Running for Researchwith Dr. Robert Cardnell
Let's begin with the Why.
While there is a lot of personal satisfaction in completing a race, this year I wanted to challenge myself to not only run twice as far as my personal best, which was a half marathon, but also raise money in support of lung cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
I have been a member of the lung cancer research team, working with Lauren Byers, since June 2012, working primarily on small cell lung cancer. I have been involved in pre-clinical studies that have directly impacted the translation of drugs from the lab to the clinic, as well as biomarker studies using samples from clinical trials to validate clinical biomarkers of response.
I believe Rexanna's funding matters, as I have seen how (in the correct hands) relatively small sums of money can drive highly impactful research.
Unfortunately, while they can significantly advance personalized treatment of lung cancers, many of these studies lack funding — this is why I am dedicating my marathon run to fundraising for the Rexanna's Foundation and their support of lung cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. All money raised from the marathon fundraiser will go to benefit Small Cell Lung Cancer Research projects supported by the Lance Bertrand Research Grant.
And on to the What.
The BCS (Baylor Scott & White) Marathon on 12/13/20 will be my first full marathon, having only completed the 2020 Houston Half-Marathon. I've always enjoyed running, ever since I ran cross-country runs as a schoolboy, but my first introduction to distance races was running the Houston Rodeo 10K as a Graduate Student at Rice University. Running 10k's was as far as I had run until I was challenged to run the half marathon, which has now led me to getting ready to run a full marathon.
Now for the How.
Follow me as I train to complete the full marathon, and learn about ways you can help raise funding and awareness for lung cancer research.
$5,000 Goal Progress
November 5, 2020
After a busy few days with a major grant proposal, just managed to squeeze in a quick 10 mile run before the park closed at sunset!
October 24, 2020
What type of gear do you use?
Really the only thing I change for cooler weather is what shirt I wear - a short sleeve running shirt for longer runs, sometimes a long sleeve one if it's very cold for a midweek short run.
It will probably be cold in College Station for the run, so I'll probably have some running sleeves and a beanie hat on hand - I will get too hot running that far in long sleeves.
Would you rather run in cold or hot?
Running in cooler weather is distinctly preferable! It's not just the temperature that helps though, the decreased humidity is also significantly better. There is however a limit, too cold isn't a lot of fun, especially before you start.
Have you had any injuries and are you feeling good about the race?
I've been managing an ongoing tendonitis problem in my left foot - it's quite painful at times, but "alphabet stretches" where you write out the alphabet with your toes are helping to keep it in check. Making sure that my running shoes provide enough support is also important.
I'm feeling good about the race - 20 miles last weekend was hard work, but I still had something left in the tank which bodes well! This week is a down week, only 10-12 miles planned this weekend (plus a couple of mid week runs), but then it will be back to longer runs with one 18 mile run and a 21 mile run planned over the following 3 weeks. After the 21 miles it will be shorter maintenance runs ahead of the race.
October 1, 2020
September 20, 2020
How do you fuel during these long runs?
I usually eat a banana (or similar) and drink some water before I run, but when actually running I carry water and a couple electrolyte gel packs.
Are you following a particular training program? If so, which one?
I'm not following a specific training plan, but I have been doing some of my longer runs with a group called Volte Endurance Training that I was introduced to by my sister (who is also marathon training), from whom I have received some advice.
Do you listen to music or silence?
When I run by myself I have take to listening to music (Queen's greatest hits are a favorite for short runs), but when I run with a group we chat as we run.