Lisa » Blog Archive » VTNT Diary, Week 8 (Cancer is everywhere)


I ran 8 miles today and to say it wore me out is putting it lightly.  It was my longest run E-V-E-R.  My legs and shoulders are so very sore, but hey, I did it and I survived and I get to do it again Saturday- Yippee!!!!

After my run, I purchased some new running shoes.  My old ones are 6 months old and have seen lots of mileage and I think that may be why my calves have been extra-sore the past two weeks.  I went to Runtex, a local runner’s store, and got properly fitted with the right shoe.  I am so excited to hit the trail again but in my new shoes.  I think they will really make a difference in how my legs feel.

Fundraising has been heavy on my mind.  I am only 1/2 way to my goal of $2900.  That means I have raised $1454 of $2900 but obviously, still have a ways to go.  Recommitment is quickly approaching, which means that I have to “commit” to raising the entire $2900 or cough up the remainder of what I don’t raise.  I am 100% committed to raising the entire amount and hopefully, more.  I am not giving up, I am not throwing in towel, I am not saying “it’s not possible”.

I am making it possible.  It’s a TON of work, but it is possible.  The fundraising is way harder than the physical training.  To that end, I have several events lined up to hopefully raise some more money and get me closer to my goal.

  • Neighborhood Block Party (food being sponsored by Chick-Fil-A)
  • Wine Tasting at my House
  • Garage Sale

As Amanda and I were handing out flyers around the neighborhood for the block party, I knocked on the door of someone that I had seen before but hadn’t officially met.   

I introduced myself to her, told her what we were doing and why.  Susan (I think that was her name) responded with this:  Thank you so much for doing this.  We have two friends- one survived it and the other did not.  And then we just looked at each other, my eyes started filling up with tears and hers did too.  She hugged me and said “we’ll be there”.


THIS IS WHY WE ARE DOING THIS.  This is why I am working so hard at fundraising, fundraising, fundraising.  Stories like this are everywhere and keep smacking me in the head when I least expect it.

Team Shrinking Jeans is doing wonderful things for a wonderful cause.  I could not be any prouder of our group than I already am.