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July 19, 2004

Comments from the Wife -- version 4.0

The elevator doors opened and the roar of a lobby full of people came rushing in our face. It reminded me of a Vegas casino but without the "ching ching ching" of the slot machines or the blast of cigarette smoke that's shoved up your nose.

We checked in before heading to the shuttle bus. Three forty-five in the morning in San Diego sure is dark and cold.

I had a nervous stomach the minute my alarm went off. A few days before heading to San Diego, Wil hurt his foot and leg. Some kind of plantar something or other. Even though there were thousands of people doing the marathon (17,420 to be exact) I was so nervous that Wil wouldn't be able to finish it with me and I would have to motivate myself. Knowing that Kris and her husband were going to be at the finish line was very encouraging, but there were 26.2 miles between us.

We sat on the grass and stretched while trying to keep warm with Hefty bags over us like some kind of poncho. Surprisingly, it helped. The sun started to come up and race time was getting near. I must have asked Wil twenty times if he was going to be o.k.

I stood in the huge line for the port-o-potties (scary) before entering our corral (#19. You get placed in a corral according to how fast you think you'll finish the race. Speedsters in the front and so on.) The start gun went off promptly at 6:45 am. Everyone was so excited as we all scooted slowly to the start line. It took ten minutes to reach the actual start line because there were so many people there.

Wil and I cruised along with all the other walkers and got out of the way of the runners making their way through the crowd. It was so exciting to finally be there after all the training and the wonderful response with donations. I kept saying "I can't believe we're doing this!" I also kept saying "Is your foot alright?" to Wil. I still wasn't sure if he'd finish with me.

So along with the nervous stomach came the nervous bladder. Only two miles into the marathon, I was ready to experience the lovely facilities that only Andy Gump could provide. Unfortunately, so did at least fifteen other people. So Wil impatiently waited next to me in line telling me the whole time that we were getting really behind. See, the other nervous stomach thing that was happening to me was that we had to get to mile 12.7 by a certain time or they would re-route us directly to mile 23. There were so many people there that if there wasn't some kind of schedule, people could be out there all day. After all the training and donations, I wanted to finish a FULL marathon, not part of one.

After our 15 minute (yes, we waited 15 minutes. Can you believe that?! Next marathon, it's all about the bushes) stop, we decided we should run a little to make up for lost time. Not only did we have that 15 minute stop, but we lost that ten minutes at the start line so we needed to move!

We ran about a mile which I was stunned we could do. We had only trained to walk and although I thought I was in pretty good shape, my lungs felt otherwise. I had to slow down and just walk fast so I could catch my breath, but still try to make up that lost time.

The marathon set-up was very entertaining. There were bands all along the route singing and cheering everyone on. There was one band of three or four kids that were only in 7th grade. They sounded awesome and I thought it was so great of them to be out there so early on a Sunday morning to support the marathon.

After several surges of running mixed in with walking fast, I heard someone say there was a woman wearing a "Pacer" shirt and she was well, the pacer. We needed to be either with her or ahead of her if we were to make that 12.7 mile cut-off in time. So we ended up running most of mile 8, 9, and 10. Wil said he was feeling great and his foot was hardly bothering him at all. My lungs however, felt like I had spent an entire hot, smoggy, summer day in the over-chlorinated pool. I know you remember how that felt. Like someone standing on your chest and you can't quite get enough air. But somehow, we caught up to her.

When we finally rounded a corner and caught up to the "pacer", we were so relieved that we needed to celebrate with our old friend Andy Gump again. At least there wasn't a line this time.

When we jumped out of Andy's place, the pacer was nowhere in sight. DAMN! More running. It had become somewhat of a joke just trying to catch up and stay ahead of her. It was like a dream where you're running away from someone but they're moving fast and you're hardly moving at all.

