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Just keep swimming, swimming…Errr…Just keep running, running

Happy Friday everyone! 


So I know that I have gone MIA on here recently but to be quite honest I had some bad runs and hadn’t raised any more money beyond the $10 my mom donated and I became super discouraged. I still have been running but they just haven’t been very good. Even my buddy run on Wednesday went awfully. I was the slowest one, which isn’t even the issue but more or so when someone drops back to run with me it makes me feel bad because I know that they could be going a lot faster. Also I don’t know why but the guy leading the buddy run I attend either didn’t seem to like me or looked at me like I was a joke. It could all have just been in my head but I did not leave my run feeling great about myself. The good news though is that I am still doing well with keeping at my schedule and even have done 3 miles during the week and not only as my long run. It is a slow 3 miles but hey, I just gotta keep running!

Besides the fact that I can see my mileage keep increasing, I had a proud moment the other day when I took my cousin to the gym with me. I joined Planet Fitness in February and my first day I tried starting the couch to 5k app. I could barely keep running for 2 mins straight on the treadmill then. Now, not only can I run more than two minutes, but I can run 3 miles consistently and I run multiple times a week!  I really don’t like running on the treadmill but I like going to the gym and I like taking my cousin with me to help her achieve her goals so I will be okay with it once a week! 

I do have some awesomely GREAT news! I was at my hair salon that I have been going to for over 10 years now and I was telling my hair lady and one of her customers about my cause and my endeavors. I have this fascination with runners now. Its kinda creepy. I look at people and wonder to myself if they are runners or what they look like running. So this conversation all got started when I asked her customer if she was a runner. haha Well after the woman left my hair dresser told me that she would allow me to put up a sign and a pretty collection box or vase to raise some money AND on top of it she said that she will donate $1 for every client she has from now until October! I was so happy and grateful I nearly started crying in her salon! After all the discouragement I have had recently, it was just what I needed to get me refocused! If you live in the Parma, Oh area check out Hair studio 42 on Pearl Rd! 


Also some more fundraising in the developing…I have been talking to the pastor (preacher? I guess I am not really sure of his title) of my mom’s church which I have been attending recently and I am trying to get a church-wide garage sale in effect! I figured that people could bring in stuff they had lying around the house and donate it to the sale along with going around to different garage sales as they close on their last day and asking for the rest of their stuff as donations would be a great way to get a massive sale to go down. And then part of the portions raised could go to the church and the other part to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! This was also great news for me! 

I am so glad to have my cheerful attitude back regarding this all and am so grateful and blessed to see that people are going to support me through this! 

Tonight I am going to the Indian’s game to celebrate a friend’s birthday! Dollar dog night and Disney themed fireworks! How can you go wrong!?!? Then I have my team run bright and early tomorrow morning and after am heading to Michigan to go camping with the fam! I am so looking forward to the weekend! Just need to get though the rest of work! 

Here is another motivational quote for you today! (I know I could use all the motivation I can get this week!)

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali

As always I would be honored if you could support me in my endeavors! Even donating just $1 would be one dollar closer to finding the cure to caner! Cancer sucks…LETS BEAT IT!



Happy Hump Day!

SOOOOO….yes I have been terrible at this blogging thing this past week. (well not quite a week) but the good news is I am still running! Although I am not sure what it has been but this has not been my week for running. It has been a constant mind game with myself just to get up and go let alone actually keep running! lol I went and got new running shoes from vertical runner and I LOVE THEM! I am still adjusting to them though. Going from a pair of 3 year old tennis shoes to a brand new pair that actually supports your feet changes up your style and form a bit and is working all kinds of new muscles, while leaving me quit sore! 


Here are my babies! I had to get them in men’s sizes because I have large feet and the pickings were slim, and although I would have preferred some brighter colors I think these suit me pretty well! 

