Thursday, June 17, 2010

This Prostate Exam Sponsored By:

Many fundraising races offer you the opportunity to "sponsor" athletes as they train and compete in endurance events.  Some people offer the opportunity to "sponsor a mile" in their marathon or sponsor a message on their cycling jersey.

I'm offering you the opportunity to sponsor a prostate exam for that special man in your life.  

Yes, you read that correctly.   A prostate exam.  Yeah it's what you think.  Talking about it makes us uncomfortable - maybe a bit squeamish, maybe it even makes you blush, but it's a deadly serious subject and men - dads in particular - need to be thinking about it.  And that's where I come in.  For a donation ($100 wouldn't hurt but any amount is greatly appreciated) to my campaign to raise funds for the Zero - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, I will take the bullet for you and bring up the awkward subject with that man in your life.  I'll offer two options - a heartfelt handwritten note from me letting him know that you've asked me to reach out to him and let him know that he needs to head to the doctor and get a prostate exam - or - if you'd prefer, I'd be happy to pick up the phone and call him and discuss with him the importance of getting to the doctor.

I can't think of anything more important this Father's day than helping the Dad in your life stay healthy.  Whether it's your dad, your nephew's Dad, or your son's dad, this Father's day is the perfect time to make sure they're getting a prostate exam.  

As you may know, my Dad is recovering from prostate cancer.  We discovered it when he was hospitalized while we were in California for my wedding.   He's doing very well now and I'm looking forward to many more Father's days with him.  Unfortunately, prostate cancer killed my uncle.  And sadly it's going to kill many more men. "Prostate cancer deaths are expected to jump 17 percent this year," according to estimates based on National Cancer Institute data.  It doesn't have to be that way though. If prostate cancer is diagnosed before it spreads, a patient has a 99 percent survival rate for five years.

Dad's have enough ties and barbecue tools.  This year get him a gift that really matters. Have me explain to him how important it is to you that he has a doctor poke around his bum to make sure he's healthy. It very well could save his life.  Next year you can buy him an ugly tie and let him burn some steaks.

Your donation will support the work of Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer which funds testing, education and research on prostate cancer.  Please click here to donate.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

16 and 1 - 1

So I set out to do a 15 miler yesterday morning.   Running from roughly downtown Annapolis through some of the neighborhoods and back.  Noel and I set out together with her planning on doing 7ish and me planning on doing the 15.  Since it was another one of these typical hot and humid days in Maryland it was moderately oppressive when we started out so I forced Noel to chug along at a roughly 10:30 pace....which I've become convinced is my "hot pace."

As for the run itself it went pretty well.  We did 7 miles through the largely shadeless streets of Annapolis to one of the parks in the area - "Quiet Waters" park.  At that point Noel peeled off and headed back to the car and I put in the rest of my miles.  Since we were at the park I decided that I should duck into the park and run on their trails where I'd be in the shade.  There is a nice paved shaded trail in the park that runs for roughly a mile and a half.  I did two out and backs on that and headed back towards the car.   I put in another three miles finishing up right over the Annapolis/Eastport bridge and turned left onto Duke of Glouster street which heads uphill to State Circle.  I quickly discovered that I really wasn't up for an uphill run.  I called it a day and walked back to the car.

As for the run it wasn't too bad.  The heat was pretty oppressive, but I'm just going to have to suck it up and deal with that.  Fortunately the marathon will be in November so heat shouldn't be much of an issue there.  I had some mysterious pain across the top of my foot between miles 8 and ~11 but it seemed to work itself out so I am not too concerned about that.  I speculate it was related to the wonkyness of the trail I was running on (roots and stuff across the trail).  I also managed my sodium intake much better this run.  I dumped in 6 Endurolyte tables during my run.  With the way I sweat, this was probably even lowballing it for me.  But I did notice that the post hot run headaches that I had been experiencing lately was only mildly present in the aftermath of this run.   To be fair though, this wasn't completely scientific because I finished off my run with a bloody mary and two Genius Stouts at Ram's Head tavern.  Endurolytes of stouts...who know's.  Guess I'll just have to have a stout after know for science.

I did experience some pretty significant pain after my run though.  I had what I would characterize as significant soreness from about mid calf to mid thigh in both legs.  I walked this off for about and hour and by the time I had finished up lunch of nachos and onion rings (and the drinks mentioned above) at the Ram's Head, I felt reasonable.

I banked 15 hours of sleep last night and by the time I woke up this morning I felt great.  I jumped on this morning and I discovered that I hadn't run the 15 miles that I planned to run, but I had in fact run 16 miles.   Noel tells me that 16 miles and beyond is the point where things start to break and you need to start being careful with your long runs.  I have 4 months until the race, so I can take it pretty easy on the build up.  She's putting together a training schedule for me so we'll see what the next few Saturday and Sunday mornings have in store for me.

All in all I think m performance was mich like that of the United State team vs. England yesterday - respectful but not outstanding and still leaving room for improvement.  Also for those of you who are curious why it was vs. England and not the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, here's the wiki on why.

Also, keep an eye on the blog this week.  I'm going to have a Father's day related sponsorship opportunity available in the next couple days.

Map of the run below:

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I always thought it was "because he can"

Turns out it's in the service of science:
Dogs may be able to sniff out the smell of chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors, setting the stage for a new means of early prostate cancer detection.
Full story at WebMD. (Its really good news.)

No, it really is the heat

Those of you who live in the greater DC area, know we've just rolled through a bit of a mild heat wave. We had a stretch there where we knocked out a couple 95 degree days. I had the poor sense to run in those temperatures, a couple times at mid day. Which in hindsight was just plain dumb. It was also a bit demoralizing, because my pace was getting it's ass kicked. I was starting to think that the strong time that I posted up in Providence was an aberration and my running strength had gone to poo.

Turns out I think it might have just been the heat (although the humidity didn't help either). I went out thonight in lovely 75 degree weather and felt very strong. Did a nice 6 mile run from my office to the Lincoln Memorial and back and felt really good when I finished. Although I didn't have my Garmin with me so I might just be imagining I have more ability than I do.

Anyway, provided greater DC doesn't see another day this summer over 75 degree I should be golden.