Donation Totals

Monday, November 30, 2009

4th Quarter Update!

Hey everyone!

So the year is about to come to a close, only one month left for 2009! I wanted to write and update everyone on Mary Payton's status, a new fundraising method that we all can do without spending a cent and where we are for total mileage and fundraising! First, the new dosage of her medication has been working fairly well, dropping the frequency of her extended seizures (20-60 sec in length) to about 1-2 a day. She still is having a number of myoclinic and lip smacking seizures, but progress is still progress. If you check out the website ( you will also see that the research group at Cornell University has agreed to initiate the gene therapy treatment with only a 20% downpayment, allowing the cost to be paid over a period of years. However, with about a $2.5 million dollar cost to treat five children with Batten's Disease, significant fundraising is still required. As always, if you would like to donate, even $5 is a huge help.

I of course realize with the current state of the economy, giving is more difficult than it has been in the past. However, there is a way for you to help out financially without spending a dime! There is a search engine on the internet called GoodSearch that is powered by Yahoo. As with all search engines, websites pay the search engine for traffic directed to their websites, however, unlike all other sites, at Good Search 50% of all money raised is donated to charity! Furthermore, you can designate which charity you want the money made from your web searching to go to! It would be wonderful if you would all be willing to use this website and designate Mary Payton's Miracle as your charity and help the Vigil family get the gene treatment for Mary Payton and four other children stricken with Batten's Disease, strictly by doing something we do every time we are online! Furthermore, Goodsearch also includes GoodShop, where between 2-6% of all purchases made online through GoodShop will be donated to the charity you chose! Further, as an added bonus, it pops up with any available online coupons to that store when you do the search!!! So if you do any of your Christmas or Holiday shopping online, simply by searching and purchasing through GoodShop for the retailer you are interested in, you can save a couple bucks while you help out at the same TIME! Finally, GoodSearch does have a downloadable seach menu bar for your web browser if you prefer to have it up there!

As for our efforts, we are still doing quite well! Overall, together we have raised $3443 to date and I have gotten in 5061 charity miles! This has included a marathon, a 10 miler, Muddy Buddy, an Olympic Tri (in which I won my age group for the first time ever) and on Thanksgiving a Turkey Trot 5K in Charlottesville VA. To all of the donors and well wishers, thank you again for all the help and support. For those of you still wishing to give or who now find themselves in a better position to do so, it is never too late and every dollar raised is used 100% towards helping Mary Payton and others battling Batten's disease. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and hope this year has been as productive and enjoyable as it has been for Betsy, Cole and I!

Josh Caldwell

Trainer Workout: Spinervals Recovery and Technique

I wanted to go running this morning, but woke up a bit late and couldn't quite swing it. Of course, by the time I got into work and got going it was pouring rain outside. It kept raining all day, not stopping until well after 6PM. So after getting Cole to bed, I decided to do a trainer workout before watching my Pats on Monday Night Football against the undefeated New Orleans Saints! Since I hadn't been on the trainer in months and I am still recovering a bit from the combination of the hilly 5k and our 10 mile run on Sat, I decided to do the Spinervals Recovery and Technique workout. Lots of one leg drills and super sprints. Good workout overall, felt pretty decent and nice and easy to work my way back into the trainer efforts. Track tomorrow!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Morning Long Run with the Fam!

We returned from Charlottesville yesterday and took the day off from workouts so that we would be prepared for our long run today. As I didn't sleep well (got to sleep around 2am) on Thursday and Betsy didn't get to sleep until after midnight last night, we slept in a bit this morning and therefore didn't get going until almost 10:30! With the chilly weather though, it wasn't really that bad of a deal to start a bit late. So we hit the road with Cole for our 10 mile run. I felt quite good most of the way, having a bit of soreness in my hips, but nothing too terrible. We kept a great pace, finishing in 1:22:17 (8:13 min/mile), with out miles in 8:21, 8:17, 8:09, 8:07, 8:14, 8:18, 8:14, 8:14, and then an 8:04 min mile. Betsy was a bit rough at the end, but finished strong despite it all! Great long run to get back into the swing of it!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Charlottesville Turkey Trot 5K

