Running and Donating Blood


I feel blessed to be healthy enough to donate blood. I don’t do it every eight weeks, but I usually work it in a couple of times a year. I have been told that donating blood can dramatically affect an athlete’s performance; especially for an endurance athlete like a marathon runner. I’ve tried to schedule my donations during the window of time between a race and the start of my next training period to minimize problems, and that has worked pretty well. When I have donated blood, I’ve noticed a little decrease in my energy and stamina, but nothing too substantial like what I’ve heard reported by some runners. Maybe I just wasn’t running at that high of a level yet.

I receive postcards from the local blood bank on a regular basis, and they serve as a reminder for me to give blood, like I did last fall after the Twin Cities Marathon. I received another reminder just last month, but decided to hold off donating this time until after the Fargo Marathon in May. Last week, however, I received a phone call from the blood bank, and they left a message saying that they were running dangerously low on my type. I knew what I had to do, so I gave a pint on Thursday.

Well, I had previously reached a point in my training where my recent runs have been relatively easy. Since my donation, however, my runs have left me sucking air, and my legs have been constantly sore from all the lactate buildup. I guess I’ve now become a good enough runner that I can be negatively affected by donating blood. I don’t know if I should celebrate my increased fitness or moan the fact that it’ll be harder for me to donate blood in the future because of it.

I won’t be able to give the Frozen Feat 10K race my best shot this weekend because of my donation. I will probably be back to normal in plenty of time for the Fargo Marathon, but I may not be able to train quite as hard as I planned for a few weeks which likely will hurt my final time a little bit. Yes, donating blood this time is hurting my running, and likely will continue to affect me until April. You know what, though? If my blood is able to save a person’s life, my small sacrifice will seem inconsequential. I would do it all over again if I got the urgent phone call. Helping a fellow person survive is always going to win out over running. That’s the way it has to be!

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A Fresh Perspective


Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon has dominated my thoughts over the past few days. I want to thank all of the people who have taken time to offer words of encouragement: It’s truly meant a lot to me! People ranging from Boston Marathon participants to those who have never ran in their lives have offered their thoughts, and it has truly taken every one of them to help me put it all into perspective. Here are the points of emphasis I’m trying to take away from Sunday’s experience.

1) Running a marathon is not for the faint of heart! This ultimate endurance race remains the toughest single feat most of us will ever accomplish. There’s a reason less than 1% of people will ever attempt a marathon in their life: It’s insanely grueling and difficult, and I’ve done it FOUR TIMES!

2) At some point, every marathon boils down to simply finishing! Your training gets you most of the way, but your guts and determination are always all that’s left at the end of a race this long. I keep thinking that running a marathon will get a little easier each time, but that is never going to happen!

3) At age 48, running a marathon should be about simply finishing! Personal records are nice, and qualifying for Boston would be fantastic, but ultimately, I run for fun. Obsessing about a certain time makes running much less enjoyable for me.

4) Learn from my experience! Each of my four marathons has offered a unique set of challenges to overcome. Some of these like weather, I have little control over, but others, like nutrition and training, I can evaluate and change if needed.

5) I run for many reasons! There is physical fitness which means a strong body, especially my heart, lungs and legs. There is weight management which includes being able to eat a wide variety of foods while still maintaining a healthy body weight. How about general health like low blood pressure and cholesterol, and excellent blood glucose levels? Breaking 4 hours in a marathon doesn’t even make the top 25, and I shouldn’t forget that.

6) I motivate people to be more active! I felt a little foolish because I talked for months about breaking 4 hours, and then I didn’t even get close. I felt like I had let down all of the family and friends who had encouraged me along the way, but I was wrong. I instead heard several people tell me that by following my training, they had felt inspired to become more active themselves. What I perceived as a failure, others had viewed as an accomplishment. There are people out there running right now because of me: That makes me feel way better than any clock time ever could!

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Motivation

I was at a work picnic a couple of weeks ago when my friend Pat asked a question I hear quite often: “How do you stay motivated to keep running?” I usually shrug and say: “I really enjoy it.” I said something similar when asked this time too, but the question has been nagging in my mind ever since.