We were really wiped out as we neared mile 12. But this mile was a slight upgrade and would require more energy than I could muster. That is, until the lady at the top yelled "three minutes to cut-off!" What?! All this running and lung burning and there isn't any extra time? "How the hell did that happen?" I said. "Fuckin' Andy Gump is what happened" Wil said. Damn, I hate when he's right. But at least he's still with me, so I wasn't about to complain.

We raced up the hill and made the cut-off with less than two minutes to spare. Two minutes! That was way too close. I looked down the hill at the hundreds of people that didn't make it. It was kind of a Titanic moment.

In all our training, we were able walk 13 miles and feel great. So I figured when we did the marathon, it might me a bit tiring, but such a thrill to be there that it wouldn't matter. Boy, was I wrong. By the time we reached that oh-so-exciting 13.1 mile marker (that would be the half way point for those of you keeping score at home) I was completely exhausted. "Half way!" I said as we approached the sign. Of course, the people around us probably thought I was excited but the truth was, I was pissed that I felt so terrible and it was only have way done. Or halfway left. However you want to look at it.

Wil and I both went through waves of feeling great and feeling like we couldn't go on over the next ten miles. Of course, when Wil was feeling great, I had to listen to him make up songs about keeping our head up and our shoulders back. Mmm. That was nice. But when I was feeling really wiped out and in pain, I just kept saying "this is nothing compared to seven days of radiation or a month of chemo." Then I felt like such a chump for even complaining at all.

Kris called me on my cell phone "Hey! Where are you guys?" she said. "Mile 22" I said. Boy, I thought we'd be further by now.

Kris and her husband were making their way through the Marine Corp. Recruitment Center to the stands that were set up at the finish line. Security was really tight there. I told her it would be about an hour before we finished. Hopefully.

Wil was starting to have major foot and leg pain by mile 24. I ended up jogging all of mile 25 just to get the pressure of my hips and onto my thighs. "Come on Wil! It's so much easier if you just jog!" I yelled back. Now I was being the annoying songster. "Hell no!" he said." I can't do that anymore. And where's your friend Andy? I've been looking for him for the past two miles!"

Andy eagerly awaited our arrival at mile 26. Good 'Ol Andy.

I called Kris and told her we were making our way into the Marine Center (where there were Marine guys with machine guns patrolling the fence along the street. That was comforting.)

She said she could see us from the stands and would meet us at the finish line.

We walked through the archway and down the path to the finish line. I kept saying "I can't believe we did it! I can't believe we did it!" to Wil. Even now as I'm typing this, over a month later (overdue is more like it) I have tears in my eyes. We did it and so did Kris. She was there at the finish line, jumping and waving and yelling for us. It was by far, the most incredible moment of our lives.

We checked in at the finish (we came in something like 15, 200 something. All of that worrying and there were still 2,000 people behind us!) got our magic "26.2" pin (it's not really magic. Just go with me on this one) and headed straight for the first aid tent for Wil's leg.

I sat in a chair and talked to Kris and her husband while Wil got an ice pack treatment which he enjoyed while laying on a cot. The lady being treated next to him was having the blister the size of an egg on the ball of her foot examined. After all my whining, I made it with only a little soreness in my legs.( Well, sore legs and a huge ugly bruise on my big toenail from my shoe rubbing on it the last 6 miles. It still looks hideous. Gotta love nail polish!) Our time was 7 hours and 14 minutes. I can't believe we would have finished in under 7 hours if it wasn't for those stops. Not bad for a first marathon!

We headed back to the hotel for a nap and hobbled in to meet Kris and her husband at the "celebration" dinner two hours later. We hobbled everywhere for the next three days.

We ate fast (starving. 26.2 miles and all) and said goodnight before heading to bed early. We slept 10 hours that night. Actually, we napped during the day and slept 10 hours a night for the next three days. On our train ride home we kept getting up to stretch. Again, something we had to do for three days after the marathon.

