UPDATE: David was not able to continue his cross-country trip. Thank you so much to everyone who showed us support and especially to those who donated — your kindness and generosity will not go to waste. In David’s own words:

“Dan and I were not able to continue our cross-country trip. Day 1 was far tougher than we imagined, and after 9 hours of cycling we had only made it 55 miles — half the distance of our first day goal.

The Oregon hills were incredibly difficult and completely sapped the energy out of us. On top of that, the roads were shockingly dangerous; we were climbing hills with zero shoulder with semi-trucks whizzing by within a foot of us.

It became immediately obvious that it was going to take closer to 10 weeks rather than the planned 5 to complete our trip. We decided to throw in the towel early rather than attempt to only go half-way.

Thank you to everyone who showed us support and donated to Massey. We’re sorry to have let you guys down after such a lofty goal.”

…for his bike!

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That was a terrible joke, but what my husband is setting out to accomplish is no such thing!

You may remember David’s journey from noob to Ironman (catch up here, here, herehere, and here). Now, he’s taking on his biggest challenge yet: Beginning Sunday, David and his good friend Dan will attempt the trans-America bike tour to raise much-needed funds for VCU Massey Cancer Center. They’re biking from Warrenton, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia: 3,400 miles in 35 days. The two of them are doing this completely unsupported, carrying all of their supplies (tent, sleeping bag, food, water) with them on their bikes.

It’s going to be tough, but it’s still easier than chemo!

David and Dan are sharing updates here. You can also track their progress at the end of each day here.

Please consider making a donation here in support of this crazy awesome adventure and the fight against cancer!

All go. No quit. Cowboy up.

That is the battle cry of our amazing marathon training team. We all owned that mantra during yesterday’s 12-miler; some were running that distance for the first time, others were coming back strong from injury.

I ate sidewalk.


As I was going down, all I could think was, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?” More annoyed my run was interrupted rather than concerned with the blood gushing from my wrist, I got up. And then I kept going.

So here it is, friends: your Monday motivation.

“In rodeo, to ‘cowboy up’ means to suck it up in times of adversity and carry on when you are injured or down and the prospect of doing whatever you’re about to try is so bleak that the best you can hope for is to live through it.”
— Tuff Hedeman, World Champion Bull Rider

95 days till the Richmond Marathon.

Cowboy up.

Today I want to talk to you about what to do when you have a bad run, because guess what? The reality is at some point during all these weeks of marathon training you’re going to have a bad run (more like several, actually).

And that’s okay.

Yesterday’s long run was a terrible no good very bad run. I have a condition (with a complicated medical term when abbreviated is known as SVT) that sometimes causes my heart to “short-circuit” and then start pounding like it’s gone into hyper-drive. This kind of episode happened three miles into my scheduled 8-miler. I was forced to run-walk the rest of the way to keep my heart rate down.

I was frustrated, disappointed as it seemed I’d wasted a training run. I HATED walking, but one of the MTT coaches (who was kind enough to stick with me those last, slow five miles all the while feeding me really useful information on how and why I should monitor my heart rate more closely moving forward — more on that later) advised it was for the best.

So what do you do when you have a no good very bad run?

That song is stuck in your head now, isn’t it?

No, seriously.

How to Recover From a Bad Run in 3 Easy Steps:

Well, that sucked. Accept that not every run will be a good one. There will be days when you don’t finish a distance or meet a pace goal. We ALL have those days.

The takeaway. The best thing you can do is learn from a bad run. Were you dehydrated? Did you go out too fast? You’ll be a better runner for it.

Shrug it off. Don’t waste energy dwelling on it. Instead, remember the reason you began running. Remember to have fun, enjoy it! After all, a bad day running is still easier than chemo.


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