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Training Update for August

In That's Goofy! on September 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I have soooo many updates! This is what happens when I procrastinate on blogging.


I am up to $1,939!!! That is 50% of my goal!

Pending: $1,250 in matching donations.

I had some beautiful and incredible donations in the month of August, it was a fantastic month!  Help me make September just as amazing by checking out my fundraisers below.


I have a few fundraisers in progress or coming up!

Hero Fundraiser

I now have 11 heros!  This weekend I plan on making bracelets that I can wear for each hero on my training runs.  If you would like to have me run a mile for one of your heroes, check out My Hero Fundraiser to learn more. My goal is to run for 39 people 🙂

TCBY Fundraiser

Where: TCBY Latham in Newton Plaza

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012
6-9 pm

What: Remember to bring in our flyer (see below) or mention that your purchase that night is going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and 20% of all proceeds go to the campaigns for myself and Wendy C!

80s Prom Night

To be announced! This will be a fantastic and fun event!

General Donations

General tax deductible donations can also be made to my Team in Training Official Fundraising Page


In August I ran  for over 14 hours covering 70+ miles and burning over 8,000 calories.  I missed logging a few speed work runs and drills. I participated in 6 hours of boot camp classes. My mileage was a little lower than I wanted but I tend to schedule 1-2 week breaks every 6-8 weeks to let my body recover some. Since I have some of my biggest runs in September, I opted to ease back some at the end of August.  September is shaping off to an excellent start! Below are a few photos from my runs in August.


I am working hard and taking every mile of my training very seriously.  In addition, I am using my mission this year to use my legs for a good cause.  Three of the events listed below are for charitable organizations to make the life and health of other individuals better.  While I am not fundraising for those events, the proceeds of my registration fee benefit their causes.

Dunkin Fun Run  5k- September 9, 2012 (then running about 15-17 miles post race).

TCBY Fundraiser – 20% of proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training campaigns for myself and Wendy C.

Special Surgery 5k – September 15, 2012

Palio Half Marathon – September 16, 2012

Color Me Rad 5k – September 22, 2012

Mohawk Hudson River Marathon – October 7, 2012

Maddie’s Mark 5k – October 27, 2012

TCBY Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Sunrise at the park

Park Sunrise

Warrior Dash 2012

Early morning fog on the bike path

Sunset at the track

Snooze alarm quick draw

In Exercise can't be this fun! on August 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Dear Future Grandchildren,

This is your grandmother at the age of 38. If you wonder why I get up naturally at 4:30 in the morning, there is good reason. I once slept in until 10 am where my only marathon was the Real World marathon playing on MTV on Saturdays.  Getting up early then was 7:15 to make it to work by 8 am.  Then I had children, worked full-time, picked up real marathons as a sport, organized a running group and had to start getting up at 4:30 am in the morning to get it all in.  I became the fastest snooze alarm pusher in the east to savor that extra few seconds of sleep. I used my legs to run charity races and I raised thousands of dollars in charity over the years while raising your dad and uncle. After years of pre-sunrise wake up alarms I am assuming by the time you get to know me, I will have permanently ruined my capacity to sleep in.   Hopefully, I am still running…

 Love your future grandmother,


Donate to Team in Training (any amount counts)

Honor a Hero ($39 donation = 1 dedicated mile)

39.3 Miles Goofy I am Doing It

It IS a small world after all! A Goofy update.

In That's Goofy! on August 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Here is my latest updates on training and fundraising for Team in Training for the Disney Goofy Challenge.  You can read about why I am running the Disney Goofy Challenge and my current fundraiser at the links My Hero Fundraiser or Disney Goofy Challenge 39.3 Miles I am Doing It!