Today on the agenda is 3 hills. I am not looking forward to them at all! 3 hills seems like nothing…but I know it will be otherwise! lol 

Also I wanted to post a picture from Dave’s Cosmic Subs where they have offered to sell my blood drops for donations! IF you live in the Cleveland area you should check them out because not only are my blood drops there…but also because they are delicious! (20660 N Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH) 44118 is where you can find them! I plan to send out my letters and emails and do the whole facebook thing this week. I have also been toying around with the idea of having a garage sale or some other type of event to try and raise some money. Then it is time to hit up the big dogs and try to get some corporate sponsorship’s! Wish me luck!


As always, I would be honored if you could donate any small donation you could afford to my cause! http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/nikesf13/tmasonhslp Have a great day!

“The journey isn’t always perfect, but always worth taking.”

Hello to my people on the interwebs! (If I actually have any people…haha)

I know you were all so devastated to not be able to read about my life and training yesterday, but it was simply just an overwhelming day with so much to do! No worries I will update you about Monday and Tuesday today!

Monday was my rest day but I had a soccer game, so I still got some exercise! I also got to go have a delicious dinner with a good friend Erin and her little family! We lost our soccer game and it was our first loss (by one point) of this season but we play for fun so it was fineeee…well I say that because they made me play goalie the second half and I haven’t really played goalie since high school so saying it was fine makes me feel better about the 3 goals I let in! 

Yesterday was absurd. Had a doctor’s appointment and was so busy at work that we did not get to take our “lunch break” until 4pm! The life in the lab…experiments wait for no one! Then I went and visited one of my best friends Ashley, and her family which includes a new born baby! I am obsessed with children so I may talk about them often on here even though it has nothing to do with running…lol Then I went to Grammys for dinner and then after some time headed to the track with my brothers Arthur and Josh, along with a family friend Nathan. 

Once again, I cannot say enough how blessed I am to have so many people in my life that are being so supportive of my endeavor. I know that a lot of people look at me like I am out of my mind when I tell them that I am training for a half marathon, but that is okay. The people that I have on my side and who are there for me with training, advice, or anything I could possibly need are all that matters! 

I AM ECSTATIC TO ANNOUNCE THAT I RAN MY ENTIRE 2 MILES WITHOUT A SINGLE CRAMP! I did a mixture of things all day and during my run so I cannot pin point what exactly did the trick but it was wonderful! It is a whole different world to run without feeling like your insides are going to be ripped out from your torso….! I sure hope this wasn’t a fluke and I can get through today with out them as well! 

I think I can say that I am actually, kind of, in the slightest bit starting to enjoy running. I mean I look forward to my runs because I am excited to be a part of such a great thing…but yesterday was the first time I didn’t want to kill myself while I was running! I took a slow and steady pace for my 2 miles and my not so little brother Josh ran right along side me. the whole time telling me what kind of cross training and eating habits I should start to do. He also made me pick up my pace for the last lap and made me run as fast as i could go for the last 200 m. I almost vomed…and just when I thought I was done…he made me do 5 sprints! I really appreciate it now though..that is not something that I would just up and do on my own! My brothers are really just simply the best! 

Tonight on the schedule is a 20 minute run…but I am going for my “buddy run” so I am not sure what we will do. I cannot believe how great of an organization Team in Training is! We have team runs on Saturday and there is a buddy run offered nearly every day of the week. We get weekly emails filled with resources and motivation and there are people literally willing to help you with anything and everything! This will be my first buddy run and according to the email only one other woman is going to be there besides the mentor or whatever running pro is going to be there to help us! I am once again looking forward to my run! I am so pleased with how much I am enjoying what I am doing! 

Well the running front has been going great, but I really need to kick it into gear with the fundraising. I think the end of this week and weekend is when I am going to start my fundraising full throttle! I am not sure if it was doubt I had in myself or the fear of others doubting me (since some fam has already stated so rudely that I cannot do it and they will not donate towards my cause) but I think I am slowly buiding up my runner’s confidence to start. 

Well thanks for reading and again, if you would like to support me in my endeavors to raise money for blood cancer research I would be honored! 

My page can be found here! http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/nikesf13/tmasonhslp

Have a great rest of the day!

