01 August 2008

On Like Donkey Kong

I thought for sure the phrase used in the title of this post was a quote from a movie or had some story behind it. Apparently not.

Oh well...I can remember loving that game back in the days of the Apple IIe. Donkey Kong was a favorite game of mine, second only to Taipan! which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. Is it around anymore?

This just in.. it's available!

But I digress...I put in a solid 40-some miles this week, with weekend runs of 11 and 17, and think I've finally licked the Lymes/Allergic Reaction/Shingles Trifecta that has been my life the last month. It has not been fun. I pride myself on wellness and I've learned quite a bit from the last month, but I'm ready for a healthy lifestyle once again, and I think it has arrived.

I have found it comfortable running at about an 8:00 pace, but any speed I had is still MIA, so I'm holding back on any real fast stuff at the moment.

So, for the fall running, I want to do some fundraising. Running can be a bit of a selfish habit, but it can also be a motivational tool for others. I tend to get swept up in a project when it inspires me, and this has happened once again. As many of you know, I have a dear friend that has a genetic disease known as NF, and in the past I've run fundraising campaigns for the Children's Tumor Foundation, which is the primary research organization for NF. You'll notice all of my marathons have been run in the NF colors, and that won't be changing. But instead of just running in the colors, I decided I want to also boost my donations to the cause, also. Hence...


In about a month, I'm going to run 2 marathons and a 50 miler and I'm looking for sponsorship from my local community (already going a whole bunch better than I ever thought it would). My goal is to raise $10,000 before I cross the finish line in Door County on October 25th.

Most of my training for the fall has focused around the Fall 50, and I'm going to use the marathons as training runs for the "Big One." I may even run to the start of the Fox Cities Marathon (it's a point to point course) and make that marathon about 40 miles total. It's all for a great cause and I'm looking forward to putting in the time contacting local companies and also figuring out how my body is going to handle 50 miles. This is gonna get interesting!

It's On! It's on like Donkey Kong!


keith said...

that is awesome that you are giving back through something you love!

Nitmos said...

That's cool. Welcome back to running (is that grammatically correct?)

For the record, I'm more of a Galaga fan myself.

*aron* said...

that is so awesome!!! cant wait to read alllll about it!

Rachel said...

This is really awesome! I just discovered your blog and was enthused to find another NF running charity out there! I, too, am running for NF though www.run4nf.org. (www.firstgiving.com/rachelheiman). My grandmother and uncle died of complications due to NF. But anyway, I wish you the best of luck!!