Success! Toenail #1 of 3 has decided to longer be a part of me. Thanks for all the miles over the years, dear toenail
Being my first time riding in first class, I decided to take some pictures of the food to show off to anyone willing to listen. First picture has the menu, but just in case you can’t read through the blurriness:
- Appetizer Salad:
Curried Quinoa Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Warm Dinner Roll
- Choice of Entrees:
Huli Huli Chicken Breast
Roasted Purple Sweet Potato
- or -
Pecan Crusted Wild Alaskan Salmon With Fennel Bacon Butter
Green Been Bundle
(my choice - you had me at bacon. And again at butter)
Kona Gold Macadamia Nut Kona Coffee Cake
Thank you Alaska Airlines for tempting me with a $175 first class upgrade when I already had a $100 voucher. You win.
5th overall for my age group. But more importantly, did Batman finish in 7th place?
Thank you Steph!
Another after-race donation from former (aww, sad!) Team Challenge teammate and mentor, Steph! While we were all sad to not have Steph on the team this season, she is going to culinary school so as long as she brings us delicious food every once in a while, everybody wins!
At this rate, I may raise more money after the race than before… who’s next?
Thank you Aunt Kate!
I can’t believe I missed this before the race, but my Aunt Kate (and Uncle Jim I presume) made a generous donation of $75 to my fundraising to bring my running total up to $2,692! Or, in other words, just over $100 for every mile I ran today.
You guys are awesome!
Still accepting donations for the next week or two so get yours in now before its too late!
Hooray! I am alive!
My split times really show this but I felt great the first 13 miles and then the sun came out and things started going downhill. Around the the 15 mile mark, I started to feel a lump in my chest and felt like I needed to throw up. After stopping about 5 or 6 times over the next couple miles, I was finally able to get something up and felt much much better. Problem was, after stopping that many times and being in the lava fields with the sun blaring down, I could never really get back up to my race pace and had to try and maintain 8’s all the way in.
Around mile 21, Coach Dave found me and started running me in to the finish, helping keep a steady pace. I tried to pick it up right at the end to see if I could sneak under the 3:30 mark (sounds way cooler to say you finished in the 3:20s) and right as I was starting to get a good 7:30 groove, my left hamstring that has been bugging me the last month or two tightened right up and I had to stop. I was able to loosen it up a bit and finish on a run but it just wasn’t my day today.
I came into this race with 3 ambitious goals:
Qualify for the Boston Marathon (3:05:00 or under for my age group. Very ambitious)
Beat all of the women (only 2 finished ahead of me by about 15 and 5 minutes)
- Finish first for all the Washington state participants (Hooray!)
1 out of 3 isn’t too bad. I set some lofty goals and even though I didn’t meet all of them, it was still a fantastic race and a very successful fundraising effort. Together, the Team Challenge Kona participants raised over $338,000 for CCFA. That is really an amazing number and I am truly thankful and blessed for all of your support and donations.
Even though the race is over, there is still time to get your donation in If you haven’t had a chance to yet: http://www.active.com/donate/kona12seattle/dubrie. Don’t worry, I’m a procrastinator too so I won’t judge :-)
Thank you again for all of your support and kind words during my training. Good luck to the Seattle team in Napa in 3 weeks! You guys will rock it!
The race is coming up tomorrow morning, click the link above if you want to track my time!
I like where this is headed…
Thank you Linda!
Another very generous donation today from Linda Huse for $100! Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Linda’s donation is point to remind everyone that 75 cents of every single dollar you donate, goes directly to CCFA to fund patient programs and research to help increase the quality of life for those who live with Crohn’s and colitis.
Thanks again Linda!
Thank you Lisa! (And not Dave)
A couple weeks ago, I mistakenly assumed that Dave’s donation included Lisa too, but Team Capretto never ceases to amaze with another donation today to bring their total to a nice, round, $100. As Lisa so eloquently puts it “Run, Billy, run! So I don’t have to!”
Make sure you check out the Capretto family dog, Rocco, who was featured on CNN recently!