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Once again I am hitting the road and running to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Last year I took part in my first half marathon in the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville.  It was an incredible experience and I'm so looking forward to doing it again. If you can make any donation at all, it will be greatly appreciated by me, the children and families of St. Jude.  Thanks to your generosity no one has to pay for the care they receive from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Any size donation would be incredible.

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I'm thinking I'll try to keep a weekly blog of my training and fundraising progress.  I finished the 1/2 marathon in just under 2:09.  That's about 9 minutes slower than I had hoped, but still a good showing.  This year I'm pushing it to finish in under 2 hours. 

This year's training has started off slow.  I ended up getting a grade 2 hamstring strain while playing football on New Year's Day.  It took me about 2 weeks just to walk without a limp, but I'm finally there.  I started doing some light treadmill jogging over the weekend.  It felt good to get back into the groove but I definitely have a ways to go before I'm back to normal.  My leg was pretty shaky to say the least.  I'm ready to put in the work, though. 

Also, I signed up to work with a trainer by the name of Hans.  He's a great dude and has already showed me a few things I can do to better my form which will likely increase my speed as well. 

The fundraising aspect is off to a great start.  Local artist Pete Best and his band Peterbuilt generously donated $1,000 to the cause.  I couldn't be more thankful.  It's a great way to start off the fundraising.