Sunday, April 18, 2010

This weekend.

So I didn't quite get as much done as I would have liked, but I did get in the long run which was the main focus of the weekend.  Events overtook the day on Sunday and I didn't get out and get on the bike.  I did get alot accomplished around the house though.

The 13 mile run went relatively well.  I headed out over a local bridge straight into the wind.  Back down back into Edgewater.  More wind.  The first seven miles were relatively uneventful, if not a bit windy.   As I turned back in for the second six, I started getting a few twinges in the right calf I blew up a couple months ago.  I was able to take a few moments, pause, and stretch my calf a bit.  I seemed to do that trick and I finished up the 13 feeling tired and sore, but not at all injured.  I'm thinking that doing another 13 weekend after next should be completely manageable (I think I'll be doing the Providence Half while Noel does the full.)

This week we'll be getting ready for Jacob's Bar Mitzvah so I expect that I won't be running to much.  Maybe I can take advantage of the 24 hour part of 24Hour Fitness next week and squeeze some workouts in.

Also thanks again to everyone who has supported my run.  Click here to help.

Here's the map of yesterday's run.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Training is going well.

Training is progressing along decently.   I got a ride in on Monday and ran a couple miles and hit a yoga class last night at 24 Hour Fitness. (BTW: those of you who do yoga in Annapolis should check out Di's classes at 24 Hour or Prana.  Challenging and reinvigorating)

Anyway,  I've noticed a bit more recently that my body is clearly unbalanced.  My right side is visibly stronger and has much better balance that my left.  I'm not sure how I fix this though.  I've thrown single leg spins into some of my rides to try to strengthen the left leg, but I don't really think there is an equivalent running exercise. Should I hop a half mile every few miles??

This weekend looks good.  Looks like a long run (maybe 13 miles) on Saturday morning and a ride some time Sunday, to spin out the junk and get the cycling fitness up.  

In addition to NYC Marathon, Noel and I are tentatively planning on doing the Philadelphia Colnago Gran Fondo.   It seems like it should be a lot of fun...a little less casual than some rides, but not a hammerfest by any means.  I've ridden outside of Philly in the past and the roads a good and the terrain fairly challenging.  I'm optimistic that it'll work in the schedule.    

Things are good.  I'm still holding my weight at 198, which as I've mentioned on FB is a big accomplishment for me (lowest weight since college), but is still about 18 lbs over where I want to be.  If you see me with a cookie, slap it out of my hand and scold me.  

Monday, April 12, 2010

Kicking Prostate Cancer's Butt

As some of you may have heard, on November 7, 2010 I'm going to be running the New York City Marathon as a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.   I've done a half marathon in the past, but this will be my first full distance marathon.  I'm both excited and pretty intimidated.  I'm confident I can do it, but there's going to be alot of work between my current fitness level which comfortably takes me 13 miles and a level of fitness that will allow me to comfortably finish the 26.2 miles in Central Park this fall.

The reason I'm doing this is simple - prostate cancer killed my uncle and could have killed my dad.

I headed west last summer and got married to my wonderful wife Noel. We were married in San Diego and spent the week out there with the kids.   My parents joined us for a part of the week.

On Thursday my dad called me at 5 am saying he was sick and needed me to come down to his room.  The fact that it was 5 a.m. and my dad wasn't just toughing it out was a clear red flag that it was something big.

Without going in to too much detail, Dad's gall bladder had called it a day.  As part of the diagnosis of Dad's troubles the hospital ran a bevy of diagnostics.  One of those was an MRI of his abdomen.  This discovered a spot on his kidney. Turned out it was probably stage 2 or 3 cancer.  Had Dad not gotten sick there would have been no reason to MRI his abdomen and the cancer would still be on his kidney doing the nasty things it does.  And even though my dad had been vigilant about getting prostate screenings - after losing his brother -  during blood
work at the hospital they discovered problems with his prostate. Turns out there was cancer there too.

Fortunately they caught the cancers early enough and after a couple surgeries, my Dad's healthy again and cancer free.

Not everyone's dad is that lucky though. Estimates are that 28,660 American men lost their lives to prostate cancer in 2008.

Fortunately, prostate cancer can be beat.  That's why I'm running.  Annual screening saves lives. One man in every six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, but if caught early, nearly 100 percent survive.  ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer - http://www.zerocancer.org/ - has some great resources that explain how prostate cancer can be kept at bay.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I'm running the marathon as a fundraiser to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  I've committed to raise $3,500 to support the programs of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.   Your tax-deductible contribution will fund ZERO's efforts to end prostate cancer by providing comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk, and conducting more free screenings than ever before.  By clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/TomJZERO you can donate online to support my race and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  If you'd prefer to donate with a check, please send me an email at tom.jones@gmail.com and I will send you my address.

Thanks in advance for your support of my race and the  fight against prostate cancer.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

In NYC Marathon

Hey guys - I'm going to have a more thorough posting on this in the next couple days, but I did want to let everyone know (yes, both of my readers) that on November 7th I will be running the New York Marathon - my first marathon - as a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. More details to come.