I was surprised when we got home that we still got several donation checks. So the final count was $28,135. I still can't believe it. Thanks to all of your help and the help of Kris' family and friends, we more than reached our goal. We were all part of something great. Something that will make a difference. Thank you. The whole marathon raised 85 million dollars total.

A week after we got home, Kris went in to have the two surgically implanted catheters removed. They were removed because they aren't needed anymore because her bone marrow test came back completely cancer-free. She's officially in remission. She tells me every time I see her that our support of her and doing the marathon in her honor made all the difference. I know it did and I'm so glad we were able to do it. She also shows me new things that keep happening to her. Like all her eyelashes growing in and little sprouts of hair on her head.

Wil has donated platelets at City of Hope since being back. Unfortunately, my veins still don't want to do that, so I'll just be the driver. He wants to do that as often as he can to help others. Yep, that's my husband. He's pretty great like that.

We have also started jogging at least three times a week. Because next year, we're RUNNING that marathon baby!!

Posted by anne at July 19, 2004 12:30 PM
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Sounds like the marathon wnet really well. I hope you raised a lot of money for the cause. Anne, when will you write a book. Your writting skills are awsome.

Posted by: Terry at July 19, 2004 12:38 PM

Way to go Anne & Wil!

Posted by: =^) at July 19, 2004 12:49 PM

You guys are AWESOME! Thank you so much for your efforts and for making good on your promise to do this walk/marathon. You never really know, when you give someone money for a charity walk or run or such like, that they will follow through with their end of the deal. I figured you were good for it. :o)

Posted by: Debby at July 19, 2004 12:51 PM

Hey, that's a pretty entertaining read. It sounds like hell and back but it also sounds like it was worth it. Way to go.

Posted by: Charity Mullen at July 19, 2004 12:53 PM

Congrats!!! Way to go you two! That's some very dedicated run/walking you did!!! *wai!* On a more serious note, congratulations to Kris as well. I know what it's like to finally have your friend give you the all clear (very disturbing when said friend is only 20)! Hope, prayer, and running bring it all the way! Again congrats on the race, and hey 15000 something is a *very* good number. It should be a lucky number really.

Posted by: Shaynie at July 19, 2004 12:55 PM

Brilliant! Way to go!

Posted by: Jonas Kyratzes at July 19, 2004 12:56 PM

Way to go guys.

Just reading your post reminded me of that amazing feeling when you turn the corner and realize that there is the finishline and you really are going to finish. Believe me it will always bring tears to your eyes, even 2 years later!

Awesome job with the fundraising. You are an inspiration to all T'N'T athletes. If you put your mind to it you can achieve amazing things.

Congratulations, GO TEAM

Posted by: Fiona at July 19, 2004 12:56 PM

Y'all are awesome! Kris is lucky to have you as friends.

Posted by: Angie at July 19, 2004 12:57 PM

Congrats guys. You worked really hard, and it all payed off. Thanks for helping out people like Kris and my Mom. You are the people who make the world an awesome place to live in. Thank you.

Posted by: Katrina at July 19, 2004 01:05 PM

You and Wil are great! I'm happy to hear Kris is doing great! My friend Gia's sister Sari is also doing a Marathon for Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Do you know Gia, Wil? She hosts shows in England.

I never ran a marathon before, but when I go to school I run everyday because this mean kid and his friends chase me home after school, so I get a good workout.

I hope you had a nice weekend, and having a nice day!

P.S's. I would love to draw you and your family, Wil, and if you would like to see how good I am then visit my blog and check out my "Gallery of Friends". http://www.rockchild.com

Posted by: Rockchild at July 19, 2004 01:12 PM

Right on, Anne! Good to get the scoop on your walk. Great pics, too - you guys looked much better at the tail-end of those 26 miles than I would (assuming my lazy ass could ever haul itself that far). Cool to see a pic of Kris as well. She's a lucky chica to have such wonderful, motivated friends on her side.

Posted by: Tracy at July 19, 2004 01:18 PM

Great update, and truly great news about Kris!

