Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Running for Gabby!

For a while I was doing tons of giveaways, virtual races, and other "blogger-ish things" (I made that term up) on here. But after a while I realized that it wasn't a lot of fun to write about that stuff and it probably was not a lot of fun to read either.

I still occasionally write about products that I truly use and believe in (Brooks, Yurbuds, Hammer Nutrition, Mission Athletecare and Trigger Point to name a few) and every once and awhile there is a virtual race/cause I really want to participate in.

Today I ran for Gabby! If you don't know of Gabby, she is the 6 year-old daughter of the awesome Heather. Two years ago Gabby was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and after an extremely challenging two years, on March 9 she will be having her final chemo treatment!! To celebrate, Heather has organized a virtual race (and a team for an actual race!) to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

An actual race effort doesn't fit into my training right now since I am still building back up my mileage and intensity at the beginning of my training for the Cox Providence Marathon, however I decided to sign up for the 10k so that I could support Gabby and Heather. I had a 12 mile run today with 8 miles at a faster pace, so I counted 6.2 of those miles as my Team Gab 10k. :) (Race time - 6.2 miles in 43:23 - 6:59 average pace)

There is still time for you to participate in this Virtual Race and help raise money to fight Pediatric Cancer. Along with an awesome HAND DRAWN medal from Gabby herself for participants, Heather has all kinds of great prizes that you can win. Check out her post with all of the details here and then run some miles for a great kid, a great family, and a great cause.

My stinking printer is out of ink so I couldn't print my race bib, but I took a picture of myself with it up on my computer screen after my run this morning. :)

 Yay for Gabby and Team Gab! :)


giraffy said...

You are the FASTEST!!

Thank you <3

greengirlrunning said...

That's so great that you did that! And wonderful to hear that this little girl is getting well :)

coach dion said...

I think it's time you raced a couple of shorter races... It's hard to feel that 10km on your own is a true reflection of your speed. I bet there are lots of us out here who would love to see you run a couple of fast times.

Go Gabby, did you get your medal, love the idea that she made it.

SupermomE12 said...

Like I said, this wasn't a race effort - it was just the middle miles of a 12 mile run that had some tempo-ish miles in the middle.

I have some shorter races coming, but you have to remember that in the middle of Wyoming winter there are no races going on and I can't afford to travel for 5ks and 10ks

Christina Williams said...

I had caught a bit about the purple headbands somewhere in the blog world. I will definitely go back and check them out! Her daughter is the same age as mine and I have such empathy and concern for all children. Children and animals, my main concerns for this planet. A great reason to have a run!

misszippy said...

Great job for a great cause! I tend to stay away from virtual races simply b/c they are tough to squeeze into my existing training, but I have followed Gabby's story for a while now. So happy she is finishing chemo!

You look cute w/ the headband, btw!

portia o said...

You look adorable lady! Great job on the sub-7 pace for your 10k, even if it wasn't quite a race effort. Wowzers!

Suz and Allan said...

Such a great cause! I'm participating in this virtual race too.