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I’ve had a few donors in the past month I lack contact information for, so I wanted to take a moment to thank the following people:

Ellen Atkinson
Roxanne Seabright
Valorie Zimmerman

THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you’re following the blog do please let my poor soggy brain remember where I know you from! (I think several are knitting circle friends from Knitting Arts in Saratoga but like I said, my soggy brain doesn’t do names all that well without faces)

So the AIDS Marathon site has been down off and on all week and I decided to check and see if it was working yet. Wasn’t I thrilled to see this:

Wow, almost $8K! 😛 Sadly that’s because most donations are showing 4 times (a few randomly twice). But it was still tres cool… for a half a minute…

When I noticed my contributions were nearing my goal… I started a very informal contest among my friends, to see who would be the one to push my sponsorship total over the goal line. I would like to offer a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Rob Millner, who pushed me over the goal line in spades (hearts, diamonds and clubs… )

I’d like to thank each and every one of my sponsors. I was very happily surprised at the outpouring of support from so many directions, and really did NOT expect to meet my goal til well into summer at least. You guys are all amazing! Tune in tomorrow as I strongly suspect the AIDS marathon folks will twist my arm into setting a new goal. This is about supporting our community and people in need, and every little bit helps. I’ve never been the sort to stop at the minimum or I would not have signed up for this effort!

Today was an absolutely awesome day for running, but I was stressing over SCCPA stuff so I decided to spend it knitting, stamping newsletter envelopes, and (YAY!) returning potential client phone calls. My current knitting project is made with some of my favorite but never used (yeah I know… but the colors are to dye for! ) etsy yarn from Fearless Fibers. Its very soft, and the colors are very vibrant yet subtle variegated. The colorway I’m working with is a sand tone called Speak Softly, and I spent AGES finding the stitch pattern I liked for it. i ended up settling on a variation of a stitch that really needs pale, subtle colors, Dragon Skin. but, I don’t much like the solid vertical bars in the original stitch, so I turned the 2 knits into a 3 stitch panel of lace. Here’s the sock so far after MANY MANY false starts (the yarn held up beautifully to being ripped out 6 times I might add)

Nothing like getting a knitting project to finally turn out right to improve your mood! Also, some SCCPA stuff with the webmaster turned out to be not quite so bad of a disaster as I had thought (although the man DID still defend his right to include spamming the entire membership as a requirement of his contract. ew, ick, need shower). The sun was shining, it was WARM and Peter was in a running mood too. We decided to take it easy on him so he could keep up with me, and cut the usual run short to 3 miles. It cuts out one last long (3 mins at least) hill and keeps in most of the prettiest parts of the run. Peter really did keep up. In fact, he seems to go a tad FASTER than me at the start of a 4 min interval (and we just will kindly neglect to mention the huffing puffing end of a 4 min run interval).

I was feeling very good – I swear I get high off of sunshine and there was plenty of it today. So I decided to be a show off and when we got back home I took 2 laps around the park, adding another mile and a half and a good several hills. The first lap I actually ran the hills faster than on the way out. The mostly flat run home actually got me really charged up and no hill was gonna stop me. besides, there were entertaining people racing each other in the park and cute kids that hugged random smiling strangers and other fun stuff. The second time around the hills definitely did not win, but I swear they got longer and steeper… 😛 I decided 4.4 miles is far enough and didn’t go for 3. Total time was 52:30, including a little extra walk on the way home after Peter met a very unfriendly sidewalk crack. Its very good to know I can shorten the main route and make it up almost exactly by throwing in the park. Made for a good hill practice run. next week tho I swear I’m gonna try for the real hill….. The ones in SF look long and not tortuously steep and Mt. Pleasant road will be good training if I can ever get myself to try!