I do enjoy running, and I really should write a bit on that particular subject, but the real key for me to stay motivated is to set goals. I set measureable goals and develop a plan of action to meet them. “Getting fit this summer” or “exercising more” isn’t measurable, and therefore an impossible goal for me to actually meet. It really is as easy as making your goals measurable. Let me give you a few examples.

My Weight Watcher leader Jill challenged all of her class to walk a 5K (3.1 mile) race sometime during the summer of 2009. I decided I was going to run the entire 5K race instead of just walking it, so I had a measurable goal, and began planning how I was going to achieve it. I discovered that I could jog really slow and make it a mile without feeling like I was going to die. I decided I would try to go a little further each week until I was there. I also discovered that I couldn’t run two days in a row, so I set my training schedule to be only every other day. By keeping my pace really slow, running every other day, and keeping focused on my goal of simply completing a 5K, I gradually saw improvement. I registered for a race when I thought I was ready, and I completed what I set out to do!

Sue’s cousin LeAnn is walking/running in West Fargo, and she set the goal of walking every single block of every street in the town. She got a map and started highlighting each street as she and her friend covered them. Last week they completed their goal and in the process they covered a lot of miles. Nothing motivates a person like watching yourself inch closer to a goal. Way to go LeAnn!

Last January I set the goal of completing the 2011 Fargo Marathon in less than 4 hours. I knew if I increased my training in terms of speed, and worked more on strength, I would have a good chance to meet the goal. Every time I put in a work out, I thought about my goal, and it motivated me to work harder. I managed to cut 30 minutes off my best marathon time, but still failed to break the 4 hour mark when I finished the race this past May. Was I disappointed? Yes, but I’m using that disappointment to motivate me to work even harder as I train for my next marathon in six weeks. I want to complete the Twin Cities marathon in fewer than 4 hours SO BAD, and I know if I don’t complete my training plan, I won’t even be close. How’s that for motivation?!

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Back at it

June was kind of a tough month for me as far as running goes.  Well, I guess it wasn’t tough, mostly because I hardly ran!!  I had a bit of a tendon problem in my left ankle where every time I ran it would become inflamed and cause a lot of pain. I essentially took three weeks off of running. I did, however, replace my running with biking.  Biking was great when I wasn’t able to go running. It is a lot of fun to be able to go places that are further away than when running. This is especially true living in the country.

When I did start running again towards the end of June, my running has been going really good. I haven’t had any other issues with my ankle and my legs are still strong. Actually, the last weekend in June I competed in the Average Joe triathlon and had a great bike and run leg. A few days later I rode my bike up to Fargo (only 20 miles due to a flat tire and no spare) and ran in, and won, the Noridian 5k.

I have been transitioning to more ultra distance training for the upcoming Voyageur 50mile and the Sawtooth 100mile. This includes doing longer, slower runs. Since I work in the Multiband building on the 5th floor, I thought it would be a good idea to only use the stairs and if I need to use the restroom, to use the restroom on the 1st floor. This has been great and it has really helped strengthen my legs.  I know this will help for the power lines section of Voyageur!!

I also started to do some night runs. It seems like this is one of the only times I have to go out and not feel bad about leaving Zander and Alicia since I already don’t get to see them a whole lot during the day.

I am really excited for Voyageur to come here and I can’t believe it is just over a week away!!!  I’m not sure why I like that race so much.  Might be the challenge or the familiarity, but whatever it is I get really excited thinking about hopping out on that trail, running, and seeing the sights!  I’m probably weird but I actually like the power lines section!  I haven’t registered for Sawtooth yet.  I decided to wait till after I ran Voyageur so I knew whether or not I would have the legs since I had to take some time off.  Right now I think I will be fine even though the furthest I have ran since the Fargo Marathon has only been 12 miles…  My legs feel good.  Ultras are more mental than physical…. right???

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Help, I need motivation!

For some reason, I can’t seem to get very motivated to train for my next race. I’m running in the Fargo Mini-Marathon in the fall, but the will is weak. What are your tips for getting motivated? Help me, fellow runners!

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06.26.11 – Along The Miles and Trials Toward the NYC Marathon

A quick note to, first, thank all of those wonderful individuals and families who have already made a much appreciated donation to the Children’s Hospital – you have helped keep me motivated over these first four weeks of my overall 20-week goal. And I am very pleased to announce that you have already helped me (through designated/anonymous donations and pledges) to raise almost half of my $6100 goal! Thank you again! And if you haven’t had a chance to donate, I’m not asking for much at all – please refer to “A Small Donation To Make A Huge Difference” below.

