#TBT: Resolutions in the Long Run

Editor’s Note: Future Caitlin here again! Back again already?? Well YES! Thanks to you we’ve sped by the $3k mark in the span of a week, which means it’s time to take a twirl back in time to my THIRD Boston Marathon. (Want to see what I was writing about back in 2009? Help me hit the the $4k mark to find out!)

The year was 2008. Flo Rida was sweeping the nation, and a 25-year-old Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond was polishing her puns, apparently setting multiple PRs in the span of a day, and preparing for her third Boston Marathon…

2008
Facebook update error or LIGHTING SPEED, you tell me

Are you ready for another marathon metaphor? (If you weren’t, would
you have opened this email? C’mon, you know what to expect by now).

So, it’s the third week of January, which means everyone’s New Year’s
resolutions should be petering out about now, right?  Mine always do.
Usually it’s because I’ve decided that I can’t possibly resolve to
start cleaning my room more than seasonally unless I also balance my
checkbook, start volunteering at the local orphanage, and finally
(FINALLY!) become fluent in Tagalog. Now obviously, this kind of
resolution overload is not the key to making lasting changes, but it
took three marathons for me to finally figure that out.

See, there’s only so much you can concentrate on doing for 26.2 miles.
If I tried to keep track of my mile splits while also maintaining
perfect form and a state of mental clarity and serenity, I would never
leave Hopkinton. I’m honestly barely capable of basic subtraction
while running long distances. So I keep my resolutions simple. The
first year, I wanted to finish. Last year, I tried to avoid wanting to
die for the last 5 miles. And this year, I might see if I can go a
little faster than last year (while also, if possible, avoiding the
Mile  21-26.2 blues). I figure out what I could conceivably manage
given my marathon mental state, and shoot for that. It’s worked out so
far!

You know what else has worked out? Fundraising! By you donating what
you can conceivably manage (given relative states of grad schoolhood
and employment), you’ve managed to raise nearly $4,000 for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! This is the first time I’ve raised my
goal before the marathon, and I can’t thank you all enough. Here’s
another story of long-term goals to show how much good your donations
do. Our Team in Training coordinator, Lisa Beall, recently told us
that her mother was going to have start chemotherapy to treat a
resurgence of the cancer she was first diagnosed with 7 years ago. The
treatment she’s going to have didn’t exist 7 years ago. We may not
have found a cure for blood cancers yet, but the progress we have made
is helping thousands of people live and live well.

If you haven’t made a donation yet but would like to, you can still
either send a check or donate online! For checks, make them out to the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and send them to me at 1862 Beacon
Street, Building 1 Apartment 5, Brookline, MA 02445. To donate online,
go to www.active.com/donate/tntma/caitontherun

Thank you all again so much for your generosity (especially All-Star
Donors the Zarrow Family Foundation and Orchards Family Medicine!).

Love and remember to vote on Super Duper Tuesday (seriously? grownups
talking about elections call things Super Duper?),
Cait

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#TBT: Back in the Habit

Editor’s Note: Oh HELLO, it’s me, FUTURE CAITLIN, comin atcha from 2017! Thanks to the incredible generosity of some recent donors/blood relations, we have BOUNDED over the $2,000 mark and are closing in on three grand! So, to honor my second thousand, please enjoy this gem from the archives of our second fundraising campaign (spiced up with a little 2017 photoshopping)…

