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Hello everyone! I have some exciting news! Although it may not show it yet on my fundraising page, I am about half way to my fundraising goal! AND my race is now a little under 3 months away! I am starting to get super nervous. Some more good news is that my knee is finally healed and I have gotten back into my running. It has left me a little bit behind schedule but thankfully I maintained my cardio using the bike and elliptical machine while I couldn’t run! This weekend we are supposed to run 5 miles but I will most likely aim for 4. More and more people are starting to express such interest in helping me to reach my goals, especially fundraising ones and it is really making me start to feel like this is real. 

I mean yeah, I have been running and yeah I have been asking people to donate me money but to hear people tell me that not only have they been noticing a difference in my physical appearance (aka I guess my body is slowly getting toned and in shape, although the scale doesn’t say I have lost too much) but that I have become an inspiration to them is really something! It really makes me feel great about what I am doing! It actually makes me feel guilty about how much more serious I can be about this whole thing. 

This past weekend I volunteered at an aid station at mile marker 55 for the Burning River 100 mile race. MAN, WAS THAT SOMETHING!!!! It was absolutely incredible to see runners coming through that have been already running for 9-13 hours by that time! They had the best attitudes and were truly inspiring! I have never even been to a running even so it was exciting to witness one. I think that I have decided that it is necessary for me to sign up for some other events before mine, even if it is just a 5k just to deal with race day jitters. (They have already sky rocketed!) 

Point of today’s blog….I WILL SUCCEED. I know I have been saying this the whole time but I really think that I am going to pull through. Both financially and physically! And really I have to thank everyone who is supporting me, helping me to reach my goals, and who just has something positive to say to me about it all!

If you would like to join the many who have supported me in my endeavor I would be so grateful! 



Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining!

Hello Friends! 

Well the donations are finally starting to roll in! I think people are actually starting to believe in me! (Well at least that is how it is making me feel!) It feels so good and makes me so happy to have support in this! In the past it has been that I have been taking strides in my running and have been feeling defeated in my fundraising but now the tables are turned…which I am okay with. I have been having some knee problems so I have been taking it slow with my runs and have not been getting the mileage I want, but I am still staying active and moving towards my goal! 

I had a dream last night that I asked my fit friends on facebook to give me a shout out type of thing to their fans on their page and it resulted in a huge success! So I figured maybe it was a sign (again I am all about signs) that maybe I should give it a shot! What is the worse that will happen? They think I am creepy because I had a dream about them? They don’t want to help me? Hopefully they will though! 

Well try to stay cool out there today! 

And as usual…



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!

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! 

Hills….NOT my friend!

Hola! Man do I wish I was still in Mexico with a fancy umbrella drink in hand! But the reality is that I am indeed not in mexico and do not have a fancy umbrella drink in hand! 

I got my first donation yesterday! It was only $10 cash and it was from my mom…but that counts for something right??? only $4,990 to go! haha Yesterday was also our Team in Training Kickoff event! It was so great to finally go meet all of the staff, coaches and team members! Everyone was so great and were literally offering to help with anything and everything you could possibly imagine. I am so blessed and grateful to have stumbled across this amazing organization!

At the kickoff they had a few people there tell their stories…I must admit I got choked up on a few of them but honestly it has just driven me to want to go further with my training and my fundraising. It is go great to be doing something for the greater good of humanity! They provided us with those little blood drops that stores ask at checkout if you would like to donate and they will add it to your bill…so I am gonna try and find some businesses that are willing to do that for me! They also told us about some other great ways to fund-raise and it seemed to make it a little less intimidating! 

On yesterday’s schedule it read “2x Hill”. I had to ask my coach to make sure I understood that correctly as running up and down a hill twice…which was the case. I almost laughed at how simple I thought it was going to be compared to my daily run…BOY WAS I WRONG!

I was planing on going to this little hill that is on this one bike path near my house but my brothers said I could do better. I really do have two of the best brothers ever, (I have 7 of them but these two are just something else!) they are twins and are sophomores in high school. They support me in literally everything I do and make it their job to keep up on me and help in anyway possible. They make me so proud. Anyways enough with the mushy stuff…they took me to this ginormous hill that was more like a mountain in my eyes! (I may be being dramatic but I am still terribly out of shape and it was awfully hard!) To say I struggled with the hill would be putting it nicely. In fact I had to look at the ground and not up the hill while thinking about every person’s story about thier fight with cancer that I have heard to push myself up it…BUT…it also gave me something to try and conquer, which I am grateful to have found. I cannot wait until the day I can run straight up that hill a few times without a problem…now that seems like a goal I will never reach but hey…you’re supposed to aim high right? Plus…hills in San Francisco are no joke! 

I have literally never found something that I feel so passionately about before and it makes me feel so great! Like literally kind of brings tears to my eyes…but I am also a very emotional person so I guess a lot of things bring tears to my eyes! If any of you out there are looking for something to do for the greater good of humanity, I would totally recommend joining Team in training with LLS! Not only are you literally saving lives…but you are enhancing your life, health and self being as a whole at the same damn time! 

Blood Cancer Awareness Fact of the Day: 

“Since the early 1960s the survival rate for many blood cancer patients in North America has doubled, tripled or even quadrupled!” 

As always, I would be honored if you supported me in my cause to help find the cure for cancer! You can find my fundraising website here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/noh/nikesf13/tmasonhslp

Have a fantastic day, and remember to live today with purpose! ❤

Trying to get through the day…

Today has just been simply awful. I am trying my best to not let today get the best of me! Tonight is the Kick Off Party for our team with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! I am excited to go and meet my teammates! (Due to work and going to mexico, I have not been able to to make the first couple of the team runs that are on Saturday morning 😦 ) Then tonight I am supposed to do some hill training! Since we all know that San Francisco is full of hills everywhere…this training will be crucial in the end!

I am still at $0 raised but really I just started yesterday. I feel like it is best to get the word out and about that I will be fundraising and what my goal and cause is before anyone will just be willing to give me money. I plan on asking different corporations for sponsorship, with high hopes from my own place of employment shelling out a pretty penny! I am hoping I can sound convincing enough! Tonight there should be some fundraising help available so I am excited about that! 

Well I hope everyone ( or my maybe one reader – lol)  is having a better day than I am, and that the day only gets better! Remember, no matter how bad it may get…someone out there is worse off than you are! 

LLS blood cancer fact of the day:

“In 1964 a child’s chance of surviving ALL the most common form of childhood leukemia was 3%. Today about 90% of children survive!”

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Start by joining me in support of my cause!