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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! 



Today shall be a great day! :)

Good Morning! I am convinced today will be a good day no matter what happens! I went shopping yesterday for good eats! I figured I have been working so hard training and fundraising it is time to start fueling my body properly! AND I actually woke up for workout this morning! YEAH ME! For anyone that doesn’t know me…MORNINGS ARE NOT MY FRIEND! haha 

My knee is almost back to 100% and I cannot wait to increase my miles again! I am hoping to be back to running as usual by this weekend..So wish me luck! 

Andddd…I emailed my coworkers last night after work requesting their support and donations and I already had one person donate and another say that they will! It makes me so happy and even though I am still far from my goal, I know that I can do it!

The garage sale I have in the works is coming along nicely! I have already had some donations made for it! I accidentally planned it the same weekend I was planning on going to Put in Bay so I am pretty bummed about that…BUT this is more important! I feel like October is so far away but the way the past few months have been going by it will be here before I know it…so time to get to getting! 

Hope you all have a fantastic day! 


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…




I saw this today on Instagram and it made me realize that I have been slacking! I have not been blogging, I have been skipping runs, and my fundraising motivation could be better! This is just what I needed to read today!


EVERYONE has them.

They are EVERYWHERE you look and go!

WILLPOWER & FOCUS is what keeps you from straying.

How strong is yours????

Do you give in?!

Do you throw away what you are WORKING for to have a moment of bliss and feel good…Even though you know it’s not what you want in the long run?!


Willpower works just like a muscle – the more you GROW it…the more you DEVELOP it…the STRONGER it becomes! STAY FOCUSED!!!

Keep track – ask yourself:




You are wayyyyyyy stronger than you think you are!!!!



Time to get it together again! 


And of course, if you want to join me in my cause…I would be so honored!


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!

I feel it today!



Quick update for today:

YESTERDAY I RAN 3 MILES!!!!!! The buddy run is great! We were only scheduled for 20 mins and we ran 3 miles instead! AND…I was the one who pushed the 3 of us to finish strong in a sprint! My brothers and Michelle would be proud! 🙂

ALSO…..I have my first place of business agreeing to sell my blood drops for donations! Dave’s Cosmic Subs in University Heights! I am so so so so so excited! SUCH A GOOD DAY! 

Well have to make this short…so sorry! (although I am still not convinced anyone even cares hahaha) BUT as per usual, I would be honored if you supported me in my cause! 


“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!