Posted by: jbay at July 19, 2004 01:23 PM

What an amazing gesture -- and congratulations on finishing!

Posted by: ignote at July 19, 2004 01:23 PM

wow. what a heart warming story! yay Kris in remission!!!!! finally, a reason to smile this monday...
;) xoxo

Posted by: maria at July 19, 2004 01:30 PM

AWESOME! Congrats for finishing the marathon and super congrats to Kris for getting through this ordeal!

Em

Posted by: ishkuess at July 19, 2004 01:37 PM

Anne, thank you for this post, and for what you and Wil accomplished. Just a couple of weeks ago, a guy with whom I went to high school died of lukemia. He was 19. Your efforts mean so much to so many people.

And a thousand congratulations to Kris. I'm so happy for her!

Posted by: Suzanne at July 19, 2004 01:46 PM

Anne,

Your post was well worth the wait!
Huge kudos to the two of you for such a wonderful accomplishment!

Loved the Pictures!

Sharfa

Posted by: Sharfa at July 19, 2004 01:50 PM

great story, anne :-) and the photos are a good accompaniment. super proud of you guys!

Posted by: tim at July 19, 2004 01:57 PM

Way to go!

And about Wil's "plantar something or other": that would most likely be Plantar Fasciitis (this website has a short description) and it is a real pain in the a$$ to deal with-- though I guess you already figured that out. You have to be very very patient, not be allergic to anti-inflammatories, and not overdo while you're healing. I've had it and I'm doubly impressed that Wil finished the marathon.

Posted by: KamiilYaan at July 19, 2004 02:02 PM

i don't know how you do it, but i manage to cet choked up just about every time i read this blog. this time it was looking at the photos from the marathon. from some reason the one of you two getting your medals. just brought tears to my eyes. happy tears.

Posted by: Sylvia at July 19, 2004 02:13 PM

Congratuations!

You WWDN readers donated, but the two of you provided the inspiration. Whoo!

As always, our thoughts are with Kris and those like her.

Anne and Wil, thanks for sharing. This has been a great reminder of the power of those who work together to do something.

Good luck training to run the marathon!

Posted by: Craig Steffen at July 19, 2004 02:17 PM

Go, Wil! Go, Anne!
And hurray, HURRAY for Kris.

Posted by: Eva at July 19, 2004 02:19 PM

Thanks for the update. It was worth the wait. The photos are great.

Posted by: Joseph at July 19, 2004 02:20 PM

Good for you guys! I would never be able to run 26 miles so I'd have to walk it like you did. What a wonderful accomplishment! We will conquer over the big "C" someday!
Good on ya!

Posted by: 1cutebird at July 19, 2004 02:29 PM

WOO HOO!!

Nice Job to both of you!!

Posted by: Stax at July 19, 2004 02:33 PM

Hey W&A, nice work. Next year, tho, forget that shuttle. Catch a ride with someone who's just getting dropped off, and you won't have to get there quite that early!

Posted by: James Capaldo at July 19, 2004 02:33 PM

Fantastic! Way to go! I cycle instead of walk or run, but that is a real accomplishment. If you are going to run next year, I would recommend some structured training. CTS has really helped me the past couple of years with my cycling, and they train running and general aerobic strenght as well: www.trainright.com.

Again, way to go! My calves hurt just thinking about it :-)

Posted by: Byron at July 19, 2004 02:35 PM

You are both absolutely awesome! I loved the photo album and the story of the marathon. Anne, you are a wonderful writer! I am so proud of both of you and seeing you with Kris brought happy tears to my eyes. What a marvelous way to spend a weekend! You guys rock!

Hugs!
Tracey

Posted by: Tracey Weiss at July 19, 2004 02:37 PM

Anne and Wil,

Thank you again so much for your story; it's an inspiration to everyone training for a marathon, especially us TNT members. Go Team!

