20 Miles in the Bank!

This past week was the height of training season, and now it’s time for tapering!week 16

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Magellan 20 miler: SUCCESS!!!

20 miler

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I made vast improvements on my 20 mile run this year. Although, it helps exponentially to not be sick this year!

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Last year, I really lost it at about mile 10, and then I ended up walking the rest of the race. It was really discouraging. It was great to get it done the way I want to.

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I ate this protein bar that they were handing out at the finish line, and although I’m sure it probably tastes horrible on a regular day, today it was so decadent that I had to go back for seconds. Thank you for not judging me Jackie <3.

 

Rungry on the Bus. ROOOAR!!

Rungry on the Bus. ROOOAR!!

I’m not going to speculate about how the marathon will go yet. I have to confer with Tom Skilling about the weather forecast. I’ll keep you updated. I hope you’ll consider coming out to cheer me on October 12th!

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I stopped running immediately when my watch hit 20 miles. It was an untimed race, so it seemed frivolous to run the extra .25 of a mile to the finish line.

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

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Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Laurie Willson Wissinger

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid

Dan Sherman

Laura Leinweber

Katie Harland

Sandra Fuller

Oswaldo De La Hoya

Randi Schoon

Andrew Scharm

Christi Castenson

Deborah Grant

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Thank you cards for my A M A Z I N G supporters!

Week 13: 18 Miles!

Tomorrow is a 18 mile training run. Luckily, the weather will be cooperating!

36 days left until the marathon.

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Laurie Willson Wissinger

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid

Dan Sherman

Laura Leinweber

Katie Harland

Sandra Fuller

Oswaldo De La Hoya

Randi Schoon

Andrew Scharm

Christi Castenson

 

 

 

Week 12

I survived 16 miles last weekend by doing two eight mile runs: one outside and one inside. Go ahead. Judge me.

I’m relieved to have a cut back week. My long run this weekend in only 12 miles before it kicks up to 18 next weekend.

I turn 30 on Thursday. I am getting old! I can honestly say that I will be starting the next decade of my life much healthier than I have ever been!

47 day until race day! Cheers!

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

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______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid

Week 10

AHHHHHAAA I’m getting so nervous about running 15 miles tomorrow morning!!

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

 

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

20140721-171122-61882001.jpg

______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

 

Week 8: Out of Order

This week’s mileage:

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It finally happened. On early Thursday morning, while I was trying to get out my 12 mile run, I was attacked by a dog. Actually, there were two of them. About 3.5 miles in, I saw the two white devils standing on the back patio of a townhouse, and I had a feeling in my gut that there was going to be trouble. I was running on the side of the road when two little fluffy shih tzus came running out at me. It was like my little compression shorts had awakened a prey instinct deep within their little black souls. It looked very much like this:

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One tried to bite my leg while the other just barked at me. The owner was nowhere to be found. At first, I just stuck out my leg, and the aggressive one just tried to bite my shoe. When I realized that an owner wasn’t going to come and relieve me, I got out my teacher voice, and sternly stated, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.”

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At first, the little brat looked confused and started in again, so I said it again, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” After that, they both just stood staring at me in the street. The meeker of the two looked at the bratty one like, “What do we do now?” I firmly with my big bulging teacher eyes, “GO HOME.” Well, they didn’t go home, but they did get back on the grass by the street. The owner was still not around. It looked like the owner might just let the dogs out the back door to go potty without a restraint and without watching them.

I wondered if anyone had heard me whip out my teacher voice in the middle of the street at 6am, but then I realized it doesn’t matter. Here’s to the teacher voice and knowing when to use it!

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I’m recovering from my leg procedure. I had laser ablation on my saphenous vein. The other leg was done two years ago. Here is what it looks like today:

 

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I’ll be back in spin class on Monday and back on the treadmill on Tuesday or Wednesday!

 

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

 

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

20140721-171122-61882001.jpg

______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham