Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Melissa's Bookshelf: The First 10 Books for Sale

Check out my other blog, Melissa's Bookshelf, where I'm selling some of my books to raise money for the Komen 3-Day For A Cure. All money for the books will go to the Komen Foundation:

Melissa's Bookshelf: The First 10 Books for Sale: Paul Clayton: White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke , 2009, softbound trade paperback, very good Deborah Harkness: ...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Training for the Half - Weeks 1 & 2

Today marks the end of the first 2 weeks of my half marathon training, and I'm well on my way to being more than well prepared for the race.

Instead of my usual, "I'm gonna run until I feel way too tired to go on, and then walk for a short time, and then run again" non-structured pattern, I decided I needed to do something different. I know myself well enough to know that if I went out with my usual non-pattern style of running/walking, I'd run out of gas way to early and would have to struggle to finish.

So, I've adopted a run/walk interval of 3 minutes running and 1.5 minutes walking, and it's changed my whole attitude towards the long runs: they actually feel easy! And I finish with an average pace that's faster than when I throw structure out the window and try to run as much as possible. (and as my husband says, if the run/walk thing didn't work, Jeff Galloway wouldn't be where he is today...)

I may tweek the timing of the intervals a bit in the next 5 weeks before the race, but the 3/1.5 seems to work really for me. We'll see how it goes.

Training Runs:

Week 0:
Sunday, September 18 - 7.01 miles, 11:42 mpm

Week 1 (7 weeks to go):
Tuesday, September 20 - 4.56 miles, 11:36 mpm
Thursday, September 22 - 5.01 miles, 11:18 mpm
Sunday, September 25 - 10.07 miles, 11:28 mpm

Week 2 (6 weeks to go):
Tuesday, September 27 - 8.17 miles, 11:13 mpm
Wednesday, September 28 - 4.01 miles, 10:43 mpm
Thursday, September 29 - 8.2 miles, 11:41 mpm

On to Week 3! 5 weeks to go! I can do this!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Komen 3-day Walk for A Cure

In August of 2012, I’ll be participating in a very special event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®.

I'll walk 60 miles over the course of three days with thousands of other women and men. Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research. The research funded focuses on decreasing breast cancer incidence and mortality in the next decade.

I've agreed to raise at least $2,300 in donations. So I need your help. Would you please consider making a donation or sponsoring me. As most of you probably know, I’m a runner and I already put in a lot of miles. I run about 100 to 125 miles a month (sometimes less, sometimes more). I’m looking for people who are willing to sponsor my monthly miles by donating $1 (or any amount) for every mile I walk or run in each month between November 2011 and June 2012. I keep an accurate record of all miles I run/walk using (my profile is here:

If you would like to sponsor a month (or two, or three), let me know via email (mkfuentes1 at or through this blog. At the end of the month you choose, I’ll let you know how many miles I completed in that month. You can make your donation online at ( Or I can provide you with a donation form for you to mail to the address on the form. You can also call 800-996-3DAY to donate over the phone.

Several women in my family have fought this disease; some won the battle, one did not. I walk because I can; I walk for those who aren't able. I walk to help in the fight.

Without a cure, one person will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States. That's why I'm walking so far. To do something bold about breast cancer. I hope that you'll share this incredible adventure with me - by supporting me in my fundraising efforts.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!