Dam Half. A trail half-marathon around R.B. Winter State Park near Mifflinburg, PA.  This is the first time I am participating in this event, but it is part of the "Grand Slam of PA" trail events.  The website features bloody knees and tired looking runners.  Two weeks later is this year's Mega.  According to the race directors, this year will feature an even tougher course.  It took only 3 weeks for the 700 slots to fill and another month to add 400 to the waiting list.
I'd better get to working on the hills.  

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I am because I can (I think).

I know lots of times I have thought, "Man, I wish I could do something to help."  Well, I figured that I can do something.  I love to run and seem to be able to go a long way.  Last year I did a great 25 miler through the mountains around Lock Haven (check out the Megatransect) and the next week did 50 miles on PA state forest roads (Tussey MountainBack).  Since then, I have set my sights on a 100 miler.  I'm not certain if there is a good reason to run 100 miles, but I do know that there are loads of good reasons to support diabetes research.  If I can do both, what a deal!
In May, I am going to run for 30 straight hours, around 100 miles, to try and raise $30,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  This blog will be one way to keep up my preparation, see the sponsors of the run and help me get motivated (I need a lot of help with that.).  The JDRF folks are working to get a website set up for donations and I've begun contacting companies to help with equipment sponsorships.  
I've put the information out there.  By making it public, I have put the pressure on myself.  Away we go, and go and go!