It’s a Small World After All

At the age of 3 my mom took me on my first trip to Disney World. I remember two things from that trip 1) It’s a Small World Ride and 2) waking up in my pjs to watch the fireworks over Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Hotel.  I loved It’s a Small World, riding around in the boat and looking at all the different dolls dressed in beautiful outfits. I wanted to go to all those places.  But in 1976 the world, although smaller, was not as easy to maneuver.  The days of texting, Skype, cell phones and Facebook were well into the future, not even dreamed about on the Carousel of Progress. Epcot’s Spaceship earth did not even exist. In 1976 if you wanted to contact a friend halfway around the world an expensive phone call or a letter (snail mail as it is referred to now) was about the only way you could do it.

But 30+ years later, I realized that Walt had it right. Two of my biggest donations to date came from half way around the world from Singapore this past week.  One from a long-time dear friend and the other a person I have never met. From one Facebook post I gained two new heroes, made a few new Facebook friends, met a few new Goofy TNT participant (not far from my own turf) and bought a TNT tutu (details on that later :). Yes Walt, it is a small world after all!


Training recap. I left off on Monday.

Tuesday – Track work out. 1 mile warm up and then 6x60s (that is sixty seconds fast, sixty seconds jog). Total miles 2.64 (1.6 miles at 9:22 pace). Track work outs are not my favorite but I am always thankful for the fantastic scenery. That day it was a great sunset.

Sunset at my track workout

Wednesday – One hour boot camp class

Thursday – 15 minutes aqua jogging.  It was just too hot to run outside. I took advantage of a great indoor lazy river at our gym, tossed the boys in the river and chased them around. How can they float fast than I can run??? 🙂

Friday – Off

Saturday – 15 mile run. Well I ran an awesome 10 miles, a fall apart 4 miles and walked the last mile.  I don’t know if it was heat, illness or what, but I know when to tell my body to take it easy and that was the day.  In 24 hour period, every member of our family had competed in a major event. The boys triathlon, me a 15-miler and Jeff a sprint triathlon. I had logged only about 7 hours of total sleep over Thursday and Friday night.  I still needed some energy to get through the day, so the last mile….. I walked.

Sunday – 20 minute swim (1/2 mile).

Monday – 1 hour boot camp class and a 32 minute (3 mile run).

Walking my dog – I logged about 4 miles last week walking my dog.

I needed one more run in there, but needless to say there were not enough hours in last week. I still logged about 7 hours of exercise time.


$700 – on-line donations

$250 – pending corporate matches

Total of $950 to date! I am about a quarter of the way there!

❤ Jennie

Every penny counts! Goofy Training Update

In That's Goofy! on July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

This week’s update is a great one. 


My update for last week was mid-week (went through Wednesday) so there is not a ton to report on training.  I took Thursday off since I did a double workout on Wednesday and then Friday it rained and one kiddo had Fifth’s Disease to my plans to run were out the window. 

Saturday – 11.12 mile run. 

Sunday – off

Morning sunrise.

Monday – 1 hour boot camp followed by a 20 minute/2-mile run.  I was up at 4:30 am to get it all in and back home by 7 am. Another hero donation the night before and the welcome of a beautiful morning sun was fantastic motivation.


Hero Fundraiser – Fundraising is off to a GREAT start!!! I have 3 heros to run for!  You can read more about that HERE>>> Hero Fundraiser.  Basically, for a $39 donation, I dedicate a mile to your hero.  I have some fun surpises for you and your hero so go read about it. I am just thrilled that I can run for a cause.  One friend posted a photo this weekend on facebook and it sums it all up.

Make a change – Since I was young, I have kept a spare change jar. My grandmother kept a spare change jar. She would add up the money and buy savings bonds for all her grandchildren. When we graduated college, it was her gift to us. Watching her save and count her pennies and have it turn into a wonderful gift really made an impression.   Over the years, my spare change jar was the revenue stream for toys, as I grew older, weekend trips and lately charitable organizations. The change bucket was looking pretty big so I add it all up and it came out to $250. Since my company matches up to $250 dollars, I thought this was a great way to pay this gift forward and double the effort. 

Totals to Date

$467 on-line donations

$250 pending corporate match

Total: $717 to date or 18% of goal!

If you would like to make a donation, you can go directly to My Fundraising Page or if you would like to honor a hero, check out My Hero Fundraiser.

