Going to Phoenix pt 2 and going to LA

Well I’m back, but barely. I’m still behind on emails and such, I appreciate everyone’s patience. Before I forget, I’m going to Los Angeles tomorrow. Among other things, I will be judging a fashion contest (you can go too). One would have to ponder the wisdom of my being a judge considering this picture of me below -truly one of the most unflattering pictures of me ever taken, after the race. For some reason, I think it’s funny.

That thing wrapped around my waist is a plastic sheet, some sort of blanket thing they gave everyone. It was freezing, only 29 degrees. Also note the lovely shoes, a giveaway. Anyway, as I said, I’ll be judging the contest and touring Tom’s contract facility so I’ll keep you posted on that. As far as I know, I’ll have some free time available on Saturday; my plans (meeting Miracle and going to market) just fell through so if anyone wants to meet up or arrange something at the last minute, let me know. I am staying in Costa Mesa. You can either email me or keep watch here for any last minute notices. I will also be touring Patternworks so I imagine between the two, I’ll have posts up next week.

Onto the marathon. First, I have to thank all of my wonderful supporters. Thanks to all of you, I was the top fundraiser for the entire state of New Mexico! I wish I could have done as well at the running part. Considering I only started running last September, I didn’t do too badly. Out of nearly 40,000 runners, I placed 352nd in my division (of old hags) and 8887th overall which is still in the top 25%. Among women overall, I placed 4264th. That leaves lots of room for improvement, no? I’d like to get my time under 10 minutes a mile; I’m right at 10:20sec minute miles now. Actually, my real goal for all of this (other than to raise money for charity) was to pick up the running habit permanently so the jury is still out on that.

Funny thing…in the forum several months ago, we’d been talking about kaizen, small changes we could adopt that would change our lives slowly, and I posted a modest goal of putting on my running shoes. At the time, actually doing something like this marathon was totally beyond me. I hadn’t even quit smoking at the time, but look where I ended up. With the tiny goal of lacing up my shoes and no promise of actually putting feet to pavement, just making that pledge made all of this happen for me. I have to give Team in Training the largest share of the credit. They will take anyone -anyone- and train them to run a marathon. No matter how overweight or out of shape you are and all you have to do in return is raise money for charity. And if you don’t want to run, they’ll train you to walk it. I’d encourage you all to consider it too. There are chapters everywhere, most participants are female, over forty and overweight but they all manage to do it. It’s great. Think about it, won’t you?

Lastly, to thank each of my supporters, here’s a message from me:

Follows is the list of donors. If I have somehow missed your name, please email me for the correction. Also, I didn’t have web addresses for everyone. Please submit yours if it’s not here. It wouldn’t hurt to get linked from here considering my google page rank and it’d be a very small way of thanking you. I appreciate every donation, no matter how small. I do know that some people are experiencing financial hardship and I profoundly thank each of you for sharing as your means permit. Thank you!

[edit 3:38 PM]
Ack! Errata’s already coming in. Some people used the donations button (upper right hand corner) rather than the TNT link. Boy, that means I have to email everyone who’s made a recent site donation to sort it out. I was wondering why I was getting donations all of the sudden. Then, I’ll have to donate that amount to TNT. So, if you don’t see your name below, please email me. It’d be great if you could make it easy on me so I don’t have to look it up and tell me the amount, your name and web address. Thanks!

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  1. Josh says:

    YES! I’m so happy that you were able to raise more money than everyone else in NM. It makes me proud for this entire board, me and YOU. Congraulations!

  2. Karen C. says:

    Love the shoes, darlin’! Can’t wait for your report on both Tom’s facility and Patternworks. I was just about to use them for my grading. And I had forgotten about Tom’s Launch package. So with bated breath…have a great time.

  3. carissa says:

    So, Kathleen, you forgot a very important detail…

    Did you get your butt?

    I thought it was so funny- that was one of your goals you stated on your blog when you first decided to train. Have you had time to look back there, yet?


  4. Kathleen says:

    Did you get your butt? I thought it was so funny- that was one of your goals you stated on your blog when you first decided to train. Have you had time to look back there, yet?

    no, I did not get a butt. In retrospect I realize my coach kind of glossed over promising anything toward accomplishing the butt goal. Halfway into it -when I was remarking on the limited progress back there- she said I’d have to run hills. Hah. Thanks a lot.

  5. mamafitz says:

    way to go kathleen! i had forgotten you were running the marathon this january, and bloglines wasn’t alerting me to new posts. great job — are you going to do another one?

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