Posts Tagged ‘Disney Goofy Challenge’

Winter 2012 Team in Training Kick Off

In That's Goofy! on September 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Psstttt, I will tell you a little secret. I signed up for the Disney Goofy Challenge in July but September 6 was the official start date! I am so excited about this opportunity to embark on another season of fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Team in Training Donation Balloon message

Each season, Team in Training start off the season with a kick off meeting at a local park. What a day they picked, first day of school, Dr appointment, big work meeting, kick off and a boot camp class all to squeeze in.  Fortunately the kick off was about a football field away from the building I have my boot camp in.  My plan, run over to the meeting early, and then run the kiddos back to the gym and squeeze into boot camp a few minutes late. I managed to do all of that :).

Team in training donation balloons


I missed the best part of the kick off but I had the chance to spend a few moments with my mentor Gabi.  I really hit the jackpot on mentors so I am thrilled to have her.  She had a little present for her mentees.  She brought to the meeting purple and green balloons with a laminated card with our donation site on them. She launched them at the event in hopes that someone will find them and make donations.  Pretty cute idea! Hopefully mine

 will not end up caught in a tree or a ditch.  But crazier things have happened!

Wish me luck!

❤ Jennie


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

Running for a Reason – Run for Charity

In That's Goofy! on August 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

I was happy but not at all suprised to see the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training on’s top list of Run for a Cause article this week. Since its inception, they have raised over 1.2 billion dollars for cancer research. Do you run for a reason? If not consider it today. Someone will be glad you did.

Yesterday was the first ever Wear your TNT gear day.  I am happy to report that I wore my gear even when I had a rare chance to go out in non tech wear. Not pictured, but I managed to add some fluffy lavendar flip flops and purple toenails to top it off 🙂

Team in Training National Wear your Gear Day

This year I am proud to run 39.3 miles for Team in Training through the Disney Goofy Challenge in January 2013.  You can make a donation at My Fundraising Page.  A donation of any amount is very much appreciated.  Or with  a special donation of $39 you can dedicate a mile for one of your Hero’s by participating in My Hero Fundraiser.

You can read more about Team in Training and how you can run to wipe out blood cancers by going to their national site

❤ Jennie

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

My Hero Fundraiser

In Bucket Goals on July 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Do you have a hero? Somone who has fought cancer, fighting cancer, dedicated their time to help cancer patients or just a person that really has made a difference in your life? On January 12-13 I will run in the Disney Goofy Challenge covering 39.3 miles over 2 days  with a goal of raising over $3900.  I want to honor 39 individuals during this run.

How you can honor a hero

  • Donate $39 (or more) at
  • Write, “I have a hero” in the comments section when you donate. Feel free to name your hero in the comments or I will contact you.
  • I will contact you with additional details. You may choose as short message, name, and mile number if available.
  • One $39 donation per mile (you may donate for additional heros or list mutiple family members on one mile)
  • Only 39 spots available 😉

Who is a hero?

Anyone! It can be an honored patient, in memory of a loved one, your children, a person who is just a hero in your life. You name your hero!

What you receive

  • One mile of the 39.3 mile run will be dedicated to your hero.
  • A photo of their mile maker from my run mailed to you in January.
  • A ribbon on my shirt with a short message honoring your hero (white for boys, lavender for girls). I will wear these during the marathon weekend.
  • A special holiday card.
  • A special thank you note.

The Disney courses run through all four theme parks and by their themed landmarks such as Cinderalla’s castle.  You can see their maps in large scale and detail by clicking the link titles below. Feel free to pick a specific mile marker if it is still available, otherwise I can randomly assign one to your hero. All miles have awesome mile markers and there is something great each mile along the way.

Disney Half Marathon

Disney half marathon course

Disney Marathon Map

  1. For Jack C. Your daughter is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met (both inside and out). It is an honor to have you at mile 1!
  2. Marshall Bowen (aka grandpa). Thanks to aunt Phyllis I get the honor of running a mile for you.  Cancer took you from us too soon 😦
  3. Suraih who lost his battle with cancer but still lives in the hearts of his family.
  4. Kim R.from your friend Bill 🙂
  5. Dylan C. For your big 5 buddy. Your mom says you do chemo with a smile. Truly honored to run this mile for you!
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  7. Adam Harrington from Amy for being 7 years cancer free 🙂
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  12. Louise B (aka Grandma). Thanks to a wonderful donation from aunt Phyllis, I have the honor of running a mile for you. You fought cancer and won!
  13. Dad – giving you the last mile of the half. Thanks for making all those raw egg shakes, packing double sandwiches and helping me get through cross country season in high school. You are the perfect inspiration for the last mile of this day 🙂

Disney marathon

14. Grandpa T.  I miss you. The first mile of this day is for you. Cancer took you from us too soon. Mom donated enough for many heros and I thought you should get a mile. Thanks for swimming all those laps for us, making me smile and being a great example of true love.

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19. For little Miss Kylie from your mom’s friend Cindy! This mile of the marathon with Cinderella’s castle is for you for fighting Leukemia and going into remission!!!

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21. Mom – the age you had me.  You are my hero. You put up with me and love unconditionally. (PS. Check out 13 and 14 too 🙂

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23. Reserved for J.C.

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28.  Mary Ann M. For a special gift. 🙂

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38. “Jennie -For her big heart and all the time and effort she puts in helping others.” Yes this is me. I did not write this. My parents donated a hero mile in my name, because I am their hero. Corny, I know, but gotta love them <3. (Of course they donated enough for several more so I am sneaking in a few hero mile suprises for them…13,14 and 21 🙂

39. Kim R.  Our friend Tiffany is the BEST as I am sure you know! This is my favorite mile and she dedicated it just for you :)!

39.3 My 3 guys because the last .3 miles are the hardest!!!

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