I am happy to announce that I am within $88 of my fundraising goal for the SF AIDS Foundation! Now is YOUR CHANCE… Be the one to push us over the finish line! I’m thinking I need to move the goal back to $2500… so you all are NOT off the hook yet…

Today was a rough day running wise. Clearly I am still feelign it from the 12 miles Saturday and the “ooops I forgot to stop playing” hour plus of DDR yesterday. I was trying to get the top 8 most placed songs to line up in the right order so I could pass all 8 of them without stopping on the “courses” mode… It’s not my fault! 😛 I so could NOT get my legs to move today (heh mebbe I shoulda eaten brekkie first?). It felt kind of like miles 5-9.5 of Saturday, actually. I figured it was good practice for marathon day to keep going even though it was more effort than usual, and I made it home in 50:50. Still under 12 mins/mile! I’m glad I pushed myself to finish and will remember this when I feel tired on the longer runs – I actually CAN keep going, no really…

I also *fanfare music* got my newsletters printed and stuffed into envelopes! Now all they need is stamps and THAT chore is off my plate for another 3 months! YAY! If you’re into child psych research, give it a look…

I try my darnedest to thank everyone who has supported me personally! Only… I don’t remember where I know you from… 🙂 Your support out of the blue means the world to me and I greatly appreciate it. Thanks on behalf of the 130,000 people in the SF area that depend on the foundation for treatment and other services!

So about a week ago, the AIDS marathon people moved offices. For 2 weeks they were packing and unpacking boxes. Seems that nothing on the website is automated and a human has to actually link up each donation to each runner (Hey any web coders out there reading this, wanna donate some time? THEY NEED HELP!) All of a sudden today I log in… $1,298.12?!?!? Add in the proceeds I’m donating from Suzi’s Knits that I haven’t sent over yet and I’m up to a grand total of $1362.65!

Thanks to everyone for their support… but still not there yet. If you’ve been thinking of making a donation now is a great time. I’m about to cross 100 training miles, and in about 3 weeks will have run my first HALF marathon as part of the program. Things are moving along. I know several friends out there have said they plan to donate… 😛 I’ll keep bugging you til you do, you know…

Thanks everyone for your help!

No running yesterday – spent too much time doing EVERYTHING but sending out my “please sponsor me” e-mails. Like developing the lovely socky graphic donation tracker…

All I have to say is… wow, asking for money is harder than running! 😉 I get so scared people will see me as a spammer, a telemarketer, an unwelcome intrusion in their lives. God, how DO people do this? So far I’ve gotten very good feedback, and it seems like people really love hearing how absolutely crazy I am, so I feel a bit better today. But wow, I hope that part gets easier…

BTW another frustration is the slow feedback from the AIDS marathon folks. Can you believe it takes almost a week for them to post web donations??? 😛 I don’t even know if people are annoyed or if droves of friends have showed up and sponsored me. 😛 I so need to nag them about this. At any rate if you’re one of those friends… I’d really appreciate if you drop me a line with the donation! On my sponsorship page, there is a little line on the left that says “e-mail the runner” I LOVE getting e-mails thru the site! 🙂 let me know what you think. Thanks!

SF AIDS Marathon 2008

On August 3, myself and about 500 other runners will complete the San Francisco marathon in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This is the culmination of nearly 2 years of lifestyle changes and weight loss for me, and a chance for me to use my new-found energy and fitness to give back to my community. I hope you will join me in this effort by reading and offering your support through my blog. If you are able, I also welcome your contribution to the cause! Thanks and keep on running!

Progress Bar:


Marathon time: 5:40:22
Total Raised: $2,815.70

My Sponsors

I'd like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the SF AIDS Foundation!



Dianne Whitfield of the Bunny Hay Loft


Ulf Anvin
Rob Millner
Scott Lamb
Jeff Barlow
Erika Duplantis
Nick and Carol Esser
Kathryn Mercer
Nicole Pauls
Kathryn Coll
Timothy Berger
Susan Druding
Jenny Forman
Kathryn Mulgrew
Jamie Piperberg
Lucia Sanchez
Fran Taillon
Douglas Leeder
Barbara Kirsch
Ellen Atkinson
Valerie Esser
Peter McCourt
Carla Schroder
Sandra Spicher
Matthew Wilson
Valorie Zimmerman
Kathryn Kramer
Roxanne Seabright
Gayathri Swaminathan
Jason Spiro
Dianne Schoenberg

Thank you so very much for your support!

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