back-in-the-habit
Is Whoopi Goldberg jogging behind me, singing sassed-up spirituals for motivation? I wish. Sadly, my runs remain nun-free. I have, however, started up my “real” training period (i.e., runs long enough to require water stops and jelly beans), and I’m readjusting to 2+ hours of continuous movement, the bedtime of a 6-year-old on Friday nights, and 8am Saturday training sessions. It’s great!
Really, though, it is. I have to admit, I was not looking forward to having to set my alarm on Saturdays again (I know, call me crazy). But I forgot how incredibly motivational it is to run with my teammates, to talk to them about Powerbars and pacing and sneakers and fundraising, and to hear their reasons for trying this whole marathon thing in the first place.
This past Saturday, for instance. About two miles into our run, a woman on our team I’d never spoken to before came up beside me and asked me if this was my first marathon. Now, I don’t usually like to expend precious breathing air on idle chitchat, but once we started talking those 9 miles FLEW by. We talked about what it’s like to run your first marathon (this is hers), the nutritional merits of post-race hot dogs, and the reason she’s running. Her aunt was diagnosed with multiple myeloma 14 years ago – the cancer has now taken over to the point where trying to eradicate the tumors completely with chemotherapy would cause her bones to collapse. But she’s still fighting, and Andrea thinks she’ll be there to watch her run in April. You want something to make a marathon seem easy? That’ll do it.
Speaking of motivation, in the two miles before I met up with my running buddy I (over)heard something truly astonishing. Two guys behind me were talking about their fundraising, and one said he had raised $28,000 . That’s almost my annual salary! In two months! Granted, he did mention that he emailed “300+ acquaintances”, while I don’t think I’ve even bumped into 300 strangers on the T (I’m very big on personal space). And I certainly don’t have 7-8 people with $1,000 to drop on Crazee Caitlin’s Wacky Adventures in Running, as he apparently does. But if this guy can raise $28,000, I’m pretty sure I can make my $3,000 minimum.
Which, of course, means asking for your help. Many of you have already donated, and to you a million thanks! If you’d like to but haven’t yet, the details on how to give online or by mail are below. The balance comes off my credit card on January 23rd, so anything you can give before that point is particularly welcome :). Donations are accepted all the way until May, however, so don’t worry if your credit card is still in recovery from December. Here’s the info:
Donating Online
Donations by Check
Make your check out to “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” and mail them to me at:
Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond
1862 Beacon Street
Bldg 1, Apt 5
Brookline, MA 02445
Finally, if you know of someone who’s interested in running or cancer-curing or giving me money, please feel free to pass this on. I hope everyone is having an absolutely wonderful 2007, and I’ll talk to you again in a month!
Love,
Cait

#TBT: It’s Really Cold in Boston This Time of Year

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Spandex Tights

Editor’s Note: Hello there! It’s me, FUTURE CAITLIN, popping in from the year TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As you may recall, I’m trying to raise $12,000 to commemorate my 12 years running Boston with the Team. For each $1,000 I raise, I’ll be posting a throwback email from that year’s fundraising campaign. So to celebrate my first $1,000 please enjoy this vintage 2005 number, sent 11 years ago TO THE DAY. 

Marathon update, comin’ atcha! (For those of you whose email addresses
I have recently acquired and who may in fact still be wondering
“Caitlin WHO?”, here are the pertinent facts: 1. Deschenes-Desmond. 2.
I am running the Boston Marathon, and 3. Point 2 is contingent on my
raising at least $2500 by January 23rd.)

So, what have I been up to since I last emailed you? Well, I learned
to knit, but you can’t knit your way to the finish of the Boston
marathon, friends. So, I’ve also been running! A lot. I ran in the
snow on Thanksgiving morning, I ran along the Thames in London, and
I’ve recently been testing out my penguin waddle on the 3-inch-deep
ice around the Charles. I’m now up to around 35 miles a week, and my
long runs are up to 9 miles (I’m looking forward to the point when
they get long enough to justify one of those fannypack/toolbelt combos
loaded with gummy bears and Power Gu).

On the fundraising front, I have $305! If you’ve donated already, a
million thank yous to you! If you haven’t, well, this email isn’t just
to let you know I love spandex. Please, if you can, consider making a
donation! It is the season of giving, after all, and your money will
go straight to helping people who really need it (see www.lls.org).
Any amount is appreciated and, as I said before, will quite possibly
earn you a baked good  (ask those who have donated already, I make
good on my promises).

So again, here’s my website link: www.active.com/donate/tntma/cait

If you want to send me a check, you can do that too! Make it out to
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mail it on over to:

Caitlin Deschenes-Desmond
20 Royce Road, Apartment 3
Allston, MA 02134

In conclusion, I wish everyone a season full of all the best TV
specials being on when you happen to be home, warmth, good food, belly
laughs, and love. I’ll email you again in a month!

Cait

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2005 Caitlin, bless her mesh shorts-clad heart