Posted by: Stephanie (mortaine) at July 19, 2004 02:38 PM

That was incredibly inspiring, Anne! Thanks so much for taking the time to write down your experience!

I have to admit, I'm a little bummed at myself as I was training with some friends for a marathon in Vancouver this summer and dropped out when my work schedule got hectic and I started missing out on the training. Now I feel like a heel. Not too late for me to focus on the next one or another one though. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by: Stuart Moulder at July 19, 2004 02:47 PM

That is so wonderful! You guys are one of the things that has inspired me to walk in the Breast Cancer 3 Day this year. I hope that maybe you or some of your readers will help me reach my fundraising goal by donating here. I still have to make over $1200 in order to be able to walk.

Posted by: Diana at July 19, 2004 03:08 PM

Congratulations to all three of you for making it!

Posted by: ronnie at July 19, 2004 03:08 PM

That is so wonderful! You guys are one of the things that has inspired me to walk in the Breast Cancer 3 Day this year. I hope that maybe you or some of your readers will help me reach my fundraising goal by donating here. I still have to make over $1200 in order to be able to walk.

Posted by: Diana at July 19, 2004 03:09 PM

Oops. Didn't mean to post my comment twice. My computer got a little wacky.

Posted by: Diana at July 19, 2004 03:11 PM

You guys rock! I wanted to do the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk last year, but I just did not have the time to train properly. Now I'm glad I didn't go or else I would never have made it. But yay for you!

Posted by: Ellewiz at July 19, 2004 03:54 PM

I just want to say THANK YOU for participating in this marathon. Being a cancer survivor myself and having gone through my grandmother getting ovarian cancer, my cousin getting liver cancer, and now my great aunt getting lymphona and lung cancer, it means so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: Nicole at July 19, 2004 04:02 PM

Woo hoo! Way to go Wil and Anne. (Or should that be Anne and Will, I don't know.)

I have Plantar Fascists as well, been putting up with that for about 10 weeks. So, Wil, I'm... well... pulling for you. Damn cheap shoes did it, that's what I say.

Glad to see the comments back up and running. Hope al is well otherwise.

later,

Draken.

Posted by: drakensykh at July 19, 2004 04:40 PM

Now I'm inspired.

Posted by: Veronica Knight at July 19, 2004 04:45 PM

Anne and Wil,

Thanks so much for the inspiring post and the gallery of photos. It was well worth the wait.
You guys are super!!

Freeman :)

Posted by: Freeman in Louisiana at July 19, 2004 06:53 PM

Anne, Wil -

There are no words. Thank you so much for doing this. And I'm so glad that Kris is in remission.

Best,
Heather C.

Posted by: Goddyss at July 19, 2004 07:06 PM

Wil and Anne,

Great job! You should be really proud. That's a great job well done -- and Wil you better watch your back, your wife could be serious competition in the book store if this keeps up. Very well written Anne.

Posted by: Geoff at July 19, 2004 07:07 PM

YayYayYayYay! You finished the marathon relatively unscathed AND (much more importantly) Kris is cancer-free!!! Yippee!!!

As to donating blood/plasma--everyone, PLEASE do it if you can. You help SO many people. And sign up for the bone marrow registry. I hope that (God forbid) I'm in need of bone marrow, that someone would have been willing to put up with a little pain to save my life!!

God bless us, every one.

Posted by: Abby at July 19, 2004 07:16 PM

Hi Wil & Anne

Congrats on the walk once again. And i just heard from my local Barnes and Noble, my copy of "JUST A GEEK" is ready for me to pick it up!

Oh Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Terry at July 19, 2004 07:18 PM

Congratulations!! What a wonderful accomplishment.

I, too, had Plantar Fasciitis. The treatment wasn't covered mby my insurance and i wasn't working, natch. I doubt that's a problem for you Wil. Nonetheless. I wore runners for a year with a replacement insole On Top of the one in the shoe, to give lots of cushioning and arch support. I was totally recovered in a year. Now I find that sufficient arch support keeps it at bay. (it's not something you ever totally heal)

Congrats and doubly so for finishing a marathon in that kind of pain. I know - it's like walking on hot knives.