Second, I am pleased to announce that as of yesterday, June 25, I have completed the first 12 half marathon training runs/races of my overall 61-total goal. I have found that the last few 13.1-mile runs have been a little more difficult than the first ten; I’m sure much of it has to do with trying to balance this goal with summer family responsibilities and projects. I am trying not to look ahead at the 49 half marathons, but simply focusing on the next few miles in front of me… and trying to actually “rest” on my designated rest days. As well, each one of my half marathons, which has been and will be dedicated to a specific individual, family and cause, has provided me with extra motivation and focus. Do you have someone who may be in need of an extra prayer(s)? Then please read “Dedications Across The Distance” below.

Finally, allow me share a quote with you from Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

I particularly enjoy the concept of “the firm resolve of a determined soul;” that inner spirit that continues to attempt to span the gap between what we often view as possible and impossible. Along these many miles this summer, my friend, I have come to reflect on how much of what we socially define as success, failure, possible, impossible, winning and losing is short-sighted and short-lived.

I have seen success redefined by an ordinary life who doesn’t know he/she is suppose to entertain the possibility of failing.

I have seen situations that seem impossible recreated into possible potential by selfless groups of individuals who have no concern about who receives credit for the effort.

And I have seen some of the most profound winners sculpted and defined in some of the greatest fires of what we term “losing.”

It is this thought I leave with you today: If you are among the many in our human race that is cultivating a “firm resolve of a determined soul,” then you are enjoying success, realizing the impossible and winning on many levels. Look at your life and efforts from this lens for just a moment and celebrate that determined soul in all your efforts.

And somewhere along the miles and trials, we’ll celebrate together.

Peace, Lee

DEDICATIONS ACROSS THE DISTANCE

Each of my 61 half marathons have and will be dedicated to an individual, family and/or cause; and through each 13.1-mile journey I will offer up those individuals, families and causes in prayer.

If you have a loved one, friend or cause that you would like me to dedicate a particular run/race, please feel free to email me at leehoedl@yahoo.com. To view the runs/races that have already been dedicated, click HERE.

PLEASE CONSIDER A SMALL DONATION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The price of two 12 oz. bags of M&Ms or two boxes of 160-count napkins or three 2-liter bottles of soda… that’s all I’m asking. To reach my goal, I simply need 1000 persons who are willing to donate $6.10 to the Children’s Hospital. Will you be one of these 1000 persons? If so, you can mail your donation to me or go online to the Children’s Hospital secured website (minimum of $10 donation). Your donation will go much further than any snack food, napkin or soda; it will help to save lives. Please consider donating.

VISIT MY WEBSITE AT: www.hoedlshaven.com/2011NYCMARATHON
Online Donations [CLICK HERE] or Mailed Donations [Lee Hoedl, 6155 16th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104]

Children’s Hospital Boston is a 392-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children’s offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. Children’s is also home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Since 1869, their discoveries have benefited both children and adults.

MEDALS4METTLE

I will be donating all earned half-marathon medals to a Medals 4 Mettle; a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. The organization’s worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals, attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon, to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THIS JOURNEY WITH YOUR POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

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Ragnar: Reaching the End Together

Story and Photos by Andrew Jason

Ragnar participants waiting to get started.

I’m crammed into a 12-person van with five sweaty, tired, hungry runners. We’re all going on our 24th hour of no sleep. Our bodies are aching from running, our motivation is waning from exhaustion but friendships are growing and our determination hasn’t wavered for a second.

These feelings were shared by thousands of runner who ran the Ragnar Relay from Madison to Chicago. Like most people I had no idea what the Ragnar Relay was, so let me educate you. Ragnar is a 200-mile 12-person relay race that takes place in 15 different locations around the USA. These locations vary from the Florida Keys to the West Coast. The race goes overnight where the only sleep comes in short increments crammed into your van seat or on the grass among dozens of other strangers. The motto of Ragnar gives a pretty accurate description of the experience: “Run. Drive. Sleep? Repeat.”

My team was found through the Ragnar Web site. My friend and I decided we needed a running adventure that regular races just couldn’t fill so we logged into Ragnar’s Web site and found our team, the Cheeseheads. After e-mailing back and forth for several weeks my bags were finally packed and I set off for something new and exciting.

