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2010 coast to coast challenge

By Leesa Gabel

coast to coast challenge medalCraig and I area officially signed up for the 2010 Disney Marathon!!

He’s going Goofy and doing both the half and full. I’m more sane and will only be doing the half. But we’re also thinking about adding on a fun twist. Going to Disneyland in September to do a half marathon and earn the Coast to Coast Challenge medal!!

Training started Tuesday!!



Relay For Life

By Leesa Gabel

I went to my first Team Captain meeting tonight for Relay For Life. FUN!!! I’ve been to the relay before, this will be my fourth year in fact. But it’s my first with my (our) own team – Team WOBO

Here’s a great piece from some of the info I picked up tonight. I really like it — so don’t be surprised to see me use this as a way to explain what Relay For Life is…..

Cancer Does Not Stop at Nighttime

Relay For Life starts at dusk and ends the next morning. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the experiences of the cancer patient undergoing treatment. The Relay begins at sunset, which symbolizes the time a person is diagnosed with cancer. As evening progresses, it gets colder and darker – this represents the patients’ struggle as they endure the emotions of being a cancer patient.

The time between 1 to 2 a.m. represents when the cancer patient starts treatment. They become exhausted, some sick, not wanting to give up. As a participant in the Relay, you have been walking and feel much the same way. Like the cancer patient, you cannot stop or give up.

The time around 4 to 5 a.m. symbolizes the completion of treatment for the cancer patient. Once again, they are tired, but they know they will make it.

The sun rising represents the end of treatment for the cancer patient. They see the light that life will go on. The morning light brings on a new day, full of life, and excitement for new beginnings. As a participant, you will feel the brightness of the morning and know that the end of the Relay is close at hand.

When you leave the Relay, think of the cancer patient leaving their last treatment. Just as you are exhausted and weak, so is that person, but there is hope in the new day! The money raised at Relay will support patient services, lifesaving research, education, and advocacy efforts….and that is why we Relay!!

Craig and I are co-captains of Team WOBO….we would love to have you join our team!!!



Green Light

By Leesa Gabel

I’ve been given the green light to get back on the training track!! Saw my surgeon today and she said that I’m healing perfectly and it’s all looking very good. I’m still suppose to avoid strenuous activity (which won’t be hard) and can’t swim until I’m completely healed (duh). I’m happy with just walking. Although my next marathon-type event isn’t until June, there is the LLS Black Tie Ball in April. I’d like to lose a few more pounds and firm up a bit….it’s been years and years since I’ve had to wear a formal gown!! But really…..I’ve just been missing getting up and active. I’ve missed being out on a trail with my husband. As weird as it may sound…..I’ve missed exercise!!! I feel so much better when I’m active. Plus I don’t feel as guilty about enjoying my dessert when it’s preceded by a 3 mile walk!!




By Leesa Gabel

I’m experiencing a feeling of renewed energy. Which is then quickly followed by feelings of frustration because I’ve not yet been given the green light from my surgeon to begin more strenuous activities. I’m itching to get back on a training routine!! Updating the Events Schedule really got me jazzed!! There are so many great run/walk events out in the KC area — I could do one every weekend if I could. But….a life with young kids doesn’t always make that possible. Guess I’ll just have to find events that they can do with me!! They’ve both done a 5K — just need to get them to pick up the pace.




By Leesa Gabel

Yes, I was slow to jump on the Facebook band wagon, but I have now. I might not have to attend Craig’s or my 20-year high school reunions now because I’ve seen everyone on Facebook!! I love how easily you can be reconnected with people — thanks Al Gore!! LOL!!!

Happy 30th Birthday shout out to my sister-in-law Melissa!! Hope it’s a good one!!