We arrived at my mother in law's for Thanksgiving yesterday evening and knowing we were going to be here, we decided to run the 5K in Karen's neighborhood. As it was close by, we started with a nice easy jog from Karen's house down to the start line, keeping about an 8:40 min/mile pace. After stretching and waiting a bit, we pushed our way to the start line and then got started. I took off pretty quickly, getting out a 7:05 min/mile, then hit the hills on the second mile (grades up above 10% multiple times), which slowed me down to 7:41 min mile. Following the completion of that mile, I was able to get it going again and put out a final 7:15 min/mile and then finished the final 0.1 miles at a 6:08 min/mile pace, finishing in 22:23 overall. Considering this was my first 5K outside of a triathlon since 2004 and was an extremely hilly course, I was quite pleased with the overall result! Will get my placement tomorrow! Betsy on the other hand finished in about 24 min, which last year would be enough for a top 3 finish in her age group! It will be interesting to see how she finished tomorrow! Afterwards Betsy and I did a nice easy cool down run home.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Afternoon run at Bolling

I wanted to get in a nice run just to loosen up before heading out for Charlottesville tomorrow, so I headed over to Bolling to get the run in. I got started at the fitness club, keeping a nice 8 min/mile pace pushing off through the general's row, then down to the water along the path. It seems like they finally finished the trail, with it extended past the DIA into the Anacostia Park! However, the downside of this was I kept on running and got to a point where I had some trouble finding my way back. I ended up figuring it out, but only after spending an extra 1/2 mile running around trying to find my way. It ended up being about 5.5 miles at a pace of 7:49 min/mile overall. The miles were completed in 8:08, 7:53, 7:50, 7:49, 7:42, and finished the final 1/2 mile at a 7:24 min/mile pace.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Afternoon Tempo Ride

So today has been a great day, started off with Betsy having training for Behavior Watch with the Lion's at the National Zoo, so Cole and I had a morning to ourselves. We started off with church, where he was the best behaved little boy a daddy could ask for, only uttering a cute little 'Uh Oh' when he dropped his milk, which of course got quite a few giggles from the congregation. After hitting Lowe's for a new chisel, we got a bagel as a treat at Panera before heading home for a bit of play time and then lunch and a nap. After Betsy got home, I got out for my tempo bike ride. I did really well heading out, with a really strong tail wind, averaging 20.9 mph over the first 10 miles. Of course when you have a tail wind on the way out, you have to have a head wind on the way back. Which of course beat me into submission over the next 19 miles, dropping my average to 17.8 mph, ugh... Overall, I still averaged 19.3 mph, so not too shabby. Now for a beer and an afternoon watching the Pats play the hated Jets with Betsy and Cole!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Long Run

Colvin had a really rough night, between teething and a bit of a cold, so Betsy and I slept in and decided to not take him for our long run. This of course meant that Betsy and I needed to run separately, so Betsy went first, while Cole and I sat at home dancing and playing (he now sings to Cold Play's Viva La Vida!!! SOOOO CUTE!!!). Betsy got home and I then got started. I was planning on running 9 miles, but by mile 2 I was already realizing that I should have eaten something more before I left and my run through Hard Bargain Farm was not quite as long as anticipated, so it ended up being 8 mile instead. No matter, the hills still did me in, pushing me out to >8:20 min/miles for miles 3,4, and 5, before digging back in and pushing out about 8 min miles from there on out. I did die out with about 1/2 a mile left, but overall still finished fairly strong. Considering this was my first real long run since Sept in Helsinki, I was pretty happy with the effort.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Easy run with Mike P and Bill A.