Jonathan Otto finishing his leg about to pass the relay bracelet off.

Running. Sleeping. Beer Drinking.

One of the charms of Ragnar is that everybody is there to have a good time so the vans and the costumes show this. Each team has a different name and they are encouraged to wear costumes, decorate their vans and show any other type of foolishness that will gain them attention. People even vote on the best teams.

To get in the spirit I wore all my favorite Packer’s apparel I had for this race while I decorated our van with flags, stickers and our favorite Packer players. We then found ourselves at the start line anxiously waiting. The time teams start is based on their projected finish time. Since we were fast our time was the second to last one. Our first teammate took off while our team of four women and seven guys took off in our two vans to wait at the next stop.

Each person on a 12-person team runs three legs. My legs were divided into three different legs for a total of 13.6 miles. All of the runner’s distances were between 13 and 20 miles.

When my first, 6.9 mile, leg came up it was a surreal experience. I’ve run in many races but this was the first race where I didn’t see anybody around. I passed one person the entire leg. It is hard to motivate yourself because unlike other races there’s no one else to push you to go faster. It is just you and your determination.

After the leg I hopped in the van and waited several hours before my next run. As most people have discovered the waiting is the hardest part. In most races, waiting for your race to start can take forever but with Ragnar the time flies by because you are driving, talking, trying to sleep or even stopping for supper and a beer. The time flies because you are with new or old friends who share a common interest.  Time never slows when you are doing what you love. Despite all my attempts to slow it down I found myself getting ready to cross the finish with my team/friends with whom I just ran 197 miles.

The celebration after the race.

The finish line

When the race was all over I exhaled a deep breath and waited for all the emotions to set. When all those emotions finally came I was overwhelmed by exhaustion, a sense of unity, hunger but mostly I was filled with a feeling of pride. The pride that comes from becoming one with a team. The pride from creating lasting friendships. Mainly pride in myself though. The pride one gets when you do something rare, something new, something you think you can never do.

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Grandma’s Marathon 2011 Recap

The 35th running of Grandma’s Marathon was greeted with weather that was cool and rainy. Regardless of the weather, 6,333 runners still laced up to surpass the 26.2 miles of whatever was against them. As for me, I headed back there to Duluth where I had my first ever marathon at Grandma’s one year ago. Being it was my first, I’ll never forget my first 26.2 in Duluth.

The first thing I did after waking up at 5:00AM Saturday morning was to look outside and catch glimpse of a dark downpour that instantly seized my enthusiasm. I gathered my things, slipped on my Team Respire Running singlet and headed to the bus ready to take us runners to Two Harbors and the start of our taken-on challenge. For the entire bumpy ride I found myself praying that the rain would diminish so that the many of us could stay dry before we started our race and just as our bus driver pulled open the door allowing us to exit – the rain subsided to a light sprinkle. We all spent an hour outside chilly and unsure of the cloudy canopy’s spontaneity. I lined up at the 3:30 finishing-time area and awaited the sound of the horn sounding the official start. At 7:35AM, still luckily dry, I heard the horn and jostled with the mass of bobbing bodies onto the pavement ahead.

Miles 1-2 were ran for one sole reason: find a bathroom. The lines were enormous for the available ones at the start, but I had no time to wait in line. After making my stop during the first miles, I was ready to settle in at my predetermined plan: use as little of energy as possible and put the cruise button on at 7:50 – 8:00/mile pace for the first 10-12 miles. I was sure that if I went out as conservative as possible, I knew my ability to push myself at a 6:55 per mile pace in the last 8-10 miles would be manageable. Things started to change when I hit mile 11 and felt that my legs were not excited to run that day. This argument lasted until my last step across the finish line. Miles 11-14 I was on the struggle bus, not sure how the second half of the race was to go.

