Stopping but not giving up.

I am coming to the realization that I need to stop trying to run right now. This hurts to type. I am on the verge of tears. I just don’t think I can take the mental anguish over trying and not being able to keep up with my #c25k training.

I’m not giving up forever, just going to take it off the ol’ “do asap” goal list for now. It’s back on the “do this year” goal list. I *hate* that I am stopping but I know it is what I have to do for righty.

I’m afraid that if I keep pushing the running, I will screw things up for the half marathon in July. So now I will focus on logging bigger distances in walking, and getting my walking pace below 15min miles.

I got the Team Challenge training plan which starts up at the end of March. I’ve been looking at the walking plan and the run/walk plan and I just don’t see myself being at the point to do the run/walk plan in 4 weeks. I want to keep pushing myself, but I think I need to start being realistic. I am raising money for a cause dear to my heart. No one will judge me if I walk instead of run (and if they do, I’ll kick them in the baby maker). I need to keep trying to stay positive. My plan from the start was to walk.

I know I’m not a 140lb girl. My knees take a huge beating from my 263 lb frame when I run or do high-impact activities. Time to slow it down and work hard at losing bulk to make running easier in the future.

Time to rework my training plan for March.

PS: I am still doing the Brown Deer 5k in April. I will walk it.

Own a piece of me

Here’s your chance to “own” a li’l piece of me.

By now, you know I’m doing the Wine Country Half Marathon in July to raise money for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research and awareness. I am on a quest to raise $3800, so here’s a fun little game. (By the way, if you’ve already donated $25 or more, send me an e-mail and claim your piece of me!)

I’m dedicating each mile of the race to someone with Crohn’s or Colitis. Three miles are already taken by my family members who I am racing for. If you donate $75 or more, you can own one of these miles for a friend or loved one. Initials are fine. My plan is to write the initials of these 13 individuals on my legs before the race as a reminder who I’m doing this for.

I’m also “auctioning” off body parts for the race. No, I won’t write your name on my body, but you can “own” that part of me for the race. All it takes to own a piece of me for the half marathon is a donation of $25 or more. Once you make the donation, send me an e-mail telling me which body part you want (keep it clean, please) and I’ll mark you down for it here.

To make your tax deductible donation, please visit my Active Giving page for more information.

Milwaukee Businesses: Sponsor Team Challenge!

I will complete the 13.1-mile Wine Country Half Marathon on July 18, 2010, with Team Challenge to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

I am looking for a few great Milwaukee-area businesses to be corporate sponsors:

  • GOLD $1000 sponsorship: Team Challenge will print your logo on all the singlets Team Challenge Wisconsin runners will wear at the half marathon, plus I’ll post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site (http://tinyurl.com/napa2010) and blog (http://www.losingitwithoutlosingme.com).
  • SILVER $500 sponsorship: I will post your logo and a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.
  • BRONZE $250 sponsorship: I will post a link to your business on both my fund raising site and blog.

Besides my undying gratitude and the aforementioned logo/link business, I will of course be talking your business up on Twitter, Facebook and this blog. But, seriously, how cool would it be to have your logo on all the shirts the racers from Wisconsin wear?!

More than 80 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible. Of course, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted. The CCFA received one of only six “A” ratings from the American Institute of Philanthropy, consistently meets the standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Allia

Thank you for your consideration!

Learn more by clicking here.

Fundraiser: Stone Creek Coffee

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with Stone Creek Coffee, a Milwaukee company, to sell coffee and raise money for Team Challenge and the half marathon I plan to run/walk in July. I am selling the Custom Blend (that will have a special label on it, created by me!), French Roast, Hazelnut, Organic Fair Trade, Cream City Blend (regular and decaf) along with Hot Chocolate.

$5 from each pound of coffee and $3 from each tin of hot chocolate will go directly toward my goal of raising $3800 for Crohn’s and Colitis Research.

I am running this fundraiser through March 7. If you’d like to place an order, click here or send me an e-mail (me-at-losingitwithoutlosingme.com). If you live in the Milwaukee area, I will personally deliver the coffee to you! If you’re not in the Milwaukee area, contact me to work something out.

I’m losing it for a good cause

When I first began this journey, I decided that my first big challenge would be running a 5k in 2010. I decided my first race would be the Storm the Bastille in July here in Milwaukee. Then, my friend Anne told me about her new job, coaching for Team Challenge. Color me intrigued.

Three weeks into my journey to get healthy, I pushed myself to walk for 2 hours and 5.6 miles on a treadmill, without any training. If I could do that after just weeks of exercise, surely I could run a 5k this year, right?

Well, I did some research about Team Challenge and talked with Anne more about the program. I realized that Team Challenge raises money for Crohn’s and Colitis research. My grandmother battled ulcerative colitis for more than two decades. My godmother has suffered from colitis for as long as I can remember. My uncle has battled both diseases for years.

What’s that saying, “Go big or go home?” Well, I’m going big.

Today I made it official. I’m doing a half-marathon in 160 days. I’m planning to walk it, but if my training goes as I hope it will, I will be running and walking the Wine Country Half Marathon from Napa to Sonoma July 18, 2010.

I will be blogging about my training here at Losing it, as well as documenting all my exercising at DailyMile.

Now, there is a catch with this training program (did I mention Anne will be my COACH?). I have to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis research. My goal is to raise $3800 by July 1, 2010. If you are so inclined, I would be honored to have you be a sponsor! You can learn more by clicking on this link or the image below.

Helping the hungry: Pound for Pound Challenge

You may have noticed this li’l graphic in my sidebar:

I signed up for the Pound for Pound Challenge, committing to lose 35 pounds. I thought this was weight you committed to lose by June but I obviously misread… so I could have pledged more but oh well.

Basically, for every pound you pledge, they will send a pound of food to a Milwaukee food pantry. Right now, Milwaukee is #9. So c’mon and join the party!