 ❤ Jennie

Dear Nike, Please send running skirts, Love Jennie

In Exercise can't be this fun! on July 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Last night I broke down and headed to Dicks to buy a much desired Nike running skirt.  I needed a little extra motivation for these 4:30 am wake up calls to exercise and I had yet to reward myself for completing my first marathon. I was also in dire need of a few more summer running outfits since my training schedule is increasing for my upcoming events.  If you do not know about my latest challenge I am shamelessly promoting to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, you can read about it here >>>Goofy Challenge.

I had to sit through a dinner at Cici’s and  purchase of a new super frisbee, but I won my hour at Dick’s Sporting Goods. My little guys are good negotiators to say the least.

Where did you get that skirt?!?

Now, I am somewhat known, maybe quite to the embarrassment of my friends and relatives, for chasing people down on the race courses to find out “where did you get that skirt!”.  I stopped a girl on an airport runway on a Bahama island, awkwardly interrupted a conversation, and even raced ahead to look like I was casually running past someone to ask the question (only to pretend to stop at a water stop, to hide my need to collapse in an out of breath mess). It is a problem. I admit it.  Although I have little or no fashion sense, I have secret dreams of looking like one of those sweat free running girls on the cover and ads of magazines. My event photos always seem to contradict that. But what if, I was dressed like them, maybe, just maybe I could look that good? A girl can dream.

Running is an expensive sport!

 So off I went to the Toy’s R Us of adult sports, Dicks Sporting Goods.  I headed straight for the women’s Nike running section, which was conveniently located right by the front door, and went to town.  One hour and 22 minutes later I walked out with the single most expensive bottoms I now own.  No cute pair of jeans with sparkly back pockets for me, I instead drop $55 on a running skirt. I tried to get one in purple to match the Team in Training colors but I just fell in love with this green color.


Now please note, there is not a frivolous bone in my body when it comes to fashion. Every article of clothing to this point has been purchased on super discount with multiple coupons. I shop at outlets, use my free running shirts from events and purchase the remaining outfits at Marshalls or Target. But I spend so much of my time in athletic wear, just once I wanted to buy my dream running outfit.  I think the purchased worked for motivation sake. I leapt out of bed this morning at 4:30 am to try out my new outfit, but alas, it was not my morning to go. Jeff and I switch off on mornings so we can both get our rigorous training plans in. His is for the 2013 Lake Placid Ironman, and mine for an upcoming Mohawk Hudson marathon in October and the Goofy Challenge in January. It was his morning for early morning training.

But I could not get back to sleep. I felt like a little girl again on the first day of school, needing to go through my new backpack and school supplies. I pulled out my new running outfit and examined it. The skirt had an extra inside running pocket I missed when I tried it on, and a back zipper pocket. 

Maybe the Nike running skirt will keep my from looking like this guy!

The tank had a small loop in the back to help control headphone cords. Maybe I will not look like the Modern Marathoner in this blog picture.  I could not resist, I put the outfit. I had secret hopes of sprinting out in a quick run before work the second Jeff came home from his morning workout.  But alas, scheduling, heavy rains, a sick child home with a rash put my trial plans out the window.  But the outfit feels so fabulous, maybe I will just savor this awesome goodness and work in it all day. One of the benefits of telecommuting 😉

So Nike, if you are reading this, and you have a few extra skirts lying around you do not need, I am happy to take them off your hands. This hard-working mom of two really wants to dress pretty on the course and I am afraid I will need a promotion to continue this habit.

Love,  Jennie

Disclaimer –  please note that Nike, Dick’s nor any of the companies mentioned above solicited me to promote this topic. This blog is just a shameless attempt to draw attention to my current goal of raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In January 2013, I will run 39.3 miles in the Disney Goofy Challenge. You can read some back ground HERE>>>Goofy Challenge or about my most recent fundraiser HERE>>>My Hero Fundraiser. Or if you would like to make a donation of any amount, you can go to Jennie’s Team in Training Fundraising page.


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