At mile 14, my stride broke into a rhythm and I was surprised at my second wind of energy and took off. I brought myself up to a projected finishing time pace of 3:04, or 6:56 pace. I was psyched! How did this happen? (Honestly, I think it had to do with wearing Brooks.) For the next six miles I was on pace to surprise myself with a great time, and set a new personal record and perhaps even a Boston qualifying time. Just as sudden and unexpected as becoming hypothermic at the Fargo Marathon was, my left iliotibial band had its own way of being unexpected and unwelcoming. I knew I was in trouble – once the IT band becomes inflamed, there is little to nothing you can do besides stop and rest and stretch for two days. I saw my hopes of a fantastic time slip away as the 3:10/pace group passed me as I had to pull to the side of the course to do anything to stretch out my hip and knee so that I could finish the 8 miles ahead. I stretched and started again only for it to come back only two miles later. Again I saw my hopes slipping away once the 3:20/pace group pass me. I gave myself every ounce of personal persuasion I could as I hobbled off to try and keep up with the 3:20/pace group. Every bend of the knee was one done in pain and I found myself either ahead or behind of the 3:20 group each consecutive mile.

iliotibial-band-syndrome

With four miles to go I entered the most painful feeling of running I have ever experienced in my many years of racing. For the entirety of the race I was by myself and on my own in keeping my motivation to carry on and finish with strength, but at this point – I was ready to let my body go and collapse into any soft surface along the way and try and let the pain drift away anywhere I could manage. I gritted my teeth and didn’t quit. After pushing my body to the point where I thought my left knee was ready to morph into something like Decepticon and start destroying the rest of me each pull of each leg forward, I started taking the left-hand turns toward the last miles of the course. I could no longer see the 3:20/pace group and I was left to make sure my body ended up passed the finish line. I crossed with the tick of 3:22:39. I was wrapped in a heat blanket, downed a water along with being awarded the finisher’s medal and limped to the runners’ recovery area.

I couldn’t stand. I tried. I let myself fall into a pile of myself somewhere in the middle of everything and soon thereafter I had strangers lifting me into a wheelchair asking me what they could do to help. I wasn’t sure what they could do besides take my legs off and give me anything in their place. I told them I was “cramping up pretty bad” in the calves and I was in some extreme pain. They took me to a medical tent either labeled “A” or “B” and settled me into a cot and started to make sure I was warm, along with two medical students per leg massaging my calves. I was fed Gatorade, water, pretzels, and chocolate milk and had my blood pressure taken several times. It took some time for my calves to finally relax and seem to not hurt anymore. The doctors left and allowed me to put my warm clothes on, but as I reached to pull on my jogging pants, my calves seized up in a violent cramping causing me to grasp anything around me and squirm as though I’d been stabbed right where the pain lie. I had more experienced doctors come to work out the cramping, again for a long period of time. They were about to put an IV in me until I told them that I would likely “pass out from seeing that go in my arm”. The IV passed me by, but it was replaced by more intensive Gatorade intake along with the pretzels. A half hour or so passed until my calves seemed to be calm enough for the docs to release me back onto my feet and on I go. I somehow got vertical and walked out to meet up with my friends to recount our experiences from the morning.

To sum those long paragraphs up, I had another fantastic Grandma’s Marathon in hindsight. I ran a smart race. I took it easy up the gradual inclines, I ran the tangents, and I paced myself for much of the race to ensure I wouldn’t crash and burn prematurely. I am happy with my time of 3:22 and couldn’t ask for a more fun weekend. The best part I’m taking away from this weekend is the marathon racing experience. Instead of marathons they should appropriately be named “monsters” instead because of how I view them, along with others I’m sure. The gained experience I have now after three marathons allows me to plan my marathon training and racing future. I am not sure when my next 26.2 monster will be, but I am sure to tackle 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-monsters for awhile until I find the next appropriate place to run the full-monster again.

So for much of the rest of the summer, I’ll be out racing just as my legs, mind, body, and heart were meant to do. Never know – maybe I’ll see you!

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06.15.11 – Along The Miles and Trials Toward the NYC Marathon

It was just about 40 miles into this journey of 800 miles (61 half marathons in 20 weeks) when I was reminded of a recent conversation with my wife where she asked, “61 half marathons? Are you nuts?”

It’s not the first time I’ve heard her ask me this same question so it didn’t faze me at all. And I didn’t ponder it much… well, at least until I started putting miles under my shoes.

There are a number of logical reasons that I could share with you as to why I would undertake this challenge at my age – most importantly, a very worthy cause. And you can read these reasons here.