Posted by: damedini at July 19, 2004 07:39 PM

You guys kick ass. Way to go!

Posted by: Jeremy at July 19, 2004 09:18 PM

\m/

Well done!

\m/

Posted by: Eric at July 19, 2004 10:40 PM

Neat pics...

Leave it to wil to put a reference to The Prisoner in this.

Team TK421...Har!

Posted by: Craig Steffen at July 19, 2004 11:10 PM

You guys absolutely rock. Very little more can be said, so I'll leave it there.
Hearts and hugs to you two and Kris!

Posted by: Kethrim at July 19, 2004 11:23 PM

Wow. All I have to say are these two things. It's wonderful to hear your friend made it through, truly a shining example of true grit in the face of literal death.

Two, you two kick ass. Doing a marathon is NOT easy, even for professional runners. Your first marathon, and you didn't quit. That kicks ass.

You're a pair of fantastic examples for your kids. Aw crap, that's three things...

Posted by: Grey Hodge at July 19, 2004 11:30 PM

awesome. simply awesome.

Kris' remission.

Anne & Wil's marathon.

All us monkeys raising over 28 g's.

That blister the size of an egg.
[raw? or cooked sunny side up?]

Posted by: edwoodca at July 20, 2004 01:15 AM

Wow. I am so proud and happy for you and for the marathon and for Kris and just yeah. Wow. I'm so happy I could have even a miniscule part in this.
I'm glad you guys did this.

Posted by: Jenny Finster at July 20, 2004 01:23 AM

Wow.... way to go Anne and Wil!
And MAJOR way to go Kris! Way to kick Cancers ugly butt!
$28,000 bucks huh? *grins* Not to shabby...
Of course nest year we will have to get you to $30,000.
Congrats again to all of (But most especially Kris)

Posted by: Pete (UK) at July 20, 2004 01:33 AM

Man, I could NEVER do what you and Wil did. That's an awesome thing you both did. Congratulations! Wow, writing that long story took a lot of effort too. Thank you, Anne! :-)

Posted by: Angelwwolf at July 20, 2004 01:35 AM

I'm proud of you bastiches.

Posted by: kev malo at July 20, 2004 01:54 AM

85 million??? That's just awesome. It's just great how everything turned out so well.
I'm sooo happy for Kris!
Excellent stuff guys!

Posted by: Nadia at July 20, 2004 04:39 AM

You guys rock. All I can say...

Posted by: PupDog at July 20, 2004 04:55 AM

Wil, I want to thank you for donating Platelets. My 12 year old girl gets IVIG (platelet therapy) every 3 weeks. If it weren't for people like you she would not be here today.

Posted by: Karynth at July 20, 2004 06:29 AM

Wil & Anne,

Thank you very much. I am a survivor (18 months so far) of Hairy Cell Leukemia. I received 19 units of blood and over 40 units of platelets during my treatment. I thank Wil for donating the platelets and I thank you both for doing what you can to help.

Much love,

Tammie

Posted by: Tammie at July 20, 2004 07:09 AM

Good job Anne. And thanks to both of you for enduring the pain necessary to cross the finish line.

Posted by: anc at July 20, 2004 07:49 AM

That is amazing! Reading that inspired me and fuelled my excitement for the 2-day, 60km Weekend to End Breast Cancer (Toronto) walk that I'm doing in September. In fact, on my personal page I quoted Wil. I have $300 left to raise to reach the $2000 minimum but $2500 would be way cooler.

Want to donate? I don't want to link to my page because it's got my first and last name there but email me at delphineto at gmail.com.

Way to go, Anne and Wil! I will definitely think of you guys as I'm walking the event and during some of the training sessions. "If Wil and Anne can do it, so can I." I'll think of Kris, too. I'm proud of you guys.