Monday “not so fun” Funday

Happy Monday! Well for me today has just gone on and on! At least it was my last early morning watching my coworkers kids!

So remember that team run that I was oh so excited for?? Well thanks to my kitten (we are currently fighting) my alarm did not go off Saturday morning because she thought mommy would really love it if she pulled my charger out of the wall so my already dying cell phone would die and shut off! HOW RUDE! I also then didn’t wake up until almost noon in which I sat up thinking “It is way too bright out to be before 8 am”….

So I am sad to report that I still did not get to experience a team run yet, nor did I get to go to the shoe fitting…but I am doing a buddy run with one of the mentors on Wednesday where I hope they can give me some pointers on how to keep those cramps away! Due to my alarm issues and an already jam-packed busy weekend, I didn’t get to do any running except for when I played softball (which does’t really count but it was better than sitting at home on the couch!) and what I attempted to do real quick on Saturday before the Indians game. The schedule changes a little this month… and I have my soccer game tonight which always includes a lot of running and its my rest day so I am kind of making up for it! I am also excited that instead of running for a set amount of minutes it has mostly changed over to an amount of miles. There has always been something I cannot wrap my brain around when it comes to exercising and minutes. No matter how hard you try and you cannot make those minutes go by any faster…but with a distance the faster you go the faster you finish!

Well today’s blog kind of sucks…but I guess it is like running…you have your good days and your bad days! 

Also I have still only raised $10 but I plan on using Facebook as a tool this week and have been in contact with some businesses about putting up my donation blood drops! Hopefully the cash will start rolling in real soon!

Blood Cancer Awareness Fact of the Day:

“Hodgkin Lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 86% since the 1960s!”

You can help!

If you would like to donate to my cause I would be honored! http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/nikesf13/tmasonhslp

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!



Good afternoon party people! I don’t know about anyone else but I am simply ecstatic that today is Friday! I have been babysitting for a coworker all week long and my 4:50am wake-up calls have just been killing me! 

Anyways…Today is a rest day! Last night I made the terribly foolish decision to go running after my sissy treated me to bdubs! BUT…since I made the terrible decision to go before running, so I couldn’t make the even worse decision of not running! To be quite honest, without certain people in my life not letting me cheat on days I’d rather sit on a couch.. I am not sure that I would be as successful as I am right now. 

I went to the track last night with one of my best friends and marathon runner, Michelle. She is quite the woman! Not only did she go out running during the day in the almost 90 degree weather…she brought her running stuff to run along side me for my 20 min run! And I know she probably could have walked faster than I could run! But she was a great motivator! She even had me finishing my last lap at a rather quick pace! I have been struggling with getting cramps while I run EVERY TIME! I have been researching and trying everything possible. If anyone has any tips I would greatly appreciate them! I don’t let it stop me..because again I think to myself…would I stop if I was fighting cancer..NO. But I am concerned because what I do to get through them affects my form. And the last thing I need is an injury to set me further back than I already am! (Although I really don’t think I am too far behind because I keep up with the training schedule but still…I lack the confidence as a runner for sure.)

Tomorrow is our team run! It will be my first one, and I am soo excited for it! Afterwards we are going to a shoe store specifically for runners to get sized! I am also pretty excited to see what that is all about…although as of right now I cannot afford fancy running shoes! lol It is our long run…but we are still only at 2 miles. Thank goodness we don’t move up to 3 miles until next week because I am not sure I am ready for that! LOL Well Wish me luck tomorrow! I am slight nervous that I will be the slowest one there and will be embarrassed. BUT…this is my first running experience and really just crossing the finish line of the half marathon will be my goal! 

LLS Blood Cancer Awareness Fact of the day: 

“In 2012 a record-breaking 7,763 customized clinical trial searches were conducted using LLS resources” 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! You can start by helping me with my journey today! I would be honored to have you join and support me in my cause! You can find my fundraising webpage at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/nikesf13/tmasonhslp

Have a wonderful day and a FABULOUS weekend! Talk to you guys Monday!