Posts Tagged ‘Disney Goofy Challenge Diary’

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

Disney Goofy Challenge! 39.3 miles I am doing it!

In Bucket Goals on July 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

I did it! I signed up for an event on my bucket list.  My full list is HERE>>>My Marathon Bucket List Top 10.  The Disney Goofy Challenge is a two day event where participants run the Disney Half marathon (13.1) on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and the Disney Full Marathon (26.2) on Sunday, January 13, 2013. 

I needed something BIG to say goodbye to my 30s!  And when I realized that the Disney Marathon weekend would begin on the day I turned 39 years and 39 days and the Goofy Challenge was 39 miles, I knew what I had to do. Not only do I want to run the event, but I want to do it to raise money for my favorite charity, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


  1. Complete the Disney Goofy Challenge (without crawling to the finish).
  2. Raise at least $3900 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  3. Run for 39 heros. I want to dedicate each mile to someone special.



Over the next 6 months, I will be training for the biggest event of my running career.  It will take hours each week, putting in miles of training, in rain, snow and heat, cross training and discipline to complete this event. All so I can raise funds for one of my favorite charities! You can help from the comfort of your own home by making any donation, $3.90, $39.00 or any amount that you are willing to help with. When you make your donation, please feel free to provide a name of a loved one who has battled cancer. 

Donate on-line at:


Consider dedicating a mile to a hero

My Hero Fundraiser


My name is Jennie, I am a wife, a mother, a runner, and I despise cancer.

My first personal experience with cancer and the impact it has on a family was in my senior year of college. My grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  It was devastating to hear that someone I loved so much was riddled with a disease that had no survival rate.  My grandfather was an athlete, he swam almost every day and dedicated each lap with a prayer for every family member (and he had lots of them!). To see a strong man who served his family and country well, wither away was unbearable. On July 7, 1995 we laid my beloved grandfather to rest.

 In 2008, when I received a flyer from Team in Training, I was intrigued that I could use a hobby I love to help others.  I went to an information meeting, hesitant about this venture. After hearing personal stories of survival, heartache and determination, I knew I wanted to help. I completed my first Team in Training event at the Disney Half Marathon in 2009.

 On a recent trip to College Station, TX I had the opportunity to visit the President George H.W. Bush library. There I learned that the President, long before his days in office, lost his 3 year old daughter Robin to Leukemia. When Robin was diagnosed with Leukemia, it was considered an incurable disease. Today the survival rate is astounding. I am grateful for this beautiful opportunity to learn about their story and the remarkable progress that has been made. It solidified my determination to be a part of this organization. Research has come a long way, but we still need your help!


Setting such a lofty goal requires not only determination but experience.  When you are donating your money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society under my campaign, you can have the comfort of knowing that I have the experience to meet the challenge.

  • 8 years of solid running experience
  • 15 half marathons
  • 1 full marathon
  • Dozens of smaller running events.
  • Organizer for a local running group.
  • 5th time fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training.

Check back as I document my training, fundraising and milestones!


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