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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Wanted to wish you amazing ladies good luck...not that you need it, but I am anyway. I am so amazed you are taking on this journey of many miles for that sweet angel we love! I'll be thinking of you and cheering you on this weekend. Remember that "it's not about how fast you get there, ain't about whats waiting on the other side, it's THE CLIMB"!! Enjoy the race and take in the experience. Let me know how you do. Best wishes and good luck!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Hello ladies,

It's almost time!!! Wow!!! Can't believe it! The closer it gets the more emotional I seem to get! So happy you guys are joining my amazing sister and I on this challenge in honor of our Sweet ANGEL Des! I know we are all going to give it our all just like she did when she was fighting to live! She has inspired me and many others with her unbelievable determination and strength. So in honor and memory of DESY....LETS DO THIS THING!!! Here is my packing list if needed. I'm mainly posting it, because it has become a tradition.

Before packing list I'll post the plan:
Thursday Nikki, Anna, and I will be picking Stephanie up at the Airport at 3pm. After picking her up we will head to the grocery store to pick up food. Marnie, if you would like to meet us at the store or have us pick you up on the way just call me at 801-706-6162. Then we will meet at Lori's sister's house at 4:30pm for a yummy spaghetti dinner. Here is her address: 3500 E. Red Oak Lane Gilbert, AZ 85297. If you get lost call Lori (928)240-0293. Then Wickenburg here we come! We hope to get to the hotel at a descent time. Our start time is at 9am Fri morning. We need to be at the start line an hour early.

So exited! Can't wait to see you all! Here is my packing list:
Blanket(don't need sleeping bag, be in van whole time)
toothbrush and paste
shampoo,soap,and etc.
Towel & washcloth
Baby wipes or towelettes
hand towels (because I sweat like a man)
Visor or hat
night vest (I'm bringing 8)
headlamp (Nikki I have yours)
reflector light (I have these)
2 long sleeve shirts for under race shirt.
1 Windbreaker just in case
1 pair of gloves (the night runs can get cold)
running shoes (I'm taking 2 pairs)
1 running shirt for night run.
Lori will bring team shirts for both daytime runs
1 pair of running pants
2 Capri
1 shorts
ipod and headphones
GU and recovery drinks (Lori is bringing a huge can of recovery drink)
comfy clothes and slip on shoes for when I'm not running
1 pair of jammies
4 pairs of Socks and UNDERWEAR(Unless you go commando style.)
bag for my smelly clothes
I separate my outfits and put them in ziplock bags. Then you can put your smelly running clothes in the ziplock bag that you took your clean clothes out of. Works well for me. This is just my list you can add to or take off, well except for deodorant, that can not be taken off the list!

$20 for Thursday night room (Give money to Lori)
$40 for shirts ( give $34 to Lori $6 to Sarah)
$5 for Spaghetti dinner (give to Lori's sister)
$15 To borrow van (give to Lori)
$20 for gas (give to Lori)
They do have shirts and things you can buy at the race if you're interested.
If you have any questions call me 520 344-9367 or 801 706-6162

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's Time For A Quote!

I came across this quote today and thought of all you amazing ladies that will be running the Del Sol Ultra in memory of Desmon.

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've always got to make the mind take over and keep going.

George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian

What an amazing example Desmon was of making her mind run her body. I think the video of her in the hospital going threw chemo, hooked up to machines and tubes and still DANCING, says it all. I'm so excited for you all to run this race and accomplish such an amazing goal! Go get 'em ladies!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Training? :)

So I would love to know what all of you are doing to train for the ultra. I have to admit that it scares me a little but that I love a challenge! I am currently running 40-50 miles a week and plan to do 3 runs within a 30 hour period starting the beginning of February. I hope to do this once a week until the race. So 3 times. I really want to throw in some yoga, do you have any suggestions for some good yoga DVD's? I am trying my best to stay injury free while still getting my mileage up. I would love to hear any of your ideas!!!
So excited :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

You Can Make a Difference

In Loving Memory
Desmon Rowley
10-21-98 to 09-20-10

Did you know that there is no cure for Crohn's and Colitis. Four out of eight medications they have found to help put Crohn's and colitis in remission, have been known to cause cancer.Desmon was one of many Crohn's patients that have been diagnosised with cancer after taking medications to put her in remission for Crohn's.

It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD -- with that number evenly split between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Males and females appear to be affected equally. Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is primarily a disease of adolescents and young adults, affecting mainly those between 15 and 35. However, Crohn's disease can also occur in people who are 70 or older and in young children as well. In fact, 10 percent of those affected -- or an estimated 140,000 -- are youngsters under the age of 18

Me, my sister, and 4 friends will be running 204 miles at the Ragnar Relay Del Sol race, Feb 25th and 26th, 2011. We will each be running at least 30 miles, some almost 40 miles. We are taking on this challenge for Desmon and McCoy Rowley, and all those who are suffereing with Crohn's Disease or Colitis. We will be raising money for the TeamDcoy foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure and raising awareness for Chron's and Colitis. A portion of our funds also go to assisting the Immune Compromised Services to insure quality care to children with childhood diseases. Any size pledge is appreciated. Your pledge can make a difference. Please check out our Website

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Del Sol Ultra 2011

Hey TeamDCoy are we ready to kick some butt? So excited for this new challenge. When I first decided to take on this challenge my goal was to just finish, but after watching my sweet niece pass away I decided I am running this for her! That means I will work my butt off and do my absolute best. All my training is for her and all those other patients suffering from Crohn's. Although Leukemia utimately took her life, Crohn's took a tole on her body. She was slowly wasting away before Leukemia. I strongly believe Leukimia was a secondary diagnosis as do many of her physicians. Meaning if there was no Crhon's there would be no Leukimia. I feel I owe it to Des and McCoy to help find a cure for this horrible disease. In honor of my sweet angel in heaven I promise everyday to be the best I can be in every aspect, including my running.

Here are the leg assignments:
Runner 1 - Stephanie 13.8m + 11.4m + 12.3m = 37.5miles
Runner 2 - Sarah 13.0m + 11.8m + 10.4m = 35.2miles
Runner 3 - Nikki 14.1m + 13.1m + 10.4m = 37.6miles
Runner 4 - Shawna 12.7m + 9.0m + 7.1m = 28.8miles
Runner 5 - Marnie 15.7m + 7.7m + 9.0m = 32.4miles
Runner 6 - Sexy Legs Nelson 10.9m + 7.1m + 8.8m = 26.8miles

I thought breaking down each leg might help with training. Hope you guys are as excited as I am to take on this challenge. Remember everyone has their own goals. Everyones best is different. So lets go out and have a BLAST! Live each day as your last! Love to live and live to laugh that's what Desmon taught me.

Friday, May 21, 2010

One more way to help Dez!

I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program and I'm asking you to help by making a donation to my fundraising campaign. I am running 26.2 miles in the Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco to accomplish my goal of completing a marathon, but more importantly for those who are battling this life threatening disease. I am running in honor of a friend's daughter who is 11 years old. Desmon is currently battling leukemia while fighting Crohn's Disease. She has been receiving treatments for many months and is determined to be a normal healthy young lady. She has a strong and funny spirit and keeps hospital staff on their toes while she is there for weeks/months at a time.

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Desmon, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity. Together, we can find a cure!

God Bless,

P.S. I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well. Thanks again.