Got out for our usual lunchtime run together, but with Mike having a marathon in Philly on Sunday and Bill recovering from a hamstring injury we kept it short. We put in a nice easy paced 5 miles, keeping it to about 8:19 min/mile.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Morning run pushing Cole!

I was still a bit groggy this morning after my migraine and headache medicine from last night, so my attempts at working this morning while Betsy was at the dentist were a bit less than could be desired. After finishing up an additional section of the ebeam lithography mask I have been working on, I decided to go for a run, despite still being a bit sore from yesterday. It was a bit chilly and I never completely loosened up, tweaking my right knee once again at about mile 2.5, but overall it was a decent effort. I ended up averaging a 7:46 min mile, with the actual miles completed in 7:59, 7:44, 7:43 and 7:42, so a nice consistent increase in pace for a decent negative split. Think I might need a day off tomorrow though as I am now planning on reinstituting my long run on Saturday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Afternoon Bike Ride

I had a dental appt today, so I had to leave work early. Upon getting home, I figured I would go for a ride and then do some work when I got back, so I took off on the Mt Carmel ride and felt really good... initially. But the wind was rough and took alot more out of me than I anticipated, dropping my avg speed down to 17 mph for the last few miles. However, it was still nice to get out for a bit. I did feel a bit of a twinge in my right knee towards the end, but it seemed to loosen up towards the end.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Morning run with the Family.

I am working on a mask for a lithographic patterned array for work, so I decided to stay home with Cole and work on this while Betsy drove Alex to the airport to save Cole from having to get in the car for ANOTHER long car ride. Got a good deal done before Cole got up, then was able to actually keep working while he ate and then played. Once Betsy got home, we took a quick break and hopped out with the Bob for a nice 4 mile run. Got off to a good start, putting in miles in 8:11, 8:01, 8:02 adn then 7:45 min/mile! Felt pretty good and it was a perfect sunny day for a run.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Morning 'long' run with Betsy and Cole.

Well, funny how the definition of 'long run' varies depending on the level of running effort that I have been putting in recently. Of course with the reduction in running mileage this month with the recovery from the race season, the trip to Europe, getting sick and the terrible weather recently, I need to take a step back to rebuild some of the endurance again. This morning, Betsy and I got out for our old Marhall Hall 10k route, keeping an 8:23 min/mile pace, being treated to a Alex Sink prepared Cappucino upon our return! Good times! And the Pats are on Sunday NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Treadmill running… ugh.

It has been raining all week, so I finally broke down and headed over to the gym to get in a short 4 mile run on the treadmill at an 8 min/mile pace. Overall it was a decent run. Need to get more in over the next couple weeks.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lunchtime Run with Mike... First time back on the road in a week!

I was feeling much better today, so I decided to try a run and see how it went. Well, it went ok. Had to ask Mike to roll the pace back a bit because I still had a bit of crap in my lungs, but still had a good run. We finished miles in 8:19, 8:05, 8:53, 8:14, 8:19, 8:22 min/mile, finishing the 6.15 mile run in 51:23.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Home alone, recovering from a cold, lets go biking? Yeah I am an idiot.

So I had to stay home from our planned trip to Shannon's art show because I felt terrible pretty much all week. But going right along with Murphy's Law, once Betsy and Cole left, I felt much better and now realize I could have gone. Anyway, so what does this mean? Well how about I go for a bike ride? Of course. What comes out of that? MY Cough is back... Good call Josh... really good call... It was an ok bike all things considered, but I hope I didn't set myself back another week by going...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lunchtime run with Mike.

Well after my extended European business trip and a week to get back into the swing of things, I finally got out for a run with Mike P. We went out nice and easy with the other Mike, picking up the pace around Mile 3. Kept going around the 8 min/mile pace the rest of the way, finishing with a time of 51:18. For a recovery run, just what the doctor ordered. I did get a twing of pain in my left knee on the way down the hill, but that righted itself by the end. Overall it was a decent run the day before track work tomorrow.

2010 Efforts!

This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!

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