But if you were to have stopped me along the fourth half marathon last week, I would simply have told you that the reason I set out on this journey is “because I think I can.” Please don’t think I’m pompous or arrogant, with an overexaggerated sense of ability; my intent in the comment is not of that nature. I say it and mean it collectively – for me and for you.

My friend, I believe that something happens deep into our late 30s when our mindset switches from “I’m going to be able to…” to “I used to be able to…” We begin to negotiate and let go of the smaller aspirations and then begin to relinquish a number of our lofty goals and dreams. And then, now that much further along our life, we ask ourselves, “Where did my youth go?”

Those aspirations, those goals and dreams, were planted inside each of us for good reason. And it is my belief that only you – that unique and rare person that you are – are equipped to make those specific and unique aspirations, goals and dreams within you come to fruition. Have you had gnawing thoughts to get more involved in a noble cause? A reoccurring desire to take steps toward a new personal challenge that might inspire many others? Invitations from others to “take a chance” and step beyond your comfort zone? Then, my friend, it may be time to say these four simple but powerful words: I THINK I CAN.

Will you successfully see a noble cause to its conclusion? Will you successfully rise beyond that personal challenge? Will it always feel good to step out of your comfort zone? Honestly, not always. But as I read so many years ago and use as a personal motivation of mine: We are simply called to be faithful, not necessarily successful. We will not always be successful in all we set out to do… personally, I still have a long way to go to reach 61 half marathons and an injury is always just around the corner. But when we take that leap of faith from “I used to be able to…” to “I think I can…”, something wonderful occurs: others want to join us in the journey. We help spark a sense of excitement and motivation in others. And in that, is also sweet success.

With regards to the incentives for running 61 half marathons, I refer back to an excerpt from an article I wrote four years ago:

We run because of loved ones. And personal challenges. And difficult hardships. And glorious dreams. But we run to face them head-on; to apply the seed of our accomplishment that germinates in these training runs and races to so many other areas of our life. We run in spite our personal challenges and despite our difficult hardships. We run to ignite our glorious dreams and loved ones. We run to again redeem that youthful spirit that remains nestled in each of us. This is our adventure, our gauntlet, our cause and our legacy.

My friend, before you dismiss this last quote, please know that this same sentiment pertains to any and all dreams that are nestled inside you. You want to walk your first 5K distance? You want to be more present for your children? You feel you need to spark your relationship with your loved one? You want to start on that hobby that you’ve placed on a shelf for several years? In these efforts can lie the seeds of success that you can apply to so many other areas of your life.

Redeem that youthful spirit nestled inside of you. Share that unique gift that you are, in spite of any personal challenges and despite your hardships. Your family, your community, your world, YOUR LIFE, is waiting for your unique contribution, so tell yourself today: I THINK I CAN.

Finally, it is my personal belief with regards to marathoning and Life’s journey: In the end, the ultimate goal is to get everyone to the end. None of us does it alone. We motivate, challenge and help one another along each and every journey… whether it be in a simple road race or all along the human race.

So today, my friend, listen to that gnawing desire to start moving toward a personal goal. Make a promise to yourself to take that first step toward that aspiration. Stay focused and faithful. And somewhere along the miles and trials, we will motivate and encourage each other.

DEDICATIONS ACROSS THE DISTANCE

Each of my 61 half marathons have and will be dedicated to an individual, family and/or cause; and through each 13.1-mile journey I will offer up those individuals, families and causes in prayer.

If you have a loved one, friend or cause that you would like me to dedicate a particular run/race, please feel free to email me at leehoedl@yahoo.com. To view the runs/races that have already been dedicated, click HERE.

PLEASE CONSIDER A SMALL DONATION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The price of two 12 oz. bags of M&Ms or two boxes of 160-count napkins or three 2-liter bottles of soda… that’s all I’m asking. To reach my goal, I simply need 1000 persons who are willing to donate $6.10 to the Children’s Hospital. Will you be one of these 1000 persons?

If so, you can mail your donation to me or go online to the Children’s Hospital secured website (minimum of $10 donation). Your donation will go much further than any snack food, napkin or soda; it will help to save lives. Please consider donating.

VISIT MY WEBSITE AT: www.hoedlshaven.com/2011NYCMARATHON

Online Donations [CLICK HERE] or Mailed Donations [Lee Hoedl, 6155 16th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104]

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