Posted by: delphine at July 20, 2004 08:08 AM

Anne and Wil,
Once again, all I can say is that you are AWESOME and great people to boot. I think it's great that you did this for Kris, and it gives me such hope to hear that she is in remission. It makes the measly 20 days of radiation treatment for my lymphoma seem like nothing. Congrats to you and Kris and thanks again for being such wonderful people. ROCK!
Emily

Posted by: Emily at July 20, 2004 09:34 AM

Congratualtions you guys!! I did the Portland Marathon last year with TNT. There is nothing else like seeing the sea of purple shirts to keep you motivated. We missed the cutoff by just 15-minutes last year because of the damn port-a-potties. Bushes next time FOR SURE!!!!

Posted by: Wendy at July 20, 2004 09:45 AM

Hey Wil,
Sound like when you were marathoning you came down with a case of Planar Flacitis (sp?), also known as flat feet or falling arches.

It's pretty common in gymnasts, athletes and overweight people.

One of the tricks I've discovered when it begins to act up with me, is to wrap athletic tape or duct tape around my sock. This little bit of extra support holds the tendon that stretches from the ball of your foot to the heel.

Something you might want to try before your next marathon. It can be incredibly painful and if you aggravate this regularly can lead to all kinds of foot problems.

Anti-inflammatories usually help me as well as lots of rest.

Rest easy there Big-Willie and congrats on completing the Marathon!

Posted by: Kirk at July 20, 2004 10:18 AM

An awesome read! Thanks so much for sharing! The pictures are great too! :)

Posted by: Sue at July 20, 2004 11:26 AM

I have been wondering how to keep me and my sheep in shape when I go to Mars. ( http://www.sendbobtomars.com ) and it sounds like Marathoning is the way to go. Just 2 questions: 1. Can sheep run 27 miles, and 3. Can they do it on Mars? I WANT SOME ANSWERS!

Posted by: bob at July 20, 2004 12:50 PM

85 million dollars?!! That's incredible. Good job guys!

Posted by: angela at July 20, 2004 01:10 PM

85 million dollars?!! That's incredible. Good job guys!

Posted by: angela at July 20, 2004 01:11 PM

That was an amazing story and a great thing you both did. It brought a tear to my just hearing the finish line part. Congratulations to you both and what a great day for fighting cancer.

Posted by: BlaiseHubby at July 20, 2004 01:34 PM

Anne and Wil, you guys are way too cool! Great job. Even though I don't know you in "real life" I am beaming with pride. :) You're both awesome!

Posted by: Kimberly at July 20, 2004 01:49 PM

that was great of u 2 .. i would like to know if other people can donate plattelets to kris or other perople who can use it there ? i am currantly looking into it here in ohio ..

Posted by: christine at July 20, 2004 02:15 PM

I am very proud of both of you.

I also donate platelets at the local Medic blood center. I have donated 70+ times now over the last 10 years.

I am hoping I can make 100 times. Before my viens cant take it anymore.

Posted by: Wayne Thag Walls at July 20, 2004 03:47 PM

Wil, it's official, you've burst your own "star bubble". You are now officially a normal person. I have seen you wearing a garbage bag. Congrats.

Posted by: Andrew at July 20, 2004 04:10 PM

Wow, awesome that you were able to raise that much for Kris and the foundation. Can't wait to hear about the next marathon. Thanks Anne for letting us know about the marathon. *hugs Kris, Wil and Anne*
Keep up the great work.

Posted by: morgan at July 20, 2004 04:17 PM

Congratulations you two! 26.2 miles is about 23 miles more than I ever want to walk at one time! Glad you made it and had a good time (if you can call walking 26.2 miles in 7 hrs a good time). I hope your friend Kris is doing well also.

Posted by: Karen at July 20, 2004 04:36 PM

This was lovely. I feel a touch sheepish for scolding. Thanks.

