Welcome to my Maryland Half Marathon & 5K Page!
I am participating in the 2020 Maryland Half Marathon & 5K to raise money for the fight against cancer. 100% of every dollar I raise goes directly to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC).
Since 2009, participants like me have raised more than $4 million to support UMGCCC’s cutting-edge care and groundbreaking research. And this year, we’re going for a new fundraising best.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, UMGCCC ranks among the top cancer centers in the country. They combine compassionate care with the most advanced treatment options available. I hope you’ll consider making a donation to fund their amazing work. Your support helps provide lifesaving treatment to UMGCCC patients and funds research that benefits cancer patients everywhere.
This will be the fourth time I have run the Maryland Half Marathon and I would like to break my previous fundraising efforts (which, to be honest haven't been great). Please help me do this, keeping in mind that even the smallest contribution will help.
Make a contribution today. Together, we can move the fight against cancer forward!
My Personal Web Log
Starting from a better place
Seeing as how I've "run" this race on three prior occasions and never done as well as I've wanted I want to start off the process with a better attitude and do my best to set realistic goals. I think in the past I've set goals that while probably attainable when I was younger were not so realistic from where I was at that time. Given how I just finished the Army 10 Miler and believe I did a passable, not great but okay, job of training for that race I am in better condition than I have been in years. I want to continue building on that by doing a couple of things; losing more weight, improving my stamina and bettering my pace.
First and foremost losing more weight. Who doesn't want to do that? Right, everybody wants to lose weight, but I like everyone else who thinks and acts like me has a tough time making healthy food choices and staying away from sugary snacks. (I'm writing this as I give out candy on Halloween) Starting positive, instead of delving into the self-defeating place, I have gotten better since February. That was when I was officially diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, even though it had been an ongoing and untreated problem for years. Since February (2019), and with some good counseling from nutritionists, I've gone from 220lbs to 198.5lbs as of today. My goal weight is 185 lbs and I haven't been this close to reaching that goal in nearly 20 years, which is an exciting prospect and definitely a motivator. Imagine running anywhere (1 mile, 5K, 10 miles) carrying a backpack holding 21.5 lbs and then imagine how much faster and farther you could run if you were able to drop that backpack. That is how I feel each time I think back to when I started this process. It puts a smile on my face but also reminds me of how unhealthy I was choosing to live. I don't want to be that person today.
The downside of being heavy, out of shape and slow is that I keep getting injuries whenever I push myself to improve my pace or distance. Just this past Tuesday I planned to run 4 miles at a more challenging pace and pulled my right calf muscle again. Four weeks before that I had a complex meniscus tear on my left knee, which is still bothering me a bit. I try to stay positive, but this gets bothersome and it's easy for me to give up. I have a friend who goes out with me running once or twice a week and helps me keep a slower pace, which keeps the injuries down but doesn't make me feel as challenged. I need to find a middle ground where I can push myself, but stay healthy. That's what I'm gonna aim for in the months ahead as I train for this race.
Finally, I'm going to work toward maintaining my current fitness level over the winter by committing to a minimum of two runs per week (striving for three) or going to Orange Theory instead if the weather sucks.
Thanks for reading this far. Next time I will talk about my goal time for completing the Maryland Half Marathon and some of my running history and why I push myself into injuries.
by Marshall Cowan on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 7:37 PM