If you didn’t receive my latest DFMC email update, you can read it here:
Dear Friends & Family,
With the 2019 Boston Marathon just one week from today, together we have raised more than $7,200 toward my $10,925 goal. To those who have donated already – thank you so much! I remain determined to get to $8,000 by Sunday so that I can achieve Pacesetter status and wear the official patch on my race singlet. If you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so this week. Thank you in advance for your support!
Who Am I Running For?
As most of you know by now, I am running for my 4-year-old Patient Partner Hannah. Recently, Hannah and her family got the wonderful news that her end-of-treatment date is now in October instead of November. However, a few things will still remain:
- Hannah is 8 times more likely to have a secondary cancer later on in life, as are all children diagnosed with cancer.
- She will continue to have check-ups and blood draws for 5 years after her end-of-treatment date before her family gets to hear the words “cancer free.”
This coming weekend, Hannah and I will join about 75 other runners and their Patient Partners on-stage at the DFMC Pasta Party, attended by over 1,500 runners, friends, and family members. Hannah was a Patient Partner last year as well, but hopefully she’s just as excited this year to be again recognized for running her own version of a marathon – beating cancer.
Please consider making a gift to support patients like Hannah.
These past few weeks have been all about keeping the blood flowing without overdoing it. I ran 8 glorious miles on Saturday, including Heartbreak Hill. I felt strong and ready, and I know that the best run is yet to come!
I’m planning to follow 3/1 intervals for all 26.2 miles, meaning 3 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking. Also known as the Galloway method, these intervals allow your body (and most importantly, your legs) to be more efficient during a long run. It helps you enjoy the endorphins more, keep your core temperature down, and control fatigue. This worked so well for me in 2017 as I was adjusting to the high mileage, and it’s been a blessing this year through my nagging leg injuries.
Tracking Me on Monday
Assuming all goes well with those 3/1 intervals, I am guessing my overall pace will be somewhere around 12:30. Given that, here are some predicted times along the course as well as how to track me – text RUNNER to 234567 then respond with my bib number, which is 25196.
To donate, please go to danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/KellyDFMC or send a check made payable to “Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge” to:
Together, let’s cross the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
With love and gratitude,