Posted by: ~S at July 20, 2004 05:01 PM

Great job!

You know the sad thing though? I actually remember where TK421 comes from. I'm such a nerd.

Posted by: Damian at July 20, 2004 05:54 PM

Wow, you must be the coolest couple on the whole planet! You finished a 32 mile marathon together, plus you raised a ton of money to benefit a good cause.

Kris is lucky to have friends like you. I'm lucky enough to read about it. Thank you for sharing your photos and story. It's nice to know that even authors will wear a garbage bag in a pinch.

Keep those stories coming...and you'll have material for that third book in no time.

Posted by: Linda at July 20, 2004 10:34 PM

Oops - I added some extra miles to your marathon. Congrats for finishing your 26.2 mile marathon - not your 32 mile marathon!
:-)

Posted by: Linda at July 20, 2004 10:44 PM

Off topic I know but I just wanted to say that I got my copy of 'Just a Geek' delivered to my desk this morning.
Hoody-hoo!
Do you think if I hid it in a binder and kept making "mmm-hmm....yes....I see" kinda noises while nodding my head sagely all day I could read it in the office?

Posted by: Pete (uk) at July 21, 2004 02:08 AM

I'm pretty sure TK421 comes from Star Wars "A New Hope" as opposed to "The Prisoner"

TK421, why aren't you at your post?

I guess that makes you and Anne Stormtroopers of Life, eh? \m/

Posted by: Eric at July 21, 2004 11:17 AM

Greats pics! Congrats to you two for finishing and for Kris for being in remission. Those pics made me homesick for SD.

Posted by: Lawless1 at July 21, 2004 12:13 PM

I myself completed the Disney marathon for Team in Training in January. Be proud of yourself in the sense of your physical accomplishment but be even prouder to know that so many people cared/loved/liked about you and your wife to donate to a cause that is so noble. That is the accomplishment that speaks volumes louder than actually crossing the finish line. Come join us next year down in Disney and we will get our geek butts across the line in 4:30 :)

Posted by: Pablo Aymerich at July 21, 2004 01:30 PM

Every day I look for more inspiration to continue the uphill climb against gravity and aging and thanks to you I've found another deep well... thanks for the energy and long may you run (and walk :)

Posted by: ric at July 22, 2004 12:34 PM

Thanks for sharing this story, Anne. I was getting choked up from reading about it but seeing you two get your medals pushed me over the edge. Just reading your story and imagining what it must have felt like to finish was enough to inspire me to start jogging again. I WILL finish a marathon this year!

(How the heck do you get so little sleep and walk 26.2 miles and still look fabulous?? You go, lady!)

Posted by: tinabug at July 22, 2004 03:21 PM

Anne, what a lovely story. But what's with the references to Andy Gump?

Posted by: Mike Harris at July 23, 2004 07:22 PM

Thanks to you both for your efforts and for all the money you raised. It will help a lot of people. Wait until you can feel Kris' hair when it grows back in. It will feel as soft as mink. We could not believe how soft Mom's hair was when it grew back. Mom ultimately lost her battle with ovarian cancer a few years ago but both she and I wee so impressed with all of the people who loved and supported her during her illness. You will never know just how much you mean to Kris and her family, and to all the others, family members included, who must deal with this. Bless you both.

Posted by: Tim at July 24, 2004 11:15 AM

Congratulations. I did my first race for the cure, and though not nearly as long as your marathon, I did get to run for a coworker.

Doing the race, well, is running. The look of gratitude and happiness that you bestow on someone else is...well, something you never forget. Its grounding and humbling, and something truly wonderful.

And Anne, you also get bonus points for simply adding "Next marathon, it's all about the bushes."

-John from Arkansas (though in NZ for a year)

Posted by: John H. at July 24, 2004 06:13 PM

If you ever want to run the Boston marathon, you can stay with my wife and I.

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